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Up-Cycle a Man’s Shirt

A good friend of mine and I have been talking lately about taking clothes from a thrift store and learning how to turn them into fabulous wardrobe pieces that we can’t always afford to buy from designer brands. Since I’m not very tall, we came to the conclusion that men’s shirts might be perfect for turning into dresses for me. That sounded like a great idea, so I did a quick google and, man, was I blown away with what I found. Not only can we make dresses, but we can make skirts, pillows, aprons, purses, etc. etc. etc.

One woman’s Pinterest board, Up-cycle A Man’s Shirt, perfectly compiles all the things you can do. Here are some of my favorites:

man's shirt bag
(http://pm-betweenthelines.blogspot.com/2010/05/another-old-shirt-project-tutorial.html)

man's shirt skirt
(http://rufflesandrosescrafts.blogspot.com/2010/07/summer-of-skirts-mens-dress-shirt.html)

man's shirt pillows
(http://www.marthastewart.com/271811/blue-shirt-pillow?backto=true&backtourl=/photogallery/sewing-projects-for-the-home#slide_18)

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Iced Coffee, Perfected.

Have you ever had perfect iced coffee? Unless you’ve tried Pioneer Woman’s cold brew, your answer is no.

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On a recent yard sale adventure, a good friend of mine tried “the best iced coffee” she had ever tasted. A sale host was serving it as a special treat to all of her shoppers, probably in celebration of the weather here in North Carolina finally starting to feel like the warm, beautiful spring we all know and love. My friend didn’t have the opportunity to ask the host how she had prepared the coffee, so, she did the obvious thing and consulted Pioneer Woman’s recipes. What she found was, in fact, the best iced coffee that she (now, we) has/have ever tasted.

In short, all you do is put coffee grounds into room temperature water, let it sit at room temperature for at least 8 hours, strain out the grounds with cheese cloth, sweeten and add half and half, and then drink and feel amazing and extremely caffeinated. Specific directions (with measurements and all) can be found here.

Since the recipe makes so much, I was able to try to sweeten and cream my cold brew in several different ways. My favorite was just a little agave and organic half and half. Coming in second was coconut creamer, which was especially convenient since the sweet and cream is in one. For one of the best treats you have ever had in your life, make it vietnamese style as Pioneer Woman suggests in her post. I would have said that was my favorite way to prepare it, but the sick feeling I got after uncontrollably eating the remains of the sweetened condensed milk with a spoon is a state I never want to go back to (and probably would end up at since it is just too irresistible). I recommend not going down that road unless you have self control.

Spring Feet Obsession: Red Sandals with Nearly White Nails

The tastes of warm weather that seem to be passing through Raleigh more and more often as we get deeper into March have got me perusing this season’s sandal offerings and stashing great toe colors whenever I spy one.

In all my browsing, I seem to be most drawn to red and coral colored sandals paired with opaque polish hues that are nearly white but with a spin of color. Here are my top picks.

Sam Edelman’s Dakota sandal in Rio Red

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Essie polish in Fiji
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Pre-Workout Power Snack

Morning workouts are my favorite. The gym is less crowded, I start my day energized and with a sense of accomplishment, and I avoid the guilt that comes from skipping yet another dreaded evening workout after a long day at the office.

In addition to a steaming hot cup of life in liquid form – yes, coffee – here’s what I love to eat lately to rev up my metabolism and fuel me during my workout. It’s light, easy to throw together and eat quickly, and delicious!

pre-workout power snack

  • 1 tbsp cooked quinoa (I try to always have some cooked quinoa in my fridge for this and to add to salads, burritos, stir fry dishes, etc.)
  • 2 tbsp nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt (I use Trader Joe’s brand)
  • 1/4 small banana
  • 1/2 tsp almond butter

Warm up the quinoa, combine everything in a bowl, give it a quick stir and your good to go!

 

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