July 04, 2015

My new room! {Hot pink and blue bedroom decor}


Ahhhhh! These past few weeks have been a rollercoaster, but things are falling into place and I'm so grateful for that. I just moved into my new place a few days ago, and I wanted to share the first phase of my bedroom decor. I've been planning this decor for months, and even shared my inspiration and this DIY project on the blog. Check out photos below, and if you have any questions please leave a comment or send me an email!


Before photo of my bedroom! So boring, but how amazing is that window? I have a beautiful view of Midtown Atlanta and I am too happy about it :)


Another view of my bedroom before decorating. The door on the left goes into my hallway and the door on the right (which I removed) is for my closet. I'll share photos of my closet redesign soon!


Here it is! My central color theme is black and white with hot pink, blue, and gold accents.



The front pillows are from Target, and are currently on sale -- get them before they're gone! The pink chair is the most amazing thing, and it's from World Market. The bed, white faux fur rug, and blue pillows are from IKEA.





I randomly spotted this hot pink extension cord in TJ Maxx and had to get it! Plus, it bends and wraps into whatever shape you want, so cool.


I ordered those gold prints from an Easy shop, and will probably order a few more soon!


This black chest was originally brown, and not so cute. But my parents helped me repaint it black to match my room.


The original desk that my mom found for me at Goodwill. Such a great find, it was in almost perfect condition. 

The before and after chest photos, side by side!


Check out this handmade wreath I made for under $7.00 thanks to the Dollar Store! I have one on my bathroom too that matches the decor. I just moved in a few days ago, but I already LOVE it! I can't wait to finish the rest of my room and bathroom & share.

Enjoy your 4th of July weekend :)





June 09, 2015

Eating in ATL {Ecco}



I have been to a few new restaurants in Atlanta recently, but have been slacking on taking photos to capture my experience. However, I recently dined at Ecco in Midtown Atlanta with my friend Jade. I've been wanting to go to Ecco for years, and finally got the chance so I just had to take a few photos at dinner and share my experience on my blog. Ecco is labeled as a "seasonal European Mediterranean Restaurant"


First of all, you have to start with the Fried Goat Cheese made with honey and black pepper. This dish is award-winning, and rightfully so. It's cheesy, a little sweet, and savory. I can't even put it into words you just have to order them and see!


Jade ordered one of their Wood-Fired Pizzas, yum!


And I had the Chitarra, a delicious vegetarian dish made with arugula, mascarpone, black pepper, and  pecorino. This is one of the best pastas I've ever had!

All of this was so, so good! It's definitely a perfect date spot or spot to celebrate a special occasion. 


Have you ever had fried goat cheese before? If not, why not!?

May 27, 2015

Recent healthy meals!


Hello! I wanted to share some of the healthy meals I've had recently. Eating clean or healthy for at least 2 meals a day has become part of my lifestyle, and I'm really grateful for that. I've lost about 5 pounds this summer, and now I'm really focusing on toning up and getting better at cardio workouts. See some of the meals I've been eating below!


Occasionally, I make my own sushi at home after attending this sushi class. One night, I made sushi with avocado and carrots inside. I also baked a few brussels sprouts as a side dish.


My mom baked carrots, peppers, and onions in the oven for 15-20 mins. and also made collard greens. I loved this healthy, delicious meal!


Recently, I've been baking my vegetables for a dinner side instead of just eating them raw. I love adding lemon, honey, and/or spices to raw veggies before letting them bake for 5-10 mins. In this dish, i baked broccoli, spinach, kale, and sweet onions.


Sometimes, I like a really clean/raw salad. I add as many veggies/fruits as possible and drizzle lemon juice and oil instead of a heavy salad dressing.


I made honey mustard and pineapple salmon on Mother's Day, so good!!!


Yum, I've had lots of brussels sprouts recently! Check out my favorite recipe here.




Then, I put one piece of tilapia on top of a bed of baby spinach! All I added was some lemon juice and honey and it was delicious!


On Earth Day, I went to one of my favorite healthy restaurants, True Food Kitchen, for a great meal!


This looks messy, but it was so good! Yellow rice, salmon, brussels sprouts, and raw baby kale.



May 18, 2015

Updating bedroom decor {navy and pink decor}


Since the semester ended, I've been preparing for my upcoming move to a new place in Atlanta! I'm very excited for a fresh start and to switch up my room decor. See my current room decor below:


I've loved having black and white being the major theme with a navy blue accent. But for my next room, I'm going to add in some pink and gold accents. I've been slowly collecting items for my new room and doing a few DIY projects, including a really fun project with Mason jars! I got 3 Mason jars from a Goodwill Store (each under $1), and then spray painted them black. I will be using them as flower vases for pink, blue, and white flowers.



I LOVE how they turned out, and this was such a fun and easy project!


While I was spray painting, I also spray painted this old stool all black and I'm going to add a few more details to it before using it in my new place.




And here is one of the images that inspired my future room's new look!



Once I'm all moved in and finish decorating, I'll be sure to share photos!



May 13, 2015

Baked Spaghetti Squash success


Hello, long time no post! My apologies, but it was an intense semester that I'm proud to say I completed with great grades. I'm so happy that summer is here and things are a little more relaxed for me. A while back I posted about how I had purchased what I thought was a spaghetti squash, but it was actually a pumpkin squash. #Fail. Well, I decided to try again and found what I've been looking for. Last week, I purchased two spaghetti squash from the grocery store.

 For the first squash, I used this baking method that I saw on Buzzfeed. I decided to make this squash into a healthier version of spaghetti and tomato sauce.

First squash / healthier preparation:


In a pot, I sautéed mushrooms, onions, and broccoli before adding tomato sauce.


The next day, I added salmon and spinach to the squash for a new taste, and it was great!


Second squash / less healthy preparation: 
For the second squash, I cut the squash into halves and poured olive oil on each half before baking it in the oven. I found that I had to use more oil in this method to get the squash softer. I also added black pepper and red pepper before baking.


After about 15 minutes, I added on spaghetti sauce that I had preheated in a pot. Then, after about 10 minutes, I added on cheese and let it melt on top.


The results were beautiful and so tasty! Each of these halves makes 2-3 servings which is great for people looking for a meal that will last throughout the week.



Both versions were so tasty, and tasted unbelievably like actual spaghetti noodles! I definitely suggest making spaghetti squash to be a spaghetti substitute when you have time to let them bake. These squash can be kind of pricey, so I suggest buying them when they're on sale or from a farmer's market. One squash is definitely enough for a few servings.


Have you ever made spaghetti squash before, and how was it?


April 21, 2015

Kale & brussels sprouts salad with curry shrimp


I have just a few more days left in my 3rd semester of grad school and I couldn't be more excited for summer break! I'm taking a study break to share this AMAZING salad I made and devoured last week. I love love love brussels sprouts, kale, and curry shrimp. And I oddly had the craving for all three of them at the same time. So, I decided to put them together in a kale salad. Check out the photos, ingredients, and this quick & easy recipe below!


Ingredients
Kale Salad
Freshly washed baby kale leaves
Whole kernel corn
Cucumber
Black pepper
Lemon juice

Curry Shrimp
1/2 pound of shrimp
Curry Powder
Paprika
Black pepper
Lemon pepper
Parsley

Brussels Sprouts
Lemon juice
Black pepper
Olive oil
Honey

Recipe
1. Toss salad ingredients together in large bowl

2. Rinse brussels sprouts then toss in ingredients before putting in a baking tray. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-12 mins. or until ready

3. Prepare shrimp as desired then sprinkle on ingredients. Add olive oil to the pan. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 25-30 mins. or until done.

4. Add brussels sprouts and shrimp into salad as desired. Add salad dressing and other toppings as desired.


Brussels sprouts fresh out of the oven, yum! I drizzle on honey once they're baked.


Seasoning the shrimp!


Shrimp fresh out of the oven, yum!


I baked the shrimp and brussels sprouts at the same time and both came out great.


I tossed in my brussels sprouts, but added my shrimp on top once my salad was in the bowl.


The finished product! I added ranch dressing and more lemon juice to mine, but I think most salad dressings would pair well with this meal. I was also full after this meal, yet felt like I had eaten a clean meal.


This was such an interesting and delicious salad! I plan to remake it soon, but using a different meat! Let me know if you try it!





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