West Elm Love

Look who is moving down the street from me…

 

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West Elm is coming to town!  OKC… (and happens to be ON WESTERN AVENUE!  HOLLA!!!)

If I could go on a little shopping spree, I think I’d like each of those pretties.  Mark your calendar…  August 14th is the BIG day!

By the way…  don’t forget to hop on over to my instagram and look for a big floppy hat…   there’s a giveaway going on over there and I don’t want you to miss out on that party either {wink!}

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Swimsuits, Getting Personal and a Giveaway

So before I begin rambling, lemme begin by saying I’m off to the beach this Friday and that means I’ve been in swimsuit hunting mode, and with that, wanting to try NEW things, but yet going back to the same ole thing and what I think looks good on me.

 

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One of the pieces of clothing you’ll hardly see me do blog posts on is swimsuits.  Why?  Because it’s personal.  I know you get it when I say that, but really, it’s SO personal, it’s about feeling GOOD in what you’re going to be wearing, and it IS personal.  You’re ALL OUT there.  Literally.  We all have our issues.  Some hardly none.  If that’s you, blah.  HA!  I’m just kidding.  But some have bigger this, bigger that, smaller this, smaller that, you get my drift.  There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to swimsuits.  It’s definitely not like the white jeans.

But, I will share one of my FAVORITE tips and tricks, though, that I think might help some gals.

If you’re a bikini girl….   The string bottom.

Now before you get all freaky on me and be like HUH?  Lemme just explain why that is my FAVORITE type of bottom…  because believe me, there are lots of others I do love the look of them but not on ME.  And I think this type could be universally flattering.  Here’s why….

I feel that the THINNESS of a string on the side of my hip actually ELONGATES the look of the length of the leg.  Hear me out on this…  If a THICKER banded bottom is on the bottom, it TRULY cuts your body in half.  Plus it’s a piece of fabric on a more “horizontal” way on your body if that makes sense? (as in you don’t wear big thick stripes around your mid section… ) I see this as a way to connect your thigh (yes because I want my thighs to look THINNER … ladies don’t we all?) to your hip in a more gradual flow than a wide band of neon.  Almost visually “elongating” it.  Does that make sense to you?

Anyways….  I am dying to wear one of those one shoulder one piece numbers…. ain’t gonna happen for my top half without looking not so flattering. :(  I’m dying to wear one of those cut in the middle one piece swimsuits,,,,  ain’t gonna happen because I feel goofy and I think it’s made for women taller than 5’1”. #verticallychallenged

 

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This is one of my swimsuits, and I’m loving the back…..

 

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I’m loving the double straps across the back.  It’s something different for me for sure.

 

…  and…  a giveaway.

One for me and one for you…  {wink!}  I have this hat (as you can see…) and I want YOU to have one, too.

This is going to be an instagram only giveaway (sorry friends who aren’t on IG!)…  but keeping things simple and sweet AND….  because of this…

Starting NEXT Monday…  I’ll be sharing what’s happening in my world via Instagram, so you can keep up with me there, and of course on Facebook and Twitter…  but this page will be undergoing a transformation and when I return from vacation, recharged and refreshed, The OP Life will have a BRAND NEW LOOK! And I couldn’t be MORE excited!  Soooooo…..  I still want us to keep in touch, ok?  So just follow me in pics on Instagram.

Here’s the dealio…

Get the deets on my Instagram when you see THIS picture…

 

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And the winner will be announced Thursday afternoon on Instagram (chances are if you follow me on other places, you’ll see it too!)

Cheers to the summer!

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Hollywood Regency Design Elements

Today I’m following up on a post I shared last week, a post on interior design and a certain look called Hollywood Regency.  In case you missed it, here it is.  I LOVE it because it’s so eclectic and reflective a fab finds of what pieces and treasures we put together, plus it’s a reflection of an era when life was about glam and entertaining and being social and being FABULOUS.  It has a timeless, classic element to it, with a flair of over the top, but always HAUTE!

So you want a few elements of this in your home?  The first thing is DON’T go and buy a whole matching furniture set.  Just sayin.  Nothing matchy matchy about this stuff.

But some elements to incorporate?

  • Lacquered, shiny, sleek furnishings
  • Lux with textures, like velvets and tufting
  • Eclectic, mixing and matching
  • Investing in key pieces that are the wow factors
  • Neoclassical elements
  • Bold colors
  • Metallics
  • Patterns
  • Something big and bold in size
  • Mirrors
  • Simple where it’s not busy and cluttered, but the action happens with all of the above mixed and combined

 

Here are some things I found that you could add to a space….

 

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via  The bold color and lacquer…  Love the Greek key on the bottom.  See those patterns that are busy, but yet they don’t fight or conflict with each other.

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via  White shiny and bold pattern with the neoclassical Greek Key.

 

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via  Simple lines but the WOW factor w the gold legs and fur cushions.  Again, textures.

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via  Textures…  tufting + wood + unique shapes = eclectic.  Throw a black and yellow pillow on there and BAM.

 

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via  Sleek, bold color, gold accents, can go in any room.  Wouldn’t it be fab as a mini bar-cart table?

 

SO wanting that headboard….  (sigh).

Do you like any of these pieces?  I found MANY more, but you’d be scrolling for a long time!

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Black Jumpsuit, Part 2

Last week I shared with you my LBJ.  My black jumpsuit that I’ve had in my closet for some time, that was a fab find from way back when.  I look at this piece as a blank canvas for you to showcase your own sense of style:

  • with your bag
  • with your shoes
  • with your jewelry
  • with scarves
  • with even a wrap or jacket

No jumpsuit?  NO problem!  Guess what?  ALL of these lovelies are on SALE! (my FAVORITE four letter word!)

 

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Take your pick!  Happy shopping!

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A Few Pin Highlights and a Video

Today, I’m talking Pinterest.   I am a Pinsomniac.  Once I start I can’t stop.  So much so that my phone app crashes.  Does that happen to you?  Well, anyhoo, I love Pinterest, and I’m not always on it only because it sucks me in, but it’s another place to see what I’m loving and what inspires me.  I think it’s a place that really takes us to what we “aspire to”…  I know for CERTAIN businesses flourish because of it, because of its visual media that it is.  I know FIRSTHAND businesses have reaped the benefits of MY purchases because of Pinterest {guilty smile!}

If you haven’t gotten on the Pinterest bandwagon, I can say two things…  1) you donno what you’re missing  and 2) you probably get more done than the rest of us pinaholics.

So today I’m sharing with you a few pins from a few of my fave boards…

Hair and Beauty (because we all love to be purrrrrrty)

 

 

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Living Areas (well, because that’s where we live, right?)

 

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Delish (for all those things we THINK we’re going to whip up in the kitchen that we really never end up doing and thank GOD because if we did them all we’d weigh 400 lbs!)  (consider it a cookbook, but all pictures) (I’m in the process of categorizing …)

 

 

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Looks I Love (because I love these looks, they range from sexy to conservative to casual to dressy, and dream of one day being taller than 5’1”)

 

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Feel free to follow me on these boards, or ALL of my boards on Pinterest… I have lots of boards with lots of great stuff.  These are just a few.  If you think pinning is awesome, or if you’ve not a big pinner, I think everyone can get a huge laugh out of this video….   And I think lots of women will just crack up because well….  that’s kinda how some girls roll.  HA!

 

 

“…. hang on… I’m still PINNING for the past 26 hours!!!…..”

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Yemista: Greek Cuisine

Last week we hit all time record low temps…  so cool that I felt like I needed a jacket on some days.  And the sun wasn’t wanting to peek his head out either.  So it being cold and gray it definitely felt like comfort food.  Coupled with the fact that my family actually REQUESTED a major Greek meal.  When people find out my ethnic background one of the many questions I get asked it DO YOU COOK LOTS OF GREEK FOOD.  And the answer is truly no.  Not that much.  Why?  It’s heavier than I care to eat.  It takes a lot of prep time.  You can’t make just a little bit for the effort and time you put in.  So I don’t do these BIG things that often.  But they’re SO yummy, I had to share it with all of you!

On the menu, Yemista.  That translates to STUFFED.  Yes.  Stuffed.  But really it means stuffed tomatoes, peppers, and some love eggplant.  I don’t.  I just do the tomatoes and peppers.  You can stuff it with ground beef and rice, but I prefer just rice.  It’s a popular dish during the summer in Greece and it’s one of my faves.  It is simple and easy?  Well…  it’s not hard…  it’s just time consuming in the prep work.  Other than that, it’s all good!  Ready?  Let’s get cookin!

The goods….

  • Big tomatoes
  • Big green peppers
  • White rice
  • Yellow onion
  • Head of garlic
  • Fresh basil
  • Parlsey
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Potatoes to cook with them in the pan

Notice I didn’t give measurements.  This is because this is how I was taught and this is how I’m teaching you, so my apologies in advance if you can’t do it like this….  really it’s all just kinda eyeballing everything, and tasting as you go.

 

Yemista Ingredients The OP Life

 

When picking out your veggies that you’re going to be stuffing, hold them upright in your hand to make sure they can balance and sit upright in your pan.

 

How to select your tomatoes for Yemista The OP Life

 

First wash your tomatoes and peppers and slice off the tops, one at at time.  Scoop out the insides…  The peppers I threw out the insides and made sure there were no seeds left.  The tomatoes I scooped out the guts into a bowl, then poured it thru a sieve, saved the juice in one bowl, and the fleshy part in the other.  I tried get rid of as much of the seeds as I could and chopped up as much of the fleshy part as I could into tiny pieces.  …  So you have a bowl of tomato juice and a bowl of the insides of the tomato cut up…

 

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Chop up the onion and mince your garlic.  I used one whole onion and one whole garlic clove.

 

Onions and Garlic for Yemista The OP Life

 

So at this point I have a pan with my empty tomatoes and peppers, lids placed back on top.  Just sitting and waiting for the stuffing to be made…

 

I then moved to the stove and sautéed the onion till translucent, then added in the garlic…  in QUITE a bit of olive oil.  There is no Pam in this one!  LOTS of oil is needed for this to have the flavors be so amazing…   Once I sautéed the garlic with the onion a bit longer,  I added the chopped up parsley and basil, the tomatoes and tomato juices….

 

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I let this sauté a bit longer….

 

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I then added water and the rice and let it cook till it was almost done….   How much?  Well…. lets just say my pot was FULL and I WAY over estimated :)….  I kept adding water and oil, water and oil, and more salt and pepper…  and I only used about 1/3 of the rice mixture.   You want to make sure your rice is isn’t dry.  You want it sill kinda wet-ish….

Then I moved back to the island and stuffed the peppers and tomatoes about halfway full and placed their tops back on them…

I also peeled and quartered some potatoes and tossed them in amongst the peppers and tomatoes.    I poured MORE olive oil all over the potatoes and the peppers and tomatoes after they were closed with their tops on, stuffed.  I wanted them glistening also so that they wouldn’t crack as much in the oven too.  Once I did that I sprinkled MORE salt and pepper on the outsides of them, and even a splash of garlic powder just for flavor.

 

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I baked them in the oven at 425 for about an hour and a half…   I could tell when they were turning brown it was time!  I wanted to be sure the potatoes were cooked.

And here’s what we got… drumroll please!

 

 

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Oh so yummy goodness…  I can’t even begin to tell you!   It made my kids think of YiaYia’s cooking and totally made them say “WE MISS GREECE!”…  It was THAT awesome and totally worth the effort!

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Looking On The Bright Side: #LOTBS

I want this to go as viral as we can.   So does Prissy.

Remember my post on my friend who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and we talked about hair and fashion? In case you missed it, here it is.  Anyhoo….  Here’s a little follow up….

 

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She shaved…. and so did her husband.    And she posted this…. which THIS is where I’d love for this to go viral… not necessarily my post, but this HASHTAG: #lotbs

 

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I immediately thought of that hashtag… “LOOKING ON THE BRIGHT SIDE”…  #LOTBS…   So as we go through OUR days of disappointment or sadness or things that seem to not be going OUR way….  how about looking at the things we’re GRATEFUL for….  #LOTBS.  Right?

Feel free to use this on Instagram, on your twitter, on Facebook…  just use it.  We’d love for everyone to think of what they have to be grateful for.

I’ll begin…  Today is July 18…  traditionally the dog days of summer…  It’s usually BLISTERING hot out.  Not today! Today, it’s gray and rainy and 63 with a high of 75.  I call that a pretty fantastic relief of the heat.  #LOTBS

Here’s to #lotbs {wink!}.  On Purpose in life.

Happy Friday loves!

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The Black Jumpsuit

I love to talk about building “wardrobes” and classic pieces that have style but yet are timeless.  The little black dress is a must have, and I’ve talked about that before.  But what about the LBJ {wink}. I’m talking about a black jumpsuit.  Jumpsuits have made a big comeback, but it’s something I’ve loved forever.  In fact, I’m embarrassed to say, the piece I’m wearing today I’ve had in my closet way before the past few years.  But like I’ve said before, if its a great piece and a classic style, I consider it a staple to keep.  Why get rid of it?

 

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Pair it with a wow bag.  I wore my Prada flames clutch…

 

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Make it as busy, as fun, as sleek as you want with your accessories.  The black is a simple canvas for you to show your flair and style.

 

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Simple shoes I picked up while traveling in Greece last year…

 

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Jumpsuit (similar) / Bag (alternative) / Shoes (alternative) / Sunglasses (here)  / Cuff (on SALE!)

Next week, I’m going to pull some options for you to get this look…  stay tuned!

 

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Hollywood Regency Decor

I’ll never forget a wedding I went to in Palm Springs and we stayed at the Viceroy.  This was when I was prego with my son, which is about 11 years ago.  Take a look at the room we were in.  They look the same today as they did then…

 

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Prior to that trip, I always into Country French and loved antiques (I still do love great old pieces), but I couldn’t help fall in love with the clean lines and just the simplicity and “Hollywood” it felt like.  That was my first exposure to Kelly Wearstler, and really being immersed into this Hollywood Regency style of interior design.

So OUT with some of my curvy furniture and IN with my mirrors and gold and straight lines and bold patterns and colors.

 

I found a few rooms I thought I’d share that I’m kinda in love with….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(images via Houzz)

 

Do you love these?  Which is your favorite?

Next week I’m going to pull some things together that can help you to incorporate a bit of Hollywood Regency Glam into your space.

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To Line Or Not To Line

When I’m working from home and don’t have many people to see, I keep things pretty casual, and with that goes my makeup.  I don’t do the full eye shadows and major lips (well, I do usually do up my lips… but I’m a nude girl, remember? I got chatty about it here and here…), but sometimes I line my lids and sometimes I don’t.

What’s the difference?

 

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No lined lids…  keeping things simple….

 

 

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A little bit of wing action….

So here’s how I roll…  Really depending upon my mood to be quite honest.  But nights, the full out liner and then some on the drama on how much and shadows.  The bottom I almost always line gently with an ebony soft pencil.  I find using a liquid liner on top gives a sharper, more defined look.  (Photos haven’t been touched up, edited or photoshopped…  you’re lookin at moi.)

(Clearly I was in the sun the day before taking this picture, and my hairline didn’t get the SPF needed… feel free to ignore my redness!)

 

Top eyeliner with and without The OP Life

 

 

And here are my goods…

 

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Top Lid Liner /  Naked 2 (free shipping!) / Mascara / Lower Liner

 

What do you think?  To line or not to line?

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