Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Inspiration for the Anti-Superbowl Party

     Last week we did a little Super Bowl party inspiration, but we thought we would put some ideas together for the girls who wanted some other options this Super Bowl Sunday!  


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     We agree that it is always fun to watch the Super Bowl, but keep in mind that it's also a day where most people are glued to their TV sets, which means no traffic and no lines.  Have a champagne brunch with some of your closest girlfriends, a spa day, or a shopping day!

     However you decide to spend this Sunday, surround yourself with friends and you can't go wrong!


LLLove,
Jen & Jess


Monday, January 28, 2013

DIY: Paint Dipped Stems

     Welcome to the very first "Make Something Monday" on Linen, Lace, & Love!  Today we are going to paint champagne flutes, and wine glasses, to give any table setting a fun colorful look.

How to "dip" your stems in 3 easy steps:

What you will need:
wine glasses or champagne flutes (we got ours from the 99 cent store, and Ikea.)
painters tape
spray paint in your desired color
A drop cloth



 Step 1: On a clean glass, use painters tape to make a straight line where you want the paint to stop.  *If your stem is curved, focus on keeping the bottom line of the tape straight and then fold in the rest to make it fit the top.  (It's the bottom line that will show anyway.)



Step 2: We found that spray paint was very easy to use, dried faster, and was less messy.  *The gold metallic only needed one coat, but the green needed about 6 thin coats of paint, so judge as you go, and remember to use even, light passes as you turn your glass. 


Photo by Jennifer Bodine

Step 3: Peel off the tape and display!  If you had some paint go above the tape line, use a little paint thinner on a paper towel to wipe it off..works like a charm.

     This is such a fun trick to make any table more playful.  Your glasses will not be dishwasher safe, but you can hand wash them and use them again.  


LLLove,
Jen & Jess

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Top 8 Posts You LLLoved This Year

     Since it's "Friday Favorites" and yesterday was Linen, Lace & Love's 1st Birthday, we thought we would share your favorites posts from our first year!  These posts have received the most page views since we started! (Thanks guys!) So we hope you enjoy them, remember them, or find them for the first time.

#1 ~ Baby Shower Ideas


#2 ~ Bridal Shower Ideas: Part 1


#3 ~ DIY: Anthropologie Bracelet


#4 ~ DIY: Glitter Cell Phone Case


#5 ~ DIY: Tassel Garland


#6 ~ Bridal Shower Ideas: Part 2


#7 ~ Bitchin' 80's Bachelorette


#8 ~ DIY: Flower Pens & Guestbook Table


     And there you have it! Thank you for viewing, pinning, and liking the little things we love to put together.  It means the world to us.



LLLove,
Jen & Jess



Thursday, January 24, 2013

LLLove Turns One!!

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     One year ago today we stepped out on a limb and pressed "Publish" to start the new adventure of blogging together.  We had no idea what a blessing that decision would be to us.  We can't begin to say THANK YOU to everyone who has supported our blog, and joined us out on our limb to encourage us, and grow with us.  We are so humbled, honored, blessed, and lucky to have so many new readers, followers, likers, and friends from this journey, and we are very happy to say that this is just the beginning.

     With all the excitement this new year is bringing, we hope to share a little more with you, and give you little behind the scenes peeks on our Instagram page.  With that in mind, we will be shifting the schedule a little, and posting quotes and "Words to Live By" on Instagram; hopefully to bring a smile to your face throughout your day.  


     We thank you again, for taking time out of your busy schedules to stop by our little blog.  We hope you had fun, left a little more inspired, and are encouraged to join us as we continue our adventures together in crafts, parties, and all things beautiful!


With Gratitude and LLLove,
Jen & Jess

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Super Bowl Party Inspiration

     Next Sunday is the biggest day in sports, so what better excuse do you need to have friends over to celebrate?  Here are some ideas for how to throw a Super Bowl party that's fun for the whole family!

     What you need to know:

Who's playing~
Logos via here
The San Francisco 49ers vs. The Baltimore Ravens

Fun Fact~
     For the first time in Super Bowl History...the coaches of the opposing teams are brothers!  Jim and John Harbaugh.  Jim Harbaugh is the younger brother, and coach of the 49ers.  Older brother John is the coach of the Ravens. 

How to put it all together:
Check out these adorable (yet manly) spreads on:


     From Rust & Sunshine, what a brilliant idea! Just get some painters tape and tape out goal posts on the wall, add some cut out footballs and a blindfold, and you've got yourself a game!  Also, bingo is always a good option...and may I mention the adorable field printout wrapped around the ramekins! LLLove!

     So, have a ball! We hope these ideas can inspire your party planning for next weekend.  Even if you're not a football fan, you can at least have fun decorating. 

     Want some more football party ideas?  Check out our blog post, Count Down to Football Season.


LLLove,
Jen & Jess

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

DIY Nail Polish Color Coded Keys


     I have had two keys that look identical for forever, and I finally decided to do something about it.  I used my two favorite spring nail polish colors, coral and mint, to color code my keys.

1.) Materials: you will need a key, nail polish, and painters tape.

2.) Cover the bottom half of your key with painters tape.

3.) Paint the top of your key with around 5 coats of nail polish.  Keep painting until it becomes the consistancey you're happy with.

4.) Let dry for an hour.

5.) Unwrap the painters tape from the keys, and you're done.



LLLove,
Jess

Monday, January 21, 2013

Words to Live By



strength
  (strngkth, strngth, strnth)  
n.
1. The state, property, or quality of being strong.
2. The power to resist attack; impregnability.
3. The power to resist strain or stress; durability.
4. The ability to maintain a moral or intellectual position firmly.
dig·ni·ty (dgn-t)
n. pl. dig·ni·ties
1. The quality or state of being worthy of esteem or respect.

     To be clothed in strength and dignity.  What an idea.  If you tell me where to buy that outfit, I'll take one in every color!  I think it's safe to say that we all want to live a life that is "worthy of esteem or respect".  I think it's also safe to say that we all know how hard that can be sometimes.  But no matter how hard, and no matter what happens, when you choose strength and integrity above everything else, you can laugh with true joy, because you have replaced your fear with faith.  


LLLove,
Jen

Friday, January 18, 2013

National Day of Service

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     Tomorrow, January 19th, kicks off the weekend with National Day of Service.  Service activities officially start Saturday, with a few on Monday, locally.  Plug your Zip code into this National Day of Service search tool for service activities in your area.

     Even if you don't end up participating in an organized service program, we hope that when you are relaxing with loved ones this weekend, you have an attitude of service.  


LLLove,
Jen & Jess



Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Golden Globe Fashions We LLLove

     It's "Where's the Party Wednesday" and I know where the party was on Sunday!  This Sunday was the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.  Which means that beautiful people, put on beautiful dresses, and we thought we would celebrate that fact, by highlighting some of our favorites, and looking at the top fashion trends of the night.


 

Jessica Alba in Oscar de la Renta gown, Harry Winston jewels, and Roger Vivier clutch.


Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen dress and Jennifer Meyer jewels.


Hayden Panettiere in Robert Cavalli gown and Kotur clutch.


Jennifer Lawrence in Dior.


Amy Adams in Marchesa gown, and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.


Taylor Swift in Donna Karan. (The front wasn't all that exciting, but the back more than made up for it.)


Lucy Liu in Carolina Herrera floral gown, and Lorraine Schwartz earrings.


Anne Hathaway in Chanel dress and jewels, custom vegan Aldo shoes, and Roger Vivier bag. 

The top trends of the night:




     We hope this inspired some fanciness in you.  I know I'm already trying to think of an excuse to put on a gown.



LLLove,
Jen & Jess



Photos via here

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

     It's "How To's Day" and today we are baking! We thought we'd mix it up a bit since we haven't had a recipe in a while, and the Holiday of sweet treats is shortly upon us. 
     I found a recipe for Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting, and thought I'd give it a whirl.  I took one look at the directions for the Red Velvet brownie part and got a little intimidated...those of you less kitchen savvy friends (like me) will understand...so I chickened out and bought a Red Velvet cupcake mix, but I did make the frosting from scratch! 
     For those of you up to the challenge, here is the link to the full recipe on Smells Like Home.  


Ingredients:

For the brownies:
 I used Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cupcake mix. 

For the Frosting:
1/2 cup (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature.
2 1/2 cups powered sugar (you can error on the side of less)
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract 
4 oz  good-quality white chocolate (not chips), melted.  I used Ghirardelli White Chocolate baking bar. 
1-2 tbsp heavy whipping cream

Red Velvet Brownies:
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Once the mix was ready I poured it into an 8x8, non-stick, baking pan instead of a cupcake tin. 
3) Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the brownies.
4) Remove and let cool.

White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting:
I don't have a fancy mixer, so I just used a bowl and a hand mixer.
1) Cream butter until soft and fluffy...To cream butter: make sure the butter is room temp (not melted), and cut it into squares.  Then put the squares into your bowl and beat on low.
2) When the butter is soft and fluffy, beat in the vanilla.
3) With the mixer still on low, slowly add in the powdered sugar, 1/2 a cup at a time.  Allow sugar to mix all the way in before adding the next 1/2.  (If it starts getting really clumpy and won't beat into a paste anymore, stop adding sugar.) 
4) Add in the melted chocolate.  To melt the chocolate: break it up into small, evenly sized, pieces and put it in a microwave safe bowl.  Then melt at 30 sec intervals and stir in between each.  It shouldn't take more than 3 times.  Make sure to really stir each time to see if you can get the chocolate to melt without heating it again.  The fewer times you have to heat the chocolate the better. 
5) Add in heavy whipping cream 1 tbsp at a time, and beat at medium speed until frosting has reached your desired consistency.
6) Then spread the frosting on your brownies, and enjoy! 

     These turned out so well.  I think they might be my new favorite thing I have ever baked!  Hope you like them too.


LLLove,
Jen

Monday, January 14, 2013

Words to Live By


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     I don't know about you, but my 2013 is already going at full speed ahead!  I am incredibly blessed by what the new year is bringing, but with the stress of my "To Do" list weighing heavily upon me, this quote made me stop - take a breath - and smile. Don't forget to take time to enjoy life, it will make it more full and will always lead to inspiration!


LLLove,
Jess

Friday, January 11, 2013

How To Eat Healthy With a Busy Schedule with Kathryn Tamblyn of Smoothies by Kathryn


      When the clock struck midnight on January 1st, 2013, I'm sure many of you vowed to live a healthier life.  Well, with the help of our new friend, nutritionist, and smoothie maker extraordinaire, we all have a much better chance at following through with that promise.  
     Let us introduce you to Kathryn Tamblyn, LA based nutritionist and owner and operator of Smoothies by Kathryn.  Visit her website at www.smoothiesbykathryn.com, where you can order your own personalized smoothie packages that will be delivered to your door (if you live in LA).  Making sure you are eating well just got so much easier.  
     For those of us who don't live in LA...Kathryn has generously shared some of her nutritionist wisdom, and one of her favorite healthy recipes, so none of us have an excuse to not live healthier this year.


LLL:  What is the number one mistake you see people making with their nutritional habits?

KT:
  So many of my clients were obsessed with counting calories before they started working with me.  Although calorie counting is an effective way to lose weight, the quality of calories is actually much more important to your overall health.  Maintaining a low calorie intake by eating small portions of highly processed foods and diet sodas will create an acidic pH in your body and contribute to common health problems, including inconsistent energy levels, headaches, breakouts and congestion.  
People often eliminate fruit from their diets because of calories.  Although some fruits like dates and mangoes have a fairly high calorie count, the vitamins, minerals and fiber in fruit is essential to a healthy body.  Berries and green apples are fantastic, nutrient-packed, low-calorie snacks.  Calorie counters also tend to avoid nuts, seeds and avocadoes.  In moderation, these foods will nourish your body, improve your brain health, soften your skin and because they take a longer time to digest than other vegetarian foods, they will keep you feeling full and satisfied for a longer period of time.  

LLL:  How do you eat healthy when you don’t have a lot of time?
KT:  Sticking to a healthy diet when I’m busy is all about planning ahead.  Before becoming a nutritionist, I was working on movie sets for 14-18 hours per day.  I did all of my grocery shopping on Sundays, planned out my meals and prepared three days worth of smoothies and meals to take to set.  It sounds like a lot of work, but the 2-3 hours spent in the kitchen are totally worth it when you don’t have to think about food or make choices when you’re hungry during the week.  Although my new career provides much more kitchen access, I still plan ahead by always having my refrigerator stocked with delicious whole foods.  I wash fruits before putting them away so I can grab them as I’m running out the door.  I also put nuts and seeds into small containers at the beginning of each week so they’re easy to grab when I’m on the go.  And, I stay hydrated by always having spring water with me. 

LLL:  What’s your favorite snack when you’re on the go?
KT:  It’s hard to pick just one!  In the morning, I’ll take a Blissful Breakfast green smoothie with me to ensure that I’m getting tons of nutrients, digestive enzymes and energy-boosting chlorophyll.  If I don’t have time to make a smoothie, here are the things you will always find in my bag when I’m on the go:  blueberries or goji berries, almonds or pumpkin seeds, a banana, coconut water.  These are all delicious, nutritiously dense whole foods that will get me through any day, wherever I am. 

LLL:  What’s your favorite easy to make, healthy recipe?
KT:  You may have heard the phrase, “kale is king” at some point.  With tons of essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and disease-fighting properties, kale is one of the best additions to your diet.  Baked kale chips are a low-calorie snack that will keep you healthy and energized.

Ingredients:
1 bunch kale
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon Himalayan salt or Kosher salt

*For sweeter kale chips, replace the olive oil with coconut oil and the salt with cinnamon. 

1.  Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
2.  Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
3.  Thoroughly wash and dry the kale, 
then cut leaves off the stem in 2” pieces. 
4.  Place the leaves onto the parchment paper. 
5.  Sprinkle oil and salt (or cinnamon) over the kale.
6.  Bake for about 18-20 mins, or until the edges are slightly brown.  For best results, turn the leaves over after 10 mins. 
7.  Enjoy! 

LLL:  Are there any apps or tips that can make a healthy lifestyle easier to maintain? 
KT:  Several of my clients rely on the popular MyFitnessPal app, which tracks calories and isn’t limited to branded foods.  What I find to be most effective is keeping a food journal.  Write down everything that you eat and if possible, write down how you feel between each meal and snack.  This is the best way to get to know your own body and how it reacts to certain foods.  It really helps to have someone holding you accountable with your journal to prevent you from making bad food choices.  You’ll be more likely to opt for a salad with clean protein over a burger and fries if you’re checking in with someone.  If you’re not working with a nutritionist, I recommend emailing a friend with your food log throughout the day for encouragement and emotional support. 

LLL:  How do you look good, feel good and be the best version of you?
KT:  I subscribe to the theory that the journey to being that best version is what life is all about.  The three key factors that keep me feeling good along the way are eating well, practicing yoga daily and getting 8 hours of sleep each night.  When I’m committed to these things, my skin is clear and my body is lean and strong.  Like most people, I need a balance to stay committed and happy, so I’ll add that I need to be having fun with friends, reading a good book, working on a DIY project and planning travel.  More than anything, a diet of nutritious whole foods is at the root of me feeling and looking my best.  Of course I indulge every so often, because I don’t know how I’d survive if I could never eat Mexican food again. 

LLL:  Are there any simple changes that we can make to improve our nutrition in 2013? 
KT:  With resolutions and health-related goals in general, it’s important to be realistic.  Determine what will work with your lifestyle and personal needs, then begin with one or two very simple changes.  The first thing you can do is start each day with a cup of hot water with the juice of half an organic lemon.  This has so many health benefits including detoxification, hydration, improved digestion and immunity.  It’s a perfect, energy-boosting substitute for coffee and may even help you eliminate caffeine from your diet. 


     Do you have your own questions for Kathryn? Email her at kt@smoothiesbykathryn.com, or follow her on Facebook here.  We already are.



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