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Add some color to your home or dinner table this weekend with one of these fun and easy DIY projects!

Happy Friday!

Happy first fall weekend, friends! If you around L.A. or maybe anywhere in the southwest or southeast this week, it’s feeling more like summer than fall this week. But I’ll gladly welcome fall and drink my pumpkin spice coffee iced and I may or may not have eaten an entire TJ’s chai pumpkin spice loaf by myself (help!). I’m kicking off fall by having a fall flavor themed pot luck and working one some fun fall inspired projects and recipes this weekend. What are you up to this weekend?

4 DIYs to try this weekend

  1. Easy DIY abstract wall art.
  2. 10 minute ombre planters.
  3. Modern gold and wood taco stand.
  4. Folded dinner napkins with fresh flowers.

I’m also loving…

Comfort food.
One of my favorite dresses is now on sale.
The new OhJoy! fall collection.
5 minute fall candles.
Pom poms on everything.

DIY Rifle Paper Co. Dress

Loving this DIY Rifle Paper Co. dress made with Cotton and Steel rayon fabric and Victory Pattern's Hazel dress pattern.

As soon as I heard about the Rifle Paper Co. collaboration with Cotton and Steel fabrics I knew I had to make a DIY Rifle Paper Co. dress with them. And after stumbling upon this gorgeous red floral rayon fabric in a local fabric shop, that’s exactly what I did!

A few weeks ago I finally had a chance to stop into Sew Modern, an amazing little boutique fabric shop in West Los Angeles. I went in for only half a yard of fabric to make some cocktail napkins and I left with nearly 4 yards of this red floral fabric and a new dress pattern to try.

See how blogger Sarah Hearts used this fabric and pattern to make a gorgeous dress!

rose gold fabric scissors

My apparel sewing skills are very much still at the beginner phase and I’ve only successfully made a couple dresses to date. I used the Victory Patterns Hazel dress pattern, which is a beginner pattern. It’s a simple shift dress that has a really fun retro inspired neck tie.

Loving this DIY Rifle Paper Co. dress made with Cotton and Steel rayon fabric and Victory Pattern's Hazel dress pattern.

I followed the pattern with a few minor exceptions to fit my petite, very pear-shaped (#halfcuban) figure. First, I opted to to not add the lower panel on both sleeves. I liked the sleeve length as is and since I wasn’t doing a color-blocking look I skipped this step. Second, before cutting the lower dress fabrics, I shortened the pattern about 3 inches, which is what I typically do since I’m 5′ 3″.

I made the back upper and lower pieces tapper down at the waist to a size 8 and the front pieces a size 6 (I’m typically a size 4 in most brands). This allows for a little more room in the back and made it fit so much better.

Loving this DIY Rifle Paper Co. dress made with Cotton and Steel rayon fabric and Victory Pattern's Hazel dress pattern.

The second to last step when making this dress is to attach the lower skirt part to the top part. I did this according to the directions and tried on the dress and felt it wasn’t flattering at all. For someone with a straight figure  it would have been perfect but I typically prefer dresses that have some definition in the waist. So I got out the seam ripper and removed the stitches and decided to easily “gather” the waist by adding two kinda make-shift pleats in the front and two in the back. This gave it the shape I preferred while not having to alter it much.

Since the pattern is a shift style it doesn’t have any zippers or elastic so it’s now pretty difficult to put on and take off. If I had more advanced sewing skills, I probably would have tried to work in a zipper but in effort to finish it in one day so I could wear it to an event last week, I opted to forgo all logic and just take the simple route. And I’m absolutely in love with how it turned out. Now, I think I want to try one of cotton prints and make something else to wear.

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If you make this dress or have any extra fabric laying around, you can make a no-sew wire headband. Check out my video tutorial to put those scraps to good use!

DIY Taco Stand and Crispy Shrimp Taco Recipe

Make delicious shrimp tacos in no time using @HarvestSnaps as a quick seasoning.

When you can’t decide what’s for dinner one thing I think just about everyone can always agree on is tacos. Am I right? Today I’m sharing a delicious crispy shrimp taco recipe complete with a super simple DIY taco stand. Because the only thing that can make any taco night better is a stylish DIY project and a delicious and easy recipe!

Make delicious shrimp tacos in no time using @HarvestSnaps as a quick seasoning.

What makes this taco recipe easy peezy is that all the crunch comes from coating the shrimp in Harvest Snaps. You might remember that I shared a dip recipe a while back that featured these crunchy snacks. These healthy low carb crisps also double as the perfect coating for shrimp. Just crush them up in the food processor or by hand by placing them in a zip top bag and giving them a go with a meat mallet. This results in instant “bread crumbs” that actually aren’t bread crumbs at all but crisps made from beans! This recipe uses the Black Bean Mango Chile Lime snaps as the coating so you don’t need to use any flour or a deep fryer. They have a sweet chipotle flavors and go perfectly with all your favorite taco toppings.

Watch the video below to see just how easy this recipe is to make and continue reading to learn how to make your own gold and wood taco stand.

 

Crispy Shrimp Taco Recipe

Makes 6 tacos

Ingredients

1 pound peeled and deveined shrimp, with tails removed
1 bag Black Bean Mango Chile Lime Harvest Snaps
2 cups shredded red cabbage
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp coarse salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
jalapeño slices, to taste
radish slices
queso fresco
sour cream
lime zest
cilantro

Taco time! Make these crispy shrimp tacos for dinner tonight (click for a video recipe)

Shrimp Taco Directions

  1. In a small bowl combine the red cabbage, lime juice, olive oil and salt. Stir until the mixture is evenly distributed and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. Pulse 1 bag Black Bean Mango Chile Lime Harvest Snaps in a food processor until it resembles bread crumbs. You can also crush them by transferring the snaps into a gallon zip top bag and gently breaking them with a meat mallet or hammer.
  3. Rinse and dry shrimp. Coat all the shrimp in the snaps crumbs.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 4 tbsp unsalted butter and melt. Add the shrimp in a single layer (you may need to cook them in two batches if using a smaller skillet) and cook 2 minutes per side or until pink throughout. Remove from skilled and drain on a paper towel.
  5. Place 6 warm tortillas on the taco stand. Add shrimp (about 3-4 per taco) and top with the lime pickled cabbage. Add all your other favorite toppings such as fresh jalapeño slices, thinly sliced radishes, queso fresco, sour cream, cilantro and lime zest. Enjoy immediately!

If you’re not a big fan of shrimp, you could also coat chicken or fish with the crushed up Harvest Snaps. Just be sure the meat or seafood is cooked all the way through before serving.

Make your own modern gold and wood taco stand!

DIY Taco Stand

Supplies

wood serving board
7 brass drawer pulls with holes 3¾” apart
E6000 glue
rulers/tape measure
pencil

Transform a cheese board into a modern taco stand.

Use drawer pulls and a wood cheese board to create a taco stand.

Learn how to make your own modern gold and wood taco stand!

Add drawer pulls to a cheese board to transform it into a taco stand.

Taco Stand Directions

  1. Measure the length of the wood board, find the center, and mark it lightly with a pencil about an 1¼” from the side. Repeat the same thing on the opposite side of the board.
  2. Apply a tiny amount of glue to both ends of a drawer pull. Carefully place it on the board and center it between the two marks. Hold it firmly into place for a few seconds for the glue to begin to set.
  3. Lightly mark the left and right sides for the placement of the outside drawer pulls about 1″ from the short end and an 1¼” from the long side. Glue the outside drawer pulls into place.
  4. Using rulers as a guide, glue the remaining 4 drawer pulls into place. Measuring isn’t necessary for these and you can use the center and outside drawer pulls as reference and just eye it.
  5. Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours before using. After using your board on a taco night, wipe it clean with a damp cloth.

Get ready for taco Tuesday! Make these delicious crisp shrimp tacos using @Harvestsnaps in place of bread crumbs.

The glue takes a good 24 hours to set and up to 72 hours to fully cure. If you impatiently keep checking it while it dries like I did, don’t stress that it’s not adhering. This type of glue needs time to do it’s thing. And since the brass hardware is glued onto the wood board, I don’t recommend carrying it by handles.

Taco time! Make these crispy shrimp tacos for dinner tonight (click for a video recipe)

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This post was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps

Favorite iPhone 7 Plus Cases

If you upgraded to an iPhone 7 Plus check out these adorable cases.

I’m pretty sure I’ll forever be an Apple fan girl. And the fact that I preordered the iPhone 7 Plus on the first day confirms that. After having an iPhone 6 for the past two years and taking thousands of photos on my phone, I decided it was time to upgrade to a Plus. I’m already loving the new camera lenses!

Whenever there’s a new phone launch, it takes the case manufacturers a couple months to catch up and release new designs. In the meantime, if you’re like me and tend to drop your phone or just want to protect it from dust or scratches, here are some of my favorite cases for all you other early adopters out there.

  1. Sonix Cora
  2. Kate Spade Larabee Black Dot
  3. Elemental Gold Glam
  4. Suite7Seven Sprinkle Donut
  5. Sonix Get It
  6. Sonix Sushi
  7. Sonix Magnolia
  8. Sonix x Urban Outfitters Jungle
  9. Speck Pink Presidio

And this little gadget is a must for any 7 Plus owner!

Links to Love

The colorful glass walkway at the Miami International Airport rental car center is a must see!

I’m traveling again!

Things have been a bit quieter than usual around here and that’s because last week I took a last minute trip to Miami to help out my parents. I was home for a day and then today I’m turning around and jumping on a flight again. This time I’m heading to Carmel, California for the Michael’s Makers Summit. You can follow my adventure on my Instagram story and I’ll be back on the blog next week with some fun new content! In the meantime, here are some of my favorite links from the past week!

Finally a colorful capsule wardrobe!

Pretty painted branches.

How a few great accessories can really change a tiny space.

The best housewarming party I’ve ever attended.

Because a plain matchbox would be just too boring.