DIY: Ombre 101

Well, I may have I failed Ombre 101, but it would be a true blogging comeback if I didn’t return with a slightly off-kilter DIY (inspired by none other than my dear friend, Pinterest). I pinned the photo below just a few days ago, and knew it would be a fun and “easy” DIY. Some people were born to paint and some people were born to do anything but paint. I fall into the later category.

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But I took a chance and tried it out for myself and honestly, it’s not that bad! It’s definitely a different interpretation of the ombre effect than above, but I’ll still hang it proudly in my room… maybe.

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Ombre Artwork 

You need: 
White paint
Color paint (I chose navy to compliment my mustard bedding)
White canvas
Paint Brush

1 - Supplies

2 - Strokes

3 - Painting

4 - On Wall

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6 Ingredients, 7 Minutes: Pasta Sauce

Before I share my obviously uber-important recipe today, we all know there are more pressing matters in the world. And I would be remiss to avoid addressing it.

It’s still hard to even comprehend what happened yesterday. It’s hard to understand how something so horrible can happen on such a beautiful day. It’s hard to understand how there is such cruelty in the world. So for the people of Boston and for anyone losing hope anywhere, I want to share my favorite quote by social activist, Howard Zinn:

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places – and there are so many – where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

 

Shall we pasta? As of late, when I get home from work, I’ve been entirely too tired to cook. For a while I resorted to only ordering in food, which subsequently drains my bank account and packed on a nice 5 lbs. The other day when it was cold and rainy, I was halfway through making pasta and realized I didn’t have any sauce to use. I was exhausted (and a little annoyed since I didn’t want pasta to begin with), so I had no desire to run out and get marina sauce. But, life handed me a 28-oz. can of diced tomatoes so I made a hearty and simple (6 ingredient!) pasta sauce in 7 minutes flat. That’s right, all you need is 6 ingredients and 7 minutes. Tell me you don’t have time for this bad boy.

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6-Ingredient, 7-MinutePasta Sauce

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
2 tbsp Minced Garlic
2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Salt & Pepper
1 28-oz. can of Diced Tomatoes
1 tsp lemon juice

1. Heat olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute until garlic browns.

2. Add crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Cook for 2 more minutes, until flavors fuse.

3. Add can of diced tomatoes and lemon juice; stir to combine. Bring to boil and place lid on top. Cook for 7 minutes.

2 - ingredients

1- Ingredients

3 -Oil

4 - Sauce cooking

5 - Mixed In

The tomatoes are thick and juicy, while the crushed red pepper flakes gave me enough kick to spice up the meal. This is absolutely a new quick and easy go-to for those hungry nights when a big bowl of spaghetti is all that will hit the spot.

Sundays in the Park

Before I share my gorgeous pictures of my gorgeous neighborhood from this gorgeous weekend…

Please pardon my brief hiatus. As you may remember, I started a new job about two months ago. It’s been so fun working in the extra-girly world of beauty and I’ve been learning so much about what it is I love to do. But the hours have also been so demanding, in comparison to my last position, that I suffered a little bit of work burnout. So I took a little time to recover and reorganize myself. (I literally went to the gym this weekend. #newwoman) So I’m back in business because 1. I missed writing about and sharing my weird life with you, 2. I really missed this amazing community of bloggers that I’m so lucky to be a part of (still am hopefully?), and 3. I was getting in trouble every day from my dear friends who were like “CASE, WHERE’S THE BLOG?”

Anyway, here’s some pictures from my Sunday stroll through Central Park…

1 - Central park

2 - Boats

3 - Glade Arch

4 - Tree

5 - Row Boats

6 - Daffodils

Friday Fun

First things first – Hi! I’m Casey. I write this blog sometimes. You may not know me because I’ve neglected you for a week. Okay, awkward re-introductions out of the way. Happy Friday, friends! It’s been such a long and crazy week and I am so happy it’s time for the weekend. I can’t wait to sleep and sleep and sleep some more. I’m also looking forward to grabbing brunch with two of my favorites, Alyssa and Maria (expect an overload of photos), and for book club brunch this Sunday. I didn’t exactly finish this month’s book, but we all know I can’t say no to day drinking brunch. In the meantime,  here’s a peek at my last week… or so.

Lauren

Lauren’s Birthday Party in a Box

Cake Pops

Cute cake pops

Jessies Girl

Jessie’s Girl – The most amazing 80’s cover band that ever existed.
They play at the Canal Room every Saturday night. Put that on your NYC to-do list.

Candy Land

Candyland in my office. It was my lunch and dinner and the death of me.

Candle

New obsession – Antica Farmacista candles and diffusers.
Is it weird to describe a scent as beautiful? Because that’s really all I’ve got.

Happy weekend loves! See you Monday. I promise I’ll actually be back on Monday.