How to Style a Badass Sofa

So the New Year is here and everyone has the latest and greatest  Instagram memes and inspirational sayings and  proverbs with the motivational peeps that are up and through their timelines.  I’m all for it and have my share or isms as well.   However, being the person that I am, I’m over here trying to figure out how to add some funktification to my living room.  I wanna add some color, maybe gold and some black and white touches, oooh some shelving would be nice too.  I have a blue velvet West Elm sofa that I’m holding on to for dear life and I thought to myself.  Well I have a good start because not everyone has a badass sofa, so that brought me to thanken that I need to bring awareness to badass sofas.

Definition: Badass Sofa-  daring with color and texture, it’s universal in all homes.  Family friendly, bachelor or bachelorette pad or if you’re the kinda person that dances to the beat of your own drum.  You need a badass sofa!

So with that being said I gathered up some really cool sofas that push the envelope, but won’t break your pockets and are as sexy as they come.   Keep scrolling cause I also give you the tea on where you can find some of these pieces.  Hope ya love xoxo

Once you’ve picked out your badass sofa, it will be time to style it.  So here are the 5 steps on how to get the look straight out of a magazine.

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I call this one funny money! The Hermes throw just adds to the slayage but Lordt look at the sexiness in this couch?!

Step 1 & 2:  Always refer to the color wheel  it will help you with choosing the right color that will accentuate your sofa.  In this case they used leopard print because as a rule of thumb leopard print is a pattern that will go with everything.

Adding a throw such as this Hermes one will help with the textures as well.  In this case they chose a monochromatic look but they could’ve also gone with a black and white patterned throw that would pull the colors from the flowered pillow.

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If Jonathan Adler has anything to do with it, its going to be extra spicy!  This blue is everything!

Step 3: Once you’ve decided the colors your working with, make sure to repeat the same colors in different patterns.  This will draw major interest to your sofa, it’s a error proof look

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Hello Yellow! This right here brings the sun right on in! If the hubs allowed this kinda behavior in our home, it would make me so happy to see this yellow baby every day.

Step 4: In the case of a lighter color sofa you can play with flower patterns or abstract prints.  You can choose to use adjacent colors on the color wheel but there is a little bit more options with colors such as yellow.

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This reminds me of the cucumber lemonade that I love so much.  Its such a fresh color and girly indeed. I’m here for it

Step 5: The design of the sofa doesn’t stop with the pillows, make sure that you use the accent of your art work and side tables to pull in the patterns.  Such as pink touches that are used around the room to pick up the pink in the pillows.

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I’m not a big fan of pink but this sofa is everything!

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The Sweetest tangerine in the bunch! I love this orange and can see endless decor options for it.

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I hope you all liked the selections and click the numbers to see where you can get them.  I think we start a revolution to get rid of our greige sofas, cause their too safe and get us a badass one.




2016 Colors Of The Year

Pantone has released the colors of 2016 and I must admit when I saw that that they had 2 colors this year I was skeptical and then I thought to myself, I know why they did it like this; these compliment two compliment each other.  One wouldn’t be anything without the other, you know kinda like a marriage.  Rose quartz and Serenity are such soft colors that at first glance you think, it kinda looks like it belongs in a nursery, but with some thinking its got a sex appeal to it.  So I went surfing and you know what, I have some good creative juices flowing for Rosey and Sereny.  Take a look at my gatherings so you can see what I’m talking about in both fashion and  home decor.

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Sexy right? Serene is the word that comes to mind when I look at this room

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Yes to the shoes, that sweater and dem jeans

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If I could get away with painting our door pink, I’m going for it.  Maybe I’ll do it while he’s at work.

RQ and Serenity Living Room           See when its done in an adult setting, it doesn’t look so nurseryish. 

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RQ and Serenity Pillows

Here’s how you can get the look in both your get up and home decor if you too are crushing on Rose Quartz and Serenity!

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The Lyrics To My 2016 Theme Song 

Woop woop!! The New Year is here and I don’t know about you but that last week in December is a pivotal time for me. It’s where I start the add on and cross off lists of life.  Like what I accomplished and still have to do in 2016 and the years to come.

There is one thing that I didn’t think I would be crossing off so soon, which is obtaining my first gray strand!! I took for complete granted that I would get my mommas genes and not get a gray loc until my 55th birthday.

I can tell you that I owe a lot of my old habits to this gray stand and if I don’t stop now, I’m gonna look like the 5th golden girl, which is not cute in your early 30’s.

You’ll probably be able to relate to this kinda behavior and a certain way of  thinking.  Such as constantly second guessing myself or worrying about what others think or say about me; wondering if my art and design is in the liking of others;  if I’m a good daughter, mom, wife or friend.  If my in-laws like me, etc… you know that kinda stuff.

These compulsive thoughts ate me up and would keep me stagnant for lengths at a time.  So I decided that the name of my theme “song” for 2016 will be UNAPOLOGETIC.  Unapologetic for being me, being the mom and wife and artist that I am.  I make no apologies for what I feel is right for my life and soul and I will continue on this trajectory for a spiritual and successful life without worrying about others’ opinions.

So with all that being said, I’m ready for the New Year and  I’m getting my hands dirty with

  1. -More YouTube Videos
  2. -DIY’s
  3. -Exposure of my design projects
  4. -A little bit more of my crazy life
  5. -Collaborations
  6. -Wedding stuff

I’m excited and truly can’t wait for this 2016 journey and sharing it all with you.  So here are the lyrics to my song and I hope they work for you and you can frame em and hang them up somewhere in your homes or offices as well.

Cheers to a New Year and being unapologetic for being you!  Muuah

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Holiday Gift Guide For That Special Guy

If you’re like me, you’re screaming Oh Sh*t next week is Christmas!!  So I’ve got you covered.  Today I’m going to hook you up with some really cool pieces for that special guy in your life.  This is especially good for people like me, who have a lot of people to shop for and can’t afford to spend too much money per person.  So take a look and if you act now, you can get it in time for Christmas and who wants to be bothered with waiting on those long lines in the shops this weekend? Not I!

Here are some pieces from my favorite stores.

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Yup you read that right! All of these pieces are $50 and less.  Here are the links for all the pieces, if you’re interested.

  1. Brixton Wesley Fedora is from Jack Threads is the latest and hottest trend of all and I’m loving the detective dappered vibe that comes with it. || 2. Ethnic Print Scarf is a Zara exclusive that I am gagging over because of the saturated colors.  I can see myself borrowing this one.  Pair this with the fedora and a knee length coat and I’m giving my digits all over again to him. || 3. Nautilus Bracelet set by Urban Outfitters are several pieces that can be worn together or apart and I love it for the man that isnt too flashy but likes a little accents here and there. || 4. Ralph Lauren Clarke High Top Sneakers that are so cool to wear to work and date night. This is the most versatile sneaker that can be worn by dad or by hubby.  ||5. Fair Isle Shawl Collar Cardigan Sweater by JCrew Factory is such a trend that is also pretty timeless, another piece that is versatile. || 6. Timex Expedition Scout watch is a time piece that I love that your guy can beat up and it still would look great, the matte finish gives it such a unique look and again very versatile.

Stay tuned for tomorrow where I have something for the special ladies in your life as well.

Happy Shopping!!




Prix Holiday Season

The time of the year has come where I look out for my favorite peeps! You!  There is so much going on in this big head of mine.  I simply cant wait to share all the things that I have in store for you this month.  I will give you a crash course on how to design a tree, make some great holiday drinks and maybe a dish or 2.  I have some affordable and great ideas on gift guides for the special peeps in your lives that will have them talking about you (in a good way).

Once we have shared our holiday love, we are gonna clean house! Get rid of all the negative people energies and bring in the positivity for the New Year.  So I have some really funny ideas and how we can start the New Year off with a bang!

Starting this Friday, I am rolling out with my gift guides.  You all loved them last year and so I know you are gonna gag over what offers I find out there for your boos and boos-in-law and play cousins.  Hope you stick tight with me cause its gonna be a fun ride!

December is looking pretty exciting, so stay tuned for some fun ish!

See ya on Friday!




Giving Thanks in Thirty Minutes

Am I the only one getting my pallet ready for some good ol Thanksgiving food?!  I’m not having it this year but I will be heading to my sister’s house to eat up her food. For as long as I can remember, my sister has always been a good cook.  I think the best cooks are the ones who enjoy cooking.  Michy is one of those.  When she is done with you, you’ll have to roll your a$$ out of her house cause she fed you to capacity.

So since I’m going to be on the receiving side of things this year.  I have a little more time on my hands and I’ve curated some great recipes from my favorite bloggers and chefs so you can wow your guests when they come by, to top it all off every single dish can be done in under 30 minutes.   I’m not one to eat dinner at 6PM especially since I am on a tea and crackers diet for the day to save up all the room for dinner.  So if you want to wow your guest and not take up too much time trying to make the dish, please try one of these dishes.  I’ve tried each and everyone of them and highly recommend them for you and your guests.  Sorry but not sorry for the premature salivating.

Mac & Cheese (Trinidadian Style) 

My mom is from Guyana and my dad(who doesn’t cook at all) is from Trinidad.  So it wasn’t until I was at someone’s house that I discovered Trinidadian Mac& Cheese.  This is not just any mac&cheese this is heaven in a pan, the kind that make you wanna slap your mama man.  Even if you don’t try it this year, be sure to try it some time before  your New Years’ resolutions.

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Ingredients

  • 8 
ounce (2cups)Macaroni
  • 2 Tablespoon sunsalted butter
  • 1-2 tablespoon jalapenos pepper minced, seeded
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • ½ cup finely diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 
cup evaporated milk
  • 1 egg
  • 4 ounce mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 4 ounce sharp cheddar cheese
, grated
  • 1 
teaspoon salt (I used creole salt)
  • ½ 
teaspoon white pepper
  • ½ teaspoons dry mustard (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions.Be sure to salt water before cooking.
  2. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, sauté the garlic, thyme, Jalapeno pepper, smoked paprika for about 1 minute in 2 tablespoons butter.
  3. Then add onions and continue cooking for about a minute more.
  4. Proceed by adding the flour; whisk until blended. Gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until mixture thickens. Remove about ¼ cup of the mixture and slowly whisk with the egg making sure it doesn’t curdle. Dump the tempered egg back into the pan.and mix well to incorporate all ingredients.
  5. Stir in more than half of the cheese (leave the rest to sprinkle on top) creole salt and pepper until smooth.
  6. Drain macaroni and add to sauce; stir until coated. Adjust seasonings. Transfer to a greased 2-quart baking dish or 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle remains cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 -30 minutes or until heated through.

Sweet Potato Casserole  (Boston Market Style)

I love me some Boston Market sweet potato and I pretty much eat it like dessert whenever I do go there.  Before I take a single spoonful, I have to observe the goodness of it.  The different textures from the smoothness of the sweet potato and the fluffiness of the marshmallows added with sweet and salty crunch oatmeal crumbs.  Its definitely the food version of love.  If you don’t want anyone to go home, than please make this casserole because its bound to change and reevaluate lives.

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Ingredients
  • Sweet Potatoes 3 ½ – 4 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1” pieces
  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Topping
  • 2 cups marshmallows
  • ½ cup flour
  • 4 tablespoons butter unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Instructions
1. Fill a large pot with sweet potato pieces and water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until fork tender. Drain potatoes and place back into pot. Mash potatoes with a potato masher or blend with an electric mixer, until mostly smooth. Add remaining ingredients (except topping ingredients). Mix until combined.
2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8”x10” casserole dish (8×8 or 9×9 works too).
3. Spoon sweet potatoes into casserole dish and smooth out. Sprinkle top of sweet potatoes with marshmallows.
4. Melt butter in a medium microwave safe bowl. Add remaining ingredients. Mix with a fork. Sprinkle over top of casserole.
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until streusel is crisp and marshmallows are golden brown.
Serve and enjoy!

Cheesy Sausage Bread

This cheesy sausage bread is the best thing since the sliced one.  I mean if you’re not into meat it can even be done without it.  I love the fluffiness of this bread and if you do decide on getting the pesto sauce then you may have potential family turned stalkers, don’t say I didn’t warn ya.

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Ingredients

  • 8-oz bulk Italian sausage (or Italian turkey sausage)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 1/4-3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons dry Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Fontina cheese (6 oz)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 oz)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 oz)
  • 1 cup purchased basil pesto (or make your own, here)

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet cook sausage and onion over medium-high heat until meat is brown, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat. Cover and chill sausage mixture until needed.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together 1 1/4 cups of the flour, the yeast, and Italian seasoning. In a medium saucepan heat and stir milk, butter, sugar, and salt just until warm (120 degrees F to 130 degrees F) and butter almost melts. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; add egg. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.
  3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes total). Shape dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface of dough.  Cover and let rise in a warm place until double in size. (about 1 hour).
  4. Punch dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in thirds. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl combine sausage mixture, fontina cheese, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese.  Set aside.
  5. Roll each portion of dough into a 30-inch-long rope. Cut ropes into 1-inch pieces. Divide one-third of the pieces between the prepared loaf pans. Divide one-third of the cheese mixture between pans. Repeat layers two more times.
  6. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden. Cool in pans on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove loaves from pans; peel off parchment paper. Serve warm with pesto.

Freezer Instructions: Before baking, place prepared loaf in freezer.  When frozen solid, you can remove the bread mass using the parchment the pan is lined in.  Wrap well in plastic and/or foil and seal in a zip top bag.  When ready to bake, unwrap and return parchment lined bread to pan.  Let sit at room temp for 3-5 hours, until thawed and then bake as directed.

Spicy Ginger Lemonade

Now listen, I love lemonade so much that I didn’t think I could love it anymore, until I had a spicy ginger lemonade.  Now I always try and convince myself that I’m not a ginger person but most of the things I love to eat has ginger in it.  Spicy Lemonade is my new found crush.  I even love it with a little vodka in it or you can always remix it and put some ginger ale which makes it a little more fuzzy.  This drink can wash all the goodness down and get you ready for some good dessert.

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Ingredients
Makes 11 (1-cup) servings
  • 10 ounces fresh ginger
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 10 cups water, divided
  • 2 cups freshly-squeezed lemon juice (from about 15 lemons)

Instructions

  1. Peel the ginger and chop into roughly 1/4-inch pieces.
  2. Combine the ginger, sugar, and 4 cups of the water in a medium pot over high heat.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, and simmer for 45 minutes.
  4. Strain the syrup through a fine mesh sieve, pressing on the ginger with the back of a spoon.
  5. You should have about 3 cups of syrup. Cool to room temperature.
  6. Combine the lemon juice and remaining 6 cups water in a large pitcher or pot. Stir in all of the ginger syrup. Chill before serving or serve over ice.

Recipe Notes

  • Feel free to adjust the amount of simple syrup based on your personal taste.
  • The ginger pieces left from making the syrup make for a delightfully spicy, slightly sweet snack. Store them in the fridge to eat throughout the week or add them to your favorite muffin recipe.

I have so much to be thankful for this year! I’m also so thankful for you guys and for you taking the time out to read my posts and like and share.  Love you guys!

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