BIG Announcement

January 29, 2015

I promised y'all a big announcement yesterday and I can hardly contain myself about it! As many of you know, I am an avid crafter and have been making gifts for friends for many years. Most recently, I made all of my friends sorority frames which were a huge hit. I figured it was time I start making some money off of this hobby, so without further adieu...

BLESSED BRUNETTE IS ON ETSY!

I will be selling handprinted picture frames which are completely customizable! They make great gifts for friends, moms, aunts, sisters, sorority sisters and more and I am offering them at a very reasonable cost and no extra fee to customize.

As of now, everything in the shop is actually under $10! 

In addition to frames, I can do calligraphy-style prints with cute sayings (currently offering one that says "Bless Your Heart"). I can also accommodate basically any custom order if you shoot me a message.
I've also created a coupon for my readers. Use code BLESSEDBRUNETTEBLOG between now and February 28th for 20% of your purchase.

I hope everyone is just as excited as I am about this new business venture! Please support my shop and let me know if you have any requests for customization.



I'm Baaacckk!

January 28, 2015

I am so excited to be transitioning back into blogging after taking a break for a few weeks! It has been so chaotic since I last blogged my recipe for avocado toast (sorry, strange post to leave on but  at least it was delicious!).  Let me catch you up on my hectic life!

I returned back to school a week early for sorority rush which was a craaazy experience and I'm while I'm so glad to have it behind me, I am very happy to announce that I thought Theta!! Going into recruitment, I had no idea where I would end up but I am so blessed to be a new sister of Kappa Alpha Theta. I am beyond excited to see all that sorority life has in store  (one thing I know for sure is that it'll involve lots and lots of crafting)!  You can bet the first thing I did--in true sorority girl fashion--when I got back to my room on Bid Day was make a "Throw What You Know" Pinterest board.

In addition to classes and activities with my sorority, I have lately been very busy as a blogger for bSmartGuide. If you remember, my last post was all about why Reese Witherspoon is my spirit animal. I can't wait to share my latest bSmart post with y'all **coming soon** (hint, it involves an extremely talented young artist who many of you may know!! And even better, my friend Betsy of The Sweet & Chic Prep is helping out as my trusty assistant)!

Finally, I will leave you with yet another cliff hanger. There is a BIG announcement coming tomorrow that I can't wait to share. And I'll give you a hint for this one too: it involves crafting. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the big reveal and a special offer for Blessed Brunette readers!

I hope these past couple weeks have gone smoothly for everyone!



Recipe: Avocado Toast

January 5, 2015



I've been seeing avocado toast all over Pinterest lately, and being that I love avocado, I thought it was worth a try. I definitely put my own spin on it and it turned out amazing! It was the perfect easy lunch to enjoy while I shopped the Lilly Pulitzer after party sale online.


 As with anything I eat, my dog Darcy wanted a bite. It was hard to say no to those puppy dog eyes, especially since I am going back to college tomorrow and won't see her for months (cue the sobbing).


With the season of resolutions upon us, it seems like everyone wants to eat healthier, and this meal is perfect for the health-concious. Avocados are brain food and contain healthy fat. Even better, this recipe is extremely satisfying unlike a lot of health foods!

So here's the recipe for my lime and goat cheese avocado toast! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Ingredients:

  • Half an avocado
  • 4 thin slices of a baguette 
  • Half a lime
  • Goat cheese
  • 1/2 tbsp sea salt
Directions:
  1. Toast the slices of baguette in  350 degree oven for 5 minutes or until crispy.
  2. Slice the avocado half into several pieces, and place the avocado slivers on the bread. Use a fork to mash and spread the avocado evenly across the pieces of bread.
  3. Squeeze a little lime juice on each piece of bread, to taste. Sprinkle on sea salt for flavor.
  4. Garnish each piece of toast with goat cheese.
  5. Dig in! 

"Roomspiration"

January 2, 2015

While I may only be at my house for a few more days (and a few other random bits of time between now and summer), I've been thinking of some ways I could update the design, as it has become a bit random over the years. I put together this little collage of "roomspiration" and I'm hoping that- little by little- I'll transform it into one that totally reflects my taste and style!

What do you think of these pieces? Any interior design tips?

Row 1 (left-right): Jonathan Adler, Target, Kate Spade
Row 2: Evelyn Henson, Furbish, Etsy
Row 3: Wayfair, Wayfair, World Market