Hello, Friday! Link Roundup

Hello, hello! Aren’t Fridays the best? I think so!

What have you been up to this week … anything fun or unusual? My week was pretty run of the mill. I did manage to mess my apartment up big time (#CrafterProblems), so I’ll probably spend a big chunk of the weekend getting it back in order. I’m not really looking forward to that!

I am looking forward to spending some time outside, and maybe even having an autumn picnic. It’s still warm enough here for that, thankfully. I’ll take plenty of pictures to share next week!

My iPhone is full of pictures, so many that I haven’t been able to take more without deleting some first. Has that ever happened to you? I went through my camera roll and picked out some favorites to share today. I hope you like them!

Here are my favorite links from the week:

Giant Flowers on Governors Island | Hello Little HomeGiant flowers on Governors Island.

I’m an Influenster! Check out my review of my Vitality Vox Box on YouTube. Don’t worry, I’ll explain exactly what an Influenster is, too!

Are you feeling the Halloween spirit? It’s still a little early for me, but nevertheless, these Happy Owl-oween Printables from Tatertots & Jello are too cute not to share.

Hello Natural has 15 Healthy Comfort Food Makeovers … please let me I’m not the only one starting to crave heavier foods as the temp drops!

Bring a little old-fashioned sweetness into your home with this DIY Adorned Screen Door from Going Home to Roost.

Rusty Railing Governors Island | Hello Little HomeA rusty railing and falling leaves on Governors Island.

Get dinner on the table fast! Kitchen Treaty shared 5 Meatless Dinners in 10 Minutes or Less.

Dress up your couch with this cute DIY Pom Pom Pillow from Hi Sugarplum!

Mmm … The First Mess shared a recipe for Really Good Tomato Soup.

Brit + Co. has 20 Autumn-Inspired Manis that you’ll fall in love with!

Giraffe on Governors Island | Hello Little HomeLooking up a huge giraffe sculpture.

Do you struggle with the cat eye? Then don’t miss these Pro Tips for Creating the Perfect Cat Eye from A Beautiful Mess.

Take your hair from Flat to Full with these awesome tricks from Camille Styles.

Any dessert with cream cheese (cheesecake, frosting, etc.) makes me super happy, including these Carrots-Zucchini Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen.

I need a pair of these adorable DIY Sketchy Penny Loafers from Flamingo Toes stat!

Lower Manhattan Skyline | Hello Little HomeA shot of the Manhattan Skyline.

Here’s a salad that’s perfect for fall: Kale and Asian Pear (via A House in the Hills).

These Tiny Neon Pots from I Spy DIY are the perfect thing to hold a mini succulent.

I love these 15 Career Tips from Smart Women that Cup of Jo rounded up.

Hostess with the Mostess has some great Tips for Throwing a Party in a Pinch.

Satisfy your carb cravings with the Apple Cinnamon Pretzel Twists from Running to the Kitchen.

Blue Sky Waiting for Subway | Hello Little Home Check out that amazing blue sky!

Here are a few sales for your shopping pleasure!

  • Target: buy 1, get 1 50% off Women’s Shoes with code PREVIEW (through 9/20) + shop the exclusive Altuzarra Collection!
  • Kohl’s: take 15% off Costumes with code SPOOKY15 (through 9/25!
  • Nordstrom: earn Beauty Triple Points and get a free Gift with Beauty Purchase! Choose from 75+ gifts, valued up to $170 (through 9/24). Plus, get free shipping and returns on every order.
  • Starbucks: hey, PSL lovers! Enjoy 10% off Pumpkin Spice products with code 10OFFPSLA (through 9/21)!
  • Amazon: shop the Fall Outlet Event and save on hundreds of products across Amazon.com!
  • Walmart: shop Trends and Inspirations for Home Decor, including the exclusive 9 by NOVOGRATZ and Better Homes and Gardens collections!
  • Best Buy: save up to 50% on Open Box TVs and more!
  • AHAlife: take 15% off + get free U.S. shipping on all orders with code ENJOY15 + receive a $20 merchandise credit for every friend you refer to AHAlife.com if their first purchase exceeds $100!
  • Cost Plus World Market: save 10% with code SAVEBIG10 (valid until 9/30).
  • Design Within Reach: it’s The Knoll Annual Sale! Save 15% + get free shipping (ends 10/10!
  • The Perfect Rug: save 10% on all Rugs and Accessories with code FALLSAVINGS.
  • The Limited: ends today (9/19)! Take 40% off EVERYTHING (excluding select styles) with code BIG40!
  • Alternative Apparel: take $20 off $125+ with code 20OFF125 (ends 9/22).
  • lucy Activewear: save up to 50% off sale items during lucy’s fall sale!
  • e.l.f. Cosmetics: take 50% off top fall products! Valid on order of $25+ with code FALL50 (through 9/22).
  • Ruche: ends today (9/19)! Take $50 off your $150+ order with code FALL50!
  • ModCloth: ends today (9/19)! Get up to 70% off during ModCloth’s huge sale!
  • Dooney & Bourke: get Free Shipping when you order $100+! My pick is the Florentine Satchel (love those tassels!).
  • Dylan’s Candy Bar: shop for Spooky Sweets! I love their sugar skull candy!
  • Craftsty: shop the Big Fall Course Sale (ends 9/22)! All classes are up to 50% off!
  • Michael’s: take 50% off any 1 regular price item (through 9/21).
  • Groupon: 3 days only! During the September Savetacular save up to an EXTRA 30% on select local deals!
  • Hancock Fabrics: shop the Autumn Sale for savings on Fabrics, Irons, Pillow Forms, and much more (through 9/22).
  • Living Social: save 15% sitewide with code SEP15 (through  9/21).

White Picket Fence | Hello Little HomeI loved this white picket fence that I saw in the Rockaways.

How about a fall cocktail? This Spiced Pumpkin After Dinner Coffee from Will Cook for Smiles will warm you up as the temperature dips. Cheer to the weekend!

What are you up to this weekend?

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DIY Stripes & Dots Nesting Boxes

I have a short attention span. As much as I love a good DIY project, I have a bad habit of starting something and never finishing it, or picking up supplies for a project and never even beginning it. Do you ever do that?

Quite a while ago, I found a set of nesting boxes that I thought would be perfect for holding odds and ends. Well, those boxes sat around my living room/craft room for a few months, but I couldn’t decide how to paint them. Then they moved into my hall closet, never to be seen again … until now!

DIY Stipes & Dots Nesting Boxes | Hello Little Home #DIY #craft #goldI finally found a little inspiration in the form of my favorite gold paint, and I turned those plain boxes into a set of DIY Stripes and Dots Nesting Boxes!

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Fun Fall Tassels: Jewelry and Accessories

If you’ve read my blog for a while, you probably know how much I love tassels. There have been suede tassels, tassel cocktail napkins, tassel necklaces, and more!

I love how tassels can skew classic, preppy, or bohemian depending on materials or color. You can find them in fashion and interior design, and on clothing and accessories for men, women, and kids. There is a tassel for everyone. I’m sure of it!

Last week, I was flipping through a local magazine, and I noticed that first bracelet below. I just loved the bright colors and the beads. Well, that one bracelet led me down a rabbit hole, and I found myself searching for other gorgeous tassels pieces, too.

So here’s a roundup of fun fall tassels: jewelry and accessories. As far as tassels go, this is just the tip of the iceberg (I haven’t even touched on clothes), but a girls has to sleep sometime!

Fun Fall Tassels: Jewelry and Accessories | Hello Little Home #style #fashion #FallFashionAlmost everything here comes in multiple colors or metals … so many tassel options!

Bracelets

  1. Sole Society Boho Wrap Bracelet. This is the piece that got me thinking about tassels. I love the fun boho vibe.
  2. Sam Edelman Waterfall Chain Tassel Cuff Bracelet. Start an arm party with this bold bangle.
  3. Alex and Ani Tangerine Artist’s Palette Beaded Bangle. Love that long tassel and the rich tones.
  4. Missing Piece Gold Coin Bracelet. Turquoise and gold are so pretty together.
  5. Target 4-Piece Woven/Stretch Friendship Bracelets.  This is actually a set of bracelets that’s on clearance for under $5, so snap it up if you like it!
  6. Feed ‘5’ Tassel Bracelets. These colorful bracelets are only $10, and for each one you purchase, 5 meals are provided to hungry school children.

Handbags

  1. Big Buddha Jerome. The cool quilted (vegan) leather texture and classic color make this bag perfect year round.
  2. Sole Society Pilar Vegan Braided Messenger. This gorgeous bag has braids and tassels.
  3. Volcom Harmony Tassel Trim Pouch. You’ll only pay $25 for this fun, boho pouch!
  4. Dooney & Bourke Florentine Satchel.  I’m truly in love with this beautiful handbag. It’s been on my wish list for a while now!

Earrings

  1. Sam Edelman Waterfall Double Tassel Drop Earrings. Two tassels (actually, make that four!) are better than one.
  2. Jessica Simpson The Social Club Drama Tassel Earrings. Add a little edge to your outfit with these spiky tassels.
  3. House of Harlow Sunburst Tassel Earrings. These bold earrings will brighten up your day!

Shoes

  1. MICHAEL Michael Kors Rhea Knee High Boot. How amazing are these boots!
  2. Eric Michael Yuma Booties.  Two of my favorites – studs and tassels – in one boot.
  3. Footzyfolds ‘Stephania’ Foldable Ballet Flat. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but these flats are made with cork!
  4. Sole Society Ceara Tassel Loafer. These colorful suede loafers look so rich.

Necklaces

  1. Bauble Bar Gold Tassel Necklace.  It almost looks like fringe, but this pretty necklace is made of many mini tassels.
  2. Bauble Bar Chrysanthemum Layered Necklace. Dress up a plain t-shirt with this blingy necklace.
  3. Capsule by Cära Necklace with Topaz Pear Shaped Jewels and Tassels. This inexpensive necklace from Target has a great lariat shape.
  4. Juicy Couture Bead, Key, Heart Lock & Tassel Charm Toggle Necklace. A super colorful find from Kohl’s new Juicy Couture collection.
  5. Missing Piece Tassel Rope Necklace.  So boho and so fun!
  6. Forever 21 Chain Tassel Drop Necklace. This might just be the ultimate tassel necklace, and it’s under $10!

When I Win the Lottery

  1. Jolita Jewelry Paris Luxe Necklace. Super pricey, but super gorgeous!

Scarves

  1. Forever 21 On the Range Tassel Scarf. Add a little Western edge to your fall outfits with this cute scarf.
  2. San Diego Hat Company Aztec Fabric Scarf with Tassels. I love the rich, elegant color of this scarf.

More!

  1. Henri Bendel iPhone 5 Case on a String.  An iPhone case with tassels … sold!
  2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Belt. Finally, even belts come with tassels!

P.S. Have you checked out the new Altuzarra Collection at Target? I LOVE the 70’s vibe!

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Pineapple Fried Brown Rice

NYC grocery shopping is a major pain. Like many New Yorkers, I don’t have a car. Although even if I did, most of the stores around me don’t have a parking lot. So the days of full carts and stocking up are gone (unless I order online; which has its own challenges).

The nearest grocery store is a few blocks away from my apartment, which is convenient, but I still can’t handle more than two bags at one time. This means that I generally make multiple trips to the store every week. Did I mention that I never liked grocery shopping to begin with?

All this also means that sometimes I get super lazy. That’s exactly what happened to me last week. I’d been avoiding the store for a few days, and my cupboards were pretty bare. I had a few scraps of this and that, and I was trying to come up with something to make.

That’s how I came up with this Pineapple Fried Brown Rice!

Pineapple Fried Brown Rice | Hello Little Home #FriedRice #Recipe

Fried rice is one of the best way to use up the odds and ends in your refrigerator. This pineapple version just so happens to be one of my favorite meals, too!

Let’s start by talking about the rice. To make good fried rice, you need to start with leftover (cold) rice. If you’re in a pinch, you can use freshly cooked rice, but the texture will be a soft and mushy. So use up those takeout leftovers, or simply make a batch of rice the night before and refrigerate it overnight (that’s what I usually do).

The rice is important, but it’s everything else that goes in the dish that makes it taste so good! My Pineapple Fried Brown Rice is full of vegetables, tofu (sub your favorite protein), crunchy cashews, and sweet pineapple. It’s a little sweet, a touch spicy, a bit salty, and oh so good!

Clean out your fridge and make this fried rice tonight!

Pineapple Fried Brown Rice

Yield: 4 main dish servings, 6-8 side dish servings

Pineapple Fried Brown Rice

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 2 tsp. + 1 tbsp. olive oil, separated
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice, cold (see note)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups chopped cabbage (about 1/4 of a small head)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or minced
  • 1 large green onion, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (8 oz.) package baked tofu, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. sesame oil

Instructions

  1. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add cashews and cook, stirring occasionally, until toasted. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Return pan to stove, add 2 tsp. olive oil, and set burner to medium-high.
  4. Add onion and carrots to pan. Cook, stirring frequently, until edges start to brown.
  5. Stir cabbage into onions and carrots. Cook, stirring, until cabbage begins to wilt.
  6. Add 1 tbsp. olive oil, garlic, white part of green onions, and crushed red pepper flakes to pan.
  7. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant (about 30 seconds to 1 minutes).
  8. Run a fork through the brown rice to separate the grains. Add to vegetables.
  9. Cook until rice is hot and then reduce to medium.
  10. Add tofu and pineapple to pan. Cook until heated through.
  11. Push rice mixture to one side of pan.
  12. Pour eggs into pan and scramble.
  13. When eggs are almost cooked through, mix them in with the rice. Use a spatula to scrape the bottom of the pan, making sure to get all the eggs.
  14. Stir in the green onions and cashews.
  15. Drizzle rice with soy sauce and sesame oil. Stir well.
  16. Season with additional soy sauce, if desired, and remove from heat.
  17. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

  • - To prepare 3 cups cooked rice, combine 1 cup rice, 2 cups water, and 1 tsp. salt in a medium pot. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to low, and cook until tender and water is absorbed (about 35-45 minutes). Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • - When cooking over high temperatures, make sure to stir the ingredients frequently. This will help avoid burning.
  • - If you like spicy food, add additional crushed red pepper flakes or serve with sriracha or rooster sauce.

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P.S. If you like this recipe, make sure to check out my Spicy Tomato Basil Fried Rice, too!

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Hello, Friday! Link Roundup

Hi, friends! Thanks for stopping by today! Are you counting down the minutes until the weekend begins?

Last weekend, my husband and I spent an afternoon in Flushing (part of Queens), where there’s a huge Chinatown. We got two huge plates of tasty dumplings – lamb for him, veggie for me – and paid less than $10. I couldn’t even eat all of mine! It’s nearly impossible to find a bargain like that in pricey NYC, so we have plans to go back for seconds soon.

While we were there, we headed to Flushing Meadows Corona Park (see pics below). The World’s Fair was held there in 1939 and again in 1964. Most of the landmarks from the Fair are long gone, but a few remain. It’s a huge park and a fun escape from Manhattan, especially when dumplings are involved!

I predict that this weekend will be much quieter. There will probably be a movie night and popcorn though. That always makes me happy!

On to my favorite links from the week:

The Unisphere - Flushing Meadows Corona Park | Hello Little HomeThink you don’t have time or money to decorate? Emily A. Clark has 3 Totally Easy Decorating Ideas that are quick and inexpensive.

These Apple Pie Biscuits from Joy the Baker look super delicious.

Add some fun to your fridge with these DIY Gold and Silver Alphabet Magnets from LiveLoveDIY.

This Chocolate Pudding from The Beauty Department has a surprise ingredient and is healthy enough to eat for breakfast.

The Unisphere - Flushing Meadows Corona Park | Hello Little HomeThe Unisphere

Want to update your look? YouLookFab has 4 Shortcuts to a More Current Style.

Make these No Bake Lemon Fruit Tart from Minimalist Baker while fresh fruit is still in season.

This DIY Book Bin from Lay Baby Lay holds books in place using the cutest handpainted hearts.

The Rocket Thrower - Flushing Meadows Corona Park | Hello Little HomeThe Rocket Thrower

Risotto is one of my favorite cool weather meals, so I can’t wait to try this Garlic Butter Mushroom Risotto from Pinch of Yum.

Wear your photos! Lovely Indeed shows us how to make DIY Instagram Transfer T-Shirts and Onesies, and the result is really cute.

These personalized DIY No-Sew Floral Aprons from Sugar & Cloth would make a great gift.

The Rocket Thrower - Flushing Meadows Corona Park | Hello Little Home I’ve been on a popsicle making kick lately (it’s still hot here). These Grapefruit Popsicles from Paper & Stitch would be a great end of summer treat, plus they’re super pretty.

I need to plan a party so I can make these Mini Piñatas from Woods of Bell Trees. They are just so darn cute!

These Cheesecake Brownie Bars from Roxana’s Home Baking combine two of my favorites in one dessert. They look truly decadent!

The New York City Pavillion - Flushing Meadows Corona Park | Hello Little HomeThe New York State Pavilion

Planning to do a little shopping this weekend? Don’t miss these sales:

  • Target: save 20% when you spend $99 on Women’s, Men’s, and Kid’s Clothes, Shoes and Accessories + save an additional 10% off with code EXTRA10 (through 9/13).
  • Kohl’s: take 15% off with code CELEBRATE15 or 20% off $100+ with code CELEBRATE (through 9/17).
  • Nordstrom: shop the Modern Collection for new fall looks starting at $58. Plus, get free shipping and free returns on every order.
  • AHAlife: shop for cool, unique gifts for under $100 + enjoy 15% off + Free U.S. Shipping on all orders with code ENJOY15 (ends 9/30).
  • Amazon: upgrading to the iPhone 6? Trade in your old iPhone for an Amazon gift card!
  • Walmart: get your game on! Shop Big Screens for small prices and grab your gear from the NFL Fan Shop!
  • Best Buy: shop the 2-Day Sale for deals throughout the store (ends 9/14), plus save an extra $20 on Select Small Kitchen Appliances with code SAVE20 (ends 9/21).
  • Puma: shop the Friends and Family Sale! Take 40% off your entire purchase with code FASTFRIENDS, plus get free shipping (through 9/15)!
  • Lucy Activewear: spend more, save more! Get $20 off $100+, $30 off $150+, $50 off $200+, $80 off $300+!
  • The Limited: the Semi-Annual Suit Event has been extended through 9/16! Buy 1, Get 1 Free jackets, pants, skirts, and dresses! Save 30% on full price tops/sweaters and 40% on full-price jewelry and accessories, too!
  • Dooney & Bourke: get free shipping when you order $100 or more.
  • e.l.f. Cosmetics: get an 11-Piece Studio Brush Collection, usually $45, for just $3 with code BRUSHES on orders of $30 or more (through 9/15)! 
  • philosophy: buy one 16-oz. shower gel, get one free with code bathparty (through 9/12).
  • Cost Plus World Market: save 10% with code SAVEBIG10, plus get free shipping on orders $150 or more with code SHIPFREE150.
  • Craftsy: take a free mini class! They cover everything from baking to photography!
  • Paper Source: take 20% off Personalized Stationary plus shop the End of Summer Sale for 50% off sale items (while supplies last).
  • Michaels: take 50% off any 1 regular price item (through 9/21).
  • Hancock Fabrics: shop the Blowout Sale and save 50-70% plus get 10% off 1 regular-price item with code AEFTN (ends 9/15).
  • Groupon: take 10% off New Groupon Getaways Deals with code EARLY10 (through 9/13).
  • Living Social: hot deal alert! Get a Costco Wholesale Membership + a bonus $20 Costco Cash Card + Coupons for just $55 (through 9/15).

Flushing Meadows Corona Park | Hello Little HomeFinally, toast fall with an Apple Cider Margarita (via Fabtastic Eats). Cheers to that!

Do you have anything fun planned for this weekend?

P.S. Check out my most recent posts for Coldwell Banker, too!

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Parmesan Pepper Popcorn + Movie Night Essentials

As much as I love a night out, as I’ve gotten older I enjoy spending my nights relaxing at home even more. There’s nothing better on a cool fall night (we’re going to get some of those soon, right?), than cuddling up under a blanket and watching a movie or two.

My husband and I have had quite a few movie nights lately, and what do movie nights call for? Popcorn, and lots of it!

I like to dress mine up a bit with cheese and other seasonings. My favorite combination is Parmesan Pepper Popcorn.

Parmesan Pepper Popcorn + Movie Night Essentials | Hello Little Home #recipe #snackWhen we moved to New York, I gave away my popcorn popper. It definitely made sense at the time (there’s no room in my tiny kitchen), but I still regretted that decision for a while.

Thankfully, I learned how to make stove top popcorn and was able to fill my popcorn void ;)

Stove top popcorn doesn’t take a ton of effort, so whether you have a popcorn maker or not, this Parmesan Pepper Popcorn is an easy treat!

Parmesan Pepper Popcorn

Yield: 1 big bowl

Parmesan Pepper Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup popcorn
  • 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Place popcorn, olive oil, and salt in a large pot.
  2. Stir well. The oil needs to coat every kernel of corn.
  3. Cover the pot and place over medium heat.
  4. Shake the pot continuously back and forth over the burner. The popcorn will start popping after a few minutes. Use potholders to protect your hands from the heat.
  5. Continue shaking the pot until you hear about 3 - 4 seconds between pops.
  6. Remove pot from heat and transfer popcorn to a large serving bowl.
  7. Melt butter in the microwave or in a small skillet.
  8. Drizzle a third of the butter over the popcorn. Top with additional salt (if desired), pepper to taste, and 1/3 of the Parmesan. Mix popcorn well.
  9. Repeat the previous step.
  10. Finish by topping popcorn with remaining butter and Parmesan, plus salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Notes

I recommend using a stock pot or dutch oven to make the popcorn. Just make sure the pot's bottom is not too thin, or your popcorn may burn.

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Parmesan Pepper Popcorn | Hello Little Home #snack #recipeOf course, I have a few other movie night essentials, too!

Movie Night Essentials | Hello Little Home1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7: Waitress, Hairspray, Sideways, Amelie, Happy-Go-Lucky

Since I’m staying in, I like to get as cozy as possible. That usually means pajamas and slippers, plus a comfy throw to wrap up in. A few snacks and drinks are necessary, too. Swedish fish, jelly beans, and hot cocoa top my list. I love fun popcorn bowls, too, like the set above (it says “more popcorn, please!” on the inside).

As far as movies go, I love indie flicks and quirky main characters. These are the movies that I’ve watched too many times to count:

What are your favorite movies?

I’m linking up with these link parties, as well as Much Ado About Monday, Flaunt It FridayFabulous FridayCreative InspirationsCreate It ThursdayI Heart Nap TimeThe Creative CollectionBest of the WeekendSay G’DaySaturday SparksShowlicious, Your Designs This TimeLou Lou GirlsThe ScoopInspire Me TuesdayTweak It TuesdayWine’d Down WednesdayCreate & ShareMake Bake CreateWork It Wednesday, and Be.You.Tiful.

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Get the Look: Emma Watson in All Black (Everything under $100!)

While I love a little color in my wardrobe, once the weather cools off, it’s hard to beat a darker palette. It’s just so easy to pull together!

I especially like creating all black outfits which can take me from day to night with minimal effort. Keep these three tips in mind when creating your own monotone ensemble:

  • Look for sharp tailoring and special details.
  • Use makeup to avoid washing out your face.
  • For added interest, pair with gold or silver jewelry.

When I saw this photo of Emma Watson in all black, I fell in love with her effortlessly chic outfit. Here’s how you can get the look, and bonus, everything’s under $100!

Get the Look: Emma Watson in All Black | Hello Little Home #fashion #style #FallStyle

Emma Watson photo from People

Get Emma’s look with these key pieces:

      1. Treasure & Bond Skinny Jeans 
      2. Pleione Faux Wrap Blouse
      3. Croft & Barrow Faceoff Satchel
      4. Nine West Adriana Pointy Toe Pumps

More all-black options:

      1. NYDJ Zip Front Blouse with Faux Leather Inserts
      2. Sole Society Kemi Bootie
      3. Trouve Zip Detail Pencil Skirt
      4. Sole Society Marlena Clutch
      5. Sole Society Hillary
      6. Jack by BB Dakota What Motors Most Jacket
      7. Trouve Zip Track Pants

Pair with an on-trend berry lip:

      1. Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Color

So, what do you think? Would you wear all black?

P.S. Check out all my Get the Look posts.

P.P.S. Remember my Get the Look: Kate Spade Fall 2014 post? You can shop the original pieces now! I’m especially in love with the Lee Bow Skirt. #WishList

I’m linking up with Random Wednesday, What I Wore, Your Whims Wednesday, Fashion Informant, Tres-Chic Fashion Thursday, Friday’s Fab FavoritesSay G’Day, Monday Mingle, Monday Morning Gossip, How I FallMore Pieces of Me, On the Daily Express, Let It Shine, and I Feel Pretty.

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Harvest Veggie Enchiladas with Crema Verde

The weather is supposed to be in high seventies this week. Feels like fall, right?

Maybe not, but I’ll take it compared to last week’s 80s and 90s. Even though the weather is not cooperating, I’m starting to to crave heartier foods and fall flavors (pumpkin in everything!).

I’ve even turned on my oven a few times to make these Harvest Veggie Enchiladas with Crema Verde. #WorthTheHeat

Harvest Veggie Enchiladas with Crema Verde | Hello Little Home #recipe #Mexican #vegetarianDon’t worry, you won’t have to stand over a hot stove for hours to enjoy these cheesy enchiladas. They’re easy to make, yet completely delicious.

To make these Harvest Veggie Enchiladas, I quickly sauteed end-of-summer corn and zucchini, combined the veggies with black beans and warm Mexican spices, and then wrapped this tasty filling in fresh corn tortillas.

My favorite part of this dish is the Crema Verde, and it couldn’t be easier to make! Simply blend together sour cream and green salsa, and you’ve got a rich, delicious sauce.

Give these veggie enchiladas a try. They’re the perfect bridge between summer and fall!

Harvest Veggie Enchiladas with Crema Verde

Yield: 12 enchiladas

Serving Size: 2 - 3 enchiladas per person

Harvest Veggie Enchiladas with Crema Verde

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 large zucchini, diced
  • 1 ear corn, husked and kernels removed
  • 1 (15-oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp, salt
  • 1 16-oz. jar green salsa
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Coat a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. Prepare enchilada filling:
  4. Heat olive oil over medium-high in a large frying pan.
  5. Saute onion, stirring often, until it begins to brown around the edges (about 5 minutes).
  6. Add zucchini and corn kernels to pan.
  7. Cook, stirring frequently, until zucchini begins to soften.
  8. Reduce heat to medium.
  9. Stir black beans into vegetables and cook until heated through.
  10. Add garlic, cumin, oregano, and salt to pan and cook until fragrant (about 1 minute), stirring constantly.
  11. Remove pan from heat and season to taste with additional salt, if desired. Set aside.
  12. Make crema verde:
  13. Place salsa and sour cream in a medium bowl. Whisk until combined.
  14. Assemble enchiladas:
  15. Cover the bottom of the baking dish with a layer of crema verde.
  16. Wrap 4 tortillas in a paper towel or dish cloth.
  17. Heat tortillas in microwave for 45 seconds or until very hot.
  18. Carefully remove 1 tortilla and place it on a flat surface (keep the remaining tortillas covered so they don't dry out).
  19. On one end of the tortilla, place 1/12 of the vegetable filling.
  20. Roll up the tortilla tightly and place it in the baking dish.
  21. Repeat this process with the remaining 3 tortillas and then heat 4 more tortillas and repeat again.
  22. After all the tortillas are filled, cover them with the remaining crema verde.
  23. Top the enchiladas with the cheddar cheese.
  24. Bake enchiladas until heated through and cheese is melted, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  25. Remove from oven and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

If your tortillas are very dry, wrap them in a slightly damp paper towel or dish cloth before microwaving. You could also heat them on the stove, like I did for my Black Bean and Cream Cheese Enchiladas.

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Hello, Friday! Link Roundup

Hey, friends! Happy Friday. Thank you so much for stopping by today!

It has been a pretty uneventful week here at chez Hello Little Home. I’ve mostly been trying to avoid the miserably hot weather, which means that I didn’t do much of anything. Very exciting, I know.

Earlier this week I did take a walk around the Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park. I’m lucky enough to live a couple blocks away, so it’s my regular route. It went just before sunset, and it was gorgeous. Definitely the best sunset I’ve seen in a while. Check out my pics below.

Want to see my favorite links from the week? Read on …

Hello, Friday Link Roundup + Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir Sunset | Hello Little Home #CentralPark As mentioned, it’s still pretty darn hot here, and in fact, Tuesday was deemed the hottest day of the year (ugh!). This Chia Watermelon Fresca from Skinny Taste looks perfectly refreshing to me. Pumpkin Spice Lattes will have to wait!

Brooklyn Limestone has a great One Day Tourist Guide to Brooklyn.

This Autumn Kale Slaw from Green Kitchen Stories looks simple and delicious.

Want to see something sweet? Check out this Flowered Embellished Photo Art from A Beautiful Mess.

Make some Mixed Vegetable Quick Pickles with this easy recipe form A Couple Cooks.

I love this DIY Striped Glass Coffee Table from Effortless Style.

Ring in fall (it’s coming, right?) with these pretty Candy Corn Meringue Swirls from The Simple, Sweet Life.

Dwellings by DeVore shows us The Easiest Way to Hang Curtain Rods. Clever!

Whip up a batch of LeMoine Family Kitchen’s Chocolate Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream. Mmm!

Hello, Friday Link Roundup + Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir Sunset | Hello Little Home #CentralParkThis Rolled Magazine Flower + Antler Chalk Art from Jones Design Company is a simple way to add a unique touch to your home.

I can’t wait to try this Veggie Oven Melt Sandwich that Lemons for Lulu shared.

This Half-Up Side Braid Tutorial from Hair Romance is simple and so pretty.

Treat yourself to a slice of this Peach Pie from The Paper Heart Studio. You have to see the gorgeous lattice crust she created!

Love West Elm but short on change? Brit + Co. has 15 West Elm Hacks to Get the Look for Less.

Kick your standard bars up a notch and make these Salted Dark Chocolate Caramel Rice Krispie Treats from Savory Nothings.

Camille Styles has an Updo for Short Hair that is seriously pretty.

These DIY Macaron Rocks from Hoopla Palooza would make a fun gift for any lover of that sweet French treat.

Hello, Friday Link Roundup + Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir Sunset | Hello Little Home #CentralParkShop the weekend’s best sales:

  • Nordstrom: it’s your last chance to shop the Labor Day Clearance Sale (through 9/7).
  • Target: save up to 20% on Bedding (through 9/6), plus get deals on tailgating, school uniforms, TVs, and more!
  • Kohl’s: take 20% off Sleepwear for the entire family with code SLEEP20 (through 9/6) + shop the Weekend Sale while you’re there!
  • AHAlife: enjoy 15% off + free U.S. shipping on all orders with code ENJOY15!
  • Walmart: save on Top-Rated Mattress at Walmart.com!
  • The Limited: shop the Semi-Annual Suit Event! Buy 1, Get 1 FREE jackets, pants, skirts, and dresses (through 9/7).
  • Poppin: buy more and save more! Take $10 off $110+ with code POPSEPT2014; $15 off  $165+ with code POPSEPT15; $25 off $275+ with code POPSEPT24; $35 off $500+ with code POPSEPT35; OR $50 off $1,000+ with POPSEPT50 (through 9/30).
  • Home Decorators Collection: take $20 off orders of $100+ (ends 9/9).
  • Alex and Ani: take $5 off the September Bangle of the Month (there are two this month!) – the Turn Peace Up Charm and the Midnight Luminary Beaded Bangle – with code DOUBLE.
  • Julep: become a Maven and get the City Lights Welcome Box free with code FREECITY.
  • Need Supply Co.: shop final markdowns on sale!
  • Bauble Bar: shop Monthly Musts and get up to 50% off featured jewelry!
  • philosophy: spend $40 and get a skincare gift worth $39.40 with code skingift (through 9/8).
  • Design Within Reach: save 15% during the Dining Room Sale.
  • C.O. Bigelow: pick your sale! Take 10% OFF your entire purchase over $49 with code SEPT10 OR  take $20 OFF all orders over $125+ with code 20OFFBIGELOW OR take $5 OFF orders over $50+ with code COBIG5 (through 9/30). Plus, get free shipping with all offers!
  • Groupon: take 10% off all mattresses, plus get free shipping on $24.99+ with code BED10 (through 9/8).
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Hello, Friday Link Roundup + Jackie Kennedy Onassis Reservoir Sunset | Hello Little Home #CentralParkIt’s almost cocktail time! How about The Famous Ivy Gimlet from the eponymous restaurant (via Cupcakes & Cashmere). Cheers to the weekend!

The weather is supposed to be much cooler this weekend, so hopefully I’ll leave my apartment;) What are you planning for this weekend?

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10 Tips for Recipe Success + My Kitchen Essentials

Have you ever had a recipe go totally wrong? I think we’ve all been there (ahem … exploding pumpkin cheesecake)!

There’s nothing worse than spending a lot of time, not to mention money, cooking something that doesn’t turn out well (or even edible!). Thankfully, the more time I’ve spent in the kitchen, the more I’ve learned, and I don’t make nearly as many mistakes.

Today, I’m sharing 10 tips for recipe success, plus my favorite kitchen essentials.

10 Tips for Recipe Success + My Kitchen Essentials | Hello Little Home #KitchenTips10 Tips for Recipe Success

  1. Choose recipes that feature seasonal ingredients. I try to cook seasonally as much as possible. Sure, you can get asparagus in December, but it won’t taste as fresh as it does in spring, and it will cost more. Here’s a handy list of fresh fruits and vegetables by month.
  2. Read the recipe from beginning to end. Before you cook anything, read through the ingredients and directions thoroughly. Make sure that you have everything you need, and that you understand the recipe.
  3. Prep  your ingredients. Instead of plunging into a recipe, start by gathering and preparing (chopping, dicing, etc.) all the ingredients. This will help you avoid overcooking something while you’re furiously prepping a forgotten ingredient. I like to set everything up on my cutting board, so I can grab it and throw it in the pot when needed.
  4. Measure ingredients carefully. Unless you’re an experienced cook, measure your ingredients. It can be the difference between a successful recipe and a flop. This is especially true for baking. For example, did you know that you should spoon flour into the measuring cup and then level off the top (don’t scoop, it compresses the flour!)? Read these measuring tips and techniques for more information.
  5. Substitute carefully. I make substitutions all the time, whether it’s because I’m missing an ingredient or to adjust a recipe to my taste. It’s fine to swap ingredients. Just make sure that your substitutions are smart. For example, feel free to exchange pinto beans for black beans, but think twice before exchanging an ingredient that’s contains a lot of water for one that’s really dry (like tomatoes for potatoes).
  6. Pay attention to salt. To me, salt is the most important ingredient in any recipe. Salt can make or break a dish, so don’t rely on the recipe to give you the perfect amount. Season to your taste instead. I recommend using kosher salt instead of standard table salt. It makes a huge flavor difference. Season your cooking as you go, too, and that way everything in your dish will be fully flavored. If you cannot use salt due to a health, try adding extra herbs or citrus instead.
  7. Listen to your intuition. Recipes are not written in stone, so if something seems off, don’t be afraid to change it. If the soup is getting dry, add more water. If you have a low heat tolerance, and a recipe calls for a tablespoon of sriracha, start with a teaspoon or leave it out. Shorten or lengthen the cooking time, if needed. Etc…
  8. Tweak recipes to your taste. Don’t be afraid to change a recipe to fit your preference. It’s OK to leave out an ingredient that you don’t like, increase or decrease the herbs and spices, or add something that the recipe didn’t call for. You’re the one who has to eat it!
  9. Add something fresh at the end of the recipe. Just before serving, try adding some fresh herbs or a squeeze of citrus to finish your dish. It’s amazing what a difference it makes, especially to foods that have been cooking a long time.
  10. Take notes. My cookbooks are full of little notes, like “loved it” or “add more salt.” That way, the next time I make a recipe, I remember any changes I made the first time. I even do this on Pinterest. My Tried and True Recipes board is full of my recipe notations!

Most of all, experiment and have fun! My Kitchen Essentials | Hello Little HomeMy Kitchen Essentials

  1. KitchenAid Classic Plus 4.5-qt. Stand Mixer. I can’t remember the last time I used my hand mixer. This mixer is a serious work horse. I use it for everything from bread to macarons.
  2. Oster 16-Speed Blender. I use my blender multiple times a week to make these banana oat pancakes (healthy + super delicious), not to mentions smoothies and more.
  3. KitchenAid 3.5-Cup Food Chopper. I got this food processor for my wedding, and it’s still going strong almost 10 years later (I’m old!). This petite model works for almost any recipe, and I’ve never felt the need to upgrade to a larger size.
  4. Wrenwane Digital Timer. If I forget to set the timer, whatever I’m making is going to burn. Enough said!
  5. Martha Stewart Glass Food Storage Containers (set). My husband and I replaced all of our plastic storage containers with these glass ones when we moved to New York. They’re super sturdy, and I’m glad I don’t have to worry about chemicals leaching into my food.
  6. Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast Iron 5.5-qt. Dutch Oven. I love everything Le Creuset, and if I could afford it, my kitchen would be outfitted with these sturdy, colorful pots. I have the 5.5-qt. size, and it’s perfect for making a big batch of soup or stew. You can even throw it in the oven. If Le Creuset is too pricey, Martha Stewart makes a great alternative. I have the 3-qt. round casserole, which is the perfect size for rice and other side dishes. You can find the Martha Stewart brand at Macy’s; watch for coupons and sales, and you’ll get a great price.
  7. OXO Good Grips 9-Inch Locking Tongs with Nylon Heads. These tongs are perfect for everything from tossing salads to flipping french toast. I used them almost every day.
  8. Microplane Zester and Grater. This little tool is so handy! Hold it over your pasta to grate some Parmesan cheese, use it to zest citrus, or easily grate nutmeg. Tip: if you turn it upside down when grating or zesting, the tiny shreds will be caught in the tool instead of flying all over your work surface.
  9. Stainless Steel Fine Mesh Strainer. Fine mesh strainers are much more versatile than a standard strainer. They’re perfect for rinsing tiny foods like quinoa or bigger ones like canned beans. I also use mine for recipes that call for separating solids from liquids, like apple butter.
  10. KitchenAid Classic Sheers. These kitchen scissors are perfect for everything from opening bags to chopping delicate herbs.
  11. OXO Good Grips Wooden Spoon Set. This is a super basic tool, but one that I use every day. Wooden spoons won’t scratch your nonstick pans or melt. Plus, they’ll last forever.
  12. Nonstick Pans. I have a tiny kitchen, so I’ve narrowed down my pans to the essentials. This Simply Calphalon 8-in. Nonstick Omelet Pan works for omelets, yes, but it’s also perfect for toasting nuts, cooking eggs, and for making smaller recipes. I used this Simply Calphalon 5-qt. Nonstick Sauté Pan for making sauces, curries, and anything that requires a lid. This  Circulon 12-in. Nonstick Skillet is perfect for sauteing vegetables, making pancakes, and for anything that needs more space to cook.
  13. Cookbooks. I have a lot of cookbooks, but these are the ones that I’ve cooked my way through and keep coming back to:

Do you have a funny kitchen disaster story? What are your kitchen essentials?

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