Noticeably Nude

Recently I find myself obsessing over nude nail polish. I typically go for deep reds but recently nude polish seems classic and refreshing. It makes the nails look longer and chips are less noticeable when in between appointments.

Below are a few pinterest finds to get you inspired to try this look!

XO

AMS

Nude Pinspiration
OPI

OPI | Mimosa’s for Mr. & Mrs 

cafe

Butter London | Yummy Mummy

chanle

Chanel | Frenzy

essie

Essie | Pound Cake {similar here}

Reshelfle

After cleansing my home of Christmas, it was time to get my home in order. As told a post or two ago {HERE}, I have bookshelves that act as the focal point of my current living room. After moving around trinkets to make room for Christmas decor, I decided it was a great time to reshuffle the shelves and better organize my trinkets.

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To get started, I did my research. Over to pinterest I went in search of ‘how-to’ pins from other who had successfully completed their bookshelf revamp. I found {this}, {this} and {this} article to be helpful in getting me started.

I began my refresh by removing everything from the shelves for good scrub. As this is a rental, I knew I wasn’t going to invest in repainting the shelves and walls so I used a cleaner with bleach to get everything looking as clean and crisp as possible. Note to self: use gloves when cleaning with bleach especially after a fresh mani!!

With all items removed, I then organized my stuff by category (i.e. picture frames, trinkets, books, ect…) keeping like colors together. I analyzed items I knew were to be kept and stored others I decided to no longer display. Now time to organize! Per my research, I started with large items and books.

Once I had a few items in place, I began playing around with other items while trying to keep things in groups of three. I would place items – step away – then rearrange until I felt I had a collective mix of item and color.

Although everything isn’t perfect, this will hold me over until the possible move (tidbit mentioned {here} but more deets to come!)

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Can you tell the difference? Besides smelling fresh and clean the shelves now feel less cluttered and will be easier to keep clean; not to mention, every trinket and photo displayed are now meaningful.

What’s your first ‘clean up’ project of the new year? Leave a comment!

XO

AMS

TSL: If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent their growing

Since moving to Atlanta – I have embraced my new town. I find myself listening to Usher, TLC or Ludacris because their from Atlanta. I’m now drinking only coca cola because it began in Atlanta and you guessed it – cheering on the Falcon’s because they are Atlanta’s team.

Since the Falcons are making their first appearance in the NFC championship since I can remember; I dedicate this latest installment of The Lovin’ Spoonful to the Atlanta Falcons. In honor of this weekends playoff game – I have decided to give the Falcons wings to fly by serving up Sweet & Spicy chicken wings for the big game. Recipe thanks to this Pinterest find {Here}

You’ll need 15 chicken wings along with the following:

Wing Marinade

Marinade:
1 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves of garlic – minced
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp tomato paste
2 tsp Tabasco sauce
1 tsp cayenne pepper or crushed chili peppers
2 tbsp honey

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How to Prepare:

1. In a large bowl, mix together the marinade ingredients. Season the chicken wings with salt before coating well in the marinade. Cover, refrigerate for at least an hour (overnight is best but I marinated for 2 hours).
2. Preheat oven to 425F.

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3. Line a baking pan with parchment paper, and place the chicken wings on top (keep the leftover marinade for basting later). Drizzle honey over each wing for a nice light glaze. Then sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper.

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4. Bake for 20 minutes, then flip the chicken wings over and brush them with the remaining marinade.

DSC_0110 Bake for another 15 minutes, or until the chicken is crispy and golden brown. Serve warm – with napkins of course!
Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings

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Maybe these extra wings will help the Falcons soar to victory over the 49er’s!

Will you be watching the game or have another Atlanta favorite you’d like to share?! Tweet me @theprettypeach

XOXO
The Pretty Peach

Title: CoCo Chanel Quote {Here}

Take what you can from your dreams…make them as real as anything

Happy New Year! 

2013 is going to be all about shooting for the stars. I am going to be all about achieving my dreams and want to inspire you too to go for your goals.

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Here’s to a New Year and all the opportunity it has in-store. Opportunity to better acquaint myself with southern traditions, add more recipes to my personal cookbook and grow in memories of entertaining friends.

XOXO
The Pretty Peach

What will you be aiming for in 2013 – tweet me @theprettypeach

Title: Lyric from “Grey Street” by Dave Matthews Band {Here}