Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thrifty Thursday // I found a cure!

 
It's Thrifty Thursday again, oh yay! If you're a new reader here is the low down. Sandra from Anchors and Honey and myself host this link party twice a month for all of our fellow thrift store junkies to show off our finds. If you are unprepared or new to the game you can link up past post that showed off some of your goodies! Then jump around and see everyone's awesome stuff! It can be clothing, books, housewares, ect. anything you've thrifted is alright with us!
Last time we linked up I mentioned that I was in a thrift slump, well guys, some how I miraculously found a cure and went overboard the last couple of weeks! I hopped around Craigslist, Goodwill, thrift shops, and even did a few trades via Instagram and wound up with so many amazing items! I decided just to show off the small house ware items because I'm leaving my three furniture hauls a mystery until we get them into the house and you can see them in all of their glory. A little hint, I went MCM crazy!
 I've been mainly thrifting for Pyrex since my vintage store is on hiatus and my husband says I have enough glasses and dishes to serve a dinner party of 100, such a party pooper. Here are some of my latest treasures!

1.// I went butterprint wild and even found an orange butterprint for a steal. 2.// I love this bluebird piece with the original cradle and lid. Guess what guys, original box too! All my Pyrex hoarders know how exciting that is.  3.// I scoured this beautiful floral Mikasa set at goodwill, I feel like I need to have a tea party now. 4.// I ran across this beautiful flamingo pink and two yellow hostess bowls,  now I just need to start my aqua stash! 5.// These beauties came from an insta-trade and I'm so happy it was so smooth and successful for both of us! You can never have enough friendship Pyrex, and this one even has the printed lid! 6.// Fridgie heaven!

I can't wait to see what you guys link up!

This link party was created to bring together all of you thrifty bloggers! So link up with your blog post showing your recent thrifted finds! 

1. Follow your hosts through GFC or Bloglovin'
2. Link your post with your thirfted things. (can be from thrift stores, flea markets, swap meets, craigslist, estate sales, etc)
3. Visit one another. Make new friends! 
4. Grab the button and add it to your blog.
5. Share this with your friends! Let's grow this awesome link party!




Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Fresh Garden Flat Bread.

 
Happy Memorial day for those of you in the States! Recently I had a small dinner party with a few of my friends and I struggled to find a quick and filling appetizer that would keep me out of the kitchen and stress free. Finally I decided that a flat bread was the answer. Flat breads are low prep, easy to cook, and fully customizable, the perfect little dish for every occasion! I wanted to keep my appetizer on the light side so I chose ingredients that were fresh and delicious. Veggies are always a great choice when you don't want to be stuffed before you even reach your main course. This flat bread fit the bill and was a perfect compliment to the pink moscato party that was already raging in my belly. 
If you try out this recipe let me know and get crazy with the ingredients! You can add as little or as much as you like and if you're wanting your flat bread as a main course you can always add meat to make it more hearty!

What You'll Need:

1 box of Jiffy pizza dough, or you can make your dough from scratch using this recipe.
Shredded Monterrey Cheese
Feta Cheese
Honey Goat Cheese
Spinach Leaves
Red Onion, finely chopped
Golden Cherry Tomatoes, Sliced
 Zia's Sweet Italian Dressing, or other sweet Italian vinaigrette.
 Preheat your over to 350 degrees. Prepare your flat bread crust according to the recipe on the box or your own recipe. After the dough is ready, on a well floured surface roll out your dough until it is nice and thin but has no holes or tears. Then transfer your dough onto a pizza stone or in my case, a baking sheet with a good ole layer of aluminum foil for easy clean up. I let my dough sit on top of the preheating oven while I prepared the rest of my ingredients, this way it has a little time to set and you don't have to pre-bake your crust. 

Chop all of your veggies into bit size pieces, I don't give exact measurements because everyone likes things a little differently. I like to go crazy with the red onion but I'm sure there are plenty of you that aren't the biggest onion fans, I respect you guys.
After your ingredients are ready it's topping time! My favorite part!
Coat your entire flat bread crust with a thin layer of finely shredded Monterrey cheese making sure that you cover all the way out to the very edge. Unless you really like a lot of crust I suggest you cover that baby good because your dough will expand. Then, sprinkle on your desired amount of Feta cheese or bleu cheese if you prefer, again, it's all about you.
Next add your veggies, I started with the cherry tomato and went from edge to edge making sure that every bite would have all of the yummy flavors involved. I then added a massive amount of red onion, which of course you can adjust to your liking. Sprinkle your spinach on next, remember to be evenly distributing all of your ingredients! I topped the whole think off with a nice amount of crumbled honey goat cheese, you know I'm a huge fan of that! I used it in my Cherokee Street knock off recipe as well, yum!
I did a little sprinkle of fresh cracked black pepper and then popped it into the oven for about 10 minutes. Time may vary depending on your altitude and oven, you know, all that scientific cooking stuff. I like to just guesstimate and check on it frequently. When your crust is looking a golden and your cheese is melted you're ready to remove your flat bread and let it cool!
To add a little extra kick I drizzled the flat bread with Zia's Sweet Italian dressing which is a local treat, but I'm sure there are plenty of yummy Italian vinaigrette that would compliment this flat bread perfectly!

Now cut with a pizza cutter and enjoy a yummy and fresh semi-homemade flat bread with your best mates and a bottle of wine (or two).
ENJOY!

Friday, May 24, 2013

A Beautiful Mess takes over Instagram!

 
My instagram feed came alive this week with the release of the A Beautiful Mess app created by Elsie and Emma. Every picture that I viewed had fun doodles and boarders galore. I love when I see fellow bloggers develop apps that make photo editing and blogging just a little more fun! The success of their first app was a no brainer to me but it was wonderful to see just how many people support the blogging community and enjoyed their photo editing app as a result! Keep up the good work ladies! If you want to download another blogger created app download BlogGo created by Dana from Wonder Forest. It makes mobile blogging a breeze and it also uploads your Google Friend Connect subscriptions so you can keep up to date with your favorite blogs! If you haven't downloaded either app I suggest you jump on it, they are fantastic.
Here's a little taste of my week via Instagram.
1.// My first photo using the wonderful A Beautiful Mess app, I may have gone a little overboard with it but playing about with it is just so much fun!  2.// I received a lovely package full of goodies from my blogging bud Okay, Allison! 3.// Marli got a very cute "fortune" in her cookie.  4.// I thrifted this little mug, swoon. The other side may or may not say best grandma, I wont argue. 5.// Feeling animalistic. 6.// Morning tea in my new sunny tea set.  7.// Nothing like monkey bread with home made icing.  8.// Marli is already addicted to Goodwill. She actually asked me to take this picture for her. 9.// I haven't had anytime for projects lately, but I've been managing to sneak a row in a night, I'm loving this hand spun wool and how beautifully this scarf is turning out. 10.// Hunter splashing in post storm puddles. 11.// This photo is exactly what happens everyday that my husband works from home. No work for you Mr.

What did you guys do this week?

Thursday, May 23, 2013

TILT// rosie shades and blog brilliance.

 

This week's "things" were inspired by pretty petals. I love light blush shades and bold floral patterns and all these sweet items fit the bill. I'm especially loving those ankle strap ballet flats, simple and cute is always a win with me! Check out what else I'm loving this week from some of my favorite bloggers!

to eat// Elsie and Emma from A Beautiful Mess are always sharing the most creative ways to make food tasty as can be. This week they shared six ways to jazz up your daily toast and make it yummy for every occasion. My favorite has got to be the cream cheese, lox, and tomato version! Find your possible new toast addiction here!
 
to make// If you have littles you know that doodling is one of the only activities that can spark your child's creativity and keep them entertained for hours. Olga from Wassup Brothers shared this really awesome drawing activity, originally shared by Beat + Rubbish  and I thought the idea was brilliant and the creative possibilities are endless.  

to wear// Kate from Scathingly Brilliant is always dressed to the nines in amazing colors and accessories. I envy her entire wardrobe! Check out this super cute aqua and mustard color combo and try to contain yourself!  

to admire// One Sheepish Girl is probably one of my favorite blogs to admire. Recently she took a little trip to San Fransisco and she photographed her trip along the way. Check out her amazing and awe inspiring vacation through instagram photos!

to shop// Stranger Bird Vintage is full of rad finds at super cool prices. Jenny runs this awesome Etsy shop geared toward those of us with vintage style on the brain and boy does she hit the nail on the head. I love so many of the pieces she has in stock and guess what?! With the discount code GYPSYBEEE25 you can get 25% off of your purchase! Also check out this awesome spotlight on her over at Okay, Allison!

to watch// The lovely ladies behind Oh So Lovely Vintage and Rhymes with Orange recently collaborated with MTV Canada and put together an extra special video that coincides with an awesome new project! Check out the video here, I swoon over every minute! And learn more about their #MTVFULLCOLOR challenge here!  

also check out//
Summer's May Wishlist full of all kinds of cute goodies at Oh Summer Candy!

Link me up to some of your favorite blogs/blog posts! I'll give them a read!

Monday, May 20, 2013

A Night Out// Marina and the Diamonds


   Friday night Jared and I went to see Marina and the Diamonds at The Pageant in St. Louis. We had a fantastic time getting out and seeing a show since we haven't seen one in months. Charlie XCX opened, which was really fun. I haven't heard to much of her music but she sounded really great live and she dressed like a mixture of Ginger Spice and Vitamin C, very 90's child fabulous. Marina was definitely a show stopper. She sings amazing live, almost album quality and her outfits were to die for as usual. We chose to sit on the balcony because most people attending were under 21 and the pit was insanely packed. I fell in love with her all over again after seeing her show so I figured it would be a perfect Music Monday playlist! If you haven't heard Marina and the Diamonds before take a listen!
Dress// Asos c/o Lena B
Tights// American Apparel
Belt// Betsey Johnson
Clutch// Target
 Shoes// Target

Primadonna by gypsybee on Grooveshark

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Get in my house!

 
Getting ready for the new house has my gears spinning. Paint colors, light fixtures, area rugs, furniture, the possibilities of our new space are endless. Living in our apartment has kept our belongings to a minimum and now that we have a whole house, there is going to be a lot of empty spaces for me to fill. I'm looking at this opportunity as a positive one, I'm ready for a fresh start and I love decorating and making our spaces reflect our personality. I don't like to take interior design too seriously, I'm fun and my space should be too! Here are a few amazing and quirky pieces that are going to find their way into our home one way or the other! 
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Life Happens.

 
I've been a terrible blogger. I know it's true. I've been thinking a lot less about posting, picture taking, and keeping up with social media in general. The truth is, sometimes life happens. Sometimes things unfold smoothly and over time but in our case it has been rapidly unraveling beneath our feet and we are doing our best to keep moving and survive. In only a few weeks now we will have the keys to our first home, our dream home, in our hands. Our house and all the adventures that go along with it will finally be tangible. We've been hanging on to this thought as we pack up our lives here. When we step foot into our house and it is finally ours a huge sigh of relief will wash over us and I know we will be overwhelmed with joy. As for now we are buried in boxes and and piles of our stuff, buried in the lists of to-do's that grows by the minute. Our apartment is shrinking on us, we swear it's so. Everything feels smaller, everything about our apartment frustrates and angers us. Maybe it's because we know the end is near and we know what we are headed toward, but moving can not come soon enough. 
I miss keeping up with all of you, responding to all of your lovely comments, staying connected to the blogging community and giving you content that is worth while and enjoyable. I know I've been a drag guys, but the end is near. Like I've said before, this new house will give me an overwhelming amount of opportunities to make my blogging better and take my businesses more seriously. I hope that you all stay around to see all the exciting adventures that lay ahead. 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Date Night Digs.

Dress// Target
Necklace// Betsey Johnson
Tights// American Apparel
Shoes//
Target
Photos brought to you by my lovely husband, I can't be serious when he is behind the camera.

I hope that you all had a splendid Mother's Day weekend! Jared took me out for a wonderful date night on Friday night to celebrate Mother's Day and to get me out of the house! All the boxes and piles of our junk really have me going stir crazy so I was so thankful to get to spend some one on one time with my hubby. We went and did a little thrifting, followed by a very exciting trip to Lowe's to pick out paint colors and light fixtures for the new house, and we ended the night with a huge tray of sushi and some wine at one of our favorite local places! It's hard to plan date nights when you're a pair of homebodies with two young kids, but I thought we had a pretty good time. It does sound exciting, doesn't it?
I went pretty simple with my date night outfit, I'm usually found in jeans, so this was definitely a step up. Dresses are just so impractical when you're running after a toddler and a four year old, so I dug this from the back of my closet and threw on my favorite new shoes and we ran out the door, no turning back. I clean up pretty nicely, well at least I think so!
What did you do for your momma this weekend? Anything extraordinary or extra exciting?

Thursday, May 9, 2013

TILT// Oh May, Oh My!


// Want a yummy weekend recipe to enjoy? How about making this sour cream coffee cake posted over at Oh So Lovely Vintage?

// Tomorrow is the start of the weekend, so celebrate with happy hour! Here are 20 cocktails that are sure to get your weekend started right, brought to you by A Beautiful Mess!

// Looking for a fun DIY project? Are you a yarn addict like me? Check out this beautifully photographed garland tutorial from One Sheepish Girl!

// I am loving the fantastic new makeover at Pony Chops! Chantal did an amazing job and I'm so glad to have her as a sponsor and blogging buddy. Stop by and show her new look some love!

// Sandra at Anchors and Honey has me lusting over the East Coast scenery, check out these beautiful photos of her nightly bike route! I'm dying just a little inside!

// I also had my first Intsa-Sale via the @shopgypsybeee Instagram! I have a bunch of clothing and accessories still available as well as some amazing vintage housewares. All the items were previously listed in my vintage shop and they are priced to sell! Help me make packing as painless as possible and grab up some of this amazing stuff! if you don't have an instagram, you can view my shop here and email inquiries to gypsybeee(at)gmail(dot)com!

What are you loving this week? I wanna know!