Saturday, August 23, 2014

diy: How to Make a Simple and Beautiful Rustic Dining Table

Source: A Beautiful Mess
I guess by now you might have gotten a hint that i'm somewhat obsessed with wooden pallets, so this should 
come as no surprise. I found this really cool diy dining table created by one of my favorite duos, Emma and Elsie 
from A Beautiful Mess. I immediately liked the idea of posting this on the blog because it's unlike many other 
diy projects in that it seems extremely simple to do. All you need are: 
    • some wooden pallets: the more character they have the better. You can easily find these pallets in trash dumps, supermarkets, hardware stores, etc. Check here to see where else you can find them. 
    • a solid thin piece of plywood which you can get for almost nothing at your local Home Depot.
    • wooden glue. I particularly like Gorilla Wood Glue.
    • a hacksaw (optional), to cut the pallets to size. You can get this online or at your local hardware store.
    • a drill, screws, liquid nail
    • and some simple table legs. Ikea has some great options. 
An average person can probably create this table within a day or make it a weekend project. You can get creative 
and maybe paint some pallets a different color. Instead of pallet, perhaps you can add/glue down a small planter 
in the middle of the table. The possibilities are endless. Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to create 
this beautiful piece of functional art. Make sure to make it your own.
Source: A Beautiful Mess
Source: A Beautiful Mess
Source: A Beautiful Mess
Source: A Beautiful Mess
Source: A Beautiful Mess
Source: A Beautiful Mess

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

10 Inspirations for a Cozy and Eclectic Balcony

Source: East of Malaga
One of the best things about living in Miami is the weather, so you can imagine we try to spend as much time
as possible outdoors. Here I've shared some cozy and eclectic balcony inspirations to motivate you to enjoy a
 little bit of nature even if  staying in. Make your balcony an extension of your home and dress it up like you do
the inside. Get creative and seek inspiration from things you love like color, culture, type of design, etc. No
 matter the size of the balcony, you can create a special space that will hopefully inspire you and bring in some
 happiness. So create and enjoy!

If you have any inspirations of your own, please share down below. Would love to see what inspires you.

Source: Decorology
Source: Decor & Decoration
Source: SquarEstate
Source: Decorative Home Interior
Source: shelterness

Source: homedit
Source: homedit
Source: 66Us
Source: Momtoob

Monday, August 11, 2014

On a Floral High: Thrifted Summer Dress

I recently picked up this beautiful summer dress on a trip to one of my local thrift shops. I fell absolutely in love with 
the simplicity of it as well as the bright, contrasting floral pattern. It epitomizes summer. Not only that, but the dress is a 
perfect fit. I love the high waist and low scoop neck. Since I was feeling quite casual, I matched the dress up with one 
of my vintage bags, my go-to Banana Republic flats and some handmade jewelry pieces. I was on a total floral high.
Dress: Thrift / Studded Sandals: Banana Republic / Bag: Vintage / Jewelry: Handmade Vintage

c h e e r s,   k a r i n a

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tiki Themed Nights & Korean BBQ - This City Just Got Better

(Source: Zagat)

The guys from the Homecookin' Hospitality Group have done it again! This time they've given birth to - Drunken Dragon - a place 
where entry seems like a right of passage. The undercover eatery, which can also be seen as a speakeasy due to its clandestine 
nature, is one of its kind. The first Korean BBQ spot in Miami Beach. Although the spot just opened a few weeks ago, 
the well-crafted cocktails, savory food, and seductive environment has already drawn me in three times. And I have no plans of stopping. 

(Source: Drunken Dragon)

From the outside, you'll never notice there's any life behind those walls. You'll find dark tinted windows and no signage. Talk about deceiving! Once you walk through the doors, you're transported to another world. One that, well.......I'd describe it (because I'm dying to), but I'll do you the favor of experiencing it for yourself. It's just too good to spoil. 

The tiki themed cocktails are exceptional but the food is absolutely heaven worthy. So far I've tried almost everything on their menu, which much of it is tapas style, and it's just unbelievable how much consistency there is in terms of taste. Most restaurants I've been to just have a couple of items on their menu that make them stand out and leave a lasting impression, but at Drunken Dragon, almost every single item on the menu is to-die-for. It's like Asian crack! My personal favorites and absolute must-have items are: the Crispy Bok Choy, the Pecking Bao, the Crack Spare Ribs, Skirt Steak BBQ and the D&D Fried Rice. But take your pick, you just can't go wrong! 

(Source: Drunken Dragon)

So my recommendation is to sprint to Drunken Dragon if you still haven't been. Word is out, so make sure to call to make reservations. Keep in mind that the BBQ tables are limited. The first time I went, it was by reservation only (which we didn't have), and my third time around they had changed the policy to first come first serve, so we ended up waiting about 45 minutes for a BBQ table. Not too bad since we were warming up for the feast, at the bar.

Drunken Dragon is located at 1424 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139. Would love to hear your thoughts once you visit - favorite items on the menu, favorite cocktail, and most importantly I'd love to hear about your reaction. Now go!

c h e e r s,   k a r i n a 

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