Friday, June 29, 2012

Friday's Fancies :: Beach Ready

Beach Ready




Tunic // Swimsuit //  Sandals // Tote // Bangles // Sunglasses // Hat // Lip Balm // Sun care // Towel

While parts of the country are hitting a 100 Tahoe is at a nice steady 75.  I'm ready for a  weekend at the beach. I can't leave home without a fun summer hat or lip gloss with SPF. Here are a few of my beach ready picks for summer.

What are you loving this summer?

xo, Tiara

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wedding Wednesdays :: The Bachelorette Party

Brittnay (my sister) started planning "The Bachelorette" party months ago and this past weekend we all gathered in Sonoma, CA to celebrate my last days of being single. There was plenty of wine, laughter and sunshine.

A BIG thank you to Matt. He was such a trooper as the chauffeur and personal photographer.



What a gorgeous view at St. Francis! We soaked it all in during out first tasting.


There may have even been a tasting in the "Cave" at Deerfield Ranch Winery.


Our last tasting was at Chateau St. Jean.


Chad, the wine expert, had a great time with us and even let Aly pour a little. Actually, he may have left to collect wine we purchased and Aly jumped right in.


After four tastings we headed back to the house, to regroup and freshen up, before heading to dinner at Estate.


Sunday, we relaxed poolside before heading our separate ways.

What a great weekend. I can't wait to go back to Sonoma... maybe I'll take Nick next time. :)

xo, Tiara

Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday's Fancies :: Color Block

Color Block




Happy Friday! 
Summer is here and I'm 58 days shy from the "BIG" Day. This weekend I'm heading to Sonoma/Napa with my girls for a little celebration called "The Bachalorette Party." Today was inspired by flowy summer dresses that would be perfect for any day wine tasting.

Have a great weekend!

xo, Tiara

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Nutty Date Balls

Last night I was busy making date balls for Nick. He loves them and they're great at lunch, while mountain biking or during long hikes. This time I used strawberries and decided to freeze them... now they're more dessert like. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!


Ingredients:

4 dates, pits removed
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 cup fresh or defrosted berries of your choice
1/2 cup shredded coconut

Recipe:

Servings: 12 
Time in the Kitchen: 15 minutes

Pulverize dates in a food processor until a paste forms, about 40 seconds (the paste will typically clump together).

Add walnuts & macadamia nuts & blend until very finely chopped, about 35 seconds.

With the blade still running, drizzle in coconut oil & stop as soon as the oil is blended in. Scrape the batter into a bowl stir in berries & 1/4 cup of the coconut.

Form the batter into round balls, then roll in leftover shredded coconut. refrigerate for snacking. 

Enjoy!



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Monday, June 18, 2012

Typical weekend with the Meyers

We were busy this weekend working on the house and enjoying the warm Tahoe weather. Yesterday, I think it hit 80!

We started out the weekend with a run to Lowe's to pick up a few double-pane windows unfortunately only one would fit in my car (we'll need a truck for the other two). Nick spent the rest of Saturday installing this bad-boy. And yes it took way longer than he thought.

While Nick was slaving away on the house I went to Kiva Beach to celebrate my girlfriend's birthday.


Roxy even got some swimming in this weekend. Of course the little dog got plenty of walks down to the river for some sticking throwing. Rough life, right?


I busted out my Columbia Powerdrain shoes and gave them a good test in the river... full submersion. And yes they are awesome! Full review coming soon....


Sunday afternoon, I convinced Nick to take a trip to the Aspen Hollow (local nursery), we picked up a few plants for the front and called it a day.


After planting our newly purchased plants Nick started in on a raised planter bed (not pictured) and I headed to Secret Beach before calling it a night with beers and homemade pizza (I forgot to take a picture oops!).


All-in-all it was a great weekend, full of fun and house work. That's how we roll. How did you spend your weekend?

xo, Tiara



Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday's Fancies :: Style Crush


Style Crush -- Summer



Top // Tank //Teal Shorts // Pink Shorts //Wedge //Sandals // Crossbody Clutch //Watch //Necklace // Sunglasses

OK -- So if you haven't realized by now I love summer and everything that comes with it.  Shorts, sandals and flowy tops are staples in my closet. I think every gal should own a fun pair or two of shorts whether they're colored, striped, print, short or long there's no reason not to rock some color. 

I usually pair colored shorts with a simple top giving it a crisp fresh clean look. You can also spice up the look with a fun wedge or keep it simple with a flat sandal.

How fun is the Ikat clutch! With such a subtle color you could rock it with various outfits.

What are you loving this summer?

xo, Tiara

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

DIY Fireplace Mantel

Tuesday we revealed a few fireplace changes including: painted brick, wood-burning stove and a new mantel! I'm back today with more details about the mantel. As I mentioned previously, we scored the weathered lumber from our neighbors yard. It was already the size we needed so no cuts were made on the ends.

First, we measured the length of the fireplace and cut a scrap piece of wood the same length. Then we centered the wood on our soon-to-be-mantel as a guide for our cuts. Using the circular saw we made various notch cuts the entire length of our wood  guide.


Once the cuts were made the wood was then chiseled out.


Light taps with a hammer helped the process.


Team work at it's best.


After the desired notch was cut our weathered lumber was looking more and more like a mantel.


Nearly two hours later it was ready to be installed. First all studs were market on the wall (with pencil for easy clean up). Then the mantel was set on the fireplace. Pliot holes were then drilled, at an angle, from the top of the mantel into the studs, in the wall. Lastly we screwed the mantel into place. 


Close up of the wood. It's greyed from years of sun and snow.


Another after picture.


The surround and hearth are on the the list, but last night we applied our first coat of tough oil. The oil darken it up a bit, but it's looking good.

What house projects are you working on?

xo, Tiara

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wedding Wednesdays :: Registry Essentials

I still can't believe we are two months out! A week ago I had my first dress fitting and will have another fitting next week, right before the bachlorette party in Sonoma/ Napa!. Nerves aren't setting in just yet :) Anyway we wrapped up our registry back before we sent out our save-the-date. (Hey -- I like to check things of the list) Either way we love to cook and love kitchen gadgets that help out along the way.
Here are a few of our top registry kitchen essentials.
Wedding Registry Essentials



Mixer // Food Processor // Placemat // Place Setting // Tea Kettle //Container Set
   Dutch Oven // Wine Rack //Mixing Bowls  


My Mom & Michael sent us an early wedding gift...can you guess what it was? They gifted us the KitchenAid Mixer. Yes, we're in love and have already used it to make cupcakes, banana bread & pizza (a few times).

What kitchen gadgets can't you live without?

xo, Tiara

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Refreshed Fireplace

We're back at it and the big guy was in town this weekend cracking the whip. OK -- there wasn't any whip, but we were busy working away at the house fixing the living room sliding door, building a mantel, cleaning up pine needles and sprucing up my 1948 Firestone Super-cruiser (more on that one later).

Here's the evolution of our fireplace. Back in 2010 before we moved in it looked a little like this. You can see why changes needed to be made and not just to the fireplace.


Then we got busy painting and decorating. Can you believe how much of a difference a little paint makes? We used Kelly-Moore Paints Travertine Trail on the wall and Swiss Coffee on the mantel.


We still didn't care for the red brick so we painted it and removed the white mantel, summer 2011 . Shortly after our awesome Jotul C 550 wood-burning stove was installed, fall 2011. It kept us warm all winter long!


Fast forward to June 2012... a new mantel was added! However, it wasn't always a mantel. We found the piece of wood in our neighbors yard, basking in the sun! We scored this weathered 8 ft (about) beam for free! A new piece of lumber would have cost us roughly $47 plus the time and materials to rough it up giving it that 'rustic' or 'worn' feel we wanted. Stop by Thursday for installation details, until then here she is.


She still needs a coat or two of tough oil for a nice seal plus we still have the hearth and surround to do. We're thinking a slate hearth and a stone dry stack or mosaic glass tile/stone for the surround. Eventually we'll replace the carpet with hardwood floors.

What should we do with the hearth & surround? Any color suggestions?

xo, Tiara

Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday's Fancies: Short & Sweet

Today were talking shorts, which has to be one of my favorite aspects of summer. My legs my not be very tan, but you can guarantee I'm wearing shorts this weekend and until the season changes. I love pairing shorts with a fun cotton top or a flowing tank and a great pair of sandals. Being from So Cal my closet is mostly sandals.

Here are a few staples perfect all summer long. Including a Nixon watch I wouldn't mind adding to my collection and the Tory Burch sunglasses I tried on this weekend and fell in love with
 -- but didn't buy... yet. 

xo,
Tiara

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wedding Wednesdays: Workout Must Haves

The fact is ALL brides want to look amazing in their wedding dress. Which usually means a diet or workout regimen and sometimes both are put into place after an engagement. I like to think of myself as fit, but I can always be in better shape. When the end of March rolled around and closing day at  area mountains were quickly approaching I got my butt back in the gym, four to five days a week. The quickest thing to get summer ready and well wedding ready was the dreaded SPIN class. Yes that's right I've been spinning four to five days a weeks since March. I feel great! A big plus -- my first day mountain biking was that much easier! Here are a few gym pieces I love right now.
gym must haves
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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad




I've always loved a tasty quinoa salad, especially during summer. Lately I've been making it on the regular. I did pick up a massive 4 lb bag at Costco a few weeks ago. Again like many other recipes it was pinned on the Heathly Eats Pinterest board awhile back, but I'm trying out new recipes weekly. This is one that is sure to stay... I've already made it a few times and recently used rosemary instead of mint. Delish!


Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad Recipe
A light and fresh tabbouleh salad with quinoa, tomatoes, cucumbers and 
loads of fresh parsley and mint in a bright lemon dressing.



Servings: makes 4+ servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients
2 cups water
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 cup tomato, diced
1 cup cucumber, diced
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
1/4 cup mint, chopped
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin, toasted and ground (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Bring the water and quinoa to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the liquid has all been absorbed, about 17-20 minutes and let cool.

Mix the quinoa, tomato, cucumber, parsley, mint and green onion.

Mix the lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, salt and pepper and toss with salad.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Friday Fancies :: Summer Fresh

Summer Fresh



Dress // Sandels // Shopper // Watch // Ring// Sunglasses // Lip Gloss

Happy Friday! It's been a long week for me knowing I have my first wedding dress fitting Saturday. I haven't seen my dress since November, but I'm sure I'll love it even more!

While I'm in San Francisco enjoying the cool summer breeze here are a few pieces I'd  sport any summer day. My favorite piece has to be the shopper or watch. What gal doesn't love a large bag. Most girls have a thing for bags and shoes, not me I'm obsessed with watches and well sunglasses.

What are you sporting this weekend?

xo,
 Tiara 

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