They See Me Rollin’ | Custom Beach Cruisers

Over the past few years, I have been longing for a beach cruiser but truly had no way of justifying the purchase. I do not live on a beach nor did I live in an area of town that it made sense to bike from place to place as everything was spread out. However, now that we are moving to a neighborhood where you can bike just about anywhere, I finally convinced myself (with a little help from the hubby) to pull the trigger. If you know me, I subconsciously enjoy making things way more complicated than they need to be and I could not just go to the store to buy a beach cruiser like every other normal person. I felt the urge to comparatively shop based on price, aesthetics and features. I checked out a slew of typical websites you would consider when looking to purchase a bicycle (i.e. – eBay, Craig’s List, Target, Amazon, Overstock and Walmart) and then moved to websites that specialized in selling beach cruisers. I was amazed at the selection of  bikes available and the prices varied drastically – they started around $70 and went up to $1000+. I I stumbled upon a number of adorable bikes – matte black with hot pink rims, vanilla (a pale yellow) with mint green rims, light blue with copper rims…you name, they probably make it.

After finding some moderately priced bikes that met my criteria, I was almost ready to make a decision until I decided to Google “customized beach cruisers”, just for fun, of course. Eureka! The fourth organic search result down I see a website called bildabike.com. I feel like I had struck gold because I had not seen anything like it in my many weeks of searching. My husband had even said, “How is there not a website out there that allows you to build and customize your own bike?” Nailed it.

This site is incredible because it allows you to choose your frame (two options for women and three options for men) with different price points. From there, you can change the colors of practically everything, add fenders, change the wheelset (rims and spokes), seat, handlebars, wheels, chainguard…I mean everything. Being as indecisive as I am, I was finally able to customize my own bike to my liking. The best part about all of this is that the shop is out of Charleston, SC – and although it’s not a Charlotte store, I like to think that I am “supporting local” as Charleston is only about 4 hours away and I’ve frequented it throughout my whole life. As mentioned before, I love love love supporting local, small businesses. Needless to say, I get my bike in about a week and I am absolutely stoked! Next step: purchase a basket and cup holder (the essentials).

{ My custom bike: Mint green frame and fork with mint green handle bars, brown leather seat, pink fenders, lavender chainguard, lazy chrome bars, white rims with multicolor spokes. }

If you are looking for a fun and unique gift for yourself, a family member or spouse – this site will allow you to use your imagination to create an original bike that you cannot find just anywhere. Usually custom bikes cost a pretty penny but these cruisers are very reasonably priced and comparable to most beach cruisers out there. This website was quite a find – custom beach cruisers for the win! Enjoy!

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{ HOME } is Wherever I’m with You

So in case you are not already aware, the hubs and I are starting to move into our first real home as a married couple – weeeee! It’s the cutest little bungalow in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood of Charlotte, NC and we couldn’t be more ecstatic! New hardwood floors are in and the counter tops should be here and installed any day now (it is seriously gorg).

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{ Our recycled glass counter tops in “Ocean Shell” }

As exciting as all of this is, we are now faced with the daunting task of purging and packing. Let me just tell you, if I could pay someone to do all of this for me I would because when I say I loathe moving…I mean it in a very passionate way. However, I have opted to take on the beast because I do not want to shell out extra cash for someone to pack my things for me while I am very capable of accomplishing it on my own. The problem is, I tend to look at everything from a macro perspective and when I see everything that I have to go through and prepare to move, I get slightly overwhelmed. Even with us leaving our wedding gifts in their original boxes, we still have a ton of belongings and it frightens me that so much has to be transported from one house to another. #firstworldproblems. Aside from having to remind myself to breathe during this process, I have to provide myself with little things to look forward to in order to stay motivated. As the saying goes…gotta keep on truckin’. So in light of this stressful situation, I’ve decided to focus on the fun components of it and dedicate this post to my decorating plans for the new casa.

We are going to first touch on my color inspiration followed by the look we’re trying to achieve and ending with the paint colors I’ve chosen. However, I’m going to ask you (my lovely blog readers), for feedback regarding the kitchen color. Just comment at the end of the post with your vote because I am quite stumped and desperately need your opinion! Enjoy, loves!

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Shahin and I are on the same wavelength regarding the hues of the new house. We both really love grays, neutrals and blues. I’ve never met anyone who loves the beach as my as my husband, so he was immediately sold on the idea of utilizing ocean colors in our decor. I myself have always been a big fan of the dusty blue color (a light shade of blue with a gray undertone) and drawn to different grays and neutrals. Above is a mood board that I created which include my inspiration and the words that come to mind when I think about the feng shui of our new home.

Style

Now, you can imagine how over the last year I have been trolling Pinterest to nail down the look and feel we are going for in the new house. Shahin and I are both very similar so it made choosing our signature style fairly simple. We’re both free-spirited, music lovers, DIYers, eclectic, enjoy art and love a mix of modern, handmade, vintage, primitive, flea market chic, simplistic, farmhouse, rustic, natural and eclectic. I know, it’s a lot and some of these descriptions contradict one another. But once you see all of the elements together, it will make perfect sense. Imagine: Etsy, West Elm, Pottery Barn & Crate and Barrel…all mixed together with some thrift store and antique shop finds.

Paint

I have to admit, I have become rather obsessed with Benjamin Moore‘s paint colors. Like WHOA. I have spent countless hours in Lowes, Blackhawk Hardware and the Benjamin Moore store itself…just standing there like the crazy paint lady comparing different swatches. For me, trying to determine the perfect shade of gray and the perfect blue was fairly difficult (it’s the perfectionist in me) – but I eventually accomplished what I set out to do. These beautiful paint colors are what I’ve nailed down for the new place. However, I am still pulling my hair out over the kitchen color and I’ve narrowed it down to three (yay for progress). So what do you think? I’m officially taking votes so leave your comments below!

Building a home can be so much fun…stay tuned for more updates to come! I can’t wait to share all of my decorating, entertaining and DIY projects with you!

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#FestivalDreaming

Flower crowns, long dresses, crop tops, ankle booties, big sunglasses, warm weather, incredible jams…it means only one thing: festival season. I have to admit, seeing all of the Coachella posts on Instagram have made me incredibly envious! It’s one of those things that has been on my bucket list for quite a few years now. In fact, going to any music festival has been a top priority. I couldn’t tell you why I haven’t yet (being the music junkie that I am). Maybe it’s because the genres of music I listen to vary so drastically and I just cannot make a decision and commit! I remember vividly in high school and in my early years of college wanting to go to Bonnaroo in Tennessee and then it became Floyd Fest in Virginia and then Moog Fest in Asheville and then Coachella in California and then Hang Out in Alabama and then Forecastle in Louisville and most recently, Outside Lands in San Fran. Even still, the list goes on as there are so many music festivals out there that I am dying to attend. See my dilemma?

I’ve been to more concerts and shows than I can count but I promised myself that by sometime next year: a music festival (or two) is a must! So since I have no plans as of yet to attend one, I would like to dedicate this post to #FestivalDreaming – because that is currently my state of mind. What does this entail? Accessories and apparel that could make great signature pieces in your festival wardrobe, a pretty sweet playlist full of artists playing at the various shows this summer and if you’re just as indecisive as I am – a little 411 on a few of the festivals that I’ve had my eye on. Enjoy!

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Festival Dreaming

1. Heart Sunglasses, $14 {from Threadsence}  2. Folklore Print Shift Dress, $78 {from TopShop}  3. Aztec Print Crop Top, $60 {from TopShop}  4. Festival Coin Headband, $28.22 {from ASOS}  5. New Look Rose Hair Garland, $11.27 {from ASOS}  6. Light Brown Tassel Trim Ankle Boots, $90 {from River Island}  7. Black Trim Western Ankle Boots, $90 {from River Island}  8. Braided Flat-Sole Sandal, $59.90 {from Zara}  9. Fortunate Lace Pants in Sand, $62 {from Spool72}  10. Rock On Word Cuff, $32.50 {from Threadsence}  11. Rising Sun Native Shorts, $42 {from Spool72}  12. Black Jersey Pleat Maxi Skirt, $70 {from TopShop}  13. River Island Black Leather Chain Detail Fringe Bag, $75.26 {from ASOS}  14. Folk Embroidered Bralet, $40 {from TopShop} 15. Straw Fedora Hat, $28.22 {from ASOS}

 

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Recipe Box | Have Your Pie + Eat it Too! (Healthy + Easy No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie)

Alright – so if you know me, you know that I have a serious (and I do mean serious) sweet tooth. However, I’ve been on a clean eating kick these last few weeks and I’ve been trying my hands at several different recipes that are both delicious and healthy!

Peanut butter and chocolate are two of my most beloved sweet treats and I’ve been on a mission to find a quick, easy and guilt-free dessert that satisfies these cravings of mine. After doing a little bit of research, I discovered a recipe that I switched up a bit to make my own. When I first stumbled upon it…I had one of those “it’s too good to be true” moments. Could there really be a dessert recipe that is this easy to make and will allow me to feel okay about eating? I just had to give it a try…and I am so glad I did! Goodbye Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and fattening peanut butter pie recipes that are made with cream cheese. Hello healthy, no-bake peanut butter pie!

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For the Crust:

Pre-made Nabisco Oreo Cookie Crust (can be purchased from almost any grocery store)

 

For the Filling:

32 oz. Honey Flavored Greek Yogurt (I purchased mine from Trader Joe’s)

3/4 cup of Natural Peanut Butter (I also purchased this from Trader Joe’s)

 

For the Topping – Homemade Whipped Cream (Optional):

1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract

1 cup of Heavy Whipping Cream

 

Directions for the Pie Filling:

  • Take out a large mixing bowl and whisk together the 32 oz. of Greek yogurt and the 3/4 cup of peanut butter.
  • Once the two ingredients are blended, pour the mixture into the pre-made Oreo pie crust (be sure to spread evenly).

 

Directions for the Whipped Cream Topping:

  • Combine the heavy whipping cream and vanilla extract in a medium size bowl.
  • Beat mixture with a whisk until stiff, firm peaks form. You’re going to need to practice some patience – it could take several minutes.

 

Use a spatula to smear the whipped cream topping on the peanut butter pie. Cover and chill for several hours (or overnight). That’s it, folks! This pie was so incredibly tasty and one would have no idea that it was made with just Greek yogurt and natural peanut butter! If you’re looking to satisfy your need for chocolate and peanut butter that is a little more guilt-free and no-fuss – I’m telling you, this is the answer. Looking to cut the calories even more? Just leave off the whipped topping! This could also be delicious with another pie crust such a graham cracker crust or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can make your own! Enjoy! 

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Scents & Sensibility | 8 Spring Perfumes You Need in Your Life

*AHHH* Spring is in the air! Who doesn’t love that perfect 70 degree weather and the warm sun on your face? Or perhaps driving around with the windows down and your music up? Taking your dog to the park, playing corn hole outside with friends, putting on a sweet sundresses and a pair of wedges, eating brunch and sipping a mimosa on the patio, reading a book in a hammock, planting a vegetable garden…I mean really, do I need to continue?

While I do adore Fall (it’s my favorite season), Spring is a close second. And if you’re like me, I enjoy having a selection of perfumes to choose from depending on the mood I’m in, time of day and yes, even season! For me, purchasing a new scent is the equivalent of buying a new bag or pair of shoes – I get ridiculously giddy because I’m excited to add it to my collection.

I recently started shopping around for a fresh perfume for Spring and came across a few that I fell head over heels for. If you’re also looking for a new scent for the new season, below are some gems that I found! Enjoy!

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Spring Scents

1. Flowerbomb La Vie en Rose by Viktor & Rolf, $95 {If you’ve had the pleasure of smelling the original Flowerbomb (which is also lovely), Flowerbomb La Vie en Rose is the fresher and lighter sister fragrance. Expect notes of rose, orchid, grapefruit and jasmine. Deliciously refreshing, indeed.}

2. Roses De Chloe by Chloe, $70-$120 {This is a perfume that I already own but one that I highly recommend. It’s similar to the signature Chloe scent but with a rich, rose undertone. If you are looking for a clean fragrance that smells of a fresh, enchanted rose garden, this is the one for you.}

3. Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet by Dior, $75-$98 {I’m already an avid Dior fragrance fan and own Miss Dior Cherie so when I saw this, it immediately appealed to me. This perfume smells of fresh peonies and Sicilian orange.}

4. Daisy Eau So Fresh by Marc Jacobs, $89-$97 {If you enjoy the original fresh smell of Marc Jacobs Daisy, then you may enjoy the more vibrant and whimsical version which has notes of grapefruit, pear, violet and cedarwood.}

5. Poppy Freesia Blossom by Coach, $45-$85 {A clean scent that is subtly sweet and ridiculously refreshing. The fragrant smells of vanilla, brown sugar, musk, freesia and apricot linger on for hours after you spray it on your skin.}

6. Parisienne by Yves Saint Laurent, $65 {An ultra feminine scent with fresh floral and woodland accents. If you can imagine Spring in Paris – this perfume encompasses it all in one bottle.}

7. Pure Poison by Dior, $70-$115 {This is one that I already own and have been a loyal advocate of for over 8 years – it’s definitely a classic to have in your arsenal of perfumes. Although it’s not necessarily geared for Spring in particular, it is light, airy and hypnotic. This fragrance has orange, jasmine, sandalwood and white amber undertones. A seductive and flirty scent that is perfect for those warm Spring nights.}

8. Flora by Gucci – Gorgeous Gardenia by Gucci, $72 {If you’re looking for a little bit of a heaven in a bottle, you’ve found your scent! It smells of fresh gardenia, patchouli, red berries and pear.}