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#MAKEITPERSONAL with Shinola Detroit

Cristina RamirezComment

I am beyond honored to be featured on the Shinola Detroit blog.  I have worked with them in the past and am always impressed with their impeccably handmade goods.  They are known for their beautiful watches, but also extend their product range to timelessly crafted jewelry and lovely leather items. 

A monogrammed Chili Pepper Large Journal Cover with Tab, Large Journal, Copper Fisher Space Pen, The Canfield 38mm, and Leather Heart Paperweight.

A monogrammed Chili Pepper Large Journal Cover with Tab, Large Journal, Copper Fisher Space Pen, The Canfield 38mm, and Leather Heart Paperweight.

I am obsessed with their leather backpack and leather notebook cover.  They are so well make and the backpack it large enough the carry a laptop. 

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak at their latest collection.  I decided to customize a beautiful Classic Signet Ring with my monogram and I love how it effortlessly shines on my finger, adding an elegance to my simple style. I decided to get my initials engraved because I think its a great personal touch. 

Classic Signet Ring with monogram @Shinola
With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?
— Oscar Wilde

Overnight Oats

Cristina RamirezComment

I’ve been seeing recipes for overnight oats a lot lately and have been wondering how they would taste.  It seems like the perfect breakfast for busy mornings. Do all the prep at night and grab and go in the morning.

I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised. It does take a bit of preparation but it was so hearty and tasty.  It will get you through till lunch. I hope you give it a try.

Ingredients:
• 1 Banana
• 1 ¼ cups Almond Milk
• ½ cup Vanilla Yogurt or Greek
• 1 cup Rolled Oats
• 1 Tbsp. Chia Seeds
• Top with your favorite fruits, nuts, seeds and nut butters

Instructions:

  1. Mash a banana
  2. Add almond milk and yorgurt and stir
  3. Add rolled oats and chia seeds and stir.
  4. Transfer to cup and cover.
  5. Refrigerate overnight and top with fresh fruit in the morning.

Watch the video to see how easy it is. Don't forget to like and subscribe xoxo

Spooky Halloween Cocktails

Cristina RamirezComment

Are you throwing an epic Halloween party this year?  I love Halloween parties, but I don’t like throwing them.  I like to go over the top and want things to be absolutely perfect when I throw a party.  With Halloween there are so many awesome details I could think of doing like setting up the bathroom as a murder scene or serving hot dogs that resemble fingers or having your whole place lined with cob webs and creepy crawlers…  it gives me an anxiety attack just thinking about it.  I do admire those who throw an epic Halloween party.  

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So I stick to the bar details.  I always offer to come up with fun cocktails for my friend’s parties or if I have a few people over during the holidays.  This year I experimented with dry ice and it gave such a cool effect.  You have to try them.  I made 2 cocktails and 1 shooter with ingredients I had at my bar cart. 

Note: If you plan on using dry ice, be very careful not to touch it with your bare hands. If adding it to your cocktails, be sure to let dry ice completely evaporate before drinking.   Do not swallow.


The Black Heart
2 oz. Vodka
2 Oz. Chambord (Blackberry Liqueur)
4 oz. Pomegranate Juice
Top with a Blackberry

Poisoned Apple
2 oz. Tequila
3 oz. Apple Cider
Top with Pomegranate Juice
Add dry ice for a dramatic effect. (do not swallow dry ice.)

Black Widow Venom
In a pitcher mix:
3/4 cup of whipped Cream Vodka
1/4 cup of Grenadine
Serve in glass bottles or shot glasses.

Enjoy and Drink Responsibly

DIY Blanket Strap

Cristina RamirezComment

I know summer is officially over and you probably have all your outdoor activities out of your system, but I feel like the beginning of every season bring a new list of outdoor activities to check off.  Whether it be pumpkin picking or long walks through the woods, there is always time to plop down, have a picnic and experience the changing of the leaves.  

This blanket strap is made with 2-3 leather belts (found at the 99 cent store), a hole puncher and some twine. So for under $5 you can make this super easy blanket strap, when on Etsy or other stores are selling them for over $80. I’ve gotten so many complements and no one believes me when I tell them, “I made it!”

So saddle up your blanket and get outdoors!

Materials:

  • 2 leather belts
  • An old purse strap or another belt
  • 2 “D” rings
  • 2 hook buckles
  • Some Twine
  • And a hole puncher

1. Take one belt and secure it around your blanket pulling it tight so it fits snug around your blanket.  Mark a few evenly spaced dotes where you want your new holes to go.

2. Line up your two belts and mark the same dots onto your other belt.

3. With your leather hole punch make holes into both belts.

4. Wrap the two belts around the blanket and cut off the extra leather, leaving an inch or two after the last hole.

5. Unbuckle your belts and lay them out about 10 inch apart or whatever will fit best for your blanket.  With one of the cutoff parts of the belt place it across the belts straps. This is going to be the handle for your strap.  Mark about an inch extra on each side and cut.

6. Take your handle and place it under one of the belts about 6 inches above your holes. Mark four dots in the shape of a square that will hold both belts. Do the same on the other side making sure all the belts line up and punch out the holes.

7. Place the belt with the holes on top of your handle and mark the exact same holes.

8.  To attach the handle grab some twine and string through the holes starting from the back. Place your “D” ring in the center and string the twine through the “D” ring and into the other hole. From the back string through the diagonal hole leading to the front through the “D” ring and into the next hole.

9. Next string through where you started making an “X” stitch on the back. Repeat this several times till the straps are tight and secure.

10. Add a little super glue under the twine for extra hold and then tie a few knots.

11. You’re going to repeat the same thing on the other side

12. To make the shoulder strap grab an old purse strap or belt and measure out how long you want it to be.  Loop the hook buckle and mark two holes

13. Punch out the holes and make two more holes on the other side of the loop

14. With your twine, string through each of the holes over and over again till tightly secured.

15. Tie up the end and repeat on the other side. 

Watch the video to see all steps in action.

3 Super Healthy Smoothies

Cristina RamirezComment

Smoothies are a great way to start the day.  These smoothies are so healthy, loaded with superfoods and are great to sip whenever you need a healthy pick me up. 

I’ve been making a variety of smoothies lately and I’ve found it is a great way in incorporate healthy super foods that may be hard to incorporate in your diet.  For example, apple cider vinegar has so many health benefits and I’ve read you should have 1 tablespoon or more a day, but I have a hard time drinking it by itself so adding it to my smoothies is perfect for my routine.  These smoothies are loaded with super foods in 3 different forms.  You can really add whatever you like and have fun with it.  

The Instagramer

• Dragonfruit
• Strawberries
• Blueberries
• 1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
• Squirt of honey
• 1 Cup of Water
• 1 Cup of Ice

The Health Nut

• Mango
• Kale
• Banana
• Ginger
• Wheatgrass
• 1 Cup of Coconut Water
• 1 Cup of Ice

The Jump Starter

• ½ Cup of Coffee
• Banana
• ¼ Cup of Rolled Oats
• 1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
• 1 Tsp Cinnamon
• Peanut Butter
• 1 Cup of Ice
• ½ Cup of Almond Milk

Watch the video to see how easy these recipes are. Don't forget to like and subscribe. xoxo 

Shibori Tie Dye Techniques

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Tie Dye is a trend that seems to always come and go and come back again.  This summer I noticed it popping up again not only in fashion but in interior design.  I thought by adding some tie dye pillows and maybe some tapestries would give my back patio a cute boho vibe, so I did a little research into how to get these designs.

Shibori Tie Dye is a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique that has been around since the 8th century.  There are so many different shibori patterns and all completely unique. I couldn’t bring myself buying a store bought design, so I decided to make my own.  Not only was it so much cheaper, but it was so much fun, they came out so good and I can say I actually made it. 

I started with 3 basic designs to try out:  lines, the bull’s eye and diamonds. The bull ’s eye was my personal fave.

Lines

  1. Accordion fold fabric to desired width. My width was about 1 1/2 -2 inches.
  2. Tie rubber bands kind of like a pony tail.  Adding as much lines as you would like to create. 

Bull's Eye

  1. Pinch the middle of the fabric pulling up.
  2. Gather add fabric from the center and then tie a rubber band at the top.
  3. Tie a few more rubber bands to create a bull's eye effect.

Diamonds

  1. Accordion fold fabric to desired width. My width was about 2 1/2 inches.
  2. Fold one side of folded fabric creating a triangle.
  3. Continue accordion folding in triangle forms.
  4. Tie two rubber bands to to the final triangle folded shape. One on each long points.

Watch the full video here. Don't forget to like and subscribe ;)