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      Colorful Quarters: The Art Of Decorating With Wall Mirrors

      Colorful Quarters: The Art Of Decorating With Wall Mirrors

      Juliet reflected in wall mirror from Target. (sold out but here's a similar one)

      Mirrors aren't just designed for reflecting. They're also the perfect solution for making a space feel larger and brighter. Decorating walls with mirrors really gives you an edge when it comes to adding a new dimension to the rooms in your home!

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      Jacuko Decorative Wall Mirror - Amazon

      Jacuko Decorative Wall Mirror

       

      The possibilities of decorating with mirrors go beyond seeing what we look like as we head out the door. The latest home decor trends show that decorating walls with mirrors is not just practical, it's also a very effective way to interject your style economically but a necessity. Mirrors are often an inexpensive fix for the need for an energy shift. The strategic placement of mirrors in one place or another can have a dramatic effect on how large a room seems or even how open and light-filled a room can be.

      Everything depends on the size, style, color, shape, natural light of the room. And also the function that the mirror really has to play in that space. Sometimes they are simply there to make the place bigger and others to multiply the sensation of light. Yet, others are only mirrors to look at, but full of style and in harmony with us and our home.

       

      New Arrivals

       

       

      ironsmithn Wall Mirror - Amazon

      ironsmithn Wall Mirror

       

      Using a mirror decoratively is actually treating it like a piece of art. When selecting a position for it, select an area that really shows it off to best attributes. Unlike a picture, though, a mirror's reflection needs to be carefully considered – that reflection will, in effect become a piece of art in itself. So, if you can position your mirror to reflect a beautiful view, fabulous architecture or a wonderful light fixture, you have mastered the art of decorating with wall mirrors.

      Below, I've listed nine wall mirrors that can transform your home with a simple placement. You want your home to be special and each corner to have its own personality? Shop my product board!

      Wall Mirror Collage

       

       

       

      1.  Harlequin Capsule Mirror - Jonathan Adler

      2.  Sumatran Crescents Round Mirror - The MET Store

      3.  Zorigs Wall Mirror - Amazon

      4.  Ophelia Blue Coral Round Mirror - Belle & June

      5.  Elise Mirror - Bloomingdales

      6.  Empire Art Direct Rectangular Beveled Mirror - Macy’s

      7.  DecorShore Bohemian Rainbow Rhapsody Wall Mirror - Amazon

      8.  Surfa Chateaux Mirror - Bloomingdales

      9.  Safavieh Round Cup Mirror - Macy’s

       

      Have a colorful day!

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

       

       

       

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      Color Collective: Links To Colorful Living, Vol. 13

      Color Collective: Links To Colorful Living, Vol. 13

      Thinking of redecorating for the New Year or just love home decor? You'll enjoy this list dedicated to colorful living at home!

      • These water-based interior paints are formulated without the toxic carbon-based solvents. The company was founded by an interior designer that has a unique try-before-you-buy process plus color palettes that are dreamy. (CLARE)
      • You may not immediately think of your kitchen as one of the first rooms in your home that needs an uplift but some of these kitchen ideas may have you rethinking color as vibe changer. (Real Homes)
      • Get ready for Spring lunches and brunches with these tableware accessories that will make your place settings warm, light and airy. (The MET Store)
      • Sconces have never been a home decor/design element that I felt particularly moved by until I saw these bejeweled beauties. (Jonathan Adler)
      BONUS: The remarkable story of how the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. monument came to be. (Architectural Digest)


       

       

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      Colorful Eats: Wine-Braised Short Ribs With Potatoes

      Colorful Eats: Wine-Braised Short Ribs With Potatoes

      My family would not consider themselves as strictly vegan, vegetarian or pescetarian. We are truly omnivores because variety is the spice of life, right?

      We try to eat healthy foods every day but we are not regimented nor do we have any allergies that would keep us from any food group. However, eating beef is really a once-in-awhile thing.

      It's usually the occasional hamburger or a juicy steak for the Home Chef Extraordinaire. As we've matured, we have found that certain foods are more difficult to digest and beef has become challenging at times.

      But my Wine-Braised Short Ribs With Potatoes are a special occasion meal that we all look forward to.

       

      Instant Pot

       

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      As with many of our Colorful Eats recipes, this dish is made in an Instant Pot which means it's simple, quick and incredibly flavorful. It's just right for those cozy Winter evenings when you just want a meal that's warm and savory. 

       

      Wine-Braised Short Ribs with Potatoes - Ingredients

      Wine-Braised Short Ribs 

      I adapted this recipe from the America's Test Kitchen Mediterranean Instant Pot Cookbook . You may already have most of the ingredients for this rich, delicious dish. NOTE: You can use tomato paste instead of tomato sauce if you prefer a thicker sauce. Parsley can be used as a garnish but since the Home Chef Extraordinaire doesn't like the taste of the herb, I left it out. And while I used dealcoholized red wine in my recipe, feel free to use your favorite Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon instead.

       

      Juliet's Wine-Braised Short Ribs with Potatoes

      serves 4

      total time:  2 hours 15 minutes

      INGREDIENTS

      • 2 pounds bone-in beef short ribs, trimmed
      • ¾ teaspoon table salt, divided
      • ¼ teaspoon pepper
      • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
      • 1 onion, chopped fine
      • 6 garlic cloves, minced
      • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
      • 1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
      • 1 (14.5-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, drained with ¼ cup juice reserved, chopped coarse
      • ½ cup dry red wine
      • 1 pound small red potatoes, unpeeled, leave whole or halved
      • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley (optional)

      INSTRUCTIONS

      1.  Dry short ribs dry by patting them with paper towels. Sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper. Using highest sauté function, heat oil in Instant Pot for 5 minutes (or until just smoking). Brown short ribs on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes; transfer to plate.

      2.  Add onion and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt to fat left in pot and cook, using highest sauté function, until onion is softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic, tomato sauce and oregano and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes and reserved juice and wine, scraping up any browned bits. Place short ribs meat side down into pot and add any accumulated juices. Lock lid in place and close pressure release valve. Select high pressure cook function and cook for 60 minutes.

      3.  Turn off Instant Pot and let pressure release naturally for 15 minutes. Quick-release any remaining pressure, then carefully remove lid, allowing steam to escape away from you. Transfer short ribs to serving dish, tent with aluminum foil, and let rest while preparing potatoes.

      4.  Strain braising liquid through fine-mesh strainer into fat separator; transfer solids to now-empty pot. Let braising liquid settle for 5 minutes, then pour 1½ cups defatted liquid and any accumulated juices into pot with solids; discard remaining liquid. Add potatoes. Lock lid in place and close pressure release valve. Select high pressure cook function and cook for 4 minutes. Turn off Instant Pot and quick-release pressure. Carefully remove lid, allowing steam to escape away from you.

      5.  Using slotted spoon, transfer potatoes to serving dish. Season sauce with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon sauce over short ribs and potatoes and sprinkle with parsley, if desired. Serve.

       

       Per serving: Cal 340; Total Fat 13g; Sat Fat 4.5g; Chol 55mg; Sodium 700mg; Total Carbs 29g, Fiber 3g, Total Sugar 7g; Added Sugar 0g; Protein 21g

       

      I hope you try this recipe and if you do, let me know how it turns out in the comments below or on Instagram!

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

       

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      Color Collective: Links to Colorful Living, Vol. 12

      Color Collective: Links to  Colorful Living, Vol. 12

      Food tastes better when it is colorful. It just does! We eat with our mouths AND eyes so what food "looks" like impacts the flavor. And there's interesting research behind this phenomenon. Whether you believe there's a color/food connection or not, think of it this way: would you even take a bite of a blue apple? Here are some colorful links to satisfy the foodie in you:

      1.  I'm not sure eating square food is any healthier than eating food in it normal form but this company seems to think we need to rethink the shape of things. (DesignTaxi)

      2.  If you bake, you will surely want to get your hands on this plant-based food dye for all of your cupcake frosting needs. (Amazon)

      3.  This piece on "the year in snacks" is in no way practical but it is good for a couple of chuckles. (Grub Street)

      4. Who knew the color of egg yolks makes a difference in the quality of pasta? (Broken Palate)

      5.  I didn't realize that the already pretty perfect croissant was up for reinvention but change is good, I guess.  (Food & Wine)

      6.  The uber-colorful dinnerware and serveware from this brand automatically elevates your table setting game. (Amazon)

      7.  I'm also obsessed with this colorful cookware that is super high quality and makes your kitchen look like you've mastered the joy of cooking. (Macy's)

      8.  This beautiful vegan cookbook is jam-packed with soulful, Southern inspired recipes and food history that even non-vegans, like myself can greatly appreciate. (Amazon)

      9.  Those of us who miss going to great restaurants for memorable meals may not realize the devastating impact the pandemic has had on the entire industry. Here are a few ways to help support restaurants and their workers.

      10.  Did you know that I have a collection of colorful food recipes created by me and my Home Chef Extraordinaire (the love of my life) on the blog? 


       

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      Colorful Closet: Affordable Activewear for Colorful Workouts

      Colorful Closet: Affordable Activewear for Colorful Workouts

      Since I stopped making New Year resolutions a few years ago (my failure rate was abysmal), I’ve taken to setting goals instead, both practical and completely fantasy-driven. And I’m happy to report that I have stuck to and successfully completed many including a daily workout regimen. 

      The reasons I’ve stuck to working out every day for almost 3 years is because first and foremost I’m now healthier than ever at age 62 and I regularly treat myself to workout gear and activewear that I adore to help keep me motivated.

      Juliet in Old Navy Activewear

      Juliet in Old Navy (no longer available)

       

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      But this “habit” can become quite costly, especially when you hear about the new leggings that are super soft and come in every color of the rainbow or the sports bra that really keeps the boobies in place through HIIT or dance workouts. 

      So I’ve made it a point to not feed into the frenzied need to always have the newest and latest (and often way too expensive) and become loyal to a few activewear brands that offer a wide variety of styles but are high quality and good to my wallet. 

      Champion.com (Hanesbrands Inc.)

       

      I’ve assembled a sampling of my all-time favorites for you to shop, just in case you too set a new exercise goal or a healthy resolution for the year ahead and want to look colorful and chic throughout the hard work and sweat!

      P.S. all items are under $100!

       

      CHAMPION

      great value!

      Champion Womens Activewear

      1.  Eco Infinity Racerback Sports Bra

      2.  Eco Infinity Sport Tights

      3.  Plus Absolute Eco Tank

       

       

      IDEOLOGY

      basics created for Macy's 

      IDEOLOGY - Created for Macy's

      1.  High Rise Pocket Bike Shorts

      2.  Radial Marks Hoodie

      3.  Performance Quarter Zip Crop Top

       

       

      OLD NAVY 

      my favorite!

      Old Navy Womens Activewear

      1.  PowerSoft Performance Bodysuit

      2.  PowerSoft Longline Sports Bra

      3.  PowerSoft 7/8 Length Flare Pants

       

       

      THE GYM PEOPLE

      an Amazon brand

      THE GYM PEOPLE - Amazon brand

      1.  High Waist Yoga Pants

      2.  Ice Silk Workout Tops

      3.  High Waist Running Shorts

       

      That's it for now! Until next time, I wish you a joyful, color-filled life!

      Love, Juliet

       

       

       

       

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