Tagged: summer

Snapshots: Yard Sale.


This past weekend my boyfriend and I had a successful two-day yard sale in our front yard. It was hot and sweaty and I am still suffering from my grass allergies but I am glad we did it. We had all kinds of help from my parents on the the first day, my mom was recruited and was gently forced to stay and keep me safe. The second day Ben’s Mom and brother came and helped us out all day .

This yard sale was a little bittersweet because I sold/donated ALL of the inventory from my now shuttered online thrift store: Notnu. It was a little sad to see my carefully curated store selection go in a fire sale but it was also nice to move forward and free up all that space.



She’s a terrible negotiator.




All the unsold clothes are being donated to Goodwill, Dress For Success, and My Freind’s Place, check them out to see the good work they are doing. Also, consider doing some research about what kind of donations your local shelters and non-profits need instead of just dumping your good stuff off at a for profit thrift store or one of those Dare bins that usually just send the stuff to rag, the landfill or overseas.

Recipe: Avocado Egg Salad.

Egg Saamma

There are a few things that I love in this world two of which are hard boiled eggs and avocados…so when I found the recipe to make avocado egg salad I knew it was love at first taste. I could eat this stuff for days…if you like egg salad and avocados I INSIST that you try this out…I promise you won’t be disappointed.


You will need:

5 hard boiled eggs

2 avocados

1/3 cup plain yogurt

1 tablespoon of mustard

salt and pepper to taste

cayenne pepper to taste

a large bowl

a fork

about 10 minutes

egg gif
(this is a gif…hopefully it is moving for you)

In a large bowl:

Step 1. Peel the eggs and slice into pieces.

Step 2. Pit, peel and cut avocado into pieces.
(Save the pits if you plan on saving some for later)

Step 3. Add  the yogurt.

Step 4. Add the mustard.

Step 5. Add salt, pepper and cayenne to taste.

Step 6. Mash up with a fork until desired consistency.

Step 7. Eat it all.

Makes about 3 large servings.

As avocados tend to turn brown when exposed to air your egg salad will start to brown over a couple of hours (if it lasts that long). If you want to store leftovers (why do you have leftovers) then put the pits back into the bowl, cover and then put into the fridge…it should last about a day and a half.

Friday Fashion DIY: Shoulder-less Blouse

Hello and welcome to the very first installment of Friday Fashion DIY!!
Woohoooo!!! Today’s DIY is a silk shirt re-fashion. 
There are all kinds of shoulder less shirts out on the market for outrageous prices…but over here at Coffee+Velvet we are cheap and crafty so we came up with this super simple DIY to save you lots of money and keep you looking fabulous!
The look and the finished product.
I am wearing:
My DIY Shirt, Some DIY Thrifted Shorts, New Bowery Boots by Ecote from Urban Outfitters Online, Faux Agate Necklace from New Yorker , Peacock Earrings from Pennys in Dublin
You will need:
an old shirt 
(I prefer silk or something as equally light because it is summer and if I make it I want to wear it right away!!)
fabric scissors
matching thread
tailors chalk
sewing machine with a rolled hem foot (not pictured)
[Now you don’t need a rolled hem foot, you could iron the edges and sew very carefully but I found that the foot was easier.]
Step 1: Mark where you want the holes to start. I marked 1 inch away from the neck because I like more of a tank top look. I also marked on my dress form which made life easier but if you do not have a form you can always put it on and mark on one side where you want the holes to start and then measure it out for the other side to make it even.
Step 2: Figure out where you want the holes to end. The wider the cut the drapier the sleeves will be.
Step 3: Figure out how deep you want your holes to be….this is completely arbitrary and there was no real science when I cam up with my hole measurements…mark it out and try on the shirt a few times to see what tickles your fancy.
Step 4: Carefully cut out the circles.
Step 5: With your Rolled Hem Foot sew the raw edges of your holes.
Some tips for the rolled hem foot:
1. IRON your future seams before your attempt to use the foot…I promise you will save yourself a lot of heartache.
2. I found it was best to pull the fabric at an angle to the left of the foot so that it would stay in the rolling piece at the front of the foot.
Step 6: Wear your new shirt out and be fabulous!

Let me know if you liked this tutorial!
(leave a comment, follow me, or like my facebook page….for example!!)

If you use this tutorial to make your own shoulder-less blouse then please please please share it with me! I would love to see what you come up with!!!


der Hipster (noun) hipster.
As I am exploring Pasadena more and more I am starting to realize that I am from a hipster bubble. This is news to me because I never saw it before I left five years ago but five years later this is a hipster mecca. on Saturday I went to “Make Music Pasadena” which was a big outdoor music festival on the streets of Old Town…it was incredibly crowded..and incredibly hipster. I have nothing against hipster as I am a little bit hipster myself (without trying to be…which in fact makes me more hipster…it is an endless cycle).
I also went down to Long Beach earlier in the week to have a ladies night with two of my girl friends…it was very exciting, we conquered many bottles and we went to the beach…Oh how I love southern California.

Pelicans are wonderful creatures.

Map of the festivities.

Hipster Central
It is essential that I procure some of these wings.
people are strange.
street walkers.
some hipster art thing.
clap it out.

The amount of people made it a bit difficult to participate in the music….

…so I found my posse and we drank beer and ate fried things instead.

I’m still not sure why we got a wristband for this place.
And my brother went to his Community College Graduation.


die Tauschbörse (noun) swap meet
Today I went to the monthly Rose Bowl Swap Meet in Pasadena. The swap meet itself is ENORMOUS…the brochure says that there are over 2500 vendors selling everything and anything you can think of. Even if you don’t buy anything it is still an adventure to walk around the entire thing and look at all of the stuff and the people…my favorite kind of photography. I was so stoked to finally take my DSLR out on the town today…you will see why when you scroll.
I went with my parents because I am finally past the age where it is embarrassing to do stuff with your parents…now it is just fun.
I was a little obsessed with the shiny typewriters.
my spoils.