Morning Links

Morning Links | TheSubtleStatement.com

  1. 5 Recipes to get juicing  (TheResidence)
  2. Your lips can still be super soft with this cult (& personal) fave, but in a brand new hue (sephora.com)
  3. The Do’s & Don’ts of Shopping A Sale (WhoWhatWear.com)
  4. At-home beauty DIYs from VS beach beauties (byrdie.com)
  5. Not ready to commit to Birks? This trendy touch on a classic style brings the latest shoe trend in full force, on the cheap (target.com)
  6. Revive when your mascara goes dry, with something you already have in your handbag (thebeautydepartment.com)
  7. DIY your own beach tote for your next sun kissed trip (theglitterguide.com)
  8. These coconut milk based popsicles are the perfect treat to beat the heat (thisrawsomeveganlife.com)
  9. 3 Ways to Disinfect Your Makeup During Breakout Season (glamour.com)

Strawberry Mint Lemonade

Strawberry Mint Lemonade | TheSubtleStatement.com

Fresh flowers and warm sunny days should only be accompanied by light refreshing beverages. Water and tea are my usual vices, but since stumbling upon a light organic lemonade (stevia based, instead of sugar) it’s been a nice occasional change. I’m not a fan of syrups or anything artificial, so for our first cookout/bonfire last weekend, I poured a pitcher of the light lemonade and placed fresh strawberries and mint in the attached infuser. After infusing for a few hours, it had a perfect slightly sweet refreshing taste. Slice up strawberries and mint for garnish and it makes a great party refresher.

Weekend DIY: Farmhouse Coffee Table

DIY: Farmhouse Coffee Table | TheSubtleStatement.com

When deciding which style direction to take our living room, my boyfriend and I thought of all the possibilities, from contemporary glam to traditional and rustic. We knew we wanted something unique, and a combination of both of our styles. After a trip to Restoration Hardware, we fell in love with the uniqueness of rustic farmhouse tables placed in a contemporary room.

DIY: Farmhouse Coffee Table | TheSubtleStatement.com

We found a basic white table at ikea, bought pine wood boards, and stained them, then fit and drilled them on top to the top of it, and under just a few hours, we had a new coffee table, along with two matching end tables totaling less than $115.

DIY: Farmhouse Coffee Table | TheSubtleStatement.com

Adding serene candles, fresh florals, and a personal touch really pulled everything together, along with comfy throw pillows, into a cozy, homey living area that fits us perfectly.

DIY: Farmhouse Coffee Table | TheSubtleStatement.com

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. We purchased a basic coffee table, along with two side tables.
  2. Keeping our table measurements in mind, we went to our local home improvement store, and purchased 1″ x 6″ x 6′ pine boards (9 boards fit all three of our tables.)
  3. We cut the boards to fit each table and allow a 1/4″ overhang on each side of each table.
  4. Next we stained each side of each wood board with Rust-Oleum Wood Stain in Weathered Gray. (You can use any stain and color you prefer.)
  5. After the wood boards were dry, we applied Liquid Nails Construction Adhesive to the back of the boards, and placed them on the tables.
  6. We then used 2″ wood screws to secure the boards to the tables.
  7. Lastly, we applied a polyurethane in a clear satin finish to repel stains and moisture.

How to Make Any Day a Spa Day

How To Make Any Day a Spa Day | TheSubtleStatement.com | Chill CucumbersChilling sliced cucumbers in the fridge or freezer makes it easy for me to grab a couple to place over my eyes first thing in the morning, or during a busy day. The antioxidants and flavonoids help reduce irritation or puffiness, and fade dark circles. The refreshing ritual instantly relaxes me.

How To Make Any Day a Spa Day | TheSubtleStatement.com  | Light Candles

Lighting candles creates a serene spa vibe. I love the calming atmosphere in Anthropologie, so we brought that into our home by adding glass apothecary jars filled with sand, and our favorite scent, Capri Blue “Volcano.” Placed on our coffee table makes the room really cozy, and relaxing.

How To Make Any Day a Spa Day | TheSubtleStatement.com | Detox Water

When I infuse my water with fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables I’m likely to drink it more often, because of the refreshing taste. Filling an infusion pitcher is nice for the home, but I also like to fill up water bottles so I can grab them and go. Slicing up fresh cucumbers, lemons, limes, oranges, and mint when I get home from the grocery store enables me to throw in a variety without the hassle. Infusing for 30 minutes or more really bursts with flavor.

How To Make Any Day a Spa Day | TheSubtleStatement.com  | Detox Bath

There’s not many things more relaxing then a calming soak in the tub. A detox bath will flush out toxins, and relieve achy muscles, as well as many other benefits. I mix 2 Cups Epsom Salts with 1 Cup Baking Soda in a jar, so it’s readily available to pour in the tub. While the water is running, you can add in several drops of essential oils. Soaking for 40 minutes total will reap all of the benefits, 20 minutes of flushing out toxins, followed by 20 minutes of absorbing the minerals.

Vegan 10 Layer Dip

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10 Layer Dip TheSubtleStatement.com  | vegan, gluten free

I could always go for Mexican food, but in honor of Cinco de Mayo I had to of course whip up a delish vegan dish packed with festive flavor.

Ingredients:
1 (16 oz) can Vegetarian Refried Beans
1 oz Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
12 oz Vegan Sour Cream
8 oz Vegan Cream Cheese
3 Ripe Avocados
Organic Lime Juice, to taste
Garlic Powder, to taste
2 T fresh cilantro leaves
Jar of Salsa or a variety mixed
1 Large Tomato, diced
1 Organic Green Pepper, diced
1/4 of bunch of Green Onions, chopped
Shredded Lettuce
1.5 C Daiya Cheddar Cheese
3 oz Black Olives, Sliced

  1. Make homemade taco seasoning and mix well with refried beans. Layer in the bottom of a 8×8 dish.
  2. Mix sour cream and cream cheese well and layer on top of refried beans mixture.
  3. Mash the flesh of the avocados, add lime juice and garlic powder to taste and mix in cilantro. Layer on top of sour cream mixture.
  4. Add a layer of salsa.
  5. Layer on tomato.
  6. Next add green pepper.
  7. Layer green onion on top.
  8. Distribute shredded lettuce evenly.
  9. Sprinkle on cheese.
  10. Finally add sliced olives to the top layer.

Enjoy!

Gluten Free Blueberry Mini Loaves

Gluten Free Vegan Blueberry Mini Loaves

For a sweet fix in the midst of our weekend projects, I used up the fresh blueberries I had on hand to make muffins. I came across a recipe that was vegan and gluten free (We’ve also tried her belgium waffles, they’re so yummy!) I switched up a few things, like substituting Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour for the flour blend, and organic brown sugar instead of white sugar. I also sprinkled a little brown sugar on top before I stuck them in the oven, as well as the last 2 minutes they were baking.

Gluten Free Vegan Blueberry Mini Loaves

Covering the blueberries (fresh or frozen) in 1 T of the flour blend was a great tip in the recipe, preventing any juice and color from entering the batter.

Gluten Free Vegan Blueberry Mini Loaves

I used mini loaf pans, which are great for a brunch and for gifting. Gluten Free Vegan Blueberry Mini Loaves

They turned so delicious! This will definitely be a brunch staple for upcoming weekends.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Deep Dish Cookie Pie

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Deep Dish Cookie Pie | TheSubtleStatement.com | vegan | gluten free | low calorie

Ending Valentine’s Day with a decadent dessert is essential, but one ranked healthy, vegan, gluten free and under 200 calories? Um, jackpot. You’ll never guess the main ingredients of these sugar-free, yet absolutely rich piece of goodness. I changed up this yummy recipe, with an indulgent twist. Melt the chocolate chips before adding for a delectable chocolate treat.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Deep Dish Cookie Pie | TheSubtleStatement.com | vegan | gluten free | low calorie

Add a scoop of ice cream to complete (Luna & Larry’s dairy free is tdf)! Champagne optional :)

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Deep Dish Cookie Pie | TheSubtleStatement.com | vegan | gluten free | low calorie IMG_6489

What I’m Loving This Morning…

London Fashion Week | TheSubtleStatement.com

The Burberry Prorsum Ready-To-Wear collection was absolute perfection. With the effortlessly chic look of the sheer pastel flowing dresses, lace-up open-toe booties, slightly undone hair and my absolute favorite.. the monogrammed ponchos. Bohemian rhapsody at it’s best.

London Fashion Week | TheSubtleStatement.com

London Fashion Week | TheSubtleStatement.com

Issa’s RTW collection is bold and colorful. I’m loving the balance of cropped sweaters and maxi skirts, and this scalloped LBD with an edgy spin is something I can definitely see label lover, Kate Middleton, sporting in the near future.

London Fashion Week | TheSubtleStatement.com

London Fashion Week | TheSubtleStatement.com

I’m loving everything about the Antonio Berardi RTW collection. The abstract hems, color and print blocking, and tdf lace up heels have me welcoming Fall with open arms.

What I’m Loving on Etsy

What I'm Loving on Etsy | TheSubtleStatement.com

  1. “Sparkle Like Champagne” Print
  2. “More Mimosas Please” Print
  3. “Remember” Notepad
  4. Gold Sequin Hanger
  5. Gold Polka Dot Washi Tape
  6. Custom Address Stamp
  7. “Lipstick Makes Me Happy” Print
  8. Sequin Letter

Etsy is filled with such fun and creative finds! Last year I made some glitter clothespins, and have consistently used them as food label stands at all my soirées. I took it up a notch lately and added pushpins and magnets to glam up my office and fridge. They’re so great to hang photos, invitations, business cards, and inspiration. They add a chic touch to a classroom, home or office and can be used as pretty decor at weddings, bridal and baby showers, birthday and graduation parties to hang photos and banners. A dose of glam and glitter adds a chic touch to just about anything!

Glitter Clothespins | The Subtle Statement Etsy Shop

Glitter Clothespin Push Pins | The Subtle Statement Etsy Shop

Peter Pilotto for Target

Peter Pilotto for Target | TheSubtleStatement.com

  1. Light Blue Floral Print Blouse
  2. Black/White Print Skirt
  3. Green Bikini Floral Print Top
  4. Green Floral Print Pant
  5. Black/White Print Bikini Top
  6. Black/White Bikini Bottom
  7. Green Netting Print Beach Towel
  8. Green Floral Print Belted Dress
  9. Purple Floral Print Dress

I don’t own a matching bathing suit. In my everyday wardrobe, I just don’t like matching in any sense. Instead, I choose to compliment. That’s why I’m loving the Peter Pilotto collection for Target. Everything can easily be mixed and matched, for a fun Spring/Summer vaca vibe. The cropped bikini tops are right on trend with the season’s playful length, and pair with almost everything in the collection. Have you snagged any pieces from the collection yet?