Stylish Storage Remedies


The more life you've built, it's likely, the more "things" you have. Whether furniture, home decor or kids' projects from the past. There's no better way to keep things neat + clean than a purposefully pondered storage system to keep each room high, mighty and totally pristine. 


Another thing I've learned is swapping normal for grand - trade in your plastic wastebin for a shiny, gold trashcan. It'll make you much less hasty + more graceful in pursuit, because filthy-ing up gold is like spitting on precious loot. 

Be gone, bits + bobs - thrown around, no more. You now reside in fine acrylic or a fancy spade, all the more. And all those important papers that never seem to surface, come out from the cracks and crevices + live out your intended purpose! Separated, shoved and folded never seems to work - we must send you, quick and steadily, to your inanimate, roll-away clerk.



Whatever mess it may be - there is always a solution. Messy places and spaces are the Gods of bad-juju pollution!





Poke Doke / an Authentic Hawaiian Recipe



If you've ever paid a visit to the Hawaiian Islands, then you're no doubt familiar with this local raw nosh that's saturated in savory, salty spices. often times it's mispronounced as "PO-key", so rid you of that blunder it's pronounced "PO-kay"... okie-dokie?? Moving on... this succulent treat is often served amidst the appetizing hour. In my opinion, it pairs perfectly with a fresh margarita, extra sour. My last and final POKE quip is that it MUST be partaken with a set of chopsticks! Forking or spooning of any kind is considered gauche and of poor mind. Okay, enough, I'll stop being snooty - I blame my occasional present inner-foodie.

This appetizer is finding it's way to many a mainland menus - with various versions (yes, even veggie varieties are appearing in your typical eating venues). I've laid out the classic Hawaiian recipe - which I stand behind as true food ecstasy! It's very simple to make, however the ingredients must NOT be fake! I highly recommend starting with sushi grade ahi steak. All it requires are the the above components - then some time to marinate. All you must do is gently mix everything together, cover + patiently wait. The poke needs anywhere from 2-4 hours to refrigerate. 

This isn't the most affordable bite to serve, therefore I'd leave it for special occasions and on reserve. Not to boast, but it wouldn't be very MRS of me otherwise; our local grocery stores dedicate cold cases filled with piles of prepared poke surprise!  

What ever the case or availability, I urge you to take the poke plunge - just think how fantastic it'd be to serve this at your next hosted brunch!!




TOP NOTCH Polish & Lip Pairings



With Summer nearing it's seasonal end, it's with GREAT honor that I ride out these beauty trends. Whether you polish from home or an on-site salon - these four combinations are above and beyond! From one extreme to the next, it's totally thrilling to take on a different persona is utterly fulfilling. One week I'm queen of the jungle, next I'm covered in gold and then I whip out the sweetest combination and let my "darling" self unfold. If anything it's pure entertainment for those of us with the most curious hearts + souls!

Lady-Like: Smashbox Be Legendary Coraline Gloss + marc jacobs Fluorescent Beige Polish

Jungle Gal: NARS Schiap Semi Matte + JINsoon Moody Green

Darling: Essie Find Me An Oasis + Smashbox Be Legendary Pout

Golden Gal: Essie Good As Gold + Bobbie Brown Gold High Summer Gloss


Beauty, Fashion

Guide to Home-Planting



Plants, Plants, the magical things - the more you have, the more joy it brings!!! MY happiest of spaces boast greens from the highest ceilings to the lowest bases. Swap a dreadful dark space with some light, air + life - the most sensational of ways to bring life inside! Right now I'm hooked on living walls (like the one below). Not only do they decorate but they uplift and enthrall! 

Above images sourced from Design Milk and Decoist

©Kelley Lilien 2008-2013