Succulent Pumpkin Vase

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Happy (almost) Halloween! If you’re looking for a way to keep those pumpkins around past Saturday night, try turning them into a succulent pumpkin vase. It’s super easy and looks adorable.

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You’ll Need:
a pumpkin
a knife and spoon
succulents
cactus soil
saran wrap

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Steps:
1. Begin by cutting a circle around the stem on the top of your pumpkin.

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2. Remove the top and begin scooping out the innards with your spoon (save the seeds and toast them for a snack).

3. Once the pumpkin guts are fully removed, place saran wrap along the inside walls of the pumpkin.

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4. Fill the inside of your pumpkin 3/4 to the top with cactus soil.

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5. Decide where you want to place your succulents and plant them in the soil.

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Friday Link Love

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Bonjour (and Happy Friday)! I’m bound for Europe on a spontaneous getaway with my love. Knowing how badly I’ve been wanting to travel to the city of lights, Andrew turned to me on a whim and said, “Hey, I’m buying you a ticket and we’re going to Paris for the weekend.” Hashtag swoon. I hope you too have a bit of romance in the coming days. Until then, check out this week’s installment of Friday Link Love. Au revoir LA!

 

1) Fall sangria served out of a pumpkin? Genius.

2) My girl, Keltie Knight, dishes out 10 truths and they’re perfect.

3) Totally making this coconut oil popcorn and watching a scary movie this week.

4) 45 life lessons, written by a 90-year-old.

5) Chic ways to dress up your pumpkin.

6) Um, LOVE these DIY couples costumes! Especially the V-J day sailor and nurse Times Square kiss!

7) Ok, so it’s a kids’ Halloween party but swap the apple juice for pumpkin ale and you have the cutest casual Halloween picnic.

8) These unusual beaches have me looking up airfares.

9) Pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls. Yes! Pumpkin everything!

 

 

 

Tips From the Pros: Three Must-Have Organizing Products

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Guest Post from Allie Kleinman, Professional Organizer:

As an organizing enthusiast (so much so that I’ve turned it into my career), I’m always on the hunt for the best products on the market to help streamline, simplify, and beautify your homes and lives and I love sharing my findings with all of my friends! Since Videndae is definitely a friend of mine, I wanted to share three of my all-time favorite, high-impact products for organizing the home.

 

For the Fashionista – Matching Hangers
Swapping out your mis-matched hangers for cohesive, uniform ones will do wonders for your closet.  These hangers from The Container Store are my favorites! The non-slip velvet finish prevents clothes from sliding off the hanger and onto the floor and the slim design will help you maximize your valuable closet space. The hangers look sleek and orderly on their own without having to rearrange your clothing in any specific order (a big bonus). However, taking the time to coordinate your clothing (either by color, category, etc.) will significantly elevate the overall look and feel of your closet.

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For the Makeup Enthusiast – Cosmetic Organizer
I could write an entire post on organizing your makeup and cosmetics (in fact – I have! Read it here). As a product junkie myself, I’m no stranger to the plethora of cosmetics that can pile up and the mess it can create. Get your essentials in order and save time during your A.M. routine with a cute clear case from Bed Bath & Beyond. They come in a variety of sizes so you can customize according to your needs, routine, and products. Depending on your preference, you can hide these organizers in a cabinet or display it on your vanity for a more accessible and polished look. If you have a lot of makeup (like me), this is the perfect organizer to house your everyday items.

courtesy: Bed Bath & Beyond

courtesy: Bed Bath & Beyond


For the Jet Setter – Jewelry Organizer
In my previous life as a Destination Marketing Specialist, travel was a big part of the job. Luckily, I’m a great packer (seriously, I know how to work a carry-on to fit two weeks’ worth of clothes). However, I always struggled to efficiently pack my jewelry and accessories (and a girl can’t leave home without her jewels). I tried using zip lock bags before eventually upgrading to a proper jewelry organizer. I recently found this one on Brit.co and think it’s perfect! Not only is it cute and fun to assemble, but its practical and durable design will keep your precious gems safe whether they’re packed in your suitcase or stowed away in that tote bag.

courtesy: Brit.co

courtesy: Brit.co

Which organizer is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below and if you’re in need of some organizing assistance, I’m offering 20% off in-person and virtual services for all Videndae readers. Please mention “Videndae” when inquiring!

 

A Little Bit About Allie
Allie Kleinman is the founder of Organized by Allie, an LA-based home and lifestyle company focused on simplifying her clients’ lives by organizing their living spaces. Allie discovered her love for organizing and design at a very young age, when she would tidy and rearrange her parents’ house (for fun!) every chance she got. She’s come a long way since and now crafts beautiful and functional living spaces for her clients on a daily basis.  Allie firmly believes in the beauty of an organized home and the positive outward effect it has on one’s life. When not organizing for a client (or for herself!), Allie enjoys traveling, running, and happy hours with friends.

Get organized at www.organizedbyallie.com

 

 

Nine Instagram Accounts to Follow

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I love Instagram. Like, a lot. I am a hyper visual person, inspired and driven easily by a beautiful image. I have often been known to drag my friends/boyfriend to new restaurants I’ve spotted on local foodie accounts, to purchase a new pair of sunglasses that were casually displayed next to a latte and a newspaper on a fashion blogger’s account, or to spontaneously travel up the coast to see a waterfall that was captured by my fellow California Instagrammers (check out my 4th of July trip to Big Sur on Instagram for said waterfall). Needless to say, I love the gram and I carefully curate the people that I follow. Here are nine Instagram accounts I think you should check out! Let me know who you think I should follow in the comment section below and check out Videndae on Instagram while you’re at it.

1) @__nitch reveals some of the most moving words spoken by public figures.

2) @nytimes shares the world news in a way only the New York Times can.

3) @lateafternoon an LA girl with a killer sense of style.

4) @lisadieder knows how to take a photo that’s so good it makes me want to quit my day job and pick up a camera.

5) @coffeenclothes is just that. The merging of java and fashion in one beautiful little photo square.

6) @maurastoffer is a Chicago based photographer with the cutest little family.

7) @shutthekaleup makes healthy and nutritious food seem impossibly appealing.

8) @mydaywithleo superimposes cutouts of celebrity faces on random New Yorkers’ bodies and it makes my day every time.

9) @subwaybookreview asks New Yorkers on the subway to review their current reads.

 

 

 

Friday Link Love

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Today really is a happy Friday! I’m heading back to New York for the weekend and I’m looking forward to spending time in my old city and catching up with my east coast friends. I’ll be staying with Jenna Bird in Brooklyn and even though we rendezvoused in Chicago just two weeks ago, it’s always bliss spending time with her. Check out some of the web gems I found with this week’s installment of Friday Link Love and tell me what you’ll be getting into this weekend in the comment section.

1. Definitely making this soup on the next chilly autumn night.

2. Brainstorming DIY throwback costumes for Halloween.

3. Rubber band calligraphy menus.

4. Wall crawl in Los Angeles.

5. Gorgeous place setting idea for my next gathering.

6. Turning 30 described in charts and graphs.

7. Savory stuffed sweet potatoes. Yes please.

8. Outfit inspiration for my trip to New York this weekend. Plaid on plaid.

9. Three gourmet gluten-free pizza recipes I have to make. Like, right now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brioche Pumpkin French Toast With Brown Sugar Bourbon Toasted Pecans

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Fall is here and it’s time for pumpkin laced everything! I’ve already made my pumpkin chocolate chip cookies a handful of times and was jonesing to try out a  new pumpkin recipe. French toast seemed like an easy recipe to try and incorporate the traditional fall flavor and the result was everything I was hoping for. Try my Brioche Pumpkin French Toast with Brown Sugar Bourbon Toasted Pecans and share the festive, cozy meal with the ones you love.

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Total Time: 25  minutes
Serves: 4 – 6


Ingredients (french toast):
1 loaf Brioche bread
4 large eggs
½ cup whole milk
½ cup pumpkin puree
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp sugar
½ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
Butter for pan


Ingredients (pecan topping):
1/3 cup pecans
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp bourbon

Steps (pecan topping):
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. On a baking sheet, toss together the pecans, butter, brown sugar, and bourbon.
3. Roast the pecans for 5-10 minutes, until lightly golden brown and toasted. Keep a close watch to avoid burning.
4. Let the pecans cool and chop them to your desired thickness.
5. Set aside for later.

Steps (french toast):
1. Slice the brioche loaf into thick, 1 – 1/2 inch slices.
2. In a shallow baking pan, whisk together eggs, milk, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg and vanilla extract.

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3. Heat your pan on the stove and brush the surface with a bit of butter to prevent the french toast from sticking to the pan.
4. Once the butter has melted, place each slice of bread in the egg mixture, allowing both sides to absorb the liquid fully (about a minute on each side).
5. Quickly transfer the slice of soaked bread to the hot skillet and cook on each side for about 2-3 minutes until lightly golden brown.
6. Wipe down the skillet and repeat steps 3 – 5.
7. Sprinkle the French toast with the pecan topping and serve warm with maple syrup.