#TheSundaySeries: @erinaart x framebridge

For as long as I can remember, I've loved art and was thrilled when I came across @erinaart on Instagram, and old friend turned artist. I instantly fell in love with the style of her work and had been eyeing this print for over six months before I finally purchased it. You can check out her website here.

The Malawi Bring Through piece is striking and I knew it would be perfect for above my bed. I purchased the print in a 40 x 30 inch size which is quite large but perfect for over a queen bed. For a general rule of thumb when looking for art work, you want the piece to be about 2/3 the size of the item you're hanging it above.

The print came unframed and after some research, I settled on using Framebridge, an online framing service. For my custom 40 x 30 frame, the total came to only $140 which is amazing considering comparables I'd seen online and in store started at $200! I placed my order online, received a free shipping label, and was at FedEx the next day sending off my print to be framed. 

My piece returned via mail within 3 weeks. I was a little nervous about the frame being shipped all the way from Philadelphia to San Francisco but it arrived tightly packaged in a box and lots of bubble wrap. Framebridge adds some really beautiful personal touches to your order including a thank you note and hanging instructions; not to mention the back of the frame is amazing!

The space above my bed was begging to be decorated and for a pop of color! My stark white walls reach over 11 ft high and needed either a headboard or statement piece of art. My place in San Francisco is definitely temporary so I decided to add a piece of art that can be used in any place rather than a headboard which might not fit into the next place I'm in.

I used the hanging techniques I saw in a Studio McGee blog post on how to hang art. I chose their approach of hanging the center of the frame 60 inches off the ground; this worked perfectly with the height of my bed and pillows. I used a measuring tape, painter's tape, a level, 50 lb. hanging hooks, and a hammer to get the job done. I used the painters tape to tape off the top half of my piece above the 60 inch mark. I was then able to hammer my hooks into the wall accurately using a level. I was able to do this all by myself but a second set of hands would make things a bit easier.

I couldn't be happier with the end result of my DIY art project. I absolutely love this piece and the life that it brings to my small studio apartment. I truly believe that a home is not complete without some artistic touches and whether that's adding a concert poster, a framed tea towel, or a painting, your options are endless. I've done a previous post on a smaller accent wall in my place if you're looking for some more inspiration.

Make sure to check out Erin's website and @erinaart Instagram! And checkout Framebridge as an alternative to traditional framing. You'll get 15% off your first order.  

As always, thanks for stopping by!!
Pepper XX

Shop Pepper & Piper

We've been working on a new feature that's finally live on Pepper & Piper! You are now able to start shopping our homes and closets in our shop

We get tons of questions and requests from our followers about the things they see in our homes and the things we wear and where to find them. Now, our favorites are all in one place that will direct you to online retailers where you can purchase items to add to your own collection. 

The first section of the shop that's live is Pepper's home and we are in the process of working on Piper's home and our closets. Make sure to check it out and leave us any questions/comments on other items you want to see. 

As always, thanks for stopping by!!
Pepper & Piper XX

#TheSundaySeries: All About the One Piece

I've always been all about the one piece. It probably goes back to my summers spent at camp where a one piece was part of the dress code and it's stuck with me ever since. There's just something very comforting about being held in from all angles. While I wouldn't classify myself as curvy, I definitely have a butt and boobs that make finding a swim suit extremely difficult. 

I came across this one piece from Aerie and loved the fact that it had a low back and high cut sides. I find with my butt, I love the barely there coverage which seems to create a nice silhouette. This swim suit is also very low cut on the sides but still holds in the 'girls' but I don't think I'll be wearing it for any serious water activities like wake surfing or water skiing. 

This particular style comes in multiple different colors and patters (linked below) that will appeal to everyone. I obviously gravitated to the black one but there are great pink, blue, and graphic options as well. I've also linked some Onia one pieces below that I've been seeing all over the place online. 

It can be hard to find the confidence to even put on a bathing suit but I feel great in this one. Aerie does a great job at celebrating body confidence in any shape or size so I encourage you to try out one of their suits! I'm definitley excied about getting some use out of mine this summer.

As always, thanks for stopping by!!
Pepper XX

Homemade Almond Milk

Warning: DO NOT attempt this recipe if you want to be able to enjoy store bought almond milk, but continue reading if you want to enjoy a creamy and delicious, vanilla almond milk.

Although you'll need to plan ahead for this recipe by soaking the almonds in water overnight (or for at least 7 hours), I've linked an easy and quick alternative if you're running out of time here from Laura Wright's The First Mess Cookbook. 

Ingredients List:

  1. 1 cup almonds (soaked overnight)
  2. 1/2 tsp table salt
  3. 1 tsp cinnamon
  4. 1/2 tbsp vanilla 
  5. 1 tbsp maple syrup or 4 medjool dates 

Kitchen Utensils:

  1. High-Powered Blender: I use a Blendtec
  2. Nut Milk Bag: I got this one from Rawsome Creations off Amazon
  3. Wide Bowl
  4. Milk Container

Directions

  1. Place soaked almonds in high-powered blender (see my suggestions below) with 4 cups cold water
  2. Blend on high-speed or "juice setting" for roughly 1 minute
  3. Pour mixture into nut bag to strain out pulp into bowl by slowly squeezing out liquid
  4. Either discard pulp into garbage or freeze and save to use for pie crusts or other baked goods
  5. Pour almond milk back into blender and add remaining ingredients
  6. Pulse on high for roughly 20 seconds
  7. Voila! Your Almond Milk is complete. Just pour into storage container and serve chilled. 

Make sure to check out some of the blender options that I'd recommend below using the shopable links! 

As always, thanks for stopping by!!
Piper XX

#TheSundaySeries: Summer Sneakers

Summer Sneakers

We're back again with another #TheSundaySeries and thanks to Angela's response to our last edition, we're talking all about Summer Sneakers. The summer season is just around the corner and there's nothing more exciting than swapping out boots for fun footwear;  hello bare ankles! Everyone has seen how the athleisure trend has taken over and moving into the summer months we want to make sure that your sneaker game is on point to round out your outfits!

We've put together our favorite platform, slides, white, and athleisure sneakers that will look great with jeans, jean shorts and a t-shirt or if you're heading to your spin class. Make sure to check out all of the shopable links below and let us know what you add to your collection in the comments below!

Platform Fashion Sneakers

We're bringing it back to the days of the Spice Girls and jumping on the platform sneaker trend. Not only are they comfortable to walk around in on the weekends, they also add a little something extra to any outfit.

Slide Sneakers

A mixture of a slide and a sneaker? Yes please!! We are all about this slip on trend which is perfect for heading to a boutique fitness or spin class where you can kick them off and be ready to go. 

White Sneakers

It's no secret that white sneakers are all the rage and in our opinion, white is acceptable 365 days a year! We've tried to link a few styles that aren't just your typical ADIDAS Superstars if you're looking to mix things up for summer.

Athleisure Sneakers

Last but not least, we've collected some true athleisure sneakers that you can do some light training in. These are the most functional of the bunch. Pepper is constantly in her ADIDAS Tubulars (picture above) and they are perfect for walking to work, heading to Core40, or just kicking around on the weekend. 

Let us know what you want to see coming up on #TheSundaySeries. Stay tuned for next weekend with our upcoming installment about Easter. 

As always, thanks for stopping by!!
Pepper & Piper XX