West Elm DIY: Rose Gold Mirror

Cheats, DIY

All Gold Everything! … And all silver and all copper! That has basically been my design motto and décor aesthetic as of late. If it’s a coinage metal, I’ve gotta have it (but chances are, I can’t afford it)! I’m constantly falling in love with metallic accessories that fall outside my price range, like this rose gold mirror from West Elm. Luckily, a lot of expensive looks can easily be recreated with a little creativity, a few dollars and a couple of craft supplies. That’s how this West Elm DIY was born! With a hefty price tag of $250, there was no way that the West Elm mirror I’ve been coveting...

Review of Toronto’s Smith Restaurant

Toronto, Travel, Treats
Sidewalk Chalkboard Sign and Facade of the Smith Restaurant in Toronto. Sign saying Smith in the window.

Hey y’all, During my trip to Toronto in August 2016, I loved many aspects of staying Downtown in the Church and Wellesley Village neighborhood (aka the gayborhood), but there was a surprising lack of high-quality dining options. So, I was lucky to find Smith Restaurant, which was not even 5 minutes from the apartment. This restaurant was heaven-sent.  I am not the only person who was impressed by this place. There is a 4-star rating on TripAdvisor, 4.4-star rating on OpenTable, and 3.5-star rating on Yelp. I was surprised by the lower rating on Yelp, but it seems that their newest ratings are higher and most people seem to be complaining...

Cajun Remoulade Recipe

Eats, Recipes, Summer
Cajun Remoulade on a table paired with New Orleans Style Crab and Shrimp Boil

Hey y’all, I’m Monti. One-half of the team behind itsaprettysimplelife.com. Recently, I went home to Virginia Beach and made a New Orleans Style Crab and Shrimp Boil for family and friends. I am not sure where the tradition started, but my family almost always has a Cajun Style Remoulade when we have crabs. It is one of my favorite sauces. Creamy, tart, and spicy it pairs so well with the sweet undertones of the crabs and shrimp.    This month on the blog, we are focusing on Treats, Eats, & Cheats that capture the magic of the end of summer. Nothing says summer to me like the Beach, Crabs, and Remoulade....

New Orleans Style Crab and Shrimp Boil

Eats, Recipes, Summer

  Hey y’all, This is Monti. One-half of the blogging team here at ItsAPrettySimpleLife.com. I have lived in New York City (BROOKLYN STAND UP!) for years, so many may be a surprised to know but I am a Southern Boy through and through. This summer, I was planning on heading back to Virginia to celebrate my Mama’s birthday and to see my nephew. So, I was thinking of something special to make for my family. I am not always the best of showing my love and appreciation for family and close friends, but, I feel like if I throw down in the kitchen, then it all sort of works out....