Introducing Chic Dangerous Jewels, Art & Decor!

DSC_5460GreenerChic Dangerous Jewelry is a line of colorful, classy and fun jewelry. I love to create sassy and sophisticated looks with brightly bold colored beads, natural gemstones, druzys, tassels and vintage findings. Each item is lovingly handcrafted in my home studio in Michigan. Visit my Etsy Boutique for one of a kind pieces! Chicdangerous.etsy.com

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ChicDangerous will also carry a variety of decor and art!

Pinapp copyWatercolor “Funky pineapple” print

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“Floating petals” photograph

Thank you for stoping by!

Budapest, Hungary

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Budapest is on almost every Top 10 travel list. Unique culture, healing thermal baths, and outrageously intricate architecture. Budapest lives up to its high reputation. The Hungarian capital is really two cities Buda and Pest. It is separated by Europe’s second longest river the Danube. Buda and Pest are very different. Built on hills, Buda has the best panoramic views of the city. It is picturesque and full of elegant architecture (Castle and Fisherman’s Bastion). It looks down onto flat Pest, where business and the nightlife scene are the best of friends. The two parts are easily navigated by tram, metro or on foot.

The food was absolutely soulful. I was in carb heaven. Mouth-watering rich stews, spicy sauces, hearty soups, sausages, soft blissful breads. (best known for goulash) The ultimate comfort foods. & The quality hungarian brews and wines flowed like the Danube river.

The Hungarian art scene and culture is spirited and diverse. The city is packed with art galleries and museums, and almost always has a festival or event celebrating in its streets. Our days and nights were spent consumed by the city, and the never-ending activities it had to offer.

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At the entrance to Varosliget Park, Heroes Square is grand in scale! Placed between two massive museums. A statue of the Arch Angel Gabriel sits on top of the square. You don’t realize how big and majestic the sculptures are until you are standing underneath them. Read up about this Square before visiting so you can appreciate the history surrounding you.DSC_4752_2Greener DSC_4774Greener DSC_4777Greener

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 Gulyas (Goulash soup/Hungary’s traditional dish)

IMG_5269cultrefunstylegozsdu-udvar-1Gozsdu Udvar is located in the heart of the city, we found this fantastic hidden place near our hotel! This courtyard and passageway is without doubt the BEST area for great pub’s and restaurant’s in this wonderful city.

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Matthias church is located on top of castle hill. The intricate detail of the paneled roof  is insanely cool.

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Halaszbastya (Fisherman’s Bastion ) was one of our favorite spots. The architecture reminded me of the fortresses in The Lord Rings. From the top, spectacular views of Pest, the Danube and of the parliament building across the river. Absolutely a must see!

DSC_4922Greener DSC_4924Greener DSC_4927Greener DSC_4930GreenerParliament building is stunning, the sheer scale is breathtaking. Interesting historically & architecturally the Parliament was built-in a  Neo-Gothic design. It has a great presence from many places in the city. These photographs were taken looking down from the Fisherman’s Bastion and Castle Hill. This is the most impressive Parliament building I’ve ever seen.DSC_5003GreenerDSC_5011Greener

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Szimpla was recommended by a friend, and it ended up being one of my favorite bars ever, yes ever! It was fascinating. There is recycled sculpture art absolutely everywhere. The eclectic mixture of tunes, delicious drinks and hookah will not disappoint. Explore all the rooms, diverse crowd, and enjoy the laid back vibezzzz.

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I had read about the “For Sale Pub,” years ago so I was excited and equally surprised when we accidentally stumbled upon it. I had completely forgotten that it was even in Budapest. The pub is cozy and filled with quirkiness. The ceilings and walls are covered in notes and messages, straw and peanut shells are strewn about on the floor. The local beer was delicious, and the atmosphere warm and welcoming.

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Gellert Spa was a lovely experience, many thermal baths in rich decadent rooms. Gellert is filled with colorful mosaics and fountains. But the charm is in the relaxed atmosphere.

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We love going to markets! The Central Market Hall was an amazing place with fresh produce, local preserves, meats, paprika and many other spices! Dine with the locals! The second floor is for tasting authentic meals of Hungary served in food stalls.DSC_5057Greener

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Budapest is a grand melting pot of different people, language, and culture! I hope you enjoyed my post, and have inspired you to plan your very own adventure to Budapest!

Bath, Somerset

DSC_4095GreenerWith high hopes of sunshine we left our quaint flat, anticipating our arrival to the well-known city of Bath in Somerset England. As we hit the road, silence was scarce and laughter plentiful. Our cheeks clinching from time to time, as Brian weaved in and out of traffic. The coffees in our hands quickly disappeared, as Bob gave us the history of Bath’s Roman heritage and mineral watered hot springs.

Upon arriving in Bath nothing was unpleasing to the eye. The gorgeous uniformity of the Georgian style architecture, and yellow limestone buildings blended gracefully with the new modern store fronts. We wandered the cobble stoned bustling streets and alleys in the heart of the city where its inimitable charm and overwhelming ambience captured us.

By mere chance a small sign exclaiming “Meat Pies and Cider,” caught our eye. Tucked away below ground, “The Stable,” was a hidden gem. Known for their copious amounts of ciders, meat pies and pizzas, the restaurant had a large-scale menu, and cozy low-key atmosphere. Our taste buds and hungry bellies were satisfied.

Sadly, we were two minutes late to the museum and resultantly unable to reach the walk thru to the “Great Bath,” begging the museum security unfortunately didn’t work. We did however enter and peer through a large entrance window to  view the impressively frozen in time bath. In its elegance and near perfect preservation I imagined the romans nakedly lounging about in its warm waters…drinking wine, eating snacks, basking in all its refinement.

If traveling through England I would highly recommend visiting Bath. We had a wonderful day trip to say the least. The photographs hardly do justice, so you’ll just have to take a trip and explore this amazing city for yourself. DSC_4078Greener DSC_4081Greener-2 DSC_4079Greener DSC_4127Greener DSC_4122Greener DSC_4083Greener DSC_4094Greener DSC_4085Greener DSC_4086_2Greener DSC_4090_2GreenerBob, Brian and James!

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The beef garlic potato pie, served with herb roasted potatoes, pickled onion and tomato chutney.

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Je Ne Sais Quoi

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//  Dress : Calvin Klein  // Jacket : H&M  // Bra : Victoria Secret Bombshell   //

//  Ring : Ryan’s Jewelry  //

//  Lips : Clinique’s “Sassy Spice” lipstick & Express’s “Black Cherry” gloss  //

90s kid

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I could listen to this song forever and never get sick of it. Take a listen.

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 Get the duds!

// Sweater : H&M // Jeans : Forever21 // Shoes : Converse //

// Lipgloss : Yves Saint Laurent  // Falsies : Sephora //

Eclectic Feel

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// Sun Gs : ZEAL // Jacket : Vintage // Necklace : Vintage // Fur Scarf : Express //

// Skirt : Anthropologie // Tights : Calvin Klein // Boots : Sorrel //

// Sweater : Free People // Black tunic : Rag & Bone //








A colorful one pan dish!

DSC_3680“Sharing food is the most intimate act you can perform with your clothes on. It’s authentic and primal. No great relationship can ever begin until you’ve taken food from the same dish.”

A little food for thought :)! — When you invite a friend over for dinner, you are not only offering to get your pots and pans dirty, but also clearly stating how close you are to that person. If your whole family join you and your guest, then the dinner becomes even more personal, and if you know how they like their eggs in the morning, then that is another level of intimacy all together. The food you share with someone announces your relationship with them. Food is essentially a code that articulates social relationships, and we learn from a young age what food communicates in our particular culture or family. (Whether we choose to live by those conventions is another matter). Food adverts might emphasise what we eat and drink – whether it’s organic, local, or healthy – but who we eat and drink with is perhaps the most significant choice of all. –In a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment, sharing one’s most basic resources of food, drink and shelter still touches the anthropological core – breaking bread is still the fundamental way to make friends. Regardless of the structure in which it takes place, the simple act of giving and receiving food is an essential ceremony. Sharing food, although a basic human act, can also be a revolutionary way to cross your own threshold and create a new community.” – The Liberal

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This recipe makes four portions, its super easy..incredibly healthy, and amazingly flavorful.Whenever I’m making a dish I like to use as much local farm fresh produce as I can. All the vegetables used were purchased from Farmer Q’s of Marquette, Mi. Its my favorite place to shop in the area, and they always have a huge variety of beautiful produce!

Ingredients

Zucchini
Portobello mushroom
Scallion
Asparagus
Purple yam
Orange
Garlic
Chicken breast
Himalayan pink sea salt
Ground green peppercorn
Virgin olive oil
Sweet Basil Deli caesar dressing

1.Marinate chicken in Sweet Basil Deli’s Caesar (I prefer it, but any will work!)
2.Preheat oven to 450
3.Dice vegetables
4.Drizzle olive oil and caesar dressing over dish
5.Squeeze oranges as well
6.Add sea salt & ground peppercorn to your liking
7.Put vegetables in oven for 25 minutes
8.When 25 minutes is up, add chicken on top of veggies for another 25 minutes
9.Serve it up!

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Enjoy!

A little 70s garb

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Get the look!

// Cord Blazer : J.Crew // Dress : Vintage (look a-alike) // Black Jeans : Joes Jeans //

// Purse : Vintage // Necklace : Ryans Jewelry //

// Lips : NARS poppy red // Over the Knee boots : Steve Madden //

Sippin on Gin & Juice : Michigan Style

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Before heading out to camp (what we Yooper/Michiganders call any type of vacation home away from home) my mom and I dreamt up the perfect cocktail! A little something we like to call “the Holland highball!” Anyone can use store-bought grapefruit juice and a basic gin, but if you want something to make your taste buds come alive follow this recipe.

Warning : This drink is so thirst quenching its guaranteed to go down a bit to easily! 😉

DSC_3524Add some vitamin C to your winter blues. This savory grapefruit gin & tonic is invigorating and adds a nice flare to a classic gin & tonic. Best of all it is very easy to make and the perfect signature drink for entertaining!

Ingredients:

New Holland Knickerbocker Gin
Q Tonic
Grapefruit
Brown sugar
Orange
Fresh basil

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Add brown sugar to your grapefruit and place pan in oven, bake at 350 for 12 to 15 minutes until top has formed a caramelized crust.

DSC_3538 DSC_3632Not only is the basil and orange a beautiful garnish, the aroma adds to the delicious experience.

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DSC_3633“ Knickerbocker Gin is a vibrant, aromatic spirit twice distilled and infused with flavors from more than a dozen herbs and spices. Generous amounts of juniper-berries contribute a bright citrus and evergreen body, bursting with flavor before a clear, dry finish.” – New Holland Brewing

I’ve always been a huge fan of gin, and I must say New Hollands Knickerbocker hit the nail on the head.

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Recipe

1 ounce gin
2 ounce fresh grapefruit
4 ounce tonic

Fill a shaker two thirds of the way with large ice cubes. Add Knickerbocker, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Shake until the outside of the shaker becomes frosted. Strain into glass filled with several ice cubes. Top with the Q tonic water and give the drinks a quick stir. Garnish each glass with an orange slice and basil leaf.

Casual Glam

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DSC_4020_2// Jacket : 1970s Vintage (closest I could find)  // Flannel : H&M // Dress : Rag & Bone // Purse : Urban Original  //

// Shoes: Osage by Guess  // License Plate Bracelet : Curious Cargo  //