4 Important Tips Before Buying An Item That Needs to Be Fixed

Zara Revamp

For me I like to wander to clear my head and inevitably I wander into a clothing or shoe store.  Recently, I found myself in Zara at the clearance rack. Now, I always find a piece in Zara that just isn’t right on the clearance rack but this particular time after making my rounds, I thought to myself, “with a little love this could be awesome”.  Usually buying something just to fix it is something I frown upon but these pants were $10, 100% cotton and were the perfect build for some great culottes.  It would only cost me a little time and a little thread to make these my dream pants. If this scenario sounds familiar, I’m not surprised. I feel like this happens to a lot of people and sometimes a little guidance is needed. So, because I know that not everyone sews or enjoys sewing, I put together 4 cardinal rules you should think about before you buy a piece of clothing that requires fixing.

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Wonton Creation Series Part I: Russet, Goat Cheese & Basil Wonton Pierogis

Finished Dish

This marks the first part of the Wonton Creation Series!!!! Woot Woot!!! So I’m very excited about this because I love dumplings of all cultures. So I will embrace and celebrate these cultures by eating my little heart out.  Now wonton wrappers are pretty much awesome because it cuts down on the time you have to spend making dough.  It also gives you a little more time to develop your flavors or do anything else other than resting and kneading.  So after much toying with the idea of creating this series, I gave myself a Chopped style challenge to see what I could think up and I immediately thought of pierogis for my first wonton dish.  To sum it up, if heaven was a food it would be a big plate of potato pierogis, scientific fact.  So let’s grab the items in the list below and start on this Polish delight.

Note: This recipe yields approximately 60 pierogis. Can be place in the freezer if not cooked right away.

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Random Cooking Chemistry: Mushroom Medley Tostadas



My love for latin cuisine and mushrooms run deep so I wanted to come up with a recipe that you all could make for dinner parties or for a night in with your family or roommates.  Now, just as a disclaimer, I like to cut my tortillas down to about a 3.5 diameter because I think it’s easier to eat a small tostada. So with that in mind, that’s how the first serving size was calculated and now we can get to the important stuff like cooking.

Note: This recipe yields 12 delicious tostadas **if you cut the tortilla down*, 6 if you use the whole tortilla.

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A Letter from the Editor – MIA Explained & Site Reboot

I’m usually an extremely private person but since this is a blog and you take time out of your day to read The Closet Chemist, I feel like I should explain myself. Now I know I have been MIA since March, but between another cancer scare, a divorce, and other ridiculous happenings this year, I’m sure you guys can forgive me. Seriously guys, if I owned a dog it probably would have found a way to get out of my unit and make its way outside to get hit by a car…..Yeah, that ridiculous (it’s okay to laugh at this, it’s Hollywood script material). Thankfully, I’m a natural optimist and workaholic so I cope with things by the art of distraction and jokes. Meaning that I literally distracted myself by sewing a copious amount of things for the boutique, studying for the physics GRE, binge watching comedy specials and redoing this very blog. That’s right. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. The layout is completely different and new exciting things have been added.

Now, I really wanted to give this blog a reboot so I thought it would be fun to add some series that will challenge my style as well as my beauty routine like the Let’s Try A Trend and Monthly Beauty Buy series. Also, another new item to look forward to is the Shop category where you all can find the products that I am currently coveting including accessories, make-up and things from my boutique. Exciting right? Well I really hope you guys are and to make this even more exciting I will leave you guys with a look at what’s coming up this month on The Closet Chemist.


September Posts:

  • My Beauty Must Haves
  • Mushroom Medley Tostadas
  • 4 Important Tips Before Buying An Item That Needs to Be Fixed
  • Closet Chemistry Reveals
  • …..And much more

I would love to know what you guys think of the new blog layout as well as what you do to cope with a pile-up of bad situations.

Until we meet again,

Tia B.