Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Easy appetizer: cheese and honey

On Friday's after work, Paul and I like to put together a plate of appetizers rather than making an entire dinner. Sitting down to a spread of fun nibbles and a few cocktails is an incredible way to unwind, but when our evening doesn't offer such a leisurely amount of time, I still like to pull together something to snack on. This little recipe of goat cheese and honey uses three ingredients and is ready in a matter of moments. The key is to use really good simple items, like a strong cheese (just buy a little piece if it's too expensive). If you don't have rosemary honey, just finely chop some fresh rosemary leaves and sprinkle them on top.

Does anyone else have weekend rituals like this one they would love to share?

Monday, February 27, 2012

Candy and mints

Valentino Roma coat (old), J.Crew blouse, Urban Outfitters jeans, Kate Spade Melinda Satchel, Christian Louboutin Pigalle pumps, vintage brooch, Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in Adorable

I definitely have my fair share of dark clothing, like shoes, dresses, and my favorite black jeans, but I don't shy away from color either. Since this past Sunday was an exceptionally sunny day, I thought the best way to enjoy the shine was to complement it with a mix of Spring color. This candy colored purse and mint coat will definitely be in heavy rotation in the coming months and paired with some sky-high patent heels, the look felt playful and transitioned perfectly into the evening. I've been holding onto this coat for several years now, but I think this Spring it will truly get the wear it deserves.

Also, make sure to follow me on Currently Obsessed to see what items I've been in love with lately.

Friday, February 24, 2012

His and Hers: Cuffed ankles

On him: Levi's 510 jeans, Clark's suede boots. On her: Paige jeans, Forever 21 socks, Steve Madden shoes

I have a style that is distinctly different from my husband's, but every now and then he'll appear with an outfit that has such an interesting element, I can't help by take a little inspiration from it. While classic feminine looks will always be my wardrobe inspiration, I thought it would be fun to style one look in two different ways; one worn by the guy and the other styled distinctly for girls. Also, I figured it was about time I gave the guys a little credit on my blog. For this post, I looked to the cuffed and cropped look that has that distinct effortless quality found in the best outfits. Desert boots, paired with a peek of an interesting sock, topped off with ankle-grazing jeans rolled into tiny cuffs is a great unisex look. Try it with a little hint of neon, a swiss dot pattern for girls, or a humorous emblem for guys (mustache and glasses do the trick).

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cocktail hour

Yesterday I was over on Angel Court Jewels blog talking about the classic Old Fashioned cocktail. I thought I would share the combination over here, because I absolutely love the aromatic mix of orange, whiskey, and sugar (even if a small sip from my husband's glass is all I can manage). Pair it with some cute rocks glasses from Kate Spade and the cocktail is a retro touch to any happy hour. Make sure to stop by their blog to see some great pictures from New York Fashion Week.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Breakfast in bed

1. Cafe Mug for an embellished cup of coffee
2. Sleek glasses for juice
3. A bright orange tray to hold everything
4. Floral inspired plates to accent the tray
5. A linen napkin to put the paper ones to shame
6. Confetti print cream and sugar bowls
7. Playful little ceramic baskets to hold fresh fruit

I love weekends that allow for leisurely breakfasts, open days, and long afternoons, but once Sunday evening passes, it's back to the rush early Monday morning. I would love to extend that homemade breakfast moment a little longer during the week and for me that means paying extra attention to the display of everything. Using a vibrant tray in bed and pretty floral plates, instead of a quick meal in the living room before running out the door, are a few ways to savor a quiet morning during the week. Add great glasses and a colorful way to enjoy your coffee and the work week seems much more manageable after a mini weekend-style breakfast.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Guest post: The "it" list for 2/17/12

Happy Friday ladies!
Take some time to enjoy these links!
  • gs lillian is inspired by coral and aqua for spring... stop by to check out this gorgeous color combination and you will be inspired too! (check out gs lillian on twitter!)

  • the capital barbie shares this chocolate cream cheese cupcake recipe - as if we haven't had enough chocolate this week! But this looks too good to pass up! (find the capital barbie on twitter!)

  • rachael really found the perfect sweater - don't you love it when that happens? Check out where she found it and how she styles it! (find rachael really on twitter!)

  • suze wears clothes lays out three fun outfits featuring a simple red top... I especially like this dressed-up/dressed-down look featuring classic All-Stars! (find suze wears clothes on twitter!)

  • stay in the lines styles up a perfect winter outfit featuring a great pair of red skinny jeans - see how she styles them and what her perfect winter day is! (find stay in the lines on twitter!)

  • good clean fun makes champagne cake pops and they look amazing and delicious! Check out her handy work and the recipe! (find good clean fun on twitter!)

  • here and now snags the uber-popular leopard print skinnies that are all the rage these days for a great price! See her secret source! (find here and now on twitter!)

  • live a lot somehow finds a way to look amazing when she isn't feeling great - I think the cozy scarf and sunglasses have something to do with it!

  • sweetie pie style has gorgeous garden inspiration... I know it's just what I need on these gloomy winter days. Check out her finds and get inspired to start working in your own garden very soon! (find sweetie pie style on twitter!)

  • along abbey road is looking stylish yet casual in simple gingham - stop by her blog to commiserate with her "first world blogger problems." We've all been there! (find along abbey road on twitter!)

  • the tiemann girls round up their favorite eats in Austin - just in time for Texas Style Council. I am for sure taking notes here! (find the tiemann girls on twitter!)

  • 100 inspirations features an Ali Larter look for less (and lesser!) - check out how you can get the bold red look for yourself!

the IT list is produced weekly by jill of good life, for information on how you can be involved, click here!

Thanks Jill! It's been great being part of the "it" list. Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Shades of orange

London Fog trench coat, thrifted sweater, Sanctuary Denim rust jeans, H&M flats, J.Crew bracelet, Hermes bangle, vintage diamond bracelet, vintage earrings

A few weeks ago Paul and I took a weekend afternoon to enjoy the snow free sidewalks and rather mild climate with a walk downtown. While I'll never be a fan of winter, I do enjoy brisk afternoons that require a few layers and of course something warm to sip. These rusty orange jeans seemed like the perfect way to add a bit of cold-weather color (an embrace to orange trend) while a few extra sparkly pieces of jewelry and my favorite coat kept me feeling polished. After visiting a favorite old bookstore and people watching along the sidewalk, our impromptu trip around town turned into a fun way to enjoy a leisurely afternoon.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Cold soba noodle bowl

Right after college I got in the habit of eating everything out of bowls. After battling traffic on the way home from work, it was so much easier to just mix up some veggies, add rice, and throw everything in a bowl and unwind. Luckily, my culinary interest grew and I started to take the time to actually plan out meals and make them a bit more presentable when serving. However, from time to time I do get the urge to make those one bowl meals, but now I have the experience to make them a little more interesting. This cold noodle dish involves a few extra steps, but once everything is prepared, it takes no time at all to assemble. Grill the chicken breasts and set aside, boil the water while slicing the cucumber and green onions, mix the sesame oil and soy sauce while the noodles cool, then instantly everything is ready to mix together. A sprinkle of garnish and the bowl looks much more presentable than my faux stir-fry versions of the past.

Cold soba noodles with cucumber, chicken, and green onion (serves 2)

1 bunch buckwheat soba noodles
1 smal1 cucumber peeled
1 chicken breast
1 bunch green onion chopped
2 tblsp. low sodium soy sauce
1 tblsp. sesame oil
2 tsp. roasted unsalted peanuts

- Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper. Saute and set aside to cool.
- Bring a small pot of water to a boil and cook soba noodles like you would with spaghetti. Once cooked, strain under cold running water, tossing so they don't stick.
- In a medium bowl combine soy sauce and sesame oil. Add the cold soba noodles.
- Slice cucumber in long thin strips, about 2" long. Finely chop the green onion and add both to the bowl of noodles.
- Shred the chicken breast and add to the bowl.
- Toss everything to combine. Add extra soy sauce and sesame oil if needed.
- Garnish with 2 tsp. chopped peanuts per bowl.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Guest post: The "it" list for 2/10/12

Happy Friday folks... take some time to read these great links this week!
  • rachael really is sporting a fun pink jacket just in time for Valentines Day. And check out her fun V-day inspired manicure! (find rachael really on twitter!)

  • gs lillian has got a Valentine's inspired outfit going on too! I love pairing pink and red together - especially this time of year! (find gs lillian on twitter!)

  • the tiemann girls went shopping at the Gap recently... check out their fun finds. I'm loving the pops of neon! (find the tiemann girls on twitter!)

  • suze wears clothes found the perfect casual weekend outfit! Leopard print and leggings - score! (find suze wears clothes on twitter!)

  • the capital barbie tracks down fun color blocked pieces in green - a color that I am definitely loving for spring! (find the capital barbie on twitter!)

  • stay in the lines pairs bright neon with winter neutrals for a really great look! And I love her little red sequined heart pin - cute! (find stay in the lines on twitter!)

  • good clean fun brings us the perfect Valentine's Day cocktail - the Whipped Cosmopolitan! Check out how to make it! (find good clean fun on twitter!)

  • a fashion fixation says there is nothing like putting on brand new clothes! I'm sure there are a lot of gals out there that feel the same! Check out her new pieces. (find a fashion fixation on twitter!)

  • here and now brings us a fun new spin on maxi skirts for spring... check out how she's inspired to wear them these days! (find here and now on twitter!)

  • along abbey road seriously rocks this sequined beanie! So cute... check out how she styles it with a simple outfit for a classic look. (find along abbey road on twitter!)

  • sweetie pie style found these sweet little air plants in sea urchins on Etsy - are they cute or what? Check out what other goodies she has her eye on these days for the home. (find sweetie pie style on twitter!)

  • one hundred inspirations recreates this fun Michelle Williams look. I am absolutely loving her bright blue pants and white blazer!

  • live a lot is deciding on the perfect dress for her bridal shower. Pop on by and see here selections and put in your two cents!

  • the IT list is produced weekly by Jill of good life, for more information - click here!

Thanks for sharing these links Jill! Next week will be my last round of the IT list, I've loved getting to know everyone's blogs. Hope you all have a good weekend.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A fun find

I must spend an insane amount of time clicking through Pinterest, ffffound, and Tumblr. Throw in a stack of magazines and I have a pretty substantial collection of inspirational material. I thought a useful way of sharing the items that pique my interest, and are just too good to pass up, would be to start a new post series about fun finds. This week it's a shiny discovery from the organizational wonderland, The Container Store. These lacquered boxes would look amazing on a desk or stacked in various colors and sizes on a bookshelf. I love the color combo here, but I also have my eye on the yellow and red versions.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Life lately

A welcoming sign hung in the bedroom

I've mentioned before that I love adding little trinkets and bits of design around my home. Whether it's a simple book for the table, displaying a rather impressive restaurant card, or offering a shining bowl of sweets purely for temptation, the small things are what create a welcoming environment. Lately I've been enjoying the excess of reds and pinks along with quiet moments over really good cups of coffee and as the week pushes on, I'm looking forward to enjoying these little vignettes once the day winds down.

Vintage pieces of costume jewelry

A silver bowl of festive sweets

An incredibly charming book of short stories

The perfect afternoon break from Comet Coffee

A takeaway from a Detroit food staple

Monday, February 6, 2012

A bright moment

J.Crew Schoolboy blazer, H&M sweater, Urban Outfitters blouse (old, similar here), Paige Verdugo leggings, Prada boots (similar here), Tory Burch purse (similar here), J.Crew bracelet, heart pin

This weekend felt like Spring had arrived months earlier than it should and while a lot of people were complaining that there wasn't any snow on the ground, I took the chance to revel in the sunny days by spending most of my time outside. A leisurely coffee break and museum trip, followed by some vintage clothes perusing felt like the perfect opportunity to add a little brightness to my outfit. A sparkling sweater and herringbone blazer received a neon kick with a breezy blouse underneath, topped off by a lovely pin. The leisurely day left me feeling quite energized and hopeful that the lovely sun might stick around a bit longer.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Guest post: The "it" list for 2/3/12

Happy Friday... take some time to check out these great links!
  • a fashion fixation is giving away a gorgeous turquoise beaded necklace - stop by her blog to enter to win it! (find a fashion fixation on twitter!)

  • here & now is channeling Marilyn with gorgeous stills from the new movie and tips on how you can get the look yourself! I absolutely love this simple and classy style! (find here & now on twitter!)

  • live a lot has been enjoying a new layering style... check out what it is and see how she wears it!

  • suze wears clothes is crushing on all things leopard print these days. See how she styles leopard print in three fun outfits! (find suze wears clothes on twitter!)

  • stay in the lines is obsessing over pointed-toe shoes - such a fun and feminine look! See her picks - I'm loving this pink pair! (find stay in the lines on twitter!)

  • behind the dressing room door is sporting a sweet and casual polka dot top - I love this look on her. So perfect for pre-spring! (find behind the dressing room door on twitter!)

  • the tiemann girls have the ultimate answer to your Monday blues - keep this in mind over the weekend! (find the tiemann girls on twitter!)

  • gs lillian is stealing outfits. Watch your back girls! Just teasing... she's only stealing outfit ideas - see what her source is! Crime never looked so good. (find gs lillian on twitter!)

  • the capital barbie rounds up the best of the most basic - but necessary - wardrobe staple there is. The button-up top - check out her picks! (find the capital barbie on twitter!)

  • sweetie pie style features a fun new collaboration between Target and a famous designer for kids crafts supplies. This is SO cool! (find sweetie pie style on twitter!)

  • 100 inspirations recreates this chic Freida Pinto look for less. I am obsessed with colored denim lately - love this look!

  • good clean fun has a simple (and tasty!) homemade balsamic vinaigrette recipe for us. If you have never made your own salad dressing, you are missing out - it's so easy and delicious. (find good clean fun on twitter!)

  • rachael really is seriously rocking color this late winter and no one does it as well as she does! Love this look! (find rachael really on twitter!)

  • what the frock recreates this adorable Taylor Swift winter look. See how she does it! I absolutely love this oversized coat. (find what the frock on twitter!)
the IT list is produced weekly by Jill of good life, for information on how you can be involved - click here!

Thanks Jill! Hope everyone has a great weekend and don't forget to vote for me in the Refinery 29 Style Blogger Contest, it means so much if you can!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Refinery29 Style Blogger Contest

Blogging has become such an amazing creative outlet in my everyday routine and the longer I keep going, the more talented people and wonderful readers I meet. This year, I'm making an effort to reach out to more people through my blog and grow what started as a weekend hobby into something more substantial. One of the ways this can happen is through fun contests like the Refinery 29 Style Blogger Contest. It would mean to world to me if you took a moment to vote. Just look for my photo and click the little heart next to my image. Thank you so much in advance and I can't wait to share more on the blog as the year moves forward!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

To the point

1. Ivanka Trump, Annul Flat
2. Christian Louboutin, Pigalle Patent Pump
3. Guess Shoes, Lava
4. Joan & David, Heidee
5. Kate Spade, Latrice Pump
6. Aldo, Mease Pointed Court Shoe
7. Mulberry, Hot Fuchsia Pointed Ballerina
8. Sam Edelman, Padma

When you're tall, one of the traits that goes along with long limbs is long feet. I've spent most of my life scouring shoes from the back racks of the shoe department, lusting after the petit heel that just won't fit. While I thought the key to hiding feet that aren't necessarily a size 6 or 7 was to steer clear of anything pointed, I've learned that embracing the point might actually be the key. A tapered point can actually add an extra bit of elegance to an outfit while slimming feet, rather than pointing out their size. After seeing the return of the pointed pump in Spring footwear, I decided that a slender point would be the chicest option for ballet flats and heels during the warm and sunny months to come.

Also, I would love it if you could vote for me in the Refinery29 Style Blogger Contest! Just click the link, then the little heart next to my name to vote. Thank you for the support :)