Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
(L to R): Nine West Nude Platform Peep Toe Heel, Ann Taylor Black Platform Faux Snakeskin Heel
I find these two in heavy rotation at the office. The nude peep toe for $60 on sale at Macy's was a smart buy. It perfectly matches my skincolor, makes my legs look a mile long (and my self esteem 50 ft high), and goes with everything. I have a hard time holding back from wearing these every day. The Ann Taylor Black Platform heels are comfortable, elegant and were also on 40% off clearance. Can't go wrong there. Every gal needs a perfect black heel.
A fun shoe for the summer, and such a great deal. Originally priced at $198, it was marked down to a final price of $35 when I bought them. They are well made and fun in young, resort sort of way. & I'm in Hawaii, so these are great for when you want to sit (because truly, standing is tortuous in these) and look fabilis with a mai tai in your hand and a flower in your hair.
What can I say? J.Crew Flip Flops with the Platform Heel.
Comfy. Casual. Perfect for the beach or running errands. I've made toe marks already.
Friday, June 25, 2010
This dress was just too freaking cute to pass up. It's flowery and summery and wedding-y and baby shower-y and every event in the middle. It can be dressed up with heels or covered up (with the Jackie cardigan I got in matching Lavender... Oh, yes, I did go there) for those more demure moments. Or when the summer breeze is just a little to much to take bare-shouldered. I've never gone for the bare shoulder look before. I usually like symmetry, peeps. Either 2 shoulders covered or 2 shoulders exposed. This look is going to shake things up a bit. But me likey. Me likey very much. I need a little shaking in my life and my closet right now.
This dress, though quieter, I think will look fabilis with a my Joe's Jeans denim jacket. It is cropped and little and will look so cute against the white backdrop. I'm in need of a little summer lovin' not-so-serious pieces, and I think this will do the trick.
Ok, now why wouldn't I go for the cotton jacket in the adorable rose vines print?? Seriously? & for $60, I so went there. I want to have the sleeves hemmed to bracelet length and I want to wear it just like you see here, with denim cut-offs. I am so looking forward to this jacket. This is a little fun and doesn't look very hot. Perfect for the next few months.
The khakis are Ann Taylor and I have to say are great pants. They are so comfy and I love the wash and wear. I haven't had a pair of pants I like so much as these in a long time, and these are petite so I didn't have to hem them up. Even better! I love how the Maya cardi photographs. It actually makes me appear to have something of a waist, which peeps, I most definitely do not have. God was slow to give me anything in the waist department.
Day 2 of the week? I made up the sloppiness from Day 1 with my favorite dress, the Serengeti. I tell you, this dress can do no wrong. I may not look fabilis, but I feel fabilis, and that's all that matters! (Notice Little Guys' Nerf gun in the background with rubbermaid full of foam darts).
Wore the dress with a rosette cardi from J.Crew Fall '08 (?) that I love. It has the nicest little glass buttons. The attention to detail like that is what brings me back every
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
First, it's Cole Haan Collection. Second, it's braided leather -- nude braided leather -- akin to something I might swoon over at Bottega Veneta. Third, it has the most adorable handles that fit into the crutch of my elbow in an ever so perfect Grace Kelly sort of way.
For the days when I must channel my inner Audrey, Grace or Jackie O., this baby is coming out to play.
What am I good at making? Drinks, usually. & salads. I'm like Cher's character from Mermaids. Do y'all remember that movie? That was the one with Winona Ryder in her young, pre-shoplifting, angst ridden years; Christina Ritchie before Addams Family; and Cher as their mother, for the limited point in time when she put down the box of Ogilvie and had the cutest retro hair-do. Anyhoo. My point about the movie is that Cher's character can't cook. She only makes finger foods and ka-bobs everything. I hate to admit this, but I usually fulfill that role. It's agony. But this week, peeps, Costco turned my world upside down and put me on a path to try something new. They offered raspberries in the mega Costco-sized container for $3.77! $3.77 is an amazing deal in Hawaii for 3 cups of raspberries. So my idea was to enlist the aid of my Sister in Law and get to work on a simple raspberry tart. Yes, peeps, this is 101 for most of you but seemed like Mount Everest to me!
Pate Brisee (Short Crust Pastry):
1 1/4 cups (175 grams) all-purpose flour
(2 grams) salt
1 tablespoon (14 grams) granulated white sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) (113 grams) unsalted butter, chilled, and cut into 1 inch (2.5 cm) pieces
1/8 to 1/4 cup (30 - 60 ml) ice water
2 cups fresh raspberries
2 tablespoons (30 grams) granulated white sugar
1 tablespoon (15 grams) unsalted butter, melted
Pate Brisee: In a food processor, place the flour, salt, and sugar and process until combined. Add the butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal (about 15 seconds). Pour 1/8 cup (30 ml) water in a slow, steady stream through the feed tube until the pastry just holds together when pinched. Add remaining water, if necessary. Do not process more than about 30 seconds.
Turn the pastry out onto your work surface, gather it into a ball, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for about one hour to chill the butter and allow the gluten in the flour to relax.
Once the pastry has chilled, remove from refrigerator and place on a lightly floured surface. Roll the pastry into an 11 inch (28 cm) round. To prevent the pastry from sticking to the counter and to ensure uniform thickness, keep lifting up and turning the pastry a quarter turn as you roll (always roll from the center of the pastry outwards to get uniform thickness). Transfer the pastry to a parchment paper lined baking sheet
and sprinkle the pastry with 1 tablespoon of sugar. Leaving about a 1 1/2 inch (4 cm) border all around, cover the pastry with the raspberries, stem ends down. I like to start at the outside edge and work toward the center of the pastry in concentric circles, making sure the raspberries are placed close together. (If possible, use raspberries that are of uniform size.) Gently fold the edges of the pastry up and over the filling, pleating as necessary, being careful not to squash the raspberries. Brush the edges of the pastry with melted butter, and then sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar over the raspberries and crust.
Our product before baking.
But it was yummy. & self-esteem boosting. That doesn't happen together quite often, so I enjoyed it and lapped it up. Every. Last. Crumb.
For the recipe first hand, go to the Joy of Baking. Enjoy!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
I haven't been in forever. I actually made my first purchase from J.Crew since I've been to Hawaii only yesterday. That would be the first in 2 months. Please don't let that fool you into thinking I haven't shopped in eight weeks. Pshh! Ofcourse I have, but my world has been full of random Nordstrom purchases, Ann Taylor 40%-off deals, and great Target finds. & I'm proud to say, all in moderation.
But one little purchase seems to open the flood gates, do they not? So here I am, one purchase deep so far, and I find myself in less than 24 hours perusing the website and building a cart full of items from Summer Sale that are rather fabilis, if I must say so myself. & while I am supposed to be saving for my house and all the awesome accroutements that come with it, here I am, in J.Crack-land.
Stretch Flannel Banquette Dress, $129: How gorgeous for work. I have it in black but this fabric with its Heathered Grey color is amazing. J.Crew calls the color Heather Graphite. I call it fabric perfection. But mind you, it's for us girls who are not well-endowed. It cuts rather low.
The Surf Blossom Shell: I love this for its ethereal 1920's feel. Like I'll feel 20lbs lighter in it. I'm envisioning very cute with distressed jeans (like below) or with a black pencil skirt and smart heels for the office (please, a blazer or cardi as a cover up. I have a rule about bare arms). Or with black skinny jeans and sky high heels for an evening of dancing with the girls. Me loves.
But... And there is a BIG but in this. None of these can be mine, peeps. None of them. I have enough willpower to say no and back away from the shopping cart. I have a house to purchase. Floors to choose. Off-white slipcovered couches to buy. Chinese antique cabinets to display. I can not get distracted by these glorious items. Because you don't go in the hole by massive items. Those we all tend to budget for. It's the little items like these that pick away at our savings! & I just can't have that right now! I need to focus!
... But I still needed to talk about them. These loverlies. So thank you for being my sounding board! Have a great Sunday!