Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thankful

[coat: jcrew // dress: jcrew // kicks: vince camuto (similar) // baubles: michael kors, stella & dot, jcrew // sunnies: prada]

Thanksgiving is a favorite of mine; between sitting down with family & friends, scrumptious food, & taking some time to truly count our blessings, it the perfect mesh of good feelings & memories.

When thinking about what I'll be wearing for such a gathering, I tend to gravitate towards something that has the ease of wear, but also is somewhat dressy.  This dress from JCrew fits the bill nicely.  So nicely in fact that I'd be persuaded to buy it in the red color that it is available in as well.

Hope you & yours have a lovely Thanksgiving weekend! Safe Travels and Gobble Gobble!












Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Transitions

[coat: anthropologie (alternative styling option) // dress: ella moss (similar) // baubles: michael kors, stella & dot // scarf: express // kicks: sam edelman (similar) // bag: tory burch // sunnies: prada]

Growing up I was taught that clothing is seasonal; when the leaves started to change, you packed up all of your warm weather clothes and replaced them with sweaters.  Though I think the sentiment that clothing is seasonal holds true to some extent, I argue that you can actually keep much of your warmer-weather-clothes out and transition them into the cooler months relatively easily.  I tend to keep most of my clothing easily available year-round for such opportunities.

Take this dress - it's a lighter material and better suited on its own for warmer temps, but the long sleeves and length make it a prime candidate for taking into the cooler months.  Layer on a favorite scarf, a cozy jacket, and throw on some boots (I like either a taller pair or a pair of booties) and you've got a bonafide cooler weather look.






Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Wear: Sequin Joggers



Holiday Looks, JCrew, Nordstrom
[sweater: jcrew // blouse: banana republic (similar) // pants: wayf via nordstrom (similar) // kicks: christian louboutin // baubles: michael kors, stella & dot // purse: tory burch (similar) // sunnies: prada]

I have to admit, when I first saw these sequin joggers last winter, it was love at first sight - the marrying of comfy pants with just the right amount of pizzaz.  Clearly, I was sold.  And paired with a warm, fuzzy sweater - I mean - what could be more perfect for a holiday brunch, drop by cookie exchange, or heck, if you just want to put a little pep in your step.

Holiday Looks, JCrew, Nordstrom


Holiday Looks, JCrew, NordstromHoliday Looks, JCrew, Nordstrom





Friday, November 21, 2014

Iris



Usually I share some of my favorite finds around the internet on Fridays.  I came across this article on the Man Repeller on Monday and it has kept it's place at the top of the list of faves so much so that I thought it worthwhile to just share this.

Beyond her amazing and sharp personality, as well as fantastic perspective on life and fashion, my favorite part of this video is the quip at the very end.

He always gave me all of the space I needed, except in the closet

Preach, sister.

Hope you & yours have a lovely weekend! 


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Haute Eats: Coq au Vin


It's no secret that domestic is not a word that is used to describe me.  Cooking is often not my forte (I'm a baker), our house is usually in some sort of shambles, and I can't really get into my laundry woes (let's just say that I'd rather use the dry cleaner as an expensive ironer).  Therefore, I'm all in for using the crock pot.  They are amazingly simple, easy, and produce a huge bang for seemingly little effort.

Last week, we had my father-in-law in town, and I wanted to try my hand at coq au vin.  Usually a pretty ambitious undertaking, I stumbled across the idea of using a crock pot for this fancy meal.  After some research, I used a variation on the Williams-Sonoma version here and it was scrumptious.  I will preface this with the fact that it is a little more high maintenance then any usual crock pot recipe, but I think worth the extra effort.

Ingredients:

- 4 chicken thighs*
- 4 slices of bacon, roughly chopped
- 3 tbsp of butter
- 1/2 package of mushrooms, quartered
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1/2 cup of chicken broth**
- 1 1/2 cups red wine***
- Liberal dusting of fresh thyme & rosemary
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* Most recipes call for boneless, skinless - I opted for bone-in and skin.  Coq au vin is famous for being flavorful and in an effort to make the flavoring as rich as possible, I opted for this option
** I used low-sodium to cut back on our salt intake
*** I opted for a pinot noir, but any red wine would work

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Directions:

Season both sides of chick with salt and pepper.

Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Add bacon and cook until just crisp.  Place bacon aside and remove drippings from skillet. Melt butter in same skillet over medium high heat.  Add chicken and cook until lightly browned (approximately 3 minutes each side).  Set chicken aside.
Add vegetables (garlic, carrots, onions, and mushrooms) and cook until barely soft.  

Add vegetables with chicken broth into crock pot.  Place chicken on top.  Add wine then season with thyme and rosemary, and add bacon on top. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours.  
Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Plaid + Sparkle

[blazer: jcrew // blouse: jcrew // shirt: jcrew (factory version) // pants: rag & bone // kicks: jcrew (similar) // baubles: michael kors, stella & dot, jcrew (here & here) // sunnies: prada]


There is nothing like a good pair of boyfriend jeans, and these rag & bones are certainly no exception to that rule.  I could live in them, but sometimes due to their more slouchy nature, I like to pair them with something like sequins.  It's the holiday season folks and though I subscribe to the sequins-are-a-year-round-thing rule, if you are not as comfortable with that mentality, NOW is the time to break 'em out.  







Tuesday, November 18, 2014

An Open Letter to Kim Kardashian



Dear Kim,

I'm sure you saw the pictures as soon as they dropped on Instagram - Solange looking impossibly chic in a caped number, two people dressed in white riding their bikes around NOLA.  So amazingly beautiful and simple with just the right amount of effortless chic.  

For the record, this is how you #breaktheinternet.



images via glamout & vogue

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