Sunday, April 19, 2015

Playing Favorites

Sometimes I feel like I can only blog about the new things I buy. Or sometimes I think that once I have featured an article of clothing on my blog than I can no longer do a post about it unless I "radically" reinvent how I style it. However, it's fun to celebrate the pieces in your closet that you love and return to over and over again. Plus, new people are always discovering your blog, so it's fun to share favorites from your closet that haven't been featured in a while.

This shoe skirt from Eva Franco is one of my top five favorite skirts. It'a a sea of ballet flats that kind of resembles what my closet looks like! It has so many colors featured on the print that it seems to go with just about everything. I wear it all the time, for all seasons and I don't think I'll ever tire of it. My jeweled collar shirt and metallic mirror pumps are also standby favorites that I get a lot of use out of. While I try to give equal love to all of the things in my closet, it's hard not to have some favorites!








Skirt: Eva Franco
Shirt: Ann Taylor
Blazer: J. Crew Factory
Shoes: J. Crew Valentina Mirror pump
Bag: J. Crew Claremont
Sunglasses: Prada

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Splendid!

I don't know how many of you are familiar with the brand Splendid, but from time to time I see it crop up at the discount stores I shop at. A few things I do know about Splendid is that they make most of their cotton tees in the USA and they tend to be a little pricey. When I saw this sweater from Splendid on the clearance rack at Nordstrom's Rack for $24.95 compared to $125 I knew it was coming home with me.

When I got to the register the sales associate told me that it was unfortunate that I didn't buy the sweater the day before because it would have been an extra 30% off. I sort of wish she didn't tell me this info because ignorance is bliss (was I suppose to go back in time and buy it?), but such is life. Have you ever seen the receipts at Nordstrom's Rack that tell you what you've saved and then declare that you are a "shopping genius"? Well, I guess not this time. It was still a good price, though, and I think I'll get a lot of use out of it. So despite missing out on the additional sale, it was still a splendid purchase!







Sweater: Splendid Sort of Similar Here
Skirt: J. Crew Factory Similar Here
Clutch: Clare V. Leopard Foldover Here
Shoes: J. Crew
Sunglasses: Prada 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Print Perfection

I think Banana Republic really nailed it with this print. It's floral, but abstracted. In fact, it's almost cartoonish with it's bold outline of the bright cobalt leaves. Well, apparently I wasn't the only one in complete adoration of this print because it's now pretty much sold out in stores and online. I kept waiting and waiting to get the best sale price possible on the dress, but on Easter weekend when it went 40% off I pulled the trigger before it was gone for good.

I am glad that I didn't listen to the reviews that said to size down in the dress. Yes, it has stretch, so if you size down it will work, but my normal size 4 fit like a glove. I also didn't understand why some of the reviews criticized the pockets. Even though I am not a very practical person, I am addicted to having pockets on skirts and dresses because they offer a great place to put your keys or phone. Now my only dilemma is that I want to get this print in the skirt, blouse and sweatshirt version that Banana Republic offers. I know it's redundant, but a good print can be rather addictive like that!










Dress: Banana Republic Floral Fit and Flare here
Bag: Louis Vuitton Epi Alma in Citron
Shoes: H&M here
Necklace: J. Crew
Sunglasses: Prada "Baroque"

Linking Up With:
Style Sessions   Turning Heads
Trend Spin  and Because Shanna Said So

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Anthropological

Last week I did some spring cleaning and I came across a trunk that had some of my favorite skirts from college. Digging up these relics from my past was not only a fun trip down memory lane but also illuminating. My style has certainly changed in the last decade or so. In college I loved Anthopologie above all stores and gravitated much more to a "Boho chic" aesthetic. This included a lot of long, full, embroidered skirts. Now that I am working, my look has become more polished and refined, yet still fun and playful. I still shop at Anthropologie, but I buy only a couple key items each season whereas I used to earmark almost every page of their catalog, lusting after at least one thing on every page.

This Palm Garden skirt is one example of a piece that I recently picked up from Anthropologie. Its print and shape are a little Boho, but I tried to make it look polished with a blouse (instead of just a tee), statement necklace, and cobalt blue heels. I'd love to jet off to some place exotic to take these photos as is always the case in the pages of the Anthro catalogs, but I settled for this little piece of wilderness in the jungle that is Los Angeles.









Skirt: Anthropologie "Palm Garden" skirt here
Shirt: H&M here
Shoes: H&M here
Bag: Channel Cerf Tote
Sunglasses: Prada Baroque


Friday, April 10, 2015

Getting Creative in the Kitchen

Spring break gave me and my kitchen the opportunity to spend some quality time together and reconnect. During this time I realized several things about cooking, my eating habits and trying to blog about food. First, like my clothing, I tend to be visual when it comes to food; just like my wardrobe, I prefer colorful food. My second revelation is that the reason I don't blog about food that much isn't because I don't cook often, but rather because it's a colossal pain to take good pictures of food while cooking or preparing to eat.

Below you will see some of the recipes that I created in my kitchen over the last week. Instead of providing the step by step instructions I am providing links to the recipes I used with a few quips about my experiences and the modifications I made to these recipes.


My first dish is a roasted pepper pasta salad. For whatever reason, I had a craving for pasta salad last week. I thought the dish would make the perfect lunch for my week at home. So I basically went through about 20 recipes and selected this one here with roasted bell peppers, mozzarella and basil. I added artichokes and cherry tomatoes into the mix. I also substituted pinenuts for the almonds it recommends in the recipe.



So it turns out that this recipe makes a lot of pasta salad! (Demonstrated by the big bowl below.) I have been eating this salad all week and although it's scrumptious, I am a little bit sick of it. It's perfect for a larger party, picnic, or for people that have households with more than two people and a dog.


The next recipe is bruschetta with caramelized peppers and Gorgonzola. I was watching Ina Garten's show The Barefoot Contessa and saw this recipe that not only looked delicious, but was a great way to use up the leftover bell peppers from my pasta salad. I followed this recipe here to the letter and it came out just perfect. Plus, it gave me an excuse to visit my local cheesemonger. The cheese I used is actually Mycella blue cheese. It's yummy! I enjoyed tasting several variates of blue cheese before deciding on this one.



My last recipe is also from Ina Garten. (In case you didn't know, I love watching cooking shows, especially when I am on vacation.) We had a bunch of leftover ham from Easter so I was looking for some unique sides to pair with the leftovers. The one below is for Snap Peas and Pancetta and it has it all: Parmesan cheese, red onion, and more pork product to go along with the ham. I actually substituted bacon for the pancetta because it's what I had in my fridge. (As you can see, I am trying to be economical with my food shopping so that I can spend more on fashion!)



Well, I hope you enjoyed my cooking odyssey. I highly endorse these three recipes. I love blogging about the recipes I use because sometimes I forget them and the blog provides a handy resource to go back and find them. Hopefully you will find them to be useful too!


Thursday, April 9, 2015

A Bountiful Bouquet

This floral "Grace" skirt from Boden was what I ended up wearing for our family's Easter celebration. Truth be told, I spent most of Easter in my pajamas watching a Mad Men marathon on AMC and drinking Mimosas. I love Mimosas because they, along with Bloody Marys, provide a socially acceptable way to drink in the morning. (Hey, At least it wasn't Canadian Club Whiskey, although that would have been more appropriate given Don Draper's drinking habits.)

Anyway, getting back to my skirt, I thought its soft lilac hue, not to mention vivid blossoms and birds, made it perfect for the occasion. I really, really wanted something in this print, but the skirt sold out quickly in my size, so I opted for a tall size, which was all they had left. I believe the tall size in Boden adds an extra inch or so and if you are tall like myself it's really no big deal. Luckily, it was a big hit with the family, and they are not always easy to please, hence the mimosas in the morning!










Skirt: Boden "Grace" Skirt  here
Shirt: J. Crew Factory 
Shoes:Valentino 
Bag: Louis Vuitton Alma in Citron 
Sunglasses: Prada

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Basketweave

Over the last year or so I started to really appreciate the virtues of dresses compared to skirts and separates. Dresses make getting dressed in the morning as easy as 1, 2, 3. The only thing you have to worry about is selecting the right accessories. So, when this Basketweave print dress rolled out a couple months ago as a new arrival at the J. Crew Factory, I knew it had to be mine. It has everything I look for in a dress: a great graphic print, a longer length that is appropriate for work, and substantial, quality material. This dress definitely has a luxurious feel despite the relatively low factory outlet price. A dress like this makes getting dressed in the morning a cinch so that you can avoid being a basket case and just focus on the lovely basketweave print instead!









Dress: J. Crew Factory Short Sleeve Basketweave Here
Shoes: J. Crew 
Bag: Prada Saffiano Lux Tote in Papaya 
Necklace: Groopdealz