Monthly Archives: July 2012

Lately, I’ve been drawn to home accessories that evoke thoughts of nature and glamor. I particularly love pieces with gemstone and textural elements like these, from agate platters to a luxurious gemstone wool rug – and the home accessory that every entertainer needs – a bar cart. This metallic cart will surely be a focal point in any space.

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One of Those Days

 

 

You know those special days where you have an extra pep in your new shoe step? The days where you think, I really got it right today. It’s amazing how much of an effect clothes can have on my confidence (ideal for a day of  back-to-back meetings). I’m having one of those days thanks to a few sale purchases from J.Crew (sweater and shoes) and an oldie, but goodie from Nordstrom (denim skirt). What’s better than a new pair of (striped, ankle tie wedge) shoes and (slinky peach) a sweater?

An antique ring from my grandmother is just enough bling for an otherwise preppy look.

I don’t normally post Instagram photos on here, but today started off on an exceptional note. For more outfits of the day and other snapshots, follow me here. Happy hump day! xx

 

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Mellow, Cheery Yellow

Last week was stressful and trying. And after Friday’s tragedy, the week ended on a sad note (my heart goes out to those in Aurora). I had so much going on and on top of a busy week, both my parents had serious health scares. They are both doing better now and will be fine, but it was not fun awaiting diagnoses. As I get older, it’s hard for me to come to terms with the fact that my parents are not the all-knowing, indestructible people I thought they were growing up. Even though it is a little scary, it feels good to know that I can finally help or be there for them for a change.

Things finally started to settle down on Saturday and Sunday. Sometimes it feels good to get dressed up for no real reason, so I threw on this cheery, head-to-toe yellow ensemble to get out of the house for sushi and a movie (Dark Knight Rises was awesome). The color choice (not to mention this love wall) brightened my look – and my outlook.

Even though I love the color yellow, it’s one of the few colors that doesn’t look good on me. Instead of going for true, bright yellow, I opted for a pale yellow shade on bottom and an olive tone yellow hue on top. I love the fullness of this skirt and the sheer paneling on the collared blouse.

Blouse: H&M, skirt: Asos (on super sale!), heels: BCBG (old, these are cute and work for any dressy occasion, particularly summer weddings and showers), petite clutch: vintage, studs: vintage, bracelets: Sheila Fajl and Jessica Elliot (bangles), leather and gold bracelet purchased in Italy years ago and vintage (triple strand), rings: S.Y.L.K. (owl), Gorjana, XIV Karats and Ariel Gordon (bands).

Beauty note: I didn’t feel like doing much pampering so I threw my hair up on my head. Then, I wrapped the half bun in a thin jute rope for a summer-y look.

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Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats

I have no idea what made me think of rice krispie treats (maybe marshmallow roasting?), but the idea popped into my head and I knew I had to make them. As a kid, I was delighted when I discovered the wrapped treat in my lunchbox, but I think I enjoyed the sweet morsels even more as I got older.

There were so many nights in middle school and even high school that involved making rice krispie treats. My best girlfriends and I would have sleepovers, gossiping, watching scary movies and eating pizza. When it was time for something sweet, we would crowd around the kitchen, melting the marshmallows and waiting for the pan to cool.

I went with a twist on the traditional recipe – this one includes cake batter. I adjusted this recipe by adding vanilla and extra cake batter. They were just as I remembered, extra sweet, gooey and crunchy at the same time. Each bite had just enough cake batter flavor. They were as fun to make as I remembered – and even more fun to share with friends over board games and conversation.

Ingredients:

3 tbsp butter (I used a light butter)
1 (10 oz.) bag of marshmallows
1 cup boxed dry cake mix (I used funfetti)
6 cups rice krispies cereal
1/2 cup sprinkles
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:
  1. Spray a 11×7 baking pan with nonstick spray or rub with butter. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan over low heat, melt the butter.
  3. Add the marshmallows and stir constantly. Add the vanilla. Once the marshmallows are completely melted, stir in the dry cake mix. Turn off the stove.
  4. Stir in the cereal until it is completely coated with the marshmallow mixture. Mix in half of the sprinkles. Press with a buttered spatula into baking pan and top with the remaining sprinkles.
  5. Let cool for 30 minutes then cut into squares.

Have a wonderful weekend! xx

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Nighttime: High-Low, Printed Dress

I wore this dress during the day (seen here) and changed it up in a few short minutes to wear later that night for dinner and drinks with friends. The vintage Azzedine Alaia heels won and I paired them with a few other dressy accessories like a delicate gold bag, chunky bracelets and a cocktail ring.

I like to keep nighttime looks simple – and a little sexy. A good pair of heels, dress and clutch is all you really need. I took off the casual belt and denim jacket, and opted for a motorcycle leather jacket instead (it gets surprisingly chilly at night and we usually try to take advantage of outdoor places). With minimal layers and accessories, the dress’ sheer overlay, asymmetrical hemline and sheer back panel standout.

Printed dress: Zara, leather jacket: Nordstrom (love this one currently on sale), heels: vintage Azzedine Alaia, bag: vintage Chanel, bracelets: Nordstrom (cuff), Sheila Fajl (bangles) and vintage (triple strand), rings: Suzanne Felsen (cocktail), Gorjana, XIV Karats and Ariel Gordon (bands).

Beauty note: To easily transition my beauty look for night, I pulled out the half braids (here) and went for a loose wave instead. On lips, I applied a brighter, bolder pink-red shade.

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