Monthly Archives: January 2013

Navy, Forest Green and Leopard

We spent the weekend in Las Vegas for my boyfriend’s birthday. While Vegas is not my favorite place (I prefer a low-key Palm Springs or Santa Barbara), I loved that we were able to get a large group of our friends to join us for the trip. It felt like a true celebration and allowed all of us to spend quality time together. One of the highlights of the trip was actually the five hour packed car ride coming back. We easily entertained ourselves, laughing hard for at least half the drive home.
I got these shoes a couple of months ago and have worn them incessantly ever since. The wearable low heel, classic round toe shape and neutral leopard print have me reaching for them nearly every time I open my closet. They are easily one of the best purchases I’ve made recently.

Blouse: Banana Republic, jeans: Cheap Monday, chevron striped cardigan: Nordstrom, leopard heels: Sam Edelman, beaded bag: vintage, belt: H&M, crystal hoop earrings: from a street fair, cocktail ring: Suzanne Felsen.


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Kale and Cranberry Salad

I’ve been on a salad kick lately. Maybe it’s the “new year, new you” mind-set or simply that my body is craving light and healthy foods after an excessive amount of rich dishes (read: desserts and other sweet treats) during the holiday season. Either way, salads have been my go to as of late. This kale and cranberry salad is one of my favorites.

While I adore a good salad, I rarely find them filling enough to stand alone. A kitchen experiment (mixing of foods I had at the time) lead me to this combination of ingredients which always leave me feeling fulfilled. I add farro, a hearty grain to the base to make the salad more substantial.

Feta gives the salad a salty flavor, while the cranberries offer a bit of sweet. Besides contrasting flavors, the two ingredients give the dish a variety of color, creating a pretty presentation.

Occasionally  I top the salad with walnuts for some crunch and extra protein. For the dressing I mix a tablespoon of olive oil with a few teaspoons of dijon mustard, a few tablespoons of red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.

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Slinky Black and White

Instead of taking advantage of the holiday weekend by going on a trip or filling my calendar with events, I made myself free. It was a relaxing low-key weekend. I walked down the street to some of my favorite shops, went hiking and tonight I’m looking forward to a dinner and movie date night. The weather has been amazing and I’ve been getting out and enjoying the warm afternoon sun as much as possible.

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend!

Dress: H&M, glittery clutch: H&M, booties: DV by Dolce Vita, bracelets: Asos (chunky link), Sheila Fajl (thin bangle), purchased in Italy (black leather and gold). Rings: Ariel Gordon (love knot and faceted rose gold band) and XIV Karats (pave band).

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Hearty Veggie Stew

Soup is one of my favorite foods, especially in the winter. Very few dishes are as comforting as a warm bowl of soup when it’s cold. Soup can be both fulfilling and healthy, and that’s exactly what I wanted when I hunted down this veggie stew recipe. I used this recipe and made some changes to it. This recipe is also tasty.

I chopped red potatoes and added them to low sodium vegetable broth with red lentils.

I added other vegetables like kidney beans, green chiles and corn, and spices including cumin, red chili and oregano.

The corn and green chili give the dish Mexican flavor, inspired by my love of tortilla soup. I topped the stew with one of my favorite soup garnishes – avocado. I finished with salt, pepper and parmesan.

The vegetable stew was exactly what I was looking for. Warm, soothing, flavorful and hearty without feeling too heavy or unhealthy.

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Vancouver Window Shopping

When we were in Vancouver a few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I spent a full day walking around the city to explore downtown. I immediately felt at home there. Vancouver reminded me of San Francisco, both walkable port cities with unique neighborhoods and hidden gems tucked away on every few blocks.

While we enjoyed the neighborhood of Yaletown, Gastown was far and away our favorite. Gastown has quaint brick-lined roads and buildings, cute little cafes, cool bars and amazing boutiques. I stopped by nearly every shop window to ogle over what was inside.

The sign says it perfectly – these skirts are all party with their flippy shape, mini cut and metallic sheen.

The coolest light fixture/chandelier (it was actually an art piece in a small gallery). We are looking forward to recreating a slightly more sophisticated version of this for home.

I adored everything in this retro-inspired modern home decor shop unique to Gastown.

A vintage boutique with sequined, feminine frocks.

A cute coffee shop with lovely light fixtures, brick walls and a shabby chic garland hanging in the window.

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