Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Somebody's Watching You

The evil eye is something that dates back centuries. Here you thought it started with the Housewives. Actually, the evil eye charm is meant to ward off injury or bad spirits; and different cultures call it different things. In Arabic ayn al-ḥasūd عين الحسود‎, in Hebrew ʿáyin hā-ráʿ עַיִן הָרַע and my personal favorite in Hawaiian maka pilau meaning stink eye. 

Let's ward off some evil with these beautiful pieces of jewelry.

Check out the blue on yellow here, it truly pops. Pair this with a chambray top or striped dress.

Need Supply Co, Evil Eye Studs, $18
Eerie slash gorgeous, right?

BaubleBar, Evil Eye Cuff, $32
This beauty also comes in silver. I love this for a colorful arm party.

Urban Outfitters, Rhinestone Evil Eye Ring, $10
A delicate yet strong ring that is sure to keep you in the clear from injury.

Evil eye, yay or nay? I'm saying yay because of these stunning pieces. Go simple with the studs or bling it out with a pendant, either way you'll be safe.

Be fabulous today!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Digging A Trench

It's April. It's raining. I know, I know, I've got you covered. Let's talk trench coats under $100.

We're starting strong. London Fog is the authority when it comes to trenches and this burst of blue is gorgeous.

Express, Boxy Trench Jacket, $59
Not so much for the standard trench? How about this boxy option that is just a little masculine.

Hello poppy. What a breath of fresh air for a cloudy day. 

A polka dot trench? I had to include this one.

Belt it, button it, just don't get soaked. What rain gear are you sporting this spring?

Be fabulous today!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Embellish Much?

Happy Monday lovebugs,
Let's talk embellishment. Something shiny to cheer up the start to our work week. While this weather is still trying to figure out what it wants to do, one piece you can always count on is a crisp blouse. Today's feature highlights the collar. A little embellishment.

A sassy neon with a chic peplum. This is a great stand alone or layering piece.

Light and breezy and a peek a boo back detail.

Talk about subtle. Check out the barely there detail on the corners of the collar. So feminine.

Picture this under a suit jacket. Yeah. Hello unexpected.

Embellishment comes in all shapes, styles, colors, and sizes. A nice collar embellishment is sometimes all you need. Chin up lovebug, let's get through this Monday.

Be fabulous today!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Foodday

Happy Friday lovebugs,
I will be heading home for Easter this weekend. Here are some Easter-inspired food picks!

Caramel Cadbury Egg Martini
c/o She Knows
  • 1-1/2 ounces Baileys Irish Cream with Caramel
  • 1/2 ounce crème de cacao
  • 1 ounce caramel syrup
  • 1 ounce cream
  • 1/2 tablespoon Hershey’s chocolate syrup, plus extra for rim
  1. Drizzle chocolate syrup around inside rim of glass.
  2. Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
  3. Shake until chocolate syrup is completely incorporated.
  4. Strain into glass.

Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 1/4 tsp kosher salt, more or less to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 1/2 - 4 lb uncooked trimmed lamb leg, boneless, rolled and tied
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line a roasting pan with aluminum foil and place a rack in the pan.

Combine crushed garlic, rosemary, lemon juice, mustard, olive oil, salt and pepper; mixwell and rub mixture all over lamb. Roll the lamb and use butcher's twine to tie it together and place it on the prepared roasting pan.

Roast in the oven until medium-rare and a meat thermometer inserted in center reads 135-140ºF, anywhere from 70 minutes and up depending on the size of your roast.Remove the lamb and let it rest about 15 minutes on a cutting board. Keep in mind the temperature will increase a few degrees once it rests.

Slice lamb into 1/4-inch thick slices and place on a serving platter.

Easy Lemon Squares
  • Crust:
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar 
  • 3 tablespoons butter or stick margarine, softened 
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • Topping:
  • large eggs 
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind 
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. To prepare the crust, beat 1/4 cup granulated sugar and the butter at medium speed of a mixer until creamy. Lightly spoon 1 cup flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Gradually add 1 cup flour to sugar mixture, beating at low speed until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Gently press mixture into bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes; cool on a wire rack.
  3. To prepare topping, beat eggs at medium speed until foamy. Add 3/4 cup granulated sugar and next 5 ingredients (3/4 cup granulated sugar through salt), and beat until well-blended. Pour mixture over partially baked crust. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until set. Cool on wire rack. Sift powdered sugar evenly over top.