Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Zebra Crossing

Animal prints. They're awesome, you've you your leopard, your cheetah, your cow- ok maybe no cow. You've also got your zebra. Instead of an allover zebra print, I thought we'd let the animal itself make an appearance. Check it out.

Oh hey there zebra! A pop of orange and some roll tap sleeves. Fall perfection.

Originally $100. $100! This lightweight scarf is great with a white tee and bf jeans or tie it to your purse for a pop of print.

These zebras are rainbow colored!!! This makes me ridiculously happy.

Lord and Taylor, Zebra Pullover Top, $89
Hi there, just a casual zebra checking in.

Who needs an allover print when this animal is just so lovable? Blouses, sweaters, and accessories, I'm all about the zebra.

Be fabulous today!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I'll Have a Wrap

I love a wrap dress. It's easy, form-flattering and classic. I also love that the wrap style is making its way into tops. A faux wrap top is an effortless way to create a shape. Solid, patterned, cotton, or silk these picks are perfect for fall.

This blouse comes in almost a dozen pattern options. I like the draped collar and high wrap neckline. No need for a cami underneath.

Last Call Neiman Marcus, Wrap Front Long Sleeve Blouse, $55 $38
This jade is a stunner. This rich jewel tone is going to match with your black jeans or navy pencil skirt. 

Victoria's, Secret, Faux Wrap Drape Front Top, $39
Even VS is getting in on the wrap game. And with this price point, you can't go wrong.

Boden, Wrap Jersey Top, $54
Do you know what I love more than machine washable things? Color. And this top has both.

The wrap top is also great to layer. Throw on a blazer for work or add a denim jacket on the weekend. This style does it all.

Be fabulous today!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Chain Link

Happy Monday lovebugs,
I'm feeling a little edgy this morning. Monday's aren't always hearts and flowers so I thought we would look at something that may match our moods. These chain necklaces make a statement without bling or color.

BaubleBar, Chainmaille Bib, $68
Kind of regal and kind of Rihanna, am I right?

My favorite part of this necklace is something you don't notice right away: the right and left strands don't match. Just when you thought the bib stole the show, this necklace is full of surprises.

Talk about mixed media. This is a work of art.

Tired of the bibs? How about this statement piece. Chain, coin, and fringe. So much awesome.

These necklaces are making a big statement for under $70. Go heavy, go bib, you can't go wrong.

Be fabulous today!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Foodday

Happy Friday! 
Here are my favorite recipes this week.

Black Jack David
c/o Fogged in Lounge
  • 1 1/2 rye (Rittenhouse)
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Hart 151
  • 3/4 oz orange juice
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 1/4 oz cherry brandy (Heering)
  • 1/4 oz allspice dram
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Slow Cooker Japanese Pork and Ramen Soup
2 Onions, chopped
6 cloves Garlic, minced
3 Tbsp Ginger, grated
1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
8 cups Chicken Broth (I used Low Sodium, worked great!)
12 ounces Shitake Mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
1 1/2 pounds Boneless Country-Style Pork Ribs
Salt and Pepper
To Finish and Serve:
2 packages Top Ramen (instant Ramen), discard the seasoning packets
6 cups Baby Spinach
2 Tbsp White Miso, plus extra
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce, plus extra
1 Tbsp Mirin (if you can't find, leave out)
1 tsp Seasame Oil
2 Green Onions, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds

Microwave onions, garlic, ginger and oil in a bowl - about five minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a slow cooker. Stir in broth and mushrooms. Season pork with salt and pepper and nestle into slow cooker.
Cover and cook until pork is fork tender - 7-8 hours on low or 4-6 on high.
To Finish and Serve:
Transfer pork to a cutting board, and using two forks, shred the pork into bite size pieces. Skim any fat off the top of the soup.
Stir in the instant ramen noodles, and spinach, cover and let cook for about 8 minutes. Stir in the shredded pork, miso, soy sauce, mirin, and oil and let it set until it's heated through. Serve.
Sprinkle each bowl with a few green onions and sesame seeds before serving.

Mini Carmel Apple Crisps
For the Oatmeal Nut Crumble:
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
For the Cinnamon Apples:
3 medium Granny Smith apples
1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
whipped cream, ice cream, or vanilla yogurt for serving
To prepare the oatmeal crumble, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Add the oats, pecans, flour, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg to a large bowl. Pour the butter over the mixture and stir until well combined.
Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
Allow to cool before using.
To make the apples, peel and dice the apples into bite sized pieces.
Add the apples, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon to a medium skillet and cook, stirring often to coat the apples in the sauce, for 5 minutes over medium low heat.
Remove from heat and cool a bit before assembling the dessert.
Add a generous layer of oatmeal crumble to the bottom of each dish (2-3 tablespoons) and top with the cinnamon apples.
Top with a layer of whipped cream, ice cream, or vanilla yogurt. Sprinkle on a bit more of the crumble and drizzle any of the remaining caramel sauce from the pan of apples over the top. Serve immediately.