Monthly Archives: May 2011

Nail Varnish

All about..

Illamasqua Nail Varnish

Illamasqua Nail Varnish

catching up on errands and relaxing over the holiday weekend. It was so needed, especially yesterday’s pedicure. Not only was it a total necessity, it was by far the best purchase of the weekend. I’ll start by saying that I walked around a ton and went into a number of stores, but was pretty disappointed with most of what I saw. Not sure if it’s the fact that I’m too pale to show so much skin or what, but wasn’t thrilled with much out there. My pedicure, however, phenomenal. Went with the an orange-red, a big color for the season and a great way to add a bright, fun element to wardrobe (which is feeling rather blah right about now).

Photo: Sephora

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Zara

Impressed with..

Zara

Zara’s Spring/Summer line. Surprisingly affordable and cool, the pieces also seem really easy to wear. I haven’t seen any of the clothes in person, so I’m hoping it’s not just the tricks of styling catching my eye. But with the men’s and kid’s collections looking just as fine, we may have to make the trip to Zara a family affair.

Photo: Zara

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Happy Memorial Day

Closed..

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day

for the holiday – have a good one! See you back here Tuesday, 3:28am.

Photo: Third Drawer Down

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Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

A different..

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

take on potato salad. I came across this recipe for Roasted Sweet Potato Salad at Taylor Takes a Taste and can’t wait to try it. It seems like the perfect side dish to bring to any party, and what better time than Memorial Day weekend to try out my skills. Taylor Takes a Taste is a must read for recipes, but what I really love about this blog is that he also gives food photography tips (which is really quite hard!) See below for the sweet potato salad recipe…

Ingredients:
4 medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into approx. 1 in cubes
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
1 red bell pepper diced
1 yellow bell pepper diced
1/2 cup shallots diced
1 jalapeno seeded and finely chopped
1/2 cup scallions thinly sliced scallions
1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
1/2 cup flat leaf parsley chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Dressing
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp brown sugar
zest of 1 orange
2 tsp deli style mustard (the mustard with the brown stuff in it, not the yellow stuff you put on hotdogs)
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Directions:
In a roasting pan, combine sweet potatoes and olive oil, salt, and pepper. Stir around coating potatoes in oil. Roast for 25-30 minutes at 425 F, until fork tender and golden brown.

In a large bowl, add potatoes and mix with the rest of the non dressing ingredients.

Let cool while you prepare the dressing. To prepare dressing, whisk together the apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, orange zest, mustard and vegetable oil.

Pour dressing over cooled potato salad. Toss.  Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve. Toss again prior to serving.

Photo: Taylor Mathis Photography

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Chocolate-Banana Ice Cream

So easy..

Chocolate-Banana Ice Cream

Chocolate-Banana Ice Cream

why not whip this up? It’s ICE CREAM without the cream and is made from 1 ingredient (well, maybe 2 or 3 – depending on how creative you want to be). Rumor has it, this banana-based ice cream is super delicious, nutritious and the ideal dessert for summertime! I’ve seen several variations since being introduced to the concept – some with vanilla (2 teaspoons to be exact), brown sugar & cinnamon – no fancy machine required, so the options really are endless. Here’s one with cocoa from hilaroux. One, two, three – it’s that easy!

1) Freeze a banana
2) Combine with 2 tbsp cocoa powder
3) Blend until smooth and creamy.

Photo: hilaroux

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Vintage Inspired Cloth Doll

Reminiscent of..

Vintage Inspired Cloth Doll

Vintage Inspired Cloth Doll, Ela

the paper dolls from back in the day. These adorable cloth dolls are hand sewn by Etsy designer Carmit, who lives in Israel and was inspired by her daughters to start Baby To Go. Collect them all or pick just one – each doll has a story of its own. The perfect pint sized pal!

Photo: Baby To Go

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Bensimon Sneakers

Maybe I’m biased..

Bensimon Tennis Lacet Sneakers, $45

Bensimon Tennis Lacet Sneakers, $45

maybe not.  Either way, one of my favorite people (my three-year old niece), has had a classic-style sneaker in her everyday rotation since she could walk and I think it just makes sense. These shoes by Bensimon  work for so many styles, are totally practical, come in a TON of colors, and are a simple understatement to pretty much anyone’s daily wardrobe. They are made in Europe and also available in women’s and mens, so pick yourself up a pair.

Photo: Bensimon

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Packable Sea Slicker

A jacket..

Packable Sea Slicker

Packable Sea Slicker

that could easily be shared between guys and girls. The Sea Slicker by Steven Alan is such a clever piece because it folds into itself, making it easy to shove into your tote when your not using it. Lightweight and a perfect layering piece for the unpredictable transitional months.

Photo: Steven Alan

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Yuketen Tobacco Country Ranger

With..

Yuketen Tobacco Country Ranger, $395

Yuketen Tobacco Country Ranger, $395

all of the good shoes out there for men, I don’t understand why I see so many bad ones out there. Seriously. It’s not that hard, or it shouldn’t be with great options like Blucher, Chukka Del Barco and these Yuketen Tobacco Country Ranger I came across at Inventory. They are pretty much a classic, great for the spring/summer weather. Hand sewn, made in the good old USA and way better than those silly square-toe leather things that should just be retired.

Photo: Inventory

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Rivieras Shoes

Going to be..

rivieras_leisure_shoe

Rivieras Leisure Shoes

living in these all spring & summer long. I must have been hiding under a rock, because right after I purchased my Rivieras Leisure Shoes I started to notice them everywhere. Even so, they are a nice alternative to sneakers, and somewhat of a cross between my vans and espadrilles. They’re really comfortable and have a fifties look to them. Works for me!

Photo: Rivieras

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