Friday, July 30, 2010

Its Back...



I'd like to start by saying I don't watch much TV. I have two shows that I watch, one of which is Gossip Girl (Obsession) and the other, I am about to tell you about.

Charlie and I don't get Bravo, so up until last season, I had never seen an episode of Project Runway. This also means I have never seen an episode of the Real Housewives and am only vaguely familiar with Bethanny Frankel that is only because of OMGmom. I also have never seen an episode of the Rachel Zoe show, which is sad because I quite like her for some reason I can't put my finger on...

Anyways! last night was the season premier of Project Runway!! If you are like I was and know nothing of Project Runway, I am going to educate you. It is not, as I thought before I happened to catch an episode last season, a show about models. It is not America's Next Top Model Number 2. It is about fashion Designers! This show is infinitely more interesting because these people have so much talent! But unlike American Idol and Dancing with the Stars, NO ONE SUCKS!! Everyone from the beginning is super talented. I am totally addicted and it has been such a long summer without it.

How could you not love a show with the fabulous Heidi Klum? She's gorgeous, has gorgeous kids, a loving husband, a rocking body and she has a full on wedding every year to renew her vows!!





Plus, with Tim Gunn, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia, its just the best show ever. Period.



So I got in bed super early last night in preparation. I was so excited I couldn't stand it! And they did not disappoint. With 17 new designers, each had to first compete to get to actually be on the show and stay for more than one day. Each designer had to pick one item in their suitcase to be used in a designer for the end of the episode fashion show (when the judging takes place). Then, they has to pass the piece they chose to their right! It was crazy!! Plus they only had 5 hours... the shortest amount of time for a challenge so far. It was so interesting!

Spoiler!! Don't read on if you want to watch the episode and be surprised...

I totally agreed with who one. She created a beautiful dress that I would totally wear in a heart beat (if only I wasn't so short). However, I think they made the wrong decision with who went home. Tim Gunn thought her dress was adorable, I thought her dress was adorable... Ok the styling was not good. But the guy that speaks like no English thought his piece looked really good. Thats just bad taste. Hopefully he is gone next week.

Did you watch the show? What did you think?

All images are from My Lifetime

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Fall Preview...

I know it is only the end of July, but I am ready for fall. I am actually ready for fall fashion, if you want to know the truth. I am always ready for a change of seasons. In the middle of winter, I dream of cute sundresses and sandals. When it is 100 degrees, I long for boots and cardigans.

Why? I don't really know. But towards the end of the season, I am so ready for a change in my wardrobe! I've worn my dresses (sometimes over and over), and as much as my feet love sandals, my feet also really love boots. I get so tired of the heat and humidity that I can't wait for cooler temps and sweaters.

So, I've decided to give a little fall preview of some must have pieces, to put us all in the mood for fall. I won't start my fall shopping until well into September (it won't get cooler until October), but a girl can dream.



1. Alice and Olivia Luiza Cropped Leather jacket available at Neiman Marcus
2. Elizabeth and James Draped Peep toe bootie available at Neiman Marcus
3. Anthropologie Mercat Jacket
4. Splendid Blouson combo dress available at Neiman Marcus
5. Anthropologie Sophisticate's Corsage bracelet
6. Frye Harness 12R boots
7. Kate Spade's Bow Regard Maryanne

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Band of Bangles

I love the look of an armful of mismatched bracelets. There is something about an eclectic mix of bangles that says, "Yea, I know how good this looks." I actually love the look of piled on jewelry anyways. Like layers and layers of necklaces, as well.









My favorite look



Layered necklaces

images from Cupcakes and Cashmere

I prefer the look of a mix match of bracelets as opposed to all the same, like an armful of gold bangles, but I am also no against that look. I just mean for everyday wear, I love the look of a multitude of unalike bracelets.

I currently wear 3 bracelets.





Both from David Yurman



From Tiffanys

I've been wanting to add to my collection, in order to achieve that stacked look (because mine don't look like I piled on the bracelets). But I also don't want to go to some place like Forever 21 and buy some cheap bracelets (I want my stack to be a collection of wonderful pieces).

So I've decided it is time to find a new bracelet to add to the collection, preferably a thin bangle. For example:



From David Yurman

Kate Spade has come out with some really cute ones as well. They have cute little saying inscribed in the inside of them.



"In a Twinkling"



The white one says "On Cloud Nine"

I've also thought about doing a charm bracelet, with only one or two charms (I think more than that is too overpowering). Tiffanys has super cute charms!






I'd ask my husband for something for my birthday or something, but I know that will never happen. I'm not going to get into the details right now of my Tiffanys-less Christmas of last year, but lets just say I asked for something from Tiffanys, emailed links, hid ads for what I wanted all around the apartment, and didn't get the one thing FROM Tiffanys that I wanted. I got a semi-knock off. It was quite a disappointment.

And I can say all this because my husband doesn't read my blog.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Simple Summer Supper



I try to go to the local farmers market every Saturday. My grandmother and I get up early and roam through the booths and discuss what we are going to buy. I never decide until I am there what I will make for dinner during the next week because I want to see what strikes me at the market.

For the past few Sundays, hubby and I have had the same meal. It is simple, easy and delicious. There is a big trailer that is there every weekend (actually they are there Wednesday- Sunday) with super fresh seafood. I have been buying 2 pieces of sushi grade tuna and grilling them on my panini maker (one of my very favorite kitchen gadgets) along with some veggies.

The veggies I make are quite wonderful and so simple. They came from Weight Watchers. I actually cook a lot from weight watchers, but am not actually on weight watchers. I've only made one thing that I didn't think was fantastic from weight watchers, and thats just because there wasn't nearly enough cheese in it!

This is my favorite weight watcher cook book:



Although my new favorite veggie recipe didn't come from this cookbook (I'm actually not sure where it came from)



Some of my yummy goodies from the farmers market.

This recipe is for squash/zucchini packets. Now I don't follow the recipe exactly... I put in a lot more than they recommend, but it is veggies so I figure its ok! It makes 2 packets.

Ingredients:
2 squash or 2 zucchini (I used both)
White onion (I used 1/2 of a vidalia)
Oregano
Garlic
Salt and Pepper
Butter
2 Spreadable Swiss cheese triangles from the Laughing Cow

1. So to start, you take 2 squash or 2 zucchini (I prefer to use both) and cut them lengthwise into long thin strips and then cut the strips in half.



2. Then cut some onion (they suggest a 1/2 cup of onion, but my husband LOVES onion... I find him eating onion raw a lot... his natural odor is slightly onion-ish) into thin strips.

3. Put 2 pieces of foil down on a baking sheet and place half of the veggies in the center of each.

4. Top with a dash of Oregano, salt and pepper, 1 clove of pressed garlic, 1 pat of butter cut into pieces and dispersed on veggies and 1 triangle of Laughing Cow cheese on each packet.



5. Put a second piece of foil on top and fold in edges to create a packet.



6. Then put in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.


While this was in the oven, I worked on my tuna.



All I did was salt and pepper each side and rub a little olive oil on each side (so it wouldn't stick to the panini machine)



The tuna goes on the panini machine for 7 to 8 minutes.



Baby Buddy waited quite patiently for dinner to be ready.



Voila! So good and so easy to make! You'll need to spread the cheese on your veggies, as it doesn't melt down. This same method would be really good with a variety of veggies as well- mushrooms, bell peppers, broccoli... Its up to you!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Party inspiration

Every so often, I see something that really hits me. It inspires me. Whether it is for an outfit, for work or decorating my home, I love finding items that make me really excited.

The week before last, I was perusing Target for nothing when I happened upon these.




I stopped dead in my tracks to look at them. I instantly thought, "I want to have a party and use these napkins." Well, I decided not to make an impulse buy and get them at that moment, but I couldn't get them out of my head! So last week while in Target I bought them.

One of my goals for hubby and me is to have more fun. I work a lot, and it just feels like unless we are out of town, we just don't do that many fun things (I personally think sleeping is way fun). So, we are throwing a party... an end of summer party.

I'm not able to do it until September 18th (thats when the party will be) for various reasons (weddings, work, etc), but since it is still 100 degrees here in the middle of September, it will be OK. Plus it will give me plenty of time to get my apartment in order (headboard covered, pictures hung on the wall). Finally my apartment will be relatively complete!

Here is my party inspiration board.




Napkins are from Target
OPI Nail Polish in Little Red Wagon
Origami Camilla Dress from Anthropologie
White metal bucket from Target (I bought a white metal bucket from Target similar to this one)
Red Gerber Daisies for decorating
Yummy Key Lime pie and Strawberry shortcake shooters from the June issue of At Home Tennessee magazine
FENTON/FALLON™ for J.Crew Carrington crystal bow necklace from J.Crew

I want my party to be a little bit fancy, but still fun. I think the dress says easy going, but the necklace will add that little bit of glam that every hostess needs. And of course, I will need tons of flowers all over the apartment. I just love to decorate with flowers. Gerber daisies are my favorites (along with peonies) and the red will tie in with the napkins.

Who's ready to party??

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Gourmet Grilled Cheese



It seems simple enough, a grilled cheese sandwich. But really, to make the perfect grilled cheese is an art. I love a good grilled cheese and lucky for me, my mom makes the most wonderful grilled cheese sandwiches in the world. The other night, hubby and I were out of food and decided to have grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner. So, I am passing on my knowledge of making the ultimate grilled cheese to you. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
Butter
2 slices of Bread
2 kinds of cheese (one white, one yellow)


Optional Ingredients:
Turkey
Bacon
Tomato
Ham

Charlie's sandwich was one slice of American cheese, one slice of Pepperjack cheese and Turkey. My sandwich was one slice of American cheese, one slice of Provolone cheese and turkey. Other good cheeses to use are swiss, cheddar and havarti. Turkey and bacon together are a good combo, as well as bacon and tomato for a BLT twist. We used whole wheat bread this time (it was all we had) but a sour dough grilled cheese is my favorite.

1. Heat a skillet (medium/medium low heat) and melt a pat of butter.
2. Once the butter is melted, rub one side of one slice of bread in the melted butter. Set aside.
3. If there is little to no butter left, melt a second pat in the skillet.
4. Rub your second piece of bread in the butter (one side) and leave it in the pan.
5. Take one piece of cheese and place on the bread in the skillet
6. If you are using any meat, veggies, etc, place it on top of the first slice of cheese.
7. Put your second slice of cheese on top and top with buttered piece of bread that was set aside (buttered side facing up)
8. Cook low and slow for 5 to 7 minutes, flipping every so often.
9. Cheese won't be entirely melted when the bread gets crisp. Remove from burner once bread is ready and cover for about 5 minutes, allowing the cheeses to melt completely.
10. Enjoy!



Three sandwiches: Charlie's, mine and Buddy's (his is the half sandwich). Buddy just loves a good grilled cheese. His was 2 slices of American and turkey.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Goals: Number One

I've decided to come up with some goals for the next few months. There are some things I would really like to achieve, so I thought I would tell you about them to make me more accountable. Maybe it will also jump start me to go do it.

Goal Number One: My Closet

My closet is kind of a disaster... Charlie and I have lived in our apartment for a year and a half and I still have not organized my closet. Actually, I still have half of my stuff at my parents house, if you want to know the truth.

Here is my closet as of now:





It is a large closet (not the dressing room of my dreams, but an upgrade from my 3 small closets I occupied at my parentals), but a disaster. It is mostly my fault, but there are a few things in the way...



I have 3, count them THREE, large framed pictures in my closet waiting to be hung in the apartment. Why haven't I hung them? Well, I am waiting on my headboard to be covered (see here for more) because one of the pictures goes above the bed and I want Charlie to just hang them all at once instead of doing two and then doing the third over the bed another time. And I don't want to hang it before the headboard is covered because I can just imagine it coming crashing to the ground as we are trying to get the headboard in place...

So, goal number one is getting my closet together. Shirts together, dresses together, shoes in order.

I do have a dilemma before I begin. As you may or may not be able to tell, I have two hanging bars in the closet, one on each side. My dilemma is the order of my clothes... should I put ALL the shirts together, ALL the dresses together, etc. Or should one side be for spring and summer, and one side be for fall and winter? I used to have my closets in order by season. Right now it is just a mess of things...

Thoughts on how I should organize? Suggestions?

Like I mentioned in my last post, I love closets. When I lived at home, I begged my parents to let me turn the guest bedroom into my closet. They said no. This went on for years. Apparently they felt I didn't need a bedroom and a second room devoted to my clothes and shoes and accessories. Charlie has promised me that when we move into a house, I will have a room for a closet. He better keep his word!! I already know what I want it to look like.

So here are a few of my celeb inspirations for my dream closet (all images came from In Style)



Nicky Hilton



Olivia WIlde



Ashley Tisdale



Christina Aguilera



Fergie
Let me tell you, this picture does not do justice to the Dutchess's closet. I saw (I believe in an issue of In Style) a layout of her closet and WOW. She has got a serious closet.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Shoe Fetish

I LOVE SHOES!!! I've always been a shoe girl. Recently, because of my job, I haven't been sporting some of my finer footwear, but let me tell you, I have got some shoes. Also recently, for economic purposes, I have not been able to partake in one of my favorite hobbies.

So I was doing some research for work (seriously, really, I was working), and I went to the Coach website. It has been a little while since I've perused the Coach shoes, but WOW! There are some way cute shoes on there!

Here are my faves



coach kimi heel $198



new teagan heel $198



new aliza bootie $188

Aren't they so cute?? My feet are BEGGING for them! Too bad I couldn't wedding register on Coach. Perhaps I could return some things to Macy's in order to buy shoes... is that bad?

I am obsessed with closets. I love looking at celebrity closets, and since we are on the subject of shoes, I just wanted to post this picture from Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere shoe closet. Someday, I shall work in my closet, organize it and have all my shoes looking fab and post it here. For now, feast your eyes on this one. If only!!


photo from cupcakesandcashmere.com

Is there anything more beautiful than rows and rows of gorgeous shoes?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ode to an Absent Maid of Honor



This is my best friend in the whole wide world Anna. This picture is also really old (I'm pretty sure its from her freshman year of college).



This is a picture I stole off her facebook page. I don't believe in facebook (it scares me), so I had to use our fake work facebook account and take her picture (she isn't friends with Molly Fedor, who was named after a dog calendar).

Anna and I have known each other from birth. Our moms went to high school together, we went to pre-school and grade school together. We went to different high schools (still in the same city) and different colleges, but we've stayed best friends. She always comes on family vacations, and my parents feel like she is their child. Unfortunately, I don't have any great old school pictures of us because it was before the digital age and I would have to scan them... I shall try to locate them and show them another day.

Anna was not at my wedding... even though she was the Maid of Honor.

Why? You ask...



Anna is in Africa. Senegal, to be more precise. Anna is in the Peace Corps. Why? I have no idea. It sounds miserable to me, but to each his (her) own.

Here is the bed she had made for herself to sleep on.



Made of sticks. Super comfy right?

Its not for me, but she seems to be happy(ish). She did her study abroad in South Africa and then went back for more... She'll be there two years and left in March, so that means she'll be back in an eternity pretty much.



Here is when she graduated from her Peace Corps training program. I was so proud her shoes matched her dress, but she said that was just a coincidence. Sadness.

I wish you all could meet my Anna. She is so funny and wonderful and I miss her terribly. She is the one that I called when Charlie asked me to "hang out" and she so helpfully told me it could be a date or could not be a date.

One time she worked at Sheridans custard for a day and quit to go work at Gap. At the end of the day she owed them money because she had to pay for her own uniform. We used to love to watch Laguna Beach (we used to have Laguna Beach watching parties and eat Ben and Jerry's Oatmeal Cookie Chunk ice cream and I was LC and she was Lo.

After the wedding, we toasted my absent MOH.



CHEERS TO ANNA!!!!!

If you want to know more about Anna's adventures in Africa, check out her blog Notes on a Native at:
annaalsobrook.blogspot.com

If you comment and tell her I sent you... and tell her to come home.

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