Wednesday, March 25, 2015

that Chloé tie

that Chloé tie
that Chloé tie
that Chloé tie
that Chloé tie
that Chloé tie
that Chloé tie

One of my favorite things from the fall collections (and possibly the easiest to replicate) was the black tie/blouse combo seen at Chloé. ASOS has a very reasonable option that makes this trend quite approachable. I also like how well it dresses up relatively neutral ensembles. I paired my outfit with a pair of Aerin two-tone mary janes I picked up at the Old Town Boutique District Warehouse Sale - these babies fit like a glove!

Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses
ASOS tie
vintage blouse
Zara blazer
Ela Stone bracelet
Robyn Ferrari ring
Mango denim
Aerin pumps (also love these)
vintage mini bag (pretty one here)

Monday, March 23, 2015

photo finish

photo finish
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photo finish
photo finish
photo finish

There's something so entrancing about this trippy print Yoanna Baraschi dress, I think it was the first thing I picked out when I went to check out the Rent the Runway showroom in Georgetown last weekend. I've been wanting to try this service for a while and was super excited when they invited me to come check out the new digs! The showroom is a great option for those of you who, like me, get a little indecisive with choosing dresses online and want to try on a large selection. The stylists are extremely helpful (my stylist, Teaira, was lovely!) and the dressing rooms feature lighting settings for day, office, and evening (why don't all dressing rooms have this?!).

I wore this dress for a friend's going away dinner at the Pig - a bittersweet, but delicious occasion. I highly recommend their charcuterie boards!

Ray-Ban sunglasses
Ann Taylor necklace (close match)
Yoana Baraschi dress (thanks to Rent the Runway)
Romwe jacket (similar here)
Ela stone bracelet
Rila ring
Zara heels (similar steal here)
ASOS clutch (fun alternatives here and here)
nails in Essie 'ballet slippers'

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Dinner: Penne with Brussels Sprouts, Chile and Pancetta

Penne with Brussels Sprouts, Chile and Pancetta

This is the perfect hearty, yet light pasta dish for these chilly transitional spring months. It marries one of my favorite vegetable dishes (brussels sprouts and pancetta) with pasta, while adding a bit of a kick with some chile and lemon juice. Oh, and it's quick and easy, too!

  8 ounces penne
  2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
  3 ounces pancetta, diced (feel free to use regular bacon if you don't have pancetta)
  1 large rosemary sprig
  6 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  1 jalapeno or serrano chile, thinly sliced (or substitute 1 large pinch crushed red pepper flakes)
  8 ounces brussels sprouts, thinly sliced
  2 teaspoons butter
  Fresh lemon juice, for serving
  Freshly grated pecorino cheese
  salt and freshly ground pepper

Bring large pot heavily salted water to a boil. Add the penne and cook until pasta is just al dente (do not overcook).

Meanwhile, heat large sauté pan over high heat and add the olive oil. When oil is hot, add the pancetta and rosemary, and sauté until the fat on the pancetta starts to turn translucent and very lightly brown, about 1 minute. Add the garlic, chile and pepper to taste, and sauté until garlic and pancetta turn richly brown, about 3 minutes. Add the brussels sprouts, a large pinch of salt and a splash of water to pan, and sauté until sprouts just start to soften, about 2 minutes. Spread sprouts mixture in pan and press down to flatten. Let it sear for a minute, then stir it up and repeat. This helps brown the sprouts. Add the butter, and sauté for another minute.

Penne with Brussels Sprouts, Chile and Pancetta
Penne with Brussels Sprouts, Chile and Pancetta

Drain penne and add it to pan with brussels sprouts mixture. Cook, tossing, until everything is well mixed. Spoon into pasta bowls and top with a drizzle of oil and lemon juice, and a little grated pecorino if you like.

Penne with Brussels Sprouts, Chile and Pancetta

original recipe via NY Times

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

just a touch

just a touch
just a touch
just a touch
just a touch
just a touch
just a touch
just a touch

Wholeheartedly embracing the bandana in much the same way I'm embracing the '70s vibe. Incidentally, Urban Outfitters has a great selection. Wore this groovy ensemble for some Saturday shopping in Georgetown, the spoils of which I can't wait to share with you in future posts!

Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses
ASOS hoops
UO bandana
vintage Brooks Brothers coat (love this one here)
She's Unique ring (close match)
Hermès and Amrita Singh bangles
7FAM denim
Zara boots (gorgeous pair here)
Mansur Gavriel bag 
nails in Essie 'ballet slippers'