Wednesday, September 29, 2010

"heirloom" blouse

"heirloom" blouse

"heirloom" blouse

When I bought this blouse, I didn't have too much time to ponder how well it fit or which side was front and which was back, but I knew I had to have it. I think if it hadn't "worked," I probably would have kept it anyway and just pretended it was a family heirloom from a bygone era.

"heirloom" blouse

"heirloom" blouse

"heirloom" blouse

"heirloom" blouse

Sick of the leather shorts yet? Obviously I'm not...

"heirloom" blouse

"heirloom" blouse

vintage lace blouse
vintage locket
Topshop leather shorts
Givenchy lace pumps

Monday, September 27, 2010

when you smile for the camera I know I'll love you better

when you smile for the camera I know I'll love you better

when you smile for the camera I know I'll love you better

when you smile for the camera I know I'll love you better

I just got this jumpsuit back from the tailor.  Can you believe this gem went unnoticed on the thrift store rack? A few quick cinches in the usual spots and a little refurbishing on the buttons in the back and it's golden. Still trying to decide whether to lengthen the leg more or not - what do you think?

when you smile for the camera I know I'll love you better

when you smile for the camera I know I'll love you better

when you smile for the camera I know I'll love you better

I've never been much of a hat person, but I've been on the hunt for a bowler for quite some time now. Then I saw Sarah of Mocha Soy Whippy rocking this marvelous chapeau in a damn near perfect fall ensemble and I knew I would have to move heaven and earth to to find a local H&M that had it. Thankfully, for the first time in history, the usually disappointing Tysons H&M had the awesomeness I was in search of. It's not quite a bowler, but it has that wonderful rounded shape that I love so much. Might just be a hat convert now...

vintage jumpsuit
H&M hat
vintage Ferragamo belt
vintage pocket watch, worn as a necklace
Hermes bangles
Topshop bangles
Finsk heels

Saturday, September 25, 2010

tomato pie

tomato pie

Tomato pie is one of B's favorite things in the whole world. It is also quite possibly one of the easiest and most adaptable recipes. B and I have been getting as many fresh tomatoes as we can stand while they're in season, so I thought I would try out Paula Deen's recipe. I substituted sour cream for the traditional mayo, since I'm not much of a mayo fan, and used Trader Joe's Mexican cheese blend instead of mozzarella, though I think the mozzarella would be delicious as well.

For this recipe, you will need:

   4 tomatoes, peeled and sliced
   10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
   1/2 cup chopped green onion
   1 (9-inch) prebaked deep dish pie shell
   1 cup grated mozzarella
   1 cup grated cheddar
   1 cup sour cream (I used 1/2 cup and it was fine)
   Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the tomatoes in a colander in the sink in 1 layer. Sprinkle with salt and allow to drain for at least 30 minutes (Note: Paula Deen says 10 minutes. No way. I highly recommend draining the tomatoes longer unless you want a watery mess. I drained mine for 30, but could have easily left them longer than that).

Layer the tomato slices, basil, and onion in pie shell. Season with salt and pepper. Combine the grated cheeses and sour cream together. Spread mixture on top of the tomatoes and bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

To serve, cut into slices and serve warm.

tomato pie

You can do a million things with this very simple base recipe. I'm sure gruyère, feta, or any number of cheeses would be delicious substitutes. You can switch the mayo/sour cream for yogurt, crème fraîche, or even ricotta. I'm also willing to bet changing up the fresh herbs would work out well, too.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

the snozzberries taste like snozzberries

the snozzberries taste like snozzberries

the snozzberries taste like snozzberries

the snozzberries taste like snozzberries

the snozzberries taste like snozzberries

the snozzberries taste like snozzberries

the snozzberries taste like snozzberries

This week is kicking my ass in the worst sort of way, I tell you what. Major backlog of posts and zero time to catch up. Cannot wait for the weekend! In the meantime, I have this giant bow to cheer me up. I feel like this blouse should be scratch and sniff. Alright, I'm done.

vintage blouse
Hermes bangles
H&M pants
Miu Miu shoes

Monday, September 20, 2010

SoHo + September

SoHo + September

SoHo + September

SoHo + September

SoHo + September

Back from NYC with what feels like the beginnings of a cold. Ick! I had a wonderful time with some old friends, though, so it was worth it. If you can believe it, I did not buy one thing during my stay in the Big Apple. To be fair, I only had time to stop by Opening Ceremony, Topshop, and a few other boutiques, but the only thing that really that really caught my eye was this fabulous cape by Lindsey Thornburg. I was coveting a red Navajo-style cape of hers last winter and I still curse myself for not snapping it up. However, this cute cropped piece might ease the pain...or any other number of lengths and patterns...

Target henley
KMRii bag
various vintage jewelry
leather Topshop shorts
H&M tights
Jeffrey Campbell clogs

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Old Dominion

Old Dominion

Old Dominion

This is less of a fashion post and more of a "Virginia is one of the most beautiful places on earth" post. I've known this all along, but moving back to the VA has allowed me to get back in touch with my roots. B and I went to Skyline Drive on Sunday. We were late getting started, as we often are, but it ended up working out for the best, because we were able to see the sun set over this incredible view.

Old Dominion

Old Dominion

Old Dominion

It's only an hour away from DC and this is a great time of year to check it out. Everyone add it to their bucket lists now! And I highly recommend you stick around long enough to catch the sunset.

Old Dominion

Old Dominion

Old Dominion

Old Dominion

Topshop military cape/jacket
vintage Hofbräuhaus t-shirt
J Brand jeans
Born boots
KMRii bag

PS Going to NYC this weekend. Any updates on the bedbug epidemic? Do I need to worry about them in certain stores? Where can I shop??!

Monday, September 13, 2010

patchouli special

patchouli special

patchouli special

patchouli special

I imagine this dress was originally worn by a crazy hippie lady who spent her days communing with Jim's spirit and growing mushrooms in the backyard. I suspect if it had pockets, I would have found peyote in them.

patchouli special

I also see a bit of Bottega and Halston in this dress. I wish I could say that took precedence over memories of bohemians past when I purchased it, but that would be a lie. Must host a retro-style fondue party soon so I can wear it again.

patchouli special

vintage dress
vintage belt
vintage locket
necklace from random boutique in Hoboken
Hermes bangles
Topshop bangle
KMRii bag
Finsk shoes

Saturday, September 11, 2010

a late summer dinner party menu

late summer dinner party menu

Cooking is one of B and my passions, so I've been excited to see other fashion bloggers doing cuisine-related posts lately. We love having people over for dinner and I thought I would share the menu from a recent success.
Summer Tomato Soup
B's Spicy Fried Okra
Mashed Potatoes with Cabbage
Halibut with Tomato Vinaigrette
With the exception of the fried okra, all of these recipes came from or were inspired by one of our favorite cookbooks, French: The Secrets of Classic Cooking Made Easy.  We've made the majority of the recipes in this book and every one is flawless. They're also relatively simple, so it's very easy to tweak them and make them your own.


Summer Tomato Soup

   1 tbsp olive oil
   1 large onion, chopped
   1 carrot, chopped
   2 1/4 lbs ripe tomatoes, cored and quartered (we used 2 large heirloom and 3 medium beefsteak from the
    farmers market)
   3 garlic cloves, chopped
   5 thyme sprigs (1/4 tsp dried)
   4 or 5 marjoram sprigs (1/4 tsp dried)
   1 bay leaf
   3 tbsp sour cream, crème fraîche or yogurt
   salt and pepper

late summer dinner party menu

1. Heat olive oil in large saucepan or flameproof casserole.
2. Add the onion and carrot over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, until just softened, stirring occasionally.
3. Add the tomatoes, garlic, and herbs. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.
4. Use a food processor or immersion blender to puree the soup to your liking (we like ours a little "rustic"). Stir in the cream or yogurt and season. Reheat gently and serve.

late summer dinner party menu


B's Spicy Fried Okra 

   3 cups okra, sliced (about 1/2 inch)
   2 tbsp olive oil
   1/2 tsp cajun seasoning (preferably Tony Chachere's)
   4 tbsp cornmeal
   salt and freshly ground pepper

late summer dinner party menu

1. Heat olive oil in large skillet or saute pan.
2. Add okra, a little bit of salt (to draw out the water, but remember cajun seasoning contains salt) and pepper over medium-high heat until edges are slightly blackened and soft to taste.
3. Add cajun seasoning and cornmeal and toss. Cook for 2-5 more minutes. Enjoy!

late summer dinner party menu


Mashed Potatoes with Cabbage
Note: This recipe has been modified quite a bit from the original, which is very pretty presentation-wise, but much more time-consuming. It's a great concept, though, for a healthier spin on mashed potatoes.

   1 small head of savoy cabbage, chopped
   8 small new potatoes halved (we leave skins on, but you can peel them if you like)
   1 medium onion, chopped
   8 cloves garlic
   1/4 cup milk
   1/2 stick butter (we used slightly less this time to be healthy, but I would recommend the full amount :-)
   1 tbsp olive oil
   salt and freshly ground pepper

1. Melt a tablespoon of the butter and the olive oil in a heavy frying pan and cook the onion for 2-3 minutes until just softened. Stir in the chopped cabbage and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes until tender and pale golden, stirring frequently.
2. Put the potatoes and garlic in a large saucepan and add enough cold water to cover. Salt the water generously and bring to a boil over a medium-high heat. Cook until the potatoes are tender, then drain.
3. Mash the potatoes with the milk and remaining butter (as needed) until smooth and creamy, then stir in the cabbage mixture. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

late summer dinner party menu


Halibut with Tomato Vinaigrette
Note: Major fail on the halibut. I forget to take pictures when we're cooking à la minute. Here's the recipe, which I can assure you turned out very well.  This one is also altered slightly from the one that's in the book. B thinks that might be good with a bit of citrus next time.

   2 tomatoes, chopped
   2 green onions, chopped
   2 cloves garlic crushed
   about 6 tbsp chopped fresh chives, thyme, parsley, basil
   1/2 cup olive oil
   4 halibut fillets
   1 tbsp dried Herbes de Provence
   salt and freshly ground pepper

1. In a medium bowl, mix together the tomatoes, green onion, garlic, and herbs. Stir in the oil and season with salt and pepper. Cover the bowl and leave the sauce at room temperature for about 1 hour to allow the flavors to blend.
2. Preheat the broiler on high. Line a baking sheet or dish with foil and brush lightly with olive oil.
3. Rub halibut with olive oil, Herbes de Provence, salt, and pepper. Put under broiler 7-9 minutes until the flesh is opaque and the top is lightly browned.
4. Serve with sauce and enjoy!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

cranberry beads

cranberry beads

cranberry beads

I absent-mindedly grabbed this big beaded necklace in the checkout line at a thrift store. The old ladies that work there, bless their hearts, are so sweet, but efficient, they are not. This outfit was from Haircut Day a couple weeks ago. Stopped in Loehman's afterward and my heart went all aflutter with the marvelous deals to be had. Forgot how much I loved that place. Will share the spoils of said trip as soon as the weather turns.

cranberry beads

cranberry beads

cranberry beads

cranberry beads

vintage beaded necklace
vintage denim shirt
Urban Outfitters belt
vintage khaki shorts
Mango sandals

PS Thank you so much Quintessential Quirkiness for featuring my look along with other such beautiful and talented bloggers!