Monday, January 31, 2011

bunny slope

bunny slope

bunny slope

bunny slope

bunny slope

bunny slope

bunny slope

bunny slope

These boots always remind me a bit of of ski boots, so it seemed fitting to wear them in the snow. Practical - maybe not, but fitting. Speaking of snow, I'm over it.

vintage rabbit fur coat
Avoca Collection scarf
H&M jeans
Bally bag
Tory Burch boots

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Acorn Squash Soup

Acorn Squash Soup

Acorn Squash Soup

What to do with two photogenic acorn squash? Make a large, yummy batch of acorn squash soup, of course! I took a basic squash soup recipe and added some ginger and curry for a bit of spice, and a dash of honey to sweeten it up (and soothe a sore throat from "the cold of doom" that I'm currently afflicted with).

For this recipe, you will need:

  2 preferably attractive acorn squash, peeled and chopped
  1 onion, peeled and chopped
  1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  1 celery stalk, chopped
  4 cups chicken stock (Note: I used low sodium, so adjust salt accordingly if you use regular.)
  2 tbsp butter
  1/2 tsp curry
  1/2 tsp ginger
  1 tbsp honey
  salt
  freshly ground pepper

Melt butter over medium heat in a 4-quart saucepan. Add onion, carrot, and celery. Cook until soft, but not brown.

Add squash, chicken stock, 1 tsp of salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and cook for 30-40 minutes until squash is tender. Add honey, ginger, and curry.

Purée in soup in batches in food processor or with an immersion blender (those of you who have one, I am envious).

Reheat and adjust salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Acorn Squash Soup

PS I made grilled toasts with goat cheese with the intention of putting them on a salad (one of my favorite French dishes) only to realize I didn't have any lettuce! They actually go very well with this soup though. Just brush baguette slices with olive oil, place a slice of goat cheese on top, and broil until golden brown - super easy!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

feast your eyes on a winded world

feast your eyes on a winded world

feast your eyes on a winded world

feast your eyes on a winded world

feast your eyes on a winded world

feast your eyes on a winded world

feast your eyes on a winded world

feast your eyes on a winded world

What to wear when the temperatures refuse to raise above freezing? It boggles my mind how the Swedish girls look so stylish in eyeball-chilling temperatures. Do I look cold in these photos? I was. No amount of layers are ever going to keep my eyeballs from freezing out of my head. Or maybe that will be the trend of the future... eye-muffs. You read it here first, my friends. Years from now, eye-muff-wearers everywhere will look back on this post and think to themselves, "yes, this was an innovator, misunderstood  in her own time, the Godmother of Eye-muffs." And with that deep thought, I believe it has passed my bedtime. Goodnight.

vintage scarf
Anthropologie sweater
Development dress
H&M belt
random glove things I got in Paris
American Apparel fishnets
Nine West knee-highs
Pour la Victoire boots

Sunday, January 23, 2011

the stuff that dreams are made of

the stuff that dreams are made of

I've fallen completely and totally in love with this Erdem dress. Erdem designs must be created with my body type (read flat-chested) in mind, because it fits like a glove and the skirt flares perfectly with no weird seam puckerage in the back (a common affliction for long-bodied girls like myself). The design is very simple, but fabric is out of this world. I feel like I'm wearing a work of art when I put it on. Don't you love it when you find something so perfectly made and you just know you're going to wear it forever?

the stuff that dreams are made of

the stuff that dreams are made of

the stuff that dreams are made of

the stuff that dreams are made of

My mom gave me another Hermès bangle for Christmas this year. Kind of loving this tradition, not gonna lie. This one has little purses on it. Perfect, right?

Erdem dress
H&M "leather" jacket
Hermès bangles
Forever 21 eyelet tights
Prada pumps

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Lady Tie

The Lady Tie

The Lady Tie

The Lady Tie

I've always been a fan of ties on women, but I find the trend a bit tricky to pull off without looking like I'm wearing my dad's old tie. Thankfully, Elissa told (tweeted) me about the genius that is "the Lady Tie" sold at local gem, Ginger Root. How I lived without these in my life up until this point, I'll never know. It's the perfect cravat/necklace/scarf hybrid. You can view more Lady Ties here.

The Lady Tie

The Lady Tie

A couple weekends ago, I took a trip to Ginger Root to see what other goodies they had to offer and I wasn't disappointed. In addition to the much-coveted Lady Ties, they carry vintage accessories, jewelry from local lines like Claranette, and custom pieces by ReVamp, made from repurposed vintage fabrics. I particularly liked a corset fashioned from a vintage sheets and jacket linings and a beautiful jacket with built-in handkerchief-like detail in the pockets! The possibilities are endless here and the ambitious (or curious) shopper can become a designer, too, with the weekly sewing classes now available. I have to admit, I could stand to learn the basics!

The Lady Tie

I've been needing a watch since I lost my last one in college. Sad, right? I found this one in an antique store in Cloudcroft. I don't think it's a particularly nice or notable brand, but I like that it looks like a feminized men's watch.

ReVamp Lady Tie
Banana Republic tuxedo shirt
vintage watch
Urban Outfitters belt
very vintage Louis Vuitton bag
J Brand jeans
Jeffrey Campbell clogs

Monday, January 17, 2011

winter kept us warm, covering earth in forgetful snow

winter kept us warm, covering earth in forgetful snow

winter kept us warm, covering earth in forgetful snow

winter kept us warm, covering earth in forgetful snow

winter kept us warm, covering earth in forgetful snow

winter kept us warm, covering earth in forgetful snow

Getting into that bleak point in winter when the holidays are over and the novelty of snow has worn off. My thoughts are starting to turn towards warmer weather. This sweater was probably meant for warmer days, but it's days like these that make me think of pale pastels as winter colors rather than spring colors.

winter kept us warm, covering earth in forgetful snow

winter kept us warm, covering earth in forgetful snow

winter kept us warm, covering earth in forgetful snow

winter kept us warm, covering earth in forgetful snow

winter kept us warm, covering earth in forgetful snow

vintage sweater
disintegrating H&M dress
American Apparel fishnet tights
Tory Burch boots
vintage locket

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Georgian femmes are gone for weeks.

Georgian femmes are gone for weeks.

Georgian femmes are gone for weeks.

Georgian femmes are gone for weeks.

Georgian femmes are gone for weeks.

Georgian femmes are gone for weeks.

I'm not really sure how this outfit came together, but I'm fond of the odd British vibe about it. Kind of like a cross-dressing Sherlock Holmes. I've been wanting to style this lovely skirt by Megan Nielsen again, but for whatever reason, I had it in my mind that only lace-up black boots would do. Thank goodness I swiped these Pour la Victoire boots when they went on sale. I can't help but feel a little Rock Horror Picture Show-ish when I wear them.

H&M hat
Accessory Street shawl
gifted Megan Nielsen skirt
Urban Outfitters socks
Pour la Victoire boots

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

hollow bones

hollow bones

hollow bones

hollow bones

hollow bones

hollow bones

hollow bones

It's getting coooold. Man, I'm a little shocked I spent as much time outside as I did this weekend without losing a limb. Ok, I might be exaggerating a little (completely), but all I've wanted to do lately is curl up in front of the fire with as many blankets as I can get my hands on. Thankfully, this sweater and skirt are comprised of blanket-soft fabrics so I can delude myself into pretending my bones aren't freezing when I step outside. Again, being over-dramatic (kind of... not).

hollow bones

The utilitarian drawstring closure thingies on these Tory Burch boots are off the hook! I confess I've never been much of a Tory Burch fan (the gold monogram-emblazoned pieces were kind of a turn-off), but these I can definitely sink my teeth into.

vintage blazer
vintage sweater
Urban Outfitters belt
Hermes bangles
vintage skirt
Bally bag
Tory Burch boots

PS These boots were originally from Shopbop (I linked to the ones on the Tory Burch site since they don't have them up anymore) - a purchase with the help of the amazing gift certificate I won from Cindy Whitehead's giveaway! Thank you again Cindy!