Sunday, February 27, 2011

pull my heart away

pull my heat away

pull my heat away

pull my heat away

pull my heat away

pull my heat away

pull my heat away

This jacket makes me smile every time I wear it. I wish it were more work-appropriate, as I feel like it would be the ultimate "power" piece. Note to self: need more shoulder pads in my work attire. How was your weekend? Mine was delightfully unproductive. I pruned the rosebushes, but that was about it. Warmer days and increasing daylight has me thinking about spending more time outside. I need to start digging up some "outdoor room" inspiration. Feel free to send me any good links if you got 'em!

Surface to Air leather jacket
Target v-neck
H&M jeans
vintage leather belt
Tory Burch boots
KMRii bag
Miss Wax earrings

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A New Mexico Expat's Green Chile Stew (and Cornbread)

A New Mexico Expat's Green Chile Stew (and Cornbread)

Pretty much as long as I've known my husband, I've been hearing about the wonders of New Mexican green chile. "It's delicious! It boosts your metabolism! It cures all ailments!" And these statements are mostly true. Fact: green chile contains high amounts of both vitamin A and vitamin C, making this recipe perfect for boosting your immune system on cold winter days.

For this recipe you will need:

  3 medium to large chicken breasts
  3  4 oz cans roasted green chile  (fresh or frozen is preferable, but we can only get canned around here)
  2  14 oz cans Trader Joe's diced tomatoes with roasted green chile (these have a really good, intense green chile flavor, so we highly recommend using this if you can find it, but regular diced tomatoes can be substituted)
  2  32 oz boxes chicken broth (one low sodium, one regular)
  3 medium-sized yellow onions
  12 cloves garlic, chopped
  5 new potatoes, chopped (whatever kind is in season is fine)
  2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped
  1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  1 teaspoon onion powder
  1 teaspoon cumin
  2 teaspoons green chile powder (if you can't find this at your local grocery store, you can order it online)
  salt and pepper
  cajun seasoning (Tony Chachere's is preferable)
  olive oil

Season chicken breasts liberally with cajun seasoning. Cook in frying pan with olive oil over medium-high heat until cooked through with a good crust on each side.

While chicken is cooking, heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large stock pot. Add onion, jalapenos, salt and pepper, and cook until onion is soft (3-4 minutes). Add green chile. Cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add tomatoes, garlic powder, onion powder, green chile powder, and majority of chicken stock, reserving 1 cup. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, and cover.

When chicken is cooked through, remove from pan. Add remaining chicken stock to hot pan, scraping bottom to deglaze. Add this liquid to stock pot with other ingredients. Chop chicken breasts and add to pot, as well as teaspoon of cumin.

Let simmer for 45 minutes. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

A New Mexico Expat's Green Chile Stew (and Cornbread)

My contribution to this meal was cornbread, which was based on the Georgia Brown's recipe (with a couple tweaks).

For this recipe, you will need:

  3 eggs
  2 cups buttermilk
  1/2 cup corn oil
  1/2 cup melted butter
  2 cups cornmeal
  2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  1 cup honey
  1 teaspoon salt
  1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Combine all ingredients until well-blended (but don't overmix!). Pour into baking greased baking dishes and cook until golden brown (about 30 minutes).

This meal is great for a crowd, because you can make it beforehand. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Monday, February 21, 2011

dazed, confused

dazed, confused

dazed, confused

Well the nice weekend was more short-lived than I had hoped, but the crappy weather today encouraged me to get some boring things done around the house. Luckily we were able to take advantage of the warm-ish temperatures yesterday and have a few people over for green chile stew (will post the recipe soon!) and cocktails around the fire pit.

dazed, confused

dazed, confused

dazed, confused

I've had this top for quite a while and kind of forgot about it. Not sure why. I've always loved the ornamental flourishes around the neckline and sleeves. As for the outfit, I guess my longing for spring has me thinking about loose-fitting, bohemian-style clothing. Can't wait for a chance to wear lighter fabrics!

DAY birger et Mikkelsen top
vintage bolo tie
J Brand jeans
Jeffrey Campbell clogs
KMRii bag
Something Special hat

Friday, February 18, 2011

you better get your move on

you better get your move on

you better get your move on

you better get your move on

you better get your move on

you better get your move on

you better get your move on

I don't know about you kids, but I am ready for the weekend! What do you all have planned? I know most of us in the States have a 3-day weekend, which is pretty exciting. I'm hoping to get caught on some chores around the house and maybe (probably) goof off in this unseasonably warm weather we're having. Boring, right? Well there's something to be said for the relaxation value of boring :-)

Topshop cape
Banana Republic turtleneck sweater
Topshop leather shorts
Tory Burch boots
Saddleback Leather bag

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

conversation hearts

conversation hearts

conversation hearts

conversation hearts

conversation hearts

It was noted that my recent outfits were getting a bit too monochrome :-). Believe me, I felt it too. So this weekend I went straight to pastels. Lately, I seem to be drifting from one end of the spectrum to the other - no in between. Maybe I should introduce a few jewel tones? Nahhh...

vintage sweater
vintage pajama pants
vintage locket
necklace from a boutique in Hoboken
Aqua beaded clutch
Karen Millen shoes

Sunday, February 13, 2011

when the wind set down in funnel form and pulled you in

when the wind set down in funnel form and pulled you in

when the wind set down in funnel form and pulled you in

when the wind set down in funnel form and pulled you in

when the wind set down in funnel form and pulled you in

So Saturday started out as a lovely, warm day and quickly dissolved into a tornado, just in time for picture-taking. Quite annoying. What do you all have planned for V-day tomorrow? B and I went to the Oval Room on Friday, which was most delicious (read: duck-stuffed tater tots, I repeat: duck-stuffed tots). We don't usually go out on Valentine's day, so B won't be enraged by the much-dreaded "V-day menu" (we've had some bad experiences in the past).

Charter Club sweater
vintage men's J. Press shirt
Mango pants
vintage YSL belt
Tory Burch boots
Bally bag

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Rodarte for Opening Ceremony

Rodarte for Opening Ceremony

Rodarte for Opening Ceremony

Rodarte for Opening Ceremony

It's rare that I post about a collection, but I couldn't let this one go. That lace-up tan leather jacket? Oh yeah... I'll be saving my pennies for that bad boy... And those button tights scream DIY, right?

See the collection here.


(images via Opening Ceremony)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

volumized

volumized

volumized

I haven't worn this jumpsuit nearly as much as it deserves since I bought it this summer. Rectifying this situation stat. The wide-legged silhouette is making me excited for some warm weather purchases, too :-)

volumized

volumized

One of my favorite things about this sheer blazer is the way that it's pieced together - it looks like a stained glass pattern when light shines through it.

volumized

volumized

volumized

ASOS organza blazer
vintage jumpsuit
vintage Ferragamo belt
Givenchy lace pumps
Christopher Kane for Topshop fringe clutch
Hermès bangles

Sunday, February 6, 2011

a saucy line will not get you far with me

a saucy line will not get you far with me

I know Black Swan is the big "fashion movie" everyone's talking about right now, but I was actually more drawn to the costumes in True Grit. Perhaps I'm old-fashioned, but I loved the long skirts, fitted jackets, and lace-up boots.

a saucy line will not get you far with me

a saucy line will not get you far with me

a saucy line will not get you far with me

a saucy line will not get you far with me

a saucy line will not get you far with me

How's the weekend been treating you all? This might sound sad to any of you who are football fans, but I'm excited for the Superbowl tomorrow solely for the food and the commercials. So far, the Volkswagen one has me stoked :-)

H&M hat
Anthropologie top
Topshop blazer
vintage pocket watch necklace
vintage velvet skirt
Pour la Victoire boots

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

clean slate

clean slate

clean slate

Sorry, I don't have anything in-depth or thought-provoking to share about this outfit, except that it's definitely emitting some strong Rag & Bone vibes.

clean slate

clean slate

clean slate

clean slate

clean slate

Does this look like a mid-Atlantic state to you? Geography says yes, but my nose says no. Ok, my brain is fried. I'm sooo ready for the weekend. Ready for some warmer weather, too...

Forever 21 dress
Anthropologie sweater
H&M tights
Pour la Victoire boots
Saddleback Leather bag