Sunday, July 31, 2011

bacon cupcakes

bacon cupcakes

I know, cupcakes and bacon sound like an unholy confection, but I'm of the philosophy that one can never have too much bacon. Fortunately, Southern Living shares similar life views.

For this recipe you will need:

  1 1/2 cups sour cream
  1/2 cup cooked, finely crumbled bacon
  1/2 cub melted butter
  1/4 cup fined chopped herbs (I used dill, thyme, and chives)
  2 green onions, chopped
  1/2 tsp pepper
  2 cups self-rising flour
  6 oz. cream cheese, softened
  Garnishes: assorted fresh herbs, cooked and crumbled bacon

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix the first 6 ingredients. Add flour and stir until blended (mixture will be thick).  Spoon batter into lightly greased miniature muffin pans.

Bake for 26 to 28 minutes or until golden brown. Remove cupcakes from pans to a wire rack and cool completely (about 30 minutes). Spread or pipe tops of cupcakes with cream cheese (they're just as delicious with or without). Garnish, if desired and enjoy!

bacon cupcakes

Thursday, July 28, 2011

tied up






The ultimate "quick-fix" for just about any summer outfit...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Swapified

Swapified

Swapified

Swapified

Swapified

Rocking my newly swapped top from the DC Sip & Swap. More on my guest post for the Swapaholics. C'mon over and check it out!

Zara blazer
swapped top
gifted necklace from Lucky Magazine
Madewell bracelets (here and here)
Michael Kors watch
Express DIY'd (read: cut-off) shorts
KMRii bag
YSL wedges (these are similar)

candy stripes

candy stripes

candy stripes

candy stripes

candy stripes

candy stripes

candy stripes

Worn for cocktails, burgers, and dancing like fools at Lyon Hall on Saturday. Rainbow print seemed appropriate for such activities.

thrifted dress
vintage belt
Michael Kors watch
Madewell bracelets (here and here)
gifted Banana Republic purse
Cesare Paciotti sandals

Thursday, July 21, 2011

blue ticked

blue ticked

blue ticked

blue ticked

blue ticked

One more (long) day until the weekend. I kind of feel like the only person on the planet who's not on vacation right now. And it kind of sucks. What do you all have on tap this weekend? Reckless Kelly tomorrow night...yeehaw!

Brooks Brothers button-down
gifted Banana Republic vest
Ann Taylor belt
Michael Kors watch
Hermès bangles
Bally bag
H&M skirt
Proenza Schouler pumps

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

starlight

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A few more NOLA pics. Believe it or not, I've gotten quite a few compliments on these shoes from dudes. Weird, right? You'd think this would be the type of thing that would frighten them. This outfit was worn for dinner at Dick and Jenny's and late-night pool-playing at the Mayfair.

ASOS dress
gifted necklace from Lucky Magazine
Michael Kors watch
Chanel purse (similar here)
YSL wedges

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Chartres St.

Chartres St.

Chartres St.

Chartres St.

Chartres St.

Chartres St.

Still catching up on the NOLA pics from last weekend. What did you all get up to this weekend? I was catching up on lots of chores around the house. Being a grown-up is hard :-(

These photos were from wanderings around the French Quarter, when we stumbled upon some mind-bogglingly expensive antique stores and this incredible hat store. Oh but if I had the $ to blow, I most certainly would have come back with one of those beauties.

gifted Banana Republic hat
gifted Banana Republic top
gifted necklace from Lucky Magazine
Michael Kors watch
Hermès and thrifted bangles
Saddleback Leather bag
Mango jeans
Jean-Michel Cazabat shoes

Friday, July 15, 2011

DC Sip & Swap

DC Swap

100+ purposeful women in a room full of free clothes.  Behold: the Swap.

DC Swap
Sh*t just got real.

Even with my rather pathetic swapping skills (here's a tip: put down your glass of wine), I managed to walk away with some pretty solid finds.

DC Swap

DC Swap

Major thanks to the lovely hosts, Amy and Melissa, for putting on such on such an amazing event! My favorite thing about this event (aside from the free stuff, of course) was getting to see many DMV bloggers (like Vivi, Christen, G., Vanessa, Alina, Megan, Elizabeth, and Vyque) outside of the virtual social-sphere. Looking forward to the next one!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

(big) easy livin'

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Took a quick trip to NOLA for the weekend. As suspected, it was too brief.

easy livin'

Voodoo may now be a close second to my beloved Crawtators.

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In a vain attempt to escape the heat while wandering down Magazine, we stumbled upon Coquette. Beautiful chandeliers and delicious sazeracs - how could one not fall in love?

Illesteva Leonard sunglasses
Gap top

gifted necklace from Lucky Magazine
Madewell bracelets
Michael Kors watch
Saddleback Leather bag
vintage belt
vintage Levi's
Theory sandals

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Mermaid Avenue

Mermaid Avenue

Mermaid Avenue

I remember reading somewhere that Natalia Vodianova said that her Tom Ford-designed wedding dress made her feel like a mermaid - kind of feel the same way about this dress. Lends itself to slinking, and makes one feel cool and elegant on the hottest of days.

Mermaid Avenue

Mermaid Avenue

Hope you all have a great weekend!

gifted Banana Republic dress
gifted necklace from Lucky Magazine
vintage locket
vintage cuff
Michael Kors watch
KMRii bag
YSL wedges

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Red Chile Enchiladas

red chile enchiladas

Confession: I don't think I was particularly enthused about enchiladas until I met my husband. I didn't dislike them, but I certainly didn't crave them. Obviously things have changed and I was finally able to convince B to share his finely-tuned recipe with the world.

For this recipe, you will need:

  2 tablespoons olive oil
  1 medium onion chopped
  3-4 large cloves garlic, chopped
  2 tablespoons flour
  4 cups water
  4-5 teaspoons New Mexico red chile powder* (B uses half medium-hot and half mild, but you can adjust to your tastes)
  1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  1 teaspoon salt
  1/2 teaspoon sugar
  1 lb hamburger
  corn tortillas
  grated Mexican cheese blend
  lettuce, tomato, onions, chopped

**Here are few options if you have to order it, like we do.

In a large, high-sided pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and saute until soft, but not browned. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add flour, stirring constantly, and heat for 2-3 minutes until golden brown and you have created a light roux. Add water, chile powder, garlic powder, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 15-20 minutes.

Remove sauce from heat. Using a hand-mixer or food processor, puree sauce until smooth.

Return to heat, add sugar, and adjust seasoning to taste. Let simmer until slightly thickened.

Brown hamburger in skillet with salt and pepper. Fry tortillas in batches in olive oil or vegetable oil until golden, but not crisp. Pat tortillas with paper towels to remove excess oil.

To make enchiladas, layer one tortilla with layer of hamburger, ladle sauce, sprinkle cheese, layer another tortilla, add more sauce and cheese - feel free to add as many layers as you want! Heat in microwave until melted. Sprinkle with as much fresh lettuce, tomato, and onion as you desire and enjoy!

red chile enchiladas

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I know this might be a little cliché, but it seemed wrong not to wear this rather patriotic skirt on Independence Day.

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We had a lot of fun indulging in VA's lax fireworks laws with our neighbors.

Ray-Ban wayfarers
Target v-neck
vintage skirt
necklace courtesy of Lucky Magazine
vintage cuff
Michael Kors watch
YSL wedges
KMRii bag