Wednesday, November 30, 2011

My Lucky Mag Holiday Wishlist

Those of you who follow me on twitter have already heard my excited tweets about having my holiday wishlist featured alongside Coury's and Indiana's in December's Lucky Magazine. Anywho, it's on p. 127 - check it out! In the meantime, here's my full wishlist (you know, in case you want to get me anything ;-):

(clockwise from top left)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

silver accents

Something about silver and knits seems sooo right for crisp, cool weather. I'll take all of the above.

(images via all the pretty birds, Vanessa Jackman, and Who What Wear)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

pretty is as pretty does


One of my favorite things about visiting B's family is that they always have some new adorable farm animal for me to fawn over. This time it was a Jersey calf appropriately named Pretty.




Of course Sex Panther is still holding down the fort.




Still loving the red pants, in case you hadn't guessed.









Illesteva sunglasses (similar here)
thrifted sweater
Michael Kors watch
Hermes and thrifted bangles (similar here and here)
Zara pants
Zara ankle boots (similar here)
Saddleback Leather bag

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

concho belt dreams







My mother-in-law let me borrow her mother's concho belt for family pictures yesterday and I fell hard and fast for this beauty. Now I'm on the hunt for one of my own. Here are some similar ones I found from Ralph Lauren and Fossil. I also kind of liked this layered belt set from Free People.

t-shirt c/o StyleMint
thrifted sweater
antique concho belt
old H&M snakeskin jeans (similar here)
old Zara suede boots (similar here and here)
various New Mexican turquoise and silver jewelry

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

red line

red line

I always have to take some moon-landing-style photos when we're in New Mexico. The surreal landscape never ceases to amaze me.


red line


Continuing my Zara love affair, I'm adoring these pants. Perfect hue of rouge and comfy enough for hours of trampoline hopping and pirate games with my five year old nephew. I'm already finding multiple ways to work these into fall ensembles.

Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses (similar style here)
vintage Brooks Brothers coat (similar here and here)
vintage fisherman's sweater (similar here and here)
Zara pants
vintage loafers

Saturday, November 19, 2011









I could not be more excited for the return of turtlenecks! This was an old one, but I just fell in love with these babies from Zara. They're so soft and well-fitted, I got them in three colors.

Hope you all are having a nice weekend. I'm currently in New Mexico chowing down on delicious food with my in-laws. Hope to have some photos to share soon!

LipFusion Infatuation in 'Screen Siren'
old turtleneck - no idea what brand
dress c/o Romwe
vintage brooch (similar here and here)
vintage gold cuff (similar here)
ASOS tights
vintage Ferragamo boots
Lamarthe tote

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce

Some months ago, I got in my head that I wanted to learn how to make Bolognese sauce from scratch and was pleased to find it's not nearly as difficult as it sounds. This Tyler Florence recipe is excellent. I substituted Italian sausage for ground beef and pork since that was all I had the first time I made it, but now I actually prefer it that way. I also nixed the bacon, but feel free to add it back in.

For this recipe, you will need:

  1 medium onion, finely chopped
  2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  2 carrots, finely chopped
  5 garlic cloves, minced
  2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  2 bay leaves
  2 sprigs rosemary
  1 package (4 links) Italian sausage, removed from casings
  2 cups milk
  1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  2 cups dry red wine
  Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1 pound dry pasta
  Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, for serving

Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce

Purée the onion, celery stalks, carrots, garlic, together in a blender (Tyler says to purée, but I chopped for a chunkier sauce).

In a heavy-bottomed pot add olive oil, bay leaves, herbs and cook gently until fragrant, then add vegetable purée and continue to cook for a further 5 to 10 minutes.

Raise the heat a bit and add the sausage; brown until the meat is no longer pink, breaking up the clumps with a wooden spoon. Add the milk and simmer until the liquid is evaporated, about 10 minutes. Carefully pour in the tomatoes, and wine and season with salt and pepper. Bring the sauce to a boil, then lower the heat and cover. Slowly simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring now and then, until the sauce is very thick. Taste again for salt and pepper.

Serve with pasta of your choosing, freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, and enjoy!

Original recipe here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

a bit bookish





This is usually the time of year when I begin to don my finest librarian garb for work and other conservative ventures. One of these days I'll have to find a badass pair of thick frames à la Louise, but I'm still reveling in my glasses and contact-free lifestyle since getting Lasik almost two years ago. Perhaps it might be time for me to get back on the proverbial cool glasses train...

LipFusion Infatuation in 'Screen Siren'
vintage brooch
Zara blouse
La Redoute sweater (similar here)
Anthropologie skirt (similar here and here)
Prada heels (available in other styles and colors here)
Lamarthe purse from many (many) moons ago (similar here)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

loafer lovin'

Perfect world: Lanvin Patent Leather Loafers

Real world: Topshop Gold Trim Slippers

Needless to say, I'm loafer shopping. Here are some other options I've been considering: Attilio Giusti Leombruni patent loafers, Kate Spade Olympia loafer, and ASOS Might loafer. Which is your favorite?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Irish knit




Fisherman's sweaters always make cold weather more idyllic in my mind. Kind of like living in an L.L.Bean catalog. Are you excited for the weekend (finally)? Hope you all have some fun plans!

vintage fisherman's sweater (similar styles here and here)
Michael Kors watch
H&M jeans
Bally bag
Tory Burch boots (similar here)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Of course you hate it. People work here.




Look at how quickly my skin pales when the sun goes away. Kind of freakish. Anyway, perhaps to match, I've been favoring black, blue, and gray combinations lately...

Brooks Brothers button-down (similar here)
United Colors of Benetton sweater (similar here and here)
Michael Kors watch
Hermes bangles (similar here and here)
Zara skirt
Saddleback Leather bag
Jean Michel Cazabat shoes