Archive | August, 2010

All Stitched Up

31 Aug

It’s obvious that I have healthy collection of shoes in my closet. However, chunky-heeled cognac clogs, studded pumps and bright green espadrilles aren’t exactly work-appropriate.  Nearly all of my work-appropriate shoes were bought in moments of desperation for something neutral, but all seem a bit ho-hum in comparison to the colorful ones I own. I decided to shop for something with subtle embellishments that make for a work-appropriate (but not boring) aesthetic. These Colin Stuart pumps with stitched detailing and modern boxy shape will hide my bright blue toenail polish without looking the least bit dull.

viva la weekend

30 Aug

{Gerber daisies from a plant I was sure had died long ago}

I’ve been admittedly hibernating  a bit on the weekends. My PR firm is fast-paced, exciting, demanding, and everything wonderful I could ask for in a career aside from calm– but that’s what home is for anyways. This weekend was for cooking, BBQ outside with family, new-baby holding (my boyfriend’s new niece Lilyana), rearranging my small space, napping under the light of lavender candles, and a bit of online shopping. Weekends like this get me thoroughly ready for the week ahead, and give me a chance to delight my inner homebody.

{The Dude and Hank: afternoon catnaps}

{flea market finds perfect for the deck}

{dirty martinis on Sunday}

{bike rescued from the dust of the garage for anytime riding}

Recipe for your Weekend: Scalloped Tomatoes

27 Aug

Can a single vegetable be your favorite food? I’m such a foodie that I can’t really put my finger on a single favorite dish– but I do know that it for me it requires the presence of tomato, especially since I started growing my own a couple of months ago. When it was frosty and cold out, I stumbled across this recipe for scalloped tomatoes: a variation on a popular dish traditionally made with potatoes I’ve been wanting to try for when tomatoes came into season. The last time I remember eating scalloped potatoes was out of a box– so the fresh ingredients in this tomato dish proved to create a far superior casserole-type meal. The best part was that it was incredibly easy; all it requires it sauteing some day-old bread cubes , tossing the tomatoes with basil and other flavors and then baking it to create a crumbly Parmesan layer on top.

Fall Wishlist

26 Aug

It’s fairly obvious that my favorite season is quickly approaching (as mentioned in nearly every one of my posts last week). I’m totally in love with what designers have put out there for the season: army wear, menswear, autumn browns and chunky knits. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite affordable pieces for fall to keep in mind come September.

Cecelia Clogs

25 Aug

I went into the Cherry Creek Steve Madden store with every intention of getting these, but after checking them out felt they looked lackluster sitting next to all of the chunky, wedge-y style fall clogs. I decided the Cecelia clogs (last seen here) embodied exactly what I was looking for to take me from summer into fall (or sundresses to tights and sweaters) When the store didn’t have these babies in black, I was actually a bit relieved (I have a horrible habit of being indecisive) because it meant that this buttery cognac color was the next clear choice. Perfect!

Cucumber Peach Salsa

24 Aug

After a few years of eating healthier in general, I’m happy to say that I crave fruits and veggies on the same basis as I do desserts and pasta. However, there are just those days where eating a bag of raw carrots at your desk at work is so blah, and when the overly-ripe banana in your purse is, well, mush. I’ve decided to get my daily fill of fruits and veggies by incorporating them into my foods rather than an afterthought, a.k.a. savoring the sweet. I borrowed a fantasic recipe from Women’s Health Magazine for this Cucumber-Peach Salsa, a flavor combination that tastes just as interesting as it sounds. I scooped up gigantic portions of this concoction with multi-grain tortilla chips with zero guilt and 100% of my fruit and veggie quota.