Thursday, March 31, 2011

mellow yellow

I am dreaming of this yellow and grey striped cashmere sweater.  I love the pale yellow and grey combination, the sweet button detailing on the shoulders and the uber soft fabric isn't bad either!  Today I would pair it with my favorite level 99 straight leg jeans (almost as soft as the sweater...almost) and some grey suede pumps (I love this pair from Urban Outfitters...comfortable and affordable).  Throw in some pale pink nail polish, a funky silver cuff bracelet and one of fabric & handle's darling shopping totes (with adjustable leather straps) and you are ready to go!  Here are the details...

1. fabric & handle, claire tote shopping bag $39
2. essie, french affair $8
3. anthropologie, silver cuff $38 (check stores for availability)
4. yellow bird,  happy morning sweater $178
5. level 99, lily straight leg $98
6. bdg, uo suede pump $49

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

anthropologie for your kitchen

We all know that Anthropologie has a wide selection of beautiful clothing.  But they also offer unique and lovely items for your home.  I am particularly fond of their kitchen are my favorites!    

1. latte bowls (set of 6), $30
2. juxtapose dishtowels (set of 3), $24
3. pure & good hand duo, $34
4. picking pansies holders, $14 (each)
5. wide-eyed dish towel, $18
6. the lady's apron, $32
7. farmers egg crate, $14
8. food fashion friends, $49.99
9. laguiole steak knives, $78
10. magnetic timer, $12
11. washable paper bag, $20

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

neutral style wishlist

neutral style

I love simple fashion, and I try to fill my closet with pieces that can be worn many different ways.  Dressed up or down depending on the occasion.  I have had my eye on a few of the above items for a little while.  I love the 70's style bell-bottoms, a-la-rachel-zoe, and I think that the vintage lace top is beautiful.  Did I mention that I really love the color navy?  Well, I really do!  You can't go wrong with a navy blazer in your closet and a bottle of taupe nail polish is a must!  Now, I do own one of the items pictured above and I may or may not have found it at my local Nordstrom Rack (at a great price)!  Yes, the Rebecca Minkoff clutch is mine... lucky me, one out of ten is not bad!
1. Tinley Road, Pearl and Crystal Necklace $58
2. Beyond Vintage, Lace Deep V-Tee $178
3. Mod Cloth, Circle Yes or No Scarf $19.99
4. Hive & Hone, Circle Link Bracelet $32
5. Rebecca Minkoff, Classic Clutch $295
6. 7 For All Mankind, The Rachel Bellbottom $169
8. Spiegel, Tortoise-Print Sunglasses, $24
9. Deborah Lippmann, Fashion Not-So-Typical Taupe $16
10. Tinley Road, Tiffany $55

Monday, March 28, 2011

sunday baking - rainbow cake!

I have seen several great photographs of "rainbow cakes" floating around the internet recently.  They are all so fun, colorful and tasty looking that I had to try to make one myself!  So, I made it my Sunday project, and it turned out to be lovely and delicious!  

Here's how I did it...   

buttermilk layer cake
(I doubled the recipe from the joy of cooking cookbook)

 preheat oven to 350

whisk together until thoroughly blended:
4 2/3 cups sifted flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

beat in a large bowl until creamy:
1 1/2 cup (3 sticks) unsalted butter

gradually add and beat on high speed until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes:
2 2/3 cups sugar

whisk together, then gradually beat in, taking about 2 minutes:
6 large eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla

beating at a low speed, add the flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with:
2 cup buttermilk
in 2 parts, beating until smooth and scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary
divide the batter between 8 bowls and add a food coloring of your choice to each bowl

grease and flour your round cake pans (I used 2 at a time and repeated 4 times) 

pour the batter into the greased pans
(go ahead and lick the bowls...yummy!)

bake for 15-20 minutes (keep an eye on these since there is less batter in the pans than with normal cake...toothpick test them to see if they are ready)  

let cake cool slightly then transfer to a cooling rack

once the cakes are cool, wrap them in saran wrap and store in the freezer until you are ready to assemble and frost the cake

While the cakes are cooling in the freezer, you can whip up the frosting!
I used this recipe for cream cheese frosting (joy of cooking)
combine the following items in your mixer on low speed until blended:
 16 oz. cold cream cheese
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
4 teaspoons vanilla
6 cups confectioners' sugar
(I also add a little warm water to make it extra creamy)
(lick this bowl too!)

grab a cake stand and begin stacking the colored cakes including a layer of cream cheese frosting between each cake

once your rainbow stack is complete, begin to frost the rest of the cake

your masterpiece is now complete

cut yourself a piece and enjoy...

ta da!!!

bon appetit! :)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

the flaming lips

The Flaming Lips are widely known for their extravagant live shows and have been considered to be one of the "50 bands to see before you die."  I saw them live at Red Rocks in 2009, and it was one of the best concerts I have ever seen.  If you have the opportunity to see them live I highly recommend taking advantage of it.  It promises to be a show to remember!  Here are some photos I took at the 09 Red Rocks show...


more on the flaming lips and front man wayne coyne via the ny times...

Friday, March 25, 2011

5 things from forever 21

This evening, after meeting my husband for happy hour, I decided to pop-in to Forever 21 (XXI Forever to be exact).  I could wonder around this store for hours and continue to find items I have not yet seen (note: I choose not to do this...but I could).  It is a bit like being on a treasure hunt...partially because there is so much to see and partially because once you find something, finding it again (or in another size/color) can be near impossible...sigh!  

Here are a 5 of the treasures I discovered tonight...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

thirsty thursday -
the blooming daisy

It's almost friday!  And, in honor of the "almost weekend" I wanted to share a yummy cocktail recipe with you all.  The "blooming daisy" is a recreation of a delicious cocktail from one of my favorite restaurants! 

*what you need*
vodka (of your choice)
grand marnier



 Now for the good stuff...

1. put some ice and a bit of water in your martini glass and let it chill

2. throw a few raspberries (fresh or frozen) into your martini shaker

3. squeeze some lemon juice in there

4. muddle the raspberries and lemon juice together - yum!

5. pour 1 shot of grand marnier and add it in...

6. pour 1 shot of vodka and toss it in (this is getting good, right?)
7. repeat (yes, you heard me!)

8. top it all off with some ice in the shaker

9. put the lid on and give it a few really good shakes

10. pour the liquid goodness into your chilled martini glass

(garnish with an extra raspberry...if you so desire)

11. enjoy!  


side note: this was delicious with the chick-fil-a sandwich I enjoyed for dinner ;)
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