Wednesday, August 31, 2011

h&m + elle = stylelist

Try not to scream out loud, but...the day has finally come where you can purchase an H&M item online!  (confession - I am screaming "yippee!" out loud, so you can too).  H&M and Elle have teamed up, and for the first time ever (in the US) you can purchase your favorite affordable, fashion forward and fabulous H&M items online exclusively through Elle!  H&M will not be launching their full ecommerce site until spring 2012, so this is quite the treat!  Yippee (again)!

Consumers can now shop from four fall trends :: menswear inspired, '60s mod, modern biker and color blocking.  Elle stylist have hand selected items for each look and they are available online now...before they even hit stores!  Check out the looks and start shopping here.

a peek at the shopping site...

Who's excited?!?!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

pizza (part 2) :: the pie

Now, for the continuation of my favorite pizza...

This pizza consists of all my favorite toppings, and is my go-to when we are craving pizza!  I recently stepped up my "pizza game" when I picked up this Emile Henry pizza stone.  This piece can be used in the oven or on the grill.  Since it was such a lovely night we decided to cook our pizza on the grill.  This was a first for me, and it turned out perfect-o!  Here are the details:

dough (recipe here)
extra virgin olive oil - for drizzling
4 oz. can tomato sauce
8 - 12 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup fresh shaved Parmesan cheese
2 links Italian sausage
1 large portabello mushroom
2 tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup fresh basil
red pepper flakes

(preheat grill or over to 500+ degrees)

1. Grill and slice the Italian sausage, and set aside.

2. Slice up the portabello and drizzle with olive oil.

3. Roast (broil in the oven) for a few minutes.

3. In the mean time slice up your tomato and garlic.

4. Add the tomato and garlic to the roasting pan and roast for another few minutes.  (I added some red onion too, since it was already chopped in the fridge)

5. Thinly slice the mozzarella and shave Parmesan.

6. Chop up your fresh basil - I prefer larger pieces on my pizza.

7. Take out your dough and press out on a floured cooking service of choice.

8. Drizzle some olive oil and salt on the dough.

9. Add your tomato sauce - I like to go light on the sauce.

10. I prefer toppings under my cheese so I add my toppings on top of the sauce.

11. Layer your mozzarella on top.

12. Top your pie with basil, Parmesan, and red pepper flakes.

13. Put the pizza on the hot grill (or in the oven).

14. Let the pizza cook for 10-15 minutes or until bubbly!

(Lucy loved the smell!)

15. Slice, serve and enjoy...yummmmmm!!

Bon Appetit!

Monday, August 29, 2011

pizza (part 1) :: the dough

Who doesn't love Pizza?  Over the weekend I decided to make one of my very favorite pizza's.  One of the most important parts of good pizza is the crust.  Homemade crust is quite easy to make.  I used this dough recipe found here (courtesy of the lovely Pioneer Woman).

4 cups flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cup warm water
1/2 packet active dry yeast 

1. Pour 1 1/2 cups warm water into a bowl.  Sprinkle the yeast over the water.

2. Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl.

3. With an electric mixer on low speed, drizzle in the olive oil until just incorporated.
4. In a separate bowl, gently stir the yeast/water mixture.

5. And drizzle it, into the flour/oil mixture, mix until the dough forms a ball.

6. Drizzle a little olive oil into a clean bowl.  Toss the ball of dough in the bowl and turn over to coat in oil.

7. Cover the bowl with a moist kitchen towel and set in a warm place for 1 to 2 hours (or cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to 2 days).

(makes enough for 2 pizzas - you can freeze half for later!)

To be continued...

Friday, August 26, 2011

bits & pieces

Happy Friday everyone!  It is hard to believe that another week has come and gone.  Here are a few fun bits from my week.. 

::nail polish colors of the week::
{nails - essie, turquoise and caicos}

{toes - opi - malaysian mist}

::playing dress up with Lucy::
{isn't she the cutest?}

::vogue september issue::
{758 pages of fall fashion}

::learning new things::
{currently addicted to photoshop}

Have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

refreshing summer cocktail

As summer begins to wind down, I am taking full advantage of my time in the sunshine.  One of my favorite parts of summer is patio and poolside cocktails with friends.  This refreshing summer cocktail has been one of my favorites this year.  It is beyond me! 

1 can San Pellegrino Limonata
2 parts Vodka
raspberries and basil for garnish

Mix it all together and enjoy!
 (warning :: this drink is dangerous!)

Cheers to summer!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

this or that?

When I find something I really like that comes in multiple colors or prints I hard time choosing between the options.  I love the style of this sloping skirt from anthropologie.  Both color options are lovely, the black is timeless and the red would add a classic pop of color to an outfit.  And, either could be worn with the same blouse and accessories.  Anyone else have a hard time with these types of choices?  This or that?  Hummmm...decisions, decisions...

What do you think?  Red or black?

(I think I would choose the black in this case)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

heirloom tomato bruschetta

Every time I watch the movie Julie and Julia my mouth waters.  This is especially true during the scene where Julie makes bruschetta!  It always looks so juicy and delicious.  I finally decided to give way to the craving and make my own bruschetta!  I could eat this dish everyday...

4 heirloom tomatoes
1/2 cup fresh basil
1 red pepper
1/2 red onion
4 cloves garlic
3 tbs. olive oil
2 tbs. balsamic vinegar
goat cheese
salt and pepper
french baguette

roast red pepper
chop tomatoes (remove seeds), onion, garlic, basil and pepper
toss all ingredients in a bowl and add olive oil and balsamic vinegar
add salt and pepper to taste
cover and let sit at room temperature
slice baguette in 1 inch thick slices
heat olive oil in skillet and add baguette slices
  cook until browned on each side
spread goat cheese on toasted slices
spoon tomato mixture on bread slices
sprinkle with salt and serve

Tastes as juicy and delicious as it looks in the movie! :)

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