Monday, October 31, 2011

trick(s) (f)or treat(s)

Happy Halloween everyone!  I hope you all have a fun filled day.  Lucy loves dressing up for it is the perfect excuse for her to look super cute and get lots of treats!

Ok, so not very different than any other day in her life...

My little pumpkin loves doing tricks for treats!

She also loves being a bad dog... (and still getting treats)

Turn up your volume...

I hope you all get lots of treats today!

Friday, October 28, 2011

bits & pieces

Hello happy to see you!  It has been a fast and furious week filled with lots of lovely bits and pieces.  While I may still be searching for the perfect Halloween costume, my nails are already dressed for the occasion!  I love this particular polish pairing...   

:: nail polish colors of the week ::

{essie - over the top & sephora for opi - only gold for me}

:: a beautiful fall wedding :: 
{his and her signature cocktails, yum!}

:: the countdown to halloween ::
{my mini pumpkin patch}

:: winter's first snow ::
{early morning = fresh tracks}

:: the search is over ... just in time ::
 {I finally found my perfect pair of riding boots}

Have a lovely weekend!

(follow me on facebook - pretty please!)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

odds & ends

Happy Thursday (almost Friday)!  Yesterday we had our first snow here and I spent the evening cuddled up with a blanket catching up on my dvr and doing a little online browsing (looking for a little early Christmas inspiration).  A few fun odds and ends caught my eye like these Lulu Frost for J. Crew bangles and the new Design Sponge at Home book, not to mention a few other items...

1. chiasso field flower decal      
2. design sponge at home book      
3. lulu frost for j. crew bangles      
4. essie cocktail bling nail polish      
5. west elm metal jewelry tree      

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

happy feet

The cold weather is officially upon us here in Colorado, with snow rolling in as we speak!  This means it is time for me to bundle up from head to toe.  I especially like to keep my feet happy and my toes warm and toasty.  I have a drawer full of cozy and cute socks just waiting to make their appearance when winter rolls around.  I suppose there is always room for a few more pairs in the drawer... :)

     1. free people, petticoat tall sock
     2. smart wool, frilly knee highs
     3. tintoretta, striped steps socks
     4. lowie, mohair lacy knee socks
     5. hunter, long cuff welly sock
     6. kate spade, dotted socks
     7. maison scotch, striped knee high
     8. modcloth, a leg up socks

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

brights & patterns for the home

I love bright colors and fun patterns in home decor.  For instance, I think hot pink and turquoise ikat pillows are a dream come true!  If you have the right space these pops of color can really make a room!  Here are a few items I would love... (in a future perfect space...)

Monday, October 24, 2011

pumpkin chocolate chip
ice cream

In sticking with the spirit of Halloween I decided to make another special holiday themed sweet treat over the weekend.  Pumpkin pie with ice cream is one of my favorite seasonal desserts, so I decided to combine the two flavors to create the ultimate pumpkin dessert.  That's right...pumpkin chocolate chip ice cream!  This recipe combined with chocolate chips, and served in a chocolate m&m covered waffle cone is seriously delicious!  Super creamy pumpkin yummy-ness!

mmmmm...... (with a spider on top!)

-1 cup fresh pumpkin puree or canned unsweetened pumpkin puree
-1 tsp. vanilla extract
-2 cups heavy cream
-3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
-5 egg yolks
-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
-1/2 tsp. ground ginger
-1/4 tsp. salt
-Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
-1 Tbs. bourbon
-(I added 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips)

In a bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or up to 8 hours.

In a heavy 2-quart saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 1/2 cups of the cream and 1/2 cup of the brown sugar. Cook until bubbles form around the edges of the pan, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the egg yolks, cinnamon, ginger, salt, nutmeg, the remaining 1/2 cup cream and the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar. Whisk until smooth and the sugar begins to dissolve.

Remove the cream mixture from the heat. Gradually whisk about 1/2 cup of the hot cream mixture into the egg mixture until smooth. Pour the egg mixture back into the pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon and keeping the custard at a low simmer, until it is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon and leaves a clear trail when a finger is drawn through it, 4 to 6 minutes. Do not allow the custard to boil. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl.

Place the bowl in a larger bowl partially filled with ice water, stirring occasionally until cool. Whisk the pumpkin mixture into the custard. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing it directly on the surface of the custard to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours or up to 24 hours.

Transfer the custard to an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Add, the chocolate chips during the last five minutes of churning, then add the bourbon during the last minute of churning. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container. Cover and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours or up to 3 days, before serving. Makes about 1 quart.

(Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Collection Series, Ice Cream, by Mary Goodbody)

Friday, October 21, 2011

bits & pieces

This week literally flew right by!  At work, I was reminded how successful you can be when you write down you goals.  This Monday I wrote down everything I wanted to accomplish before next Monday, and I must say I made some major progress.  I was checking things off my list left and right.  I am happy to say this "list-making" will become a weekly occurrence (for both my professional and personal life).  I am feeling great heading into the weekend, and excited about reaching more of my goals.  Looking forward to a little r and r too!

:: nail polish of the week ::
{nails :: essie - sand tropez}

{paired with essie - over the edge on the toes}
:: my new toy ::
 {the iPhone 4s - I heart siri}

:: pancake flight a la sunday brunch ::
{red velvet, lemon bar, and pineapple upside down cake - snooze}

:: with a brunch cocktail on the side ::
{taking notes to perfect our at home bloody}

Have a lovely weekend!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

sparkle glam!

Ever since applying my sparkly nail polish last week I have received numerous complements on the added touch of glam!  It has reminded me how much fun adding a hint of shimmer to your look can be.  Here are my top picks for fun sparkle, glitter and glam pieces.  Please note: items not to be combined - that could be a sparkle-tastrophe...

0 - sephora by opi/only gold for me & flurry up
1 - alice + olivia/ritchie sequined dress 
2 - kate spade/sparkler gia 
3 - marc by marc jacobs/pave heart ring 
4 - betsey johnson/sequined bangle 
5 - haute hippie/sequined mini skirt 
6 - mui mui, glitter belt 
8 - deborah lipmann/some enchanted evening 
9 - kate spade/charm heel 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

spooky styling

Halloween is almost here!  Which means it is time to "spook-ify" my home.  My Halloween decoration collection has grown over the years thanks to my sweet mom who always sends me a special (and decorative) treat!  Most of these lovely decorations come from the fabulous TA Lorton in Tulsa, Ok.  Find your own spooky (yet stylish) Halloween decorations here.  Now for my haunted house...

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