Month: April 2014

Have a Heart: Stuffed Artichokes

Last weekend my mother-in-law made one of my favorite dishes, stuffed artichokes.  Besides the act of stuffing, this recipe is relatively easy.  Best part – you can do the prep, freeze and serve later.  Impress your guests and follow the steps below.

Ingredients:

Pack of 9 artichokes  –  1 Egg  –  1/2 cup Grated Romano Cheese  –  Parsley  –

Garlic  – Italian Bread  – Olive Oil  –  Potatoes

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1.  Start with a pack of nine artichokes.

2.  Prepare artichokes – Cut off top of artichoke, stem and peel outer layers to reveal the tender heart.

3.  Run artichoke under water to open up heart and prepare for stuffing.

4.  Create stuffing:  Mix egg, cheese, and torn Italian bread (about two big slices).  Mash until consistency is like a paste.

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5.  Stuff artichokes – fill each leaf (as best you can) with mixture.

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6.  Put artichokes into a saucepan with cut up potatoes.

7.  Fill saucepan with water, 1/3 cup of olive oil, cut garlic, salt and pepper to taste.

8.  As artichokes cook, they will absorb the water.  Make sure to fill water once absorbed until cooked.  Artichokes are cooked when a fork can easily go through.

9.  Enjoy!

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Black Cat, Cross My Path

I have always wondered where the black cat’s bad rep came from and the more I hang out with Mimi and Sister (my good friend Sarah’s friendly black kitties) the more I write off these superstitions as nothing but an old wives tale.

Mimi and Sister compliment Sarah’s interior decorating to a tee.  As always, I’m captivated by their visual harmony with Sarah’s light blue, black, white and natural wood color story.  A neutral graphic rug in sky blue and white serves as a perfect back drop to the kitties’ silky black fur. Green piercing eyes add that small interesting detail to this pleasing color blocking technique.

Below I’ve created a transitional Spring outfit perfect for work or a dinner date in the same color story inspired by Sarah’s interiors and her kitties… complete with small bright green detail.

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1.  Roland Mouret  –  2.  Saks Fifth Avenue Collection –  3.  Valentino  –  4.  3.1 Philip Lim  –  5.  Fendi

Fall 2014 – Borsa Bullies

Four of my favorite Fall 2014 handbag stories…

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The Bold and the Beautiful in Polka Dots and Blue Hues…  Uncensored, art deco chic.

1.  Aperlai  –  2.  Pierre Hardy  –  3.  Sergio Rossi  –  4.  Rauwolf

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Sponge Bob (1) kills Mouse (4) with AK Saint Laurant (2), and leaves behind his

lipstick (3… as if we didn’t know).

1.  Moschino  –  2.  Saint Laurant  – 3.  Judith Lieber  –  4.  Yazbukey

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Reflections tell a story true… a Wu for me, or Wu for you?

1.  Jason Wu  –  2.  Max Mara  –  3.  Tod’s

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Cure to chronic headaches caused by “Mal Occhia” or “evil eye” – 1 cup holy water, 1 drop olive oil.  If oil spreads – mal occhia manifests.  If oil is contained – take a Tylonol and Mommy-in-law takes care.

1.  Dolce & Gabanna  –  2.  Yasbukey  –  3.  Dolce & Gabanna

Attention: “I Can’t” Overload in Aisle 5

Better late than never, right? Humor and haute couture is my favorite!!

Chanel Fall/Winter 2014 – Grocery Store Chic.

Watch the show then read about how the whole place was looted afterward… This scene makes the Chanel sample sale look like child’s play!

Do you blame them? Bring it on.

Disney vs. Louboutin

We all know Disney portrays some fierce females.  Good or evil, these fabulous gals have their own recognizable style.  Tonight, during my nightly internet browse, I came across three color stories of Christian Louboutin…  Let’s be honest with ourselves – if Disney royalty was real, they would definitely be rocking red bottoms.

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The Queen of Hearts with her Paralili 100 slingbacks and Sweet Charity Mini embellished shoulder bag.

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Elsa with her Pigalle Spikes and Sweet Charity studded metallic leather shoulder bag.

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Cruella deVille and her Iriza 100 pumps and Sweet Charity leather shoulder bag.

“Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald

Bridal market week is truly as romantic as it sounds.  Today, a good friend of mine gave me a glimpse into the world of renown bridal gown designer, Jenny Packham.  Her whimsical designs sent me back to the mansions of The Great Gatsby and the roaring 20’s.  Romantic, feminine, and playful.. these dresses are truly timeless.  I love how this antique look easily translates to the modern day.

Below I’ve taken of my favorite Jenny Packham pieces of today and illustrated them with souls from the past…

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Monday, Outfitted

I was going to start off this post raving about how this outfit is perfect for a Monday morning at work, but then I realized it probably isn’t the best option unless you are working in the fashion world.  Let’s be honest, these pants below are PJs disguised as real clothes.  Best trend ever!  I started noticing the gals at work wearing these last summer but I wasn’t ballsy enough to pull of the trend then.  I decided to go for it this time around, and most definitely will be investing in a few more pairs this season.

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1.  Zara Printed Pants  –  2.  Kate Spade New York Tote  –  3.  J.Crew Classic V Neck Tee  –  4.  J.Crew Factory Crystal Sunrise Earrings  –  5.  Fendi Cuff, H&M Necklace  –  6.  Ray Ban Classic Aviators  –  7.  Zara Pointed D’Orsay Flats  –  7.  Zara Leather Moto Jacket