Dieppa Restrepo shoes

October 20, 2009

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My boyfriend really likes to live on the edge when it comes to gift giving. When he was in Paris awhile back, he brought me back some treats from laduree (well that one is a sure fire bet with me) and a pair of shoes. Me, the girl with a wall of shoes, very picky designer taste and lets be honest, what bf even knows his girlfriends size without asking 10 times? And to take it further: what girl wouldn’t need to try on a few pairs before being sure that her usual size isn’t too snug? And he bought me flat shoes, which could go seriously wrong considering there are many ugly flat shoes that I would never wear. But he pulled it off with a pair of patent leather wingtips that fit like a glove and scream “Oui, I am zee real thing and I aum fwom Pareee!” (terrible french accent) and this was last winter before Urban Oufitters starting knocking em off.

Now Dieppara Restrepo has made these classy casuals in a rainbow of colors to match all my favorite macaron flavors! 

Oh wait, I have to wait until spring to get em? Drat!

yum macaron!

Pink stairs

October 20, 2009

pink stairs

 

Living in NYC there are some things that are considered the norm everywhere else in the world, but you totally forget they exist. I.e. owning a car, paying rent that isn’t gastronomical, having a backyard, taking the trash out, and yes having stairs. I have to say of all these things, (aside from the rent) I probably miss stairs the most. Especially since you could do something cool like paint them bright pink. I love it!

Tonight’s dinner

October 18, 2009

Pomegranate glazed pork with roasted beets, butternut squash, celeriac and spinach salad. It hit the spot for this chilly night. But what was really great was the colors the roasted veggies painted the parchment paper. Ah, my beloved beets I love the way they bleed magenta against everything in their path. And then I made brownies with white chocolate hearts in them. Sadly, the hearts dissolved into little beige blobs once they were baked, but they still tasted delicious.

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Old photos

October 14, 2009

We spent the weekend at a wedding in the tropical climate of Omaha, Nebraska. I said at one point that it felt like we took off in Fall and landed smack dab in Winter. Which was very aptly put if I do say so myself. Snow in the beginning of October.

Luckily it was very pretty snow and fell fresh and white on the morning of the wedding. And the trip was nice and relaxing. While the mister was busy watching more college football than any living girlfriend should ever have to endure, I got to look through old photos of his fam in the  fashionable seventies.

I love looking at old pictures of my mom in her liquid eyeliner and  long sleeved prom dress. Oh the sideburns, Farrah curls and polyester pants that were part of our heritage. Kinda makes you realize why someone created this brilliant website: My parents were awesome. Here’s some of my favorites from the site:

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polkdot tie dude

rebel dad

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Where the wild things are

October 14, 2009

12 days since my last post. Egads! I have no good excuse other than I have just fallen out of the habit. I hope not to go that long without a peep ever again.

(I have also been very busy jewelry making, you can peruse the fruits of my labor here.)

I have to say, falling out of touch with your blog is a bit like letting to much time pass among friends. I miss you blog, and now there’s the awkward part where I wonder what I should say next… um. Hey, aren’t you looking forward to that “Where the wild things are” movie. Looks awesome right?

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And now some “wild things” inspired things..

opening ceremony inspiration

its all about fur and crowns

 

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I came across a “make your own wild things fort” contest and I’m in love.

Great excuse to relive one of my favorite childhood activities!

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Out of the box art

October 1, 2009

Amazing real stop motion street art.

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And Jason Hackenwerth’s balloon art.

Sweet potato gnocchi

September 28, 2009

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This month when my Gourmet magazine arrived, I was in the mood for fall eating and was very inspired by this recipe for Sweet potato gnocchi with chestnuts and sage.  Thing is I have never made gnocchi myself and the recipe sounded so good that my expectations were very high. Let’s just say that Gourmet’s photo was much better. But a little disappointment and failed brown butter sauce aside, I was very proud of myself for making the attempt.

And gnocchi- you have not seen the last of me…

Apple picking

September 28, 2009

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pickers wanted

macoun sign

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It is my belief that if your boyfriend ever suggests something outdoorsy and potentially romantic, you should always take him up on it. Which is how I found myself in upstate New York this week at Warwick Valley Winery and Orchard. Truth be told I think it was more the wine tasting than the apple picking that piqued his interest, but I still got my outdoorsy fix. We did it in the correct order, starting things off with a tasting 6 wines and the most delicious hard cider ever made, and even a sip of grappa, and then stumbled our way through the orchard. It was probably the last warm day of the year, and a great way to spend it.

The last  few days I have been trying to figure out what in the world to do with all the apples we got. I have a feeling using up the wine won’t be much of a problem.

Found heart: Filet Mignon

September 27, 2009

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Look what I found when we went out for my friend Kate’s birthday at The Flying Cow in Williamsburg.

A steak after my own heart.

Natalie Portman at TFF

September 20, 2009

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Dear Natalie, If you keep making such gorgeous fashion choices like the Lanvin frock you wore at the Toronto premiere of Love and Other Possible Pursuits, I will have to consider myself your style stalker. I mean, you are kind of asking for it by wearing my favorite color, pairing it with understated shoes, oomph-ing it back up with bright lipstick and then standing there looking all innocent. However I don’t know how I feel about the earrings. They might be too plastic-y and “claire’s” looking.. I’ll get back to you. Thanks.

Grey matter(s)

September 20, 2009

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One of the things I love/hate about the fashion industry is the fact that colors are reintroduced with the same wild enthusiasm season after season. “go for sunny yellow this summer” “pink is so feminine!” or “gray is the new black” As if no one has ever worn anything but black.

And the truth is, I find myself playing along every year. Every september I seem to fall in love with heather grey all over again. I want to crawl into this bedding from the toast catalogue, love this burberry sweater with a well placed fair isle pattern, and of course Heidi, with the blunt bangs I have always coveted. Grey just has a cozy warmth to it and looks great with punches of color. Im even thinking these curtains might look nice in my apartment this fall…

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Colorscope

September 17, 2009

colorscopeI like this little color grid from one of my favorite creatively inspiring shops and personal pocketbook drainer- The Paper Source. The shades are so pretty and I picked fuchsia which seems pretty accurate..

(Click here to see in a separate window and zoom.)

Peach tart

September 17, 2009

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One of that saddest parts of summer coming to a close is bidding goodbye to peaches. They are my all time favorite fruit, and though you can eat them year round, who would want to when the flavor they pack in June and July is so astoundingly good?

 

I came across this recipe for a no-bake peaches and cream tart with a ginger snap crust and fell in love. The blogger who thought it up had a few kitchen snafus which in my book only makes me want to try it out more. 

PEACH CREME WITH GINGERSNAP CRUST // The science of this pie, is that the lemon reacts with the milk products to help the filling firm up. So be sure to give it ample time to do it’s thing before serving.

The Crust //
10 oz. Gingersnap Cookies
3 Tbsp. Butter

The Filling//
1 14 oz. Can Organic Sweetened Condensed Milk, lowfat optional
½ Cup Crème Fraiche
¼ Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
1 tbsp. Cinnamon
1 ¼ Cup Ripe Peaches, Peeled and Diced 

1. In a food processor, grind the gingersnap cookies. Add the butter and pulse to combine.
2. Press the cookie mixture evenly into the sides and bottom of a 9’’ glass pie pan. Pop this in the freezer while preparing the filling.
3. In a bowl, whisk the condensed milk, crème fraiche, lemon juice, and cinnamon together. Give the peach pieces a good squeeze in your fist to crush them up a bit, and add to the cream mixture. Whisk together. Add the filling to the chilled cookie crust.
4. Let the pie firm up in the fridge for at LEAST 4 hours. We put ours in the freezer, and then let it sit for a bit before serving. 

Patrick Swayze

September 15, 2009

How sad to hear the news of Patrick Swayze passing today. I must say he was probably my first celeb crush as I watched Dirty Dancing countless times and “johnny” was the quintessential bad boy  with a heart of gold. Sigh.. a couple of my favorite scenes as an homage. xo PS..you will be missed.

He kisses her on the nose right before the spin. Gets me every time!

Phonebook dress

September 15, 2009

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I often wonder what the point of telephone books is these days. Here’s one fab idea by Jolis Paons… which reminds me: when is the “make clothes out of non fabric” episode of Project Runway?

** Update** HOLY COW! Did I call that or what? Right after I posted this there was an episode of project runway where they made dresses out of newspaper. I swear I didn’t know! Perhaps I’m psychic?