Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lookbook: Curve Ball






Top:  F21 // Jacket: J. Crew // Denim: Gap // Cap:  Madewell // Purse: Kate Spade // Shoes:  DV by Dolce Vita

The first sight of spring weather--never mind that it's snowing again right now--and I was ready in pretty pastel pink and my favorite denim jacket.  I love these colors together for a fresh change to my winter wardrobe.

Throwing a slight curve ball in there with a sporty baseball cap to offset the feminine pink with a little tomboy flair.  If I had worn the baseball cap with a baseball tee and sneakers, I'd look like I was heading to the game, instead of a casual Sunday brunch!  It's always great to juxtapose contrasting trends. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Lookbook: Two-tone







Sweater: Madewell // Leggings: C. Wonder // Scarf: J. Crew // Purse: Coach // Boots: Steve Madden

Say hello to the new love of my life.  No, I'm still with THAT love of my life.  But this little crossbody purse is the cutest thing ever. I love the versatility of the two-toned bag, mimicked in the colorblocked sweater.  It's pretty much the perfect choice for someone as indecisive as me.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lookbook: Plaid Party








Coat:  Express // Scarf: American Trench // Top: J. Crew // Purse: Fossil // Shoes: Dolce Vita

You would think this is a throwback post from Christmas but in reality, I'm still loving this complimentary color scheme with reds and greens.  That, and never ending snow is tricking me in to thinking Christmas is around the corner.  I love using scarves as a jumping off point--the color palette is all there for you, making it easy to pull an outfit together.  

Praying for some spring weather here soon!
xx

Monday, February 10, 2014

Lookbook: Date Night







Top: c/o Aeropostale // Skirt:  c/o Aeropostale // Purse:  Coach // Necklace:  J. Crew // Shoes:  Dolce Vita // Coat: Express

I'm going to go ahead and let you on in a little secret--I don't have a flat stomach nor do I have a "skinny" body.  I've fluxuated on both ends of the scale throughout my life and have finally settled on a healthy size four, which is perfectly fine with me.  Even though my six-pack abs are still very much in the works, I haven't shied away from the crop top trend.  The easiest way to pull this off is simply by pairing it with a high-waisted bottom.  A flirty skater skirt like this one is especially nice since the a-line cut is so flattering and enhances those curves.  This way you can still be right on trend but keep your mother from shaking her head at you (not mine though--my mother is still shaking her head at me).

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Eat: Dirty Chai Latte Recipe




It snowed once on Sunday.  It snowed again Tuesday night.  And we're expected to get another 30 inches before the weekend is over.  When the weather outside is frightful, I go full-on "grandma" and spend my days knitting under two blankets in my rocking chair.  Okay, just kidding about the knitting.  And the rocking chair (although I'm not opposed to either), but my favorite way to cozy up is with a cup of something warm.  

A dirty chai is something I once ordered awhile ago and have been slightly obsessed ever since.  It obviously appeals to my Indian roots with the flavorful and spicy chai ingredients but gets my hyped up on caffeine like the true American I am with a rich shot of espresso--perfection!  If you like chai but finds it lacks an extra kick, I highly recommend this one.

Of course I had to re-create it at home.  Now I do have a Nespresso machine, which I LOVE, but you can just easily make espresso using an espresso percolater and then warm and froth your milk on the stove (having an electric milk frother is even better).  With these tools and maybe a few flavors, you can open up your own hip coffee joint from home.

I am a little particular about my tea so I buy organic black tea bags and crush up whole spices to make my own concoction.  Please feel free to substitute a tea concentrate, like normal people.


Here's what you need.

DIRTY CHAI LATTE:

--one shot espresso
--steamed milk
--chai tea (see recipe below)
--cinnamon sugar, for topping

1.  Add the chai and espresso.  Mix with spoon.  If you want to add any flavors, like hazelnut or vanilla, now is the time.
2.  Slowly add the steamed milk, leaving some room for the topping.
3.  Spoon the frothy milk on top.
4. Garnish with cinnamon sugar :]

FOR THE CHAI:

--organic black teabags
--one star anise
--two cinnamon sticks
--one cardomom pod opened to the seeds
--ten whole cloves
--1/2 tsp ginger
--1/2 tsp nutmeg

1.  Coarsely crush all the spices together.
2.  In a 2-qt saucepan, add spices and tea bag to 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil.
3.  Remove from heat; let steep for 5-20 minutes, depending on how strong a spice flavor you want.
 4.  Strain the spices from the liquid and set aside.
 

Dirty Chai Latte

Look at the frothy goodness!






**To all my decaf friends out there: skip the expresso and use a caffeine-free tea bag to make a spicy chai latte. sans the caffeine :]

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Lookbook: Don't Sweat It








Sweater: Madewell // Denim Jacket:  J. Crew // Sweatpants: c/o Aeropostale // Purse: Kate Spade // Shoes: Keds

Watch out jeans--there is a new favorite in town!  Sweatpants have found themselves at the forefront of fashion lately.  You'll see them dressed up with some unlikely suspects, like heels and statement jewelry.  To pull this look off, be sure to balance out the casual with something dressier. Even if it's just a colorblocked sweater to add some color.  As for the sweatpants themselves, it'll be easier to style them if they are tailored and have a slim leg.

Check out Aeropostale for these pants on sale now for under $20!

on location:  Nyack, NY on the Pier

Monday, February 3, 2014

Lookbook: Red Hot Chili Peppers







T-shirt:  c/o Aeropostale // Skirt:  c/o Aeropostale // Jacket: Francesca's Collections // Scarf: J. Crew // Purse:  Coach // Shoes:  DV by Dolce Vita

I went to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers in concert at the Barclays Center last Saturday.  Rob was invited by GQ and Old Spice and I tagged along as arm candy/photographer.  It really was a great night.  And in case you were wondering, the RHCP still got it going on!

For more pictures from the night, check out Dressedtoill's post.