Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wanted: Week 18

1. Erin Gregory Painting, One Kings Lane $169-$249  2. Woven Trouser Short, Joie $148  3. Leather Court Shoe With Bow, Zara $99.90  4. Gold Plated Lobster Earrings, Net-A-Porter $230  5. Brass Cage Accent Table, Target $69.99  6. Oscar De La Renta Earring, Net-A-Porter $235  7. Small Drew Shoulder Bag, Chloe
Monday, April 14, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014

Working For The Weekend

Whether I like it or not (and I do not like it), my plan this weekend is to unpack and organize in the new house as much as humanly possible.  I'm desperately trying to come up with manageable systems but my type A personality is sabotaging me around every corner by trying to come up with perfect solutions and places for everything.  Turns out, there is no perfect in moving.  The goal is to survive.  While I think I've come up with a few good ideas, I've finally realized there is a chance I put the cutting boards where it would make more sense to put the baking dishes.  And that's gonna have to be okay.  Hope your weekend is substantially less neurotic than mine :), enjoy the links!

I'm obsessed.  Obsessed.

Consider me voodoo mind tricked into needing all these things


This cracks me up...

Both funny and accurate!
Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Foodie Files

I usually employ the "if it's not broke, don't fix it" rule when it comes to the classics, but curiosity got the best of me this week and I decided to try a few new techniques in regards to my ol' faithful meatball recipe.  The results were astonishingly positive.  Sometimes you've just gotta switch things up, you know?  I like to try new, potentially risky recipes when I'm all by my lonesome...it takes an enormous amount of pressure off and I'm less likely to try and play it safe.  This particular recipe turned out so well I'm tempted to keep all the leftovers for myself!

For the meatballs-
16 oz ground pork
16 oz Italian sausage, removed from casing
1 1/4 cups breadcrumbs
1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
1 tsp thyme, chopped
2/3 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
3 eggs, lightly beaten
Salt and pepper to taste

For the sauce-
4 shallots, diced
3 garlic cloves, diced
3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1 28oz can peeled tomatoes (San Marzano if you can find them!)
1 15oz can plain tomato sauce
1 6oz can tomato paste
4 bay leaves
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large sauce pan heat extra virgin olive oil over a low flame, then add shallots and garlic.  

In a large mixing bowl add pork, Italian sausage, bread crumbs, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper.  Using your hands, mix the ingredients until evenly distributed (but not over worked).

Whisk beaten eggs, ricotta and parmesan together in a separate bowl until there are no large clumps.  Pour into meat mixture and mix until just incorporated.

Form meatballs in your hand, about 1 1/2-inches in diameter, using about 3 TBS of the mixture to form each meatball.  Pack tightly to avoid breakage.  Turn up your flame to medium and brown meatballs in shallots, garlic and oil mixture.

The garlic and shallots should caramelize a bit but keep an eye on them to ensure they don't burn.  Once all sides are browned, add tomato paste.  Allow 5-10 minutes for the tomato paste to develop some flavor, mixing occasionally (I read an article about this the other day and saw a big difference in my sauce).  Add tomatoes, sauce and bay leaves and simmer for about 2 hours.  Remove bay leaves (make sure you got them all!) and add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve alone or with pasta and top with parmesan cheese.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

3 Ideas

1.  Find 10 outfits you love…on anyone, anywhere (think magazines, movies, TV, Pinterest, Instagram, blogs, award shows, and so on and so forth).  Even if you feel like "I could never pull that off", even if they seem way out of your price range, even if they're 10x dressier than the dressiest piece in your closet, find them and take a good look.  What can you apply to your wardrobe from those outfits?  Somewhere out there is a brilliant stylist that already put in the time to come up with those amazing looks, there's no shame in capitalizing on it!  Is there a killer color combination that made you swoon?  A perfectly cut dress?  A fabulous balance of accessories?  Even if you don't run off and go on a shopping spree, just make a note of what caught your eye.  You never know when you might need that little piece of inspiration!

2.  Start with what you have.  I know, I know- your closet is a nightmare, you hate all your clothes, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad suggestion.  But it's a task worth tackling.  Anytime you can put outfits together before you need them…when you're in a healthy state of mind and not in a rush/feeling like you want to break something/etc…you're better off for it.  And can I make a kind of weird suggestion that I really think might help?  Before you start the process of sorting through your clothes and/or assembling outfits…take a shower.  Style your hair, put on makeup, throw on a supportive bra and some seamless underwear and feel good about how you look.  Then (and only then) can you make fair assessments.

3.  Save for one or two pieces that make you feel really great.  They don't have to be "investment pieces" of the highest quality or even expensive in any way, just something you love.  A go-to piece, if you will.  I have a few I run to on the regular…a pair of jeans from Zara that fit me perfectly, a red Diane Von F├╝rstenberg wrap dress that I got on sale at Loehmans when I lived in Miami, a pair of nude ballet flats that seemingly match everything I own, a comfy James Perse v-neck and a simple gold key necklace from Forever 21 that I think may have belonged to my cousin, Jessie, at one point.  Whatever I spent on them, it wasn't enough cause they always come through for me!

If you're willing to spend a good bit of time to hone your style, the results are well worth it!  If you're not and would rather have someone tackle it for you, it just so happens that's one of our specialties.  In fact, you can check out our list of services here!  As always- if we can help, we'd love to!
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Wanted: Week 17

1. Black and White Striped Coverup, Sheinside $22.33  2. The Multiple Stick, Nars $39  3. Seletti Plate, Drake General Store $25  4. Savannah Metallic Wedge Sandal, Tory Burch $265  5. Hayword Tray Table, One Kings Lane  6.  Rosantica Necklace, Matches Fashion $682