Thursday, March 31, 2011

Salt Water Taffy

Pam has so many wonderful favorite things this season... sweater capes, calypso music, paisley tops, Chinese checkers.

And here are some of mine...

Maxi Skirts
{Wear it like Alexa}

Oversized Sheer Shirts
{Wear it like Ashley}

Deep Shades of Green
{Wear it with Alexander Wang}

Smiling for Spring
{Wear it like Angelina}

30 rock

stardust & sequins

fuji files

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Springful Thinking

Currently daydreaming about these pretty soft pink and metallic pieces for a perfectly accessorized Spring and Summer.

Tiffany Stainless Steel Atlas Watch, $3800
Ray-Ban 'Updated Wayfarer' Cat's Eye Sunglasses, $139
Anthropologie Saucer of Cream Ring, $48
Madewell Plaid Illusion Scarf, $35
NARS blush in Douceur, $27

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Desert Holiday

{El Paseo Shopping District}

Here are a few photos from a weekend getaway with my parents to Palm Springs last month.  While the boyfriend and I felt like we didn't quite meet the age requirement, this city in the middle of the desert is an oasis that took me far away from everyday life, and it's just an hour away.

{wall of fashion bibles in a quirky bookstore}


{view from the top - Mount San Jacinto State Park}

{Palm Springs Villagefest - every Thursday night}

{Certified Farmer's Market - Palm Springs}

**I would like to say a big thanks to the nice people who run the Certified Farmer's Market for finding and returning the camera I absentmindedly left at this stand while swooning over sweet limes.  Without these kind, honest and genuine people I would not have had these photos to share with you all, Thank You!**

Monday, March 28, 2011

Ad Hoc At Home: Braised Pork Belly

After visiting Ad Hoc in Napa Valley twice and loving the food, I felt it was necessary to purchase the Ad Hoc at Home cookbook. The restaurant menu is prix fix only and the food can be described as homestyle cooking at it's best. It's definitely the type of food Jason and I enjoy cooking and eating!

{the cookbook has amazing pictures...}

{...and includes a lot of background information on the main ingredients being used, as well as very helpful how-to instructions}

After debating between pork belly confit or braised pork belly, I came to the conclusion that I could not stomach the idea of covering already fatty pork belly in lard! So braised pork belly it was!

Don't be fooled by the short list of ingredients this recipe requires! It took a total of two days to make this recipe, because you have to brine the pork belly overnight, then press it for another 8 hours so the connective tissue gels (sounds nasty), then braise it.

Phew, it's done! The finished product, served with Curried Cauliflower and Green Bean Salad with Lemon Yogurt from Food and Wine.

The verdict: Good but probably not worth the effort.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Whats In Her Bag

{Chanel Jumbo Flap in Patent Grey Leather}

{Louis Vuitton Cosmetic Pouch; Chanel Camellia Wallet in Black Lambskin; mini hairbrush; J.Crew hairclip; Keys; HTC EVO; Mini Tootsie Pops}

As you can see, I'm definitely a minimalist when it comes to what I carry in my handbag.
{In my cosmetic pouch: Chanel lipgloss in Spark; Chanel lip moisturizer with SPF 15; Strawberry Lip Smackers; Hand sanitizer; pocket tissue; H20plus hand and nail cream}

Thursday, March 24, 2011

This Little Piggy Went to SoHo...

This little piggy went to Miu Miu.
{Miu Miu East-West Buckled Satchel}

And this little piggy went to Phillip Lim.
{3.1 Phillip Lim K.C. Leather Satchel}

This little piggy went to Intermix.
{Mulberry Alexa Satchel}

And this little piggy went to Barney's.
{Alexander Wang Rocco Duffle}

And this little piggy brought the Rebecca Minkoff all the way home.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

In Season

Since I moved to my new neighborhood a few months ago, Saturday morning farmer's market visits have quickly become a weekly ritual.  Being able to choose different flowers that can be enjoyed all week long is a cheap and easy way to warm up and decorate my new home.  This weekend, the local farmer's market was bursting with buckets of the vibrant and gorgeous Ranunculus flower in all different shades.  At $3.50 a bunch, I wish I bought more!

{my DIY centerpiece: 3 stemless wine glasses on a serving platter}

{a bud vase on the window sill brightens up my bathroom}

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Ciao Macarons!

I've been quite the macaron addict lately, and after reading the multitude of reviews on yelp, I knew I needed to make a trip out to LA to try Bottega Louie.  It was a gloomy day in So. Cali, but this bustling cafe was filled with excited brunch goers enjoying their meal and deciding which delectable pastries to take home with them.  Everything was absolutely delicious... my faves were the margherita pizza (reminiscent of the slices I've tried in NY... it was that good!) and the chocolate-filled earl gray macarons.  If you're in the area, or 40 miles away, be sure to stop by.

{cupcakes topped with tiny macarons}

{macarons in every color & flavor}

{sweet treats}

{sandwiches to-go}

{green tea mojito, caesar salad, portobello fries}

{half clam, half margherita pizza}

 {the loot - two of each!}

Monday, March 21, 2011

Outfit of the Day: Dinner Date

{zara silk top; 7 for all mankind "the skinny" jeans; bcbg sandals; j.crew necklace; chanel medium/large black caviar flap in silver hardware}

Occasion: Dinner date with Jason at Wolfgang's Steakhouse in Waikiki

My black Chanel flap is a souvenir I purchased while on vacation in Venice, Italy with Jason. Though the bag is a classic item that Chanel always carries, it was surprisingly difficult to find in Italy. I hunted for it in Rome and Florence, and finally stumbled upon it in Venice, the smallest of all cities we visited!

This is one of my favorite statement necklaces. I bought it from J.Crew last year and love the mix of pearls and sparkle combined with the semi-tough-girl looking chain!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


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