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Monthly Archives: August 2010

It has recently been drawn to my attention that there are very few posts in my blog dedicated to food.   So below, I’m listing some of my favorite snacks (that are on the healthier side!)  I highly recommend all of these treats and I’ve posted links to the ones that require recipes

Truffle Oil Popcorn

This is a light snack, and a much healthier option than plain old buttered popcorn.  I also definitely recommend air popping your own corn.   This recipe includes parmasean cheese, which is delicious, but if I’mbeing health conscious, I’ll omit the cheese. 

Crostinis and Horseradish Dip

This is my go-to comfort snack.  Crostinis are by far the best crackers I’ve ever consumed (both the original and the rosemary flavor will work for this) and there’s  something about having them with a horseradish dip that is so delicious.  My best friend Brooke and I used to eat this treat in high school while watching The Real World.  This is a recipe for a good horseradish dip, otherwise the storebought kind works fine too.

Greek Yogurt with Nuts and Honey

My friend Abbey got me hooked on Greek yogurt, and there’s nothing better than a light greek yogurt for breakfast with honey and nuts (I prefer to use walnuts, but any kind would really work)  It’s light, but it keeps you satisfied until lunch.  It’s also great for a late night snack, that won’t get you too full, but is a sweet treat.

Insalata Caprese

I love to make a whole bunch of this tomato and mozzarella salad, and eat it as a snack throughout a week.  The flavors are amazing, and it’s easy to make, as you can see here.   It’s also carb-free, which is a major plus when you’re wanting something savory but healthy. 

Mango Guacamole

Guacamole is a bit of an obsession for my friends and I.  We eat it all the time, and this recipe, compliments of Rick Bayless, is my favorite by far. The mango adds a sweetness that traditional guacamoles don’t have without being overpowering.  It’s also one of the healthiest snacks you can have when you substitute the tortilla chips for slices of cucumber or jimica. 

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I’ve never been one who is crazy about rules in the first place.  And rules that apply to fashion?  Well, those are just begging to be broken.  Below are a list of ‘fashion don’ts’ that are better off being utilized than avoided and some of the fashionistas that rock them best.

White Pants

I would love to know who thought white pants were only appropriate between Memorial Day andLabor Day.  In my opinion pairing white jeans and trousers with tall boots and chunky sweaters is a completely calssic look that everyone should try.  The result is crisp and slightly unexpected. 

Rachel Bilson

The Mixing of Black and Brown

Wearing a black dress used to mean you had to wear black shoes.  Black blouse?  Better find that black belt.  Well, not anymore.  In fact, I’m completely in love with paring black and brown together.  Nothing looks cooler than a casual LBD paired with brown leather sandals and a brown leather belt. 

Kate Moss

 

The Seperation of Silver and Gold

I am forever yelling at my friends to wear silver and gold.  At the same time!  Have a great pair of gold earrings?  Wear them  with your favorite silver bracelet.  Just make sure the look is purposeful.  To balance it out, layer on your favorite gold and silver necklaces. Same goes for clothes – if you’re wearing a gold dress do silver jewelry to make a statement.

Sienna Miller

Print on Print

What you wear should be interesting.  And what’s more interesting than sporting a few great prints?  I wish there were some steadfast rules that make print mixing an easy go-to.  But there isn’t.  I’ve found it’s a process of trial and error, and you have to try things on and trust your judgment. 

Olivia Palermo

Leather in the Summer

Traditionally, when the weather gets wearm, our leather and suede pieces go into hibernation.  But this is no longer the case and we’re seeing lots of leather this summer.  I’m especially loving the leather shorts trend.  They are extremely versatile and can be made to look more rocker chic or more polished.  They’ll also look great this fall and winter with tights.

Whitney Port

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Since starting my own blog, I’ve really come to appreciate other fellow-bloggers with wonderful sites. One of the best blogs I’ve found has got to be The Wednesday Chef. The blog’s author Luisa Weiss is not only an amazing chef, her writing is beautiful. It’s impossible to read her blog and not want to try one of her amazing recipes. The other evening I was craving something salty and savory so decided to give her avocado toast recipe a whirl. The result was absolutely decadent, and I can’t wait to give her other recipes a try.

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[“Where should one use perfume?” a young woman asked. “Wherever one wants to be kissed,” I said.] Coco Chanel

Scent is the strongest sense tied to memory.   Over the years, I’ve found that no truer words have been spoken.  It’s amazing the way a whiff of Tommy Girl can take  me back to the fifth grade.  Or how the scent of laundry detergent and orange pop reminds me of visiting my grandparents as a little girl.  And I can still tell you the perfume every single one of my college roommates wore. I especially love getting a new perfume for vacations.  That way, every time you wear it afterwards it instantly brightens your day.  For instance, on my first stay in Miami, I had just bought

Rose petals about to be made into perfume in Grasse.

Lancome’s Hypnose.  And when I was on springbreak in Acapulco I was wearing Lanvin’s Eclat D’Arpege.  And Kenneth Cole Black  instantly reminds me of showing horses at Freedom Hall for the very first time.  I recently made a list of all the perfumes I wore at different times in my life, and there are several I’m going to make sure I go out and buy.    If you’re in the market for new perfumes, I suggest going to My Perfume Life.  This is a great blog that gives fantastic reviews of a plethora of different perfumes.   Someday, I also hope to make it to Grasse, France where all the perfumeries are.  Perfume making is such an ancient art and is something I’d love to witness first hand.  I also found some very helpful perfume shopping tips here.  There’s nothing better than finding the perfect fragrance, and like all things that are worth it, it takes a little time.  And remember, it was Coco Chanel who also said, “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future.”  A little dramatic, maybe, but I like it.

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John Singer Sargent's "In the Luxembourg Garden at Twilight," 1879

Fashion and art are two of those very special things that have the ability to take you outside of the world you live in, and into another place and time.  When I look at the above painting, I can’t help but feel as though I’m the one taking a stroll in that lovely garden.  The darkening rosiness of the sky and the rising moon perfectly compliment the intimacy of the couple strolling through park.  The way the figures in the background are painted (notice how they are merely black shadows), makes it seem as though the couple are completely caught up in the beauty of the night.  Fashion spreads recreate moods the same way art does and it was Sir Francis Bacon who said, “Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse.”    If I were ever lucky enough to dream up spreads in fashion publications, I can assure you this is a painting I’d go to time and time again for inspiration.  Below are some shots from different magazines that not only showcase beautiful clothes – they capture moments in time.

From Numero 116, September 2010

 

From Spanish Vogue

From Love Issue 4

 

From L'Officiel Paris

Chanel Iman in Vogue China

 

Eric Broms for Elle

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I’ve found the most awe-inspiring makeup trends from the runways of fall 2010 collections and found ways to make them everyday appropriate.  From glowing skin to two-toned eyes, below are the trends that you’re not going to find in every other beauty magazine.

Two Toned Eyes as seen at Elie Tahari

This look is so fresh.  Pick two of your favorite shadows, one for the top lid, and the other for dusting below your lower lash line.  If you have smaller eyes like I do, and can’t handle a lot of makeup, try a colored liner for bottom lids. This look is meant to be funkier, so don’t shy away from bright colors.

Stila convertible eye color

Urban Decay matte eye shadow

 

Plum Tendancies as seen at Peter Som

So, maybe we can’t all pull off this intensly, purple lip.  But we can take some cues from the richness of this shade.  For a sublter berry-stained lip try Clinique Different lipstick in Surprise.  Also, play around with purple eye shadows, mascaras and eyeliners for a truly fall-appropriate look.

Clinique Different Lipstick in Surprise

Nars Single Shadow in Daphne

 

 

Copper Penny Eyes as seen at Brian Reyes

To achieve this look, apply a copper colored eyeshadow to your top lid.  Then, to make it pop, add a light blue eyeliner to bottom lids. Keep cheeks and lips simple.  I recommend Nars blush in Orgasm for a subtle glow and naked lips.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer wash shadow in eggplant

Sephora Collection Glitter Pencil in Marine Electro

 

Orange/Red Lips as seen at Vena Cava

Orangy red lips couldn’t look hotter with a fading summer tan.   Keep eye makeup minimal and let skin glow by dusting on a bronzer.  I’m especially fond of this look because it’s a little more fun and flirty than traditional bright red lips and is an unexpected color this fall.

Maybelline Lip Color in Sweet Nectar

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess

 

Glowing Black Eyes as seen at Diane Von Furstenberg

For this dramatic look, start with your favorite smokey eye (and make it a bold one!)  Once done with that, take your favorite shimmer powder and apply it to the inside corners of your eyes.  Lighter colors show up best.  Keep lips nude – my favorite gloss is Chanel Glossameir in Beige Guitar.

Dior 5 Colour Shadow in Mystic Smokys

Makeup For Ever Star Powder

 

 

Ethereal Angels as seen at Adam

Think barely there makeup plus a shimmery glow.  Flawless skin is important here, so make sure to use a good primer and foundation.  I’ve yet to find a better foundation than Estee Lauder Double Wear Light (if you need more coverage get regular double wear, for a little less go for Nutritious Vita-Mineral Makeup).   Then accent eyes with a barely there shimmery shadow. 

Tarina Tarantino Pearl Glow Primer

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation

 

Tribal Tones as seen at Jeremy Scott

You might not want quite as much liquid eyeliner as Jeremy Scott’s models  are sporting, but the idea is to think outside the box.  Extreme winged cat eyes are so in, and paired with a metallic shadow, the look couldn’t be edgier.  I’m also very fond of the the cool, shimmery blushes that are making a comeback and they look great paired with extreme eyes.

Rimmel Glam'Eyes Liquid Eyeliner

Nars Duo Cream Shadow in Madagascar

 

 

 

Nailed It

Chanel's Paradoxal

OPI's Matte Russian Navy

Essie's Merino Cool

Nails this season are as polished  as the looks that have hit the runway.  Keep nails short and more round than square (this elongates the look of your fingers).  I’m in love with Chanel’s newest color Paradoxal.  It goes on a mix between violet and grey and is the perfect shade to welcome in fall.   OPI’s new line of matte polishes are also making headlines.  My favorite is Russian Navy, but it also comes in the ever so popular Lincoln Park After Dark and La Paz-itively  Hot.  And as always, Essie is the king of colors with its fall collection of cool greys and warm browns and reds.

 

Hottest of Hair

This season, it’s all about the hair of decades past.  Louis Vuitton’s models rocked 50’s inspired pony tails. The hair is sleek, and ponys were curled to give an extra polished look.  Nina Ricci’s trend was Brigitte Bardot inspired volume.  Think high crowns (you could use a Bump-it!) and straight ends.  Chloe’s models sported 70’s-esque center parts and softly curled ends.  Very Winnie Cooper.

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I don’t know about you guys, but I’m so ready for autumn with its changing leaves, applie pie, and of course fall fashions.  Below,  I’ve compiled a list of my favorite trends of Fall 2010. What autumn look are you most excited about?

 

50’s Revival as seen at Shopbop.com

I’m seriously loving this trend.  Think skinny jeans, sky-high heels, leather jackets, chic scarves, and slouchy sweaters. 

 

Collegiate Cool as seen at Heritage 1981

I’m always a sucker for grandpa cardigans and preppy tartan skirts.  This year, keep the look fresh with patterned tights and feminine florals.

 

Neutral Notes as seen at Intermixonline.com

Head to toe camel, beige and ivory couldn’t look any cozier, especialy in chunky knits and soft jeans.  Also, I’m in love with the Joie boots pictured below, and on the hunt for a more affordable pair. 

 

Boyish Good Looks  as seen at J Crew

This look is about layers.  Grab your favorite button-down, vest, and blazer and add girly accessories. A shocking pink lip or dark eyeliner can really set off this look as well.  

 

Cape Couture as seen in Vogue (August 2010)

Of all the fall trends, this is my favorite.  There is something so romantic and chic about capes.  Their versatility is key. They can be paired with anything from jeans, boots, and a plaid shirt, to a black tie gown. 

 

Touches of Goth as seen at Wildfox Couture

Achieve this trend by adding chunky black combat boots, oversized crosses, or thick black eyeliner to your ensamble.  I fell for this look when it hit the runways for the Fall 2010 Ralph Lauren and Preen collections.

 

Sparkle n Shine as seen at Neiman Marcus

Sequins are everywhere this season, and I’m especially loving them in the unexpected places like leggings.  One of my favorite fellow bloggers also made them daytime appropriate as seen here.

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