[Sagaponack Cuff in 'Turquoise,' c/o Amrita Singh - $100, available here]
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[Photos from The Fashion Spot]
When I was younger I had a full box–yes, an actual box–of plastic accessories for my Barbie dolls. Mixed in among the brushes, fake food, and beauty products were more tiny pairs of perfectly arched pumps than I could count. Were they responsible for the stacks of shoe boxes currently in my closet? Probably. Most commonly though they were some shade of pink, a color I have yet to embrace in the real world. And then I saw Jennifer Lopez this week appearing on a Brazilian talk show and looking amazing in a form-fitting neon yellow dress, lots of glittering diamonds, and pointy hot pink pumps. Now the search is on: I'd love a more affordable pair that will also make me think of my old dolls and their impractical but fabulous footwear.
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[Photo from Farfetch - Silk pump in Pink, Casadei - $667, available here]
[Photo from Jacqueline Nerguizian - Nephertiti 18kt White Gold 15 Row Diamond Bangle, Jacqueline Nerguizian - available here upon request]
[Photo from Jacqueline Nerguizian - Astarte 14kt White Gold Snake Ring with 4.17ct diamonds and 0.40c pear-shaped emeralds, Jacqueline Nerguizian - available here upon request]
[Photo from Portero - Similar: Collier de Chien Cuff Bracelet in Orange, Hermès - $1599, available here]
[Photo from Neiman Marcus - Crepe Crewneck Dress in 'Acid,' Michael Kors - $1995, available here]
On gray days nothing cheers me up more than injecting some color into an outfit. From now on I'll never have to look any further than this bag–how perfect is its shade of "pillarbox" red? Not only does the color pop in a subtle way, the name itself is so very English. The Leather Satchel Co., which crafted this customized creation just for me in Britain, is absolutely incredible: everything is hand-made to order from heavy leather and strong hardware. Most importantly, it's so easy to wear: the shape is timeless and converts from shoulder bag to clutch, casual to formal, with ease.
What do you think? Check out the gallery of available colors here and tell me which you'd pick if you were to get a satchel for yourself. With so many options, I still want to know if I made the right choice!
Shirt: Navy and White Striped Tee, J.Crew [similar style available here]
Skirt: Maxi Skirt in 'Fresh White,' Merona for Target
Shoes: Leather Capri Sandals in 'Weathered Wood,' J.Crew [$49.50, available here]
Bag: 12.5" Satchel in 'Pillarbox Red' Standard Leather, The Leather Satchel Co. [$124, available here]
Nails: 'Elegant' by Revlon
[Photos from Net-A-Porter - in Yellow, $3,850, available here]
If I were making a case for why I deserve to own this handbag–the aptly named 'Victoria' tote, the signature piece of Victoria Beckham's collection that she herself has worn– it would go something like this: I love bags with top-handles, I adore structured totes, Victoria Beckham was my favorite Spice Girl, I remained her fan despite many questionable fashion choices, and my first name is almost 'Victoria' (it's only one letter off so it counts). I'm not sure with whom I'd be arguing, but if they still weren't convinced I'd also point out that my love of brightly colored bags is well-documented (see here, here and here to start). All kidding aside, Victoria Beckham's designs aren't for everyone–some people might find her slightly minimalist aesthetic a bit boring and over-priced–but I can definitely see myself wearing (and loving) this tote.
What do you think? Just for fun, could you give a convincing argument as to why you should own your dream handbag?
When I think of Brussels sprouts, two things immediately come to my mind. One, lots of people hate them. Two, less people hate them when they're cooked with bacon. I had always held off trying such a recipe because I knew I'd love the results but feel guilty for ruining perfectly healthy vegetables. Since I can't really defend myself, my attempts at a compromise is the use of turkey bacon and olive oil instead of the more fatty pork bacon and butter found in traditional recipes. The result is still incredibly flavorful–the key is letting everything caramelize in the pan–and of course I'm hooked. So take this as a warning: try this recipe and I swear you'll be addicted too.
6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
1/2 cup chopped shallots
1 1/2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
3/4 cup fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots and Brussels sprouts. Sauté for about 5 minutes.
2. Add garlic. Sauté until Brussels sprouts begin to brown, stirring frequently.
3. Add the chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Cook until the broth mostly evaporates and the sprouts are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in bacon, garlic powder and pepper. Serve warm.
Certain pieces of jewelry become like an old pair of jeans to me: comfortable, easy to throw on, and yet still stylish. Case in point: this Stella & Dot bracelet has been a fixture on my arm since I received it courtesy of independent stylist Katie Cramer (check out her shop here). Not only does it seem to match with everything, it's made incredibly well and is so eye-catching that a salesperson in a jewelry store actually asked me where it was from–score one for Stella & Dot's design team. And I'm not its only fan: check out Kelly Ripa and Katy Perry also wearing the bracelet with two completely different looks. If you still don't own anything by Stella & Dot, you're really missing out: all of their pieces are unique, affordable, and so very stylish.
What do you think? Have you ever shopped Stella & Dot? Do you have a wish-list of favorite pieces?
Shirt: Layered Silk Tank in Tan, Banana Republic [no longer available]
Blazer: Open Front Blazer in Beige, [$28, Forever 21, similar style available here]
Pants: Artist Crop Jean in "Bright Indigo Destroy," American Eagle Outfitters [$49.50, available here]
Bag: Canvas and Leather Tillary Tote in 'Flax', J.Crew [$228, available here]
Shoes: Ballet flats in Nude, Nine West [no longer available]
Jewelry: Renegade Cluster Bracelet, Stella & Dot, c/o Katie Cramer, Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot [$59, available here]; Alex and Ani bangles; Tiara Diamond Band in White Gold, Ice [$475, available here], Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175, available here]
Nails: "Revlon Red," Revlon
I adore turquoise jewelry: it always makes a statement and seems so very summery. I'm normally tempted to wear light blue pieces with clothes and colors that match these qualities–like dresses or skirts in whites, browns, or even more blue–but to brighten up the dressy look I needed for a meeting this past week I grabbed a pair of turquoise earrings and this gorgeous new cuff. The bracelet came to me courtesy of Amrita Singh, an Indian designer of spectacularly colorful and attention-grabbing pieces. I can't get enough of her intricate creations, which range from earrings to necklaces to even more bracelets. The jewelry may look heavily laden with lots of colorful gems, but this cuff was so lightweight I could barely feel it on my wrist–it's only big on style.
Shirt: Blouson Sleeve Bow Shirt in 'Bordeaux', c/o Karen Kane [was $119, available here]
Pants: Café trouser (Favorite Fit) in Black, J.Crew [$118, available here]
Bag: Amber Spiral Notebook Clutch in Croc-Textured Black, Alexander Wang [$625,
Shoes: Novato Platform Sling-backs in Black, Sam Edelman [were $99, available here]
[Photo from My Theresa - $515, available here]
With this week's official arrival of spring and rumors that it might hit 80 degrees today in NYC (here's hoping–I've already taken out most of my sandals), it seems like we've officially survived the winter. Sure global warming is probably to blame and that's nothing to celebrate, but right now I'm only thinking about my summer wardrobe and shoe collection. Wouldn't it be nice to own this floral beauty by the always lovely Alice + Oliva? I adore the sunny print, brightly colored belt, and classic figure-hugging shape. With all those blooms, it's like a garden you can wear.
French onion soup is one of my favorite comfort foods. As a child I remember having it at home or ordering it from my local diner and loving every last drop. This version is all grown-up and a bit fancier: the broth is seasoned with herbs and splashes of alcohol, the cheese imported, and the bread fresh from a local bakery. My favorite part however has stayed the same: it's still the yummy bits of cheese that get crispy on the outside of the crock.
What do you think? As an adult do you ever revisit classic foods from your childhood?
2 lb medium onions, thinly sliced lengthwise
3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons of Sherry or Marsala
4 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
6 (1/2-inch-thick) diagonal slices of baguette
1 1/2-lb piece Gruyère, Comte, or Emmental
2 tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1. Cook onions, thyme, bay leaves, and salt in oil in a heavy pot over moderate heat, stirring frequently until onions are soft and deep golden brown (about 45 minutes).
2. Add flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Stir in wine and sherry and cook 2 minutes. Add broth, water, and pepper and simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange bread on a large baking sheet and toast until very dry, turning over once (about 15 minutes). Remove croûtes from oven and preheat broiler.
4. Put crocks in a shallow baking pan. Discard bay leaves and thyme. Divide soup among crocks, floating a croûte in each. Slice enough cheese to cover tops of crocks, allowing ends to hang over rims. Sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano.
5. Broil about 5 inches from heat until cheese is melted and bubbly (about 3 minutes). Serve hot.
[Photos from Ok! Magazine]
I am usually not the biggest fan of how Jessica Simpson dresses (or sings for that matter) but I have to give her credit for remaining so active and fashionable while heavily pregnant. I really like the look she pulled together for a dinner date in Beverly Hills with her fiancé. The black maxi dress is so simple that it sets the perfect backdrop for her fantasticly bold couture jacket with its feathers, animal prints, and geometric patterns. Paired with a simple hardbodied clutch and her long loose hair, she got maternity chic just right.
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[Photo from Farfetch - Embellished Jacket, Giambattista Valli - $4760, available here]