I adore enamel bangles–see here, here, and here–so I was beyond thrilled when I received this gorgeous black and gold set from K.Amato. The luxe jewelry line is designed by its namesake, Kathleen Amato, who studied Chemistry in college but followed her passion for design post-graduation. Chemistry was one of those subjects that just didn't make sense to me back in high school–if jewelry had been involved, maybe I would have retained a bit more (I'm kidding…slightly). Black and gold is such a classic combination, and I loved matching accessories that shared the pairing.
While I'm currently hosting a Twisted Orchid handbag giveaway, I'm happy to let you know that there will be another TWO separate giveaways in the near future on The Beautiful Things: you could win this same bangle set that I'm wearing here (!!!) and a piece from another great jewelry line, Robyn Rhodes, who I'll be featuring soon. What a fabulous way to kick off the summer right?
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Shirt: Silky Double-Pocket Tank in Taupe, New York and Company [no longer available]
Jeans: Janice Legging in Black, Not Your Daughter's Jeans [$98, available here]
Shoes: Prince Stretch Flat in Black Python, c/o Ballasox by Corso Como [$60, similar style available here]
Bag: Cordoba Clutch in 'Black Onyx,' Elliott Lucca [$98, available here]
Sunglasses: Large Metal Aviators Gold Frame, Ray Ban [$145, available here]
It's funny how in today's small world there are still things that remain inaccessible at times–like some fresh produce. For example, nothing tastes quite like fava beans do at the end of spring/beginning of summer right when they're in-season. To clean the meaty beans requires a bit of effort–in addition to their outer pods, each bean has a waxy second shell–but they more than make up for it in taste. Despite the rich flavors of tomatoes and sausage in this rustic pasta dish, the bight green favas still are flavor stars.
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2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
4 large garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1/2 pound Italian sausages, casings removed
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 3/4 cups chopped plum tomatoes
1 cup shelled fresh fava beans from about 1 pound, blanched 3 minutes then peeled (or double-peeled frozen beans, thawed)
1 pound fresh pasta sheets cut into irregular shapes (or dried egg fettuccine)
4 tablespoons finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus additional for passing
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and red pepper. Sauté until onion is translucent, about 6 minutes.
2. Add sausages; break up with fork. Sauté until brown, about 3 minutes. Drain excess fat. Add wine; simmer 1 minute, scraping up browned bits.
3. Add tomatoes and fava beans. Sauté until tomatoes soften, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling water until tender but still firm to bite. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid. Return pasta to same pot.
5. Add sauce to pasta. Toss over medium heat until sauce coats pasta, adding reserved cooking liquid as needed, about 2 minutes. Mix in cheese. Transfer pasta to bowl. Serve with additional cheese.
The weather was absolutely sweltering this past holiday weekend and with lots of scheduled outdoor time that meant one thing for me: building an outfit around my breeziest maxi skirt. Before spring completely disappears, I'm trying my best to work with pastels. I was completely inspired by Revlon's pale lavender nail polish shade and the sea-foam green color of my skirt. The result was a look perfect for an outdoor BBQ.
What do you think? How did you spend your Memorial Day– and more importantly, what were you wearing?
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Shirt: Gold Striped Tank, J.Crew [old]
Skirt: Maxi Skirt in 'Sea Green,' Forever21 [no longer available]
Bag: Envelope Clutch in Taupe Embossed Python, c/o GiGi New York [$180, available here]
Shoes: Aria Platform Sling-backs in 'Nude Patent,' Pour La Victoire [were $250,
[Photos from Singer 22 - $179, available here]
Memorial Day is a meaningful holiday: pausing to remember those who have died serving in the United States' armed forces is a beautiful way to acknowledge the sacrifices of those who dedicate their lives to service. As the last Monday in the month of May, Memorial Day also unofficially starts summer. To me nothing says high-temperature fashion better than cut-off shorts, and this fun American flag pair is both fabulous and patriotic. Paired with a white tee, I can't think of a better way to be dressed for a day of grilling, relaxing, and gloriously warm weather.
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You've heard me mention before how much I love clutch handbags so I'm thrilled that one of my readers can now win one (or any other bag of their choice valued up to $75) for themselves from Twisted Orchid.
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The giveaway begins on Saturday, May 26, 2012 and will end Saturday, June 2, 2012 at midnight. Open to U.S. readers only.
Sometime recently I discovered that I can never have enough clutches. It's funny: a few years back, I was all about oversized bags and thought getting anything too small would be a waste of valuable shopping. Now I grab clutches constantly to wear with all sorts of outfits. While this means I have to whittle down my purse's contents to the essentials (which is a lot harder than it may seem), it's completely worth it to finish a look. I was thrilled when Twisted Orchid sent me this linen clutch (they have so many fun statement bags and their Facebook page has its own built-in store– so convenient). The bag is wonderfully summery and its black silk buckle paired perfectly with this airy button-down shirt.
P.S. I'm so happy to report that Twisted Orchid wants one of my readers to win their own choice of bag from their current offering (worth up to $75)….check back later for your chance to enter to win!
Shirt: Silk Button-Down in Black, New York & Company [not available online]
Jeans: Bootcut Jean in 'Moonlight Wash,' J.Crew [$108, available here]
Shoes: Balnit Peep-Toe Slingbacks in Black, Aldo [were $110, available here]
Bag: Linen Clutch Purse in 'Wheat', c/o Wild Orchid [$27, available here]
Jewelry: Gold bangle [old]; Black and Gold Enamel Bangle, J.Crew [no longer available]; Gold Plated Erilo Bangle, Amrita Singh [was $40, available here]; Ladies Classic Museum Watch 0604229, Movado [was $595, available here]; Diamond Ring with Yellow, White and Rose Gold Diamond Overlap, Trio by Effy Collection [was $2850, available here]; Tiara Diamond Band in White Gold, Ice [$475, available here], Thin Gold Band with Bezel Set Diamond, Jennifer Meyer [$175, available here]
[a jumble of signs outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art as seen from Fifth Avenue]
[Upper West Side apartment buildings on a cloudy day]
[a window display of a Village bookstore featuring Jane Austen's 'Persuasion' at its center]
[a clear dusk through the trees of Central Park]
I can't seem to make up my mind as to which time of the year is the most hectic: around Christmas I always swear I couldn't be busier, summers are jammed with rotating schedules, and both early fall and late spring seem distractingly transitional. I try my best to ignore the calendar and to take the time to notice details and relax when appropriate. The weather was a bit haphazard this week, a mix between rain and humidity or constant sunshine and cloudless skies. Still, I managed to enjoy a sit-down dinner, the view from various streets, and some time in the park.
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[Photos from Net-A-Porter - $475, available here]
To date, my first and only purchase of a silk scarf came after I fell in love with a purple floral printed one from Missoni's line for Target. While I'd love to one day to invest in a classic–Hermès? Gucci? Chanel?–there are some less iconic brands that are similarly intricate and eye-catching. This scarf is a perfect piece of spring-time neckwear: the canary yellow background pairs well with the mounds of pink hibiscus, and I love how the design seems to tell a story about the Hawaiian city referenced in its name. Swash's creators are Sarah Swash and Toshio Yamanaka, two artists that hand-draw their prints–totally fitting, since I always think of silk scarves as wearable art.
What do you think? Do you own any silk scarves? If so, how do you wear them?
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I can still remember having what I imagined was a foolproof DIY idea during one summer while I was still a teenager–how amazing would it be if I made my own extra-long beaded necklace? So I dug out my craft supplies and strung together lines of beads on fishing-wire until the strands reached the perfect navel-grazing length. The results of this project were not exactly spectacular–I had been limited by the beads I had on hand and it is really difficult to lastingly knot plastic string–but the sentiment still applies: extra long necklaces are so much fun to wear.
Shirt: Silk Tank in White, Banana Republic [old]; Sheer Button-Down Tank, Banana Republic
Bag: Belted Satchel, Cole Haan [old]
Jewelery: Long Bead Necklace, MNG by Mango [was $30, available here]
Nails: "Park Avenue," N.Y.C. Color
This is a recipe that you’ll want to remember the next time you need to throw together a dessert that is not only simple and foolproof but is also impressive and unpretentious. Coffee cake is delicious—what’s not to love about a moist yellow cake topped with a spiced crumb topping (with, might I add, no butter involved)? While the dessert’s name implies that it’s meant to be eaten with a certain hot beverage, I could snack on this sweet treat any time of the day and with any accompaniments.
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons cinnamon
A pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup milk (whole or skim)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. In small mixing bowl combine topping ingredients, blending with fork until crumbly. Set aside.
2. Sift 1 1/2 cups sifted flour with baking powder and salt into a bowl.
3. In a medium bowl, beat together beaten egg and 3/4 cup sugar and oil.
4. Add milk and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture and mix well.
5. Pour batter into a greased and floured 8-inch square or 9-inch layer-cake pan. Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over batter.
6. Bake at 375° for about 30 minutes, or until cake tests done. Partially cool in pan on wire rack and slice.