Friday, October 29, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Welcome Max's!

You may remember back in June when I wrote about Max's Wine Dive coming to the Quarry Village ... well, folks, it is here and today is opening day! I couldn't be more excited, although I will probably not head over there until the crowds have died down (I'm assuming it will be crowded this weekend). 

Personally, I can't wait to try (and re-try) some of these menu highlights:

MAX ‘n Cheese: Cavatappi pasta tossed in truffle cream with fresh mozzarella, white cheddar, Gruyere, and Grana Padano cheese. 

Strube Ranch Kobe Beef Burger: 8 oz. Strube Ranch Texas Wagyu beef burger with Belletoile triple cream brie, house-made pickled jalapeƱos, local hothouse tomato and organic Bibb lettuce, with MAX’s famous frites. (Named Texas’ 16th Best Burger by Texas Monthly in 2009). 

OBVIOUSLY: MAX’S Famous Southern Fried Chicken: House-made jalapeƱo and buttermilk-marinated chicken, deep fried slow and low and  served with chipotle honey, mashed potatoes, collard greens and Texas toast 

Fried Chicken & Champagne Chopped Salad:  Iceberg lettuce with fried chicken, avocado, blue cheese, grape tomato, apple wood smoked bacon and hardboiled egg with Champagne chipotle vinaigrette 

Texas Prairie Fire Chili: Texas bison, venison, seven varieties of roasted seasonal peppers, Lone Star Beer and Mexican chocolate 
Open Sunday, 11 a.m.-midnight; Monday-Wednesday, 4 p.m.-midnight; Thursday &Friday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Spotlight on ... Marchesa

Cheers to InStyle for adding a new monthly column featuring style advice from Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the girls of Marchesa. I love these two British gals, and can't wait to read their monthly style tips. (Don't worry, InStyle was smart enough to also keep the Rachel Bilson column.)

The two fashion mavens met as students at Chelsea College of Art & Design, and started their powerhouse label in 2004.

Their line was named for the eccentric European heiress, muse and patroness of the arts, Luisa Casati (Marchesa Casati Stampa di Soncino).

Here's a short video of them on the 5 Questions section of the Bergdorf's blog (fun blog if you aren't already a reader).

"Elegant eveningwear, inspired by vintage and Asian influences, defines the Marchesa Collection. The beautifully crafted designs fuse high fashion with an eclectic aesthetic." 
I wouldn't mind wearing any of these numbers!

Next time you pick up InStyle, flip to the "Ask Marchesa" section and check out their column!

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Color me pretty

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Gnocchi sans potatoes (and the labor)

Tell me, who isn't a fan of Gnocchi? The scrumptious little dumplings, usually made of potatoes, are (reportedly) very work intensive to make - until now! I was pleased to read this article by the Minimalist on the New York Times website. Shortcuts are always great - especially tasty ones.

Here's the recipe:

Ricotta Cheese Gnocchi

Time: 45 minutes to 1 hour
One 15-ounce container ricotta cheese, preferably whole milk
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
Freshly ground black pepper
3/4 to 1 cup flour
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
10 or more sage leaves.
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it. Combine the ricotta, eggs and Parmesan in a large bowl, along with some salt and pepper. Add about 1/2 cup flour and stir; add more flour until the mixture forms a very sticky dough. Scoop up a spoonful of dough and boil it to make sure it will hold its shape; if it does not, stir in a bit more flour.
2. Put the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. When it melts and turns a nutty brown color, add the sage. While it fries, drop the ricotta mixture by the rounded tablespoon into the boiling water, working in batches of six or so at a time so as not to overload the pot.
3. When the gnocchi rise to the surface, remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to the skillet. When all the gnocchi are done, toss, taste and adjust the seasoning, and serve immediately.
Yield: 4 servings

Recipe and photo courtesy

Pretty pretty

I love this carpet. This whole look reminds me of a room at my parents house - it has the same simple shades of cream and yellow paired with the leopard print carpet. This look is a perfect example that animal prints don't have to be saved for exotic locales, but can be a subtle spice to your everyday living. 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I still call her J.Lo

When I heard J.Lo and her children were going to star in ads for Gucci's new children's line I had many thoughts -- most I shouldn't share on my blog. But honestly, I thought they could have chosen a cuter threesome. WRONG. They look awesome. If J.Lo's flawless golden skin and piercing eyes aren't enough for you, how about the kiddos with that hair and those smirks?

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Switch it up!

I'm not a very big fan of icing, so when I saw this idea in Martha Stewart Living a couple of months ago, on how to switch up your everyday icing, I was eager to try it. So I did just that last night to satisfy my sweet craving. It's so simple but still a great way to switch it up!

Here's the idea:
Mix cupcakes and add them to the pan as you usually would.

Bake just as you usually would.

BUT! About 3 minutes before they are ready to come out of the oven add a marshmallow to the top.

Pull them out when the marshmallows are delightfully toasted and gooey. Yum!

**I'll be real, mine do not look nearly as good as Martha's but I'm sure they have the same end result - very tasty. I had to do some adjusting with the marshmallows so you may want to experiment on what works best for you.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fahionable duo

This picture of Gwyneth and Kate really caught my eye while perusing Is it the beautiful color of Gwyneth's dress, or Kate's muted petal detail, or the combination along with their smiling, fresh faces? Whatever it is I'm really liking this duo.

Kate Hudson's Prabal Gurung ensemble.

Gwyneth's Calvin Klein Collection coral dress and Roger Vivier clutch.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Le Beiruti

I stumbled across these handbags the other day and immediately fell in love. I love the over-sized, hammered metal plate and its placing on the clutch. Paired with a cocktail dress and minimal accessories, this is all you need to steal the scene. Not only do they come in an array of fabulous colors, but they also won't break the bank! Purchase here.

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All wrong

Pardon moi, J. Crew, but what in the WORLD are you doing making tights that make a women's legs look more like a gorilla than Gisele? The tights, pictured above, sent the inter webs into a firestorm this weekend. While the all-American brand pulled the tights off their homepage they are still pictured in the accessories section (see above) and also come in black. While I'm sure they aren't THAT bad in person, I won't be wearing the Lace tights any time soon.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Love & Elephants

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This weeks new additions:

Funky face

As a non-earring-wearing-person (flying fast and loose with those hyphens), you may think I'm a little strange, but I really like these funky earrings from Gemma Redux.

Fun colors, a little dangle and funky mask faces make for a little kick to a boring outfit.

They would for sure be conversation starters!

Do you like them too or am a little out there on this one?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Papa's got a brand new bag?

It's not often that you find a company that started in the Great Depression and is still up and running during these less than ideal economical times. So when I read a short blog post on Garden & Gun about Moore & Giles, I was quite intrigued. The company started in 1933 and has since been designing and distributing natural leathers. 

"Leather has always been a symbol of style and sophistication, and our mission is to showcase its inherent beauty and preserve the natural features that give it character."

Since its humble beginning, Moore & Giles has expanded from a leather findings shop to supplying leather to the home furnishing industry, and finally, in 2007, growing to design their own line of leather bags and accessories. And what a grand expansion that was - their stuff is made out of the most luxurious leather and is quite good looking.

 Check out their site. You can browse/purchase everything from supple leathers and ladies clutches to weekend bags, pillows and gun cases.

Photos courtesty 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Identity Crisis

"Using the black, inkless wand on the LCD screen at Bloomingdale’s, I made an indecipherable squiggle. The clerk asked to see my driver’s license. My identity — if not my signature — confirmed, she put the charge through. (I wish she hadn’t. Those white jeggings were a big mistake.)"

I was highly entertained by this short, entertaining story by Alex Kuczynski on the New York Times Style Magazine's website. Mainly because I completely relate to her experiences, although I have not blatantly signed another' name on the credit card machine, it's not often that you can recognize my wobbly signature on those darn things. If you have a minute, take the time to read her feature. It's short, amusing and a little bit thought-provoking.


I'm in love with these Valentino studded kitten heels. They are the perfect combination of ladylike and edgy. According to the Sartorialist, they were a big hit amongst the fashion week followers in Paris. And, for only $895, they can be yours!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


I'll be the first to admit that when it comes to all things gimmicky and limited edition in the makeup department I am a total sucker (my overflowing/useless makeup bag is evidence enough), and these Bento Box lipsticks from Nars are no different. Although I do wish they weren't so vibrant, I can't wait to check them out when they hit Saks on November 1. 

 "Inspired by a porcelain pot of lip stain used for kabuki actors that Nars found in Japan 10 years ago, the set of two cups of hand-poured color comes in a handsome wooden box with a wisteria-handled lip brush." -NY Times Magazine

To be notified when these little pots hit stores click here.

Goes to show you

If you complain enough, they will listen! Gap has officially reverted back to their old, tried & true, blue logo. Hooray!

"The casualwear chain will keep its decades-old white-on-navy blue logo after all. The move comes just one week after the company swapped it online for a new logo without saying a word. The new logo irritated fans, spurring them to complain about it online."- The Huffington Post

Monday, October 11, 2010


Hope you are enjoying your Columbus Day, here are few sales going on to celebrate the holiday (act now, many end today!):

Happy shopping!

Friday, October 8, 2010

BEEF, it's what's for dinner ......

In my opinion, it's not always easy to find a great steak marinade; one that is flavorful and juicy while still letting the steak be the showcase item. Well, I finally think my search has come to an end ... for now. After trying the following simple steak marinade a couple of weekends ago, this will be my go-to for the foreseeable future.  If you plan on cooking out this weekend, definitely try it!

1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons minced garlic, from the jar is fine
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

This will seem like alot of garlic, but go with it! 

Pair your juicy steak with a great salad, blue cheese polenta and a tasty cocktail!

really, Gap?

Not to be negative, but really, Gap, that's your new logo?? I don't get it. There's nothing visually appealing or noticeable about it, and correct me if I'm wrong, aren't those two major qualities you would want your logo to have? To me it looks cheap and unoriginal - not really something you want people to think of when you think of your brand.... I beg you, go back to the old, classic logo, please! And while you're at it, hire new graphic designers who can think of something more creative than helvetica and a fading blue square!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

If only...

I looked this great walking Gloria...

Subtle sequins...

When it comes to sequins, you can easily overdo it...


(sorry, Heidi)

but, lately I've really been loving all of the subtle hints of sparkle that have been popping up on skirts, tees and sweaters. Sequins are a great way to add a little girlishness to a menswear or military style outfit. I've particularly been looking for some daytime sequins, nothing that screams "HEY! I'M HERE AND I'M SPARKLY!!!!!" but, just a little kick to my boring everyday ensembles. Like usual, I'm adoring these sequins from J. Crew.

Other fun picks from around the web...


Alice & Olivia
fun or impractical? I can't decide...

Tory Burch

Images via JCrewShopbop, and Tory Burch