Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A new found Picasso

My favorite Picasso, "Girl Before a Mirror"
A French electrician and his wife have stepped forward with 271 works of famed Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. The electrician, who did work for the artist about three years before he died, claims that Picasso gave him various lithographs, paintings and notebooks. But, according to Picasso's son and his lawyers, the troubled artist (one of my favorite of all time) always signed, dated and dedicated his gifts.

In his lifetime Picasso came out with over 20,000 pieces, hundreds of which have gone missing. The art work that this man has come forward with is from the artist's most creative period (1900-1932) and is worth over $80 million! 

Picasso was known for his generosity, but 271 pieces to his electrician seems a little absurd to me!

Love & Elephants


 Don't be deterred by the lack of merch on the website right now. Houston pretty much wiped me out, but I am restocking and adding lots of pretty new merchandise today and tomorrow. Will let you know when it's ready to go!!

Monday, November 29, 2010

I think...

Gloria could be a dog of Elle Decor...

Gloria






Don't you think?

Overload




Among many of the holiday dishes I enjoyed last week was The Pioneer Woman's Macaroni and Cheese. If you have never tried this recipe, I highly recommend it. I've had it a couple times before and have even added green chiles once or twice. Try it at your next big gathering, or just for a Monday night - it's a great cold weather side!


Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Dried Macaroni
  • 1 whole Egg Beaten
  • ¼ cups (1/2 Stick Or 4 Tablespoons) Butter
  • ¼ cups All-purpose Flour
  • 2-½ cups Whole Milk
  • 2 teaspoons (heaping) Dry Mustard, More If Desired
  • 1 pound Cheese, Grated
  • ½ teaspoons Salt, More To Taste
  • ½ teaspoons Seasoned Salt, More To Taste
  • ½ teaspoons Ground Black Pepper
  • Optional Spices: Cayenne Pepper, Paprika, Thyme
Instructions:
Cook macaroni until very firm. Macaroni should be too firm to eat right out of the pot. Drain.
In a small bowl, beat egg.


In a large pot, melt butter and sprinkle in flour. Whisk together over medium-low heat. Cook mixture for five minutes, whisking constantly. Don’t let it burn.


Pour in milk, add mustard, and whisk until smooth. Cook for five minutes until very thick. Reduce heat to low.


Take 1/4 cup of the sauce and slowly pour it into beaten egg, whisking constantly to avoid cooking eggs. Whisk together till smooth.


Pour egg mixture into sauce, whisking constantly. Stir until smooth.


Add in cheese and stir to melt.


Add salt and pepper. Taste sauce and add more salt and seasoned salt as needed! DO NOT UNDERSALT.


Pour in drained, cooked macaroni and stir to combine.

Serve immediately (very creamy) or pour into a buttered baking dish, top with extra cheese, and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top.



If you haven't already done so, peruse the PW website - you're bound to find something you like! Enjoy!


Photo courtesy of The Pioneer Woman

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thank you!

Sorry I've been MIA this week, I have been preparing for and recovering from the Elizabeth Lanier Designs show in Houston. Thanks to everyone who came out - we had a great time!

One of my tables at the show! (In the midst of the packing and rush to set up I forgot my camera so sorry for the poor image.)
I will be back next week with lots of present ideas and other random posts.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Houstonians!

Come to our show TOMORROW at the Owl Bar! Sip champagne, nibble on treats and shop, shop, shop!

Hope to see you there!!


Www.elizabethlanierdesigns.com

Monday, November 15, 2010

You ask me what I like about Texas...

I'll tell you it's the wide open spaces OPI's recently released Spring 2011 colors. One of my favorite nail polish lines recently announced their new colors which happen to be dedicated to my favorite state. That's right, OPI plays tribute to the land where the cowboys cry ki-yip-ee-yi (couldn't help it, it's my favorite lyric), the hair is as big and buoyant as the personalities, and Willie, Waylon and the boys call home. The 12 polish colors range from pretty pinks and purples to natural tans and greens.

As per usual, the names of the polishes are just as fun (or more fun) as the colors...


I won't comment on the fact that San Antonio's color is "the perfect honey tan" ...

The official date you can purchase is not until February 2011, but I thought I'd share anyway!

I hope you enjoyed me cheesiest post thus far.


Thank you Sheknows.com

Saturday, November 13, 2010

J. Crew Sale

Some great finds in the J. Crew holiday sale...

Norwood Blazer - this was one of my picks a while back. It has now been slashed from $250 to $80!

Goldenrod jacquard mini - $128 now $70
Merino and Mohair shawl-collar cardigan - was $128 now $80

Julienne Suede Shoes - was $198 now $100

An added plus: they're having free shipping with orders over $150! 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Salute your shorts



Today is Veterans Day, my friends. Take a minute to thank a local veteran, a minute to put your self in his/her shoes and think about what they've gone through and seen and what their loved ones have endured. Today I thank my brother-in-law (although I guess he's not technically a veteran yet since he's off again in December.) I appreciate all he and his men have done and continue to do. God bless our troops and God bless America.

If you haven't seen this video before, I warn you to have a tissue handy - no one warned me the first time. If you have seen it before, I hope you don't mind watching it again.




A nod to patriotism

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Italy's flag, fashion houses from Missoni to Moschino have redesigned the green, white and red patriotic Italian icon.

Cavalli

Missoni
Moschino

"Twenty-four Italian fashion houses, in collaboration with Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana, donated their creative talents to help celebrate the 150th birthday of the country’s flag by redesigning it. The tricolor reinterpretations, crafted by the likes of Alberta Ferretti, Emilio Pucci, Etro, Max Mara, Missoni, Moschino, Roberto Cavalli, Salvatore Ferragamo and Trussardi, are currently on display as part of a bigger exhibit, called “Omaggio al Tricolore,” at the Vittoriano museum in Rome until Jan. 6."
-Women's Wear Daily

Photos from Women's Wear Daily

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

a Fuller offering: Animal Lovers

Since we're about six weeks to Christmas, and I'm already making my list and checking it twice, I thought I'd share a few of the fun gifts I've seen. From now until mid-December Wednesdays will be holiday gift idea day - aka a Fuller offering.

Today's Fuller offering is focused on those of us shopping for a furry friend. I steered clear of toys, as I knew I would get carried away in the deep dark depths of the toy pages. Check out some of my finds:

If your pups eat and drink anything like mine, this placemat is a great idea. No more soggy floors, AND it's mildew, mold, and UV resistant for life.

I think this product is as useful as it looks silly. Gloria's favorite thing to do is hop right on the couch or my bed after running through the mud or digging in the grass, and I can't tell you how many towels I have ruined with her muddy little paws. But, with this little product you no longer have to use your own bath towels to clean your pup's paws. Handy!

What pooch doesn't need a stylish dog bed?

Yet another great way to save your wood floors during meal time. I've been DYING to get one of these for Gloria for months now. Maybe her grandparents will get her one for Christmas? :)

Everyone loves a new collar!




Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Your winter jean problem solved


Call me crazy, but thanks to my sister we have found the perfect boot jeans - the Gap Stirrup Legging Jeans. These genius jeans solve that plaguing problem of constantly having to pull your jeans down at the ankle and up at the waist. As an added bonus, they don't cost much and are super comfy. But don't just trust me, try them yourself! 



Fall...

Love the wonderful weather, cosy clothes, transition of colors and tasty bites this time of year ...






The Sartorialist, Shopbop, The Pioneer Woman, Me




Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Dia de los Muertos


For those of you who are unfamiliar, El Dia de los Muertos is celebrated every November 1 and 2 in Mexico to honor those who have passed away. 


Families set up altars with pictures of their deceased loved ones and decorated flowers, calaveras (top photo), and food and drinks galore. Growing up in San Antonio, we often acknowledged this tradition in school - especially Spanish class - by making decorations, writing stories and indulging on a little Pan de Muerto. For me, El Dia de los Muertos evokes memories of bright Mexican colors, fanciful sugar skulls, ornate altars and that tasty bread.



Thanks to AllRecipes we can all bake a loaf for ourselves this year:

Pan De Muerto

  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons anise seed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

Directions

  1. Heat the milk and the butter together in a medium saucepan, until the butter melts. Remove from the heat and add them warm water. The mixture should be around 110 degrees F (43 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl combine 1 cup of the flour, yeast, salt, anise seed and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Beat in the warm milk mixture then add the eggs and orange zest and beat until well combined. Stir in 1/2 cup of flour and continue adding more flour until the dough is soft.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.
  4. Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size. This will take about 1 to 2 hours. Punch the dough down and shape it into a large round loaf with a round knob on top. Place dough onto a baking sheet, loosely cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until just about doubled in size.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for about 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven let cool slightly then brush with glaze.
  6. To make glaze: In a small saucepan combine the 1/4 cup sugar, orange juice and orange zest. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 2 minutes. Brush over top of bread while still warm. Sprinkle glazed bread with white sugar.
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If you are in San Antonio and want to get in on a little Dia de los Muertos action check out the calendar on Mysa.com for events going on all week.


All images courtesy of mysa.com

Monday, November 1, 2010

Hello Fall




It's officially November 1 and cooler temperatures have finally made their way down to South Texas (for the time being). The cooler weather gets me excited to whip out my Fall attire and has got me yearning for a new coat...

or cape!






Might have to make a little trip to Zara sometime soon!



Photos courtesy of thesartorialist.com and zara.com