Thursday, September 29, 2011

Zara has an amazing selection of handbags right now all under $200 and most under $100. Red is a big color for fall and that suede and leather tote would be an amazing piece to add to your wardrobe. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


If these Salted Caramel Shortbread bars from Annie's Eats taste as good as they look, I'm going to need to try them very soon!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Shortbread Bars
Yield: about 5 dozen small bars
For the shortbread layer:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup sugar
For the caramel layer:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 cup sugar
4 tbsp. light corn syrup
2 cans sweetened condensed milk
For the chocolate layer:
8 oz. semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 tsp. light corn syrup
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Fleur de sel or sea salt, for sprinkling
To make the shortbread layer, preheat the oven to 325° F.  Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper.  In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir with a fork to blend, and set aside.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until well blended, about 1-2 minutes.  With the mixer on low speed blend in the dry ingredients just until incorporated.  Transfer the dough to the prepared baking pan and press in an even layer over the bottom of the pan.  Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden.  (If the crust puffs up a bit while baking, just gently press it down while it is cooling.)  Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely.
To make the caramel layer, combine the butter, sugar, corn syrup and condensed milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  Heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter is melted.  Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer, stirring constantly.  Continue simmering and stirring until the mixture turns an amber color and thickens slightly.  Pour the mixture over the shortbread layer, smooth the top, and allow to cool completely and set.  (I chilled at this stage to ensure that the caramel layer would not melt when the warm chocolate was added.)
To make the chocolate glaze, combine the chocolate, corn syrup, and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.  Heat, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.  Pour evenly over the caramel layer and use an offset spatula to smooth the top.  Allow to cool for a minute or two and then sprinkle with fleur de sel.  Chill, covered, until ready to slice and serve.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Limited Edition

These Limited edition Topshop dresses remind me of dresses my mother and her sisters had in their closests growing up. Delicate fabrics and statement details make each of these dresses special. Ranging in price from $300 to $400, these dresses would be a great way to make a nod to the past without breaking the bank.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Bedroom of the week

I'm loving the look of this bedroom. Clean, clear and crisp with little pops of color. I've been working on a gallery wall in my living room since I moved in and I love the one behind this bed. I am always looking for a variety of different frames, but this makes me really rethink that and lean towards a uniform frame motif.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


I had all intentions of posting this yesterday, since Tuesday is the day the Rachel Zoe project airs, but the morning got away from me and before I knew it I was in bed too tired to do anything. So, instead of skipping it all together we will just pretend like it airs tonight (which works for me since I haven't watched it yet) and that this post is totally timely and relevant.

If you watch the show you were able to see RZ launch her eponymous line in last week's episode -nervously showing to fashion editors, buyers and friends. Honestly, I wasn't really sure what to think when I heard RZ was launching her own line. I definitely didn't take the QVC line too seriously - other than the fur vest that was bananas. She is an amazing stylist, but that really didn't mean she would be an amazing designer. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the collection:
Fall 2012

And am even more excited about the Spring and Resort 2012 collections. I was happy to see that you don't have to be a twig like her to be able to where her clothing. The bold colors and mod silhouettes emulate the '60s and '70s style icons that RZ mimics in her everyday life. I love that the majority of the pieces look relaxed and easy to wear, very LA meets NYC, which is exactly what she was going for.

Spring 2012

Resort 2012

 I will admit that I hope to see a little improvement in the shoes and accessories department, but otherwise I die

*note: if you don't watch the Rachel Zoe Project, I just want to point out that bananas and I die are not my language, but hers 

Images via and Neiman Marcus

Monday, September 19, 2011


Meet Lizzie, Lindsay and Laura, the three latest additions to the ELD website!

Rainy day organization

With no option but to stay inside yesterday (not complaining - we needed the rain), I decided to do a little reorganizing. Living in a one bedroom apartment can be tricky at times, so I've been trying to stay as organized as possible. And not just organized chaos, but legit organization where everything has it's own little home. I've come to the realization that whoever designed my apartment was definitely not a woman and sneakily made the closet look way more useful than it really is. To begin my project, I took all of my summer items out of my closet and drawers and put them in those storage saver bags - you know the one's you vaccuum? They are awesome. I was able to fit so much stuff in them and clear out plenty of space in my closet while not taking up too much storage space with summer stuff.  Next on the list was organizing my jewelry. It had been fairly well organized in my bathroom closet but I decided that space would be more efficient for sweaters, purses and towels (odd combo, I know). As a birthday gift my friend Katie gave me one of these elephant hooks from Anthropolgie - perfect for hanging jewels! I ran over to Anthro on Saturday and got two more elephants. I debated between getting different animals, but in the end I decided on three elephants (surprise, surprise). Anyway, I am very please with the outcome and hope I can keep everything just as clean and organized as it is right now! Next up.... tackling the shoe situation....

Friday, September 16, 2011

Love & Elephants

sorry for the iphone pic!

I've been on a jewelry making spree this week, making presents and donations and a few things for the website. It's such a relaxing hobby for me I wish I would make my self sit down and getaway on a regular basis. Anyway, I haven't had time to put these earrings on the website, but they are super cute and only $25. I have a few colors shown here but they can be made in pretty much any color you want! I haven't decided what kind of backs I want to put on them, but remember that I can change the back to whatever pierced style you want or as clips.

Don't forget that I can always make custom pieces and I am often copying expensive pieces for my friends. I obviously don't sell the copies but I am happy to do whatever you want. You can contact me at at anytime.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Check it out!

I'm on sweet Emily's blog today! If you don't read Simply Southern already you should definitely add it to your blog roll. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

This is what Target was like this morning. That's me in the lower picture. After a battle to the racks I can report that I actually made it out with some good finds!

They are already sold out all over Houston but I'm sure the returns will be pouring in in the next few weeks so keep checking!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Since the only thing I can really think about right now is Missoni for Target, I thought we'd do a little spotlight on Margherita Missoni, current brand ambassador and granddaughter to the brand's founders.

Her young, fresh face and personal style are enviable. I love the way she takes the iconic brand and wears it for every occasion; from running errands to black tie events, she's always perfectly put together. 

A day in the life of Margherita Missoni

Modeling for the Target line

Friday, September 9, 2011

Life according to my iPhone

Headed to a college reunion of sorts this weekend. I'll be back next week with a post on the Classic City.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

J. Crew lust list

Just a few items I'm lusting over for fall...
1. Cashmere Popover 2. Townhouse Trench 3. Mixed media pencil skirt
By the way, did you know Zara started selling online today? They have a great, easy-to-navigate site filled with fabulous finds!

Say goodbye to my negligent blogging ways, September is a new month and I'm hoping to head back in the direction of my regular posts of long ago. So, be patient and stay tuned fore more!