Friday, April 29, 2011

Happy Day!

Oh my goodness. I have to say I was entirely swept up with the royal wedding!   The ceremony was so moving and lovely... (that choir!) We all need a little pomp from time to time, and I loved seeing the wacky getups in the crowd.  Talk about enthusiasm... Anyway, Kate was literally glowing.  Her dress was perfect (and her sister's, too).  She looked relaxed, calm and oh-so-radiant.   What a fun celebration!  Here's a few of my favorite photos.  (Hopefully you aren't tired of it already!)  Happy Day!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


I hope you all had a happy Easter.  I'm taking a mini-hiatus from the blog as I prepare for tests, write research papers and finish some final exams... I'll see you again once I resurface from the work pile!

{photos via pinterest}

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

That Hat.

pascale bibi

weeping willow hat

cinema sunhat

rosario fedora

I still believe in hats.  I am pulling for them to make a return.  In fact, I went to TJMaxx the other day to look around and the selection was picked over, which is a positive sign. I am not brave enough to wear one for Easter, but I do think I'll try for summer vacation.  They really do come in handy on the beach... Here are some inspiring beauties from Anthropologie.  (The most affordable being the weeping willow hat.)

What do you think?  Do you like them?  Would you wear one?  

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Help, Friends, Help!

Yesterday I was talking to a friend of mine about school (and how lackluster I've felt lately concerning assignments) and she looked at me and said, "Uh-oh, you've got Senior-itis."

But spelled, Senior-itis looks really weird.  Senioritis?  Is that better?  

Anyway,  she was so right.  I've got a major outbreak... you remember what it was like to be in school, so close to graduating but the weather so unbelievable you thought... papers?  What papers???  

If you can offer up some words of encouragement, wisdom, advice or tips on how to push through the burn and get that diploma I would be so grateful.  (You can even yell at me through the comments section.  I deserve it.  I've been playing Texas Hold'em on John's phone when I have novels to read.)

 Please share your secret tips!

I'd be so grateful.  Thank you :)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

New Best Friend.

I've never minded cauliflower.  I thought it was okay and would munch the florets dunked in ranch at baby showers.  I'd cut it up and sneak it into salads.  But I've never thought it was anything special.  At best it has a nice crunch.

Until one day...

Ina Garten told me to slow roast it with garlic cloves & olive oil, then add salt and pepper and a little bit of parsley and pine nuts, plus a splash of lemon...

And I am going to buy cauliflower every single time I go to the grocery store now.  The depth of flavor in this dish transcends anything you would ever believe cauliflower to be capable of.  This dish has dimensions!  My eyes have been opened.  I'm a believer in cauliflower.  I'm cauliflower's new best friend.

You will be too if you make this recipe.  I promise.

P.S.  It is SUPER easy.  :)

Garlic-Roasted Cauliflower

This recipe is surprising in so many ways. First, who thinks of cauliflower as flavorful? Second, roasting all that garlic in olive oil makes it delicious. And third, it's so easy! Roast the cauliflower with the garlic and then toss it with toasted pine nuts, parsley, and fresh lemon juice. You'll never think cauliflower is boring again.
1 head garlic, cloves separated but not peeled
1 large head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into large florets
4 1/2 tbsp olive oil
2 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
3 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1. Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Bring a small pot of water to a boil and add the garlic cloves. Boil for 15 seconds; drain and peel. Cut the largest cloves in half lengthwise.
2. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the cauliflower with the garlic, 3 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp salt, and black pepper. Spread into a single layer and roast, stirring twice, until the cauliflower is tender and the garlic is lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes.
3. Transfer the cauliflower to a large bowl with the garlic and pan juices. Add the remaining 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil, parsley, pine nuts, and lemon juice. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt, toss well and serve hot or warm. Serves 6.

{photo & recipe via Ladies Home Journal}

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Fast Metabolism.

You probably already know this, but I like the chart! :)

{photo via pinterest}

Monday, April 11, 2011

Home Accent.

Vintage glass bottles are so pretty, don't you think?  They look lovely on windowsills and can be displayed in so many creative ways.  Here are a few of my favorites - love it when they catch the light!

Hats ON!

Lately I've been wishing that women wore hats more often.  Why does it seem like they'll never come back in style?  Are women afraid of hats?  Where did they go?  They're still in England, that is for sure, and I think Kate Middleton's gonna bring them back.  That or there will be so many in attendance at the Royal Wedding, hopefully people will start to think about it.  Not to beat it over the head or anything but  a woman who wears a hat in today's society is automatically a Bad-A: confident, striking, poised and interesting.  Let's bring them back.  Who's with me?


{photos via the sartorialist and pinterest}

Friday, April 8, 2011

'50s Beach Glam

Grace, Audrey, Marilyn, Liz... I have to say that they all were looking fab on the beach.  What do you think of the return of 1950's beach swimwear?  I think it is genius!  (My take below!)

'50s Beach Glam

'50s Beach Glam by anniekelley featuring beach handbags

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spring Fever.

It's spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!  ~Mark Twain 

Yep.  Pretty much!
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