Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Home on the Ranch

I am a very bad blogger and did not take that many photos from the road trip.  Here are a few though.  Some photos of the ranches around montana, a cool car, and a wedding cake of course!  
There is also a photo of this months Vogue.  It was impossible to find an Elle or a Vogue anywhere during the trip and I needed one for the 9 hour car ride. 
I finally wore the Acne dress with some lovely Jeffery Campbell shoes, but, alas...I literally had no time to take a picture of it!
Hope everyone had a good weekend.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Book Club

A a friend of mine let me borrow this book and it is wonderful.  In fact, I can't put it down.  If you are bored this summer, I would definitely pick up a copy of "The Savage Detectives" by Roberto Bolaño.
You can't see in the pictures, but I wore little brown Oxfords by Steve Madden with this ensemble. 

Cardigan - 360 | Tank, Glasses, Watch - UB | Skirt - UO

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lines & Dots

This is kind of an odd combination but it works I think.  I love, love, love these shorts that I bought last year in France.  I often have trouble figuring out what to pair them with.
The Arts Festival is this weekend, which I was pretty excited for, but turns out I won't be attending.  I will be in Montana (which is equally exciting).  I will finally have the opportunity to wear the Acne dress I purchased in NYC.  I am definitely looking forward to that. 

Top, Bandeau, Boots - UB | Shorts - Zara 

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Casual Thursday

I wore this dress last in the winer, so I was happy to pull it out again in nice weather.  I found it on sale last year at Q Clothing downtown.  I have been on a mission to try to find more boutiques around the city, because I think they are more fun to shop at then big malls.  Last night I went to dinner in Park City (I haven't been up there forever) and it looked like there might be some fun window shopping to be had...

Dress - Doki Geki | Jacket - Vintage | Flats - UO | Leggings - UB 

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Simply Simplicity

This is the dress that I was so excited to find, here. I paired it with a belt to give it a little more shape, I like it with out a belt too though.

The pasta is my absolute favorite dish ever, which I thought I would share with you.  It is the best fresh pasts dish for summer.  I don't have a recipe, because I kind of just make it up as I go. 

You will need:
7 small heirloom tomatoes 
Lots of basil (to taste)
1 pound of mozzarella 
Olive Oil (to taste)
7 to 14 Garlic Cloves (I like 14!)
Pepper (to taste)

Chop up tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella, and basil (I like to rip the basil with my hands) in a large bowl.  Drizzle olive oil over the top.  Mix in some pepper. Let sit covered for about 2 hours. 
After 2 hours, boil pasta and then mix it in with the tomato sauce.  Add fresh mozzarella and basil if desired.
Drink a glass of red wine along side and you are set! 

Dress - Caslon | Belt - J.Crew | Shoes - Converse | Watch - UB

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Biker Shorts

I love these little short-leggings more then anything.  I discovered them last year in New York and have been obsessed ever since.  They are perfect for summer because you can put them on under a dress, not feel too hot, and not show the world what color underwear you have on.  Simply brilliant.  I wore this dress last with a denim jacket, so I thought I would try something different and go for a light cardigan.  
P.S. How do we feel about H&M coming to Fashion Place? I'm not so stoked...

Dress - Audrey 3+1 | Cardigan - H&M | Leggings - F21 | Oxfords - Need Supply | Watch - UB

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Pumpkin Muffins

I thought these where quite delicious and easy.  I think I am going to try to make them again and instead of using chocolate chips, try putting some walnuts and carrots in the them...

Adapted from the American club, in Kohler, Wisconsin via Gourmet Magazine

1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
1¼ cups (plus 1 tablespoon) sugar
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°
Put liners in muffin cups.
Whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, 1 1/4 cups sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl until smooth, then whisk in flour mixture until just combined.
Stir together cinnamon and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in another bowl.
Divide batter among muffin cups (each should be about three-fourths full), then sprinkle tops with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Bake until puffed and golden brown and wooden pick or skewer inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
Cool in pan on a rack five minutes, then transfer muffins from pan to rack and cool to warm or room temperature.

I also had some time to go outside this weekend and wear  this new floral blouse from UB.  I got a sunburn  being outside but it was still amazing. 

Blouse, Shoes - UB | Jeans - Stein Mart 

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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Summer Plans

My mom has always been super interested in food.  When I was a little girl, she always cooked, what we called, 'Guinea Pig Dinners'.  A Guinea Pig Dinner consisted of finding a new recipe and every Sunday my mom and I would cook it for ourselves, my dad, grandpa and grandma.  Sometime the meals were kind of weird, but mostly they were pretty good.  
This summer I have decided to do my own version of the Guinea Pig Dinner, to keep myself occupied during my lack of free time.  Weekly I am going to try to cook something new and share the recipe with you.  If you like experimenting in the kitchen, I would love it if you tried it out to and shared your thoughts, ha.  
Oh and forgive me please, my food photography skills are a little weak.  

For my first go, I decided to make Pea Pesto Crostini as an appetizer followed by Roasted Shrimp and Orzo.

I have to admit that I altered the recipes a little though.  I NEVER use salt when cooking, so I cut that out entirely.  
For the Pesto, I didn't use all the Olive Oil, but, I did add a little white wine.  I thought it needed more Garlic though, so if I were you, I would add 2 cloves.  I also used fresh peas not frozen.  
For the Orzo I didn't use all the Olive Oil either,  It says to use 1/2 cup and I only used about 1/4 maybe less.  I grilled the shrimp instead of roasting them, and I grilled some vegetables too (my favorite)!   I paired the meal with a Rosé from La Vieille Ferme.  It made for a lovely, light, summer meal (and provided wonderful left-overs for the week)! 

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