Thursday, January 30, 2014

Comfy Dresses And The Super Bowl



Happy Friday everyone! This weekend is big with the Super Bowl coming up and I am actually psyched for the game. I have been following football pretty closely this season and, not to brag or anything, I even won my fantasy football league this year. I think it's going to be a good game and we all know the commercials will be awesome. I am hoping the Broncos win because we will be vacationing in Colorado in just a few short weeks! I wanted to do a casual look today that appears a bit more dressed up then just jeans and a t shirt. I figured it may be good inspiration for Super Bowl party attire. I hope you agree! 

















 Dress: Free People here
Jacket: Free People here
Tights: Cotton On here
Boots: MIA Limited Edition here
Hair: Nume 25mm Magic Curling Wand here




XOXO


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

New Hats And Layered Jewelry



Today I have for you all a casual look I wore over the weekend while we were having some lovely weather here in Dallas. Now, however, it has dropped to 20 degrees, so it is a bit bitter sweet writing this post right now. Don't get me wrong, I love boots, scarves, coats, and everything else that comes with fall and winter fashion, but I am already finding myself itching for spring. This top and skirt could easily transition into warmer weather, but the tights and boots help to keep it looking winter. I have also been having so much fun wearing hats and layering necklaces this winter. It seems to give my jewelry a whole new look and a hat now brings together my outfit. I hope you enjoy this post and let me know what you have been loving this season.

















Top: Anthropologie (old) similar here
Skirt: Forever 21 (old) similar here
Boots: MIA Limited Edition here
Hat: Nasty Gal here
Tights: Cotton On here
Spike Necklace: Urban Outfitters (old) similar here
Pearl Necklace: Anthropologie (old) similar here
Crystal Necklace: Lily Wang via. ShopLately (search"Crystal Sparkle Necklace") here
Hair: Nume 25mm Magic Curling Wand here



XOXO




Monday, January 27, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Making Linguini And Clams With The Hubs



Hey guys! So last night the Hubs took me by surprise and picked up ingredients for and found a recipe to cook my favorite dish together, linguini and clams in white wine sauce. I have always loved this Italian favorite, ever since I was little. It also happens to be one of my dad's favorites, which is probably how I fell so in love with it. I have always been a bit intimidated to make this on my own, but luckily my knight in shining armor was with me in the kitchen to help me out. I must say this recipe had quite a few steps, but everything ended up going very smoothly and tasted divine. This is the perfect date night in food and a blast to cook with someone else. Its also a bit out of the ordinary if you are trying to impress that special someone. I hope you enjoy our rendition of Chef Anne Burrell of Food Network's Linguini with White Clam Sauce.


Linguini With White Wine Clam Sauce

 

 Ingredients:

  • 2 dozen fresh littleneck clams
  • 10 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound of linguini
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated parmigiano reggiano or pecorino romano cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt to taste (not much is needed)
  • lemon for garnish

 

 Directions:

Was your clams well in cold water and set aside. Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Coat the pan with half of your olive oil and add five of your smashed garlic cloves to the pan. Cook the garlic until it is golden brown and becomes aromatic, then remove from the pan and set aside. Add one dozen of your clams, your water, and your white wine to the same saute pan and cover. Boil over medium high heat until all clams open (about ten minutes). Remove the clams from your pan and reduce your pan liquid (about an additional five minutes). Once liquid has reduced, transfer it to a glass bowl. Allow your first round of clams to cool slightly and then remove from the shells and set aside. 

Bring a large pot of well salted water to a boil.

Return your saute pan to the heat and add the remaining olive oil and garlic. Repeat the browning process once again, and remove the toasted cloves. 
 
Add the remaining clams as well as the reduced clam liquid to your pan, making sure not to add any sand or settlements that have sank to the bottom of the bowl when cooling (you may loose some liquid because of this and that is fine). Again, cover the clams and cook until all shells open. Also, add your pasta to the boiling water and cook as the package instructs. Drain pasta and set aside. 

Remove the clams from the pan once they have opened, but this time leave them inside the shell. Add your butter to the pan as well as your red pepper flakes, a pinch of salt (very little salt us needed) and a few of your garlic cloves. Add the de-shelled clams back to the pan and toss with the sauce to warm. Add your pasta to the pan as well as most of your cheese and parsley (leave some for garnish). Toss until pasta is well coated, then add the clams in their shells to the pan. Give a few more quick tosses then remove from the heat and pour into a bowl. Garnish with the remaining cheese and parsley, serve and enjoy!
























All Dressed Up



Good morning all! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. I know the Hubs and I did, but it sure flew by. I know it has been a while, but I actually have for you today the outfit I wore to Christmas Eve mass and dinner with my family. The ensemble doesn't scream Christmas however, so I truly think it is appropriate for any fancy dinner, date night, or event you want to wear it to.  My sweet mother-in-law gave me this skirt as a gift a while back. I really love the fun shape it creates and the blue and black color scheme makes it match with practically anything. I hope you enjoy my dressy outfit!





















Top: Anthropologie (sold out in green) in different colors here and here
Skirt: Anthropologie (a gift from my swet mother-in-law) here
Tights: Cotton On here
Shoes: Urban Outfitters (old) similar herehere and here
Earrings: Opaque Lion via Shop Lately (search "Green Statement Earrings") here
Curling Wand: Nume 25mm Magic Curling Wand here


XOXO



Thursday, January 23, 2014

Marcus Evans Menswear


Hello everyone! The other night my sweet friend Marcus Evans invited me to his menswear fashion show at a popular bar in downtown Dallas. I must say, I was in awe of his talents! His whole line was focused on structured, fitted jackets that exuded masculinity and elegance. His choices of colors were simple, and classic, yet also fashion forward and his attention to detail was impeccable. My personal favorite styles include the Constantine, Damon, and Donavon. I love the double collar and leather piping in the Constantine. It is not a detail I see often in menswear, but it works so well. The Damon had incredible asymmetric buttons and I actually got to try it on at the show. The model who wore it also said it was his favorite, claiming he called dibs on it the moment he saw the coat. The Donavon has a very unique color blocking in the back, which I think is so original and edgy. All in all it was an incredible show. I had so much fun and I wish Marcus all the best in his budding career!




Lucian




Bradley



Conner



Constantine




Damon




Donovan




Kingston



Landon



Maximus


All photos above can be found on Marcus' website (marcusevans.co)
 photo credit: Brian Belvins


Here are a few of my personal pictures from the show. It was pretty dark so please excuse the quality, but I think I got a few good ones!














Marcus is in the center!




XOXO