19 October 2014

Nouveau Boyfriend Tee

ASOS Boyfriend Tee with Nouveau Print // ASOS Maxi Skirt with Dropped Waist

More often than not, you can find me with a dirty chai latte in hand wearing a basic loose cut tee. Add the word "boyfriend" to any garment, and I'll probably buy it. Boyfriend cardi? Check. Boyfriend blazer? Check. Boyfriend tee? Ten times, check. The term usually implies oversized fit, with a feminine take on menswear structure. This specific tee is my new (or should I say nouveau?) favorite. The fabric is super soft, the rolled sleeves were set perfectly, and I'm a sucker for a good typeface. Plus, it's French & I'm obsessed.

After cleaning out my closet, I've been on a mission to find a quality black maxi with a good shape. I fell in love with this the moment I laid eyes on it. Just the right amount of flounce, and it's high waisted. Yes please, and thank you very much!

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18 October 2014

Harvest Turkey Sandwich

We had grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner the other night, and got to talking about quality cheeses and crusty breads. I was inspired to put together a seasonal turkey sandwich on ciabatta, with cranberry, pesto, roasted tomatoes, and some really good greens. I'll preface this by saying the sandwich would be ideal with brie, but I wanted to make use of what we already had - muenster. Tasty as hell.

Ahh, the crusty loaf. We determined crusty bread makes for a better sandwich (of course this depends on the sandwich - ciabatta probably isn't the best choice for a PB&J).

I recently read that tomatoes should always be served roasted (I wish I could remember where I found my first recipe). I'd never tried them that way, but gave it a go a few weeks ago and I think I am officially ingesting the proper daily dose of lycopene. I could seriously eat these for every meal - with eggs, mixed into a jar of marinara for a semi-homemade meal, even by themselves... by the bucket full. Heat the oven to 425', drizzle with olive oil, a little S&P, and roast for 20-30 minutes. I like to use garlic sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, and a pinch of dried herbs. They're great with a splash of balsamic added in the last 5-10 minutes, I used white balsamic for this sandwich.

I cheated a little with the pre-cooked turkey breast, but it was a better option than the preserved sliced deli meat. A little muenster (but try brie!), fresh basil leaves, and micro greens. The bread got brushed with pesto and warmed in the oven after the tomatoes finished.

When you roast tomatoes, you can quarter them or slice them. I think I prefer them quartered, but the slices worked better for the sandwich. Anybody know a trick to get all the burnt oil off the dish? The downside of roasted tomatoes is that the dishes take a heck of a lot longer.

Pile it all up and add a dollop of cranberry sauce at the end for the perfect fall treat. Bon appetit!

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17 October 2014

New Arrivals, Butter Cake & a Recipe

It's been a busy, productive week! When I spoke about October goals, I mentioned revamping my Poshmark closet. I've opted to sell on eBay instead, for the time being. It's become this fun little obsession the past couple days to get everything listed (I have a lot, some brand new & unworn, some vintage). You can expect lots of new arrivals rotating in all month. I'm listening to my high school iPod while I style and photograph the clothes - such good flashbacks! The Killers, Aqualung, Beatles, old Daft & Benassi... yes, a few random Britney Spears songs...

Above: cut out velvet-feel dress // smiley face shorts // cruizin' tank // vintage lacoste sweater

Celebrated Jesse's birthday in style at Mastro's with their famous warm butter cake (he would have preferred chocolate, but I loved it as usual). And looking forward to seeing Jim Jefferies live next month. We've never been to a comedy show before, so it should be exciting.

Lots of kitchen experimentation all week! This one was a favorite, a recipe given to me by Jesse's mom: Enchilada Stuffed Shells. Cook your ground turkey as normal in a skillet with mix-ins like onions and beans, and some taco seasoning. Boil large shell noodles per box instruction. Stuff the shells with your turkey mix & line them up in a baking tray. Smother with enchilada sauce & bake at 350' for 25 minutes, add some shredded cheese a few minutes before you pull them out. Serve with sour cream and your favorite salsa. Sliced green onions over the top would be a great pop of color.

Also new & notable: the interview I conducted with music festival producer Mariah Hanson is now up on Coachella Magazine. My first interview in years! You can check it out here.

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15 October 2014

Shop Fait Boum on eBay

Shop my closet on eBay!
15 new items added today & more later this week, including:
UNIF, Tobi (pictured), Lovely Day, Lush, and more...

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13 October 2014

DIY: Halloween Costumes with ASOS

I love an excuse to dress up! Here's a #throwback to one of my favorite Halloween couple's costumes that we wore a few years ago - he's Darth Maul and I'm a femme Darth Vader (do you like the little bow I glued to the helmet?). Jesse's always been a huge Star Wars buff, so his expensive and authentic Darth Maul getup left me scrambling to put together an equally creepy chic look. I've always preferred crafting my own costume - putting basic pieces together in a new/fun way, instead of buying an outfit-in-a-bag. I look for affordable pieces that I can re-style in the future.

A black corset, tutu, fishnets, boots, and gloves can be the beginnings to any costume. The Vader helmet (get one here, under $30) made my look work for our couple's theme. Throw on some kitty ears & draw some whiskers on your cheeks - suddenly you're a black cat. Get a really pointy witch's hat and carry a broomstick - wicked witch. Grab some devil horns and a tail - you get the idea. Though it's been a few years since I've worn the corset, I've still got it & look forward to styling it again for a new costume.

This year, I've teamed up with one of my favorite shops - ASOS - to showcase their options for a DIY Halloween look. Their accessories and prints get a lot cheekier this time of year (yay!), and they are quality pieces that will still have a lot of life well after Halloween is over. It doesn't need to be Halloween to rock a clutch with fangs on it!

To shop the selection above check out ASOS's Halloween department, their selection of black skirts and their corsets. They've got a ton of items 50% off right now through Oct. 20th! Plus free shipping over $25 (no code required), and students get an additional 10% off the entire order - just sign up with your .edu email.

For the record... I still have no idea what I'll dress up as this year. Any ideas?

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12 October 2014

A Little Sunday Pinspiration

This boozy pumpkin white hot chocolate from Minimalist Baker looks TGTBT.

This photo pretty much sums up my breakfasts all week. Roasted tomatoes on everything.

I have a serious Free People shoe fetish right now.

Give me soft and give me oversized, like all of these cozy knit SheInside sweaters.

Holly Sharpe makes killer art for your walls.

Words to live by this week. Fill your life with passion.

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