Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
gluten free pizza mix, an onion flat bread adapted from this recipe. I was in the mood to try some thing new, and stumbled across this bread and thought well this doesn't seem too difficult. Sometimes, trying new things cannot be too big of a process, and something simple will actually get done. I think regular pizza crust might be more crispy compared to the gluten free, but this was a nice treat with the caramelized onions, and I love fresh bread. I think when I make this again, it would be good to dip in tomato sauce as well - or might be tasty with a little pesto mixed in as well.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
There's something about making up the bed each day, definitely something I need to do more often. I usually make the bed when I am expecting company, or on weekends when I am not rushing out the door to make it to work. I had friends over for dinner not too long ago (no, we didn't eat in the bedroom) but I felt like if I made my bed, the rest of the house would suddenly be clean. It didn't quite work that way, but once that first section of the apartment is picked up everything else just seems easier to do. I really liked how the bed came together once I was done, with the light blues and browns, and the mixed patterns - definitely give my room that extra pop.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I just can't get on board with that no-poo movement- the one where people have given up on using shampoo on a regular basis. I tend to look like I've rolled my head in butter without a good shampoo most days - it's a very rare occasion that I can get away with a day off from washing. One of my favorite daily shampoos is Head and Shoulders - Smooth and Silky. I never imagined that dandruff shampoo would top my list. One of the reasons I find this a great shampoo is that it really does tame the hair like it says it will, my hair is smoother, with a lot less work (meaning less time with the hair straightener). An added benefit is that this shampoo smells delicious as well - what's not to love about great looking, clean smelling hair?
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
One of my favorite things to do is have friends over for dinner. This is beneficial for several reasons, including giving me a clear deadline on cleaning up the apartment, as well as getting to try some new recipes that have been on the list to make. Since we are in the heart of fall, I couldn't resist putting the table together with some garnishes. I had some perfectly fall colored place mats, that were striped on side, and plaid on the other, which allowed for some mixing and matching of patterns on the table. On a trip to a local bodega, I saw orange, yellow and red Gerber daisies- simply ideal autumn colors to bring the table all together. I also cannot get enough of fresh flowers in the house, such an easy way to brighten up space and my overall mood.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Sephora. I thought I would love the dark shade the best, but I absolutely adore the light pink. The cotton candy color is surprisingly complementary to my skin tone, and just give at subtle youthful color.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
This season I've taken a strong liking to shorter cardigans. For many years now the trend is to wear long cardigans that cover up some key assets. Now, I'll admit sometimes a longer top half of an outfit is 100% necessary, however the short sweater is making it's way back into my life. I am a fan of dividing your outfit into thirds- so that 1/3 is your top, and a skirt will cover the other 2/3 of your outfit. This look feels classic to me, and will probably be more permanent in my outfit choices. I've found a few different sweaters so far - like this one from JCrew, that just seem to ease into my work wardrobe. I am reminded of old Catholic school uniforms, minus the plaid skirt, which should please my mother.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Autumn Wreath Yankee Candle. Almost a cross of baking apple pie from scratch and taking a walk through an orchard, this is one of those fragrances that just smells like homecoming. I love to warm up the house with welcoming scents, and this is one of the few seasonal candles I love having on hand for that purpose.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Lands' End because they are a neutral color, but still have that fun feeling, and they feel like wearing a pair of your favorite slippers to work.
Friday, October 14, 2011
Banana Republic - it's long and looks great with leggings or jeans, and the elbow patches are a great extra detail. I am reminded of college professors with the leather elbow patch houndstooth jackets - which is a distinguished look I've enjoyed since the 80's. This is one of those sweaters that could be worn at both work or on the weekends.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
I have started hauling my laptop home on a regular basis, something I loath doing, but sometimes becomes a necessity. I wanted a new bag that could fit my computer as well as my lunch and still be fashionable for fall and winter. I found this very large bag, with a great handle from one of my favorite places to shop, Banana Republic. It fits everything I need it to, and then some, and it's a great copper color that looks great as a neutral to carry my work life to and from home each day.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
The Guggenhiem in New York. I snapped this photo on an unseasonably warm weekend in October, where t shirts and shorts were the norm instead of sweaters and jeans. Unfortunately, the museum was installing the next exhibition, so the rotunda was closed (which is the best part of this building). This is becoming one of my regular places to visit in the city, I love to wander the floors and then head to Central Park to enjoy the outdoors. There's nothing like relaxing on the great lawn with a cup of coffee after a trip to see some unusual works of art.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Tate's Bake Shop offers some great gluten free items, including several types of cookies. I love the chocolate chip ones, and a bag can last about 2 weeks in my apartment (I am not sure why the self control, but hey I'll take it).
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Cath Kidston while in the UK. I actually really thought the back of the necklace was something I had been looking for, though I do love the blue background with the pink flower, the detail on backing makes this more versatile for every day wear. The gold heart will definitely get a lot of wear as on of those little delicate items great for date nights or even at the office. The blue side seems like a great addition for a casual weekend outfits for outings that include brunch and long walks while leaf peeping.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
A weekday treat this week, martinis with one of my closest friends at Tao. Definitely a New York hot spot, with a great bar and giant buddahs - and of course delish cocktails. I couldn't resist taking a photo of the cocktails (and animal print umbrella in the background). This seemed like the perfect way to welcome the first truly fall feeling day in the city.
Monday, October 3, 2011
Purple is the color of royalty- and my new shoes from Marks & Spencer. I didn't get to see much of London, unfortunately, I was in the office for the most part. Though the long hours certainly did not stop me from doing a tiny bit of shopping while across the pond. I found these babies in the shoe department for the low cost of £15 (about $24 USD), and well it was decided that my life in the States needed these imports. I can't wait to pair them with a smart outfit for work, or my skinny black pants.