Monday
Mar032014

White Noise

Above: Veronica Beard vest (via Viola Lovely), Mother Muse jeans, Isabel Marant boots, Zara top and bag, Wooden Sterling Ring by Allison Woods c/o Uncommon Goods (more jewelry ideas, click here)

 

So, I finally made the leap from buying quantity to focusing on quality. It was a long time coming, but this spring, I took it to the next level. I am limiting my purchases to some well thought out investment peices, unique items that will stand up over time and fill some gaping holes in my closet. 

It started with the Marant Krisi boot, then this oh so cool Veronica Beard moto vest, and finally some Mother denim. I'm not embarassed to say they are all from one spot, Viola Lovely. This local store just gets it right. 

Simple items, spiced up with some leopard, and topped off with this lovely wooden and sterling ring from Uncommon Goods.

I have been a fan of the retailer for quite some time (they feature the ceramics of my mother's lifelong pal!), so when they approached me to work together, I was happy to oblige. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Brooklyn, they are one of my go to spots for unique designs and hand crafted items. When I am on the look out for an interesting and thoughtful gift, I usually check here (agate coasters for the mother in law were a recent purchase). The hard to shop for? Easy. The person who likes one of a kind items you won't see elsewhere, done and done.

Uncommon Goods provides a platform to up and coming designers and artists- with half of what they sell being made by hand. Including this crazy cool ring by Allison Woods, that features the name of my daughter in brail. Each ring starts with a block of wood and a spool of sterling wire, cut to your size, and inlaid with a chosen word or name. It's sleek and special without being obvious, a subtle and sweet reminder of my new baby girl. A one of a kind accessory perfectly in line with my new shopping mantra. Less is more with wonderful items like this.

 

This is a sponsored post. Merci, Uncommon Goods.

 

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Friday
Feb282014

Seasonal & Savory: Pies Inspired by the CSA Basket 

Foodie recently asked me to curate some recipes to celebrate Pi day, which falls on March 14th this year. Get it, pie for Pi day?

It's cold, so I turned to the offerings at our local CSA Brookwood farm, for savory pie inspiration. What's available you ask? Root items stored for winter- shallots, onions, garlic, potatoes and even some beans and grains from local producers. My weekly favourite is the eggshare though, perfect for quiches, and your daily breakfast!

Bon appetit!

 

This post is sponsored by Foodie.com.

Wednesday
Feb262014

Operation Palm Beach: Lilly Pulitzer Estate Auction

Lot 35, Group of Decorative Cat Pillows

 

Palm Beach, pastel, slightly wacky, definitely whimsicle, all adjectives I have come to associate with the fashions of Ms. Lilly Pulizter.

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Monday
Feb242014

Floral Jumpsuit

Above: Sea NY jumpsuit via Steven Alan, YSL boots (similar from Chloe), Zara moto jacket, Proenza Schouler PS1

 

So this jumpsuit is a bit of a departure from my new buying trend (of basics, in slimming black!). Kind of crazy, but a whole lot of fun. Kind of doubly crazy, cause it's silk and I wore it on a freezing cold day. What on earth was I thinking?!

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Thursday
Feb202014

A Tale of Two Salsas: Chipotle Pico vs Roasted Tomatillo

 

Warning! Once you make your own salsa, there is no going back to jarred. Well except for emergency measures.

Here, we have a tale of two salsas for your cooking pleasure. One, the basic pico, all chopping, no cooking necessary. 

VS.

The roasted tomatillo salsa. Some roasting involved, which really just amps up all the flavors and makes a delicious topping for your vehicle, the tortilla chip. 

The winner?

In our house it is the roasted tomatillo. Doesn't look quite as pretty as the pico but man, does it taste some kind of delish.

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