Monday
Jul152013

Dress the Bebe Bump: 32 Weeks

Above: Forever 21 dress (old, almost identical crochet top black dress here!) and sandals, Reiss white blazer (similiar, mine is from last year), Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, Proenza Schouler bag (last year's print, but check out this year's new traingle pattern- LOVE!)

 

This black crochet top dress from Forever 21 has been a closet staple for years. It is actually one of the first items I ever bought from Forever 21 when they opened locally, years ago. It has faithfully served me ever since. And is now continuing on through my pregnancy.

I usually wear it belted with some kind of skinny neon tie, but the flowy fabric has been a godsend in these steamy summer weeks. The material is light as can be and even though it is black, it keeps me cool with crochet cut outs at the top. I was surprised to see a nearly identical version here and I am seriously tempted to buy another one since the original has treated me so well!

Somewhat less sturdy, these beaded flats from Forever 21, which are on their last legs. I just haven't had good luck with the footwear, but I suppose, what do you want for 7.99?

On another sale note, I made sure to stock up at J Crew this weekend, who had 40% off sale prices (still going this week at 30% off). I have been stalking this pajama inspired collection 'suncation' dress for some time, and struck!  I know it is something I will love through the fall when I have shed some of the baby pounds. I also got a few pairs of their capri sandal slides- perfect for these last few months when I can't reach over my stomach to buckle anything!!

Stay cool this week!

Friday
Jul122013

Milk Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, Hazelnut & Coconut Cookies

 

If you are a fan of Flour Bakery, the local shop from Joanne Chang, then chances are you are already a fan of these cookies. They are an everything but the kitchen sink kind of cookie and utterly delicious.

This recipe is kind of a mesh of two of her most famous cookies, the chocolate chip hazelnut and the chunky Lola (there is no Lola, btw, it is just a name they made up for the oatmeal, chocolate chip, coconut, pecan cookie). 

I followed the recipe for hazelnut cookie (below), and added the coconut and oatmeal on a whim. Delicious!

 

Ingredients:

3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon room temp butter

2/3 cup sugar

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups blanched hazelnuts toasted and chopped (Flour recipe calls for 1/2 cup ground hazelnuts as well, I omitted this step)

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt (I sometimes add a little more- depends on how you like your sweet salty mix!)

12 oz milk chocolate chips

1/2 cup oatmeal flakes (unsweetened)

1/2 cup slow cooking oats

 

Directions:

Using a stand mixer w/paddle, cream butter, and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. 

In a medium bowl, stir together hazelnuts, flour, baking soda, salt, chocolate, coconut and oatmeal. On low speed, blend the flour mixture into the butter mixture until evenly incorporated.

For best results, refrigerate dough overnight or 3-4 hours before baking. I confess,  I have no patience, and also omitted this step. As you can see from the cookie above, they came out evenly baked and perfectly chewy and gooey. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees and drop dough into 1/4 cup balls on a sheet, about 2 inches apart (I use an ice cream scoop). Flatten each ball slightly.

Bake for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown on edges and slightly soft in middle. Let cool on wire rack. 

Or dive in while scolding hot, with a glass of milk, as I usually do.

Cookies should keep up to one week in the fridge, in an airtight container.

Bon appetit!

Also, be sure to check out Joanne Chang's latest cookbook, Flour, Too: Indispensable Recipes for the Cafe's Most Loved Sweets & Savories. It focuses less on the sweets, more on the meats (as in her savory sandwhiches and lunches!). So far, love everything I have made.

 

Wednesday
Jul102013

Jennifer Chun F/W 2013

 

  

Images: Jennifer Chun

PHOTOGRAPHER:TOMOHISA KINOSHITA
STYLIST: JASON RIDER

 

I am going to do it....... "fall", in the middle of summer.

Brace yourself.

I couldn't resist, it is just way too spectacular to hold back. Behold, the wonder that is Jennifer Chun's Fall/Winter 2013 look book and collection. 

This is just the inspiration I need to prep for post baby workout routine and fashion. There is a fashionable life after baby, damnit. And Jennifer Chun clearly holds the key. She of the khaki parkas with fox trim, geo cube graphic shirt dresses, and asymmetric dresses. I'll be taking one of each.

A return to regularly scheduled, summery outfits tomorrow.