Friday
May272011

Chocolate Cracked Earth: Flourless Chocolate Cake

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I made this recipe for a dinner party recently and it was such a hit I had to share. Don't let the name of the desert throw you off, it is not earth like at all, just chocolatey, airy, delicious goodness.

The dessert is actually more akin to a chocolate souffle than the typical dense flourless chocolate cakes I have made before. Lighter than your typical chocolate fare you don't need to feel as guilty about indulging!

It was sinfully easy to make, the only ingredients being chocolate, butter, sugar, cream and eggs, lots and lots of eggs. Nine to be exact! Click here for the full recipe.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar, crack open the spring form pan, and serve with my favourite, amaretto whipped cream and fresh fruit.

Wednesday
May252011

Currently Obsessing

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This weeks current obsession? 


Ladylike details. Because class never goes out of style.

Pearls mixed with some edgy metal? J Crew has really caught my attention with their jewels.

Boxy bags in bright colors.  Top Shop nailed this trend.
And it's much cheaper than Celine's version!

Bright purple Miu Miu shades in a classic shape. Does it get any better than $16.99 at TJ Maxx?


And of course, some flowers to bring it all together.
Nothing says classy lady like some fresh cut stems in the house.

Monday
May232011

Dots & Leopard

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Above: Kookai shorts, J Crew top, necklace, and bracelets. Zara shoes, Top Shop bag.

Finally, some warm weather here, perfect for breaking out summer dresses and shorts, not seen since last year. Sigh. I have a whole new wardrobe to work with.

I dug out these suede Kookai shorts for an event at the Tannery a few weeks ago and haven't stopped wearing them since. I love the look of the polka dots and leopard loafers. It's a little bit prep, some mixed up prints, and soooooo comfortable. I wish I could live in suede everything, though I suppose that would be difficult and pricey to clean.

Husband and I also recently discovered this fun space  in our backyard, a huge, sprawling patio. I am embarrassed to admit, we have lived here for 3 years and never checked it out, assuming incorrectly that it belonged to the rear house.

To new outfits, remixing in our closet and new spaces!

Friday
May202011

Banana Republic After 5 Recap

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New goodies just in!
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Me and my new VA pals, Christina and Julie. Pretty awesome ladies.

Myself, Jen (from JenLovesKev) and Kinsey (from KinseyMichaels) aided and abetted in all things shopping and sale related at the Banana Republic After 5 event in Copley last night. Banana Republic definitely rolled out the red carpet on discounts (25% off sale AND 25% off purchase of $100) and made merry with wine and nibblies. Nothing like a few glasses of vino to induce a shopping binge and fight the rainy day blues!

I had such a lovely time with my fellow bloggers and my new friends from Banana and Virgin America. It's a miracle I didn't walk out with half the store....but I left that to husband who made an appearance to take advantage of the deals and buy a new suit.

One lucky winner was chosen that evening for gratis roundtrip airfare and a stay at The Mondrian in LA. Our fortunate gal was in the store at the time of the drawing and there were lots of squeals and clapping by all (and I confess, maybe a tinge of jealousy that I didn't win!).

The BR staff were welcoming, the Virgin America girls were just a delight, hanging with Kinsey and Jen, and all the people (and local bloggers!) who came out in the storms to say hi made the evening so over the top wonderful. Thank you so much for joining us!

Doing events like this reminds me how many wonderful people I have in my life, how many fabulous people I have met through blogging and how good it is to get out of my homebody ways from time to time and meet even more new people. We continued the fun post event, with a gaggle of bloggers, Banana staffers, and Virgin America representatives and friends. Seriously, soul warming stuff, great new friends and a wonderful way to cap a fabulous event.

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New summer wares, Lissy (from A Girl in Boston) and her new chic skirt, vino.

Wednesday
May182011

Brimfield Spoils

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Goodies. And Mariah, taking in the goodies. Glad we brought the 
extra large Land's End tote for the day.

My Brimfield adventures and spoils in action!

I had the supreme delight of hosting Mademoiselle Mariah, from Quite Continental in Boston last weekend. We had a jam packed weekend of festivities, heading out first and foremost to Brimfield (click here for Mariah's lovely recap and some pictures of moi, in my Brimfield fatigues.) Antiquing is a battle my friends. And I am a 5 star general.

Believe it or not, the weather out west was stunning. Made for a picturesque day of haggling, viewing, and toting goodies home. My wandering eye was caught by a plethora of vintage goods. Colored glass, cast iron, vintage shoes, and the elephant accent table that got away. It was divine. Totally over the top with no place in my living room what-so-ever, but I am still thinking about it and whether it found a happy home. Perhaps it is the Tuft's Jumbo in me?

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What did make a happy home with me in Cambridge?

For starters, this so ugly, you can't help but love it bottle opener that bears an uncanny resemblance to my bullmastiff Kiki.

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And my dream of dreams has finally come true, I am the proud owner of a lucite bar. I am now fully equipped to be the hostess with the mostess. Below, are some photos of my plastic beauty already installed in the living room (allowing access to cocktails at the speed of light). Thank goodness we found a porter to wheel this bad boy back to the car. I'm sure hijinks's would have otherwise ensued.

Even husband had to concede that this was a purchase well made- and trust me, it takes a lot for him to say that something was a good use of money!  I can't wait to put this to further use when we have a larger space and actually hang our poster of the Cotes de Beaune AOC's over it, rather than behind it.

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