Wednesday
Mar162011

Taxi Driver

From top left: 

Eugenia Kim Straw Hat $335
Forever 21 Woven Bag $15.80


Finally, a way to live and dress a la Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver (minus the underage prostitute thing), via Marc Jacobs Spring RTW 2011. Hippie chic half shirts, sassy shorts, ingenue attitude and retro stylings abound, albeit with some hefty price tags. I attempted to cull some pieces from all around the price spectrum for my re-imagining of the look I so want to get a piece of for spring. I am dying over all the new Row sunglasses but would be in big trouble with husband if I bought another pair this season!

Marc Jacob's pieces (below) are clearly designed for the high price call girl who needs to live in satin full time, and there is nothing wrong with that! Check out my Tumblr for more looks from the collection.


Images: NY Times

Monday
Mar142011

Casual Sunday

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We enjoyed a decidedly lazy Saturday and Sunday with the pets last weekend. Hard to believe there was still so much snow on the ground looking back at the photos (which I am behind in posting!). I relish lazy Sundays and took the opportunity to don some red lipstick to take out Kiki, our bullmastiff for a family walk - less Ty our chihuahua who refuses to go on long walks while there is snow on the ground.

I love the casual outfit and the red lip. In fact, I have been having a full on love affair with the red lip since the classy and fabulous Mariah, from Quite Continental recommended her go to color: NARS Cruella. Kind of all the more fitting that I wear it on dog walks (though I draw the line at dalmation fur coats;).

Kiki hammed it up for the camera while dragging me around the neighborhood. As my husband likes to say, I am her full size toy. Frankly, when dealing with a dog that outweighs myself, what ever Kiki wants, Kiki gets. But really, how do you say no to a face like that?

We are looking at about a month on project APC denim break in. Noticeable softening, tiny bit roomier, still a lot of work to go. I am quite keen on the higher waist and they do magically seem to go with everything. The beginning of a beautiful friendship, that will clearly become better as time goes on.

Be sure to check out the Wall Street Journal's recent interview with Jean Touitou, founder of APC. He is delightfully wicked and too cool for school (though would you expect anything less?)! Here are a few gems:

It's impossible to fake being sexy even with the greatest dress. So the sexiest article would 
be desire, I believe.

I don't work on Fridays, That's when I go see my "swing coach," which is a pretentious way of 
referring to my golf instructor. I have a driving range at home. Golf is a problem with my family, 
a huge problem. I call it my "green mistress."

I totally worship Bret Easton Ellis. You Americans are lucky to have that guy. 
He's the one genius you have here.

Friday
Mar112011

Skinner Fine Jewelry Preview

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I had the delightful opportunity to have a very special moment with some very special jewels and people this week at Skinner Auction House. Enter the delightful Victoria Bratberg, Director of Fine Jewelry and John Colasacco, appraiser and fine jewelry aficionado. Victoria and John deftly guided me through the upcoming sale highlights and were even gracious enough to pull some of the items I thought MPCC readers might be interested in (well, maybe I was interested in some items myself too!). Fine, let's be honest, I was like a kid in a candy store, an addict in the proverbial den, the prodigal daughter finally home.....I could go on all day about the baubles, bangles and how much joy they bring me.

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Highlighting the show is this jaw dropping 7.17 ct. pear shaped diamond ring from Cartier. The clarity and color are simply stunning in person. I have a soft spot in my heart for pear shaped rings (having this cut myself), though I can safely say I will NOT be the lucky bidder to take this home, as it has an estimated sale price of $500-700,000.

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What I do have my eye on is this gold, diamond and emerald octopus ring. Don't ask me why but the siren song of the sea is calling my name. Poseidon has me pinned with his trident! Husband always says that gold is a solid investment, so I certainly plan to take his advice here. This ring just screams 60's cocktail parties and Mad Men glamour, a vibe that has carried me away lately.

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Another highlight of the show (featured on the catalogue cover), as well as personal favourite of mine, is this art deco platinum, jade and diamond bracelet by Seaman Schepps. Delivered straight out of Great Gatsby glamour are five strands of jade beads combined with a central panel of rock crystals and jade cylinders, with diamonds totaling 4.25 cts. Swoon. Surely Daisy won't mind if I borrow this for a bit.

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Having indulged my champagne tastes with some of the staggering highlights, I moved along to scope out some of the more wallet friendly options. These Kenneth Jay Lane link bracelets and earclips have an auction estimate of $150-200. The sale also features a large selection of Hermes scarves, accessories and enamel bracelets with budget friendly pre-sale estimates. David Yurman more your speed? The sale has you covered there too.

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Want to experience some day dreaming and preview these lovely items for yourself? Head in this weekend to the preview, Sunday from 12-5 at the Boston gallery. Interested in buying? Check out my previous post on buying at Skinner here, and get more information online at Skinner. All previews and sales are free to attend and in my opinion, one of the best kept shopping and people watching secrets of the city. Most importantly, they are fun!

Wednesday
Mar092011

Spanakopita for Dinner

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You've probably all had spanakopita at one point or another. A passed hors d'oeuvre at a wedding perhaps?

The most classic of Greek dishes actually has many variations little known to the general populace. My mother in law makes a killer leek version, and even a pumpkin in the fall, much to my delight. The classic version though is typically found to be bursting at the seams with a spinach and feta filling. I decided to tackle this first and then ease my way into the more advanced levels of "pita" prep and production. My mother in law also makes her own phyllo dough. Can you imagine? How do you compete with that? Well, you just don't. I have never seen the process but I have reaped the rewards and I can well say they are worth the effort. I however, prefer to buy my phyllo frozen and make one part of the recipe just a wee bit easier. I recommend you do the same, as the frozen prepped phyllo is already pretty difficult to work with.

This recipe is the final one to be attempted from Ina's recent Go Greek Episode. She really gives us a great intro to the cuisine with these basics; Lamb Kebobs (featured here), tzatziki (here) and finally spanakopita. Make them all together and go Greek for the night- you will not be disappointed. I can confirm these are tested by one of the pickiest Greeks, my husband, who gives them his stamp of approval, 100%.

Read more below for entire recipe.

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Ingredients

1/4 cup good olive oil
1 cup chopped yellow onion
3 scallions, white and green parts, chopped
2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
4 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Plain dry bread crumbs
1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups small-diced feta cheese (12 ounces)
3 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
24 sheets frozen phyllo dough, defrosted
1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
Flaked sea salt, such as Maldon, for sprinkling

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Heat the olive oil in a medium saute pan, add the onion, and cook for 5 minutes over medium-low heat. Add the scallions, and cook for another 2 minutes until the scallions are wilted but still green. Meanwhile, gently squeeze most of the water out of the spinach and place it in a large bowl.
When the onion and scallions are done, add them to the spinach. Mix in the eggs, Parmesan cheese, 3 tablespoons bread crumbs, the nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Gently fold in the feta and pine nuts.

Place 1 sheet of phyllo dough flat on a work surface with the long end in front of you. Brush the dough lightly with butter and sprinkle it with a teaspoon of bread crumbs. Working quickly, slide another sheet of phyllo dough on top of the first, brush it with butter, and sprinkle lightly with bread crumbs. (Use just enough bread crumbs so the layers of phyllo don't stick together.) Pile 4 layers total on top of each other this way, brushing each with butter and sprinkling with bread crumbs. Cut the sheets of phyllo in half lengthwise. Place 1/3 cup spinach filling on the shorter end and roll the phyllo up diagonally as if folding a flag. Then fold the triangle of phyllo over straight and then diagonally again. Continue folding first diagonally and then straight until you reach the end of the sheet. The filling should be totally enclosed. 

Continue assembling phyllo layers and folding the filling until all of the filling is used. Place on a sheet pan, seam sides down. Brush with melted butter, sprinkle with flaked salt, and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the phyllo is browned and crisp. Serve hot

Monday
Mar072011

Suiting up for Spring

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Featured above: Zara suit, Forever 21 tank, Louboutin heels (meow!), vintage YSL earrings.

It is March, finally, and with the turning of the calendar page I can feel Spring inching just the little bit closer to us. While I am mentally prepared (begging, pleading) for this change in temperature, mother nature refuses to bend in her ways and continued to churn out cold weather this week.

Given the weather, I was totally flummoxed regarding what to wear to the TJX spring preview. Clearly, the event called for some on trend pieces to celebrate the coming of a new season but what does one do when it is 10 degrees out? I heard arctic in the meteorologists report and knew my cute new color block skirt would not cut the mustard, tights or no tights.

After digging around in the closet a bit, I decided on a Mad Men inspired retro suit, with some liberal dashes of color peeking out. My outfit, in retrospective analysis, encapsulates our season; still buttoned up against the cold but looking forward to the bright colors and warmer days ahead. I topped off the look with a bright orange coat to battle the cold, thumbing my nose at the cold, but layered up underneath!

This dressy ensemble was a welcome respite from the A.P.C. jeans, whose breaking in shall continue next week with a new update. I also attempted a variation on my ever present bun, opting for a low chignon. Beautiful in concept, much harder to execute on your own. Thanks goodness husband is becoming quite adept in his use of bobby pins.