Friday, September 30, 2011

style inspiration: kate moss

Urban and undone all at the same time, Kate Moss has a fashion sense so inspiring, even a major retailer saw the potential for her own trademark brand of clothing that would embody her style.  Since the 90s, Kate has honed her iconic look of glamorized grunge that has captured acclaim the world over.  I personally think she single-handedly helped increase the widespread popularity of Hunter welly boots by taking them out of the farm and onto the festival scene, and made them a footwear staple in any fashionista's closet (whether they realize it or not).  A master at mixing unusual pieces, such as a leopard coat or fringed knee-high moccasins,  with solid basics, she always appears one step ahead of any trend.


Thursday, September 29, 2011

sausage & fennel ragu

As it is now officially fall (tear) and the nights are getting cooler, I am starting to crave warm, comfort foods again. I stumbled across this recipe recently (extra points if you use whole grain pasta), and despite the fact that I had no idea what a fennel bulb even looked like, decided to give my first ragu a shot.  It was a surprisingly easy sauce to make, and the only hard part was waiting for over an hour while it thickened in the simmering pot (and, well, trying to figure out how to take apart the fennel).  But the wait was definitely worth it - hearty, flavorful, and healthful, the ragu was a great break from my usual pasta sauce out-of-the-jar routine, and was a lot more satisfying.  Also, because I'm only cooking for two, I cut the recipe in half as this one is built to serve eight.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

boathouse row

For our upcoming move, one of the projects involved is rebuilding/reimagining a pre-existing boathouse.  I am so excited by all of the opportunities for improvement for this structure, and have been saving inspirational photos that I would like to copy elements from for our own boathouse.  Some are a little loftier than others, and most exceed the budget, but all will help in some way to bring the vision to life.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

american classic

I don't normally wear too many hats (unless you count the Yankees caps I wear to games), but when I spotted this "Assymetrical Fedora" at the Gap recently, I couldn't resist.  Its classic shape and color make it the perfect accessory to add a little on-trend sophistication to fall basics such as flared denim, long tees, and lightweight wool scarves. Oh, and it might keep my head warm too ;)

Monday, September 26, 2011

weekend notes

my weekend

The above pretty much represents my state of mind this weekend.  So, needless to say, it was relatively relaxed as the city was drenched for most of it and I was pooped.  Friday afternoon, I got in from the rain for lunch at The Petite Abeille, a great little Belgian cafe in Tribeca.  Unfortunately this was a business lunch, so no pics, but if you go, they have an unbelievable Croque Monsieur and 1/2 price bottles of wine on Tuesdays.  The rest of the weekend was spent entertaining friends, trying a new Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand (the best region for this type of wine, in my opinion), and  finishing the first book in The Hunger Games series - I recommend it if you can stomach the disturbing bits.  I also took some time on Saturday to learn how to create a website for our upcoming endeavor - the majority of it was waaayyyy over my head but I did manage to grasp some really useful info and think I maybe (just, maybe) have a shot of being able to develop one myself. But it's gonna take some time, and any tips are very helpful.  

marlborough wine with ingredients for new recipe

amazing cuff find at the gap

october publications just waiting to be read

sunset over the village

Friday, September 23, 2011

day dreams

Ugh. This week has been just one of those weeks. Work is crazy, getting home with just enough time to eat and then sleep before starting it all again, the beginnings of a cold, and finding kind letters in your mailbox letting you know that your rent is going up by $200 a month.  Let's just say I am SO happy it's Friday, and think it's the perfect time to 'mentally escape' for a second to this lovely place I stumbled upon - the blissfully unreal Huvafen Fushi Resort - Maldives.

Also, just putting this out there - but, if anybody knows anybody who knows anybody who knows anybody associated with this heaven, I have no problem turning this into a 'let me stay for free and I'll review your hotel' type of blog. No problem, at all ;)

Hope you have an incredibly lovely (and relaxing) weekend x

Thursday, September 22, 2011

sopressata and goat cheese sandwich with olive tapenade and roasted red peppers

Sometimes nothing is better than a really great sandwich for dinner. My sandwich routine typically consists of turkey, lettuce, and mustard, but I thought I take a cue from the amazing baguettes I've seen at cafes throughout this city, and add a little more pizzazz to the tried and true turkey variety.  Slicing a ciabatta baguette in half, I layered goat cheese, olive tapenade, sopressata, roasted red peppers, and finished with arugala.  The savory taste of the sopressata and olives mixed with the sweetness of the peppers and smooth texture of the goat cheese made a truly complementary combination, and was a great break from the ordinary.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

all that glitters

Maybe it's the fact that the temperatures have dropped, and the holiday season is creeping its way closer and closer, but my attention is being drawn more and more to things of the sparkly and shiny variety. When I was really young, glittery nails (well, practically anything glittery really) were the epitome of cool, and in high school, a French manicure was the only thing I considered worthwhile. Since then, my world has opened up to a wide rainbow of solid polishes, and I love picking out new shades. But recently, I've rediscovered the sparkly hues from my past, and have fallen in love with them all over again - but with a few updates. I kept the look subtle by painting one nail per hand with the glitter polish (I used Wet n' Wild Wild Shine), and painted the rest with a soft pinky shade (Essie Starter Wife) that complemented but wasn't overpowering.  Finish with a top coat and grown-up glitter is yours.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

the cupping room

The Cupping Room is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC.  Located in Soho, its neighborhood feel, red brick walls, old wooden floors, open and airy skylights, and delicious food make it a homey place to grab a bite to eat . Although we've been to brunch a few times (see below), we had never had dinner here before but I'm so glad we did.  Not only was the food excellent - I had the tahini chicken with roasted beets and the most amazing mashed potatoes I've ever eaten (well, next to my grandma's, of course) - but at around 9pm, a live New Orleans-style jazz band played in a corner of the dining area.  It made the already hip atmosphere even better, and we ended up staying well beyond the last plate cleared.  

ps. I couldn't help but include this photo of a brunch we ate here a few months ago.  Does it get any better than cream cheese & granola stuffed french toast and strawberry champagne in the morning?