Inspirations of the week pt. 2: Sunny turned stormy Tuesday

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With all this rain, bursts of perfect sunshine have been popping through the clouds sporadically week. For example, today started off warm and sunny and ended in a stormy mess. This week, I was inspired by dark colors and strong structure (see yesterdays post) as well as fresh bursts of bright springtime colors. Below are my fashion inspirations this week that consist of pastels, and more pastels, and flirty fabrics perfect for a sunny spring/summer day! (which the weather channel PROMISES me will arrive by Thursday)…

inspirations from: cocokelley.blogspot.comwitanddelight.tumblr.compolyvore.com,
 waitingforteaagain.tumblr.comcouvertureandthegarbstore.commissmoss.co.za,
 fashiongonerogue.comclevernettle.comcitified.blogspot.com

Inspirations of the week pt. 1: Rainy day Mondays

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This past week was full of rainy days and gorgeous days. As a result my fashion was just as unclear as the weather. Deeply saturated cool tones in blues and pinks are perfect for the rainy but warm spring days and a pop of yellow against a grey sky brightens up any day.

inspirations from: sheinside.comholdingcourtblog.blogspot.combingbangboom-x.tumblr.comwhowhatwear.comthatschic.net
fashiongonerogue.comstylecaster.comanonastudio.tumblr.comtrendland.comchictopia.com

Met Ball 2012 (ORANGE MANIA) Fashion Review

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The Met Ball this week is one of the biggest celebrations in fashion all year. for $25,000 per ticket celebrities and the uber-rich come out dressed to the nines in haute couture ensembles by the worlds leading designers. This year, the clear trend  was ORANGE. Usually this underutilized color would be an exciting fresh addition to the red carpet, but unfortunately instead of enjoying the burst of color I just ended up thirsty for a cup of orange juice. BUT it’s still a color that isn’t normally seen and it’s perfect for summer so let’s take a look at all the juicy shades of the evening…

Left: Emma Roberts in Escada. Right: Carey Mulligan in Prada

Left: Kathrine McPhee in Elie Saab. Right: Kristen Bell in Tommy Hilfiger

Left: Kristen Wig in Stella McCartney. Right: Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte.

Left: Ginnifer Goodwin in Monique Lhullier. Right: Eva Mendes in Prada.

As for my best dressed list, there were some truly gorgeous dresses that deserve special notice.

Met Ball 2012 Best Dressed!

#1: Nina Dobrev in Donna Karen Atelier- STUNNING! She looks like a modern day goddess in this organic gold and black one-shouldered body skimming dress with a dramatic train melting onto the red carpet.

#1: Nina Dobrev in Donna Karen Atelier

#2: Camila Belle in Ralph Lauren Collection- I honestly still have no idea what this girl has acted in or what else she does for a living or how she was able to attend in the first place which really bugs me, BUT her dress is really incredible. Full on 1930′s inspired glamour. Vintage hair, dark lips, and a silvery sheer dress in an art deco pattern cut perfectly for her figure. I LOVE!

#2: Camila Belle in Ralph Lauren Collection

#3: Rihanna in Tom Ford- Black is always a popular color choice and this year’s red carpet was no exception. However Rihanna’s outfit was the best black dress of the night in my opinion. Her figure is so perfect and this dress shows it off while still being sophisticated (which she’s been lacking lately). The material looks like it’s lizard adding just enough attitude along with the peek of skin on the back.

#3: Rihanna in Tom Ford

#4: Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada- While everyone else wore full length gowns this little pink dress really stood out. Simple silk fabric and geometric cutouts places all the attention on how gorgeous Gwyneth Paltrow really is. It does everything to compliment her looks and nothing to detract from them.

#4: Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada

#5: Candice Sanepoel in Rag & Bone- Well she’s a model so duh she’s gonna look good in anything but I really liked the look of this dress. Sort of bad ass rebel meets runway sheek. The bright royal blue is a great color and the back cut outs and high slits add extra envy from us normal girls.

#5: Candice Sanepoel in Rag & Bone

#6: Renee Zellweger in Emilio Pucci- I’m usually not a fan of her fashion choices, especially since her bones sticking out everywhere grosses me out. However, I really liked this dress, the shape and detailing in the fabric along with the long sleeves made it stand out while covering up her skeletal figure so I don’t get sick to my stomach. The sheer fabric works well with her slim frame, not overpowering her like I think her former fashion choices have.

#6: Renee Zellweger in Emilio Pucci

#7: Leslie Mann in Nina Ricci- She’s such a little lady that she can get stuck in the same perdicament as Ms. Zellweger but this gown makes her look so ethereal! The light pink shade compliments her fair skin and blond hair while fluffy layers of sheer fabric don’t weigh her down and actually add shape to her figure. So pretty!

#7: Leslie Mann in Nina Ricci

#8: Beyonce in Givenchy- A bold choice (as often Beyonce does) but she always pulls it off. I mean, she just had a baby a few months ago and she’s wearing a sheer body hugging dress! Strategically embroidered lace and sleeves keep things PG and add full on glam and I love the burst of purple (and feathers) on the train!

#8: Beyonce in Givenchy

Inspirations of the week: April 24- May 6th

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Welcoming the start of May and the transition from spring to summer. Soft, frosty pastels lingering from spring mixed with pops of warm summer nudes and reds. <3

What I <3 Now

Inspiration courtesy of: lusttforlife.comanthropologie.comduitang.com,
thebeautydepartment.comsugarsocial.wordpress.comweheartit.com,
clavicula-salomonis.tumblr.comdesignsponge.comthatkindofwoman.tumblr.com,
fashion-fascination.tumblr.comrstyle.megarypeppervintage.blogspot.com,
fashionising.comnastygal.comrdujour.com2.bp.blogspot.com

Breakfast Duty Part 2: The Perfect Scrambled Egg

The most perfect scrambled eggs ever... I kid you not.

So as I mentioned yesterday I was charged with breakfast duty at my office this week. Along with the Asparagus Pancetta Hash I cooked up for this gloomy and chilly first week in May I decided to risk bringing in scrambled eggs. But not just any scrambled eggs… this called for the help of a real pro… the one and only butter-loving Paula Deen. Growing up my mother made me scrambled eggs that were brown and dried and shriveled (which I thought were the best and only way to cook them, and often drenched in ketchup to give them moisture and cover up the metallic burnt flavor) until I grew up and realized how good scrambled eggs were all fluffy, light and creamy. So, I stole the recipe for “The Lady’s Perfect Scrambled Eggs” and man were they PERFECT! OMG seriously, the best scrambled eggs I’ve ever tasted!! and surprisingly they stayed light and fluffy even after reheating them in the microwave the following morning.

Here’s the recipe (with tweaks in PURPLE)

Ingredients

  • 8 eggs (I decided to make a dozen.. then one broke, so I used 11)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons sour cream (I used light sour cream)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese (I used 1/4 cup of light cheddar but honestly they would be good even without the cheese if you want to save calories)

Directions

In a medium size bowl, beat eggs, sour cream, water, and salt and pepper until fluffy (I beat them ALOT to get them really fluffy). Using a nonstick frying pan, melt butter and cook eggs over low heat (on a scale of 1-10 I cooked them on a 3), stirring occasionally (I stirred constantly). Stir in the cheese. Cook until you reach desired consistency.

My failed egg that was already cracked upon arrival.

No idea what the sour cream does but I wouldn't mess with success.

This is a Paula Deen recipe, it would be an injustice not to indulge in butter.

Cook on LOW heat and stir constantly to avoid dryness or burning

The most perfect scrambled eggs ever... I kid you not.

PAULA DEEN LOVES BUTTER! (AS DO I!)

Breakfast Duty Part 1: Asparagus, Pancetta Hash

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Every Wednesday someone from my office has “breakfast duty”. Usually this means bagels or pastries from the local pastry shop, all of which are delicious and I love! However, when it’s my turn to bring in breakfast I use it as an excuse to go baking crazy. Usually I bake something sweet, but this week was chilly and rainy so I was craving something warm, savory, and satisfying. After scanning the internet I found a recipe from a great food blog www.smittenkitchen.com for “Spring Asparagus Pancetta Hash“. Yummy bacon, filling potatoes, flavorful onions, and nutritious asparagus… could it sound any better?! Well lucky for me (and my co-workers) the flavor lived up to it’s name and it was DELICIOUS! I made a vegetarian version as well (sans pancetta) for the vegetarians in my office, though the pancetta one was better… for obvious reasons :)

Here’s the recipe with my modifications in PURPLE

Spring Asparagus Pancetta Hash

  • 1/4 pound pancetta, cut into 1/4-inch dice (I used 1/3 pound because the butcher cut more and can you ever have too much of a good thing?)
  • 1 pound Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into a 1/2-inch dice (I used 3 pounds, because I was making the vegetarian version as well. I also only half peeled them because my peeler is older than I am and as a result does not work at all)
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped small (I used a large yellow onion, because I  made two versions)
  • 1/2 pound asparagus, tough ends trimmed and cut into 1-inch segments
  • Salt and pepper to taste (I needed waaaay more salt that I thought FYI, so don’t be afraid to go heavy on it)

Serving ideas: Fried eggs, dabs of goat cheese and slivers of green onions (I served mine with scrambled eggs (recipe tomorrow), toast, goat cheese, and scallions (because I’m an idiot and thought they were chives at the store…))

Heat a 12-inch cast iron frying pan over medium heat (I used non-stick). Fry the pancetta, turning it frequently so that it browns and crisps on all sides; this takes about 10 minutes. Remove it with a slotted spoon and drain it on paper towels. Leave the heat on and the renderings in the pan. (my pancetta left no fat renderings, so I had to add a good few tablespoons of olive oil)

Add the potatoes don’t move them for a couple minutes. Use this time to season them well with salt and pepper. Once they’ve gotten a little brown underneath, begin flipping and turning them, then letting them cook again for a few minutes.

When the potatoes are about three-fourths as crisped and brown as you’d like them — this takes about 15 minutes — add the onion. Cook for an additional 5 minutes. Add the asparagus, cover the pan and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, or until crisply cooked. (mine was fairly thick so I left it for 10 minutes) Remove the lid, return the pancetta to the pan for another minute, to reheat. Taste for seasoning and adjust if needed. Serve immediately. (I served the next morning and reheated in the microwave which surprisingly didn’t f- it up).

Pancetta Before

Pancetta After

Crisping potatoes= annoying. I hate peeling, I hate chopping, and I hate waiting :p

Add the asparagus and onions and cover to cook thru, you want the asparagus tender

End result = BREAKFAST DELICIOUSNESS!