Sunday Supper -- Spicy Soba Noodles with Broccolini and Steak

Sundays are my days for cooking.  Usually something healthy that I can eat through the rest of the week.  This go around, I spied some grass fed flat iron steaks at the market. I'm a fan of the flat iron cut. It can be tougher than some other cuts but it's also chock full of flavor. I find if you cook it right and cut it against the grain, there's no toughness. 

Here's what I did. For the steak, I seasoned it with Kosher sald and fresh ground pepper and let it sit out until it came to room temperature. Once it did, I cooked it in a searing hot pan with a wee bit of olive oil. How long you cook it is up to you. I like my steak medium rare so I cooked it about 3-4 minutes on each side. Then I let it rest before slicing it against the grain.

For the noodles and veggies, I first blanched the broccolini in salted water then ran cold water over them after drained to stop the cooking. I then sauteed in some olive oil (actually to tell the truth, I had also cooked up some chicken thighs to have for the week so I cooked the broc in the same pan so as not to let all those fine pan drippings go to waste). 

I cooked the soba noodles according to package directions (about 6 minutes) and then tossed them with the veggies, fresh cilantro and a sauce of canola oil, sriracha, chili flakes, rice vinegar and sioy sauce. I served it up with the sliced steak atop the noodles. Delish!



Life Lessons from Ken Downing

This past Friday Neiman Marcus hosted a spring trend fashion show by Neiman's Fashion Director Ken Downing. I stole away from work for a long lunch to be fed by fashion instead of food; It was the way I wish to spend every Friday afternoon from here on out. 

Which brings me to lesson #1. Eat one Chipotle burrito a day. That's it. That's his diet he told us when he heard one of us gasp that we were never eating again.

Lesson #2 - Gucci reigns supreme (and so does Chanel and Valentino). Who can blame the guy? I too am enamored with Gucci's recent collection by Alessandro Michele. And you know I'm always down with some Chanel and Valentino. It's my trifecta of choice.

Lesson #3 - Layer like a pro. Tunics over skirts. Dresses over wide leg trousers. Add a jacket tossed with abandon over the shoulders. Do try this at home. But remember, proportion is key.

Lesson #4 - Mix high and low. Be inspired by what you see, not by the label inside. Alice+Olivia with Chanel. Co with Michael Kors. Add a Tory Burch bag with anything. 


Lesson # 5 - More is more (and less is a bore). Pile on the pearls. Wear lurex all day. Mix prints.  Wear day for night and night for day. Be bold!

As for my personal takeaways; Pile on the pearls. Layer dresses over trousers. Be bold with prints. Have fun with fashion!!



Back from Bermuda & Where I've Been!

You've probably been wondering where I've been (or maybe you haven't!)... but either way.  I've been in Bermuda for the last few days and here are some photos from my trip. I forgot how spectacularly beautiful an island it is. As for where I've been before that, I'm still here but have been posting more videos on my Youtube channel so this site has been a bit neglected. I'll try to get here a bit more often but if you miss me, I usually post a video a week here

This was the view of one of the pools from our fabulous suite at Rosewood Tucker's Point.

Infinity pool at the Tucker's Point Beach Club

Me on the beach at the Tucker's Point Beach Club

Tucker's Point Beach Club

View of the sunrise from our room

Me out for dinner one night

I loved this painting at the Hamilton Princess

Colorful Hamilton


Video Diary :: Last Week's Daily Outfits


Here's a video from almost every day last week.  All product links are here.


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J Crew Fall 2016

Here we go again, the wacky fashion cycle begins. Winter isn't over yet, I can hardly think about my spring and summer wardrobe, yet I'm looking ahead to fall. There have been some interesting articles lately where some designers are changing the way fashion presents itself to the consumer. I won't rehash it all but the New York Times had an interesting article about it here and Racked had one here 

On to J Crew's fall 2016 line. I haven't shopped there in quite some time. For a period I loved everything they did. They had great basics with lots of unique and whimsical items. Based on what I'm seeing for fall, I may poke my head in there again. Some of my favorite looks are below.

I'm loving the trumpet skirt paired with menswear inspired loafers and chunky knits. I personally don't think I can pull of this whole look but there are bits of it that would work for me (the skirt and the shoes).

One thing I think J Crew has always done well is its outerwear and this navy coat with the gold buttons is no exception.

The varying lengths and layering in this outfit is what does it for me. 

I'm really into this cropped flare silhouette lately and I'm planning to don this type of look come spring when my bare ankles are safe again! I recently bought a super fabulous Michael Kors suit which has trousers with a similar shape and I'm so excited to wear them (video on that here). 

Here's that pant silhouette again but in denim. I've got my eye on a similar pair by 10 Crosby Derek Lam for spring. 

And the PINK! I just love it. I can totally see myself in this color head to toe. But why do I have to wait for fall??!!

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