Snowy Day

Outfit details: Club Monaco sweater dress (very old, similar here), J Crew pixie pants, Chanel rainboots, Miu Miu bag, Hermes scarf, Zara belt (similar here), Chanel necklace

Saturday was our first real snow this winter and in true Boston style, even though it was only a few inches, the sidewalks were a mess.  It's rare that I wear any sort of practical shoes, but if one must be practical, then why not do it in Chanel?


Cozy with pink and orange

Outfit details: Stylemint tshirt, BCBG sweater (very old), J Brand jeans, Saks boots, J Crew necklace, Hermes belt, Stella McCartney bag

Even on a dreary day last week, I punched it up with an orange and pink striped T shirt from stylemint.  Then as I put together my wishlist of handbags (here), they too were pink and orange.  And finally, this weekend  created a spring wishlist on pinterest that ended up being mostly pink and orange. 


Craving Brights - Pink & Orange

Even though it's been a mild winter so far, it's at this point that I really start to crave something shiny, new and bright and I think a new bag may be in order.

Balenciaga arena city bag

I love my off white Balenciaga bag and when I bought it, I initially thought I wanted a bright color but didn't find a color in the style I liked.  Perhaps a bright pink one is in order.

Marc by Marc Jacobs color blocked satchel

In or out, I'm always a fan of colorblocking and orange and pink together in this Marc by Marc Jacobs satchel is just fabulous.

Givenchy nightingale

Last year the Givenchy nightingale was also on my wishlist but again, I never did find exact style I wanted.  The zipper detail on the strap is right up my alley and I cannot resist the bright orange.

Proenza Schouler PS1

Finally, the Proenza Schouler PS1 in orchid is the perfect example of color saturation at its best.  Love love love.

Which do you like best?



Outfit details: Elene Cassis dress (similar here), J. Crew cardigan, Stuart Weitzman boots, Stella McCartney bag, Chanel necklace, Hermes bangle, Louis Vuitton ring

Oh how I love boucle' and anything Chanel inspired.  I bought this Elene Cassis dress a couple of months ago on sale at Neiman Marcus and it's just my style.  It's the perfect mix of professional for work but still fun enough to wear out in the evening. 


Sunday Supper - 'balls

Pasta and meatballs are comfort foods for the Italian-American in me and making them is just second nature; no recipe required.  But I do love a cookbook for inspiration and this one, The Meatball Shop Cookbook, has loads of great ideas.  I can't wait to try the spicy pork meatballs or the mini buffalo chicken balls but this time, I stuck to the classic beef meatballs.  While I didn't follow the recipe to the letter (that's just not how I cook) I did take a couple of ideas to change up my normal 'balls.  I always use lots of pecorino romano cheese but The Meatball Shop uses ricotta instead.  This go 'round, I used both.

I mixed together the following: 

2 lbs ground beef, 2 eggs, 1 cup part skim ricotta, 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs, a pinch or two of red chili flakes, about a palm full of grated pecorino romano cheese

I formed 15 meatballs about 1 1/2 inches each.   A little tip I use when making meatballs, meatloaf, burgers or the like is that I fry up a small portion to taste to make sure the seasoning doesn't need to be adjusted.

Normally I fry my meatballs in a pan and then braise them in tomato sauce but this time I roasted them in the oven.  I packed them tightly (recommended in the book) in a baking dish that was coated with olive oil and cooked them at 450 F for about 25 minutes.

I served them with whole wheat pasta, fresh made tomato sauce and some broccoli since I've got to have my greens!

I liked how the 'balls came out and I think the ricotta kept them more moist than usual.  Plus roasting them instead of pan frying them was easier and less mess to clean up.