Sunday
Oct022011

Sunday Supper - Starting Anew

I've gained a wee bit of weight over the last few months.  I don't know exactly when it happened or specifically what eating or exercise habit has changed but it's crept up on me.  So tomorrow is a new day and a few co-workers and I are doing a weight loss challenge from tomorrow until mid-December.  He or she who loses the largest percent of body weight will win the pool (we're each putting in $200).  I did this a few years ago and lost 12 pounds and while I don't expect to win the challenge, I am looking forward to the competition and motivation.  So today I bought all sorts of healthy stuff at the grocery store.  With one of my biggest weaknesses being carbs (pasta, rice, crackers, bread) I'm going to try to replace some of my more carb heavy meals with better choices which leads me to tonight's dinner.  I made eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti squash.

The spaghetti squash is quite simple to prepare.  Just cut it in half, take the seeds out of the middle and then bake it face down in a baking dish with about 1/2 inch of water at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes.  When it's done, take it out of the oven and let it cool down.  Then use a fork to extract the "spaghetti" from the shell.

I tossed the spaghetti squash with some good olive oil and grated pecorino romano cheese.  For the eggplant, I basted slices with olive oil and baked in the oven while the squash was cooking for about 15 minutes.  Then I layered the eggplant in a baking dish with tomato sauce and cheese and baked it for about 15 minutes.  This is an easy meal to prepare with lots of leftovers to help get me through the week without too much takeout.

 

Saturday
Oct012011

Bloomie's Spoils

Sadly there is no Bloomingdale's in Boston proper and being the city dweller with no car that I am, it's not all that often that I make the trek to the Bloomingdales out in the 'burbs.  But today I was invited to make the field trip with a couple of gals for Bloomie's Friends and Family sale.  I was in the market for a pair of leather leggings and got a faux leather version by BCBG.  I also got a fabulous pair of wide leg DVF red trousers that I just adore. 

But the real steal for me today was this Stella McCartney bag which I've had my eye on for well over a year.  For some reason, I just never pulled the trigger on it.  I was quite tempted last weekend when the Stella bags were on Rue La La but imagine my sheer delight today when I saw this bag hanging below a sign that said 30% off.  Add to that the fact that I also got the 20% friends and family discount and I was ecstatic!

 

Friday
Sep302011

Animal Instincts

Equipment blouse, Joe's jeans, Valentino shoes, Balenciaga bag

I got through my hump day with a casual outfit of jeans and another favorite Equipment blouse; this one an animal print version.  I really can't get enough of these blouses and since I took a night off last night with no work meetings, I decided to keep it casual.

H&M jacket, Aris Geldis necklace, Hermes scarf

It was topped off with this little H&M jacket that I bought last spring. 

I'm thrilled the week is near its end.  Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday
Sep292011

Feast for the Eyes

One of the shows I had the opportunity to attend during Boston's fashion week was for Galvin-ized Headwear.  Being the hat and fascinator lover that I am, I was thrilled.  But I must admit, I didn't know what to expect for a show such as this.  Marie Galvin is a very talented milliner who has a studio in the South End that I highly recommend checking out if you've never been.  But how would the hats be shown? 

This show exceeded my expectations.  Some hats were whimsical. Some were architectural.  Each hat was a work of art.  And all the hats were shown with clothes and shoes from Neiman Marcus.  There was just so much eye candy from head to toe, I didn't know where to look.  So feast your eyes on Marie Galvin's show.

Lafayette 148 trousers, Valentino jacket, Prada pumps

 

Elie Tahari skirt, Elizabeth & James blouse, Christian Louboutian pumps

 

Valentino RED trousers, DVF blouse, Lafayette 148 cape

 

Nanette Lepore lace dress, Prada cardigan, Miu Miu pumps

 

DVF dress, ASH ankle boot

 

Burberry cape, Alice + Olivia leather leggings, ASH ankle boot

 

Elene Cassis dress, Christian Louboutin pump

 

Carolina Herrera dress, Christian Louboutin pumps

 

Alice + Olivia leather skirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim tunic, ASH ankle boots

 

Marie Galvin takes her bow

Wednesday
Sep282011

The Shoes of Boston Fashion Week

I've had the pleasure of attending a few of the shows at the tent for Boston Fashion Week.  I have a recap in the works but off the runway, I saw several pairs of eye catching shoes.

I love the ankle wrap.

These boots are super cool.

The lovely gal sitting in front of me had on these fabulous bestudded shoes (you know how I feel about anything bestudded).  She is the creative director for a fabulous magazine called Papercut.  How this magazine has escaped me until now is beyond me but check it out here.  But back to the point of the shoes; they are by a local Boston shoe designer named Zack Lo.  You can check him and his ah.may.zing shoes out here