Summer Contentment

Zara jacket and top, Talbots skirt, See by Chloe shoes, Balenciaga bag

Oh how I love summer, especially how much fun I can have with my wardrobe.  It's that weird time of year where I kind of start wishing for fall because we're starting to see teasers of what's to come in the world of fashion and shopping.  But wearing this in your face floral blazer from Zara with so many bold colors reminds me to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. 

J Crew necklaces, Elisha Daniels bracelet, YSL ring



Empire State of Mind

Another weekend in NYC has come and gone.  Leaving my sister (and the city) behind is always a bit sad but lucky for me, it's a quick train ride down.

After arriving Friday night, I went to dinner with my sister and brother in law at Salumeria Rosi.  If you are in the 'hood I highly recommend it.  I had been a bunch of times previously but only to buy cured meats for our own dinners at home.  This time, I had the pleasure of eating their wonderful Tuscan fare.  Years ago, I was a big fan of Beppe in Gramercy Park where the owner/chef Cesare Casella used to work and there were some old familiar items on the menu.  All the plates are small and perfect for sharing so among the three of us we had lots of cured meats (fennel salami, San Daniele prosciutto, mortadella), a salad of scrambled eggs, guanciale and greens, penna amatriciana and a porchetta sandwich.  One thing was better than the next.

DKNY top, Hermes belt, J Crew shorts, Balenciaga bag, French Sole flats

Saturday my sister and I made our way over to the Upper East Side to meet a friend for burgers and bulls at Melon's.  JG Melon's has one of the best burgers around.  Cooked perfectly medium rare with our requested over abundance of pickles, crispy cottage fries and a side of surly service that's really part of the charm of this place.  And I can't forget the piece de resistance; the bloody bulls at the hand of Kitty the veteran bartender.  What a perfect way to start out our Saturday.  For the day's outing, I wore a flowery DKNY top, J Crew shorts and French Sole sandals.

Celine sunglasses, Chanel necklaces

After lunch we wandered down to Hermes for my sister to exchange some enamel bangles that she got for her birthday and while I was there I inquired about getting my H belt polished.  They can either send it out to have it polished which would take up to six months or they can provide a refurbished shiny one on the spot.  Done!  My belt is like new!!  We then met one of my sister's friends at Bloomingdales to help her to update her wardrobe.  We did this with her about 3 years ago and that was the last time she had been shopping!  We did some damage mostly in the DVF section (DVF was made for her) where she bought 2 skirts, 2 Equipment blouses, 5 (maybe more?) dresses.  Then it was off to shoes where we got her 5 pairs of shoes (sandals, flats, platform pumps).  The quote of the day was when we had her trying on some leopard print shoes (after making her buy a leopard print Equipment blouse).  She exclaimed "I didn't know I needed any cheetah and wildcat shoes".  Oh I died (and she did need those wildcat shoes!).  Finally down to accessories for some baubles.  It was a very productive day of shopping and it's fun to spend someone else's hard earned money for a change.

Topshop jacket, Ann Taylor top, Talbots suede shorts, Hermes bangle, Chanel ring

The evening's festivities began at the bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel where I enjoyed a cocktail of gin, cucumber and aloe vera which was delicious and refreshing on a hot summer's night.  For the night out I wore a simple black top from Ann Taylor with a white tuxedo jacket from Topshop and suede shorts from Talbots. 

Chanel and Coach necklaces, Longchamp clutch, Miu Miu shoes

I planned the outfit around my favorite new Miu Miu shoes from my London trip. 

After drinks, we headed into Maialino for a decadent dinner of chicken liver crostini that melts in your mouth, a few different types of pasta (one with pecorino, pepper and guanciale, another with sausage and tomato sauce) and finally a super rich dish of suckling pig braised in white wine and served with rosemary potatoes.  This is the second time I've had the pleasure of dining here and it's worth many repeat visits!

Chandlier in the lobby of the Gramercy Park Hotel

My frequent NYC jaunts sometimes make me wonder if I should be A Girl in New York City instead of A Girl in Boston.  But for now, this girl in Boston is staying put.

Thanks sis for being my photographer this weekend.  You're much better than my faithful tripod!



Sunday Supper - Panko Crusted Cod

A couple of Sundays ago, I had a lovely stroll around Boston which included a trip to Whole Foods where I bought a nice looking piece of cod.  I had seen Courtney from Barefoot in Boston cook some panko crusted cod up on her blog and thought I would try my hand at it.  I cook a lot of things well but fish is one of those things that I've never really felt comfortable cooking so thanks to Courtney for her post.

I rubbed the cod with dijon mustard, sprinkled it with salt and pepper, then coated it with lemon zest and panko breadcrumbs.  I baked it in the oven at around 375 degrees for about 15 minutes.

I made a fresh tomato and basil salad with these gorgeous summer ripe tomatoes and really fruity olive oil.

Then I cooked up some green beans and cheated with a box of Near East rice pilaf.  It was really delicious and I especially loved the flavor from the dijon mustard and lemon zest.

If fish isn't your thing, on another night I made boneless chicken breasts the same way and they too were quite delicious.


Flower Power

Sinclair top, Ann Taylor skirt

I wore this Sinclair shirt today that makes me feel like I could fly away with sleeves that are like wings!

 Zara jacket, French Sole sandals, Balenciaga bag

Since my office building has temperature control issues and I never know if it's going to be freezing, I stuffed those wings in the flower printed Zara jacket.  I've been at work pre-7AM all week so I'm ready for the weekend...TFIG all!


A Couple Days Late

Reiss jacket, Balenciaga bag, Jimmy Choo shoes

I had to gussy up today for a meeting at work with a bunch of buttoned up suit types so I wore this Ann Taylor polka dotted and pleated skirt that I just love.  I paired it with a red Zara top and white Reiss blazer.

J Crew necklaces, Zara top, Ann Taylor skirt

I was halfway through the day before I realized that I was in patriotic red, white and blue just a couple days late for the 4th of July holiday.