Leather + Lace (and Happy New Year!)

Outfit details: Nicole Miller top, Talbots leather skirt, Spanx lace tights (get them here), Miu Miu boots (saw them on sale this weekend at Saks), Chanel bag (vintage Chanel here), Blumarine necklace, Terry Ross ring

I'm one of those people who has no interest in going out on New Year's Eve.  I go out so often that on New Year's, I'm happy to either stay home or have a low key night at a friend's place.  I ended up doing the latter for this new year and it was just perfect.  When one friend asked us all to reflect on the key moments of 2011, it made me realize that it's difficult to choose just one.  She prodded me to recollect a fabulous purchase or two (Lady Dior bag, anyone?).  But what matters not is the closet full of fabulousness that I certainly am lucky to have, but rather the moments I've spent with friends and family over the last year.  I am truly blessed to have the people near and dear to me and doubly blessed to have the resources to spend every fabulous moment that I get to spend with them. 

On to the outfit.  My low key evening in was still deserving of something fun and festive. I wore a Nicole Miller top/dress that I bought at a lovely boutique in the North End called Twilight.  I think it's actually a dress (though a short one) but I wore it as a top over my buttery leather Talbots skirt. 

Wishing you the most happy and healthy new year! 





Navy and Mustard

Outfit details: Trousers, shirt, sweater jacket - all J Crew, Stella McCartney bag, Nine West patent booties, J Crew necklace, Chanel pin

Remember how I wondered how to wear these J Crew cafe capris as it got colder (here)?  Well thanks to all the tips I've been able to pull it off.  Here I wore the mustard color J Crew trousers with a navy long sleeve t-shirt and a navy sweater jacket, both from J Crew ages ago.  The funny thing is, as it sometimes happens, I didn't realze that I was outfitted totally in J Crew until I started typing this. 

Happy new year to everyone!




Outfit details: Ann Taylor sweater, Banana Republic trousers, Stella McCartney bag, Maje booties (similar here), Hermes bangle. Louis Vuitton ring

After having had five days with no work,my first day back required something easy and this was it.  My sister gave me this cozy sweater from Ann Taylor that I layered over a long sleeve black T shirt with black trousers.  It was the perfect first day back to work outfit after a little break.  I can see I'm going to get a ton of wear out of this sweater this winter.


Sunday Supper - Christmas Eats

The holidays are all about spending time surrounded by family, friends and lots of good eats.  My brother in law made a delicious batch of potato leek soup for Christmas Eve lunch which gave us the needed sustenance to start cooking for Christmas.

We made a huge batch of short ribs in tomato sauce that we cooked up on Saturday, let sit overnight and then cooked some more on Sunday.  We got the meat from Schatzie the Butcher on the Upper West Side who not only has a great selection of quality meats but the entertainment of just visiting is worth the trip.  We seasoned the short ribs with Italian seasonings (basil, red pepper, parsley) and browned them.  Then in the same pots, we sauteed garlic and onions, deglazed the pans with red wine and added the canned tomatoes.  We then put the browned ribs into the tomato sauce and let them simmer for a couple of hours.  Once they cooled to room temperature, we refrigerated them overnight and finished cooking them in the oven on Christmas day for a few hours. 

The beauty of making a dish like this is that it gets more flavorful overnight and it's almost impossible to overcook.  The longer it cooks the more tender the meat is (it should be falling off of the bone when you are serving it). 

My sister and I were up and out at the crack on Christmas morning to grab bagels and lox for breakfast.  We had mourned the loss of the Upper West Side's H&H Bagels but mourn for long we did not. Absolute Bagels (Broadway and 108th) has by far the Best.Bagels.Ever.  After fetching the bagels we arrived at Zabar's just before it opened which meant we got our lox quickly and were out of there.

After breakfast, we finished all of our cooking and prepping for my brother in laws siblings to arrive mid afternoon for our Christmas feast.

We had quite the antipasti spread to snack on.

The cured meats were from Salumeria Rosi.

The cheeses were from Fairway (pecorino toscano, cheddar, camembert, taleggio).  I never met a cheese I didn't like and these were no exception.

The final product; the short ribs served over fresh spinach pasta.

I can't leave out the abundant array of desserts that dear brother in law got from Veneiro's since he knows my father's love of Italian pastries. 

There you have it, the ridiculous amount of really good food that we enjoyed this holiday weekend.  I hope you too enjoyed lots of good eats however you celebrated your long holiday weekend.


Weekend Tidbits - Christmas in NYC

Festive holiday decor at Gramercy Tavern.

A fontina coverd meatball in potato puree makes for a decadent holiday lunch.

Post-lunch in the vestibule of the Gramercy Tavern. Wearing Sara Campbell jacket, H&M sweater, Rag&Bone jeans (similar here), Dolce Vita booties, Celine Bag, Hermes scarf, J Crew necklace

How cool are my sister and her husband's shoes?

I hope everyone had a wonderful and joyous long weekend with family and friends!