Sunday Supper - Chicken and Rice Pilaf

Saturday morning as I was lollygagging around with the Food Network on, Rachael Ray was making chicken thighs with romesco sauce and saffron rice pilaf.  So I decided this Sunday to take inspiration from that but made a more simple version.  I like to cook boneless skinless chicken thighs sometimes in lieu of breasts since they have more flavor.  I drizzled them with olive oil, seasoned them with an island spice rub that's floating around in my pantry and cooked them in the oven for about 20 minutes at 375 degrees. 

While the chicken was cooking, I made the rice.  First I took a handful of spaghetti and broke it into small pieces, browned it for about 5 minutes in butter and then added long grain rice, chicken stock and a pinch of saffron.  When the rice was just about done, I added in a few hands full of spinach since I love spinach and it adds more veggies to my meal.  I served it all up with roasted cauliflower that cooked in the oven with the chicken.


Tom Ford Lip Color

I'd been hearing all the hype about the Tom Ford beauty line and hemmed and hawed over buying anything.  In the grand scheme of makeup prices, Tom Ford is definitely at the high end of the high end but I had heard such good things about the lipsticks.  I ended up going all out and buying five, yes five, lipsticks.  And I must say, they really are all the good things I had heard.  Creamy, long lasting, fantastic colors.

I bought:  Nude vanile (get it hereSable smoke (get it hereCherry lush (get it hereViolet fatale (get it hereBlack orchid (get it here)

I wore the violet fatale here.  On my lip, I think it's a bit more pink than I expected but I really liked it. 


I wore the cherry lush for another day this past weekend.  It's a lovely bright cherry red and it really lasted through several glasses of wine and a meal.  I'll post more pics of the other colors as I wear them. 



Wax On

H&M sweater cape (similar here), Equipment blouse (similar style here), J Brand coated jeans (get them here), Valentino shoes (get them here), Celine bag, Hermes scarf (similar here), Celine sunglasses (similar here), Tom Ford violet fatale lip color (get it here)

Saturday's errands required little bundling up since we had spring like weather.  Again I wore an H&M sweater cape layered over a sheer python print Equipment blouse and the waxy coated J Brands that I love.


I bought several of the Tom Ford lipsticks and they are everything I've heard; gorgeous colors, long lasting, creamy.  The one I'm wearing is violet fatale and it's a lovely bright magenta pink. 


On Being Thankful (and what I wore)

St. John jacket, Nanette Lepore skirt, Miu Miu shoes, Hermes bangle

Saks cashmere cape, Longchamp bag

I spent Thanksgiving home in Boston instead of making the trip down to Florida to celebrate with my family.  It's a wee bit sad but I have a wedding to go to this weekend so it didn't make sense to make the trip.  But I'm lucky enough to have people in town who are like family so I'm never on my own for the holidays.  Today we went to have our Thanksgiving meal at Brasserie Jo in the Colonnade Hotel and then went to another friend's place for dessert.  It was a lovely afternoon and over the last few days I have really reflected on all I have to be thankful for.

First and foremost, I am thankful for my family and friends.  I know that no matter what happens, I have people who are there for me through thick or thin.

I've come to realize that health is not something to be taken for granted and I am thankful to have mine.

I'm grateful for the roof over my head, food on my table and a job that pays for life's necessities (and then some). 

And I'm thankful for you dear blog reader.  I'm eternally grateful to have this creative outlet and that you take time out of your busy day to stop by.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Sunday Supper - Simple Pasta with Broccoli and Cauliflower

This Sunday, I wanted to cook something relatively easy but tasty.  I'm often drawn to classic Italian cooking using simple, but high quality, ingredients.  I quickly boiled the broccoli and cauliflower together for about 5 minutes.  Then I sauteed some mushrooms in garlic and olive oil for about 5 mintues, added in the broccoli and cauliflower and tossed in pasta once cooked.  I let it all cook on low heat for a few minutes with some added water that I reserved from cooking the pasta.  Finished it off with some really fruity olive oil and Pecorino Romano cheese and served with a salad of avocado, mozzarella and tomoto.  Very simple but very delicious.