Tuesday
Aug192014

Simplicity (+ Baubles)

Outfit details: Max Mara vest, 424 Fifth blouse, J Brand "photoready" jeans, Chanel shoes (similar pair here and here), 3.1 Philip Lim bag, Dannijo necklace, Hermés bangles

I wore this last week to work for a casual workday. The Boston weather has been beautiful but not as is typical for August so I donned some jeans for a change. I topped them with a basic white blouse, navy linen vest and a fab new Dannijo necklace.

Monday
Aug182014

Squash Blossoms & Other Farmer's Market Finds


This past week's farmer's market cooking was made up of fresh local sausage, peppers, onions and eggplant, rigatoni cacio e pepe and squash blossoms filled with goat cheese. 

First I'll start with the sausage, peppers, onions and eggplant. I browned the sausages on the stove and then finished them in the oven. In the same pan, I sauteed the peppers and onions. Once those were done, I sauteed the eggplants. While that was all cooking, I cooked a batch of fresh rigatoni which I then tossed in some the the pasta cooking water with pecorino romano cheese and fresh cracked pepper. 

As for the squash blossoms, this was an experiment for me. I've had squash blossoms and zucchini flowers at restaurants before and they are so delicious. The season for them is fleeting and they don't stay fresh for long but I saw these at the farmer's market so I bought a few to try my hand at. Most often, they are stuffed with an herbed ricotta and sometimes battered and fried. I just stuffed them with goat's cheese and baked them. Next time, I would try the herbed ricotta as I think the strong flavor of the cheese overpowered the delicate flowers.

Thursday
Aug142014

Pink & White


Outfit details: Max Mara blouse, Joe's jeans, Laurance Dacade booties, Saint Laurent clutch, Stephanie Kantis necklace, Hermés bracelets

This past Saturday, I wore this out for a casual dinner with a couple of friends. I'm equally yearning to wear my fall clothes and squeezing in the last wear of my most summery items before it's too late. I did the latter here by pairing this floaty silk light pink blouse from Max Mara with white jeans and my favorite Laurence Dacade summer booties.

Wednesday
Aug132014

Fashion in Film :: The Other Woman

After getting back from my long weekend in Nantucket, I spent an evening in eating a healthy dinner, drinking no wine and watching The Other Woman. The movie was OK; easy and mindless to watch which was just what I was looking for. But oh how I loved the wardrobe of Carly, Cameron Diaz' character. She plays a high powered attorney in Manhattan and Patricia Field (Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada) put her in some fabulous outfits. I love the classic neutrals for work and some pops of color for nights out and casual days.

 Classic black pencil skirt paired with a white blouse, Louboutins and a Saint Laurent handbag.

Classic black Balenciaga dress

White a-line dress with strappy sandals

Martin Grant dress

Another Martin Grant dress

A casual look with white jeans and L'Agence blouse

Altuzarra dress, Anthony Vaccarello jacket

If you want to see more of these kind of posts, check out Feather Factor's posts on some of my favorite fashion in film.  Blue Jasmine and The Thomas Crowne Affair.

 

 

Tuesday
Aug122014

Easy Weeknight Supper :: Eggplant Caprese Panini


You know how much I love this time of year for all of the fresh local vegetables available at the farmer's market, especially the tomatoes. Another of my favorites that has been in abundance is eggplant. Last week, I roasted a bunch of eggplant in the oven which is as simple as cutting the eggplant into slices, drizzling it with some olive oil and roasting it until tender on a baking sheet. I also had a fresh loaf of sourdough at home, plus tomatoes and mozzarella so I piled it all on the bread, drizzled the bread with olive oil and then cooked it all up on my Cuisinart griddler. Served with a salad, it was a perfect easy dinner.