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. 

 

Monday
Aug112014

Wear Now, Wear Later


Outfit details: Lafayette 148 dress, Valentino shoes, Hermés bracelet, Balenciaga bag

I'm always so confused in a fashion sense this time of year. It's still hot and summery out but you wouldn't know it stepping into any of the retail stores. In the fashion world, fall began months ago. This is one of those dresses that is easily worn now but come fall can also be worn with a coat, tights and booties.

Friday
Aug082014

Easy Weeknight Supper :: Pesto Pasta with Chicken & Broccoli

After my overindulgence in Nantucket, I was ready for a meal at home and a couple of days with no wine. Tuesdays are farmer's market days near my place so I popped over there as soon as I got home to get lots of fresh veggies and made a quick trip to the grocery store for a few other necesseties. I had some pesto in my freezer that I had made recently (see when I made it here) so I defrosted that to serve over pasta with some freshly steamed broccoli and roasted chicken thighs. And since I can't resist tomato season, I made a salad of fresh mozzarella and heirloom tomatoes.

Thursday
Aug072014

Wanderlust :: Postcards from Nantucket

I'm just back from my annual jaunt to Nantucket with my girlfriends. It started out iffy as the weather was less than desirable. Most of this summer's weekends have been just beautiful, but this past weekend started out damp, cold and rainy. Things started looking up Sunday and in the end, weather aside, we had a blast.

 A beautiful church around the corner from our hotel (and look at the colors of the hydrangea!)

After lunch at Millie's in Madaket

Cool building reflecting off the water in Madaket

The nautical bar area at The Nantucket Hotel

We spent our last night at Summer House in Sconset (and I agree "beach life is best")

My last foggy morning walk

Tuesday
Jul292014

Red and Rockstuds

Outfit details: Jil Sander dress (similar style here, on super sale here and here), Valentino shoes, Alexander McQueen bag, Stephanie Kantis necklace, Hermés bracelet 

I've been spending my shopping dollars of late on high quality (and albeit more expensive) pieces.  My jaunts into the likes of Zara and H&M have had me leaving empty handed. I think this is in part due to my tastes changing as I'm getting older but also due to the fact that I'm finding myself reaching for the same things over and over again. While I still have quantity, I prefer a bit less quantity and higher quality. Don't get me wrong, I still get the fast fashion thing, I'm just finding that it's working less for me now than it used to.  This brings me to two things; my dress and my shoes. The dress is by Jil Sander from last year. On super sale thanks to my eagle eyed friend and personal stylist at Neiman Marcus Boston. I constantly find myself reaching for this dress the better part of the year (without a jacket in the summer and with a leather moto jacket when it's chillier like here). Next up are the rockstuds. I now have multiples of the rockstuds but this nude pair is the first pair I bought when Valentino first introduced them. I remember hunting them down in nude and I have worn them over and over and over again (ask my cobbler who has replaced the heels countless times).