Weekend Tidbits :: Ahead of the Game

This weekend was a lovely one. I had Friday off to attend the Fashion Plates event to benefit the National MS Society and it's always nice to have a long weekend. I did a bit of shopping and also caught up on the pile of fashion mags and watched Showtime's The Affair so far. Has anyone watched it?  

I bought this fabulously unique Chanel necklace. Goodness knows I have enough jewelry but I just couldn't resist this beauty.

Some fall flowers to spruce my place up and my stack of weekend reading.


Finally, it's been the coldest so far this year but I'm ahead of the game in the sandal department as I bought these shimmery navy sandals which will come in handy for some upcoming Florida jaunts. 


Sunday Supper :: Zucchini Pappardelle & Eggplant Parm

I'm always on the lookout for good dishes that can be substitutes for my beloved carbs. Two of my favorites are spaghetti squash and mashed cauliflower. On last week's Top Chef, the twist in the challenge was that one of the diners was gluten free but there was a required pasta course. One of the chefs made zucchini "pappardelle" with pesto so I decided I'd give it a whirl this weekend. It was actually relatively easy though I think the key was that I bought small zucchinis. All I did was use a vegetable peeler to make very thin slices of the zucchini then I sautéed them ever so briefly with a bit of olive oil and salt. I was also making eggplant parm and had some fresh made sauce from that which I used to top the zucchini. I really enjoyed this dish but I will say if I was really craving pasta, this wouldn't have done the trick but for a nice side dish, I'd definitely make this again.


Shades of Green

Outfit details: Max Mara dress and coat, Charlotte Olympia booties, Balenciaga bag, Hermés bracelets, Stephanie Kantis necklace and enhancer (another fabulouis one here)

The way fashion designers decide what belongs in what season sometimes baffles me. Take for example this Max Mara dress and coat. It was part of the spring 2014 collection. I bought the dress early last winter (because isn't that when you really want your spring clothes?) but didn't pull the trigger on the coat. It was too lightweight for winter but heavier than I'd want in the spring. Once all the spring stuff went on sale, lo and behold, the coat was still there. It's the perfect weight for a fall coat.


Weekend Tidbits :: Flower Sprouts & New Baubles

Have you ever heard of flower sprouts? I was at the local farmer's market last week and as I was checking out, the gentleman helping me asked if I had tried the new flower sprouts. He told me that they are a cross between kale and brussel sprouts, both of which I like (honestly, I don't think there's a dark green veggie that I don't like). I stayed in Friday night and decided I'd make my new veg, but what to do with them? I decided to sauté them with a bit of olive oil and red chili flakes and serve them over pasta. The texture of the leaves was definitely similar to kale but I thought the flavor leaned toward brussel sprouts. I'd definitely make these again.

On Friday afternoon, there was a Stephanie Kantis trunk show at Neiman Marcus. I love her line of jewelry not only for how beautiful I find it but also because of the way you can mix and match her pieces. The necklaces can be worn long, wrapped a few times to be shorter, with or without the enhancers. Necklaces and bracelets can also be linked together to make even longer or more embellished with stones if that's your thing. I already have one of the plain gold necklaces so I bought this lovely one with multi-colored stones (similar here).


Fuchsia and Royal Blue

Outfit details: H&M dress, Sara Campbell coat (ages old), Saint Laurent bag, Valentino shoes, Hermés bracelet

First I want to talk about this dress. It's a great basic dress but with the added touch of a ruffle and it was only $20. I topped it with a jacket from my closet archives that has lots of moody blues but with bright fuchsia lining which made me opt to pair it with a bright pink bag and shoes.