Tuesday
May132014

Houndstooth  

Outfit details: O'2nd top, J Crew skirt (old), Roger Vivier shoes, Balenciaga bag, Chanel necklace, Hermés bangles 

My recent wanderings into JCrew have been unsuccessful.  Whatever used to draw me to so much in there seems to be gone.  I wonder, has JCrew's aesthetic changed or has mine?  But I digress....this is a JCrew houndstooth skirt from a year or so ago and I love so much about it.  Its shape, its contrasting colors and its houndstooth. I paired the skirt with a basic white top from O'2nd, bright Roger Vivier shoes and a pale pink Balenciaga bag.  Speaking of this bag, I don't think I ever pointed out that this was my spring pick when the Boston Globe asked for my must have spring item.  

Monday
May122014

Sunday Supper :: Pasta with Eggplant and Ricotta

 

I had lunch a couple of weeks ago with one of my local blogger friends, Jean, and she reminded me that I'm overdue for a cooking post.  Since I go out to eat so often, my weekend cooking lately has largely been quite simple.  Salads, baked chicken breasts, steamed broccoli.  Hardly worthy of a Sunday Supper post.  But I was up to the task yesterday.  All before noon, I had gone out for a jog, hit Whole Foods and had a mani/pedi.  I did my normal week's prep; washing and cutting up a bunch of veggies, steaming broccoli, cooking up chicken breasts for salads.  

I was in the mood for some delicious pasta with eggplant and ricotta. I don't always love ricotta but I found a local, fresh version that wasn't your typical supermarket variety so I decided to buy it.  I made my own version of this recipe.

I cut up 2 small Italian eggplants into cubes and cooked them on the stove in a bit of olive oil until they were cooked to a nice soft consistency.  While they were cooking, I put the pasta water on to boil and started my tomato sauce.  My tomato sauce is quite easy.  Sauté a couple of minced garlic cloves in olive oil with a bit of crushed red pepper. One the garlic is cooked without getting brown, add in a carton of Pomi tomatoes and season with a little salt to taste.  Let the sauce cook until the pasta is cooked to al dente.  Drain the pasta and put it back in the pot with about half of the tomato sauce over low heat.  Toss in a bunch of fresh basil and some grated Pecorino Romano cheese.  Take the pasta off the heat and add in the ricotta and the cooked eggplant.  Toss with more fresh basil and serve.

I served the pasta with a bit of mozarrella, tomato and basil.  It was a delicious dinner.  

I had lots of fresh basil left over so I'm going to whip up a batch of fresh pesto to freeze for another day.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday
Apr302014

Vest & Skinny Jeans

Outfit details: Max Mara vest, 424 Fifth blouse, Chanel shoes, Céline bag, Hermés scarf and bangles

This was something I wore to work one day last week. I love that I can get all gussied up some days and others throw on jeans. 

Tuesday
Apr292014

Blush and Bashful


Outfit details: Rebecca Taylor top and trousers, Vanessa Bruno blazer, Valentino shoes,  Céline bag, Hermés scarf and bangles

When I donned this outfit last week in varying shades of light pink, quotes from Steel Magnolias ran through my head. 

Julia Roberts "My colors are blush and bashful"

Sally Field "Your colors are pink and pink"

Julia Roberts "My colors are blush and bashful. I have chosen two shades of pink. One is much deeper than the other"

Inspired by the quotes running through my head, I re-watched Steel Magnolias this weekend.  There are so many quotable lines in that movie.

Monday
Apr282014

Baby Got Back

Outfit details: Sportmax top, Theory leather leggings, 10 Crosby Derek Lam blazer (similar here), Chanel shoes, Stella McCartney clutch, Hermés bracelet, Chanel necklaces

This blazer by 10 Crosby Derek Lam is all about the back. I love how it looks like a regular old blazer from the front, but sits up higher with a bit of overlap in the back. It was chilly out this weekend so I paired it with some leather leggings and to show the back detail of the blazer, a light floral tunic.