Thursday
May152014

Weekend Tidbits :: Liquid Art House


This past Saturday night, my friend Elisha and I bellied up at a super cool new spot, Liquid Art House. L.A.H. is housed on the first floor of the old Renaissance Charter School. When you enter the through the arched doorway you see the loftlike space that is the bar centered by the purple Murano glass chandelier. The back wall is what appears to be a mural but what I think is actually a very large canvas instead.  The art throughout changes regularly and I'm looking forward to going back and seeing what's on display the next time. 

We ate dinner at the bar and the food was quite good. We split an order of gnocchi like dumplings and the roasted chicken; both delicious.  

If you're in the neighborhood, it's definitely worth stopping in for a cocktail to check it out.

Wednesday
May142014

Spring Formula


Outfit details: J Crew jacket (old), McQ blouse, Clover Canyon skirt, Laurence Dacade sandals, Prada bag, Hermés bangles

Weekends are often spent doing some version of the same routine; a jog or a trip to the gym, popping to my local florist to spruce up my place with flowers, a bit of shopping and other life maintenance.  These pictures were pre-hair cut and color but I decided to forsake my vanity since I love this Clover Canyon skirt and these fabulous sandals by Laurence Dacade. The skirt fits my basic formula for my body type. Since I'm larger on top and smaller on the bottom, I like tube skirts like this paired with oversized tops. 

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.