5.27.2014

BANANA REPUBLIC X MARIMEKKO


Skirt: Banana Republic X Marimekko (sold out online but may still be available in store) / Shirt: Old Loft / Shoes: Sole Society @ Nordstrom / Bag: J Crew, no longer available ,  (Similar Here), Sunglasses: bought in San Diego (Similar Here)



Nobody loves a good designer collaboration more than I do.  I mean what’s not to love; You get dependable quality and high end style at an affordable price.  The only downside is how quickly they always sell out.  I’ve been loving Finnish designer Marimekko’s tablecloths from Crate and Barrel for years, and now they brought their signature fun prints and colors to clothing with Banana Republic.  This skirt is SO cute and comfy and can go with just about anything.  I can’t wait to pair it with a printed top.  I’m loving these polka dot sunglasses with it.  I bought them for $5.00 as part of 80’s costume, so glad they are cute enough to wear again.  The collection is selling pretty quickly so hurry to Banana and check it out before it’s all gone!   







5.24.2014

WEEKEND READING - LINKS I’M LOVING

Happy long weekend!

I can’t believe Memorial Day is here already, time certainly does fly.   I hope you have some fun stuff planned and get to enjoy a little R&R as well.   Here are some of my favorite finds from around the web this week.  Happy reading.

XOXO
Michele

P.S.  Make sure to check out the list of great sales going on this weekend at the bottom of the post.



1. Ahh, farmer’s market season is upon us.  I tend to get a little over ambitious when shopping and usually end up with way too much produce for the week.  Here are SOME GREAT STRATEGIES FOR SHOPPING YOUR FARMER’S MARKET, or any market for that matter.




2.  I plan to do some more canning and preserving this year (and by some more I mean any at all.)  I want to pick up THIS COOKBOOK which drew my attention because it focuses on quick and seasonal recipes.  The author, Marissa McClellan, also has a blog titled FOOD IN JARS.

www.foodinjars.com

3. Just in case you have a little extra time on your hands this weekend, YOU MAY WANT TO PICK UP SOME OF THESE FOR INSPIRATION .

Photo Credit: Paul Bence via Flickr

4. Start the summer season off right WITH SOME OF THE RECIPES FROM THIS CLEAN EATING BLOG .

cleanfooddirtycity.com


5. Although I believe white can be worn all year round, Memorial day can be considered somewhat of the kick off for many people.  Here are SOME TIPS ON HOW TO PULL OFF THE WHITE ON WHITE TREND.

Photos: Getty Images


I have a couple of activities planned this week but while most people will be headed to the shore, I’ll of course be headed to the mall.  In case you are in the mood as well, here are some of my favorite sales happening this weekend both online and in store.


1. West Elm BUY MORE SAVE MORE

2. Nordstrom Up to 40% off ANNIVERSARY SALE

3. J Crew EXTRA 30% OFF SALE STYLES

4. Loft 40% OFF EVERYTHING

5. Asos 20% OFF EVERYTHING

6. Bloomingdale’s THE BIG BROWN BAG SALE 20-60% OFF SELECT MERCHANDISE

7. Lord and Taylor 20% OFF EVERYTHING

8. Banana Republic 40% OFF YOUR PURCHASE

9. Gap 40% OFF REGULAR PRICE ITEMS

10. Williams Sonoma 20% OFF OUTDOOR COOKWARE, UP TO 60% OFF CLEARANCE

5.21.2014

BLACK AND WHITE


Tank: Loft  / Skirt: Loft (Similar Here and Here) / Shoes: Nordstrom / Bag: Cole Hann Outlet (Similar Here) / Sunglasses: Boden Old (Similar Here) / Necklace: BaubleBar Old (Similar Here)

One of the things I look forward to most when going to San Diego is the weather.  It’s always perfect, just around 75°.  Well, that wasn’t the case this time.  We had about 4 days in a row of 100° weather.  I wasn’t very prepared for this, since I hadn’t switched out my winter to summer wardrobe prior to leaving for my trip.   Luckily, I had picked up a couple of new pieces from LOFT that came in very handy.   I had planned to wear this skirt with a long sleeve dark denim button down and booties but switched them out for a cool tank and sandals.  Black and white is one of my favorite combinations (I have a PINTEREST BOARD dedicated solely to it.)  My new bucket bag matched perfectly and I added a multicolor necklace to spice it up a little.  I picked this necklace up at a BaubleBar sample sale a couple of months ago , but they are currently running 30% OFF ALL NECKLACES FOR TODAY ONLY.  Deal! I plan to order THIS ONE and THIS ONE.  






5.17.2014

Broiled Chicken with Herbs De Provence and Meyer Lemon


For many years I lived in an apartment with no backyard.  I was always so jealous of friends that could grill during the warmer months.   Now that I have a barbecue we use it pretty often, but on some days it’s just too hot to be outside.  It’s been around 100 degrees for the past couple of days, definitely too hot for the grill.  With this dish you can still get the grilled taste while never leaving the comfort of your air conditioner.  

If you know me, you know I love lemons and put them practically in anything and everything I can.   Last night, I used Meyer Lemons for the chicken.  They are a cross between a lemon and an orange but have a thinner skin and are more fragrant than a typical lemon.  You can tell them apart from regular lemons because they are smoother and slightly more orange in color.  They taste sweeter and are less acidic, so they’re perfect for this dish because we are cooking and eating the skin of the lemon.  Even though the skin is sweeter it may still have a slightly bitter taste so you don’t have to eat it if you don’t want to, but I love it. I added sliced garlic, herbs de provence (which are great on any grilled meat or fish), salt and butter.  It’s an easy dish that comes together in about 30 minutes.  While the chicken was cooking in the oven, I threw together a simple salad of romaine lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, and roasted and salted pepitas. 

Note: This is one of those recipes that is somewhat based on taste.  The amount of herbs, butter, salt, pepper etc.. you use is really based on what you like.  Try it a couple of times and see what works best for you. I gave you some measurments as a guideline. 



Broiled Chicken 

Ingredients: Serves 4 adults 
10 pieces of chicken (5 thighs, 5 legs) 
1 meyer lemon (juice and skin sliced into strips) 
about 4 cloves of garlic, sliced 
about 2 tablespoons butter 
Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
Herbs de Provence 
Kosher Salt and Pepper


Procedure: 

1.  Preheat the broiler.  Line a sheet pan with foil and sprinkle with olive oil.

2.  Place chicken on sheet pan and sprinkle on top with a little more olive oil.

3.  Season with salt, pepper,  and herbs de provence to your liking.

4.  Slice the lemon in half and squeeze the juice all over the chicken.

5.  Once you’ve squeezed all the juice out of the lemons.  Slice each half in half, lay flat and slice in to strips.  Sprinkle the strips over the chicken.

6.  Slice garlic cloves in half and spread on baking sheet.

7.  Place a little pat of butter over each piece of chicken.

8.  Place the sheet pan in the middle of the oven and broil for about 25 minutes or till juices run clear and chicken is cooked through, (you don’t want the chicken too close to the broiler or it will burn before it cooks).  Turn once while cooking.

9.  Serve with salad.







5.15.2014

Blue and White - San Diego


Dress: Banana Republic / Jean Jacket: Old (Similar Here) / Shoes: Cole Hann Outlet (Similar Here) / Bag: Banana Republic (Similar Here) / Necklace : Old from Vocabulary Boutique San Diego , (Similar Here) / Sunglasses: Rayban


One of my favorite things to do in San Diego is plan a day to visit Little Italy.  It’s full of trendy boutiques and some great food.  My sister took me to THIS COOL HOME STORE with great artwork and stylish home decor.  I wish I had a bigger suitcase to carry stuff home, but then again it’s probably a good thing I don’t.  We had brunch at BENCOTTO, an Italian restaurant known for its  fresh pastas, but choose a light lunch of soup and salad instead.  The Asparugus soup was so delicious and creamy (even though it was cream free), it’s definitely a dish I will try to recreate at home.  No trip to Little Italy would be complete without a stop at Mona Lisa, an old school Italian deli and grocery store where we stocked up on cheese, wine, and meat.  

Since we spent the whole day in the city, I made sure to wear comfy shoes and layer.  San Diego weather is beautiful, but it can be hot during the day and cooler at night.  This breezy dress kept me cool while shopping and the jean jacket was perfect for the night breeze.  



















5.13.2014

When Life Gives You Lemons...


Dress: Banana Republic / Cardigan: Tory Burch or (Similar Here) / Shoes: Old Via Spiga (Similar Here) / Bag: Old Banana Republic (Similar Here) / Sunglasses: Loft / Earrings: Banana Republic / Bracelets: Alex and Ani





Wear them, of course! 

I'm out in North County, San Diego for my nephew’s first communion.  It’s so beautiful out here, the landscape reminds me of the rolling hills in Tuscany.  What better place than to wear this THIS ADORABLE LEMON DRESS? I saw this dress in Banana Republic and immediately fell in love with it.  The fit is so feminine, it reminds me of the kind of dress that Sofia Loren would have worn in the 50’s.  Added bonus: Fruit is a big trend for Spring and this dress is spot on.  I’m planning on purchasing a couple more “fruity” items for Spring and Summer.   








5.07.2014

The Boyfriend Cardigan




Cardigan: Target / Shirt: Marshalls, (similar here) / Jeans: DL1961  / Shoes: Halogen @Nordstrom, (similar here) / Sungasses: Old, (similar here)/ Bag: Calvin Klein, Old (similar here), Bracelets: Lia Sophia Menagerie Bracelet, and old

You’ve heard it before; Invest in basic items that fit you great, like the perfect black pant, that classic white button down, the bag that goes with everything and so on, and you’ll get your money’s worth.  This is definitely sound advice and I certainly have a few staples in my closet that for me have been investment pieces.  But every so often, a staple comes along that looks great and doesn’t break the bank.  I’ve been buying THIS MOSSIMO BOYFRIEND CARDIGAN since last year.  I’m so happy Target brought it back!  It looks great, it's super soft and comfy, and comes in a bunch of fun colors.  The best part is that it’s cheap so you can buy a couple of different colors and if you leave it behind at a hotel (like I did last year),  you don’t have to cry like... let’s say if your husband should happen to put your 100% cashmere sweater in the washer and dryer.  








5.05.2014

The Weekend Recap


Sweatshirt: JCrew / Jeans:JCrew / Shoes: Old, Similar here / Bag: Old, Similar here / Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Believe it or not, even though I was born and raised in Hoboken, just across the river from New York City, this weekend was my first time walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.  My sister in law (who is visiting from Argentina) had this on her to do list, so I took her.  Besides the unruly hair due to the high winds and almost getting run over twice by cyclists zipping by, seemingly oblivious to us pedestrians, it was a fun a day.  We took the subway to Brooklyn and walked over to Manhattan which makes for the best views. 

Our walking trip continued through Chinatown, Little Italy, SoHo, and Tribeca.  We stopped at ITALIAN FOOD CENTER  for a combo sandwich and a birra rossa.  Although the bread for the sandwich was a little dry, it was still tasty and topped with a spicy pepper jam which I loved.  We walked off lunch window shopping through SoHo and stopped for a coffee break in Tribeca.  

Although my sister in law cut my feet off in every picture she took, my shoes were super comfy all day!  I love that they match my grey camo sweatshirt perfectly.  The bag I am wearing is actually one of the first gifts my husband ever gave me.  It’s an ARGENTINIAN BRAND CALLED PRUNE and he had brought it back for me from a trip to Argentina.  I recently discovered that a A NEW SHOP IN TOWN carries some Prune bags.  I am so excited to check them out.   

Hope you enjoyed your weekend just as much.  xoxo 












5.02.2014

Smoked Salmon Tartine



After a weekend full of parties and long lavish meals, I was craving a light supper.  I’ve recently become obsessed with this smoked salmon tartine (french for open face sandwich).   I was in New York City a couple of months ago and had a similar dish for a quick lunch at Le Pain Quotidien.   The original dish was made with farmer’s cheese on pumpernickel bread but I used a creamy Vermont goat cheese on hearty rye bread instead.  Not only is this delicious but it’s looks so pretty as well.  We had it for supper with a salad, but it would be great for brunch as well.  You could make a platter of this ahead of time for a crowd and keep it in the fridge till you’re ready to serve it.

Bon App├ętit!

Ingredients: Serves 2

3 large slices of rye or pumpernickel bread, sliced in half and toasted (optional)
3 slices of smoked salmon
1/2 cup creamy goat cheese
a couple of sprigs of fresh dill
zest of 1/2 a lemon
sprinkle of extra virgin olive oil, (optional)

Procedure:

1. Toast bread if  desired and top with a layer of goat cheese

2. Divide salmon slices evenly on slices of bread

3. Top with dill, lemon zest and sprinkle of oil if desired