Month: February 2009

Are you a Member?

“Is that a member’s only jacket? What, are you like, the last member?”   Who can forget the infamous jacket from the 80’s?  Well that iconic jacket received a face lift last year thanks to designer extraordinaire Kelli Delaney and celebs can’t get enough! Kelli’s […]

Banh Mi Oh My

Vietnam was a French colony for about 100 years and this sandwich is a product of that era.  The French influence comes from the baguette, mayonnaise and paté but the Vietnamese hot, sour and herb flavors really shine through.  It’s pronounced Bah (like humbug) and me.   James […]

My Picks for Spring 2009


Spring is just around the corner and thank goodness because I’ve had it with all the bulky sweaters, constricting coats and itchy socks!  I’m ready to come out of hiding so to speak and show a little skin!

My go-to’s for the warmer months will consist of lots of bold statement jewelry, cropped blazers, pencil skirts and gladiator sandals.

I’m currently lusting after these glads made by Muzina ( $79) .   They’ve put an exciting new spin on the gladiator trend by using fabric ties verses the traditional straps.


I love American Apparel’s interlock mini skirt.  I recently purchased one in Army and will be rockin’ it a lot more come Spring time.


Blazers, all I gotta say is where in the blazes have you been all my life?  I’ve only recently discovered my love of the unjacket.  I pair them with jeans, skirts, pants, anything goes!  I’m diggin’ the cropped styles right now.  I feel they really compliment my petite frame.  I’m really excited about this cute little gold toned taupe one by Mossimo for Target (on clearance at for just $7.49).


For jewelry in the warmer months, I tend to gravitate more towards gold and bronze pieces since they look so amazing against sun kissed skin. 

I will undoubtedly be wearing my Alex and Chloe bronze Aphex necklace as well as the Ode to Helmut Lang that I recently acquired. 



Some others on the list are this unique gold cuff by Botkier ( $110).


As well as this gold circle pop out pendant by Melissa Borrell ( $50).  I love that she makes jewelry so tactile.


Italian Spinach Salad

This is my take on a traditional spinach salad but with an Italian twist!   Ingredients: 1 bag of baby spinach 1 pack of sliced baby bellas 1 pack of pancetta, chopped 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted salt and pepper 3 hard boiled eggs, sliced 1/2 […]

McQueen for Target

My calendar alarm, set!  Cell phone alarm, set!  Bank account, set!  All systems are a go and on Wednesday, March 4th when his line hits stores, you better believe I will be there taking it all in and taking it all home!!  As part of […]

Alex and Chloe


Alex and Chloe create unique, one of a kind pieces that mix couture with an edgy sort of anti-establishment like feel.  Case in point, check out this necklace that inspired a cease and desist letter from Chanel.


Their signature is simple yet effective – bold geometric shapes and always unconventional. Think of an Alex and Chloe piece as wearable art – I’d call it modern minimalism.


I do!  In January, they launched their line of wedding rings exclusively at Revolve Clothings new flagship store on Melrose, in LA. Definitely not geared towards your traditional bride.

They’ve recently branched out into clothing as well and just like their jewelry, it doesn’t disappoint.


My Aphex pendant in bronze arrived in the mail today and I am absolutely smitten!  It arrived in a beautiful little package, complete with a special note from Alex and Chloe.


If you’re a fan of the show, you know that Gossip Girl is always on the cutting edge of fashion. Just check out Little J rockin’ Alex and Chloe’s Pyramide Pointure necklace.


Alex and Chloe have shaken up the jewelry world with their very own urban inspired aethetic. They started with jewelry, marched into sunglasses and moved right into some very innovative t-shirts.  I can’t wait to see what they do next!

Puttanesca Salad

Puttanesca Ensalada…doesn’t that mean whore salad?  Who knows, Italian is so colorful.   Ingredients: 1 pack of vine ripe tomatoes, quartered 1/2 red onion, chopped 1/2 cucumber, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 5 anchovy fillets, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 handful of […]

Ginger Spritzer

This low-cal spritzer really pops with the addition of fresh grated ginger.  Try it out as a flavorful alternative to a vodka or gin and tonic. Ingredients: 2 shots white rum (or substitute your favorite vodka or gin) 1/2 can seltzer water 1 handful fresh mint […]

The Joys of Discount Shopping



Some people collect stamps, others are into fine wines. Me? I collect jeans, shoes, various cosmetics, assorted kitchen tools and gadgets.  James and I love going to stores like TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and Ross to check out the home goods sections for new paring knives, ramekins, hand held foaming devices and what have you.

These stores happen to serve double duty for me though as I can also check out great deals on fashion while I’m there.  My latest trip to TJ Maxx proved to be very worth while!  I managed to snag an awesome pair of gold wedges by Jessica Simpson I’d been coveting at Loehmann’s a week prior that weren’t in my size.  I also picked up a very cute little chef’s knife in the most ‘fashion forward’ color green!  Okay so it may not be the sharpest one on our wall but hey, it definitely manages to stand out from the crowd (see the picture above). Something I aspire to as well.

Check out your local discount stores and check back often.   They’re always turning over their inventory so new deals pop up every week!  

(Say what you will about her but Jessica Simpson makes some kickin’ shoes!)

Crispy Brown Rice Crusted Chicken with Pecan Brown Butter

*** UPDATE: US Mills, the company that distributes the Erewhon brand Crispy Brown Rice cereal we used in this dish asked if they could include this recipe on their site.  Check out our recipe featured here and check out all the other cool recipes they […]