Month: March 2009

Sun-Dried Tomato Mac n' Cheese

This recipe is a great way to make a meal out of mac’ n cheese.  The mushrooms in addition to the various cheeses, really pump up the protein to make for a hearty and fulfilling dish. 1 box of penne pasta (I use Dreamfields low […]

The Maxi Dress

How can you not love the maxi dress?   Kyumi @ revolveclothing.com – $163 It’s been around for a while and it’s versatility has proven that it’s here to stay!  You can find one in every price range from bold patterns to solids and long sleeve to […]

Spring into Florals!

It may seem rather literal but florals are huge for Spring.  This is a trend that can very easily be overdone though, so it’s best to stick with just one piece.  Think bigger floral prints verses smaller which can be a bit too eighties, and not in a good way.

This adorable frock from Forever 21 is high on my ever growing wishlist right now.  I love all the vibrant colors.

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This tunic from Arden B would look great on a casual Friday paired with skinny jeans.

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This flared floral skirt by Xhilaration for Target would be a perfect accompaniment to your favorite pair of flats.

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These floral peep toe pumps by BCBGirls practically scream Spring!

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If you prefer a more muted palette, this strapless number by Kay Unger may just be right up your alley.

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This canvas hobo bag from Old Navy is a great way to get your feet wet with this trend.

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Florals are fun, flirty and a great way to welcome Spring!

Disco is so not dead

I often wonder if perhaps I was born in the wrong decade because I absolutely adore Disco!  Yes, you heard me right, I’m not ashamed of it either!  Abba, The Bee Gees, Donna Summer and the list goes on.  I swear, I can’t hear Shadow Dancing […]

The Clutch

Being a person who is known for carrying what seems like my entire life around with me, the idea of a clutch was a bit terrifying at first.  I soon came to realize however, that for a night out on the town there is just […]

Gourmet Garden

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Some of the ingedients I use most often in cooking are garlic, chilis and of course, fresh herbs.  I’m not too big on the dried stuff although I do feel it has it’s place.  For instance, if you’re cooking a sauce, dry herbs are always better because they withstand the longer cooking process far better than fresh would. 

Fresh herbs are an absolutle must for some dishes, however they tend to go bad quickly and they can be rather pricey.  If you’re a person who shys away from fresh herbs for this very reason, fear not, Gourmet Garden has got you covered!  Whoever came up with this concept is a genius.  

The whole idea behind these little tubes of yumminess is to process their herbs at the height of flavor, thus packing a ton of flavor in an airtight tube that drastically increases the shelf life of fresh herbs and spices so you can enjoy them far longer.  Best of all, if you stick them in the freezer after each use (which the company condones), you’ll increase their shelf life by 3 full months!!

We often have trouble getting quality fresh garlic at our local supermarket, but with Gourmet Garden we are always guaranteed the freshest garlic.  With a tube of garlic, prep time changes from 10 minutes of chopping, mincing and mashing with a knife to a single squeeze of a tube, and no more stinky fingers!

The Gourmet Garden offers 10 herbs and spices to choose from, including Basil, Chili Pepper, Oregano, Garlic, Lemon Grass, Dill, Italian Seasoning, Parsley, Cilantro and Ginger.  

They’re great in stir-frys, dips, salad dressings, sauces, or as condiments in their own right, get creative.  Check out their site for great recipes too!

Pennyroyal Silver

The story behind this company’s humble beginnings is both inspiring and incredibly endearing. Tim Foster comes from a musical background and worked for a major recording company for seven years before realizing he was itching to do something more.  He happened upon that something while […]

Revolveclothing.com

These guys are by far my favorite place to shop online.  They specialize in high end, designer fashions which I absolutely love but aside from that, one of the things about Revolve that really sets them apart is their customer service.   In a world where […]

The Naughty Secretary Club


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This chick is amazing!  Definitely an inspiration to me and I’m sure a lot of other women.  Founded by Jennifer Perkins (the lovely lady pictured above), Naughty Secretary Club includes a collection of kitchy jewelry and accessories all with a serious wow factor!  Everything is hand made by Jen herself and trust me, no one on the streets will be sporting anything else quite like it.  Each piece is unique and based on objects Jen finds and recycles into gorgeous works of art!

Jen has always had a passion to create, even as a young child where she got her start selling earrings made from fishing lures out of her parents garage.   After obtaining a degree in Pychology, she set out to join the work force and was only able to find a job as a secretary.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that (Seinfeld) but it left her with a lot of free time on her hands and thus, more time to craft! 

This non stop craft fest eventually manifested as naughtysecretary club.com.  The site has been a huge success with Jen’s work being featured in countless magazines such as Teen Vogue, Lucky and Seventeen.  In addition to her site, she’s also the co-host of DIY’s Stylicious and Craft Lab.

Check out some of her masterpieces below and go snag yourself some one of a kind, wearable art!

This piece is very reminiscent of Marni to me, minus the hefty price tag of course!

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Under da sea!  Love this cute little seahorse cameo cuff.

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Embrace your inner child!  These appropriately titled bubbles earrings remind me of one of my favorite childhood past times, blowing bubbles!

 

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If you’re feeling inspired to take a stab at your own creations, then pick up a copy of Jennifer’s book the Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Girl’s Guide to Handmade Jewelry at Amazon and follow along with more then 50 crafting projects!

Guilt Free Coffee Cooler

This drink is virtually guilt free because it’s really low in calories and fat, and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than what your neighborhood Starbucks is shelling out for around $5 a pop!  (Sorry Dad) Now, I’m no coffee connoisseur.  I prefer my Folgers […]