Monday, January 30, 2012

How We Stye It: The Trench Coat

I still remember the first day we met. It was a cold, rainy day in May and I was shopping in Union Square. I walked by him and WHAM, it was love at first sight. I am referring to the black trench below of course.

Allison remembers seeing her Grandmother Lillian's pale blue-grey leather trench with a fur collar for the first time when she was in high school. She had just read The Fountainhead for the first time (it's been her favorite book since), and fell in love with her Grandmother's trench, thinking that it was SO Dominique Francon. Similarly, when she saw the tan trench below, it felt very Dagny Taggart, a character in Allison's second favorite book, Atlas Shrugged. That's the great thing about a fantastic trench coat - it has the potential to elevate your whole look and make you feel like the epitome of classic, polished chic.

As our trench coats have become staples in both our wardrobes, we wanted to show you a few of ways we style them. God bless our men for being patient and taking the photos.

Burberry Trench (similar), Louis Vuitton Neverfull, Jcrew Denim Shirt (similar), Jcrew Minnie Pants
Kate Spade Necklace, Steven Nude Heels, Jcrew and Spike The Punch Bracelets
Grandmother's pale blue-grey leather trench with (what I believe is) fox fur collar, 
Great-Great Grandmother's pearls, Claridge + King CrewJ.Crew Pixie Pants,  
Michael Kors Odin flats in Nude, Chanel Sunnies, Grandmother's tan clutch

Burberry Trench (similar), Louis Vuitton Speedy 35, Zara Boatneck Shirt, Old Navy Military Vest,
Jcrew Toothpick Cords, Banana Republic Necklace, Banana Republic Wellies,
Jcrew, Spike The Punch and Lilly Pulitzer Bracelets

Banana Republic Trench (similar), Old Navy Blue and White Striped 3/4 sleeve dress (similar),
Hunter Black Glitter WelliesMarc Jacobs Quinn bag, J. Crew flowered pashmina,
Grandmother's necklace, Chanel sunnies



Thursday, January 26, 2012

Valentine's Day Gift Guides

As both my parents and Allison and her husband were all Miami Mergers, 
we just had to pay tribute to our Alma Mater on this special day.

Love is in the air. 


That's right everyone, Valentine's Day is right around the corner. While I'm sure we have all been thinking about what we want for months now (doesn't everyone keep a constant Google Docs list?!), what to get our significant others often escapes us. That's where Allison and I come in- we have done the work for you this Valentine's Day! We've put together a fabulous gift guide for both him and her that is sure to get you lots of love come February 14th. 


I mean, what ladies out there wouldn't want one of these:
Hermes H Bracelet
Or what gentleman wouldn't enjoy a bottle of this:
King's County Distillery Whiskey or Bourbon
Check out our full Valentine's Day gift guides for him and her after the jump!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Recipe: Leek, Mushroom and Bacon Pizza


As I mentioned previously, I am a big fan of pizzas. As mentioned in my party post last week, I made a leek, mushroom and bacon pizza recently for our housewarming party. A couple of you asked for me to post the recipe, so here it is!


1 ball pizza dough (I got mine from Whole Foods)
Cornmeal (If you have a pizza stone)
Flour
Truffle Oil
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Crumbled Blue Cheese
1/2 Package Bacon
2 Large Leeks
4oz Mushrooms

Salt and Pepper


Step 1
Allow dough to sit out a few hours so it can defrost a bit.



Step 2
Cook bacon to desired crispness then chop. 


Step 3
Rinse and chop mushrooms. Put aside.



Step 4
Trim and clean leeks. For those of you whom this is the first time cooking with leeks, you trim off the rootlets and the dark green parts. There should only be a hint of green when you are done. After you have trimmed the leeks, slice them lengthwise, then slice them in 1/4 inch thick.



Step 5
Saute the mushrooms and leeks separately in butter, salt and pepper for about 10-15 minutes. Put aside.





Step 6
Cover a large cutting board/surface with flour. Use your hands and rolling pin to flatten out the dough. 

Step 7
Spread cornmeal out on pizza stone. Transfer flattened pizza dough to stone. 


Step 8
Brush dough lightly with truffle oil. Then layer on leeks, mushrooms and bacon. Cover with shredded mozzarella cheese.

Step 9
Place in the oven on the bottom rack for 15 minutes at 300 degrees or until cheese starts to brown lightly. Take pizza out and sprinkle blue cheese on top. Place back in oven with the broiler on for 2 minutes.



Step 10
Take pizza out and let cool for 4-5 mins. Once cool, slice and enjoy!

Let me know what you all think!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Be Prepared for Blustery Days


The weather San Francisco this past week has left me wishing for the warm LA days I left behind. Its been cold, rainy and dark.

This type of weather makes it REAL HARD to look cute. Luckily though, there are a couple of saving graces- trench coats and wellies. There will be a post later this week on trench coats, but for today, lets chat wellies (rain boots).

Wellies come in a variety of styles but I find that my favorites are grouped into three categories- quilted, solid and plaid. Check out my top picks for each below:
Solid
Aigle Jumping II Boots

Hunter Original High Gloss Boot
Goode Rider Rubber Wellies

Juicy Couture Emily Boot
  
Plaid
Burberry Back Zip Rain Boots

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Rossalyn II Boot

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Recipe: Spicy Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts

I was lucky enough to have a mom that didn't force us to eat things we didn't like. Welllll, maybe it was more like things SHE didn't like, but I was into it nonetheless. One of the things I never had to eat as a child was brussels sprouts. It wasn't until after college, at some chichi LA place, that I first tried them. The brussels sprouts were pretty much coated in oil and bacon and were DELICIOUS. I mean, of course they did; bacon makes everything taste better.

Well now fast-forward a few years and now I have a boyfriend obsessed with all things hot and spicy. Think I'm kidding? This was the best day of his life:


So when I came across the recipe below for spicy maple glazed brussels sprouts, I knew I had to make them. The verdict? Absolutely sensational. Don't believe brussels sprouts can taste good? Try for yourself with the recipe below!


Ingredients (for 4 servings):
  • 2lbs Loose Brussels Sprouts
  • 6 Tbsp Sriracha
  • 6 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • EVOO
  • Salt and Pepper

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees


Step 2
Trim and clean brussels sprouts. Cut brussels sprouts in half or in quarters depending on size. Note that they will shrink significantly when cooked.


Step 3
Place clean brussels sprouts in a 9"x13" baking dish. Coat in EVOO and season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook for 15-20 minutes.


Step 4
While the brussels sprouts are cooking, prepare the sauce. Chop the garlic finely and then whisk together the sriracha, soy sauce, maple syrup, and garlic.


Step 5
After the brussels sprouts have finished roasting, take them out of the oven. Pour your glaze all over the brussels sprouts and mix evenly. Return to oven for another 15-20 minutes. When they are almost done, turn on the broiler for about 2 mins, just to crisp them up a bit.


Step 6
Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Once cool, scoop the brussels sprouts out with as much of the glaze as you'd like. 


Enjoy!


Friday, January 20, 2012

You gotta fight, for your right, to party PLAN!!





While I love attending a good party, I love throwing one even more. I really adore having all my friends over to enjoy good food and drinks. 

My boyfriend and I have finally gotten settled in our new apartment and decided to throw a housewarming party. We invited about 30ish of our closest friends over for an evening of pizza and cocktails. It was a fabulous night and I'd love to share it with all of you. 

Decor/Set-Up


  • Much to my boyfriend's chagrin, I chose a pink and white color theme. We have a couple of pink accents in our home, but really not too much so I thought it was a fun way for me to use it without it being in our home everyday. It was subtle though so he was okay with it :)

  • For the set-up, I thought it was important to set up different stations for people to eat/converse. Our apartment isn't massive so I wanted to avoid a bottleneck at any one place. So I set up the main food on the buffet in the living room. The cheese/crackers/charcuterie were on the coffee table. The desserts were on the console table in the front hall and the drinks table was in the eat-in kitchen.

Food
  • In terms of a menu, I wanted to choose items that were delicious, easy to eat and wouldn't require us being in the kitchen all night
    • For appetizers, I bought four types of cheese, four types of crackers and two types of meat (salami and prosciutto). My friend Lauren made a fabulous spinach artichoke dip and chips that I placed on the coffee table too. On the buffet, we also had two types of crostini- one leek and blue cheese and one pesto, mozzarella and tomato. One risky, one safe and both easy to eat!

    • As I mentioned before, I am a BIG fan of pizza so we decided on three types of pizza- one leek, mushroom, bacon and white truffle pizza, one spicy sausage, mushroom, onion and pepper pizza and then a margarita pizza. We made two of each pizza so there was plenty to go around!
  
    • For dessert, I made two options- classic chocolate chip cookies and cookies and cream rice krispie treats. The later proved to be a bit of a challenge (total Lucille Ball moment) but they were yummy nonetheless.


Drinks
  • I am a bit crazy when it comes to my apartment, so I wanted to go with clear-ish drinks to avoid any flip-outs over inevitable spills. We offered beer, white wine, vodka, gin and a signature cocktail. The signature cocktail was a bigger hit than we were expecting haha. I suppose vodka, pink lemonade and Sprite will do that to you! 


Do you all have any great party tips and/or recipes? If so, let me know in the comments section! Xo

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

How We Style It: Orange you glad we have the same pants?!


A couple of weeks ago, I posted a photo of myself on my Instagram rocking the look above. It was almost 100% Jcrew so I couldn't resist. This past week, I received a comment asking what shoes I wore with the outfit. Another young lady had bought these cords herself and was lost when it came to the shoe choice. 


I thought to myself, how many times have we all been there?! We buy an item that's a little outside (or a lot) our normal look to wear with one outfit in mind and then down the road we struggle with what else to pair it with. This comment inspired me to show how to rock these pants in a variety of looks.


It just so happens that my spirit animal Allison has the same pants (hence the post title) so I asked her to style them as well. Since the bright color trend is not going anywhere anytime soon, the more fabulous options, the better!


Daytime Casual Looks


Jcrew Perfect Shirt in Navy Check (old), Jcrew Skinny Gold Belt (old), Lilly Pulitzer Navy and 
Orange Bangles, Spike The Punch Bracelet, Gold Sperry Topsiders, Banana Republic Navy Necklace 
(old), Jcrew Toothpick Cords in Persimmon, Sperry Gold Topsiders, Louis Vuitton Neverfull
Jcrew Chainlink Cable Sweater, Black Pashmina, Sam Edelman Leopard Flats (old),
Jcrew Toothpick Cords in PersimmonSpike The Punch Bracelet, A V Max Bracelet (old), 

Hermes H Bracelet, Dooney & Bourke Cross-Body Bag   
Old Navy jean jacket (literally from the dawn of time), Copper pashmina from the Scottsdale 
airport (ha), Black Alloy tunic (old), J. Crew Toothpick Cords in Persimmon, Lauren Conrad for Kohl's 
leopard print ballet flats, Louis Vuitton Speedy 25, Vintage Spiedel ID bracelet from eBay, 
David Yurman 5mm blue topaz braceletphoto bomb by Clementine

Dressier Evening Looks

Jcrew Perfect Shirt in Leopard, Jcrew Skinny Gold Belt (old), Jcrew Toothpick Cords in Persimmon,
Rachel Zoe Statement Necklace, Steven Nude Pumps (old), Banana Republic Clutch (old)
Jcrew Black Suiting Blazer, Jcrew Vintage Cotton Tee, Tribal Necklace bought at a street fair,
Spike The Punch Bracelet, A V Max Bracelet (old), Hermes H Bracelet, Jcrew Toothpick Cords in 

 PersimmonDooney & Bourke Cross-Body Bag, Pout La Victoire Heels
Target grey flannel jacket (old, and I switched out the buttons for gold anchor buttons from 
Michael Kors Odin flats in nudeGrandmother's metallic clutch, Grandmother's turquoise beads, 
Grandmother's yellow & gold enamel bangle, Vintage Spiedel ID bracelet from eBay, Watch face from 
grandparents' old business on JCrew Leopard Calf Hair watch strap

Grandmother's boxy wool jacket, J. Crew Pashmina (old), Vera Wang for Kohl's green & sequin top (old), 
J. Crew grey skinny patent leather belt (old), Grandmother's faux jade & gold necklace, 
Vintage sparkly silver clutch from Etsy, J. Crew Toothpick Cords in Persimmon
Bruno Magli grey tweed kitten heels (old)

Monday, January 16, 2012

#30min365



We all know its important to stay healthy. What healthy means to each of us varies of course, but there are some universal truths also. One of which is how important exercise is. While we all may know that, putting it into practice is a whole different story. I myself have trouble keeping up with it. I'll be really good for about a month and then WHAM, I get really busy and its game over.


via Pinterest

So when I heard about my friend Blake Samic's #30min365 movement, I was intrigued. In 2010, Blake decided to work out 30 minutes every day, for a year straight. He completed it (I know, can you believe it?!) and is doing the same in 2012. I saw him post about it for 2012 and decided to join the challenge. While I was a competitive swimmer for over a decade, the thought of now delving into a year-long challenge terrified me. But I went for it. Why? Because I am held accountable. No turning back now!

via Pinterest

And lets not forget that once the workout is over, you can still look chic with these options here