Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Recipe: Sticky Chicken

Now we all know by this point that I don't eat meat. Well I eat bacon but my dad recently told me that bacon is a vegetable so I think I'm in the clear ;) My boyfriend is a major carnivore though so I have to keep that in mind when cooking. One of the recipes that I recently tried that was a big hit was a sticky chicken one that I received from my mother. 


Of added value, since sticky chicken is made using a marinade, I was able to make sticky tofu with it as well. You make it pretty much the same way. So vegetarians out there, get excited. The delicious, Asian-inspired recipe is as follows:
Ingredients (makes 3 servings):
  • 1/3 Cup Rice Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons Honey
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Chile Paste
  • 2 Minced Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1 Boneless Chicken Breast
  • 1 Package Extra Firm Tofu (or 2 additional chicken breasts)
Step 1
Whisk together the first seven ingredients to make the marinade. 


Step 2
Puncture chicken repeatedly with fork all over both sides. With the tofu, pat heavily to dry out the tofu. Cut block in half.
Step 3
Place chicken/tofu in separate plastic bags and then add marinade to coat. 


Step 4
Place bags on plate on counter or in refrigerator and keep flipping over for at least 2 hours.
Step 5
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove chicken/tofu from bags and place in nonstick pans. Pour marinate in a sauce pan and heat on high until its reduced by half. Once reduced, brush onto the chicken/tofu.
Step 7
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.


Looks yummy even to the vegetarian in me! In terms of planning out the whole meal, I recommend you serve this with the Spicy Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts I posted a few weeks ago here :)



Monday, February 27, 2012

10 Things Every Man Should Own - Classic T-Shirt

Alright gentleman, I see you all survived the first post in our 10 Things Every Man Should Own series, dark denim. Up next is a slightly more sensitive topic- the classic t-shirt. There is an urban myth out there that all t-shirts are created equal but that is simply not the case. I mean, do these two seem equal to you?

 Image 1 & Image 2






























So what I am saying is that its time to put away the worn t-shirt of a frog playing a guitar (I'm talking to you boyfriend of mine) and move towards something a little, well, fit for public consumption. I mean, you can keep those worn t-shirts for wearing around the house, but let's class things up a bit for the weekends and date nights. Here are some very comfortable and very classic t-shirts that can be worn in a variety of ways.

Classic T-Shirt

Lululemon

Headline Graphics

Marine Layer
Thanks again to Mark Wilson for helping me out with the selections!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

10 Things Every Man Should Own - Dark Denim

Now I realize that the majority of our audience is female, but that doesn't mean we should neglect the males out there! After receiving a few requests for guy-centric posts and then what men should wear posts, it was due time


As not every guy has a bossy girlfriend someone to help him out in the wardrobe department, I've put together a list of the 10 items every man should own. The items will be posted in a series with each week one of the items being featured with several examples. For the first post, I'd like to start with dark denim.


Dark Denim
Perfect for casual Fridays, date nights and even weekend wear, dark denim dresses up any look with minimal effort. I admit I was a bit lost when it came to this section so I asked my best friend, Mark Wilson, help out. He suggested some of the following brands:

Joe's

G-Star

Naked & Famous

7 For All Mankind

Citizens of Humanity

Now, for shopping offline, Mark says that the easiest way come by a pair is to head over to a store like Nordstrom and visit the denim bar. Ask them for a beer (that’s right you can drink while you shop) and ASK FOR HELP in selecting a pair of denim! It’s novel concept but they will help you find a pair that is best for you body type and make sure you aren’t left to your own devices.  Make sure you have them altered keeping the original hem and you will be ready to go. Happy shopping!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Fashionable Flats


Let's be clear here- I love high heels. In fact, I have a rule that I only wear heels 4" and above. I mean, go big or go home right? That being said, I do live in San Francisco so flats are a necessity. Since moving here two years ago I have amassed quite a collection, but of course am always on the hunt for more.

The key to a good pair of flats is that they are both comfortable AND pretty. I mean, if its not pretty why wouldn't you just wear sneakers? (GASP)

So here are some of my favorite pairs right now- some casual and some more dressy.

Amarissa Flat

Giambattista Valli Ballet Flats

Tory Burch Eddie Ballet Flats

Steven Leopard Loafer

Tory Burch Caroline Ballet Flats

JCrew Viv Bow Flats

D&G Ballet Flats

Sperry Authentic Original Boat Shoe

Do you have any favorite flats you'd like to share? Like I said, I am always on the hunt for more!!

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Living Room Project


A couple of weeks ago, I was a guest blogger on MadeByGirl discussing the good, the bad and the ugly of apartment living. I included photos of my own place and have since fielded questions about the design. As a result, I decided to share with you all my design journey and some additional photos. Read the full story after the jump!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Girl Crush of the Week - February 10

Allison and I are all about girl power. We believe in amazing ladies doing amazing things. So we'd like to take the chance, once a week, to share with you one amazing lady. A girl crush if you will. 

So for our very first in our girl crush series, we'd like to introduce you to a fellow Miami gal and blogger Melissa Herald. Melissa has been heading up the blog CupcakesOMG for about three years now. While the blog was originally focused on, you guessed it, cupcakes, Melissa has now taken it to a whole new level with posts on beauty, fashion and home decor. Her wit and style keep us coming back daily. Here Melissa shares with us some things that will having you crushing on her in no time too:
  • Style icons? As a pre-teen, I was pretty obsessedies with Jane Fonda's costumes and overall look from Barbarella. I mean, big hair, winged liner, and plastic molded boob cups--what's not to love? It's nerd sci-fi meets Lady Gaga. And also, Lady Gaga because she's always setting the trend, never following it. I'm also obsessed with Blair from Atlantic-Pacific and her ingenius way with prints. As for something more realistic, I've always loved Jennifer Aniston and her comfy casual yet totally chic looks.
  • Design philosophy? I'm a huge fan of masculine meets feminine. If you're going to have mirrored furniture, pair it with a graphic rug or curtain. If you want a pink shower curtain in your bathroom, throw in touches of dark teak to balance it out. That said, an extensive Barbie collection is a must in any self-respectable woman's abode.
  • Favorite book of all time? Amy Sedaris' "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence"--it's like if Martha Stewart was addicted to crack and hilarious!!
  • Best advice you ever received? Wear moisturizer with SPF in it. Every day. Seriously.
  • Favorite stores? Zara, Nordstroms, Express, Piperlime, Asos, Sephora, Solestruck 

  • Dream place to live? Maui. My parents took me for my 16th birthday and I haven't gone back since, but I'm pretty sure you can't go wrong with living in literal paradise!!!
  • The one product you're obsessed with right now? I'm basically addicted to my Sephora by O.P.I quick drying nail color drops. They're a steal at $4 and they really do work. Dry to the touch in 1 minute, completely dry in 5.
  • Biggest indulgence? So, I don't own it yet, but I'm planning on shelling out some of my tax refund for an Equipment blouse. They're not cheap at $200+ a pop, but the silk is like nothing else and the styles are so classic and can be work with nearly anything. 
  • Girl crush? I have so many, it's hard to start. I'm constantly looking to other women as icons of style, humor, and life, but lately I'm all about Coco Rocha, Lana Del Rey, Mindy Kaling, Chelsea Handler, and Betty White. And of course, the ladies at Tartan & Sequins!! 
  • Favorite song? SUCH a tough one to nail it down to just one. Probably either "Chewing Gum" by Annie (in which she compares dating boys to the disposability of chewing gum) or "Work It" by Missy Elliott, for no reason other than it's just so good. 
  • Prized possession? Probably my entire cast of pink KitchenAid appliances. I would be nothing without them. 
  • Current hangout? No joke, my apartment. Since moving in and making it ours, my boyfriend Kyle and I are loving being at home. 
  • Motto? "The point is, I look good."
 
  • Best place on earth? Maui, Hawaii. The end. 
  • Favorite drink? I just had a gin gimlet for the first time recently and it promptly replaced the margarita as my favorite (adult) beverage. Oh, who are we kidding...I STILL love margs!!!



Thursday, February 9, 2012

Statement Necklaces

Olivia Palermo looking fabulous in her statement necklace. 
This may or may not have been my computer background at some point.
Much like my feelings towards the chunky bracelet, I have a penchant for the chunky necklace. As someone who doesn't have her ears pierced (GASP) I have relied heavily on the statement necklace to jazz up my ensembles. While I have amassed quite the collection, I am always on the hunt for more.

I don't discriminate too much when it comes to these bad boys. I like them in a wide variety of styles and colors. Really the only important thing is that they, big surprise here, make a statement! That being said, here is my wishlist are some of my current favorites that I segmented by price for easy shopping :) We all are on some sort of budget after all!

$0-100
Lauren Elan Olivia Necklace

Yochi Linked Square Emerald Crystal Ornament Necklace

Layered Turquoise Necklace
$101-200

Noble House Designs Neon Vintage III

Loren Hope Nora Bib Necklace

JCrew Bubble Necklace

Oliphant Design Turquoise Bauble Necklace
$201-300
Kate Spade Pearl Street Statement Necklace

Kenneth Jay Lane Blue Circle Necklace

Oliphant Design Golden Gelding

Know of any other fabulous statement necklaces? Share them in the comments section!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Black Tie Affair

Reese = Perfection
What to wear, what to wear to a black tie affair? The black tie affair I'm referring to is my friend's wedding in West Palm Beach in March. While I have a few formal gowns at the ready, the challenge here lies in the fact that we are heading straight to Europe after the wedding. As a result, the last thing I want to be doing is carrying around a formal gown. I mean, that space in the suitcase is reserved for NEW clothes.

Enter Rent the Runway. I can rent a designer gown at a fraction of the retail cost and just throw it in the mail when I'm done. Can anyone say LIFE SAVER?!

I've picked out a couple dresses for this glam affair from RTR but simply cannot decide which to go with. Here are my options:

Option 1: Halston Heritage Capri Romance Gown

Option 2: Robert Rodriguez Lace Surprise Gown

Option 3: Badgley Mischka Screen Siren Gown

Option 4: Carmen Marc Valvo Lifetime Love Gown

I'd love to hear which one you all like best! If you have a sec, shoot me an email here or leave your choice in the comments section below. Based on your feedback, I'll chose a dress this weekend. Thanks loves!

Monday, February 6, 2012

How We Style It: Chambray Shirt

Jenna Lyons- we pray in the direction of her Park Slope apartment 5 times a day.
A chambray shirt is one of those staple items every girl should have in her closet.  I've recently found myself feeling a little uninspired by mine, and end up not wearing it.  Since two (blonde) heads are better than one, Julia and I challenged ourselves to style three outfits each to help pull Ol' Mama out of her chambray rut. 

I think it's so interesting that we basically have the same wardrobe (spirit animals, duh), but we style the same item using basically the same inputs in such different ways.
Target Merona Chambray Shirt (similar), Claridge + King Yachting Tee, Patagonia Retro-X Vest,
J. Crew Signature Leggings, Ann Taylor flats (same style, non-metallic), Clare Vivier Tropezienne bag,
Morgan Collection Turqouise Beaded Bracelet, Lauren Elan Miesel Friendship Bracelet in Hot Pink,
Men's Burberry Watch (similar)
Target Merona Chambray Shirt (similar), Everly Dress from Purre, Louis Vuitton Speedy 25,
Jack Rodgers Gold Navajo Sandals, Ray Ban Wayfarers,
J. Crew Timex, Grandmother's bangles
Jcrew Chambray Shirt (similar), J Brand Jeans (old), Jcrew Gold Belt (old)
Sperry Gold Topsiders, Dooney and Bourke Cross-Bady Bag
Jcrew Chambray Shirt (similar), Jcrew Silk Linen Sweater (similar), Jcrew Mini (old),
Sperry Gold TopsidersLouis Vuitton Neverfull
Jcrew Chambray Shirt (similar), H&M Skirt (old), Banana Republic Clutch (old),
Zara Shoes (old), Spike The Punch Necklace
Babygirls, how do YOU wear your chambray shirts? We would love to see pics of how you work it out!  Email to TartanandSequins@gmail.com, or describe them in the comments section!  Your comments and emails are the wind beneath our wings :)