Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas Recipe



Much like with the Cauliflower Steaks, I recently had a cocktail at a restaurant that was TO DIE FOR. The cocktail in question was a version of a spicy jalapeño margarita and I could not get it off my mind. I know it's winter and all but I can't be the only one craving warmer temps! Margaritas take me to a more tropical place and I love that.

And so, with last Saturday being National Margarita Day, I just knew I had to have one. I did some googling and some tweaking and here is my recipe for delicious and healthy (ish) spicy jalapeño margaritas!




Spicy Jalapeño Margaritas Recipe - Makes 2 

Ingredients
4 Shots Silver Tequila 
1/2 Jalapeño
1/2 Orange
1/2 Lime
1 Tsp Sugar/Sugar Substitute/Agave
1 Splash Triple Sec (optional)

Directions

  1. Thinly slice up 1/2 of a raw jalapeño and add it to a jar containing 4 shots of tequila. Let sit 1-24 hours.
  2. After the tequila is infused, add it to a cocktail shaker with the juice of 1/2 an orange, and 1/2 of a lime. Add 1 tsp sugar/sugar substitute/agave.
  3. Do a quick stir and taste. If you want it sweeter, add a spas of Triple Sec.
  4. Add one ice cube and shake vigorously.
  5. Pour over ice and divide between two glasses.

ENJOY!!!




Monday, February 24, 2014

Lisi Lerch Tassel Necklace

Lisi Lerch Tassel Necklace, Ray-Ban Mirrored Aviators, ASOS Dress (other ASOS options here and here), 
Zara Moto Jacket (similar), Banana Republic Clutch, Rag & Bone Harrow Booties
Photo Credit: Nayomi Ho


I am officially having a love affair with my new Lisi Lerch necklace. The moment it arrived, I put it on and really haven't taken it off yet. I am loving the pop of color the orange is adding to my looks.

Photo Credit: Nayomi Ho

This tassel necklace is more versatile than I imagined. I rocked it last week with a long cardigan and boots for work and here I am rocking it with a more edgier, all black look, for date night. I can't wait to pair it with my summer wardrobe too. Can you imagine it with a killer tan and white tunic? Ahhhhh summer get here already!

Photo Credit: Nayomi Ho

Photo Credit: Nayomi Ho

Photo Credit: Nayomi Ho

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Girl Crush of the Week: Krystin Lee of Suburban Faux-Pas



I'm sure you will recognize any number of these photos from Pinterest as this lady's impeccable style is hard to miss! Now who is the lady behind the photos? I'd like to introduce you to this week's Girl Crush of the Week, Krystin Lee of the blog Suburban Faux-Pas



PR gal by day and style blogger by night, Krystin has quite the enviable wardrobe. But that isn't the only reason why I adore her. You see, when I asked Krystin to be a Girl Crush, her reply was nothing short of amazing. It was incredibly genuine and enthusiastic, not to mention speedy (major bonus points for that). Krystin is such a lovely girl and I am so honored to share her with you all as today's Girl Crush of the Week!



  • Style icons? Olivia Palermo, Blair Eadie, Jessica Alba and Audrey Hepburn
  • Favorite reads? Fashion blogs, Lucky Magazine and various Tumblr pages 



  • Favorite perfume? Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey 
  • Interior design philosophy? Don't be afraid to mix things up. I love a hint of boho, glam, rustic and more in a room to show personality! 



  • Personal style philosophy? When in doubt, put a bow on it :)
  • Must-have beauty product? NARS Creamy Concealer! My weeks are often hectic and this hides the signs of a long day (or night!) 


  • Secret addiction? Orange Tic Tacs! I can finish a jumbo pack in minutes. 
  • Motto/quote to live by? Good things come to those who hustle! 



  • Favorite drink? Gin Fizz 
  • My bracelet stack isn't complete without... My Kate Spade 'Good as Gold' Charm Bracelet


  • I get my sweat on by... Listening to Rap Music. Old Jay Z, Memphis Bleek, Busta Rhymes, Drake and more! 

Isn't she just daaahhhling? Follow Krystin via the following channels:

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cauliflower Steaks with Couscous and Lemon Tahini Sauce

Apologies for the iPhone photo,
I didn't know the recipe was going to be the bomb.com.


Last week when I posted the photo above on Instagram, I got several questions regarding the recipe. Here's the thing- there was no recipe. You know when you have a killer meal at a restaurant and are craving it so much you say, 'hell, I think I can make that'? Well that's what happened here. After having a delicious meal at a restaurant in LA, I cobbled together a few recipes and waaaaalaaa, here is my version.

Cauliflower Steaks with Couscous and Lemon Tahini Sauce - Serves 4


Ingredients

1 tsp coconut oil
1 head cauliflower - large
1 box Near East couscous - I used the Toasted Pine Nut mix
1 clove garlic
2 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp divided
1 tbsp water
Salt 
Pepper
Capers


Instructions
  1. Make the dressing
    1. In a food processor, combine garlic, tahini, lemon juice (2 tbsp), water, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Process until smooth and put aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While it's warming up, cut the head of cauliflower into 4 steaks
  3. Heat a tsp of coconut oil in a 12" skillet until melted. Add the cauliflower steaks lightly season with salt and pepper, then cook until undersides are golden/lightly charred, about 4 minutes.
  4. Transfer steaks onto a coated baking sheet and spritz lightly with lemon juice (1 tsp). Cook steaks for about 15 minutes.
  5. While the steaks are cooking, make the couscous according to package instructions. The whole process should take about 6 minutes.
  6. Remove steaks from oven once cooked through. While they are cooling, plate the couscous onto four plates. 
  7. On top of the couscous, drizzle the lemon tahini sauce.
  8. After the steaks have cooled slightly (you want to serve them warm), place  them atop the couscous and lemon tahini sauce. 
  9. Top the steaks with capers, the quantity is totally up to you. I think I probably put a tablespoon on each, but I love my salt.
  10. Squeeze any remaining lemon juice lightly on top and finish off with a sprinkle of salt.

I hope you all enjoy this dish!! 

Xo J


Monday, February 17, 2014

Pop of Pink



In addition to florals being big this spring, pink is back in the rotation (I know, another groundbreaking trend). Of course, being the girly girl that I am, this color never leaves my wardrobe but when spring comes, I just can't resist the urge to wear it even more. 
Pink Mural Trench Coat, J.Crew Merino Tippi Sweater, BDG Black Jeans,
Pour La Victoire Heels, Prada Cat Eye Sunglasses (last seen here), 

skinnyBLING Necklace (similar), J.Crew Bracelet (similar), Dooney & Bourke Bag (similar)

After I spotted this trench on Devon Rachel, I just knew it had to be mine. I mean, $100 for the perfect pink trench? I did not hesitate ooooone bit.







Looking to add even more pink into your wardrobe this spring? Here are some of my favorite pieces:




Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day



Can I just tell you how much I love Valentine's Day? Even when I was single, I adored the holiday. I feel like there is so much love in the air and good vibes going on. Plus, I get to wear obnoxious amounts of pink which doesn't hurt either :)



This year, we are having a low key night at home. We usually go out to a nice dinner but it's always amateur hour, much like NYE, so we are changing things up this year. We are staying in and my husband is making me dinner. This happens maybe twice a year and it is such a lovely treat! 

I hope you all are have an excellent Valentine's Day :)

Xo J

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Healthy Vegetable Lo Mein Recipe



To those who know me, it's no secret that I have a recent and dangerous obsession with noodles. It all started with the vegetable pho that I would enjoy once a week. Then, when I suffered from the stomach flu over Christmas, I was introduced to ramen. I became obsessed with it and started seeking out new places all over town to try. It was delicious, but regretfully not the most healthy option out there. 

You can imagine my surprise and delight then when I came across the recipe I'm sharing today for Vegetable Lo Mein. While Lo mein, of course, was neither pho nor ramen, it was a healthy spin on noodles so that excited me. I made some adjustments and cooked it for dinner this week and it was AMAZING. It was light but hearty and not greasy at all. Since it's healthy and delicious, I thought I'd share it here with you all today.

Vegetable Lo Mein (adapted from WW recipe, 7 pts)

Serves 4

Ingredients
7 oz Chinese egg noodles
1 tsp toasted sesame oil
2 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
2 Tbsp dry Sherry
1/4 tsp white pepper (I just used black pepper)
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 small piece ginger root, chopped
2 cups mushrooms, thinly sliced

1 head broccoli
1/2 cup(s) uncooked scallion(s), thinly sliced (I used two bunches)

1 pinch salt

Instructions

  1. In a 2 quart saucepan bring 1 1/2 quarts water to a boil over high heat for pasta. Add pasta and cook according to package directions until al dente. Drain well, return noodles to unwashed saucepan and toss with sesame oil. Set aside. In a small bowl combine soy sauce, sherry and pepper.
  2. Heat a 12 inch skillet over high heat until a bead of water vaporizes within 1 to 2 seconds of contact. Add in coconut oil, add garlic and ginger, and stir-fry 10 seconds or until fragrant. Add mushrooms and broccoli and stir-fry for about 3-4 minutes. Add scallions and noodles, swirl in soy sauce mixture, and stir-fry 1 minute or until noodles are hot. 
  3. Plate everything and sprinkle with a little sea salt or flake salt. Or for the spice lovers out there, add Sriracha.

I absolutely loved making this Vegetable Lo Mein and I can't wait to make it again. I hope you all enjoy it too :)

Xo J


Monday, February 10, 2014

Big Ol' Statement Earrings



As you all know, I love a big ol' statement earring. In fact, I believe that the bigger, the better when it comes to all jewelry, but recently designers have been stepping up their game in the clip-on earring department, my speciality since my ears aren't pierced (GASP). Perfect for big nights out or vacations, the statement earring well, makes a statement. Here are some of my favorites out right now.

Oscar de la Renta Coral Floral EarringsBauble Bar Opal EarringsOscar de la Renta Turquoise EarringsJennifer Millier Drop EarringsKendra Scott Hot Pink Danielle EarringsOscar de la Renta Black and White EarringsKenneth Jay Lane Purple Chandelier EarringsKendra Scott Turquoise Earrings


Which are your favorites?

Xo J

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.

Kendi rocking this floral moto like it's nobody's business.


In my interview last week for Purely Fashion, I was asked "What trends are you excited to try this spring?" My response was: "I always think of that quote from The Devil Wears Prada, "Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking" when I think of spring fashion, but not in a bad way! Especially after the hard, dark edge of the moto trend I've been sporting this year, I am looking forward to pretty florals and pastels for spring. And to be fair, I usually don't wear a lot of prints so florals are a newer thing for me!"



Now, spring is nowhere close to being around the corner, but that doesn't mean that I can't start dreaming/integrating florals into my wardrobe now. I seem to be pinning a great number of floral pieces that will work now and in the spring and wanted to share them with you. Check them out!


Clockwise starting top left: Gap Floral Bomber Jacket, Alexander McQueen Clutch, H&M iPhone Case, 7 for All Mankind Floral Jeans, Givenchy Floral Flats, J.Crew Tank, Ted Baker Floral iPhone Case, Mary Katrantzou Heels, Joie Floral Blouse


How about you all? Are you ready for some fun floral numbers too?!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

City Guides: Napa and Sonoma



One of the GREAT benefits of living in San Francisco is the ability to visit wine country basically whenever we want. While planning our wedding, we went up all the time and have recently returned for a lovely little trip. Because we are able to visit so much, many people who are planning trips to wine country ask for advice as to which wineries and restaurants are best to visit. In an effort to share of my knowledge with you, I've out together this little guide. I am by no means an expert, nor have I been EVERYWHERE there is to go in Napa and Sonoma, but here are a few of my favorites.

Dreamy Duckhorn Vineyards.

Favorite Wineries in Napa/Sonoma
  1. Duckhorn Vineyards 
  2. Markham Vineyards
  3. Mumm Napa
  4. Domaine Chandon
  5. Rutherford Hill Winery
  6. Merryvale Vineyards
  7. Robert Mondavi Winery
  8. Cline Cellars
  9. Kunde Estate Winery 
The beautiful picnic area at Cline Cellars.
Greystone Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America.

Favorite Places to Eat in Napa/Sonoma
  1. Oenotri
  2. The Thomas
  3. Greystone Restaurant at the CIA
  4. Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & BBQ
  5. 1313 Main
  6. Carpe Diem Wine Bar
  7. Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch
  8. Fremont Diner
The stunning decor at Farmstead.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Black Birthday Dress



While my real birthday was Jan 26th, I got to keep the party going and celebrate with my friends this past weekend. On Saturday, we all got dolled up and headed out to dinner at Le Colonial and then drinks at the Tonga Room. It was such a fun night and if you follow me on Instagram, you saw how much I was enjoying those scorpion bowls and pina coladas ;)





For the big night out, I went all out. I got a new party dress at LF and busted out my new earrings I got for my birthday from my dad. For my hair and makeup, I turned to the dream team that got me glammed up for my wedding. Dayna at Mercer Street Salon cut and styled my hair and the amazing Nicole from The Social Beauty Co did my makeup. 


Dream State Dress from LF, KJL Earrings, Jimmy Choo Crown Patent Heels,
GiGi New York All-In-One Bag