Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse at Macy's

As you all know I love myself a collaboration. This Karl Lagerfeld collection for Macy's feels a bit H&M to me. Since I live so close (to at least 3 HM stores) I feel as if I already have some of these looks. But since it's available online as well as in Macy's stores it's great for people who don't live close to one. However, I will still be picking up a few pieces...

See the entire collection here. Available starting today.

1. tweed dress with rhinestone trim $129
2. puff sleeve tulle dress $119
3. metallic tweed faux leather waist skirt $79
4. short sleeve ponte sheath dress $99
5. crochet lace sequined top $79
6. puff sleeve tulle top $79
7. long sleeve floral blouse $79

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sephora Fall Beauty Picks

The Fall catalogs just keep on coming. Here are the latest Sephora offerings. With no interest in gradually taking you from summer into fall, it's all about the glitter, colorful liner and a red soaked mouth. Not all at once, of course.

1. Laura Mercier Tightline & Define Cake Liner Collection $59 - for the perfect tight, crisp line
2. Sephora Moonshadow Baked Palette $28 -  for a high glitter, shimmery fall lid. wet or dry
3. Josie Maran Argan Beautiful Eyes (beautiful nudes) $36 - beautiful purples is amazing, as well. a wonderful rich and    smooth texture. These 4 shadows and a liner will take you just about anywhere.
4. Too Faced Matte Eye Shadow Collection $36 - a matte eye is a must for those deep, luscious lip colors
5. YSL Rouge Pur Couture SPF 15 $30 - highly pigmented. The perfect red for the season. My pick is Le Rouge, but there are 15 other wonderful colors to choose from.
6. Josie Maran R.E.M. Pen $32 - dual ended color with liner at one end and shadow at the other. 6 creamy, crease-proof colors.

Glitterati Nails at Sephora. Check out their new lines including a loose nail glitter here

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Wine Surprise

I hate Chardonnay. I mean, I really hate Chardonnay. Not dislike, not "I'll drink it on a hot summer day if it's the only thing available". No way. Not happening. I like other whites, really I do.

Do you remember the movie Sideways? Where Paul Giamatti's character Miles agrees to go out that evening with his friend but says "If anybody orders Merlot I'm leaving, I'm not drinking any f**cking Merlot!"?

Yeah, just like that.

Look what somehow made it's way into the fridge.

Now, this isn't the first time it's happened. Usually some very kind person gifts a lovely bottle of wine (which just so happens to be the only grape I despise) to us and said bottle always finds it's way to a good, chardonnay-loving home. But this was no gifted bottle. Oh no. I purchased this myself. Really?

Well it had to have come from Wine & Design (in Tremont) and (obviously) Greg and/or Dan let me purchase under the influence (one too many tastings?) or perhaps made a big mistake and just gave me the wrong bottle.

I'm holding the bottle (fridge still open) and looking at my husband. "What's this?" I say. "I don't know. You must have tried it and liked it" he says. Not really paying attention to how important this conversation is. "Does anyone not know me?!" I exclaim. Meaning that - by now the lovely boys at W&D know every minuscule detail of my life since I practically live there and how could this possibly happen! Whew.

Whatever. It was cold. And my husband was opening a lovely 2006 Meritage, so I figured no harm done in giving it a taste (just to prove him wrong).

Yeah. I was obviously under the influence when I tasted (and purchased) this bottle.

Cause it was FABULOUS!

If I had been in the right state of mind I would have (as usual) thrown a big fit and exclaimed how they just changed the course of my (wine-drinking) life and finally (after years of red wine snobbery) introduced me to a Chardonnay that not only didn't suck, but that I LOVE.

Oh Greg Morris*. I love you. And your super fab store. And your little doggie too!

*the above-mentioned Greg Morris bears no relation to the Smitten Morris'. Although I sometimes pretend he does.
*and I figured it's ok to publicly state my love for anyone sharing the same last name as me, so there.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Swooning Over Society Social

...coming to you from the bottom of a champagne flute's better to be absolutely ridiculous than utterly boring*
*above from the Society Social manifesto

If any of the above speaks to your glittered, fabulous soul, you'd better head over to Society Social. Where the cocktails are handcrafted, the girls are bedecked in their best and brightest hostess gowns, the style is superb and the vibe downright swanky. So grab a girlfriend and let's head over to the bar cart.

Part online store, part magalog. Society Social incorporates all that is fun and bright in celebrating at home. From the art of designing (and buying) the perfect bar cart to must have recipes for your guests, drool-worthy pieces for your home and those sweet little extras for any soiree.


All pieces from their collection are available in a wide array of colors (hot pink, lime green, red!) to mix and match to your heart's content. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

For The Love Of Tory

The Tory Burch fall lookbook arrived the other day. You know what this means don't you? Trouble. Big trouble. Like, above-my-paygrade-trouble. If only I had a money tree. I really should save up all year for fall fashion. Like the Christmas Clubs of the past where you'd deposit a certain amount into a special bank account just to be used for gifts. Do they even have those anymore?

American sportswear meets English countryside...

On my wish list...

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Feather & A Sequin (Skirt That Is)

 Awhile ago it occurred to a girlfriend and I that we both were holding onto giftcards we had no intention of using. Mine was for a fab restaurant in Naples, FL and hers was for Victoria's Secret. I used to be based in FL for work so it's something that I had planned on using, but then my job came back here and I never got to. Oh and it was set to expire at the end of August. This friend lived right by said restaurant and I knew she was still holding on to the Vicky's card. (Since every time we went to one of their stores she'd exclaim "Oh, I still have this giftcard, but I just never remember to bring it") So it finally occurred to us that we could just swap them, leaving both of us all the more happy.

Wouldn't you know the day we swapped I got an email from Vicky's announcing fall trends. With this picture:

Sequin and beaded miniskirt $98
Do you hear that? The angels? Singing?
I have been on the hunt for a sequin miniskirt for forever. It was just meant to be! So you know how when you finally find something you've been hunting for, you find it, then you start to get a little greedy? (no?) So then I start thinking, "oh, it could only be better if it had a feather..."

Lo and behold

J Crew Fluttery Sequin Mini $485 $189.99
do you see that markdown?! wow

And it doesn't stop there. J Crew has put a whole bunch of sparkly, fluttery skirts on sale. I love how they are styled with ultra casual shirts and tops. Adore.

J Crew Disco Mini $350 $194.99

J Crew Plumage Mini $995 $599.99
Ok, still ridiculously expensive,
but oh-so MAJOR

J Crew Merino Sequin-fringed Mini $495 $149.99

Friday, August 12, 2011

Fresh Fork WK 8-10 (Berkshire Pork, Apple Crisp & Blueberry Lemon Bread)

Oh my. I have been so bad at keeping up with my Fresh Fork updates! Sorry. The summer just seemed to get too busy and I even forgot to photograph a few weeks, not realizing it until later. Grrrr. So here's me trying to catch up.


1 bunch multi-color swiss chard
1 pint maple syrup
1 lb Berkshire boneless pork chops 
1 quarter peck Lodi apples 
1.5 lbs cling peaches
1 candy onion
1 bunch mustard greens 
1 lb green beans
2 slicing cucumbers 

I'm so excited to try this maple syrup. I loooove maple syrup and a good grade is usually a bit expensive so I usually pick up a medium grade from Trader Joe's. I also have heard about Berkshire pork but never had it before. We eat alot of pork but usually in a tenderloin or roast form. I'm not a big fan of the chop, but these have completely changed my mind. Per Trevor from Fresh Fork -"animals raised exclusively for Fresh Fork by New Creation's Farm in Chardon, OH.  The pork is registered Berkshire pork, which is a heritage breed praised for its intramuscular marbling and dark pink meat color.  These animals have been raised outside in the woods at New Creations Farm where they forage for roots, nuts, and whatever they can find in the woods. The rest of their diet includes non-gmo grains, molasses, apples, garden scraps, and cheese products (the mistakes) from Mayfield Road Creamery and Middlefield Cheese Coop."  I can tell you this, it lives up to the hype!

I did manage to get a pic of the apples
The newsletter said they were best for baking...
...and they were. I made a hybrid apple pie/crisp using a pie crust
and this recipe from Martha. I ran out of regular oats so I ended up using
steel cut. Worked out perfectly.

1 pkg Berkshire Mild Italian Sausage links, 4 to a pack
1.5 lbs apricots
1.5 lbs Red Haven peaches
1 dozen pasture raised chicken eggs
6 ears Mira 301 Super Sweet corn
1 candy onion
1 head leaf lettuce
1 lb green beans
1 bunch kale

Yay! More Berkshire pork! Links this time.

that were grilled...
then added to fresh spaghetti from Ohio City Pasta and
their Fine Herb Marinera. (which is amazing, btw, with chunks of
tomato, onion and herbs).


1 lb mild Italian sausage, ground
8 oz grassfed Gouda cheese from Mayfield Road Creamery

1 bunch of leeks
1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 quart of hot hungarian peppers (6-8)
3 Patty Pan Squash
1.5 lbs slicing tomatoes
1 pint blueberries
1.5 lb peaches 

seriously, if I see another peach...
But I did make a lovely blueberry lemon yogurt bread that was unbelievable. It was adapted from Miranda Lambert's raspberry lemon yogurt bread recipe in Self magazine. So easy!

lemon yogurt, eggs, butter, lemon zest and vanilla

flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, salt

berries and sugar

mix it all together
and bake

delish warm, but even better chilled. perfect for a hot summer
morning with coffee

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fall 2011 - Celebrity Ad Campaigns

Last spring there was nothing quite like the feeling of seeing Katie Holmes in a jacket I had purchased from Ann Taylor. Something about celebrities hawking the brands I can afford just makes me happy. Now if it only came with airbrushing.

Demi Moore for Ann Taylor

Julianne Moore for Talbots

Drew Barrymore for Neiman Marcus

Gwyneth Paltrow for Coach

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