Monday, October 31, 2011

Run from the rain...

Yes, I run like a girl.
I loved my outfit today. It was such a shame that the rain ruined my outfit pictures. It's been raining nonstop and as soon as the rain let up, I dragged Mark outside to snap a few shots. Almost as soon as we went outside, we had to go running back in. (As you can probably tell from this terribly unflattering picture) He kept making me laugh so I'm making this awkward face. Oh well. Thats as documented as this outfit is going to get. I wore my brand new pants! hah! 

So, you may or may not know this about me, but I am a HUGE Florence+ the Machine fan. huge. Today, their second album, Ceremonials came out. I pre-ordered it like a month ago, and regrettably it has not arrived. I'm actually really sad about it, but I'm hoping it'll be here this week. Crossing my fingers and saying "Please, please please!" a lot. 

Outfit details:
Top- Ralph Lauren, gifted
Pants: Anthropologie
Shoes: Tory Burch, Saks Fifth Avenue
Necklace: I can't remember :[ 
*Edit* Necklace: Regal Rose


Snickerdoodle Sunday!

Yesterday, I was supposed to go thrifting with my very best friend Yvette (Yvy for short), but she called and told me she felt sick and couldn't make it. Poor Yvy, my mind was instantly on making her chicken soup, but my bestie is a vegetarian! So minestrone was the way to go. I made her a big pot of the stuff with help from Mark, and we took it to her house. Afterwards, Mark took me to Anthropologie like a wonderful boyfriend because I had a $50 gift card, $100 in store credit, and a 15% off coupon that arrived for my birthday. I needed this trip! I had been wanting a pair of colorful pants for such a long time, but I could never find the right color. That is, until I found these babies.
BAM! I also bought the cardigan in the background (on sale)!

I actually bought the cardigan yesterday, and the jeans today. I was a little indecisive about the pants, but I decided I really wanted them! I also bought two candles. One tea scented and one Vanilla Cinnamon one. UGH. Amazing. I think the tea one is just so exquisite. The vanilla cinnamon is also perfect for this season, and both in lovely jars :]
Later that day, I made some snickerdoodles for my grandfather. He had a stroke two months ago and he really hasn't been feeling so well because of all the medication. My mom and I visited him today and I wanted to bring him some because he just loves cookies so much. He's got a big sweet tooth :]


Before my visit to grandpa's my mom and I checked out a beautiful hotel we happened upon. The door was just so attractive, we had to go inside.  Apparently, the architect of the hotel had his wife's image carved into the door. So the ladies you see here, are actually her. The architect and his wife are both very old now, but still very much in love (according to the concierge, who sees them regularly as they stay at the hotel quite often) 


Testing the waters!


Outfit details:
Shirt: Anthropologie
Belt:Enchanting Eyes Belt, Anthropologie
Skirt: Papaya
Shoes: DSW



Friday, October 28, 2011

Pumpkin Patch

Today I visited my very first pumpkin patch with Mark. It was such a sweet little spot with lots of children picking out the biggest pumpkins they could find. I was after a baking pumpkin. I found what seems to be an amazing recipe (It's Bobby Flay, so it definitely is) for pumpkin pie. As his recipes usually go, it's traditional with a twist! It's here if your'e interested!
Anyway, I have had this skirt for a very very long time, and I always though I didn't have a top that goes well with it. It has so many colors: mustards, beige, brown, deep purples, gray blues- all in a beautiful mendhi-esque pattern. The pattern and colors is what most attracted it to me when I first saw it. I've waited over 5 years to find something to go perfectly with it and it turns out I had it all along. Just a simple brown spaghetti strap top from American Eagle. I got it when I was about fifteen! I layered it a little because I honestly can't stand spaghetti straps. I know I have a post earlier with the onsie where I'm wearing spaghetti straps, but I swear it was only because that romper has that adorable bow detail and any cardigan I wear would just cover it up! I can't do that, right? Right!

Outfit details: 
Skirt-macy's
top: American Eagle Outfitters
Cardigan- Banana Republic
Belt-Urban Outfitters
Shoes- DSW
Glasses-Prada

Here's some beautiful mendhi for you!

 I googled the last two images!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Dream

I've had this song stuck in my head for an entire week. I love how she goes from talking about her childhood then moves forward in her life with the chorus. Every time it's the same, but a little bit different.   As is life. All the same, but not quite. All of the changes in life are subtle. Then one day, all the little changes come together and you see something entirely new. 
I've felt so attacked lately. Like I just can't cut a break. I'm so tired of fighting. I just want to be done with all these things in my way. I just want to get there. Why must the road be so long?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Tigerlily

This is my piano, Tigerlily. I don't play as much as I used to but I'll pick up the sheet music to a song I really love every once in a while (Cosmic Love by Florence+the Machine, currently). My dad gave me Tigerlily as a welcome home present. When I was seven years old I was diagnosed with type one diabetes. I spent an entire week and a half in the hospital and I was desperate to get home. At the time, I had just started piano lessons and I was using an old keyboard. I remember hating my stay in the hospital so much. All the poking and prodding at all hours of the night. What seemed like a hundred different people telling me what I wasn't allowed to eat anymore. I was seven! Give a kid a break, right? Anyway, when I finally got home it was dark out and when my parents turned on the lights that December night; there was Tigerlily with a giant red bow on top. I was so excited! I never wanted to stop playing. I would fall asleep at the piano sometimes and my mom would have to carry me to my bed. It's one of my happiest memories. 

Outfit details:
Shirt: Old Navy, gifted
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Jacket: Anthropologie
Tights: Target
Crown Ring: Gordon's Jewelers
Pearl Ring: Vintage (handed down)
Shoes: BCBG Girls

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Stars and Butterflies



Mark indulged me with a trip to the butterfly garden not too long ago and I've had a thing for butterflies ever since. I mean, what girl doesn't right? But I've reached another level of butterfly love. I don't like very obvious things like butterfly clips for you hair or other such lame objects, nor do I have any desire to prance around the house in a leotard and fairy wings, but these things are just subtle enough to ease my butterfly fever without looking like a wild toddler.  

On Gossamer Wings Posts

Monarch Wing Headband

See how there's just the pattern of a monarch butterfly's wings on the fabric? I love it. My mom actually got me this headband for my birthday and it's the most comfortable headband I own. Also, the bow itself has little wires inside that make it stay whichever way you position it. It'll stay flat if you want it flat or even stand up.

I feel like these add just a little bit of whimsy to your outfits. Even if it's something most other people won't notice. The fact that you know it's there makes you feel  special. I think it's like underwear. No one really sees it other than you, but if you're wearing your favorite undies you just feel sexier, no? It's a silent something that keeps everyone around you guessing, wondering, wishing they knew what your secret was.
I feel like I've gone on enough of a tangent. I will shower you with more butterfly garden photos! 






Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Rainboots and Kisses


It's been raining here for three days straight. Every once in a while we get a slight bit of sunshine and today, I ran outside with Mark to take some outfit pictures for you! Unfortunately, it started raining after about three photos, so we didn't get to do much; but we did get a cute shot of us together.
At least I got to wear my rain boots! My mom gave them to me years ago, and I never get to wear them. I'm a little shy about it because they're so bright and big. Plus, I rarely ever wear boots (which is odd, because I love boots!) 

Isn't he adorable? Alright, I'm sorry I'll stop gushing :3

Outfit details:
dress: forever 21
Cardigan: Anthropologie
Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Rain boots: Coach
Umbrella: ebay

Sunday, October 16, 2011

My feelings will not be repressed

I stumbled upon this amazing little shop on etsy. I have a fascination for teacups. I am very picky about the shape I like and what design is on it. I asked this seller if she would be able to put the design I liked on a teacup I have at home, and she said yes and even dropped the price for me! I can't wait to get it. I'm having Mr. Darcy's proposal painted on it. I absolutely love Pride and Prejudice. I've read the book at least 8 times and I think the movie with Keira Knightly in it really captures the essence of the book despite leaving a few things out. It's one of the few times that the movie is so beautiful and so well put together that you can actually ignore the discrepancies entirely. 

I just love the fox ;]




Nontraditional Babyshower


Tonight I had a nontraditional babyshower to go to. My neighbor is pregnant and she wanted something that was more like a party. Co-ed with music, drinks, dancing- that sort of thing. It wasn't like any baby shower I've ever been to, but it was actually kind of nice. I got to dress up a little bit for it. I went for a white dress with a delicate black eyelet pattern at the bottom, some embroidered flowers, and a little ruffle detail at the top. The straps are actually ribbons you tie into bows too; but I thought it looked a bit too sweet. So, I added some booties and a shrunken faux leather jacket to toughen it up a bit. I've been wearing a lot of black and white I've noticed. It's amazing what you start to realize once you start documenting your outfits. 



Friday, October 14, 2011

Softly Soaring Through the Atmosphere

Make a wish!
 I woke up to a bird chirping this morning. Apparently, she decided to build her little nest in the palm tree by my window. It was really a beautiful way to wake up. Even if I was a little late to school today. The onesie pictured today is actually hideously unflattering on me, but only the bottom half. I love the top part because of the sweet little bow. I am very fond of bows! Also, I was excited for the chance to wear my new Gucci flats! Mark (boyfriend) got them for me for my birthday earlier this month. I rarely wear black, so I'm trying to incorporate it a bit more into my wardrobe.


Dancing like a dervish

American Rag onesie/romper
Necessary Objects skirt
Gucci cut-out flats

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today was my mom's 50th birthday. Being hispanic, I'm very close to my mom and we do pretty much everything together. I've had her birthday menu planned for weeks! I made her a roasted chicken with lemon, pepper, garlic, and herbs; potatoes au gratin; ratatouille (the way they made it in the movie!) and guava filled mini cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. I love to cook almost as much as I love to shop. I find it therapeutic.
I used this recipe, without potatoes; and I used chervil, thyme, and parsley. I also brined it for three days in chicken broth, lemon zest, garlic, and peppercorns.

Scroll down for this recipe!

Potatoes au Gratin

Hello Kitty inspired Guava Cream Cheese Mini Cupcakes!

Ratatouille
For the Piperade/sauce:
12oz crushed, strained tomatoes (canned) (1 1/2 cups)
2 carrots, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 red peppers,roasted, skinned,chopped
1 yellow pepper roasted, skinned,chopped
1 orange pepper roasted, skinned,chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely diced,
1 tbsp oil
Kosher salt
1 tsp sugar
Red pepper flakes
2 bay leaves
1 bunch thyme
1 bunch basil
1 bunch parsley
1 bunch chervil

Vegetables
2 zucchini, thinly sliced
2 yellow squash, thinly sliced
5 roma tomatoes, thinly sliced

Preheat the oven to 270F. Soften the onion in a medium size pot. Once it's translucent, add the carrot and garlic. Stir in the crushed tomato. Add bay leaves. Tie all the herbs together in one big bundle with butcher's twine (this makes it easier to fish out later) Add salt, sugar, and red pepper flake to taste. Cook for about 20-30 minutes. Fish out herbs and let it cool down a bit, then put it in the blender to make it smooth. Cover the bottom of your baking dish in the sauce. You may not need all of it. Arrange slices of your veggies over the sauce in one layer so it cooks evenly. Put another bay leaf on top and some thyme sprigs. Carefully cut out a piece of parchment that fits over your dish. Place it on top and bake until the vegetables are tender. 20-30 minutes. They shouldn't be soggy. This dish is best served (hot or cold) the next day when the flavors have had a chance to marry. 

Mini Guava Cream Cheese Cupcakes
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 cups sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
Guava Paste (as needed)

Mix flour,baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl and set aside.  In a large bowl, with mixer on medium speed, beat egg, egg yolk, and sugar until thick and cream colored, about 2 minutes. Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl.  On low speed, add oil and vanilla until blended. Scrape the bowl again. Mix in sour cream until no streaks remain. Mix in the flour until well incorporated and the batter is smooth. Spoon the batter into your lined mini cupcake pan and only fill them a quarter of the way. Spoon a little guava paste in after that then fill the liners with more batter until they are 3/4 full.  Bake at 350F for about 9-12 minutes. Test them with a toothpick. If you put it in the center of a cupcake and crumbs appear, they're done! LET THEM COOL. That's very important. Otherwise, your lovely frosting will melt right off.

Cream Cheese Frosting (by Elinor Klivans)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter (room temp)
6oz cream cheese (room temp)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups powdered sugar

Beat butter, cream cheese, and vanilla on low speed until thoroughly blended, about one minute. Stop and scrape the sides of the bowl. Add the powdered sugar and mix until smooth for about one minute, then beat on medium speed to lighten it further. This frosting is ready!

*If you want to make bows like mine, I used Fondarific buttercream fondant in red and I bought hello kitty bow molds to make them. Roll the fondant well in your hands first, then push it into the mold, pop the mold in the freezer for a few seconds to get it out and put the finished bow in the fridge so you can use it later. If not, it'll be a sticky mess.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

GoLightly



Yesterday I was talking about Halloween costumes and I have to say I've been trying to come up with a decent one. I thought it would be a good idea to dress up as Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's. It's something absolutely anyone can do. Any girl reading a fashion/style blog must have something Audrey-esque. A really simple LBD will do the trick. Some plain black heels, winged eyeliner and voila! You've got a classy costume that would actually work well for a night out as well. As a bonus, you won't feel stupid walking out of the house like that and you wont be itchy or uncomfortable because of cheap fabric or heavy makeup. 


I honestly just like the way this looks


Outfit Details:
barIII dress from Macy's
Nine West shoes
Vintage ring
Earrings/Bracelets: Forever 21
Necklace: Borrowed it from my mom


Monday, October 10, 2011

Eternal Summer

Was that a breeze? Nope.
I've always envied the autumns of other states. The colorful leaves, the chill, the beauty of it all. Generally, any feeling of change would be nice. Where I live, there is no change. There is only summer- and a winter that I assume must feel like a spring someplace where it snows. I would love to own lots of unique sweaters, classic coats, and even a lovely pair of gloves. This is all very nice in theory, but I've been to New York in December. I know I'm not built for the cold. I'm more of a Hawaiian shirt Santa kind of girl. Light up flamingos are great too. Although, it's still October and I'm getting way ahead of myself; but time does fly so am I really thinking that far into the future? I don't normally celebrate Halloween- not for any religious reasons, I've just never been a fan of the costumes girls wear. It's basically a holiday where girls dress like streetwalkers. Not my cup of tea. I was a hamburglar about 5 years ago. Maybe this year I'll be a Planeteer (Captain Planet! He's our hero...)
Here I am, doing something silly.
Giant (almost) empty golden flower pot



Sunday, October 9, 2011

I'd like to introduce myself...


I realize the first picture you see of me isn't exactly a very stylish picture, but forgive me while I try to get the hang of this. I had every intention of getting up early and composing a cute outfit and taking formidable pictures for you. However, my parents it seems, had other plans.  Although I am 23 years old, I still live at home and as such I still have to pretty much do what they say. As we say farewell to summer (sort of- it is Miami after all), we must also say farewell to our vacation home in Key Largo. So, today was "moving day" and I ended up wearing a more functional outfit that wasn't really worthy of documenting. But since I did ask Rebecca of The Clothes Horse for her help starting this blog and her advice to me was to "just start", I figured why not? I'll just start with something silly! My mother did a lot to accessorize that house and what I'm carrying is basically a decorative bowl of plastic lemons. It was also very hot and my hair went from being down to being tucked into my head band/scarf whichever way it would stay up. Overall, it was a very busy day that started very sunny and then became rather stormy and blustery on the way home.