Monogramming

How do you feel about monogramming?  I think I love it – it feels old fashioned and preppy, don’t you think?

In high school, when I was wearing a school uniform every day, a little monogram on my white turtleneck collar was a way to differentiate myself from the other girls (my shoe choices helped too).  I also had the standard L.L. Bean backpack with my initials like the rest of the country who was in high school in the late 90s.

Recently, we have some pillow cases that are monogrammed with J for our last name, but my monogramming has really gone by the wayside.  I’ve seen on J.Crew recently they are noting in catalogs and on their website what is able to be monogrammed and I think I may get back into it!  I am thinking of a little JLFJ monogram on this basic sweater..

Monday Outfit

I am meeting a friend for dinner tonight so I pulled out my old yellow jeans from J. Crew from like 5 years ago…similar to the ones below.  I thought they’d look great with my chambray shirt, sandals, and a sparkly mani – more on that later.  Have a great week!

Monday Outfit

Chambray shirt
anthropologie.com

Yellow jeans
$19 – chiarafashion.co.uk

Louis Vuitton canvas tote bag
bagborroworsteal.com

Essie nailpolish
zappos.com

Essie nail polish
nordstrom.com

Couple Things…

We’ve had a hectic week this week (I’m back to work part-time and we’re getting used to a new schedule!) so I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend with not too many plans other than a mommy/daughter shopping trip Sunday while my husband golfs…can’t wait!

I thought I’d dedicate today’s “couple things” post to New York Fashion Week.  I tell ya, I can’t wait for Spring, 2013 with all the colors and patterns that will be out!

Backstage at Nanette Lepore’s show.

New York Fashion Week according to Fern Mallis, the woman who started it all.

Here’s a great recap of all of the shows with reviews and slideshows.

And one last favorite to share from Milly, whose Spring, 2013 collection is quoted as being “futuristic” and “sexy” – 2 words never used to describe her clothes before…  Here’s the entire line, but I love this dress in particular…

Have a great weekend!

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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We did it again…  On Sunday night, in celebration of the first Sunday of the football season we made appetizers for dinner…my favorite!  We made our delicious hot spinach artichoke dip and then, for something a little lighter, we made chicken lettuce wraps.  We had never made them before, but they came out great.  The only “issue” was our lettuce – I don’t know if PF Chang’s uses super thick, strong lettuce, but our Boston Lettuce failed us when we tried to roll and eat, so I would suggest using iceberg.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps
1-1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1 Tbs plus 1-1/2 Tsp peanut oil, divided
3/4 C chopped fresh mushrooms (we omitted)
1 can (8 ounces) water chestnuts, drained and diced
1 Tbs minced fresh gingerroot (we used powdered)
2 Tbs rice vinegar
2 Tbs reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce
1 Tbs reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/2 Tsp garlic powder
1/4 Tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1-1/2 C shredded carrots
1/2 C julienned green onions
12 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves
1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted (we omitted)
In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook chicken in 1 tablespoon oil for 3 minutes; drain. Add the mushrooms, water chestnuts and ginger; cook 4-6 minutes longer or until chicken is no longer pink. Drain and set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, garlic powder, red pepper flakes and remaining oil. Stir in the carrots, onions and chicken mixture.
Spoon onto lettuce leaves; sprinkle with almonds. If desired, fold sides of lettuce over filling and roll up. 
Enjoy!