What to Wear – Business Event

I had an event to go to for work Monday night and I didn’t want to wear a tired old suit so instead, I jazzed up a cute black jumper.  It was still conservative enough for the type of event I was attending, but it allowed me to add some flare and personality.  Here is what I have put together for what to wear to a business event.

1.J.Crew Factory polka dot blouse; 2. Black jumper dress, similar at Bluefly; 3. Nice bright jacket from J. Crew; 4. DKNY opaque black tights; 5.Essie’s she’s pampered; 6. Interesting heels from Anthropologie; 7. A cute sticky notes and fun pen from Paper Source for note taking; 8. kate spade handbag, large enough for all your stuff!


What’s better on a cold, rainy, winter day like today than a bowl of bouillabaisse?  Nothing.  With a side of crusty bread?  Even better.  We used a recipe from a French Cookbook very similar to this recipe with orange zest that adds a very interesting tang to the fish stew.

We used dried herbs instead of fresh.  And yes, we buy store brand herbs.


Spring has ALMOST Sprung

Since Easter and Passover are early this year (end of March) I feel like things are getting “spring-y” earlier than normal.  And by “getting spring-y” I mean the stores already have their spring decor, clothes, etc… out for sale already. I can’t help but already be getting in a spring-y mood – here are some of my favorites for the upcoming season!


Spring nail polish from Goop and Butter London.
Pottery Barn Easter Multi Dot Napkins, so cute.
J.Crew Collection Gilded Brocade Bomber Jacket – I LOVE this jacket for spring. It’s sold out, but I wonder if it will come back…
babyGAP Knit-waist Skinny Dot Jeans in yellow (I already bought these for Z). 
Ted Baker London metallic oxfords from Nordstrom.  Metallic oxfords are definitely on “my list” for spring.

Check out more spring style ideas on my Pinterest board for my style and baby style.

Bacon Roasted Chicken and other Bacon Adventures

The perfect bite with a little of everything…

We recently came into a lot of bacon so we needed a few recipe ideas other than “cook and eat.”  We came upon this recipe from All Recipes for Bacon Roasted Chicken with Potatoes.  It was obviously yummy (if it’s wrapped in bacon isn’t it a given) but we made a few edits that I think made it better.

Place bacon on top of split chicken breasts with the skin peeled off.
Cut potatoes and onions.  We also added green pepper for a little green (not pictured).
Get your spices together – garlic powder, dried basil, pepper, dried chives, and adobo seasoning (paprika, cumin, chili powder, oregano).
Sprinkle seasoning  on chicken and veggies and bake at 400 degrees for one hour.  Enjoy!

Some other bacon ideas from late last week and the weekend:

Brussel Sprouts with Crumbled Bacon
Classic BLT

Couple Things…

We had a great week in this house:

The gift I got my husband for Valentine’s Day finally arrived – 4lbs of Tennessee smoked slab bacon from Benton’s Smokey Mountain Country Ham.  And boy does this bacon have the smokiest flavor I’ve ever tasted!  And it’s very thick.  Obviously I’ll have a couple bacon-themed recipes to share with you next week.

We also did a lot of walking this week…I think Z is close to letting go and walking on her own. 

My husband and I had a date night at Olives in Charlestown, the food was great…especially this yellowfin tuna tartare.

After much thought (and a small poll on instagram) we picked a paint color and my husband painted our upstairs hallway.  Turns out, the color is almost identical to what the hallway already was.  D’oh!  At least now it’s fresh paint and looks clean and sharp.

Have a great weekend – here are some fun links:

Obviously if you watch Downton Abbey you are devastated and still recovering from Sunday’s season finale.  That’s all I’ll say in case you haven’t watched it yet.  In the meantime, here is Downton Abbey if it took place on Facebook.

In honor of the Oscars this Sunday: here are the 12 best Oscar acceptance speeches…ever.

My favorite headline of the week: Now You Can Go Postal Too with USPS Clothing Line.  What?  It’s for real!

Did you see Gwyneth’s GOOP was a magazine this week!

And finally, have you read the article this week from the Atlantic on modern “DIY” Parenting?  I found it interesting.

Critter Animal Tops

My post on the J.Crew Sequins Bird Top got me thinking…critter sweaters and tees are everywhere right now.  I like the trend, it’s cute to have a little animal on the front of your top.  Of course I like the sequin birds top because it not only has a critter but a SEQUINED critter!  Here’s a roundup of some other critter faves:

Markus Lupfer Sequin Flamingo Sweater from ASOS
Sweatshirt from Zara
Bad Bunny Sweatshirt from French Connection
Forest Friends tee from etsy
Sugarhill Boutique‘s Foxy Sweater

What to Wear – J.Crew Sequin Birds Top

I have been obsessed with J.Crew’s sequin birds top since it came out. Sadly, it’s sold out online, but I found it on clearance (sale on sale) at one of their stores recently. I thought I’d put together an outfit based on this interesting tee.

1. J. Crew sequin birds top; 2. Madewell denim jacket; 3. AG skinny jeans in army green; 4. Red plaid scarf from Forever 21; 5. Pheasant teacup bangle from anthropologie to keep with the bird theme; 6. Red agate strand bracelet from Macy’s; 7. Hinge Fraser Oxfords; and 8. Cross-body bag from Kate Spade Saturday (the cross-body strap doubles as a belt!).


We fell in love with all things plantain on our recent trip to Puerto Rico.  We had them mashed (mufungo), as chips, as french fries, and our favorite – Tostones where unripe plantains are fried, then pounded down and fried again.  Delish! We decided to make them as a side for dinner the other night and they came out great.  We followed this recipe as a guide (we omitted the part when you dip in water before the second fry because it causes the oil to spit and go everywhere).

Peel and cut plantains, about 1 1/2″ wide.
Fry plantains, flipping once, until golden brown on both sides but not fully cooked.
Take plantains out and place on a paper towel.  One by one, smash the plantain with a plate.
Fry again for about 1 minute and then take out and salt immediately.
Enjoy while still hot!
We all loved these homemade tostones!

Couple Things…

I wanted to share some Valentine’s Day highlights from our house…

We started the day with some heart shaped toast

 and red roses!


For dinner I used this recipe for beet and goat cheese ravioli

they were really delicious even though it was quite the “labor of love” to make these because  I made them heart shaped, of course. 


 At least I had some help!

The day ended with white chocolate mousse topped with raspberries made by my husband.

I hope your Valentine’s Day was full of hearts and sweets as ours was!  Have a great weekend – here are some fun links from the web:

Here’s a good source of NYFW news and reviews. 

And see specific designers’ shows here.

I of  course loved the J.Crew presentation!

Sesame Street Upside Downton Abbey – the Carson Muppet is great.

I love these embroidered initial necklaces I found on etsy…

I am just seeing the new Nanette Lepore juniors line at JC Penney – l’amour, it’s cute and SO affordable.