Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wedding Publication Update



It has been a year & a half since we were married in the stunning region of Val d'Orcia, Italy and back in March I announced that our wedding images had been accepted into publication with Brides Magazine.  We were originally scheduled to be published in the 80th anniversary edition which was slated to come out in September.  Long story short, our photos were chosen to be featured as a "well feature" {the featured articles / longer pieces in the middle of the magazine} and we were re-scheduled to be in the April/May issue which will hit the shelves in March.  

When our issue is finally published it will be around our 2 year anniversary.  While I am still very excited to see our beautiful images captured by Jose Villa in the glossy pages of the iconic magazine I have to be honest that at this point, I really just want to share my wedding images with our family & friends which we haven't been able to do online {on our personal Facebook accounts or on my blog}.  Not being able to share them has been hard and March can't get here soon enough!

So that's the story for now in case you were wondering....I know you all were dyinggggg to know lol ;)  One of my girlfriends had asked me last week if she missed our issue and I thought I'd update you guys as well.  xx

Monday, December 15, 2014

Recently Wearing

Hi friends!  Welcome back from the weekend - hope it was good to you.  Ours was pretty low key over here; grocery shopping, ran a few errands, went to dinner with friends, went to iPic and saw Exodus: Gods & Kings {was really good!}, took the pups on a long walk....normal weekend stuff.

I don't really do a ton of outfit posts anymore because the mirror selfie shots are kinda cheesie and lets face it, there are SO many great fashion blogs out there {with beautiful photography} that serve as wonderful outfit inspiration.  Plus, I would much rather cook/photograph & share great recipes with you guys anyways.  I am always shocked, however, with how many emails I get about outfit ideas/recommendations & just general requests for more OOTD style posts.  So with that being said, I thought I'd fill you guys in on what I've been wearing lately, mirror selfies and all  :)




Sweater: Haute Hippie {on sale here} //  Lipstick: Tom Ford color 'Crimson Noir' {here}



Wearing the coziest Free People top.  I love the knit cuffs detailing! {available here}



It has really cooled down the past couple of weeks in Miami {hooray for 60 degree weather!} and I've been rocking a lot of mostly black clothing.  Wearing Frame denim {limited sizes on sale here, also found here} //  Obey tee {available here} //  Faux shearling vest, sold out {similar version here} //  Isabel Marant booties {runs large size down available here, extremely similar affordable version found here} //  Ray-Ban sunglasses {on sale here} //  Saint Laurent Sac De Jour tote, sold out.



Cute & cozy socks {found here} and these affordable comfy leggings for the win!  I really like this brand of leggings and also just ordered this coated faux leather version as well.



Living in these black J. Brand jeans lately {here} //  MICHAEL Michael Kors Sweater {on sale here} //  Aquazzura heels {50% off here} //  YSL clutch



Here's another shot of that MICHAEL Michael Kors sweater that I linked above.  It is so comfy and looks great on {very flattering}.  I'm thinking about getting it in gray also now that it's on sale.



I love camel + gray + white.  Such a classy color combo.  Wearing Current/Elliott Stiletto jeans, sold out {similar here, here, and here} //  Gray tee, old //  J.Crew oversized cardigan {40% off here with code GIVETHIS} //  Jimmy Choo pumps {found here, similar less expensive options here & here}





Want to see more fashion based posts like this?  Leave a comment below and let me know :)


Have a great day! xx

Friday, December 12, 2014

Butternut Squash Risotto Recipe

Morning friends!  Once the weather cools down, and butternut squash becomes readily available, I LOVE to play around with different ways to prepare the sweet tasting squash.  One of my favorite ways is to roast it in the oven, and add it into risotto.  Risotto is one of my staple recipes that I've really mastered {you might remember a while back when I shared this recipe which is my go-to risotto recipe}, and the addition of the sweet & nutty flavored butternut squash combined with the creamy risotto really embodies cold weather comfort food.

Tackling a butternut squash for the first time can be a little intimidating and most of the time I seek out squash that has already been prepped & cut into small chunks from the produce department at Whole Foods {out of pure laziness}.  If you're unsure about peeling & cutting up your squash, here's a good link that shows you exactly how to do it!

This recipe is excellent served on it's own, or makes a great side dish to chicken or fish.  Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!





Ingredients

3 cups prepped butternut squash, cut into small chunks
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt & fresh ground black pepper
32 oz low sodium chicken broth
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup arborio rice
2 tbsp. white balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese plus extra for garnish


Directions

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees F.  Place squash in a medium bowl, and drizzle with olive oil {enough to thoroughly coat it}, and heavily season with salt & pepper.  Toss to coat.  Spread out squash on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes turning twice throughout the duration of cooking.  You want the squash to be soft, and lightly browned up for extra flavor.  Remove from oven and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat chicken broth in a sauce pan over medium heat.  Once heated, reduce heat to the lowest setting to remain warm but not simmer.
In a large saute pan, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium heat.  Add in garlic and saute until fragrant, around 1 minute.  Add in dry rice, and stir constantly, ensuring that each grain is coated in the olive oil.  The rice will begin to "toast" up, and once you begin to smell the rice after a couple of minutes, it's time to move onto the next step.

Next, add in the vinegar and allow it simmer and burn off {this process is very fast}.  Don't worry about any bitter vinegar taste, vinegar sweetens as it cooks :)  When the pan is nearly dry, add in a half cup of the warmed chicken broth and reduce the heat to medium low.  Constantly stir the rice until nearly all the liquid has been absorbed and when the pan starts looking & feeling dry again, add in another 1/2 cup of broth.  Continue this stirring/adding broth process until you have transferred all of the broth to the rice pan, and the rice is "al dente", around 30 minutes total cooking. 

Now, transfer in your cooked butternut squash.  Using the back of a large spoon, smash down a good amount of the squash so that it can easily blend into the risotto.  Stir well to incorporate.

Add in cheese and divide evenly among plates.  Finish with desired amount of cheese + salt & pepper for garnish.






Have a great weekend! xx

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Set The Table: Hanukkah Edition

Hi dolls!  Some of you may or may not know that we are a Jewish household over here, so decorating our house for the holidays is vastly different than decorating for Christmas.  I grew up in a Christian home, and converted to Judaism 3 years after I met my husband.  During those 3 years that Adam & I dated I had fallen in love with not only him, but also with the Jewish way of life.  The first thing people say to me after learning that I converted was, "wow you're just like Charlotte from Sex & the City!"  Charlotte was always my favorite character so I'll take it!  Judaism is such a beautiful religion full of age old traditions and I've felt a special connection to it from the moment that I first started studying with a Rabbi prior to my conversion.  I do have to honestly say, however,  that every year around this time, a small piece of me mourns celebrating Christmas....not for the religious aspect because that was never really my thing, but more along the lines of Christmas trees, festive wrapping paper, Santa Claus, Christmas carols, decking my house out for the holidays, etc. 

The Hanukkah decor peeps really need to step up their game because when I walked into Pottery Barn over the weekend, the entire store was solely Christmas decor with one measly little table set up dedicated to Hanukkah.  Whomp whomp.  I always ask Adam if he felt like he was left out when he was growing up but his response is always the same, "Nope, because 8 days are better than just 1....."  and just to clarify, 8 days of gifting is RAD!!! :)

Since this is only my third year celebrating Hanukkah as an official Jew, I imagine that my little boohoo Christmas pity party will get easier with time.  Until then, I'm trying to fully embrace all of the traditions that come with the Festival of Lights, and that means learning the blessings for the lighting of the menorah, immersing myself in new recipes {helloooo brisket, latkes, and fried doughnuts!?}, and making a beautiful blue + white tablescape to celebrate the holiday!




For this tablescape, I wanted our beautiful silver menorah to be the main centerpiece.  I dressed up the rest of the table with lots of mercury glass candle holders with bright white candles.




I layered two table runners to add a bit more texture to the table.  In front of each place setting, I added a few pieces of "Gelt" which is gold foil wrapped chocolate coins that are typically given to children during Hanukkah.





Each place setting contained a metallic silver charger, our basic white everyday plates, and layered blue & white napkins finished off with a simple napkin ring.




I just love mercury glass.  Most of these are from Pottery Barn or West Elm that I've picked up over the years.  The silver Star of David candle plate & mirrored round candle are new this year from Crate & Barrel.




Our menorah is nature inspired by Michael Aram and was a wedding present that we received last year.




I kept my buffet simple with a beautiful bouquet, more mercury glass candles, and a small glass container featuring more chocolate coins.






Happy Holidays! xx

Friday, December 5, 2014

Weekend Wish List

Hi babes!  Can you believe today is Friday already?  This week really flew by in the blink of any eye.  I've been working on some content for Typical Domestic Babe, and I'll have a great recipe & tablescape to share with you starting next week.  In the meantime, here's a few items that made my weekend wish list.....




Shop These Items:

Ummm hi gorgeous oxblood leather jacket.  Are you really from The Gap?  {here} //  The most perfect dark red lipstick.  I actually stopped a girl to ask her what brand & color she was wearing...she probably thought I was a weirdo but whatevs... {found here / color 'olivia'} //  I'm such a sucker for cute & cozy socks and these festive snowflake socks are calling my name {available here} //  A 100% cashmere knit hat for under $30?? Yes please! {here} //  I'm on the hunt for a great pair of coated denim pants and {this pair} has caught my eye {affordable option here}. //  T by Alexander Wang are some of my favorite tee shirts - SO comfy!  I found this one on sale for 50% off! {found here} //  These leather gloves look so similar to Valentino. {Under $20 here} //  A perfect sparkly gold top coat for the holidays. {get it here}






Lots of burgundy, black, and leather in my wish list.  We're getting ready to head over to Europe in the next couple of weeks and I'm sensing that this will be my color palette that gets packed :)  Which item is your favorite?


Happy weekend! xx

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

OOTD - Distressed Black Denim

Hi loves!  It's been a little radio silent over here lately as I had my family in town.  Since my family lives on the West Coast, familia time is pretty limited and I treasure every single minute that I get to spend with them.  My brother left on Sunday, my mom flew out this morning and I'm already missing them immensely.  I hope you all had a great holiday, and got to spend it with the ones that you truly treasure :)

I wanted to share with you guys a cute outfit that I wore last week for a movie/dinner date night with my husband.  I'm loving black denim lately and have been LIVING in these jeans since I bought them!


Jeans - J.Brand {here} //  Tee - T by Alexander Wang {here} //  Booties - Christian Louboutin {here, similar budget friendly option here} //  Jacket - Iro, old {similar here}


 These jeans are so so comfy!   They have the perfect amount of distressing, and the dark color combined with the mid rise is extremely slimming.  Black denim is so versatile and can be seriously dressed up at night, or can be dressed down with cute sneaks & a tee for running errands during the day.  

I just ordered a couple more pairs of black jeans during the Net-A-Porter sale including these Paige jeans which are currently 50% off, and these Frame beauties which are 40% off.  LOVE a good sale!  


Any great deals that you ladies scored on Cyber Monday?  Fill me in! xx


P.S. Sorry about the new comment policy.  I'm just trying to deter unnecessary & hateful comments that I've been receiving lately from an anonymous user.  

Friday, November 21, 2014

6 Holiday Dresses For Every Budget

This is getting to be the time of year when holiday parties start cropping up on everyone's agenda.  Personally, I relish in cocktail party season because what's more fun than getting all dolled up in a cute party dress with a dapper date on your arm?

Lately, I've been doing a lot of online shopping on Lulu's.  They have a great selection of cute party dresses that are all reasonable priced.  I find myself being drawn to classier dresses; favoring longer hemlines and flirty fit and flared silhouettes {which are flattering on almost all body types} with pretty lace detailing.  Below, I've featured 6 dresses that are perfect for any upcoming cocktail parties that you may have penciled in on your calendar.

Happy shopping!




Shop These Dresses:

From top left:  Red knit midi dress {here} //  Champagne colored lace dress {found here} //  Black lace scuba knit dress {such a great price here} //  Ivory lace dress {under $100 here} //  Navy blue sequin dress {perfect for NYE here} //  Lace jacquard dress {here}




More Dresses That I love:








Have a great weekend!
 

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