Monday, September 15, 2014

Handbag Heaven

I am such a creature of habit.  Even though I've built a pretty solid handbag collection in mostly neutral colors {it's advised to always invest in classic colors first when building your collection}, I always think that I'm ready to add a few bright & fun colored bags to the mix.  But what do I naturally gravitate towards?  The blacks, creams, and I said, creature of habit over here.

I'm trying to break out of that neutral rut, and have found that I'm really digging red bags for fall.  I already had a couple of red bags on my mind, and then the babes over at Somewhere, Lately posted a gorgeous red Saint Laurent Sac de Jour on Friday and it sealed the deal.  I'm on the hunt for the perfect red bag after my self imposed shopping diet ends.  Shopping diets are no fun, but they must be initiated from time to time in order to please the hubby {entirely too much $$ spent on furniture this bueno}.  

So in the meantime, here's a few gorgeous gals that I'm drooling over....

Shop These Beauties:

one / two / three / four / five / six / seven

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great week! xx

Friday, September 12, 2014

Favorite Scented Candles For Fall

Fall is my absolute favorite season of the year for a number of reasons.  I live for sweaters, crisp Autumn mornings, the changing of the leaves, and baking delicious fall treats like apple crisp and pumpkin anything.  Since moving to South Florida 4 years ago, I don't get to experience most of what I've just described, but I still do indulge in a great fall scented candle every year.  The feeling that I get just from lighting that little candle is almost nostalgic.  Spicy mixed with a bit of sweet notes, there's just something so comforting about fall scented candles.  Below are a few of my favorite scented candles for the Autumn season.

Shop These Candles:

One.  Linnea's Lights Pumpkin Candle {I just purchased this and it smells SO GOOD! Purchase info here} //  Two.  Hot Cider Candle {available here} //  Three. Boulangerie Jar Candle in Pumpkin Souffle {smells so yummy!  found here} //  Four.  Nest Frangrances in Pumpkin Chai {here} //  Five.  Chicago Candle Co. Pumpkin Buttered Rum {made from recycled wine bottles! available here}

Have a great weekend! xx

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Whole Wheat Fettuccine With Shiitakes and Brussels Sprouts

Have you guys checked out the latest issue of Epicurious Italy?  I picked it up at the airport when we were on our way to Mexico a couple weeks ago, and haven't been able to put it down.  Food & recipe magazines are my weakness.  Gossip mags are so not my thing, but put a good food magazine in front of my face and I am so all over that.  The latest issue of Epicurious Italy is so, so good.  It's dedicated to only Italian recipes that are broken down by the different regions of Italy.  

Normally the recipes that I post on here are my own, but this one was just too good not to share with you.  You all know that I'm a lover of all things pasta, but as I've said before, I often prefer lighter pasta dishes to heaver, sauce laden versions.  This recipe just had my name written all over it; it's light + fresh with tender brussels sprout leaves, and earthy shiitake mushrooms flavored with fresh aromatic herbs.  I did add a little bit of lemon to this dish, as I thought the citrus flavors really brightened up the sauce.  And speaking of that "sauce", it's nothing more than  pasta water mixed with a little Parmesan cheese.  Does it get much simpler than that?!?

Hope you enjoy! 


3 tbsp olive oil, divided
2 cups brussels sprouts leaves
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 tbsp unsalted butter
8 oz shiitake mushrooms, stems removed & caps sliced
1 small shallot, finely chopped
1 tsp chopped fresh oregano
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
12 oz whole wheat fettuccine noodles
3 oz Parmesan cheese, grated {about 3/4 cup} plus more for garnishing
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest


Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.  Add brussels sprout leaves, season with salt & pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally until just tender, about 4 minutes.  Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.

Heat butter and remaining 1 tbsp olive oil in same skillet over medium high heat.  Add mushrooms, season with salt & pepper, and cook, tossing often until tender, about 5 minutes.  Add shallot and cook until softened, about 2 more minutes.  Next, toss in oregano, thyme, and brussels sprout leaves.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally until al dente.  Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid and set aside.

Next, add noodles, 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid, lemon juice, lemon zest and the Parmesan cheese to the skillet.  Cook on low heat, tossing and adding more liquid as needed, until sauce coats the pasta, about 2 minutes.  Taste, and add salt & pepper to suit your taste preference.

Divide pasta evenly among plates, top with more Parmesan for garnish and serve immediately.

Thanks so much for reading! xx

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fall Outfit Inspo

Just a little fall outfit inspiration for your Tuesday morning....

and because this is most likely what my fall outfits will consist of (thank you Miami weather)......

Which outfit is your favorite?

I have a yummy recipe post for you tomorrow.  Clean eating pasta?  Yes, please!  Have a great day :)

Friday, September 5, 2014

New Furniture For The New Casa

So I haven't blogged all week.  #Fail.  My bestie has been visiting from Cali for the past couple of weeks and girl time is tres importante to the blog slacks.  I've also been pretty preoccupied with our move to the new house which is coming up FAST!  10 days to be exact.  I'm a pretty hands on gal, and even though my husband encouraged me to hire a moving company that packs everything up for you, I'm determined to box it all up myself.  Moving ain't no light task, and I'll be beyond thrilled when this is all over lol!

Today I thought I'd share a few of the new pieces we purchased to furnish our new home.  Our condo is pretty modern & the decor is very "Miami".  This type of contemporary furnishings just didn't seem to fit the feel of the new home, so we gave away the majority of our furniture to family & friends and are starting fresh.  

I love the look of Restoration Hardware furniture; it just reminds me so much of Italy and of all the amazing villas that we've vacationed at in the past.  I certainly didn't intend on only purchasing RH furniture, it just sort of happened that way.  A lot of the decorative objects I've purchased so far have been antiques, so the Restoration Hardware furnishings just blended seamlessly.

I'm in love with linen anything, and this couch is no exception!

I purchased this huge bookshelf to take up some space in our open concept living room area.

Two of these coffee tables side by side at different levels.

Storage space is a little limited in our new home {love the character of older homes but hate the storage space!}, so I picked up this hutch to use for bathroom linens & bath products in our master bathroom.

Natural fiber area rugs are my fave.

This iron console will be living behind our couch.  I thought the iron tied in nicely with the details of the coffee table.

I custom ordered 2 of these chairs for the living room as well.  They are beyond comfortable and I can't wait to receive them!

This sideboard, which matches my new dining room table & breakfast table, will be dual purposed in our dining room.  It acts as extra storage for my nicer dinnerware sets, and I plan to use it as a little bar area as well {think the look of bar carts that are so popular right now, minus the cart}.  Above the sideboard, I plan on creating my black & white gallery wall photos.

This was my latest purchase from RH.  I think this guy is going to be a side table next to our couch.  I just need to make sure it's not too much iron for the living room.  I haven't received it yet, so I'm still not 100% sure. 

Furniture In This Post:

That's all for now regarding furniture.  Our kitchen remodel should be wrapping up next week - excited to share lots & lots of home posts with you guys in the future!

Have a great weekend! xx

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Black Truffle and Mushroom Risotto

For some reason risotto has a bad rap.  It's often branded as 'too difficult" to make, or 'too fattening' to eat.  Case in point: earlier this week my girlfriend, Jenn, was over at my house while I was cooking & photographing the risotto for this blog post.  I asked her if she ever made risotto at home, and her answer was, "No way. It takes too long to cook, and is too fattening with all that cheese and cream".  Chicas, I'm here to tell you that a).  there is absolutely no cream, and very little cheese in my recipe {the natural starches that are released by slowly cooking the arborio rice result in the creamy consistency of risotto, cream isn't needed} and b). it is WAY easier than you think to cook risotto at home.  

This recipe is my own, and has developed into a go-to recipe in my kitchen simply because the key players needed to throw together a basic risotto are staple ingredients that I always have in my pantry.  If I'm ever questioning what I'll cook for dinner, risotto usually takes the win in that it is so, so satisfying, and never fails to impress.  The addition of soft, earthy mushrooms and a small amount of black truffle oil elevates this basic risotto recipe into a rich & decadent dish that can be enjoyed year round.

Hope you enjoy!


32 oz low sodium chicken broth
1 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. shallot, minced
1 c. arborio rice
1/4 c. white wine {I used Pinot Grigio because who actually cooks with wine and doesn't drink it too?}
1/2 c. shiitake mushrooms, stems removed & thinly sliced
1 1/2 tsp. truffle oil** {I used black truffle oil}
Freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
Truffle salt** {optional}

** I purchase my black truffle oil from Whole Foods but you can always find truffle oil in specialty grocery stores, or at places like Williams-Sonoma.  The truffle salt I use in this recipe is optional, but adds great flavor.  I purchase it from Williams-Sonoma.**


Heat the chicken broth in a sauce pan over medium heat.  Once heated, reduce heat to the lowest setting {you want the broth to remain heated, but not to the point of simmering}.

In a large saute pan, heat butter & olive oil over medium heat.  Add shallot, and saute until slightly translucent & aromatic, around 2-3 minutes.

Add in dry rice, and stir constantly, ensuring that each grain is coated in the butter/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, pour in the wine and allow it to simmer & burn off the alcohol.  When the pan is nearly dry, add in a half cup of the warmed chicken broth, stirring constantly until nearly all the liquid has been absorbed by the rice.  When the pan starts looking & feeling dry, add in another 1/2 cup of broth.  Repeat this process for around 13 minutes.

Add in the sliced mushrooms, and continue the 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.

Stir in the truffle oil.  Distribute evenly between bowls, and top with desired amount of freshly grated parmesan cheese, parsley, and truffle salt.  Serve immediately.

Thanks so much for reading! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Small Kitchen Luxuries

Welcome back from the weekend!  We were up in NY for a wedding and had such a great time!  NY is one of those places that I still get SO excited to travel to, and no matter how many days we spend in the city, it never truly seems like enough time to do everything that I want.  I guess that's part of the allure of the Big Apple :)

As most of you are aware, we will be moving out of our condo and into our new house shortly.  We're just waiting on our kitchen renovations to be complete before making the big move.  I am dying to get in that new kitchen and start creating new recipes!  Below are a few luxurious kitchen accessories that have caught my eye, and need to take up permanent residence in my new space!

Shop these items:

Marble & wood serving board {available here} //  Copper measuring cups {found here} //  Hand blown Turkish glass carafe w/ wooden stop {here} //  Solid brass & marble paper towel holder {available here}

Have a great week, babes! xx

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