Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Oven Roasted Tomato Soup

Is there anything better than tomato soup in the Fall?  For me, the combo of tomato soup + grilled cheese embodies Fall comfort food.

This recipe is adapted from one of my absolute favorite celebrity chefs ever, Ina Garten.  Seriously, she's amazing.  I remember being in my first apartment that I had on my own {so sparsely decorated!} and watching her on the Food Network.  I thought she was so perfect; always in that chambray shirt, in her shabby chic Hampton's home, whipping up amazing food while I dined on ramen noodles :)  Her cookbook was the first that I ever bought myself, and in that tiny shoebox of a kitchen, my passion for cooking really started to take off......anyways, I'm drifting off topic.  Back to the soup.

This soup is beyond delicious.  Fresh oven roasted tomatoes, mixed with a heavy dose of onions, garlic, and basil.  I always have tons of leftovers {since its just Adam + myself eating} so I like to freeze the leftovers and save for a rainy day when I'm craving comfort food :)



3lbs tomatoes {any variety}; quartered
1/4 cup + 3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp salt
1 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
2 c. chopped yellow onion
6 garlic cloves; minced
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 can {28 oz} plum tomatoes w/ their juice
4 cups fresh basil leaves; packed
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1 quart chicken or vegetable stock


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss together the tomatoes, 1/4 cup olive oil, salt + pepper. Spread the tomatoes on a baking sheet and roast for 45 about minutes or until they are slightly browned.

In an 8-quart stockpot over medium heat, saute the onions and garlic with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and red pepper flakes for 10 minutes, until the onions start to brown. 
Add the canned tomatoes, basil, thyme, and chicken/vegetable stock. Add the oven-roasted tomatoes, including the liquid on the baking sheet. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 40 minutes.   Liquid should reduce by about half.

After liquid has been reduced, scoop out 1-2 cups at a time and pass through a food processor pulsing until all large chunks has been reduced {I like to leave mine still a bit lumpy & not completely pureed but this is entirely up to your preference}.  Taste for seasonings.  Serve immediately and top with a few sliced basil leaves for garnish if desired.

Original recipe here

Aren't these soup bowls perfect for tomato soup?  I picked up these adorable Imiso bowls from West Elm last week.  They were on serious sale {$4.99!} but unfortunately are no longer available online :(  If you have your heart set on this particular bowl, you could maybe try popping into your local store and see if they still have them.  Another option that I'm loving are {these} bowls also found at West Elm for only $3!!  

I also picked up the pretty gold flatware as shown in the above pictures {here also on sale!} which I intend on using for Thanksgiving dinner this year - so elegant!  I finished off my table setting with the Cross Stitch cloth napkins in "iron" {here}.

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Celebrity Inspo OOTD Chrissy Teigen

Happy Tuesday ladies!  Hope you all had a perfect weekend :)  

I came across this image of Chrissy Teigen on Pinterest a while back, and was drawn to how effortlessly perfect she looked.  

I'm a huge fan of flared jeans as they give you the appearance of long + lean legs.....I can always use a little extra help in that department :) and it's a nice alternative to always wearing skinny jeans.

This is such a simple outfit to recreate using pieces that you most likely already own in your closet.

Here's my version: {woohoo first selfie with my new gold iphone!}

Outfit Details
Denim: J Brand Lovestory Flares {on sale here} //  Top: AllSaints {here} //  Clutch: J.Crew {no longer available but similar version here & extremely affordable version here} //  Wedges: Brian Atwood {similar herehere} //  Belt: Nordstrom {here} //  Cuff H&M {old, but I love this onethis affordable version

I finished off my look with loose & messy curls.  To achieve Chrissy's look, I started by wrapping 2 inch sections of hair {but only curling from the halfway point down, and then leaving about an inch at the bottom uncurled as well} around a 1 1/4" curling iron, alternating the barrel pointing up and then down in the next section so that the curls were not all completely the same.  When all my hair was curled, I gently broke up the curls with my fingers, and then twisted and pinned back a small section of hair to one side.  Voila!  Loose + slightly messy waves :)

How would you recreate this look?? xx
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Weekend Wishlist

All the essentials that you need for keeping you cozy but still stylish + cute this weekend......

One. Ily Couture Wifey Tee {view here} //  Two. Cashmere Hoodie from J.Crew {here} //  Three. Tom Ford Eyeglasses {found here} //  Four. Ugg Leo Smoking Slipper {view here} //  Five. Gap Ankle Zip Sweats {here} //  Six. Diptyque Ambre Candle {here} //  Seven. Bop Basics Hair Ties {view here} //  Eight. Cozy Socks from J.Crew {here} //  Nine. Cute His & Hers Mugs {here} //  Ten. Free People Hoodie {found here}

Lounging around never looked so good!  I'm a huge fan of loungewear, but I still like to look cute for my man :)  I prefer slouchy tees, anything off the shoulder, soft + luxurious knits, and fitted bottoms {never frumpy!}.  I'm loving all these stylish pieces because you can go straight from scrubbing your casa, to running errands without having to change.  Simply throw on some stylish wedge sneakers, or adorable flats and you're all set!

Leave a comment below and let me know what your favorites are.

Hope you all have a beautiful weekend! xx

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Post Wedding Update

If you are new to my blog, than you may not know that I got married this year!  I can not believe that it has already been six months since Adam & I traveled to Italy for our super intimate destination wedding.  It seems like it was only a few weeks ago that I was so stressed and couldn't even find the time to post on here {whoever said that having a destination weddings isn't stressful is LYING!}.

I've received a few emails from some of you wondering about whether or not I would be posting my wedding pictures on my blog and I wanted to address that issue. 

We were so blessed to have such an incredibly talented photographer, Jose Villa, document our wedding.  The Tuscan landscape makes everything appear so dreamy + our images turned out better than I could have imagined.  This is where it gets a little tricky....our images were submitted for major publication and unfortunately we can not share them anywhere online.  I haven't even shared them with my family + friends on my personal Facebook :(  It's so agonizing because they're seriously sooooooo beyond gorgeous and obviously I want to show everyone, but at the same time it would be very rewarding to see the fruits of my labor showcased in a glossy magazine spread.

I'm fine with whatever the outcome is: published / not published, that doesn't matter.  What matters to me is that dream of a day that I shared with my best friend.  A day that I want to relive again, and again, and again.

So that's the deal, and for now we just wait. :)

In the meantime, you can check out our little wedding video teaser below which shows all the details; the dress {Monique Lhuillier "Cherish"}, the suit {custom Tom Ford}, and the villa that we rented {in Val d'Orcia, Italy} xx

Monday, October 21, 2013

Guilt Free Vegan Apple Crisp

Four words: Vegan.  Gluten free.  Delicious.  Do I have your attention now? :)

Last week after dinner, Adam was craving dessert of some form {ok, so maybe I was too!}.  I quickly threw this together using staple ingredients in my pantry and was pleasantly surprised at how tasty it turned out!  

Gooey apples, cinnamon + spice flavors, and a crunchy topping are the perfect flavors to warm you up on a cozy Autumn night.  You honestly won't even notice that there is no eggs, no dairy, and no gluten of any sort.

If you manage to have any leftovers, you can heat it up the next morning and add it to your oatmeal like we did!  Soooooo yummy!



3 apples {1 cored + cut into chunks, the other 2 cored and sliced thin w/ skin left on for extra fiber}
1/3 c. Oatmeal
Agave nectar
3 tbsp. cinnamon
3 tbsp. brown sugar substitute
4 Tbsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp nutmeg
pinch of sugar substitute


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Grease the bottom of a ramekin with a small amount of coconut oil.

Taking the apple that has been cut into chunks, place in a blender or food processor along with a pinch of sugar substitute and pulse until you have achieved a smooth but still chunky consistency.  Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, combine sliced apples, 2 tbsp cinnamon, nutmeg, 2 tbsp brown sugar substitute & 1 tbsp agave.  Gently toss to combine.

Heat a medium sautee pan over medium high heat with 2 tbsp. coconut oil.  Sautee apple slices, stirring occasionally for about 8-9 minutes or until soft.  Give one extra little dusting of cinnamon and remove from heat.

Using that same medium sized bowl that you tossed the apple slices in, combine oatmeal, 1 tbsp. cinnamon, 1 tbsp. agave, 1 tbsp of brown sugar, 2 tbsp. coconut oil, and 2 tbsp of the apple puree.  If the mixture feels too dry, add an additional 1 tsp. coconut oil + 1 tsp apple puree.

Using your greased ramekins, layer about 2 tbsp of apple puree at the bottom.  Next layer the sauteed apple slices about 3/4 of the way up and finish with the oatmeal topping.

Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until oatmeal has achieved a nice crunchy brown texture.

Remove from oven and let cool about 5 minutes before serving. 

Serves 2-3 {depending on the size of your ramkekins}.

Need a few ramekins to bake this dish?  I love {these} adorable little chalkboard ones.  Also {these} from Bed Bath & Beyond that I own in red {but they come in many different colors} and I'm really digging {these} pretty gold rimmed ramekins from Williams & Sonoma which would be perfect for the holidays! 

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sweater Weather

Hi ladies!  I've been seeing so many pictures on instagram of everybody rocking their cozy Fall sweaters + boots and I'm not gonna lie...I'm totally jealous!  More than ever this year I'm craving sweater weather.  I have so many cute sweaters, jackets, and booties that are just sitting in my closet waiting for the temps to drop about 10 degrees more {since anything below 70 degrees feels freeeezing to us in Miami!}.

In the meantime, I wanted to show you a look that I wore when we were visiting my family in Washington state a few weeks ago.  The temps were in the mid 50's which meant an excuse to take a selfie in a sweater at my moms house SWEATER WEATHER!! ;)

Sweater - J.Crew {here} // Leggings - Veronica Beard {here} *Extremely expensive but most comfortable leggings I've ever owned* // Boots - Rag & Bone {here} // Clutch - Claire Vivier {here} //  Necklace - J.Crew {here}

I love the oversized length of this boxy sweater, especially when paired with leggings - super cute + flattering.

As I mentioned above, the leggings I'm wearing are very expensive, but they are by far the most comfy leggings I've ever owned.  

Lastly, if you're on the fence about investing in a pair of Rag & Bone boots, definitely do it.  I've owned mine for about 2 years, and while it makes me a bit sad to see everyone wearing them these days, I can definitely understand why.  The quality of the boots is amazing, and they age so beautifully.  Definitely an investment piece, but you'll own them for years to come! xx

P.S. Tomorrow I have a scrumptious guilt free apple crisp recipe for you to try out!

Monday, October 14, 2013

October Skincare Essenties

Happy Monday babes!  I had absolutely no idea today was a holiday until I tried to go to the post office this morning {whoops}, so YAY for those of you who are off work and got to sleep in this morning!  :)

I wanted to talk skincare today, and let you know about some new products that I'm using, and old faves that I'm still digging.

One.  So Dr. Brandt discontinued my all time favorite face wash {Lineless Foaming Cleanser}.  Fortunately, you can still find it online for now.  So if you're like me, and you loved this STOCK UP!  In the meantime, he replaced it with this XYY Dual Fusion Water {product info here}I tried this out last month and I'm not sure what I think of it yet since I LOVED my old cleanser.  This isn't really a face wash, its more of a makeup remover / toner combo.  It states that you don't need to wash your face after using this, however my face doesn't feel totally clean so I still feel the need to sudds up afterwards.  I do like it as a makeup remover though...still on the fence about this one.

Two.  I still use Kate Sommerville CytoCell {view here} everyday for well over a year now.  I practically cry every time I have to repurchase it since it's so expensive, but it is sooooo worth it.  I absolutely can not live without this cream.

Three.  Clarins Liquid Bronze Self-Tanner For Face {view here} is the perfect product for extending your summer glow well into Fall.  I love the nice natural bronze that it gives my face and that my sensitive skin can tolerate this - no breakouts yay!

Four.  I've posted before about Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream {here}.  For me, it's an absolute must have.  I apply it every morning before dabbing on undereye concealer.  Take my word, this miracle in a jar is the sh*t. 

Five.  Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Vitamin C Youth Activating Oil {view product info here}.  This is a fairly new product for me.  I received a sample of it at Sephora this past summer while I was staying in Vegas.  The dry Vegas climate is terrible for my skin and I needed something to combat the dryness.  I have been obsessed with it ever since!  I pat this on after I shower prior to applying regular lotion.  It smells wonderful {just like a spa!} and I love the dewy glow that I get after applying!  Plus its loaded tons of vitamins, minerals + fatty acids that brighten, repair, and nourish your face.....oh, and it fights wrinkles too {bonus!}.

Do any of you girls currently use these products?  Leave a comment below, and fill me in on what skincare products you can't live without.  xx

Friday, October 11, 2013

Weekend Wishlist

Right now I'm in the process of redecorating our condo.  Restoration Hardware had their friends + family sale last week and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to scoop up some pieces that I've been eyeing for a while at a discount :)  So, while I'm playing interior decorator for these next few weeks, I've decided to put myself on a self imposed shopping diet.  Yep, that's purses, no shoes, and no clothes until I'm finished with my little project.  I'm not gonna lie, its gonna be rough

Here's a few things I found this week that I'll be swooning over all weekend:

Shop this wishlist below.

Saint Laurent Totes · BCBGMAXAZRIA Skinny Pants · Sam Edelman Boots

That ah-mazing necklace is available {here}.

I hope that you all have a beautiful weekend & thanks so so much for reading!! xx

P.S. I put everyones name in a bowl {old school style lol} and chose the winner for my Pottery
Barn giveaway.  Congrats to Christie Pierce :)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Boyfriend Jeans

Hi girls!  I did a little lot of shopping over the weekend {ughh, I need to put myself on a shopping diet} and I wanted to share with you the cutest distressed boyfriend jeans that I picked up at Zara.  I absolutely love how these fit me; loose & slouchy but not frumpy {they're even better than my Current/Elliott boyfie jeans} and of course, you gotta love Zara's price! 

I paired mine with a floral cotton tee from J.Crew, pink-ish Jessica Simpson wedges that I bought ages ago, and a matching belt {J.Crew / old}.

Such a cute laid back look for running errands on the weekend :)  

If you're interested in any of the pieces I'm wearing, you can shop my look below.  Just click on any item you're swooning over to be directed to the retailers website.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Herb Salad w/ Homemade Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette

First of all, have you entered my Pottery Barn giveaway yet?  I'm giving away some Fall swag from Pottery Barn to help you get your harvest decor game on par.  You can enter by clicking {here}.

Ok, moving onto the salad.  How have I not shared this recipe with you guys yet?  This is my absolute favorite salad that I make, my version of a cobb salad and it's oh so tasty!  It's like out of this world good!  Soft butter lettuce, 3 different fresh herbs, avocados, feta cheese, pine nuts, grilled chicken, and a tangy doesn't get much better than this!  

This is a little more time consuming to prep all the ingredients, but I promise it will be sooooo worth it! 

I serve mine as a main course {yields about 5 servings}, but you could always just halve the recipe to serve it as a side.

homemade lemon dijon vinaigrette


For the vinaigrette:
1/2 cup + 2tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup sherry vinegar 
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
2 tsp grated lemon zest (about 1 large lemon)
1 tsp. sugar substitute
1 1/2 tsp finely minced garlic
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper 

For the salad:
1 tsp dijon mustard
3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts 
2 heads butter lettuce; washed, dried & torn into bite size pieces
3 large avocados
2 cups grape tomatoes; cut in half
1 1/2 cup italian parsley; rough chopped
3/4 cup mint leaves; rough chopped
1/2 cup sliced chives
1 heaping cup feta cheese
2/3 cup toasted pine nuts
salt & fresh ground black pepper


Put all vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine.  Set aside.  You can store left over vinaigrette in the fridge for about 4 days.

Heat a grill pan on medium high heat.  In a mixing bowl, combine the mustard, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.  Add the chicken and toss to coat.  Grill until well marked and chicken is cook through.  Let cool and cut into strips.

Meanwhile, combine lettuce, parsley & mint in a large bowl.  Toss w/ about 4 to 5 tbsp of vinaigrette {just enough to lightly coat}.  Season with a little bit of salt + pepper and toss again.  

Peel, pit and cut avocados into medium sized chunks and toss them with 2 tbsp of the vinaigrette in a medium bowl.  Add pine nuts, feta, tomatoes & chicken to the bowl.  Season with a little salt + pepper and another 1 tbsp of the dressing and give a good tossing again.

Arrange a small hole in the center of the salad.  Mound the chicken mixture in the center of the salad.  Sprinkle on the chives and serve.

Use remaining dressing as needed to suit taste preferences or refrigerate to use later. 

I picked up the great wooden salad bowl + serving spoons {as seen in the background of my pics} from Pottery Barn last week.  It has a well worn in rustic look, and I knew that I'd get quite a bit of use out of it with the holidays coming up!  You can find it here and here.

Happy Happy Monday and I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!  I would love to hear feedback :) xx

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fall Decor + A Giveaway!

When you live in South Florida, its a little hard to get into the 'Fall Spirit'.  The changing of the leaves doesn't exactly pertain to palm trees, and we don't get the crisp Autumn mornings {although the humidity finally disappears, thank goodness!}.  In the past years since moving here, I haven't decorated my casa with any type of Fall decor.  

Last weekend, on our way back from Hawaii, we broke up the 12 hour travel time {we could have flown to Greece in 12 hours. wtf were we doing in Hawaii!?} with a quick 2 day stay in Washington state to see some of my family and friends.  Being up there, wearing my cold weather sweaters and seeing the colors of the leaves changing before they fall to the earth, put me in the mood for Fall.  I was officially ready. 

Yesterday, I made my way to Pottery Barn and with the idea of creating a beautiful harvest centerpiece for my dining room.  Its pretty hard to go wrong at Pottery Barn, and I'm so happy with how it turned out!

I purchased two faux birch wood candles from Pottery Barn {view them here} to set the tone for the rustic harvest look.  Next I filled up the bottom of my large wooden bowl/tray with crumpled up newspaper as a filler, and topped it with a pumpkin spice potpourri {no longer available online, but is available in stores} which features dried leaves, oranges, walnuts, cinnamon sticks, and cute little pumpino's.  I purchased a large faux white pumpkin {here} and placed it on top of the potpourri, and scattered real mini pumpkins which I had purchased at Costco the day before {a large bag with 10-12 minis for around $15}.  

I also added a few stocks of dried gold dipped corn, and scattered around an Autumnal Vase Filler {here} which contained dried leaves and pine cones.  I finished off the look with a box of gold gilt acorns {view here}.  

Lastly, to tie everything together, I purchased orange colored mercury votive holders {which must only be available in stores because I can't find it online}.  I love the warm look these display when you're burning a candle - so pretty!

All in all, I'm really pleased with how everything turned out, and our condo now smells amaaaazing thanks to the potpourri! 

In case your like me and need a little help getting into the harvest spirit, I'm here to help!!  I'm doing a giveaway, and will be gifting a few things to help you get started on your fall decorating.

I'll be gifting two of the mercury votive holders {as seen in the above pictures}, and also a box of the gold gilt acorns, and a bag of Autumnal vase filler.

All you have to do is follow me on Instagram {username andy_adler} or Twitter {username andrea_adler1} and leave me a comment at the bottom of this page with your email address.  The winner will be announced next Friday!  

Good luck, and I hope all of you have a beautiful weekend!! xx 

**Giveaway is closed**

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Wednesday Wishlist

1. Campbell Small V Chain {here} //  2. BB Dakota Faux Fur Collar Vest {here}  //  3. APC Pointelle Sweater {here} //  4. Madden Girl Flats {here} //  5. The Row sunnies {here} //  6. J Brand Lovestory Flares {here} //  7. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Secret {here} //  8. Givenchy Wedge Ankle Boots {here} //  9. H&M Jersey Leggings {here} //  10. Chloe Marcie bag {here} //  11. RVCA Fedora {here}

So many lovely things on this list!
I'm loving the price of the BB Dakota vest {under $100!}.  Since this vest features a fur collar with a sweater material backing, its more versatile and can be paired with leather leggings to be dressed up, or alternatively with flared denim for more of a relaxed bohemian feel.  I definitely plan on purchasing this!  

Those faux leather paneled leggings from H&M seriously look wayyy more expensive than they are!  One of my gf's was wearing them a couple weeks ago and I was shocked at how great they looked + $24.95 is such a steal!  And speaking of steal, those cute bargain priced Madden Girl flats...adorable AND $39?! Score! 

How gorg is that Chloe bag?  I'm dying over it!  The studs are the perfect touch for the Fall/Winter season.

If you're looking for the best nude lipstick, Chanel Rouge Coco in Secret is your new bff. 

And lastly, I've been eyeing those amazing Givenchy booties for a while now and they may or may not already be on their way to me.... ;)

What looks are you girls loving for Fall?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Hawaii Vacation Diary

Hellooooo babes!  We just arrived back from the island of Kauai, and it feel so great to be back!  Being away always makes me appreciate our condo & our dogs {home}.  We had such a relaxing vacay; when we arrived we had absolutely nothing planned except the idea of finishing our books, but being the type of people who are not able to just lay on a beach all day, we ended up doing quite a lot for the 5 days that we were on the island.  Here's a few snapshots of our holiday:

I could not get enough of these: Mai Thai's + Pina Colada's...not the best for my waistline but hey its vacay!

  Wearing Sofia by Vix bikini {here} & Helen Kaminski raffia hat {here}

We snorkeled almost every day we were there.

Highly recommend for great ice cream.
Kona coffee ice cream w/ coconut + macadamia nuts = heaven.
This sign was a little intimidating....
....but I ignored it and swam in Queens Bath anyways :)
Everyone told us that The Dolphin was the best lunch on the North Shore.
The fish tacos were honestly the best that I have ever had!
Get my look: Rag & Bone vest {here} //  Rag & Bone crewneck tee {similar on sale here} //  Aquazzura cut out bootie {here} //  J.Crew necklace {here}

Ginger Margarita - my new fave cocktail.
Enjoying some Kona coffee at breakfast.
Helicopter tour of the island.
I've ALWAYS wanted to do this - check it off my bucket list :)
Gorgeous views everywhere you looked....
Outfit deets: Stone Cold Fox floral romper {here} + Jimmy Choo Pape Wedge {old}

If you're planning a trip to Kauai, I'd highly recommend staying at the St. Regis Resort in Princeville.  Its definitely not the nicest St. Regis property that we've stayed at, but it suits the laid back vibe of the island + the staff is SO friendly!

I had such a great time celebrating Adams birthday & creating amazing memories that I'll surely never forget!   :)

Have any of you stayed in Kauai?  Tell me about your experience! xx

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