A couple of weeks ago I wrote a guest blog on men's fashion, in which I talked about the colors cobalt and rust and how much I like the color combo. Lucky for me, they are both big colors this season (not just for the boys), and I happen to have some in my wardrobe to pull out. There is something about these pants from J. Crew that makes me feel my legs are extra long. Wearing solid bright colors is a great way to make a bold, yet classic statement. I of course needed to add in a little bit of fun, so I did that with my chunky straw braided sandals and my favorite piece of vintage jewelry. (thanks Stacey!) Any place I set up my lights and camera, Lua promptly goes and sits... I can't help but snap a shot.
I wasn't initially sold on these shoes until I saw them in the Jimmy Choo store window while I was in Chicago... and now I can't stop thinking about them. They have just enough elegant modern woman mixed with 70's flower child for me to be happy. I love the way that they have them styled in the ad campaigns. I think it might just be the perfect summer Choo... I mean shoe.
Chocolate chip cookies are a part of my daily diet, but normally I just go with the frozen Otis Spunkmeyer variety. Since they have stopped selling them at my H.E.B. and I am much too lazy to go about trying to figure out having them order them for me... I am back to making my own. I have made a couple other kinds of chocolate chip cookies (here and here) but though they are delicious, I have continued my search for the ultimate recipe. When you search around on the internet for the best chocolate chip cookies, this recipe from the New York Times always comes up. They are really delicious, though the waiting for the dough to set for 24-36 hours is almost impossible. I waited... but I took some samples of the dough along the way. I don't know if it was worth it, but I can say they are yummy caramel flavors that develop.
What makes this recipe so good?
1. The mixture of the cake flour and the bread flour. Cake flour is finer and the bread flour has gluten, both important.
2. The size of the cookies. When you make your cookies too small they dry out faster and get too crunchy.
3. The chocolate. Sorry, Toll House. And don’t even think about the generic supermarket brand. I only use Ghiardelli 60% Cacao chips — they’re pretty widely available the best chips you can buy at a grocery store.
4. The sprinkle of sea salt on the top really brings out the chocolate flavor.
5. Make sure your ingredients are room temperature, I never realized how important this was until the past year.
There is a little park by my house that Lua loves to go exploring, and I love how it is such a serene spot in the middle of the city. We went there this morning for a little walk and studying. Austin weather is already warm and hazy, even in the early mornings, and nothing suits this kind of weather better than a white vintage dress. This dress is one of my favorites because it is so easy and the fringe makes me want to dance . I paired it with some old Frye boots, a vintage belt, and an Isda & co sweater that I think gives the outfit a pulled together but casual feel. These are the biggest earrings I own, and I am not sure I even like them, but I do feel drawn to them and look for excuses to wear them. What is your go-to warm weather outfit?
I honestly can't believe it's April. I feel like the past few months (years really) have flown by, and I guess I should have listened when my parents told me that would happen when I was a child. The next few weeks are filled with a friend's wedding, a shower, finals preparation, and in the short term, Easter weekend with the fam. I am excited to be in Houston and am going to enjoy a few on my favorite wonderful things around town. Antique stores, house of pies, and a giant dog park for Beans that I am very excited to go to and watch her run around with her new cousin Gaby. What are you doing this weekend? Have a happy Easter!
Some fantastic things:
A video for when I need a smile
I'll be trying this great DIY project
So, you'll need a translator for the website, but how cool is wall tape
This French online shop romanticizes clothes, and I love it
A dating service for fonts
Life with a lion
I wonder how hard these would be to make
Lists that make me feel like someone out there gets me.
When was the last time you dyed Easter eggs? I think it has been at least 8 years for me, and let me tell you people... there have been some innovations (at least they are new to me). I always thought I was being creative as a kid when I would get out the paint brushes or stickers to add a little something to my Easter eggs. My brother Jake just liked to leave his in as long as possible to get it over saturated with color, and while I liked the way it looked, I was never patient enough to wait on my egg. I have been seeing these different kind of eggs as I have browsed around other blogs and pinterest, and I am so egg-cited to try some of these techniques... especially the silk tie dyeing one. Amazing. Are you going to decorate Humpty Dumpty? What is your favorite way to fancy up your eggs?
It was through one my my style crush's blogs that I heard about Massimo Dutti. Hanneli did a video with them in which she talks about her blog, her inspiration, and life in general while wearing her picks from their Spring 2012 collection. They don't have an American site yet, but for my readers from the UK you can shop online. There are so many things that I loved, I went ahead and made a few picks of my own. I hope they will have a US site soon... but if not I might just have to figure something out. Does anyone know of this brand and it's future plans?
Everywhere you look this season, there are bold florals. I love the look of head to toe prints, but it's not something I feel comfortable trying just yet, but I figured a good start would be a bright floral pant. I made these in a skinny tuxedo style because I love tuxedo pants and I knew I needed something with a skinny leg so I didn't feel like I was being taken over by the print. Also, since I have such wide hips I had to be careful not to allow the print to make me look larger than I want to look. The fabric is some of my "Mimi fabric" which is a huge box of fabric I have that my grandma, Mimi, had collected over the years and then shared with me. There are so many wonderfully interesting prints and what I love best is knowing that no one else will have the same print as me. What do you think about these bold florals that are trending this season? Could you do one of the head-to-toe looks?
Some other printed pants:
1. Sandro 6. Stella McCartney
2. ASOS 7. Erdem
3. Thakoon 8. Dolce & Gabbana
4. Alexander Wang 9. Altuzarra
5. Top Shop 10. Zara