Designer Obsession – Sophia Webster

Thanks to my new favorite website Keep.com (Sorry, Pinterest, you have major competition), I was introduced to a fabulous footwear designer named Sophia Webster. Webster’s collection is a whimsical mix of femininity and modern sophistication. The luxurious shoes are definitely one of a kind, and the bright colors, bold patterns and girly details are sure to turn heads. I am a huge fan of polka dots and stripes, so obviously I was drawn to the pair below. Prices range from $150 to $1,000, and her collection includes sandals, pumps, wedges and even mini pairs for children. You can find these amazing shoes online at FarFetch, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Sophia Webster.com.

 

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Want to see more? Check out the collection here.

 

Use What You Have Lentil Soup

I believe recipes are made to be ignored. In fact, some of my tastiest meals have been created using the “dash and test” method. Throw in a dash of this, a dash of that and taste before adding in a dash of anything else. The recipe below was created thanks to a dreary Sunday afternoon, and a mix of the “dash and test” method and the “use what you have” method –another favorite recipe practice I utilize on a daily basis.  Using what I had in the refrigerator and Martha Stewart as a guide, I created a simple lentil soup creation. It’s all about what you like, so, if you want to add in a dash or two of another spice, go for it. Enjoy!


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Use What You Have Lentil Soup
Adapted From Martha Stewart
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Serves 8 – 10 (maybe more)

Ingredients
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 small onion, finely chopped

1 ½ cups chopped kale

½ cup of chopped broccoli

2-3 carrots, finely chopped

1 celery stalk, finely chopped (optional – I didn’t use celery in my version)

1 garlic clove, minced

Coarse salt and ground pepper – to taste

Crushed red pepper (just a dash)

Thyme (just a dash)

48 ounces low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth

1-2 cups cooked lentils (I recommend using Whole Foods 365 Every Day Value Green Lentils — They are about $2.99 and easy to cook)

2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar

 

Lentil Soup

Directions

In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, (celery), kale, broccoli and garlic; season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion softens, 3 to 5 minutes. Add broth; bring to a boil and cook 5 minutes. Add lentils and cook until soup thickens slightly, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar and season with salt and pepper, thyme and crushed red pepper.

Don’t get discouraged if your recipe free for all is less than appetizing. Cooking without a recipe is an art. It takes imagination, creativity, practice, and you have to be willing to embrace the risk.

PS.  All of the ingredients used were purchased at Whole Foods Market. Organic is better!

 

Words to live by

 

Sometimes you just need to be reminded…

 

Words to live by

 

 

“Take chances, take a lot of them. Because honestly, no matter where you end up and with whom, it always ends up just the way it should be. Your mistakes make you who you are.  You learn and grow with each choice you make. Everything is worth it. Say how you feel, always. Be you, and be okay with it.” – Unknown

 

 

Sofa confusion

For the past six months I have been going back and forth trying to figure out if I want to buy a sofa from Pottery Barn. During my deliberations, I have missed a few great sales, free shipping options — and the worst part, because I procrastinated, I’m going to have to wait an additional six to ten weeks for production, if I decided to make the purchase.  The item I am contemplating is the PB Comfort Roll Slipcover Knife-Edge Cushion Sofa.  I continuously dream about this silly sofa and have almost hit the submit button when shopping online once or twice…okay, maybe it’s closer to nine or ten times, but I just can’t fathom spending nearly $1,300 on a sofa. But then again, when I search online for other options, I just can image spending a little less on something I absolutely hate…I mean, I am sure I won’t regret my decision, I just want to make sure I’m making the right one — right fabric, right size and right cushion comfort. So many decisions. And, do I really want the PB Comfort? Or, do I want the Buchanan? Or, the Cameron? Why do they all have to look so similar?

 

Sofa Confusion

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If you have any experience with Pottery Barn sofas, please let me know.  I am at my wit’s end…and I’m not sure my current sofa has much time left. So, a decision needs to be made soon.

 

 

Oh, Chambray!

I’ve been a little obsessed with Chambray lately.  There’s something appealing about the effortlessly chic fabric that can turn pretty much any outfit into a preppy piece of art. Now, don’t get this trend confused with denim, because Chambray is on a whole other level, and it can make a fabulous fashion statement whether you are dressing up or dressing down. Not convinced? See for yourself…

Exhibit A: Chambray and tulle…

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Exhibit B:
Chambray and polka dots…

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Exhibit C: Chambray and stripes…

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Exhibit D: Chambray and brights…

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I recently purchased a great light blue Chambray button down from the Gap (currently on sale!).  It is the perfect shirt to layer or wear alone with a great pair of jeans….or a fluffy tulle skirt — my other new obsession.

Looking for more Chambray options?  Try J.Crew, Forever 21 or Anthropology.

Enjoy! xoxo

Hello, Puerto Rico

In two months I will be married for two years….crazy, huh? To celebrate this milestone, we will be taking a mini vacation to Puerto Rico. Just a quick getaway to enjoy a little sunshine and hopefully a few fruity cocktails on the beach.

After searching high and low for a resort, I opted for the Ritz-Carlton. From the pictures it looks gorgeous and it has everything we need: a pool, beach, on-site restaurants and a spa….

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To prepare for my upcoming trip I am in the process of putting together a packing list. So far, I have a bathing suit….I’m pretty sure a need a few additional things.  To help with this dilemma, I consulted Lauren Conrad’s book “Style.” Page 187 has a great list for a one week beach vacation, but since I will be going away for just three days….here’s my take on her handy packing essentials.

Vacation ideas
WHAT TO PACK FOR A BEACH VACATION
Weekend Getaway {adapted from LC’s weekend getaway and one week beach vacation}

sunscreen
lip moisturizerwide-brimmed hat
1 pair of sunglasses
2 bathing suits
1 pair of flip-flops (try Old Navy, Havaianas or Jack Rogers)
1 pair of embellished sandals
1 pair of fancy shoes (just in case)
2 cotton tees (I am loving the t-shirts from J.Crew)
2 tank tops
1 striped shirt
1 cardigan (just in case it’s cold)
1 pair of shorts
1 long skirt
1 cute top
1 cotton scarf
1 over sized button-down (beach cover-up)
1 sun dress dress
1 evening dress
2 pairs of jeans
jewelry (playful and chic necklaces that can be used to dress up your outfits)
Tote Bag ( I am currently loving this bag from Hayden Reis)
1 cute clutch (I love this clutch from Gigi New York)
2 pairs of pajamas
undergarments

Have you ever stayed at the Ritz-Carlton in San Juan? Let me know your thoughts!

Happy Planning! xoxo

 

I’m dreaming of a white kitchen

I am currently debating if I should redo my kitchen before selling our house. Right now, the kitchen is hideous…Well, maybe not hideous, but it definitely needs to be renovated. When we first moved in three years ago we opted to paint the cabinets instead of refacing them to save money.  It was an easy fix for less than $900, but now that our taste is becoming more expensive, and our Ikea furniture is being replaced with Pottery Barn finds, I think it’s time for a kitchen make over.

Currently, I’m obsessing over white kitchens, specifically, the kitchen below designed by Jeff Lewis. In my mind he can do no wrong….

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