Monthly Archives: November 2012

Thanksgiving Fur

This post is dedicated to my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.  The key to dressing for success on Thanksgiving is embracing comfortable, stretchy clothes.  Go Try It On, one of my favorite fashion apps, asked me to put a Thanksgiving outfit together that is fabulous and forgiving of seconds. Every Thanksgiving my family goes around the table and says what they are thankful for and like every year, I am thankful for my family and friends.  I am thankful for their support, love, laughs, strength and traditions.  The moments I share with them mean everything!

I hope everyone had an incredible Thanksgiving with loved ones and, of course, enjoyed extra helpings.

Vest: Adrienne Landau (last season, similar found here), Pants: BDG (old, similar found here), Shirt: Vanishing Elephant (found here), Shoes: Zara (old, similar found here), Bracelets: Random Assortment, some of which are Aldo and Urban Outfitters (found here and here), Watch: Michael Kors (found here), Necklaces: NaHoku & Gorjana (found here)

These pants are absolutely my favorite and I wear them with everything! They are also super stretchy which makes them perfect for Thanksgiving.

This shirt is another one of my favs. I love chambray and because this is a mens shirt it is the perfect amount of oversized.

A vest can completely transform a look and fur just takes it to another level.

Walking the pup

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Holiday Bling (Part II)

This Holiday Season I collaborated with Charm to showcase the hottest accessory trends.  Black and gold, while simple, complement each other perfectly and act as a stunning show stopping combination.  Charm has so many incredible pieces and I had the most wonderful time styling holiday looks with Jaclyn Mason and the Charm team.  A good rule of thumb when getting dressed for the holidays is the sparklier the better!

For more beautiful unique pieces stop by Charm in Georgetown (2910 M St.), visit their website and like them on Facebook!

Necklace: Deepa Gurnani, Bracelet: Deepa Gurnani, Rings: Melinda Maria, Earrings: Marcia Moran

I am in love with this one of a kind, show stopping cuff and am a big fan of the double cuff.

Of all the beautiful pieces I tried on, this Margaret Elizabeth ring is my absolute favorite! It is perfect for every occasion and as Jaclyn said in our interview a cocktail ring is a must have to complete an outfit.

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Holiday Bling

To showcase the hottest bling for this holiday season I collaborated with Charm and Charm’s owner, Jaclyn Mason.  Charm Georgetown is an incredible local accessories boutique that features unique, show stopping, conversation starting pieces.  This season I have been very drawn to black and gold, two basics that when combined have a stunning effect.  I had such a fabulous time working with Jaclyn and her team styling four different accessory combinations to rock this season.  I am also beyond obsessed with each piece of jewelry and unique bag featured in this post.  So please scroll for some blinged out holiday inspiration (stayed tuned later this week for the other two looks) and for an interview with the fabulous Jaclyn Mason.

If you haven’t visited Charm already, you must! They are located at 2910 M St. (in Georgetown).  Also, check out their website here and of course, like them on Facebook and follow them on twitter (@CharmDC) for news on the latest trends, style tips and merchandise!

Bag: Moyna, Bracelets: Tai (stretchy beaded), Melinda Maria (gunmetal bangle), Deepa Gurnani (spiked), Rings: Isharya (spike), Melinda Maria (both small gold)

Earrings: Marcia Moran, Bag: Moyna, Bracelets: Tai (stretchy beaded), Melinda Maria (gunmetal bangle), Deepa Gurnani (spiked), Rings: Isharya (spike), Melinda Maria (both small gold)

Bag: Moyna, Bracelets: Tai (stretchy beaded), Melinda Maria (gunmetal bangle), Deepa Gurnani (spiked), Rings: Isharya (spike), Melinda Maria (both small gold)

Bag: Inge Christopher, Bracelet: Alexis Bittar, Ring: Sibilia

Earrings: Kendra Scott, Necklace: Alexis Bittar

Earrings: Kendra Scott, Necklace: Alexis Bittar, Bag: Inge Christopher, Bracelet: Alexis Bittar, Ring: Sibilia

1. What tips do you have to successful accessorizing this holiday season?

Just bling it out! The holidays are a time of year that you can get away with your biggest and most sparkly accessories. Whether you’re at a family gathering or picking out your Christmas tree, a little bit of shine will make your outfit.

2. What piece of jewelry does every girl need to have in her jewelry box?

A pair of studs for everyday wear. It doesn’t matter if they’re diamonds or plain silver balls, they complete a look.

3. Who are your favorite accessory designers?

Louis Vuitton for bags and leather goods. They last forever and never go out of style. Love Quotes for scarves. We sell them in the shop, and they come in every color!

4. Who are your favorite clothing designers?

Missoni, DvF, Parker—basically, anyone that can make a great dress that you can wear for years. For winter coats, you can’t go wrong with Moncler and Burberry. If you’re going to bundle up, do it in style!

5. What inspired you to open Charm?

I grew up around some amazing jewelry collections—my mother, for example, has some heirloom pieces that are to die for. I wanted to create a store that spoke to those influences, that had jewelry and accessories that women of all styles could enjoy and wear. I was raised in DC, and I looked around Georgetown and didn’t see any shops that had this kind of jewelry that I knew there was a demand for. Charm gave me the freedom to sell amazing pieces at a great price.

6. What is your favorite part about owning your own store?

My favorite part about coming to work is definitely the interaction I get to have with our clients. Helping brides and women pick out pieces for high-end events is always fun but working with any client is so fun!

7. What is your buying process like?

We work with designers based out of Los Angeles, New York, and many other places. We have a team of three buyers that have different styles that allow us to have a variety of products that cater to different tastes. We attend all of the accessories shows in NYC annually.

8. What can you absolutely not leave your home without?

I can’t leave home without oversized sunglasses, a bag big enough to hold all of my things, and some accessory like earrings or a necklace that I adjust to whatever mood I’m in or to my outfit.

9. What is your go to piece of jewelry?

A cocktail ring. It makes a statement and is a great conversation piece at a party.

10. What was your latest purchase?

Short black Ugg boots. They may not be the cutest, but they’re a winter necessity.

**For any questions about any of the pieces featured in this post feel free to contact Charm at info@charmgeorgetown.com or at 202-298-0420.  And again, visit Charm (11am-7pm Mon.-Sat., 12pm-5pm Sun.)!**

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InstaGlam

This week’s instaglam pictures were taken while I was in Austin, TX. Acting as the host to delicious restaurants, unique boutiques and great music, Austin is an incredible city that fosters innovation and creativity.  I had the most wonderful time in Austin and cannot wait to go back.  The city has so much to offer from music to food to fashion to fun Austin is a must visit!  I snapped these pictures in the bathroom of a bar and thankfully she was a wonderful sport.  I am obsessed with every detail of this look and what makes it even more fabulous is that the outfit is almost completely vintage or thrifted.

For more pictures from my trip follow me on instagram and twitter (@gardenofglam)!

This look was flawlessly styled! I love the simple black and white palette and her knotted cropped tank!

Simply obsessed with this bag!

I love a red lip and the gold accents, layered accessories and ombre do!

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Dinner with Fork It

I know I have said this many times, but I will say it again, I am no chef, but I enjoy cooking and love entertaining.  This post is dedicated to a dinner party I co-hosted with my dear friend Natalia who is the founder of Fork It and a food contributor to We Love DC.  Natalia is food and pork obsessed and  an incredible entertainer.  So I enlisted Natalia to put together a delicious yet doable menu and she did not disappoint!  I always find myself getting intimidated by the fancy titles of dishes and the mouthwatering pictures, but Natalia assured me that a dish does not have to be hard to make to be delicious.

Please enjoy the recipes, pictures, and hard hitting interview with Natalia, foodie entertainer extraordinaire.

Ricotta Bruschetta  

Ricotta

Bread

Tomatoes

Garlic

Olive Oil

Salt & Pepper

Preheat oven to 350.  Cut tomatoes in half and cover with salt, pepper & olive oil to taste.  Mix in garlic cloves with the halved tomatoes.  Put tomato mixture into the oven for about 20 minutes or until roasted (keep an eye on them).  Mix ricotta with olive oil, salt & pepper to taste.  Generously slice bread and toast in the oven.  I used my toaster oven for this since the large oven was occupied.  Make sure to get a quality loaf of bread—we used ciabatta.  Once the tomatoes are roasted, pile the ricotta cheese and tomatoes (remove the garlic) onto the toasted bread.  Then enjoy!

Sautéed Kale with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Kale

Sweet potatoes

Garlic

Salt & Pepper

Olive Oil

Cut sweet potato into small cubes and place in the 350 degree oven.  For this dinner the tomatoes and sweet potatoes had to share the oven.  Let sweet potatoes roast for about 30 minutes or until soft.  As the sweet potatoes start to soften sauté the kale with olive oil, salt & pepper, and garlic.  Once everything is cooked, top the sautéed kale with the roasted sweet potatoes.

Bacon and Mustard Crusted Scallops served over Caramelized Onions

Bacon

Scallops

Vidalia Onion

Maple Peppercorn Mustard

Honey

Red Wine Vinegar

Salt & Pepper

Vegetable Oil

Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Slice onion.  Sauté onions in olive oil on low heat until onions are clear.  Mix mustard, a dash of red wine vinegar and a drop of honey.  Generously salt and pepper the scallops.  Lightly cook (really only half cook) the bacon.  Then chop bacon into teeny tiny pieces.  Sear scallops in vegetable oil on high heat for a minute on each side.  Coat one side of the scallops with the mustard mixture.  Sprinkle bacons bits on top of the mustard glazed side of the scallop and then place in the oven for 5-7 minutes.  Once scallops are fully white remove from oven and serve over caramelized onions.

Open faced Apple Tart

Apples (pink ladies or delicious equivalent)

Phyllo Dough

Honey

Powdered Sugar

Make sure dough has fully defrosted.  Preheat oven to 415 degrees.  Thinly slice apples.  Spread dough onto a baking sheet.  Line dough with apple slices and glaze with honey.  Bake for about 15-20 minutes.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with vanilla ice cream.

And now the interview….

What are the most important ingredients to hosting a successful dinner party?

Simplicity. I always try and stick to recipes that impress but are simple to execute, whether through advance prep or basic, wholesome ingredients that pack a lot of flavor but don’t require much “dressing up”. Getting as much done before hand is key, so that when your guests arrive you can actually be there to host and converse. A good group and a constant flow of wine is a guarantee of a good time, so make sure to pick your dining mates right, and your wine, plenty. I find 8-10 the best number of people to have over at once, and always when seating, mix it up – separate couples, separate roommates , etc.

What tips do you have for hosting on a budget?

Go vegetarian. Protein is always what makes that grocery cost go up, and for a while I cooked only vegetarian – during college mostly. My go-to dishes to feed a lot of people actually always tend to be meat-free, like bruschetta, blue cheese stuffed dates (but even better when wrapped in bacon), crostini with ricotta and figs drizzled with honey, kale salad with roasted sweet potato, avocado slices with crushed pistachios and truffle oil, etc. Main dishes to feed a group and stay low-budget can be vegetarian as well, like a mushroom lasagna, any kind of meat-free pasta or risotto, cous cous with harrissa spiced vegetables, pumpkin curry, tofu curry, etc.

You can make your table look amazing at low-cost too, keeping the décor simple – mason jars with candles and empty bottles of wine (or funky bourbon bottles) filled with water, are easy fixes.

What is your specialty?

I really am not sure I have a specialty per se. I am always trying new recipes and improvising. Even when doing an older recipe, undoubtedly something will change. Since I spend half my free time reading new recipes, the list for must-try’s just keeps growing. But if I have to feed a big group on the fly, ill either do lamb burgers with tzatiki and a big kale salad, or a vegetarian pasta.

When baking, since I am a bit newer to that game and it is more of a science, I lean towards a flourless chocolate cake or apple pie. I used to make ice cream a lot as well, a bourbon honey ice cream was probably the best that came out of that phase.

What inspired you to start Fork It?

I had a lot of time on my hands right after college and wanted to get busy, doing something that I cared about but didn’t feel like work. I spent all of my free time reading about restaurants, sifting through magazines and blogs. My friends called me “urban spoon” and always asked for recommendations of where to go, so I figured why not create a visual platform to document my food happenings, both recipes and stories. Honestly, I did it for myself and never expected it to go anywhere. Then I started tweeting, only about food, and it just organically grew into something more. I didn’t expect Fork It to open any doors, but alas, now I write for We Love DC.

How did you become involved with We Love DC and what piece are you most proud of?

Marissa (We Love DC’s food editor) was introduced to me by one of my best friends, and I received a message from her one day just asking if I’d be interested in writing for them. Obviously, no brainer. It’s been an amazing experience because its forced me to practice my writing, explore the city, and meet new and interesting people. The pieces I am most proud of I guess are all my “firsts” – the first post I ever wrote was about Toki Underground, and my first Capital Chefs piece, on Anthony Lombardo of 1789. I also enjoyed writing the ‘Why I Love DC piece’

What are your top 3 favorite restaurants in DC and favorite dishes at each?

 This is a hard one….

Toki Underground – the Toki Monster and Hakata Classic. Simply, the best combination ever.

Thai X-ing – Pumpkin curry. Just straight up thai food orgasm.

Obelisk- Burratta. The whole meal at Obelisk is amazing, but the burratta they serve as appetizer to begin truly has the power to transport you to Italy.

Palena- On Sunday’s they have a special, limited menu, and the gnocchi is to die for. And I don’t ever order gnocchi.

I also just went to Suna’s soft opening and wow, there were some seriously good dishes there. Johnny Spero’s interpretation of “fowl” dish (which I rarely eat) really impressed me, as did his Pork.

What is your ultimate comfort food?

A hearty bowl of pasta and glass of red wine can cure, if only for a short while, any bad moment. And cheese, and pork belly (not necessarily together but I am sure that would be comforting).

 If you could cook a meal with any chef who would it be and what would you cook?

So, I actually have been lucky enough to cook a little bit with Jose Andres and that was a seriously amazing experience, and one I would want to repeat on a full scale, go to the store with him, choose the menu (probably paella), cook together. He’s a pretty fantastic guy, and goes beyond the kitchen and into the world of philanthropy, which I respect. So undoubtedly, lots of great conversations and inspiration to come from a shared cooking and eating experience with him. I’d also have to say Gaston Acurio, a Peruvian chef who has really changed the way we approach food in Latin America. He has pioneered the idea that food can be a vehicle for social change. I would want to make an array of ceviches and piscos with him.

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Winter Printed Pant

The printed pant is a trend that has transitioned from spring to fall, but with this transition comes an evolution of the printed pant.  Fall and winter normally boast more somber colors than warmer months and when it comes to the bold print this is no exception.  Laura (a buyer for macy’s.com and the star contributor from my last post) rocked a demur and subtle printed pant demonstrating the importance of updating trends in order to keep them relevant.  This is not to say that color should be avoided as it starts to get chilly–just that you must be mindful.  Styling is also crucial to the success of the printed pant, making sure to remember the print is the star of the look.

Also, on a completely unrelated note, history was made today!  President Obama was re-elected as our President and same-sex marriage was approved in Maryland and Maine! I am so proud of my country!

Loving this pant and the conservative black turtleneck. This pant could also be part of a bolder pairing, either way it’s perfect.  The embellishments are also to die for!

Photo courtesy of imachicnation.blogspot

Simple and subtle take on the printed pant. Her style exudes confidence yet appears effortless.

Photo courtesy of theyallhateus

Olivia Palermo looking fab in tie dye jeans. Proof that color can be rocked all year round.

Photo courtesy of People

As seen in a previous post, camo is huge this season and is different take on the printed pant. I am also always in search of the perfect winter sweater and this oxblood turtleneck looks like cozy perfection!

Photo courtesy of atlantic-pacific.blogspot

Poppy Delevingne looking fab in a side split black and white printed pant.  She always looks killer!

Photo courtesy of Huffington Post

The vertical stripes are slimming and elongating (this is a helpful tip to remember). I also love love love the jacket!

Photo courtesy of fashiion-gone-rouge.tumblr

 

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