tgif – weekend links!

Yellow-1I’m so ready for the weekend. I spent a few hours in the ER last night with a puppy related injury; I cut my hand trying to open up a new toy for my new puppy, Penny. All is forgiven because look at her! Have you ever seen a cuter puppy? Don’t answer that if you have, I’m a very proud dog-mom now. Anyway – TGIF! We’re heading to a Grilled Cheese and Wine event tonight with some friends, and hopefully spending some time at the beach on Saturday. I hope you have some fun things planned for the last weekend before September!

A few links that I liked/found interesting from the week:

 –Hayley Bloomingdale’s tongue in cheek ‘Rules of Instagram’ are pretty spot on. Everyone is sick of seeing avocado toast, and puppies and babies get a lot of likes. Prepare for more Penny!

-From Racked – J.Crew Still Can’t Figure Out How To Win Its Customers Back. Are you still shopping there? Some of their stuff is great, and some of it just makes no sense like this $700 sequined bomber jacket. Who is wearing that?!

10 healthy snacks to curb your appetite. I always have a Kind bar in my bag.

-Hooray! How to shop fall’s trends on a tiny budget. COS and Asos are where it’s at.

This woman designed tableware for people with Alzheimers. Very smart.

The beautiful Paris apartment of Gerard Darel’s creative director.

-If you’re looking for a new book, here are 46 books to read this fall.

classic nude pumps in all different price points

best classic nude pumpsIvanka Trump $134.95 / M.Gemi $248 / SJP $350 Kurt Geiger $450 / Jimmy Choo $595Manolo Blahnik $595 / Gianvito Rossi $670 / Christian Louboutin $675 

I’ve been on the hunt for a really great pair of classic pointed toe pumps in nude, so I figured I would share what I’ve found. I sold two pairs of nude shoes recently (on eBay, which is pretty fun and kind of addicting); one was a pair of really gorgeous Christian Louboutin pumps that were just way too high and impractical, and the other was, well, basically the same thing, but in a different shape.

I don’t know if it’s that I’m growing up or what, but now I realize that actually being able to walk around and wear a pair of shoes to work without wanting to cut my feet off is equally, if not more important, than simply how a shoe looks. That being said, there are some incredibly chic shoes out there in all different price points that are much more practical than the 5+ inch skinny stilettos I’ve been trying to make work.These M.Gemi pumps look a lot more expensive than they are, as does this pretty pair from Ivanka Trump’s line. The ones that are on my wishlist though are these classic BB’s from Manolo Blahnik, and this gorgeous D’Orsay pair from Christian Louboutin.

I’ll let you know what I end up getting!


02-chateau-de-gudanesUh oh, I have a new travel obsession – I want to take one (or all) of the courses offered from Messors, a sort of ‘study abroad’ program for adults offering courses ranging from fresco restoration in Italy to culinary and shepherding workshops in the countryside to helping restore a chateau in Ariege, France. Doesn’t it all sound amazing? It seems like such a great way to learn something, immerse yourself in a different culture, and have fun at the same time.

I was reading one of the course descriptions and it sounds like there are candlelit dinners, outdoor picnics, and plenty of champagne wine tasting alongside the workshops and sessions – sounds like the best kind of course. Check out their site, but be careful if you’re anything like me or you’ll start trying to hatch a plan to sign up!

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts in a Maple Miso Glaze

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I know it might seem a little early for a Brussels Sprouts recipe, but they’re currently in season and the perfect looking ones at the farmers’ markets have been calling my name. I bought some last weekend and roasted them with just some olive oil, salt and pepper, but wanted to try out a recipe for them that wasn’t super heavy and didn’t call for the bacon, like so many of the recipes for Brussels Sprouts do since their resurgence a few years ago.

Dreux Ellis, the Executive Chef of Cafe Gratitude (one of my favorite restaurants – if you don’t live in LA or SF you’ve probably seen it instagrammed!) provided me with this delicious sounding recipe that will be on their menu in the next few weeks. It sounds fresh, inventive and perfectly seasonal. I plan to make it soon, and you should too – here’s the recipe:


3 lbs Brussels sprouts, cleaned and cut in half

1 cup olive oil

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup red miso

1 tablespoon tamari

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

In a blender, combine the olive oil, maple syrup, red miso, tamari, and apple cider vinegar.

Dress the Brussels sprouts liberally with the glaze.  Make sure the Brussels are well-coated and lay out on a baking tray.  Drizzle 1/4 cup of water over the Brussels sprouts to add some vapor while cooking.

Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until well-cooked.

Approximately 10 minutes into the cooking time, turn the vegetables to ensure even cooking.

TGIF – Weekend Links

49ac89ee31d5d3066344f8cea8cfdf9eAnd just like that, it’s Friday again! Are you doing anything exciting this weekend? It’s our first weekend with our new puppy Penny, who is the cutest little dog in the entire world, though I may be a little bit biased. I’ll instagram her soon, promise. Anyways, my mother in law is coming to visit, and I’m heading to Terranea on Sunday to visit a good friend who is there for a wedding. It should be a good one!

A few fun and interesting links to start off your weekend…

How to make raw food that actually tastes good, via Bon Appetit. I’m not totally convinced…

Condé Nast is going into the fashion education business. In my mind you don’t really need to go to ‘fashion school’ unless you’re studying design, but apparently CN already has a London campus that is quite highly regarded. Interesting!

The top three colors for fall, according to Jcrew. I really like all of them!

10 ways to tell if someone is lying. Numbers 4 and 6 are interesting!

-This is good: how to take amazing photos from your phone, via Jane Can

How to read a recipe, from Epicurious. I thought I knew before I read this! The walnut part is something I’ve often wondered about.

Barney’s has a seriously good selection of statement heels for fall. These are high up on my wishlist.

-Elle Decor tells us how to pack the perfect picnic. I feel like I need a pie basket now…

-And, in case you missed anything from the blog this week, I talked about pretty dresses from Blugirl, where to buy designer vintage online, my obsession with hot pink lipstick, and the most well decorated trailer you’ve ever seen.


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