2014 Met Gala

Met Gala 2014

Every year I am so excited to see what all my favorite stars wear to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute gala. Monday night’s theme was a black and white continuation of the Institute’s “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” exhibit. James, a mid 20-century designer, was known for his sculpturesque and intricately draped gowns.

Here are some of my favorite looks from Monday night’s event.

Zoe Saldana in Michael KorsZoe Saldana in Michael Kors

Charlize Theron in DiorCharlize Theron in Dior

Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la RentaSarah Jessica Parker in Oscar de la Renta

David Beckham in Ralph Lauren and Victoria Beckham in Victoria BeckhamDavid Beckham in Ralph Lauren & Victoria Beckham in Victoria Beckham

Jessica Pare in Michael KorsJessica Pare in Michael Kors

Lupita Nyong'o in PradaLupita Nyong’o in Prada

Claire Danes in Oscar de la RentaClaire Danes in Oscar de la Renta

Gisele Bundchen in BalenciagaGisele Bundchen in Balenciaga

Emma Stone in Thakoon and Andrew Garfield in Band of OutsidersEmma Stone in Thakoon and Andrew Garfield in Band of Outsiders

Anna Kendrick in J. MendelAnna Kendrick in J. Mendel

Taylor Swift in Oscar de la RentaTaylor Swift in Oscar de la Renta

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds in GucciBlake Lively and Ryan Reynolds in Gucci

Rachel McAdams in Ralph LaurenRachel McAdams in Ralph Lauren

Cara Delevingne in Stella McCartneyCara Delevingne in Stella McCartney

And my absolute favorite from the night…

Jessica Alba in Diane von FurstenbergJessica Alba in Diane von Furstenberg

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Friday Five

I can’t believe there’s only one more week of school for the semester. I plan on spending my weekend studying so that finals week is as stress-free as possible.

Here are my favorites for the week.

Joe's JeansJoe’s Jeans Denim Shorts
Since the weather has been warmer in Spokane I’ve found myself grabbing for my denim shorts more often. Which naturally means that I should be finding another pair to throw into my rotation for summer, like this pair from Joe’s Jeans.

Tory Burch ScarfTory Burch Embroidered Scarf
One of my favorite warm weather uniforms is wearing shorts and a tee shirt with a light and breezy scarf to top it off. Scarves are the perfect opportunity to incorporate brights or neutrals into any spring outfit. I especially like this scarf from Tory Burch.

J Crew Racer Floral TankJ. Crew Racer Floral Tank
One trend I’ve had my eye on in particular has been high-cut tanks. There’s something about these types of tops that flatter your shoulders. I recently spotted this floral one on J. Crew and am totally in love with the bright colors.

Bauble Bar NecklaceBauble Bar Collar Necklace
It’s one thing to like cutesy floral necklaces with sweet pieces and soft petals. But what I love about this Bauble Bar necklace is how dramatic it is without looking too punk-rock.

Peony Bottle PrintPeony Bottle Print
I’m always on the hunt for new prints and photographs for my new apartment. But lately I’ve been looking for more feminine pieces to add to my bathroom (whatever it will look like), just because. I like this one of a sweet bottle of peonies.

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Vulnerability

My sister told me a few weeks ago, “Take each day by day keeping in mind that every one has new possibilities.” I didn’t start to appreciate what she said until I started noticing the little things – mostly what I would call serendipitous – that got me to think in different ways. A few days ago while I was at work outlining TED Talks I started watching this one from Brené Brown about vulnerability. Now, I would say I’m a pretty confident person who isn’t afraid of being vulnerable.

But after hearing about Brown’s experience researching human connection you start to realize that everyone is walking around with their own story, their own burdens, their own heartbreak, the list goes on. I won’t say very much so that you all get the chance to watch the talk but it’s so different to hear about how we connect – or disconnect – with one another from a different perspective.

So take some time and watch the video, I know you’ll be glad you did.

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Printed Shorts

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Though the weather in Spokane has been relatively rainy and cloudy it looks like the poor temperatures are going to let up and give into the sun. That being said I’ve been so excited to start wearing skirts and sandals again. One item I’ve noticed missing from my closet, however, is printed shorts. Printed shorts are the easiest way to make an outfit instantly more stylish without having to over accessorize. I recently fell in love with this floral pair from J. Crew and had fun building a sunshine-friendly outfit around them.

What do you think about printed shorts – love them or leave them?

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Friday Five

Another week has gone by and I’m happy that it’s finally Friday. Though I am starting to get a little freaked out that graduation is in just two weeks.

Here are my favorites from the week!

Sabine Lattice DressSabine Lattice Dress
It’s hard to find a plain, basic dress to go with anything and everything in your closet. But I love this dress I found on Piperlime because it goes great with strappy sandals (I’d try booties) and will be awesome for warm nights as the spring and summer months start to roll in.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting PaletteHourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
Lately I’ve noticed myself wearing a lot more eye makeup but that’s mostly to brighten up my eyes so that I look a little bit more fresh and awake in the morning. Because my skin is olive it’s even more necessary for me to be highlighting my features to avoid looking dull and sullen. I’m stoked to try this new palette from Hourglass as an update from my Naked Basics one.

Tory Burch Cosmetics CaseTory Burch Cosmetics Case
I don’t know why I keep getting excited about cosmetic pouches but here’s another one I fell in love with this week. This time from Tory Burch – it’s perfect for a sunny weekend getaway.

Lily Aldridge for VelvetLily Aldridge for Velvet
One piece of fashion that I feel often gets overlooked is the romper. A lot of women discount them because they are so basic. But I think they are especially comfortable and chic when worn with the right accessories and shoes. I love this black one from Velvet not only because it’s sexy but because it isn’t too tight or baggy.

Rebecca Minkoff Banded WedgeRebecca Minkoff Banded Wedges
As someone who shouldn’t be wearing wedges (due to a variety of ankle injuries), I love them more that I probably should. But this nude pair from Rebecca Minkoff makes it especially hard to resist because of all the straps and the added peep toe.

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Baked Garlic Fontina Dip

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Though last weekend I was able to have chocolate for the first time after Lent, I’ve been craving more savory foods like cheeses and breads. So what’s better than finding a new recipe for a cheese dip ideal for dipping with artisan breads? I recently stumbled upon this pin for a baked fontina and garlic dip and I must say I cannot wait to try it.

Baked Garlic Fontina Dip

Ingredients
- 1 1/2 pounds Italian fontina, rind removed and cubed into 1-inch pieces
- 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
- 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
- Adjust top rack of the oven so that it sits about 5 inches under the broiler unit. Preheat broiler.
- Spread cheese out in the bottom of a 12-inch cast iron pan. Drizzle olive oil over the cheese. Mix together the garlic and herbs in a small bowl and sprinkle the mixture evenly over the cheese. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the top of the cheese.
- Bake for 6 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and melted through. Carefully remove the pan from the oven and set it on a heatproof surface – the pan will be hot! Serve immediately.

Buon Appetito!

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Back in Action

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It’s definitely been a while since I last posted – actually about three weeks. I’ve been going through a lot in my personal life lately so I’ve really just taken time to evaluate what in my life is making me happy and what I am doing for myself every day. Though I’ve made some substantial changes for my future and myself I think I’m back on track and ready to recommit myself to things that have always made me happy – such as blogging.

This past weekend I spent Easter at home with my family and took time to catch up with friends. I hadn’t been home since January so it was nice to get away from Spokane before finishing up the rest of my semester.

Thank you to everyone who has stuck with me the past few weeks. I’m excited to get back to posting regularly.

Cheers.

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Everyday Spring

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The weather here in Spokane has been out of control the past few days! I seriously cannot believe all the sunshine and warm temps. I’ve been so grateful for the opportunity to wear sandals and I’ve even caught my self wearing skirts and shorts. One of the things I’ve been thinking about as the weather gets nicer is how I dress for work all day with school to follow. Since I work in advertising and as a GA, my wardrobe is definitely more relaxed and comfortable. I’m usually seen wearing denim and basics such as stripes and solid pastel colors. But at the same time my weekday uniform isn’t anything short of put-together. Playing around with accessories and printed tees is also the best way to make the uniform unique.

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Simple & Crisp

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As someone who loves to entertain and make fun food for friends, I was so happy to get my hands on some Simple & Crisp fruit crisps. Simple & Crisp is a business out of my native Seattle specializing in dried fruit crisps as a heathy, gluten-free alternative to crackers. They offer the crisps in a variety of fruits, including my favorite, blood orange.

Simple & Crisp is not only a great addition to any charcuterie plate (I LOVE eating them with Beecher’s Flagship cheese!) but the crisps also make for great finger foods.

Here are some perfect pairing ideas for your next dinner party with friends or family.

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Prosciutto and Brie bites on Pear with Balsamic Reduction

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Ingredients
- Simple & Crisp pear crisps
- brie cheese
- prosciutto
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar

Instructions
- Spread tops of pear crisps with brie and top with prosciutto
- Pour cup of balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring the heat to a boil without reducing the heat on the stove. At this point, turn down the heat so that boil reduces to a simmer. Stir occasionally and allow to simmer until the vinegar has reduced by at least half (for a thinner reduction) or more (for a more syrupy consistency). Allow to cool.
- Drizzle balsamic reduction over prepared pear slices. Serve.

Smoked Salmon bites on Apple with Roasted Garlic Aioli

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Ingredients
- Simple & Crisp apple crisps
- smoked salmon
- chives, diced
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 head of garlic
- extra virgin olive oil
- juice from half of one lemon
- salt & pepper

Instructions
- Cut off end of garlic head such that cloves are intact but exposed. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper and wrap in foil. Place garlic in oven at 400 degrees and roast for 45-50 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool.
- Squeeze garlic out of skins and mash into mayonnaise. Add lemon juice. Mix. Spread over apple crisps.
- Top apple crisps with salmon and chives. Serve.

Lemon Meringue bites on Orange

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Ingredients
- Simple & Crisp orange crisps
- egg whites from two large eggs, room temperature
- 1/3 cup fine, granulated sugar
- jar of lemon curd
- blackberries to garnish

Instructions
- Beat egg whites in hand mixer until it begins to foam. Gradually add sugar until thick (about 5 minutes).
- Smear lemon curd over orange crisps. Add dollops of meringue to the curd.
- Top with blackberries. Serve.

*Note: while my meringue didn’t turn out to be a foamy consistency, it turned out to be more saucy and complimented the tart blackberries a little more

Blood Orange Manhattan

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Ingredients
- Simple & Crisp blood orange crisps
- 2 ounces Bulleit bourbon
- 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
- a couple dashes of blood orange bitters
- black maraschino cherries

Instructions
- Combine bourbon, sweet vermouth, and blood orange bitters in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake.
- Pour into old fashion glass, neat. Add maraschino cherry.
- Garnish with blood orange crisp. Serve.

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*How cute is this Kate Spade coaster - it says “Dance till Dawn” – thanks, Maddie!

Buon Appetito!

*This post was sponsored by Simple & Crisp but all views and recipes are my own

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