Monday, November 28, 2011

Preppy Days

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. Mine was spent with family and friends and overall it was very relaxing. Now I'm back in the city and back to work and everything else. Did any of you did some Black Friday shopping? I was way to lazy and didn't leave the house until 9am, so my shopping was very limited.

I took these pictures a few days before Thanksgiving. This is my very preppy look that I like to wear to work. I always feel so polished and put together when wearing my loafers. Also I tried straightening out my hair, but I didn't do a very good job of it. My hand grew tired trying to blow-dry my short and extremely curly hair. Anyway, now that I'm back to my regular schedule I plan on posting a few more pictures taken this week.
Outfit Details: 
Skirt: Zara
Sweater: Zara
Tights: Uniqlo

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I am back home in Massachusetts with my family to enjoy this day of thanks. I hope you all have a great day and I'm so thankful for all of you who come to my little corner of the internet to read whatever I've written. Happy Turkey Day!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

It's Getting Darker

It's been getting harder and harder to find the right time of day to take outfit pictures. With the time change, it gets dark by 4 in the afternoon. During the week when I get home from work it's completely dark outside. So I am officially apologizing for the brightness of my pictures. I had to take them before work. I really love Autumn and Winter, but the early darkness is not one of my favorite things. Anyway, just wanted to share my owl skirt again. I love this skirt, every time I wear it, I just feel so whimsical. I actually like anything with owls, because they remind me of my super fluffy cat, who has a face like an owl.

Outfit Details: 
Shoes: Kimchi Blue
Skirt: Anthropologie
Top: Anthropologie
Tights: Rampage
Cardigan: Uniqlo

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sunshine in Fall

I'm back to blogging again! This past week has been a bit hectic and things have finally settled down. I took these pictures a few weeks ago when I was back home in Massachusetts for my god-daughter's second birthday. I made my best friend take these in her front yard after we had lunch. The pictures are a bit bright, cause the day was beautiful. These past few weeks have been amazingly warm and sunny for November. I've enjoyed just going out with a cardigan or a light jacket. I was so excited to share these pictures and my new leather skirt. I'm not big on wearing leather, but decided to take a chance when I saw this skirt. I added another skirt underneath to give it more body. I think this will be a staple in many of my winter outfits.

Outfit Details:
Skirt: H&M
2nd skirt: Free People
Shoes: Steve Madden
Cardigan: Stolen from my mother
Top: Zara

Friday, November 11, 2011

Berry Peach Tart

Whenever I'm feeling sick, or sad, or angry, or anything I like to make something sweet. With the weather feeling more like spring instead of wonderful crisp fall days, all I've been thinking about are berries and other summer fruits. I can also blame this to me spending last weekend sick in bed with a terrible cold. I am finally feeling better but haven't had the chance to really do anything by drag myself to work and dream about this upcoming weekend.

Awhile back, my roommate took some pictures of me making a berry peach tart. Since it's no longer berry season and the only tarts I am currently making tend to be of the apple or pear variety, I still wanted to share these pictures with you all and the recipe. Enjoy and I hope you all have a great weekend!

Berry Peach Tart:

For the crust:
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 and 1/4 cups of flour
1/4 tsp of salt

For the filling:
1 pint blackberries
1 pint raspberries
1/2 cup sugar
1 chopped tablespoon lemon thyme (or your favorite herb)

Prepare the crust:
In a food processor, mix the butter, salt and the flour until it forms pea size crumbles. Drizzle in 3 tbsp of ice cold water and pulse until the dough is moistened. Dump the whole mixture onto a lightly floured board and gather the dough into a smooth ball. Flatten the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
Preheat oven to 350F and position a rack in the center.
When the dough is nice and cold, roll it out on a lightly floured board or in between two sheets of plastic to fit your preferred tart pan. If the dough tears while you roll or/and transfer into the pan, just patch it with your fingertips. Line the dough with a piece of parchment paper, fill with pie weights or dry beans and bake for 10-15 minutes until almost completely baked. Remove the weights and parchment paper. At this point you can refrigerate the baked crust for up to 3 days before using. Roll some extra dough to form lattice pattern on top if desired. You can also freeze the extra raw dough for up to three months.

For the filling:
Place the berries in a bowl. Rub the sugar and thyme together and sprinkle over the fruit. Gently mix with a spatula. Let the fruit marinate for about 20 minutes.

Divide the berries among the tart shell, top with lattice if desired and bake 20 minutes. Let the tart cool completely before eating. Depending on the water content in the fruits, some may release more juice than others so be aware when you eat.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Bear Mountain

While I'm stuck in bed with a bad cold, I wanted to share pictures from a hiking trip I took a few weekends ago. My favorite thing about Autumn are going hiking and seeing all the leaves change.

Living in the city, I don't get the opportunity to spend time enjoying nature, but a group of us headed Upstate to take advantage of a beautiful day. I had never been to Bear Mountain before, but it was really beautiful and spending time with friends is always great. I hope you all have a great weekend. I will be recuperating from whatever cold has decided to attack.