4.11.2014

Bon Voyage: Naples


Though Florida has long been the winter destination for most Midwesterners, my first experiences did not come until the last few years. Our visits are centered around family time, fresh seafood every night, and wine at sunset. Naples has a great one every night. Here are a few tips for your next trip there. 

There is nothing like being at the beach and next to the water. Vanderbilt Beach is great for laying out and playing with kids. We stay right next to the Turtle Club, which is a popular pace for dinner and sunsets. Make a reservation. It is also fun for lunch with your feet in the sand.  It is kid friendly if you go on the early side, plenty of high chairs. 

The Spa at the Waldorf Astoria is amazing. Very zen with an outdoor pool to relax before and after treatments. There are not too many options for spas not at hotels, which means it can get pricey, but this one was worth it. 

If you are traveling with kids, use Twinkle, Twinkle Little Store to rent equipment. They have cribs, bedding, strollers, high chairs, you name it. They will deliver it and pick it up. It makes for lighter travel and less headaches. 

This is a random tip, but if we are not eating out we are grilling and this butcher is unreal. Jimmy P's has fantastic meat and if you are celebrating get the Kobe skirt steak. Literally it melts in your mouth. Everything we have ever had has been delicious and the staff is super friendly. 

If you are looking to take advantage of the beautiful scenery and get some family photos taken, Kimberly Joy Photography does an amazing job. She is so friendly and great with the kids. She offers mini sessions that are so reasonably priced as well. 

I am really looking forward to warm weather, enjoying time with the grandparents, and watching the kids play in the sand. We are gone for three weeks this time around, the longest stretch we have ever taken and I plan on soaking it all up. Hopefully I will find time to write and check in while we are away. 

xo
Erin  


4.10.2014

Crispy Chicken with Lemon Vinaigrette

This recipe is a staple. Matt loves schnitzel, Tommy loves chicken fingers, and Mom needs some salad, so everyone is happy. The tartness of the lemon vinaigrette is so delicious with the crisp chicken. This is easy, fairly healthy, and a crowd pleaser. You can make the chicken in advance and keep warm in the oven (place directly on the racks of the oven or on a cooling rack placed in a cookie sheet to keep crispy), so it also works for company well. Feel free to use whatever bread crumbs you like, I am a panko girl, but now the options are endless. Whole wheat, gluten free, low carb, whatever you like will work. 


Crispy Chicken with Lemon Vinaigrette
serves 4

2 lbs boneless, skinless, chicken breasts pounded to 1/2 inch thick between two pieces of parchment
1/4 cup of flour
2 eggs beaten lightly
2 cups panko bread crumbs (or whichever you prefer)
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon butter
1 shallot, minced (garlic works too)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
juice of one lemon (about 1/4 cup)
1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup olive oil
6 cups mixed greens
1 cup chopped tomatoes 

Warm oven. Set out three dishes in a row and a platter at the end. Place the flour in the first dish, the eggs in the next, and the breadcrumbs in the third. Season all the plates with salt and pepper. 

Place a large skillet on the stove at medium heat. Add the butter and oil. Using tongs or your hands, dredge each chicken breast in the flour (shake off excess), then coat in the egg, then cover in the breadcrumbs. Place each piece on the platter. (This can be done in advance and refrigerated as long as overnight)

Place a large skillet on the stove over medium heat. Add the butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil, make sure there is enough coating the bottom of the pan well. Add more as necessary. Once hot, place the chicken in the pan to brown in stages, leaving enough room in the pan so there is lots of room around them. Flip once browned on one side, repeat on other side, then place in warm oven directly on the racks of the oven or on a cooling rack placed in a cookie sheet to keep crispy. Repeat with the rest of the chicken. 

Meanwhile, whisk together the shallot, mustard and lemon juice. Salt and pepper to taste, then whisk in the oil. Taste and adjust for seasoning. Pour in the bottom of a large bowl and place the greens and tomatoes on top. 

To serve, toss the salad to coat with the dressing. Place a chicken breast on each plate and mound the salad on top. 

This chicken does well the next day for leftovers. Just warm in the oven at 300 degrees for ten minutes placed directly on the racks of the oven or on a cooling rack placed in a cookie sheet to keep crispy. 

Enjoy! 
xo
Erin 

4.09.2014

Knock, Knock

First impressions are everything. And in the case of doormats, necessary since they are your first defense for more mess in the house than there already is. Ours did not survive the winter and is looking really sad. I have been looking around for a replacement and found these fun options. 
1. / 2. / 3. / 4. / 5. / 6. / 7. / 8. / 9. 

If I go with customized one, I think I am leaning towards number 7. But I also love the key design of number 5. I actually might order both, since I need one for the back door too. Makes it a bit easier. 

xo
Erin 



4.08.2014

What I am Packing: Spring Break

While I know it is much later than most, my Spring Break starts Saturday. Seriously, get me out of here. While it is getting warmer, it is that lame in between time when people think it is warm for good and then it snows. I am trying to pack light to this trip to Florida and hope to get lots of use out of these new additions...



1. I am totally obsessed with this J. Crew cover up for the beach. Can be worn as a tunic over a bikini or with shorts for walking around. 
2. Loving this Kate Sommerville SPF Serum. Super lightweight and SPF 55. 
3. I am big fan of Victoria's Secret for bikinis. They are inexpensive and come in great cuts that flatter. Have you tried the Bikini Mixer? It is so fun. 
4. Cut offs in a dark wash go with everything. Gap
5. Digging original Wayfayers for Florida. 
6. I got this Joie top to go with my new white jeans. 
7. When on vacay, I bring three pairs of shoes. Havianas, nude wedges that go with everything, and running shoes. 
8. I have written about this Rebecca Minkoff bag many times. The versatility of it is perfect for packing. Clutch, cross body, and shoulder bag all in one. Comes in a ton of colors. 

Still have to wait the week out. Will need that much time to get the kids organized to go. It feels like I am moving an entire city when I start packing and making lists for them. It will be totally worth it. 

xo
Erin 

4.04.2014

It's The Little Things

Sometimes the simplest of addition to the house can be the most rewarding. If you have been following me for awhile, you know that I installed this in our previous laundry room and now I finally have it up in our new one. 

                 

It is just a mounted drying rack

A good looking one at that and something that made me so happy while doing laundry this week. I finally got to ditch the nasty metal one I have been using, which was broken. It was so so satisfying. It just goes to show that functional design is probably the most important part of your home. While pillows, art, and side tables are fun, the items that you will actually use in your home are most important. And there are good looking options out there. 

What do you need at your home desperately that you will use every day? I would love to help you out with the search. 

My next would be a tv console that hides all those damn boxes that my kids cannot get into. 

Have a great weekend. 
xo
Erin 

4.03.2014

3 Minute Make Up

Since having kids, taking my sweet time to get ready has disappeared. How I miss experimenting with make up, starting over if necessary, long showers, and trying all the products that I have. Now it is more of a race than an enjoyable past time. In the two years since my time was cut so short, I have gotten my make up routine down to three minutes. Mostly because I have found products that really work and that less is more for me make up wise. Here is my quick, but effective routine. 


1. Swipe on Garnier BB cream with my fingers. Make sure it is well blended. 
2. Cover any blemishes and those lovely dark under eye circles with Benefit Erase Paste with a small brush. 
3. Again with my fingers, rub some Bobbi Brown cream blush on my cheeks. 
4. Brush on Bobbi Brown bronzer. I like to use it on the places where the sun hits you: top of forehead, top of cheek bones, jawline, and just a touch on the nose. 
5. Anastasia Brow Gel. So necessary in my world. 
6. Curl Lashes with Shu Uemura curler
7. Swipe on a coat of super black mascara, like Dior

It is not like I come out looking perfect, but a slightly more put together version of myself. Which to me, is what any make up routine should entail. 

xo
Erin 

4.02.2014

Making a Comeback: The Denim Dress


Remember that denim dress you sported in the nineties? You know, that one from the Gap that you wore all Spring and most of that summer? Well, it is time to relive that time, but I promise it will be so much better. Instead of scrunch socks and keds, pair with booties or ballet flats and your fav tote. Loving this and really did they ever go out of style? 


1. I bought this one from J. Crew. It is crazy soft and comfortable. It feels like I am wearing a nightgown all day. $122
2. The dark wash of this Current Elliot could make it dressy enough for a night out $220
3. I love the wash of this L'agence style $154
4. I know a lot of ladies who would rock this Asos Maternity dress with their bumps this Spring $$75
5. Worship this MiH shirt dress with the longer hem in the back $285 
6. The bow back of this Asos smock dress is sweet  $76

xo
Erin 

4.01.2014

Bottlefork Mediterranean Salad

For a fun dinner with my friends last week, we decided to try the new restaurant, Bottlefork, in River North. The menu looked creative and different, with fun plays on classics. It is the perfect place for a group as there is much to share and taste. The best way to eat in my opinion. Next to the "bag" of chips (freshly made potato chips in a paper bag, sprinkled with malt vinegar powder, then a poached egg is dumped in, bag is closed up and shaken, which results in yummy runny egg all over the chips. heaven) this Mediterranean Salad was my favorite dish. 


It was so mind blowing to me that I never thought of putting saganaki ON a Greek salad since my friends I hit up Greektown on a regular basis. They also smeared a healthy portion of hummus on the bottom of the plate so it got mixed up in the salad. It was dreamy and I knew I would want to try to recreate it at home. If you can go to Bottlefork for the real deal, I highly suggest it, but this version is a delicious at home alternative. I served it with warm pita, tzatziki, and grilled chicken (marinade in lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, dried oregano).  


Mediterranean Salad with Saganaki
Forks & Amusement 2014
serves 4 

dressing: 
1/4 cup red wine vinegar 
2 tablespoons of light mayo
1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
1/4 cup olive oil 
salt and pepper to taste

Whisk together until well blended. Set aside. This makes a bit more than you might need, but keep in the fridge for a few days. 

salad: 
3 heads of romaine hearts, chopped
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup tomatoes, chopped (use any kind you like)
handful of Greek olives, black or green or both! 
3/4 cup your favorite store bought hummus

Toss all the ingredients (except the hummus) with enough dressing to coat. Spread the hummus on the bottom of a large platter. Pile the salad on top. 

cheese: 
16 oz of Kaseri or Halloumi cheese, sliced to 1/2 in slices
flour
olive oil
1 lemon, halved

Heat a large pan or skillet to medium high heat. Once hot, dust each of the cheese slices with a little flour and place in the pan. Do not crowd.  Flip each slice once browned and bubbly on one side and repeat. Place on top of the salad and squeeze the lemon on the top of each cheese slice generously. 

Enjoy! 
xoxo





3.31.2014

Spring Scary: White Jeans

White jeans have always been one of those style staples that I admired from afar. I could never find a flattering enough pair to buy. I have nightmares of some of the dressing room sessions looking for these jeans. But this Spring (post baby and all), I wanted to actually find a pair that I can feel comfortable in and that flatter me. We all know denim is very personal. What works on one girl, can be horrid on another. So I can not say that I found the perfect white jean, but I have for me and they just might be for you as well. 

I started by trying every single pair at Neiman Marcus. Not kidding, it was a mountain of defeat with too much overhead lighting and wondering who the hell can wear some of these cellulite highlighting, too short/too long, and usually much too thin of fabric, jeans. 

 Then finally, after a second and third opinion, I came across the best white jeans. 


7 for all Mankind The Skinny Slim Illusion jean ($168). And while I wish my legs looked this great in them (how are they so baggy on her?!), I wanted to give you a more realistic look on my non-model, much shorter/muscular legs. Please excuse the iphone selfie situation.



I plan on getting these hemmed on the bottom so they lay flat and will look better with flats. The thing that sets this pair apart from all the others is the fabric. It is a little thicker to help not show everything and it has a great stretch. I have not bought a pair of 7s in years and I was loving whatever this "slim illusion" thing is they have going on. While I am not sure I will be rocking white jeans ever with total confidence, these certainly were worth the hunt and will help me get there. 

They are available at Neimans and Shopbop

What pair have found?  

3.28.2014

Get the Look: Olivia Palermo

We all worship Olivia. How this girl gets it right every damn time is not lost on me. How can someone look so flawless and styled to perfection when doing just about anything? She clearly does not need a stylist and many of the looks that you have probably loved were of her just leaving her apartment after she pulled from her own closet. The girl just nails it. Case in point, she just pulled this look out so she can walk her dog. Most people do this in yoga pants and their husband's fleece, not OP...


The boucle jacket with the peplum is so cute and a great alternative to a classic blazer. Kind of loving the combo of the striped one above with the floral heels. The vintage inspired shades are not ones that I am drawn to normally, but Olivia shows you how chic they can look. PS: That necklace above is a locket and long, kind of obsessed. 

Do you think she stays super chic while cleaning up after that pup? I bet she has Missoni printed doggie bags. ha

xo
Erin 





3.27.2014

Hotels: My Top Ten

My Spring Break does not come for a few more weeks, but I am DYING for a change of scenery. This winter has not only been brutal weather wise, but has been a bit much with all the colds and cabin fever. It is time to get out of town, but I will have to wait a bit longer while I drool over everyone's beach photos on FB. In the meantime, I am wanderlusting and dreaming of my favorite places that I have stayed at. If looking for travel ideas, any of these gorgeous places would be a vacation made in heaven. Remembering my stays at each of these is making me feel just a little bit better. 

In no particular order...

Located in Burgundy, France, this land and former abbey dates back to 646 AD. It is in the heart of some of the best wine I have ever tasted, which you can tour with a private guide. The grounds are to die for and the rooms are charming, yet spacious for Europe. If you like Pinots and centuries old French history, go stay here. The largest major town is Dijon, also not to be missed on a trip. Hello truffle season. 

This hotel has a special place in my heart since it is located near my college campus in Tucson, AZ. The Inn was built in the 30s and still holds all that charm today. All the rooms are different and many have quaint little patios to sip wine on. Or better yet, sit by the pool all day long, it is perfection and super relaxing. The food here is also amazing. This is such a gem in Arizona that many might not know about. My college friends and parents spent many of the best weekends right here over the years.  

This is obviously a great place to visit in the winter, but I also love coming here in the summer. The contemporary lodge feel of this hotel is so warm, yet chic. The staff could not be more nice and accommodating. Plus, there apres is fantastic. My favorite part of skiing. 

We spent five glorious days here on our honeymoon in Italy. Located on the more quiet side of the island, Anacapri, this hotel is gorgeous and super relaxing. With sweeping views of the med, killer room service, and terraces to enjoy it all, my dream is so go back for one of our anniversaries. 

New York has so many amazing hotels, but this one has a location I love. Surrounded by great shopping, chic restaurants, and across the street from Chelsea Market (food heaven), you feel like you are living in a fun neighborhood for your stay. My old NY office was across the street, so I was lucky to get to expense this place. The rooftop pool is a huge bonus. 

Virgin Gorda is my favorite place on earth. Located in the British Virgin Islands, this island has so much charm and incredible beaches. If I was to pick the best place to stay (besides on a sailboat), it would be Little Dix. Gorgeous little bungalows are steps to the beach, where your cocktail awaits. It is small and quiet place, but the restaurants are top notch. 

I grew up going to Newport Beach every summer, so many of my favorite childhood memories are on that beach. This hotel is located on the boardwalk right in front of where all those sandcastles were built. So location is the best part of this spot. Plus being right on the boardwalk means you can access bars and restaurants by foot, rent bikes for sunny rides, and enjoy the view for your entire stay. This is a small boutique hotel, which makes you feel like you are staying in a fun beach house for your stay. 

This is one of my favorite bars anywhere. Those lanterns shine bright into the night and that sunset never gets old. Cabo is one of my favorite spots, period, and though we usually stay in a house this hotel is my favorite when we are not. The people, food, and beaches of Cabo are amazing and this hotel does it so well. 

Palm Springs is such a fun place for a winter getaway and often overlooked by those from the Midwest (there are other places besides FL!). This desert town has so much character and rich history that charms you, especially when you stay at the Parker. Designed by Jonathan Adler, this former estate of Gene Autry is part throwback, part luxe. The kitschy details, cozy surroundings, and lovely outdoor areas are the perfect oasis. The preppy spa is not to be missed, either. 


I am not going to lie, part of the reason we stayed here was because I saw it on SATC. Remember Carrie's suite with the Russian? The other part is because it is beautiful, oh so French, and located on one of the best streets in Paris. This place is a HUGE splurge, but even for a night go for it. They are currently renovating it (it was already fab, so dying to see what they do), but it will reopen this summer I believe. If in Paris, stop at Le Bar for drinks at night or tea in the afternoon. 

What are you favorite hotels? There are so many, this list was kind of hard! Doesn't it make you want to go on vacation right now? ugh. soon. 

xo
Erin 


3.26.2014

Roasted Asparagus with Panzanella

This is a recipe deep from the archives in 2010. So weird that was three years ago. Anywho, I put this recipe together after a trip to Minneapolis to visit Jenna and a lovely dinner at Bar La Grassa. This is a ridiculously delicious way to enjoy Spring's favorite veggie, asparagus. Plus it is packed with tons of other vegetables, the salty loveliness of pancetta, and the crunch of croutons. There is a lot of chopping involved, but after that this comes together quite easily. 


Roasted Asparagus with Panzanella 
makes 4-6 side dish portions

1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed
olive oil
2 thick slices of pancetta, small dice (you can also use bacon)
2 large slices of your favorite bread, small cubes
1 medium onion, small dice
1 red pepper, small dice
1 small eggplant, small dice
1 zucchini, small dice
24 oz can of whole tomatoes, drained and crushed with your hands
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss asparagus on a baking sheet with olive oil, salt and pepper to coat and arrange them so it is on layer. Roast in the oven until cooked through, but still just tender, about 25 minutes. 

In a large skillet, cook the pancetta over medium heat until crisp, stirring often. Remove pan from heat and place pancetta on paper towel lined plate reserving fat in the pan. Return the pan to medium heat and cook bread cubes in pancetta fat until crisp and crunchy, stirring often. Remove pan from the heat and add the bread cubes to the plate with the pancetta. 

Return pan to medium heat and add enough olive oil to coat bottom of pan if there is no longer enough. Add the onion, red pepper, eggplant, and zucchini, tossing everything together, cook until vegetables are just tender. Stirring often. Add the tomatoes and vinegar to the pan, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze and combine all ingredients. Add the garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture to a boil, turn heat down to medium low and let simmer for 15 minutes. When it is done, all the vegetables should be cooked through, but not so soft that they lose their shape. 

Place vegetable mixture on a large serving platter. Sprinkle the reserved pancetta and bread cubes over the vegetables. Top with the roasted asparagus and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Serve hot or at room temperature. 

Enjoy! 
xo
Erin 






3.25.2014

Get the Look: Jenna Dewan

As one of my friends put it recently, Jenna Dewan is known for two (maybe three things) but has somehow kept on the A list radar pretty well. She is married to Channing Tatum (how did he get so famous too?!), she "got her body back after baby" (gag), and she was the star of one of the best movies ever made, Step Up. Oh, and let's not forget that random relationship with Justin Timberlake (there was a dance off involved, natch). 

Regardless of all this cheesiness, the girl wowed me last week with this easy to recreate day look. 


The peplum top with the skinny boyfriend jean is a great combo. I worship those shoes, but the above I found from Nordstrom are a total bargain and pretty darn close. 

If she keeps this up she may actually deserve the press she is getting. 

xo
Erin 



3.24.2014

The Overprotected Kid


My brother sent me the most fascinating article this weekend. If you were the kind of kid that was out playing all over your neighborhood in the summer, making forts, hitting up the rope swing at the creek, and all of this completely unsupervised, you will really enjoy this piece written on the Atlantic. 

It describes "The Land" a place where kids can go play almost completely without adult supervision to explore, make trouble, build fires, basically whatever their littler hearts desire. It reminds us of what imaginary play is like, why it is a good idea for your kids to get dirty and into trouble, and that getting your kids off the cookie cutter play grounds that we hover over watching our kids' every move is a good idea. 

What I found most interesting is that the creation of a sort of "fear parenting" has made us all forget that kids can be independent, make good decisions, and all that time wondering off without mom and dad makes them creative, inspired, and strong people. And that statistically, while accidents happen the do not happen as much as we might think. Plus, they might just be a part of life in general whether we are watching or not.  

We have been looking at play sets for the backyard and this article makes me rethink it so much. If you have the time (it is kind of long), read the entire article, but even just skimming it with your coffee this morning makes it a great read. 

Here is the link: The Overprotected Kid

Would love to hear your thoughts. 

xo
Erin 

3.21.2014

March Madness


Did you fill out a bracket? I always do, but have not come close to winning since blind picking in high school. It is so fun to follow the games, see who has the cinderella story, and pray that U of A makes it to the finals. 

If you are into college basketball, then keeping calm can be kind of hard while watching the games. As a Arizona Wildcat with a number 1 seeded team, my stomach turns every time I think about the games which begin today for them. 

My memories of college are some of the best of my life and staying a fan of your team helps you keep those alive. Even though I will not be taking shots at Dirtbag's (slogan: A Part of Growing Up) this weekend, I can still have a glass of wine and toast to all my fellow cats across the country who I still so fondly think of. 

So cheers to your team winning their games this round and finding some calm in your weekend as well. 

xo
Erin 


3.19.2014

Get the Look: Date Night

It seems to have taken us a lot longer this time around, but we are finally venturing out past bedtime more for date nights and social activity with other adults. Feels good. It was babyland or winter (or both!) keeping us home bound, either way it is fun to get dressed up and out of the house past sunset. 

This last Saturday night we went to dinner and drinks with some very fun couples. I broke out my pink skinnies a little early, paired with my favorite blazer, cap toe heels, and curled my hair (hadn't done that in awhile, took forever). God I missed heels. 

Elizabeth & James blazer, Splendid T, vintage necklace, J Brand jeans, Chanel shoes, Louis Vuitton clutch, Hermes cuff

Having at least one pair of bright colored skinny jeans is the perfect Spring addition. I think I want another pair in cobalt or orange. That blazer was the kind of find on a sale rack that changes your life. My cap toe heels are also one of my faves. Such a fun twist on a classic black pump. Most of my pieces are not available anymore, so here are some similar ones...
Blazer: Club Monaco $202
Clutch: Rebecca Minkoff $295
Watch: Michael Kors $180
Bangle: Bauble Bar $32
Shoes: Club Monaco $249
Jeans: J Brand $185

I have given that clutch as a gift (twice), it is the perfect bag, especially for travel as the chain comes off to make it a clutch, can be long for cross body, or short for a shoulder strap. Those J Brand jeans are the same exact ones I have in a slightly different color. They are the best and so flattering. 

What are you wearing out these days? Can't wait for dress season! 
xo
Erin 


3.18.2014

Roasted Chicken with Prosciutto, Provolone, & Spinach

I wish I could say that I am going to be back to developing new recipes on a regular basis soon, but in reality I do not have the time. we eat pretty simply and I have been going back to my archives on Forks & Amusement to change things up. So for some of you, these might be repeats but I wanted to share again recipes that I love that make for great family meals for your week. 

First up is this easy way to make your chicken breast more interesting. You can really use any cheese and meat that you want. Whatever you have on hand, throw it in, you cannot wreck it. Promise. 


Roasted Chicken with Prosciutto, Provolone, & Spinach
Forks & Amusement 2011
serves 4

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to about 1/4 inch thick
8 slices provolone cheese
4 slices prosciutto, thin
1 cup fresh spinach leaves
8 hot cherry peppers, deseeded and sliced (optional, try roasted red peppers if you do not like heat)
1 cup panko bread crumbs (in Asian food section, or you can use Italian style)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
cooking spray, like Pam

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Place a cooling rack inside a large baking sheet.

Lay out chicken breasts and layer the toppings in this order on each breast: 2 slices provolone, 1 slice prosciutto, 1/4 of the spinach leaves, 1/4 of the peppers (if using).

Place the bread crumbs and the egg in separate flat dishes. Roll each breast up tightly, keeping ingredients inside. Roll in the egg to coat, then roll in the bread crumbs to coat. Place seam side down on the cooling rack in the baking sheet. Repeat with each breast.

Spray each with cooking spray all over and bake for 30-45 minutes (depending on size of breast) until cooked through. Place under the broiler for last 5 minutes to brown. Serve warm.

Enjoy! 
xo
Erin 


3.17.2014

Black & White Inside

After my post on Friday, I realized that my black and white obsession goes beyond fashion. Looking at all my recent inspiration photos that I have pinned, the theme continues throughout the house. My living room is a work in progress right now (currently the land of legos, trains, and puzzles) but I have been leaning towards a black, white, and gray color scheme. But now I am thinking of it in other areas of the house thanks to these incredible spaces. 

This bathroom is amazing. That copper fixture? Love. 


I wish I could be this bold and do a stripe. So fun for a guest room. 


This shows how black and white can still be soft. This is more the style of my home. 


Fun and modern. 


Outdoor living in such a chic way. Those chairs are beautiful. 


Here are some fun pieces that you could incorporate easily into a room. 

1.  Fun pillow from Furbish $50
2. This is the rug we have in the living room. Could not love it more, great for kids. Crate & Barrel $299 for 8x10, comes in other sizes too. 
3. I think I am ordering these Serena & Lily $58 sheers for our bathroom. 
4. Super chic lamps from Furbish $210 for set of 2
5. An easy throw by Nate Berkus $29
6. Love this modern vase from Target $22
7. Kind of obsessed with director's chairs. This one from Target $41would be so fun in a sun room or as kitchen dining chairs. 
8. Can't go wrong with this classic from West Elm 
9. I want these pillows from Dwell Studio $86 for my couch

Are you into black and white like me? 

xo
Erin 

(All photos from Pinterest)

3.14.2014

Pop of Spring

I have been obsessed with black and white dresses lately. Modern and chic and you know they will last year after year. My hunt for them has brought me to these beauties. Simply stated, could work day or night, and would go with my classic black sandals and go to black bag. 

1. French Connection $158 / 2. DVF $425/ 3. Bailey 44 $168 / 4. Club Monaco $179 / 5. BB Dakota $90

But because it is Spring and we crave color more than anything after this gray winter (that never goes away!), these beauties need a punch. I am all for a pop of color, but only in one item. An all neutral outfit with a burst of color in a shoe, bag, OR piece of jewelry, is fun and just enough. Here are some fun examples that are on my wish list. 

1. Kenneth Jay Lane $150 / 2. J. Crew $148 / 3. Joie $275 / 4. J. Crew $188 / 5. Kate Spade $225

I hope your weekend has a punch of something. 
Or at least something spiked? 
xo
Erin 

3.13.2014

Simple Crispy Cauliflower with Bacon




This recipe is not a huge culinary feat and one that is easy to work into your week day menu. If you are a fan of cauliflower, and I know not all are, this is the best way to serve it in my opinion. Simple, delicious, and full of flavor. Which we know cauliflower on its own does not have. 

Simple Crispy Cauliflower with Bacon
makes four sides

One large head of Cauliflower
Two slices of bacon (more if thinly sliced), finely chopped
One small onion or half a large, cut in large dice
olive oil
seasoning salt and pepper (like Lawry's)


Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Cut the stem out of the cauliflower heard and cut in slices as shown. 

Break up the pieces into florets on a large sheet pan. Add the bacon and onion. Drizzle with olive oil, enough to thinly coat, and season to taste with the salt and pepper. Toss with clean hands until everything is coated with a bit of oil and seasoning. 

 Roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes, flipping once half way, until the cauliflower and bacon is crisp. 

Serve warm. 

Enjoy! 
xo
Erin 




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