3.30.2015

A Ridiculous Dip & A Reality Check

While Monday usually gives me little satisfaction, this Monday feels incredible.
 Let me explain by starting with our Friday. I had a great day and a fun play date with the kids and after nap time whipped up one of my favorite appetizers (shared to me by one talented friend) and posted this picture on my Instagram at 5pm. 
Life was grand. 


Then the kids would not eat, were whiney, and clearly not themselves. We bathed them and got them ready for bed. 
And then it hit. 
The stomach flu. 
Like a hurricane that rocks your entire house, we had been hit and it was not pretty. 
The parents are spared. 
At first, 
and then it was our turn. 
The entire weekend was horrible and there was nothing to do but survive. 
So while the picture above may look like the perfect weekend image, what happened after was the reality. I considered putting up a picture later, but honestly did not have the strength. 
Luckily, we are on the mend and eating solids again. 
So just a really nice reminder that things are not always as they appear in cyberspace. Actually pretty much never. 

Now back to that dip. I had posted this recipe before if you want to check it out. It is very easy, can be made in advance, and it such a great starter. I highly recommend it. 

I hope your weekend was much more fun than mine! 
xo
Erin 

3.27.2015

Little Blue Box

Though Tiffany & Co is one of the most iconic jewelers in all of the world, it has been some time since I have checked out their goods. In college you craved that little blue box so much and hoped it was holding a Tiffany link bracelet that paired perfectly with your black canvas Kate Spade. And while a link bracelet would still look classic with an arm party today (seriously, dig it out), there are some chic and modern options that will be classics for years to come but have a cool factor that works well with today's vibe. 


The new T collection gives us all something to add to our wish list and I am dying over those green braided earrings. There are some real investment pieces (or should I say pipe dream?) scattered in here, but also some great options for every budget. Like those black onyx drop earrings and the horseshoe necklace. And if I lived like Angelina Jolie, I would snap up those green, diamond encrusted earrings in a heartbeat. Have fun exploring! 

xo
Erin 

PS: Don't forget Mother's Day is coming. hint, hint boys. 

3.25.2015

Calabrian Grilled Pork Ribs

I am a magazine junkie. I tend to reach for them more than books (which I am trying to change) and often times it is my resource for inspiration. Bon Appétit has always been on the roster, but over the last couple of years it has gotten good. Really good. The content is easy to read and recipes are usually brought down to mortal level from top chefs around the country. Plus the editing and styling is so fantastic and modern. My favorite section (an oldie but goodie) is in the front where people write in for recipes from their favorite restaurants. I love when it is a place I have been and even better if it is a dish I have tried. In March's issue, they shared a ribs recipe from a delicious Minneapolis restaurant, Bar La Grassa, that I loved so much (check out this recipe I already tried at home) and I knew that I had to try it. I never make ribs. But I will be making these again and are such a fresh departure from your usual goofed up BBQ sauced ones. The sauce is so rich in flavor with a surprising lightness and requires very little ingredients. You are to finish these under the broiler, but you could finish on the grill which makes this recipe a summer stunner. 


Calabrian Grilled Pork Ribs
Bon Appétit March 2015
Serves 4

1 rack St. Louis stlye Pork Ribs (2-3 lbs)
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
5 fresno chilis, seeded if desired (Anaheim work too)
10 garlic cloves 
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar (sub any white vinegar if you want)
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley for serving (left this out)
Lemon wedges (for serving)

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place a double layer of foil large enough to wrap ribs on a rimmed baking sheet (to catch any drips). Set ribs on top and generously season with salt and pepper. 

Pulse chilis, garlic, oil, vinegar, rosemary, and red pepper flakes in a food processor or blender until mixture is almost smooth. Rub ribs all over with the marinade and pour excess over top. Wrap tightly with foil. 

Roast ribs until meat is tender but not quite falling off the bone. 2 1/2 - 3 hours. To check doneness, run a paring knife through 2 or 3 ribs; it should slide easily into flesh. 

Heat broiler. Once ribs are cool enough to handle. Remove foil and reserve juices. Place ribs on a clean rimmed baking sheet and broil until charred in spots and marinade has formed a golden brown crust, 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. 

Slice meat into individual ribs. Drizzle with reserved juices and top with parsley. Serve with lemon wedges (squeeze them over the ribs, it is heavenly) 

Note: instead of broiling, you could grill over a very high heat for a few minutes as well. 

Enjoy! 
xo
Erin 



3.18.2015



Busy watching one of my favorites get married this weekend. That and the thought of Spring has got me all giddy and totally not focused on writing this week. Cheers to a great week and weekend to you and hopefully something fun to celebrate as well. 

xo
Erin 



3.17.2015

The Classic Shirtdress Today

Vogue 1967

Audrey knew what was up. A shirt dress is one piece that can look polished and put together with no fuss. For work or errands during the day with flats, then add heeled sandals for the evening. It is the perfect piece. And luckily there are some modern pieces that would look so chic this Spring. 


1. Love the color of this classic style. Asos $68 (on sale)
2. A total investment piece, but this would be a staple from Spring well into Fall.  Love the block print design so much. Ulla Johnson $415
3. You could wear this lose or add a tan belt. The color brings out the utility of it. Asos $40
4. A soft chambray makes you feel like you are wearing your pajamas. But so much better. Velvet $150

5. This peach number would look cute with white sneaks or stripy tan wedges. Splendid $138
6. This dress would look just as great for meetings as it would a dinner out. Black Halo $298
7. A soft fabric keeps the drape really flattering. Also in black. J. Crew $99 (on sale)
8. There is a reason the classic white shirt is a classic. Madewell $118

xo
Erin 


3.16.2015

Current Skin Routine

Though I professed my problem with being a product junkie before, I have recently started simplifying my routine. While I used to dabble in dozens of products on a weekly basis, I am currently down to just a few. My skin has seen better results and I feel like I can really see the affects of each product much clearer. Here is my current day and night line up. 

Good Morning…


1. I worship this sunscreen. It packs a punch with plenty of protection, plus a wide range of anti-aging ingredients. It is insanely light and I let it soak in while I brush my teeth. If I only put one thing on, it is this. SuperGoop City Serum $20

2. Glossier is making some kick ass products. I actually love all of them, but this moisturizer is great for daytime. You can layer on based off how dry your skin may feel that morning and it helps with even skin tone. Priming Moisturizer $25

3. One of the best drugstore finds, this BB cream evens everything out without feeling like a heavy make up. The extra SPF is a great bonus. Garnier Skin Renew BB Cream Anti Aging $12

4. You have to find the right color that works for you, but this Bobbi Brown cheek and lip duo lasts and makes me look way more rested than I might be. And it lasts forever. $27

5. Though I am trying to go more fresh faced and make up free, mascara is essential. And Dior never fails. This DiorShow Iconic Overcurl makes you look awake and polished. $28 

6. I discovered this DryBar Detox Dry Shampoo when it was suggested by a lovely lady in this post (one of my favorites) and my old dry shampoo was ditched immediately. My hair can last well into the week with a few sprays each morning. $14

 Good Night…

1. I love a cleanser that is gentle, but can also take off make up and grossness from my day. This Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel does not dry out your skin, but gets the job done. $36

2. My dermo has me on a very strong hydroquinone and rentinol prescription for my melanoma and anti aging right now. Which my skin cannot take every day. On off days I either use no serum or this Algenist Retinol firming & lifting serum. I used it religiously before I was put on a Rx and the results were real. It is pricey, but you use just a tiny bit each night so it lasts. $98

3. And speaking of pricey, nothing make me happier than finding a drugstore gem that I love. Though I am not as good as I should be about natural products, I love this Neutrogena Natural moisturizer. It has tons of good for your skin ingredients and gives me that extra moisture I need at night. $11

4. I switch between the Neutrogena moisturizer and La Mer depending on my current skin condition. Talk about high low! But this one jar of La Mer has lasted a very long time and when my skin is extra dry it feels so great. There is a reason everyone swears by it, but it is really best for dry skin. $85

5. Eye cream can basically save your life. So if you are not patting on any at night, get with the program, lady. My current favorite, which I think does its job really well, is Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm. It combats dark circles, wrinkles, and puffiness. $65

6. My hands take a beating each day and regular manicures are just happening right now. I massage in this Glossier Balm Dotcom to my cuticles each night and it helps keep my hands in top shape minus the professionals. $12

Any products you are swearing by lately? You know I can't resist. 

xo
Erin 

3.11.2015

Leftover Oatmeal Muffins

Oatmeal seemed like such an easy breakfast for the kids to love. I grabbed the organic steel cut oats from the store thinking #momoftheyear! I made them on the stove after they woke up, drizzled it with agave nectar and cinnamon, then served up waiting for giant smiles of excitement from the deliciousness. 

Which never happened. Instead they were over it and only requested more syrup (lots), which completely negates the entire point of this breakfast. So with a few cups of already cooked oatmeal going to waste I decided to go the baked good route. This recipe uses very few ingredients and has very little sugar. My son thinks everything in muffin form is a cupcake, so we added a couple of sprinkles on top. The muffins are super moist and hearty. They also come together in under ten minutes. See below if you do not have leftover oatmeal, you can use quick cook oats too. 


Oatmeal Muffins 
Imperfect Polish 2015
Makes one dozen muffins 

2 cups cooked oatmeal - or - soak 1 cup of oats in 1 cup of milk for 15 minutes
1 egg
1/4 cup oil 
1/4 brown sugar
1 cup while wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Using a standing mixer or hand mixer, beat egg, oil, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Then mix in the oats. 

Combine all of remaining ingredients in a separate bowl, then add to the wet ingredients. Mix well until combined. 

Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and fill each cup about 2/3 full. Bake at 425 for 18-22 minutes. You can check when toothpick comes clean out of one of the muffins. 

Enjoy! 
xo
Erin  

3.09.2015

Spring Break Finds Under $200

Yes, yes, we keep talking about getting the heck out of dodge, but I cannot help it. And after a few more requests for new pieces for Spring Break escapes, I thought I would share what some of our favorite stores have to offer for under $200. Because a girl needs to save her pennies for all those frosty drinks and sunset dinners...

From Net-a-Porter: These lace shorts are such a great coverup. Wear with a silky tank for lunch $175 / Minimalist leather sandals will work anywhere day or night $185 / A gauzy coral shirt dress is so chic over your suit. Wear back at home over leggings or skinnies $195 / Love a necklace that is super long to wear with a dress or even with your bikini $40

From Nordstrom: Parker makes a killer maxi, this is a great deal if you like the print $131 / 2. Comfy and beachy pants $148 / 3. A retro striped surfer girl romper. Love this $49 / 4. Nautical and sweet striped romper $99 / 5. This dress is a great classic in a fun color. Sexy, but not overtly so $198


From Asos: A cotton maxi that goes anywhere day to night $34 (more colors) / This strapless is also an easy throw on anywhere dress (more colors) $28 / Love the delicate lace on this sweet dress $67

From Shopbop: Love the touch of delicate lace on this maxi $152 / A beaded and embroidered tunic is something you would wear forever $148/ An easy fun tank dress for over your suit $90 / I am a sucker for a stripe, and I love the black and white of this dress $65

From J. Crew:  Pair these over a suit or with your favorite white tank Cabana Pant $69 + 25% off (also comes in white and black)  / Obsessed with this Mara Hoffman romper $185 / Classic Embroidered Tunic  to wear as a cover up or at night with sandals $78 + 25% off

I have both of those hats and live in them on vacation. The floppy straw hat ($25) is easily packable and large to block the sun. The panama hat ($68) is such a great look, but you have to carry it on or wear on the plane. Which is really a great look, actually. 

xo
Erin 

3.06.2015

The Layered Look: Necklaces

Do you follow Jen Meyer (aka Mrs. Tobey Maguire) on Instagram? She is pretty much friends with all the cool girls in LA and seeing all her GNOs with them and how they sport their jewels is really fun. Her line is gorgeous and my favorite thing about her pieces is how you can layer them. 


This look could probably be achieved with some necklaces you already have, but putting them together properly can sometimes be trickier than it looks. Luckily some lines have taken the guessing out of it and layered them for you. And at price points that we can all enjoy. 

1. Love the asymmetry of this one from Bauble Bar $36
2.  The different lengths of this Madewell is fun $58
3. Who doesn't love horns? Bauble Bar $20 (on sale)
4. This one has a little pave action Bauble Bar $42
5. Gorjana is a favorite of mine. This bar necklace is perfect $95
6. Simple and chic from J. Crew $34

And if you really want to have some fun, Bauble Bar helps you create a layered look where you can pick each pendant yourself. $78 

Happy layering this weekend, ladies. 
xo
Erin 

3.05.2015

Homemade Chai Tea Latte

Do you drink coffee or tea? 

I have never been a coffee drinker. Think I tried for a bit in college (mostly mocha frappaccinos) and it was not my jam. I have been drinking green tea in the morning for a few years now and in the summer I drink the iced stuff all day. But when I finally was introduced to the chai latte, I feel like I finally have a beverage that I can get excited about. 

Chai is a black tea with a bit more caffeine then green (still not even as close to a cup of coffee) so it gives me a little boost in the morning. And when it is mixed with a little sugar and milk it basically becomes a meal on the go when needed. 

But a trip to Starbucks for my fix gets way more complicated with two small people to bundle up, get i the car, keep happy, and cart around town. So I have been making them at home. 


These are my ingredients, which can be switched up in many ways. I brew a bag of chai in a large mug about 3/4 of the way up. You could use loose leaf or any tea you like for that matter. I add a tablespoon of agave nectar to sweeten it up, but you could use sugar, splenda, stevia, honey, whatever you prefer. 

For the milk, I use whatever we have around. Sometimes skim, sometimes whole. You only use 1/2 cup, so calorie wise we are not talking a huge difference. You could also use soy milk or almond. We have a frother that came with our Nespresso machine and if you make lattes at home the frother is so worth it. But if you do not have one, just add warmed up milk.


I dump the the frothed milk in the tea and add extra cinnamon because apparently it is super good for you. Then I enjoy the heck out of it. If I am lucky I get to enjoy it slowly and while it is still warm. But usually I am gulping it down or drinking the last half luke warm. 
It is still good though. 

xo
Erin 

3.04.2015

Spring Weddings: What to Wear

They are starting to arrive. All those perfectly calligraphy filled envelopes with gilded invites to a day full of love. And while those of us in the cold can barely get out of our pajamas (if you are wearing short sleeves right now, I hate you), it is really nice to imagine life in a flirty dress in a little sunshine toasting the happy couple. And there are some really great options for all you might need. Rehearsal dinners included. 

Love a black and white, which can be surprisingly "springy" and versatile year round. 

From Left to Right: Worship this graphic Parker $211 (on sale) / Preppy stripes are so fun by Line & Dot $149  / This silk Rachel Zoe is so chic $350 / Love the fringe on this Michael Kors $195

A nice drape in a light fabric always feels great and can flatter

Left: Love this print and ruffled Anna Sui $340 / Right: soft lilac and pretty drape by Asos $83

Florals get a modern touch this season and I would sport any of these 

From Left to Right: I have been on eyeing this Parker $184 (on sale) / A digital print in rad colors Hunter Bell $325 / Love a sleeve and this print is so fun Tracy Reese $298 / This Parker would be so flattering and fun $319

Going long can be hard, but these could be dressed up or down. 

Left: This Shoshanna is both elegant and preppy $395 / Right: Cannot say enough about this Rachel Zoe. LOVE $350

Yellow was a standout on the runway for Spring

Left: The lace and ruffle is so flirty BCBG $268 / Right: This Alice + Olivia is a classic you can wear forever $198

There is also a huge Shopbop sale happening right now (a lot of the above is from there) until Saturday. Use code BIGEVENT15 at check out. 

If you need help for a specific event and want more options email me! Erin@ImperfectPolish.com
Always here to help you with styling and nothing makes me happier!

xo
Erin 

2.26.2015

Retail Therapy

I mean what else makes you feel better than online shopping in the cold? Here is what is in my favorite sites carts currently… 


1. Obsessed with this long pillow which would look cool on my bed. Lulu & Georgia $199
2. A little black dress that could go anywhere. findersKeepers $168
3. In need of a new jean jacket and I love the color and the fact this one stretches.  J. Crew $128
4. Full blown leather leggings are a little out of reach right now, but these have quite a bit of leather and are on sale for $200. June
5. Fringe and cobalt, LOVE. Steve Madden $130
6. Really loving the layered delicate necklace look. This would be a nice addition with my kids' initials.  Bauble Bar $240

If only I could order all of these to keep me warm. ha
Happy shopping and stay cozy. 
xo
Erin 

2.25.2015

Advice from Educators


Nothing seems as hard to any parent as life with a baby. All those firsts and walking around exhausted feels like the hardest thing on the planet to do. And it gets a little easier and easier as the months slip away, or maybe you just get used to it. And you think, "wow, this just gets so much less stressful as they get older." 
And then, they start school. Whether it is preschool or third grade or high school. Your child now has the responsibility of education on their hands.
 From ABCs to ACTs, it can hard to know what is right or wrong for your child. If they are learning at the pace they should. If they are attending the correct school or even in the correct grade. And as a parent, it is your job to make sure they have the access, the support, and the dedication for it all. 
Yea, makes those sleepless nights seem like a dream, really. So I sought out some advice from educators. I wanted to know what they would say to any parent given the chance. Since we all know that their communication can be stifled by rules and regulations. Here is what they had to say to help us all with our little ones...

More after the jump...

2.24.2015

Mexican Lasagna

This is a recipe from the archives that I make all the time. I get asked for the recipe all the time. And I happen to know that those that have made it, make it over and over again as well. So it is time for you to get on board. It deserves a repost on this site and I hope you dive right in. It is so, so delicious. If you want to make this for more of a crowd, just double it and add more layers. 


Mexican Lasagna 
Forks  &Amusement 2010
serves 4+
There are 5 layering components, I have separated them out and then we will talk assembly at the end

Meat Mixture
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 bell pepper
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1.25 lbs. ground turkey (you can use any ground meat you prefer)
1 tablespoon cumin
2 dashes cayenne
salt and pepper

In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat the olive oil and add the onion and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes then add a pinch of salt & pepper, stirring to coat with the oil. Cook an additional 5 minutes and add the garlic. Stir occasionally, then once the onions are translucent, add the turkey, breaking it up and combining with the other ingredients with a wooden spoon. Add the cumin and cayenne, sprinkle with more salt and pepper, continue to stir and break up meat. Cook until meat is cooked through. Set aside to cool.

Sour Cream Mixture
16 oz 2% cottage cheese
1/2 cup light sour cream
juice of 1/2 of lime
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Set aside

Other components:
7 oz. or 1 3/4 cup grated cheese (I use the Mexican mix at the market, cheddar and Monterrey jack, reduced fat)
9-12 soft tortillas (use multigrain, low carb, or old fashioned, they all work)
1 1/2 cups salsa or your choice (I use my cilantro sauce from this post)

Assembly & Cooking
Preheat oven at 375 degrees. Spray a standard lasagna pan (usually around 14"x 11") with cooking spray. Layer 3 tortillas on the bottom of the pan. Lay two down, rip the other in half and fill the space. Spread 1/3 of the sour cream mixture onto the tortillas. Sprinkle 1/2 of the meat mixture on top of that. Next sprinkle 1/3 of the grated cheese on top of the meat. Last, drizzle with 1/3 of the salsa. Repeat starting with the tortillas, then the sour cream, meat, grated cheese, and salsa. Top with 3 more tortillas, spread the rest of the sour cream mixture on top, sprinkle the last of the grated cheese and drizzle the last of the salsa. Note that nothing has to look perfect or be done perfectly! Bake for 45 minutes until warmed through and bubbling.

Enjoy!
xoxo

Erin

2.23.2015

Oscars 2015: Best & Worst Dressed

They came and tried to dazzle us. Some succeed, many did not. Did anyone feel last night was a let down? Don't get me wrong, tons of gorgeous gowns, but very few that took a risk and really made a beautiful statement. Of course there were some, so let's start with those ladies. 

Marion, Emma, and Margot are my top of the Best list. I know that Marion is a wild card with this billowing back, but I love it. One of the few that took a risk and I love her for it. It has a mod feel while also feeling glam. Emma kills in this. Love seeing her in some sparkle and that color is perfect for her. Margot in YSL, that necklace, a red lip. Simple, yet screams Hollywood. 

More after the jump…



These ladies in red are my second runners up. Rosamund stuns in this red. Tailored so well and the cut makes it modern. Dakota also looks fetching in red, this photo does not give this dress justice. 

Best Dressed Couples? I could almost give Eddie and his wife overall Best Dressed. His wife's dress is amazing. Bahati's dress is beautiful, hair might be a bit severe, but the Levine's look great. 

The rest of the Best… 
Blushing ladies looking pretty: Jennifer Aniston isn't wearing anything earth shattering, but pretty. Keira's will be controversial, but I think it is beautiful. Jennifer comes out in a full movie star gown that so many actual movie stars should have worn. Why is she at these shows again? Gwyneth is wearing the most perfect shade of pink ever. Love this. 

Heavy metals always look great on the red carpet. Laura could ditch that necklace and hair, but that dress is killer. Rita has done one movie and is looking like an old pro. Love this navy with the gold. Naomi's dress looks terrible here, but on the red carpet this was great (I hate me for saying it, but it is true). Miss Chung is bring it with this gown. So pretty.  

The color combo of this on Nicole is odd, but I like it. Anna looks a little uncomfortable in this gown, but she is so fun. Miss Hudson is gorgeous in yellow and those earrings. I actually think I hate this on Anna. But then I like it. And then I hate it again. 

Lupita could have been at the top of the list with this pearl number, but that fitting on top is strange. And that trend continues with Julianne. That middle row of flowers kills this entire dress. Otherwise, it would be SO good. Carolina looking gorg in this ruffled number. And dare I say I like this on Lady Gaga? The matching gloves, hair piece, and lips are horrible, but the dress is really great. 

This is the category I like to call, I am disappointed. REALLY disappointed. 
These ladies could do SO much better. They could pick any dress, any dress in the world and this is what they choose? While they all look really pretty, they are all quite boring. Cate's necklace is a redeeming factor, but other than that I really wish they would have made some better choices. And risks! 

And now onto the worst...
Whoa, Scarlett. I don't think anyone has looked as scary at the Oscars since Gwyneth forgot to wear a bra. She also is officially a bobble head. Eat a cheeseburger. I want to be on Zoe's side so much because this lady just had twins. Twins! She looks amazing, but this dress cannot be saved. The top is so bad. Everything about Jessica's is so bad. The proportions could not be more unflattering and slit makes it even worse. 

I kind of worship Chloe, but this can't be saved. Too much like upholstery and that band at the top cheapens it. Chrissy has been on the top of the lists the last year, but this entire look is all too much. The slit is way too much and that lipstick is too dark. Felicity, oh how I love her. I just saw The Theory of Everything (amazing) and it breaks my heart to see her as a worst dressed. This dress is swallowing her whole. As are those bangs. 

These two couple need some help. I love the Carrell's but her dress is a big fat no. And wtf happened to Tim McGraw?! He is five pounds, I think Faith could take him in a fight. Not loving her hair either. 

And that's it! What were your thoughts??? You know that I love that we don't always agree, that is the fun of it. 

xo
Erin 





















2.20.2015

Sweaters to Love

Sweaters are getting a lot of play this winter. It is freaking cold. Maybe not so much for you ladies in the winter that is summer area of the West, but for the rest of us, winter blows. My sweaters are all starting to look a little ragged and frankly the thought of investing in sweaters and not in fun, flirty spring dresses does not make me happy. 
Enter Topshop for Nordstrom. I love that you can now shop Topshop in the place where you probably buy everything else in your life. Their sweater game is on point and the options are all under $200 with quality that shocks me a bit, frankly. Here are some of the best, but there are much more on the site



Happy Weekend to you all! I hope you stay cozy and don't forget to watch the Oscars on Sunday (or at least the red carpet), I will have my full run down on Monday. 
xo
Erin 

2.19.2015

Arugula Turkey Burgers & Sweet Potato Fries

Clearly I have been pretty absent here lately. There was a nice long trip to Mexico to revel in and now the extra QT with the babes to make up for the lost time, so the blog has not gotten the love. But I wanted to share this quick recipe that was so delicious before you all thought I fell off a cliff. I know that grilling in the winter seems insane to us with highs in the single digits, but there is always a grill pan in your house (or just tell the hubs to bundle up). Use it and remember those easy summer days that are (hopefully!) not too far away. We try to go bun less when we are watching what we eat, but these fantastically crispy sweet potato oven fries make it feel as if nothing is missing. 


Arugula Turkey Burgers
Imperfect Polish 2015
serves 4-6

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1.5 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tablespoon salt 
2 teaspoons pepper
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
Tabasco or hot sauce to taste 
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs (sub regular bread crumbs if you want)
2 minced garlic cloves
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 cup fresh arugula (baby arugula fine or even spinach)
2 lbs ground turkey

In a large bowl, combine lightly with a fork everything except the turkey. Next, work in the turkey with the fork and your hands until well combined. Use a light hand so the burgers do not get tough. Form the burgers into the size desired. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to the day before. 

When ready to eat, heat a grill or grill pan to medium high heat. (spray with cooking spray if using a grill pan) Grill each burger until cooked through (cooking times vary depending on size, but if firm to the touch it is probably done). Let rest for a few minutes, then serve warm. 

Crispy Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Imperfect Polish 2015
serves 4-6

4-6 sweet potatoes
olive oil
tablespoon corn starch
1 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
1 teaspoon onion powder (optional)
1 teaspoon brown sugar (optional)
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. 

Cut the sweet potatoes into fries about 1/4 inch thick. Toss on a few baking sheets trying not to crowd the fries so they get crisp. Combine all of the spices in a small bowl and set aside. Drizzle enough olive oil on the fries to coat well, then sprinkle with the spices. Toss with clean hands until everything is coated well. Bake until crispy, about 25 minutes. Turning over with a spatula once to twice. 

Enjoy! 
xo
Erin 


2.09.2015

Best & Worst Dressed: BAFTAs + Grammys

To say that the BAFTAs (Oscars of UK) and the Grammys are different style wise is a a huge under statement. You won't find crop tops and see through anything in London, it is much more buttoned up and proper. So it is fun to be able review these two red carpets together form last night's festivities. 

BAFTAs first…

By far the stand out of the night were these two. His hair is awful, but her dress is so so lovely.

The other best dressed of the night. Kristen Scott Thomas looks like a real lady. Amy Adams's hair is strange, but this dress is gorg. I do not know who this lady in white is, but I love it. And Julianne is channeling a little of her Boogie Nights days and its fantastic. 

These train wrecks on the other hand. Again, not sure who this is on the left, but how do you walk a red carpet in something like this??! Alice Eve (otherwise known as Charlotte's nanny on SATC) is so so pretty, this dress swallows her whole and her hair and make up are not great. Natalie Dormer, what are those gloves? And the seams? Too much lace, too much everything, and that side smirk is getting really old. 

Now onto the craziness of the Grammys. 

Though they may call Beyonce the Queen (or does she call herself that?), Rihanna is seriously dethroning her year after year. 

This will be a either a love it or hate it moment, but I freaking LOVE it. This is from one of my favorite collections from Paris (Giambattista Valli) and it makes such a statement on a carpet where statements are usually made with less clothes, not more. Her hair and make up also is flawless. Best dressed for sure. 

Some other ladies that got it right as well..

Miranda looks polished, but cool. Beyonce is kind of a snooze, but looks great. While I am totally on the fence with the color of Taylor's dress, I like the overall look for her. Keith's hair kills me, but they always look like such a great couple. How does Nicole not age?! 

The length of Gwen's jumpsuit is a tad short, but otherwise I worship it. Miley bugs SO bad, but this dress is just enough naked to look good and not trashy. Katy is looking pretty in her fringe. Rita Ora is the only person who can pull this off and I love her platinum pixie. 

Chrissy pretty much kills it every red carpet. She looks great in white. Zendaya's (pretty sure I have that wrong) could be bad, but I like the 70s vibe and that she took a risk. Needs to lose that lipstick stat. Cool girl Anna could use some more jewels, but I love the tux. And Iggy's crown is horrid, but that dress is gorgeous  on her. Lots of cut outs last night done well. 

Now the horror section…

Kim's look could be really cool, but it looks too much like a bath robe and those hip pockets are unflattering. Madge! Love you lady, but this is straight up ugly. Like not even cool in anyway. Ciara shows us the wrong side of volume compared to Rihanna's amazingness. Too much. Everywhere. And while I wish that I could rock a skin tight green jumpsuit at 70, This is WAY too much for Jane. You have to give her props though. 

Katherine is trying to "get back into the scene" and a wrinkled cheesy dress with horrible hair is not going to get you there, lady. Lady Gaga's dress could be great. But the fit on top and that necklace between her boobs is just too much and unflattering. It is so hard to wear a sheer skirt without looking cheesy. Megan crossed that line and I bet her stylists did not do the full flash test and it looked great when she got ready. Chris Brown, looking even more the part as lady beater with that nasty goatee and slobbish tux. That hat. ugh

Pharrel and his girl really made a statement last year. And this year Pharrel went with shorts again and his girl prefers camel toe. Yep, I said it. Mandy Moore should be toasting her divorce when she sees her ex in this tight Canadian tuxedo. Wow. And wtf was this Jonas brother thinking with this? Clearly he thinks it is a great look for the ladies. It is mind boggling. Last but not least, Kanye. I could have maybe got behind this velvet number, I have a weakness for it, but with cowboy boots? Or whatever those are? Plus that pose, it is a worst. 

Dying to know what you all think! Especially on Rihanna! 

xo
Erin 







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