Archive | February, 2013

Kiki’s Kitchen: Breakfast Chilaquiles!

28 Feb


I love breakfast! It’s my favorite meal of the day! Anytime I hang out with friends, I suggest brunch over dinner. Everything about breakfast is AH-mazing! Fresh Squeezed OJ. Fried Country Potatoes. Bacon. Biscuits with homemade raspberry jam. Oh the JAM! It’s the BEST! One of my favorite new dishes to make are chilaquiles – breakfast style. This is a simple and much quicker recipe for making breakfast chilaquiles. It’s less traditional but still super delicious. Happy Thursday my darlings!

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STEP ONE: Fry up 2 eggs in a pan and set aside on a plate.

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STEP TWO: Toasted up some tortilla chips in the same pan.

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STEP THREE: Pour a can of enchilada sauce over the toasted chips.

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STEP FOUR: Top with your favorite cheese and bake in the over for 10min at 400.

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STEP FIVE: Place your fried eggs on top and serve! (garnish optional)

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Eat! Enjoy! Be Happy!

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On Trend! Black & White Street Style (Spring 2013)

27 Feb

Black & White! Black & White! Black & White!  This iconic color palette is the highlight of fashion for spring/summer 2013. Louis Vuitton kicked off the trend when they featured their insanely gorgeous collection of high-graphic black and white shift dresses. Oh how I heart King Louis! Since my pockets aren’t deep enough for a Louis Vuitton dress, I will have to settle for putting together my own black and white looks. Here’s a few pictures from London, Paris, and New York Fashion Week to inspire you on your own black and white looks. I’m still swooning over that stunning LV shift dress. Le sigh….

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Calling All Jane Austen Fans: Royal Mail Stamps

26 Feb

Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. I adore her books! Pride & Prejudice is my all-time favorite movie. I watch it at least six times a year. In honor of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen and her legendary novels, the Royal Mail in the UK are issuing a collection of stamps featuring the six iconic Jane Austen novels. I’m so in love with them! I was searching online to figure out how to purchase the stamps and was bummed to learn that they are only available to UK residents only. I had given up all hope on owning a set until…..my wonderful friend (Shaylor) who sent me a fb message letting me know that she had a friend in the UK who is willing to purchase a set of stamps for her and an extra set for myself. I’m beyond thrilled! This totally made my year!!! I have plans to frame them in a delicate frame and place them on my dining room table as an homage to Ms. Austen herself.

If you’re in the UK you can purchase the stamps at royalmail.com.

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The Best Dressed “DAMES” At The OSCARS 2013

25 Feb

Oh…how I love the Oscars! The glamour! The glitz! The gowns! Film’s biggest night was in full swing with the A-list actors and actresses gracing the red carpet.  One of the highlights of the Oscars is seeing the gorgeous actresses shine in stunning frocks from the world’s most talented designers. Here are my picks for the best dressed “dames” at the Oscars 2013! Which gown was your favorite?

MIU MIU worn by Kerry Washington

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DIOR COUTURE worn by  Charlize Theron

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LOUIS VUITTON worn by Reese Witherspoon

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VERSACE worn by Halle Berry

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ARMANI PRIVE worn by Jessica Chastain

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ALEXANDER McQUEEN worn by Salma Hayek

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VALENTINO worn by Sally Field

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REEM ACRA worn by Kristen Stewart

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GUCCI worn by Jennifer Garner

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My Dream Hotel: Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel, Istanbul

20 Feb

I don’t think you understand how much I love this hotel! I have weekly dreams about it. Lounging poolside. Dining in the ornate and stunning dining room. Sleeping in the King size beds with decorative comforters. The Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel in Istanbul, is my “love” hotel. It’s one of the most expensive hotels in the world, with rooms starting at a measly $3000 a night. This isn’t just a hotel. Nope. It’s a PALACE! Which is waaaaaay better! The Ciragan Palace was the eighteenth-century residence belonging to the last Ottoman sultans. Now that’s royal! My hope is that one day when I meet Snookums (my future hubby) he will want to treat me to a few nights at the AH-mazing Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey! I sure hope Snookums isn’t a cheap skate. Staying 3 nights at the grand Palace will set him back $10k. Wowzers!

Do you have a dream hotel?

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GIVEAWAY: Prabal Gurung x Target “Nolita” Clutch

19 Feb

Hey Darlings! I’m giving away this GORGEOUS Prabal Gurung x Target Clutch to one lucky reader. This clutch will be the perfect addition to your handbag collection. The bright bold colors will be just what the fashion doctor ordered come Spring. All you need to do is follow me on INSTAGRAM and leave a comment below! Please be sure to include your email, so I can contact if you are the lucky winner. Giveaway ends on March 10th! Good Luck!!!!

FOLLOW ME ON: INSTAGRAM @ thefashioncamp

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Downton Abbey Season 3: Monday Recaps – Season Finale

18 Feb

Julian Fellowes channeled Quentin Tarantino’s writing style in last night’s season finale of Downton Abbey. I was horrified as I watched the brutal murder of Matthew Crawley. I was in tears! Shocked! Devastated! How could this happen? Ok, let me catch my breath. Cousin Matthew wasn’t actually murdered but rather died in a fatal car crash on his way to spread the good news of the birth of his son and heir. Last night’s season finale was unforgivable! I’m seriously considering NOT watching 4th season. Lady Mary and cousin Matthew’s marriage was just beginning to blossom so beautifully.  I was so looking forward to seeing Matthew in his new role as a father. Now that will not happen. I will never get to see Matthew interact with his beautiful wife and precious son again. No more sweet kissing scenes between Matthew and Mary. No more argument between Matthew and Lord G. No more bromance exchanges between Matthew and Tom. It’s all over. O-V-E-R. OVER!  Oh did I mention how I yelled at the screen as Matthew’s car plowed into the oncoming car. I was literally trying to will the car accident not to happen. I’m still soooooooo upset. I really don’t know if I can finish writing this post. I will do my best…..

The entire Grantham gang travelled to Scotland to visit Cousin Shrimpy and his family. Minus a few servants and Tom. What’s up with that? I thought Tom was apart of the family now. Speaking of Tom. I’m officially a fan of his. As you remember in the beginning of the season 3, Tom was my least favorite character. He was so undesirable with all his blurting out of his political positions every 15 minutes. However after watching how true he stayed to Sybil after her death, I find him to be quite loyal and endearing. His dedication to the honor Sybil’s memory was tested when a new housemaid (Edna) began to put the moves on him. Mrs. Hughes can’t possibly do a thorough background check on these housemaids. Otherwise, she would notice that she has a pattern of hiring a bunch of floozies. Jane (housemaid in season 2) tried to hit on Lord G. – floozie. Ethel slept with an Officer but then turned her life around – redeemed floozie. See the pattern? Someone needs to do better job in the hiring process.

Edith is once again knocking at the door of a scandalous relationship. Geesh! This chick can’t catch a break in the men department. Reminds me of myself minus the “scandalous” part. In season 2 Edith had a little tryst with married farmer. Earlier in season 3 she was in love with Yoda – I mean Sir Anthony. She was jilted by Sir Anthony at the altar. Now, we have her sleazy newspaper editor trying to make her his mistress. He’s still legally married to his wife who is living in an insane asylum.

Cousin Rose looks like she’ll be sticking around. Her parents are pawning her off on the Granthams, so they can go to India to fix their marriage or something. I like Rose. I think she’s spunky and unpredictable. She reminds me of Sybil but less sweet.

The remaining servants at Downton Abbey attended a local county fair. Things got a bit out of control as James won a bet and began to flash his winnings around. A bunch of thugs followed James and decided to rough him up and steal his money. That’s until Thomas saved the day. Thomas fought off the ruffians and saved James from getting his pretty face all jacked up.

How cute was Mr. Bates and Anna during their little impromptu picnic. Love them! I’m hoping that a baby will be on the way for Anna and Bates in Season 4.

Mrs. Patmore has an admired. It seemed her admire was going to propose marriage until until Mrs. Hughes found him fondly another lady at the fair. Mrs. Patmore sure dodged a bullet with that loser. YUCK!

Season 3 has been full of good and bad surprises. I can’t officially say I’m looking forward to season 4. I will need at least six months to recover from the loss of our beloved Matthew Crawley.

Oh yeah! Julian Fellowes is a Joker. The End!

To watch season finale click here

 

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Kiki’s Kitchen: Salad Niçoise w/ Dill Balsamic Vinaigrette

16 Feb


Salad Nicoise is my fave salad. I could eat it everyday. Here’s my simple and delicious take on the iconic French salad. Bon appetit!

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STEP ONE: In a small pot bring water to a boil. Add 1 egg, a 1/2 cup of string beans, and 2 small potatoes to the boiling water. Remove string beans and egg from the boiling water after 15 minutes and place in a bowl of cold water and set aside. Wash a handful of cherry heirloom tomatoes and slice them in half.

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STEP TWO: In a small mixing bowl combine 1 can of tuna or salmon, add 1/4 cup of olive oil mayo, 1 -2 sprigs of fresh dill. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix together.

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STEP THREE: In a small mixing bowl combine 1/2 cup of olive oil, 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar, 1-2 sprigs of fresh dill, and 1 tablespoon of dill mustard. Mix together.

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STEP FOUR: Place a 1/2 cup of greens on a plate, add tuna mixture, tomatoes, green beans, sliced egg, and sliced potatoes. 

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STEP FIVE: Finish off  salad nicoise with dill balsamic vinaigrette.

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Eat. Enjoy. Be happy!

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Nicoise Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

Dill Balsamic Vinaigrette

    • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp minced fresh dill
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Salad

    • 1 can of tuna or salmon
    • 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
    • 5 small new red potatoes
    • 1/2 a bag of mixed greens (washed and cleaned)
    • 1/2 cup of mini cherry heirloom tomatoes
    • 1/2 cup of green beans (french style green beans work best)
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Duro Olowu for JCPenney Lookbook

15 Feb

I’m swooning over the latest collaboration, Duro Olowu for JCPenney. The Nigerian born London-based designer has been causing a fashion frenzy with his vibrant colors and african-inspired prints. My affinity for Olowu has been increasing ever since I laid eyes on his Spring/Summer ’13 Runway collection. I adore prints and eye-popping colors. The a-line silhouette dresses are perfect for spring. This collection has my name written all over it! The collection will include handbags, shoes, clothes, accessories and home décor. Prices range from $10 – $100! Duro Olowu for JCPeneny’s will be sold in JCPenney stores nationwide and jcpenney.com. Launch date March 31st – May. Just in time for me to conclude lent season. I gave up shopping. Whoot! Whoot!

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Happy Valentine’s Day Darlings!

14 Feb

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