Archive | March, 2013

International Shopper: ‘Bly’ (Travel Far. Live Well)

30 Mar

Oh shoot! I just found my new favorite home decor site –Bly’. This site is AH-mazing! It’s like shopping at an international flea market. Bly – features unique one-of-kind pieces from around the world. There’s so much to choose from….home goods, art, accessories, and textiles. What a brilliant idea to shop from some of the world’s most exotic places all from the comfort of your laptop. When I travelled to Bali last year there were several things I wanted to bring back to the States but my suitcase wasn’t big enough. I’ve complied a short “crave list” of things I’m currently eyeing on Bly. Swooning over here….

PRAMOD TEAPOT – $120

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GREEN LORRY TRUNK -$165

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ANTIQUE CANTON PLATES -$140

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SAPPHIRE HUNDI LAMP – $525

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TWA SAN FRANCISCO POSTER -$45

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HUMMINGBIRD NATURAL FIBER FLOOR MAT – $74.95

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Where to Buy: Nike Dunk Sky High ‘City Pack’ Sneakers (Updated 4-26-13)

29 Mar

*Updated: 4-26-13*: Please leave a comment if this list has helped you in purchasing a pair of the ‘Nike Dunk Sky High’ City Pack Sneakers. Thank you!

I’m officially a ‘lady sneaker head’! These are the sickest kicks I have laid my eyes on in a loooong time. No wonder they sold out in stores within 1 hour! If you’re still trying to get your hands on the ‘Nike Dunk Sky High’ – City Pack ……do not lose faith. I’ve listed 3 stores that still have some styles and sizes available. Try hitting them up before going to eBay. I believe Bows & Arrows’ in Berkeley, CA are taking phone orders. Happy Shopping….

Fruition LVShop Here (Milan Style ONLY available sizes 8.5 / 9 / Size 9.5 / Size 10 / Size 11)

Barneys NYCShop Here (All styles in stock – limited Milan sizes)

Bows & Arrows – Berkeley, CA (510) 649-6683 

Bloomingdales, Santa Monica, CA (310) 985-6400

NTC Chicago, IL (773) 294-8121

21 Mercer Niketwon, New York, NY (212) 226-5433

Nordstrom.comShop Here (Only Available London, Paris, & Tokyo – Sizes 9 – 11)

Extra Butter NYC – Shop Here (Milan & New York SOLD OUT)

RMKstore Shop Here (All styles in stock – limited Milan sizes)

 

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(photos taken at Bows & Arrows in Berkeley, CA)

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Mix n’ Match Prints: The Ultimate Mashup Guide

27 Mar

I’m in love with these fashion pictorials. They’re AH-mazing! Such a plethora of inspiration on the art of mix n’ matching prints. You might not be as daring as the model in these photos but that shouldn’t stop you from stepping out of your comfort zone and trying a bit of mix n’ matching with your own style. With the warmer months fast approaching its the perfect time to rock some bold colors and wild prints. Let your inner “print master” shine!

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Colorful Spots: KENZO x VANS Shoe Collection

26 Mar

Kenzo x Vans – it doesn’t get much better than this! The iconic Parisian (Kenzo) brand has teamed up once again with an equally iconic American brand – VANS. The collection features a unique spin on the classic leopard print with vibrant and eye-cathcing colors. The orange pair are my favorite! I love a great pair of sneakers and these are definitely going on my wish list. Shop the entire collection here

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Kiki’s Kitchen: Risotto w/ Sweet Peas & Pancetta

22 Mar

I love risotto! It’s creamy, a bit sweet, salty, and very filling. I decide to whip up a fantastic bowl of sweet pea and pancetta risotto. It’s my favorite way to make it. The salty taste of the pancetta combined with the sweetness from the baby peas is perfection. Making risotto requires patience and dedication. The process is slow but the taste. Oh the taste – makes this dish oh so insanely delicious. YUM!

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Ingredients 

1 1/2 cup of Arborio Rice

4 cups of Chicken Broth

1/2 cup of White Wine (Sauvignon blanc)

1/2 chopped onion

3 cloves of garlic (minced)

1 cup of frozen sweet peas (thawed)

1 package of pancetta

1/2 teaspoon of rock salt

1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1/2 cup of Parmesan Reggiano Cheese (freshly Shaved)

Cooking Directions

1. Heat chicken broth in a medium size saucepan on low heat. Let chicken broth simmer on low.

2. Chop up onion, garlic, and parsley. Set aside

3. In a large saute pan fry up your pancetta until crispy, letting the fat render completely out of the pancetta. Remove the pancetta from the pan and set aside. Reserve the fat in the pan to cook onions. (medium heat)

4. Pour in 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the same pan you could the pancetta in. Add in onions and cook until soft and golden brown.

5. Add garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds.

6. Add in 1 1/2 cups of arborio rice to your onion and garlic mixture. Stir until the rice is completely coated with oils in the pan. (1 minute)

7. Pour in 1/2 cup of white wine and let simmer. Let your rice absorb the liquid from the wine.

8. Once the rice has almost absorbed the wine dd a ladle of hot chicken stock to the rice and stir until the liquid is fully absorbed. When the rice appears almost dry, add another ladle of stock and repeat the process until the rice is cooked.

9. Add in your frozen sweet peas, pancetta, and 1/2 cup of Parmesan Reggiano Cheese.

10. Turn off the heat. Add 1 teaspoon of butter, salt and pepper to taste. Mix all together and plate up.

EAT. ENJOY. BE HAPPY!

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H&M Conscious Collection (Spring 2013)

21 Mar

Enchanted Forrest anyone? I’m positive that was the inspiration for H&M Conscious Collection. The vibrant hues of green, summer peach, and soft hints of yellow are the perfect color palette for spring. The prints are so beautiful they’re reminiscent of a Monet painting. Wearable art. Now, that’s a plus! Below are my top picks! Check out the entire collection at your local H&M store.

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3 Things For Him

20 Mar

FASHION: – Manny Pacquiao x Nike Clima-Fit Jacket.  This is the perfect spring jacket for any fell-love to sport during the warmer months. It’s light weight. A classic fit. Great color with a bit of an edge. It has total knock-out style potential. Shop the entire Manny Pacquiao collection for NIKE here

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FOOD: Macarons! Baby! I love macarons and I’m positive your lady will love them too. Chantal Guillon Macaroons are the best macarons that have ever touched my lips. The colors are gorgeous! The taste is divine! The selection is AH-mazing! The next time you have date, why not bring her a sweet box of macarons instead of flowers. I promise she will be impressed. Food Genius status!

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TECH:  Leikr (The GPS Watch) –  Now you can go for your daily, weekly, monthly or annual run without getting lost. No judgement on how much or little you workout. Check out the spiffy little watch  here

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Top 10 CFDA (You Can’t Fake Fashion) Handbags – 2013

20 Mar

The CFDA and eBay have teamed up again to launch the one-of-kind handbag collection – “You Can’t Fake Fashion”. Here are my top 10 picks! Check out the entire collection here

Emily Current & Merritt Elliott

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Monica Botkier for Botkier

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Prabal Gurung

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Trina Turk

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Judith Leiber

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Herve Leger by Max Azria

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Blake Mycoskie for TOMS

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Swooning: Zara Combination Leather Parka

15 Mar

Oh Snap! I NEED this coat! The new Zara Combination Leather Parka is seriously begging me to buy it. Parka coats are my favorite outerwear piece. I own three of them……all in different styles of course. After seeing this AH-mazing number at Zara, I’m thinking of adding one more to my collection. The rich deep olive color and classic quilted leather sleeves is the perfect balance between rugged and feminine. Looks like I will be visiting my nearest Zara store ASAP!

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Clear Style: The “Transparent” Handbag Trend (Spring 2013)

14 Mar

I spy a new trend! The transparent handbag trend took over the streets of Paris, Milan, London, and New York during fashion week. Every fashion forward dame was rockin’a transparent clutch, satchel, or backpack. This trend is fun, kitschy, and perfect for spring! I so want a transparent clutch to whisk around the Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. Shopping for fresh fruit and veggies is so much more fun with a designer clutch. A word to the wise: don’t carry any  “unmentionables” in your transparent handbag. I would hate for your “freaky” side to be on display for all the world to see.

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