Friday, July 31, 2009

mad for mad men

Have you seen Mad Men?

If not, I suggest renting/ordering/Netflix-ing the first two seasons and getting hooked on it before the upcoming start of Season 3.

It's addictingly good. Having worked in an advertising agency, it's pretty interesting to see how they portray the high-power ad agencies of Madison Avenue in 1960s New York. A lot of things haven't changed!

I'm finishing up Season 2 through my Netflix now, just in time for the new season premier on August 16th. Make sure to watch!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

more to love about Rodney Smith

I've posted about my love for Rodney Smith photographs before, and now I'm excited to share that he has started a new blog, The End Starts Here. Each post features a photo spread in his upcoming book The End. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

cooking with peaches

While I was waiting in line at the grocery store yesterday, I picked up the current issue of Bon Appetit and flipped through it to find a whole feature on peach desserts. They all sounded so good: Roasted Peaches with Amaretti Crumble... Gingered-Peach Pavlovas... Peach and Cardamom Pie... I want to try them all!

all images from Bon Appetit Magazine

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Pretty Shoe Tuesday

Italian suede and ruffles... what's not to love?

J.Crew Charlie ruffled suede platform Mary Janes from the new Fall collection

Monday, July 27, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Happy Weekend

Between freelancing and working at J.Crew, things have been a little crazy lately so I'm just going to sign off for the weekend with a pretty little picture....

...and more bold stripes!

Enjoy the weekend!

image via Truly Smitten

Thursday, July 23, 2009

yummy fish tacos

So the other day I was randomly craving fish tacos, so Hunter and I made them for dinner. In my search for a good recipe, I came across this one from my Martha Stewart cookbook, and this one from Michael Chiarello/Food Network. I ended up combining bits of the two, with a few tweaks here and there, and the results were great. These fish tacos were so good, we had them two nights in a row.

For the actual fish, I used the beer and chipotle batter from Michael Chiarello's recipe:
2 oz. canned chipotle peppers
2 eggs
2 cups beer
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons gray salt
freshly ground black pepper

Puree the chipotles and egg together in a blender. When well blended transfer to a bowl and whisk in the beer. In a separate mixing bowl combine the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture, whisking well to prevent clumps. Add freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.

And for the "slaw topping" to go on the tacos, I used the Martha recipe:
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
salt and pepper
1/4 small red cabbage, thinly shredded (about 2-1/2 cups) ---I used just pre-packaged slaw mix
4 scallions, thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
1 jalapeno chile, halved lengthwise, one half minced
chopped fresh cilantro

In a bowl, combine sour cream, chopped cilantro and lime juice, season with salt and pepper. Transfer half the mixture to another container; set aside for serving. Toss cabbage/slaw mix, scallions, and minced jalapeno with remaining sour cream mixtures. Season again with salt and pepper.

To make the tacos:
1 tomato, diced
fresh lime juice
sour cream topping
chopped cilantro
vegetable oil
1 lb. tilapia or other white fish
small tortillas

Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet/pan over medium heat until 350 degrees. Cut fish into small strips and place in batter. Coat well. When oil is ready, place battered fish in oil and cook 2 minutes on each side. With a slotted spoon, remove fish and place on a plate with paper towels. 

Wrap tortillas in aluminum foil and place in warm oven to heat through. 

Once the fish is done, fill warm tortillas with slaw, fish, cilantro, sour cream topping, and some diced tomatoes. (Or any topping of your choice). They are sooo good!

top photo from Martha Stewart; bottom photo from Food Network

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pretty Shoe Tuesday

Oops...I forgot to post this yesterday... on Tuesday.

I would say my second favorite designer of high end shoes, apart from Louboutin, would be Valentino. I like most all of their designs, including these Peep-Toe Pumps with rosettes.

from Saks

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

a most charming space to write

"A person who can write a long letter with ease, cannot write ill."
Jane Austen

image 1 from here; image 2, 3 & 6 source unknown; image 4 via here; image 5 via here; image 7 via here

today's inspiration

Add this one to my obsession with big and bold stripes.

via Veranda magazine

Monday, July 20, 2009

Julie and Julia

I'm excited to see this movie when it comes out in a few weeks.

I think I'll also try to read the book before I see the movie.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Animation Backgrounds

I just revisited my childhood by browsing through this blog, Animation Backgrounds. I stumbled across it while reading through Ministry of Type and got hooked! I love old, 2D animation and seeing all these images made me want to watch every Disney movie and cartoon over again.

all images from Animation Backgrounds

dream kitchen

Isn't it magnificent? It would be a pleasure to cook in such a space.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

big and bold

I'm really attracted to big, bold stripes in a simple color-scheme. It's such a classic design element, but still versatile and unique. I think it looks good applied to anything:

image 1 by Carrot and Stick Press via here
image 2 via here via here
images 3 & 4 source unknown
image 5 via here
image 6 via here
image 7 from Pottery Barn via here
image 8 source unknown
image 9 by Cheree Berry
image 10 via here 

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

french charm

Because today is Bastille Day, and also because I've recently been going through all the images I've saved on my computer, I thought I would share some inspiring, favorite photos that feature the Eiffel Tower. 

Now, who wants to go to Paris?

images 1 & 2: source unknown; image 3 by Amy and Stuart Photography via here; image 4 by; image 5 by Lee Jenkins Photography; image 6 from J.Crew; image 7 by Katie Moos via here.

Pretty Shoe Tuesday

Put some sparkle in your steps with these Valentino Satin Diamante Bow Pumps.

I adore them. 

Monday, July 13, 2009

new music

I really like Imogen Heap's latest song, First Train Home, off of her upcoming album Ellipse. Makes me excited for when the whole album comes out in August.

Listen to it here.

Friday, July 10, 2009

happy weekend

Wish I was relaxing in style like this!

image by Philip Newton via Creature Comforts