Quote for the Day


These words are inscribed on the wall of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Never before in my life have I wanted to go to Kansas so much– the Bloch Building is breathtaking.


Accessorized: 22 Feb 09


Lately I’ve been wanting to try layered silver necklaces, and lacking any big statement-making pieces, I was at a loss as to how to visually anchor a pile of silver chains. As I tried to figure out how to manufacture a statement piece on my own, I remembered this list of style tips from Vivienne Westwood, where she suggests using safety pins as a necklace.

At first I pinned a bunch of them together so they made a strand, but that was a little too obvious and kindergartener-ish. Then I got the idea to string them onto the chain, so they make a kind of fringe– that’s definitely the right idea– and I think I’ll keep adding safety pins to fill up the chain. The more the merrier, right?

Paired with some simple siver circles and an old key to an unknown lock, I rather like how it turned out.

Kale is Good for You


This was inevitable. I knew I would start posting about food at some point… and I finally broke down. I’m much more inclined to cook something than I am to whip out the sewing machine (so far, at least), and so I’m much more willing to post photos of fantastic food than I am of my latest avant-garde creation.

Tonight I made my version of Rachel Ray’s Portugese Chorizo and Kale Stoup. I’m not Portugese, so I have no idea how authentic this recipe is, but it’s definitely tasty, so I’m not going to complain.The chorizo gives the broth a nice kick, and the kale and garbanzo beans make it super-filling. Definitely use Yukon Gold potatoes–Russets will fall apart and are too mealy.

Chorizo and Kale Soup

The amounts below are what I used, I sort of cut the recipe in half (the original recipe supposedly feeds 4, but there were beaucoup leftovers), except for the canned vegetables.The proportions are a little different from Rachel’s soup.

» 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
» .5 pound chorizo, casing removed and diced
» 2 medium size white, waxy potatoes, such as Yukon Gold, peeled and cut into chunks
» 1 medium onion, chopped
» 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
» 1 bay leaves, fresh or dried
» .5 pounds kale, stems removed and coarsely chopped
» Coarse salt and pepper
» 1 can garbanzo beans (15 ounces), drained and rinsed
» 1 can diced tomatoes (15 ounces)
» 2 cans chicken broth

Heat the oil in a deep pot over medium-high heat. Add the chorizo and let brown for 2-3 minutes. Add the potatoes, onions, garlic and bay leaf.

Cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with just a little salt and pepper. Add the beans, tomatoes and broth to the pot and bring the soup to a full boil. Add the kale to the pot and wilt the greens, about 2 minutes.

Reduce the heat back to medium and cook 5-10 minutes longer, until the potatoes are tender.

Serve soup with hunks of crusty bread alongside. Tasty.

Soup with Bread


» Originality is such a tough concept to grapple with (it might be easier if we lived in 400 BC). Ambika posted a quote with an interesting take on the subject.

» Indie rock is the only way to go.  Dudes wearing short shorts will never be not funny.

» The Sartorialist once again proves to me that I would dress 5000 times better if I were a man. He is genius at finding people who play well with texture.

» I’m feeling rather démodé for not cooking with Quilted Chanel Butter. I must make a note to myself to pick up some the next time I’m at the market.

» I just stumbled upon this fabulous giveaway at Grosgrain. The coat is gorgeous–I love the details.

» My best friend from high school is getting married soon, and I’ve started reading wedding blogs to help her out. The ribbon embroidery on these Lela Rose dresses is just exsquisite.

» I never thought of doing a DIY out of old tee shirts. I definitely have enough of them to make something spectacular–all those old, shapeless tees that I know I’ll never want to throw out because they remind me of great times. This way I can keep the memories and get wear out of them.

Outfitted: 20 Feb 09

So today I decided to dress up and silly photos*, even though the most important thing I had to do was go the to grocery store. I always get the urge to dress up when I have the most unimportant things to do, and never when I have school.

This skirt was a find at an after-Christmas sale at Ann Taylor Loft. Really! I never thought they would have cute, young clothes, but they exist if you dig. Usually I am not a big fan of prints, and not a big fan of ruffles, but togethere they make something amazing. (And very reminiscent of Luella this spring.) It’s too long and too big, but when I cinch in the waist the hemline rises too– like magic.

*I have had an overabundance of energy lately, and it is spilling out into my photos. Today I decided to apply for a job at the Ministry of Silly Walks.

Scarf: Nordstrom. Jacket: Express. Skirt: Ann Taylor Loft. Tights: DKNY. Shoes: Steve Madden.

In Pursuit of Perfume: Vera Wang Princess

Vera Wang Princess was definitely not as “prissy prissy princess” as I expected: not too strong, not too floral. It’s very feminine and almost old-fashioned; it made me want to dress up in gloves and a hat and throw a tea party. It almost reminds me of a white wine, like a Sauvingnon Blanc, with a salty/smoky flavor in the background. It’s definitely not too sweet, not overpowering or cloying–the word that came to mind was mellow (but not in a drug trip kind of way). I think it’s the dark chocolate and musk; they temper the assertiveness of the flower scents. For some strange reason I am reminded of markers, and I don’t know why.

Unlike Flowerbomb, Princess doesn’t diffuse too far and invade a room. It would be a good one to use if you were a nurse, I think, because it would counteract hospital-y smells but not make anyone sneeze with its invasiveness.

The bottle is really pretty. The heart shape seems like it would be hard to use, but it’s not, and would look really swelegant on a dressing table.

» Breakdown: Water Lily, Lady Apple, Mandarin Meringue, Golden Apricot Skin, Ripe Pink Guava, Tahitian Flower, Wild Tuberose, Dark Chocolate, Pink Frosting Accord, Precious Amber, Forbidden Woods, Royal Musk Captive, Chiffon Vanilla.

» Does it pass The Brother Test? “Light. If I don’t hate it, it must be good.”

» Verdict: Laid-back floral. Not for me, but great for a chic girl with a flower obsession.

Oh, Rodarte

Dear lovely ladies of Rodarte,

Your dresses are exquisite. The craftsmanship is always beyond amazing. I am absolutely amazed when I imagine how much work and thought goes into every look. These dresses mean something, even though I’m not always sure exactly what, and they make sense when so many collections seem haphazard and rushed.

This season’s collection is beautiful, even though it looks like you sometimes wrapped the models in aluminum foil. I especially love the fuzzy sweaters, they would be perfect for next winter. The more I look at the photos of this collection, the more I can’t decide which looks I like the best. I love the geologist/warrior vibe.

One request–would you pleasepleaseplease send me a pair of those boots?


» Photos: tFs and Style.com