Friday, December 31, 2010

Wardrobe Raid-11.24.2010

Christmas Eve

Lace Tunic: F21: $29.80; Leather Skirt:F21:$13.80;Belt: F21; Earings: F21:$3.50(p/o set).

These were not meant to be style pics but I loved my outfit on Christmas eve and my siter in law took these, and thought I would share..with the mess of cooking and driving down to Greenville, I totally forgot to take outfit pictures. Oh well here are some candid shots to get it in... and yes thats a sweet potato soufle my grandma made.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wardrobe Raid-11.22.2010

Randomness in Lace

Jeans: F21:$19.99; Tank: Abercrombie;  Cardigan: Target: $19.99; Boots: Steve Madden: $40; Earrings:$3.50; Locket:F21

Only a few days before Christmas my wardrobe sense went out the door. i must have tried on 10 different outfits before heading to work and ended up with this one..  I just felt like tromping around the leaves in this atleast I know my jeans wouldn't be getting muddy. Hookah however might not have as much luck.

Cafe Du Michelle- Holiday Treats

Its that time of year were our waist lines expand a bit, we dust off our stretchy pants and place them on buffet setting.. Then a week later, we have holiday binge remorse and make it our resolution to get fit, healthy and honestly start going to the gym... i swear! Well,
I did not help a single person at any of the parties I attended because I brought some goodies that had every one swooning, while I was silently gloating on the inside.. Among the plethorah of foods I made, were: Cheese Truffles, Brie en Croute, Sweet Potato handpies (empanadas for all the latin folks), Stuffed Mushrooms, as appetizers and for desserts I made Chocolate Cheescake topped with Cream and Blueberries, Pumpkin Cheesecake,  & my good 'ol Apple Pie... I wish you all could have been there to help me bask in my inner hostess glory but since that would've been creepy I can atleast pass on my recipies and hope that you get to bask in your own..

Chocolate Cheesecake

1/3 Cup Butter, melted
1 1/4 Cup Oreo cookies, Crushed
3 Packages of Neufachtel cheese, softened
1 can condensed milk
2 cups semi-sweet chocoalte chips
4 eggs
1 Tsp vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven 300 degrees.
2. Combine Butter and Crushed Oreos and press into edges of pie tin.
3. Mix softened Neufactel cheese, until fluffy (usually helps if you pop the Cheese in a mixing bowl into the microwave for a few seconds)
4. Mix in the condensed milk
5. Mix in the eggs, melted chocolate and vanilla. When thouroughly mixed add to pie tin.
6. Bake for 1 hour, set out to cool until it's about room temperature then cool in the fridge for atleast 2 hours.
7. Garnish when ready to serve.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

1 3/4 Graham crackers crushed
3 tbsp light brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 stick melted butter
3 pkgs Neufchatel cheese softened
1 can pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs and 1 yolk
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves
2 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. Mix crumbs, sugar, & cinnamon melted butter. Press mixture into pie tin.
2.Beat cheese until smooth, add pumpkin, eggs and yolk, sour cream, sugar and spices.
3. Add flour & vanilla, beat together until combined.
4. Pour mixture into  into crust. Bake for 1 hour. Set out until room temperature.
5. When its room temperature place in fridge to cool for atleast 4 hours.

 Swedish Apple Pie

3 Granny Smith Apples, peeled and chopped into small squares
1 Tbsp Sugar
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Flour
3/4 cup Melted Butter
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Egg
Pie Crust

1.Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
2.Place crust into a pie tin
3. Toss apples with the tbsp of sugar.
4.. Mix 1 cup sugar, flour, cinnamon,  butter and egg together with a mixer or a whisk.
5. Place chopped sugar coated apples into pie crust
6. Place mixture to coat the apples, make sure that the mixture evenly coats the apples.
7. Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Unfortunately with all of the excitement of Christmas Eve and the family gathering these were the only finished pictures I have of things I made.. I will however make them again soon enoguh and share with you.

Wardrobe Raid-12.21.2010

Tut,Tut it Looks Like Rain

Jeans: F21; Sweater: F21: $13.50; Cord Blazer: Steve & Barry's: Gifted; Boots: Aldo: $150ish; Scarf: Boutique in Mystic, CT; Peacoat:AE: $50(Clearance)

Well as you can see I was able to wear jeans to work for the last 2 weeks of the year.
I thought to dress up the swearter with this cord blazer I've had for years and my plain 'ol brown scarf. It was chilly so the extra layers totally worked in my benefit. As I walk around in the empty field thats adjacent to my house, I can't help but look down and thing of how dead the grass is. I know that they seed up here in the "South" (north for me).. but honestly... its dead, throw some sod on top and lets be done with it...But alas no matter how many dirty paws I must clean, and how often I complain to the HOA... no luck and I live in a mud pit... oh well.. maybe next spring. In the meantime I'm going to enjoy wearing this outfit.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wardrobe Raid- 12.17.2010

 Fall Favorites

Blazer: NY&Co.: $35(Black Friday Sale);  Grey Tee:F21: $6; Cami: F21: $3.50; Jeans:LEI; Scarf: F21: $6.50; Belt: F21: $2.50; Shoes: Steve Madden: $69.99

I just love this outfit. It was warm and comphy and I just loved wearing it. Plus it involved the Christmas present I bought myself. Ok Ok it was a total splurge but I had to have a pair of lace up tan suede wedges.. I know I know that sounds really odd, but I looked everywhere I could for a bargain pair and well these were definitely the best deal I found..I am still having the buyers non-remorse over not getting the $30 pair from F21 when I saw them because lets face it, if you find something you like but think you can wait until payday in 2 weeks chances are it won't be in stock when you go to buy.. which led to yup you guessed it....absolutely having to owna pair.. but in all my remorseness I have definitely gotten my moneys worth outta these bad boys.. as you will soon see.. I love them becuase they're comphy, I can dress them up or down & I can wear them all year round... currently I am sporting them with wool socks, and come summer they'll be paired with socks you can't see but manage to keep them from getting icky.. So Cheers to the shoe!!!!

Is there some splurge item you bought for yourself this Holiday season? Let me know...

Wardroobe Raid- 12.16.2010

Workin' around the clock

Sweater: F21: $13.50; Chambray Skirt: $19.50;  Blue Tights: Hue: $12;  Socks: Target:$1; Boots: Aldo:$150ish; Sweater: Mossimo for Target:$19.99; Belt: F21; Bracelet: local Boutique: Gifted
As you can see it was dark out when these were taken, and I had just walked through the door. Between work and late night shopping I've been non-stop, go go go. But I still manage to drag my lazy lil behind outta bed in the mornings & throw together something cute that helps me make it through the day. In the process I lost a button at work and didn't even notice. Shows how much I've been paying attention, I' lucky I walked out with the same 2 shoes. But hey I still managed to pull it off.

Wardrobe Raid- 12.10.2010 x2

Hibachi .... Love

Cardigan:UO: Gifted;Jeans:LEI; Blouse: Bebe: gifted;Boots:F21:  ; Necklace: F21: $1.50.

I absolutely love hibatchi. I wore this to the local Japanese Steakhouse for a date night. It's the first time I've worn this top since my sister in law gave it to me, & it finally worked in an outfit. So I sported it for date night and I think it'll be making regular rounds in my daily wear.

Wardrobe Raid- 12.10.2010

Excuse Me, Professor?

Blouse:Target: $6.24 (Clearance); Cami: F21: $3.50; Carigan: AE: $15 (sale); Jeans:F21: $19.99; Oxfords: F21: $24.98; Belt: f21; Watch: Gifted; Necklace: F21: $1.50; Faux-Fur: Attention: $34.99
I wore this outfit to work a while back and thought it was bit Ivy league. I could just imagine wearing this in a dusty old library while I wander between the stacks... But alas, the only stacks I wandered through were the file cabinets in the office, and no where near as interesting as library books...

Friday, December 17, 2010

Wardrobe Raid-12.08.2010

Just Crew it
Faux Fur Coat: Attention: $34.99; Blouse: JCrew: $59.99 (on sale); Skirt: F21: $12.50; Belt: F21: $3.50; Cami F21: $3.50; Tights: Target: $5; Oxfords: Payless: $28.99; Earrings: Target
That's what I said when my sleuthing skills deserted me in looking for a familiar top at an in budget price... yup I went for it this blouse and some shoes you will see later on are a Christmas present to me....yes I know I am reaching to justify spending $60 on a shirt but I just had to have it. I absolutely love it.. I am even wearing it either for Christmas Eve (latin people celebrate the night before) or on Christmas day with some Tomato red cords that my mom bought me for Christmas ... It wouldn't be the first time I did a midmorning outfit swap on Christmas.. especially since I know that theyre there waiting to be unwrapped :) ohh... that idea hadn't occured to me until I started typing this post... I love it...
Have you ever reached into a pocket of something you haven't worn in a while and come out with money? Well, I am not lucky enough to find random cash in my pockets becuase knowing me cash has a very short shelflife.. but I do however happen across old jewelry.. I am notorious for taking off my earrings and putting them in my purse or pockets... and I came across these the other day in a hoodie I hadn't worn since I was in Connecticut for my cousins wedding (which is what the earrings were purchased for)... so It may not be as exciting as finding a random 20 but hey it made my day.

If you have any wonderful random pocket findings feel free to share I love hearing tales of things people leave in wasteland of old pockets.

Wardrobe Raid-12.4.2010 (Part2)

They Call me Mellow Yellow

Yellow Cords: F21: $14.90; Tee: Express $15; Wrap Sweater: AE (Day after Christmas Clearance); Statement Necklace: F21; Clogs: Payless: $28.99

Sorry I had to go there but I look so mellow here I couldn't resist. This was the evening outfit for the day. I made dinner for my parents and the bf's mom at his place and wanted something slightly warmer and more comphy... I remixed some of my item choices from what I brought and this is what came out... not to bad but not my best... I will admit it was comphy and good for staying in with Family on a cold night..

Wardrobe Raid- 12.4.2010

IceSkating in the Produce Aisle
Tee: F21; Tank: Abercombie: Seasonal Clearance; Leggings: F21: $3.50; Booties:; Jacket: Aeropostale: Gifted from my brother; Scarf: n/a; Funny Hat...priceless.. hehe no j/k it's from some shop in Mystic, CT. Denali jacket: TheNorthFace: $150 (cheaper on ebay)

Yes you read correctly. I went Iceskating in the produce aisle of the local Harris Teeter.. thanks to it being cold and wet outside and me wearing those totally inappropriate shoes.. I am a complete klutz and have yet to realize that shinny surfaced flooring and wet heels are not a good mix when I occupy them..
So to make my utterly embarassing moment in the store, I skated quite literally through the tomato section to be exact... I hope the veggies weren't trying to tell me something about my outfit... I know the denali and the hat were a bit much but i didn't think it was going to be soo cold out so I grabbed what I could before the alarm went off on my way out... I could only take a quick pix before ducking into the car and the oncoming downpour so you couldn't really see the right outfit .... but you get the point

Cafe du Michelle- Apple Gorgonzola Salad

Apple Gorgonzola Salad
My Stomach is audibly growling rememberint this salad that I made for Thanksgiving lunch at the Bf's fam's house... It went into the largest bowl I had in my possesion which so happened to be a pink and orange ditty that my mom gave me for my housewarming. It intermittently serves as a bread organizer in the pantry..

2 Bags of Italian Blend lettuce (Since I was in a hurry and did not feel like spending the morning chopping)
(for those with more time, you can chop up some green leaf lettuce, some red leaf lettuce and a heart of romaine lettuce... tossed to mix together)
1 bag of herbed croutons
1 bag of dried cranberries
1 bag of candied walnuts (they're super sweet)
1 Granny Smith Green apple chopped
1 package of Gorgonzola cheese crumbles

1. Place lettuce in bowl
2. Add croutons and mix to distribute
3. Add Walnuts, Cranberries, and Apples, mix to distribute
4. Add Gorgonzola and mix.
5. Repeat until there is a good ratio..

Now for the best part.. The dressing.
Homemade Balsamic Vinegarette

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Clove crushed garlic
Red Wine Vinegar
Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp. Basil
1 tsp. parsley
1 tsp. honey dijon mustard
Salt & Pepper to taste

1. Add equal parts to all ingredients listed above into a blender and blend until mixed.
2. Chill for an hour prior to serving

Wardrobe Raid- 12.3.2010

Laid Back Work Day

Faux Fur Coat: Attention: $34.99; Blazer: $15; Top: Marshall's; Jeans: LEI; Clogs: Payless: $28.99; Watch: Fossil: Gifted; Earrings: F21: $3.50; Pin: Michael's: $1.99 (clearance).
Hmm... whats that over in the trees?
Well, it's not as interesting as my feet... obviously.. I mean look at them... aren't they the most gorgeous feet you have ever seen?? I mean I am in the wrooonng line of work. Should've been a shoe model. I mean they are just fascinating...  I just can't stop staring...(I kidd, I kidd)... I actually am not exactly fond of them. Or as my freind Jenny used to say I have alien toes.. So it's a little bizzare that i can write with my feet and pick up generally just about anything, I guess I'm part monkey.... mom you have some explaining to do!!!!
Ok so I thought some humor would distract you all from the fact that I have not been as active lately posting. But I assure you now that I have passed my accounting course (finally!!!) and have made it over the December hump at work oh ya & lets not forget all that pesky Christmas shopping & decorating out of the way. I can get back to sharing fabulousness with you all.. (atleast I like to think that).. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Wardrobe Raid- 12.2.2010

Sweater Dress: Kohl's; Tights: Target: $5; Boots: Aldo: $75ish(on clearance); Necklace: F21: $6.50; Handcarves Wooden Bracelet:: Local Boutique: Gifted

So I've been dragging my feet this week in posting, well shoot me!.. (ok no seriously....don't do that). But work & school have me swamped. That and in the last 2 weeks I have had more Murphy days than I could count. Sheesh.. I was productive though.... (well sorta),  in that I managed to put up my tree w/ decorations, help the bf put up his....ok so I was sick on the couch for most of his decorating but I put up a few ornaments (hey that counts!)...So here is my first set of photos by the tree, I love the warm glow the tree lighting gives. Since the weather here has plummeted to below 30s when I get home the majority of my pictures will be indoors & and most likely by said tree.. (real creative..huh?) I promise that if it snows here I will take some outdoor pics... with me in them..

Oh and the blue smudge on my arm is not a new tattoo... its quite literally a smudge from a blue highlighter that I totally didn't know I had until I posted this... Oops!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Budget Friendly Holiday Ideas

Work with What You've Got

This bowls contents tends to get changed up seasonally. I was going to leave the fall scavenged pinecones in it just adding a bit of fake snow, but I couldn't just leave these red beauties in their box again this year. So I swapped out the pinecones with some red ornaments I had and added some holiday cheer to my table. I also added in these silver wire christmas trees that my mom picked up for me and even though they don't match with the "peacock" colorscheme the green runner I picked up on sale at IKEA for all of $.99. Cost me just $1 to set up. The vintage sugar bowl  will get a helping of walnuts whenever I make my way to the grocery store.
Splatter-Free Sparkle
The wooden fruitbowl that resides on my kitchen counter, got a nice pick me up of extra ornaments to add some  cheer to the kitchen. I just made sure there was a good mix of colors and that was that. They are all plastic so if they get an unlikely splatter of something thats being cooked I can just pop them in the dishwasher to get clean.
 My mom gifted (as per the majority of holiday items) me these sparkly Christmas trees. They are from Crate&Barrel, but the budget part is that though they were free for me she bought them on the 75% off day after christmas sale so they were super cheap for her.. And the kicker is you can whip up some DIY ones at home on the cheap...
  • What you need is come cardboard cones,
  • Modgepodge,
  • Glitter in colors you intend to use.
  • Colored beads if you would like a more textured look
  • Foam Brush

(Hint: do this out side on a non-windy day, Trust me you'll thank me later)
Lay out some newspaper or a craft blanket and get a big enough plastic container to fit the largest cone in verically (this works the best because you are less likely to waste glitter it also maked for the easiest cleanup) or you can use paper plates.
Fill the plastic container with the mixed Glitter of choice.
Sift the Glitter so that it coats the entire length of the tree.
Use the foam brush to coat the entire outside of the cone in a thick layer of modge podge.
Then, Holding the top of the cone and the inner (nonglued) part on the bottom and commence to "dip" & roll the cone until it is completely covered in glitter and beads..
Set aside on news paper to dry and repeat with other.
If you have excess glitter/bead mix you can just tip the remaining contents into a plastic baggy or small container for later use. So no glitter is gone to waste

Deck the Halls..'er Bookcase

There aren't really any halls to deck in this home.. maybe Ill get lucky next year and be in a new place equipped with a hall to deck?!? right ... well a girl can dream. In the meantime I have thrown up some garland with more misfits around the living room book case.. And hung it around the top from some old Target stocking holders.. hence the big red stars ..

The misfits always find a home.. these all came from decorations my mom places on my gifts every year... her moto is "every present needs an ornament".. (most of which just may escape the wrath of her glue gun)..

Feel free to share if your bookcases get some holiday lovin' or if you have a clever way to showcase misfits...

'Tis the season

The Peacock Tree.
The inspiration from this look came from the feathered peacock ornaments that are all over the tree..something about going non traditional and venturning in to the Teal, Lime and (non-tacky) gold side of the tree always puts a silly girlish grin on my face.. I also can't hate on this being a fake tree that already comes lit up... It saved me soo much time this year in decorating.
The Mini Tree
This little ditty sits atop my indoor fire heater that is made to look like a wood burning stove.. It helps ward off the chill on those blustery nights and saves big on the gas bill.
Of course Hookah had to maker her cameo, that is her claimed spot to warm her little furry tush.. Last year I was petrified that she would catch fire being as tiny as she is and being the perfect size to fit right up under the grating of the heater.. As I am sure females everywhere know hair is extremely flammable... so I now have to double check that shes not under it before I turn it on.. This is nothing new in this household as I had to check that Giggles the ferret (I fostered) wasn't under the dishwasher when I turned that on.
We all Love the Misfits

I have been aqcuiring misfit Christmas decorations over the years and here are a few. They are usually gifted via my mom, and I don't have the heart to leave them in the box so they go scattered about the house in small clusters like the one listed here.


Wardrobe Raid- 12.1.2010

Plain With a Gangster Twist

Sweater: Wet Seal; Pants: WetSeal: Clearance; Hair Flower: F21: $3.50; Earrings; F21: $1.50; Shoes: Kohl's: $35

These pants always seem like they would be something a gangster would wear. They are ancient and easinly one of the oldest items in my closet. Additionally the tie up oxfords did not steer me clear of that gangster appearance. I could have honestly thrown on an old school bowler with a plastic  tommy gun and walked out for halloween. But alas, no promises of candy came this day, just work and came home to put up the 'ol tree. This was a total cheat day in that I wore pants and paired it with something in the same color scheme. It didn't involve much thought and worked out rather well. Until next time I just want to know : "Are ju tolkin' to me?"