Friday, December 30, 2011

All of the Brights

Photos: Myself
        For Christmas, I got this great sweater and to showcase its contrasting stripes I paired it with none other than my favorite cords. Now I'm usually not drawn to pink clothing, but I think the color of these pants is eye-catching and pairs well with other colors. What do you think?

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Slit Sleeves

 Photos: Myself 
So, I fell in love with this dress not necessarily because of the pattern but because of the interesting sleeves. I've never worn a piece with cut-outs in the sleeves but these are delicate and (in my opinion) flattering. But, as you may have figured, the wind comes through the slits easily! Do you own/would you try any pieces with slit-sleeves? Please feel free to tell me what you think!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Save Room for Dessert!

      Ok, so I decided that I'd do something different and post a recipe on this blog. I'm a foodie at heart and am excited to put my own recipe out there! Recently I made these chocolate mousse cups topped with raspberry mousse. If I can say so myself, it tastes like a sophisticated recipe with the very dark chocolate and nice consistency. If you're a dark chocolate fan, I would most definitely test the recipe.  It's very easy- so please try it if it intrigues you! (and comment if you'd like- I'm open to suggestion!)  
Easy Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cups

Servings: 3
1Tbsp Butter
2 Graham Crackers- crushed (to your desire - whether finely or not)
10-20 Pistachios-crushed
1 Chocolove Strong Dark Chocolate Bar (3.2 oz.)
1 6 oz. cup plain Chobani Greek Yogurt
About 3/4 cup fresh raspberries- depending on your liking (see pictures)

For the Crust:
1.    Preheat oven to 375F.
2.    Prepare 3 oven safe 6 oz. cups with baking spray.
3.    Microwave butter in small bowl until melted (8-12 sec. on HIGH)
4.    Add crushed graham crackers and pistachio to melted butter and mix well.
5.    Evenly distribute mixture into the 3 cups and press down with fork or spoon
6.    Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes.

For Mousse:
1.    In small bowl, Microwave dark chocolate at 15-second intervals until melted.
2.    In 2nd small bowl, mix Greek Yogurt and melted dark chocolate, leaving behind some dark chocolate for drizzling (if desired)- about 1 Tbsp.
3.    Split mixture evenly among cups.

For topping:
1.    Add raspberries to tops of each bowl (amount as desired- I used around 5 per bowl) 
2.    Drizzle chocolate on top of raspberries.
3.    Serve immediately- and enjoy!    

Notes: I recommend using organic dark chocolate because of its high cocoa content and not-to0-sweet taste. However, any other brand of dark chocolate would likely produce great results-it's dark chocolate!

The crust will be crumbly when it bakes but it adds a nice contrast to the mousse. 

The dark chocolate and Greek yogurt combo may be semi-hard to mix initially, but don't worry about the chocolate slightly hardening- the taste will not be sacrificed! (The mousse's result tastes like chocolate chip cream cheese to me!)

Baked Crust
Mixing the Chocolate Mousse...
 Adding the Final Ingredients...
Finished Product!

I'd love to hear what you think (and how you liked it)!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Where the Streets Have No Name

Photos: Myself
This outfit was inspired by menswear worn with feminine pieces. This sweater is noticeable but not to bright and pairs well with neutrals (and is warm, too). I had to add in some jewelry with the studded bracelets! Please feel free to tell me what you think!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Dark Romance

These looks are all so appealing and interesting. I love the unexpected deep burgundy color on a suit, dress, or even in makeup! The looks are not overwhelmingly dark with hints of skin, white, or metallics. One's eye is drawn to the different luxe materials featured in these pieces. Overall, I think the colors, styling, and materials of these looks all contribute to a romantic feel. Perfect for the winter season/ holidays!
Images found using Google search.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

That Dress

Photos: Myself
Dress: Levi's, Belt: Old Navy, Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Ok, so this is one of those pieces that you know will be worn in your closet. I picture this dress as the center of many outfits with scarves, belts, and cozy sweaters. I can't wait to layer it as it gets colder and add some color with it! What's a key piece in your wardrobe that always sparks your creativity?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Warmth of Autumn

Photos: Myself
Top: Target, Skirt: H&M, Shoes: Bare Traps
There is something so comfortable about the bright sun shining in the distance.
It was a risk to purchase this skirt with its mid length but it actually very flattering and versatile. I can't wait to try it with a plain white button down and colored scarf. The colors in this outfit make me really happy because they are warm and perfect for fall. What do you think?

Friday, September 30, 2011

In the Rain

 Photos: Myself
Sweater: Target, Jeans: Pac Sun, Shoes: Urban Outfitters
I've embraced wearing white after labor day by adding dark accessories. If only you could see the actual rain in these photos!