July 21, 2014

It's Been a While

F21 top (old), J.Crew skirt (on sale!), Miu Miu heels, Chanel bag, Stella & Dot necklace c/o
 Let's face it...it's been a while since I've worn a skirt and heels.  I love anything with a drop waist, so of course I was instantly drawn to this skirt at J.Crew.  I decided to go for a classic, lady-like look, so I paired it with a lace top, Chanel bag and my very first pair of Miu Miu heels.  After almost a week of being cooped up in the house (thanks to a nasty cold), it felt real good to get out and get dressed up.

July 16, 2014

Gnocchi with Sausage and Kale

 Like gnocchi?  I mean, who doesn't right?  Words can't adequately describe just how yummy this dish is.  I followed this recipe, but made a few "healthier" modifications.  I used chicken sausage and instead of making a parmesan cheese sauce, I simply sprinkled parmesan cheese on top after it was done cooking.  It was bursting with flavor and best of all, my husband AND daughter both loved it.  Oh, and did I mention it takes less than 30 minutes to prepare from start to finish?  Definitely my kind of recipe!
 1 package store bought gnocchi  (I got mine at Trader Joe's)
  1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
  3 chicken sausages, casings removed and crumbled with your hands
1/2 tsp all-spice 
   1/4 cup white wine or broth (I used broth)
10 cups roughly chopped kale
pinch of coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4th cup parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat
 Add the onions and sauté until soft (3-4 minutes)
Add the sausage and all-spice; continue to sauté until the sausage is browned all over (5 minutes)
Add the garlic and sauté one more minute
Add the kale and broth (or wine). Season with a pinch of salt and pepper
Toss until the kale has wilted and is bright green (I used a lid to quickly wilt the kale)
In the meantime, cook the gnocchi in boiling water for 3 minutes
Add the gnocchi to the sausage and kale mixture; toss to combine
Serve hot with sprinkled parmesan cheese

July 14, 2014

Perfectly Neutral

Balenciaga bag, Samantha Wills ring c/o, Cartier watch
Let's face it...we all have those "I have nothing to wear" days.  When that happens to me (which seems to be quite often lately), I always reach for my favorite pair of denim shorts.  They're definitely my best purchase of the summer and I love how easy it is to dress them up or down.  Whether I decide to wear sneakers, sandals, heels or flats, they go with everything.  As much as I love beautiful dresses and skirts, at the end of the day, I'm a tried and true denim girl.