Saturday, July 31, 2010

Finally Mine!

Last weekend I finally took the plunge. 

The previous weekend before that, I had called Zappos to inquire when was the actual purchase date of a pair of shoes I had bought, but had never worn - their policy is 365 days for returns.  Even though the original purchase was made in April 2009 (oops), they still offered me the chance to send back the shoes for a FULL REFUND... um, yeahhh... 

So, since I had purchased the never worn shoes with a gift card (thanks Mom!) I got a store credit.  I knew immediately as I got my online credit code I was going to be using it at their sister site - Zappos Couture - to order the Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier Hobo.  I had been sweating this bag for the entire month of July... so with coupon code in hand I got my bag for less than retail.

It was especially nice to come home to my puppies, my husband, AND my nice new smooshy bag this week.

Can't wait for Fall and cooler weather! 

I also want to send some hugs and wet pupper kisses to Zappos' Customer Service... you rock!

Friday, July 30, 2010

[Real Deal and Awesome Steal] The 'Perfect' Ballet Flat

If Santa Claus is reading, he knows I've been wishlisting some Tory Burch Reva's for months now.  I've been hesitant making the purchase, 1. because it's summer and I haven't been wearing flats 24/7 and 2. I'm not 100% they are the most comfy option for me out there....

My genetically challenged feet NEED comfy shoes... especially flats, which I wear way too often for someone who is also vertically challenged...

So when I noticed Tory Burch's new line of flats, the Eddie... I thought they'd be worth the try...

Readers, these shoes are like putting your feet into a cloud!

The footbed is lined with memory foam, the leather is stretchy and molds to your foot, I'd like to challenge that there may not be another shoe as comfy out there... (that you'd actually want to wear in public)

The Real Deal
Eddie Flat - Tory Burch $178

However, since this is a "Real Deal and Awesome Steal" post... If you want to sacrifice cloud-like-comfort for price, but wear an identical looking shoe, these babies that Anh from 9to5Chic posted yesterday are definite steal...

The Awesome Steal
The City Flat - The Gap $39.50

I'll be spluging on the Real Deal in month or two... possibly even on multiple colors!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

[OOTDs] Working It

Hey there readers!

I'm back home with my snuggly puppers and Husband too... and couldn't be happier :)   Work travel always wears me out.  Long days of meetings, followed by free longer multi-course dinners at nice restaurants, and pupperless hotel beds (ohh I think I'm on to something!)... I'm always happy (and heavier) when I return home.

I took some shotty OOTD pics in my hotel room since I actually was dress a bit more corporate casual this week, as opposed to my usual "casual" casual...

Liberty of London Floral Key-Hole Top - Target, spring '10 (here)
Navy/Greyish Editors - Express, '07ish
Black Belt - Express, '06/'07 ?? 
Liz Claiborne Martini Pumps - DSW, '08
Key to Your Heart Necklace - F21, winter '09 (here)
Grey Melanie Button Cuff Cardigan - J.Crew, fall '08 (not shown)

Blooming Lattice Cardigan - Anthropologie, spring '10 (sold out, but some on eBay)
Blue Double Layer Tee - Banana Republic, '07ish
Khaki A-Line Skirt - Banana Republic, spring '08
Brown Snakebite Belt - Anthropologie, summer '10 (lookalikes in this post)
5-Row Opal Disc Stretch Bracelet - South Moon Under, spring '10 (here)
Unpredictable Prism Earrings - Anthropologie, summer '10 (here on sale!)
Sonya Huarache Wedge - Banana Republic, summer '09


Ok... I changed a few times yesterday...  I first tried this, but realized I didn't like my hair and that I was one peg leg away from being totally 'pirated' out... so after the pic I made a few adjustments.
Field Game Cardigan - Anthropologie, summer '10
(call CS, I saw some grey and navy ones in store last week)
Silk Frances Cami - J.Crew, summer '09 (here)
Black Editor Shorts - Express, 2007ish (here)
Liz Claiborne Martini Pumps - DSW, '08
Woven Straw Headband - J.Crew, whoknowswhen...

Aside from the pirate mishap, I think I eased back into corp-cas environment pretty easily.  Oh well, it's good to be back.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Currently Missing....

This face....

...and this one too

**insert me here, please** 

back be shortly readers!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

[Recipe Share Sunday] Fish Tacos & Slow Cooked Mexican Shredded Chicken

I don't know who I thought I was last night, but my husband sure loved it.

Since this was our first weekend together we had in a while, I thought I'd cook a nice dinner.  Husband said he wanted some organic chicken, and while I still haven't reintroduced poultry into my diet, I wanted to cook something we both could enjoy.

I decided to make some Mexican shredded chicken tacos for him and fish tacos for me.

I've made plenty of tacos in my lifetime, but never without ground beef, turkey, or fakey veggie "beef".

I used a combination of these four recipes below to make my own "try as I go" meal...

Slow Cooked Shredded Chicken
Shredded Chicken Seasoning
Fish Tacos
Fish Taco Sauce

First up, I took two organic chicken breasts and placed them over some long and wide slices of vidalia onion, with 1 cup of water, in my crock pot.  Then I used the seasoning recipe from the recipe link above, and used the following ingredients.
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dry oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder

I turned the crock pot on to HIGH and left it for 3 hours.  Then I prepped the Fish Taco Sauce.  Now, I wasn't completely prepared to make this sauce the same as the recipe calls for, so I only used the following ingredients.
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat mayonnaise
  • 1 lime, cut in half
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp ground chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp capers, minced
  • 1 hot pepper of your choice, seeded and minced
The recipe calls for the mixture to have the consistency of a creamy salad dressing and to add lime juice until you reach this result.  I ended up using a whole lime.

After hanging around a couple of hours, online shopping, I got back up to finish preparing.  I started with mixing the beer batter for my 3/4lbs of cod.  I cut the cod up into small pieces (about 2-3"strips).

Then I used the beer batter recipe from the fish taco link above.  It had the consistency of pancake batter.
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch  (I used corn meal)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup beer

I dipped the fish pieces in the batter before dropping them in a frying pan over medium heat with a good two (wrist)swirls of EVOO.

While the fish was frying, I cut up our toppings....
  • Diced Plum Tomato
  • Jalapeno Slices
  • Avocado Slices
  • Shredded Lettuce (for chicken tacos)
  • Shredded Cabbage (for fish tacos)

When the beer batter is golden brown and the fish is flaky and opaque, drain on paper towels to absorb excess oil.

At this point, I turned off the crock pot and shredded the chicken breasts and onion slices in a mixing bowl. 

All the work was done, just time to build our tacos....

Fish Taco
Chicken Taco

Pretend Chef's Notes:  Next time I'd increase the amount of water in the crock-pot to hopefully keep the chicken from drying out.  I'd also use less cumin in the fish taco sauce and add the cilantro the recipe calls for, I just didn't have any on hand.  Other than that, we had a tasty meal and lots of leftovers :)

Friday, July 23, 2010

[Window Shopping] Skirts... wait, Skirts?!

Alright readers, I'm back... not that I ever really went anywhere, but like some other bloggers out there, I just kinda got into a funk this week.  I realize my posts have been lacking personality, my apologies. It must be the high humidity and 100+ degree temps getting to my brain again....

Anyway... last month (was it a month ago?) a lot of you seemed to encourage me to wear skirts more often.  And don't worry, I haven't.


Well, I'm just being honest.  

But, I am doing some traveling for work next week and since it's for some bigwig meetings, I don't feel right rocking my casual looks.  I also, surprisingly, prefer wearing skirts when the weather is hotter - which it has been all over the whole country... except for maybe Alaska.  Thing is, I don't really own that many.  


4 skirts to be exact.  (1 floral mini, 2 pencils, 1 khaki a-line)

So, if I were to increase my skirt stock, these are the pretties I'd pick up.

Licorice Lanes Skirt - Anthropologie $78
(I hope this is instore at my local Anthro, going to try to snag it this wkd)

Cooperative Tulip Skirt - Urban Outfitters $48
(love the window pane pattern)

Kate Spade 'Kollete' Skirt  – Nordstrom $295
(I'll take the whole outfit, please)

Ikat Blossoms Print Skirt – LOFT $59.99
(I almost picked this up months ago when Loft had their 40% sale... maybe its time to reconsider)

Fennel Flower Skirt - Anthropologie $98
(I could work with this)

Sleek Suit Skirt - Banana Republic $49.99
(seems short, which means it might fit me at a normal length)

Circle the Globe Skirt - Anthropologie $68
(my size is out of stock, and I'm not sure if it would flatter a midget, but I love the bright summery yellow)

And last, but not least...

Fleurette Pencil Skirt - J.Crew $59.99

Dear J.Crew,

Is this really how you style a watercolor pencil skirt suited for, well, suiting?  WTF?!

I mean, it's a cute skirt - once I get past the homeless girl....


Ok readers, be a bad influence, which one is your fav??

Thursday, July 22, 2010

[Real Deal and Awesome Steal] Peep Toe Clogs

I'll admit, the clog trend quickly grew on me since first spotted at last Fall's Chanel Spring RTW show.  And, for me, it's still a more admire from a distance and watch it while it passes type of trend.  However, if I were to jump on wooden heel bandwagon, I'd test the waters with these slingback (woohoo, I won't fly out of my shoe and on to my face) peep toe clogs...

The Real Deal
Via Spiga "Astro" Slingback Clogs – Nordstrom $198

and if I didn't want to spend nearly $200 on a "trend"... I'd go for these shockingly similar look-a-likes...

The Awesome Steal
DV by Dolce Vita 'Jezabel' Sandal  – Nordstrom $89.95

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

[Wishlist Wednesday]

Lots of new wants... some old... still all fun to share!

Fawson Pump in Light Gray - Aldo $49.98

Harmony Chain Necklace - Anthropologie $19.95

Joey Top - Yumi Kim $139

Insouciant Tank - Anthropologie $58
(I like the punchy yellow too)

Everyday Cardigan - J.Crew $59.99

Marc by Marc Jacobs 'Totally Turnlock Large' Zip Around Wallet - Nordstrom $228

DV by Dolce Vita 'Jezabel' Sandal - Nordstrom $89.95

Nars Laguna Bronzer - Nordstrom $32
(because when you don't have a real tan, you have to fake one!)

Marc by Marc Jacobs Frill Silk Dress - FarFetch $241

Bauble Bracelet  – Urban Outfitters $24

Silence & Noise Marled Blanket Stripe Cocoon Cardigan – Urban Outfitters $48

Patent Eddie Ballet Flat – Tory Burch  $178

and of course....
Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier Hobo - Zappos $398 

whew, that's a lot for one day....

Monday, July 19, 2010

[Sale of the Day] Another Kimchi Blue Colorblock Dress

Last spring, I picked up an adorable colorblock dress by Kimchi Blue from Urban Outfitters.  I snagged it on sale for $40!  I've since worn it to two bridal showers and have received many compliments on it.
Kimchi Blue Colorblock Dress - Urban Outfitters (sold out)

When I first wore it here, you readers raved about it too... except, by the time I debuted it, it had sold out online.

So I tried to find a Awesome Steal for you guys... but, as usual, it just wasn't as great as the original.
Party Dress - AE (sold out)

This past weekend I picked up another Kimchi Blue colorblock dress, except this one is currently on sale for $29.99.  I thought this time around I'd share my find before it sells out.
Kimchi Blue Colorblock Print Dress in Grey - Urban Outfitters $68 $29.99
(I picked up this color)

Kimchi Blue Colorblock Print Dress in Red - Urban Outfitters $68 $29.99
Kimchi Blue Colorblock Print Dress in Black Multi - Urban Outfitters $68 $29.99

The dress runs true to size and if your busty up top, you may need to size up.  The dress hadn't yet made it to the sale rack in my Urban, but they will price match the online price so just make sure to ask at the register.

If buying online, use code FACEOFF to take 15% Off  your order of $75+ (thanks Chloe!), but the promo ends tonight!

Happy Shopping!