Vegas Baby

I am super excited for a Vegas trip that's coming up with the girlies, so I've been keeping my eye out for the perfect pieces to pack. Here are some things on my Vegas wish list.

Alice + Olivia "Annie Bustier Dress"

Halston Heritage "Pleated Flower Dress"

Ecote "Studded Suede Bag"

"Exhibitor Pouchette"

Elizabeth and James "Haircalf Platform Pumps"

Rosegold "Suede Heel"

Here Come the Brides

I wore the dress of my dreams for my wedding, but that doesn't stop me from bridal gown envy every time I catch glimpses from the runways. I wish the hubby and I could get remarried every year so I can wear each one of these amazing dresses from my favorite designers. For those of you that are shopping for your perfect wedding dress, or those like me that just like to look, here are my top dreamy choices.

Vera Wang, Fall 2010

Vera Wang, Fall 2010

Vera Wang, Spring 2011

Oscar de le Renta, Spring 2011

Oscar de le Renta, Spring 2011

Carolina Herrera, Spring 2010

Carolina Herrera, Spring 2011

Monique Lhuillier, Spring 2011

Monique Lhuillier, Spring 2011

Reem Acra, Spring 2011

Jenny Packham, Fall 2010

Jenny Packham, Fall 2010

Jenny Packham, Spring 2011

Melissa Sweet "wallis"

Black Tie Wish List

I so wish that I had an occasion to wear these gorgeous dresses, let alone the cash to afford them. But at least I can admire them from afar.

Monique Lhuillier, Fall 2010 Ready to Wear

"Clarissa Gown"

Vivienne Westwood Gold Label "Opuntia Corseted Gown"

Brain Reyes "Corset Strapless Dress"

Carolina Herrera "Draped V-Neck Gown"

Veggie Soup for the Soul

When the hubby and I were at Whole Foods the other day, we spotted so many delicious looking veggies that I decided to make a veggie soup from scratch. I seriously had no idea what I was doing, but thought it would be pretty painless. It took a while, with a few little mishaps, but in the end, it was so scrumptious. Especially the next day :)

♥ 2 quarts vegetable broth
♥ 1 yellow squash
♥ 1 zucchini
♥ 2 celery sticks
♥ 1 medium onion
♥ 2 shitake mushrooms
♥ 1 garlic clove
♥ 1/2 tbsp chopped rosemary
♥ 1 tomato
♥ salt and pepper to taste
♥ 1 cup blend of uncooked wild and brown rice

♥ Add broth and rice to a large stockpot and bring to a boil. When it starts to boil, stir well and lower heat to simmer. Let sit for 30 minutes. Chop up the squash, zucchini, celery, onion, mushrooms, and garlic. Add veggies and rosemary to the stockpot and bring the broth up to boil again. Once boiling, set back down to simmer. Let sit for up to 45 minutes or until the veggies have softened. When almost done, chop up the tomato and add to the soup. Add salt and pepper to taste. Depending on the broth you use, the soup may already be pretty salty, so beware of adding too much salt. I also added some other random herbs and seasonings to spice things up a bit, but I leave that up to you. Enjoy!

Portraits and a One Cent Sale

One fortuitous day, I came across the website for Nan Lawson, a Los Angeles based illustrator and photographer. I went to her etsy site to order a custom portrait as a pre wedding present for one of my besties. But as I was ordering her portrait, I couldn't resist the urge to get a couple for myself. So I ordered one of my hubby and I on our wedding day and one of my bridesmaids and I. When I received the prints in the mail, I was literally jumping up and down in giddy excitement like a five year old. And to make things even more exciting, I went to Aaron Brothers to find some cute frames and came upon their one cent frame sale! Buy one frame and get another for a penny. LOVE! The sale is on until the end of the month, so you'd better hurry.

Cocktail Hour

As I kind of mentioned in my last post, I had an impromptu cocktail party at my place the other night after I read a drink recipe in my Martha Stewart Living magazine. I think Martha would have been proud of the concoctions I created... though as the night progressed... the drinks got stronger and stronger and less recipe-based, though everyone seemed to be enjoying them more and more. Funny how that happens ;)

The Spread

Kiwifruit Caipiroska


The Toki Special

Non-Alcoholic Mini Watermelon Punch for our friend Matt :)


Kiwifruit Caipiroska from June issue of Martha Stewart Living
♥ 8-9 kiwis
♥ 3 cups tonic
♥ 1 cup limeade
♥ 1/2 cup vodka (but I added a little more!)

♥ Pulse 6 peeled kiwifruits in a food processor and strain through a sieve. Discard solids. Transfer the kiwi juice into a large pitcher and add tonic, limeade, and vodka. Garnish with peeled kiwi slices.

Red Wine Sangria (I had a very large pitcher, so I doubled my usual recipe. If you don't have a very large pitcher, then cut this recipe in half)
♥ 2 bottles of red wine (I used Shiraz)
♥ 1 cup brandy
♥ 2 oz triple sec
♥ 1 cup strawberry kiwi juice (from Trader Joes)
♥ 1/2 cup soda water
♥ 4 teaspoons superfine sugar
♥ juice of 1 lemon
♥ juice of 1 lime
♥ 1 orange, lemon, and lime sliced for garnish

♥ add wine, brandy, triple sec. strawberry kiwi juice, sugar, lime juice, lemon juice, orange juice and fruit slices into a large pitcher. Make sure to stir enough to dissolve the sugar. Cover the pitcher and place in the fridge overnight. When ready to drink, add the soda water to make the sangria extra refreshing.

The Toki Special
♥ 1 cup strawberry lemonade
♥ 1 cup sparkling grapefruit juice
♥ 2 cups grapefruit vodka
♥ 1 cup tonic
♥ fresh mint leaves

♥ add strawberry lemonade, vodka, sparkling grapefruit juice, and tonic into a large pitcher. Garnish with mint leaves.

Matthew's Watermelon Punch
♥ 1 mini watermelon
♥ 1/2 cup strawberry lemonade
♥ 1/2 cup club soda

♥ slice off a tiny bit of the bottom of the watermelon so it can stand up on its own. Then cut the top off of the watermelon and scoop out the fruit. Make sure not to scoop out too much of the bottom; you don't want to break through the base. Put the scooped out fruit in a food processor and blend. Pour juice through a sieve and discard any solids. Add the watermelon juice, strawberry lemonade, and club soda in a pitcher or large glass then pour the mixture back into the watermelon. Drink any extras you may have very quickly or the husband will try to beat you to it ;) And if you feel extra motivated like I did, carve in your initials or a fun shape into the side of the watermelon.

Bottle Magic

When it comes to buying alcoholic beverages, I'm usually at a loss. My taste buds can't distinguish a great pinot noir from a not-so-great one. So when in doubt (which is all the time) I buy based on how cute the bottle is. And since I like to buy super cute bottles of wine and beer, I tend to keep them in hopes to later use them as vases. So when I had an impromptu cocktail party the other night, my extra bottles came in very handy.

Military Time

Trends come and go, but one that seems to stick around every season is military inspired looks. I'm usually not the biggest fan of in your face camouflage print, but these next looks have just the right amount of army love.

Silence & Noise "Pencil Skirt"

Aqua "Buttoned Circle Skirt"

"Denim Cadet Vest"

7 for All Mankind "Josefina Cargo Pants"

Current/Elliot "The Army Pant"

Marc by Marc Jacobs "Kelly"

Diane von Furstenberg "Abbe"

Farm Tactics "Cargo Pant Bag"

Mini Market "Boot Wedge"

Jeffrey Campbell "Feminine Lace-Up Boot"

Steven "Flat Suede Boots with Buttons"

Diane von Furstenberg "Jasmine"