Saturday, December 13, 2014

Butternut Squash, Arugula, & Goat Cheese Tartine

Butternut Squash, Arugula, & Goat Cheese Tartine
Tartines (open face sandwiches) are my new favorite breakfast food. I feel like with breakfast it's easy to get into a rut of eating the same thing for months until you begin to not have an appetite for anything. I've been trying to switch things up - to make sure that I do eat something in the morning, and all the school years of cereal and pop tarts are making me want anything but sugar. 
Tartines are also a great way to get some veggies in first thing and keep you satisfied well into your day. 

Butternut Squash, Arugula, & Goat Cheese Tartine
Sauté cubed butternut squash with minced garlic in some olive oil until tender and cooked through. Season with salt and pepper. On a warm toasted slice of hearty bread, spread herbed goat cheese and top with arugula and butternut squash. 

Leftovers can be kept separately for several days (just reheat squash in microwave before putting on toast)
Butternut Squash, Arugula, & Goat Cheese Tartine

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Pins {Pinterest}

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below: Gingerbread Spiced Marshmallows {source / pin it} // Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer
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Check out more Christmas pins here

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

SF/Napa/Sonoma, via Instagram

The last bit of pictures from my trip...
me decanters
A French dinner at Chez Maman in Hayes Valley // diy inspo
succulents bouchon
succulents all over the place // Bouchon Bakery
blue bottles
street art in Hayes Valley // bottles on bottles
sea fall
Bodega Bay // fall in Cali

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Salt + Smoke Dinner Party {Anthro}

Can we talk about why we weren't invited to this dinner party? Delicious looking food that I've mostly never heard of + Anthropologie tableware! That cocktail looks super neat. 

Can we also talk about how a banh mi deli opened right next to my Anthro, which is walking distance from my apartment (and down the street from Jeni's Ice Cream)?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Chairish: 3 Looks for the Holidays

I teamed up with Chairish again to show you their newly added (AMAZING) vintage jewelry and fashion accessories collection - and how to style them with different holiday party looks. 

Bronze Age: Take a break from the sequins with an underrated bronze on bronze outfit. Pair with an unfussy hair style and red lips. 
Where to buy: necklace / dress / clutch
Emerald City: To many people capitalize on wearing red during the holidays - be different and wear green! Gold eye shadow will play off the emerald and wear your hair up to show off the earrings. 
Where to buy: bracelet / earrings / dress
Black & Gold: Make your grandmother proud and wear a brooch! Compliment this statement dress with black cat eyes and nude lips. 
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Where to buy: earrings / brooch / dress
Check out more of their jewelry here

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Chicago Lately...

end of summer through most of fall...
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Fall in Chicago is well celebrated. Can't you see why?
My Halloween costume - Frida Kahlo! She is one of my favorite artists and I am constantly inspired by her work and words. This was my ode to her. 
shake shack fall
We have a Shake Shack in Chicago! I fully understand what all the hype is about. It's conveniently located next to a movie theater, so every time I want to see a movie, I'll just have to go to Shake Shack too. 
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I was Rosie the Riveter for work Halloween - didn't want to scare the young children with my Frida unibrow. 
Ended this summer with a Cubs game - I'm walking distance from Wrigley Field, so it was about time I checked out a game. 
buckingham fountain
Buckingham Fountain
wrigley fall
Art exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center
kate spade
simple words to live by at Kate Spade
belle jasmine
Halloween throwbacks to my childhood

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Caprese Tomato Kale Soup

Caprese Tomato Spinach SoupSoup season is upon us! So I'm kicking it off with flavors that are reminiscent of a summer staple (because I'm just not over that it's over) - Caprese Salad. This is a tomato based soup made hearty and healthy with kale - topped off with fresh mozzarella and basil. Yummm. 

Caprese Tomato Spinach Soup
extra virgin olive oil
1/2 sun dried tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons sea salt, plus more to taste
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste

32 oz. Fire Roasted Tomatoes
16oz grape tomatoes
6 cups chicken stock
10oz bag kale, stems removed
Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella
Fresh basil

1. In a medium soup pot over medium heat, warm up the extra virgin olive oil. Add in the chopped onion, garlic, sun dried tomatoes, and saute for 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper, saute for another minute.
3. Add the can of crushed fire roasted tomatoes and grape tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes on medium.
4. Add the stock and kale, stir until well incorporated, cover with a lid and reduce the heat to low, simmer for 6-8 minutes. (You can puree part of the soup to thicken it)
5. Serve with mozzarella and basil. 
Caprese Tomato Spinach Soup

Sunday, November 16, 2014

back to San Francisco

...ended the trip in San Francisco, one of my favorite cites EVER
Since this was trip #4 to SF, we wanted to explore uncharted territory (for us). Checked out the Fillmore District - lots of great shops, plus a park with a view.
Hayes Valley
Hayes Valley - a little gem of a neighborhood, I HIGHLY recommend spending a whole day here. All independent, local shops - plus there is an entire bakery devoted to bread pudding?!
Hayes Valley fillmore
Hayes // pre-Indian food
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my mother in her favorite city
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Hayes Valley SF
One day I will live in you, California. 
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