Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Oh Hey!

Hey guys, it's been a while. Sorry I've been away. What can I say, I've been busy? Lame excuse. Forgive me.

Changes be happening. Inspiring changes. This will be good for this, here blog, so stay tuned. Shit's about to get real.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Peach Galette


Homemade and sugary baked goods are my favorite. However, sometimes the thought of slaving three hours in a kitchen just to satisfy my sweet tooth just doesn't appeal to me. For those times, I introduce to you the galette.

According the my favorite internet encyclopedia, the word galette is a term used in french cuisine to designate various types of flat, round or freeform crust cake. I interpret this definition to mean that taking a frozen, leftover, pie crust and stuffing it with butter, sugar and fruit is not only acceptable, but tres french and classy.

Making a galette is the easiest dessert to make. Simply roll out a pie crust, add your fruit of choice, a couple pads of butter, a sprinkling of sugar and rollup the ends. Voila! You have the classiest, easiest, frenchy-est dessert ever. And remember, I am not a lazy baker, I am a french galette pastry master.



Peach Galette 

INGREDIENTS

1 single pie crust
3-5 fresh peaches, sliced with skin
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp flour
3 pads of butter
sliced almonds for sprinkling
1 egg

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Roll out the pie crust on a floured surface and then transfer to a baking sheet.

In a large bowl, add sliced peaches, sugar and flour and toss the coat. Evenly fan the coated peaches onto the pie crust. Sprinkle sliced almonds on top of the peaches. Fold the pie crust edges up and over the peach filling. 

In a small bowl, whisk the egg. Use a brush and coat the dough with an egg wash. Sprinkle the entire top of the galette with sugar. 

Bake for 20-30 minutes or until dough is golden and crisp. Allow to cool for 30 minutes. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Jacket of My Dreams


I know, I know. I haven't been on here for weeks. And now, here I am, preaching about the jacket I cannot live without. It's pathetic. It' annoying. It's the most perfect jacket I have ever seen!

Last Fall, it was all about two toned leather. Canvas bodice and leather sleeves. This season, it's all about plaid, plaid and more plaid. Thank god for that. Plaid might be my favorite, ever. If you counted all of my plaid button-downs, you might be sick. But cereal, Madewell has stolen my heart with this perfection that is called the All-Weather Plaid Coat. I want it. Now someone buy it for me. 



P.S. How good is this plaid?? And this plaid? Mommy want.



Thursday, August 22, 2013

Thrifted Thursday: Work Wear




You all know I love thrifting. There is something so satisfying about buying something old and wearing it in your own style to make it new again. Thrifting is about taking risks and being creative. I find it easy to incorporate thrifted pieces into my casual wardrobe. Throwing a "retro" jacket (and by retro I mean Gap-from two years ago) over a trendy top and skinny jeans is easy and fun. I also find that most people usually appreciate the creativity and dichotomy of these combos. Experimenting with fashion on your own accord is fun and doesn't hurt anybody.

However, getting thrifty at work place can be a whole other ball game. There is a fine line between creative and over-the-top. This line has been on my mind often due to my new, mandatory, business dress code. Thus, I have taken it on as a personal challenge to incorporate thrifted items into my work wear, bearing in mind that taking fashion risks at work may not be the best environment to test the limits.

I obviously don't work at an office that requires a dark suit every day. Nor do I work in the fashion industry though where mini skirts are acceptable when paired with a blazer. My office falls somewhere in the middle, where color is acceptable as long as it's below the knee.

My thrifted work wear look below is something I feel proud of. You may have noticed the thrifted heels from this post, and yes, they are happy that they have finally come out to play. The sweater was thrifted from the ARC, which was thrifted by my mom, which was then thrifted by me from her closet. Makes perfect sense, right? The yellow top is Victoria's Secret and may as well be thrifted for as old as it is and as many times as I've seen it at thrift stores (and might I add, in better condition than mine shown here). The skirt is new this summer from J. Crew and really has proven to be a work staple. It goes with everything, fo real. Minus it's questionable quality (some of the threads are falling out), I wear it at least once a week. Score.

So what do you think? Work appropriate? Or do you want to politely tell me I should never step foot into my office dressed like this again? You tell me.

Thrifted "crochet" sweater. Too casj for work wear? Maybe regretting it in retrospect....

A close up of my money maker. I knew it was important to you to see every angle of the outfit.
It's not blurry. You just need glasses.

Sweater: Thrifted (similar, but sold out)
Top: Old Vicky's Secret (similar)
Skirt: J. Crew Factory
Heels: Vintage (similarcute cream version)


P.S. Please excuse my face. This photo sesh occurred before I had time to apply my face. Rarrr.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

5:00 A.M. Hiking


Because I have a nasty habit of saying I'm going to do something and then not following through see here), I wanted to wait awhile before I shared my new routine with you. But it's officially bloaggable folks. I have been waking up at 5:00 a.m. for the last month to go hiking before work. Brown chicken, brown cow.

As many of you know, I have moved back home...into my parents house. Yes, this 26 year old chick is sleeping in the same room that she spend the first 17 years of her life. Besides obvious perks of living at home, like free rent and endless snack options, my favorite and least expected perk is hiking with my mom and dogs every morning at 5:00 am. I know what you're thinking. 5:00 am? That's ungodly, that's too early, that's practically a sin. And I used to agree with you.

I'm not what you would call "a morning person." Although I'm not the kind of girl who sleeps until noon, I'm  certainly don't look or feel like my typical perky self until after 8:00 am. My favorite way to wake up is leisurely around 8:30am, lounging in bed and watching Girls until the urge to pee gets so bad I must get out of bed.

But now, Monday through Friday, this grumpy morning girl wakes up at 5am and goes hiking with her mom and pups. Not only do I like it, but I love it. I love the cool temps in the morning, as outside activity becomes unbearable to me past 10am during Colorado summers. I love being awake to watch the sunrise over the mountains. I love the quiet. I love feeling like a rockstar when I get home and have my workout behind me and it's only 6:45am. Hiking at 5:00 am rocks, and I highly encourage you all to try it.

 July 3rd sunrise...it was light when I would wake up, which made it easier to get out of ma bed.

 July 8th...this is my morning face. Get used to it. Also my mom is also gorgeous.

July 9th...I love 5:00 am hiking!

 July 10th...5:00 am hiking sucks.

 July 15th-ish...the super moon! That was cool!

 July 18th...at least I'm awake for some gawgeous sunrises.

July 22nd...mom fell asleep.

 July 25th...Stella and Zig love 5am hiking.

July 28th...can't get Nora Jones outta ma head.

July 30th...Why am I doing this? What has my life come to???


August 5th...a foggy 5am hike. Eerily spooky, but beautiful.

August 5th...more 5am hiking, and my maja's smexy leggies.

August 7th...officially dark until we get to the trailhead.


August 12th...still looking good, but can't wait for the day it's too dark to continue...