Favorite {Equipment}

{Equipments‘ Booth at the Capsule Tradeshow in NYC was beautiful! The new Men’s Line (right column) is incredible!! Guys, you better get on board.}

{Above are my favorite Styles…all currently available at Net-a-Porter.com}

About 2 weeks ago, I flew to NYC for the Annual Capsule Tradeshow. The event was a blast – so many unique Booths & Clothes/Shoes/Accessories to see! I was tempted to order a million things, but I kept my cool and took pictures instead. One of my absolute favorite Brands – Equipment – had an amazing booth and I had a nice chat with Jessica, the Brand Representative at the show. Equipment’s amazing Silk Blouses have been my favorites for a while – my love for the Brand and its’ great Colors & Patters borders on obsession by now (I see a mini collection forming in my closet.) If you haven’t tried one of their Blouses yet, you should give it a go – the quality and fit is perfection. Jessica also introduced me to their upcoming Men’s Line – as you can see in the pictures above, the Quality and Fun Patterns are On Point!

xo

{Pictures in First Collage by Miss Renaissance.}

Adventures in {Poaching}

Sometimes, I like to step away from my usual chocolate & carb-addiction-driven dessert creations and make something more unusual and “healthy”. Over the weekend, I got inspired to try this beautiful Poached Pear recipe, and it didn’t disappoint! As you can see in my pictures, the Pears came out a beautiful, deep red color – perfect for the Valentine’s Day Season. If you prefer white wine, this recipe will work just as well using a bottle of white, but you’ll lose the deep color. Aside from the few chocolate chips in the sauce, this recipe is virtually fat-free (but definitely not sugar-free!) Do you have any fun recipes that defy the usual cookie/cake/brownie/chocolate mold?? I’d love to hear about them.

xo

Weekend Style Picks

Happy Friday, everyone!! My Weekend Style Picks are back for a 2nd week due to Popular Demand (thank you for the feedback!) I’m sure most of you have heard of & perused MyTheresa.com, right? Not only is it one of my favorite online shopping sites, MyTheresa also happens to be a German-based site. Gotta love my Motherland! Whenever I’m visiting Family & Friends back in Munich, I make sure to go to the original Theresa store to check out their latest goodies! Going through their newest offerings, and challenging myself to create several outfits from only a single site is quickly becoming a fun challenge that I truly enjoy. What are some of your favorite online fashion resources? I’d love to take this challenge to some new online territories in the upcoming weeks.

Have a great Weekend!

xo

{All styles available online at MyTheresa.}

Weekly Color Inspiration {Island Dreaming}

{On all fingers, except index fingers, Essie Turquoise & Caicos. On index fingers, Essie Island Hopping.}

This week’s mid-Winter Mood brought with it Wishes & Dreams of Island-Hopping and lazily floating in Caribbean Waters. Ahh, a Girl can dream. For now, an Island-Inspired manicure will have to suffice. Aside from feeling subtly tropical, I love this color combo because it’s a play on saturated pastels – a trend I’m wholeheartedly embracing for Spring!

xo

{Vintage} Mid-Winter Fun

Sometimes, even in the midst of Winter, a girl just wants to have some fun! So I thought to myself, “Why not blow up some balloons, put on an outfit with a sense of humor, and take a little Field Trip?!” Off to Chicago’s beautiful Field Museum we were! Thanks to a relatively mild & sunny day I was able to play with layers and keep my coat off most of the time. How do you keep your Winter interesting & fun? I’d love to hear your stories!

xo

{Dress & Coat by Opening Ceremony (found on Super Sale on my most recent trip to LA), Striped Shirt by Zara (old), Sheer Tights by Topshop, Flat Bow Shoes by J.Crew, Platform Heels by Theysken’s Theory (found at an accidental run-in with a NYC Sample Sale), Gloves by Zara (old), Belt by Urban Outfitters (old), Sunglasses by Oliver People’s, Watch by Michael Kors, Bracelets -All Vintage, Rings – Vintage & Me and Ro, Lipstick, MAC in Lickable.}

Sometimes All We Need Is A Little {Chocolate}

Ok, so I’m a complete Chocolate Fanatic!! Have always been….will always be! Over the years, my taste for Chocolate has grown from loving anything and everything that even remotely looked/tasted like Chocolate, to becoming a Chocolate Snob of sorts. These days, I tend to crave a more refined, dark & deeply flavored Chocolate. On most days a square or two of Dark Chocolate from one of my favorite brands (Green & Black’s, for example) is enough to tide me over until the next day. Sometimes (ok, fine – OFTEN) though, I feel the urge to indulge and have a truly refined Chocolate Dessert. In this case, nothing satisfies me more than a perfectly¬† rich Dark Chocolate Tart – preferably with a nice layer of Caramel Glaze on top! There, I said it.

The Tart pictured above has the perfect ratio of crust/filling/glaze. Using edible Gold Leaf to decorate this tart is a very simple way to glam it up. I like baking these in small, individual tart forms rather than making one big tart, but either way is divine.

Recipe for the Crust & Filling Here, and for the Caramel Glaze Here.

Have fun with your Chocolate!

xo

{Photo by Miss Renaissance.}

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