February 28, 2011

My Oscar observations

While everyone else is breaking down the Oscars fashion I will be sharing a few observations I made throughout.

Reese Witherspoon's giant pony actually made her look a little like a My Little Pony

(While finding a picture I realized that her hair was some odd half-up, half-down concoction with that being said yes strange but still channels Pony as in My Little.)

Wow Weight Watchers got the best ad in Jennifer Hudson. Diet and exercise looks good on you!

One reason I hate HD is that you notice things like how tired people look. I can't be the only one who noticed James Franco's fatigue. My husband said his eyes looked like they had vampire circles and I tend to agree. I couldn't find the right picture of Mr. Franco but trust me he looked like a bored blood-sucker.

{Here is she is in her botoxed glory}

Nicole Kidman's forehead actually moved!  I promise, I saw it with my own eyes when they showed her during her nomination for Best Actress. Seriously Nicole you look good with a wrinkle between your eyes. Thankfully you saw the light and decided to stop it already with the botox. When your forehead is so shiny and smooth you look like some eerie weird wax figure.  Sidenote: I wrote this post last night and figured I could snag images this morning, it seems I'm not the only one with a strange fascination with "The Forehead".  You must see this, hilarious!

I wish, wish, wish I had thick hair so I could wear it like Annie did in the gold de La Renta gown.

Please dish your observations and your faves in comments. It's Monday morning for heavens sake, no working just playing!

February 27, 2011

Tuscan Kale Salad

Saturday I made my way to True Food Kitchen (Andrew Weil's collaboration with Fox Restaurants) and I had to get my favorite Tuscan Kale Salad. I just knew I would find it online so here's the recipe so we can all enjoy it's tastiness while feeling smugly superior for being so healthy.

{image from here}

4-6 cups kale, loosely packed, sliced leaves of Italian black (Lacinato, "dinosaur," cavolo nero) midribs removed
juice of 1 lemon
3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, mashed
salt & pepper, to taste
hot red pepper flakes, to taste
2/3 cup grated Pecorino Toscano cheese (Rosselino variety if you can find it) or other flavorful grating cheese such as Asiago or Parmesan
1/2 cup freshly made bread crumbs from lightly toasted bread
  1. Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and a generous pinch (or more to taste) of hot red pepper flakes.
  2. Pour over kale in serving bowl and toss well.
  3. Add 2/3 of the cheese and toss again.
  4. Let kale sit for at least 5 minutes. Add bread crumbs, toss again, and top with remaining cheese.

February 24, 2011

Hello there

Hello there. I've been working a lot so forgive my absence this week.  I hate it too. Sometimes I have things to say but no pictures to say it with and that's no good. So hopefully I'll catch up today, even though it's already Thursday.  Here's a few things that are on my mind.

-My brother surprised us on his 4 day pass from the Army by coming home to visit us. It took us all completely by surprise, so we had a long weekend with family. It was fun we ate all his favorites, played games, hung out, all in all a very good one!

-I have issues. Last night I watched 2 straight hours of Toddlers & Tiaras. WTF is wrong with me?! The first one I made my husband watch with me just so I could watch his face. Then the next one I was on my own and I watched it simply because the people were from Arizona. Good thing to watch for parenting Don'ts that's for sure

-I have these antique corbels that my mom got in Nebraska that I need to do something with. Ideas? Maybe later today I'll post a picture.

-Why does Trader Joe's kill me with the most delicious things like Dark Chocolate covered Almonds with Sea Salt and Turbinado Sugar? If you haven't tried them you must, they're divine.

-I'm finally getting a smart phone and it's coming today. I feel like a kid at Christmas! 

{image via vi.sualize}

February 16, 2011

I have a condition

I've turned into a green-eyed monster with a serious case of the I-Wants. It's a bad case of it and it makes me itchy. I know I should be thankful for all my blessings and what I have and it will most certainly pass but sometimes wanting a living room instead of a playroom really, really gets under my skin.  The other day another mom and I were talking at school about just wanting "stuff", is that so bad? We're both in the fortunate position of staying home with our children but sometimes finding a job so we can have stuff seems really appealing. Don't get me wrong I realize that staying home is a huge job in itself but what's going to happen when Little heads off to kindy?

So don't kill me for my little tangent but sometimes those cases of the I-Wants are bad. Anyways obvs the most covetable interiors of designers Tia Zoldan found in High Gloss aren't what sparked my infection but I do love them (and the magazine). So if money were no object a nice comfy living room would be in my future. It's a formal living room but I would like it to be a place where you can hang out too. If you had your choice what's the first itch you would scratch in your home? 

February 15, 2011

Love it :: Blair Waldorf

While we're on the subject of fashion did you watch Gossip Girl last night? Seriously Blair could not have looked more beautiful during last night's party du jour. 

These images don't do the gown justice! This dress with her hair and makeup were stunning, stuff dreams are made of. Not to mention her other looks weren't too shabby either.

You know I love some daytime sparkle!

{all images from the CW}

Marc Jacobs Fall 2011

We all know that Marc Jacobs is super cool, genius, etc, etc, but I love his little details. This season it's the polka dot hosiery. Just perfect.
{images via The Sartorialist}

February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

I know it's a little early but Happy Valentine's Day!

{image via vi.sualize}

February 10, 2011

Warm fun

This time of year is bittersweet for those of us that live in Arizona. While we obviously like the heat our brief respite from it is almost over. We'll have the gorgeous days of spring here in the next several weeks and then the heat will set in. It actually doesn't get unbearable until about July (well at least to me) but I know the forecast will be warm and sunny for the months to come. So instead of whining about it I'll try to be positive...think happy thoughts.

{Images via Aurevoir Paris, Absolutely Beautiful Things, ianton flickr}

February 8, 2011

Green + Blue

When I was a kid green was my favorite color. There was a girl in first grade named Karen Lin and her favorite color was green too, her favorite food was cheese and she had perfect penmanship. She liked green and I liked green but she liked orange cheese with her green...Weird. So I had a hard time deciding if I should keep green as my favorite color because everyone knows that green and orange don't go together and I didn't want to be thought of as a green paired with orange lover too.  Ahh, the mind of a 6 year old. But what I have realized is that green does look lovely with blue.

Oh and who knows I might just become a green + orange lover because I haven't seen it paired the perfect way yet.

February 7, 2011

The weekend

Hi there. How were your Super Bowl festivities? Are you a big football fan? By the time the Super Bowl rolls around I could give a fig about any football. I check out around the college bowl season because I'm so tired of it. But hey if you're a Packers fan, woot woot! We took Little to Disneyland for his birthday, well it's not quite his birthday but it's when we could fit it in. He got to meet his idol Lightning McQueen and added a few more Cars items to his collection. We are a Disney marketers dream, he LOVES Cars.

When you're 5 you get to go all alone at our house, we did it for Big too and it ends up being pretty special. You get to do whatever you want without an impatient brother standing by, not to mention at 5 you're usually tall enough to ride most of the rides. When we went a couple of years ago for Big's 5th birthday we realized that you can bring food into the park now. No worries about eating the world's grossest lunch you can swing by Trader Joe's and bring it in. Thank goodness. You know Little doesn't eat anything so it came in pretty handy. I did however eat my weight in churros and had to have the yummy pineapple soft serve over by Adventure Land. I've always thought that churros in Disneyland taste the best, I can't be the only one.

February 2, 2011

High Gloss

If you haven't checked out the newest online magazine High Gloss you should, it's gorge! 


February 1, 2011

Metallic Grasscloth

Warm and shiny? Metallic grasscloth equals perfection.