October 31, 2013

chunky knits

TWELFTH AVENUE TWELFTH AVENUE TWELFTH AVENUESweater: Hinge (similar). Vest: J.Crew. Jeans: J Brand. Booties: DV Dolce Vita (similar). Bangles: Daisy. Watch: Burberry.

Denim vests over chunky knits, amiright? I love that this bulky sweater has a built-in scarf by virtue of its gigantic turtleneck. To be honest, I never really liked it with my long hair, but with my new short ‘do, it works. To quote Olivia Pope, “Everyone deserves a second chance, even ugly grey sweaters.” (Okay she didn’t say that last bit, but they do. They really do.)

October 30, 2013

reading list

Reading List
Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple. Prepare to be charmed by precocious 15-year-old Bee as she strings together email messages, official documents, and secret correspondence to unravel the mystery of her mother’s whereabouts in this “compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.” (Amazon.com)

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. The first book of Flynn’s Gone Girl trilogy, Sharp Objects is dark and eerie and positively riveting. If you like a good mystery with plenty of twists and turns, this is the book for you.

Bossypants by Tina Fey. Tina Fey reveals all in this amazingly funny story, “and proves what we’ve all suspected” you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.” (Amazon.com)

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. In a quiet suburb, five beautiful, eccentric sisters commit suicide one by one over the course of one year. A modern classic, The Virgin Suicides is both haunting and unforgettable.

October 29, 2013

fall diy roundup

Fall DIY Roundup | TWELFTH AVENUE(Photo via Aida Mollenkamp)
  • I can’t stop thinking about this simply spooky Halloween soirée (and that evil eye manicure!) from Design Love Fest. So chic.
  • The easiest, most impressive pie crust DIY I’ve ever seen.
  • I can only imagine the vulgar messages clever puns my husband would write on his very own chalkboard mug. Nevertheless, so perfect for sipping hot tea on a chilly fall morning.
  • Every autumn party deserves a little white wine sangria bursting with tart apple flavor.
  • These adorable rosemary wreath place cards from Spoon Fork Bacon would complement a rustic Thanksgiving table setting.
  • Speaking of Thanksgiving, I’d like to mix things up on the dessert table this year with yummy chocolate and caramel covered apples from Style Me Pretty.
  • Dying of cuteness over this kids’ table centerpiece (and secretly wanting to make one for the grown-ups’ table).

October 28, 2013

the majesty peacoat

Peacoat l TWELFTH AVENUE

Leopard l TWELFTH AVENUE

Boyfriend l TWELFTH AVENUEDenim: Current Elliot. Blouse: J.Crew. Jacket: J.Crew. Heels: J.Crew. Sunnies: Ray Ban. Clutch: J.Crew.

I’m not sure how one goes from this to this, but I’ve been seeing a lot of boyfriend jeans paired with heels, and got inspired to try the look myself. First things first, I need to invest in a few more pairs of heels, preferably this exact heel but in different colors. They are almost as easy as walking in flats, almost, and dress up the most casual of outfits, perfect.

There’s a whole lot of J.Crew happening in this outfit, are you surprised? I bought this jacket on sale last year and haven’t paid it much attention since, but I love the length and high collar. Workin’ for me. Okay, happy Monday!

October 25, 2013

four ingredient coconut quinoa

Coconut Quinoa | TWELFTH AVENUE

Last Saturday, in search of nourishment after a particularly grueling hot yoga session and not quite ready to give up the flavors of Hawaii (take me back!), I whipped up a batch of coconut quinoa from this recipe on Bon Appetit. Little did I know that I was unearthing one of the greatest recipes of all time. I’m not kidding when I say I can’t stop eating it. In the mornings, I heat it up and eat it plain as a subtly sweet breakfast (in lieu of oatmeal), and in the evenings, I eat it as a side to Cajun spiced fish and vegetables. It is four ingredients (one of which is salt), protein rich (okay okay, and fat rich, but good fats…?) and seriously so tasty I could die.

I’m really curious if my obsession is just a personal taste thing, because my husband was not as floored by plain coconut quinoa as I was, but he loved it as a side dish to a savory dinner. So please, please, if you make it, let me know what you think. I’ll just be over here. Face deep in quinoa. Dying of happiness.

Four Ingredient Coconut Quinoa
serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 1/2 cups white quinoa, well rinsed
13.5 oz can unsweetened coconut milk
1 teaspoon sea salt

PREPARATION

Heat coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Add quinoa and cook, stirring often, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add coconut milk, salt, and 1½ cups water and stir to combine. Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and liquid is evaporated, 20–25 minutes (rough estimate).

Let quinoa sit for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving.