November 29, 2013

creamed pearl onions

Brussels Sprout SaladThanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love the food and time of year, but most importantly, I love the uninterrupted time with family. We always spend most of our day in the kitchen fussing over appetizers, salads and casseroles while enjoying champagne and fresh cocktails, Dad is the best bartender. Allen brings fresh cracked crab and I do some kind of side dish, not quite the big leagues with the turkey, stuffing or gravy, but still a good contribution.

I made Thomas Keller’s Creamed Pearl Onions and they were delicious, nice accouterment to the meal. Hope everyone had a fabulous holiday!


Green Beans

Creamed Pearl Onions
8 servings

80 white pearl onions, unpeeled
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp. nutmeg, grated
2 tbs. sherry
1/2 bunch chives, cut into 1/2-inch batons
Kosher salt

In a large pot of salted boiling water, blanch the pearl onions for about 3 minutes. Remove from the water, shock in a bowl of ice water, and drain. Peel onions, leaving a little of the root end intact (I bought my pearl onions from Trader Joe’s, frozen, peeled and ready to go. I microwaved for a couple minutes, and then tossed them with olive oil).

Oil pan, and add the pearl onions, heavy cream, and nutmeg. Season to taste with kosher salt.

Cover the onions and cream on medium heat until the cream has reduced by half and the onions are cooked through. Stir in the sherry.

Garnish with chives.

November 28, 2013

happy thanksgiving!


TWELFTH AVENUESweatshirt: James Perse. Jeans: J Brand. Shirt: BCBGMaxazria. Necklace: J.Crew. Watch: Burberry (this one‘s on my wish list). Loafers: Steve Madden (similar).

Happy Thanksgiving! This year, I am so very thankful for all of you who read this blog and support Kelsey and me in our creative endeavors. Love and health to you and your families on this most wondrous of holidays!


November 27, 2013

love notes

Steer Horns{We have a new friend, he’s nice, I promise}

Mom{She really was}

Bookshelf{Bookshelf accessories}

Portland{Portland being beautiful}

November 26, 2013


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Maybe it’s the frigid temps, or maybe it’s my never-ending quest to be more like Kate Moss, but lately I’ve been lusting after all things (mostly faux) fur. And it looks like I’m not the only one. From supermodel Karlie Kloss to British reality star Millie Mackintosh, it seems everyone is cozying up to fur this winter, including the buyers at my favorite e-commerce sites (see: ASOS and Shopbop).

This trend is so easy to pull off, so long as you stick to a less-is-more attitude with the rest of your outfit. Throw an oversized faux fur jacket over a graphic tee, distressed jeans and Converse sneakers for a casual weekend look, or keep warm while out Christmas shopping in a chunky grey knit and faux fur trimmed motorcycle jacket. Take a less posh approach to leather leggings and a slouchy white tee by adding a faux fur coat and black Chelsea boots (see black and white pic above). Although it’s popular now, fur, including faux, never goes out of style, so invest in a piece you really love and carry it over from year to year.

November 25, 2013

weekend wear




Vince Sweater l TWELFTH AVENUEDenim: AG (similar here). Sweater: Vince (love this too). T-shirt: J.Crew (I have it in navy and cream). Booties: Fiorentini Baker. Wallet: Prada. Sunnies: Ray Ban. Jewelry: Cartier, David Yurman.

There is nothing groundbreaking about this outfit, but the comfort is plenty good enough for me. I bought this Vince sweater at Nordstrom Rack last year, and at the time it was more than I wanted to spend, but I’m so glad I made the purchase because I’ve worn it to death. Love it. I could say the same about my denim, but you’ve heard that story before.

I bought my booties at a local consignment store a couple years ago, and love their versatility. Gotta be real here, it was one of my first consignment purchases, and I felt a little unsure about buying someone else’s shoes. But hey, they were new to me, and that’s all that really mattered.

You might have noticed a little change in my hair (if not, let’s pretend I didn’t mention it). I paid my hairstylist a visit on Friday, and really wanted to feel a change but didn’t want to cut a lot of length off to get it. I’m really feelin’ the midi-length right now, and the bright blonde is kind of refreshing for the dreary months ahead.