Wednesday, May 30

In the Kitchen: Rosemary Fritatta


I was getting a little tired of my morning bagel routine this week, so I decided to try my hand at a fritatta, and all went well.  There's a little bit of prep work, but it's the perfect fresh breakfast if you have a little time on your hands.  Plus, you'll have leftovers for days!  This makes about 8 small servings (if you plan on serving it with some fruit or toast), or 4 full servings.

Ingredients

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves of minced garlic
3 yukon baby potatoes
1 small yellow onion, diced
4 sprigs fresh rosemary, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
12 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk, half-and-half or cream
1/2 cup fresh Parmesan cheese (Belgioioso or Parmigiano Reggiano are good options)

Directions

Heat oven to 450 degrees F.

In a cast iron skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat.  Add the minced garlic and move frequently to prevent burning.  Once the garlic is lightly browned (approximately 2-3 minutes), remove from the skillet and set aside.  Raise the heat to medium, and add the potatoes, onions, salt, pepper, and rosemary to the skillet.  Let the mixture sit for approximately 30 seconds on each side, then flip.  Do this for 6-8 minutes, or until the potatoes have lightly browned.  

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together. Add the egg mixture to the skillet and move them around and under the potatoes to settle them. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top.  Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until golden on top, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Enjoy!

Photo Credit: The Hazel Bloom

Monday, May 28

Have a Breezy Long Weekend!


I hope the weather holds out so everyone can take a break from being indoors all week and enjoy the fresh air outside.  Do you have any fun plans?  I have tomorrow off, so I'll be sleeping in and possibly sneaking in a movie

Laurent and I downloaded Jim Gaffigan's new standup, Mr. Universe, so we'll be having some laughs this long weekend.  You can download it for a measly $5 here.  We watched the first half, and our investment has already paid off. 

Here's a song to take you into next week. 

Photo Credit: unknown

Friday, May 25

Lapham's Quarterly Decades Ball

Way back when (two weeks ago) Laurent and I were invited to attend the Lapham's Quarterly Decades Ball, a 1920s-themed bash, complete with dancing flappers and readings from Dorothy Parker and Ernest Hemingway. 


It was so fun to get all jazzed up, dine in a fancy ballroom, and see the product of Laurent's internship on display.  I was blown away by Benjamin Walker, who read "A Movable Feast," and Maude Maggard, who sang a Noel Coward song.  Pictures from the night can be found here

P.S. Check out the current issue of Lapham's Quarterly, Means of Communication, for some top-notch literature!

Photo Credit: The New York Times

Well, Aren't You Cute?



Do you all read Oh Happy Day! by Jordan Ferney? She's always coming up with the best DIY's for parties. I love these little veggie boats for a summer party.

All you have to do is hollow out your favorite veggies, create a flat surface for them to sit on, fill them with yummy dip, and attach the sails.  Jordan used jicama and cucumber for the sails, but I think you could also also use cheese, depending on the variety.


Photo Credit: Oh Happy Day!

Wednesday, May 23

The Half-Braid


Would you look at what a couple of twists can do?  If I hadn't hacked off my hair, I would attempt this little half-braid to keep the hair out of my face in the warmer months.  So simple, no?  As far as I can tell, it's the lazy woman's braid.  You just wrap a couple sections of hair around the others haphazardly, and voila!  Chic lady hair. 

Photo Credit:  The Can Do Updo

Tuesday, May 22

Listening Library: Chairlift


I have to fess up... most of my musical recommendations as of late have been coming from either a.) Anthropologie's in-store radio (where I work) or b. Urban Outfitters' in-store radio (where Laurent works).  Oh well, they have some catchy tunes. 

I'm sure a lot of you have heard Chairlift's "Bruises" from the Apple commercial or "Ghost Tonight", but I would recommend listening to their album, Something, in its entirety. I especially love "I Belong in Your Arms".

Not only does lead singer Caroline Polachek have a lovely, haunting voice, she also has pretty. damn. good. style.

Photo Credit: Refinery29

Do or Don't: Maxi Skirts


Well, I think it's official... the maxi skirt/dress trend is here to stay.  I have to say, I've never even tried one on because most look too long for my height, but I'm seeing more and more options pop up that are making me reconsider.  They seem like the perfect option for those cool spring nights when you want something easy, but pulled together. 

You can find some cute options here, here, and here

Photo Credit: Pinterest

Friday, May 18

Have a Fun Weekend!


What are you all up to this weekend?  I'm going to make falafels, listen to Jerry Seinfeld's "I'm Telling You for the Last Time", and drop off some post-spring cleaning Goodwill items.  Don't you love paring down in the spring and summer?  I think it's so wonderful to come home to a sunny, simple home. 

Hope you all have a chance to picnic and take in the beautiful weather!

Photo Credit: unknown

How Common is Your Birthday?


Isn't this birthday chart pretty cool?  The New York Times ran a piece way back in December of 2006, which shows how common it is to be born on any day of the year.  The study, conducted by Amitabh Chandra at Harvard University, looked at births from 1973-1999.  

September birthdays (not surprisingly) are the most common... indicating that people prefer to spread the love around the cold winter holidays.  Isn't it surprising that you don't see more births near the middle of November (nine months after Valentine's Day)?

And since we're talking about birthdays, happy birthday to my friend Katelyn!  Hope you enjoy your big day!

Source: The New York Times, via A Cup of Jo

Thursday, May 17

Mansome

Have you all seen the trailer for the new movie Mansome?  It's directed by Morgan Spurlock (of Supersize Me fame) and produced by Will Arnett and Jason Bateman - two of my favorites.  I'm surprisingly excited to watch a film dedicated solely to male grooming.*


P.S. Don't you love Zach Galifianakis' quote: "My dad always smelled like garlic and diesel fuel."

*Update: The reviews are in... and it looks like Mansome might be a dud.  Have a look at The New York Times and AV Club reviews before forking over your hard-earned cash.

Listening Library: Islands in the Stream



Dolly Parton and Feist can do no wrong, am I right?  Yes, I'm right. 

Wednesday, May 16

In the Kitchen: Elephant Pancakes


I could eat pancakes all day, everyday... especially if they were served to me like this. 

Does anyone out there have some yummy pancake recipes that are a little out of the ordinary?  Laurent and I have been using Bob's Red Mill buttermilk pancake mix with raspberries mixed in lately...  I highly recommend it!

Photo Credit: Kate Spade NY Pininterest

Monday, May 14

New Pointillism

Berlin based artist Federico Pietrella creates full scale, complex pieces using only a date stamp.  Can you imagine how much patience he must have to be able to complete a single work?  I would love to see some in person!





Photo Credit: My Modern Met

Sunday, May 13

Happy Mother's Day!


Happy Mother's Day to all you wonderful mamas and mamas-to-be out there (especially mine)!  What's the best piece of advice you've received from your mom or the lovely ladies in your life?

My mom always taught me: 1. Some days you just need to curl up in your sweatpants, grab some snacks, drink a glass of wine, and read a book by yourself.  2. Always write thank you notes.  3. A good old-fashioned road trip with your best friend is better than any fancy vacation.  4. If fall passes and you haven't had a caramel apple, it's time for some reflection on your life. 

Love you, mama!

P.S. Some motherly advice from some TV moms...

Thursday, May 10

Summer is Near!


A quick mental note for those long summer nights... When you have guests over, consider making some homemade lemonade and storing them in Mason jars on ice.  You can keep the lemonade cool without the ice melting, and your guests will have a nice alternative to the usual soda or beer.  And no bees! Win, win, win.

P.S. A few lemonade recipes to try out and a beautiful outdoor seating arrangement.

Photo Credit: Notes on Design

Wednesday, May 9

Listening Library: Beach House (Round Two)


Ah yeah, ah yeah, ah yeah!  Beach House's new album, Bloom, is streaming on NPR Music.  Could there be anything better than new music to get you through the workweek?  I think my favorite tracks are New Year and Troublemaker so far...

P.S. You can check out my past post about Beach House here and all my past Listening Library posts here.

Photo Credit: NME

Dip, Baby, Dip


What do we think about dip-dying?  I usually veer away from modern, sleek lines when it comes to design, but I really love how these pieces turned out.  It's such an easy way to update an old piece of furniture or ease into color!  For some DIY dip-dye techniques, see Design Sponge's tips.

Here's a little song to listen to get you in the dipping mood...



Photo Credit: 1, 2, 3

Tuesday, May 8

Best Grilled Cheeses in NYC


Oh my... remember how I missed The Big Cheesy?  Well, Eater NY put together a list of the best grilled cheeses in NYC, sorted by neighborhood.  Ut oh... I'm getting hungry just looking at the list. 

P.S.  Eater has restaurant reviews of many larger cities.  See if your city is listed here

Photo Credit: Eater NY

Monday, May 7

A Little Pick-Me-Up...




I could live with a pretty embroidered bedside statement like this one, couldn't you?  I typically don't like hearts, but there's something about this that isn't overly sweet. 

Photo Credit: sho & tell

Friday, May 4

Have a Lively Weekend!


Hope you all have some fun plans this weekend.  I'm back in NYC following a few days in Dallas, and let me tell you... it's nice to be out of the humidity! 

I'm really looking forward to unwinding a bit tonight, sleeping in tomorrow, making some homemade cinnamon rolls and then celebrating Cinco de Mayo!  We're also having dog adoption day at work tomorrow, so I'm getting excited already to have some pup exposure. 

Did anyone tune into Veep?  I have to catch up on the second episode, but I thought the pilot was great!  So happy to see Buster in a another good role. 

P.P.S. Did you know that Cinco de Mayo, while celebrated nationwide in the U.S., is only regionally celebrated in Mexico, in the state of Puebla?  We'll take any excuse to stuff our faces and drink!  Do you have any plans?

Photo Credit: The Selby

Thursday, May 3

The Color Run


Have you all heard about The Color Run?  I generally try to avoid running more than a mile at a time, but I think this might be cause for an exception...

Runners/walkers/strollers are invited to start the run in all white outfits, and they get sprayed with different colors each kilometer they reach.   Wouldn't that be such good motivation to keep going?  It looks like everyone has so much fun!

Check here to see if there's one scheduled in your city.  My sister's running in Indianapolis... I can't wait to hear how it goes!

Photo Credit: The Color Run

The (Almost) Perfect Summer Staples



If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times... There are so many girls' clothes that I would love to have available in my size.  

Case in point... J. Crew's current crewcuts selection. For some reason, I received a crewcuts catalog last week, and I found myself totally jealous of all the cool kiddos who get to wear these summer styles. When can I get 'em in my size?






Wouldn't they be perfect for those days when you're just wanting to be casual and fun?  I wish I could find a suit like that for the summer!

P.S. Speaking of cool kids... isn't little Eleanor the most adorable girl?  Style icon before preschool...

Photo Credit: 1, 2, 3, 4

Tuesday, May 1

Listening Library: Alexander Ebert


Many of you might know lead singer and songwriter of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Alexander Ebert.  While I loved some of the band's tunes, I could never really get into their whole album, Up From Below.  It seemed a little unfocused, with only a few standouts.  Luckily, I was introduced to Ebert's solo album, which is much more consistent and enjoyable to listen to as a whole. 

I especially love "Let's Win" as we head into the summer, but I shared that last week.  Here's another favorite... Hope you enjoy some of his tracks!


Photo Credit: 1
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