The other night I was completely out of groceries, save for the remnants of my usual necessities (cheeses, grains, and chicken). I was also completely out of my favorite canned soups and macaroni (sigh!) so I was forced to get crafty with a few of the bottles and bottles sitting in my pantry. My mom had recently sent me a package of incredible flavored olive oils and vinegars that were perfect for an experimental night. With nothing except the chicken, brie, olive oil, and cranberry pear vinegar, I made a mouth-watering juicy baked chicken.
At first bite it can be pretty light, but as you immerse your palette further into the chicken, the flavors from the cranberry pear vinegar start to take effect and it is simply perfection. I always find it important to make a main dish with good balance–distinct flavor, a cheese (duh), and a light sauce of sorts. All together this meal tool me about 25 minutes, including bake time, and has already been served several times since. Try it!
What you need:
- Chicken breast
- 2 tblspns olive oil
- 2 handfuls of mushrooms, sliced
- 2 tblspns cranberry pear vinegar
- a slice of brie for every 2 pieces of chicken (or more)
- salt & pepper
What to do:
- Preheat oven to 400
- Coat a baking dish with olive oil
- Lay chicken (lightly sprinkled with salt & pepper) in dish and put slices of brie across the chicken
- Disperse the mushroom all over the chicken
- Pour the vinegar all over the chicken
- Bake for 20-24 minutes depending on your oven heat
When I was younger and still living at home I would occasionally stumble upon lavender scented soap in my underwear drawer. It was something I never even thought twice about, as my mom was a fanatic about all herbal scents in the home, but now it has me wondering if my ridiculous obsessive compulsive need for scent in my home has something to do with it. Maybe it’s the sense of nostalgia it instills in me, but fresh smelling underwear is kind of essential to me now. Little things like this tend to get me thinking (maybe too much) but I always like unraveling what my mind comes up with. In this case, opening my underwear drawer and being greeted with the lingering scent of (insert: whatever fancy soap I dug up) is something I enjoy and reminds me of my mom. All things I love.
I would also like to share that I have an extremely keen sense of smell. For example, based on scent alone, I can tell: who was in my car or home last, if my neighbors are making coffee or smoking, when Paul has been lifting weights (different smell than full blown working out), and the exact candle that was last burning. These may seem obvious, but I usually detect these smells hours after they have been produced. Bloodhound.
Lately I have been coveting Diptyque’s Baies candle. It has a rosy undertone that reminds me of when I was probably five years old and would take bubble baths with my cousin Chelsey. Our rose-scented bubbles were about twenty years ago now but I still recall the good ole Barbie days in the tub. Today I burned this candle down to its wick and purchased a new one, Geranium Rosa (also Diptyque) to help me get past a bittersweet day. While I will no longer be working at my normal 9-6 day job, I will now be focusing on my latest project that is approaching and burning candles. I may sound cray (or you probably just think I’m in shock) but smells make me happy! And knowing that starting today I will be able to burn whichever candle I want, all while doing what I love, is something I am honestly & truly grateful for. I promise to be normal tomorrow : )
Underwearable Soap: by Underwearables
Diptyque Baies candle
I’m wearing: Maison Scotch jacket ($185) | Alternative Apparel men’s shirt ($40) Paul’s closet | BLANKNYC denim shorts ($78) | Maison Scotch clutch ($75) from Jill Roberts | Eugenia Kim beanie ($77) | Ray Ban aviators ($180) | NCLA nail wraps from NOIR (coming soon)
Scotch. Maison Scotch, that is. I’m pretty obsessed. Their women’s spin off of Scotch & Soda has me trying to recreate every look from the Free People catalog, and luckily the pricing is pretty spot on, too. I realize it’s somewhat of a faux pas to post an outfit comprised of mainly the same designer but lately I’ve been a little low on time (you may have noticed the lack of posts), which is bittersweet. On the down side I feel naked and guilty not posting everyday, but on the other hand when the final product of my latest project is revealed I won’t feel quite so bad. If you didn’t get the memo, I am launching an online store with one of my best girlfriends so you will be able to shop every single look I post. You will see some of my style–bohemian, eclectic, edgy, boyish, funky, mismatched, etc.– and Stephanie’s style–feminine, classic, simple, neutral, etc. I’m overjoyed to be doing what I love in a professional capacity and I hope you will join me as I bring NOIR to life!
A video tutorial is comingvery soon on how to apply these beyond fabulous NCLA nail wraps!
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I’m wearing: Love, Beatrice leggings ($48) | Zara plaid shirt ($60) | H&M teddy bear jacket | High top converse($50)
I’ve been deathly afraid of wearing leggings as pants for as long as I can remember it’s been acceptable to do it. Something about my crotch being covered only by a filmy fabric just scared me. I’m still a little daunted by the idea, but will participate as long as my goodies are securely covered by a long shirt. I should also mention that since discovering Love, Beatrice leggins I haven’t been able to take them off. Today we will look at the fun Beatlejuice-ish stripes, but stay tuned for stars and hearts next!
I love when I bring things out of hiding (aka my closet) and they are still relevant to my style. While I think it is pretty obvious that I am a style chameleon–my style changes depending on my mood–I still like the option of using classic pieces that I’m not in a rush to get rid of. My rose tinted Ray-Bans are currently making a cameo due to the intense sunshine LA has been covered with this week but my guess is this dress probably won’t last too much longer since the temperatures are gradually dropping.
Between my ever-evolving style and need for new items in my wardrobe, I will once again remind you that Le Tote is the answer to this little problem. This bohemian dress was included in my latest package, and although I didn’t expect an opportunity to wear it quite so soon, I was pleasantly surprised when Saturday rolled around and this is what I was frolicking in. I, of course, rushed to send this dress back so I could get in a few extra styles this month (no extra charge) that will be more weather-appropriate. Check back for more styles from Le Tote!
I’m wearing: Le Tote dress ($49/month subscription) | Vintage jewelry | Forever21 heart purse ($25) | Ray Ban rose-tinted aviators ($150)