March 27, 2015

Early Spring Playlist

Ah Spring, I love you. I love your longer days, warmer mornings, and the fact that I can finally wear flats again. I also love the fact that today is Friday. I don't have any major plans this weekend, but I am looking forward enjoying some spring produce and hopefully having a beer on the porch. Until then, I'll be listening to this peppy playlist at work and counting down the minutes until 5 o'clock. Also, have you listened to Sufjan Steven's new album? The release date isn't until March 31st, but NPR is live streaming it this week. I suggest you check it out because I am borderline obsessed. 

A Million Years // Alexander 
Step // Vampire Weekend 
Go Outside // Cults 
New Year // Beach House 
Should Have Known Better // Sufjan Stevens 
California // Delta Spirit 
Vaporize // Broken Bells 
The Mother We Share // CHVRCHES
Seasons (Waiting On You) // Future Islands 
Trouble // TV On The Radio 
Half Asleep  // School Of Seven Bells 
Lake Michigan // Rogue Wave

March 25, 2015

Style: White Spring Dresses

I've been dreaming of little white dresses lately, and they all seem to be way out of my budget. Cotton, broderie, and eyelet are all screaming my name. Maybe once one of these go on sale I can add it to my closet. Until then, you can find me dreaming of the perfect spring day. 

March 24, 2015

In the Kitchen: Asparagus Sandwich with Lemon Mayonnaise

I feel a bit of spring in my step. I saw my first blossoming cherry tree yesterday, and after a weekend spent in Charleston I'm ready to fully dive into the fresh new produce popping up. I had a similar sandwich to this later year and new I had to recreate it. The lemon mayonnaise really brightens it up and the goat cheese adds a subtle creaminess making for a delicious vegetarian sandwich.   

Asparagus Sandwich 

8 asparagus spears 
3 artichoke hearts 
1/2 roasted red bell pepper, sliced 
5 olives, sliced
1 olive oil goat cheese 
1 tbs olive oil
1 ciabatta roll 

Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. From here, you can either roast your own bell pepper like I did in this pimento cheese dip, or move on to the asparagus if you're using an already roasted red pepper. Add olive oil to the hot grill or grill pan, and grill asparagus for 3 minutes until bright green and slightly tender. Remove from heat and cut in half. Add artichokes, turning on all sides until lightly charred. Remove from heat and cut into quarters. 

Cut ciabatta roll in half and grill until toasted. Spread lemon mayonnaise on both sides of ciabatta roll. Layer asparagus, artichoke hearts, roasted red pepper, and olives onto roll. Sprinkle with desired amount of goat cheese. 

Lemon Mayonnaise

2 tbs mayonnaise 
zest 1/2 lemon 
1 tbs lemon juice 

Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Keep refrigerated. 

March 20, 2015

Florals: Forsythia Branches

Spring has always been my favorite season. I love the soft shade of green the leaves have has they begin to bud and how everything becomes dusted with a healthy layer of pollen. Just when I can't stand the cold any longer everything seems to come alive. I was lucky enough to pick up these forsythia branches at Whole Foods over the weekend. Nothing brightens up my apartment this time of year like a vase full of budding branches. I chose forsythia because it is native to Charlottesville, but feel free to use whatever is local in your area. 

1 bunch budding branches 
1 tall vase 
gardening sheers 

Trim the ends of the branches to your desired height. Cut an X in the base of the branch with your sheers, this will allow greater water absorption. Place rocks a quarter way up the vase, this will keep the branches in place. Arrange branches to your liking. I suggest putting the taller branches towards the back, and letting the rest fall naturally. If needed, add additional rocks to keep the branches in place. Fill with vase with water. Change water every other day.

March 19, 2015

March Favorites

ONE I don't think I'll make it to D.C. to see the Cherry Blossoms this year, but this cheery print will fill in just fine. // TWO These Karen Walker sunglasses are under $80. // THREE This cream bucket bag is high on my wish-list. // FOUR This classic white linen blazer is perfect for spring and summer. // FIVE Time to ditch those winter candles for something light. // SIX Love a trench coat in an unexpected color. // SEVEN A girl could never have too many striped shirts. // EIGHT Jump on the gingham trend with this scarf. // NINE Spring calls for a feminine perfume. // 10 Perk up your flowers with a new vase. // ELEVEN I'm still a little hesitant about culottes, but these almost double as trousers. // 12 The perfect flat mule. 

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