January 29, 2015

Style: Winter Whites

A quick little post on a classic look: winter white. I had never worn an all white outfit before this weekend. It was a refreshing change that perked up my wardrobe. I'm still not sure if I'm ready for white jeans during the winter, but I'm getting close. 

Anthropologie Sweater // J.Crew Skirt (similar &) // Madewell Booties // J.Crew Coat // Rebecca Minkoff Bag (similar) // Old tights

January 28, 2015

Style: Bucket Bags

I've never gravitated towards bucket bags. Until Mansur Gavriel came about I never considered owning one, but they are now on my bucket list... HA. Since it seems nearly impossible to get a Mansur Gavriel bucket bag I've picked a few of my recent favorites. I'm especially found of this Sophie Hulme Small Drawstring Leather Crossbody Bag. It is simple, but also a little funky thanks to the gold details. What is your current must-have bag?

January 26, 2015

In the Kitchen: Curried Tomato & Kale Soup

There is a a specialty grocery store in Charlottesville that serves the most delicious soups and salads. I try to limit myself to only eating their twice a month, but I can easily stop in every week for a quick lunch while I'm at work. They make the most amazing tomato and kale soup that I recreated at home this weekend. The curry adds a great warmth, and the coconut milk adds a nice creaminess you don't have to feel guilty about. You can make this with fresh tomatoes if you have them on hand, but canned tomatoes make a great substitute during the winter.   

Curried Tomato & Kale Soup 

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced 
1 garlic clove, minced 
1 tablespoon curry powder 
1 teaspoon turmeric 
1 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes 
2 cups water 
1/2 bunch kale, torn 
3/4 cup coconut milk 

Add olive oil to a large dutch over medium heat. Add onions and saute until soft. Once onions have turned soft and brown, add garlic and spices and cook for about a minute until fragrant. Pour in tomatoes and water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Turn off heat, and blend with an immersion blender or regular blender until smooth. This will take 2-3 minutes.

Add kale and cook for another 5 minutes until softened. Stir in coconut milk and adjust seasonings as needed. Serve warm with a drizzle of coconut milk.

January 22, 2015

Style: Lazy Weekends

Last Saturday was nothing particularly special. I cleaned the apartment, ran a few errands, and then threw on this outfit for a quick stop at my favorite local brewery. I picked up this cape last fall after debating if it was practical, and have surprised myself with the amount of times I've worn it. The voluminous style of the cape works best with slim pieces: like a slim fitting dress or pants. I'm a fan of slim black pants paired with over the knee boots, but you really can't go wrong. If you're looking to add a cape to your wardrobe I suggest picking a neutral color so you can wear it throughout the season. 

Anthropologie Cape (similar here) // Anthropologie Tee (similar here) // J.Crew Pants // 3.1 Phillip Lim Bag // Zara Boots (similar here) // J.Crew Beanie // Karen Walker Sunglasses (similar here) // Old scarf

January 21, 2015

Style: Black Oxfords

This season, black oxfords are far from boring. Many designers have updated this classic staple with a few fun twists. From metallic details menswear inspired buckles you can find a pair of oxfords to fit almost every taste and budget. I'm particularly found of these Rachel Zoe Cap Toe Oxfords (totally splurge-worthy) with a metallic pointy toe. If you're looking for something more budget friendly, these H&M Oxfords come in under $40. Plus, with such a classic shoe you can wear it season without it going out of style.


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