September 28, 2015

In the Kitchen: Peanut Butter Pie


I've been dreaming of this pie for months. I stumbled across a peanut butter pie recipe this summer in Charleston, but due to our small kitchen and the extreme heat baking was out of the question. I spent the remainder of this summer imaging the texture and taste this pie would have. Mostly because until last week, I had never tasted peanut butter pie. This recipe did not let me down. The peanut flavor is rich and the filling is perfectly fluffy and sweet. If you love peanut butter this may become your new favorite dessert. 


Peanut Butter Pie

2 cups chocolate cookies
1 tablespoon sugar
4 tablespoons butter, metled
3 cups heavy cream
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cookie crumbs in a food processor and pulse until finely crumbled. Pulse in melted butter and salt until combined. Mixture will not come together but should be moist. Pour into a pie pan and press mixture into pie pan using your fingers. Bake for 10 minutes until crust has browned. Set aside and allow to cool.

Beat 1 1/2 cups heavy cream until hard peaks form. Set aside. In an electric mixer with paddle attached beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and peanut butter. Beat until mixture is smooth. Gently fold in whipping cream, a quarter at a time. Pour pie filling into cooled pie crust.

Beat remaining heavy cream while slowly adding powdered sugar until soft peaks. Spoon whipped cream over pie filling and garnish with chocolate cookies. Chill for at least 5 hours before serving.




Elaine B Jewelry


When it comes to jewelry, for me, a simple piece almost always wins. The occasional statement necklace or earring is fun, but this can feel overdone for everyday styling. When I am getting dressed in the morning simple pieces are what I most often grab: jeans, tees, cardigans, ballet flats, and gold necklaces. They keep my look streamlined and make styling an outfit easy when feeling rushed. 

Elaine B Jewelry is a Charlottesville artist who makes hand crafted geometric inspired jewelry from traditional materials. I love that each piece is lightweight and wearable for everyday. Elaine B Jewelry is currently offering a giveaway featuring the sunset necklace I am wearing. Read below for me details. 



 J.Crew Cardigan // Madewell Tee // Paige Verdugo Ultra Skinny Denim // J.Crew Kiki Ballet Flats // Rebecca Minkoff Bag (similar) // Elaine B Jewelry Necklace

To enter: Share an image of your Elaine B collection with the #EBJALLDAY on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest. Or, repost the above image to Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest with the #EBJALLDAY along with a comment about why you love EBJ jewelry. Winners will be announced on Monday October 5th. 

This post was in collaboration with Elaine B Jewelry. Opinions and styling are my own. 

September 24, 2015

Mansur Gavriel Spring 2016


When photos from the Mansur Gavriel Spring 2016 show started popping up in my Instagram feed I knew it was love at first sight. I've coveted their beloved bucket bags for a while, and their NYFW presentation really had my heart fluttering. This brand does minimalism just right. Their bags are simple with perfect finishes: color, texture, and shape are all executed with precision. So when they debuted their first shoe collection I was not disappointed. The shoes are playful, colorful, and minimalistic. I'm hoping to snag a pair this spring, but with their high demand and ability to sell out within minutes I am trying not to get too attached. See below for more images from the presentation.




September 23, 2015

My Favorite Face Mask


Moving back to Charlottesville has left my skin a little dull. The heat and humidity in Charleston left me with a naturally dewy complexion, and unfortunately the mountain air has not had the same affect. My skin has always reacted harshly to changes in weather, hello breakouts! So, with the recent move and transitional weather my skin was in desperate need of a refresher. I've always loved Origins beauty products, especially their Frothy Face Wash,  but this mask has been a real game changer. It works as both a mask and an exfoliante using willowherb, silk tree, and rose to smooth and improve your skins texture. I apply it twice weekly to dampened skin for ten minutes and then buff off with warm water. After a month, I've noticed a great difference in my skins tone and texture. My skin looks clearer and feels softer. This mask has earned a spot in my beauty cabinet for the foreseeable future. 

September 22, 2015

In the Kitchen: Roasted Potato & Arugula Salad


It rained heavily for the first time in almost two months yesterday. It was raining when I woke up, and still raining when I went to bed. I know we needed it, but it made being productive a lot harder. This made for a cool and dreary day in Central Virginia. Perfect weather for roasting, baking, and soup making, but I had potatoes on my mind. Potato salad is one of my favorite summer meals, and I find it painful that many individuals only enjoy potato salad during the summer. I like it in all varieties and love it's versatilely. This potato salad is both hearty and light thanks to roasted potatoes and a lemon vinaigrette. It would still be great during the summer, but I find this dish comforting on a cool fall day. 




 Roasted Potato & Arugula Salad

1/2 lb fingerling potatoes
1 shallot, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 lemon
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cups arugula

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut fingerling potatoes in half and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Toss with 1/4 cup olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes, turning potatoes halfway, until fork tender. Set aside.

In a small bowl whisk together shallot, garlic, juice of 1 lemon, and olive oil until emulsified. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Poor half the vinaigrette over the warm potatoes and coat to combine. Allow to sit for 5 minutes so the potatoes soak up the vinaigrette.

Place arugula on a large serving platter. Top with potatoes, they should still be slightly warm. Drizzle with remaining dressing. Serve immediately.

September 15, 2015

September Favorites


ONE Swap out your straw hat for something more seasonally appropriate. // TWO Keep this scarf tied tightly around your neck for a new look. // THREE I'm craving mirrored sunglasses and these are exactly what I'm looking for. // FOUR The perfect neutral bag. // FIVE The summers hottest shirt updated in black. // SIX Perk up your fall outfits with a pink lip. // SEVEN My favorite military inspired dress. // EIGHT This lightweight lace and mesh top will look great paired with trousers or a midi skirt. // NINE Update your makeup routine with this fall inspired palette. // TEN What coffee table doesn't need a golden turtle box? ELEVEN Skip your ballet flats in favor of these oxfords. TWELVE Flares are making a comeback, and I'm not upset about it. 

September 14, 2015

Style: Laced Up Stripes


It was supposed to be a dreary weekend, but it turned out to be beautiful. It barley made it into the 70's yesterday so I broke out my favorite leather jacket. This jacket is ideal for fall because it can easily be layered and is surprisingly warm. If you're thinking about investing in a leather jacket I suggest looking outside of black motorcycle jackets. I've been more than pleased with this snake embossed lambskin jacket. It is incredibly soft and has just the right amount of edginess without looking overdone. It is a piece I know I will have in my closet year after year. 





September 11, 2015

In the Kitchen: Tomato Tart


Today is one of the last summer Fridays, but it is already starting to feel like fall in Charlottesville. We made this tomato tart a few weeks ago while tomato season was in full swing. It is a great way to use your excess tomatoes without having to do too much work. I love that the tomatoes only cook slightly so you still get great texture with a ton of flavor. Hopefully we will get to make this one more time before saying goodbye to summer. 



Tomato Tart

Crust:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick butter, cut into cubes
1/3 cup ice water

Place flour and salt in a food processor. Add chilled butter and pulse until mixture resembles peas. Slowly pour in water, mixing until dough forms a ball.

Remove dough from food processor and place on a floured surface. Form dough into ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for at least 1 hour until dough is firm.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out dough with a rolling pin on a floured surface until wide enough to fit in a tart pan. Roll the dough around the rolling pin and place in tart pan. Lightly press the dough into the tart pan and remove any access dough from the side of the pan.

Line tart with foil and fill with pie weights. Blind bake tart crust for 15-20 minutes until lightly golden brown. Allow to cool.

Filling:
3-4 large ripe tomatoes
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon salt
3 ounces goat cheese
2 tablespoons chiffonade basil

Slice tomatoes and arrange on a flat surface, sprinkle with salt and allow to drain for 10 minutes. Spread mustard over tart crust. Dry tomatoes with a paper towel and arrange in the tart, in a overlapping circular pattern. Top with goat cheese. Bake for 10 minutes until tomatoes are slightly cooked and cheese is golden. Garnish with basil.

September 9, 2015

Style: Pastel Bags


One of the most used items in my closet is my Pashli Mini Messanger Bag. It was a gift from Will for my birthday and has quickly become an item a treasure. I love how the pale pink acts as a neutral in my wardrobe. Fall does not mean you need to pack away your pastel bags for winter. While you may typically think of using a dark colored bag, pastels can be a fresh change in your wardrobe. Light pink, grey, blue, and purple all play well with this seasons dark tones. Just make sure to use a fabric that is seasonally appropriate and you'll have a new way to accessorize your outfits. If you do not already own a pastel bag see a few of my favorites below. 




September 8, 2015

Style: Pink Gingham Poncho




Some rules are meant to be broken, and wearing white after Labor Day is one of them. Sure, you shouldn't wear a linen dress in December, but a simple white skirt or pants can easily be worn year round. I bought this J.Crew skirt a few years ago, and it has remained a workhorse in my wardrobe. I love how seamlessly it goes through the seasons - easily matching with almost any t-shirt or sweater. It can even stand up to an pink gingham poncho and lace-up flats. What items in your closet do you wear season after season?






 

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