pantone 2012

Towards the end of the year, I always look in my closet to find clothes that I can clear out and whatever better guide than the Pantone Spring 2012 color guide? These are the color trends to look for next year...have fun searching for the perfect clothes and accessories in these great shades!



When I spent a year in Belgium my two favorite stores were Mango and Zara, both stores offered great clothes  that were affordable. I was ecstatic when both stores started popping up in the U.S. and the other day while getting some Christmas shopping done, I noticed the Mango line for JC Penney's: MNG. I have a feeling we will be seeing more from the department store as they have hired Ron Johnson from Apple. I noticed the layout of the MNG line, it's a shop within a shop experience and you feel as if you walked into a small boutique. The clothes have the classic Mango lines and they are budget friendly...I found myself wanting almost the entire collection they had in the store!


I always try and add color to my wardrobe but there is something about the color black that I love. You can never go wrong with black. I think black shoes are a staple and of course being a girl, we can't just have one pair. I think the reason we can't have just one pair is because after being on your feet for hours they hurt and because different styles go with different outfits. Here are the ones I've added to my arsenal of shoes through the years :)

Guess: Carrie Pump (4" heel), similar here
These are my staple work pumps, I love the side cut out

Michael Kors: Pressley (3 1/2" heel), here
The patent leather and little heel are perfect for work or cute skinny jeans for date night

Aldo: Filary (5 1/2" heel), similar here
The platform makes these heels a lot more comfortable than they seem, great for a night out!

Badgley Mischka: Randall (4 1/2" heel),  here
I found these at Nordstrom's Rack for under $50, I wore it to a wedding...super cute but not the most comfortable heel. They look great on, just make sure you don't have to be on your feel the entire time :)

Guess: Safara (5" heel), here
I just got these on sale and they are my new favorite, the peep toe and ankle strap are such a cute touch!


monogram me

I think some monogrammed pieces are nice and add a sweet personalized touch. Like on a cute necklace or on the cuff of a dress shirt. JCrew is offering to monogram sweaters and button up shirts in a couple different font styles that would look very sharp this winter season.

Or what about a monogram necklace from BaubleBar available in gold or silver $105-$115

If you want more of a casual look try Moon & Lola $78

I like the personalized throws because they can be given to both men and women!

Pottery Barn $39.99 


good eats

I am sorry that I have been away, I was eating my way through San Diego last week :). If you live in San Diego or have plans to visit, make sure you check out these two great finds!

Bo Beau Kitchen + Bar: is one of the Cohn restaurants and a true gem! I first tried it a month ago with a friend and we instantly fell in love. We started off with the crispy brussels sprouts with pancetta, parmesan, and balsamic. Let me first start off by saying that I don't even like brussels sprouts but think these are delicious, because they are grilled, they aren't bitter at all. The duck fat deviled eggs and almond crusted portabella's were also really good. My two absolute favorite dishes are the braised short rib flat bread with horseradish smashed potatoes and chives and the duck confit fettuccini with roasted mushrooms, arugula, and parmesan reduction. To think of it, I haven't had anything that I don't like!

Dumpling Inn: This is a hole in the wall restaurant that my friend found on yelp and it's so good! We only ordered dumplings because,'s called Dumpling Inn after all! It lived up to all of our expectations and the next time I am in San Diego, I'll be going there again! We ordered the boiled pork and chive dumplings, deep friend beef curry dumplings, and two orders of the soup dumplings. All of the dumplings were full of flavor and the soup dumplings had a wonderful broth inside! They have affordable prices and the service is quick, make sure you get there early because it's a small restaurant that fills up quickly! 

* all images courtesy of google and yelp 

I hope you all have a great week...don't be scared to try out a new restaurant in your neighborhood! Happy food hunting!!

giving thanks

The past year has been rough to say the least but as Thanksgiving is nearing, I can't help but think of what I still have in my life. I have a loving brother, adorable nephew, supportive boyfriend, and the most amazing girl friends a girl could ask for. Thank you for your love and support, I love you!

It's easy to get bogged down with work, to-do lists, traffic, and whatever daily frustrations occur but it is nice that this holiday brings people together to focus on the good. We should always be on our best behavior and reminding ourselves of what we are thankful for but hey, we're all human!

I plan on cooking up a storm  in the next couple of days and on the menu so far: crab artichoke dip, baked sausage with apricot jam (a la Rachel Zoe's "The Rachel Zoe Project"), citrus cranberry sauce, stuff'n muffins, corn, mashed potatoes, gravy, blackberry cobbler that I made here with vanilla ice cream...NOT to mention the other food items our guests will be bringing over! Needless to say if you do not hear from me in the next few days it is because I will be sleeping from my tryptophan induced food comma :)

Speaking of this wonderful day coming up...can you believe that Black Friday is starting on Thursday night?!! I will not be participating but for all those who will brave the cold for a good sale...good luck!

I love the idea of a rustic table runner. Who said you have to have flowers as a center piece? Try going au naturale, it adds a nice touch.

*image from cookincanuck

one of my favorite side dishes

here is another alternative to having a floral centerpiece

serve dinner in style with this le creuset trivet

this isn't edible...but how cute is this kielmead mistletoe necklace?!


lazy day

I'm mentally gearing up for Thanksgiving next week, my brother and I will be hosting dinner at the house and I'm nervous to play hostess. I've started planning out the courses and making my grocery list for this weekend. One of my oldest friends has volunteered to help me prepare tomorrow...bless her heart! So in order to make room in the fridge/freezer I made a homemade pizza, with herb dough, prosciutto, goat cheese, parmesan cheese...everything from Trader Joe's! I also pulled out this pear tart and I must say, it's quite tasty for being a prepacked treat! I feel that all this mental planning gives me an excuse to take the night off. I have a ton of holiday catalogs to flip through, gathering gift ideas for the ones I love (and maybe one or two for me).

I drizzled the dough with garlic infused olive oil, topped with with the cheeses and prosciutto once it was out of the oven (otherwise it gets crunchy) then added more parmesan cheese...delicious!

I wish they sold these in slices because I had a couple pieces...

All holiday catalogs nicely stacked on my nightstand, ready for me to flip through!


monkey business

I learned about monkey bread this year...why I didn't know about it sooner is beyond me. I love cinnamon rolls and these taste similar but you have the fun in peeling off pieces of dough. It was much easier to make than cinnamon rolls as well so that was a bonus for me. I also found a recipe for gorilla has a cream cheese filling!

3 cans buttermilk biscuits (the non-flaky kind)
1 cup sugar
2-3 teaspoons cinnamon
2 sticks butter
1/2 cup brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Open the cans and separate the biscuits, cut each biscuit into quarters. Next combine the white sugar and cinnamon in a plastic bag. Toss in all the biscuit quarters in the cinnamon sugar mixture and toss around! Have fun with it!! Take a bundt pan and light spray with non-stick cooking spray and place all the sugar coated pieces in the bundt pan.

Next melt the butter with the brown sugar over medium high heat, make sure to watch and stir until the butter and brown sugar combine together. Once combined, pour it over the biscuit pieces...sugar...butter..drool...

Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until the top is nice deep brown. Remove and WAIT...being able to enjoy this ooey gooey goodness trumps being impatient and having a burnt tongue!

I enjoyed my monkey bread with some coffee and magazines, how will you enjoy yours?


hold me

As you walk into any store, you can see all the Christmas decorations, candy, and cards lining the aisles. They do know we have Thanksgiving to celebrate first right? I am not a big fan of getting Christmas started the day after Halloween but it has got me thinking of gift ideas. Last year I ran around last minute and I would like to prevent that from happening this time around. I've started browsing online stores and magazines to get inspiration for gifts and I found this cute site called Coolil. They have such feminine cases for your iPhone, ode to vintage snap clutches. So incognito! :)


wild side

It is hard NOT to notice all the animal prints this season and I wasn't a big fan until recently. It has been incorporated more fashionably now than in the past...or perhaps I am just growing fond of it? I grabbed a giraffe printed sweater this past weekend and love it! I also like some of the printed shoes but I am not sure I am daring enough to pull them off :)

animal print
1. Michael Kors
2. Diane Von Furstenberg
3. JCrew
4. JCrew
5. Forever 21
6. Forever 21
7. Nordstrom
8. Elizabeth & James


arm candy

I usually carry a purse big enough to fit a water bottle, sunglasses, wallet, iPhone, and small pouch with essentials. Basically I have enough supplies to last me a day if I got stranded somewhere! I like to get rid of the baggage sometimes and switch to a clutch, it looks polished and dressy. I have sparkly clutches, small ones, simple ones, and lately I've really wanted an envelope style clutch. Here are some cute ones for the holidays.

1. Anthropologie
3. Zara
4. Forever21
6. TopShop


up in the air

I have a good reason why I was unable to post last Thursday, I was up in the air!! I was lucky enough to get in a Cessna plane and fly over part of San Diego :) I EVEN flew the plane!! It was such a great experience and I am so thankful for the opportunity to have seen Del Mar, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, and Mission Beach from such a cool vantage point!

 Montgomery Field

the plane I flew in

sooooo many buttons!

spectacular view of Downtown La Jolla