Thursday

so long, farewell...

I have said my good-bye to Summer and I am gearing up for Fall. It's time for a change! The Big Fresno Fair is coming into town and I look forward to going to fairs every year! I usually go a bit overboard with the food sampling but this year have vowed to be good (fingers crossed). I always leave room for the world famous Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls...they're kind of a big deal. Here are some things I am looking forward to this month/season!



there's a jingle that's been stuck in my head for weeks!


I usually try something unusual every year...even the Krispy Kreme Chicken Sandwich. I wasn't impressed





Piece de resistance? A cinnamon roll and footsie wootsie machine


pumpkin spice lattes :)


I use my little nephew as an excuse to go...shameless I know :)


I tried a craft project involving some leaves and wax paper once... FAIL.






Tuesday

bangle me

I'm not big on earrings so I rely on necklaces, rings, and bangles to add some pop to my wardrobe. Here are some options that I will be incorporating into my wardrobe this Fall.


bangles

bangles by tristaqle featuring stretch jewelry

1. Forever 21
2. Baublebar
3. Topshop
4. Baublebar
5. Baublebar
6. Baublebar
7. Forever 21
8. Topshop

Thursday

caribbean blue

I've recently rediscovered my Enya play list and now I want to be at any of these beach front homes...can someone please make this happen? Have a good weekend everyone!



 I love these bright colors!!


 I'd like to think that if I lived here, I'd go for walks everyday...or at least lay out :)


 Can you imagine how wonderfully bright this house is during the day!?






Tuesday

flick

I have to admit that I am a sucker for fast food...not only is it quick and cheap, it's also a great late night snack. The downside? UM....it's HORRIBLE for your waistline and health! Nothing made that more apparent than the two films I watched this weekend, Food Inc. and Forks Over Knives. Food Inc. talks about the the food industry and how it has evolved over time. Forks over Knives discusses various researchers arguments that a diet of fruits and vegetables can control and even reverse some degenerative diseases. I don't want to spoil the movies but these were really informative and eye opening. Check them out!! 





















Thursday

good enough to eat

To help celebrate the launch of the Hermes Kelly Picnic Bag, Hermes paid tribute to the bag by photographing foods commonly found at a picnic. I think these images are a creative and fun way to advertise their bag! How fun would it have been to work on this shoot!?! Now I want to plan a picnic AND I'm hungry!

























Tuesday

more cheese please

My favorite memory from French class was when we learned how to make Croque Monsieurs, I think I made them for weeks after! We made them with ham, Gruyere, mustard, and buttered grilled bread. I recently found a great recipe from one of my favorites, Ina Garten. She prepares hers with a cheesy b├ęchamel sauce which I was a little unsure about but it was very easy to make and made the sandwich out of this world good! Who doesn't love melted cheese?!


Recipe:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons of all purpose flour
2 cups hot milk (I had the milk warming in another pot)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
pinch of nutmeg (this adds great flavor)
12 ounces of Gruyere cheese grated, (about 5 cups)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
16 slices of white sandwich bread sans crusts (it not makes the sandwich look cleaner but it keeps it moist)
Dijon mustard
8 ounces of sliced, baked Virginia ham

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees




Sauce: Over a medium low heat, melt the butter and add the flour for 2 minutes. Slowly add the hot milk, I had mine on the stove for about 5-7 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken. Turn off the heat and add the salt, pepper, nutmeg, and stir in the 1/2 cup of Parmesan and 1/2 cup of Gruyere. You'll see that it will get thick and the cheese will melt right into the sauce.






Sandwich: cut the edges of the bread and places slices of bread in the oven for a minute or two on each side until lightly golden brown. Spread Dijon on one side, top with ham, some grated Gruyere, top with the other toasted slice of bread. Slather on some of the sauce on top of the sandwich and top with a little more Gruyere (YES all this cheese is necessary). Place all the assembled sandwiches back in the oven for about 3-5 minutes so you can warm the insides (no one wants cold ham) and then turn the oven to broil so you can get the tops a little browned and bubbly...make sure you watch the sandwiches while they are broiling (I learned that one the hard way). IF you can...wait a few minutes for the sandwich to cool before devouring :)






Bon Appetit!



Thursday

on a jet plane

I've been traveling more lately and quickly realized that it is easiest to travel with one carry on suitcase. I have always feared losing luggage so this ensures that not only will I have my luggage close by but I won't have to worry about waiting at the baggage claim! Here are some travel must haves that I rely on for every trip I take, I hope they can help you too!



this is great at keeping my necklaces tangle free


 chipped polish looks messy, these pads are great!


just in case your heels aren't cooperative


for your ears, eye make-up...whatever




I'm not going to lie...I don't like to iron and this spray is like magic!


 this lotion leaves a nice sheen, no one likes dry/dull looking skin! I put this lotion in a smaller container, it has a light scent so it wont over power any perfume you have on


 always have at least one safety pin!

Tuesday

edgy wedge

I saw these Lanvin shoes online a few weeks ago and think they are SUPER cute! I can imagine both are super comfy because of the wedge. The design is minimal and feminine...perfection! Don't the boots look awesome too!! Wear them pulled up or slouchy...and with the hidden wedge, it will create great height (I love all the height I can get!). How amazing is that?!! Of course, I will have to admire from afar but who said I can't window shop? :) 












Thursday

trash or treasure?

I was flipping through t.v. channels last night and started watching Picker Sisters and got hooked! Two friends/interior designers, Tanya and Tracy go around the U.S. finding old pieces that people want to discard and transforming them. Their contractor Alan helps to transform the pieces by welding, sawing, painting, etc. I love the idea of taking unexpected materials and turning them into beautiful pieces of furniture. Now I want to go around town finding random things and having someone help me weld, paint, and transform things!

Also Tanya and Tracy have great style and I love all their outfits!!



left: Tracy Hutson right: Tanya McQueen
*note: the chair they are sitting in was a grain silo!


center: Alan Luxmore, the manpower 


notice the chair on the side? It was a radiator!!