Wednesday, August 31, 2011

off to trinidad & tobago...





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As I blogged about last Wednesday here, we are off to Trinidad and Tobago for 10 days!  I am SO EXCITED to get away from reality for a bit.  I won't have much access to a computer, but when I do, I will try to do a little blogging (not promising anything though)!  Either way, I will bring back a ton of pictures and stories.  See you soon! XOXO

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

recipe: chicken piccata


The other night, I made a Chicken Piccata recipe by Giada De Laurentiis that I found on the food network.  It was YUMMY and super EASY so I thought I would share.  Let me know if you try it...I would love to hear from you!

Recipe card made at Skip to my Lou

Monday, August 29, 2011

this look for less: curvy headboard

Today we are highlighting another product from Serena & Lily...the Pondicherry Headboard.  It is so CURVALICIOUS!  I would love to add this beauty to my guest bedroom covered in a cool pattern.  Serena & Lily provides a ton of fabrics to choose from and you can also pick from 3 colors for the headboard legs.  Unfortunately, this version isn't very easy on the pocketbook.  The queen size will run you $1,250 but isn't it BEAUTIFUL!

INSTEAD, get this look for less with the almost identical Scroll Headboard from West Elm for only $449 (queen size)!!  West Elm also provides several fabric options.  Amazing huh?


Thursday, August 25, 2011

food couture: zig zag

Cake + Dress
Isn't this cake BEAUTIFUL?  I wonder if this dress or some other piece of clothing inspired the design.  What do you think of this week's Food Couture?

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

mid-week inspiration: beach vacation

Soooo, I am leaving for TRINIDAD & TOBAGO next Wednesday for, what I know will be, an amazing vacation!  Woo Hoo!  My mom's side of the family is from Trinidad and we are going for my cousin's wedding.  We will also be spending much time on the BEACH, which has inspired this week's mid-week inspiration.  Aren't these images just beautiful?  I hope to share an array of my own pictures when I get back!
via Ravishings
via Pinterest
via Pinterest

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

just because...

Flowers from my hubby for no reason at all =)

Monday, August 22, 2011

this look for less: moroccan leather pouf

Well, unfortunately it's Monday, but fortunately that means it's time for another fabulous "this look for less" find!  I absolutely ADORE Moroccan poufs and I am still looking for a place in my home for a couple of these lovelies.  This Lime Moroccan Pouf from Serena & Lily is so chic and would add the perfect pop of color to any room, BUT it will run you $395!

INSTEAD, you can get this almost identical Moroccan Lime Green Pouf on Etsy for only $204!  Other Etsy shops carry other colors for even less.  Check them out here!
Here are a few of my favorite rooms using the Moroccan pouf.
via decor pad
via decor pad
via decor pad

Friday, August 19, 2011

food couture: color blocking

Popsicles + Dress
Color blocking seems to be a big trend in fashion these days.  Aren't these popsicles a great interpretation of this style?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

have you heard? - missoni for target!

According to the Huffington Post, Missoni hits Target stores on September 13!  Missoni is a family-owned Italian company infamous for their zigzags, waves and patterned knits.  I am so EXCITED for this collaboration...just take a look at some of these FABULOUS products we will soon see at Target.  My friend Nicole says she is going to buy that AWESOME bike as soon as its available online! You can see even more Missoni for Target products here.  Are you a fan of Missoni?



All images via Facebook

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

mid-week inspiration: kate spade - black and white

This summer, we are doing something a little fun in the legal department.  We have scheduled certain days to wear specific colors/themes (e.g. animal print, nautical, tall shoes).  A couple of weeks ago we had black and white week, which was super easy for me since I have TOO many black and white pieces in my closet!  My husband always tells me I don't wear enough color.  Every time I go shopping I am just drawn to the neutrals...I can't help it!  So, I thought I would celebrate BLACK and WHITE for this week's mid-week inspiration and highlight only Kate Spade items since I am in LOVE with all of their black and white clothing, handbags and accessories!
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Ribbon Mirabelle Dress

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

vacation wrap-up: san diego - part 2

Sorry it too me so long to finally share part 2 of my San Diego trip.  In case you missed part 1, you can find it here.  So, on Saturday we went to the Del Mar Racetrack for the horse races, but before that, we headed to Steffani's (one of our friends) house for a little BBQ.  We met some amazing people and had a great time eating some yummy food and getting to know everyone.
Jessica, Steffani and Me
After spending some time at Steffani's, we headed over to the track.  We had no idea what we were doing, but we did a little betting.
One of our horses won...Basmati!
We went down to the area where we could get a closer look at the horses
After the races, we got to see Weezer in concert as part of the racetrack's Summer Concert Series.  It was pretty Awesome!
The girls (Steffani, Jessica, Dana, Victoria, Elia and Me)
 After the concert, we went back to Steffani's place, grilled some burgers and hung out some more.  We were leaving the next day (Sunday), but not before going to brunch at the Beach House (it's right on the water)!  Ready for some more food shots??
Lobster Quesadilla
Ricotta Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes
 Our view from the Beach House
We ended our trip with some ice cream and headed back to the airport.  I guess good times always come to an end.

Monday, August 15, 2011

this look for less: black & white lattice rug

Today we are showcasing PB teen's black and white Lattice Rug, which will run you $699 for the 8 x 10.  It also comes in Mauve, Light Blue and Warm Grey.

Instead, get this look for less with this almost identical Modern Trellis Charcoal Rug from RUGSUSA.com for only $459 for the 7'6'' x 9'6''!  Their version comes in an array of colors as well!
 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

food couture: green chevron

Dresser + Cake
Have you noticed how fashion inspires interior design and vice versa?  Both encompass the same elements...color, pattern and texture.  But these days, fashion and interior design seem to be inspiring something else...FOOD!  Appetizers, desserts and everything in between have become design and art pieces.  Shall we call it food couture?  Isn't this green chevron dresser and cake just amazing?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

mid-week inspiration: dessert stations

I am OBSESSED with dessert stations!  I think they are so BEAUTIFUL and they serve as decor in of itself at weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, and any other parties.  I am determined to create one of these at a future party!  Do you adore dessert stations?

via Sweet Tooth
via Green Wedding Shoes
via PhotoKitchen
via Sweet Tooth

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

vacation wrap-up: san diego - part 1

We had an amazing time in San Diego and the weather was perfect (high of 75 & low of 65)!  It was nice to get out of Dallas' sweltering heat...today is the 38th consecutive day over 100 degrees.  Anyways, my husband went a day early to play golf on Coronado Island, a place I have been wanting to go to for the past 3 times I have been to SD, but to no avail.  Maybe the 4th time will be the charm.  Look at this beautiful golf course!

Coronado Municipal Golf Course
  On Friday, we met our friend Jessica for brunch at Le Papagayo.  It was so nice to be able to sit on the patio and enjoy everything around us!
Farah and Jessica at Le Papagayo
  I had to take a couple of shots of the food.  Doesn't it look tasty?
Grand Marnier French Toast topped w/ Bananas, Brown Sugar, Grand Marnier Butter & Whipped Cream...YUM!!

Crab Enchiladas w/ Salsa Verde & Ceasar Salad
We were so full after brunch so we decided to walk it off around Encinitas.  Too bad we ended up walking right into a gelato place, Bubby's...supposedly one of the better gelato places in the city (so much for walking it off).  They had some unique flavors like honey lavender, chili chocolate, chili mango, cardamon and vanilla rose.  I got the espresso chip and mango...I know, not a good combination but I wanted the best of both worlds.  Ok, enough about food.  While we were walking, we found a cute modern furniture store, grounded ׀ modern living.  They had some really great stuff from Jonathan Adler, Dwell Studio, Chilewich and many others.  I took a few shots of my favorite displays.


These stamps would come in really handy when I am reviewing contracts at work!  If only I was able to make these type of comments.  Ha!


That night, we went to an art gallery in La Jolla where Jessica's friend was exhibiting a couple pieces of his own art so that was a cool experience.  After that we went to Alfonso's for dinner...some of the best salsa and chips I've had!  Our last stop of the night was at Burlap in Del Mar, a restaurant, but they also have a large bar, a DJ and a lot of room to lounge around.  It had only been open for 2 weeks and it was completely packed.  You should check it out if you're ever in the area.

I have a lot more to share about San Diego so check back for part 2 later this week!