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My trip to Venice sparked an adoration for Murano glass and re-ignited my love for the baroque style. The city floats on the Adriatic Sea, it’s beauty unveiled in every corner and crevice. My mom took to repeating “Venice is like a fairy book,” an interesting combination of fairy tale and storybook. From the Realto Market to the bridges and old doors on the canals and the man playing his violin in a corner at sunset, it’s not hard to imagine how the quiet magnificence of this city sparking a Renaissance. The spirit of the city is somehow captured in my picks and all of the plethora of pictures I took.
Sweaters are one of those few items the fashionable masses go gaga for that are just as functional as they can be indulgent. Whether it’s cashmere or wool, sweaters offer that cozy hug that keeps you warm when you’d otherwise be stuck in the teeth chattering cold (and a jacket of course).
From top left to bottom right:
Pullover Bow Sweater, $29.95; Gap.com | Royal Blue Bat-Wing Sweater, $53.99; Romwe.com | Colorlane Pullover, $59.99; Madwell.com | Tanya Taylor – Dorothy Sweater, $795.00; FarFetch.com
I have a vague recollection of me opening my fridge as a child only to find nail polish nestled beside the mini jars of jam. (Sounds a little strange, right?) I suppose I never questioned why until today, when I was flipping through one of those beauty guidebooks. Low and behold, it seems putting nail polish in the refrigerator will preserve the consistency and keep your polish from separating. I’ve invested way too much money in my polish collection (see image above) to let it all go to waste, so perhaps I’ll start practicing this. I just need to find the right container to house my nail lacquer, because unlike my dear mom – I don’t believe nail polish belongs beside the gourmet jam.
Alternatively, I could subject them to the frigid temperature I woke up to in my apartment…
I love french onion soup and I love grilled cheese, combine the two and I don’t know what to do with myself except eat!
I adapted the original recipe I found on Chatelaine’s website here.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Makes 4 Servings
1 tbsp olive oil
3 medium onions, sliced thinly (about 3 1/2 cups)
1/2 900 mL carton low-sodium beef broth
1 thyme sprig
8 slices rye bread
4 slices gruyére or swiss cheese (about 120 g)
Heat a large non-stick frying pan over high. Add 1 tsp oil, then onions, broth and thyme.
Cook, uncovered, stirring often, until liquid is reduced, about 15 min.
Top each slice with about 1/3 cup onion mixture and 1 cheese slice.
Top with remaining bread.
Wipe pan clean.
Heat over medium. Brush pan with 1 tsp oil.
Cook 2 sandwiches at a time, about 2 min per side.
Repeat with remaining oil and sandwiches.
I love Michael Kors, can I just say that?
From the moment I slipped on what would become my first leather jacket, I think my love for MK was set in stone. It’s no coincidence that only one out of my five fall Michael Kors picks isn’t made with leather. The way I feel about the buttery texture of Michael Kors leather is akin to my first love.
I come from a long line of women who can shop, and when I say shop, I mean shop on a budget. My mother trained me well, so much so she says I shop better than her because I get bigger labels for less than she ever did. These are the real spoils of style, the things you discover that are simply too good to be true, but true nonetheless. I got my Chloe sunglasses for less than a fraction (quarter) of the suggested retail price and I’m very proud of that.
My latest find was a $23.99 DKNY Coat. I’m sad Daffy’s is going out of business, but I’m not the type to pass up a major sale – because you just can’t beat a $24 coat! I rifled through all the racks with my usual precision and found the DKNY tweed coat, moved my fingers down the sleeve to the price tag, calculated the additional discount and quickly tried it on. It fit, but there was one little hitch, there was a small rip in the seam. Long story short, I bought the coat and another one (golden camel, Tommy Hilfiger ‘duffle’ coat for $72). Being the grand-daughter of a seamstress meant that instead of putting it down, I decided I’d do a quick loop stitch to fix it when I got home (see below). Lesson: You don’t pass up a $24 DKNY Coat…
“Where are the bras for the women that don’t want to minimize or look like an old lady?”
If it’s one thing I love it’s a lace bra. I’ve got DD boobs, so I’m used getting to my size in department stores and seeing ‘minimizer’ and grandma bras. Where are the bras for the women that don’t want to minimize or look like an old lady?
The truth is: I love my boobs, despite the fact that it may be difficult to find clothes that fit me properly. My high-school drama teacher told me she’d never met anyone in her life that loved their boobs as much as I do (I was a C then). Even as a C cup, finding a bra that has coverage, support, and just the right amount of padding (virtually none) can sometimes be the hardest thing in the world. The right bra is one of those mystery things, a cousin of mine who’s got a B cup hates her bras so much she calls them torture devices. Needless to say, she understands the prolific burning of the bras. When it comes down to it, a lace bra is one of those things that makes me feel ultra sexy.
To all my fellow busty ladies, embrace those big beautiful breasts, people go under knife to get them!