I’ve been meaning to do this project for a couple of years now and I’m happy to have finally gotten around to it. I have a professional one of these and it’s just too bulky, it ends up taking up more space instead of saving some. These are perfect for travel as it can hold not only your makeup brushes, but your mascara, lip gloss, eye liner pencils, etc. It rolls up into a really small case, making it ideal for traveling and I think they’d make the perfect graduation or bridesmaids gift. I’ve made a few of them, playing around with different fabrics, colors and stitching so I’ll give you the tutorial for the basic one and show you some variations at the end! Click here to see many more pictures and learn how it’s made!
We were supposed to get hit with a huge storm that was going to “take over the Northeast” at the beginning of this week, so I planned this hearty meal in case we got snowed in. Apparently when they said 16 inches of snow and major power outages, they really meant a light rain for a few hours lol. Needless to say, we didn’t get hit with a storm, but this dinner was still really great and comforting in the cold weather. Pork loin roasted in a dutch oven with pearl onions and apricot paired with deliciously roasted brussels sprouts drizzled in a maple syrup and balsamic vinegar reduction… let’s just say there weren’t any leftovers by the time we went to bed last night! This recipe can easily be multiplied to serve more people and is pretty simple so it would be great to serve to company. Click here to get the recipe and see how it’s made!
I saw this craft on a DIY website that I follow and I thought it was so chic and easy that I made one that day. I like the idea of taking jewelry that you already have and up-cycling it to something that’s on trend right now. Neon is huge for this spring, and while I haven’t embraced it with all-out pieces in my wardrobe I like the idea of bringing the pop of color with a necklace. After making this, I’m itching to try it on some bracelets too… I think it will be fun to play around with different colors and pieces of jewelry. Click here to see more pictures and see how it’s made!
I love, love, love meringues. They’re probably my favorite of all french cuisine. I love them poached, I love them baked, I love them as the base for a macaron or a great chocolate cake. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a form of meringue that I don’t love. I like to play around with different flavors depending on the season and these are an amazing way to get you in the mood for spring! Whipped egg whites and sugar infused with vanilla bean and the bright flavor from the zest of citrus, these desserts are not only sensible they are melt-in-your-mouth good! The way they’re colored and then piped also give them a fancy look, and they package up really nicely which makes this a great gift if you’re invited somewhere. After separating the eggs, use the leftover egg yolks to make crème brûlée! Click here to get the recipe and see how they’re made!
Back at the end of January, Gossip Girl premiered its 100th episode which was the “Royal Wedding” episode. It wasn’t the gorgeous Vera Wang dresses or the spectacular setting at the reception that caught my eye, however, it was Georgina Spark’s trench coat. As soon as it appeared on the screen I was dying over it. I had a hard time finding out who made it at first, there was very little info online… but after a couple days it was all over the internet. I discovered it was a version of Burberry’s Heritage Trench called “Gem Embellished Trench”, that it came in black and khaki, that it retailed for $1,695 and that it had sold out before even going on sale. I started scrambling to come up with the perfect plan of attack to make the same one my self and while it was wildly successful, it took me nearly two months to complete! I am so happy with it though and I can’t wait to wear it… it’s going to be perfect for spring. After lots of trial and error I’ve found all the things that work and don’t work so with this Designer DIY Tutorial you should be able to make one for yourself in much less time! I actually didn’t pay a thing for this project, my grandmother had sent me some birthday money that came in the mail literally as I was heading out to buy supplies for this project, so armed with that and coupons I didn’t pay a thing but depending on your coat you can easily spend under $100. Click here to see many more pictures and get the tutorial!
This was the final course in the big dinner I cooked for my husband and I a couple weekends ago (First course can be seen here, second here and main here). I’ve gotten a lot of really great feedback from all the recipes and posts from the dinner so I will try to do more like this! I’m all about really simple and understated desserts and this is one of my all time favorite. A thick and delicious vanilla bean infused custard hiding under and crackling layer of burnt sugar, this is the perfect dessert. The greatest thing about it is that it can be prepared the day before and then all you have to do before serving is torch the sugar on top! I’ve also gotten a lot of inquiries about our china from the past posts… it is our wedding china, Vera Wang’s Gilded Weave Collection. This recipe makes 4 servings but can easily be doubled for more. Click here to get the recipe and see how it’s made!
I haven’t really done a whole lot of crafts for Easter this year, mostly because we won’t be here for the actual day but I though I would share one that I did do. This is really simple and pretty fast all things considered so if you’re looking for a last minute decoration this is perfect! Straying from the usual dyed eggs, these ones are etched after they’re colored giving them a really unique look. The best part about these is that I used blown out eggs so if packed away with care, you can use them year after year! Click here to see more pictures and get the tutorial!
This was the main course in the dinner I cooked for my husband and I this past weekend (posts on the first course can be found here, second course here) and it was my favorite part of the meal. Beef Wellington is traditionally a 2-4lb beef tenderloin encased in pastry and served in slices, but since it was just for the two of us I decided to make individual wellgintons. The perfect portions of filet mignon topped with Pâté de Campagne and mushroom duxelles and wrapped in a buttery puff pastry have my mouth watering just typing this post. Add to that an amazing combination of root vegetables seasoned with fresh herbs and roasted to perfection and this is such a great meal for a dinner party. Again, this dinner was just for my husband and I so it yields 2 servings but can easily be multiplied to accommodate more guests. Click here to get the recipe and see how it’s made!
Once every couple of months or so, I cook my husband a really elaborate meal. I plan a menu, send him an invitation, we eat while listening to operas and make a whole evening of it. It’s excessive, ridiculous, oh-so-cheesy and I love everything about it… my husband loves the food, the rest I think he just partakes in to placate me (Lol)! We had one of these dinners over the weekend and it worked out well because the weather was terrible all weekend so this gave us something to do. For the first course I served the chilled cucumber mint soup from my previous post, and this was our second course. I pan seared chorizo and scallops then drizzled them with a deliciously simple dressing and garnished them with a touch of roasted red peppers and parsley. Up until last year, I didn’t eat seafood… not because I didn’t like it but because I hadn’t really tried most of it and wasn’t eager to start. Luckily, I had a change of heart because the more I cook it, the more I love it. This dish was just a starter course for us so I made a small portion, but you could easily modify it to serve as the main course. Click here to get the recipe and see how it’s made!