May 30, 2012

Splashing Flowers


{Images by Jack Long}

I just stumbled upon these photos by Jack Long and couldn't believe that at a closer took, these gorgeous flowers are actually liquid! He has spent years developing the right mixture of paint and other liquids to create the perfect consistency to capture what seems like an exotic flower. See many more of his beautiful creations via his Flickr or his website. (via Oddity Central)
 

May 29, 2012

Cilantro Rice


I went to the local farmer's market by my apartment yesterday morning and just had to grab the delicious looking bok choy, cilantro, and ginger. I was instantly inspired to create a stir-fry, but I wanted to make something a little different than just serving the regular plain white rice. I actually would have loved this dish as a vegetarian plate, but the boy I cook for has to have his meat!

I also kind of "guesstimate" measurements when I cook savory dishes. I only pay real attention when I'm baking so sorry that I don't include actual measurwments of my ingredients!

Cilantro-Ginger-Lime Rice
- Japanese white rice
- chicken broth
- raw ginger
- fresh cilantro
- lime juice
- sesame oil
- canola oil
- rice vinegar
- diced garlic


I cook my rice in a rice cooker, because it always renders the best result. Instead of water, I cooked the rice in chicken broth and sliced a bit of the raw ginger to put in the pot to allow the rice to soak up that flavor.
While the rice was cooking, blend shredded ginger (peeled), 2 cups of fresh cilantro, 2 tsp of garlic, a tablespoon of canola oil, 2 tsp rice vinegar, 1 1/2 tsp lime juice, and 1/2 tsp of sesame oil in a food processor. Only use the "pulse" function so that you just blend the ingredients without liquidating the cilantro.
After the rice has finished cooked, mix in the blended cilantro seasoning with a fork, and it's ready to serve!

Chicken Bok Choy
- 2 chicken breasts (or thighs for more flavor)
- sriracha sauce
- garlic  powder
- lemon pepper
- canola oil
- rice vinegar
- soy sauce
- diced red onions
- at least 6-8 large bok choy bunches
- diced garlic
- sesame oil
- lemon juice
- shredded raw ginger


First I marinated the chicken in the sriracha, canola oil, rice vinegar, garlic powder, soy sauce, land lemon pepper. I set it aside in a bowl and moved on to prepping the rest of my ingredients - giving the chicken some time to marinate.
Heat a large pan on medium high heat with a little canola oil and cook the chicken, only about 2 minutes so that the chicken is no longer pink. Set it aside in a bowl and cover.
Saute the diced garlic, raw ginger and red onions in the same pan. Depending on how you like your onions- cook to your preference. I generally like my onions sweeter, so I cook them until they are almost transparent.
Add the bok choy, soy sauce, and some more sriracha (if desired). Cover and let cook down (about 5 minutes). Add the chicken back into the pan to re-heat- and YOU ARE READY TO SERVE on top of the rice :)

Enjoy!

May 25, 2012

Florality



{1. Topshop, 2. Kate Spade, 3. Topshop, 4. ModCloth, 5. H&M, 6. Steve Madden, 7. Aldo 8. Dorothy Perkins }

I know Spring is technically almost over, but I still LOVE floral prints. They are so feminine and can dainty-up any outfit. Worn with jeans, skirts, other prints, it doesn't matter. This W Magazine editorial shows how you can go crazy and mismatch/combine pretty much anything you want! Oh the choices!

May 14, 2012

Go Crazy


{Images via Lonny}

Bathrooms seems be a completely appropriate room to go crazy in and the only place where wallpaper is truly acceptable. These designs are so amazing because the would make people just say "wow" as soon as they walked into your bathroom. Fake alligator skin,  random bright photos, giant stripes, old scenes, it doesn't matter- find something that makes you smile and just go with it!

May 11, 2012

Mama Love


Mother's Day is coming up and while the day is about loving your mom and doting on her with gifts and sweetness, it is also a great excuse to buy a pretty dress! I love this color combination: fuchsia, aqua, and beige. Most dresses around this time are floral (which I'll be honest is probably what I will wear), but I love the classic simplicity and line of this dress from ModCloth. 

I love you, mom! Happy Mother's Day!
 

May 10, 2012

Sunflowers




 {Inspiration Photo, Hat Shorts Necklace F21, Tee Frenchi, Shirt Target, Shoes BCBG, Purse Vintage Coach, Fashion Photo: Jay Sharron}

I found this photo while skimming Tumblr and was immediately inspired to find something in my closet. The weather here in Hollywood has been warm and sunny, so what better way to celebrate the transition into summer than with sunflowers? Also, any excuse to wear my mom's vintage coach purse is fine by me.

The beautiful weather is making it harder and harder to sit in my office all day under fluorescent lights, and I know my friends are feeling the same way. I make sure to keep the blinds up and even change my desktop photo to a feel goo photo (like a sunflower perhaps?). 

Do you have any photos that inspire you or change your mood? If so, let me see them! :) 

Happy Thursday!

May 7, 2012

Fiesta Americana








{'Cadilac Woman, Vogue Hellas, April 2012}

I absolutely love this editorial for Vogue Hellas by Mara Desipris. The bright colors, the amazing vintage hot pink car, and the ode to Americana style- what else is there? This spread is a perfect example of how to use a combination of bright colors, don't be afraid of it! It reminds me of a blend of the movies Grease and Crybaby... just amount of wrong to make it right. Now I have inspiration for my next shopping trip! 

May 4, 2012

Cinco de Mayo





Happy Cinco de Mayo! This is the first time in the past few years that I have been able to celebrate and I am SO excited! There are so many things to love about this holiday, the colors, the attitude, the food, the drinks, the friends.

Don't be afraid to wear bright colors and show your inner "fiesta," have fun with it. Even if you are just going out for margaritas with friends, there is always a way to incorporate a holiday theme into a casual outfit.

 Some ideas:
  • Patterns
  • Red, Green, Blue, White
  • Go bold
  • Florals
  • Tribal



May 2, 2012

Organized Clutter

 {Image courtesy of SAS Interiors}
 {All books available at Barnes and Noble}

The coffee table ends up being the center focus on the room and can completely define the look of a home. I use my coffee table as a dining table, foot rest, storage shelf, and catch all... so needless to say something needs to change. I love a gorgeous and eye-catching coffee table display that is both functional and beautiful. After looking at countless photos for inspiration, I have come to conclude that there is a basic formula to creating a unique design that can work for anyone:

  • Height. Including something tall on your table makes it multidimensional and interesting. Just make sure it's not so tall that it blocks your view!
  • Conversation Piece. One (or two) items that are truly unique and quirky help set the tone of the room and show off the designer's (aka YOUR) personality. 
  • Nature. Flowers, plants, and succulents all add an organic element to the atmosphere. Just be careful of plants and pets (hence why I could never have flowers, my cat would devour the poor things). 
  • Books. They don't call them 'coffee table' books for nothing! It's always nice to have something available for guests to look at and, like the conversation piece, books allow you to incorporate your own personality into the design. Photography, fashion, food, your own photobook of memories- it doesn't matter!

May 1, 2012

Timeless



{Jacket: Urban Outfitter, Tee: Frenchi, Belt: Nordstroms Rack, Jeans: J Brand, Shoes: Calvin Klein, Purse: Vintage, Watch: Citizen, Sunglasses: Ray-Ban, Photo: Jay Sharron}

Luckily, even though I'm a lawyer I get to dress somewhat casually for work. Being a transactional attorney certainly has its perks! These jeans are perfect for work because they are still form fitting yet not "skinny jeans," they allow for the comfort needed when sitting at a desk all day and still make me feel cute and sassy. This outfit is ridiculously comfortable, yet appropriate for the office. I love that just adding an eye-catching piece (i.e. my jacket here) brings a simple ensemble into the professional realm of attire. Ps- thanks mom for your adorable 80's vintage clutch!