The weather is finally starting to warm up in Florida, but I haven’t quite traded in my jeans for shorts just yet. My boyfriend and I will be heading to DC next weekend, where I’m guessing I’ll have plenty of opportunities to don long sleeves and pants, but even in Florida I’m still in the mood to wear comfortable basics—case in point: my favorite Rag & Bone jeans and a silk Equipment button-up. With some fun booties and gold jewelry, it’s the easiest ensemble to transition from work to dinner.
Jeans: Rag & Bone // Top: Equipment (similar) // Booties: Margiela (similar) // Necklace: Vintage // Bracelet: Eddie Borgo // Bag: Celine
I don’t eat meat too often, but Super Bowl Sunday pretty much requires copious amounts of nachos and chicken wings—so I made just that. The nachos were made with spicy seitan, and probably more healthy than what you get at a sports bar (I like to put raw spinach on my nachos, much to my boyfriend’s dismay). The wings, however, were proper, good-old-fashioned (non-vegetarian) chicken wings. I tried a different method for cooking them (typically, I broil the chicken wings in the oven and baste them with sauce while they cook). With this recipe, I cooked them under the broiler, transferred them to the grill to get some good color, and then added the sauce. This ensured that they were perfectly cooked, crispy, and full of flavor. And, of course, messy—as all chicken wings should be.
4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup jalapeño or pepper jelly
2 Tbs. honey or light agave syrup
2 jalapeño chilies, seeded and finely chopped, or 1 can fire-roasted jalapeño chilies, drained and finely diced
1 tsp. granulated garlic
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
Pinch of coarse salt
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
3 lb. chicken wings (about 30), cut at the joints and wing tips discarded
1. Preheat a broiler on high. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir in the jalapeño jelly, honey, chilies, granulated garlic, paprika, chili powder, cayenne, salt and black pepper. Keep warm on the stovetop.
3. Rinse the chicken wings under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. Working in batches, arrange the wings in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. Broil, turning once, until lightly browned and cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes total.
4. Prepare a medium-hot fire in a grill. Brush and oil the grill grate.
5. Grill the wings directly over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until charred with grill marks on all sides, 4 to 5 minutes.
6. In a large bowl, combine the chicken wings and the jalapeño mixture and toss to coat. Transfer to a platter and serve immediately—with plenty of napkins.
In addition to my awesome leather sweatshirt and gold bracelet finds, I picked up this fun Adidas tee this weekend. It reminds me of the current Givenchy collection (with which I’m completely obsessed) and it’s an easy way to add a little 90s touch to an otherwise put together jeans-and-blazer combo.
Tee: Adidas // Jeans: Rag & Bone // Blazer: Elizabeth & James // Bracelets: Eddie Borgo // Sneakers: Isabel Marant // Bag: Balenciaga
Ina Garten calls this an “omelette for two,” but I call it a Cowboy Omelette, because it is so incredibly filling (it would be the perfect thing for someone to eat before a long day of work on a ranch). If you aren’t a cowboy or rancher, however, don’t count on eating this whole thing yourself. My boyfriend and I split it for Sunday breakfast, didn’t even finish three-quarters of it, and didn’t eat again until dinnertime.
**adapted from Barefoot Contessa at Home
1/4 pound good thick-cut bacon
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 cup medium-diced Yukon gold potato
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper
5 extra-large eggs
2 tablespoons milk or cream
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts
4 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, diced, plus extra grated cheese, for garnish
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Cut the bacon crosswise in 1-inch slices. Cook the bacon in an 8-inch ovenproof saute pan over medium-low heat for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned. Drain the bacon on paper towels and discard the fat from the pan.
3. Add the butter to the pan, and then add the potato and yellow onion. Cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the onion starts to brown and the potato is tender but firm. Add the jalapeno pepper and cook for 30 seconds.
4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper together with a fork. Stir in the scallions and diced Cheddar. When the potato is cooked, add the bacon to the pan and pour over the egg mixture. Place the pan in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until the omelet puffs and the eggs are almost cooked in the center. Sprinkle with a handful of grated Cheddar and bake for another minute.
5. Serve hot directly from the pan.
I scored some pretty great stuff this weekend, including this Patterson J. Kincaid leather sweatshirt, from Marshall’s. It was originally around $400, but I got it for $69. I feel like Kanye West when I wear it, especially when I pair it with 80s-inspired gold jewelry. Which brings me to another great find.I have lusted after pretty much every piece of jewelry Eddie Borgo designs for the past few years. I got my first Borgo piece about two years ago—a green and silver cone bracelet—but have been looking to build my collection. I stumbled upon this large gold pyramid bracelet in an antique store this weekend, turned it over and saw that it was signed Eddie Borgo (in fact, the tag even said “Eddie Borgo,” so I didn’t exactly pull the wool over anyone’s eyes). They sold it to me for $62. (It’s currently available online for $600, so I’d say that’s a good score.) No idea what it was doing in the antique store, as I doubt it’s very old, but I’m certainly not complaining!
Sweatshirt: Patterson J. Kincaid via Marshall’s // Suede jeans: Rag & Bone // Bracelet: Eddie Borgo // Bag: Alexander McQueen (similar) // Heels: Gucci
These muffins are the bomb-diggity. Let me tell you why. They are gluten-free, sugar-free and contain no dairy. Sounds gross, I know. But they are surprisingly tasty, and full of really good-for-you ingredients (like pumpkins seeds, dried dates and bananas). And, truthfully, they were even easier to make that traditional muffins (no egg-cracking required). I baked a batch on Sunday and have been having one with my coffee every morning—they keep you full til lunchtime.
Vegan Banana and Date Muffins
adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Good
2 cups gluten free flour (I use Cup4Cup, which is available at Williams-Sonoma)
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
a pinch of sea salt
2 bananas, mashed
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2/3 cup real maple syrup
2/3 cup almond milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, roughly chopped
a few more pumpkin seeds to sprinkle on the tops of the muffins
1. Mix together the flour, baking power, baking soda and salt.
2. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas and then mix in the olive oil, maple syrup, almond milk and vanilla.
3. Thoroughly combine the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients.
4. Toss the dates and pumpkin seeds in a tablespoon or so of flour (this prevents them from sinking to the bottom of the muffins) and then fold them into the batter.
5. Divide the batter into lined muffin tins.
6. Sprinkle each muffin with a few pumpkin seeds.
7. Bake at 400 F for 20 to 25 minutes.
Oh, how I love TJ Maxx, let me count the ways. I scored this amazing fur and leather jacket at TJ’s just about two weeks ago—talk about a scored. Original price: $1,425. TJ’s price: $149.99.
Hot diggity dog, that’s a good buy! I’ve been wearing it nonstop and I’m obviously really into the whole jacket-over-your-shoulders thing. It’s a great look until the wind starts picking up. Case in point:
Jacket: Theory via TJ Maxx (similar) // Top, jeans and booties: Rag & Bone // Bag: Céline // Sunnies: Toms // Necklace: vintage Kenneth Jay Lane (similar)
I love love LOVE this bubblegum pink blazer. I never thought it would be so wearable but it adds so much to the simplest, jeans-and-a-sweatshirt, ensembles. I wore this little getup out to dinner recently. Sorry for the parking lot pictures… I wanted to get some outfit shots before it started pouring (which it did about ten minutes after this photo was taken). How fun is this vintage necklace? I think it was handmade. The jewels are somehow strung on chicken wire, so it isn’t the most comfortable thing to wear, but it’s so fun and sparkly.
Jacket: Stella McCartney // Sweatshirt: old Zara (similar here) // Suede jeans: Rag & Bone (similar) // Heels: Delman c/o TJ Maxx // Clutch: Alexander McQueen // Necklace: Vintage
A reoccurring theme in all of my ensembles (and in my own home) is high and low. I’ve been thrifting, vintage shopping, estate sale-ing and going to auctions since I can remember, but in recent years, it’s become very “hip” to mix high and low. Fortunately, it’s still fairly easy to score great finds if you know where to look. In LA, flea markets are a dime a dozen (and FYI—many of them sell items that aren’t actually vintage), but here in Jacksonville, thrift stores and estate sales are often chock full of great items, because not everyone and their mom is out on the hunt. At a recent estate sale, I scored this stunning fur stole by Adrienne Landau. Landau is pretty well-known for her fur pieces, but this purple number took my breath away. It’s kind of like a boa (and by that, I mean it’s so over the top, it’s kind of hilarious) and I feel like I should be smoking a long cigarette and wearing dark sunglasses when I wear it. With my new favorite jeans, a blazer and simple, strappy heels, it’s the perfect statement piece.
Fur stole: Adrienne Landau (pictured is an estate sale find, here’s a totally different version that is equally amazing) // Blazer: Helmut Lang // Jeans: Ralph Lauren (lucky find at Saks Off 5th) // Heels: Tibi // Tee: J. Crew (on sale!) // Pouch: Marc Jacobs for Target // Earrings: A gift from my sweet friend, Frankie // Sunglasses: Toms (on sale!)
I have long been a fan of the Texas Tuxedo—the denim-on-denim look is always comfortable and can be jazzed up with the addition of bold accessories. For a recent night out with a girlfriend (where we indulged in cucumber martinis and truffle fries), I added a beautiful white coat by The Row and a Mondrian-esque bag. I can’t stop wearing these jeans—they just add so much to the simplest jeans-and-a-tee ensembles. I’m a total jeans girl and have several pairs, but I think these are pretty much the best ever. They are kind of like Mom jeans but sort of Kim Kardashian at the same time… I guess she is a mom now, right?
Jeans: Ralph Lauren // Top: J. Crew (similar) // Coat: The Row // Bag: Céline // Heels: Tibi // Necklace : Vintage