February 28, 2014

Radiant Orchid...Continued

After taking photos in my jacket the other day, I kept thinking about that color...radiant orchid. I decided to do some online perusing to see what other vibrant purple/pink lovely things I could find.  There are plenty! I may need another piece...

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Happy Friday!

xo :)

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February 26, 2014

I Cooked!

Ok maybe it's not THAT exciting...I cook pretty regularly. But the other night I cooked with something I'd never cooked with before. Parsnips. Now, I have heard of parsnips before, but I had no idea what they were, really. I walked into the produce section and had to actually read the signs on the bins because I didn't know what parsnips looked like. I didn't even know what section to look in. By the greens? Near the peppers? I was clueless.

But now I know, and I'm glad I do!
Parsnips are a close relative to carrots and they even kind of smell the same. But I thought the taste was pretty different. It was sort of a tangy/spicy taste, almost like ginger root but not as strong. I liked it!

I saw this recipe on Pinterest and it looked so delicious I decided I had to make it immediately.

white wine and lemon roasted chicken - via The Noshery
Looks amazing, no? Since I was adamant that I make this dish ASAP and I didn't feel like making another trip to the grocery store because I forgot to write down what I'd need and all I could remember was the parsnips (seriously, it's like my memory goes blank when I enter the grocery store), I decided to improvise and make do with the stuff I did have.

veggies tossed and ready
Beautiful veggies, huh! I really dislike Brussels sprouts, which were called for in the original recipe, so I traded those for some broccoli. I didn't have any roasted red peppers so I subbed in some sun dried tomatoes, and since I didn't have any thyme sprigs growing in my kitchen herb garden (I don't have an herb garden!) I used dried thyme. Also, instead of the called-for chicken thighs, I used three plump chicken breasts I had in the fridge. I did everything else according to the original recipe.


I think it turned out quite nicely! It's obviously not as pretty as the original, but I was happy with it. And it was delicious! Totally easy too. I imagine you could probably sub in pretty much any vegetable and chicken part you wanted to in this recipe. I thought of maybe adding some mushrooms next time. I love mushrooms.


I would definitely recommend trying this recipe out. It's simple, flavorful, and versatile. As Meseidy said on TheNoshery, "winner winner chicken dinner!"

xo :)

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February 24, 2014

Radiant Orchid

Happy Monday peeps! I've been staring at this jacket all winter. I love it, and I kept wanting to wear it, but it just seems like such a spring/summer color that I left it in the closet, untouched.  Until this past weekend, however.  The temps were in the 70s, there was a cool breeze, and I had a Friday lunch date with my girls.  It was the perfect day for some radiant orchid.

jacket and jeans (old) - The Limited // heels - Shoedazzle // shirt - Express
I don't smile enough, sheesh. I am a happy person...promise!
I bought the jacket last year on a whim. Who knew it would become the color of the year for 2014?! Not me. It may not be EXACTLY the shade Pantone features on their site, but it's pretty damn close I think.

 
Hello Spring! I love you tons.

What do you think of this year's color, radiant orchid?

xo :)

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February 14, 2014

Casual Friday Love

Happy Valentine's Day everybody! I really love being able to dress casually for work on Fridays. And today, the temps are up (65 degrees!), the sun is out, and we've got a beautiful weekend ahead.  Doesn't get any better than that!

loafers - Shoe Mint // jeans + tee + cardigan (old) // shades - Dior


Since my outfit isn't saying much about Valentine's Day, I decided to give you some red lip action! I'm wearing Revlon Colorburst lip butter in Candy Apple. Kisses!!


xo :)

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