{recipe} asparagus and arugula pasta salad

This is a recipe I got from a co-worker several years ago, and it is so great for a light, bright summer meal.  The roasted lemons give it a nice depth of flavor, and I really like the addition of the peppery arugula.  I eat it as is, but my meat eating husband adds chicken.

The Recipe:

¼ cup olive oil

4 cloves garlic, crushed

2 lemons, washed, with the rind zested and reserved

Salt and pepper to taste

2 bunches of asparagus, washed and trimmed

1 lb. dried penne pasta (I use whole wheat)

1 bottle of capers, drained and rinsed (I am not a huge caper fan, so I use half a bottle)

Approximately half a large (7 oz.) bag of baby arugula.

Preheat oven to 450.  Put salted water on to boil for the pasta.  While water is heating, mix the olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, and salt and pepper.  Cut the zested lemons into 8 wedges each.  Toss the asparagus and the lemons in the olive oil mixture, and put on a rimmed baking sheet.  Roast for 10-12 minutes, stirring once or twice, until the asparagus is roasted and the lemons are beginning to brown.  Cool.  Cook the pasta, then drain and rinse with cold water.  Put the pasta in a serving bowl with the capers.  Squeeze the juice from the roasted lemons over the pasta, then discard.  Cut the asparagus into pieces and mix into the pasta.  Scrape the oil mixture from the roasting pan into the pasta as well.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  If needed, add more lemon juice or olive oil.  Toss in the arugula just before serving at room temperature.

Buon Appetito!


June 30, 2010. recipe. 2 comments.

{shop} anthropologie july 2010 catalogue

The July 2010 Anthropologie catalogue is full of the sweetest late summer/early fall clothes and accessories.  I also love how the catalogue shot was styled – it is so dark, moody, and glamorous.

Love these Anticipation Heels.

I really love this Discovered Lace Dress.  It’d be so pretty with nude pumps and a headband.

These Purple Unfolding Booties would be so great this fall paired with tweed and denim.  PERFECT.

This Manor Gates Dress is gorgeous.  The embroidered waistband and beaded neckline are so special.  This would be great now, and with tights and a cardigan when the weather turns cooler.

June 29, 2010. shop. 4 comments.

{wear} blush ruffles

My sister bought these great Kelsi Dagger Monaco sandals in the wrong size, but never returned them, and so, gave to me over the weekend. (Thank you, Katie!).  I wore them for her graduation party with white shorts and a coral Tory tunic.  Today, I am wearing them to work with a white skirt, black top, and tan jacket.

The shoes reminded me of these other awesome blush ruffle sandals that are a bit dressier – the Randee by Badgley Mischka.


I love both of these paired with black, white, and gold.

Blush, Black and WhiteFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Blush, Black and White by coutureandcupcakes featuring Tory Burch tops

Lace tunic
$347 – net-a-porter.com
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June 28, 2010. wear. 2 comments.

{shop} eryn brinie

Just saw this adorable shop – Eryn Brinie – featured in the latest issue of Lucky.  The coupon code luckybreaks15 will get you 30% off everything!

Some of my top picks…

Love this Sea Breeze Vest.  It’d be great with jeans, as styled, or with shorts.

I always like nautical – this Anchor Away Tank is a great twist on the traditional.

The Yacht Club Jacket is also nautical inspired, and also super cute, in blue or red.

The Kaitlyn Jacket is super feminine.  It’d look great with some boyfriend trousers.

June 24, 2010. shop. 2 comments.

{decorate} madeline weinrib and john robshaw

I am obsessed with these two designers and their amazing fabrics.  The colors and prints are so much fun.  Great accents in any home.

Pillows from Madeline Weinrib:


and from John Robshaw:

June 23, 2010. decorate. 3 comments.

{wear} nude heels

A definite wardrobe must.  They go with everything and make your legs look super long.  My favorites have a platform for even more height, and a rounded toe for an elegant look.

This BCBGeneration ‘Tinas’ Platform is a great inexpensive heel.

This Stuart Weitzman ‘Avignon’ Pump is gorgeous for a deeper skin tone.  Love the patent peep toe!

Love the wooden heel and platform on this Nine West ‘Rocha’ Pump.

How great are these Cole Haan ‘Eve Air’ Beige Peeptoes!?  And they have Nike Air, so they’d be comfortable, right!?

Ooh, these Alejandro Ingelmo ‘Sophia’ Platforms are super high… and super fabulous.

The caramel hue of these Joan & David ‘Flipp’ Pumps is heavenly.

The Stuart Weitzman Femina is another great pair.  I really like the thicker heel and the peep toe.

The suede on these Pelle Moda Wrigley 2 peep toes is different and elegant.

This Jessica Simpson Astor Slingback is sexy and fun.

J.Crew’s Coddington Leather Platform Pumps are perfect for work.


June 22, 2010. wear. 1 comment.

{couture} more resort 2011

Erin Fetherston’s Resort Collection was so lovely and feminine.  Loved the bows, hats, skinny pants, adorable little dresses, and super high platforms.

Peter Copping’s Resort Collection for Nina Ricci was fabulous.  Beautiful pinks and neutrals in soft fabrics with sky-high wedges.  Loved it.

All images from style.com.

June 21, 2010. couture. Leave a comment.

{wear} roarke le charlot

I have become obsessed with the Roarke Le Charlot necklace that I first saw on Charm and Chain a few weeks ago, so I decided to create some outfits around it.  Husband, if you are reading, the necklace would make a nice birthday gift. 😉

Roarke Le Charlot 1Fashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Roarke Le Charlot 1 by coutureandcupcakes featuring J Crew

Roarke Le Charlot 2Fashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Roarke Le Charlot 2 by coutureandcupcakes featuring Camilla and Marc dresses

A.McQueen Clutch
$1,495 – cultstatus.com.au
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June 17, 2010. wear. Leave a comment.

{eat} ladurée macarons

One of our Trustees at the Museum where I work was recently in Paris, and brought us back some heavenly Ladurée macarons.  I’d never had them before and I was not disappointed.  They are almost too beautiful to eat.

I’ve tried to make macarons several times with mixed results.  I think I’m a pretty good baker, but those things are really difficult to get right!  These french lovelies have inspired me to try again, though.


June 16, 2010. eat. 5 comments.

{shop} madewell online

J.Crew’s sister company Madewell has finally launched its online shop!  So much great stuff.

LOVING the jewelry.

colordrop stone necklace

crystal collage bib necklace

braided colorstrand bracelet

twisted metal and crystals bracelet

lizzie fortunato jewels for madewell braided chain bracelet


 FAB shoes.

the two-tone oxford

bensimon elastic sneakers

Great Clothes.

dustbowl denim shirt in forge wash

beaded racer tank

pointillist cardigan

And Accessories.

wanderlust multicolored fringe scarf

super sunglasses flat top

June 14, 2010. shop. Leave a comment.

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