when picking out clothes, i subconsciously focus on a few different things – comfort, versatility and price point. one, i hate being uncomfortable, even for the sake of a great piece, it just is not worth it to me. two, i love when a piece can be worn from day to night or from a day running errands to going out on the town. and lastly, while i would just love to say price doesn’t matter, it does. that being said, when i saw the spring sanctuary line i was kind of flipping out. all of the pieces are unique in their own ways, with their laser cut outs and leather cap sleeves, yet totally affordable. my current favorite is the striped short sleeve dress, what about you?
working at a startup myself, its always great to hear encouraging stories from others about their feelings on the community. sometimes it can be tough, controlled chaos many say, but it is also just as much rewarding to see a company, your company, grow.
i was perusing mashable’s new series, “the first 100,” when i came across a great new fashion startup and shopping destination — of a kind. created by friends claire mazur and erica cerulo, ‘of a kind’ is a one-stop-shop for everything unique + up and coming.
“We aim to support and promote on-the-rise fashion designers who get us excited by giving you access to their unique products and stories. we hope to offer something special and rare to others like us: People who want to know the story behind everything, people who are the first to hear the next big artist/designer/musician/chef, people who shop as much for the expereince as they do for the product.”
the online site offers a wide variety of products that feel truly special, from apparel to jewelry to weekender bags. i’ve shown you some of my favorites, what are yours?
dippin’ eggs….are my new best friend. anything i can cook in one pan…and then continue to eat out of that same pan is A++ in my book. another great thing? you can literally eat this for breakfast, lunch or dinner — or all three, which is what i have succumb to. i saw the original recipe on the londoner and did not stop thinking about it until it was in my belly (and on my shirt.) fail. anywho, it is quite simple to cook up and actually the hardest part about it is waiting for the eggs to cook on top…because by that time, you will be salivating.
dippin’ eggs (serves 2-4)
- 2 links of italian sausage or chorizo (casings removed)
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 can of whole tomatoes, crushed
- 1/2 can of tomato sauce
- handful of cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 red bell pepper
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- a few eggs (up to you!)
- handful of cilantro, chopped
- handful of soft cheese (feta, goat, boursin)
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- pinch red pepper flakes
- s + p
- sourdough or multigrain bread
first off, if you have a cast iron pan on hand – use it! if not, any regular one will do. first, start off by adding your olive oil to the pan over medium heat. once its hot, add your sausage and garlic and let it fry up for a bit, maybe 6-8 minutes. now, add your peppers and cherry tomatoes then pour your canned tomatoes over it. season with some salt and pepper, teaspoon of paprika, tablespoon of honey, pinch of red pepper flakes and give it a good mix around. once this is bubbly, turn the heat down to medium low and let it cook down and reduce, about 15 minutes. by now, about 1/3 of the liquid will be cooked off and you can add about half of your chopped cilantro.
now the fun part! add your eggs on top, however many you choose. just plop them wherever and let them cook like any old egg. i found this took longer than expected, so i covered the pan to make the eggs cook faster! this is a great time to toast up all of your dipping bread. when the eggs are just about done, add your cheese – i used boursin. sprinkle the rest of your cilantro over the top and let it cook a few more minutes until its semi melted and gooey. now take to the table and eat right out of the pan – but don’t burn yourself like i did:)
happy monday people! this weekend was a good one. one with yummy breakfasts, lunches and dinners plus some nice walks and quality lounging time. i also was bursting to the brim with happiness last night in lieu of everyone doing it right on the red carpet + ellen on stage.
while i opted out of wearing a ball gown this weekend, i did reach for my coziest cynthia rowley sweater that never fails me. i headed to the indoor farmers market at the nature museum to pick up a few things and it just so happens the worlds cutest children attend the market in their little canadian gooses, so it’s a done deal in my book. no i am not a child stalker, just a sucker for anything made in mini. anyways, after a quick trip there we headed to a new lunch place, blue door farm stand. it’s perfection with their high ceilings, bright light and heavenly kale + brussel salad. like i said, it was a good weekend. now i am ready to take on the week!..i think :)
how is your weekend going so far, lovelies? mine has been extremely laid back, hung out with friends on friday night and hopped around lincoln park yesterday before i spent the second half of the day watching frozen. don’t judge until you watch, i promise. is it bad that i want one of the character’s hair? maybe. here’s to hoping this sunday passes slowly with lots of reading and tea involved. enjoy!
how a mom and daughter make paper dresses – best ever.
need to try this hair trick.
real deal pajama jeans being rocked, nailed it.
reading this recipe warms my soul, on the list for this week.
katie arends’ home tour via the everygirl, eclectic heaven.
as an uber addict, i really enjoyed this article.
after reading this, i am in need of finding a good brow consultant :)
great ideas for any winter ruts.
well, the release of this will indefinitely make me less productive.
my leopard craze lives on.