Monday, August 29, 2011


I have been really into stripes lately. Is it just me or do stripes become "in style" again year after year? I don't really think they ever go out of style. Scarves as well are something that I've been into for several years now! These striped scarves by lemlem are ABOSOLUTELY amazing!!! They are just so beautiful and can be worn at any occasion. The scarves are hand-woven in Ethiopia and block-printed. You can find these scarves and other amazing finds at the lemlem website!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


This is my first food post! Horray! Anyone who knows me, knows that I absolutely love to cook. (my husband loves my food, but hates that I use approx 15 pots and pans and bowls in order to accomplish my meals). This dessert was certainly no exception!! I used 4 pots, 5 bowls, 1 food processor, 2 electric mixers, and lots of small bowls and strainers to complete this feat of culinary delicious-ness!

I made a semifreddo. What is this you ask?! It is an amazing mousse-like Italian dessert. It is equal parts ice cream (usually gelato) and whipped cream folded together and usually frozen in layers. I made mine pistachio (my fav), strawberry and vanilla-honey.

This was by far the most complicated recipe I have even made and it wasn't easy! I made each layer from scratch. The pistachio layer being the most difficult. I hand-shelled all the pistachios and then chopped them in the food processor with a bit of sugar. The next step was to boil the pistachios in a little bit of whole milk and then let them soak in for 20 minutes. Afterwards I had to strain out the pistachio bits, and voila! Homemade pistachio "flavoring".

I repeated the same steps for the vanilla and strawberry (except that the strawberry as no added milk). The next and most difficult step was the beat 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of sugar together in a metal bowl over top of a pot simmering with about 3/4 in of water, all while keeping the bowl from actually touching the water. I beat them for about 6 minutes until the mixture tripled in size. Then folded it into the pistachio, strawberry and vanilla separately.

The final ingredient was to beat heavy whipping cream and fold it into the 3 mixtures. Then pour the pistachio first in to a loaf pan and freeze for 45 minutes. Then gently pour the strawberry on top, followed by the vanilla after 45 minutes. Freeze for 4 hours before serving.

AND boy was it worth the wait! It turned out light and fluffy like a frozen mousse! The pistachio was the most smooth. The strawberry was a bit icy because it was not mixed with any milk. I would highly recommend to anyone who likes to experiment with cooking to make one of these! I love a frozen dessert, especially one that does not require an ice cream maker to create it =).

Monday, August 15, 2011

Karen Zambos: Vintage Couture

I just love this Karen Zambos: Vintage Couture top! It would be so cute with some new bright colored jeans for this coming fall season. I would mix it up with a bright patterned scarf and a blazer in the fall. I just love the asymmetrical hemline!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Sneak Peek!

Here is a sneak peak of my latest vintage find!! I absolutely love it! I just need to do a few simple alterations before I can wear it! I'm just loving the color and texture of this piece!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Results!

Here are the final results of my dress do-over!!! I really, really love how it turned out! This is something I can wear all summer! And maybe into the fall with some boots and a fur vest?! YES?!

This was a really fun project and I can't wait to get started on another one! Here are some more close ups on the finished product.

Friday, August 5, 2011

That amazing feeling when thrifting pays off: Big Time.

There was absolutely no way that I could dream of passing up this "Age of Aquarius" 100% linen masterpiece! I picked up this baby in a thrift store in a small town of 9,000 people. I wonder where it came from? I was drawn to it by the color and print..... I immediately decided that it would become a strapless linen gown for summer. Maybe I'd add a ruched piece in the back for comfort and a visible metal zipper.

But upon further thought and multiple try-ons, I am getting a little sad at the idea of removing those excellent sleeves, no?! I'll for sure need to keep it extra long and wear huge platforms because there is no way I am chopping off that beautiful print along the bottom half!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Fall is Coming!

Okay, so not quite yet! But working in the retail world I have to deal with upcoming fashion trends much earlier than I should have to! I mean we clearly have about 2 months left of warm weather here in Boise! (hoping for an indian summer).

Something I frequently think about as fall is coming is adorable flats! Unfortunately I NEVER wear them!! =( I think I might be the only person who has never embraced the flats trend. I understand they are supposed to be easy to wear, comfortable and perpetually stylish. But I somehow always feel like I am trying to dress like an overgrown child when I wear flats. Any advice? There are endless options and colors! Help!

Let's Begin!

This blog is going to be a blog about my life! My cooking, sewing and other domestic endeavors. As well as art, work, travel and any other adventures that might come my way. I have been wanting to begin a blog for months now and I finally mustered up the courage after following several other blogs for the past few months!

I think I mostly would like to get some feedback on my sewing creations! I can't wait to get some followers!

Thanks to: Rockstar Diaries , The Beauty Department , and Hanneli for inspiring me to create a blog that will balance fashion, food and all creative endeavors!