Asian Inspired Angel Hair

  • 4th November 2013
Asian Inspired Angel Hair Pasta

Served with a side of lime it is delicious.



A healthy and delicious alternative to the regular Spaghettini alla Checca, this is also a great way to stuff the kids with fresh, raw veggies and get them used to flavorful herbs.


• It’s the perfect dish to utilize extra herbs, green onion, cucumber, carrots or tomatoes, OR shred some left-over turkey from Thanksgiving

• It packs well for lunches, and we especially love it for airplane trips as an easy, filling and nutritious one container meal

• It’s the right make-ahead dish for parties and weekday meals


Asian Inspired Angel Hair Pasta

Tomatoes, Cucmbers, and Herbs chopped and ready to go.





First, there are a few ways to go with this dish.

The most flavorful way is marinate the chicken one day in advance.  Then, cook the chicken and pasta, chop the veggies and combine them all on the next day.  On the third day the dish will taste its best, once all of the flavors have melded.


If you are using up some turkey or rotisserie chicken:  Shred the meat, and combine in a bowl with soy sauce, red pepper (or cayenne pepper) a dash of salt, black pepper and rice wine vinegar.  Let it sit for 2-3 hours and substitute it in for the chicken below.



• 3 chicken breasts

• 2 tablespoons minced garlic

• 1 tablespoon minced ginger

• 3/4 tablespoon salt

• 1/2 teaspoon red pepper (or cayenne pepper)

• 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

• 1/2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

• 2 tablespoons best quality soy sauce

• 1/4  teaspoon black pepper or dash of red pepper flakes


Cut the chicken into thin strips and let it marinate with the above ingredients overnight.


Asian Chicken Marinating

Chicken ready to marinate




The following day cook the chicken in a dollop/capful of oil browning it first on a high heat.  Add 1/4 cup of water and let it cook through on low heat, covered for about 20 minutes.  Transfer to a bowl scraping all of the juices out of the pot with the chicken (you will want them).



Cooked Asian Spicy Chicken

Cooked chicken is cooling



While the chicken cools, cook one standard box of angel hair pasta and commence chopping the veggies and herbs.


Coarsely chop the following:

• One bunch green onion

• Handful of mint

• Handful of basil

• 2 Handfuls of cilantro



• 4 carrots


Dice or Julienne:

• One English cucumber



• 2 cups of cherry tomatoes


Mix the chicken, pasta, veggies and herbs together.  Add a splash of soy sauce and rice wine vinegar at the end.  Season to taste with extra salt and pepper if necessary.  Optional:  Serve with squeezed fresh lime and crushed salted peanuts.



Asian Inspired Angel Hair Pasta Ready to Eat

A delicious accompaniment is serving the dish with fresh squeezed lime and crushed peanuts.





The Beanie’s Big Splash

  • 3rd November 2013

This season we first noticed the beanie in Australian Vogue’s gorgeous “Wild Rose,” feature wherein the oversized accessory looks luxuriously cozy atop her cascading tresses, followed by flowing rich fabrics.


Holly Rose Emery in Australian Vogue

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia



Holly Rose Emery in Vogue Australia

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia


The decadent dusty rose beanie worn throughout the shoot is by Giles, retailing at $850.00.  On the runway it received extra accessories by way of shiny pins and dangling feathers and came in a range of colors.


cara delevingne wears Giles oversized white beanie
Giles oversize beanie with feather
Giles  oversize beanie in brown


Knitters the world over stand to make a pretty penny at trying to duplicate them this season.  Playing into this trend, Anthropologie had winter’s biggest hat on the cover and inside cover of their winter catalogue.




Anthropologie Pommed Peak Beanie
Anthropologie Flecked Pastures Beanie


While not oversized, neither were prices, both coming in at less than $40.00


Pommed Peak Beanie,, $38.00

Flecked Pastures Beanie,, $32.00


Others worth investigating:


Free People Thick Chunky Beanie
Free People Thick Chunky Beanie



Free People Thick Chunky Beanie,, $38.00


Patrizia Fabri Hat Beanie


Patrizia Fabri Hat Beanie,, $154.00


Wommelsdorff Stella Beanie
Sunghee Bang Chunky Rodney Beanie


Wommelsdorff Hand-Knit Chunky Stella Beanie,, $385.00

Sunghee Bang Chunky Rodney Beanie,, $235.00



Eugenia Kim Ellie Fur Beanie
Eugenia Kim Marley Beanie in Cream



Eugenia Kim Ellie Fur Beanie,, $255.00

Eugenia Kim Marley Beanie in Cream,, $215.00



Free People Nolita 2 Tone Fur Beanie



Free People Nolita 2 Tone Fur Beanie,, $198.00


Inspiration from years past  (all photos courtesy of


Audrey Hepburn wearing a winter beanie  in 'Charade' 1963

Audrey Hepburn in ‘Charade’ 1963




Catherine Deneuve wearing a winter beanie in the 1960s

Catherine Deneuve wearing a winter beanie in the 1960s



Ali MacGraw's winter beanie in 'Love Story' 1970

Ali MacGraw’s winter beanie in ‘Love Story’ 1970

Mini Melissa’s Little Feet!

  • 2nd November 2013
Mini Melissa Polibano Sneaker featured in Cine Melissa

Photo Courtesy of: Ciné Melissa


Adorable creatures and sneakers that mimic bubble wrap abound in this line of excessively fun shoes for little ones!



Mini Melissa Cow Slip On Mary Jane


Mini Melissa Ultra Girl Little Cow Mary Jane Flats,, $50.00




One of the best features of the line is that is available with ease in numerous boutiques and online.  



Mini Melissa Campagna Zig Zag flats

Photo Courtesy of: Ciné Melissa



The Vivienne Westwood collaboration offers more to celebrate with signature witty British style.



Mini Melissa Vivienne Westwood Light Blue Sandals


Mini Melissa Vivienne Westwood Blue Sandals,, $93.00



Mini Melissa Vivienne Westwood Anglo Mania



Vivienne Westwood Anglomania + Mini Melissa Aranha,



Mini Melissa Furadinha Light Pink

Photo Courtesy of: Ciné Melissa




Mini Melissa Choco Bar Aranha



Mini Melissa Choco Bar Aranha,, $55.00



Mini Melissa Furadinha Light Pink



Mini Furadinha,, $50.00




Mini Melissa Ultra Girl Bow

Photo Courtesy of: Ciné Melissa



Mini Melissa Ultra Girl Bow


Mini Melissa Ultra Girl Bow,


Mini Melissa Campana Zig Zag girls flats



Mini Melissa Girl’s Campana Zig Zag Mary Jane Flats,, $45.00



Mini Melissa Polibano Sneaker


Mini Melissa Polibolha Sneaker,, $54.95



Mini Melissa Polibano Sneaker

Photo Courtesy of: Ciné Melissa




Mini Melissa Ultra Girl Slip On Cat Shoe


Mini Melissa Ultra Girl II Slip-On,, $45.95



Mini Melissa Furadinha III



Mini Furadinha III,, £35.00




Mark Your Calendars for Marant

  • 30th October 2013

The hotly anticipated collaboration collection between Isabel Marant and H&M debuts in just 2 weeks on November 14th.  We already know it is going to be a sell-out courtesy of the look book and if you still have any doubts they can be washed away after seeing a star-studded lineup looking flawless in her attire.



Freida Pinto and Olga Kurylenko wear Isabel Marant for H&M.

Freida Pinto and Olga Kurylenko wear Isabel Marant for H&M. Photo Courtesy of: Getty Images



One reason why we particularly love this collaboration is that her collection for H&M actually looks like pieces we just saw in her 2013 Pre-Fall and Fall collection.  She has not dumbed anything down for the masses, and uses the same signature charcoal grey/bright red and white with a bohemian twist—bold combination.


If you missed these amazing jeans earlier this year (below).  You get a second chance at her winning color combo via her pièce de résistance jacket.


Isabel Marant jeans Song of Style

Photo Courtesy of: Song of Style.

Isabel Marant for H&M grey, white and red jacket.

Using the same basic colors and bohemian aesthetic.                                                                                          This jacket is available in stores and online for £199.99 on 11/14.









We featured this fabulous scarf straight off of the runway in our August 5, 2013 post.  Now you can get an almost identical version.


Isabel Marant Scarf. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

Isabel Marant Scarf from her 2013 Pre-Fall Collection. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

Isabel Marant Fall 2013 Collection

Isabel Marant Pre Fall 2013 Collection. Notice the thin scarf of the model on the right.



Isabel Marant Metallic Scarf H&M

This scarf reminiscent of the two above is available at H&M.



Metallic scarf available at H&M will retail at a very affordable  £29.99


Studs and grommets which factored heavily in her Fall Collections are also beautifully incorporated into the H&M line.



Isabel Marant Elvis Leather Sandals

Her studded Elvis Leather Sandals caused a stir earlier this year.

Studded Pumps Isabel Marant for H&M

In the same vein, her studded pumps for H&M are already adorning the most fashionable feet.



Studded pumps available at H&M on 11/14 retail for  £99.99.


Buy two or three pieces from this line and you will easily hit on major trends of the season as well as (and most importantly) her very signature style.  This element stayed truly intact with her H&M collection.  The pieces are cutting-edge enough to very easily slide right into all of next year’s seasons.



Her lace up leather pants capture a trend that has been brewing and picking up momentum since Fendi and DKNY last spring.  At this price point they will make a very big splash.


White Leather Lace Up Trousers Isabel Marant for H&M

White leather lace up trousers. How can you go wrong?

Black leather lace up trousers Isabel Marant for H&M.

Perfect for any evening soirée.


Leather lace-up trousers available at H&M on 11/14 retail for £179.99



Lace up leather trousers and sheer shirt Isabel Marant for H&M.

A sleek, sexy and perfect look all from the line. Photo courtesy of: Getty Images.




Marant insists she designs for everyone, which means you!  So get ready to switch on your lap top at 12:00 pm or head to your local store at 8:00 am on 11/14 and claim your favorite pieces.


Here are a few more favorites of ours:


Isabel Marant for H&M black and white trousers.

Again a signature look available for £59.99

January Jones in Isabel Marant for H&M.

January Jones in trousers and a sheer top from the H&M line.



Two cute, too cute kids accessories from the line:


Greek Fisherman Cap for Kids Isabel Marant for H&M.

Marant offers a chic cap to kids via the Greek Fisherman (check out our 7/18 post for how au courant it is).

Slouchy Suede Boots for girls Isabel Marant for H&M.

Slouchy suede boots for your girls from the Marant H&M line.



One of the coolest and most unique jumpers of the season:


Black and White Loop Jumper Isabel Marant for H&M.

Loop Jumper Available for £69.99



Perfect Wardrobe Capstone Pieces:


Fringe Scarf Isabel Marant for H&M.

Fringe Silk Scarf

Sequin Trousers Isabel Marant for H&M.

Sequin Trousers retail at £149.99



YOU MISSED THESE PANTS.….And are still longing for something out of the ordinary sequin, try this sequin blazer from Boden!


Sequin Blazer from Boden




Boden Sequin Blazer
Boden Sequin Blazer


Sequin Blazer,, $171.00



Boden Sequin Blazer



(Now, back to Marant…..)


Beautifully Bohemian:


Black and White Dress Isabel Marant for H&M.

Dress available for £69.99.

Strapless Dress Isabel Marant for H&M.

Strapless dress available for £69.99.



Behind the Scenes Isabel Marant for H&M photo Courtesy of: Vogue Italia

Behind the Scenes Isabel Marant for H&M photo Courtesy of: Vogue Italia


Autumn’s Best Cupcake

  • 23rd October 2013

We made this cupcake twice already this month.  The first time was purely decadent with its rich buttery frosting and cheesecake like filling.  Relishing them for the second time, we substituted in wheat flour that perfectly complemented the moist cream cheese and pumpkin purée.


Cheesecake-Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Frosting


Cheese-cake Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes

Photo Courtesy of: Rachael Ray Magazine


Cheese-cake Filled Pumpkin Cupcakes

A dollop of cheesecake in the center makes all of the difference.



If you love pumpkin, this is a dessert you cannot miss!  If you love cheesecake too, even better!  It comes to us via Rachael Ray Magazine.



Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes

Dressed up for Halloween, but they work throughout the Fall.



You already have your vegetable within, but for a healthier twist and graininess that offsets the cream cheese and purée, substitute in wheat flour.



  • 1 8 ounce package  cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 large eggs, plus 5 large egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • Simmering water
  • 3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoon-size pieces and chilled




Pumpkin Cupcakes

Fresh out of the oven, pre-frosting


Place a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees . Line a 12-cup muffin pan with baking liners. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar for 3 minutes. Beat in 1 egg white and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.




Cream cheese filled cupcakes




In a bowl, whisk the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. In another bowl, mix the pumpkin puree, 2 eggs, granulated sugar, oil and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Whisk in the flour mixture.




Brown Sugar Frosted Cupcakes




Layer each muffin cup with some of the pumpkin batter, then the cream cheese mixture, then more of the batter. Bake until springy to the touch, 25 minutes.  Let cool.



Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes

Vanilla bean paste was substituted for extract.




Using the electric mixer, beat the brown sugar, remaining 4 egg whites and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Fill a medium saucepan with enough simmering water to reach a depth of 1 inch; place the mixing bowl on top. Whisk the mixture until it registers 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.


Transfer the bowl back to the mixer and beat at high speed until fluffy; lower the speed and beat to roomtemperature, about 5 minutes. Add the butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, then beat at high speed for 5 minutes. Beat in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.



Brown Sugar Butter Frosting

The frosting is buttery magic



Transfer the frosting to a pastry bag; pipe large rosettes on top of the cupcakes.

(You can also spread the frosting with a knife and decorate the cupcakes in any other manner).

Serve and enjoy!!!


Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes

Decorated for Halloween