healthy dinner: salmon

salmon is not my favorite fish. i really have to be in the mood for it, but when i saw giada make this recipe (see below), i had to try it. it is so simple to do on a weeknight, and the sauce makes it so flavorful.



3/4 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed or chopped


Four 6-ounce center-cut salmon fillets, skinned

2 tablespoons olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large or 2 small shallots, thinly sliced

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed or chopped

2 1/2 cups frozen shelled edamame (12 ounces), thawed

2 cups sugar snap peas (6 ounces), halved** (i used carrots because i was making them withanother dish later in the week)


For the glaze: In a small saucepan, bring the vinegar, maple syrup, mustard and garlic to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until thick, about 12 minutes. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.

For the salmon: Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the salmon on the baking sheet. Drizzle both sides of the salmon with the olive oil and season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Roast until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork, 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

For the vegetables: In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and cook until the shallots are softened, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until aromatic, about 30 seconds. Add the edamame and snap peas and cook until warmed through, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Divide the vegetable mixture among 4 serving plates. Top with a piece of salmon and drizzle with the glaze.


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weekend review

this was a really low-key weekend, which was much-needed even though these seem to fly by even faster than busy weekends. with the rainy weather with us most of the weekend, we definitely took advantage of being lazy and only getting out to eat some good food (of course).

friday night was so warm, we were able to spend the evening on our porch

saturday morning, i was so excited when i found that we still had my favorite jam from a feed and seed store in covington for an impromptu breakfast

i love all of the visual merchandising at urban outfitters right now

finally branched out from the nut-burger at urban pl8, and i found their vegetarian huevos rancheros to be just as delish

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NYFW review fall 2012

this year’s nyfw was a bit of a disappointment for me. the lines i typically would give my right arm for  really love  (marc jacobs, 3.1 philip lim, helmut lang, rag & bone), were not my favorites. most collections were very dark, heavy, and to be honest, a bit depressing.  some might disagree with me, but this is why this is my blog and not yours 🙂

i also loved michael kors, rachel zoe, dvf, and lela rose’s collections, but below are the ones i thought stood apart from the rest:

i will call this progression to color…

billy reid

elizabeth and james



mara hoffman

rebecca minkoff

tracey reese

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milly fall 2012

if you had of told me 3 years ago that milly would be one of my favorite runway shows of any season, i would have seriously though you had lost your mind. they have always been way too lily pulitzer/girly for me, but in the past couple of years, they have come around–and this year, i think they’ve knocked it out–a little girly, with an edge: i love it.

 i will do a complete recap of my favs of NYFW, but this is honestly the first show i’ve been excited about, so i had to share immediately.


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10 crosby derek lam

 the 10 crosby lookbook for derek lam’s lower-priced line for fall 2012 is one of my favorite creatives i’ve seen in a while. it makes me want to go out, buy every piece, and wear it exactly like they’ve shown it–it looks comfy, cute, and wearable. well done derek, well done.

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weekend review

this weekend was a long one for me after working all last weekend, which was much needed. there is nothing better than having an extra day to clean and get organized and not have to waste one of your weekend days with it. here is an overview of what my weekend entailed.

turning on music instead of the tv

found a perfect frame to display some of our polaroids

finally having time to take a bath

bearing the cold for the winter beer festival-the view from the westside if my favorite

found the perfect mirrors at scott's for over the cabinet in the hallway

found knobs at anthro for the cabinet too

discovered that highland bakery has the best bagels in the city

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remember here when i decided to give some pieces a face-lift? well i’m at it again.

i wanted to be particularly meticulous with this cabinet, as it has a very sentimental value. my grandfather made it to house their record player, 8-track, and to house all of the music in it, so here are some tips that i have learned:

-get an orbit sander–you can get a cheap one at home depot or lowe’s

-use spray primer-the thinner layers make the paint go on so much more smoothly

-3 very thin coats works much better than 2 thicker coats

start with really good helpers


the cabinet was very dark and glossy


so i just needed to make sure i got removed that entire layer of gloss

remove all of the doors and do all pieces separately

completed! i'm in love with pantone's interior paint--i went with skylight

i finally placed the lamp i bought for such a good price from the mart ($300 retail--got it for $40)

i'm so glad that i went with a light color because i feel like it makes the hallway look so clean

i still haven’t picked out any hardware for it, so any suggestions are welcome–happy friday!

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