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12.15.2010

trimming & decorating.

well, it's only ten days away. and i've been busy trimming and decorating all around the house. i have all of my ingredients in order and will start making cookies for the neighbors this upcoming week. i'll be taking better photos later, but i thought i'd share a sneak peak into my living room...

finally got around to wrapping some presents...

cookies & warm milk make for great winter evenings.

glittered these ikea dear to match my tree.

bought some kate spade socks to keep my feet warm!

glittered some more deer; note: i have a glittering problem.

added vintage door-nob decor around the house.

and finally, trimmed my tree. vintage & color is this years theme.

12.12.2010

kate spade: spring 2011

so i'm very much smitten with kate spade's spring collection. i've vowed to save up for all of the pieces i can't live without. this year the theme is "the year of color" every month representing a different color. i'm pretty sure i'll be penniless by the end of 2011.

12.07.2010

golden morsels.

edible golden spray-paint = brilliant. in more ways than one. i know have an uncontrollable urge to spray an entire meal. or at least a couple of holiday desserts coming up.

found via igobykatie

12.02.2010

reader discount!

as a thank you to whomever stumbles upon this blog and enjoys it, i wanted to extend a special discount your way on my etsy shop! visit the POSTCARDS+LOVE online store use the discount code on the below coupon at checkout. the 15% will be applied to your entire purchase. custom orders are available! feel free to contact me via etsy with any special requests. offer expires 12/15/10.

happy holidays!

12.01.2010

red.

i've been terribly in love with the color red lately. a deep garnet hue. with the holidays upon us i can't help but listen to christmas songs, and wear my little jingle ring (pictured below). i was listening to a few songs from the nutcracker and was inspired to put together this little outfit. i want to prance around the house in a tutu and deck my halls with all things red.

no.1 kate spade lever-back earrings, no.2 bcbg tutuno.3 butter london / chancer
no.4 vera wang flatsno.5 kate spade lipstick, no.6 kate spade jingle ring
no.7 kate spade pom pom scarf

11.26.2010

herb & raclette popovers

image from all myrecipes.com

for thanksgiving i was in charge of the entire meal. pretty big undertaking i suppose... the easiest project out of all and that received the most compliments were my herb & raclette cheese popovers. popovers are so easy, i think next time i could even trust my significant other to take them on. raclette is a great cheese with tons of flavor, it is usually used for melting - which in this case makes it the perfect candidate for the popovers. here is the recipe:

2 eggs
1 tablespoon of butter (melted and cooled, plus 1 teaspoon for pan)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons italian herbs (or herbs of your choice)
1/2 cup of raclette (cut up in little cubes)

preheat oven to 450 degrees. grease 6 cup muffin pan with 1 teaspoon of butter. place all of the ingredients (except the raclette cheese) into a food processor or blender and process for 30 seconds. divide the batter evenly between the cups of the muffin pan, then evenly divide the raclette between the cups - placing the cheese cubes in the center of each cup. bake on the middle rack for approximately 35-40 minutes. remove the popvers to a cooling rack, serve warm.

11.18.2010

tulle, sequins, and glitter.

so i couldn't help myself... i purchased my kate spade shoes, here they are enjoying their new home amongst my ever growing collection of perfumes... i also decided that since i got my wisdom teeth out last week, and my mouth still hurts, and i needed to treat myself to something else nice. so, i bought a "tutu" at bcbg and i feel better. yes, on occasion material possessions can make you feel better.


sequin top & sweater from j.crew.

and a doodle since i was feeling creative.

11.13.2010

charmed, i'm sure.

i think i'll make the dive today and purchase these kate spade shoes. i keep thinking how fabulous they would look at holiday parties, or with a white v-neck t-shirt and grey jeans... it's silly to keep making up excuses not to buy them; because then i'll regret not doing so once they sell out. and i'll never get to embrace such a magical combination of glitter such as that of the "charm" shoe.



10.31.2010

margot tenenbaum.

for halloween this year i decided to go as one of my favorite wes anderson characters: margot (from the royal tenenbaums). most of my costume was composed of vintage accessories. there are several interesting tidbits about the characters costume, such as: the cigarettes she has is from ireland, circa 1970 and have been discontinued. she has a wooden finger on her right hand, ring finger. she is wearing a mink coat (i purchased mine off of ebay, and it's fake fur). it was actually quite hard to find a similar dress to the one she wears at this time of year, so i bought two mens polo's and sewed them together to form a dress (i'll go into details later). the barrette is red, so i opted for a little bow from forever21. she wore white socks, and oxfords. mine are not shown, but i purchased some from urban outfitters. the cigarette was a fake one (i'm not one for smoking), and the "wooden finger" i made with a paper towel, tape, and acrylic paint. the purse in the film is a beautiful hermes birkin (i believe 40cm), but since my budget isn't ten grand - i just used a vintage crocodile purse i had in my closet. bought a wig, threw on tons of heavy eyeliner and all in all i think my outfit turned out pretty well! all i need now is to really practice that depressed frown laced with despair she pulls off so well. hopefully next year i'll persuade my significant other to be richie, and we can be secretly in love with each other.


the original, played by gwyneth paltrow. 


my rendition (iphone photo, hence the not so amazing quality).

      
and one of my favorite polyvore sets in honor of margot, by alliecoco


10.01.2010

cauliflower soup.

image borrowed from hill house.

so i went out and purchased jamie oliver's food revolution when it first came out - and i've been cooking a recipe here and there. one of my favorites which i'm excited to try again with the arrival of fall is his cauliflower soup recipe. i'm not a huge fan of cauliflower, but this soup is just divine. it's creamy without any cream, it's thick, rich, and somewhat healthy. you can always do as jamie suggests, and add some bacon (for all you die-hard meat-eaters out there). i purchased the book with my boyfriend in mind, hoping that the step by step images and easy to follow instructions would entice him to cook something... nah. it's still all me. and i'm actually glad because i feel the kitchen is my domain. maybe eventually my dream of coming home to an amazing dinner will come true. for now, i plow through recipes and perfect my own skills. enjoy!


CAULIFLOWER SOUP
recipe by Jamie Oliver

INGREDIENTS
- 2 carrots
- 2 sticks of celery
- 2 medium onions
- 2 garlic cloves
- 800 g cauliflower
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 200 g cheddar cheese
- 2 vegetable bouillon cubes (or chicken)
- sea salt
- black pepper
- 1 teaspoon english mustard
- nutmeg
- 1 7/8 liters water, boiling

DIRECTIONS
1. peel and roughly chop the carrots.
2. slice the celery.
3. peel and roughly cut the onions.
4. peel and slice the garlic.
5. cut the cauliflower into 1.5cm slices.
6. put a large pan on medium heat and add olive oil.
7. add all your chopped and sliced ingredients and mix together with a wooden spoon.
8. cook for around 10 min with the lid askew, until the carrots have softened but are still holding their shape, and the onion is lightly golden.
9. grate the cheddar into a bowl and put aside for later.
10. put the stock cubes into a jug or pan and pour in 1.8 liters of boiling water from the kettle.
11. stir until the stock cubes are dissolved, then add the vegetables.
12. give the soup a good stir and bring to a boil.
13. reduce heat and simmer for 10 min with the lid on.
14. remove pan from the head.
15. season with salt and pepper and add the cheese and mustard.
16. using a hand blender, pulse the soup until silky smooth.
17. divide between your serving bowls and grate over some nutmeg, if you like.
18. if you want to dress it up a bit, top it off with some lightly fried crispy bacon.