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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


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!

recipe by Jamie Oliver

- 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

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.