KISMET: Hello, 2014!

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Well, hello to a new year!

So, I realize that I’m late with posting a “New Year’s Resolution List…” But I’ve never been good with following rules. I’m pretty sure rules were made to be broken. They just make you test your limits, right? Right.

I’m not sure how well I follow these lists. Feels like every year I make one…and then the list somehow disappears, literally, within the first few weeks of writing it, and then I never see it again, until the last week of December. Suddenly, it’s right there on top of my desk, having finally built up a year’s worth of courage and come out.

This year, I’m making it semi-public it, which means that it’ll be here, and easy to search whenever I need to see it. That way maybe I will actually follow it…and short and sweet is the way to go.

1). Get my pistol permit – I’m a fairly violent person…at least as much as a five-foot, petite Asian girl can be when I’m angry. But I was going to get my pistol permit with a good friend, who tragically drowned last summer. Getting this seems like a good way to remember him.

2). Wear my seat belt more often – See above about breaking rules. Apparently, breaking this rule is liable to get me killed sooner than I’d like to be. So, I’ll try to do this more!

3). Sleep at least 7 hours a night – I deprive myself of sleep because I feel like it’s a waste of time. I have so many things to do, and sleep is a necessary evil. But, sleeping more = really narrowing down what I want to do.

4). Be more assertive – I need to have more of an executive presence and tone down my friendliness in the corporate world.

5). Read more literature – I find myself spending more time reading blog posts and fluff books as opposed to books or essays that actually make me think. I need to think more.

Short and sweet. Here’s to a new year!

~R

OBSESSED: Tech Talk Lovely

Now that I’m a working girl, I have finally entered the world of smart phones. I got a Samsung Galaxy S4, and I LOVE it. The screen is so nice and big! The only problem is, I tend to drop things…usually pricey, expensive and electronic things.

So, I need a case.

But it seems like most of the guides I’ve seen online are all for iPhone cases. This, ladies and gentlemen, is clearly a case of phone discrimination. And I’ve set out to right this wrong!

Here are some I’ve come across so far for my lovely Samsung Galaxy S4:

Panda! Of course, this is completely adorable.

panda case.

( $8.50 @ iPhoneXCases )

Colorful glittery and bold.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Case Purple Gold Art Pattern

( $27.17, @ etsy.com )

This wooden case looks nice and sturdy…like it would still protect my phone, even after I’d dropped it for the millionth time.

( $27, @ etsy.com )

Giant flowers. Hmm.

samsung galaxy s4 case galaxy s4 case samsung s4 case Art cute unique and best embossment the tulip samsung galaxy s4 case

( $18.90, @ etsy.com )

Wood and teal. Can’t go wrong with that.

( $24.99 @ etsy.com )

We can’t end until we fulfill my mint obsession. And here we are:

Mint dandelion pastel Samsung Galaxy S3 case,Samsung Galaxy S4 case, Plastic hard case cover,Samsung Galaxy I9300/ I9500 case

( $9.88 @ etsy.com )

Hope I get a case soon!

FASHION: Nina Ricci Spring 2013

Well, this is long overdue, but I came across these photos I’d saved on my computer from the spring collection, and I couldn’t not share them. And, with holiday parties coming up, why not?

@ Style.com, #16 )

Besides the fact that aqua is pretty much my favorite color ever, I also love the cut of the neckline.

@ Style.com, #21 )

Polka dots and beige, in a classy little dress.

@ Style.com, #35 )

Polka dots win again here, in a cute LBD. Would totally wear this to a banquet or smaller, intimate affair. Not so sure if I dig the feathers though.

@ Style.com, #42 )

Holiday thoughts?

~R

FASHION: Stripes

Went on another shopping spree, and picked up an item at Forever 21 that I’ve been wearing nonstop.

It’s another classic item, and for less than $20, I think I hit the jackpot.

So, I tried it on, and it fit nicely, and looks perfect with both skinny jeans and black pants. Perfect for fall, and if you remember this awesome post about stripes a few weeks ago, you might start to get how my brain works…

( @ Forever 21, $19.80 )

And I’m sure it would look great with a skirt too, like the one the model is totally rocking. So, in essence, got a fall sweater that I can wear everywhere! Plus, the quality is surprisingly good. Super soft and comfy.

It says handwash though…but are you serious? Who handwashes things anymore? OK, maybe you do because you care about your clothes. Me? I love this sweater to death….which is why I will be tossing it with my other whites.

Picking up any new outfits for fall?

~Ruth

FOOD: Apple Dutch Baby

So, I was in the mood to bake something…

APPLE DUTCH BABY

What’s a Dutch baby? I’m not quite sure, but it’s ridiculously delicious. Here it is, minus sauce and ice cream, straight out of the warm oven.

Ingredients:

Berry Sauce:

3 T. sugar

1 t. cornstarch

3 T. water

1 cup berries (we used frozen, but I could recommend not raspberries unless you’re going to strain the sauce)

1 t. lemon juice

Dutch Baby!:

4 T. butter, divided

4 eggs

3/4 cup milk (whole is better, we used 2%)

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3 T. sugar, divided

1 t. vanilla extract

1/4 t. salt

2 apples, cored and cut into slices (we used Cortland)

Ice cream (we had this delicious raspberry almond ice cream we’d made awhile ago)

How to make it!
1. Prepare the berry sauce:

2. In a small saucepan, mix the sugar and cornstarch together. Add in water. Add berries and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and berries are softened, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Set aside. (Can be made ahead and refrigerated. Simply re-warm before using to top dessert).
3. Preheat oven to 425°F.
4. Melt 2 T. butter in the microwave and then pour into a bowl. Add eggs, milk, flour, 1 T. sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. Blend batter until smooth. Let sit while you prepare the apples.
5. Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Melt the remaining 2 T. of butter. Add the remaining 2 T. sugar and cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar starts to caramelize, about 2 minutes. Add apples to skillet and increase heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened.

Here’s how he cored the apples (optional…)

6. Briefly re-blend the batter, then pour evenly over apples. Transfer the skillet to the pre-heated oven.
7. Bake until puffed and golden brown all over, about 18-22 minutes.
8. Let cool slightly! Top with many scoops of ice cream. Then pour  blueberry sauce liberally over everything, then serve immediately right from the skillet.
9. Sooo delicious, so please enjoy!

It took us about half an hour to prep everything, then 20 minutes to bake.

My lonely single slice. Lonely because it was only one slice.

Makes about 4 servings.

I’m definitely making this again super soon. Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Midnight snack? Yes to all.

~R

Adapted from: http://www.seasonsandsuppers.ca/peach-dutch-baby-with-blueberry-sauce/

FASHION: Oxford Comma

I went for a little shopping excursion last week.

Surprisingly, I didn’t find that much. Maybe I’m getting too picky. Maybe my taste is changing. Maybe I have enough clothes summer on my mind still, and it’s actually fall.

Bordering on winter, with this hurricane storming in coming to cancel my classes, work, and life in general.

What you mean I can get a weather day before winter even starts? YES.

I’m just glad my boss lives in the same region as me and wants me to stay at home instead of driving in.

Here’s the one shirt that I’ve pretty much been in love with since I bought it last week.

Simple, blue, classic.

Forever 21 Oxfor Shirt

( @ Forever 21, $19,90 it’s almost sold out, go go go! )

Stay safe from the storm!

~R

WEDDING: LBD

This picture is the epitome of how cool I want to look at the wedding I’m going to this weekend.

So, it’ll be outside, so no way can I wear a strappy dress without a cardigan, but the braid and everything is perfect.

AND the pockets!!

I don’t understand why more designers don’t build pockets into dresses.

It’s like, a total SELL factor for me when a dress has pockets for me to not just stand awkwardly without knowing where to put my hands.

( @ Style Me Pretty )

So, I’m currently thinking of ideas of what to wear to a fallish wedding. Never had this issue before, but I’m sure it’ll start coming up more often now that I’m getting old…thoughts?

~R

SHOES: Black is Back

So, fall to me has always meant new shoes. Well, OK, that might not make sense to you…so here’s the logic:

There’s the new school year, which means new clothes…new leaves, which means new shoes. You get it now?

No? OK, just look at the eye candy then:

For some reason, black heels with straps have been catching my eye. This pair has not only one, but two straps! So, if we take that first 5 off, this would be the perfect shoe to buy.

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( @ Alexander Wang, $525 )

OK, and since we can count (yes, since kindergarten. I know, really??), there are not one…not two…but three straps on this pair! Also, can anyone tell me why, since we upgraded our strap count to three, this pair is $100 less than the first one? How does that even make sense?

Reiss Belle Heels

( @ Reiss, $425 )

Now, this pair. Ooooh. we get a little color happy here, and mix in beige with black. Yup. Earth-shattering color combo.

( @ Zara, as worn by Annabelle Fleur of VivaLuxury )

OK, and this one doesn’t break the bank as much…and black heels are so classic, we could always do with more.

( @ RMK, $129.95 )

Now…which one to buy.

~R

OBSESSED: Neon x Glitter

I don’t know why, but I’ve been sorta in love with the way a bright skirt matches up with a glittery/sparkly clutch. 

Case in point (bright pink skirt, metallic clutch, and heels, perfection) : 

( @ Viva Luxury )

And case in point numero dos (again, bright ORANGE skirt, sparkly clutch):

( @ Viva Luxury )

OK, and then I realized that these two awesome fashion shots are actually from the same fashionista blogger, so it’s not really a trend, but I was really liking the combo, so I went digging around for some more…

Sparkle top, neon pants and clutch. Reversal of my original find.

sparkle and neon

( @ Fckyeahdulcecandy –> unsure of where original came… ) 

Finally, last, but certainly not least, casual neon outfit, made sophisticated by the glitter clutch:

( @ Sincerely, Jules )

 

So, continuing trend? Only for parties, or totally cool to wear to school?

I’m gonna dig up my glitter and see if I can rock this at work this week.

~R

 

FASHION: Black and White

If you know me, somewhat well, you’ll realize that my wardrobe consists of pretty solid colors. I’m not really into graphics. And matching solids in the morning before I’ve had any sugar in me can be quite challenging. So, I decided to find some shirts I can throw on and just go.

Black + white. Solid color combo, right? Right.

So, this first one is a bit out of my price range, but I love the gradient of lines. So different from regular striped shirts, and still so wearable. Maybe I’ll thrift a plain black shirt and do white lines….

Rag & bone 

( @ Rag + Bone, $220 )

So, what you need to realize as you read through this is that when I say black and white, I only mean stripes. Yeah. Stripes. The only pattern I wear like allllll the time. In other news, I’m obsessed with J. Crew. Who isn’t?

Shawl-collar stripe sweatshirt

( @ J.Crew, $89.50 )

OK, here we go, another J. Crew pick…but it’s cashmere. I feel like inherently there’s something in every woman that yearns for cashmere…it’s like our inner cashmere calling. And I need to fulfill it….PLUS it’s on sale! How can you not resist fulfilling your calling like that?

Collection cashmere bateau sweater in stripe

( @ J. Crew, $150 )

So, all I’ve really discovered is that black and white works in stripes…and that my online shopping habit tends to be pricey.

Hope your Wednesday is better!

~R