There's something so chic about having a traditional garment in a nontraditional fabric, like a leather blazer. It's dressy enough for work or a night out, but also versatile with jeans. My favorite is the ASOS cropped blazer, top left. It his just at the waist for perfect definition and looks great with a dress!
Bomber jackets are great for casual days. Originally designed for pilots, the silhouette will always be a classic. My favorite is the top left ASOS jacket. The camel color is unexpected and let's you wear the jacket all the way in to spring. Not having pockets also keeps it's sleek and gives you a slimmer fit.
Similar to a motorcycle jacket, asymmetrical jackets have an off-center zipper, but without the biker-inspired details. To see what style your jacket is, check the color. Motorcycle jackets usually have a notched lapel while asymmetrical jackets typically have a funnel collar. I'm lusting after the Gar-de 'Buller' jacket, top left. The flat pockets at the waist won't add extra bulk.
Above the Clouds reader Heather D. reminded me that fall/winter is quickly approaching (can you believe it's already September?) and it's time to reinstate the leather jacket hunt. Sadly, Metropark USA, which always had amazing outerwear, has shut its doors. I'm beginning the hunt with motorcycle jackets, probably the most popular style of leather jackets. My favorite is the Express jacket, top left. It comes in 8 different colors and is a little more versatile than a traditional motorcycle jacket. It's also faux leather and animal friendly. Which one is your favorite?
Stay tuned for the Leather Jacket Hunt series, my favorite picks for pretty much every leather jacket style I could think of!
In an attempt to be healthier, I've started buying fruit from Costco. I had recently gotten some blueberries, and while I love just snacking on them, I wanted to make something fun. What could be better than blueberry pancakes on a Saturday morning? The batter was a little thick, so just make sure you cook them all the way through!
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt (I used Greek yogurt which I also buy from Costco. If you don't have buttermilk, check out this substitution)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup blueberries
Place dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir with a whisk to blend well.
In a separate bowl, lightly beat the eggs with the whisk, then add the buttermilk or yogurt and the vegetable oil.
Blend mixture well with the whisk, then pour into the dry mixture.
Using a large spoon, gently stir mixture until just moistened. Fold in the blueberries.
Lightly grease a large heavy gauge skillet or griddle with non-stick spray heat over a medium setting.
Spoon batter, about 1/4 to 1/3 cup at a time onto the heated griddle about 2 inches apart and cook until golden. (The batter is too thick to use the bubble rule, so be sure to check your pancakes frequently)
Flip and cook the remaining side.
(Inspired by BigOven)
Last week, I went to Las Vegas with my mom. We saw Celine Dion in concert which was absolutely breathtaking, took a tour of the Hoover Dam, and tried Bobby Flay's restaurant in Caesar's Palace, Mesa Grill. Everything we ordered there was mouthwatering and delcious, and I will definitely be back the next time I'm in Vegas (and can afford to eat there). I've never really kept up on celebrity chef news, but there are quite a few other restaurants in Vegas that I'm eager to try now.
Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill (Caesar's Palace): The shrimp and corn tamales and the porkchop were out of this world!
Wolfgang Puck's Spago (The Forum Shops at Caesar's): I love the Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwich from Wolfgang Puck Express so this has to be delicious!
Emeril Lagasse's Emeril's New Orleans Fish House (MGM): I loved watching Emeril growing up! Of course he's known for his New Orleans style of cooking, so naturally I would want to try the New Orleans Fish House first, but he also has the Delmonico Steakhouse (The Venetian), Table 10 (The Palazzo), and Lagasse's Stadium (The Palazzo). Emeril is everywhere!
Let me know if you have any other suggestions!
So I think I might have done something wrong. My avocado pit basically split in half. I looked up some pictures online, and this happens when it sprouts. The only problem is that there is no sprout. I'll leave it there for a little while longer to see if something more exciting happens, but I might have to go buy a few more avocados and try this again...
This is my favorite book right now! It's full of tips to grow plants out of your kitchen scraps. Right now I'm trying to sprout an avocado. It's supposed to take a few weeks, but it'll hopefully look like the second picture soon! Wish me luck :)
I posted my favorite tinted lip balms in June, but now that summer is coming to a close (sad), I'm looking for a little more color. Lip stains are just the ticket for the fall. The colors are deeper, richer, and give off such a beautiful natural flush. Here are a few of my favorites.
theBalm Stainiac Tinted Gel Blush: This is one of the best stains I've tried. The gel dries slower than a typical stain so it's easy to spread evenly on lips and cheeks.
Stila Crush Lip and Cheek Stain: This stain comes in seven great colors. My favorites are Yumberry and Pomegranate.
Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain and Balm: Marker stains aren't really my favorite because it can be hard to get an even coat, but you can't beat the price of this one and it comes with a bonus lip balm on the other side.
Smashbox Limitless Lip Stain & Color Seal Balm: A little more deluxe than the Revlon Just Bitten Stain, Smashbox adds a balm in the same color as the stain. Use one or both at the same time.
I know I was really excited to use my brand new KitchenAid Mixer, but of course I was too lazy today and decided to whip out one of the box mixes that I have on hand. After doing a little research, I chose this easy espresso glaze recipe from Duncan Hines. The cake had just a hint of coffee flavoring in the frosting, so next time, I might add a little instant espresso to the cake mix for an extra kick. It's also a million times easier to pour a glaze on top of a cake versus traditionally frosting a cake with a knife, but if you want your cake to look a little more attractive than mine, you could make a nice layer cake. One box mix is enough to make two 8" cakes.
1 tablespoon instant espresso or coffee granules
1-1/2 teaspoons hot water
2/3 cup dark chocolate fudge frosting
Mix and bake cake according to package directions. I used an 8" round pan, but you could also use a bunt pan or round pan.
Prepare glaze when cake is cool. Place espresso granules and water in small microwave-safe bowl; stir to dissolve. Mix in frosting. Microwave on HIGH power for 20 to 25 seconds or until just pourable. Stir to blend.
Spread glaze over top of cake. When glaze sets, slice cake and serve.
(Inpsired by Duncan Hines)