Saturday, September 29, 2012

Pleasantville On A Saturday Night:

      From black and white to extreme vibrant color, that is typically how my week goes. Monday thru Thursday seem dull and grey and as soon as Friday hits, the weekend is here and full of good times! I guess I'll be painting the town red in this dress. 

Silk Dress-  Thrifted Ellen Tracy (previously seen here).
 Necklace- Self made, Shoes- Max Studio.


PS: All photos were shot by local Santa Cruz photographer, Igor. You can view his facebook page by clicking here.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Walking On Flat Ground:

Walking On Flat Ground

Walking On Flat Ground by nsaich featuring wedge shoes

      Do you ever feel like this world is filled with a little too many twists and turns? Too many hills and mountains to climb? Me too, that's one of the reasons that I like to wear flats (the second being that I am already 6'1 and heels aren't necessary)! I also know that even if I'm wearing flats, it doesn't mean that I have to look any less fashionable. From bold prints, delicate ankle straps, or even animal motifs, flats are no longer boring or dull! Take a look at a few of my favorite selections by clicking the link below my collage! I think that you will find life's hillsides much easier to handle while standing in a pair of these shoes!


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Light In The House:

      I've always loved lighthouses and their ability to lead us to light in times of great darkness. The fog rolled in heavily on Saturday evening and the change in weather also seemed to indicate turmoil in my own life. How lucky am I to live so close to a beautiful coastal lighthouse? A permanent reminder to always look for the light whenever my surroundings seem dreary!

      I got to the beach right before a beautiful sunset accompanied by stinging winds. This vintage suede studded jacket was ideal for balancing the gusty breezes of the ocean. And I loved how the rays of the falling sun caught the shimmer of my titanium quartz necklace that I made!

Sunglasses- Coach, Titanium Quartz Necklace- Handmade, Top-
Express, Suede Jacket- Vintage Marciano, Jeans- Vintage, Bag-
 Vintage Gucci, Watch- Michael Kors, Shoes- Cynthia Vincent.

      My friend and classmate Igor, shot these lovely photographs at Seabright Beach here in Santa Cruz. To learn more about this fantastic local photographer, click:!


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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Lillian's Italian Kitchen:

      It's Saturday and that means the weekend is in full effect. Sadly I do not have anything romantic planned for "date night," because my man friend has work (however I will be enjoying some great live music with friends!). But if I was headed into town on a fancy romantic evening, Lillian's Italian Kitchen would be the ultimate destination. Lillian's is located on Soquel Street here in Santa Cruz in a venue so miniscule you would almost pass it by if it weren't for the long procession of hungry folks waiting outside! If you plan on taking a lady friend sometime soon, try getting there right when the restaurant opens to ensure a table (or anticipate waiting at least a half hour and head down the street to The Crepe Place for a pre dinner drink). The careful planning or long wait time will be worth it, I promise! Lillian's offers a wide variety of authentic Italian dishes that will entice and satisfy your taste buds. One of my favorite plates is the Sunday Gravy over penne noodles, which is a thick tomato sauce overloaded with bits of chicken and beef. And be sure to have a salad with dinner because the creamy balsamic dressing makes any vegetable taste utterly phenomenal! No matter who you take with you to Lillian's Italian Kitchen, they will leave full, satisfied, and utterly impressed!

(I order a full salad along with my dinner every time I hit Lillian's, the dressing is that good.)

(I wish you could smell this dish thru the computer screen... the aroma
of carbs and perfectly oven baked cheese would hit you instantly in the face)

(Perhaps the most indulgent thing on the menu, Perfectly cooked
steak with gnocchi and gorgonzola cream sauce.....I'm salivating)

      If you happen to be heading to Lillian's tonight then you are in for a treat. Not only will you receive a delicious meal, but stop by The Crepe Place (a few steps down the street) either while you are waiting to be seated or after you finish to see some great local bands play. Including my friend Stephen's band, The Red Light District. How's that for a perfect date night, dinner and dancing?!


Friday, September 14, 2012

Stripe for Men:

     I know that most guys hate to openly admit this, but they actually enjoy shopping. But it is rare that  men have a place to shop that actually inspires unique personal style. Enter Stripe for Men, located in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz. This boutique offers an array of clothing options that will be well loved in your closet for years to come. Stripe also packs a punch in the merchandising department, if you are looking to be inspired then this store is for you! Every shelf and nook is outfitted with unique items like antique globes, vintage fans, and masculine hardware and tools (They even showcase a taxidermy bear). Next time you find yourself wondering what to wear on your next big date, or what to buy your best guy friend for his birthday think of Stripe for Men!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Freedom Meat Locker:

      In yesterday's style post I mentioned that I was having "Man's Week" here on I thought the best way to kick things off would be to feature my all time favorite butcher shop, Freedom Meat Locker. Vegetarians beware, this may not be the place for you but carnivores will feel more than welcome in this environment! Here you will find the most delectable marinated meats, hand made sausages, and even hickory smoked beef jerky. The butcher shop also has a deli attached and the sandwich craftsmen will put together a meal that you won't soon forget (Just witness my face in this post). Let's take a closer look inside...

(Wishing my front door had this handle!)

      Freedom Meat Locker offers a wide variety of tasty goods. From fresh to frozen, filet mignon to ground chuck, there is something for everyone here and every item is utterly mouth watering. If you happen to have a furry friend, this venue also offers an assortment of left over bones and dog treats as well! You can see a complete list of their products by clicking here. 

      See that man peeking into the camera lens in the above photo? Well that man was my hero on that particular day. He saw how many photos I was taking, and asked if I was interested in seeing the actual meat locker (featured in the first photo of this post) and it was so amazing to see the process of how they break down the animals into products that are so delicious! If you are interested in their food practices or want to learn more about how to cook and prepare meats, please click here

(I'm not the only person who thinks Freedom Meat Locker is
the ultimate, look at all their awards!)

(Wine & spice marinated tri tip sandwich with avocado, it will change your life.)

(I bought some of this amazing bacon and made this candied bacon sandwich recipe)

      Not only does Freedom Meat Locker offer an amazing selection of products, but I also left with decorating inspiration! I featured a cow skull back in this post and I would love to add lights to the eyes now! If you have the chance to visit Watsonville, California I highly suggest you take the time to visit this local treasure! 


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Style Locker:

Sun Specs- Chloe, Blazer- Gap, Striped T- BCBG, Denim- Rock & Republic,
 Pretzel Brooch- Vintage, Watch- Michael Kors, Bracelet- Tiffany's, Rings-
Coach, Bag- Michael Kors, Shoes-Coach 

      I wore this outfit to Watsonville, CA a few weeks ago to visit my all time favorite butcher shop, Freedom Meat Locker. They also have a deli attached to the butcher shop and they offer thee best sandwiches hands down, no questions asked (I recommend the wine and spice marinated flank steak). Although I was a bit over dressed for an outing to a deli, I couldn't resist throwing on a fancy blazer and heels for my favorite lunch time meal!

(Can you see the anticipation on my face?)

      I would also like to mention that this post will kick off what I like to call "Man's Week," on! For the next 7 days, I will feature topics that my male readers may find interest and amusement in (So tell your guy friends!). This will include an in depth look at the inner workings of Freedom Meat Locker (tune in tomorrow!), guy's street fashion, as well as a few recipes, and tips for where to take a girl on the perfect date! 


Thursday, September 6, 2012

End of Summer Recipes:

(Baked Mini-Donuts, perfect for avoiding my local Ferrell's donut shop.)

      Yesterday it rained in Santa Cruz (and it may have rained in the back of my eyes a little bit too). I don't want Summer to end because it is my favorite season full of sun, home grown produce, and delicious outdoor meals. Despite the drizzle last night, I couldn't help but fire up the grill with my boyfriend and fully enjoy what may have been one of the last backyard meals of the season. I plucked a few ripe tomatoes from the vines in the garden and made a quick spicy bruschetta (tomatoes, red onion, garlic, jalapeno peppers, salt, pepper, olive oil, juice of a lemon, and a lime), sliced up some rosemary bread to toast on the grill, and cooked up some chicken seasoned simply with salt, pepper, and fresh rosemary. The Summer sun may be fading, but my desire to enjoy every last moment of it never will! I'm also really hoping that each one of you can find the time to enjoy an outdoor meal before it's too late! Here are some of my favorite Summer recipes for some extra inspiration:

(Citrus Salad, perhaps my most favorite summer salad ever.)

(Strawberry Sangria)

(Spicy Bacon & Egg Pizza, perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!)

(Strawberry, Lime, & Mint Sorbet, This recipe is featured thru Minted Magazine)

(Homemade Mac & Cheese, also featured in Minted Magazine)

(Blueberry Lemonade, a new spin on a classic favorite!)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Fresh Fruit With Sweet Balsamic Syrup:

      A while ago, my boyfriend and I had the rare opportunity to have his family from Germany over for dinner. I knew I might not get another chance to serve them one of my home cooked meals, so I knew I had to step up my game! I served my signature (very) hot and spicy chicken tikka masala with jasmine rice as the main course and I knew that any side I served would have to be just as delicious. In a time crunch, I also knew that I would also have to make something simple to prepare. That's when I decided to dish up a heaping platter of fresh summer fruit along with a decadent balsamic syrup. If you haven't had the opportunity to try a sweet balsamic reduction, it's taste is one that you won't soon forget. The balance of dark vinegar is boiled down with sweet sugar to create a consistency like syrup and a taste that I can only describe as a bit tangy and utterly amazing on fresh fruit. If you are looking to impress dinner guests, here's a recipe that won't disappoint!

Magic Ingredients:
-1 cup balsamic vinegar
-1 cup granulated sugar
-Sliced fresh fruit 

Getting Started:
1: In a small sauce pan, boil balsamic vinegar and granulated sugar together on medium high heat for 10-15 minutes or until sugar dissolves and the ingredients have come to a syrup-like consistency. 

2: Slice fresh seasonal fruit. The varieties that I think pair especially well with the balsamic syrup are:
-Oranges (and other citrus)
-Strawberries (and other berries)

3: Using a serving platter, arrange the fruit leaving some space for the sauce. Pour the balsamic syrup into a sauce dish or gravy boat and place on the serving platter as well. Dish this out to your friends and watch how their faces light up as they experience a completely new flavor! 

(I really wish I would have rotated this dish so you guys didn't
see the obvious chip in my serving platter!)

      I love that this recipe uses only a few key ingredients. But above all, the best aspect of this recipe is how delicious it is with such minimal effort. I hope you all get a chance to try this easy dish while Summer produce is still in season!


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