Wednesday, April 18, 2012


(Image via Anthropologie)

Shoe lust continues.

Shoes by Leifsdottir, apparently the designer is only sold thorough
Anthropologie, which is a shame, because I'm really trying hard
to stop shopping there.

As consumers/shoppers, we have the duty to make
socially and morally responsible decisions!


Monday, April 16, 2012

Knitta Please x Insight

Two of my absolute favorite things:

Knitta Please


Images via FarFetch

Sunday, April 15, 2012


The latest additions to my closet.
(Left to Right)
Dusen Dusen Collared Dress in Bug Print from Molly Green
Stolen Girlfriends Club Day Garden Knot Back Dress from IDLM
Vintage Beaded Dress from Goodwill (such a steal $4.65!)

Monday, April 9, 2012

Order (Seder)

Passover is by far my favorite Jewish Holiday.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are great too. (Note: Yes, I am reformed, there are a bajillion other Jewish holidays buuuuut, we kinda skip over em.) And don't get me wrong, I love the fall. I remember strolling down Macomb Street, Washington, DC with the leaves turning colors scattered on the side walks as we would trek from satellite parking to the Synagogue. And of course I love the service, the Rabbis processing through the congregation in their robes and the fashionably but inappropriately dressed late comers to scurry through the sanctuary.

Anyways, Passover. I won't go into the story. But I love it, not only do we celebrate spring but also it's a time to think deeply about the present day social injustices, which plague our world. Oberlin, is most definitely not devoid of these thoughts, in fact I spend four hours a week confronting many of these issues in my Environmental Policy class. But it's different to celebrate and come together in this time to such an ancient sacred shared history. There's something that brings Jewish people together, at least in my experiences. When ever I've met someone else Jewish it really is some how this instant bond, immediate connection. It is difficult to explain.

This year was my second Seder away from home and by home I mean away from my mothers amazing cooking. My girlfriends and also neighbors (yes, we do sometimes borrow sugar, or pots or cake pans...) held a small Seder on Saturday night. It was full of food and laughter and insight. I feel so blessed and fortunate to have such people in my life.

But really the whole reason behind this post, is that I cooked my very first Brisket! It wasn't quite up to my mother's par. But I'd say I did a damn god job for a first time cooking a three-and-a-half pound hunk of meat. Everyone said it was good! I'm relatively pleased.

Beef Brisket

4 lb Brisket, rubbed with salt and fresh ground pepper
4 cups white wine
2 cans (14oz) beef broth
4 small onions, cut into rings
3 cloves of garlic, halved
salt, to taste

In the bottom of a large sauce pan on medium heat brown the onions and garlic. Remove and set aside.

Turn the heat up high place the brisket fat side down and sear for 8-10 minutes depending on thickness. Flip and sear opposite side.

Add the onions and garlic back in. Pour in the wine and beef broth add salt. Bring to a simmer and cover tightly. Braise for 1-1.5 hours then flip and continue for another 1-1.5 hours. Or until a fork can easily be inserted and removed.

Remove the meat and onions from the pan and bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce half the liquid and pour over the meat to serve.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Cocktail Seder

Not that drinking your way through Seder isn't already possible,
why not do it with style and mixed drinks?
Recipes and descriptions artfully put together by The Sipping Seder.

A fascinating interpretation of the Jewish Seder.
Though one that may lead to a hangover...

images via The Sipping Seder

Spice Skulls

Helen Altman, using glue and individual spices made this series of skulls.

How cool is this? Okay, maybe a little bit morbid...


Yet another stunning season of bags and garments
from Hillary Taymour of Collina Strada.
This comical photo shoot really brings everything together.

Also a round of applause to this small, but chic eco-conscious company!
We need to see more of these smaller conscious designers!

Images via Collina Strada

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

see thru

How cool are these booties by Maison Martin Margiela?
These mesh/sheer trends could lead to some interesting layering.

image via net-a-porter