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Feathers

I have a weakness its for feathers – on shoes, dresses, jewelry… and I want to wear it all. That being said, one must be very careful to not overdo it. Nobody wants to look like big bird.

The trend of feathers is not really a trend since it can be found every Winter in different variations. Finding one timeless item is a good investment that will prove itself year after year. Think dark colors instead of something bright and daring, and the combination with black leather leggings or a statement necklace is one of my favorite looks.

Here are my ideas! As you will see, most of the items tend to be more festive – just in time for the Holiday season.

P.S – Almost everything is on sale at the moment! Check Net-A-Porter and Neiman Marcus for more info.

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Embellished

Ladies and gentleman it’s time to take out the bedazzler gun! Rhinestones¬†are back in style.

According to the designers this Winter we should all wear embellished shoes. No matter if it’s a fancy high heel sandal or sneakers – big rhinestones are a must! It has a¬†Wow factor that will¬†take every outfit from the ordinary to ¬†extraordinary. I love how every designer had his own interpretation of¬†the trend. Miu Miu kept it understated and simple, where Dolce and Gabbana and¬†Giuseppe Zanotti went all out with big statement shoes.

This is my superstar team of embellished shoes. One thing is for sure – I’ll be dreaming on those Miu Miu oxfords all night long.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Stuffed Peppers

This is one of those recipes that every family has. My late grandfather used to make it using only green peppers since he liked the bitterness in them. I only use the red ones since I love the sweetness in them. Some will precook the rice to shorten the cooking time and some will use only dry rice and let the peppers cook longer. Every family has a story of her own. This is mine.

Note: The peppers are cooked in a tomato sauce. Mine changes each time, according to what I have at my pantry. The sauce should be easy and simple to accompany the peppers. 

Sauce, peppers and seasonings
7 red bell peppers (Try picking the big ones that can hold the stuffing)
1 large can of crushed tomatoes
1 large can of rustic cut tomatoes
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
sugar in the raw, salt and freshly ground black pepper
Stuffing
1 cup basmati rice
1 pound sirloin ground beef
2 tbsp chopped dill
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tsp baking soda
Salt and freshly ground peppers

Start with the stuffing. Cook the rice according to direction on the package. Limit cooking time to 15 minutes until the water is absorbed but the rice is not fully cooked. Set aside.

Place the ground beef in a large mixing bowl and add the baking soda. Using a little bit of ice cold water, mix the baking soda with the beef (this is a family trick that will make the beef airy). Add the dill, dijon mustard and season with salt and freshly ground black peppers. Pour over the rice. Mix everything together well (you may need to use your hands).

Using a small knife gently remove the top cap of the pepper while keeping it intact. Use the knife to remove any seeds left inside and random white pieces. Without forcing the peppers, stuff each one with an equal amount of the mixture. Close each pepper with its top.

In a large pot (which you have a tight-fitting lid for) pour the tomatoes and season with 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar, salt and freshly ground peppers. Depending on how acidic the tomatoes are you may need to season with a little bit of sugar to balance the flavors. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat. Carefully arrange the peppers. The tomato sauce should almost cover them. Add hot water if necessary to reach that level. Bring to a boil again and then lower the heat, cover the pot and cook for about an hour. The stuffing should be fully cooked and the peppers tender but still keeping their shape.

Use tongs to remove peppers from the pot. Spoon sauce in a moat around them or slice open peppers and douse with sauce on top. Enjoy!

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Winter Essentials

I don’t like the cold weather, I don’t like the rain and I REALLY don’t like the snow. I rather be basking in 79 degrees all year long. The only thing I do love in those cold Winter months are the accessories. So many different coats, hats, ear muffs, scarves and gloves. ¬†Every day is an adventure full of texture and warm textile.

Here are my ideas for the upcoming Winter months in black, gray/neutral and blue

Stay warm and cozy because the polar vortex is on the horizon…

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A Drink to Die for

Halloween is tomorrow so blogs and magazines are all about DIY crafts. I am not a crafty person, so I chose to do Halloween with an adult twist. Obviously, i turned to my partner in crime Kate (who by the way takes most of the photos for my blog). Last year at our book club’s holiday party she served us a cocktail to die for. Seriously, I was quite hung over the next day after two glasses. This is a slightly different version, but still a perfect fit for Halloween. Cheers!

The James a-la Kate
4 Tbs Raspberry Stoli vodka
2 Tbs St. Germain Elderflower liquor
Half lime, Juiced
Using a cocktail shaker, mix in with ice and a splash of club soda. Shake well and serve over an icy glass.
Don’t forget to chill glasses prior to trick or treating!
 
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That Perfect Lipstick

A couple of weeks ago I¬†read a post by “The chic mommy” about her favorite red lipstick. This got me thinking about what my confident boosting, can’t-live-without must-have lipstick colors are. Well…I have five of them and all are by the same brand. I am loyal that way – if I find a product I love, I buy more in the same brand.

I don’t remember exactly when it happened that I fell deeply in love with Yves Saint Laurent lipsticks. All I know is that I started with one, and today I’m writing about my favorite five.

The colors below belong to three different categories in their makeup line: the mandarin, pomegranate and berry colors are part of the ¬†Volupte’ Sheer Candy line. They are light weight, almost see through and give a¬†perfect hint of color. I wear them mainly during the day. They are¬†Summer like colors but I wear them all year long. ¬† The “Rouge in Danger” color is my perfect red. It belongs to ¬†the Rouge Volupte’ Shine collection. The color is much stronger and shiny. I love everything about this red! I cannot explain what it does, but for me it’s the magic makeup. Last, is the “Forbidden Burgundy” that belongs to the Rouge Volupte’ line. It’s a super¬†strong and deep color that provides full coverage and lasts for a very dramatic look for Fall/Winter and this is the perfect fit.

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Something about J

Our 7¬†year anniversary is coming up and exactly a week after it is J’s birthday. Every year around this time J gives me his usual “lecture”: “I don’t want any gifts, I don’t need anything…” My response is always the same:”…but I want gifts!”

I must admit that he is a tough guy to buy presents for, and I can’t keep a secret from him. I always plan ahead, order the gift in advance, and I tell myself that this year I will give it to him only on his birthday. Well, that never happens.

This year, I went¬†for something I think he needed with a little bit of something he doesn’t know he wants. I remembered flipping through a catalog of “Mark and Graham” and seeing leather goods for men. I also thought about J’s tendency to forget his credit card when we go out. That is how I¬†found the perfect gift and of course could not resist giving it to him early.

Cheers to us! Happy birthday my love!

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Shades of Gray

I love the first ¬†days of September. The breeze is starting to pick up and the sun is still out, but the days are cooler and big sweaters come to mind. So, naturally, it’s time for some Fall inspiration…

I LOVE gray. There is something about that color that attracts me no matter the season or the occasion. It always looks good with every color, and the fabrics just have depths to them that makes every outfit extraordinary. Naturally, during the Fall and Winter months it seems as if I’m wearing a uniform…but, I just can’t get enough!

The items below are all fresh for Fall from my “usual suspects” and new friends that I would like to own. Take a look at the links below for where to buy.

Happy Fall!

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  1. Skull Cashmere side button tunic
  2. J brand super skinny in color Nemesis
  3. MSGM metallic blouse
  4. Mulberry  Bayswater textured-leather bag
  5. Valentino wool blend cape
  6. Iro knit jacket
  7. Issa oversized wool coat
  8. Stella Mccartney D-frame sunglasses
  9. Isabel Marant silk mini dress
  10. Mackage light wool jacket with leather sleeves
  11. Larkspur & Hawk topaz earrings
  12. Chloe’ Marcie medium leather tote
  13. Acne Studios wool scarf
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Summer Breeze

Finding that perfect summer outfit, the one that you wear all the time because it’s comfortable during hot summer days, is not always easy. It’s kind of funny that I’m thinking about my perfect summer outfit while it’s been pouring rain here in Michigan the last few days…

My perfect outfit is a good pair of shorts, a flowey top, nice pair of sandals/espadrilles/flats and my favorite sunglasses. It’s an outfit that looks good for day and a casual evening out, and most important – comfortable!

The outfit below is the perfect mix of old and new: the blouse is by Equipment (my ultimate brand for everything silk and/or blousy) purchased 3 years ago at Bloomingdale’s, the chambray shorts are from J Crew purchased this year, the sandals are Stuart Weitzman purchased 2 years ago and the Valentino bag was a gift I received just a few months ago. Since I constantly edit my wardrobe it is very easy for me to mix and match and to reuse items over the years. The satisfaction is higher knowing they were great buys. This is by far one of my favorite looks!

Enjoy the last days of Summer because as they say “Winter is coming!”

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Happy Birthday P&C!

A year ago, I embarked on a new journey and started “Peonies and Caramel”. A blog where I share my inspiration and my passion for life. I have enjoyed every moment of my first year. Each post made me a better blogger.

My only wish is that this year will be just as good and even better.

Thank you for following, commenting, sharing and just visiting.

XOXO,

Shani

PS¬†– it can’t be a birthday without a party… Take a look at the birthday¬†luncheon¬†I hosted at my¬†house.¬†

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