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Midnight Blue

On Monday my sweet daughter inquired ¬†about my favorite color. I actually had to stop and think about this, there was no obvious answer! Nothing jumped out right away. She obviously thought it was odd since she immediately replayed that her’s are purple and pink – surprise, surprise.

So, I thought some more and realized my favorite colors are (once again, surprise, surprise!) gray and blue. Needless to say she DID NOT like my answer. I tried to explain to her that when you grow up your taste changes and that I liked purple once too. She just looked at me and walked away.

This is my favorite blue outfit that works really well with the bump. The dress is by Vince and was purchased three years ago. I always wear it as a tunic with a vest or a chunky sweater for a more boho-chic look. Try something bold and wintery over a sleek dress today…you might love it and you¬†will¬†look chic.

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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.

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Grayish

Gray is definitely one of my favorite colors. No matter the occasion or the season Gray is always in. Now that I’m expecting baby no.3 ¬†I’m desperate to incorporate my favorite cloths with my growing bump.

This is a perfect example: some of my favorite pieces pair well with new items suitable for a bump. As always, I incorporate the main stream with the high end, and Zara is my go-to store to do it. The vest and the sweater dress are in stores now and are perfect for Fall/Winter.

These photos were taken just a few weeks ago, now it’s all about snow, snow and some more snow.

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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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The Perfect Wardrobe – Part 2

I can’t resist posting another example of one of my favorite outfits using the usual suspects. The only new item in this outfit is a pair of fabulous earrings which I purchased last April. The faux leather leggings I’m wearing are¬†Club Monaco¬†(this pair is 3 years old). I love them so much that I own three pairs! They are super comfortable, look amazing day or night, and look like the real deal! They cost only 149$ and not 700$ and are machine washable.

My Maje coat, the beaded tunic and Mulberry bag were purchased in Paris two years ago. They were all great buys during the after-Christmas sales. You must check out Maje: it is definitely one of my favorite brands! Their cloths are well made and add a major WOW factor to any outfit. I wear this look in the Spring and in the Fall. You can never go wrong with black!

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The Perfect Wardrobe

Isn’t having a perfect wardrobe (like a closet taken from a movie set) something we all want? A beautiful glossy all white and full of designer handbags and shoes? Well, although it’s nice to have, that is not my idea of a “perfect wardrobe”.

I think that the perfect wardrobe has good quality items that you love to wear over and over again. It’s limited to clothes and shoes that work with every trend. It is curated with bullet proof looks that make me feel amazing every single time. That perfect wardrobe is not easy to build! One way to start: THINK before you buy and always edit what you have. It’s also important to try to predict if a trend is here to stay or if it is a one-in-a-season-kind-of-a-trend (like camouflage!).

The outfit below is the perfect example: the scarf is 6 years old, the shoes are 3 years old, the bag and jacket are 1 year old, and the black T underneath – I can’t even remember. The only new item are my maternity jeans purchased at H&M.

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New Beauty Buys

I have recently decided to expand my beauty horizons and try something new. It’s my philosophy that if I like the product and I’ve been using it for years…why change? Well, there are actually many reasons to update the beauty routine but the main one is that your skin gets comfortable and those lovely ingredients stop working their magic.

I did a little research, read a bit and browsed some more before¬†deciding on a new beauty regime that combines the main stream with high end products. I have been using all these products over the last couple of months and I’m super happy. My skin feels fresh and rejuvenated! This is¬†exactly what I need in preparation for the cold and dry Michigan Winter ahead.

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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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