Thursday, December 29, 2011

fall in clear folds to the ankle.

Chloe K sweater; YAYA by Nom de Plume skirt; Hue tights; Steve Madden boots; Express necklace; vintage bracelet; Revlon Nail Laquer in Silver Screen



Christmas Eve.

oh holy night.


muh. ther. load.
white chocolate pistachio bark // toffee // peppermint bark

the dude of the hour or something.

handmade bows and a 14 foot tall air freshener.
 Please don't be over please don't be over please don't be over.  Hope your holidays were as joyous and fattening as mine were.  And with a Seattle extravaganza only half-way through, I'm really going to milk the festivities for all they're worth.

Hey, what are you doing New Year's Eve?

Friday, December 23, 2011

#wannabebloggerproblems

One day soon, hopefully, I will have my camera back.
Until then, we all will have to suffer together.

Ugh this is making me ache inside.
I'm sure you don't care either way, but I'm aching over here.


Meanwhile, I'm sure you've all seen this video, but let's watch it again, shall we?  We can get sufficiently hungry together and dream about what it would be like if we got to travel all over the world to EAT.  Also MOVE and (my favorite) LEARN.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

waffle stomping.

Mossimo sweater; Kimchi Blue shirt last seen here; Seven for All Mankind denim; BGD boots
 Seasonally appropriate playtime amidst the tourists in Union Square.  Political correctness and equality (as far as comparative size of holiday-specific decor goes) and Neiman Marcus going balls-out for four stories.




These are the theoretical waffle stompers in close up.  Waffle stompers because they are reminiscent of these, which apparently stamp breakfast into the snow, and theoretical because this particular pair is completely traction-less.  WOOHOO BRING ON THE CHICAGO WINTER, THIS CALIFORNIA GIRL IS AS ILL-PREPARED AS EVER.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

small statured bread.


So I'm going on a diet.  Just until Christmas.  I know I don't NEED to diet, I just think I'd be happier if I did.  I'm going to focus on what I'm eating, and only put the best possible things into my body.  Which means that on Christmas I can eat whatever I want, but until then

I'm only eating cookies.

Cookie-only diet.

All cookies all the time.

Its the best diet ever.  Why has no one talked to me about this diet before?  Did I invent this diet?  I AM BRILLIANT.  This is the greatest thing I've ever done.


Shortbread Cookies
from Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa Parties!

3/4 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream the butter and sugar in a mixer, then add the vanilla.  Add the dry ingredients and mix until the dough starts to come together (clumping around in your mixer like a monster).

Everyone say hi to my mom.  Hi mom.
Dump the dough onto a floured surface and mold into a disk.  Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Roll dough out on a floured surface to 1/2 inch thick.  Use whatever cookie cutter ya want!  We did the typical little wavy circle thing.  But maybe you want Yoda shortbread.  Knock yourself out.


Bake for 20 minutes, and allow to cool on a wire rack before frosting.  A simple powdered sugar/water glaze and some colored sugar sprinkles are pretty and festive and good tasting.


Listen don't tell anybody but I'm about to break my diet so I can make a huge pot of yellow curry.  Cookie and curry diet.  I don't know.  Is that catchy?  Does it matter?  That's what's happening.   Bye.

Friday, December 16, 2011

all of the puns*

HAVE YOU EVER USED A WOK BEFORE OH MY GOD DO IT.




* this was our favorite.  

Thursday, December 15, 2011

onalog.

Urban Renewal sweatshirt; American Apparel collared shirt; BDG shorts; Hue tights; Zara shoes; Juicy Couture necklace that I borrowed stole from my sister

And it was on that day in December that she did her very best to look like a mushroom.




Nothing quite beats an Urban Renewal hit if you can put in the time to sift through the (plentiful) misses.  Half sweatshirt half lingerie makes this thing 100% perfect to layer over a way too bright bra or Peter Pan-necked uniform knock off, depending on the mood of the day.  Fungi usually go for collars.


California winter?  I can dig it.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

too late.

christmas pretties
christmas pretties by kendrakendrakendra // click on the picture for details



I really don't need anything for Christmas.  We have so many cookies in this house and I can look out of my window and see a mountain AND I just bought those Moonboots up there online and they should be here in 3 - 5 business days.  So really, I'm set.


This isn't a wishlist -- except the Moonboots, which were a wish that I granted for myself.  This is a bunch of pretty inspirational things.  Sparkly jewelry (I've set up a little shop in my bedroom making these to satiate my glitter hunger...so good), supercute Marc by Marc mouse feet, really sexy House of Holland tights that I can't get over, what is that collar?!, bracelet/ring hybrids and a big ol' envelope clutch.  Ideas for holiday party outfits, art projects and personal splurges.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

pizza wedges.


That's what we call these holiday staples in my house.  I don't know man, they're just really good and really good looking.  They add a little geometry to your Christmas cookie plate, you know?

Yaddimean, yadidimsayin though?

Sorry.
I'm so sorry.
Keak just....snuck up on me.

...Right? Right?

I'm sorry, not funny.

Anyway.

Pizza Wedges
adapted from an old Good Housekeeping magazine

6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 lage egg
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 heaping cup mini M&Ms
2 ounces white chocolate, melted

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease a large cookie sheet.

Cream butter and sugars with an electric mixer, then add vanilla and the egg.  Reducing the speed to low, slowly add dry ingredients until just incorporated.  Fold in 3/4 of the M&M's.


With floured or greased hands (spraying your hands with PAM like its lotion...a weird thing), turn the dough onto the cookie sheet and separate into two equal mounds.  They round and flatten until they are 5 inches in diameter.  Placing the rounds in opposite corners of the sheet ensures that they will not expand and smush into each other.


Sprinkle remaining M&M's onto to top of each cookie.  Bake for 14-16 minutes.

Allow to cool slightly, and then slice each cookie into twelve wedges.  Transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.


Once cool, drizzle with white chocolate.  Store in an airtight container with wax paper between each layer.

Monday, December 12, 2011

ruff.


Whats black and white and red all over, tastes like Christmas and will not last 37 hours in your fridge if you share your fridge with me?

Peppermint Bark
brilliant / brilliantly simple / put a bunch in a little bag with a ribbon and give it as a gift and people will love you

1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (get good stuff, you can taste the difference)
1 bag white chocolate chips (ditto)
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
1 cup crushed peppermint candy

Melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave, stirring after every 30 seconds to avoid scorching.  Pour the melted chocolate onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and spread to be about 1/8 inch thick.  Allow chocolate to harden in the fridge, about 30 minutes.


Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave the same way.  When completely melted, stir in peppermint extract, and then pour mixture over the hardened semi-sweet chocolate.  Spread to be about 1/8 inch thick, covering all of the existing layer.  Sprinkle peppermint candy over the white chocolate while still soft.  Allow bark to harden in the fridge, about 30 minutes.


Smash the bark into about 1 inch size bits.  Smash it up.  Little bits of peppermint candy will fly all over your kitchen.  Get a broom.

Store bark in the fridge until right before serving.  Imagine it on top of ice cream.  Oh my god.


Click to expand this picture.  This is what I'm doing over break, by which I mean I'm spending A LOT OF TIME pouring over the gazillion issues of Bon Appetit in this house.  One day I'll show you the veritable mountain of Ina Garten books that I didn't even make a dent in over breakfast this morning.  Oops.  Food lust is real.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

just a peck.

Everyone grumble briefly about the quality of this picture.  My camera is being repaired.  Normalcy will resume very soon.
If your worst nightmare is me posting a ferocious amount of Christmas recipes every single day,
your worst nightmare HAS ARRIVED.

I'm in California, have a massive kitchen at my disposal, and am the daughter of a woman who has already started her cookie-baking marathon.

The time is now.

First on the docket:

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
from Sunset Cookies

Such a tradition, and rightfully so.

1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
Extra white sugar for coating
Hershey's kisses

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream the vegetable shortening, peanut butter and sugars with an electric mixer.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.

In a separate bowl, mix the remaining dry ingredients.  Add to the beaten mixture 1/3 cup at a time, incorporating between each addition.

Roll dough into one inch balls, and then roll each ball in white sugar to coat.  Place 2 inched apart on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.


Unwrap a bunch of kisses.  Eat 7.  Remove the cookies from the oven, and press one kiss into the center of each cookie.  Cookies will deflate and crack a bit --- this is a good thing.  Return the tray to the oven and bake for 3-5 more minutes.



Do not eat them for breakfast.
(Just kidding, eat them for breakfast.  I'm eating one right now!  And its not even nine AM yet!)

Side note: look at this water bottle my sister got for her birthday.  Isn't it perfect?

Monday, December 5, 2011

heinzelmännchen.


German Christmas market in Daley Plaza.  Potato pancakes, spiced wine out of boots, street saxophonists playing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and so many different kinds of accents.




Just the pigeon fire.

Today's pictures brought to you by Instagram, because I didn't have a camera but how could I pass this up?  Thanks, iPhone.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

what i like, now.


Eclectic arm parties.  Metal and string to the elbow, yo.


Kreayshawn's bitchin liquid liner XTREMEwing.  Look at how cute and nice she looks in this picture!  Usually she looks like this:


Is that offensive?  Sorry.




Bleached ends. When my hair is long again I am going to DO THIS.  Also this:


Fishtail braids might be the most perfect hairstyle.  They work for sleeping AND prom.  What else works for sleeping AND prom?!  Nothing.

Ok maybe gowns.  Ball gown // night gown.  Ok fine, fishtail braids and gowns.  
But that's it.


Awesome finger tat / ring combinations.  What is this reminder bow greatness?  
Also teeth.  
Also cupcakes.


Also nachos.
Mostly nachos.