Friday, December 28, 2007

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Chicken with Plum Chutney

Prep: 15 minutes Total: 35 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients
4 (6 to 8 ounces each) boneless skinless chicken breast halves
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
1/2 jalapeno chile, (ribs and seeds removed for less heat, if desired), chopped
4 red plums, (about 1 pound), halved, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
3/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
*I add a small bag of unsalted raw cashews to the dish

Directions
1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium. Add chicken and cook until opaque throughout, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. Set aside.
2. Make chutney: To skillet, add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, onion, and jalapeƱo; cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high; add plums, sugar, vinegar, curry powder, ginger, and 1/4 cup water. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, and cook until plums are softened and liquid is slightly syrupy, about 8 minutes.
(I add the cashews at this point.)
3. Add chicken and any juices that have accumulated on plate; simmer until heated through, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve chicken with chutney spooned on top.

Everyday Food


I received a lot of wonderful gifts this Christmas. One of my gifts was the Everyday Food: Great Food Fast (Paperback) I can't wait to start cooking up these recipes!
The pictures are fantastic and everything seems do-able and delicious. Great cookbook fro beginners.
I wanted to share one of the recipes I snagged from the website (and is not included in the book) and I improved upon slightly. See following post for recipe.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas


I've decided I like high waisted wide leg jeans and that they will look great with capes.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Diamond in the Rough

Malachite Bracelet with gold charm that contains Rough Diamond. $125
A percentage goes to a charity.
Not crazy about the S insignia but its a pretty and unique bracelet over all.

I just saw this at Jared Galleria of Jewelry and its pretty big. Although I wouldn't get it myself, I still think its a neat novelty.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Erin Fetherston for Target







The collection finally hit stores today. It looked liked it was going to be amazing, but I was really disappointed. I feel it was totally over hyped. I really didn't see the quality. I love hearts, bunnies, peter-pan collars and all that babydoll stuff more than anyone I know (BELIEVE ME) and I was disappointed. I did find a few decent pieces though, but still, over all, it was sub par. What a bummer. The best piece by far is the wool blend heart coat. i got so many complements on it in San Fransisco. People couldn't believe it was from Target. It's he only thing I bought from the collection and I love it.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

DESIGNERS WANTED for NEW boutique!

Consignment opportunity.
60 - 40 percent in your favor. Please send me some pictures of your work. Feel free to email me with any questions.

Thank you for your attention.
Erika

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Camille Rose Garcia


I wish I could make it! bleh :( runs until November 17th!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

But They Make Me Feel So Suave and Debonair


Wayfarers don't really make feel like Audrey. I feel more like Ewan McGreggor's charecter in "Down With Love". A little like a cad from the 60's ? Yeah, go figure.
The need for wearing eyeglasses frustrates me so much sometimes. I NEED them, and I need them to work with all my outfits since I can't wear contacts all the time. It's SO difficult for me to find glasses that fit my personal style AND fit my face AND are fashion current AND are durable. What is a girl to do? I opted for some Tortoise Ray Ban* Wayfarers with clear lenses. I know they are everywhere lately but hey chic eye wear is hard to come by.
I must give props to Lens Crafters. They have a pretty decent selection, and if you use your AAA card you get a pretty sic discount AND they really are ready in an hour.
*The weirdest thing is that Ray Ban has their own Myspace page. Crazy.

Guilty Pleasures


www.whowhatweardaily.com is my guilty pleasure. Their taste is pretty spot on, like candy for a fashion sweet tooth. I'm really into the Roper Boots they posted recently. I like the way Kate Moss is sporting them on the right. Kate Moss is my other guilty pleasure. I admit it. Sometimes you can't help but love what you love.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Hallowen Everyone!

I use to love Halloween. Ok, I still do, but I'm going to start planning my costume for NEXT year today.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Why only for Halloween?

I think this is just a cool idea for trompe l oeil curtains. I can't really find what I want right now, I might do it.
"Spooky Paper Curtains: Replace fabric curtains with elegant, gothic-inspired ones made of paper.
Tools and Materials24-by-36-inch heavy-weight black paper from art-supply storeScissorsMasking tape
Printing Instructions for TemplatesOnce template is open on your computer screen, click the print icon or press Ctrl P on your keyboard. When the print screen appears, select "Print As Image" under the Properties button on the upper right. Click OK to print.
Spooky Curtain How-ToThese patterns combine to form the top and side panels of the curtain.
1. Download the templates, which you'll print in sections and tape together.
2. Trace the shapes onto black paper, and cut out.
3. Place looped pieces of masking tape on the curtain's edges, and attach to the inside edge of the window's frame."

Monday, October 29, 2007

M.A.C.


Pretty new packaging for some of M.A.C. new colors. Pretty.

Sierra Nevada











































































































































































Pictures I took on my way back from Yosemite.















Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Fire



If somehow you haven't heard, practically all of Southern California is on fire. Thousands of multi-million-dollar homes have gone up in the blaze. Living in the center of San Diego it feels as though we are surrounded by fire. Even with the door and windows closed, my throat hurts and my eyes are burning. The only good thing that has come of this is the feeling of love and community. We are a big city but it feels like a small town. Needless to say this is still the most horrific thing I've ever experienced.
To read more about the experience go to this article and this article both written by the lovely Miss Jessica Dungans with photos by James Norton.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Top Hat


Anybody else has the urge to wear one? Just me?

The Top Hat was invented by John Hetherington in 1797. Apparently it created chaos and controversy in the streets of London when he wore it public.

Free Fashion Classes in San Diego


There are actually a few free classes in San Diego you can take but these are the ones I'm signing up for ASAP.

TEXTILE SURFACE DESIGN
Learn techniques in clothing/textile surface design for the production of embellished wearing apparel and household items. Create original designs.

FUNDAMENTALS OF PATTERN MAKING
This open entry/open exit course introduces the student to basic pattern making skills used to create apparel and costumes for clients, self, and family members. The course focuses on the development of garment patterns using one or more of the following methods: drafting, flat pattern manipulation, draping, and computer-aided pattern making. Information on copying previously made garments will be included along with guidelines for the use of a croquis for garment design.


*Photo Credit MAC Cosmetics
Why? Sexy picture for sexy classes ;)