Showing posts from August, 2014

July Haul + Skillet Paella

I'm beginning to think I might not be able to refrain from spending on clothing/accessories in a given month. Here's this month's haul:

As seen here, I finally got a new phone case to replace my old one and it is the Kate Spade New York Le Pavilion Polka-Dot Resin iPhone 5 Case, which I like a lot. It's much more sturdy and I like that I can see the gold backing through it. :)

The few times I've had paella, I wasn't crazy about it but I really do like this recipe for Skillet Paella a lot. :)

Ingredients:4 oz chorizo1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1" pcs 1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper1 medum yellow onion, diced1 red bell pepper, cut into strips2 garlic cloves, minced2 cups white rice (arborio or basmati)5 cups low-sodium chicken broth2 teaspoon paprika1 teaspoon dried thyme1 bay leaf1 cup frozen green peas1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice1/4 c…

Birthday Louboutins + Chicken Parm Sandwiches

Thanks to A's inability to choose presents, he came up with the amazing last-minute idea to buy me a pair of Louboutins. I've never really appreciated this aspect of him until now. :)

To prepare for the store visit, I did some research online and narrowed it down to either a pair of black booties/boots like the Bella Ankle Boot, the Simple 100 Pump in Nude, or the Gortika Patent Leather Ankle Boot in Nude. In store, I fell for both the Gortika and the Bootylili.

In the end, I went with the Gortika because A liked them better and they're also seasonal, while the Bootylili will always be there if I decide I want them later on. :)

And to share some more birthday highlights:

I had a wonderful birthday weekend and to cap it off, here's a recipe for yummy yet healthy Chicken Parm Burgers:


Mini Getaway + Scallion Pancakes

What with the packing, moving, and home renovations, July was a very hectic month so my weekend getaway to Pennsylvania was a nice respite.

Since we were in a remote area by a lake, I also planned out all the meals in advance and have to say I really do miss cooking. Here's a recipe for scallion pancakes that I look forward to making again:

Ingredients:3 cups flour, plus more for rolling3/4 teaspoons salt1 cup water, plus more for mixing1 bunch scallions1/2 cup vegetable oil

J.Crew XXXS + Schoolboy Blazer Reviews

I first noticed the offering of J.Crew's size XXXS several weeks ago but dismissed it because I assumed it wasn't really a new size but after seeing some controversy about it online, I decided to see for myself since I was picking up their Schoolboy blazer and always check the sales section before checking out.

When the Jacquard back-zip sweatshirt came in, I fell for the design and hand feel of the fabric - a thick, yet soft, jacquard fabric that's a really pretty color but upon trying it on, I was shocked to realize how it was much too small for me. After struggling to get it fully on, I noticed the length fit great on me but my chest was extremely constricted so that I could barely breathe and it was the same for my arms. I would be able to understand if the arms were too tight since I work out and my arms aren't skinny but I am really not well-endowed (at most a size 32A) so I'm shocked that it's so tight on me there. I'm not sure if it's because th…