Friday, August 31, 2012

Lust List

As I said a few weeks back and about a hundred times since I started writing this little blog here, I LOVE fall. My clothes shiver with excitement over the idea of layers, sweaters and scarfs. I'm probably one of the few Chicago-ians who just about had it with the 90 degree weather we've been having. I've almost refused to dress for it waiting for the day when I can comfortably pull out my boots.

Naturally with this time comes FALL shopping. I'm happy to report, more so my father is probably happy to hear, that I haven't really done much shopping this summer. Besides a few trips to the mall here and there the damage has not been bad.

However, with each year, comes a few staples, I'm hoping to add to my closet, and this year is certainly no different.

I've really been digging two tone shoes, specifically these two pairs, which I might have to cave and purchase sometime soon.

I'm also, although this is not new, after leather pants. Although, I'm not sure I want to commit fully to the leather pants (see: Ross & the leather pants) so I'm leaning more towards faux-leather.

I've been eyeing the J.Crew quilted vest, year after year. Yes, year after year, J.Crew does feature the same thing, each year slightly different. The summer before Junior year of college, I bought this, and they've had it every year since. 

Lastly, fall for me is ALWAYS about layering. Hence why I'm dying for this peter pan collared shirt and color blocking sweater. Surprisingly, this year, I'm leaning more towards sweaters than cardigans. Already purchased this and more. Dont worry, this too... My only rule: COMFORT is a MUST. 

YES - Typically, most of the items above can be found at J.Crew...SHOCKING, I know.

What are you digging for this fall?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Speaking of P...

Remember when I said I tried pork wings?
Take that 101 Things in 1,001 Days.

P is for...

Hello, People.
Somehow in the switchover to my new computer, I lost my entire A-Z list, which I had been brainstorming on since the very beginning. Uh oh.

Fear not, I was able to recreate it to the best of my ability. So without further ado, my favorite Ps.

And, my intro, was a hint. Yes, I like people, both in reality and the magazine.


When I describe my style, both in life, style, design, etc, I think it would probably be a mix of girl, classic/traditional with a little vintage. A.k.a. Pottery Barn. I hope to one day live in a catalogue but I'll settle for a house styled just like one. Just the right amount of polish and fun.

Speaking of [nail] polish.

When I was younger, my grandmother bought me Peony from Bath & Body works. Ever since, I've loved any perfume that has the slightest hint of flowers but I have a weakness when it's this scent.

I'm digging clothes with polka dots both large and small, which seems to be in this fall. Color me pleased.

Speaking of colors, I've been digging some pink which although quite out of character I'm embracing quite well. Love it neon, pastel, hot, you name it.

...p.s. Did I mention I like a certain Prince?

p.p,s. he looks quite dashing in baby blue

p.p.p.s I'm adding post scripts to my list.

Monday, August 27, 2012

I'm famous!

A few weeks back, my client needed a model. So naturally, me and one of my co-workers volunteered. The segment aired last night and I'm officially famous! Check it out: here. It starts around 7:40!

Friday, August 24, 2012


(PS - this print is available on OKL)

Side Note: My big brother and his girlfriend are off to Italy to go tomato picking with her family. I asked her if they'll be picking tomatoes like ooh I like this one, don't like this one OR if it'll be more like ooh I like this one, I'll take this field. She told me it was the later.

Either way, I'm utterly jealous of them. Mmm fresh pasta, tomatoes that taste like they should, homemade cheeses, ah. Take me back.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Now that is pure poetry

Cocktails at Tiffany's calls for classic charm. Oscar de la Renta sleeveless silk full skirted dress with black patent leather bow belt.

Naturally, when we got to O, my mine immediately jumped to this scene in Sex and the City when Carrie reads her "lover" her version of poetry, a passage from Vogue.

Then later, a few others came to mind: the color orange, oreos, which, by the way, are not allowed in my house or apartment as I tend to loose all control the second I spy some and OPI nail polish, preferably when it's in my favorite shade: Lincoln Park After Dark, and now, in after thought, I realize now that my currently location in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL must have been meant to be.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hut Hut Hike...

College Football is coming! What do you think of the pre-season rankings? Which one do you defer to - AP or USA Today?

Monday, August 20, 2012

101 Things in 1,001 days

I've been feeling pretty horrible about myself lately. I've probably called my mom countless times over the past few months about how much of a waste of space I am. So when I saw this - 101 Things in 1,001 Days - I thought it was the perfect thing to do. I'm also a firm believer in there's no time like the present. I'm going to keep a list of 101 things I'd like to accomplish in the next 1001 days, 2.75 years! As my roommates suggested, most are pretty measurable, some will be measurable over time.So here goes...

  1. Write list of 101 things
  2. Inspire someone to write a list of their own
  3. Become a morning person
  4. ^ Go for a week without hitting snooze
  5. Redesign my blog
  6. Go on the Navy Pier ferris wheel
  7. Send 50 handwritten notes
  8. Run in the mornings
  9. Buy a real piece of furniture, not from Ikea, would LOVE it to be from Jayson Home
  10. Mail Birthday Cards to people other than my mom, dad, brother & grandparents
  11. Prepare a meal using food purchased at a farmer's market
  12. Apply to Business School
  13. Take Photos
  14. Make something from either Bon Appetit, Food Network Magazine, Cooking Light or Saveur once a month
  15. Learn to like my hair curly
  16. Buy something from Etsy
  17. Establish a real world routine
  18. Improve my posture
  19. Stop biting my nails/picking my cuticles
  20. Re-read every Jane Austen book
  21. Cook 101 New Recipes
  22. Update my resume
  23. Own a pair of Monolos
  24. Give up drinking for a month
  25. Maintain a work out schedule of working out at least 3-4 times a week
  26. Be able to better define my aesthetic, in fashion, design, life
  27. Invest in 10 beautiful coffee table books
  28. Take photoshop lessons
  29. Decrease my intake of simple carbohydrates
  30. Learn to throw a football
  31. Do something about my interest in interior design
  32. Go on a vacation, and New England doesn't count
  33. Get rid of things I'm saving for a rainy day that's never coming
  34. Make 20 different things off pinterest
  35. Kiss in the rain
  36. See a movie in the park
  37. Have a picnic
  38. Establish a blogging schedule
  39. Start flossing
  40. Go on a hot air balloon
  41. Successfully roast a chicken
  42. Do a Color Run
  43. Visit 10 new cities
  44. Learn how to use my DSLR correctly to get the best use out of it
  45. Take Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga Classes
  46. Learn to cook chicken without overcooking it, drying it out, burning it, etc
  47. Loose my college weight
  48. Find out my blood type
  49. Throw a wine & cheese party
  50. Cook Chicken Noodle Soup for someone
  51. Eat Indian food on Devan Street
  52. Travel somewhere outside the US
  53. See 10 classic movies
  54. Invest, or at least save, some of my money
  55. Eat Gluten Free for a week
  56. Throw a Dinner Party
  57. Go Skinny Dipping
  58. Go for Dim Sum
  59. Learn to drive stick
  60. Take my mom shopping for HER
  61. Discover 30 new restaurants
  62. Send Holiday Cards
  63. See all the movies nominated for Best PictureA
  64. Adopt or get a dog
  65. Go vegan for a week
  66. Take my dad to a Blackhawks Game
  67. Cook 5 meals from 5 different countries
  68. Roll my own sushi
  69. Drink 8 glasses of water a day
  70. Get up on one ski waterskiing
  71. Go on a road trip
  72. Take an outfit of the day pictures
  73. ^ dress up enough each day to actually take these photos
  74. Don't complain about anything for a week
  75. Spend a day with each of my family members doing what they love
  76. Send someone flowers out of the blue
  77. Eat at Allinia
  78. Go antique-ing
  79. Fall in love
  80. Get in the habit of cooking dinner during the week
  81. Try 5 new foods
  82. Learn Calligraphy
  83. Start blogging recipes again
  84. Run a half marathon in under 2.5 hours
  85. Find the perfect little black dress
  86. Run the London Marathon
  87. Ready thirty books
  88. Catch & Cook A Fish
  89. Participate in a Flash Mob
  90. Revitalize 2 old pieces of furniture
  91. Bind my cookbook
  92. Make Homemade Pasta
  93. Take up tennis...and be good at it
  94. Join, and get involved with, the Wisconsin Alumni Association
  95. Have friends over for brunch
  96. Finish a blog series
  97. Buy myself flowers every week for a month
  98. Get a blow-out, just because
  99. Take a picture of the same place every month and make a calendar with it...thinking my parent's backyard
  100. Take my own advice
  101. Put $10 into savings for every goal accomplished

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup. Chicken Noodle Soup...with a soda on the side.

I'm home sick today with what either appears to be a MASSIVE hangover or a stomach bug. So naturally I've been thinking about chicken noodle soup. When am I not thinking about soup? I really love it.  And today, all I want is my mom to come distract me from this awful sick feeing and my grandpy's chicken noodle soup.

I find Chicken Noodle Soup to be quite the phenomenon. Everyone loves it right? But everyone's is different too. When I make mine, it always ends up being a mish mosh of whatever veggies I have on hand - carrots and usually sweet potatoes, MAYBE some egg noodles and Osem Chicken Consomme. Usually some parsley or other seasonings I have on hand to.

Mine, never stands a chance to my grandfather George's recipe. Absolutely nothing beats it when my mom makes it for me. It's always the same and always delicious.

Pearl Onions
Carmel Kosher
Sometimes egg noodles, which when grandpy made them, he always buttered*

We always joke that it's not actually Chicken Noodle Soup as there is actually no meat in it. But Everything this is roughly chopped so there's all sorts of big chunks of delicious-ness. It tastes like love.

Sometimes when my mom used to come visit in college, my roommate and I would have her make it for us one day. I do think there is something about having someone else make soup for you though. Any takers? What do you put in your Chicken Noodle Soup?

*My grandfather was a big advocate of making sure each thing that went into his meals were perfectly seasoned. And by seasoned, I mean buttered.

Friday, August 17, 2012

God Save the Queen, and happy Friday!

My dad has JUST sent me this very important notice that I had to share with everyone. God I love her majesty. She is so witty.

Jubilee  Email from the Queen - an important announcement regarding the  USA
To  the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth  II 

In  light of your immediate failure to financially manage yourselves and also in recent years your  tendency to elect incompetent Presidents of the USA and therefore not able to govern yourselves,  we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should  look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English  Dictionary.) 

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states,               commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy). 

Your new Prime Minister, David Cameron, will appoint  a Governor for America without the need for  further elections. 

Congress  and the Senate will be disbanded.  A  questionnaire may be circulated sometime next  year to determine whether any of you  noticed. 

To  aid in the transition to a British Crown  dependency, the following rules are introduced  with immediate effect: 

1.  The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such  as 'colour,' 'favour,' 'labour' and 'neighbour.'  Likewise, you will learn to  spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the  letters,  and the suffix '-ize' will be  replaced by the suffix '-ise.'  Generally,  you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to  acceptable levels.  (look up  'vocabulary'). 

2.  Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed  with filler noises such as ''like' and 'you  know' is an unacceptable and inefficient form of  communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English.  We will let Microsoft know  on your behalf.  The Microsoft  spell-checker will be adjusted to take into  account the reinstated letter 'u'' and the  elimination of   '-ize.' 

3. July  4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday. 

4. You will learn  to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or  therapists.  The fact that you need so many lawyers and  therapists shows that you're not quite ready to be  independent.  Guns should only be used for shooting  grouse. If you can't sort things out without suing someone  or speaking to a therapist, then you're not ready to shoot  grouse.

5. Therefore, you  will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous  than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required  if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public. 

6. All  intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will  start driving on the left side with immediate effect.  At the  same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without  the benefit of conversion tables.   Both roundabouts and  metrication will help you understand the British sense of  humour. 

7. The former USA  will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling  gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it. 

8. You will learn  to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are  not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato  chips are properly called crisps.  Real chips are thick cut,  fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar. 

9. The cold,  tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at  all.  Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred  to as beer, and European brews of  known and accepted  provenance will be referred to as Lager.  New Zealand beer is  also acceptable, as New Zealand is pound for pound the greatest  sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth - see what it did  for them.  American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen  Gnat's Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further  confusion. 

10. Hollywood will  be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys.  Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors  to play English characters.  Watching Andie Macdowell attempt  English dialogue in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience  akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater. 

11. You will cease  playing American football.  There are only two kinds of  proper football; one you call soccer, and rugby (dominated by the  New Zealanders).  Those of you brave enough will, in time, be  allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American  football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty  seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of  nannies). 

12. Further, you  will stop playing baseball.  It is not reasonable to host an  event called the World Series for a game which is not played  outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there  is a world beyond your borders, your error is  understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you  face the Australians (World dominators) first to take the sting out of their deliveries. 

13. You must tell  us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad. 

14. An internal  revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government  will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition  of all monies due (backdated to 1776). 

15. Daily Tea Time  begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and  never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus  strawberries (with cream)  when in season. 
God Save the Queen!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Happy Birthday!

I'm BACK and today's post, which hopefully will be the first of me getting back into my routine: getting up in a timely manner, working out/running, blogging, cooking/eating healthy and everything else that I've been horrible since the start of summer, is dedicated to two very special birthdays - my grandfather and Julia Child.

First and foremost, my grandfather, Harris Holstein, the patriarch of the Holstein clan is turning 85 today! Now, I'll be the first to admit that I may sometimes take for granted how fantastic it is to have grandparents but I am so lucky to have both my father's parents still alive, gotten to know my their parents, as they both lived to the ripe age of 95, 96 maybe, my memory is failing me, and to miss my mother's parents each and every day since they passed.

From each of them, I've learned so many things - from countless stories, humorous jokes and what exactly I'm looking for in life - love and happiness.  My best friends mom the other day was looking at my grandparents, who are often hugging and holding hands, and told me that's what I should be looking for. I could not agree more. So, happy birthday grandpa! (Your Birthday Card and Present will be slightly delayed but I HAVE NOT forgotten!!)

Now on to Julia, who has also taught me a lot, who would have turned 100 today.  For those of you who do not know, I took a class on the History of Journalism my sophomore year of college. While I'm not sure the EXACT assignment, for the final project, we had to research and write a dissertation on some aspect of journalistic history. I chose to write about Julia Child. By the way, this was before Julie and Julia came out in theaters - at this time, I did not even know it existed. Anyway - I wrote about Julia and how she changed American Cuisine and the Culture of Cooking Forever - how she contributed to media with the beginning of magazines like Bon Appetit, Saveur, etc and even the Food Network.

Now, there are a lot of chef's I admire -   many of whom I watch on television or read about in books and magazines, others I work with. But Julis is different. She is the only chef who could flip a pancake, miss, have it flop on the floor and say Oops! before picking it up and tossing it back into the pan. After all, "no one is looking." Of course, she would say it with her strong accent from god knows where! If was not lazy, I would try and find my external harddrive to pull some of what I wrote there. But instead, I'm going to share some of my favorite lessons of hers.

“The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook.” 

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” 

“If you're afraid of butter, use cream.” 

“You'll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.” 

“This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!” 

“Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.” 

“Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” 

“Life itself is the proper binge.” 

“It's so beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it.” 

“I think every woman should have a blowtorch.” 

“Everything in moderation... including moderation.” 

“Just speak very loudly and quickly, and state your position with utter conviction, as the French do, and you'll have a marvelous time!” 

"Bon Appetit!"

Monday, August 6, 2012's in the air

Or at least I hope. Last night, the temperature dropped down to a cool mid-50s and I swear my fall clothes shivered with did I.

Yes, you've been reading me for awhile now. I love fall...and my favorite part: J.Crew's fall collection. I'm going home this weekend so I had to take advantage of New Hampshire's tax free ways and order some new clothes. For those who have common sense: there was no shipping fee.

P.S. I lost a bathing suit strap. Does anyone have a solution to this?

P.P.S. I need to replace Indesign SOON. I apologize for the placement of these photos.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

the OOOOOlympics

Did I mention that I REALLY like the Olympics?

I think it's similar to my love for sports movies i.e. Miracle. There's just something about the athletes quest for gold. Because it's never just about winning. It's about their story and they all have one...and I love them all.

Coming from nothing and using their sport to help their family, deciding to come back for one final try at the gold, all training at a ridiculous level for four years, and more, to attain the best shape they'll ever be's remarkable

Oh my god. I am such a sucker.

It doesn't help that this year's olympics are in London. Because as you know, I do love the city. When abroad, I was able to take a tour of the Olympic village and was blown away a mere 3 years ago, so I can only image what it looks like now. At the time, my biggest fascination was the way the UK planned to use the Olympics as a way to garner an economic boom for one of the most impoverished areas of London. Oh the UK, always thinking of others. Don't think I didn't notice the ode to NHS in the opening ceremonies.

We had an olympic party to celebrate the opening ceremonies. I have to credit my best friend Rach for the idea but it was really too fantastic not to copy. The RULES: All attendees must dress up as either a former or current Olympian participating in the SUMMER olympics, [This prevented me from suiting up in my GS suit and pretending I was Bode Miller], or a country represented in the summer Olympics. They must also bring either a food or drink from the country they are representing.

Naturally, I represented Great Britian with my David Beckham England jersey, purchased some Pimm's, which was on sale, as well as Strongbrow and picked up some delicious fish and chips. I debated making Mushy Peas but I didn't know how well that would go over. Gosh, I miss mushy peas. I digress... We also had Australia [tim tams], Italy [pizza & pasta], SIDE NOTE: did you know Midwesterns call Baked Ziti Mastacholi? How weird is that?, France [an assortment of cheeses & french breads], Greece [hummus & pita], Spain [Sangria], Jamaica [brownies], China [Egg Rolls & Tsing tao], Mexico [Margaritas], German [Beer] and a lot more. Thank you friends for amazing me in your creativity. 

Anyway, back to the reasons I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Olympics, which I think I always have. I was quite OBSESSED with the Magnificent Seven and Bela Karolyi. Just ask my parents about the Dominique Moceanu picture I drew in art class! Thus it was great to watch the Fab 5. And, have you seen Jordyn Weiber's brother. I'm not sure I even mind that he is a mere 18 years old. Speaking of,  I'm not sure how the team went from 7 to 5 in 18 years...holy hell, 18 years is a long time. Holy hell, Matt Weiber may not have even been alive for the Mag Seven, which means Jordyn certainly was not. Wow.

ALSO, any girl who can win a gold medal while doing a floor routine to Havanagila is DOWN WITH ME. 

But yes, I also enjoyed watching the men's gymnastic routines. There really isn't a sport I don't enjoy watching. I've been working from home in front of the tv all week checking out Beach Volleyball, Regular Volleyball, diving & synchronized diving, SWIMMING, gymnastics, running, you name it. As I write this, I realize, where has synchronized swimming been?

Confession: I know which sports I don't watch: Boxing, weight lighting and all other field elements.

I think swimming might be one of my favorite. It doesn't hurt they're beautiful to look at either. I will admit, I think I'm one of the few more partial to Phelps over Lochte. Although, I was surprised to find that. I think I can attribute it to Lochte's house tour where he showed us his closet, including his grills and Ryan Lochte sneaks. I hope they make marks in the sand and on the ground when it rains. You'll always know where he's been. And I know Phelps has his rep but you can't help but LOVE the guy. I'm rooting for him to take home a few more medals because after how hard he's worked, I'd say he deserves it. But either way, I sure do love watching them all swim.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

This one made me laugh...

....especially as a I nursed my bodies hate for lactaid to bed last night. Sometimes it is worth it though.