Thursday, June 28, 2012

PFC #17: Candy Colorized



"Take a bowl full of colorful candies (M&Ms, Jolly Ranchers, jelly beans, etc.), close your eyes, and draw 2-3 pieces. Now use those colors (+ a neutral of your choosing) to form the basis for your ensemble.."

Thank you to Sew Petite Gal for hosting this challenge!



CLOTHES: free people dress, banana republic vest
JEWELRY: j. crew necklace & bracelets
ACCESSORIES: h&m belt, tory burch flats, louis vuitton purse


I usually play it safe with neutrals, so I am glad this challenge helped me to pair items in my closet that I never have before. Although the sweater vest makes this too warm for a Vegas summer, I might consider packing this for a trip to Seattle this summer (you may remember that is where I originally found the dress). But I will have to find some different shoes...read my review here and you will know what I mean!



I did not have any candy to choose from, so i used this random color generator to select my colors for me. I did not do a good job at matching the exact green color from the generator, though.

Related Content

PFC #1 hosted by Jean @ Extra Petite
PFC #2 hosted by Kelly @ Alterations Needed
PFC #3 hosted by Sydney @ Petite Little Girl
PFC #4 hosted by Elaine @ Curls and Pearls
PFC #5 hosted by Cynthia @ Shorty Stories
PFC #6 hosted by Jess @ Stylepint
PFC #7 hosted by Jessy @ The Little Dust Princess
PFC #8 hosted by Gracie @ Radiator Sessions
PFC #9 hosted by Elle @ Fast Food & Fast Fashion
PFC #10 hosted by Liz @ Fashion for Teens
PFC #11 hosted by Alli @ Ski Petite
PFC #12 hosted by Khatu @ I Am Khatu
PFC #13 hosted by Annie @ Really Petite
PFC #14 hosted by Couture Coco
PFC #15 hosted by Megan @ Long Live Classy
PFC #16 hosted by Lauren @ Petite on a Penny

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Nike 3.5" Modern Sport Training Shorts


nike modern sport mesh shorts, xs in black
style #453655   price: $30.00


I have owned these shorts for only one month, but I am getting that forward-thinking sadness that Kelly describes in her post, To Hoard, Or Not To Hoard? Since these shorts have been worn a lot already (last teacher day of school to clean my classroom, running errands, around the house, hanging out with family), I assume their life expectancy will be lower than most items in my closet, so I am considering buying another pair.


The material is so comfortable...they feel like basketball shorts. The pocket has no closure, however, I have been able to stuff my cell phone, keys, driver license, and credit card in there when I have gone to the grocery store.


I usually like to pair these with a J. Crew vintage cotton v-neck tee in xxs. My review here.


I originally bought these (found them at Sport Chalet) for the gym, but obviously they have found a wider range of uses. These have stayed dry when working out, but I must admit I have only worn them to the gym twice.

Approximate Measurements


size xs / measurements in inches
  • elastic band width - 13.25
  • side length - 9.75
  • inseam - 3.25*
  • pocket opening - 4
  • pocket depth - 5**

*These are called 3.5" because of the inseam length, but mine measure differently
**The pocket has a V shape at the bottom, which causes the width to become smaller at 4.25



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Find more colors at: Dick's, Nike, Nordstrom, Sport Chalet, Sports Authority
Same shorts, different color on sale for $23.97 at Nike's website

Friday, June 22, 2012

Recipe: Broiled Tomato and Bell Pepper Sauce



I am not sure how long we have been making this sauce, but there have probably been different variations over the last five years. This would definitely be labeled our "go-to" dinner, as it gets made at least once a week. I do encourage you to omit or add ingredients of your choice. I make some suggestions at the end of this post.


Ingredient List

     9 roma tomatoes
     1 red bell pepper
     1 garlic clove
     1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
     salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes

     serves two when made with 3 cups whole grain penne




Deseed the tomatoes. Remove the tops (save these...explanation comes later) and cut in half vertically. Cut two small slits around the seeds to make removal easier. Using either your fingers or a spoon, scoop out the seeds.




Deseed the bell pepper. Cut around the top and remove the stem and seeds. Cut in half and rinse out any remaining seeds.


Arrange tomatoes, bell pepper, and garlic in a broiler-safe pan lined with foil. Top with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon of salt (I use kosher).




Position oven rack inches from broiler and insert baking dish. Broil for 10 to 15 minutes, or until you are satisfied with the broil marks. This is how mine looks after 15 minutes of being in the broiler without preheating the oven.


Carefully transfer broiled ingredients into a food processor. A soup ladle helps lessen the amount of spills on the counter.




Add puree to a pot. Add 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, a few cracks of freshly ground pepper (regular is also fine), and a pinch of pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Let simmer, uncovered, for twenty minutes (or until thickened to your liking), stirring occasionally.


Serve with the pasta of your choice.


Remember when I suggested saving the tomato tops? Rather than toss them out, dice them up. They should be firm not flimsy. They are great to use for lunch the next day. Just the other week I tossed my leftover tops with salmon, edamame, white kidney beans, scallions, and goat cheese. It was so good!!

>>> Click here for printable recipe


Notes and Tools

  • I am notorious for under-salting my dishes, so you may want to add more
  • I highly recommend Penzeys Spices. Their prices are great compared to what you would pay at a standard grocery store.
  • If you love onions in your pasta sauce, those broil up nicely with the other ingredients
  • Add two cups of vegetables to this dish. I recommend equal parts of diced carrots (skin removed), celery, and zucchini. Saute them for 5-10 minutes over medium heat, then add the broiled mixture and cook as directed above.
  • Add 1/2 cup or more of vegetable stock to make this into a soup.
  • Cook the sauce longer to make an appetizer spread to serve with toasted bread
  • I use the Cuisinart 14-cup food processor
  • For years now I have been using a 9" x 13" Pyrex baking dish in the broiler despite the "no broiler" warning on the dish. Do so at your own risk!


What would you change to make this fit your unique tastes?
Let me know if you try this recipe or your own variation!



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Why a recipe post? See my introduction to this summer segment here

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Welcome To My Kitchen!!



I loved watching and learning from my grandma in the kitchen. My favorite dish of hers was gnocchi. I remember the time in high school when my parents actually went out one night and left me alone. I went straight to the kitchen and made my grandma's recipe for gnocchi for the first time because mom was not there to tell me "You're making it wrong!" I still remember the joy I felt when my first attempt turned out well. I still get just as excited when I tackle new recipes. I will be devoting my summer break to trying out several of the tear-out recipes that have been accumulating. I would love share this experience with you on my blog with step-by-step picture recipes.

By the way, the shorts I am wearing are my new favorites by Nike. I picked these up in a size xs at Sport Chalet a few weeks back. I love them so much that I am considering getting them in another color. Expect a review post soon! Also, the Navarre Indoor/Outdoor Rug by Ballard Designs is the perfect kitchen rug! We have had our black runner for over a year. Not only is it easy to clean (vacuum or beat it outside once a week), but it holds up to multiple cats! This piece is currently on a limited discount for only $35. Based off of 131 reviews, it has received 4.5 out of 5 stars.



Miscellaneous Kitchen-Related Pics


I am finally getting all those magazine recipes organized in a binder! I still have more to file away, but I am almost done. This is where many of my recipe inspirations will be coming from.


Giada is my favorite! I am missing her latest book, Weeknights with Giada, but I do have a birthday coming up! :)




Although the cats are not allowed at the food prep area or anywhere near the stovetop, they still like to remain close. We always have to look out for them on the floor.


I choose between my Hawaiian or Weezer radio stations. I have doctored my Weezer station to play mostly Beastie Boys and Weezer.




I love going overboard with wine charms!


I look forward to welcoming you into my kitchen this summer! :)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

J. Crew: Take An Extra 30% Off Online Sale Purchases

Over at the J. Crew Aficionada it was announced that a J. Crew sales code is on the horizon. Although not officially announced on the J. Crew website, code SHOPNOW does work and is said to expire on 6/21.


My Personal Suggestions


The following are items that I own and love. Clicking on the image will take you to the seller's website. The text link will take you to my blog post.


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Other Cute Sale Finds


Although I do not own the following items, they are currently tempting me:











I hope everyone had a nice weekend! :)

Friday, June 15, 2012

J. Crew Summerlight Terry Dolman-Sleeve Hoodie

summerlight terry dolman-sleeve hoodie, xxs in heather blue
style #69630   current price: $75.00 $59.99








I wanted to post these pics since I saw that the xxs popped back up online. I bought this sweater in grey and blue over the winter and they quickly became my favorites to wear when I just wanted to feel comfy and casual. The current online price is much higher than what I paid in store. You can gamble and see if the xxs is still around during an online sales promo. You could also see if you can track one down in stores.


UPDATE: I ended up returning the zazzy zebra tunic to Banana Republic today. I just had a feeling of guilt knowing that I spent $90 on something that would not get worn enough. Plus, my husband did not like it at all! Sadly, the return process was such a hassle and left me feeling, for lack of a better word, crappy. Here is how the start of it went, as best as I can remember:

SA: Why are you returning the item?

ME: Oh, it's just a little pricier than I normally spend on an item.

SA: But it is a limited edition item!

ME: Well, my husband did not like it.

SA: Wow! He has so much control! If mine said that I would (this is where she either said) "tell him to jump off a cliff" (or) "kick him to the curb."

Perhaps she thought she was trying to inspire poor little me to be a stronger wife, but I saw it as a lack of professionalism. And then the process of returning the tunic proceeded to take at least 10 minutes. I had paid for my last Banana purchase with two gift cards and the remaining amount on my credit card, so this caused some confusion on her part. Normally, I would be totally fine with that, but I was agitated by her previous remark and just wanted to be out of there.



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Use code SHOPNOW for an extra 30% off your J. Crew sale purchase through 6/21

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Banana Republic Freja Envelope Clutch


freja envelope clutch, camel
style #434651   my price: $89.50 $34.99






Sale alert!! This clutch is still full price online, but was marked down to $49.99 at the Banana Republic in Town Square. Plus, I happened to be in the store during a 30% off sales promotion. My evening bag collection is slim, so I went for this neutral in camel. I picked up the last one in this color, but I did notice about four others in a gorgeous fuschia (not sure of the actual name) color.


Approximate Measurements and Details

  • chain length - 25"
  • 11x7" (one inch wider than stated on BR's website)
  • 100% leather exterior / canvas interior with zipper pocket


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See my fitting room pics of items from the Trina Turk for Banana Republic collection

Monday, June 11, 2012

Trina Turk for Banana Republic: Fitting Room Pics

zazzy zebra tunic, 0
style #228793   price: $89.50









This was the only Trina Turk item that I purchased today. I am currently on the lookout for loose-fitting tops that cover my shoulders. This item meets my requirements exactly. However, the price still has me cringing and wondering if it is a true keeper. Also, I do want to mention that the arm opening is large, so skin shows through. UPDATE: I returned this item. See explanation here.



swirl cowl-neck knit dress, xs
style #905646   price: $120.00







I thought this would be a great dress for work. However, I did not like the price. Something I may consider if I can find it on mega sale, but I doubt that will happen!



silk one-shoulder dress, 0
style #905645   price: $130.00











Just a tad too wide, even when belted. I would prefer the length shorter.



coachella cowl-neck top, 0
style #905701   price: $79.50







Pretty design. The fit was nice. This is not something that is on my want list right now.



...POST ADDITION...








The Trina Turk crazy botanical silk top is not currently available online, but might be in stores. Out of all the prints from the collection, this and the zazzy zebra are my favorite. :)




Here is the tag for the necklace I am wearing in the fitting room. I purchased it on Saturday at Banana for 30% off the full price of $49.50. It can be worn long or doubled up as shown. I have been wanting a medium to large gold chain necklace since seeing Jean's post here. And then Ping had to go and post this, which made me want one even more!


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Another fitting room review by SewPetiteGal
Elle and Sydney style the pisces strapless patio dress
Jean styles the crazy botanical twist-strap dress
Kelly and Ping style the zazzy zebra sateen skirt
More pictures of the swirl cowl-neck knit dress at Little Flowers

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