Sunday, October 31, 2010

Weekend Recipe

This weekend I visited my mom and cooked for her because she recently had knee replacement surgery. She is doing incredibly well, and recovering super fast! I was going to make this soup, but once I got there I wasn't in the mood for it anymore...So I made Spaghetti Carbonara instead. Here is the recipe I used...




Ingredients:


{Williams Sonoma}
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4-lb. piece pancetta, cut into small cubes
  • 2 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • Coarsely ground pepper, to taste
  • Generous handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, coarsely chopped

Directions:

Break the eggs into a warmed large, shallow bowl, add both cheeses and whisk to blend well. Set aside.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Generously salt the boiling water, add the spaghetti and cook until al dente, 7 to 9 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large fry pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the pancetta and sauté until just starting to become crisp, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the wine and cook until reduced by half.

Drain the pasta, leaving a bit of water clinging to it, and add it to the bowl with the eggs and cheeses. Toss quickly (this will heat the eggs and leave a creamy coating on each strand of pasta). Add the pancetta with all of the pan juices. Season with salt and a generous amount of pepper. Add the parsley and toss again. Serve immediately. Makes 4 main-course or 6 first-course servings.

How was your weekend?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Weekend Hair...



I am this loopy knotted ponytail that debuted at Michael Kors SS11! Perfect for the weekend, no? Now only to accomplish this look...
Here is a "how to" posted by the StyleList
{photos via Hanneli}

Friday, October 29, 2010

Friday Love...

{via}

There is something incredibly chic about this French woman eating at a cafe in Paris-her outfit, the setting, the food... I love it all!! Her outfit is mis-matched but somehow "works" well at least for me it does! What do you think?
That is kind of how my week was- all over the place, but it somehow all came together...I am just looking forward to this weekend! Saturday I will be cooking this for family, and Sunday will be a full day of hunting and buying things for the new house. We should be in in about two weeks! Wow time flies!!
How was your week? What are your weekend plans?


PPS. Just in case you wanna add a little "French" to your wardrobe I found these lovelies available here!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Nicole Miller Trunk Show to Support The Cause...

Just a friendly reminder that Tula the boutique is having a Nicole Miller Trunk show October 28th 11am-4pm. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Christine Meredith Miele Foundation...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wednesday Giveaway!

"I Love My Piano"


Today I am partnering with the fabulously talented Nan Lawson to giveaway one of her lovely prints to one of my wonderful readers!

Nan lives in Los Angeles, where she loves to draw cute, quirky illustrations and take little pictures. She can create custom portraits for you, which you can find out more about here at her Esty Shop.

Here are the rules for entering this giveaway:

Head over to Nan's shop, Nan Lawson Illustration, and tell us in the comments section, which piece of Nan's work is your favorite. You can also add where you would put your print if you win!

For an extra entry blog or tweet about this giveaway. Please leave a separate comment letting me know you did!

You also must be a follower of Lilac and Grey, Twitter @lilacandgrey

Giveaway ends on November 3, 2010, at midnight.

The winner will be drawn at random and announced November 4, 2010.

PS. You DO NOT have to write a blog to enter, this giveaway is open to all readers!!



Le Creuset + CSN Stores Giveaway Winner!

I want to thank CSN for partnering with Lilac and Grey again for this wonderful giveaway!! The winner of the $45 gift certificate is Dawn, who writes the blog The Alternative Wife! Dawn wrote that she would buy a Le Creuset if she won...Congratulations!! What will you cook first?

My FAVORITE thing to cook in my Le Creuset is Braised Beef Stew...which I wrote about here.

Do you have a Le Creuset french oven? What do you love to cook in it? I would love new recipes!!

{image via apartment therapy}

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New York State of Mind...

BEYOND fabulous boutique Edon Manor...


A little French place called Tartinery , Nolita
Fashion at it's best...

Both photos taken by The Satorialist
A new boutique hotel called...The Night Hotel
Spectacular interior design in Tinsley Mortimer's NYC Townhouse...
Bond 9 Washington Square exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue...


What do you love most about NYC? Any favorite restaurants, stores, hotels?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Cheap and Chic

One of my clients was wearing these boots this weekend and I was pleasantly surprised when I asked her where she got them she said TARGET $39.99!! I said "WHAT?! Your kidding!"
Needless to say I am running out to get them!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Quote of the Day

"If you ask people what they've always wanted to do, most people haven't done it. That breaks my heart."
Angelina Jolie

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday+Another Giveaway + Giveaway Winner!

Have you ever thought of putting TWO dining room chairs and tables in a room (room size permitting, of course)? I LOVE IT!!!
The giant sized birds...not so much. I have an extreme bird phobia after being attacked by geese when I was 3. Also my aunt had HUGE (well at least they seamed to me as a kid) peacocks walking around at cocktail hour at her wedding...scarred me ever since... I can't even wear the color.

ANYWAY....

It's Friday!! And to celebrate I am partnering again with CSN Stores (you know the stores that carry everything from dining room tables to shoes!) to giveaway a $45 gift card for one of my lucky readers! How cool is that?

Here are the rules to enter:
  • Please become a follower of Lilac and Grey (if you are not already)
  • Please follow @lilacandgrey on Twitter (please feel free to tweet about giveaway!)
  • Leave me a comment, and tell me what you would buy with your $45 if you win!
  • If you tweet, blog, facebook this giveaway, please let me know by leaving additional comments
This Giveaway starts today October 22, 2010 and will end October 26, 2010. I will announce the winner on Wednesday.

This contest is open to residents of the USA and Canada. (Please note: extra International shipping fees MAY apply on Canadian orders.)

DON'T LEAVE YET!! The winner of the adorably chic "Tea Time" print is....Krystal who writes the blog- The Village! Congratulations!! If you don't know Krystal, or her blog-please head over and say "hi!"

I want to send a special "THANK YOU" to Ana and her wonderful shop Anek for partnering with me and giving away this adorable print!

GOOD LUCK everyone! And have a fabulous, exciting, "do what ever your heart desires" weekend!!


{image via}


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Turban...

What are your thoughts on this "look"...





I am really on the fence with this one... I have tried the headband ones on many times before, and well let's just say I never end up buying one...

Neutral Bathrooms

All of these bathrooms had me at "hello"...






{images via: Coastal Living, Shelterrific, Country Living, The Lennoxx,}


Which one do you love? Is your bathroom neutral or bold?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Must Have Bag 2010


I am head over heels in love with the Stella McCartney Falabella bag!! It is minimialistic, edgy, and downtown cool...
Wear it casual...



Or dress it up for an event...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Birthday Love

Thank you all for the birthday wishes! I am so happy and blessed to be surrounded by so much positive energy. I had a fabulous day, and it went exactly as planned!
Remember this post- when I posted the navy Theory blazer? Well I got it in Khaki, which I love love love!!
I will probably finish birthday shopping this weekend with my birthday money..hmmm what to get??

What will 28 Bring?

Happy Birthday to me!! I am 28 today (yikes!) which I guess isn't so bad, because I am still in my 20s....

No big birthday plans...just spending time with my loves; dinner, and cocktails. That's all.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Life is a Gift...

Phew, what a whirlwind weekend...My great uncle passed away following a short, but tough battle with cancer. My grandfather and him were inseparable. They came all the way from Sicily with nothing but a suitcase and built a wonderful life for them and their families here in Brooklyn, NY. They both had a dream of owning land and turning it into a "little Sicily" and their dream came true when they both bought property in upstate NY. I remember as a child going up there on weekends and roaming through the garden filled with all of the vegetables you could imagine. They had a chicken coup that my brother and I would kick just to see them all go crazy (I know, so mean).
We would watch as my grandfather and Uncle Pete (who we called Nonno, and Tio) would spend hours making homemade tomato sauce that would last both families for an entire year! In fact my grandmother just gave me a can over the weekend that was from the last batch Tio was there to make this past September. I don't know if I will ever eat it, maybe I will display it like a trophy in the house or maybe that will be our "first home cooked meal" in the new house.
We spent Friday night in the shed that Tio built with his own hands drinking homemade wine, and shots of Moon Shine (not me) discussing how we are going to keep the legacy and traditions my Nonno and Tio built on their farm up in the hills of NY, that they called "little Sicily."

On a much brighter note, I am an AUNT! My brother and sister-in-law gave birth to the most beautiful baby boy! I love him to pieces, and he has the cutest little button nose!

This weekend was another reminder of how precious a gift life really is!

{image via}

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Anniversary + A GIVEAWAY!

 This weekend is the 1st anniversary of Lilac and Grey. I can not believe it has been a whole year since I started this "blogging thing." It has brought me more joy then I can ever imagine, and the comments and e-mails that I receive daily truly make me so HAPPY. I have met so many people from all over the world and has opened up my eyes to many different views and perspectives.  To thank you all for being such wonderful, fabulous, inspirational readers...it is time for a GIVEAWAY!


I am excited to announce that I am partnering with the wonderful Ana from Anek's Etsy Shop to give away one of these cutie patootie "Tea Time" prints!


Ana is a graphic designer and illustrator who works and lives in a town called Zagreb, Croatia. All illustrations are originally made by her, in both the traditional and digital paint mediums.

Here are the rules for entering this giveaway:

Head over to Ana's shop Anek on Etsy, and tell us in the comments section, which piece of Ana's work is your favorite. You can also add where you would put your print if you win!

For an extra entry blog or tweet about this giveaway. Please leave a separate comment letting me know you did!  

You also must be a follower of Lilac and Grey

Giveaway ends on October 21st, 2010, at midnight.

The winner will be drawn at random and announced October 22, 2010.

Check out Anek HERE and HERE
  
PS. Check out my first (little) blog post HERE (eeekk!)





Enjoying the View...


Work has me going in a million directions this week, I am not complaining at all because I love being busy. I actually thrive under pressure and get more things done. What makes me so happy is being able to live and work by the beach. The view of the water is so calming and relaxing. I love waking up and looking outside to see the water, and seagulls, and boats. I feel like I am always on vacation...

Don't get me wrong, a view of the city skyline is also just as beautiful. To look outside and see all the buildings, the cars, and the busy streets...just knowing you are one little part of this BIG city is an incredible feeling...

What view would you like to have? Do you enjoy your view?

PS. Check THIS Out!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fresh Favorites


Have you ever tried fresh products? I love their whole philosophy; to create products that are as indulgent as they are effective. Did you know fresh was the first company to use natural ingredients like sugar, milk, soy, and rice? I am obsessed with the pomegranate conditioner! The scent is intoxicating!
I can not get enough of this fig apricot body cream by fresh. It is rich and creamy but not greasy-leaving my skin super silky smooth. The scent is so good I could eat it!! Love love love!!

Check out more products here


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Fashion Spotlight

Here is a collection of fashion picks that I am currently loving...
A plain black turtle neck has been a closet staple of mine since I was 16. It is a must must must!
LOVING this whole outfit! Perfect for the weekend... Aren't her oxfords adorable!?
Heart and Bow tights! Need I say more!! I have the perfect black Jill Stuart dress with puffy short sleeves that I can wear these with!
No doubt I will be picking up some muted grey pieces this season. It is a great color option to wear besides basic black...


{images via, Fashion Rat, Ready Made, Queen of Mayhem, Decor Pad}

Monday, October 11, 2010

Tick Tock, Tick Tock....

How was your weekend my sweets? Between work, I was able to relax a bit, shop a bit, and organize a bit...Overall it was lovely...
On another note, I am not sure if I mentioned this on here but Kevin and I are going to be an Aunt and Uncle for the first time! We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of baby Gardner who should be here any day now :D

What are you looking forward to this week?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Quote of the Day



"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality."
John Lennon 

Friday, October 8, 2010

Relaxing Weekend Ahead...


This has been a CRAZY BUSY week for me...I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend (well as much "relaxing" as I can get!)


I go nuts for caramel apples in the fall! Can't wait to dig my teeth into some...


I am also looking forward to enjoying a glass of wine, and maybe traveling to some of the local wineries for a tasting!

What are your weekend plans!? Have a great one dolls!

PS. A quick little upddate on the new house...We got the official closing date...November 15, 2010 (ahhhh!) The kitchen cabinets are in, the stairs are in, and the hardwood floors are in (not stained yet though)...We are BEYOND excited to move in, and I am already gathering ideas for our first holiday cocktail party! Eekkk!




{before the floors were in}

I heart our new house!




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