Saturday, April 30, 2011

Weekend Recipe: Beer-Braised Beef and Onions

Ingredients {recipe via}

  • 3 pounds onions
  • 1 (5-pound) boneless beef chuck roast, tied
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 Turkish bay leaves or 1 California
  • 2 (12-ounces) bottles pilsner-style beer such as Budweiser
  • 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar

Halve onions lengthwise, then slice lengthwise 1/4 inch thick.
Pat beef dry and season all over with 2 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a wide 5-to 6-quart heavy pot over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Brown beef on all sides, about 15 minutes, then transfer to a plate.
Cook onions with bay leaves and 1/2 teaspoon salt in remaining tablespoon oil in pot, scraping up brown bits from bottom and stirring occasionally, until onions are well browned, about 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Cut a round of parchment paper the diameter of the inside of pot (near the top). Set parchment round aside.
Add beer and vinegar to onions and bring to a boil, stirring and scraping up brown bits. Add beef and meat juices from plate and return to a boil.
Cover with parchment round and lid and braise in oven until meat is very tender when pierced in several places with a meat fork, about 3 1/2 hours.
Transfer beef to a cutting board and let stand, loosely covered, 20 minutes. Cut off string, then slice meat. Skim off fat from sauce and discard bay leaves. Reheat if necessary.
Serve braised beef with onions and sauce.

Recipe via Epicurious

Friday, April 29, 2011

Friday Fashion: Kimono Jacket

Nicole Richie always looks super stylish and vintage boho chic. I adore the fact that her style is all her own and she has turned it into a successful fashion business.

I probably never would have looked at a kimono as anything I could wear out in public- I always saw it as more of an indoor robe kinda thing- but when I saw  Nicole wear it so stylishly- it made me think that I just might have to have one...

Winter Kate
Available Here

Jade Floral Kimono Jacket, Top Shop
Available Here

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Rumson Estate for Sale

One of my favorite parts of my job is the chance to get a first hand look into some of the most beautiful homes that come on the market in Monmouth and Ocean counties in the New Jersey real estate market. I died a little yesterday when this estate in Rumson named Villa Serena was just listed...

Imagine the glamourous parties that you could have here?! Now I am all sure you are DYING to know the price! Drum roll please....


Know anyone with that kind of doe looking for an estate in Rumson, NJ?  Send them my way and I will arrange a showing :)

*If you would like a copy of this listing please e-mail me, so I can e-mail you a copy

{all photos via Monmouth County Association of Realtors}

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How Many Days Till Summer?

Just Asking?

{image via this is glamourous}

A Princess Story

Let's face it, everyone loves a good princess story- in fact- I don't think I have ever met a girl who hasn't wished (at least once) to be a princess. I am however, getting a bit bored with all of the news coverage leading up to The Big Wedding Day (unless you have been living in a box, you know which one!).

I just want to scream out "Ok! get on with it already!" 

In case you have not already planned your very own "English Tea Party -Viewing" is another way to "celebrate" the day...


Starting at 5 a.m. in the main dining room of Jean Georges, guests will view the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on oversized monitors while being served a special tasting menu fit for a prince or princess – with selections like scrambled eggs with caviar, mini-French toast, and pains au chocolat – while toasting the royal couple with sparkling mimosas. The breakfast event will conclude by 9 a.m., and each guest will depart with a piece of official Royal Wedding china commissioned by The Royal Collection as a memento of the occasion. 

Guests must reserve in advance by calling the hotel at (212) 299- 1059 or by e-mailing attaché 

Will you be watching the Royal Wedding?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tuesday Tablescape

So refreshing!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Bag Lady

This week I am all about Spring Fashion- and what better way to start the week off than to ogle over some fabulous bags...

Miu Miu leather trimmed raffia satchel

This is the ultimate spring/summer bag! It doesn't get better then this!

Available HERE

Ralph Lauren Collection Laced Metallic Leather Tote

I am pretty obsessed with this metallic bag-perfect for toting around flee markets and tagging along to  dinners al fresco.
Available HERE

Jerome Dryfuss Momo Small Calf Hair Python Shoulder Bag

J'Adore!! I love to wear small little cross-body bags like this one to run errands, pick up a cup of coffee, or while riding bikes down the beach.
Available HERE

Michael Kors Buckled Leather Shoulder Bag

WOW! MK totally hit it out of the park with this baby! I am totally impressed!
Available HERE

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, enjoy your week (last one in April)!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

EASTER SPECIAL EDITION Weekend Recipe: Spinach and Gruyere Quiches

Perfect for Easter Brunch!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Weekend...with a cherry on top!

Layers of cherry, pistachio, and white chocolate mousse with sponge cake, topped with real Japanese cherry blossoms suspended in cherry blossom liquer. DYING!

Little Oven is an online bakery based in New York City specializing in the Parisian delights known as macarons, the French version of the macaroon.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Guest Post: The Cardigan Junkie

Hello!  I’m Haley from Cardigan Junkie and am so excited that Cara let me stop by today.  I’m a huge fan of her style, and want to compliment it by doing a bit of what I enjoy, which is showing how versatile one thing in your closet can be.

Since summer is almost here, I decided to start with one of my favorite new pieces – the navy batik skirt from Gap.

Summer Brunch Date

The most obvious way to wear this skirt would be with a casual top and sandals in the summer. I don’t believe matching is necessary, but a white tank would tone the look down a bit.

Working Girl

Unless everyone in the office wears business attire, a casual skirt with a blazer and fun accessories will be perfectly appropriate as long as the skirt isn’t too short.

First Date

And finally, the same skirt and tank can go on a date by adding an elaborate necklace and some additional accessories. I like how this look is easy to pull together and looks pretty effortless.

Hopefully this exercise helps some of you to see all the potential hanging in your closet. I know I had fun putting it together! What piece do you plan to wear the most this summer?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Kitchen Space


Well, I lied.  I can find a LOT to say about this kitchen space. First I will start with th gold "head" with the truban filled with hydrandeas..genius...
The pink and gold china...LOVE!! And the custom cabinets are ultra glam...what do you think?

{image via The Decorista}
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