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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What I Wore: Holiday Red

With Thanksgiving just two days away I wanted to share a little holiday outfit inspiration! Nothing says holiday to me like classic red; when I saw this red drop waist skirt at LOFT I knew it would be a great piece to style again and again for the holidays and beyond.

I paired it with a cheetah print sweater, red lips, and statement heels for a glam Thanksgiving day look, but it could easily be dressed down for a more casual gathering with a boyfriend flannel and classic Converse sneakers. 





Talbots Cheetah Print Sweater  //  LOFT Drop Waist Skirt (similar in black)  //  Schutz Studded Heels via Gilt Warehouse Sale  //  Talbots Leather & Link Bracelet  //  Alex & Ani Bangles  //  MAC Lipstick in Russian Red


What's your Thanksgiving Day style?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Recipe & Review: Good Cheap Eats

If there's one thing I hate about cooking out of a cook book it's that it almost always involves a trip to the grocery store and pricey, often superfluous ingredients that you'll never use again and are left to rot away in the depths of the pantry. I was wary this would be the case when Harvard Common Press sent over a review copy of the recently published Good Cheap Eats by Jessica Fisher. After reading the Introduction I quickly realized this was not your average cook book. Good Cheap Eats is filled with helpful advice about cooking, effective meal planning, and eliminating waste. 

Since receiving it I've made several recipes from Good Cheap Eats including MinTea, Hot Cheese Dip with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Lemony Linguini with Broccoli and Mushrooms, and Fun Fruit Kabobs. Each recipe has been simple, cost effective, and most importantly, tasty. Below you'll find photos and exact recipes for my favorite meal from Good Cheap Eats, Lemony Linguini with Broccoli and Mushrooms served with MinTea. I hope you enjoy this flavorful meal as much as I did! 

Lemony Linguini with Broccoli and Mushrooms

Serves 4 


This one-dish dinner provides a vegetable and a starch as well as the umami-rich flavors of mushrooms to take the place of meat. Toss it all together in a large pasta bowl to serve family-style at the table.

2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1 teaspoon minced garlic 
4 cups broccoli florets
1/2 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 pound linguini
Red pepper flakes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Grated Parmesan, for garnish
Copped fresh parsley, for garnish

1. Melt the butter in a large skillet with a lid over medium heat. Cook the mushrooms and garlic in the butter until the mushrooms release their liquid and start to brown, 10 to 12 minutes.
2. Add the broccoli, broth, lemon juice, and zest. Cover and let steam until the broccoli is tender, about 5 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat and cook the linguini according to the package directions. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the cooking water. Place the pasta in a large serving bowl.
4. Add the vegetable mixture to the pasta. Toss to combine, adding a little of the pasta water if the mixture seems dry. Season to taste with red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper. Garnish with the Parmesan and parsley.


MinTea

Serves 4

4 black tea bags
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
2 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons honey
4 cups ice cubes

1. Place the tea bags and mint leaves in a heatproof glass pitcher or bowl. Pour the boiling water over and steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags and strain out the mint leaves. Stir in the honey until dissolved.
2. Put the ice in a large thermos. Pour the hot tea over the ice. Serve chilled.



Recipes by Jessica Fisher. Reproduced with permission of Harvard Common Press. All opinions expressed are my own. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekend Wire!

Hello, hello! I hope everyone's weekend is off to a fantastic start. With Thanksgiving and Black Friday less than a week away crunch time is here! Between prepping at work for the madness that is Black Friday and trying to complete my own holiday shopping in my spare time I'm very much looking forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving with lots of food. 




Recently on Style-Wire.com...
Green Goodness: Basic Matcha Smoothie Recipe
What I Wore: Cozy, Casual Monday

...Coming up next Week on Style-Wire
What I Wore
Recipe & Review: Good Cheap Eats
The Awkward Gift Guide!


This week in Boston...
SMFA Art Sale  November 20-23
Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Spectacular  November 22
BUST Craftactular Boston  November 22
Street Style Saturday at The Street at Chestnut Hill  November 22
Instructor Appreciation Day at Athleta Newbury  November 24

Here's to the weekend, friends! I hope everyone enjoys it and the extra long weekend next week. You can follow along with my weekend adventures on TwitterInstagram, & Facebook!


 Have an event you'd like to share? Email me at egarza@style-wire.com.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Green Goodness: Basic Matcha Smoothie

As I was browsing Yahoo! Beauty's digital magazine on the bus to work last week I came across an article touting the benefits of matcha powder. It took me back to my Starbucks days as a Barista back in 2007 when I first encountered matcha powder. I remember thinking it was a toxic looking shade of green and the fine powder would easily explode into a large cloud of matcha when you opened or poured a new bag. So what is this strange green powder? Matcha powder is a super fine powder of ground green tea leaves with a rich, earthy flavor. 



While drinking brewed green tea has always been praised, ingesting and drinking matcha allows you to reap the maximum benefits of this superfood. In addition to providing you with a natural caffeine boost, matcha powder can boost your metabolism and burn calories, detoxify the body, improve concentration and mood, fortify the immune system, and improve cholesterol. Matcha is loaded with antioxidants, rich in fiber, and provides the body with Vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc, and magnesium. 

Reading that Yahoo! Beauty article reminded me that I had a jar of matcha powder in my fridge and it inspired me to use it! You can bake matcha cookies, cakes, and breads, sprinkle it onto chocolate nibs, or stir it into a warm glass of milk, but my favorite way to enjoy matcha is blended into my smoothies. I quickly whipped up a basic matcha smoothie to nurture my mean, green craving and wanted to share it with my readers. The great thing about this recipe is that it's really more of a formula and you can experiment with different juices, fruits and veggies. Go on, try it! 




Basic Matcha Smoothie

1 cup juice and/or milk (I used 2/3 cup milk, 1/3 cup Bolthouse Stone Fruit Smoothie)1 banana (fresh or frozen)1 teaspoon matcha powder1 cup frozen fruit or ice (I used frozen mango)
Combine all ingredients and blend!(Makes 1 Serving)



Not the prettiest color, but delicious nonetheless! This simple smoothie is my favorite afternoon pick me up. Have you tried drinks made with matcha powder before? Which are your favorites?


This post was sponsored by Yahoo! All opinions expressed are my own. Thanks for supporting those who support Style-Wire.com.

Monday, November 17, 2014

What I Wore: Cozy, Casual Monday




When I woke up on this drizzly Monday the first word that popped into my head as I pondered what to wear was "cozy." I recently shared this cozy knit and denim look with Linda from Trendy on A Budget as part of her Love This Look! series and I thought it was perfect for a grey day like today if you swapped the booties for wellies. 

This entire look was well under $100; it's actually under $60! Gotta love those Final Sale purchases at LOFT. Unfortunately great deals like those never last, so I've linked to some similar items on sale... 


Lou & Grey Knit Sweater (similar)  //  J.Crew Metallic Belt  //  LOFT Moto Skinny Jeans (similar)  //  Aldo Rise Booties (sold out)  //  Knit Scarf (similar)