Archive for March 2012

J.Crew Spring Color

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I am always in awe of how J.Crew combines colors so creatively and perfectly in their lookbooks. I decided to take inspiration from them, and pair a red eyelet skirt with a bubble-gum pink pull-over. I accessorized with a highlighter yellow cross-body bag.

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Skirt: J.Crew/ Sweater: J. Crew/ Shirt: Zara/ Bag: ASOS/ Watch: Michael Kors

Have a great weekend, and have some fun experimenting with color!

xo

Layla

Obsessed: Metallic Shoes

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Photo c/o MTV style

I am of the opinion that metallics are the new neutral. They look amazing with pastels, brights, neutrals, and black and white… basically everything! So if you are bored with the same nude or black shoes, add some metallics to your shoe collection this spring. I recently got these silver beauties.

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Pumps: Giambattista Valli

Here are some of my other faves:

Brian Atwood Copper Peep Toe pumps/ Jimmy Choo Metallic Strappy Sandal/ Boutique 9 Mirrored Pumps/ Boutique 9 T-strap Sandals/ Dolce Vita Platform sandals/ Brian Atwood Gold Platform Pumps/ Zara Sandals w/ Copper detail (seen in this post)

Are you going to rock the metallics this season?

xo

Layla

 

 

 

Sherbert and Lace

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Oh how I love pastel and sherbert colors, and I love lace. So it only made sense to put them all together in one outfit for a really feminine look. I paired a mint blouse with a soft peach blazer and a lace skirt. I accessorized with rose gold accented sandals and a pearly pink YSL clutch.

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Blouse: Zara (also seen here)/ Skirt: Zara (similar here)/ Blazer: Zara (similar here)/ Shoes: Zara/Bracelet: J.Crew/ Watch: Michael Kors/ Bag: YSL

Do you like to mix pastels?

Have a great week! Also, join me on Facebook here if you haven’t already.

xo

Layla

Pink Aztec

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I have been seeing a lot of Aztec prints in fashion these days, but none quite like this. I love that Derek Lam mixed this print with such vibrant spring colors, and in a 60′s mod style. This dress is part of his 10 Crosby line, and I am a huge fan! I accessorized this dress with a black Hermes cuff, and my favorite sandals of the moment. What do you think? Do you like to dress in 60′s style?

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Dress: 10 Crosby by Derek Lam/ Cuff: Hermes/ Sandals: Zara/Hat: Forever 21/ Sunglasses: Halogen

If you love this dress as much as I do, it sold out very quickly on Shopbop, so I put a link to another retailer that still has some in stock.

And thank you(!) so much to everyone that is following me on Bloglovin’ here.

xo

Layla

Ombre

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You may recognize this amazing mural from a previous post. We had just enough sunlight that evening to shoot one more look in front of it. I paired my white skinny jeans this time with a flowing ombre top. I love the colors in this ombre shirt…the deep blue fading gradually into baby blue then white. This top would also look great with jean shorts for a summery look. Do you ombre?

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I love how these sunglasses are black on the outside, white on frames, and turquoise in the inside. Find them here.

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Top: Zara/ Jeans: Citizens/Shoes: Zara/ Sunglasses: Halogen/ Ring: YSL

Happy Friday!

xo

Layla

Instafun

If you have been wondering how some people make those cool collages on Instagram (I know I was), there are tons of apps that help you do it. The one I use is called Diptic, and it has a lot of different layouts you can use, and it allows you to import your pictures from Instagram, Facebook, or your iphone. Here is my latest collage called Neon Love.

What do you think? If you want to follow me on Instagram my username is @chicchef.

Have fun!

Layla

 

Art Love

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A little known fact about me is that I wanted to be an artist before I became a dentist. I loved to draw, especially with charcoal, and I think that is why I love to blog as well. It gives me a means of artistic expression, through fashion. My husband and I found this amazing mural not too far from our home. You can get lost in it as you follow it from one end to the other.

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As for the look, I wanted to put together a completely springy look with a chambray shirt on white skinny jeans. I gave it a little pop of color with a yellow patent leather skinny belt and topped it off with a white fedora. What do you think?

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This

white 3.1 Phillip Lim is so perfect for spring and summer. It also comes in blue and black, but I think the white is super chic. IMG_6937.jpg
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Shirt: J.Crew (similar here)/ Jeans: Citizens /Shoes: Zara/Belt: J.Crew (similar here)/Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim/ Ring: YSL/ Sunglasses: Dior/Hat: H&M (old)

I hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

xo

Layla

Chili-Lime Shrimp Cups

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I am a fan of any food that comes in it’s own edible cup. When I figured out that you can make a light crispy cup out of a wonton wrapper, I was determined to make as many things as I could to go inside. You can fill these little guys with just about anything, but I want to share my chili-lime shrimp recipe with you today. These are perfect as a chic appetizer when you really want to impress, and they are so easy to make!

Ingredients: (Makes 12)

  • 12 Jumbo shrimp (Peeled and Deveined)
  • 12 Wonton Wrappers
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Tbsp Chipotle in Adobo Sauce (you can find this in the International section of the grocery store)
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Chopped Cilantro
  • 2 Limes (1 of them zested)
  • Chili Powder, Garlic Powder, Paprika

Directions:

The first step is to peel and devein your shrimp. If you are a little squeamish, you may want to get shrimp that are already prepared for you.Wash and pat dry, then season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and chili powder. Also add the zest of one lime. Don’t add the juice of the lime, because the acid will start to cook the shrimp while it is marinating. If you are doing this ahead of time, you can let the shrimp marinate for an hour.

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Next, carefully brush olive oil on both sides of each wonton wrapper, and place it in the muffin pan. You want to make sure your wontons have been in the refrigerator and not frozen or they will stick together and tear.

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Bake the wonton cups at 350 degrees for about 6-7 minutes or until the edges become golden brown.While they are baking, mix the sour cream and chipotle in adobo sauce in a bowl and set aside. Also, saute your shrimp until they are fully cooked (only takes about 5 minutes). Remove the wonton cups from the oven, and place on spoonful of the chipotle sour cream at the bottom. Then place one shrimp in each cup and garnish with cilantro. Serve with extra lime wedges.

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Enjoy!

xo

Layla

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Casual Friday: Prints and Prada

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Happy Friday everyone! I know I am ready for the weekend to begin! I am starting a new weekly post called “Casual Fridays” because I thought it would be nice to show some of the more everyday looks I wear. I went with an earth-tone theme for this outfit. I paired this mustard-yellow printed blouse with dark denim toothpick jeans, and I had to wear my favorite color-blocked loafers before it got too warm. What do you think?

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How cool is the mustard yellow paneling on these loafers?

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Blouse: J.Crew (awesome mustard blouse here)/Jeans: J.Crew/Cloche: Nordstrom/ Bag: Prada Saffiano Tote/ Watch: Michele Deco/ Loafers: Ninewest (Old)/Ring: Banana Republic/ Nails: Essie

Have a fabulous weekend! And if you really enjoy this blog, please share this post by clicking on the Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus share icons at the end of the post. And let me know if you would like to see more Casual Friday looks=)

xo

Layla

 

Metallic accents

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I recently received this awesome chunky gold chain necklace, and I thought it would be a perfect time to celebrate metallics, since they look so good with all of the bright spring colors. I accessorized this outfit with my Michael Kors oversized gold watch, rose-gold strappy sandals, and of course, my gold chain necklace. What do you think of this color combo?

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Pants: J.Crew/ Shirt: Forever21 (similar here)/ Shoes: Zara/ Bag: YSL/ Watch: Michael Kors

For all my international readers, I recently added Google Translator in the right column which can translate my blog to any language, so try it out. I am so excited!

xo

Layla