Archive for August 2012

Fig and Mascarpone Bruschetta

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One of my favorite easy appetizers to make is bruschetta, and this Fig and Mascarpone bruschetta is perfect for the end of summer, when the figs are perfectly ripe. It only takes minutes to prepare, and the result is as pretty as it is delicious.

Ingredients: Serves 4 (two pieces per person)

  • 4-5 Figs (I used black mission figs)
  • One loaf of dense, crusty bread (I chose French country bread)
  • Mascarpone Cheese (Italian cream cheese)
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
Directions:
1. Cut bread into 1/2 inch slices and brush one side with olive oil. Place in the oven at 350 degrees until the edges are golden.
2. Wash figs, and cut vertically into thin slices.
3. Spread about one tablespoon of mascarpone cheese onto each slice of bread. Layer the fig slices over the cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
4. Optional: I like to sprinkle a tiny bit of grey salt over the top to give it a nice salty crunch. But use sparingly because it is very salty.
5. Arrange on a platter and enjoy!

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I hope you enjoy this simple, chic recipe! Also, you can join me on my Chic Chef Facebook page here.

xo

Layla

Falling for Yellow

 

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I have a new found love for the color yellow. I have always thought of it as a summer color, but this year it is a big trend for Fall. Think of it as the “neon” for this season. When I saw this dress in the store in all its yellow glory, I knew it would become a staple in my Fall wardrobe. I wanted to break up some of the yellow and give this dress a little more of an edgy feel, so I wore it with a black moto style leather jacket, and I accessorized with this amazing statement necklace by Anton Heunis.  What do you think?

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Dress: Banana Republic/ Jacket: Zara/ Shoes: Nine West/ Necklace: c/o Anton Heunis

I will be sharing many more looks with this necklace, because I absolutely love it! All of Anton Heunis’s pieces are hand-made in Spain, and the attention to detail is really apparent. If you love truly stunning and unique pieces, you should definitely look at Anton Heunis collection. Check out more of his designs here, and join their Facebook page here.

Have a great week! Also you can Pin my pictures just by clicking the “Pin It” button on each picture.

xo

Layla

 

White peplum and Red Accents

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Hi everyone! I am sorry for posting less often that usual lately. Work has been really busy, but it is slowing down now, so I can focus on fashion. I am so excited to share all of my Fall fashion finds with you all! One of my favorite recent purchases are these amazing heels from Zara. Jewel tones like deep red, purple, blue, and green are huge for fall, and these shoes combine two jewel tones beautifully. I wanted to make them the focal point of my outfit, so I wore them with a simple white peplum blouse and skinny jeans. My red YSL muse bag was the perfect partner to the shoes, and I wore a gold chain necklace to add some interest to the blouse. What do you think? I love this as a chic every-day look.

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Blouse: Zara/ Jeans: Citizens /Shoes: Zara/ Bag: YSL/ Cuffs: Hermes/ Sunglasses: Karen Walker/ Chain necklace: Darya Designs

What are some Fall trends you are excited about?

Thanks for stopping by, and join me on my Chic Chef Facebook page here.

xo

Layla

Military Inspired

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Among the many amazing trends this Fall is military inspired clothing and shoes for women. Army greens, camo prints, and uniform-style jackets and pants were all over the runways during fashion week. I got these awesome camo pants from Zara, and my initial intention was to do a feminine look with them, but then I thought, why not do something completely out of the norm for me? So, I styled them with a simple grey vintage tee, chambray top, and brown leather lace-up boots.

I accessorized with a “hamsa” necklace, an evil eye bracelet, and a chunky gold chain bracelet with a really cool green agate stone on it (both on Etsy). It went great with the camo!

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Pants: Zara/ Tee: J.Crew/ Chambray shirt: J.Crew (old)/ Boots: Italian (don’t know the brand!, similar here)/ Bracelets: Sweet Suri Jewels

This mural provided the perfect backdrop for this “masculine” look. Can you believe it is part of the same mural as this post?

Do you like the military trend for Fall?

Also, be sure to follow me on my Facebook page and on Bloglovin’. Have a great week!

xo

Layla

Kale, Cranberry, and Pumpkin seed Salad

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One of my favorite salads of all time is the Central Market Kale and Pepita Salad that you can buy from their prepared foods section. I have been trying to recreate this salad for a while, and I finally think I’ve got it! If you are a fan of this salad, this version is really close to the real thing, and you can make it at home. Here’s how you make it:

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of Kale greens (washed, de-stemmed, and chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Orange Juice
  • 1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce (I use Liquid Aminos which has less sodium)
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar or Honey
  • I/4 cup Toasted pumpkin seeds or Pepitas
  • 1/4 cup Dried Cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp Candied Ginger (I left this out because I don’t like the taste)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Whisk all of the wet ingredients together and toss with the kale greens. Add the pumpkin seeds, cranberries, and ginger and light toss to combine everything. Let the salad sit for 15 minutes so that the kale softens. Serve and enjoy!

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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do, and let me know how you like it!

Also, don’t forget to “Pin” this recipe for future use.

xo

Layla

 

“Chic” Popcorn

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I haven’t shared a food post in a while, mainly because of my hectic schedule, but today I wanted to share a quick and delicious snack idea with you. I love to snack on popcorn, and lately I have been making different kinds of popcorn at home. I found this great blog called Versus from my Kitchen, where he shares 3 very “chic” gourmet popcorn recipes. I love that he added the fresh herbs to the popcorn, and the thyme and sea salt one is to die for. Check out all three of his recipes here.

I also wanted to share one my favorite popcorn recipes, which is a truffle and parmesan popcorn. As you may know if you have been reading my blog for a while, I love anything with truffle on it. I recently made a batch of truffle parmesan popcorn, and it disappeared rather quickly. All of these recipes also make great gift ideas. Just place them in a cellophane bag with a nice bow, and voila!

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels
  • 2 Tbsp Canola oil (or any vegetable oil)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp Truffle Oil (more if you like a stronger truffle flavor)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  •  Place a few kernels and oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Once the kernels pop, add remaining kernels to pot and place lid over it (leaving a gap for steam to escape).
  •  As the kernels pop, shake the pot until the popping slows down to about 2-3 second between pops. Remove from heat.
  •  Melt the butter in a small pot or in the microwave. Add the truffle oil to the melted butter.
  • In a large bowl, toss the popcorn with the melted butter/truffle oil mixture and season with salt and pepper. Then add the grated parmesan.
  • For presentation, you can add some fresh herbs like rosemary or chives to give it a pop of color.
I hope you enjoy these fancy popcorn recipes! Let me know how you like them.
Have a great weekend and don’t forget to join me on my Facebook page here.

xo

Layla

 

Guest Blogger: Sandra from Blasfemmes

When I first met (online of course) Sandra from Portugal, I knew I had found my fashion soul-mate. In her blog, Blasfemmes, she loves to wear color, and is not afraid to experiment. She always looks so beautiful and put-together. I wanted to invite her to guest blog on Chic Chef today, so that you can get acquainted with her.  I am loving her all-metallic look; it is so perfect for the Summer to Fall transition.

Hi everyone!

My name is Sandra and I blog over at Blasfemmes.com, a fashion based blog. I am an avid reader of Chic Chef and that’s why I’m delighted to be here today sharing my love for fashion with you guys! :)

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French Connection Metallic Pants // French Connection Sequins Top // French Connection Shoes // YSL Arty Ring // BoutiqueMinimaliste Above The Knuckle Ring

I’m wearing a full metallic look this time! I guess sequins can really brighten up the dreariest of days, don’t you think?

And they’re not just for New Year’s Eve anymore! In fact, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself loving sequins for Summer.

Also, we’ll want to have sequined garments on hand as they’ll still be hot or even hotter in the A/W to come. How do you feel about wearing sequins in day-to-day life? Do you think it’s overdoing it or quite the contrary?

Finally, just want to say that you’re more than welcome to visit me at my little corner of the internet!

And thank you so much Layla for having me :)

Cobalt Crush

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The other day, my husband and I saw the most amazing mural as we were driving, and we decided to stop and take a closer look. Luckily, some of the artists that painted the mural were there, and we got to meet them. The “F-team”, as they call themselves, is made of five local artists that are collaborating to make this jaw-dropping mural. There are many different parts to it, and I hope to photograph all of them as they are finished.

Now to the fashion. My love for the color cobalt blue  just keeps growing, and I recently purchased a pair of cobalt skinny jeans. I wore them with my cobalt blue heels, and a grey oversized knit jumper. Is it okay to wear the same color jeans and shoes? Well, if they are cobalt blue then yes! I was also looking for a great small black bag for a while, and I found this one at Dao Chloe Dao. It has nice gold hardware, and I like the studs at the base. And I can’t forget to mention my sunglasses. I have a thing for mirrored aviators now, and this pair with a blue tint complimented the wall perfectly. What do you think of the look?

 

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Three members of the “F team”.

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On the lift, painting. You can get an idea of the size of this wall. If you live in Houston, make sure you check out this mural (corner of Main St. and Rosedale).

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Knit: Zara (old collection)/ Jeans: Zara (also similar here)/ Shoes: Boutique 9/ Sunglasses: Gap (old collection, similar here)/ Bag: purchased at Dao Chloe Dao (similar here)/ Cuff: Hermes

I hope you like the look! Do you love the color cobalt as much as I do?

Join me on Facebook here and Bloglovin here.

xo

Layla