Thursday, August 28, 2014

Baked Brie




Few things are as hearty, delicious, and soothing as a baked brie. They are super easy to make and can make all these rainy evenings Lexington has been having seem like a dream. You can use any jam or fruit spread you like - my mother had given us some homemade strawberry preserves, so I chose to incorporate them. If you wish, you can make your own pastry crust, but I do not have a food processor so laziness kicked in. The first thing you will notice about this sin of a dessert is the light sweetness followed a rush of warm, savory cheese taking your mouth to an island in heaven. The stuff of dreams!

Baked Brie


  • 1 can crescent roll dough
  • 2-3 tablespoons fruit spread of choice
  • 1 round of brie cheese (rind removed if desired)


Preheat oven to temperature specified on the dough container. Carefully spread the dough onto a baking sheet. Do not spread too thin. If the crescent rolls start to break apart, simply push them together so that you have one large sheet of dough. Spread a thin layer of fruit spread.



Place the brie in the center.



Carefully fold the dough over the brie, and bake for the time specified on the canned dough, roughly 12 minutes.



Yes, some of the spread will leak out if you have any holes at all in the dough, but that was not really a problem. Let the pan cool and the stuff chips right off. Remove the brie with a wide spatula to a separate plate. Cut into that baby and enjoy.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Celebrity Skin





























Dress: Betsey Johnson// Jacket: Free People// Boots: Betsey Johnson// Beanie: Target

Hah, please do not ask why I have that sassy look on my face! It must be my irritation at the ridiculously hot days we have had, but I still have to wear a beanie and jacket to work because they keep the AC too low! So you either burn up, or freeze. Can you tell I am longing for fall fashion though? I hope to rewear this outfit many times this season. A little grungey, but still has those feminine details.

On a side note, I really love this jacket. I have had it for a year now, and it is definitely one of my best FP purchases. I think a good jacket is a must for autumn weather. What is your must have item for fall?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Scenes From Lately






































Just a few things from lately. I went to the Woodland Art Fair, which is always good for people watching and good food. Oh, and buying handmade goods if you have the $$$. Oh, and did you see that URBAN OUTFITTERS is finally opening a store here?!!! I am super psyched!
How was your weekend?

Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday DO: Savor the Last Days of Summer





It's the time of year again. Even though the air is sticky with humidity (if you live anywhere near the South or midwest) and we can literally smell the heat from the pavement, we wish the aromas of fall would take precedence. We pretend to sniff the faint scents of pumpkins and apples and feel the crisp air kiss our face. Perhaps the start of school causes this sensation, or perhaps we are just sick of sweltering evenings. Nonetheless, it is important to savor these last warm days, for soon bitter winds will replace them. The sun will rest earlier and we will wish for the warm sun on our backs. This weekend, try to do a little something to savor summer. Find a little summer in a random place, like these flowers growing through a concrete block. Absorb every moment before pulling out the coats.

P.S. Isn't it amazing how determined life can be? These flowers literally grew through the concrete.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Best Pants are No Pants







You have heard me preach about fall fashion love! This week I was totally inspired by a new Urban Outfitters trend I recently saw posted - oversized shirts and no pants. Oh, how I love these photos. It looks so comfy, free, and totally cutting edge. Unfortunately, I am too tall to get away with this, but I do think I could get away with wearing denim cutoffs and tights under an oversized shirt. What about you? Will you be trying this look?

Also, I just might need that blue flannel.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Aha Factor








































Slip: Free People// Jeans: thrifted Chip and Pepper// Tee: Thrifted Gap// Boots: Betsey Johnson (old)// Necklace: Anthropologie// Hat: Anthropologie

With the cool morning we have been blessed with, I have fall layering on my mind. I love mixing and matching pieces until I feel like I have the perfect touch of this and that. For this outfit, I was really called to my bright blue slip and was craving my lightweight dark denim. Once I paired the boots, necklace, and hat with everything, I had my "aha" moment. It's actually been quite a while since I had one of those moments and I almost forgot how perfect everything is at that time. Have you had an "aha" moment of late?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday DO: Cook a Different Vegetable

Photo and Recipe from The Kitchn






































In order to save the monies lately, I decided to try a produce co-op. $15 every two weeks for a laundry basket full of produce seems like a great purchase. The catch? What the eff to do with some things you have never used before in your life. I found myself straddled with two bulbs of fennel, something I have never, ever bought. I knew you could use it in pasta (thank you Liz Lemon), but I would need another dish too. The Kitchn came to the rescue, as usual. But the recipe is not really what this post is about. I had to try something different on a whim and I quite liked the feeling. Broadening the palate has been such an important thing to do. Just the feeling of saying that you tried something new seems like such a triumph. So this weekend, go to the market and buy something you have never eaten. Find a recipe, and savor the experience.