Wednesday, December 30, 2009

STOWE


I know I said I was taking a break from blogging, but I'm supposed to be packing and this is the only procrastination tactic I have left. "The boy" and I are heading up to Stowe first thing tomorrow morning for a little New Years mini-getaway. My ski report widget says that there is already an inch of powder with more on the way. Things are looking up already for 2010. Above on Stowe's interactive trail map are highlighted features of importance - those being greens, blues, chair lifts, and dining locations... using this map you'll know where to find me.

HAPPY 2010

Sunday, December 27, 2009

ON VACATION!

I will be on vacation from blogging till after the New Year. I promise to come back with exciting changes and news!

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

xx

Arax-Rae

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

MANICure Monday


Technically it is actually MANICure Tuesday - It is 12:29 and I'm just walking in the door. Is this a sign that there is no time for a manicure in my MANIC Monday? Maybe, but that's not going to stop me from changing the energy in the universe that surrounds this horrid day one manicure at a time.

This being the week of Christmas and all I decided to go with a sparkly red by Essie, Fishnet Stockings. I dig the color, but have a feeling this manicure is ready to chip any second. I have no luck at all when it comes to reds.

Side note/question: Are the pictures of my hands kinda creepy? I'm thinking they are. But maybe after you take 15* pictures of yourself on photo booth you think everything is creepy. Off now to finish googling "what being late says about you". The first thing to pop up was, "Being late says a lot about you, none of which is good". Before I continue reading I wanted to make sure I posted my 29 minute late MANICure Monday entry and pay my credit card bill.

*...ok fine, more like 30 photo booth pictures. All of which I hated and ended up just covering my face all together.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

PAYDAY pick


I could not be coveting a pair of pants more than these AG Destroyed Premier denim right now. The price point is a little cringe worthy at $235, but in my opinion they are worth every penny. I will own these before 2010.

AG Destroyed Premier Denim $235
Anthropologie. Where else?

Friday, December 18, 2009

Joe Barney



I'm out for this guys birthday tonight... check him out and leave some love!

New York based singer/songwriter Joe Barney

Monday, December 14, 2009

MANICure Monday's


I think a hatred for Monday's is something shared universally. I don't care who you are, Monday's suck. In order to shine a little light on this day I've decided to institute MANICure Monday's! From this point on every Monday I will be treating myself to a manicure and sharing my color choice here on Kiss and Type! Here is a little forewarning: I have a slight obsession with nail polish, particularly for nail polishes that comes in square bottles... Essie and Chanel only please! As for OPI? The bottle totally freaks me out and I never go near the stuff.

First polish up : Deep Pockets by Essie. This color is actually discontinued, but you still should be able to find it at your local nail place. Deep Pockets is this really great copper color - slight shimmer and perfect for the week before Christmas. I have to admit, this is actually working. I'm undoubtedly happier and already looking forward to next Monday!

Happy MANICure Monday!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

PLAZA TOO : Jewelry Sale Event


Tomorrow through Sunday Plaza Too is discounting all of their jewelry 30%... YES - that means even sale! The Plaza Too location in Westport will be staying open late on Thursday, so you can be sure to get a start on your holiday shopping after work!


FINK : Tonight & Tomorrow

If you are a long time K&T reader this will not be the first time that you are hearing of Fink, the amazing singer-songwriter based out of London. Fink has been writing the soundtrack of my life for the past three years now (with a few Tristan Prettyman songs in the mix as well. btw- TP is working on new songs as I type - get ready!). I don't know how I'm just hearing about this now, clearly I'm not the die hard fan I think I am. Regardless of my inability to make either of these shows I figured it was my duty to pass these times along.

TONIGHT (Brooklyn) 12/9 at Union Hall at 7:30 $12

TOMORROW (NYC) 12/10 at Joe's Pub 11:30 $12

I'm crying into my coffee...

Ashley B. Christie


Today is the Birthday of my best friend and nutritionist, Ashley B. Christie! Above is an image from her site which includes information on local events, seasonal ingredients, healthy recipes, and much much more! Check it out - get inspired!

Monday, December 7, 2009

French Onion Soup


I left Grandmama's house last week with this French Onion Soup recipe that I've been dying to try. With the first snow fall this Saturday I figured it was the perfect night to get in the kitchen and put it to the test. (Plus it gave me an excuse to drag the boy to William -Sonoma for some new bowls!)


Happy to report it turned out just as good as it looks! Here is the recipe. It's a mix of three different recipes that she had on file... I took only the best parts from each!!!

French Onion Soup:

2 onions
2 cloves of garlic
1 shallot
1/4 cup of butter
3 1/2 cups of beef broth
1/2 cup water
1/8 cup of dry white wine
french bread
gruyere cheese


Finely chop the garlic and shallot. I left the onion pieced a little large and only chopped the onion into four cross sections (making an X on top of the onion) and then in half. Depending on the size of the onion you might want to chop in quarters instead. Melt butter in a sauce pan. Add onions, shallot, and garlic. Allow to slow cook for 30 minutes until the onions are slightly brown. Keep this at a low heat so you don't burn. Add beef broth, water, and and wine. Simmer on a low heat for 30 minutes. Add hot soup into oven safe bowls. Cut french bread into pieces and place lightly floating on top. Shred the grueyere cheese (to help with the melting process) and place healthy amounts on top of the bread. I suggest putting the bowls on a cookie sheet because the cheese will melt over the side. Place bowls in a 375 degree oven for 8 minutes or until the cheese melts. This recipe makes for 4.

Try this really simple, but slow, recipe. It was perfect for a cold night in.

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Which Wellies?


You chose. I bought. Well, actually my Mom bought. (thanks Mom!!!) I found this little experiment to be really fun - maybe I will do an online survey so you can help me figure out what to do with the rest of my life! Thanks to those who voted - 63% of you chose the Hunter Wellies.



Here I am wasting no time getting them nice and muddy today at Maple Row Tree Farm. I think you guys made the right choice, I absolutely love them!

Friday, December 4, 2009

PAYDAY pick


Check out this tweed skirt, it has all the class elements with that little something extra. I love the bold colors running through the black tweed.

New Academia Skirt $98


ADDENDUM : I've been receiving some feedback from you that this week's PAYDAY pick seemed a little half-assed and that most of you enjoy it more when I post a few items, instead of this week for example where I posted just one. For this I apologize, that said, let me remind you that the holidays are not about buying for yourself but for others. So even though this seems like a B.S.-PAYDAY-pick, I do LOVE this skirt, and my paycheck is definitely half gone... I've just spent it all on other people. I suggest you do the same!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Which Wellies?

Hunter Wellies on the left, Sperry Shearwater on the right

After a weekend of walking around in the rain in Kennebunkport, I've decided its time I invest in a pair of rain boots. I stopped off at Plaza Too today in Westport and tried on a few different pairs and narrowed it down to these two.

First up, the Hunters : I'm a little hesitant to purchase them just because everyone I know has a pair, which is why I'm more inclined to buy the lace up ones. I was trying them on this afternoon with a pair of leggings and they looked adorable. There is no inside lining, but they were definitely the cutest on.

Then there's the Sperry Shearwater: I really liked these because they are lined on the inside. I'm all about warmth and comfort. I loved the way the Sperry's looked loose, but not crazy about the look when they are completely laced up. Also, the girlfriend I was shopping with today (this camo lover will remain nameless - but you know who you are) wasn't crazy about the plaid. Personally I didn't mind it all that much.

From a price standpoint they were very comparable, the Hunter's were $120 and the Sperry's were $90, not really enough of a variance to make the decision an easy one.

Since the holidays are upon us, and we are all in the spirit of giving, I was hoping that you all would give me a little help making this decision! The choice is yours, whichever pair gets the most votes will be the pair I purchase!


Purchase will be made Thursday (aka. PAYDAY!)

Serena's Thanksgiving Look


Everyone tune into Monday night's Gossip Girl? I know the show has been really slacking recently, having said that, this week really stepped it up. My favorite part? Serena's Thanksgiving Look. I loved her jumper and adored her hair! After some research I found the jumper online. Turns out it is the Lace - Inset Jumper by Stella McCartney.


Aside from not having the disposable $1,995 lying around, I also don't think my chest is big enough to fill it out. I did, however, find this on Urban Outfitters.


I know this Reformed Rabbit Jumper is really different... but there's lace, it's black, it's a jumper... and $78! A pair of black tights and heels, DONE.

Obama Blend!

The Holidays are here people! Traveling, parties, housewarming gifts... oh my! What is the perfect house-warming gift you ask? I'm at an age where I don't find it appropriate to be showing up at family- friends houses with a bottle of wine. Call me old fashion... I'm just not there yet. This past weekend I had the privilege of trying Bad Ass Coffee Co.'s Obama Blend and the first thing I thought was, "what a great house warming gift, COFFEE!" Grab a pound of your favorite blend and maybe some monogram mugs from Anthropologie and you are set my friend!

If there isn't a blend you have in mind I highly recommend this Obama blend! Whether you are entering a house of Republicans or Democrats it will be sure to get some laughs! This blend is 30% Kenyan, 30% Kona, and 30% volcanic ("to make it dark and strong"). And it gets better, over the holidays the Obama blend will be selling at the "stimulus price" of $26.95 a pound, $3 off the regular price!

Go to the Bad Ass Coffee Co. site or call 801-265-1182

Coffee was generously provided by Salt Lake City Badass Coffee Co.

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Zoe Report : Gift Guide!


The Zoe Report today featured a link to Rachel Zoe's holiday gift guide. The guide feature 20 gifts all under $100. Its not the most amazing gift guide I've ever seen, but it is worth a quick click through.

The Zoe Report Holiday Gift Guide!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Single Man directed by Tom Ford



With Tom Ford being the director it is no surprise that A Single Man's trailer is as visually stimulating as it is. A Single Man will be hitting select theaters in New York and Los Angeles on December 11.

Desiderata by Max Ehrmann


This poem is hanging above the desk at my Gradmama's house. I think that it's worth sharing.

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

- Max Ehrmann

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving Leftovers

One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving are the next day leftovers! This Thanksgiving, inspired by last years Balducci's sandwich, I convinced everyone that we needed to get a little creative with our Thanksgiving - leftover- Sandwiches with the addition of fried stuffing patties. We had a ton of stuffing in the fridge, so I molded the left overs into patties; Each was about the size of a small hamburger (e.g. crab cake). A fried up stuffing patty went on my sandwich along with some cranberry mayo, gravy, and turkey. Once all compiled, I slathered both sides with some butter and fried that bad boy up! Butter. Butter. Butter. Fry! Fry! Fry!

I molded the cold stuffing into patties and placed them on wax paper.


Then I heat up a non-stick pan, added a little butter, and fried the stuffing patties for about 4 minutes on each side.


We busted out the rest of the leftovers. Clockwise starting at the bread... carrot souffle, stuffing muffins, turkey, cranberry mayo, regular mayo, cranberry sauce, salad, and the star of the show... the stuffing patties!


A little Canadian Labatt's Blue.


And Thanksgiving leftover dinner was complete!


Needless to say I was a proud member of the clean plate club.... again.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

BLACK FRIDAY : Plaza Too


This Black Friday I'm missing all the sales at my usual stomping grounds since I am still up in Kennebunkport. I'm not disappointed about this in the least; Tomorrow will be spent sipping on some Obama blend (more on that to come), trying to recreate Balducci's day after Thanksgiving sandwich, and possibly a holiday stroll through town for a little pre-Christmas-prelude... sounds about perfect to me! The only Black Friday sale I'm really bummed about missing is the one at Plaza Too! Today through Sunday you can take an additional 30% off all sale items! I wanted to stop in there and pick up a this really cute Tory Burch Tote and possibly these Elizabeth and James snake skin booties. You think they'd take an order over the phone?

NOTE : the Elizabeth and James booties are only available online!

Happy Thanksgiving!


HAPPY THANKSGIVING from Kennebunkport, Maine!!!

My mouth is already watering, but not for today's turkey... for tomorrows left over turkey sandwiches.... FACT.

xx,

Arax-Rae

ps... this Thanksgiving I'm thankful for YOU!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy (Friday) Wednesday!


The weekend is HERE people! Apologies to all those who have to go into work on Friday and now hate me. Instead of having my iTunes on shuffle as I continue my packing efforts, I've had Hit the Wall by Elizabeth and the Catapult on repeat. Am I the last to know of this Brooklyn based band? Their sound is kinda like if The Bird and the Bee and KT Tunstall were to form a band. Weird, but it works. Elizabeth and the Catapult's debut CD, Taller Children, just released this year. My suggestions? Hit the Wall, Momma's Boy, and Race You.

Check out this video below of them performing Hit the Wall

I'm COLD

It's 12:29 am... I'm pseudo packing for my long Thanksgiving weekend getaway to Kennebunkport, ME. I currently have every sweater in my possession laid out on my (unmade) bed. I may or may not be about to start a load of laundry. Know the feeling? Even though I have a never ending to do list, and my eyes are currently closing, all I can think about is the fact that my FEET ARE FREEZING! I wish I would have picked up a pair of these at Old Navy today.


Stolen boys pair of Euros socks are going to have to do the trick....

Friday, November 20, 2009

PAYDAY pick


I apologize for the last two PAYDAY picks being blouses. I know it's fall- everyone is shopping for sweaters, but for some reason I've been gravitating towards all things thin and or completely see-threw. Ok, first up, Sprinkled Chiffon Top. I'm loving everything about this, especially the color. This blouse has the perfect about of sequin detailing. I'm obsessed.



Next is a piece that is a little harder to wear. I know that the immediate thought is, "this won't work on my body type", but there are a ton of different ways to outfit this. I personal would love to wear this over a thin silk tank, but it could also be worn over a dress as long as the sleeve length is shorter than the lace caplets. Check out the way they have it outfitted in the catalogue below.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk

I just finished watching this video mash-up of bloggers reviewing Gary Vaynerchuk's new book, Crush It. I haven't read the book yet, but I've been convinced. Especially comments made at the 31 second mark, 1 minute 22 seconds, then again at 3 minutes 14 seconds.

The Carrie Diaries

Gossip Girl x Sex and the City = The Carrie Diaries


Candance Bushnell has announced that her latest book, The Carrie Diaries, will be published on April 27, 2010. The Carrie Diaries is going to be a prequel to Sex and The City, following Carrie's days in high school, her first love, and her relationship with her mother... SHOWERING IN THIS ALREADY. I will have no shame being a 24 year old, actually scrap that...I'll be 25, openly reading this book. Hell, I might even go as far as to get an advanced copy!

CHARITY : BALL

Monday, November 16, 2009

goodLife {eats} : I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti


On of my favorite food blogs is goodLife {eats}. I was on there today when I saw this review she wrote for I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti. I haven't read the book myself, so don't take my word for it, but take Katie Goodman's...I trust her.

Giulia is a perpetually single woman dreaming of the perfect man and a marriage proposal - both of which she can't seem to find. In her debut memoir, I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti, she details her broken relationships and the delicious food she just can't resist preparing. Sometimes for the men in her life. Sometimes because of them.


Expect lots of Italian dishes in this book as the title implies. Giulia is the daughter of two Italians: a Brooklyn born first-generation Italian-American mother and a father who immigrated from southern Italy to establish a medical practice in the United States. With recipe titles like First Date Butterflies (Farfalle with Tuna), A Salad that Failed to Make a Perfect New Year's Eve (Mache, Pomegranate, and Pecan Salad), and No Nookie Gnocchi you'll be entertained as much by the recipes as you are by the stories of Giulia's failed romances.

Dating only a few in college and marrying by the end of my 20th year, I don't have anywhere near the dating history Giulia describes in her book. Naturally, I found it interesting and amusing to read her dating woes and drama. And hilarious to see the lengths to which she'd go to get that next boyfriend. I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti is perfect for anyone who needs a fun, easy read as well as those who can't keep their mouth from salivating while reading recipe after recipe. I happen to fit into both categories.

- Katie Goodman, goodLife {Eats}

Friday, November 13, 2009

PLAZA TOO : 25% OFF HANDBAGS & WALLETS

Rainy Weekend? Start your holiday shopping early! Pop into Plaza Too and take 25% off all handbag & wallets - be sure to tell them k&t sent you!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

ArtLab


I'm a big fan of Etsy. On top of finding all sorts of unique fashion creations, I also love supporting up and coming designers. A k&t reader passed ArtLab along to me and I am more than grateful, because I seem to want one of everything. Prices are pretty competitive as well coming in around the $60 price point for the majority of the tops and scarves.


Vineyard Vines : 25% OFF!

The New Male Midlife Crisis


Within the past year all the girls I know (who just months ago were happy being single) have all at some point said, "I want a boyfriend". The majority of my girl friends are living in big cities; They are focused on their careers, their friends, and themselves... but they've all voiced that something is missing from their visibly perfect lives. Girls at 20-something are wired very differently than boys; We aren't looking for the 100% settle down, but we are looking for the 25% settle... something that includes sleep overs, apple picking, weekends away, and Friday night dinners. In contrast, when you ask any of my guys friends what is missing from their lives, girl friend is no where on the list. WHY IS THAT?

Don't worry girls, it's not us... it's them!

Check out an except from "The New Male Midlife Crisis" by Lauren Iannotti about why this generation man is unable to commit.

"Outside the office, these women use their type A careerist energy to become multitasking machines—they run the board of their favorite charities, challenge their men on the ski slopes, have a healthy post-Cosmo attitude toward threesomes, decorate to Martha Stewart's standards, make steak chili on game day, and, while dishing it out, present a solid case for why the Steelers should go for it at fourth and one. The men who love them may be struggling like their dads did in their 40s, but for altogether different reasons: The old midlife crisis was triggered by the pressure and routine of providing for a family that relied on a guy for survival; the new one—which comes before kids, often before marriage—stems from trying to keep up with a woman who may not need him at all."


To read the full article CLICK HERE : The New Male Midlife Crisis

Art of the Trench : Part 2

The Burberry Trench I want new $1495


After a few seconds on the Burberry website I realized that I was going to have to add this coveted trench to the list of unobtainable goods in 2009. Burberry trenches start at $550 and go all the way up to $1995. Of course the one that I want comes in right around the $1495 mark, making it completely impossible even if I were to split the purchase on all 3 of my credit cards.
So here are my choices:

I could a) wait till I can purchase the exact trench I want new or b) I could scourer vintage stores and eBay for something used.

Since I'm about as impatient as they come, I've gone with option B. Luckily Burberry is a brand that has been around FOREVER so it should be easy to find what I'm looking for! I've already checked out eBay and there are 309 Burberry Trenches available - score - all prices much more affordable.

See for yourself! Happy Hunting!!!

CLICK HERE FOR BURBERRY TRENCHES ON EBAY!

Similar Burberry Trench - Current bid $132.50

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Art of the Trench


I don't actually own a Burberry Trench coat, but that isn't stopping me from adding ArtoftheTrench.com to my list of favorite social networking sites. Burberry's new site, Art of the Trench, will feature images of real people in Burberry trench coats. Burberry has teamed up with famed photographer Scott Schuman from the popular blog The Sartorialist for the majority of the images, but don't let that stop you from submitting your very own - they're accepting. This may be a new approach to branding, but I actually think it will work. After a couple of minutes on the site I found myself thinking I really need a Burberry trench... they seem to go with everything!