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.