September 30, 2014

French Madeleine Cookies

I have wanted to attempt this recipe ever since I saw an episode of Friends where Ross describes Madeleines as "lighter than air." But somehow I assumed they would be impossible or too delicate to bake. I finally took the plunge and found them to be surprisingly simple. These two-bite cookies are refreshing with a lemon tang and perfect alongside tea or coffee. See full recipe below.


2 large eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel
Pinch of salt
1 cup all purpose flour
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted, cooled slightly
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 375°F. Generously butter and flour pan for large madeleines (about 3 x 1 1/4 inches).* Using electric mixer, beat eggs and 2/3 cup sugar in large bowl just to blend. Beat in vanilla, lemon peel and salt. Add flour; beat just until blended. Gradually add cooled melted butter in steady stream, beating just until blended.
Spoon 1 tablespoon batter into each indentation in pan. Bake until puffed and brown, about 16 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Gently remove from pan. Repeat process, buttering and flouring pan before each batch. (Can be made 1 day ahead.)
Dust cookies with powdered sugar.
*A metal mold with scallop-shaped indentations, sold at cookware stores.

September 29, 2014

camo khaki

[J.Crew tee, Gap pants, Steve Madden booties, Juliet & Co. necklace, Calvin Klein bag]
I'm fairly certain that somewhere back in high school I swore off camo. But here I am, back in the swing of military print and loving it. A cropped pant with leather booties and a statement necklace feminizes the look and softens an edgier pattern. The outfit is relaxed and perfect for busy days of errands ending with take-out sushi and movies in bed. 

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September 26, 2014

a gentle(man) friday

[French Connection shirt, J Brand jeans, Bass shoes, Jack Spade weekender (similar here)]

I am fully aware and occasionally envious that E looks good in everything. From his wedding tux to this lumberjack look and every measure of business casual in-between, style suits him. A warm plaid, bootcut denim, and navy desert boots are a weekend favorite. Men's fall fashion is effortless, comfortable, and ruggedly handsome. With Jack Spade in hand, we are off to days of apple-picking, cider donut eating, and pumpkin pie baking.

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September 25, 2014

striped pocket tee

[Bagatelle jacket (similar here), Banana Republic tee, Tahari skirt, Rock & Republic heels, BCBG clutch (like this)]

I was recently asked the question, "What is making you happy right now?" As simple as it was, the inquiry made me stop in my tracks and focus on that exact moment. Without hesitation, my response was the season of fall. New England really has a corner on the market of autumn weather. Walking the cobblestone streets of Boston with leaves turning and colleges back in session brings new life to the city. A casual bright tee and leather-trim pencil skirt made the perfect complement to this newly revived energy.

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