October 22, 2013

Cilantro Lime Shrimp

Are dinner parties a normal thing for 20-somethings to do nearly every weekend? Currently, my girlfriends and I have had this almost-every-Saturday-thing going on, where we all bring food and wine to contribute, and then meet up with everyone else to go out for the night. A few weekends ago, my friend Sarah invited us over, and she made this shrimp dish with lime and cilantro that was so, so good. I couldn't wait to replicate it, so I made it this past weekend. Served over rice, it's an easy (and relatively cheap) meal to make.

Cilantro Lime Shrimp (recipe makes enough for two)

- 1 T butter
- 1 T olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
- 1/4 t. red pepper flakes
- 1/2 t. Mexican oregano
- 2 roma tomatoes, chopped
- 1 lime, zest and juice
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1/2 t. black pepper
- 1 pound shrimp, split and deveined
- 2 t. chopped cilantro

1. Melt the butter and oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Add the garlic, onion and jalapeno. Cook, stirring until the onion begins to wilt, approx. 3 minutes.
3. Add the red pepper flakes and oregano.
4. Continue cooking until the onion becomes translucent, approx. 3 additional minutes. 
5. Add the tomatoes.
6. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are soft.
7. Add the shrimp, zest and lime juice, salt and black pepper.
8. Cook until the shrimp are just opaque (be careful not to overcook).
9. Remove the pan from the head and stir in the cilantro.

October 21, 2013

Currently loving: Pink Coats

Fall weather always comes with a change of color in our wardrobes. We switch out our white dresses, bright prints and pastels for blacks, browns, navy and neutrals. One of my favorite ways to bring color to a fall wardrobe is a bright coat. I've always been a fan of light pink, so I splurged toward the end of the last winter season and bought myself this coat from J.Crew. Different from the typical darker colors of fall and winter outerwear, it's the perfect pop of color.

October 17, 2013

PB Teen: Gold + White

If there were any color scheme I could identify as my go-to look, it would be white and gold. I've had a mild obsession with white over the past year, and adding bits of gold here and there to my decor has given way to my love for the color combo. 

Enter Emily and Meritt for PB Teen. Before you liken my taste to that of a tween or child for choosing PB Teen, scroll through these pictures. The white and gold polka dotted sheets, bunny-eared alarm clock, vintage inspired dartboard and gold detailed garment rack are my favorites, but ideally I want it all. This collection would make for one stylish teen or 20-something, no?

October 15, 2013

Chic Kiddos

Is it just me, or are kids these days more stylin' than ever before? My go-to outfit when I was little was a GAP hoodie, jeans and a head band. I can't say the same for these kids at all. The launch of J.Crew Baby a few weeks back just gives you the excuse of starting even earlier with petite Sperry's, little cashmere sweaters, and rugby striped onezies. I'm definitely not foreseeing any of this in my near future, but I think any 20-something could take a little fashion inspiration from these kiddos.

I'm already wanting to re-create the adult version of the last photo!

October 14, 2013

Monday Motivation

Good morning and Happy Monday! Work has been so busy lately so I've taken a long leave of absence here. But now that I'm on a new work schedule, I wanted to take advantage of having more time (and a lot fewer late nights!) to get back on the blogwagon. I have a few lot of new recipes I've been wanting to try out and post, as well as a few DIY projects. Until then, here's a few words of encouragement to get your mind moving on this Monday.