Pink & Black Vintage Fashion

Good morning! A chilly Friday it is today. You know what's funny? Tomorrow we are doing a Rustic Wonderland fashion shoot and originally the concept was "Rustic Winter" but clearly it is no real "winter" here in Arizona so we changed it to 'wonderland.'

Until now.

I'm not even going to tell you what the weather is here because I KNOW my East Coast friends will trump me. But let's just say it's cold for Arizona standards. Then Sunday will be back to normal :)

Another outfit post! This time, instead of being influenced by a TV Character, I am loving the colors PINK & BLACK together!

I guess I'm wearing more of a coral/salmon color <-- new favorite clothing color BTW :)

Can you believe I found the top at a vintage store for 8 bucks? It was a little wide, but nothing a belt couldn't fix! Which speaking of, I found that belt (one of my favs) also at a vintage store called "Zinnia's" for 50 cents! The skinny black jeans are from Charolette Russe for $20 and earrings from Forever21.

And did you recognize my Payless shoes starred in this outfit again?! They're so comfy and a perfect alternative to my ballet flats for a shorty like me.

I'm going shopping today and hunting for: 1 blazer, 2 cardigans, and possibly a sequence top. I'm thinking more about items that are versatile. In particular I've been eyeballing THIS dreamy blazer from H&M. But would that be a bad choice considering it will be warm here in AZ soon? My friend said I could still pair it with shorts. What do you think? I could opt for a navy-striped cardigan instead?

p.s. Did you know 70's fashion is coming back for the Spring? Um, high-waist flare jeans? The association of short people kindly declines that one.

Recipe -- Salmon Success!

I have to say that I am not the biggest salmon fan. Sometimes I get the courage to order it when it sounds really good on a menu (Flying Biscuit -- scrambled eggs + salmon) -- but am quickly disheartened when it tastes like... fish.

This recipe is for people who want to try out a "different" kind of seafood recipe and something EASY. Unfortunately not cheap... so either save it for a special occasion or get it on sale. Whatever floats your boat!


I actually took a photo of it with my iphone and had to scrap it because you can see how even a professional can't make this look very pretty. Look, blueberry sauce looks like black tar on camera... so enjoy the better photo and know that it tastes 10 times better ;)

What you need:

* 1 tablespoon olive oil plus additional for brushing
* 3/4 cup sliced shallots (but we used minced onion)
* 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
* 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt plus additional for seasoning
* 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme plus additional for seasoning (didn't use "fresh" thyme :)
* 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice plus additional for seasoning
* 1 cup fresh blueberries
* 1/4 cup water
* 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
* 4 7-ounce salmon steaks or fillets with skin (each about 3/4 inch thick) (only used 2 fillets)

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in large skillet over medium heat (note: we used large sauce pan). Add shallots/onions; sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt, 1/4 teaspoon thyme, and 1/8 teaspoon allspice. Stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add blueberries, 1/4 cup water, and vinegar. Stir to blend. Mash berries with potato masher or back of fork and cook until sauce thickens, stirring often, 3 to 4 minutes. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Remove from heat.

Add some olive oil to your skillet and warm to medium-high heat. Brush salmon on both sides with oil; sprinkle with coarse salt, thyme, allspice, and black pepper (pretty much just season both sides of fillets. Ours were thick so it's not exactly "sprinkling" haha).

Cook salmon until just opaque in center, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to plates. Spoon sauce over salmon and serve immediately.

Let me just say this did not have that fishy taste and once you have your ingredients, it is EASY to make. Yummmm. It was soo good. Kisses to my chef for picking this one :)

We saved about 4 more recipes from Epicurious. So far so good. My favorite thing about the website is that they have an app for your iphone so it downloads all the ingredients you need as a grocery list! They even divide it by "produce, meat, spices, etc." We'll see how the others go!