They call it Crack Pie

November 30, 2011

The week before Thanksgiving my office held an annual pot-luck lunch… Picture a massive amount of aluminum casserole dishes and a full spread of desserts and that’s pretty much what it was.  Overall I was pretty impressed with all the deliciousness – nothing like the meal my mama cooked for our actual Thanksgiving but a good bit of eating all the same.  My favorite thing I ate was marked “Crack Pie.”  No one had really cut into the dessert but I live on the edge and also like using the word “crack” in my day-to-day vocabulary so I cut a…

The week before Thanksgiving my office held an annual pot-luck lunch… Picture a massive amount of aluminum casserole dishes and a full spread of desserts and that’s pretty much what it was.  Overall I was pretty impressed with all the deliciousness – nothing like the meal my mama cooked for our actual Thanksgiving but a good bit of eating all the same.  My favorite thing I ate was marked “Crack Pie.”  No one had really cut into the dessert but I live on the edge and also like using the word “crack” in my day-to-day vocabulary so I cut a slice.  And I went back for seconds and thirds.

Guys, this pie is money.  I don’t even really know how to describe its taste and texture but it has an oat cookie-ish crust with a gooey sweet-salty center that literally melts and your mouth and makes you so, so happy.  I asked my co-worker for the recipe and she emailed me this link via Bon Appétit.  I scanned the recipe with greedy eyes and plotted when I could justify making the pie and eating the entire thing by myself… Then I read that the recipe came from Milk Bar.  Being the small town Dallas girl I am, I had no idea what Milk Bar was.  Google revealed the fame behind the NYC based bakeries and the hype behind pastry chef and Milk Bar owner Christina Tosi’s new Momofuku Milk Bar Cookbook.  Guess what’s in the new cookbook?  Duh, the same recipe for Crack Pie.  And tons of other recipes for the bakery’s unconventional and highly addictive sweets.  YUM.  Crack Pie will definitely be baked in my kitchen and consumed on my couch this weekend.  Don’t judge me – just make the pie.  Ok?

(Image 1 via Bon Appetit, 2 via Living in the Kitchen with Puppies, 3 via The New Yorker, 4 via Alice Q. Foodie)

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Happy Birthday, Augusta!!

November 30, 2011

Happy, happy birthday (yesterday) to my darling god-daughter-dog, Augusta.  Augusta aka Gus is our brother Scott’s Chocolate Lab and is practically my second daughter.  My boyfriend and I watched her last summer while Scott worked in NYC (that gave us three labs at once), and I have been in love with Gussie ever since.  I have never seen a dog that is more human-like than dog-like.  Instead of swimming in the pool with the other dogs, Gussie would lay on the same lounge chair as me by the pool and when I got into my car to go somewhere, she…

Happy, happy birthday (yesterday) to my darling god-daughter-dog, Augusta.  Augusta aka Gus is our brother Scott’s Chocolate Lab and is practically my second daughter.  My boyfriend and I watched her last summer while Scott worked in NYC (that gave us three labs at once), and I have been in love with Gussie ever since.  I have never seen a dog that is more human-like than dog-like.  Instead of swimming in the pool with the other dogs, Gussie would lay on the same lounge chair as me by the pool and when I got into my car to go somewhere, she would climb under my feet in the footbed of the driver’s seat.  No floor sleeping either, she prefers furniture or beds.  My kind of girl.

Our brother Scott is the best dog-dad to little Gus and bought her an extravagant amount of new toys yesterday (including this pig) and even bought her a peanut butter doggie cake.  Are you crying yet?  Because Mol and I were wiping away tears over all of this.  So so sweet.   

I have been missing Gussie for months since she left Texas for Connecticut.  She is the best pup. And I wish her a happy, happy first birthday!  

(Images via mine and Scott’s iPhones)

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Angels on the Catwalk

November 29, 2011

It’s that time of year again… When angels take the stage in their underwear – in the most artistic and creative way possible – in the name of Victoria’s Secret.  The Fashion Show only comes once a year but now that Sally and I have DVR we can make the runway experience part of our everyday existence. Ok, all joking aside, I seriously love the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.  Like I said last year, the music is amaz (although I’m not sure Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj and Kayne can even come close to topping my girl Katy’s performance last year),…

It’s that time of year again… When angels take the stage in their underwear – in the most artistic and creative way possible – in the name of Victoria’s Secret.  The Fashion Show only comes once a year but now that Sally and I have DVR we can make the runway experience part of our everyday existence.

Ok, all joking aside, I seriously love the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.  Like I said last year, the music is amaz (although I’m not sure Maroon 5, Nicki Minaj and Kayne can even come close to topping my girl Katy’s performance last year), the girls look flawless, the themes are executed to a T.  It’s also just a good time to stare at some of the most rocking bodies on the planet while in your sweatpants at home.  I’ve already been getting real excited for the show with the makeup recap of artist Tom Pecheux on Into The Gloss and back-stage snaps of silk robes and makeup by Cupcakes and Cashmere and Karla’s Closet… And, like last year, Harper’s Bazaar gives us a little taste of what is come tonight… This year they are showing us some of the gorgeous jewelry that’s going to be spotted on the runway.  Read the article to learn more about the themes that inspired the pieces!

Think we’ll be seeing angels or just really stunning women tonight?  Maybe… “Enough with the false lashes,” makeup artist Tom Pecheux declared. “We used to do a lot of fakeness: false lashes, fake tan, blah, blah, blah. This year we kill everything. No more fakeness. You know, these girls are amazing and unique—they don’t want to all look the same,”  – – via Into The Gloss

P.S. Check out the All Access site to the show here – I feel like I can’t be the only one interested in seeing how Alessandra Ambrosio gets her bod looking the way it does.

(All images by Kelly Stewart via Harper’s Bazaar)

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Blushing

November 29, 2011

 Over the holiday Mol and I went to dinner with some friends and our friend Michaela (the funniest, most one of a kind person I know – could never be replicated) said that she “loves Facebook and she loves Sephora”.  So random.  But then Molly and I were in a Beauty Brands with our mom and while our mom was looking around we ran away to go “play in the makeup”.  I didn’t realize Beauty Brands had makeup (usually go there just for nailpolish), but they do.  They only carry a few brands, Tarte being one of them.  We were…

 Over the holiday Mol and I went to dinner with some friends and our friend Michaela (the funniest, most one of a kind person I know – could never be replicated) said that she “loves Facebook and she loves Sephora”.  So random.  But then Molly and I were in a Beauty Brands with our mom and while our mom was looking around we ran away to go “play in the makeup”.  I didn’t realize Beauty Brands had makeup (usually go there just for nailpolish), but they do.  They only carry a few brands, Tarte being one of them.  We were having a grand time at the Tarte counter because our mom has their eye lash curler and it is a-mazing.  Way better than Shu Uemera.  

After the intense lash curling, scoping out their mascaras, and trying some “inner rim eye brightener” we made our way to Tarte’s blushes.  (I know you’re loving this play by play).  Second to mascara, blush is my most favorite beauty/makeup product.  I feel a million and ten times prettier with a rosy cheek – especially during these lovely winter months where my pale face resembles a Twilight vamp.  I have always used Nars Cactus Flower and Orgasm blushes, but am never opposed to trying new things.  Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush is nothing short of a miracle.  I may have put mass amounts of it on trying to do myself up like a Barbie (pink lipstick and all), but I swear the stuff stayed on for 12 hours and we both felt prettier for the entire rest of the day (despite Molly’s massive hangover and napping in the J.Crew dressing room stint).

Neither of us can stop thinking about the blush and both considered asking for it for Christmas (stocking stuffer?), but 4 weeks is a long time to go without some pretty cheeks.  I have a feeling that we’ll both cave this week and make the purchase.  Needless to say, I’m pretty sure Michaela is right – who doesn’t love places like Sephora and trying on massive amounts of makeup for free?  

(Image 1 via // 2 via Johan + Francois // 3 via Google // 4 via Glitter Guide // 5 via Dallas Shaw // 6 – 8 via Google)

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Black for my Bedroom

November 29, 2011

As I have talked about before, I’ve never been a big fan of black (in my wardrobe or my décor) until now.  Call me Rachel Zoe’s goth wannabe copy-cat but I am wild about black and if I could, would dress myself in it from head to toe.  I digress… Right now my bedroom is a combination of white, cream and off-white colors with small touches of color (small meaning hardly any – and I like it that way).  I love the white on white color pallet mixed with my wood furniture pieces and seagrass headboard – but now that mom…

As I have talked about before, I’ve never been a big fan of black (in my wardrobe or my décor) until now.  Call me Rachel Zoe’s goth wannabe copy-cat but I am wild about black and if I could, would dress myself in it from head to toe.  I digress… Right now my bedroom is a combination of white, cream and off-white colors with small touches of color (small meaning hardly any – and I like it that way).  I love the white on white color pallet mixed with my wood furniture pieces and seagrass headboard – but now that mom swiped my desk chair and my bedside table lamp for her new house, I’m needing replacements. And I’m thinking black. 

 

I know my inspiration images (first and last) aren’t of bedrooms but I’m crazy about how the black + white color schemes look edgy and cozy with the warm wood tones, textures, lighting, and hints of gold and silver.  Maybe the black and white python tray I have in my room is what’s been making me think the black could work (the image of the tray above is from Lonny Mag but I have the exact same one and you can get yours here!). 

 

I’m going to start small with the mod black desk chair from The Container Store – it’s inexpensive so I might go DIY crazy and attempt spray painting the legs gold.  And if I hate it I guess I can always return it for one in white.  Next up is a lamp for my bedside table… I really like this mercury glass jug lamp from Anthro because its rustic finish adds some warmth and flecks of black, but I’m not sold on the shape yet.  Any of the other accent stuff above would be perfection.  I adore the texture of the felt pillow, the geometric pattern of the cozy blanket, and the framed art piece is my new obsession – it says “I do not regret anything” – so French and so chic.  Throw in the industrial black desk lamp and I think I’ll be happy.  Promise to share pictures if this bedroom masterpiece comes together…

(01. This is Glamorous / 02. The Container Store / 03. West Elm / 04. Anthropologie / 05. Etsy Sarah And Bendrix / 06. Lonny Mag / 07. West Elm / 08. Rockett St. George / 09. Southern Darlin)

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