Milk Maid Braids

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You know those dirty hair days where dry shampoo can’t even save you? Lord knows I do. This was day 3 hair…at least. My fine hair gets greasy really fast…I know it’s not good to wash your hair everyday so I try not to. Hence the dry shampoo. But this particular morning I was running late.

Enter these adorable and easy to do braids. I was probably inspired by either an Olsen Twin or Lauren Conrad. I pretty much want both of their (or all three I guess) hair. It’s the perfect hair-do, it’s fast to do, and hides the roots. Plus…it’s adorable. I mean…come on.  Who doesn’t like a little Mary-Kate mixed with Princess Leia, mixed with Little House on the Prairie?

Let me know if you want to see a “how-to” on this do!

Also- yes….I can’t stop with the New Balance…I just can’t

xox

M.

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Shirt: American Apparel

Skirt: NastyGal (old) Similar Here

Shoes: New Balance

 

French Onion Soup

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For some reason, I’ve never attempted making French Onion soup before. It’s one of my absolute favourite soups and it seems that it only has a few ingredient. Well that’s all about to change, because I absolutely love to cook and I have no excuse for not making this! Of course I turned to the QUEEN of cooking or anything home-making related…Martha Stewart herself….I’ll post pics of how it turns out…can’t wait!

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 pounds yellow onions, sliced 1/4-inch into half circles
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 3 cups Homemade Beef Stock Homemade Beef Stock
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme or 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 small French baguette, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated on the large holes of a box grater (about 3 cups)

DIRECTIONS

  1. STEP 1

    Melt butter in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot on medium-low heat. Add onions. Spread them out in as thin a layer as possible. Sprinkle withsugar, and cook, stirring just as needed to keep onions from sticking, until they are melting and soft, golden brown, and beginning tocaramelize, about 1 hour.

  2. STEP 2

    Sprinkle flour over onions, and stir to coat. Add sherry, stock, and thyme, and bring to a simmer. Cook, partially covered, for about 30 minutes, to allow the flavors to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. STEP 3

    Meanwhile, lightly toast bread under a broiler; set aside. Ladle hot soup into six ovenproof bowls. Arrange the bowls on a baking pan. Place 1 or 2 slices of toasted bread over each bowl of soup. Sprinkle 1/2 cup grated cheese over bread in each bowl, and place under the broiler until cheese is melted and crusty brown around the edges. Watch carefully that bread doesn’t burn. Serve immediately.

Noir

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If I had one weakness to admit to, one vice…it would have to be shoes. I am embarrassed to even count how many pairs I have. But they way I see it, they always fit! I don’t have to worry about gaining or losing a pound, whether or not  I shaved my legs, or if they are in the laundry. It’s an easy investment and a worthy one in my opinion.

That being said, I’ve always been a heels girl. I love me a good pump or a sexy boot. This past year though my love for sneakers has taken the spotlight. I find myself trolling the new launch of New Balance for J Crew rather then the new Louboutins. Slightly better for my wallet and definitely better for my feet. Can’t beat the comfort.

I spied these black beauties a few weeks ago and pined over them for a while before committing.  They are classic, simple and pretty much go with anything. Not to mention the details of the soft leather and coated laces. Gorgina.

Thank you to Mr.Lagerfeld for sending those gorgeous models down the Fall/Winter 2014-15 runway in some of the sickest sneakers I’ve ever seen (wishlist/swoon) and putting them back on the map as a fashion must have. My feet appreciate it.

xox

M.

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Top: Olive & Oak (old)- Similar Here

Pants: Uniqlo

Sneakers: New Balance