Wednesday, January 28, 2015

No Place for Imprecision:: Geometric Style Top and Cigarette Pants

Zara top (similar here and here),  Zara trousers (similar here), 
Pumps (similar here and here),  Stella Mccartney Falabella tote 
Michael Kors sunglasses (also see here and here), Wrap around ponytail extensions

Happy Wednesday everyone! 

Can you believe that this is the last week of January?! I recently got  an email from my accountant reminding me to start working on my taxes. Already?! So I spent last two nights going through my papers and putting together numbers... I am so thankful that I have to do this only once a year... Anyhow, working with numbers inspired me to wear my faux leather black and white Zara top. It's color contrast, straight lines, and sharp triangle edges have zero tolerance for imprecision. I paired the top with my black cigarette pants, and accented it with cold chains of Stella Mccartney Falabella bag and oversized black glasses. For even more dramatic effect, I pulled my hair in a tight ponytail and added my wrap around ponytail extensions
xo, Zuma A.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Restoring the Balance:: Soft Cardigan, Jeans and T-shirt

Anthropology Jacket (sold out:: similar hereSplendid V-neck Tee (also here
Tiffany's silver heart pendant (similar here and here)
This weekend getaway to Big Bear Mountain could not come at a better time. After the last few weeks' overpacked schedule, I needed to restore my sense of balance. While my gang's itinerary was packed with action ~ skiing, tubing, and hiking,  I opted for sleeping, eating, and walking. The weather was gorgeous, bright sun, blue sky, and 50F degrees! I was so happy that I could spend the entire weekend in jeans and a t-shirt and my lovely Tiffany's silver heart pendant. When I would go out for a short walk, I would throw on my warm Anthro cable cardigan and boots. The cardigan's rusty pink color blended me with nature. It's furry collar and lace lining felt soft and luxurious. 
xo, Zuma A.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Baked Egg with Spinach and Feta Cheese

Happy Wednesday! 

Lately my Honey and I have been so busy, that we stopped cooking at home. Oh, I miss home made food, and on Sunday decided to make a yummy breakfast for the family. I thought that if I don't make time, I will never have time! My Honey ordered the baked egg with spinach, Feta cheese, and bacon. That sounded great - baked egg with bacon for him and without bacon for me since I don't eat meat. The dish took about 20 minutes to prepare, but was worth every second of my time. 

Shopping list for 2

2 tbs butter
2 cloves garlic
*1/3 cup Italian bacon (cut into tiny cubes) or applewood smocked bacon cut in small pieces. 
Noteif you want the vegetarian version, just skip the bacon!
4 oz organic baby spinach
1 English muffins, split in half, toasted
2 eggs
4oz crumbled Feta cheese
2 tbs heavy cream
salt and pepper

Always remember that in cooking, unlike baking, precision of ingredients' amounts are not set in stone. Feel free to improvise to fit your taste.

1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees.

2. Cook bacon and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp.
*If you are using the applewood smocked bacon, reserve the drippings. 
**Vegetarian version: just cook garlic in 1tbs butter. 

3. Add spinach to the pan, sprinkle with pepper, and toss over medium heat for about one minute. Transfer spinach to the strainer to drain.

4.Brush liberally two 1-cup ramekins with drippings or butter.

5. Toast the muffin halves and spread the butter on each side liberally. If you have drippings, brush each side with the drippings. Place the muffins in each ramekin half side up. 

6. Divide spinach in two halves and place on top of the muffins.

7. Bacon lovers, sprinkle bacon over spinach!

8. Add the feta cheese crumbs.

9. With a fork, shape a little well in the center and gently crack one egg into each well. 

10. Drizzle heavy cream over each egg and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake for about 14-16 minutes so the whites would set but yolks would be runny.

This recipe is delicious whether you use bacon or not! My Honey loves the bacon version. He says that the bacon grease at the bottom gives the English muffin an amazing crunch and flavor. And I love the healthier vegetarian version. The classic combination of butter, egg, spinach, and feta cheese is delicious and very satisfying. Here's how the vegetarian version looked ~
xo, Zuma A.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Feel Good Outfit: Jacket in Winter White, Faux Fur Hat, and Pleated Skirt

While some say that it's shallow to care for clothes and make up, I firmly believe that when I look good, I feel good. Dressing up is an opportunity to express myself, it reflects my mood, and it builds others' perception of me. People always appreciate when I feel good, balanced, confident, and taken care of. When I feel good, they feel good, and vice versa.

On the days when I need a little help to pick myself up, I look for a bit lighter and brighter color outfits. This time I picked one of my winter favorites ~ winter white jacket, black plated skirt, and brown  suede over the knee boots. Winter whites always make me feel cozy and chic. For the cooler morning and evening I accessorized the outfit with the Topshop Eastern European style faux fur hat, also in winter white. It is very decorative and won't help much in freezing winter temperatures, but it is perfect for mild winter and spring weather. 
xo, Zuma A.

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