IMG_1731IMG_1723IMG_1675I know, I know, it’s been quite a while since I made a post,BUT since my last post, I moved to China! For the next year of my life, I’ll be living in a city called Ningbo teaching English to adorable Chinese children. Life before I left was a little hectic, as you can imagine, which is partially why my posts have been non-existent, but hopefully that will change. This past week was a national holiday in China, which celebrates the country’s founding, so I’ve been on vacation in Hong Kong. It has been an amazing experience -this place is absolutely beautiful, the people are so friendly and there is a multitude of things to do! Whether it’s shopping, sightseeing, hiking, or laying on the beach, there is no shortage of activities to participate in. I’ll be posting pictures of my trip later on in the week, but I thought my first post back should be an outfit post. This skirt is probably one of my most prized possessions, I bought it from a site called Chicwish that is actually based in Honk Kong and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Because it’s such an effortlessly chic statement piece, I usually pair it with very simple pieces -both for the top, and my jewelry choices. Hope you all like it!

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Anyone who’s anyone knows that you really can’t go wrong with either a backless or chartreuse piece. Too much work, so gotta keep this post short and sweet, but happy Thursday!iPhone 029 iPhone 030

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Color-matching, e.g. all whites, blacks, grays etc., have been fairly prevalent color schemes for quite a while now. While I love an all-white, black, neutral, or pastel outfit as much as the next girl, I also love prints; so I thought it might be fun to wear this trend with an animalistic twist. I went with an all leopard print from head to toe –this included my dress, shoes, watch, and even my sunglasses. The trick with doing this with prints is to make sure the pattern on each item of clothing is the same (e.g. stripes, animal print etc.) but the proportions (or some other detail) of the print are slightly different on each article of clothing. For example if it’s stripes, the stripes from your shirt or shoes may be wider than those from your shirt. So what do you all think about the all leopard get-up? Like it or not, I hope you have a great Wednesday!

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T-shirt: Stolen from brother // Shorts: J Crew Factory // Flats: Thrifted // Belt: Thrifted

Sometimes simplicity really does reigns supreme. This weekend was packed full of activities for me –coffee with a sorority sister who I hadn’t seen in over 4 years, 2 concerts, a poolside BBQ, a second (non-poolside) BBQ, hitting the bar scene, and getting ready for my move to China –needless to say I had very little time to dedicate to create outfits. So my weekend uniform was a shirt and shorts. This look was for a Sunday BBQ at a friend’s house; the night before had been very eventful so wanting to be as comfortable as possible (especially in the humid weather), I threw on a t-shirt, shorts, flats and I was on my merry way. I did worry about spilling barbecue sauce on my white t-shirt, but am happy to report that it was in pristine condition when I eventually went home. I’m clearly all about the small victories!

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By now, I hope it’s obvious that I’m a prints kind of gal. One of my favorite prints is houndstooth, because I find that it’s super versatile. There is a classic quality about it that can be lacking in other print patterns. And depending on the size of the houndstooth, the item of clothing can be muted, or stand out a little more –which brings me to this outfit. I bought this skirt for all of $10 at the Buffalo Exchange in Georgetown. As soon as I saw it, I wanted it. It’s feminine, classy, and fun. I decided to pair it with a simple, flirty top; to complete the look, I added these flats with bows, threw on a thick belt, and off to work I sauntered!

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I have never really been one for eggplant. Like. At. All. However, my roommates and I signed up to join a CSA with a local farmer –who appropriately goes by Farmer Mike –and as a result I’ve been forced to cook with vegetables that I would never pick out of my own accord while grocery shopping. And I have to say, so far, it’s been pretty great. Farmer Mike has been providing us with plenty of eggplant lately, and I thought it was time that I actually use the vegetable in a meal. So I opened up my handy dandy cookbook, aka Pinterest, and searched eggplant recipes until I landed on this one. It was simple, the pictures looked divine, and best of all, the ingredient list (and cooking time) was short. And let me tell you guys, it was absolutely amazing. My only regret is that I only made enough for one meal!

Recipe adapted from Maza

Ingredients (makes 6 servings, so I cut the recipe in half)

1 large eggplant
3 large tomatoes, to match the diameter of the eggplant
Crumbled feta
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
Juice of half lemon
2 garlic cloves
½ extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut of the eggplant crosswise into ½ inch thick rounds. Lightly season them with salt and leave them for 30 minutes on a side to let water to come out of the eggplant.
  2. Once ready drizzle some olive oil on top of each slice and grill them on a lightly oiled grill rack for 2 -3 minutes each side. (I broiled mine in my oven for  4-5 minutes)
  3. Blend the basil leaves with 4 tablespoons olive oil, 2 garlic cloves, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon salt in an immersion blender until smooth.
  4. Cut the tomatoes crosswise to ¼ inch thick rounds.
  5. Lightly oil the baking pan. Arrange 4 eggplant rounds side by side. Spread ½ tablespoon of the basil-garlic mixture on top of each one, then generously sprinkle feta crumbs. Top each with tomato rings. Add another layer of eggplant, basil spread, feta and tomato rounds and top with the rest of the crumbled feta. (I also did not double up on eggplant and tomatoes).
  6. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  7. Drizzle some olive oil on top of each stack and bake for 15 minutes.

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