Stay Rad, Abbot Kinney

You know those days that go wrong for all the right reasons? From getting to Sony Studios just in time to find out we’re too late to see The Queen Latifah Show taping, to eating salad with hair and burnt “blackened” lettuce at Primitivo (find my swimming review here), to finding out they don’t sell my juice at Intelligentsia Coffee anymore….to discovering a little Pop-Up Danish art shop called Hurra!, to drooling over my favorite velvet pieces at Flannel, to spending an amazing day walking down Abbot Kinney with my mom, to a gorgeous ride home through PCH. Yeah, it was one of those amazing kind of days.

Grilled Shrimp Salad at Primitivo: Delicious if you decide to take the shrimp and throw them back onto the charred grill where they came from.
Primitivo Caesar with grilled shrimp: Don’t let this delicious looking salad deceive you, it tastes like soggy, burnt lettuce, with a hint of watery caesar dressing. The croutons were the best part.
intelligentsia coffee
Intelligentsia Coffee: I came for the juice, but stayed for the heart in the cappuccino. I’m not a coffee drinker but my mom said this puppy kicked Starbucks’ butt on their best coffee making day.

my sweater

And now for the main attraction, my Stay Rad sweater from Urban Outfitters. I got this baby on Black Friday and it’s my pride and joy. Paired with a simple burnt orange tulle dress (similar), cheetah Unif spiked platforms and my favorite burgundy leather backpack from Florence, Italy (similar), this is one of my new favorite relaxed outfits…and my mom thinks I look like a polished hobo. 
Stay rad sweater
Stay Rad sweater

Recipe: Walkers Cookie Apple Crumble

If there’s one thing I like to experiment with, it’s food and Thanksgiving is no different.  Every year, I go a little cray on your average apple pie.  My dad sticks to tradition in case I mess up (my pies are normally the most scrumptious in the house) and I go for raspberries in the crust or chocolate chips lining the bottom…or use Walkers shortbread cookies to make the best apple pie crumble…pretty much ever.

Walkers Shortbread apple pie crumble

What you Need:

  • Just buy a tin of Walkers Shortbread Cookies…what you don’t use, you’ll eat
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 5 cups of apples (around 6 apples)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tbs flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon for apples and 2tsp for crumble
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • cold water

Pre-heat the oven to 425 F

Sliced apples for apple pie

Make the bottom layer crust:

  • If you have a good food processor (thank you splurging parents) your life will be a million times easier.
  • Crunch up enough Walkers to make 2 cups of powdered shortbread (it should look like flour). This is around 2 and a half sleeves of cookies
  • Cut up the butter into little cubes and slowly add them to the powdered shortbread while your food processor is on dough. If you don’t have that option, much it up with your hands pre-food-processor style
  • Pour in a splash of cold water to help the dough round out
  • You should have a buttery, delicious glob of shortbread.
  • Line the bottom of your pie pan with this (buttering your pan SOO not necessary)

Walkers shortbread cookie pie crust

Make the delicious apple pie center

  • Get your 6 apples together and peal and slice them.
  • Make your cinnamon sugar mix of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Pour our dry mix over the sliced apples and use your hands to mix it all together (there should be no “dry” dry mix by the time you’re done).
  • Pour your apple mix into the pie pan.

Apple Pie apple mix

Make the top layer crumble

  • Back to the food processor!!
  • Crunch up around another 2 sleeves of Walkers cookies
  • Add cinnamon and brown sugar and keep that processor processing.
  • Add more cinnamon and brown sugar until you sniff your crumble and you feel nothing but happiness and see nothing but rainbows.
  • Slowly pour your crumble over the apple pie, making sure to cover all of the apples.

crumble mix

Apple pie with crumble

Pop it in the oven for 40 minutes (until the crumble looks crisp and the bottom crust is browned).

Eat that sucker

The Chosen Ones: HeartIFB

I seriously HeartIFB… because they gave me the gift of being on this week’s Links a la Mode Weekly Roundup by featuring my A Sweatshirt Worth A Thousand Words post. Let’s be real, that’s exciting, because I love reading…and discovering new things…and fashion…of which Links a la Mode combines all three. So, of course I read all 20 of the blog posts, and although I loved all of them, if you only had time to read five, I’d start with these:

Tasseled Shorts Five Ways by Wings for Liberty / DIY Fabric Hearts by KJ / The Lowdown on Boyfriend Jeans by Racheeng / Royal Fashionistas by The Undercover Princes / Rose Gold Hair Trend by Style Vanity


Glamourous Giving

This year feels especially glamourous, not sure why, it’s just a feeling. And believe me, it’s strange because my personal life is considerably less glamourous on paper, so what’s up with that? Is it the glitter? The sparking lights? The beautiful holiday style? Well, if you take a look at this week’s roundup, we have all kinds of resources for glamming it up this holiday season. From getting a man’s advice on gift giving, to looking sizzling hot at the holiday party. We’ve even got a close look at a real princess. I feel glamourous already!

Links à la Mode: December 5th

SPONSOR: East Dane, DV Sandals, Ferragamo Bags, Gant Rugger, Minkoff Flats, Rivieras, JPG, H by Hudson, Miansai, Demylee, Varvatos

Neutral Neverland

Thanksgiving always calls for a cute outfit that won’t make the relatives questions your “wholesomeness”…and then of course being all too cliche, fall must call for fall colors. So here we are, happily trapped in a cozy Free People, Fiorentini and Baker dream somewhere between light brown and cheeky pink.

free people neutrals outfit

vintage perfume bottle necklace

Fiorentini and baker boots

fiorentini and baker boots

baby pinecones and arm candy

Free People Sweater Similar $118 / Free People Slip Similar $98 / Free People Socks Similar $24 / Vintage Perfume Bottle Necklace (not similar but so cute $4.80) / Fiorentini and Baker Boots $585 [REMINDER: I NEVER PAY FULL PRICE…THERE’S NOTHING LIKE THE SATISFACTION OF GETTING SOMETHING ON SALE]

Lazy Sunday (Saturday) and Guacamole

There’s nothing better than a lazy Sunday…especially when it’s on a lazy Saturday. I’ve done the Thanksgiving thing…I’ve done the Black Friday thing…and now I’m full and exhausted (and have all these new pretty things) and just want to lounge around in my Black Friday spoils sweatshirt. Oh, and make guacamole.

Ain't Got Nomani Sweatshirt

Well first off, this is my glorious sweatshirt. I played Black Friday the cool way this year. Urban Outfitters opened at midnight, and although I initially regretted it, I didn’t pop into the store until the nearly sunset hours of 8am, only to find I missed out on the crowds but not the amazing steals.

First of all, I got this sweatshirt, of which I’ve been living in for a longer period of time then I would care to admit…but there’s something about the mix of insane coziness and high fashion punny spunk that makes me never want to take it off.

As if my Saturday couldn’t get better, it seemed like the right kind of day to pop open some avocados and make fresh guacamole. With my mushing spoon at the ready, I showed three avocados, a quarter of an onion, a pepper and some garlic salt who was boss…and then I ate every last bit of it.

home made guacamole recipe

It’s things like fresh guacamole that make you have just a little more respect for the simple things in your kitchen, like a 45 second microwave quesadilla.

…and then I painted my nails! (Julep Nail Colors : Angelina / Reiko / Esmerelda )

Julep Holiday Colors

Saturday well spent.