Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Dark Chocolate Pistachio & Sea Salt Cookies

I came across a dark chocolate chip & pistachio cookie recipe on Pinterest (where else?) that inspired me to remix a recent favorite: chocolate chip cookies with sea salt. I used the same recipe, but simply substituted dark chocolate and added a cup of chopped pistachios. The end result was sinfully delicious. 

3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 sticks of butter
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 package of vanilla instant pudding
2 cups dark chocolate morsels
1 cup chopped pistachios


Preheat oven to 350°
In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt. Set aside.
In a stand mixer, cream together butter & sugars. Add eggs one a time. Add vanilla. 
Slowly pour flour mixture to combine with the butter/sugar mixture. 
Add pudding mix. Stir in dark chocolate and chopped pistachios. 
Spoon 1 inch balls onto cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes. 
Sprinkle with sea salt promptly after removing from oven. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Easy Weekend

Silk Stripe Dress - Joie (similar - on sale!)
Military Jacket - Zara (similar)
Brown Suede Booties - Dolce Vita
Cream Leather Fringe Crossbody - Joie (black version)
Brown Belt - Express

Monday, March 3, 2014

Red Carpet Style: Oscars 2014

I've always loved seeing the red carpet fashion every year, but as an Assistant Buyer for dresses, now it's part of my job to know the trends in evening gowns. Some of my favorite trends from this year's Oscar red carpet were metallic & embellishment, pretty pastels, edgy black, and crisp white. Peplum, illusion details, and plunging necklines continue to be popular season after season. I also loved the shift toward minimal jewelry. See my picks for Best Dressed below. Who was your fave of the night?