Naughty Gnocchiby Elizabeth Jaime posted at March 30th, 2011
I’ll start off this post by letting you know that while they did look great, this batch of homemade gnocchi didn’t turn out as amazing as I thought they would. Remember last week when I told you I was going to try out this recipe? Well, I did–and, I guess I winged it a little too much because the gnocchi turned out a little too floury. However, I’d be vain if I only shared with you my successes and not my unsuccessful adventures like this one. So, I present to you, the post of the Naughty Gnocchi!
Here I am with my fake smile assuring Nicholas everything is going to be alright after we realized the mixture was way too wet and we needed to add more flour than the recipe called for.
In this picture, I had already convinced myself everything was working out fine. I had added more flour and the consistency of the mixture felt alright. (I didn’t realized that was a mistake until I ate it about half hour later!)
After spending about twenty minutes rolling out the dough and cutting them into little pieces, I flash boiled them (I’m sure there is a more accurate word for “flash boiling”? Chefs help me out here!) and then sauteed them in some garlic and olive oil.
Okay, so maybe it wasn’t so bad. Do you guys have any gnocchi tips/recipes you’d like to share?
SWIMby Elizabeth Jaime posted at March 28th, 2011
Update: It’s still below freezing in NYC. Channeling my inner rebellious side, I’ve put together some swimsuits I’m lusting over. This summer, I’ve decided to forgo any skimpy two pieces, and pretend I’m an elegant women from the 50′s with my high-wasted swimsuits and one pieces. My boyfriend, however, has a good point: how will this effect my tan lines? Will there even be tan lines? I think they might be more like tan blocks. What do you think–would you wear these styles?
DIY Ombreby Elizabeth Jaime posted at March 27th, 2011
For quite some time now, I’ve been wanting to try out the whole “ombre” look. Last summer, I went to an East Village hair salon that is known for “creating” the look, and after hearing it would cost me $400, I ran out the door faster than a newlywed couple moving to Park Slope (yeah, Sprint, I store your analogy!)
Anyway, after thinking about it for a bit, I kind of knew that I could do this myself, at home, for a very low cost. And so, yesterday, after almost going crazy from the lingering winter weather, I walked to Duane Reade and bought the product I read would work best–Revlon Frost & Glow highlighting kit. I applied the mixture to my ends, left it on for some time, and as time progressed I kept adding more color a little higher and higher. The result? I’m in love. And, it only cost me $10.99!
Happy Friday!by Elizabeth Jaime posted at March 25th, 2011
Ahhhh, Friday! Did it not seem like the longest week ever? I think so. Tonight, Nicholas and I plan to go to the famous Peter Luger for dinner (they’re so packed that we had to make our reservation for 10:45, ha!) For the rest of the weekend, we have absolutely nothing planned. It’s great. Here are some great links from around the web:
Live in New York? Haven’t tried the Souvlaki GR food truck? Then go to their brand new restaurant!
What happens to subway cars after they become too old? This.
My favorite song of the moment.
A scary, but sort of fascinating, dinner in the sky!
An amazing recipe that I’m planning on trying next week!
The Central Coastby Elizabeth Jaime posted at March 23rd, 2011
I’m off to California in a couple of weeks and need some help! Nicholas and I will be spending the majority of our time in Orange County, where his family lives, however, we’re thinking of making a little trip upstate. We’d love to stay in a seaside town in the central coast (think Big Sur, Santa Barbara, ect.) however, we’re open to any suggestions. So, do you know of any place we should definitely visit? Please let me know in the comments!
I’m really looking forward to this part of our trip because I’m absolutely in love with California’s central and northern coast. In 2007, Mollie and I drove from LA to San Fransisco and I was in complete awe at the beautiful scenery while driving on the Pacific Coast Highway. It sounds cheesy, but it’s definitely a trip I’ll always remember (I’m pretty sure it was also my first vacation without my family so, that’s pretty memorable in itself!) The picture in this post is from that trip. It was taken in Pismo Beach where you were able to drive your car on to the beach–so cool!
Happy Spring!by Elizabeth Jaime posted at March 21st, 2011
Happy Spring everyone! We made it. After what seemed to be the never-end winter, it’s finally time to walk the streets in flats, light sweaters, and floral dresses. Unfortunately, today, New York City’s weather is looking like anything but Spring. It’s very gloomy. However, I have faith that this will all be over soon. And, like I said a few posts ago, soon I’ll be wishing for fall. C’est la vie!
PS. Thought this picture was appropriate. This was taken during my sophomore year of high school by my photography partner. I remember that they had just redone our schools “gardens” and I was appreciating the new flowers.
P.S.S – Don’t forget to sign up for my giveaway!
Giveaway!by Elizabeth Jaime posted at March 18th, 2011
Oh, my lovely readers, I like you. I really do. And so, I present to you a pretty amazing giveaway brought to you by In Between Seams, and made possible by the one and only, Mollie Maguire.
In Between Seams will be giving away a pair of Gap’s 2011 Design Edition Pointy Heels (I don’t know if that’s what they’re really called?) in blush pink–just like the ones you saw me wearing two posts ago.
Now, there’s some some sad news (for some of you at least)–I only have a size 38. So, if you’re a size 38, then you’re in luck! If not, I’m really sorry. If I could, I would give you all a pair, and I promise there will be more amazing giveaways in the future.
Now, to the details! To enter yourself in the contest you’ll have to do the following:
1. Leave a comment on this post saying something–whatever you want–and leave me your email.
2. Follow In Between Seams on Bloglovin, Google Reader, and Facebook.
3. If you’d like an extra entry, you can earn one by mentioning this giveaway in one of your next posts (doesn’t have to be a full post–can be just a mention.) Once you’ve done that, leave another comment with the link to your blog post.
Pretty simple, yeah? The contest starts today and will run until 11 AM EST, Friday, April 1st. Good luck and thanks again to Mollie for making this happen!
What’s In My Bag?by Elizabeth Jaime posted at March 17th, 2011
1. Urban Decay’s Brow Kit Box - My latest discovery and definitely a fave. My brows have been out of control since 1990 and this little baby keeps the tamed. And for those days I’m feeling sultry, I fill in my brows with the powder for a Brook Shield’s circa 1978 look.
2. Covergirl Outlast Lipstain in Wild - I bought this product about a year and a half ago (while still living in Miami) before a night out. I wanted to add some lip color and strolled the aisles of CVS for about ten minutes. After a few run ins with high school friends*, and a thorough study of about every lipstick CVS had to offer, I decided on this lip stain. Since that day, I’ve been a loyal fan and have purchased it in several colors. It lasts fairly long and this specific color gives you a great boost for spring.
3. Yves Saint Laurent Teint Parfait – Okay, I’m really against putting any sort of foundation on my skin because I just don’t like the feeling of wearing a mask. However, if I absolutely have to (I’m looking at you pesky pimple!) this is what I use. It’s light-weight, feels more like a lotion, and adds a nice balancing color to your complexion.
4. Mac Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo – This one is dedicated to my sister (Yes, you Stephi. Didn’t think you’d ever get a shout-out, did you!?) She bought this lipstick one day, I saw it on her, and wanted it immediately. There’s not much to say about it besides that it is perfect, matte, and looks wonderful on just about anybody.**
5. Monthly Metro Card – Ahh, Metro Card ohhh Metro Card –what would I do without you? How would I ever find myself stuck on the F for hours at end? How would I find myself paying for a train that will never come? Who would I trust to make me late to school everyday? A life without you would be so blue. HA!
6. Chanel Eye Shadow Kit Thingy – This was my stocking stuffer this past Christmas. It comes with about five different shades of eye shadow, but, what I love most is the super huge mirror it comes with. Whenever I’m feeling off, I open up my kit, look in the mirror, and realize –”Yeah, I’m looking really off today.”***
7. Ray Ban Wayfarers - Yeah, these aren’t mine. They’re actually Mollies. I have almost the same exact pair but a little smaller. We traded for a bit. These, I feel like she got for free, because there a little messed up and have a really pad polarized lens. When I have these glasses on, everything looks like a rainbow. I kind of like it.
8. H&M Gift Card – Being the wonderful girlfriend that I am, I set out to find my boyfriend these pair of pants he really liked from H&M. After a few phone calls, I found out that the H&M in “Times Square” had them in his size. Perfect, yeah? Oh, and the building where I intern is right in Times Square! Really perfect, yes? So, 6PM comes along and it’s time to leave work and go find his pants. It’s raining a little bit but its no biggie…the store is right there, right? (note: I’m lazy and didn’t take down the cross streets. I figured, Times Square is Times Square) No, not really. I ended up walking, in the rain, to some location that was not Times Square even though on their website it said it was. Long story short, as I was purchasing the pants I had put on hold, I let the lady know this location was definitely not in Times Square. She felt bad and gave me these $5 gift cards. She also gave them to the guy after me so something tells me it wasn’t out of sympathy?
*Really, every time I go into this CVS, I can expect to run into someone I shared Algebra I with, or maybe even AP Human Geography. If I’m really lucky, the lady ringing me up is my old English teacher who got fired for stealing money from the school.
**This is the lipstick I wore on my birthday. You can see the pictures a few posts back.
***Okay, this doesn’t happen often. I mean, in the winter, yes, it does happen a lot. But it’s almost spring….my prime!
Gap Design Editionby Elizabeth Jaime posted at March 16th, 2011
About a month ago, I stumbled across this picture on The Cherry Blossom girl, one of my everyday reads. Right away, I knew I had to have these. They’re elegant, light pink, and have an amazing chunky heel. After some research, I was so surprised to read that they were from the Gap (that means they wouldn’t cost me a fortune!) but was saddened to read they wouldn’t be coming out until April 2011. Like I always do, I showed them to my best friend Mollie, who happens to work as they stylist assistant over at Glamour and asked her if she’d be getting them in. She wasn’t sure, the conversation ended, and you know–life went on (not without the occasional Gap.com check up…what if they came out early???!)
Fast forward to a few weeks later and it’s the morning of my birthday. Mollie sends me an email: ” You’re going to freak over your birthday present!” I literally sat for twenty minutes thinking of what in the world it could be but not once did it cross my mind that yes, the shoes came in, and surprise, they were given to Mollie, and wait for it, she was going to give them to me for my birthday. You should have seen my face!
Thank you, Mollie!
Spring Staplesby Elizabeth Jaime posted at March 15th, 2011
Okay guys, I promise this is my last spring related post until it’s actually Spring! These are some of the things I’ve been keeping my eye on so that come spring time, I’ll be all set.
Hope you’re having a wonderful day!
Twenty Oneby Elizabeth Jaime posted at March 13th, 2011
On Friday, I turned the ripe age of twenty-one. Our night started out with dinner at Barmarche and then we fled to The Back Room, a speakeasy bar located in the Lower East Side. I had heard pretty cool things about this place which is actually hidden down an alley and whose sign actually reads “The LES Toy Company” to “elude the cops.” To go along with the whole theme, drinks are served in tea cups and beers in paper brown bags. The only thing that brought me back to 2011 was a mix of The Strokes’ new song, which of course, I enjoyed (note: I love The Strokes!) All in all, it was a pretty cool place and if you’re ever in the area, go ahead and check it out. You’ll feel like your living in the prohibition era and that you’ll have to ride your buggie back to your home.
Note: Nicholas, I know you’re sad you’re not in any of the pictures. It’s because you’re always taking them. Love ya and thanks for making my birthday happen!
My Favorite Places: Lovely Dayby Elizabeth Jaime posted at March 10th, 2011
Oy, I completely forgot Monday’s “My Favorite Places” post. Please excuse me as I was probably loafing around. So this Monday (okay–thursday!) I present to you, Lovely Day. A cute little thai restaurant nestled on the (sometimes) quiet Elizabeth Street in NoLita.
When Nicholas first moved to New York, he lived right above Lovely Day and instantly fell in love with their food and atmosphere. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed many breakfast dates here as they have an amazing breakfast special during the week days. My favorite is their egg and sausage sandwich which I’m assuming they sneak some sort of addictive drug into it because I am always craving it. If breakfast isn’t your thing, definitely try out their fried rice during lunch time. It’s one of my favorite things to eat in the city!
So, if you’re ever in the NoLita area, make sure to check Lovely Day out!
The DIY Haircutby Elizabeth Jaime posted at March 8th, 2011
True story: I’m broke. I work for free–ahem, I mean, intern–and still have to buy food, and occasionally have to come up with a couple (okay, more than a couple) dollars for those perfect-fitting-pants that I just have to have. And, since haircuts in New York City cost fifty dollars (if you’re lucky) and upwards, I was left with no choice than to cut my own hair. No, I had never done this before, and no, I did not watch a YouTube tutorial before bring the scissors to my locks–I just went for it. The result? Pretty pleasing. I mean, I wasn’t going for a complicated, layered, just-got-out-of-bed cut–I just wanted my hair to be all one length and for those nasty dead-ends to be gone.
Now, a week or so later, I’ve gotten a few compliments from people who new my long hair and I proudly respond with “I cut it myself!” Surrounding listeners often interject with “How could you do that? I would be too scared!” My response? I just don’t care enough. It’s hair, and just like the wilted potted flower on my fire escape that has died off this winter, it will grow back.
Warm Newsby Elizabeth Jaime posted at March 7th, 2011
In the midst of this never-ending cold air, I’ve got warm and happy news–this years’ ticket to Italy has been purchased! Okay, you’re hating me right now, aren’t you? Sorry, but I just had to share the good news. Now, I’m so ready for summer to be here! What are your plans?
Back To New Yorkby Elizabeth Jaime posted at March 3rd, 2011
Ahh, tie me with a rope and drag me to the beach. I just can’t take one more night of crossing Delancey and having the wind creep up every button hole in my jacket! It’s so cold in New York right now that the only thing I want to be doing is lying on the beach with a Mojito in my hand. But, this is life. Plus, the winter is almost over, and soon I’ll be going off about how hot New York summers are, right? To brighten up your frigid Thursday afternoon, I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite posts across le web today. Click through to see.
Miami Part Oneby Elizabeth Jaime posted at March 1st, 2011
I’d be lying if I told you I’ve been busy frolicking around Miami this past weekend. Instead, I’ve just spent my time here relaxing, laying in the sun, eating, and with my family. A place that once was home e now feels like a caribbean vacation–isn’t that funny?