Sunday, November 25, 2012

Gwen + RiRi Love Child.

Is it just me or does new British pop sensation Rita Ora 
look like a combination of Rihanna and Gwen Stefani?

 Gwen's signature blonde locks, red lips and effortless look
Rihanna's sassy attitude and tomboy style
Rita Ora - ta-da! Am I right or am I right?

Monday, November 19, 2012

Oprah's Favorite Things.


I don't know about you, but I live for Oprah's Favorite Things episode 
every year. I live for it so much that I rearranged my entire day (read: week
to make sure I was free for the Sunday evening 8pm premiere. 

The best part of the show is not the gifts (although they are fabulous). 
The best part is how the audience loses their minds. They go Looney Toons, 
bonkers cray cray. And it is amazing. So very amazing.

 "I have never been so happy in my entire life."

 "I just won a Tempurpedic mattress. I can die happy."

For a list of Oprah's coveted 'favorite things' click here

Ok, sure many of the items are not exactly affordable but 
whatevs. Half the fun is that the items are luxurious and that they 
are given to truly deserving folks, such as the military spouses 
in this year's over-the-top episode. Go Mama O! Did you watch?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Facebook's "Us" Page.

Did you know that Facebook now makes a digital version of your relationship status? Yep, that's right. If you are in a relationship check out The page is a visual representation of your relationship with photos, posts, and events that you are both tagged in. 

As somebody who rolls their eyes at the couple who always refers to themselves as "we" this is just too much for me. Does this new Facebook page not make you cringe? It is possible, then, that you are that annoying Facebook couple. Look, we have all been there (ugh, hello college years!) so I get it. 

If you're unsure if your Facebook posts to your hubby (clue number one; use of the word 'hubby') are cringe-worthy take a looksie at these helpful tips.

So, dolls, is Facebook's "Us" page:

A) Cringe-worthy - make it stop right meow

B) So sweet! Why are you such a bitter Betty, Veronica?!

C) Indifferent - who cares?

Update: Love this.  

Friday, November 9, 2012

Curry Queen.

If you know me, you know that I call myself the Curry Queen
I love all types of curry dishes - from sweet and mild to hot, hot, 
hot. I recently took a stab at making the traditional Indian dish, chicken 
vindaloo, and was impressed with how it turned out. Indian cooking has a 
reputation (at least with me) for being complex and timely to make, but this 
recipe could not be more simple. Oh, and it is delicious! Here is how:

 The first matter of business is to create the spice mix. You'll need:

Small palmful of tumeric 
Palmful of cumin
Palmful of coriander
Palmful of paprika
Small palmful of dry mustard
Small palmful of cardamom

Use half of the spice mix to marinate your chicken for at least an hour, 
if not overnight. I also added salt, pepper, garlic, ginger and lime juice.

 Cut up a small onion and saute the onion with the second half of the spice mix.

 Add ginger and garlic to the pot to your taste. I personally use jarred 
ginger and garlic found at the Indian stores near me. The flavor is much 
more intense than ground ginger and garlic and less of a hassle than peeling 
the real thing. Plus, it costs next to nothing and lasts for months.

If you like your food spicy cut up a few peppers and add them to the pot.
If you like your food more mild then simply omit this step. Your call!

Add a can of diced tomatoes with a cup of chicken stock and 
add the marinated chicken, covering the chicken with the liquid. 
Let it simmer for about thirty minutes. I added a touch of cream 
for a little somethin' somethin' but this is optional.  

The finished product is tender, saucy, and absolutely full of flavor
Serve with your favorite rice, naan, or side (shown with cous cous). 

The recipe was taken and modified from this fantastic recipe.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Sneak Peek: Mosaic District.

My neighborhood, Merrifield, has been undergoing some ma-jah changes 
over the last year. While the constant construction noise has been mind-numbing 
I am excited to see this drab, industrial area revamped. A new shopping plaza 
called the Mosaic District opened recently with a plethora of cute shops and 
restaurants; some of which have not opened yet. I decided to scope it out.

The most striking addition to this plaza is Angelika Film Center
which shows both mainstream and independent films.

 The inside of this theatre feels much more like an art gallery than a 
movie theatre. The scale of the building is beautiful and the opulent 
chandelier is certainly a reminder that this is no average movie spot. 
Their menu offers beer, wine, espresso, gourmet popcorn and other noms. 
The best part is that the tickets cost the same as Regal or AMC.

 Here is a photograph of the outside of the film center.

 Did I mention there is a Super Target? I have a bad problem 
of going to Target for toothpaste and leaving with an entire cart 
full of goodies. Oh, you too? Tar-jay, you sassy devil.

 I was pleasantly pleased with the addition of South Moon Under
which specializes in super trendy clothing and accessories.

Currently lusting over this from the store.

 Possibly the best addition is Lou Lou; the mecca for all accessories. 

 Word on the street (literally, the street) is that Urban Outfitters' classy, 
older sister Anthropologie will be opening on Black Friday.

 Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus is any fashion girls' dream. 
The racks are chock full of designers-galore. From Michael Kors to  
Tory Burch to Vivienne Tam and more. The best part is that these (pricey) 
designers are majorly discounted making them more reasonable.

  These leopard booties were $66.50 after a 30% discount.

The plaza will also be home to Matchbox Vintage Pizza, Cava Mezze 
Grill, Sweetgreen, Taylor Gourmet, Cyclone Anaya's, Empire Oyster 
House, and many other fun shops. Come visit, dolls!