The Suburban Oscars

 

I recently enjoyed a little oscar themed dinner at my house last night and besides having a lot of fun dressing up in pearls and fancy long dresses, the food was superb! I spontaneously decided on Saturday night that I would make an elegant dinner that would be suitable enough to serve at a post oscar party.  My mom and I got dressed up in our finest attire and swept through the kitchen like we where Meryl Streep and Jessica Chastine. I would credit where the outfits are from but I honestly have no idea! I do know that the gloves are from Forever 21.

The menu for the evening? Fig, mint and goat cheese crostini’s for hors d’oeuvres, steak with bearnaise sauce and proscuitto and boursin wrapped asparagus for the entree and dark chocolate coconut cake ( it tastes as good as it sounds)!  My ambition and frequent tasting opportunities drove me through the stress of having everything perfectly timed and the aggravation of my dog diving under my legs every 15 seconds to get the scraps of food that fell. Nonetheless, the food came out pretty great and I thoroughly enjoyed Billy Crystal hosting for his ninth time (pretty amazing right??)!  May I also mention that Octavia Spencer looked simply divine! I had quite an enjoyable evening overall!

XOX

Indigo F.

 

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5 Ways of Curing Friday Night Boredom…

If you find yourself at home on Friday with no plans and are suddenly creeping into a state of  utter boredom, what will you do? Go to the movies, pay for a bag of overpriced popcorn and sit through a two hour movie with the man in back of you sneezing periodically into the back of your head? This scenario is of course fine, but for a Friday night, sometimes its just fun to hang around at home. In case you haven’t already created a handy dandy list of 5 things to do when you reach a dire point of creative laziness, here is a list for you to try doing, in case nothing else pops into mind!

1.  Get creative and dress up for the night as your favorite character in a movie! Examples are Princess Leia from Star Wars. If you have long enough hair, try tying it into those galactic side buns! A white turtle neck and bed sheet will be sufficient for the costume, and there you are!

2. If you’re not in the mood for taking time to ( possibly) embarrass yourself, watching a classic comedy is always a simple remedy for boredom. You can take a ( hopefully) quick run over to a local video store or access your apple TV and pick out a movie from the following:

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

The Breakfast Club

Caddy Shack ( Bill Murray <3)

Death at a Funeral  ( simply laugh till you pee your pants British humor)

Or any of your favorite films

3.  Music + Cooking = a possible case of perfection

Turn on some late night jams, weather classic rock ( like Queen, Led Zeppelin and Van Halen) or Mozart, and try making some easy confection you haven’t made before. Become a little daring and stick some diced banana’s and pecans in a box brownie mix to give it a different flavor. Or give it a mexican flare with a dash of cayenne pepper and cinnamon! I am quite confident though, that music can making cooking a fun tasty process, instead of a stressful job of measuring and whisking.

4. PLANNING EXCURSIONS!!

Sometimes looking ahead to the future can be an easy way of diverting from a glum present. So since not everyone has the time or money to plan long extravagant vacations, try looking for either a day in the city or in the country with a friend. If you choose the city, you can research new exhibits coming to museums, funky restaurants that have received good reviews, or make a theme for the day. For instance like a historical( name of nearest city) day, and go to some historical sights in the city and tucked away gems. If you’re veering more towards a country setting, find a nearby bike or hiking trail and think of ways to make the day interesting, like packing a picnic lunch or (if the weathers warm enough) finding a swimming hole. Just the process of planning for a fun day ahead, gives you something to look forward too!

5. Utilize your inner Crafty-ness

Okay so this one is pretty general, but basically get creative! Make personalized magnets for your fridge, paint a different expression on each on of your nails, put quotes on sticky notes and hang them up around your mirror…..ANYTHING!

Hope I helped cure your Friday Night boredom….oh yeah i forgot theres a #6. You can write a post about it…..like me :)

XOX

Indigo F.

The Charm of Boston

A few weeks ago, my family and I joined my cousins in Boston to have a “day in the city”. We ambled about Beacon Hill, admiring the climbing ivy up the old brick houses, and even resurrected a lost childish enthusiasm while visiting the Frog Hollow playground, which we hadn’t been to since we where the size of the smiling toad statues, still sitting there. What I love about Boston is it’s way of making you feel at home, even if it’s your first time there. From the Red Sox fanatics streaming into Irish pubs during the sweaty months of baseball season, to the crooked brick sidewalks that seem to have been seeped up hundreds of years of history in it’s cracks, Boston never fails to keep revealing it’s old charm to it’s newcomers and locals. If you find yourself in the area, I would definitely find some time to visit Savenors. It’s sister shop in Cambridge MA was a favorite of Julia Child, and I can completely see why! The shop is small and quaint, filled with fresh produce, top notch meat, creamy imported cheeses toppling over each other when you plunge your hand down into the enormous stack and all the Ritter Sport chocolate you could imagine! Anyhow, I guess I’ll finish up with some shots I took!

XOX

Indigo F.

Small but Satisfying Weekend Accomplishments

This weekend, I was slightly determined to overcome a pile of Latin homework and possibly start the long and painfully boring vacuum my dust smothered room. Instead, I find myself at the end of this weekend happily reminiscing over my small but satisfying accomplishments.

Saturday was caught in a sleepy lemon haze that hung silently over our neighborhood in the early morning hours. Part of wandering is that you never know where you’ll end up. This plays a large part in my life, from not only shops and food, but also in music as well. I have been playing what I think is a stunning masterpiece to the ear, Points on Jazz Finale  by David Brubeck. It reels long extensions of the hand, requiring swift elegant movements across the vast plane of keys, and dramatic chord progressions enticing your soul to be  infinitely tranced by its’ passionate melody. I was happy to find myself further into the song than the hour previous, and left my lesson, full with melodic contentedness.

My initial instinct in putting homework aside for hopefully another 24 hours, was to head off to the nearest mall, with Urban Outfitters at my assist to dwindle away the afternoon. But of course, Saturday is a shopping zoo in the mall, and seeing that I get claustrophobic in churches on Christmas Eve, this would be the equivalent, with Cinnabun aromas mixing into the nauseating smells of the exotic hand lotion counter at Bath and Body Works. Instead my mom and I decided to head to our local favorite boutique, The Treasure Chest. Right in the window I saw it. A satin  tea green dress that looked like it could be from a 1950’s movie with a champagne colored ribbon tied loosely around the waist. Have you ever had the girl-dress moment before ( speaking to ladies), where at just one glance you’ve fallen head over heals for it before you’ve even tried it on. This anticipation builds like a bon fire of fashion joy, taking over any other worry or thought.  When I walked through the door, Lisa, the owner greeted me with open arms and about 15 dresses to try on that she had just gotten in. On the top of this pile was the tea green dress. I savored the moment of looking at the dress as much as I could, before seeing if it would actually fit me, leading me to put it in the middle of the large stack. At first I tried on a multitude of beach type dresses, ranging in many funky colors. After about 7 dresses, I came to it. Carefully pulling down the zipper, and tracing my hands down firm silk fabric, I stepped into the slim body of the dress, starting to feel the easy pull as my head came between the two straps. Thankfully, the zipper slowly and surely crept up my back, not to loosely, not to tightly. My fingers thrillingly tied the ribbon in front and I came out to face myself in the dress I had continuously dreamt about for the last 15 minutes. I came to the towering mirror, promising to either crush or elevate my quivering expectations. Finally I came face to face with myself, awe stricken with my elegant presence. When you’re a teenager, the comments you hope to receive, are somewhat along the lines of “Oh that’s so cute!”. I always envisioned the best style a person could obtain is elegance, with moments of fiery passion mixed in for good balance. I certainly have the second part of the equation, but happily found myself looking simply elegant with shoulders held back and my pale skin instead resting in a faint ivory glow. What can I say? These moments can simply be perfectly surprising.

I finished this lovely weekend off with making a slow roasted Catalan beef stew from Cooks Illustrated that was pure heaven! If you are a foodie and are in need of some good editorial humor and plate ( or bowl) licking dishes, I would unquestionably subscribe to this magazine!

I guess I’ll sign off with this great shot of a squirrel, guiltily pausing under the bird seed feeder. Unfortunately all these pictures are the only bits of winter I have left, seeing as the winter where I am, is most uneventful :(.

XOX

Indigo F.

The Unclaimed Hearts of Valentines Day

Valentines Day unfortunately over the years has been warped by media, into a day where masses of heartfelt letters and boxes of chocolate, somehow magically end up on every girls doorstep. Luckily I have been saved from this false generalization that has taken over a slim slice of our romantic population, excluding so many unclaimed hearts. Instead for me, it has been a long legacy of making hand made cards embroidered in lace with messages printed specially in my best penmanship to each one of my classmates in elementary school. What with all this build up of this annual day of love, I am realizing, Valentines day is really just about the love. Simple things to keep in mind on this day are:

1. Who and what do you love?

2 How can you demonstrate that you love someone on this day?

3. Love is universal, and will always outweigh the negativity in the end.

4.Love is more of what you give, than receive.

Thanks for reading and I hope this Valentines day will embody the true spirit of love, wherever you may be in the world!

Just thought I’d share a few photo’s that make me realize how thankful I feel, to be able to have so many places, people and things to love!

With lots of Love

Indigo F.

Playing with Pictures

Hey y’all!

I just was playing around with some of my photos and thought wow, editing can be so much fun! Some of the shots originally had such a different feel and turned up looking like pop art, but non the less, might make you think, “Now what did that originally look like?”.

I’ll be writing more soon!  Best wishes for some blue sky’s, wherever you may be in the world!

XOX

Indigo F. <3