Thursday, May 31, 2012

Adorned Wrists

I have always loved a pretty statement necklace. Throw one on over a silk blouse or a plain tee and you're ready to go. Other than wearing a few signature pieces (watch and bracelets) on my wrists, I've never been too much into elaborate arm adornments. However, designers such as Ann Taylor and Kenneth Jay Lane have created a number of beautiful bracelets that are certainly game-changers for me. These affordable and alluring pieces are the perfect complement to whatever little (or large) stack you already have going. Pile on!


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Monday, May 28, 2012

For the Love of Gingham!

Long reserved only for picnics and the preppiest of fraternity boys, gingham has made its way to be a most versatile pattern for daily wear. Pair with colored skinnies, tuck into a skirt, or throw a sweater over it- the possibilities are numerous. Take a cue from these bloggers around the web and stock up on the checkered treasures.


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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Weekly Favorites



I hope that everyone is having a wonderful and relaxing long holiday weekend so far! Here are my favorite posts from around the web this week:

A home tour of Jen Ramos' home from MadeByGirl on The Lifestyle Guide. Very beautiful and clean white interiors with colorful artwork made by Jen herself.

Summer essentials on The Vault Files. Casual and wear-with-all pieces.

A very inspirational message from Chiara at The Blonde Salad.





Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

To Paris



A Seahorse

I have been itching for a new iPhone case and came across this lovely little Tory Burch number from Nordstrom. I can't imagine anything more perfect, colorful, or festive for summer. I'm not usually a fan of having animals on my clothes/shoes/accessories, but this vibrant seahorse certainly bypasses that concession.


Find it here!

Friday, May 25, 2012

A Hint of Leopard Part 2

As promised, here is part two featuring belts and shoes! I will be the first to raise my hand and say that I obsessively watch the Kardashians. All three (or however many they have nowadays) shows, tirelessly. But I can only get so much of their high-end meets Jersey shore animal print fashion strategies. Take a cue from these pictures, and add a spot of leopard to jazz up an outfit, colorful or not. It many ways, it's considered a neutral, so don't be timid! It's very possible for animal print to be refreshing.


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Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Sunny Day




More Macarons

After being semi-successful on my first venture making macarons, my sister and I decided to make another foray into the expansive and complicated field of French macarons. With this recipe by Annie's Eats in tow, an appetizing combination of hazelnut macarons with Nutella filling, we quickly made our way to the kitchen.

Disaster struck rather early into the process. In fact, the oven hadn't even been turned on yet. While pulsing the nuts in the food processor, I noticed that the almond/hazelnut flour was clumping up. Due to freezing the nuts, they were attracting moisture and forming into little pellets. I decided to put the mixture through the sieve, and while some dry flour made it through, most of it stayed clumped up in the sieve. My sister likened it to cleaning the litter box (ummm, ew). Thus, the process was further delayed while I set out the moist mixture in a flat glass bowl to dry out.

Finally, we got the mixture to be even, and it was relatively smooth sailing from there on out. We made the shells broader and thinner, and let them sit out for a whole two hours. I think that's what made all the difference. A firm coat was able to form on the shells, which allowed for feet to form. Yes, they had feet! I've never been so proud.

Let's compare the two batches.


Needless to say I'm rather embarrassed of my first attempt. I'm so glad I was able to redeem myself. Lesson learned: broader and thinner shells, and DO NOT pulse the nuts while still frozen. Recipe for disaster. And almond flour dust everywhere

Maybe next time will offer an even more varied flavor profile? I'm thinking something with fruit. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

For You



Silk Blouse

Never, under any circumstance, underestimate the power of a silk blouse. Perfect for all seasons and with any type of shorts, pants, or skirt, it is the essential wardrobe basic to build upon and create a fabulous outfit. Pile on the necklaces, wear a statement piece, or throw on a scarf to complete a marvelous and put-together top look.


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A Hint of Leopard Part 1

I can't handle it in Kardashian proportions, but sometimes, a little spot of leopard is a good thing. Especially when it comes to accessorizing. It seems to have become the perfect neutral companion for those who need a neutral don't want to appear boring. Wearing nautical stripes? A neon blouse? Mint pants? Add a little leopard.


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Look for part two tomorrow: belts and shoes!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Pardon us...


The Corner Apartment will be undergoing a few cosmetic changes in the next few days! Content will still be available as well as new posts, but please bear with me if there are any sudden hiccups!

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

A Macaron Mishap

Yesterday afternoon I took it upon myself to make my first batch of French macarons. I've always heard about how difficult the technique is to achieve, and I must say that I agree with that sentiment. They turned out delicious, but not at all in the right shape. My almond cookie flavored macarons with white chocolate vanilla ganache resembled a dirty snowball more than anything else.


The macaron shells were too small and fat, while the ganache was entirely too thin and ran completely out of each miniature sandwich. We ended up taking the shells apart and just dipping them in the leftover ganache (shhh, don't tell). Still, my family ate them all up, and the batch of about 34 mini macarons is nearly gone. Sweets are a treasured (yet still probably all too common) treat around here. 

I used Epicurean Mom's recipe (here), and must have done something completely off. Hers look absolutely stunning! And I know it's not just from that nice little snowflake adornment. Most of my mistakes were probably in the dispensing of the batter from the (handmade) pastry bag. 


Despite my disappointment with their un-glorified appearance, I plan on doing a little bit of studying up on technique to try my hand again at macaron-making in the future. They are so light, so delicious, perfect for so many occasions, and I love how there are so many fun and interesting flavor profiles out there to make and to try. 

So tell me. Is there something I missed? Have you ever made macarons from scratch before?

Friday, May 18, 2012

Monogram Madness

Who doesn't like a nice monogram? Half for the sake of personalization, the other for the sake of being preppy, it's hard to stay away from these shiny initialed baubles. Whatever your fancy, these glossy ornaments can perfectly compliment any outfit on any occasion. Quite the lustrous staple.



Top:
Tortoise Cuff
Gold Monogram Necklace
Magnolia Raised Charm
Block Monogram Earrings

Middle:
Signet Ring
Monogram Bracelet
Script Monogram Earrings
Slim Signet
Turquoise Enamel Pendant

Bottom:
Monogram Disc Necklace
Acrylic Monogram Necklace
Silver Monogram Earrings
Monogram Chain Bracelet

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sparkling


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Etsy: Decor Favorites

I'm a huge fan of Etsy. I love browsing through jewelry and home decor, but sometimes it seems like searching for a needle in a haystack. Aesthetically pleasing and quality items seem to be the minority. Often I feel like I'm looking through an online flea market, which is essentially what Etsy is. While the thrill of the hunt is fun, it does seem to get monotonous, so I've decided to create a little collection of my favorite home decor items. I'm in the process of coming up with ideas to decorate my bedroom in my new apartment next year, and am confident that at least a few of these items will end up in my room. Hope you enjoy!


1//Tissue Tassel Garland- Electric Love//The Flair Exchange
2//Ooh La La Pillow//Alexandra Ferguson
4//Kirie Clock//Decoy Lab
5//Large Lucite Serving Tray//Tilly Maison
6//Wooden Makeup Organizer//Less & More
8//Love Letters//Twisted Twig
9//Salt & Pepper Jars//Paulova Ceramics
10//Vintage Brass Giraffe//Pine and Main

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Classical Reverie

I was planning on doing a little feature on Penguin's Clothbound Classics, of which I have three of and am absolutely in love with. Their bright candy color illustrations are enough to make any girl who remotely likes a good ol' classic giddy with excitement. I do like my Kindle very much (and its Kate Spade cover just the same), but have a special place in my heart for beautifully-bound classics.

I stopped in my tracks when I saw these. I cannot believe I've never come across these before! Artist Jillian Tamaki spent months designing the three covers, and with perfect technique. While the actual books themselves are not embroidered (hence the $16 price tag), they do have sculptural embossing. Very beautiful handiwork, indeed.






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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Something to Remember


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For the Love of Mint!

Due to finals and moving back home to Texas, blogging has been rather far down on my list of things to do. Fortunately, I have an embarrassingly wide-open summer, and plan on being much more focused on The Corner Apartment. Expect new features, design, and whatever else comes to mind.

The newest feature, as you can see below, is called "For the love of..." and will include mostly trends and looks. A step up from A Weekend Outfit, I suppose.

It's clear that a mint trend has appeared for this spring and summer. And while it initially evokes in me a memory of a very bad minty-hued tiled bathroom in an old house I used to live in, a second thought is that provides a breath of fresh air to dull basics (khaki, white, black) while pairing well with almost any other color.


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Of course, my personal favorite is the Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5 Zip Clutch (#3). There are a number of other bright candy-colored versions, but the unique mint hue is my overwhelming favorite. The Equipment shirt, too is another favorite. But who isn't in love with every Equipment shirt they lay eyes on? I will always believe in silk blouses.