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Aug

27

Watch over cuff

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For fall you can work this trend of putting your watch over the cuff. It was pioneered by none other than Gianni Agnelli.

This act of doing something “difficult” without effort, called Sprezzatura. He said he did this to see the time faster. But it could have also been that he was allergic to the metal…who knows.

This is also a hard trend to replicate. Like are you honestly that desperate to look at the time? Don’t you have your iphone with you? If you are a fashion blogger, it’s a given that you won’t be as busy as Agnelli, who built a global Fiat Empire. I mean like I get that you may be busy hassling someone for a selfie….

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Aug

27

4 ingredient Steak dinner

I’m playing around with video again, and one of my weekend favorites is a steak dinner. I use Dry aged sirloin strip and I make sure it is always medium rare.

There is another fast paced version of this video, on my instagram (curatedlist) which uses D’angelo instead of Drake. But I like this luxury of not having to edit it down to 15 seconds!! Gives you more room to experiment.

The red sauce is hot sauce. It’s incredibly delicious. It’s hot chili peppers with oil, and mixed with dried scallops. There’s other stuff it in but it’s kind of like a secret hot sauce which you can only get at Chinese supermarkets. I add it from time to time to my steak.

The steak is marinated only lightly for like 20 minutes with Maggi Arome Saveur and Fish sauce. I also used cream of spinach as a side. You would be surprised as what a little Maggi and fish sauce does for a steak. For even more flavor add some soy and melted butter. The trick is to not make it too salty.

Make sure to let the steak rest. You want to really bring this steak down to room temp before grilling or broiling, and then let it rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing it, so the juices redistribute.

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Aug

26

Current Mood…Humeur du moment…

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Aug

26

Summer’s closing …

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It’s true I’m ready for fall and this summer was full of both good and bad memories. Talented Mr. Ripley captures perfectly these fleeting moments of summer, where sunsets must be fully appreciated before we start looking outside our windows at 5 pm to see that it is completely dark.

Haven’t we all come across a Tom Ripley in our lives? You know one that watches and mimics your every move. Ha, this is business-as-usual in the fashion blogging world. I’ve got this one chick (lanky gal with brown hair who can’t write for shit and isn’t funny at all) that likes to read this portal. Don’t worry though, she likes to keep me a secret. I wonder why. Sneaky sneaky!!! That “shtick” of yours ain’t gonna last very long babycakes.

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Aug

25

Je voudrais ces Chaussures ….

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Yes I absolutely adore these shoes above … I really really do. Brings me back to the old days. When I used to dress more like….What’s below….

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This was wayyyy back in the day. When I used to wear fur, and everything studded. Remember it was like 80′s craze at this time and that “russian hooker” look was vibing.

Sometimes too much of that chain can be a bit violent looking. You know what I mean? Like too much bondage or whatever…and I’m not into “bdsm” at all but I do like it’s aesthetic language only when done moderately.

These boots below may be a much more “ladylike” option…

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Aug

25

Mamoun’s

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I’ve been making some minor adjustments to my food intake. As of late I’m working in more salads, veggies, and protein heavy meals. No I am in no way ready for full on Paleo 24/7. I would LOVE to, because right now my new obsession is being 10 lbs thinner…but pasta is my second favorite food group after Steak. But last week was great, I was in the mood to go to Mamoun’s, a portal of broke and rich people varying from b-men types to students. It was right before heading downtown to meet someone…It’s become a “touristy” kind of place. And I remember being deliriously ravenous, starving the entire day from a 9-5 class schedule and coming here right at the end to indulge in 2 falafels and 1 shawarma. This was years ago.

If memory serves me correct, everything tasted better back then. The hot sauce was doable. This time I started bursting out in tears, my throat jammed with prickly pain as I lavishly poured this sauce on my mediterranean goods. Other people kept using this sauce and they seemed to be fine. Not me. But that was my mistake. I should have tested out this hot sauce before.

In the last photo I stand on a less than desirable floor situation, with a ton of lettuce that never made it to my mouth. Thank god I didn’t drip hot sauce and Tahini everywhere.

Whether or not it wasn’t as delicious as I remembered…I could still eat like 3-4 of these in a row. The falafel balls here are definitely “secret recipe” worthy material. Meaning you could try to mimic these at home but it just might not taste the same. This place is a must do, must see, attraction. Right up there with Cirque Du Soleil.

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Aug

25

Green Curry Kit, 1 pot meal …

This is titled “one pot meal” but no I do not work for Food TV or Rachel Ray. It is one of my go to weekend meals (I don’t really eat dinner usually…and it’s too much to make for lunch…)…I did have some very strange cravings for it this morning.

It works as a great side soup if you’re doing a lite wrap or roast beef sandwich. It smells unbelievable as it is perfumed with a variety of herbs, and tons of basil and cilantro. The base for this stew is chicken stock along with some veggie stock. I used whatever I had left in my pantry. Some people just don’t like this curry. For me, it was more like an acquired taste. It didn’t take me long because I love this unique flavor…Well at whole foods this was the last curry pack left, so I guess the tides are turning. You’ll see people usually ordering red curry or something like this. My favorite place to eat this is at Penang.

If you’re insecure about this dish, use this kit. I like to get the full on paste they sell (separately) but this kit rations out portions (green curry to coconut milk ratio..and a packet of random herbs I don’t even know what they are..just throw it in..)… I don’t actually need this kit but everyone’s a little nervous making this for the first time. Parameters on how to “cook this right” are always iffy when you are not from Thailand.

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That said you will also need fish sauce and broths. I’m using veggie and a little chicken stock. You want to go easy on these stocks because you really want to taste the green curry and coconut.

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Start by cooking the chicken with the paste. You’ll add coconut milk (1 tablespoon) to the hot pan first. The directions behind this packet are excellent.

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I cooked this in the microwave. Once you start cooking rice in a microwave it will be very hard to go back to doing things the old way. Wash the rice and add water. The amount of water is usually 1 inch taller above the rice line. Cook for at least 10 minutes. If the rice is too hard, fluff it up and push it back into the microwave. Keep playing it by ear until you get desired doneness.

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I always add extra cilantro. You can also add small green peppers for heat, or add sriracha later after you serve.

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You can eat this as a stew….Or soup. There are varying degrees of thickness. For example if you added a roux or something like this you’ll get something much pastier. I like it quite loose. Some people like to go heavy on the coconut and others curry. I’m sure there is some expert reading this who is actually from Thailand…There’s not a perfect way to do this dish for us non experts, just go with your gut…I’ve made this about 20 times or so in my life so I’m only getting the jist of it.. I like extra coconut and like to go heavier on the curry flavor. It’s literally a matter of throwing in veggies and chicken to a pot, the coconut milk will go last. I did not find any canned bamboo shoots so I skipped out. Never add beef to green curry the flavor doesn’t work. I’d suggest adding shrimp or fish even if you want to replace the chicken. Or do a mixture.

Serve hot over jasmine rice! Comfort food, can’t be beat.

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Aug

22

Ringtisserie…..?

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You know the entire industry of fashion and accessories has officially run out of ideas when designers, as featured above (tag them if you like I’ve got no time and don’t care enough to…) are now making hamsters spin. I’m spinning in my head! Who needs a Carnival on their finger? Is this Cirque Du Soleil..or a piece of jewelry…

Some person on instagram said my style was “ugly” and not in a mean or offensive way at all. I just don’t have time to be dressed up (like I had before) and primp myself in front of a camera all day. Unlike other hamsters I choose a profession that requires some kind of brains and expertise. I hardly sleep and that is totally reflected in my style as of late. I guess it’s sort of like half bartender half cleaning lady. But I don’t really care so long as my Mercedez is waiting for me outside..That’s a lie. I care. Ugh.

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Aug

22

half & half trend

Another trend I’m seeing more and more in design and lighting is this “halfie” trend. Half covered in chrome, or solid concrete, and half flushed with glaring, blinding light, it’s a wonderful way to add a high contrast situation to your home or accessories.

I love a dim surrounding, I’m like a bat. I could live in windowless rooms, swear to God! I don’t mind it at all. Actually I’m very sensitive to light, my eyes that is. I love light that’s more moody and ambient.

Below we start out with a half gold and half lucite ring. It may be something else, this transparent stone, I’m never sure, but you can always correct me.

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So modern, loopy light half dipped in gold.

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Half crome light bulb.

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So cool, chic and industrial this raw bulb sits on top of what is work essential for professional photogs. Nowadays you’ll see people who carry hi end DSLRs – it means nothing.. Who can’t pick up a fancy camera and snap? Everyone can. Me I save time by using my iPhone. I also don’t care for that “I’m an emo photographer from highschool” look. You know the kind of youngster with artistic tendencies that carries around a huge camera with them. I mean do you also carry Nabokov in your back pocket…Probably.

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High contrast bag, Half see through and half solid.

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I may have to indulge in some more photo research, but for now here are my favorite light and accessories looks. Go half & half, when it doubt!

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