Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Black Is The New Black




Hello again! It is almost the end of the week and I honestly cannot wait to have a nice, relaxing weekend. We spent last weekend in Houston visiting family and friends and, although it was so much fun, traveling can really wear me out. 

Today I have a few additional items on my autumn wish list featuring my current favorite color, black! Black gives an outfit a feeling of class and sophistication unlike any other shade. Now that I am in my late twenties, have been trying to focus on acquiring more staple pieces into my wardrobe rather then honing in on trendy items. Some things will obviously still be on trend, like these Banana Republic Roland Mouret Collection High Waisted Leggings or the adorable Express High Waisted Sheer Inset Pleated Skirt, but other pieces will be simple and timeless, like the Tory Burch Robinson Chain Wallet and the Tory Burch Marlene Riding Boot. These are just a few of my favorite picks for this season that will work with many different colors and accessories to create your perfect fall look.



Black Is The New Black





XOXO






Fall Wish List




Hey there! So summer is starting to come to an end and all I can think about is fall fall FALL! I love autumn for so many reasons, the beautiful weather, my wedding anniversary, and, of course, the fall fashion trends. This autumn, I am hoping to stock up on some classic shoe and bag purchases that will last me through the years, as well as some fun, bohemian inspired finds that reflect the trends. Last year, I acquired two cute booties that work well with pants, as well as a pair of over the knee flat boots. This year I am looking for a higher heel, so I am lusting over the Sam Edelman Kayla Over the Knee Boots as well as the Rag & Bone Harrow Booties  both in black, of course. Also in the shoe department, I am looking for just a classic cognac riding boot to wear with jeans. I think the Frye Paige Tall Riding Boots are the perfect pair. As far as bags go, lately I have been wanting a bag that I can fit our DSLR camera in so that we can take blog photos more easily on the go. I brought it shopping one day to judge how well it fit in certain bags I had my eye on. It fit perfectly, case and all, in the Tory Burch Robinson Double-Zip Tote. I think it is such a classic bag as well that I will have for years to come. For more fun, every day bags I have been lusting over the Rebecca Minkoff Hudson Moto Mini in "Torta" all summer because I think the color is perfect for summer or fall. Also, the Tory Burch Small York Buckle Tote in "Kir Royal" has caught my eye for the same reason. With these classic, key wardrobe pieces I mixed in a few clothing and accessory items that I hope to make wardrobe additions this season. I hope you enjoy my fall wish list!

 



Fall Wish List




 


XOXO



 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Fabio Viviani's Easy Lasagna, Frue Style




Hello again! I hope you all had an amazing weekend. I have another fun recipe post to share with you all using the leftover Bolognese sauce from my last cooking blog post. The Hubs and I made this dish together and you could taste the love we put into it! This dish definitely took time and patience but it was well worth it. Travis said it was the best dish we had ever made at home, which is a huge compliment. We stuck to the recipe for the most part, but I added a little extra cheese because we only live once. We ended up freezing half of it after we cooked it and ate it at a later date. It froze really well and was just as good as the fresh slices. I hope you enjoy this classic Italian dish!


You can watch Fabio make the original recipe on Chow Ciao HERE



Fabio's Bechamel Sauce, Frue Style

 

  Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  •  quart of whole milk
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Heat a large dutch oven over medium high heat. Once hot, add your butter and melt. Once melted, reduce the heat to low and stir in the flour. Whisk together until combine but do not allow butter to brown. Add your nutmeg and then remove the pot from the heat. Slowly whisk in your milk. Return your pot to the heat and slowly bring to a boil. Continue to stir until desired consistency is reached (we stirred for about 15 minutes, you want the sauce to be pretty thick). Turn off the heat and allow the sauce to rest for at least 30 minutes.
 



Fabio's Easy Lasagna Sauce, Frue Style

 

  Ingredients:

  •  1 batch Fabio's Bechamel sauce
  • 3-1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 quarts Fabio's Bolognese sauce, recipe HERE
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  • Fresh lasagna pasta sheets, cooked according to directions

 

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Heat the Bechamel sauce up again over medium heat. once warm, gently fold in 3 cups of the Parmesan cheese and mix a few minutes until melted and combined. Cook your pasta according to directions and drain. In a rectangular pan layer Bolognese, pasta sheets, Bechamel, pasta sheets, Bolognese and 1/2of the mozzarella, pasta sheets, Bechamel, pasta sheets, and on the top layer combine Bolognese and Bechamel and then sprinkle with remaining cheeses. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until brown and bubbly. Remove from the oven and let sit for about 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy!





















XOXO



Friday, August 15, 2014

White Out



Hello all! It is finally Friday and I am thrilled to let my hair down and relax a bit. I wanted to share with you all today a monochromatic look featuring classic wardrobe staples and highlighting this fun floppy hat. I have been on a bit of a hat binge ever since the fall, and I see no end in sight! I'm not sure what it is about them, maybe it's the fact that I don't see many women sporting them often so I have adopted the hat as "my signature   accessory". This one in particular is to die for. It is a mix of orange and lilac which gives it almost a light gray shade from a distance. I also love that the brim is wired so I can bend it any direction I need to block out the sun's harmful rays. What kind of accessories have you been loving this summer? Let me know and have a fantastic weekend! 














Shirt: Gap HERE
Skirt: Banana Republic (old) similar HERE
Hat: Anthropologie HERE
Shoes: Dolce Vita via. Piperlime, same avalible at Nordstrom HERE
Hair: Bellami Ciao Bella Curling Wand c/o 32mm attachment HERE
Styling Products: Agave Healing Oil Treatment c/o HERE
Styling Products: Fave4hair Workable Wear c/o HERE


XOXO



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tasty Thursday: Fabio's Perfect Bolognese Sauce, Frue Style



Hello again everyone! I wanted to share with you all another recipe that I tried recently, that will soon become a household staple, at least in my home. I had just made a huge pot of my Dad's Famous Marinara Sauce and I was in search of recipes that have marinara as their base. I came across a bolognese recipe from one of my favorite Top Chef contestants, Fabio Viviani. I was immediately intrigued and decided this was perfect. We ended up making the sauce specifically for lasagna, but we had extra that I froze and eventually used on a homemade pizza, which was also delicious. This is seriously the Hub's new favorite sauce, which is awesome because it is packed with veggies and protein from the beef. I hope this recipe intrigues you as well and pleases your family as much as it pleased mine.

You can watch Fabio make the original recipe on Chow Ciao HERE.


Fabio's Perfect Bolognese Sauce, Frue Style

 

  Ingredients:

  •  3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 cups of diced yellow onion
  • 2 cups of diced carrots
  • 2 cups of ground beef, preferably 80-85% lean
  • 1 sprig of rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig of sage, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of white wine 
  • 2 cups of red wine
  • 2 cups of marinara sauce (recipe HERE )
  • 1 cup of tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon if celery salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Heat a large dutch oven over medium high heat. Once hot, add you olive oil and start to saute your onions, carrots, garlic, rosemary, and sage. Once they have cooked down and the onions become translucent, add the white wine to deglaze the pot. Reduce the wine until it is almost dry, and then add your ground beef. Season with the celery salt and a bit of salt and pepper, and cook your meat until no traces of pink are left. Then, add your red wine to once again deglaze the pan. Reduce the wine until there is about half the amount of liquid then you started with, and then add your marinara sauce and tomato paste to the dutch oven. Season with more salt and pepper until it has your desired amount, and continue to cook until the sauce is thick and rich. Serve over pasta and store extra for lasagna, and, of course, enjoy!











XOXO