Pinspiration: Tarts

With this cooler weather I’ve been craving comfort desserts, specifically tarts. During this time of the year my usually mom makes this delicious plum tart which I have been craving something fierce for the past few days. I recently called her to request said tart at Thanksgiving dinner this year in lieu of the traditional pumpkin pie.

I’m currently working on my own apple tart recipe and looking for tips and tricks on creating the perfect puff pastry for my tart. For a dough with so few ingredients it can be tricky to make correctly. I think this may be one of those situations where store bought might be the way to go. From savory to sweet, below are a few tarts I’m hoping to try and replicate this upcoming weekend. Friends should definitely stop by hungry!

:: Puff Pastry Pear Tartlets – Angel Love’s Cooking ::
pear tartlets

:: Fresh Fig Tart with Orange Mascarpone Filling – Through Oana’s Lens ::
Fig Tart

:: Apple Goat Cheese Tart – Fluxi On Tour ::
apple goat cheese tart

:: Sun Dried Tomato Tart – Harriet Emily ::
sun dried tomato tart

:: Asparagus and Pesto Tart – Belly Rumbles ::
asparagus tart

Halloween “Spook”ghetti & Meatballs

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With Halloween right around the corner I decided to get in on the holiday spirit with this fun and easy dish. Everyone loves spaghetti and meatballs, so why not add a little Halloween flair by coloring your pasta purple and/or black. This recipe would be great for a Halloween dinner with friends and family; my 6 year old cousin went bananas over this dish a few weeks ago.


  • 1 lb. pasta ( I used fettuccine )
  • food coloring
  • 2 TBSP cold water
  • pasta sauce (your favorite)


  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions, drain and rinse with cold water.
  2. In a large zip lock bag, add the 2 TBSP of cold water and the following food coloring: 8 drops of red, 8 drops of yellow, 6 drops of blue, 4 drops of green. Mix together well.
  3. Drop your pasta into the zip lock bag, zip it close and start shaking the bag. Let the pasta soak in the coloring for about 10 minutes.
  4. Drain and rinse the pasta again with cold water until all excess food coloring is gone.
  5. Top with your favorite pasta and meatballs and serve!

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Grey All Day

plaid midi skirt

:: Michael Stars Sweater | Lulu’s Midi Skirt | Guess? pumps | Michael Kors Bag | Anthropologie Spike Necklace (old) | Madewell Teardrop Necklace (similar) | Sole Society Ring ::

The sky have been permanently grey this week in Chicago and therefore I’ve got grey on my mind. The color grey and I are currently in an intense love affair and I don’t expect it to be ending anytime soon. I picked up this tartan print midi skirt last week and had the hardest time figuring out a way to wear it. While searching for inspiration online, it seemed like a crop top was the only way to go….except, crop tops are just not for me. There are certain trends/styles that I’ll never part take in and high on that list is crop tops and leggings. (Yes it is true, I don’t own a single pair of leggings. Ask Christine if you don’t believe me….) In the end though I stuck to my no fail approach when I struggle and that is to keep things monochromatic.

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:: Photography by Christine Dubay ::

On Trend :: Top It Off

It’s definitely hat season in Chicago and I for one am excited to add to my ever growing selection of headgear. I swear it is the year of the floppy wool hat because it has been popping up everywhere on Pinterest as well as in real life. Floppy wool hats have officially become a weekend brunch staple. While I haven’t found one that fits my head just right, I’m hopeful that one of these fun beauties below will end up being “the one”. From pom poms to bows, add some flair to your winter and top it off with one of these fun hats!

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:: 1. Topshop Felt Floppy Hat | 2. Betsey Johnson “Veil” Beanie | 3. Kate Spade “All The Trimmings” Beanie | 4. Sole Society Dimpled Wool Hat | 5. C.Wonder “Love Mash Up” Pom Hat | 6. Dorothy Perkins Floppy Hat | 7. Janessa Leone “George” Hat ::

Dancing Days & Nights

anine bing dress; anime bing:: Anine Bing Dress (soldout) | ASOS Belt | Marc by Marc Jacobs Bag | M2 Boutique Necklace | Calvin Klein Booties (old) ::

Some weekends are meant for cozy sweaters and staying indoors curled up with a great book; and then there are those weekends when one of your best friends makes a surprise visit to Chicago and you spend all night downtown dancing. This weekend was one for the books, a much needed weekend of fun to relieve all the stress that life has recently brought on.

While I’m not usually one for bar nights or staying out past 10pm (yes, I’m a grandma); every once in a while I do get the urge to just go out and let loose. I feel like it can be harder to make the effort to go out when the weather turns cold and windy. I end up choosing my outfit based on whatever items will keep me warm enough for the night. I came across this long sleeve Anine Bing dress during Shopbop’s sale last week (it already sold out!), it was a instantaneous love connect. I love the simplicity of this dress that still has a girly vibe to it with it’s detailed cut out front panel. For a night out I kept my accessories simple and paired the dress with heeled booties. Earlier in the day I kept this casual with a leather jacket and flats, making this dress my fall go-to.

Anyone else do something exciting this weekend?

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:: Photography by Christine Dubay ::