What's For Dinner | Kabobs

I wanted to share our delicious dinner from this evening... Steak Cube Kabobs!
If you love simple yet flavorful and healthy ingredients, you'll love my recipe:

 STEP 1: Begin by marinating the raw beef steak cubes. Here I made my own marinade of olive oil, sea salt and pepper, and my favorite Cajun seasoning Tony Chachere's.

 STEP 2: Soak your wooden kabob skewers in water so that they do not splinter when you load them.

 STEP 3: Half some mushrooms and cut a yellow onion into large pieces.

STEP 4: Cut fresh red and green bellpeppers into chunks.

 STEP 5: Alternate the veggies and beef cubes on the wooden skewer.
(I don't eat the onions, I just use them for flavor)

 STEP 6: Grill 'em up! If you're like us and don't have a grill, use a greased grill pan.

STEP 7: Employ a willing kabob turner. I used my tall and handsome Hubs. Turning the kabobs in the pan (or on the grill) insures that you cook all sides of the meat thoroughly.
Like true Texans, we prefer our steak cooked medium rare.

STEP 8 (optional) : we needed a starch for the meal, so I whipped up some yummy cornbread. The best brand is Jiffy in the blue box. All you need is a little milk, an egg, and about 15 minutes to bake.

If I can make this meal, pretty much anyone can! Kabobs are easy, they just require a bit o' prep time. Feel free to mix and match with other grillable veggies and different marinades. Enjoy!


China Fashion Week is Loco

There's NY Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, Milan Fashion Week... but how much do you ever see of China Fashion Week? I tell you what, it looks crazy! Put aside everything you know about 'serious' fashion, and just liberate your imagination.

Some fascinating looks from China Fashion Week :

Aw - pagoda sleeve!

Mardi Gras!


Images from Source.


The Fashionable Fanning Girls

I can't quite put my finger on what makes Dakota and Elle Fanning so bewitching, but I certainly love their senses of style. I really enjoyed their black-and-white feature in the current issue of W magazine :

 Pieces of note: Hats by Chanel Haute Couture

 Elle is young yet already so polished and modelesque.
Pieces of note: Sequined and embroidered with Swarovski elements, Rodarte's detailed tulle dress. Vintage Helen Uffner gloves.

 Pieces of note: P.S. Couture porcelain earrings

Pieces of note: Dior Haute Couture silk top on Dakota and pleated silk jacket on Elle.

I can't wait to see what the Fanning sisters do next!

Images from W Mag online.


Gobble Gobble!

Happy Thanksgiving, Jellies!

I trust that everyone is traveling safely and has eaten themselves into oblivion on Turkey Day munchies. The Hubby and I had a delicious luncheon and dinner with his basketball team, and I attempted my first from-scratch Pumpkin Pie (with canned pumpkin though, because who wants to scrape a pumpkin when it's not Halloween?) Surprisingly, I think it was quite a success.

As I always do on major holidays, I thought yall would enjoy some Thanksgiving funnies from our friends at SomeEcards.com :

 Gobble Gobble, gals! I am thankful for you.


My Artwork | 3 Paintings called Karoshi

Before I left Dallas, one of our best friends, David, commissioned me to do a painting for him. David is a lawyer and had recently begun working for a sweet new law firm; so he wanted some original art to decorate his fancy new office with!

Not a photo of David, but this is his big, beautiful and goofy Great Dane named Finlay.
I love him.

David knows I love doing large-scale work, and we decided on a 3-canvas piece. I like doing the occasional abstract painting, and I know what kind of art David is into. I had a lot of fun making this piece for my friend.

Check out the progression of the piece (photos taken at my studio in Dallas, AKA our apartment balcony on a dropcloth because I'm a messy painter) :

 As many painters do, I paint in several layers. Here is the underpainting.

 Added strokes to visually tie the 3 canvases together.

 Added more shapes using paint and a building medium to keep the paint thick and raised on the canvas. Also inserted my signature jellyfish [giggles].

*Because the shapes were a bit too perfect and colors a bit too pure, I then employed a painting technique I discovered back in school. I put turpentine (turpenoid) all over an old t-shirt and wiped the entire canvas with it while the oil paint is wet. It smears the shapes and blends the colors.

Then I go back with a smaller brush and do touch-ups...

TA-DA! Finished product.
It's hard to tell from this image, but the red circle shapes and the streak across the center are really thick with paint.

One of my favorite parts of this piece is that you can switch up the order of the 3 canvases and change their orientation, and the piece still looks interesting! It's up to the person with the hammer and nails to determine how the paintings hang on the wall.

I called the piece KAROSHI. This is a term I learned while living in Japan, and it means "death from overwork". Because my friend David is a hard-at-work lawyer, I thought the painting would remind him not to overwork himself and to make time for leisure and his wife and doggie. 

Thanks for letting me paint for you, Dave!


Sexy Winter Mashmallow

During the process of moving to North Dakota, I began to ponder how I would make mucho layers and marshmallow coats look fashionable...

I thought, no matter what cute dress or outfit I'm wearing underneath, I'll always have to pile a puffy coat on top of it! Then I took a tip from Grazia Italy magazine in this editorial by photog Zoltan Tombor (awesome name).

Model Lejla Hodzic rocks these marshmallow coats, hats, tights, boots, etc with the greatest of ease :

 Do people still wear hand muffs? How do you catch yourself if you fall?

(this is me celebrating about an above-freezing day)

Voila! It's Winter Chic. Thanks Grazia!

Photos from Source.