Saturday, December 10, 2011


tycho . hours (teen daze remix)
{you know how i love my instrumentals}

childish gambino . heartbeats (no pets allowed remix)
{this kid is a wonder. first, he's hilarious in community, then he sings and dances too?! geesh.}

dillon francis . I.D.G.A.F.O.S.
{dillon is quickly becoming someone i'm obsessed with. the melody is contagious}

big boi . shutterbug (unlimited gravity remix)
{getting my thug on... that's right, you heard me}

avicii / nicky romero . unknown track
{personally anything avicii does is perfect to me, but collaborating with nicky romero is perfection on another level! this track still has that awesome melodic avicii signature too}


swedish house mafia/ knife party/ tim berg . alcoholism antidote (pressure 12 step bootleg)
{sweden to the fourth power + a little knife party mixed in}

birdy . young blood (the naked and famous cover)
{umm, can i officially say i'm jealous of a fifteen year old... her voice is beyond}

boxer rebellion . spitting fire
{a perfect fall driving song}

leonard cohen . winter lady
{classic folk}

daft punk vs. dj fresh . something about gold dust (jimi needles blend)
{a funkier, more soulful version of the daft classic}

david guetta . titanium ft. sia (arno cost remix)
{my favorite of the remixes to this song. maybe not as hard hitting as the others but the melody melds perfectly into the original}

frank ocean . girlfriend's best friend
{yea, you already know i'm obsessed with this guy. just another track i swoon over}

porter robinson . unison (knife party remix)
{another artist i've been swooning over! super hard electro house crafted from the hands of a 19 year old hailing from north carolina that just makes me want to jump around. i'm so bummed i missed him when he was in town... womp womp}

friction . someone ft. mclean (the prototypes remix)
{just love the smooth vocals contrasted against the dubby interludes}

nujabes . the final view
{been a long time fan, and am seriously itching for the post-humous release of his debut album. rest in peace, jun seba. your music is everything.}

madeon . icarus (unreleased preview)
{madeon is a teen genius, seriously... he's 17. waiting patiently for this song to be released, until then, i'll be looping the youtube video...}

lana del rey . born to die
{there's a lot of controversy over lana del rey, mainly about her lips which makes me laugh but i must say, i am a big fan of this song... video follows!}

{all images found via google images}

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Quinoa-Farro Salad with Grilled Lemon Chicken

This quinoa salad has been my lifeline for the past month... and this just in: I'm still not sick of it!

It's love.

Inspired by a salad from a restaurant, I was determined to make it myself at home. Simply determined. So the next day I went to my local market to get my hands on some farro, which I must say is quite expensive compared to other grains! But on the upside, it's delicious and has this amazing toothy quality that adds to the quinoa's soft almost rice-like texture. If you want to keep it low budget - I suggest trying barley instead (I plan on trying it myself soon).

Anyways, with all the fresh herbs and veggies, it's simply perfect. I had never tried farro before and was stunned at how much I loved it. The combination might not sound so appetizing to non-health freaks but I swear, everyone who has tried has loved it! The lemon-y dressing and French feta make it so irresistible  and all of the textures keeps your taste buds guessing at each bite. This salad is equally amazing with some grilled shrimp on top!

Quinoa-Farro Salad with Grilled Lemon Chicken
Yields: 10 servings

For the chicken:
10 chicken tenders
1/4 cup olive oil
1 lemon, zested and juiced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

For the salad:
1 cup quinoa
1 cup farro
2 large red bell peppers, seeds removed, sliced, cut into 1" pieces
5 Persian cucumbers, seeds removed, sliced into 1 cm pieces
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup golden raisins, rehydrated in warm water
1 cup French feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped

For the dressing:

1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. crushed dried mint
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. seasoned salt

To make the dressing, whisk together everything in a small bowl to blend and set aside in the refrigerator until needed. For the chicken, add the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, salt and pepper into a large bowl. Mix together and add the chicken. Stir well to coat, then cover the bowl in plastic wrap. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 2 hours and up to overnight. Before grilling, allow the chicken to come to room temperature. Grill over a medium-high flame until cooked through, about 5 minutes on each side.

To cook the quinoa, add the quinoa and 1 1/4 cups of water into a rice cooker. Cook using the 'white rice' setting. Once done, remove the quinoa and allow to cool to room temperature. While the quinoa is cooking, heat a large sauce pot over high heat. Add the farro and 2 1/2 cups of water. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low to a simmer. Cook for 20 - 30 minutes until tender. If there is excess water remaining, drain the farro and set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooled grains, all of the vegetables and drained, re-hydrated raisins. Mix to combine. If not serving immediately at this point, you can refrigerate this mixture until ready to eat, it usually keeps in my refrigerator for up to a week. When ready to serve, toss in the feta cheese and enough dressing to lightly coat. Eat cold or at room temperature and serve with the warm chicken.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tailored Tuesday & Travel

1. Milly 'Snake-effect leather shoulder bag'
so posh.

2. Kain 'Alva open-knit linen-blend cardigan'
perfectly lightweight for summer nights.

3. 3.1 Phillip Lim 'Knot-front textured silk playsuit'
playsuits were not my thing, they just didn't work but now with all the new styles, they've magically grown on me.

4. Paloma Barcelo 'Amalaga mesh and leather espadrille wedges'
chic & casual.

5. Scosha 'Set of three 10-karat gold and diamond bracelets'
a mix of boho and chic.

6. Marni 'Resin and ribbon necklace'
a stunner.

7. Stella Mccartney 'Elodie hopping underwire bra'
can lace ever not be pretty?

8. Olympus 'PEN camera'
slim, lightweight and perfect for on the go.

9. Kai 'Perfume oil'
my favorite perfume ever!!! so fresh smelling - too bad it costs an arm and a leg...

10. Tom Cecil 'Hipflask'
classy trashy.

11. Clinique 'Black honey almost lipstick'
the best subtle lip tint that works on almost everyone!

12. Temple 'Repurposed u-zip duffel bag'
i just love anything in olive green.

13. Maybelline 'New York lasting drama by eyestudio gel eyeliner'
what i'm currently using - and i must say, it's just as good as mac's fluidline.

14. Galleria 'Pansies auto folding umbrella'
how freaking cute would i be walking in the rain with this?

i'm a sucker for cityscapes in the midst of large bodies of water.

fall is the best season EVER.

looks like something from a fairytale.

big big dream to go to stockholm.

wonder if i could afford this place if i planned on visiting london...

teeniest island ever! 

oh yea, that's gonna be me one day in that hot air balloon.

how incredibly romantic...