I know, I still haven't written my post on the recent style consultation that has so simplified and clarified my clothing life, but I promise I will.
However, today is another example of happy simplicity. When I got dressed this morning - which by the way was another cool, rainy, blustery Spring day - I decided I needed a little lightening. I actually have a pedicure booked for this afternoon and am looking forward to colourful toes, although I have painted my fingernails a lovely frosty lavender:
|All those notes are little stickies that I write for myself|
when an idea hits while I am drafting!
The colour is an older shade by Butter London called Lillibet's Jubilee.
I don't think it's available anymore, but I do find that Butter London does those metallic shades better than anyone!
Anyway, I am very creamy today, so creamy I remind myself of a crème brûlée with the reddish toffee topping...
|God, that makes me hungry...|
|Sorry for the blur of the smartphone...|
I paid all of $30 for it and it was just the ticket for these cool spring days.
I'm wearing my Stuart Weitzman wicket flats purchased last year. That was a good purchase, as they are a lovely golden-y metallic shade and go with everything.
I also dug out an old string of pearls and a dainty pearl drop earring:
Simple, comfortable and flattering - it hits all the marks for me and is certainly brightening up my day.
And no - I haven't abandoned colour, but I am using it a little more judiciously these days. I'll speak more to that when I write that darned post!
I also find the tonal dressing very pleasing for a shorty such as myself.
And speaking of crème brûlée, how about Ina Garten's recipe for it? This is one I have used many times, always to excellent results! You can go see it here. I love Ina
- 1 extra-large egg
- 4 extra-large egg yolks
- 1/2 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for each serving
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon orange liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)
DirectionsPreheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the egg, egg yolks, and 1/2 cup of the sugar together on low speed until just combined. Meanwhile, scald the cream in a small saucepan until it's very hot to the touch but not boiled. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the cream to the eggs. Add the vanilla and orange liqueur and pour into 6 to 8-ounce ramekins until almost full.
Place the ramekins in a baking pan and carefully pour boiling water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the custards are set when gently shaken. Remove the custards from the water bath, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate until firm.
To serve, spread 1 tablespoon of sugar evenly on the top of each ramekin and heat with a kitchen blowtorch until the sugar carmelizes evenly. Allow to sit at room temperature for a minute until the caramelized sugar hardens.
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Anything big going on in your world today?