So long, Farewell

posted on: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Today marks the final day of my internship with Anthropologie! It has been such a whirl-wind summer, full of new people, new sites, and new experiences. I have cherished every bit of info that I could absorb and am so thankful for all the managers and sales associates who helped me along the way! It's been a great summer Charlotte, but I am ready to head back to Athens, for just one more semester :)

xo, A

Polka Dot

posted on: Monday, July 23, 2012

Happy Monday everyone!
This past weekend I enjoyed moving...yet again, to another new apartment in Athens. Oh the joys of college! 
I'm an official resident of 755 Broad and plan to stay there until I graduate! 
The apartment is beautiful and it was such a productive weekend thanks to the help of my loving family.
I hope everyone had a great weekend and an even greater start to their week, 
I brightened up my Monday with my fabulous elephant belt :)) Oh the perks of Anthropologie! 
xo A

{Outfit Details}
Shirt: Madewell
Jeans: Victoria's Secret (Crazy find!)
Shoes: Micheal Kors
Earrings: Anthropologie
Purse: Italian street vendor

Between the Lines

posted on: Thursday, July 19, 2012

Happy Thursday everyone! We are just one day away from Friday and so that means...the weekend! Today I decided to go with the American classic of a white top with blue jeans. I love this top for its slimming features and its airy sophistication, it's the perfect weight for the summer and these kinds of classic pieces never go out of style!

Have a great evening and thanks for stopping by!

{Outfit Details}
Shirt: E. J. Scandals of Savannah, GA
Jeans: BDG Cigarette
Earrings: Betsy Johnson
Bracelet: F21
Shoes: Rue 21
Purse: Entourage of Athens, GA
Sunglasses: Mui Mui

Spic and Span

posted on: Saturday, July 14, 2012

Happy Saturday Morning everyone! I hope you all have wonderful weekend plans and had a great week full of accomplishments, thanks again for reading, it's so fun to put my musings out there :)

xo A

{Outfit Details}
Dress: Agora of Athens (re-worked on this post)
Jacket: Anthropologie (only available now in green)
Belt: Madewell
Shoes: Bandolino
Bags: Entourage of Athens
Necklace: Private Gallery of Athens
Bracelets: Dillards, JCrew, F21, Gift from Daniel :) (woven bracelet)


posted on: Friday, July 13, 2012

Thank the good Lord Almighty it is Friday! After a productive week Rachel and I went for cocktails and hor dourves at the Duke Mansion. The mansion, built in 1915, had breathtaking grounds and the mansion was filled with beautifully decorated colonial revival styles. It was nice to get back to nature after being in the shop all week. Thanks for stopping by and be sure to "Join the Site" if you like what you see :)

Xo A

{Outfit Details}
Shirt: JCrew Outlet
Scarf: JCrew Outlet
Capris: Tommy Hilfiger
Shoes: Seychelles from DSW
Purse: Entourage of Athens, Ga
Bracelets: Dillards leather cuff, Vintage bangels

Western Impression

posted on: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

So sorry for the delay in any Reminder days lately! Working on my blogging organization :)

Over the Fourth of July break I enjoyed the chance to go with Daniel and his family to a friends cabin in Claxton, Ga. Mrs. Phyllis lives off of the Canoochee River and has a quaint little cabin in the woods. She has the kindest heart and the funniest taste in home soon as we walked in, plastered to every wall was Indian/Western decoration. The were vintage family pictures on the wall, photos of wolfs howling at the moon, dream catchers for "the spirits," and Indian print tapestries at every turn! Although I thought it quite cute and funny she really is on trend with this seasons western vibes! The clothing line The 2 Bandits shaped their upcoming Fall 2012 line on Arizona turquoise set in silver, with denim, denim, and more denim. Booties are incorporating tassels like the old Indian moccasins, and the popular colors for fall are revolving around the hues in a sunset. I'm really enjoying the Western styles lately, and reallly am dying for a 2 Bandit necklace, giddy-up cowgirls!

Western Impression

Western Impression by alymastrianni featuring free people tops

{Inspiration Board Details}
2 Bandit Fall Lookbook Photos
Free People Fall 2012
Loafers on Cactuses: Urban Outfitters
Dish Towels: Anthropologie
Booties: Nine West 

Fondue de Poulet a la Creme

posted on: Monday, July 9, 2012

As you may or may not know I am somewhat of a foodie :) 
The other day I invested in the ultimate cookbook: Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, and Simone Beck. I also am somewhat of a romantic and love the movie Julie and Julia which is what inspired my purchasing the cookbook! I figured I could master at least a couple French recipes with Julia's help. Today I ventured to try Fondue de Puolet a la Creme, which is the fancy French way of saying Chicken Simmered with Cream and Onions. 
With this recipe I may have shaved off a few days of my life due to the rich dairy intake but that is just a risk I am willing to take for the sake of my tastebuds. Unfortunately the cookbook is a little difficult to follow but I gave myself time by starting at 5:00....and ended at 7:00, luckily I had time on my hands today. I made a few changes to the recipe, and where it called for 3 cups of whipping cream, I used 1 cup of whipping cream and 2 cups of 1% milk. The dish was still very rich but I figured the use of all that cream would have taken off more days than I was willing to give. So for two wonderful hours the aroma of the chicken filled the house and now I am feeling a little sad that the meal has already come and gone! The dish was mouth-watering and the chicken was so tender I didn't even need to set the table with knives. Even though it was the longest I have ever taken with a recipe it was worth the wait!

This picture doesn't quite do it justice...kind of looks bland, but it was delicious do not fear!
I paired the chicken with risotto and green peas, but it could also be paired with rice of your choice and another green vegetable.

Fondue de Poulet a la Creme:
Serves 4-6 people

What you'll need:
2 and 1/2 to 3 lbs of chicken breast
3 Tb butter 1 and 1/2 cups thinly sliced yellow onions
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp curry powder
1/3 cup cognac, Calvados, Madeira, or port; or 3/4 cup dry white wine, or 1/2 cup dry white vermouth
        (I used the dry white wine option)
3 cups whipping cream + a splash for later in the recipe, brought to a boil in a saucepan
        (again I used 1 cup cream, 2 cups 1% milk)
Lemon Juice
Parsley (for decoration)

What to do:
1. Dry the chicken thoroughly. Turn it in hot butter for 4 to 5 minutes, until the meat has stiffened slightly but has not browned. Remove it to a side dish.
2. Stir the onions into the butter in the pan. Cover and cook very slowly for 5 minutes, or until the onions are fairly tender but not browned. 
3. Return the chicken to the pan, cover and cook slowly for 10 minutes until it swells slightly and stiffens, but does not brown. Turn it once during this period. 
4. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and curry powder. Pour in the spirits or wine, raise heat, and boil rapidly until the liquid has almost entirely evaporated. 
5. Pour on the hot cream, bring to the simmer, baste the chicken, and cover the pan. Maintain the barest simmer for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the chicken is tender and its juices run a clear yellow when the meat is pricked with a fork. The creak may look slightly curdled, but will be smoothed out later.
6. Remove the chicken to a hot platter, cover, and keep warm for 5 minutes while finishing the sauce. 
7. Skim fat off the sauce, the boil it rapidly, stirring, until it reduces enough to coat the spoon lightly. Correct, seasoning, adding lemon juice to taste. Off heat, beat in additional cream by spoonfuls to smooth out the sauce. 
8. Pour the sauce of the chicken, decorate with parsley, and serve.

Bon Appetit!

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