The only time I got a chance to throw on a pair of sexy heels this week was when I went to the Hammer Museum last Friday evening. Every time I go, I have to stop at Gustave Moreau’s Salomé Dancing before Herod. It is by far my favorite depiction of Salomé, who I became obsessed with when I first saw Regnault’s version at the Met (many moons ago). I can’t explain why my subconscious mind is drawn to this femme fatale, but it is. Oh, who am I kidding. The story of Salomé is enthralling and full of sex and violence. It’s like watching a captivating film expect in this case your mind finishes the story. For example, Moreau’s painting does not show the head of John the Baptist. It focuses solely on Salomé, who appears magical. Her posture is delicate and demanding at the same time. And being the Baudelaire and Delacroix junkie that I am (like Moreau), I just cannot get enough of the drama and passion. And the black cat. Of course, she rests in the shadows of the painting. This is why I love art history. It’s an escape into a romanticized world. Even in tragedy.
I also received this wonderful little book from the Princeton University Art Museum as a gift. I kept it by my computer the last few days as a little reminder to surround myself with more art.
My friend (and awesome recipe developer) generic viagrabuy cheap levitraNicole makes an amazingly delicious chipotle mac salad, which officially became one of my favorite side dishes ever since I had a taste of it during a buy levitra onlinebuy viagratrip to Santa Barbara. The salad is in fact so yummy, that Fresh & Easy stores packaged it and it’s now available for purchase. I immediately grabbed one for us to have but needed to make something to go with it (although I could easily sit and eat the container ala carte if no one was looking). I was going to default into making a burger but was really in the mood for a BBQ flavored sandwich – but with no grill – I used my slow cooker to make BBQ pork sliders. With 4th of July around the corner, I think this is a great idea if you’re having friends over.
Pork butt (I bought one that was 2.58 lbs, which makes about 10-12 servings)
1 large yellow onion (chopped)
1 bottle of Fresh and Easy whiskey BBQ sauce
1 cup of water
1 tspn of bay leaf
1 tspn thyme leaves
1 tbspn minced garlic
1 tspn black pepper
If you’re going to use pork butt or shoulder, I highly suggest removing the layer of fat on top.
Before placing the meat into slower cooker with water, I seasoned it with the ingredients listed (as if I were making it in the oven, poking holes and inserting the ingredients into the meat). I let it cook for about 4 hours on high before shredding the meat in the slow cooker. I added the BBQ sauce and let it cook for another 2-3 hours on low, occasionally breaking up the meat. Once it was perfectly shredded, I toasted the buns in the oven for about 10 minutes, added pickles and dinner was served.
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The older I get, the more I embrace a less is more approach to my wardrobe. I can’t say I ever over-did it anyway (except for the 90s when I had purple hair) but as the years have gone by, my focus has changed. I love a very clean look with one piece that speaks for itself, like this skirt. I really like the pattern of the embroidered flowers, and as tempted as I was to pair it with an orange or fuchsia top, I decided to showcase the floral design with a classic white tee. The pockets are great too, and was the perfect skirt for the Hammer Museum’s buy cheap cialisbuy generic cialisRichard Artschwager reception on Friday, which took place outdoors (the humidity and heat in LA did not disappoint). For a pop of color I went with a high pigment lipstick and bright nail polish, and accessorized with very understated, delicate necklaces.
My week in pictures is short this week. My son and I have both been feeling under the weather. A few trips to the doctor caused work to pile up, so I have spent a great deal of the week catching up. My lovely cat Athena always senses when I’m not feeling well, and tends to keep her eye on me throughout the day. She didn’t leave my side while I worked.
In other news, I started a workout routine a couple of weeks ago, and found that I am in love with coconut water. In fact, I’ve been using coconut for its overall awesomeness (inside and out) for years but I seriously cannot get enough of this stuff. I wrote an article about its beauty and health benefits for Latinamom, have a look.
My son started the week off with soccer camp but wasn’t up to going yesterday. He’s been relaxing at home, but hopes to go today. His sneakers are barely worn in. Although we have not been feeling like our regular selves, the gestures of love that I’ve received this week have not gone unnoticed. Sometimes everything else needs to stop in order for you to really live those moments of gratitude and take care of yourself – mind, body and spirit.
Recently I’ve been noticing that 5pm is creeping up on me a lot quicker than it used to. As much I plan menus and set up what we’re going to eat for the week when I grocery shop, I really felt I should incorporate more crock-pot meals during the week to help the days run smoother. Plus, I just love crock-pot dinners. That simple. There’s nothing better than coming home to the smell of heaven after a long day. It’s really a treat. I started looking up crock-pot recipes and cookbooks and found The Best Slow Cooker Recipes + Meals Cookbook – Over a 100 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes (how SEO smart is that title, huh?). My son loves chili so I tried out their Chili Chicken recipe with a few variations, and we really enjoyed it. Here’s their recipe with my changes in parenthesis.
Three chicken breasts, cut into pieces (I used organic chicken)
1 cup of onion, chopped
1 cup of bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp vegetable oil (I used extra virgin Spanish Olive Oil)
2 cans stewed tomatoes, Mexican Style (I stewed the tomatoes myself. Depending on how much sauce you like, I would suggest about 10 medium organic tomatoes)
1 can chili beans (I used 1 can of organic vegetarian chili beans)
2/3 cup picante sauce (see below for picante recipe)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp salt
Use a skillet to sauté garlic, onion, pepper and chicken in oil. Move them to slow cooker and stir in the rest of the ingredients. Cook this for 6 hours on low heat. Makes 6 servings.
1 can of tomato puree (I used a few of the stewed tomatoes and measured 16 oz in the blender)
1 tbsp white vinegar
1/3 finely chopped onion
3 finely chopped jalapeño peppers (my son thinks you should add more!)
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup water
Combine all the ingredients together and cook on a medium heat. Bring it to a boil. Lower the heat and let it simmer until it becomes thick. Once thick, remove from heat and let it cool. The recipe book says to put the picante sauce in a jar and ended the directions there for some reason. I added it to the crock-pot and let it cook with the rest of the ingredients. Six hours later, we added avocado and had ourselves a wonderful dinner!
I bought this bandage pencil skirt and belt in April right before heading to Miami for an all white cocktail party. I bought it with intention of eating a lot and needing something to hold it all in. Admittedly, I plan many of my outfits around food. The skirt does wonders sucking it all in. However, if you don’t have a rock solid tush, it will snug that in too. Just saying. But it’s a sacrifice if you want to eat the night the away and not look bloated. Needless to say, I’m a fan of the skirt and I love that you can dress it up or down. I’ve always loved the way corals/oranges look with whites and blues. Such a clean, nautical feel. I paired the outfit with a nude bag and beige heels and let the rest do the talking.
Lately I’ve been feeling that my ultimate source of inspiration has been missing from my life – Art. I’ve been working so much and have gotten so caught up in the day to day, I’ve completely neglected my greatest passion – with the exception of an occasional art show here and there. Looking at, talking about and creating art is what keeps me most inspired, and I’m at my happiest when I surround myself with beautiful and thought provoking images. To remedy this, I decided I needed to take moments out of the day to grab an art book, sketch something simple or photograph all the things that inspire me throughout the week. To start, I organized all of the art books I love the most and the ones I’ve collected during grad school to make them more visible in my living room. In doing so, I noticed that I had quite the little collection of Frida related books. Something about her work invigorates me, and it was just what I needed after several long few weeks in front of a computer screen.
There have been a few last minute events I needed to attend (and dress quickly for) in the last few weeks. I have to say that I’m in love with Mary kay’s Zen collection for spring. The Pink Pagado lip laquer has been my go-to color and absolute perfection for day and night.
I’d been wanting get a pair of beige ankle strap heels, and fell in love with these. So much so, I bought the flat version too! I’m not a fan of flats but there’s no way to get around it. I’m not going to kill myself shopping at Von’s for eggs in 5 inch heels. These two are perfect for those days when your outfit is versatile enough to change shoes for a quick day-to-night look. I’m always thinking of on-the-go solutions, which was the case when my friends and I decided to take on an impromptu visit to Bergamont Station to catch a few shows before they closed.
We caught the very end of the Herb Alpert exhibit at Robert Berman Gallery.
And this week we also said goodbye to the seventh grade. We celebrated the beginning of summer vacation with cherry snow cones at the Farmer’s Market, which was also a perfect way to end the week.
When I first saw these images, I can’t say that I immediately identified the works as street art at all. Maybe because I grew up with it (part of every day life if you grew up in the Bronx during the 80s) and it’s part of the fabric of my being. Except that during my travels on the D train, graffiti was not quite as beautiful. Well, then again, I suppose it depends on who you ask. I also didn’t identify these works as portraits either. Maybe because in my head a portrait (in the literal sense) would have the eyes exposed, engaging the viewer into the soul of the subject. Instead, the anonymity of the women juxtaposed with abstract forms and tags took me to the urban landscapes of my childhood, where eastern and western cultures co-existed into its own sub-culture that was just a normal part of life. The large scale pieces reminded me of the bills I would see on Canal and Delancey covered in tags and tattered – Exposing layers of glued paper during the times of a grittier New York. In a gallery setting, it’s amazing to see the beauty of it for what it is and really experience the stories told. I also realized that my years spent studying art history has caused a problem in my vision – I feel compelled to “identify.” Art is made so that the viewer can feel, recall and find their own way through the works, which is what Hush has set out to do by covering the eyes of the women. Doing this, takes away our immediate need to engage with the subject and instead leads our eyes throughout the entire canvas – It opens up an entirely different dialogue focusing on exploration and discovery.
If you want to check out the show, it’s hanging at Corey Helford from May 18 – June 15, 2013
(Pics are a combination of my own and Charm School)