Warming Winter Salads

As it gets deeper into winter, the more comfort foods start to become a favorite (for taste buds, not your waistline!). From hearty root vegetables to creamy soups and decadent desserts…it’s a tough way to stay trim! With trade show season and a warm-weather vacation fast approaching, I’ve been trying to incorporate greens and root vegetables in as many dishes as possible to stay satiated while still getting a little more nutrition from my cravings. My favorite way to get both fixes are by combining them in a salad. I’ve included two latest recipe obsessions below. Enjoy!

Warm + Roasted Winter Salad Bowl (taken from OhSheGlows)

Ingredients:
For the salad:
∞ 1 cup uncooked rainbow or regular quinoa + 1.5 cups water
∞ 3/4 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, chopped into 1/2-inch chunks (about 2 1/2 cups)
∞ 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed and chopped into 1-inch pieces (about 3 cups)
∞ 2 extra-large or 3 large garlic cloves (peel left on)
∞ 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
∞ 1 cup stemmed and finely chopped kale (I used curly, but OhSheGlows used lacinato)
∞ 3 green onions, thinly sliced (I omitted)
∞ 3 tablespoons pepita seeds (OhSheGlows added sesame seeds as well)
∞ Sliced avocado (I did not have on hand)

For the Dressing:
∞ 1/4 cup red wine vinegar (I used Golden Balsamic vinegar)
∞ 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
∞ 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
∞ 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
∞ Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and line one extra-large (or 2 large) baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place the chopped potatoes, green beans, and garlic cloves (leave the peel on) onto the baking sheet. Toss with the oil and season with a generous amount of salt and pepper. Spread into an even layer.
  3. Roast for 15 minutes, remove from the oven and flip, and continue roasting about 10-20 more minutes until the potatoes and beans are tender and golden. Watch closely during the last 10 minutes to avoid burning.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa by adding the quinoa into a medium pot along with 1.5 cups water. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover with lid, and cook for 13-17 minutes until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, and leave the lid on to keep warm.
  5. Prepare the dressing by whisking the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  6. Chop the kale and green onions.
  7. When the vegetables are finished roasting, remove garlic cloves and set aside. Spoon the potatoes and beans into a large serving bowl. Stir in the quinoa and the other chopped vegetables.
  8. Trim the end off each garlic clove and push the roasted garlic out. Finely chop or mash the garlic. Whisk the garlic into the dressing until combined. Pour all of the dressing onto the vegetables and toss to coat.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

 Warming Winter Salad 3

Warming Winter Salad 1

Sweet & Savory Salad (as seen on my IG)

Ingredients:
∞  1 cup uncooked rainbow or regular quinoa + 1.5 cups water
∞  3 medium-large sweet potatoes, chopped into 1/2-inch chunks
∞  1 1/2 cups walnut wholes and halves
∞  2 cans chick peas
∞  1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
∞  2 cups stemmed and roughly chopped curly kale
∞  Cumin
∞  Ground cinnamon
∞  Cayenne pepper
∞  1 lime for dressing

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450F and line one large baking sheet with tin foil.
  2. Combine the chopped sweet potatoes, walnuts, EVOO and chickpeas in a gallon zip-lock bag. Add the cumin, cayenne, and cinnamon to your liking, close the bag 98% and blow air in the bag before sealing completely. Roll the now inflated bag around to evenly coat all contents in spice mixture. Spread into an even layer on the baking sheet.
  3. Roast for 20 minutes, remove from the oven and flip, and continue roasting about 15-25 more minutes until the sweet potatoes and chickpeas are tender and golden. Watch closely during the last 10 minutes to avoid burning.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa by adding the quinoa into a medium pot along with 1.5 cups water. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat to medium-low, cover with lid, and cook for 13-17 minutes until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is fluffy. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, and leave the lid on to keep warm.
  5. Prepare the dressing by whisking the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  6. Chop the kale.
  7. When the vegetables and walnuts are finished roasting, remove from oven and set aside. Spoon the sweet potatoes, walnuts, and chickpeas into a large serving bowl. Stir in the quinoa.
  8. Squeeze the lime’s juice over the chopped kale. Massage into the leaves, and let sit a minute or two to soften the kale. Combine all ingredients, toss, and enjoy!

Warming Winter Salad 4

Show Me Your Tights

Quite a few of my girlfriends have girly-er taste than me…surprise surprise. That being said, they enjoy wearing skirts with cute tights in the cooler months. Their challenge? Staying warm while showing off the cute designs on the tights. In an attempt to help a few girlfriends keep staying cute while out and about town, check my advice to keep those shivers at bay:

1. Layer nude or black tights under patterned ones & wear socks (if wearing with booties/boots), NOTE: nude will obviously work under any tights, but be more strategic with black. For extra warmth, spring for the kind of thicker nude tights worn by figure skaters (yes, I used to figure skate as a child lol it was a glorious realization to have as an adult, years later).

2. Knee socks are your best friends. This will work much prettier with the solid tights (don’t try this with the patterned ones, especially if you’re looking to show off the pattern!). Buy “over-the-knee” socks for optimal warmth & simply layer. Since “over the knee” is pretty popular with higher-cut boots, they now are easy to find in an array of colors! Pick out a few shades that will coordinate well with the solid colored tights. Or if you’re not into the color-blocked look, try n find as similar colors to the tights as possible. This trick even works well with the faux-suspender look on sheer tights, like the pale ones above to the right.

3. Another even WARMER way than knee socks: leg warmers. American Apparel has some amazingly warm ones that are a chunky waffle-knit in an array of colors–the ones I’m thinking of are the “longer length” ones (b/c yes, they also have the dinky ones that only come to mid-calf). The longer length lets you play with it a bit more, especially if you want them to show at the tops of knee-high boots or cover your heel a bit for an ’80s vibe.

I hope this helps a bit ladies!! Rock em loud, rock em proud.

None of these photos are from me—found via 1, 2, 3

F/W 2014 NYFW — Richard Chai

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Now that I’m a full-timer at Andrew Marc, I was able to go to our 2nd-ever runway show this past week because we still have an ongoing collaboration with Richard Chai. Though our outerwear garments were only a fraction of the show, they stole the show yet again. In case you’re a little curious as to what our Spring styles look like under Richard’s creative direction they’re up on our site now…droolworthy, no?

Anywho, the show as a whole was interesting. I preferred the Spring show—it was more focused, concise, and all of the pieces worked well together as a whole collection. Richard’s Fall show seemed a bit more scatter-brained. Always working off of his preference for grunge, he had an interesting combination of florals, plaids, and stripes, all styled in his typical fashion: L  A  Y  E  R  E  D. I had more fun this time because I was able to score a seat, though it was SO much more difficult for photos…because everyone around me was doing the same thing, but the bright side: my feet were saved.
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My favorite part of fashion week is watching the people outside Lincoln Center walking into the shows. There are always the peacocks who dress as obnoxiously as they can, those who dress chicly and try to avoid the photographers, and the bloggers who are dressed in head-to-toe borrowed items to favor the brands who sponsor them. This time I rocked a vintage Giorgio Armani blazer with Earnest Sewn black skinny jeans, my Pelle Moda rocker booties again, a croc-embossed black Furla bag, all topped with an Andrew Marc Fall 2013 style.
F.W 2014 NYFW outisde Lincoln Center

Want, Lust, Must Have: Burberry Crush Clutch

Well, its happened again—this should no longer come as a surprise to anyone. This time, it was a covetable clutch that could convert to a crossbody…yes I f%#*ing love alliteration. I first saw it while in their flagship store for…well, who needs a reason to be in Burberry?

My eye always goes towards unique details, and this instance is no different: dyed pony hair, funky scrunch closure, hidden D-rings on the sides to clip crossbody strap to…it was luxe, it was fun, it was practical…until I laid my eyes on the price tag. No one enjoys paying luxury prices, but thank goodness for friends in fashion :) I stalked it on several different occasions. Only two are documented below.

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Always a fiend for funky textures, the pony hair drew me in. Trying to justify a leopard bag? Pfft…as if anyone needs a justification for a leopard bag! The classic pattern goes in and out of style what seems like every year. Aside from my yearning for a snow-leopard bag this season, I’m a tad too particular for my own good sometimes—Ms. DVF, if only you hadn’t added the accent colors, I would’ve succumbed to your white ocelot print this winter, but maybe next year… This bad boy added a lustful detail with the oversized padlock. Though gold ain’t always my thang, it works so well with the Crush I was more than willing to overlook that detail. Unlike my last Want, Lust, Must Have post, this came as a Christmas present from my boo. Sure to jazz up any black on black on black ensemble—as if you thought I wore color, ha!—I’m ecstatic to break out this bag this season and for many years to come.

What are your luxury classic bag aspirations, ladies?