Happy Valentine’s Day

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

These faux leather pants have been a great basic piece in my closet. In fact, they’ve been one of the best purchases I’ve made in the last few years. I bought mine at Nordstrom in 2015, but they are available at Bloomingdales here.

Black leather never seems to go out of style and it’s been fun browsing Pinterest for updated ideas about how to wear them. img_2020

This outfit was worn for my recent 24 course tasting menu dinner at Minibar DC.

Because the dinner was a rather avant-garde experience, the edginess of the pants just seemed right for the occasion. Apparently, my sense was right because another woman at the dinner wore an almost identical outfit. (Oops… but funny)

This red wool coat and Japanese purse completed my whole lady-like-meets-rocker-Valentine’s look. img_2013

How do you wear your leather or faux leather pants?

Cozy Winter Outfit

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Happy Monday! This chunky long scarf has been one of my favorite go-to winter accessories this year. Macy’s had it on major sale last summer (Yes, I’m one of those crazy people who buys way out of season) and I waited in anticipation for months to wear it. It’s not available anymore, but I did find some similar other chunky knit scarves here and here.

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Dinner at Husk

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As mentioned in my post about New Years in Charleston, we were lucky to get reservations at Husk. This restaurant came onto my radar years ago while watching the tv show Top Chef (I’m still a big fan and this season, the show is based is based in Charleston).

Actually, we made the reservation 2 months ago as soon as we knew we’d be there! Yes, first and foremost, our travel priorities revolve around food. Can you relate?

Anyway, don’t miss it if you’re in Charleston. You can also eat lunch there if the dinner service is booked.

Here’s what we enjoyed:

The meal started off with hot fresh dinner rolls with whipped butter. I’m such a bread girl at heart, and often it’s my favorite part of the meal.husk-rolls

Then, we ordered the crispy pig ear lettuce wraps. Admittedly, “pig ear” doesn’t sound that appealing,  but trust me, they were delicious.

They were cut into thin strips and fried and put next to fresh vegetables and Asian sauce inside lettuce leaves. They had the texture and crunch of a crispy corn tortilla and the combo of hot and crunchy with fresh and cool was really nice.husk-pig-ear

We also ordered the Fried Chicken Skins (are you seeing a trend here?).

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Years ago, a Japanese friend of mine lamented why Americans tend to take off the chicken skin when eating it. “It’s the best part!” I remember her saying.

And I think she’s right… this dish was like eating a bowl of fried calamari.

For the main plates, we ordered pork and field peas and tomato gravy.  I really enjoyed all the different flavors and textures happening here.husk-pork

We also ordered duck confit with grits, and grits are sort of my new favorite side. They are pretty easy to make and a southern staple, so I’m trying to make these more often now.

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The best of this whole meal in my opinion was the dessert. I ordered a platter of cream puffs (ginger, lemon, and chocolate filled) and it came with a wonderful little mug of the richest creamiest hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows.husk-cream-puffs

As you can see, all the food was served on rustic homemade pottery, making each presentation really special.

The menu at Husk changes every single day as they constantly source seasonal and local ingredients. While for some people, that might be a disappointment if they fall in love with a certain dish, but that’s such an exciting prospect to me.

I’m looking forward to going here again in the summer time and seeing how the food may be different.

Thoughts on the New Year

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope you have a healthy, prosperous, and exciting 2017! I’m currently in Charleston, SC soaking up some sun (yes, it’s 70 degrees here) before heading back to Washington DC.

This outfit was worn in DC before my trip on a cold gray winter day. I was trying to brighten up the day with a bright pink dress … but more about the outfit later.

First, let’s talk about the New Year.

Do you go all out on Dec 31st? Do you have a list of resolutions? Does Jan 1st represent a fresh start, or is just another day for you?

I’m one of those people who LOVES the blank slate of a new year, and I usually have a lofty list of resolutions.

But this year, I’m keeping it simple with a few goals focused on GIVING and EXPERIENCING.

My main resolution for 2017 is to make OTHER people front and center. I want to listen more than talk, give more than take, have more fun with my relationships.  To get the ball rolling, I’ve invited groups of friends over for two separate brunches in January. (Bloody Mary’s and omelettes, oh yes!)

The other big resolution is to pursue more new experiences. A couple of fun things are already in the works for this year including a road trip through New Zealand, my parents 50th wedding anniversary in Florida, and a two week visit from my 9 year old niece at my house over the summer. I’m sure all of these events will have their ups and downs, but you know what? I’m taking it all in. Accepting everything.

What about you? What are your thoughts on the New Year? What are your goals and what are you looking forward to?

Outfit details: Tahari Seamed A-line dress/Leather jacket (similar here)