Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Goodbye, my friends

It's been almost two years since my last post. Two years. How does time fly by so quickly?

I came here today after Googling myself (we're all guilty of this, right?). Too much time was spent looking through the archives and loving this time capsule I created for myself.  Blogging was so much fun, and it feels like going through a dusty photo album on a rainy day with a mug of hot tea.

One thing that's missing from my blog is a sense of finality. I came here not to start up as a blogger again, but to say goodbye. It was such a joy and a pleasure to blog, and I learned so much along the way. But life has taken a different turn for me, and unfortunately blogging doesn't fit into the direction I'm headed.

That's not to say I will never blog again. I can't put that kind of constraint on myself! However I did want to come here and give a proper farewell.

So, to whoever is out there and still reading . . . thank you for two great years. I'm honored that I was able to write for you, and so grateful that you came back day after day to spend a little of your time with me.

Until we meet again,

Monday, June 4, 2012

BabyCakes NYC Inspires: Gluten Free & Vegan Blackberry Peach Cobbler

picture from yes i want cake because my pictures just aren't as pretty . . . 
I love cobbler.  LOVE it.  I love fruit desserts more than chocolate (don't shoot!!).  I would pick a dutch apple pie or my momma's apple crisp over a chocolate cake any day.  So when Best Friend gave me the BabyCakes NYC cookbook for my birthday last year, I just about lost my marbles in excitement when I saw a cobbler recipe.

For those of you that don't know, I'm gluten intolerant.  This means that I can't have any wheat-based products or anything containing gluten (a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye).  It's a little hard to enjoy a delicious cobbler or crisp when I get super sick from eating it.  Even more recently, I've been told to cut out eggs and dairy for awhile, too.  So not only does my dessert have to be gluten free, but it also has to be vegan.  Great.  There goes my tastebuds.

Enter BabyCakes.  My favorite bakery in the whole entire world.  Since I don't live in NY, DC, or LA, I thank God that a cookbook was created so that I could make their delicious treats whenever I want.  Seriously, even if you don't have a food allergy, go see them.  Their treats are unbe-freaking-lieveable!

I made this cobbler when I found some perfectly ripe blackberries at the store.  If I was still living in Washington, I would have picked them right outside my front door.  But since I now call San Jose my home, I have to settle for paying $4 for a tiny tub of blackberries.

If you have a free afternoon and some fruit that needs to be used, make this.  I promise you won't be disappointed.  Use almost any fruit you'd like.  I stuck with the blackberry peach, but you can use cherries, strawberries, apples, or apricots.  Top it with coconut milk ice cream (or real ice cream if you are allowed).  It's the perfect summer dessert . . . or breakfast.

One more thing!  The winner of the eShakti giveaway is . . . Glogirl!  Congratulations!  Email me at awkwardlychic{at}gmail{dot}com so we can send you your prize!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

An Outfit Post & A Giveaway!

mia shoes | h&m dress | thrifted belt & bracelet | gifted earrings
Well well well, if it isn't an outfit post . . . I finally found a good place in my house to take pictures (and a place where I could balance my camera).  My camera cord was right where I left it, right in its home.  It just seemed so silly that it would be right where it belonged; why would I even bother to look there?

If you managed to read the title, you also saw that there is a giveaway going on!  eShakti is giving their website a Spring/Summer makeover and has a whole bunch of new stuff to choose from . . . and they want to give you something!

eShakti is giving away an item to a lucky awkwardly chic reader.  This can be custom sized and styled as well.  I love that about eShakti - you can choose to shorten your dress, the sleeves, the waist, practically whatever you want to make it into your own style.  It's a great concept and there are some really cute choices on the site.

Here's how you enter:

I'm kind of in love with this, this, and this.  Everything is so lovely and ladylike.  So go check it out!  You have until the 5/31 to enter!  Hooray for free (cute) things!

Friday, May 11, 2012

black tie

i've never been a huge fan of chocolate & fruit together.  call me crazy, but i like my fruit to be either plain, in cobbler form, or blended in a margarita.  chocolate is in a whole other dimension.  chocolate covered strawberries, as beautiful as they are, always get picked apart and eaten separately by me.  i literally peel the chocolate off the top, eat that, then eat the strawberry.  sometimes i go in opposite order, too.  i'm a wild one, i tell ya.

i made these for a bridal shower not too long ago and they were a super hit!  it's kind of embarrassing how easy these were to make.  i thought the tuxedos would be hard, but, nope.  easy peasy.  simply recipes has the nicest little tutorial, complete with pictures.  i've pasted it below, but you should definitely check that site out for tons of great recipes that are easy to understand.

make these, and i promise you will be the hit of the party.  and it won't take you more than 30 minutes to make them all.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

House Art

In my home, I walk a fine line between wanting minimalist, clean lines and overstuffed leather chairs and books that smell of rich mahogany.  It's the curse of being born on a cusp, my mind is half one way and half the other.  Both extreme, both oh so very me.

I may enjoy modern minimalism, but one thing I do not enjoy is bare walls.  Art must be a-hung, and my bare walls are currently driving me bananas.  The first piece of art was hung the other day and my heart got just a little lighter.  I'm currently on the search for something fun & cute to go in the kitchen.  But for now I have the daunting task of hanging the other art and finding "The Art" that will be over the dining room table.  It's a huge focal point and will probably be the largest piece of art in the house.  I'm not looking on spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on some art, I just want something quirky, fun, and that possibly smells of rich mahogany.

impractical, yes.  awesome, yes.

society6 is where it's at, y'all.

Monday, March 19, 2012

I'm Cold, Let's Look at Coats

Winter has finally decided to arrive to the Bay Area.  I love warm fires, hot tea, blankets, and books as much as the next girl, and when I have to venture outside I like to bring that feeling with me.  Enter:  bright, bold, and warm coats.

penfield vassan hooded parka

bellina italian tropical bracelet sleeve coat

gallery single breasted pant coat