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Get Out Your Rum, it's desert time!

Happy New Year!

Even though I'm technically on vacation, I could not pass up the opportunity to bake, and try out some new recipes.  But I guess that's what the holiday is for!  Tis filled with cooking and baking. Back in the day... oh not so long ago, I used to sit on the sidelines and just watch and then do dishes. But I'm proud to say I now offer up some of my own side dishes, and desert treats.   This year, on Christmas day, I shared my Lemon Bars and Easy Jam Tart with my family.  This time, I tried it out with Stonewalls Peach Mango Jam, and it was very yummy.

With a days rest in between, yesterday I had the urge to use these cupcake holders I found at Cooks Companion on Atlantic and Court.  They were so cute, how could I not put something in them.  So, I dug into this cupcake cook book I found some time ago (Wild About Cupcakes, by Rachel Lane), and started leafing through the pages till I found something interesting.

First on the list, and requested by the family wa…

Get Out Your Rum, it's desert time!

Happy New Year!

Even though I'm technically on vacation, I could not pass up the opportunity to bake, and try out some new recipes.  But I guess that's what the holiday is for!  Tis filled with cooking and baking. Back in the day... oh not so long ago, I used to sit on the sidelines and just watch and then do dishes. But I'm proud to say I now offer up some of my own side dishes, and desert treats.   This year, on Christmas day, I shared my Lemon Bars and Easy Jam Tart with my family.  This time, I tried it out with Stonewalls Peach Mango Jam, and it was very yummy.

With a days rest in between, yesterday I had the urge to use these cupcake holders I found at Cooks Companion on Atlantic and Court.  They were so cute, how could I not put something in them.  So, I dug into this cupcake cook book I found some time ago (Wild About Cupcakes, by Rachel Lane), and started leafing through the pages till I found something interesting.

First on the list, and requested by the famil…

A Little Holiday Cheer from Lady Tiki

Right now, Tiki is really pissed off at me. In fact, she just retired to the bedroom, and I won't see her again for a few more hours. But it was well worth it.  She's a great model, don't you agree?  And she still looks good for a girl of 12 years.

With the holidays here, I'm tapped out. I have several things I want to share with you, but I'm juggling too much at the moment. I think you'll love the Bear Ring I found at Leviticus, and I know your going to love seeing pictures of my new Holly Harp dress, but I'm not going to waste time and publish it now, because your all too busy too! I can tell. So either I'll get some free time over the holidays, or after, and I'll catch you all up on what's what in the world of Lady Warfield.

I'm very pleased to see that I'm getting around 1500 page views a month, even if quite a few of those are bounces. What's up with that?  I guess I have to do some research on my stats.   And I have ove…

I Got My Heart On at 1 of a Find Vintage

The amazing blouse and skirt of Hearts. (top: Vintage Saks Fifth Avenue, skirt: Vintage Gloria Sachs)
Wait, let's start from the beginning...

Last Thursday night was book club, hosted by Honey Moon, who also happens to own 1 of a Find Vintage in Prospect Heights. And to make things more fun, she invited us to her Holiday Party at the store, the very same night. Afterwards, we would make our way back to her house, sit in front of the fireplace and sip champagne.

What a great excuse for me to break out my new vintage 80's lace flapper dress.

(seen here with my gorgeous 30's style felt hat)
I actually did not wear these Pedro Garcia shoes, and instead opted for  my $12.00 thrift store ankle boots...  they seemed to go better... more of a 80's look.
So, bravely, I headed out in the cold on my own. My usual posse could not make it. So I hopped in a car, and headed to Prospect Park. On arrival, to my delight, the champagne was already corked, and the changing room a buzz. …

I Like it Hot and Spicy on a Cold Winter Night

On these cold winter nights, there is nothing better than something hot and spicy. Sure, under the sheets is good, but what I meant was a simple Pasta Puttanesca. Being that I'm not a seasoned cook, and only recently back to experimenting... I'm sharing this with you, because it was so darn easy! And of course delicious. I accidentally bought chopped tomatoes from Trader Joes that were pre spiced, so I didn't add the red chile pepper. It turned out devine. I think the key is the sugar... and the anchovies!

Enjoy!



Recipe:
Pasta Puttanesca

3 tblsp olive oil, 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped, 1/2 fresh red chile, deseeded and chopped, 14 1/2 oz can of chopped tomatoes, drained, 4 anchovy fillets, 1/2 tsp light brown sugar, 1/2 cup black olives, pitted, 2 large tblsp of fresh parsley, chopped,2 cups spelt penne

•Make Sauce: in a pan, heat 2 tblsp olive oil, and sweat the garlic and the chile. Don't burn garlic. Add tomates and simmer on low. In a mortar, grind an…

Lingerie a la la...

I know your dying to see something sexy, so I'm going to share these darling little peekaboo nighties.. which double nicely as tops from Kiki de Montparnasse.

This was from a little excursion the ladies and I took last week...  or was it the week before...


Victoria and I played personal shopper for Daniela and helped her pick out some very sexy lingerie.  We hit the best three places in SoHo; Agent Provocateur, kiki de montparnasse and our personal favorite Coco de Mer.  


The Review
(in order of visit + plus my top pick of lingerie from the stores)
Agent Provocateur, http://www.agentprovocateur.com/
I really love their lingerie.. the bras, garters and panties. The corsets especially are lovely.  They seem to have a lot to choose from, and have many sizes.   You can always find something there. Something for day, or night... or both.    They also have a huge selection of stockings, and "hold-ups" which are the stockings that stay up on their own. And I recently bought a pair t…

It's a Vintage Wonderland

I'm certainly on a vintage kick with vintage these days. As my friend Tor says, "it's got to be vintage!"...   I just love the idea of recycle.. and vintage is glam recycle.   I do the cheap, Beacon's closet variety, but also the tricky ebay, and local 1ofaFind variety too.
Here are just a few of my recent Vintage acquisitions... 



California Vintage Connect http://stores.ebay.com/California-Vintage-Connect Vtg 80s Draped LIQUID GUN METAL BOMBER $30.00 Bargain!!!




INDIE CULT VINTAGE http://stores.ebay.com/indie-cult-vintage Vtg 70s Ethnic DRAPED KIMONO Floral Cape GYPSY JACKET $102.50 Worth it.. but same as boutique price




BUSTOWN MODERN http://stores.ebay.com/BustownModern vtg YVES SAINT LAURENT ysl draped wool CAPE coat jacket $190.50.. hey it should be worth more!!!

I Want a Zana Bayne Leather Harness for Christmas!

You may already have heard of her.  You might not have.. but you might have come across her blog or her amazing sexy harnesses and winged accessories.   But I only recently discovered who she is.   Her work does seem familiar... so I'm sure I've come across it. But the designer behind the work was a mystery to me.   
Thankfully, she introduced herself to me when we bumped into each other in the neighborhood.   Zana remembered me from Fashion Night out when I was in Consignment on Atlantic with Victoria, buying an amazing Stella McCartney shirt on sale.  She works there as well.
She handed me her business card, and mentioned her line of really cool leather harnesses.   Little did I know at the time, just how cool.   So I went home, looked her up, and realized... wow.   Blogging since she was 13 on  LiveJournal, Zana started her blog "Garbage Dress " in June 2008 when I she was 19. From Seattle, she moved to San Francisco, then Berlin, and now New York.  And ohhh.. she…

Giving Thanks and Other Games

This was our third annual hosting of Thanksgiving with friends (second in Garrison).  It's such a wonderful thing to do, and enjoy;  Spending the holidays with friends.  After I moved away for college and worked my way to the West Coast, my thanksgivings were split each year between my father in California, or going to Virginia to see my mom. When she moved to Germany for 3 years, it was either spend it with father, if he was in town, or quite often spent with a friend and her family.
    As quite often predicted, those dinners can be fun, but awkward. Being a stranger at someone's table presents interesting opportunities...  questions.  Things to be answered or quietly redirected.  Usually the color of my hair was a hot topic.  These were good times and bad.
   When I moved to New York with my german boyfriend, I started to do Thanksgivings with my Manhattan friends.  Not a unique thing for young manhattanites.  These are usually a group of 20something couples and singles …