Monday, March 2, 2015

Recipe || Pan Roasted Duck with Red Wine Shallot Reduction

Hello Everyone!

Instead of an outfit of the day, I come to you with a recipe! I posted, on instagram, a 5-spice duck and siu yuk (crispy pork belly) dish I made awhile ago. The siu yuk was a trial run and I need to try it out a couple more times before posting a recipe for it. Therefore, today we are gonna talk duck!

People often don't realize how easy it is to make duck. It's seen as a "fancy" dish that's only served in high class restaurants (unless we're talking about peking duck, that's a different story). Duck breast is actually extremely easy to prep, cook, and is virtually fool-proof.

I usually prep my duck with salt and pepper, then play around with sauces and side dishes. Therefore, I'm gonna share with you my most basic recipe, then explain what I paired it with. Let's get started!

Duck Breast - 6-8 oz per person
Salt and pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 200F
2. Season the duck with salt and pepper on both sides
4. On Med-High heat sear the duck for 4-5 (depending on size) minutes on each side, starting with the skin side down
5. If you want an extra crispy skin, sear the skin again for 2-3 minutes before removing from the pan
6. Place duck onto a baking sheet and pop into your warmed oven to allow resting time*
7. Prep your sauces/side dishes and remove the duck when you're ready to plate

*Let the duck rest for at least 10 minutes in the warmed oven, but don't let it sit in there for longer than 20 minutes or else it may be closer to well-done. The duck should be nice and pink in the middle, a nice medium-medium well. :)

This time around, I paired the duck with a red wine shallot reduction (recipe here!). For the side, I sauteed some broccolini and blanched some enoki mushrooms and carrots. I seasoned the veggies with salt and pepper and topped off the mushrooms and carrots with a tiny drizzle of truffle oil. 

This recipe will always impress. I hope you give it a try!
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

OOTD || The Plaid Coat

Hi Everyone!

How are you doing? :) I'm currently recovering from a horrible cold/flu that I got when I came back from a week long vacation in San Diego. I am planning to do a little food post on San Diego, but I got a load of pictures to sort and edit through. I am also in the midst of planning a mini-weekend getaway to Seattle. Eee! I love that city! 

So, Des and I planned to make a trip to San Francisco because we haven't gotten to go on a date in quite awhile. We made a lunch reservation at my favorite restaurant in the city, The House, and left the rest of the day to do whatever we wanted. Thank goodness we didn't make other plans, because when the day rolled around, my cold was hitting me pretty hard. I was actually feeling horrible during the shoot and had to go home right after. The next day I got a 103F fever and couldn't move from my bed. Self-pitying aside, we shot this outfit at the Sutro Baths in SF. It's beautiful and worth a quick stop when you're in the city. :) 

Oh! I snagged these Madewell boots from my local J.Crew Factory Outlet! They retail for $238, but I snagged them for...$70! At the outlet, they were reduced to $140 and were an additional 50% off. Madewell & J.Crew are the same parent company, so keep an eye out for Madewell products at your J.Crew outlets! :) 

Outfit Details
Coat: Madewell [on sale!]
Top: J.Crew [on sale!]
Bottom: Topshop
Boots: Madewell via J.Crew Factory [on sale!]
Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs [old; you might like this]
Scarf: Nordstrom Rack [old; very similar]

Hope you have a great rest of the day! Thanks for reading!
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

OOTD || Capes & Jewel Tones Accents

Hello everyone! bout that stormageddon? California's getting hit with some rain and chilly weather...I hope everyone's staying safe and cozy! In my area, it seems like the worst has passed. *knock on wood*

This outfit was shot prior to the storm when Des and I decided to take a day of the weekend just to relax. We went out to brunch at The Table in Willow Glen (I LOVE their corned's amazing) and did a little shopping here and there. 

I really wanted to try out a new lippy I bought at Ulta [Nyx Butter Lipstick in Licorice]. I kinda came up with the outfit to go with the somewhat vampy lip. Did I get too crazy by throwing on a cape? :| This cape is from Helene Berman, and her coats are beautiful. I was lucky to have snagged one from Nordstrom Rack. I originally wanted the burgundy one, but they only had the black in my size. It's extremely light weight, soft, and warm. :) 

Oh yes, I also got my hair color touched up. I had some lighter pieces put in and asked for a bit of a higher contrast with my roots. I actually went back and got my hair re-toned a couple days later, so it's actually a little ashier now (mini-hair update for you...if you care. :P)

PC: Des T. [Sorry for the lighting, it's a little weird I know]

Outfit Details
Top: Madewell
Bottom: Topshop
Jewelry: Express [on sale!]

Oh! We have a little visitor! :) Her name is Nora and she was adopted from Taiwan. She just had to be in a shot. I hope that you have a great rest of the week! :)
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Monday, December 1, 2014

OOTD || The Anywhere Dress

Hello everyone!

How are you? Guess what? It's finally rainy in northern California! It's been raining for the past two days...but as I write this, sun is shining through my window. Oh, California. This post will be finishing up the OOTD's from Oregon that I shot in October...then warmer outfits will be debuting! I still plan on doing a little food guide to Oregon, don't fret! 

As I mentioned in the previous post, the whole reason I went to Oregon was because my friend was getting married! Their ceremony was simple and filled with delicious food. I slightly regret shooting the outfit post-wedding...because I had two huge plates of BBQ and pizza...oops. Just kidding, I don't regret anything. It was delicious. I'm drooling thinking about the pulled pork and brisket...

I kept the look simple with a fitted a-line dress, light black coat and minimal accessories. I strayed away from looking too classic by pairing it with caged heels (although keeping it classic with nude or black pumps would look fab too.) This dress is awesome because you can literally wear it for ANY occasion. It's so easy to dress up or down. The fabric is thick so it can go spring or winter. It's called "the anywhere dress" and it's true to its word. Can I just add, that I am in LOVE with the forest green/blue-green trend going on this fall/'s so beautiful. :)

Outfit Details
Dress: Madewell [on sale!]
Coat: Harlowe and Graham via Nordstrom Rack [love this one]
Shoes: Nine West via Nordstrom Rack [similar]
Necklace: Zara [similar]

Hope you have a great rest of the week where ever you are! :)
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

OOTD || The Perfect Kimono


I just wanted to thank everyone for the positive feedback regarding my previous post. It really comforts me to know that it was the right choice to post it! :) Now I'm not so scared of the idea of doing a personal post here and there. Anyways...back to our regular scheduling...

About a month ago, I took a trip to Portland for my friends wedding. I only packed a carry-on and decided on a very minimalistic wardrobe. These pictures were taken right after getting off the plane. I was tired. The little make-up I had on...was half hazard. But I'm going to post it anyways. :P

By the way, I'm really excited to start posting fall/winter wear. The weather in NorCal is finally getting gray and dreary. I love it. :)

I had been hunting for the perfect kimono for a long time before stumbling across this beauty at Brandy Melville. They only had one left in the store and I knew I had to snag that sucker. I love how easy a kimono is and what it adds to an other-wise boring outfit. It's really a stunner piece when you find the right one. :)

Outfit Details
Kimono: Brandy Melville [you might like this!]
Shirt: Target
Shorts: Madewell [on sale!]
Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs [really old; you might like this]
Shoes: Birkenstock
Jewelry: World Market

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gettin' Personal || How'd I Get Here?

Oh...the hesitancy I have for this post. Let's try it out. Early apologies for I am not the most articulate writer around. :P

Sometimes I have these...moments. I reflect upon my past and how it has shaped me to be who I am today. My thought today: "Why do I blog about clothes? Me of all people...blogging about fashion."

Flashback. I was that 13 year old girl trying to shop at Abercrombie struggling to reach clothing in my size, too embarrassed to ask a staff member to get it for me. I was that 14 year old girl that got pushed into plus-size clothing stores by boys telling me to shop where I belonged. I was that girl that cried after shopping because I would only see flaws in the dressing room. I hated clothes. I hated fashion.

side note: why are stores even segregated by size? For the sake of this post, I'll leave my thoughts of the societal effects on size and women at the door because that would be an essay.

So, how did I get here?

I'm not going to go into major details or anything because I know you have a life to lead and things to do... ;) I'm not even sure who you are or why you're reading this post...but hi, my name is Priscilla. Nice to meet you. :)

It's been a long journey. One that I do not plan on detailing out to the world. But something I do know, is that one day, along my trek, I decided to wear whatever I wanted to. I told myself to dress my body the way it was and wear what made me feel good that day. Let's be real, I'm not particularly trendy in any way. I just wear what I like.

Clothes use to tie me down. I had to wear things that made me look skinnier. I had to wear a certain size. I had to cover up as much of my body as I could. I had to do this and this and this. I had to stop.

Yes, I do believe certain shapes are extra flattering and I do believe in using clothing to give you that extra va-va-voom or boost of confidence whenever you want it. But don't let it hold you down. Wear what makes you happy.

When I blog, I'm simply aiming to share outfits that make me smile.

I'm going to leave it at that for now. Thanks for getting this far along and actually reading this go get yourself some ice cream. You deserve it.

I got two. ;) Have a great day & see you on the next post!

Friday, September 5, 2014

OOTD || Abandoned Barns & Studded Boots

Hi Everyone! 

Des & I decided to go to half-moon bay a couple weekends back. We went to Burleigh H. Murray Ranch and hiked up a short path. It's a pretty cool stop if you're in the area. The ranch consists of a short 1-2 mile hike, a restricted military shooting range (which you're not suppose to go in...woops), and an abandoned barn built in the 1800s! The barn has a haunted-esque feel and was gigantic! We tried to find a way inside but the doors were pretty much chained up that day.

The day was warm yet consisted of a chilly breeze coming in from the ocean. The dress I'm wearing is quite short, so I paired some plain black yoga shorts under them. I also put on a chunkier ankle boot to give the illusion of showing less leg. Once it gets a little chillier around here, I'll probably wear this outfit with a pair of leggings and call it a day! :)

P.S. I really can't wait till boot season. I already have my eyes on too many pairs.

PC: Desmond T.

Outfit Details:
Jacket: Zara [similar]
Boots: Kelsi Dagger [old; you might like these]
Sunglasses: 3.1 Phillip Lim
Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs [old; you might like this]
Necklaces: Ibiss (short), vintage (long; my mom's when she was young!)
Watch: Anne Klein [similar]
*I'm sure you've noticed by now, I always wear the same watch :P*

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