Spring Feelings: Classic Trends

Slowly but surely, New York is warming up. I’m torn. On one hand, like every other New Yorker, I’m sick of the cold. We had the most intense winter this year and I’m pretty sure I’ve seen enough slushy, black snow to last me a lifetime. But on the other hand, New York gets HOT and it gets hot fast. I’m not really looking forward to the sweaty, garbage filled air that summer in New York City brings.

Anyway, rant over because what I am looking forward to is Spring and all of the lovely trends that come along with it. I’m weary of calling these trends because honestly, these pieces are classics! A classic trench, rose gold jewelry, pastels and florals? This is Forever Fashion guys!  It might not be your style, but it’s hard to argue that these pieces aren’t just modern incarnations of classics that have been around for decades.

Spring Favorites

10 Crosby Derek Lam Belted Trench Coat // The leather belted trench has been everywhere but for good reason, it’s beautiful! I love this fresh take with the dropped sleeves.

The Friendship Pin Bracelet by Skyler Man // Rose gold is quickly becoming the go to color for spring jewelry and I’m on board, I’ve been wearing it year around forever. Always in love with this pinned safety pin bracelet.

Leonar Crystal Printed Platform by Ted Baker // I’ve only recently realized the brilliance that is Ted Baker. His florals are on point, they’re a little sweet and a little dark. These botanical pumps are amazing.

Medium Candy Pouchette by Furla // I’ve been extremely impressed by Furla’s candy collection this season and the pouchette is no exception, it does the pastel trend beautifully while still looking grown up.

Gift Guide: For the Lover of Dragons

There are probably a handful of people on earth who don’t watch Game of Thrones, and even fewer who aren’t completely obsessed with Daenerys Targaryen aka The Mother of Dragons. She’s a great female character, fierce and fair, with amazing braided hairstyles. But while she dominates the screen, I can’t help but think that at times, her dragons steal the spotlight. Dragons are having an amazing year- between Game of Thrones and the newest Hobbit film, the Desolation of Smaug, dragons are everywhere. In the Chinese Zodiac, dragons are described as passionate and strong, traits that are universally revered- it’s no surprise dragons are making a come back this year.

Below I’ve gathered some amazing ‘dragon’ inspired (and many that are…literal) dragon gifts for the dragon lover in your life.

Under $100

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Nars ‘Dragon Girl’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is the perfect Stocking Stuffer for the girl who’s obsessed with the golden haired Mother of Dragons. Daenerys would look killer in this fiery red. Find it here.

8444756_fpx.tifI love the way these Natori candles are designed with the dragon motif stretching across all three votives. With hints of wild jasmine, these a perfect luxe gift that won’t break the bank. Find them here.

Under $400

TheDragonMacrameThe Dragon Macrame Bracelet by Skyler Man works for any dragon lover in your life- it’s totally unisex/androgynous. In sterling silver with a red diamond for an eye, this bracelet is a substantial fine jewelry gift, and still comes in at under $400 Find it here.

Cartier Perfume

With notes of bitter almond and neroli orange, Cartier’s amazing perfume translates to ‘kiss of the dragon.’ This dope bottle would make any girl swoon. Find it here.

The ‘I have no limit’ Gift

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This is the ultimate luxury gift for someone that loves dragons (and jewelry!) This beautiful Dragon Egg jewelry box comes in gold plated brass and the outline is, get this, studded with black diamonds! The most fabulous gift, and seriously, if I was a baller, this would definitely be sitting atop my vanity table. Find it here.

Introducing Alina Skyler of Skyler Man Jewelry

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Hello all; my name is Alina Skyler and I will be a guest blogger here on Ode To Awe periodically. In case you’re thinking that my name sounds familiar, that may be because I am the designer behind Skyler Man, the (fabulous) jewelry line that Lizzy is always promoting. Lizzy is also my amazing sister (love her).  So when I thought about creating my own blog at some point, I quickly abandoned the idea in favor of doing some guest blogging on OTA, so we can support each other (sisters!).

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I will be blogging about Skyler Man street style, so you can see Skyler Man in action, on the streets, and just out and about, partying in Brooklyn and NYC. I want to share my style concept and inspirations behind Skyler Man with you. “Let me show you the world in my eyes” -Depeche Mode.

*Bio coming soon. xoxoxoxo

Corn Pudding Muffins

Corn Pudding Muffins

I love side dishes. It might have something to do with not eating meat, but even when I did, I always felt like the protein was just a vehicle for its sauce or the accompaniment it came with. Eating steak? The best part is the mashed potatoes or creamed spinach. Wings? It’s definitely the sauce and blue cheese, and usually, the beer. So, for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas (and friendsgiving and friendsmas…) I’m usually looking forward to the delicious, so-not-good-for-you creamy and cheesy side dishes. One of my favorites has always been corn pudding. For my version, I mix whole corn, pureed corn and cream corn with pepper jack cheese to make individual sized corn puddings that are creamy, cheesy and perfect for the holidays.

Corn Pudding Muffins

Makes 18-20 muffins

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces Frozen Corn, Thawed
  • 14 3/4ounces Can of Sweet Corn Cream Style
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup Red Pepper Finely Diced (about one small pepper)
  • 6-8 ounces Pepper Jack Cheese Grated
  • 3 tablespoons Flour (or 3 tablespoons cornmeal for a gluten-free version)
  • 5 large Eggs
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Black Pepper (or a couple good twists of a grinder)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add 1 teaspoon of oil to a pan on medium high heat. Add the finely diced red pepper, saute till lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Add up to a tablespoon oil as needed.
  2. Add one cup of thawed corn to a large bowl. Puree the remaining corn and transfer to the same bowl. Mix in the can of sweet corn, the sauteed red pepper, 1/2 of the cheese, the flour and the salt and pepper.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and cream. Add to the first bowl of ingredients and mix till well combined.
  4. Spray muffin tins with olive oil spray* and fill with corn mixture. Sprinkle tops with remaining cheese and place in preheated oven. Be sure to place a cookie sheet under your muffin tins in case the mixture bubbles over. Bake until golden brown about 45 minutes. Cool 15 minutes and serve.

*You can also add a little melted butter to each muffin tin instead of the olive oil spray