Monday, January 31, 2011

Happy Monday from Banana Republic

Banana Republic at ShopStyle

Banana Republic is offering 30% off some of their favorite work styles. I'm so excited because I ordered the dress (above) I've had my eye on. I hope it fits! Shop the work styles on the website and enter BRMONDAY as the coupon code at check out.

Adventures at the Outlets

For the first time in a while I've had a Sunday all to myself. I dedicated a lot of my day to some great blog posts this week. I want to do a better job of sharing my purchases and I did some shopping on Saturday!

This weekend my girlfriend and I attended a baby shower in Leesburg, Va. Its right by the outlets so we decided to hit them up after the shower. I can got some great pieces for the spring/summer and fabulous jeans. Here are some photos of my purchases. For the record I have no makeup on in these pictures.

My favorite J.Crew T-Shirts and tank tops

Some J.Crew beach stuff - Fun floppy hat and a cute cover up - have I mentioned I need a tan?

Shirt from Calvin Klein and Petite Skinny Joe's Jeans (got them for $70!)

Simple short sleeve shirt dress from Calvin Klein

Super cute sweater from J.Crew, essential tank and new petite Provocateur Joe's Jeans

Sunday, January 30, 2011

It's Giveaway Time

I picked up these super cute earrings at the J.Crew Factory Store. All you have to do to enter is become a follower and leave a comment. If you are already a follower just let me know in your comment! Giveaway ends Friday at midnight EST. I will pick a winner randomly and announce it next weekend. Good luck!

Winter Closet Cleanout!

In an effort to downsize my wardrobe to the things that I wear all the time (since I always go to the same items) I've cleaned out some of my winter wardrobe and posted the items on ebay. Lots of great things from J.Crew, Banana Republic and a BCBG suit. Listings can be found here. My good friend Shannon is also doing the same thing and here stuff can be found here.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Yummy Braised Short Ribs

I made these VERY yummy braised short ribs last weekend and they were a huge hit among our guests. It was super easy to make and soooo good. I served them with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. The recipe is actually from Olive Garden's website (thanks Doug and Kellie).

Note: the picture above is not what mine looked like. I forgot to take a picture.


3-4 lb(s) boneless beef short ribs*
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
2 medium yellow onions, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, minced
2 cup(s) Chianti wine
1 32-oz can crushed tomatoes
3 cup(s) beef broth
2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
*Your grocery store butcher can cut into individual ribs and de-bone.


Pat the short ribs dry and season with salt and pepper.

Coat a large, nonstick pan with olive oil. Sauté the short rib pieces over medium-high heat for about two to three minutes on each side or until brown. When finished, transfer the short ribs to a bowl.

Next, add the onions to the pan and cook over medium heat for approximately three minutes. Once the onions are translucent, add the garlic and cook for one minute.

Add the Chianti, rosemary, beef broth and tomatoes to the pan one at a time, allowing the liquid to evaporate partially before each addition (about two minutes).

Return the short ribs to the pan, including any juices that might have accumulated in the bowl. Cover and let simmer for three hours on low heat to complete the braising process.

Remove the short ribs from the pan and boil the liquid until it’s reduced by half, about 10 minutes.

Return the short ribs to the pan and heat thoroughly.

Serve with potatoes or risotto and vegetables.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Last Day to Shop Stella & Dot

Today is the last to shop my Stella & Dot boutique. And today I thought I would feature my favorite bangles. Would look so cute worn together or on their own. Love them.

Paige Enamel Bangle

Sloane Enamel Bangle

Sunset Bangle

Love these too?! You can buy's how to shop:
2. Click "Can't make it to the trunk show, find your hostess" in the upper right hand corner.
3. Type in "Christina's" for first name, and "Favorites" for last name.
4. Shop away!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Stella & Dot Earrings!

There are so many great Stella & Dot earrings but here are a couple of my favorites!

Jasmine Filigree Earrings - come in silver or gold

Soiree Studs

Garden Party Chandelier Earrings

Here's how to shop:
2. Click "Can't make it to the trunk show, find your hostess" in the upper right hand corner.
3. Type in "Christina's" for first name, and "Favorites" for last name.
4. Shop away!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

My Stella & Dot Ring(s) in Rotation

I'm not a big ring person and have the rings and rarely go outside of my usual three or four rings that I have in rotation. One of these ring(s) in rotation is from Stella & Dot. I wear a lot of gold and silver and these rings are perfect if I'm wearing either or both.

Stackable Bands Ring

These can be purchased by:
1. Going to
2. Click "Can't make it to the trunk show, find your hostess" in the upper right hand corner.
3. Type in "Christina's" for first name, and "Favorites" for last name.
4. Shop away!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Ready for Spring!

I don't know about you but I'm definitely ready for so warmer weather and in part I think its because of Banana Republics newest arrivals.

Banana Republic at ShopStyle

Banana Republic at ShopStyle

Banana Republic at ShopStyle

Banana Republic at ShopStyle

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Potential New Living Room

Nolan Yellow 20" Pillow
$30 -

Nolan Orange 20" Pillow
$30 -

Leather Ottoman

Leather Sectional

These are a few of Christina's favorite things...

Let me know your thoughts? I think I'm loving the combination. If you hate it please don't tell me because I already ordered the rug and floral pillow. I will probably go to HomeGoods, Target for pillows (can't justify spending $30 per pillow) but the ones I feature give you a good idea. I can't wait to put this all together!!!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Great Amazon Deal!

Living Social has a great Amazon deal today. You can get a $20 gift card for $10! I buy sooo many things on Amazon - you can find pretty much anything! Click here to purchase...remember you can only buy it today!

Post so I can grab for Polyvore

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A great new recipe

On Monday, I made a new recipe that was really good. It was the perfect meal for a cold day. I wanted to take advantage of the vegetables that were delivered last week so I found this recipe on The roast was absolutely delicous and full of flavor. I was very excited because I got to use my new dutch oven (thanks to my brother and future sis-in-law for the Christmas gift). When I make this again, I think I'm going to use a leaner piece of meat, the chuck roast was too fatty. Also, I wasn't a big fan of the vegetables. Next time, I think I might add potatoes to it and increase more of the broth.

Here's the recipe -


Pot Roast:

  • 1 (3 to 4-pound) beef chuck roast
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can whole tomatoes, in juice
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 cups beef broth, homemade or made from beef bouillon (2 bouillon cubes and 2 cups hot water) not canned
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme, or 2 teaspoons dried
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch, mixed with 2 tablespoons water, optional
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, optional

Roasted Vegetables:

  • 2 medium red onions, peeled and quartered, or 6 shallots, peeled and halved
  • 3 carrot carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch coins
  • 1 medium turnip, peeled and cut into 8 wedges or 1 medium celery root, peeled and cut into 8 large chunks or both
  • About 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat a large Dutch oven, with a lid, over medium-high heat. Season the meat generously with salt and pepper, and sprinkle lightly with the flour. Add the oil to the pot, lay the meat in the pan and sear on both sides until a deep mahogany brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer the meat to a plate. Pour all but about 2 tablespoons of the oil from the pan.

Add the onion and garlic to the pan, and cook until fragrant and soft, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, breaking them up by hand as you add them to the pot, and cook until a deep brick red, about 2 minutes more. Add the wine, and with a wooden spoon scrape up any browned bits that cling to the bottom of the pot. Add the remaining tomato liquid, beef broth, thyme, and bay leaves, and bring to a boil. Return the roast to the pot, nestle it in the liquid, cover and transfer pot to the oven.

Cook until the roast is just tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove the lid and continue to cook, uncovered until tender about 1 hour more.

Meanwhile, toss the onions, carrots, parsnips, and turnips with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread out on a baking sheet in 1 layer. You may have to use 2 baking sheets. Once the roast comes out of the oven, raise the temperature to 450 degrees F. Roast the vegetables, turning about halfway through cooking, until caramelized and tender, about 30 to 45 minutes.

Transfer the roast to a plate and cover loosely with foil. Skim the fat off the surface of the liquid and discard. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook until thickened. For a thicken sauce whisk in the cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil. (Test the thickness of the sauce by spooning some onto a plate and checking the consistency). Stir in the parsley, taste and adjust salt and pepper, as needed. Keep the roast warm in the sauce until ready to slice.

Slice the pot roast and lay on a platter, surround with the vegetables. Pour some of the sauce on top and serve the remaining in a sauceboat on the side.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Need Advice...In Search of the Perfect Rug and Pillows!

I blogged yesterday that we are getting a new couch and with the new couch we want to get new throw pillows and big area rug. Here's a picture of what our living room looks like now along with a pic of the new couch. The art work above the couch is staying. Any suggestions?!?!?

Stella & Dot Giveaway!

As part of my Stella & Dot boutique, I'm also doing a giveaway! Anyone that places an order through my Stella & Dot online boutique (details below) will be entered in a chance to win Black and Silver Bloom Flower Ring and Maltese Coral Brooch (photos also below)

How to shop:
1. Go to
2. Click "Can't make it to the trunk show, find your hostess" in the upper right hand corner.
3. Type in "Christina's" for first name, and "Favorites" for last name.
4. Shop away!

The party goes until January 25 so get your orders in!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Weekend Recap

Hubby and I enjoyed the long weekend in Philadelphia with our good friends. We did a little sightseeing, lots of eating and drinking and most importantly spending quality time together.

You can see my new necklace that I blogged about last week from my new favorite Etsy shop. Also while we were there I helped my friend decorate their new house. Here's a shot of the guest room. Everything was from Home Goods. I forgot how much I love that place! I picked up a few things as well which I will show you later this week.

When we got back from Philly, Hubby and I bought a new sectional leather couch and ottoman for our family room. I'm very excited for it to get here on Friday.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Time to Shop for Stella & Dot!

I'm all about accessorizing my wardrobe this season which is why I'm very excited to be hosting a Stella & Dot online party!!! The spring collection was just released and there are soooo many great pieces. Here's how you can shop -

2. Click "Can't make it to the trunk show, find your hostess" in the upper right hand corner.
3. Type in "Christina's" for first name, and "Favorites" for last name.
4. Shop away!

The party goes until January 25 so get your orders in. Here are some of my favorite pieces -


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