Roasted Garlic, Lemon + Rosemary Chicken

Leave it to me to choose one of the hottest days of the season to cook a huge, hours-long dinner in my AC-less kitchen. But once I made my mind up to spend a Saturday trying out new recipes in honor of a belated anniversary dinner, I simply couldnt be swayed to do otherwise. Fortunately, the centerpiece of the meal was a fairly easy fix, requiring a minimal amount of time spent over a hot stove (or, rather, a hot crockpot).

I saw this recipe ages ago and put it on the back burner (no pun intended) until I found the perfect occasion to try it out. And seeing as last week was the celebration of our four-year anniversary, I couldnt let the opportunity pass me by.

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Somehow, in all my years of cooking, I’ve never managed to prepare an entire chicken at once—until Saturday, that is—so I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to clean, season, stuff and cook such a flavorful dish. Of course, all the flavor came from the roasted garlic, fresh-cut lemons and fresh sprigs of rosemary—ingredients that combined to make a succulent (and slightly tangy) main course that was perfect for an almost-fall meal.

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Try out the recipe below for your next big dinner party or special at-home date (and dont forget to save some of the savory juices to spoon over your side dishes—I recommend homemade garlic mashed potatoes!).

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Roasted Garlic, Lemon + Rosemary Chicken 

Servings: 4 (Recipe adapted from No. 2 Pencil)

5 lemons

2-3 heads of garlic

1 whole 4 to 5-pound chicken

Fresh rosemary (or any fresh herbs)

All-purpose steak seasoning (or salt and pepper)

1. Cut ends off of 3 lemons, then cut lemons and 2 garlic heads in half. Layer on bottom of slow cooker, adding a sprig or two of rosemary.

2. Remove insides from chicken, then rinse chicken and pat dry.

3. Season chicken well, inside and out, with all-purpose steak seasoning or salt and pepper.

4. Lay chicken on top of garlic and lemon slices, then stuff with 1 garlic head cut in half and 1 lemon cut in quarters.

5. Slice 1 lemon, then cover top of chicken with lemon slices and additional rosemary.

6. Turn slow cooker to high, and cook for about 4 hours, or until chicken reaches 165 F.

7. When chicken has reached 165 F, turn off slow cooker and let chicken rest for about 15 minutes.

8. Remove chicken from slow cooker, carve and serve. Strain slow cooker liquid and serve over chicken.

Fashion Week Favorites, Part 1: NYFW Spring ’15

How this happened, I’m not quite sure, but we’re already halfway through the Spring ’15 season of New York Fashion Week. For the last four days in a row, I’ve been tuning in to as many live streams as possible and waiting, poised and ready, to pin every pretty outfit I see walking down the runway (check out a full list of my favorites from this season here!). And even though there are still four days of stunning spring style left to play out, I’ve already noticed a few trends throughout the first half of the shows. Check out a few of my faves:

Wow-Worthy Whites

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Clockwise from top left: Dion Lee, Cushnie et Ochs, Honor, Ralph Rucci, Porsche Design and BCBG Max Azria

Summer, winter, spring, fall. I don’t care what season it is: All-white outfits are super chic. They’re also ruling the runways this year at NYFW, with everything from polished dresses and plunging jumpsuits to floaty skirts and sleek separates making an awe-inspiring appearance.

Outfit-Making Coats

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Clockwise from top left: Porsche Design, Christian Siriano, Trina Turk, Victoria Beckham, Josie Natori and Rebecca Taylor

Who needs a stunning ensemble when you can simply throw on a spring coat like one of these, head out the door and be the most fashionable girl in sight?

Fun + Flirty Embellishments

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From left: Thakoon, Christian Siriano, DKNY and Ralph Rucci

Whether it’s candy-dot beads like those at DKNY and Honor or fringe and feathers at practically every other show, not-your-average embellishments are making their way into spring (and make a lack of accessorizing totally OK).

Va-Va-Voom Skirts

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Clockwise from top left: Christian Siriano, Kate Spade New York, Tome, Tracy Reese, DKNY and Monique Lhuillier

Airy midi skirts and flouncy minis will never go out of style, but next spring is all about the voluminous skirt, whether it hits above the knee in a stunning watercolor print or all the way down to your ankle in a delicate lacy overlay.

What are some of your favorite looks and trends from the first half of Spring ’15 Fashion Week?

Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

You guys, I have some big news: I finally got the KitchenAid stand mixer I’ve been dreaming of for years! So naturally, I had to put it to use right away, and what better way to do that than to whip up a batch of big, cake-y and super-indulgent Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies (as requested by Harrison)?

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Whether it’s all thanks to my new mixer or not, this recipe ended up being surprisingly simple to pull off, and it made nearly 20 thick, rich and delightfully peanut buttery cookies that I ate way too many of. (No shame.)

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Because they’re pretty dense and cake-y, they’re best right out of the oven or within a day of baking, which keeps them from tasting a little dry. And even though you’re going to want to eat the entire batch at once, their flavor is so intense and delicious that one (or two!) at a time is more than enough.

Check out the recipe below, then bake these up for your first fall get-together. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!

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Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Yield: 15-18 cookies (Recipe via The Baker Upstairs)

1 1/2 cups, plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons milk
2 cups coarsely chopped peanut butter cups

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment.

2. In small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, then set aside.

3. In large bowl or bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar until well combined. Add egg, vanilla and milk, and mix until combined.

4. Add dry ingredients and mix to form a thick dough. (If the dough is very dry and crumbly, add an extra tablespoon or so of milk to help it come together.) Gently fold in peanut butter cups, reserving about 1/4 cup.

5. Scoop large spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet, and sprinkle with remaining peanut butter cups.

6. Bake 12-14 minutes, being careful not to over bake. Let cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes, then remove to cooling rack.

Introducing: The Warby Parker Fall ’14 Collection

It’s one of my favorite times of the year again! And no, I’m not talking about fall. I’m talking about New York Fashion Week, where all of my most-adored designer brands will be showing off their latest and greatest collections for the Spring ’15 season!

You know who’s also showing off a new collection? Everyone’s go-to glasses brand, Warby Parker, who debuted its Fall 2014 collection just this morning. Featuring nine new shapes in a number of different shades—including Crystal (for a more modern look), Striped Pacific (for a rich, sophisticated effect) and Petal Tortoise (for a soft, earthy feel)—the collection has a lot to offer in terms of great style.

Available online and in Warby Parker stores and showrooms, you can pick up pieces from the new collection today (and starting from just $95!).

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To celebrate the new collection, the folks at Warby Parker asked me to pick out a few of my favorite shapes and shades. And because no glasses can be chosen without an outfit in mind, I thought it would be fun to design a lineup of fall outfits around each pair. Take a look at my picks:

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Chandler Ti in Newsprint Grey

What to wear with the Chandler Ti in Newsprint Grey:

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Sweater / J.Crew Ring / Marni Necklace / Ted Baker Booties / Maiden Lane Watch / Nixon Denim / Current/Elliot Lipstick / Lancome Clutch / BCBGeneration

I love the thought of rich hues like navy and deep charcoal grey for fall, especially when they’re paired in a casual-cool look that can go from a Saturday of shopping to a lazy Sunday brunch. Throw on a layered sweater with a pair of rugged-chic distressed denim, and dress it up with a statement bootie, crystal-drenched necklace and metallic clutch for a look you’ll never tire of all season long.

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The Coley in Crystal

What to wear with the Coley in Crystal:

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Sweater / Raoul Earrings / Stella & Dot Necklace / John & Pearl Pants / Rag & Bone Nail Polish / NARS, “Hell Bent” Heels / Jeffrey Campbell Bracelet / Alexis Bittar Clutch / Nine West

Practically made for the office, this black, white and gold color combo would look gorgeous when paired with the mod Crystal glasses. Add a ribbed sweater to a pair of tailored-but-loose trousers, then complete the look with luxe booties, a statement neckline, a simple shoulder bag and another touch of lucite for a modern look that will never get old.

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The Greenleaf in Woodgrain Tortoise

What to wear with the Greenleaf in Woodgrain Tortoise:

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Dress / MICHAEL Michael Kors Rings / Alexis Bittar Cardigan / H&M Bag / Carlo Pazolini Heels / Rachel Roy Eyeshadow / Urban Decay Necklace / Sole Society Hat / River Island

For those fall weekends when comfort is key (but you don’t want to look lazy), throw on a printed dress and accessorize with heels, sweaters, bags and jewelry in earthy tones of tan, brown and burgundy (which couldn’t match the Woodgrain Tortoise shade any better!).

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The Durand in Whiskey Tortoise

What to wear with the Durand in Whiskey Tortoise:

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Top / H&M Skirt / Ted Baker Lipgloss / Yves Saint Laurent, “Cuir Grenat” Necklace / Mango Earrings / Kate Spade New York Heels / Kurt Geiger Bracelet / Swarovski Bag / Furla

There’s something about tortoiseshell that feels so classically luxe to me, so naturally I would want to wear it with a look that reads feminine and polished. And what better way to achieve that than with a ladylike skirt, gilded accessories, leopard-print pumps and a swipe of deep red lipgloss?

Which of the Warby Parker Fall 2014 Collection styles are your favorite?

September Want List

Happy September, everyone! I hope you all had a nice Labor Day weekend. I spent my days off shopping a little (though I didn’t pick up quite as much as I had hoped to), reorganizing our unruly closets and finally catching up on some reading. Though I would have loved to spend my days lying on the beach or at least hitting the pool, I think relaxing around the house was just what I needed to recharge for the busy month ahead.

And speaking of the month ahead, I’ve already got my eye on quite a few things I’d like to make mine in the coming weeks. Check them out below:

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Bag / Banana Republic Booties / Club Monaco Bench / Young Parisian Beds Bracelet / C. Wonder Skirt / Oasis Sweatshirt / Uniqlo Flats / Dee Keller Lipstick / Bobbi Brown, “Candied Red” Dress / Nicole Miller Denim / Madewell

I spotted this Banana Republic bag on Saturday while shopping and came this close to picking it up. Though I’m still weighing my fall bag options, this one is definitely high up on my list. Also high on that list: new fall shoes, including some suede ankle booties for casual weekends and a pair of D’Orsay flats for days at work when I don’t feel like wearing heels.

The flared skirt from Oasis and fit-and-flare dress from Nicole Miller would make good work pieces, too, while the cozy pullover and that pair of distressed boyfriend jeans would create a perfectly casual-chic number for one of the first crisp Saturdays of the season.

In the beauty department, I’m on the hunt for a slightly deeper shade of red, and my accessories collection is totally calling for that cobalt blue-accented cuff from C. Wonder. On the home front, we’re in search of a storage bench to put in the corner of our living room, and I adore the luxe feel of the velvet version above.

What’s on your must-have list for September?

Cute + Classy Collars

I have zero problem admitting that I often look to today’s teen stars for some major style inspiration. These little ladies include (but certainly aren’t limited to) Kiernan Shipka, Hailey Steinfeld, Elle Fanning and, of course, Chloe Grace Moretz. So when I saw Chloe sporting the most adorable Miu Miu shift dress the other day—complete with a nerdy-chic collar and beautiful sequin detailing—I immediately wanted a collared dress for myself.

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Chloe Grace Moretz in Miu Miu at the If I Stay New York premiere.

Naturally, I started my hunt for the perfect collared dress right away, where I quickly came across 12 dresses I’d love to add to my wardrobe (some budget friendly, and some a little out of my price range). Check them out:

Though the solid-hued dresses are perfect for any occasion, I’m really loving the bright, fun + eye-catching prints on the numbers from Peter Pilotto, True Decadence, Saloni and Mela Loves London—especially for the last few weeks of summer.

Do you already own some collared dresses? If not, would add one to your wardrobe?

Macarons + Makeup

Last night was a dream come true for me: Not only did I get to learn how to make macarons (one of my favorite sweet treats in existence!), but I also got to do it while celebrating a ton of amazing beauty products carried by QVC. I’m talking tarte eyeshadow palettes, philosophy lip glosses, Laura Geller blushes and bareMinerals lip colors, just to name a few.

And let’s not forget about the macarons. The class, which took place at the Manhattan Sur La Table and was led by the amazing Chef Cameca Bacchus, was super informative (I never knew there was so much to learn about egg whites!) and really hands on. So yes, that means I played a part in making every single one of the delicious macarons I took home + indulged in last night and this morning.

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I’m not 100 percent confident I could make macarons by myself at home (at least not the first couple of times), but it doesn’t mean I’m not going to give it a shot! Another thing I can’t wait to try out? All of the amazing beauty products I got to take home after the macaron-making class!

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Have you ever made your own macarons? If so, what’s your best tip for churning out the cutest + sweetest treats possible?