December 31, 2013

SOUL: hello 2014

grateful for a wonderful 2013 and cheers to a fantastic 2014.
make it your best yet.
xoxo, NB

December 19, 2013

WEAR: holiday outfit pick

'Tis the season to dress up! Whether it's a statement necklace or a statement bracelet, or even a statement skirt, give your outfit a voice and let it do some talking this season.  One of our favorite parts about the holidays is getting dressed up for parties or just for the fun of it.  For many occasions, your instinct is to reach for your lbd or the sweet cocktail dress but fancy skirts can actually hold their own.  Try a statement skirt this year.  So easy to wear and can be paired with a simple sweater, silk blouse or even a t-shirt (our favorite!) for an effortlessly cool look like Sincerely Jules.   For our holiday pick, we picked a sexy lace button down to contrast with the opulent floral skirt.  We picked cuffs that are so good, they should be worn on both wrists for that fashion warrior look.  We also picked a luxe clutch and rich blue pony hair lace ups.  This is our inspiration outfit for you, and a wish list of sorts for ourselves because those Givenchy cuffs - obsessed!  They are actually 30% off on Ssense but sold out (of course)!  If only I can get just ONE, let alone two.  Happy styling and happy shopping! 

1. All Saints lace button down top 
2. Givenchy obsedia white leathers cuffs 
3. Ted Baker London flowtii oil paint skirt
4. Maiyet studded ayla clutch
5. Asos smooth double cuffs
6. Schutz Alameda pony hair lace ups

xoxo, happy holidays!

December 13, 2013

DIY: hand chain ring bracelet - part two!

Accessory junkies unite!  It's part two of our DIY hand chain ring bracelet.  You can find our first version here.  And although they are quite similar, I had to make this variation once I saw it on the Catbird site.  I really love so many of their pieces, but it's hard for me to invest in them as I feel like I'm always spying another piece of jewelry that I love.  Don't want jewelry buyer's remorse?  Just DIY your own version for a fraction of the price!

This time around I also used a more delicate chain to give it a lighter look and feel.  Materials and instructions below - give it a go!  It's literally just measuring it out to your hand and connecting chain parts together.  EASY PEASY.

Materials (all materials from Michaels):
- gold chain
- 3 small gold connectors
- 1 gold clasp
- pliers to cut the chain and open/close the connectors

Follow the instructions below and cut the chain with your pliers as needed for each step.  When measuring out the size of chain you'll need for each step, use your own hand and make sure to leave some wiggle room so that you can bend your wrist back and forth easily while it's on.

xoxo, NB

December 9, 2013

DIY: christmas labels and free printable!

One of my favorite parts of gift giving is the wrapping part.  I'm sure some of you are cringing right now.  I've found it's much like black licorice - you either love it or hate it.  Don't get me wrong, I've definitely found myself in last minute, late night situations where I'd much rather throw the gift into a grocery sack than bother with wrapping it.  But on any other occasion, I surely do love it!  

I always love buying cute stickers and labels for gifts, but this season I wanted to create a few of my own.  I prefer my wrapping fairly simple (butchers paper is always a great default) with nice details and touch of rustic..ness (is that a word?).  I printed these out on sticker paper and cut them out to place on cards and gifts.  

xoxo, NB

December 2, 2013

EAT: sea urchin (uni) toast

Ok, we have to admit that this post will not be for everyone.  There are uni-lovers and then there are uni-haters, such is life.  Here at NB, I think we'd like to sway more on the side of love.  The sea urchin sometimes called sea hedgehogs are small spiny, globular sea animals.  Their roe otherwise known as the slimy, sometimes gross looking tongue-shaped,  bright orange part is a delicacy in many cuisines such as uni pasta, uni soba, uni over rice, uni sushi, uni in a half shell, oh my!  Here for simplicity and deliciousness sake, we present the uni toast! We like it raw so in this dish, there was actually no cooking involved here except just the quick toasting of the bread.  It's almost like an uni ceviche with the lemon juice.  Continue below for this easy recipe and the different ways I tried it. 

  • 1/2 purple onion, minced 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped or shiso leaves, chiffoned
  • 2 tablespoons scallion
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil  
  • sea urchin "tongues" (it has to be FRESH)
  • bread (here I used bruschetta toasts and toasted potato bread)
  • salt and pepper

  1. Combine the minced onion,  lemon juice, cilantro, scallions and olive oil in a bowl. 
  2. Gently add the urchins and season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Let marinate while you grill the bread or prepare toasts. 
  4. Brush the bread slices with the remaining olive oil and grill over medium heat until slightly golden. 
  5. Top with the uni mix and serve.

There's lots of uni toast recipes out there that I still definitely need to to try.  Especially the one from Aldea NYC with the cauliflower puree! I adapted this one from The Food Network.  Try adding avocado or salmon roe on top too!

Here in the picture above, I tried the uni mix on top of a slightly toasted potato bun and my conclusion is everything tastes better on potato bread!  SO delicious.