Grit & Glitter

a gal with gumption

Holiday Party Look #3: Vintage Homecoming

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There’s nothing like being in your hometown for the Holidays. Banners are hung high above street signs, cedar boughs wrap around gleaming lamp-posts and sparking lights illuminate familiar shop fronts and street corners. Christmas carols are on repeat and the jingle jangle of sleigh bells ring through the air each time the door to a well known shop opens and closes behind you. Coffee shops are full of Holiday chatter and brunch spots are full of happy home-comers.

If you happen to be in the Louisville area for the Holidays, make sure to stop by Pink Door Boutique in The Highlands. Need a last minute gift, the perfect Holiday dress or an amazing vintage piece? Michelle at Pink Door has lovingly hand picked the best of the bunch to share with her happy shoppers.

P.S. If you head there soon you may be able to snag this skirt before it’s gone like a New York socialite on New Year’s.

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Photos By: Andrew Dangler

Coat: Vintage (Similar Here), Sweater: Target (Similar Here), Skirt: The Pink Door Boutique (Buy It Here), Boots: Dress & Dwell (Similar Here), Beanie: Old Navy (Similar Here)

Magical Holiday Shopping

I have a confession to make, I love Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett’s recent record collaboration ‘Cheek 2 Cheek’. Their voices are like two magically fabulous larks in a lavish elvish forrest. Speaking of elves, I think H&M caught on to this vibe because their ‘Magical Holidays’ campaign with this fabby duo is maybe the cutest shopping commercial of the season. It has positively put me in the shopping spirit! Here are a few of my favorite looks that are most likely going to make their way in to my closet, with or without red velvet bows attached.

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Shop these looks at H&M online or in store!

Holiday Party #2: Glam Gams

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If you know me at all, you’d know that I love the Holidays. I collect vintage Christmas records, decorate with vintage Christmas decor and celebrate by watching White Christmas many more times than that which would be considered a healthy level of indulgence. In addition to decking the halls, I also enjoy any excuse to dress in festive Holiday party attire. However, there are a few sticky instances in the wardrobe decision making department that can trip a gal up. Such as, what do you wear to a mid day Holiday work party? How about an after hours mixer or office cocktail party? You don’t exactly want to slink around in a glittery mini skirt all day but you don’t want to slum it in an itchy Christmas sweater either (unless it’s the amazing ‘Christmas Kittens’ sweater I received last year from my Grandmother-In-Law, that’s totally appropriate). The solution? Killer platform heels and work appropriate party pants. Business meets glittery pleasure.

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Photos By: The Kentucky Gent

Vintage Blouse (similar HERE), Merona Pants (similar HERE), Zara Heels (similar HERE and HERE).

Lazy Sundays: Grandma’s Chili

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Sunday has lately become my favorite day of the week. With a full 5 day work week and weekends full of photo shoots and creative projects, Sunday is typically my one respite from the hustle and bustle of life. On Sunday mornings we tune in to our local NPR station to listen to our favorite Sunday Jazz Segment while we clean up a weeks worth of messes, fold heaps of laundry, and lazily pull ourselves together. Come lunch time we take our time in the kitchen as we listen to our vintage vinyl collection and cook up one of our favorite recipes. Music and food are synonymous in our house. Flavor notes and musical notes collide in our kitchen, wafting through the air and tantalizing our senses.

My most infamous recipe is my Grandma Marilyn’s award winning chili. I remember sitting at her table as a little girl,  watching her cook a huge pot of this hearty winter staple as I eagerly awaited dinner time. When I moved in to my first solo apartment, my soon to be chef extrodianire bestie (Rebekah Raisor of Bushel) and I had a chili cook off to christen my new home in good food juju. I called my Grandma, penned down her recipe, and now have it pinned on my heart. Heck, I may even have it tattooed on my wrist. I mean seriously, I’ve given her secret recipe out to so many people I might as well. Ain’t no secret any more!

Grandma will be tickled pink when I tell her that this ‘simple’ recipe hit the blogosphere.

What You’ll Need:

3 Cans Chili Ready Tomatoes

3 Cans Chili Ready Red Beans

1 Can Black Beans (rinsed & strained)

1 Sweet White/Yellow Onion

1 Green Bell Pepper

Bloemer’s Chili Powder

1 Pinch Of Cinnamon

1/2 Box Of Medium Shell Noodles

How To Make It:

Open chili bean and chili tomato cans, add entire can (juice and all) to a large soup pot and cook on low. Dice onion and bell pepper, add to soup pot and simmer (stirring often) until onions and green peppers are tender. Broil shell noodles, cook to al dente and strain. Add to chili and stir. Add chili powder to taste. Add 1 pinch (or one dash) of cinnamon. Serve with shredded sharp cheddar and oyster crackers. Bon appe-chili!

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Styled By: Adrian Minotti via The Southern Soirée

Photos By: The Kentucky Gent

Holiday Party #1: Pretty In Pink

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With the Holidays in full swing I’ve been craving delicious festive decadency. Blame it on the weather, lack of daylight or just sheer boredom but I was ready for a colorful change. Like any likeminded color crazed lass knows, nothing chases the blues away like a trip to the salon. My ladies at Profiles Salon always ,and I mean always,  take me from drab to fab faster than a Kardashian botox injection. Carrie (my main hair goddess guru) is not only the best stylist in Louisville, but she’s also a top knotch story teller. Want a good laugh, great color and killer cut? Carrie is your gal. Although I may sound biased (because duh, look at my hair), I can vouch that the entire staff is compiled of the sweetest, most attentive and highly trained stylists that the Derby City has to offer. Stop in at Profiles any time to get the inside scoop on the grit behind my glitter.

Before I pop off and hit up a swanky cocktail party (aka a bottle of cran-apple juice and BBC’s Fleming on Netflix) let’s talk tulle. I found this ‘skirt’ (which is actually a dress) in the little girl’s section at H&M this spring. Although I’m a size 6 (OMG yes I just told you my dress size), I can sometimes still comfortably squeeze my not so small waistline in to a girl’s size 14-16 dress/top if the fabric is somewhat elastic and extremely forgiving. This seriously cuts cost. I mean I think I spent $16 on this tulle dress for Easter. Deal of the century. Don’t knock it ’till ya try it.

P.S. If you love espionage and intrigue, gorge 50’s gowns, blingin’ jewels and British accents; for the love of Lords & Ladies go watch Fleming on Netflix.

P.P.S If you live in the Louisville area, pick up the nearest phone and call Profile’s Salon to book your next appointment STAT. You can kiss my pink locks and thank me later. Trust me, you’ll love your hair!

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The Breakfast Club

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Three students of life, all different stereotypes, meet for brunch, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.

Basically The Kentucky Gent, Ch.25 and I are The Breakfast Club.

Bound by a general distaste of a basic life, these three friends bond over weekly brunches and quickly begin to take the world by storm. One blog post at a time. MTV, we’re ready to sign that reality show deal. Have your people call our people.

The day before we met for our weekly brunch date, I stopped by The Salvation Army and found this amazing cream coat. I was all like, “Whoa, look at that $7 price tag!”. After snagging this coat for a steal, I got home and realized that I had finally found a place for my Great Aunt Marie’s heirloom gold and ivory rose pin. It now stares up lovingly from my collar, and I sometimes hear it say in Aunt Marie’s groveling voice, “Eat your macaroni and cheese, Adrian, or you won’t get to feed the alligators!”.

Also, on a side note Aunt Marie told me that if I caught a skink and made it bite my ear I could wear it as an earring. I’ve yet to catch one of those slippery lizards so I still don’t know if that was true.

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josh-adrian_11-20147-1Coat: Vintage (Similar HERE), Jeans: Madewell, Socks: J Crew (Similar HERE), Beanie: The Dollar Tree (Similar HERE)

P.S. Yes, I got that beanie at The Dollar Tree while shopping for Christmas decor. Thou shalt not judge.

Photos: Danielle Martin of Ch.25

 

A Toast To Friendsgiving!

This past Sunday, The Kentucky Gent and I spent 8 long hot hours in the kitchen cooking up all kinds of trouble while our trusty sidekick and talented photographer Danielle Martin of Ch.25 documented the entire escapade. There were vintage aprons a plenty, spices and butter galore. Talkin’ bout eggs? We had twenty. But who cares, no big deal. We wanna’ do this more!

(Excuse me while I brush my long red hair with my golden fork)

As you can tell by our week of posts a lot of love, blood, and The Kentucky Gent’s literal tears went in to these recipes. (Seriously, we had a meltdown during that intense apple peeling session. Someone please teach us to use a pairing knife without cutting off any appendages. Oh, Magical Thanksgiving-Fairy-Chef-Godmother {aka Martha Stewart} please send us apple pairing abilities in time for next years feast.)

While we cooked, peeled, baked, whisked, and mashed up a storm we also enjoyed something more magical than the Thanksgiving-Fairy-Chef-Godmother herself; we feasted in the joys of our friendship, which is even sweeter than The Kentucky Gent’s Fudge and even more heartwarming than my Momma’s Mashed Potatoes.

Once all dishes were prepared, the kitchen was cleaned and he table was set we sat down with new friends and old to celebrate the gift of Friendship. Our friends are the family we choose and this year I’m thankful that I’ve chosen a ‘friendamily’ that understands my obsessive need to style every aspect of my life. Even photos of eggs and butter.

We hope you enjoy this special time with those you love most!

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Photos: Danielle Martin of Ch.25

P.S. Hire her, she rocks! Also, she has a great laugh and killer dance moves (which are a must in the photography industry).

Cran-Apple & Pecan Relish

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Not all cranberry sauces are created equal.There are two very distinct types of cranberry sauce varieties. One comes in a can (ugh gross), and the other is made from the freshest of ingredients proving that is the true nectar of the Thanksgiving gods. Today kids, were talkin’ bout the good stuff. Fresh cranberries, granny smith apples, oranges and pecans. Deeelish!

What You’ll Need

The Juice & Zest of 2 oranges

1 bag fresh of fresh cranberries

1 cup chopped Granny Smith Apples

2 cups Sugar

1/2 cup Chopped Pecans

How To Make It

Peel and chop apples, set aside. Chop pecans, set aside. Wash and strain cranberries, set aside. Juice oranges and pour juice in to a saucepan. Add sugar and bring to a broil until sugar has dissolved. Add apples and cranberries. Finely zest one orange peel on to the mixture and mix with a spoon. Simmer until cranberries have burst and apples are a crisp-tender. Mash up with a hand masher. Stir in pecans and cool in fridge. Serve at a cool room temp.

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Grandma’s Vegetarian Stuffing

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It may come as a surprise to find that I am a vegetarian. I don’t shout it from the rooftop like most but I haven’t eaten meat since I was about 9 years old, save for a very dark moment when I was 16 and my boyfriend’s family created an entire ruse to convince me to eat an entire steak. I felt like I was living out the 96oz steak scene in The Great Outdoors. I’m surprised I didn’t drop dead right there in their dining room. I was scarred for life. Darkest moment of my life.

I attribute a great deal of my veggie loving ways to my Grandma Marilyn. She filled me so full of garden fresh goodness as a young child that I never really cared for meat in the first place. We share, among many things, a great love for a good veggie and a good book. Her stuffing recipe is the highlight of our family’s Thanksgiving meal. It’s light, fluffy, moist and best of all it doesn’t come out of the butt of a giant bird.

What You’ll Need

2 medium white onions, minced

2 -3 stalks celery, chopped fine

2 tbs butter

2 cups vegetable broth

hot water

2 (6 ounce) packages stove top-style seasoned stuffing mix

1 tbs fresh parsley, chopped fine

1/2 tbs dried sage

1 tbs dried thyme

How To Make It

Chop celery, onions and parsley as instructed.

Saute onions and celery in butter.

Sprinkle in sage, thyme and parsley poultry seasoning.

Set aside to cool slightly.

Toss this mixture into your favorite dry stuffing mix.

Heat vegetable broth and set aside.

Read directions on your favorite stuffing mix box.

Add enough hot water to the broth to make up the required liquid needed.

(Omit butter the recipe calls for as it was already used to sauté vegetables.)

Pour over stuffing/vegetables mixture and mix well.

Place stuffing in a baking dish; cover and bake for 15 to 25 minutes at 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

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P.S. Wanna chow down on some peanut buttery goodness? Check out The Kentucky Gent’s recipe for Peanut Butter Pumpkin Fudge. Again, this has been taste tested and approved by your truly.

Momma’s Mashed Potatoes

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Few things taste just like Heaven, but my momma’s mashed potatoes are about as heavenly as it gets. Creamy, buttery, perfectly salted and piping hot; these potatoes belong in Julia Child’s kitchen. Full of joy and packed with fatty goodness.

I learned how to make these potatoes shortly after I moved out as a young 18 year old know-it-all. I came home once and demanded my mother make me some mashed potatoes and she of course retorted, “Nope, you’re never gonna learn any younger.”

That’s the day my life changed forever.

What You’ll Need

1 potato per serving (8 potatoes = 8 servings)

1 tbs butter per 2 servings (8 servings = 4tbs)

1 tbs condensed milk per 2 servings (8 servings = 4tbs)

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

How To Make It

Wash all potatoes, then peel off all of their skin. Once potatoes are peeled cut them in to small 2in sized cubes and place them in a large pot. Add water to cover potatoes and a couple of pinches of salt to flavor the potatoes and bring the water and potatoes to a broil. Broil potatoes until they are cooked, a finished potato will taste much like a baked potato in your mouth. Once potatoes are cooked, strain them in a colander and add the warm potatoes, butter & condensed milk together in a mixing bowl. Whip together on medium setting until potatoes are fluffy and light. Add salt & Pepper to taste. Voila!

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P.S. Speakin’ of potatoes The Kentucky Gent shared his killer recipe for his Candied Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole, again I can vouch that it’s as bomb as it looks.

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All Photos are by our favoritest photog-dance-machine Danielle Martin of Ch.25

Danielle deserves an award for hangin’ in our hot prep kitchen and snapping away for 8 hours straight, taste testing all of our goodies and snuggling my very curious menagerie of furry kitchen visitors (aka the pastry stealing band of rebels known as Dr. Henry Jones Jr & Sasparilla Sassafras)

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