Monday, January 11, 2016

Happy New Year





Dress - Zara
Chambray Shirt - Peek
Boots - My Mom's Closet

Happy New Year to you all! This winter, knee high boots have become my favorite go-to and I have been experimenting with various different ways in which I can make them interesting. The main way which I have been wearing them is with skirts or dresses and so when thinking of what to pair them with for this simple look, I opted for a classic, ivory-colored dress. Because of the unusually warm weather in SoCal, there was no need for me to wear a jacket, but I felt a bit bare in just a tank dress so I added a chambray shirt, knotted at the center. I happened to wear it to a birthday lunch, but this outfit could easily be worn to a meeting with a blazer exchanged for the chambray shirt, or to school with a navy blue backpack. Xx

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Hello December




Skirt - Zara
Denim Jacket - Urban Outfitters
Flannel - CP Shades
Shoes - Supra

When I think of winter, I think of a multitude of textures including wool coats, ribbed sweaters, chunky turtlenecks, and way more. But these definitely aren't the only textures which can be worn in the winter, especially in California. For this specific outfit, I blended a colored leather skirt with a flannel shirt, a denim jacket, and sneakers with perforated sides. For me, playing with texture is about adventure and achieving the unexpected while having fun. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

November Jams

Here are a few of my favorite tracks lately, pulled from my Soundcloud. Enjoy and you can follow me at https://soundcloud.com/stelladorothy.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Blue Star Donuts



If you know me, you know that I'm a fiend for donuts. When I heard that Portland based doughnut shop, Blue Star Donuts, was opening right in Venice, I freaked and went to check it out the day after it opened. The blend of the rich, brioche dough texture mixed with the wonderful flavors such as chocolate almond ganache, valrhona chocolate crunch, and lemon lime makes for the perfect donut. 10 out of 10 on my end - all I can say is that it is dangerous that this heavenly storefront has opened up so close to my abode.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Bandana Blues





Dress - Zara (similar here)
Bandana - Thrift Shop
Shoes - My Mom's Closet
Socks - Topshop
Sunglasses - Rayban

The bandana has made a resurgence in popularity recently and I couldn't be happier. It is the ultimate accessory which truly completes an outfit. Lately, I've also been loving loafers with socks. Put this all with a casual denim dress, and you have the perfect Sunday brunch outfit. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

October Jams

If you don't already know, I have an addiction to music. I am a very inclusive listener, meaning I love a multitude of different genres, artists, and sounds. These are just a few of my favorite picks from this month on my soundcloud (follow me at https://soundcloud.com/stelladorothy).

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

In Crust We Trust



Pizza, for me, is one of the ultimate comfort foods. This recipe simplifies pizza so that anyone can make it when they have a particular hankering. Feel free to add your own flavor to the pizza in any way(s) which you can imagine.

Makes 2 Pizzas

Dough:
1 1/3 cup warm water
1/4 cup milk
1 tbsp. dry yeast
3 cups (-ish) all purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. olive oil

Pour warm water into a bowl. Add milk and yeast. Let rest for 2 minutes. Add flour, salt, honey and olive oil. Knead dough until smooth. Rub the dough with olive oil, place in a bowl, cover and let the dough rise to double. This will take about 1 1/2 hours.

Sauce:
1 can San Marzano tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 cloves garlic thinly sliced lengthwise
1/2 cup olive oil
small bunch basil leaves, roughly chopped

Heat sauté pan then add oil, followed by garlic, tomato and basil. Season with salt.

Assembling the Pies:
8 oz. fontina cheese, grated
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, grated

Place a pizza stone on the middle rack of the oven and preheat the oven to 500º Fahrenheit. After rolling out the dough into circular/square shapes, ladle some of the tomato sauce onto the dough  and spread it out, leaving a 1 inch border around the edges for the crust. Sprinkle the fontina and mozzarella cheese over the pizza and bake on the pizza stone until the crust is golden, 10-12 minutes.

Variations:
Goat Cheese and Mushroom - Ahead of time, sauté about 3/4 cup of mushrooms with some garlic and olive oil. In addition to the fontina and mozzarella, crumble up some goat cheese and sprinkle it on top as well. Then, add your mushrooms and bake for the same amount of time.
Pesto - Instead of using tomato sauce, you can feel free to use pesto as your base. I like to use Wolfgang Puck's pesto sauce (http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/recipes/sauces-and-dressings/Pesto).