Month: Oct 2014

Easy-Peasy Steamed Kale Salad

I was in a rush to fix lunch.  I recalled seeing this recipe somewhere.  I gave it a go from memory. INGREDIENTS 1 bundle steamed Kale, cut in bunches (microwaved on high, for 2 minutes. Increase the time if you prefer your Kale softer) 1/2 Honeycrisp apple (sliced thinly) Shredded Cheese to your liking (I used Raspberry BellaVitano from Sartori but any sharp cheddar should work) 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 1/4  tsp sugar 1/4 tsp pepper Pinch of salt   DIRECTIONS Combine vinegar, olive oil, Dijon mustard, sugar, pepper and salt in a large bowl.  Mix with a whisk.  Add Kale and apple.  Toss.  Top with cheese.  Serve.  Took me all of 10 minutes, including steaming time.  I’d probably have finished sooner had I not stopped to take pictures.  Serves 1. Adapted from MyRecipes.com, with thanks.

Getting Ahead Of The Curve

  Joining Houston Fashion Bloggers has been the smartest thing I’ve done in a while.  Since becoming a member in September, I’ve had multiple doors open up for me.  The most recent being a trunk show hosted by the world’s very first plus size supermodel, Emme, at Macy’s, Memorial City Mall.  Let me confess immediately that the event was an immense eye-opener.  A privileged insight into the world of plus size style.  It was such an experience that I had to split my thoughts into two separate postings, one of which will focus on the topic in depth.  And the other?  I leave you now with a gallery of event pictures 🙂 Emme, ever so statuesque and glorious. And by the side is lifestyle blogger, Randie. See anyone familiar? There’s Shalanda, co-founder of Houston Fashion Bloggers to the right! This is where I asked Kate, the model in the centre, for her booties GRIN I heart that dress to the left, I heart it so. Accessories I really coveted. I know there were others but the …

Saying I Do In Blue

Where, oh where, were you, Oh glorious gown so blue? When down the aisle I walked; Saying to my man, I do. Temperley Elie Saab Theia I would so very happily get married again in any of these. To the same man, of course.  Wait, 2014 marks our 12th year.  I could always find a reason – renewal of vows, perhaps? Which gown takes your breath away? Love, Sheela

Picture Perfect Prada

We interrupt our regular broadcast to bring you this curated line-up of Prada perfection.  When pre-loved is as pristine as it gets on The RealReal, it’s, well, perfect. Brown Ombré Leather Coat, $675 Mid Calf Spectator Boots, $295 Silk Printed Bubble Hem Skirt, $145 Python Drawstring Tote, $1095 Silk V-Neck Dress, $245 Moto Jacket, $295 Satin & Lucite Wedges, $175 Embellished Purple Tessuto Clutch, $375 Red Bouclé Jacket, $225 Burgundy Wool Tweed Pumps, $125 Red Leather Belt, $125 Drool with me. Love, Sheela p/s I’m dying to get those Spectator Boots but the man is seated right beside me as I type this.  I fear for my life.

Curated: A Weekly Digest 5

Hello weekend, I’ve missed you!!! That’s a picture I took of the three of us when we were at the Richmond Ave Farmer’s Market last weekend.  It was stellar.  And this weekend promises to be yet another epic affair because I’ll be at Macy’s Get Ahead Of The Curve event tomorrow afternoon, hosted by none other than Emme.  Who’s Emme?  Only the world’s very first plus size supermodel.  Hopefully, I’ll have photos as well as a few words with her to share come Sunday. For now, I leave you with some awesome sauce nuggets from around the world wide web. My admiration for Mr Obama grows.  The man has impeccable comic timing. How we really feel at art museums. Perhaps this will encourage my mum to get a Twitter account too. Awwwwwwwww. And I leave you with an adorable little girl called Willow who’ll charm you on Instagram all October long.   Enjoy your weekend. Love, Sheela

A Visual Story Of Naeem Khan

“Every designer needs a story. Mine is all about glamour.” ~ Naeem Khan Michelle Harris & Portia di Rossi Kate Hudson Holland Roden Nicole Richie Kate Beckinsale Padma Lakshmi The dress that made Khan the third most Googled person in the world that day. If you’re as big a fan of his couture creations as I am, you need to be at Fashion Houston.  Now in its fifth year, Fashion Houston will be held at the Wortham Theater Center from 18th to 21st November 18th BUT you don’t need to wait that long to pore over and covet beautiful pieces. No, you don’t.  As I’ve mentioned before, if you love fashion and you’re in Houston, you have to be at the Kick-Off Party, Friday night.  All proceeds from the night shall be channelled towards Dress For Success Houston.  Say it with me, altruism is sexy. Tickets on sell here.   Love, Sheela

Front Row Seats

Having moved to Houston a scant four years ago, let me be the first to confess I’m still navigating my way around the local fashion scene.  Trying to identify pockets of creative dressing in between the Lincolns and the dressed-from-head-to-toe-in-one-colour figures (if you live in the area, I know you know what I’m talking about).  Finding that refreshing spurt of spontaneous freestyling amidst the clones. And it’s been hard.  It’s been really hard.  At the risk of death by faux diamond pelting, the style environment here is vastly different from what I’d been used to (I lived in Singapore for over ten years, with frequent work travels to Hong Kong and Japan where, when it came to dressing, everyone was tolerant and experimentative and fearless). That is, until I discovered the Houston Fashion Bloggers.  This wondrous community has opened my eyes to what’s really happening when it comes to fashion in the heart of Texas.  Reminded me to dig deeper and look where I wouldn’t normally.  I love that.  And it’s also thanks to them …

Sweater Weather, Part Deux

Breaking news. You don’t get to wear thick, heavy garments in Houston because the big chill simply doesn’t make an appearance in this part of the world. So, for the most part, the closest we come to wearing sweaters are those of the Cotton, Jersey or Silk variety. Given a choice (and ample wallet), here are the ones I’d very happily sport to stay toasty. Red Cropped Sweater, H&M $50 Crew-Neck Sweater, Old Navy $28 Dutch Floral Cropped Sweatshirt, J.Crew $75 Wool Intarsia-Knit Wolf Sweater, Christopher Fischer $295 Sweater With Faux Leather Sleeves, Zara $40 Striped Polar Bear Sweater, Forever 21 $19.80 Cashmere Raglan Sweater, Charter Club $120 That red cropped number is calling me like a siren song. And I have such a thing for animal prints. Oh oh oh that piece with the faux leather sleeves? SO Sheela!!! Which is your fave?   Love, Sheela

A Question Of Time

This isn’t a timed writing piece born out of the need to complete a challenge. This is actually self-imposed. As I’d mentioned before, I’m rather enjoying writing within the confinements of a timeframe. I never know what will come out of my brain and into my hands as they type. One thing that’s dominant in my mind at this very moment is waterfalls. I don’t know why though. Not the sound of water gushing forth. Nor the imagery of beautiful blue water. Just the word waterfalls, imprinted on my mind and, I suppose, viewed through my mind’s eye. Isn’t that odd. Waterfall in graphic Black and White. And that’s another unusual thing because I always visualise and dream things in glorious technicolour. It’s something rare; I’ve been told. I’m glad. I can’t imagine not always seeing things in colour. It would be so sad. Now, I’m suddenly thinking birds. Hitchcock’s birds and how, for the longest time ever, the mere sight of a bird would have me scuttling for cover. Have you read the book? …