I love Sundays! It’s time for Annie, Cindy, and I to share our favorite things! Last week, I met with some clients and wore this casual Spring work outfit, polished our silver the easy way, listened to two great audiobooks, and had a delicious dinner prepared by Howard.
My Casual Work Outfit
I don’t have to get too dressed up to meet clients in their homes. Sometimes/most times I’m running around accessorizing and adjusting things.
I have this J. Crew lightweight cashmere sweater in three different colors (and I’d like more 🙂 It’s a good layer to take off or on. I’m also a fan of these Madewell flat booties (half price right now–grab them as I paid full price). Also, love these Frame high-rise straight ankle jeans (which I had to have shortened to keep the look but Nordstorm did it for free–perhaps as they were full price or as I have a Nordstrom card…I didn’t ask). There is also my cheap thicker Gap T-shirt (I have a few of them stacked in my drawer).
My genuine leather Apple watch band from Amazon is inexpensive. The Tory Burch satchel is available in lots of colors (just not the one I have anymore–it’s the perfect size for my sunglasses, readers, wallet, phone, etc.). I like the crossbody strap, too.
I bought the Away backpack for travel but it’s great for work too as it has a padded compartment for a laptop and space for files, measuring tape, paint fans, etc. There are some affiliate links…thank you.
Lately, on Instagram when I press “save” on a photo it seems to be an interior by Kate Marker. Love her work.
Vintage Runner From Turkey
See the cool vintage runner in the above Kate Marker kitchen? It reminds me that someone needs to buy this hand-tied runner straight from Turkey (it was too long for my client’s space). I can vouch for this vendor, Murat. The prices for his vintage wool rugs would be a lot more from retailers in the U.S. Lots from which to choose! My dining room rug is from him. It came clean and smelling like fresh air from DHL express from Turkey.
Polishing Silver The Easy Way
Life is short, so we started using our wedding sterling silver flatware every day. After a while, it was starting to look a bit tarnished, so I quickly shined it up with this method…
- Line a pan with aluminum foil. Fill the container with boiling water.
- Sprinkle in two tablespoons of table salt and two tablespoons of baking soda.
- Drop your silver pieces into the water and watch the tarnish fade for a few minutes.
- Use tongs to remove the silver pieces and dry with a soft cloth.
Books To Read Or Listen To
I get my books for free from the library as I have mentioned before with the Libby app.
Billy Crystal “Still Foolin’ ‘Em: Where I’ve Been, Where I’m Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?” This was published in 2013 and somehow I missed it. You should listen to the audio version as Billy Crystal is so funny and his delivery is perfect. It would be good for a long car ride with your husband.
The House On Trad Street by Karen White
I liked listening to this book as it’s beautifully read in a Charleston southern voice but I think the reader version would be good too.
“Practical Melanie Middleton hates to admit she can see ghosts. But she’s going to have to accept it. An old man she recently met has died, leaving her his historic Tradd Street home, complete with housekeeper, dog—and a family of ghosts anxious to tell her their secrets.”
Howard’s Chicken Marbella
Howard is such a chef! It used to be just on the weekends but since he’s been working from home, we have something awesome practically every night. I need to remember to take a photo so I can share his recipes with you once a week. I will try, but usually, the sight and smell make me forget.
This recipe was from the New York Times. Rick A. Martinez adapted it from The Silver Palate to make it easier for a weeknight. Howard serves it with a simple green salad.
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
- Kosher salt and freshly ground paper
- 5 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup pitted prunes
- 1/2 cup pitted Spanish green olives
- 1/4 cup drained capers, plus 1 tablespoon caper brine
- 3 fresh or dried bay leaves
- 2 tbsp fresh oregano
- 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 cup dry white wine
Heat olive oil in a large skillet on high heat about 2 minutes. Add chicken, skin side down, cover, and cook until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Flip chicken, cover again, and cook until golden brown on the second side, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook stirring one minute.
Arrange prunes, olives and capers, brine, bay leaves, and oregano in between chicken pieces. Sprinkle with brown sugar, 1 tablespoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Pour vinegar and wine over top and bring to a boil. Reduce to low and cover and simmer until is cooked through 15 to 20 minutes.
Transfer chicken to a serving platter and return pan to high heat. Cook sauce, swirling occasionally until reduced and slightly thickened about 5 minutes. Spoon pan sauce over chicken and serve.
Those are my fave things…like easy silver polish, a casual Spring work outfit, Chicken Marbella, vintage rugs, and Kate Marker Interiors.
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Lets’ see what Cindy and Annie have for us!