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things i’m loving lately: october/november edition

Here’s a look at what I’ve been loving in October and November!

First up – fashion stuff!  Gold flats are one of my most loved wardrobe staples.  Unfortunately I wore my last pair so much that they were no longer gold and more of an icky brown.  After extensive research, these are my replacement pair.  I am in love!  They are so comfortable and cute.  I’ve gotten tons of compliments on them, even from a spectacularly fabulous TSA agent at the airport who said they had “pizzazz!”  Ha!

Another pair of shoes with pizzazz?  These jade green heels.  I just couldn’t resist them.  They are surprisingly comfortable for heels, and I adore them.  They no longer have this color, but I think all the colors are lovely.

This ModCloth dress is one of my favorite recent purchases.  I feel like it could be worn so many ways!  For the fall/winter, I think it looks great with tall boots, tights (if needed) and a cute cardigan with skinny belt over it all.

Apparently I am one of the pickiest shoppers ever when it comes to lamps.  We bought a desk for our room about a year ago and it took me months and months to find a desk lamp I liked.  I looked at every store I could think of and even bought one from Target that sat on my desk unused for two months until I finally returned it.  And then I remembered the one store I had forgotten initially – Anthro!  This lampshade and base are exactly what I was hoping for, and I have gotten so much use out of it.  It’s probably weird to love a lamp this much but I guess that’s a result of searching so long for just the right one.  I’ve actually had it for a while now but I’m appreciating it more and more now that it’s dark most of the time that I am home!

I love shopping for others and I especially love trying to find just the right gifts for people which is why I get very excited about the holidays.  When I saw these personalized plates from Sarah + Abraham, I was floored by the cuteness!  They have so many adorable personalized items.  I ordered one for each of my kids.  They just arrived last week and they are perfect!  I know my kids are going to be crazy about their plates.  Now I just have to wait until Christmas to gift them – darn!

You don’t know this about me yet, but I’m a huge Britney Spears fan.  Like, for real.  I’ve been a fan since the early days of Baby, One More Time and kept the faith even through the sketchy years.  I’ve seen her in concert three times – always an amazing show!  Anyway, I’ve never watched The X-Factor before this year but when I heard she would be a judge, I knew I’d be tuning in.  I’ve also been a Simon fan since American Idol began, so the combination of both on this show plus a lot of great talent…I’m hooked.  It’s my guilty pleasure!  Of course I never have much time to watch so we DVR the episodes and then watch them when we can.

Let’s balance out that brain suck with something a little more intellectual.  Social studies and economics have always been one area that I know practically nothing about.  Really, it is embarrassing.  As much public radio as I listen to, you would think I would know more but I think I’m just challenged in this area.  Whenever I hear things on the radio about the collapse of the Greek economy and the euro, they might as well be speaking another language.  I haven’t the slightest clue what is going on and I really don’t like it.  That is until I listened to this episode of This American Life, which explained everything so clearly.

I’ve been reading as usual lately, but the various books I’ve read recently aren’t quite worth recommending.  However, you know that I do recommend?  Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel’s new Bouchon Bakery cookbook.  I pre-ordered it on Amazon and was giddy when it finally showed up.  I love a cookbook that I can actually read, and this is just that type.  Not to mention, the recipes look incredible.  Can’t wait to make so many things from it!

My other new cookbook love is of course, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman.  Just as she does in her blog, Deb provides mouth-watering recipes combined with approachable and witty prose.  I want to make about 98% of the recipes in this book, but am so excited I can’t even decide what to make first.

And finally, I am cracking up at this comic from The Oatmeal about restaurant websites.  We recently took a brief trip to Vegas and I did tons of restaurant research.  This pretty well sums it up.

 

  • http://www.twohealthyplates.com/ Rachel (Two Healthy Plates)

    OOoh – that modcloth dress is gorgeous!

  • Jen

    love these posts annie. i immediately ordered the j crew boots you featured in your last “loving lately” post and they’re fabulous.

  • annieseats

    Awesome! So glad you enjoy these. I’m actually wearing those boots today :)

  • AneleatSuccessAlongtheWeigh

    I passed that plate on to a friend whose daughter would LOVE to eat off of her own personalized plate! Thanks for sharing!!

  • http://www.foodiebride.com/ Shawnda

    I just bought Landry a pair of gray & silver glittery flats yesterday and was all bummed that they didn’t make them in my size. Love the gold flats, too!

  • Sara Tams

    Hi Annie, I’m so glad to hear you’re happy with the plates you ordered, and thank you so much for sharing them with your readers – I really appreciate it!

  • http://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/ Jessica |Portuguese Girl Cooks

    Love those flats…so cute! I just picked up the smitten kitchen and bouchon bakery cookbooks last week, and they are both fabulous!

  • Kelsey

    Those jade heels are to. die. for. And thank you so much for the link for This American Life. I love my current events and international affairs, but I must admit I do not fully understand this situation. I can’t wait to listen in and get educated!

  • Caroline L.

    Love, love, love these! That jade green is the most gorgeous color! And I’ve recently started loving This American Life – Ira Glass came to speak a couple of weeks ago!

  • eriksuperman

    Love your blog! As a former chef I greatly value the
    slow food concept, especially when we have the time to make it all
    ourselves! I also saw your Britney/X-Factor/DVR comment, and if you’re
    anything like me, I HAVE to catch up on DVRs when I can. I work crazy
    hours at DISH now, so coming home to a DVR list is very nice. I got the
    new Hopper HD DVR from DISH, and it actually has a feature called PrimeTime
    Anytime; PTAT automatically records every show on the big four networks during
    primetime. It stores it automatically, and AutoHop lets you watch these
    shows without commercials! It’s very cool being able to plow through my
    playlist more quickly now!

  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats

    I love those gold flats! What a perfect shoe for the holidays!

  • Amanda

    Hey Annie! This is going to sound super creepy, but if you order from Zappos.com a lot, let me know! I work there & can hook you up with 20% off coupons. :)

  • Katie

    Sorry…my comment was not meant to be negative at all! I assumed that you probably buy some slightly more inexpensive things in the shoe/household department as well as the pricier ones and was hoping that you might share those things as well (not that everything here was expensive, such as the cookbooks). Thanks for your reply!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paula-Braman-Duarte/100000682511378 Paula Braman-Duarte

    Well, I love: your blog, those kids’ plates, Smitten Kitchen, and even though I’m kinda old, Britney, was pulling for her during that dark period. (The flats are
    adorable!)

  • http://www.acouplecooks.com/ Sonja

    That dress is awesome! And, we’re huge NPR fans too. I had no interest in anything economics until I started listening to Marketplace – now I can’t live without it :) We love This American Life too.

  • Anne

    I have that lamp shade and base but I bought the base in the blue color… LOVE it. I went back to buy a second so I could have a pair of them!

  • Carina

    I bought that exact dress in grey at Marshals for $12 about a month ago :) I love it too!

  • annieseats

    I do very often actually! Shoot me an email at annieseats at gmail dot com. Appreciate it!

  • Virginia Spencer

    These posts are almost as amazing as your recipes– I love your style!

  • http://afoodieaffair.com/ A Foodie Affair

    Great post. I always love posts like this to “inspire” me. Love those lamps, I bookmarked them!

  • sweetsugarbelle

    I love these posts too. Anytime I see a photo of you, I admire your style. Keep em coming! These are my new “babies” http://www.zappos.com/frye-veronica-shortie-slate-burnished-antiques-leather

  • http://twitter.com/CynicInTheD CynicInTheD

    As soon as I saw those flats, I immediately wanted them. Zappos had just one pair left in my size, which I took as a sign. :) Thanks for sharing! Oh and I love Britney too. I had a major girl crush on her back in the day!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenkleiner Jennifer Kleiner

    annie, i love that modcloth dress! some of the reviews online say that it runs small. do you think it fits true to size? i would like to get it for a work christmas party, but i dont want something too tight.

  • annieseats

    I did size up and I think that was the right decision.

  • Ann P.

    Hey Annie!! Loved this post–I bought those two cookbooks as Christmas presents! great minds think alike! ;)
    BTW I know it’s been a long time since I’ve commented, but I was deep in med school secondaries/wedding planning, and things have been really busy! SO great to have more free time and catch up on all your (always awesome) posts. Missed ya!!

  • annieseats

    Aw, I did miss you but figured as much. Good luck with all your busy and exciting times ahead, dear :)