The Best of Shopbop Friends& Family…

Shopbop fall sale 14Jeans~ I Phone 5 Case~ Blouse~ LBD~ pullover~Sneakers~Necklace~

Take advantage of’s Fall Friends and Family with 25% off all full-price and sale!  Happy Shopping!  XOXO,  Catherine

Black on Black on Black…

Black on Black on Black…classic!   A silk shirt+skinny pants+heels+lots o’ jewels pretty much sums me up in the fall and winter months when I am trying to throw something together that is comfortable and acceptable for work.  My two favorites from this outfit are the James Jeans Twiggy Legging in flat black and my Christina Jervey Goddess Cuff.

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Silk Shirt~ Black Skinnies~ Cat Eye Sunnies (similar)~ Gold Stone necklace~ Bling stud earrings~ Gold cuff~ D’Orsay Heels~ Leather purse~

Pitt Street in the OV provided the perfect setting for Kim and I to snap these pics.  One of the many streets in our beautiful city that has remained for the most part untouched!!  Cozy up to the counter at the Pitt Street Pharmacy for the best grilled cheese ever and a real cherry coke.   Stop in Out of Hand for a unique retail experience then lunch at The Old Village Post House.  Views of the Harbor are a stone’s throw away…perfection!

Get outside!  It’s gorgeous out there!!!  XO, Catherine

Trying on Something New…

As you can see, I have decided yet again to try on something new.  Picking a blog “theme” is sort of like shopping in your most favorite store where everything fits and is in your price range-near to impossible.  I loved my last theme…but didn’t feel like it was the perfect match.  Not married to it (or anything for that matter)-time for a change.  I’ve tried many new things lately…1st and foremost having pictures made by someone who knows what they are doing for LaVie.  Considering that I hate the way I look and my appearance is a constant work in progress-I feel like I am putting myself way out there.   #insecureat40

I love the photographer, clothes and accessories-so here goes!

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catg 4**photographs courtesy of Kimberly Barber

JCrew Laser-cut shirt *on sale!! ~ Madewell skinny skinny jeans *on sale ~ Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac ~ Ann Ladson Jewelry medium ridge bangle ~ Necklace in-store at Salty Girls on Houston Northcutt in Mount Pleasant!!

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I’m also trying as many new things in the kitchen as possible. is helping me do just that!  This weeks family dinner featured pork loin and asparagus.  Borrrringggggg….I definitely needed to liven it up.  In lieu of adding more dishes, salad, bread (cause let’s face it-that just brings more calories to the table) I made Blake’s horseradish sauce to add a tangy kick to the pork and the above Tahitian Lime Oil Roasted Asparagus with Burrata.

Roasted Asparagus
~2 pounds asparagus spears, stems snapped off at the base
~2 table spoons extra virgin olive oil
~sea salt and pepper to taste
~1 8oz. burrata cheese
~Tahitian Lime Oil as garnish (or lemon oil) **I couldn’t find Tahitian Lime Oil so ended up squeezing a half a fresh lime over the dish once plated
~6 large leaves or sorrel or arugula – cut in 1/16″ chiffonade
~freshly ground black pepper to taste
~1 large jellyroll pan

1.  Preheat oven to 500 degrees.  Move rack to top of the oven.  Spread the asparagus on the jellyroll pan.  Brush with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake 7 to 10 minutes until the tips begin to brown.  Remove from pan.
2.  Place burrata in the center of a serving platter.  Arrange the roasted asparagus on each side of the cheese.  Drizzle lavishly with the Lime Oil (or in my case olive oil and lime juice).
3.  Top the cheese with the sorrel chiffonade.
4.  Finish with salt and pepper to taste.

Blake’s Horsey Sauce *can be used on chicken, fish or pork as a marinade or sauce
2 heaping tablespoons of horseradish (out of a jar)~equal parts of sour cream and grainy mustard to taste

So delish!  My Dad has asked that I bring it tonight to put on his Italian sausage.  We’ll see how that goes!

The Infinite Sea

I’m literally giddy waiting to try out Rick Yancey’s latest novel in The 5th Wave series, The Infinite Sea.  It should be delivered to my Kindle this coming Monday.  Can’t.  Wait. I predict that I will have a review in full by next Wednesday.  Fun fact…the rights to the book series have already been optioned and a major motion picture is in production starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Liev Schreiber.  Love it!

Time to get to work friends…the weekend is upon us!  Are you trying anything new in the next few days??!  Let me know!  XOXO,  Catherine