The Curly Casualista | A Style & Beauty Blog: October 2012

What to Wear: Halloween Style

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Even though Hurricane Sandy (please continue on your path away from the east coast, I'd like to see sun) may have put a damper on Halloween plans up and down the east coast, we can still dress for the holiday tomorrow. However, you may have trouble thinking of ways to put together those iconic colors together without seeming slightly ridiculous! Thankfully for you, I've put together two looks that incorporate black and orange in non-clownish ways. At least I hope. Because there's only so many ways one can incorporate bright orange into their wardrobe and not look clownish. Right?

halloween 2

Keep it classy with skinny jeans, a black shirt, and a tasteful orange scarf for just a pop of that oh-so-Halloween-y color. 

halloween 1

Or, if you're me and love orange and aren't afraid of a little color, try out a blousey shirt and tame it with a black blazer and some booties. Perfect for a night out with girlfriends!

I hope everyone on the east coast is safe, dry, and warm! Happy Halloween!

What I Ate: Bagels

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

- 4 cups bread flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons instant yeast
- 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cup warm water

1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Dough should feel stiff, but add extra water if too stiff or if some dry ingredients don't mix.
2. Knead for about 10 minutes or until dough is stiff.
3. Cut dough into 8 equal-sized balls and let rest for 10-20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
4. Roll dough balls into little snakes. When it's longer than the width of two hands, wrap it around the dominant hand and roll ends together. (or, if you're me, just make a circle and smush the ends together).

5. Let bagels rest approximately 20 minutes. Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil and grease a large baking tray.
6. Add as many to pot as you can without crowding. Boil for 1 minute on each side. Let dry for a minute and place them on the baking sheet.
7. Bake for 10 minutes each side.

What I Ate: Sweet 'n' Sour Meatballs

Monday, October 22, 2012

Welcome to a new feature here on MC+M! I've decided to expand my horizons here just a little. Since I've got so many (no really, so many) recipes pinned on my Pinterest page, I've decided I'm going to cook them all. Hopefully. And share them with you. And so, What I Ate was born!

I've been lackadaisical and underwhelmed with my outfits of late (hence the large periods of radio silence) and despite sharing my photographic exploits, I'll be sharing what I cook, as well. Up first, sweet 'n' sour meatballs!  This is a recipe my mother dredged up from somewhere, and it's one of my favorite things to eat. It works equally well with turkey meatballs as with beef, like I made here (yes, I made my own meatballs!
To make the meatballs:
- 1 package of ground beef (I used 93% lean) or turkey
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Salt
- Pepper

To make the sweet 'n' sour:
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 can pineapple chunks
- 1/3 cup vinegar
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 small green pepper, coarsely chopped

I apologize in advance for the lack of measurements. I just dumped what I thought was a good eyeballed the amount of spices for the meatballs.

Dump package of meat into a mixing bowl. Break up so it is not package-shaped. Add above-mentioned spices (and any others you think would be good) and stir thoroughly. Using a spoon and your clean hands, scoop out a spoonful of meat and roll into a ball. Continue until you have used all of the ground beef.
Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a frying pan and drop meatballs in. Cook them all the way through, making sure they are browned on each side. Remove meatballs from the pan and set them aside.
Drain fat from the skillet. Mix brown sugar and cornstarch in the skillet. Stir in pineapple (w/ syrup), vinegar, and soy sauce. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly; reduce heat.
Add the meatballs. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
Stir in the green peppers (and onions, as I chose to include those). Cover and simmer until they are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Serve with rice.

And you're done!

Fall Colorblock

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Well, fall has officially arrived! Granted, there are no pretty colored trees that I've seen yet (DC's tend to go from green to brown to dead on the ground), but the temperatures have been cooling and the sun is setting earlier and earlier (and rising later...anyone else hate that about fall?). It's bee positively crisp in the mornings, and I've found that scarves are a necessity (they also keep my neck warm at work)!
And, in case you didn't notice, I finally chose a pair of glasses from Warby Parker! (read more about my search here). I love them so much, and for $95 you can't beat it! Now I want 100 pairs, so I can shake it up.

I also finally got my hair cut! I decided to shell out the $$$ for a Deva cut. This is a style of cutting specifically designed for people with curly hair. You cut it dry (because curls look so different wet vs. dry). While the cut hasn't done much to improve the fact that my hair still gets super poofy from about my ears down (I'm hoping as it starts to grow out things calm down, because it looked nice at the salon), my stylist introduced me to the Deva Curl product line and I'm hooked! It's a little on the pricey side, but specifically designed for curly hair. It smells wonderful and so far is working splendidly. As I fully transition into the method, I'll let you know how it goes!

{Shirt: Loft outlet | Pants: Gap | Shoes: Crown Vintage via DSW (similar) | Scarf: Old Navy (similar)| Watch: Fossil | Specs: Warby Parker}

Sunday Funday

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Sunday, I ventured out to Virginia for some apple-picking and wine tasting. It was a gorgeous fall day, the company was wonderful, and I can't wait to do it again!

September Round-Up!

Monday, October 1, 2012

I'm hoping October will be the month I show up for outfit photos. Keep your fingers crossed, people.
posts can be found here, here, here, & here
But rest assured, I did get dressed every day this month. Mostly.
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