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

MC+M Gift Guides! For your Best Friend

Friday, November 30, 2012

The holiday season is, hands down, my favorite time of the year. Time spent with family, great food, Christmas trees, pretty lights and decorations everywhere, what more could you ask for?! In the spirit of the holiday season, I've compiled gift guides, which I'll share with you over the next few weeks until Christmas. If you're anything like me, you never to your Christmas shopping until the last possible second, so hopefully these will come in handy!

First up, a guide for your bestie, the girl who always has your back and knows you better than anyone! Enjoy!

2012 Gift Guide: Best Friend

Insta-Thanksgiving Weekend

Monday, November 26, 2012

This Thanksgiving we traveled to Denver to watch my brother play hockey. It was the first time in my 25 years that my mom didn't cook and host Thanksgiving dinner at our house, and it was a nice change! Denver is also a really cool place, as is Colorado! And my brother's team won! Hooray! And remember to follow me on Instagram!

What I Ate: Ginger Glazed Mahi Mahi

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

This recipe actually calls for four 6oz mahi mahi fillets, but since I was making it just for me I cooked one and then made mashed potatoes and used the glaze on both! Enjoy!
- 3 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp grated fresh ginger root
- 1 clove garlic, crushed or to taste
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 4 (6oz) mahi mahi fillets (or as many sweet potatoes to mash as you'd like)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
To make the potatoes:
-Peel and cube as many potatoes as you'd like. Boil until soft (test with a fork). Mash in a bowl, adding salt, pepper, milk, butter, and whatever other spices you'd like until smooth.
I like to add some brown sugar for sweetness!

1. In a shallow glass dish, stir together the honey, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, ginger, garlic and olive oil. Season fish fillets with salt and pepper, and place them into the dish. If the fillets have skin on them, place them skin side down. Cover, and refrigerate for 20 minutes to marinate.

2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Remove fish from the dish, and reserve marinade. Fry fish for 4 to 6 minutes on each side, turning only once, until fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove fillets to a serving platter and keep warm.

3. Pour reserved marinade into the skillet, and heat over medium heat until the mixture reduces to a glaze consistently. Spoon glaze over fish, and serve immediately.

Ta da! It was pretty yummy!

Photography: Museum Day

Monday, November 19, 2012

Beth and I traveled to the Freer and Sackler Galleries to visit their new exhibit on the archaeology of Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, pictures weren't allowed inside the exhibit, but if you're in the area, check it out! After that and having our names written in Arabic calligraphy (so cool!), we walked to the Hirshhorn to see the Ai Weiwei exhibit. It was really awesome, though I can't begin to say I understand what he was trying to say with a lot of the pieces.

Jacket Season

Friday, November 2, 2012

It's finally cold in DC! It's about time, because I am ready to break out all the jackets (though I may have missed the window for some of them...). I had totally forgotten I snagged this vintage one last winter and then hardly wore it because it got too cold! Well I'm wearing it now! It's perfect (minus it's nonexistent elbow patches) and surprisingly warm. Wool is such a great fabric! And tweed is ever better. I'm so excited to pair it with a variety of things!
 I also just received two scarves in the mail that I ordered from Modcloth. I am so excited. I used to not be a scarf person at all, and now I can hardly wait for fall so I can wear them all! I'm expanding my collection exponentially each season!
{Jacket: Vintage (similar) | Shirt: Zara (similar) | Jeans: Levis | Shoes: Crown Vintage via DSW (similar) | Scarf: ? via Filene's Basement | Lippie: NARS Scarlett Empress}

Shake Your Bootie

Thursday, November 1, 2012

I cannot get enough of booties! I spend way too much time on the internet perusing the various selections looking for the perfect pair. It's becoming something of a problem... There isn't room in my closet, and I can't possibly need more shoes, but this pair just had to end up there. They're perfect!
I can't wait to wear them everywhere! I feel like they'll be a staple on dry days this winter (they're suede, and suede + water = disaster) when I am just too lazy to do the whole pull-on-tuck-in deal with tall boots!  Isn't variety in the type of shoes great? or maybe i'm just obsessed with all kinds of boots in existence.

What is your favorite pair of booties? Do share, I'm always on the lookout for more to add to my wishlist!

{Top: Kensie via Buffalo Exchange (similar) | Pants: True Religion | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Scarf: ? via Filene's Basement (RIP) | Glasses: Polo Ralph Lauren (similar) | Watch: Fossil}

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