Indecision & Ankle Boots

I’ve been called impulsive. Not a complimentary word, but not entirely inaccurate. It’s just that once I make a decision, I tend to act on it. Quickly.

Remember how I posted back in early October that Brad and I were thinking of moving to Brooklyn? And how I said that we’d been thinking about it since mid-August? The fact that we don’t have a solid decision made yet is very unusual for us as a couple, and it is KILLING ME. There are few things I hate more than being in limbo.

Obviously, this is a major life choice, and I know that it’s probably better to take our time. But still – I have no patience. Especially because so many things in our lives are on hold until the decision is made. I’m a woman of action, and I just. can’t. sit. still.

Aside from the bigger things I’m hesitant to do (scheduling holiday travel and medical procedures, making updates to the house, etc), I’m also not letting myself do any shopping, and it’s so, so sad. Fall is usually the season when I pick out some new clothes, but it seems kind of silly to do that when I don’t know what climate I’m going to be living in. I also feel like I shouldn’t be spending money on unnecessary things if we need to be saving for a move.

If I was allowing myself to make wardrobe additions, though, I’d be picking up a pair of basic black ankle boots. I have a million pairs of shoes, but somehow, I don’t have any of those. And there are so many good ones out there right now!

Basic Black Leather Ankle Boots via Glitter and Goat Cheese
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Which ones are your favorite? I’ve been sitting here trying to pick mine, and … I can’t. So I guess I need all of them.

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Punch Up Your Holiday Party

Brad and I aren’t having a holiday party this year – the next couple of months will be busy and a wee bit complicated – but if we were, I’d definitely be making a punch of some kind. At this stage of our lives, we can’t really afford to set up a full bar, so we usually encourage BYOB-ing, but I always like to have something just in case, and punch is the easiest (and most festive) solution.

With that in mind, I pulled together a list of 23 boozy recipes and shared them over on BuzzFeed Community.

23 Boozy and Festive Punch Recipes to Serve at Your Epic Holiday Party (by Stephanie Shore Fisher, via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

I found cold punches; hot punches; punches that use bourbon, vodka, champagne, rum; caffeinated punches; creamy punches … it’s, uh, a pretty comprehensive list. Hope you’ll check it out!

10 Kitchens That Prove Mixing Metals Is Totally OK

As we’ve been making minor updates to our home to make it more attractive to potential buyers, I’ve wrestled with whether to match our faucets to our light fixtures, our cabinet hardware to our doorknobs, etc. I’m a bit stuck between my own eclectic style and the more conservative look that Brookhaven buyers seems to favor.

There’s no question about where I fall in the mixed metals debate. I am all for it. The key, in my opinion, is to make it look deliberate. Your home shouldn’t look like you’ve been swapping out builder-grade features one at a time and haven’t gotten around to all of them. The goal is to create balance by juxtaposing styles and finishes that complement each other.

A note: Because many appliances don’t come in warm metals (and not everyone can afford a La Cornue range or cabinet-paneled pieces), I generally consider stainless steel appliances to be a neutral. There are some exceptions, but I say ignore ‘em.

We’ve done some amateur metal-mixing in our home, but for a master class, check out these insanely beautiful kitchens:

10 Kitchens that Prove Mixing Metals Is Totally OK (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

#1: Chrome, Antique Brass and Bronze
Modern kitchen with Hicks pendants in Rue Magazine (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
With its glossy flat-front cabinets, contemporary chrome barstools, marble waterfall island and mirrored tile backsplash, this kitchen from Rue Magazine could have skewed toward cold and unwelcoming very easily. The antique silver pitcher and bronze/brass Hicks pendants add a lived-in touch. See a few different angles here.

#2: Brass, Bronze and Copper
Smitten Studio Brass and Copper Kitchen (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
In designer Sarah Sherman Samuel’s recently updated kitchen, she used warm metals exclusively. Again, those and the rustic wood elements keep the mostly-white kitchen from feeling too cold and modern. See more photos here.

#3: Brass and Stainless Steel
Husman Hagberg Kitchen with Brass Accents and a Stainless Pot Rail (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
With chalky-finish cabinets, subway tile and a farmhouse sink, the overall feel of this kitchen is heading toward country. The stainless steel pot rail (from Ikea!) gives it a utilitarian edge. Photo from HusmanHagberg, via Apartment Therapy.

#4: Silver and Wrought Iron
White and Wood Kitchen from House and Home (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
Once more, we see a mix of modern finishes (glossy solid surface countertops, a chrome coil-spring faucet) and rustic elements (reclaimed wood shelves with wrought iron brackets, terra cotta pots, wood cutting board). Modern + rustic is one of my favorite kitchen combos. From House & Home’s June 2014 issue, found via SF Girl by Bay.

#5: Brass, Copper and Chrome
Brass, copper and chrome kitchen - photo by Aubrie Pick (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
In contrast, if you want to mix several metals without losing cohesiveness, it helps to pick one style and stick with it. This kitchen, photographed by Aubrie Pick, uses modern fixtures across the board, which allows for some flexibility in finishes.

#6: Silver and Gold
Philadelphia Modern Bohemian Kitchen by Design Manifest (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
Luckily for renters, light fixtures and hardware aren’t the only way to mix metals. If you’re dealing with generic builder-grade finishes, add a collected, custom vibe with gold-framed vintage art and a well-loved rug. See more of Naomi Stein’s Philadelphia loft (one of my all-time favorite homes, FWIW) here and here.

#7: Silver and Bronze
Bronze and silver kitchen by Benjamin Dhong Interior Design (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
For those who think you can only mix warm with warm and cool with cool, I bring you this beautiful kitchen by Benjamin Dhong. The warm bronze cabinet hardware and sconce play well with the putty-colored cabinets and pops of yellow, but the big silver banded globe chandelier takes the otherwise-traditional kitchen to another level. The standout piece would have been a focal point in any finish, but the contrasting metal really draws your eye.

#8: Gold and Polished Silver
Farmhouse kitchen with gold chandelier from House Beautiful (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
I absolutely love the bravery that Tobi Tobin employed when she updated her 100-year-old farmhouse’s kitchen. The high-gloss black cabinets modernize the room a bit, but the visible brush strokes keep things cozy. In this case, I think brass cabinet knobs would have taken away from the ornate gold and crystal chandelier. Using polished silver for the hardware and faucet is the perfect way to keep the eye where it belongs. See more at House Beautiful.

#9: Steel, Gold and Silver
Steel, brass and silver kitchen from Design*Sponge (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
Technically, I think those pendants might be glass, but let’s call them gold for simplicity’s sake. In any case, you certainly wouldn’t expect to see them paired with industrial steel bar stools, but there they are, and I think they look fantastic. The flea market stools, glam pendants and brass deer head give a curated feel to what would otherwise be a pretty typical modern white kitchen. See more of the loft at Design*Sponge.

#10: Brass, Stainless Steel and Bronze
Gray and white kitchen with brass steel and bronze from House and Home (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
There’s a lot going on in this kitchen: industrial stainless appliances, reclaimed wood shelves, brass bin pulls, a copper colander, a bronze pendant … And you can’t even see the two gold chandeliers over the table in this photo. Somehow, though, it all contributes to a lived-in bistro style that never feels schizophrenic. It helps that the decor is minimal: The shelves are sparsely-styled, there’s not much on the counters, and even the two patterned fabrics in the room (the roman shades, not pictured, and the rug) are tone-on-tone, close in shade to the lower cabinets. Makes you feel like you could pull off a kitchen with about seven different finishes, right? See more at House & Home.

So, what do you think? Would you try mixing metals in your home? What parameters would you use to keep things from looking crazy?

DIY Throwback: Glitter Skulls

Hey, all. It’s two days before Halloween, and because we’re still potentially preparing to maybe sell our house and have put a ban on all New Stuff, I’ve not done a single DIY project. The weight of the emptiness is crushing me. I’ve attempted to channel my extra creative energy into cooking, but I still really miss my spray paint.

In the absence of something new to share, I thought it’d be fun to look back at the very first DIY project I ever posted on Glitter & Goat Cheese. Can you believe these glitter skulls are from more than three years ago?

DIY glitter skulls (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

DIY gold glitter skull (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)
Get the instructions here.

In the original post, I vowed to keep my glitter skulls out past Halloween, and I’ve been true to my word. Those little guys are still on display in my living room, along with my very precious ceramic gold skull (which Z Gallerie still sells, by the way!).

Gold Morton Skull from Z Gallerie (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

Have any of you done any fabulous Halloween DIYs? Please, share them and let me live vicariously through you.

Kale Salad with Chicken, Bacon and Israeli Couscous

I don’t mean to brag, but I really love kale. I know – what an asshole. So many people struggle to eat enough of the bitter superfood, and I just happen to totally dig it. It’s downright obnoxious, but I promise, I don’t take this blessing for granted.

Because I love it and know how healthy it is, I try to eat kale as often as possible – in smoothies, in pasta, in soup – any way I can. My very favorite way to eat kale, though, is salad. My husband always makes fun of me because I’ll make a meal out of any ingredients I like, whether they go together or not, but I think the ingredients in this salad are extremely well-matched, despite the fact that I cobbled them together from whatever I could find in my kitchen.

I always start with a big bowl of regular kale. None of that baby kale crap. I remove most of the bigger ribs.

A big bowl of kale (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

Right off the bat, I drizzle it with a little olive oil, a healthy helping of fresh lemon juice and some sea salt.

Kale drizzled with olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

Then, I massage the kale for two to three minutes, until it’s softened and a bit wilted.

See how much it’s reduced?
Softening kale with olive oil lemon juice and sea salt (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

Once that process is complete, I set the kale aside to continue soaking up the oily-lemony-salty goodness while I prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Whole wheat Israeli couscous (or pearl couscous) is another one of my very favorite things. It’s more versatile than the teeny couscous, in my opinion – much better in salads. My grocery store carries one by RiceSelect, but I’ve seen a few other brands. Trust me, it’s worth the search! Just one tip: like many whole wheat pastas, it can be a little bland-tasting on its own, so I always cook mine in chicken broth.

For this salad, I make about 3/4 cup of couscous, and I cut up a whole pint of grape tomatoes.

Halved grape tomatoes (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

For my protein, I tear four slices of turkey bacon into little bite-sized pieces, and I use whatever chicken breast is left over in my fridge. (For this particular salad, I used some that Brad had made for shawarma the night before, but the nutmeg was an odd fit – I might not recommend it.) If I’m grilling the chicken specifically for this salad, I just mix up some extra lemon mustard vinaigrette to marinate it with.

Making salad dressing is an art in my kitchen, not a science. Every time I try to use exact measurements, I just screw it up. This is my best guess, though: 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, one tablespoon lemon juice, one tablespoon dijon mustard, one teaspoon minced garlic. Add to small bowl and whisk. Salt and pepper to taste.

Lemon mustard vinaigrette dressing to go with kale salad (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

I toss all the ingredients and dressing together with my softened kale …

Kale salad with lemon mustard vinaigrette, chicken breast, bacon and Israeli couscous (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

And I serve it with a very generous helping of shaved parmesan.

Kale, chicken, bacon and Israeli couscous salad with lemon mustard vinaigrette (via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

Let’s be honest – everything in life needs a generous helping of shaved parmesan.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Kale salad with bacon chicken Israeli couscous and lemon mustard vinaigrette

Side note: If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I recently chipped my front tooth while enthusiastically trying to lick the last bit of Israeli couscous off a bowl. Yes, this is that Israeli couscous, and the mixing bowl you see in this post is the bone-breaking culprit. While I would recommend using utensils to eat this salad like a civilized human being, I’m hoping my tale of woe tells you just how delicious this salad is. I mean, I wanted to finish it so badly that I smashed a bowl into my face. So, uh … give it a try. Go kale!