Why Did You Wear That: Til the Bitter End

By |October 30th, 2013|Personal Style, Why Did You Wear That?|

kirsten smithSo, I guess the nineties are back.  And I guess you know I’m going to be wearing a crop top until the bitter end.  And by bitter end, I mean a February snowstorm.  I plan on riding that trend like the Lone Ranger rode Silver.  I work very hard for those toned abs, just ask Jenn.  This outfit combines many of my very favorite items.  A flannel shirt that was my mother’s and you may recognize, a crop top, a bralette, acid washed jeans (that contain -2% spandex), and the little black bootie.  It’s as if I threw all my favorite things into a crock pot, let them simmer, and came out with the world’s most delicious outfit– kind of like mulled wine.

kirsten smith

kirsten smith

kirsten smith

shirt: vintage (similar here), top: Brandy Melville, bralette: Cosabella, jeans: 7 for All Mankind (similar here), booties: Brian Atwood, bag: Alexander Wang, dog: Smitty



Why Did You Eat That: Mulling Things Over

By |December 19th, 2011|Recipes, Why Did You Eat That?|

You know what will clear a cold right up?  Mulled wine.  Okay, not really.  That’s an old wives tale.  You also shouldn’t give your crying baby whiskey.  However, mulled wine is pretty glorious for chilly winter get togethers.  It’s especially delightful when sipped fireside with friends.  You might think warm wine sounds ridiculous, but I promise that once you give mulled wine one sip (or two, or three…) you’ll have a new favorite winter cocktail.  It’s also pretty easy to make (and double for bigger parties).


  • 2 large oranges
  • 12 whole cloves
  • 12 allspice berries
  • 12 whole black peppercorns
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 bottles (6 cups) fruity red wine – Might I suggest merlot?
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brandy


  1. With a fine grater, zest, then juice the oranges. 
  2. In a large pot (not aluminum), combine zest, juice, cloves, allspice, peppercorns, cinnamon. 
  3. Pour in wine, sugar, and brandy. 
  4. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves, 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat to low; simmer until flavors have melded, about 30 minutes (or until it smells more like cider than well, bad). 
  6. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve and garnish with cinnamon stick, if you’re fancy.
  7. Serve immediately in a mug (a glass will not do- we learned this the hard- and hot- way). 

No need to mull this over any further.