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amen for bel air

Last week when I was planning for Thanksgiving, I was in a frenzy, searching for any local bakeries who made Brioche bread. And you know what? I only found two bakeries. In the entire Sacramento area. Freeport Bakery & Ettore’s makes these loafs, but only on certain days. And of course, they weren’t making this specialty bread.

So I had to either make my own bread, or find a substitute. Cue the loaf of challah bread I found at Bel Air.

I love Bel Air. No joke. The people are friendly (unlike the rude person I talked to at Ettores) and the bakery is divine. They have tons of specialty cakes and loafs made fresh daily, and their products are pretty cheap. My loaf was only $2.99 and the rest of their gourmet cakes range from $8 to $13. I highly recommend that you guys check out what they have to offer. You won’t be let down.

This is the inside shot of the wonderful loaf of challah bread I got. It was hot and warm when I got it, fresh out of the oven. I quickly ran home, sliced it open, and sunk my teeth into the best bread I’ve had in years. Soft, and egg-y with a nice tender crust. Perfect!

Thanks to Bel Air, I made some really good bread pudding and french toast out of it. Suffice to say, it only last 2 days in my house. What can I say? I know a good thing when I see it…

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look to lust for

Over the holiday weekend, I wandered in to J Crew, hoping to find good deals. Instead, I was greeted with tons of sleepwear. Pajamas everywhere. I’m not kidding.

I am willing to pretend that maybe, MAYBE, they are gearing up for new additions to their collection, but seriously, you dedicate half of our floor to sleepwear on one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year? Hmmm, someone should look into that.

Anyhow, I found this cashmere sweater online and I love it. Nice button detail at the top of the neck, and I like the color combo of the gold and navy on the crest.

Sadly, it’s $175. Guess I can wait till the day after Christmas, although who knows, maybe the store could be filled to the brim with sleepwear again?

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coming soon

- a look at the erin fetherston line at target (I took pictures too)

- recipes for: sweet potato fries, artichoke dip, cornbread, mashed parmesan potatoes, deb’s pumpkin bread pudding, the best chocolate chip cookies ever, chocolate chip pumpkin bread, easy fudge

- a peek at the fridge: yup, it’s inventory time

- dining reviews

- book reviews

Homework is calling me. And by that I mean The Hills is on soon. Ha.

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look to lust for

I’ve really been into dresses this season. When you have to right one, it’s like magic. It fits perfectly, makes you feel girlie and cute, and is so freaking comfortable, it’s ridiculous. Hoenstly, screw jeans, if I could I’d wear a dress everyday. Isn’t that how women used to dress? Oh, to live a couple of centuries ago :)

Perusing Urban Outfitters is like hard work. You gotta take each outfit with a grain of salt. Will that fit on me? Is this color too much? Will I feel way too trendy wearing that? You have to take all these things into consideration, or else you will end up with an outfit that was meant to worn on a 13 year old girl who weighs 100lbs and is 5′ 4″.

That being said, when you eye a piece, and you get that nice little rush in the head, you know. That tingle in the mind that says, YES. Girls, you know what I mean?

So when I saw this dress, I thought, wow it’s gorgeous. It’s not something I’d wear everyday, but it’d be a great holiday dress, a fun cocktail look.

I will say though, it has the potential to look HORIBBLE on me. No definition on the waist could make me look just odd. So, I take this look with a grain of salt.

Great color, sexy back cutout, great beading, reminiscent of that old flapperesque style. And since it’s $135, I would most definitely have to try this puppy on before I’d buy it, but it’s surely a look that I enjoy.

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