That’s A Wrap!

As you all know, I’ve been busy with the Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge and this past weekend we finally wrapped it up. After a month of planning, hunting for holiday inspiration and decorating, I’m happy to say that it was a huge success. To celebrate we had family and friends over for a delicious ‘Christmas meal’ and Jennifer took about 500 photos. Seriously. It will be hard to narrow it down because they all are that good!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you would have seen the sneak peeks I posted. For those of you who don’t, I’ll share with you one of my favorite shots of the night!

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Our home is literally decked out for the Holidays and I may just leave it up until Christmas…I mean, it is almost November. I can’t wait to share it with all of you in November!

Hope you have a great start to the week!

My Home Tour on Apartment Therapy

 I’ve been hinting for a while about some exciting projects I’ve been working on and today, I get to share one of them with you! My home tour with one of my favorite sites, Apartment Therapy, is making it’s debut.

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Despite the chaos that ensues beforehand, the aftermath is always a calm and well-manicured home. Last minute decorating, tweaking, deciding on flowers and throwing together arrangements. Not to mention picking out an outfit! By the time Carolyn, the photographer from AT came over, all was calm in the Puaca house. I absolutely love the buzz and energy that goes into these photo shoots and I couldn’t be more grateful to Apartment Therapy for the feature.

For all the new faces to NoMad Luxuries, welcome! Whether or not you found your way here through the home tour, I am so glad that you stopped by! I do hope that you’ll stay awhile and check out the blog.

For those of you who have been with me since the beginning, thank you for all of your continued support and love! Without further ado, right this way….

Mulled Fruit With Goat Cheese Mousse | SMAK

Today, I’m excited to have Tommy from SMAK on the blog featuring an oh, so delicious recipe. Tommy and I have known each other since high school, but haven’t seen each other in years. After a recent bump-in, Tommy and I chatted blogging and I was introduced to SMAK, Tommy’s food blog. You all need to check out his blog, there are so many delicious recipes. This one has to be one of my favorites!

 

Hi, I’m Tommy from SMAK, a blog devoted to all things food related – recipes, restaurants reviews, food trends, etc, etc. Be sure to check us out on social media !

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend a media dinner at The Adamus at Chicago’s Silversmith Hotel. The event was in celebration of the launch of their new fall menu. My favorite part of these events, besides the free meals, is getting the chance to try new foods and gain inspiration for dishes of my own.

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 One of the items on Adamus’ fall menu is a Bartlett pear and soft chevre salad. While it was delicious and worked very well, I couldn’t help but think of taking aspects of the dish and creating a dessert.

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 Apples are synonymous with fall in my book. Throw in mulling spices and you’ve got yourself a little slice of heaven. For this dish, I mulled both apples and pears and paired it would a goat cheese mousse. I know it sounds strange at first, but the rich creaminess of the mousse with the spicy sweetness of the fruit makes for an incredible fall dessert.

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I love this recipe because it has very definitive fall flavors, but it is not your cliché pumpkin spice something-or-other.

 A huge thank you to Yana for allowing me to share this recipe with you all!

 

 

Goat Cheese Mousse

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch salt

1 cup chilled whipping cream

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl, whisk the goat cheese, vanilla and salt until blended.

2. Using an electric mixer, beat whipping cream in another bowl until peaks form.

3. Fold cheese mixture into whipped cream. Chill 10-15 minutes.

Mulled Apples & Pears

Ingredients:

4 quarts apple juice

4 quarts apple juice

2 cinnamon sticks

1 large piece crystallized ginger

6 whole cloves

1 lemon, halved

4 Fuji apples

4 Bartlett pears

cinnamon

walnuts, chopped

 Directions:

 1. Fill a large, heavy pot with apple juice. Tie the cinnamon sticks, ginger, and cloves together in a cheesecloth bag with kitchen string and add to the juice. Bring to a boil; reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer 15 minutes, partially covered, to infuse flavors.

2. Meanwhile, squeeze the lemon into a large bowl and fill with water. Core the apples and pears from the bottom and peel them. Drop immediately into the lemon water (to prevent browning) until poaching time.

3. Carefully add apples to the boiling poaching liquid, reduce heat, and simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove to a bowl. Add the pears to the liquid and poach until tender, about 8 minutes. Remove to a bowl.

4. Cool the poaching liquid to room temperature and discard spice bag. Return fruit to the liquid and refrigerate overnight.

5. To serve, slice fruit and arrange in circular starburst. Top with dollop of goat cheese mousse and sprinkle with ground cinnamon and chopped walnuts.

 

Monthly Beauty Buys

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We’re already in the middle of October, and the days are getting shorter, the nights cooler and Fall is definitely here. Last month’s post showcased some of my favorite pieces to transition my beauty routine into the Fall months. I’m continuing this month with golden-hued beauty and jewelry…

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I’ve officially added Rodin oil back into my daily routine. I generally don’t use the face oil during the warmer months, since skin is already prone to natural oils, but now that it’s getting cold, my skin could use an extra line of defense. I’ve raved about this oil before, but seriously..it’s amazing. Not only is it all natural and smells heavenly, it does wonderful things for your face. “Luminous” I think is the right word. That doesn’t come with a small price tag, but it’s definitely worth the splurge. A must on every woman’s wish list!

I’ve also started using the Clinique lid smoothie in Cashew Later. I tend to pull a darker, bolder lip and keep the eye neutral during this time of year. A good mascara and this lid smoothie is all you need to make your eye pop and look brighter!

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I’m also all about gold jewelry lately (or always)! This vintage tassel bracelet is a stunner and is for sale in my Etsy shop. Until it sells, I take it out for an occasional spin. How could I not? The braided chain and the clasp are so elegant and make a statement without being overwhelming! I’ll always have a hair band around my wrist for impromptu pony tails. I picked up a five pack, of neutral colors, at Marshalls and I dig them! Not only are they cute and practical, but they go with every outfit!

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I use an old, gold votive holder to hold all of my favorite Jo Malone tester scents. They sit on my vanity and I love that I can quickly grab one when I’m on the go or play around with mixing scents at home. My favorites are French Lime Blossom and Orange Blossom (my signature scent), but I’m in need of finding the right scent for Fall. Wood Sage & Sea Salt has been catching my eye!

Do you have a favorite Fall scent you would recommend? I would love to know!

Weekend Links

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You guys, it’s the middle of October. Can someone pleeeease slow down time? I’m making a point of enjoying Fall before it’s gone! This is my last weekend to prep for my big Home Depot Holiday Style Challenge photo shoot, so I’ll be a busy bee over here. But I do plan on spending time outdoors and taking in all the fall colors. Not to mention, the Chicago International Film Festival is starting! So excited!

I’ve got so many great posts scheduled for you all next week- my home tour is finally going live on Apartment Therapy, I have my first ever guest blogger that I am so excited to welcome and well you know the drill- all the other good and exciting inspiration that this NoMad has planned. In the mean time, some links for your weekend reading! Xx

WEEKEND LINKS

Got a kick of this article showing celebrities pose with their younger selves! Julia Roberts is definitely my favorite!

I love Emily Henderson and her fun, blue-hued style! Had to share her LA studio tour on Domaine Home with all of you!

Goat Cheese and cookies? Yup, this recipe is for goat cheese sugar cookies and has caught my eye. I’m tempted to give this a try!

The simple and chic style of Somewhere Lately is perfection. Especially this post! Much love to my fellow Chicago blogger!

The top beauty products you need for Fall according to Refinery29. I need that Nars lipstick in Train Bleu asap!

World’s youngest, female billionaire and medical genius? See how her invention is going to make your life that much easier! Girl power!

 

Fall Style | Coats

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Chicago is no city to mess around with when it comes to cold weather. That’s why you won’t see any cute bomber jackets or leather blazers in today’s roundup. A girl’s got to be realistic! When hunting for a Fall coat (yes, there are winter coats, too!), I look for longer length coats that fall right around the knee. I’ve always loved a good collar and even a fur detail, but I also love the clean and minimalistic styles that are popping up this year. They allow you not only to brave the Windy City, but look chic while doing so.

When buying a staple, I generally like to go with a solid color and in a neutral, so that I can mix and match it with all of my outfits. But, that plaid coat caught my eye and is so very Fall! It’s a less expensive version of this coat from Intermix and such a steal! Every coat in today’s roundup is under $500 and most under $250!

What other pieces would you love to see in the Style roundups? Would love to know!

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Uniqlo Cashmere Collar Coat  //  New Look Plaid Coat  //  J.Crew Collarless Coat  //  Maison Scotch Boucle Coat  //  Linea Fur Collar Coat  //  Manila Grace Coat  //

 

Fall Tabletop | Unexpected Color Combo

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I won’t be decorating for Fall this year, but that doesn’t mean I’m not eyeing some great style and decor. This Tory Burch tabletop, with an unexpected color combo of purple and orange, is killing it. The mix of metallics, the pops of color and natural elements. So good, right?

To Get The Look: Ground your tabletop with a rich and natural tablecloth, in a plum or eggplant. I love that this one is linen and adds just the right touch of elegance. Next, you want to bring in some color with your plates. I love this bright, orange charger and this unexpected pink and orange floral plate. Together, they make a dynamic duo! Top off with a monogrammed, linen napkin. This adds a touch of personality and makes the dinner that much more intimate.

Silver, bamboo flatware adds a touch of metallic that comes out through mercury votives and and a silver vase. Glass stem wine glasses don’t add any visual weight but are ready for a generous pour. The flowers, in my opinion, make the entire tablescape. Choose english tea roses, or peonies (if in season) in a bright pink or magenta hue. Add natural twigs and orange berries to the mix and don’t skimp. The fuller the arrangement, the more “freshly picked” they look.

A winning color combo and perfect for your Fall dinner parties!

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Purple Tablecloth  //  Monogram Linen Napkin  //  Bamboo Flatware  //  Mercury Votives  //  Floral Plate  //  Orange Charger  //   Wine Glasses  //  Silver Vase //

Broccoli Goat Cheese Soup

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There’s nothing more that I enjoy than a hot bowl of soup in the fall and winter months! I try to whip up a different batch every week that I can pair with a sandwich or salad for lunch, or enjoy as its own meal. Of course, I’ve come across quite a few recipes that have become repeat offenders, but I’m always looking for new flavors and combinations to try out.

This week, I decided to give a go to this 3-ingredient recipe and am so glad that I did. It became an instant hit at our house.

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Are you ready for this quick and easy recipe? Are you sure you can handle ALL 3 ingredients? Ok, I added 6 cups of chicken broth (I like to use low sodium) to a deep pot and 3 small heads of broccoli roughly chopped. *You can also use one large broccoli head. Since they were smaller at the grocery store this week, I opted for 3 small heads. I brought it to a boil and then let it simmer for about 30 minutes.

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Once the broccoli has completely cooked, let it cool slightly. Take out the broccoli with a slotted spoon and add it to your blender. Fill up half of the leftover cooking liquid and add 2 oz of goat cheese. And….blend! Depending on how you like the consistency, you can add more liquid. I like my soup to be silky smooth!

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Serve with crumbled goat cheese, a sprinkle of olive oil and whatever spices you enjoy. I add freshly ground black pepper, red pepper and ground sea salt for extra taste. The goat cheese adds the perfect creaminess and tartness to the soup.

Ingredients
  • Goat Cheese
  • Broccoli – 1 large head or 3 small heads
  • Chicken Broth
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Add 6 cups of chicken broth to a deep pot.
  2. Roughly chop broccoli and add to pot. Bring to boil and then let simmer for 30 min.
  3. When broccoli is cooked, let slightly cool.
  4. Remove broccoli with slotted spoon and add to blender.
  5. Add cooking half of cooking liquid and 2 oz of goat cheese to blender.
  6. Blend to desired consistency.
  7. Garnish with desired spices.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Must Have | Brass Kitchen Faucet

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What better way to start a week than lusting over a ‘Must Have’ piece. I have hunted high and low for the Delta Trinsic faucet and this is by far the best deal I’ve found! I love the curved head and the brass finish is not over powering- it’s literally the perfect faucet. For $343 ($150 less than at major retailers) this is a deal! If you’re in the market to upgrade your kitchen, consider yourself covered. This pretty lady will be coming home with me and straight into my freshly painted, white kitchen! Oh, and you’re welcome!

Weekend Links

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We made it! I’m looking forward to enjoying some Fall activities this weekend and taking in all of the changing colors! We’ll be heading out to the burbs for apple picking {which really means, apple cider donut eating} and the rest of the time I’ll be hard at work for the Holiday Style Challenge. I’ve got my holidays all mixed up lately! Here are some tasty and fun links from the week to keep you entertained all weekend long. Hope you have a fabulous Fall weekend! Xx

WEEKEND LINKS

Thinking of tackling a reno for your home but not sure how to budget? Domaine Home has a bit of a cheat sheet for each room to make the process less daunting!

I loooove avocado and this article gives me 17 new ways to enjoy one! Digging the interactive site, too! Oh, and this avocado hummus recipe is also on my list!

Sometimes we can all use a bit of inspiration for our interiors. This article is about 5 new color combos that are unexpectedly so good!

This house and it’s rooftop view is what dreams are made of. Every detail makes me swoon and the grandeur with the Moorish details are well, perfection!

Having a good plaid piece in your wardrobe is mandatory for Fall. I just picked up this black and white checkered top for a steal!

The Nars Holiday Collection is already out and I love all of the plum and icy pink colors! I definitely need to add this blush to my makeup stash for the holidays.