Weekend Links

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This week flew by entirely but I’m never disappointed to welcome the weekend! I wrapped up my Holiday Style Challenge this past weekend with Home Depot and I think you guys will love how it turned out. I shared a few photos on Instagram and on the blog. I have so much free time now, I don’t know what to do with myself! Not true by the least- I’m still hitting the pavement with new ideas and collaborations. Oh, and NoMad Luxuries will be getting a little work done, ahem. I’ll tell you more about that another time. I skipped Halloween and went straight to Christmas, but don’t you fret….next week, we’ll be chatting some Halloween-inspired ideas to get back on track!

Any big plans for the weekend? You can find me curled up on that chair for a movie night tonight and then running around as usual the rest of the weekend! Don’t forget to check out the links for some light weekend reading! Xx


Who doesn’t love a good before and after? And this bathroom falls nothing short of a-mazing! That tub!

Who are the 50 most-connected women in America? I’d love to know, too!

This recipe for roasted pumpkin, feta and honey salad sounds like the perfect {and easy} afternoon lunch! I love the combination of flavors!

Saddened by the news of Oscar de la Renta passing away this week. This article honored his legacy with his 100 best red carpet looks. A true style icon!

I love wearing all black, and this article shows you all black pieces that still make a statement. Can I get an amen?

Tuula always gives me serious wanderlust and her recent post on her time in Cappadocia, Turkey is nothing short of breathtaking!

Room To Outfit | Moody Bohemian

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After sifting through so many different spaces and inspiration for interiors, I will come across a handful that I know would translate into an amazing outfit. Just like this space! The dark-washed walls, the peacock chair, the fur bed throw and pops of colorful flowers adorning the mantel. Even the crocodile wallpaper is screaming out to me. The room is dark, moody and über sexy! A perfect Fall outfit, in my opinion!

To Get The Look:I wanted to bring in all of those textures and elements from the space into a cozy and fun outfit. This moody floral skirt from Topshop started everything off. Pairing it with a chunky sweater will not only be perfect for layering but will also balance the bare legs on the bottom. Adding a faux fur vest and a magenta gemstone pendant will bring out the color in the skirt and give that bohemian vibe. The croc purse is a perfect across the body bag so you can have your hands free for latte sipping and make sure to have those digits painted in this metallic nail color from Essie. Biker boots with gold buckles add a necessary roughness to the floral skirt and the Nars lip pencil will add the perfect pop of color to your pout. The floppy hat is completely optional but would be a great way to polish off the outfit!

Now if I could find a way to wear this outfit in that room…all would be right in the world!

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Faux Fur Vest   //  Floppy Hat  //  Dark Floral Skirt  //  Chunky Knit Sweater  //  Biker Boots  //  Essie Nail polish  //   Crocodile Purse {on sale!} //  Gemstone Pendant  //  Nars Lip Pencil   //  Antler Trio Art


Trending | Moody Spaces

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My version of scary is equivalent to watching Hocus Pocus. I’m not much for horror flicks, haunted houses or even corn mazes. Call me boring, but I don’t want to pay for a dose of anxiety. That being said, moody spaces is definitely something I can get behind. And what better time to check out these dark and moody palettes with Halloween around the corner.

While I love natural light in my own home, there’s something about these charcoal and slate colors that completely envelops you and immediately makes a space feel cozy and inviting. You might never want to leave! Add fur throws, supple fabrics and textured pillows, pops of color with fresh flowers and you’ve got yourself a mysterious and sexy space to call home. Who ever knew that spooky could look so good? If you’re still hesitant to give your walls a dark coat of paint, have a peek {a boo} at some of my favorite dark and moody spaces!

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In Good Taste Magazine | Recipe Inspiration

Every Tuesday I like to share a new recipe with you all… but what about how I find recipes and where I get inspired. There are tons of websites out there and recently I keep going back to In Good Taste Magazine. Not only is In Good Taste Magazine locally based {Chicago love}, but it also has amazing food and drink recipes along with entertaining tips. Yes, please!

Which brings me to today’s recipe: baked goat cheese marinara dip!

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{via Leigh Loftus}

 This recipe had me at goat cheese! I knew it was a recipe I needed to bookmark. In just 30 minutes, you can have a great appetizer for entertaining or quite frankly, a meal for one. You can check out the full recipe, here.

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Baguette of bread, sliced
  • 8 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 cup marinara or pasta sauce
  • Basil leaves (optional garnish)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine minced garlic and olive oil in a small bowl and brush it over the bread slices. Spread slices facing up on a baking sheet.
  2. Spoon goat cheese into a in shallow baking dish by the tablespoon. Ladle tomato sauce into dish until cheese is just barely covered. Bake until sauce begins to bubble around the edges and cheese is hot, but not completely melted, about 25 minutes.
  3. During last 10 minutes of baking, toast bread until it achieves golden brown color. Garnish with basil if desired. Serve hot.

I’ve also bookmarked these recipes that I’ve been dying to try; especially this fig, blue cheese and caramelized onion pizza, apple cider donuts before the harvest is over, and this vanilla chai smoothie for mornings that I’m running out the door!

Cooking doesn’t have to be hard or a chore- if you look at it as a way to learn something new, experiment and have fun then you will enjoy in a delicious meal each and every time!

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!


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.


 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.


 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.



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


6 tablespoons powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch salt

1 cup chilled whipping cream


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


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


walnuts, chopped


 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


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  //