August 01, 2012

Tomato & Feta Open Faced Sandwiches

There is something comforting about this sandwich. It takes me back to my childhood, and racing home from school at lunch to find a yummy meal awaiting me. Toasted tomato sandwiches and a bowl of chicken noodle soup being one of my favourite childhood lunches. I love the idea of turning classic foods into something more sophisticated. I saw this sandwich on the cover of this month's issue of Bon Appetit. The picture showed it with Heirloom tomatoes, but I did not have any on hand, so I just used regular hot house tomatoes.

1) Toast thick slices of bread
2) Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil
3) Layer tomatoes and feta cheese
4) Drizzle with more extra virgin olive oil
5) Season with salt and pepper
6) Sprinkle on fresh thyme

July 30, 2012

How to: Wear a Cropped Bustier

Wearing a cropped shirt can be very cute if it is on the right body, styled the right way and of course in the right context. It is a super adorable trend, however it is pretty tricky to get right because it can very easily look trashy rather than trendy. A lot of girls stay far away from these tops for this exact reason, but there are ways to do it right and that is exactly what I am going to show you!

I put together 3 examples of how to rock a cropped bustier the proper way...

Example 1:

Wear with a high waisted maxi skirt. The main goal when wearing a cropped top is to show only a tiny little bit of tummy. If you can see your whole stomach you are 1) wearing a bralet not a crop top and 2) not wearing the right bottoms. Your skirt should be above your belly button.

Example 2:

Wear with a high waisted tube skirt. Also, if you are going to wear a solid colored top then pair it with patterned bottoms and vice versa. Wearing a solid color draws more attention to your skin whereas wearing a pattern draws more attention to the piece itself, and in this case you don't want to draw more attention to your skin by wearing two solid pieces.

Example 3:

Wear with high waisted shorts. Again, high waisted...always high waisted. It is a little trickier pairing a crop top with high waisted shorts, because it really depends on the fit of the short. Avoid shorts that are too tight; stick with a looser pair. Also try and avoid jean shorts, even if they do have a high waist. It looks better to pair a baggy crop top with jean cutoffs, rather than pairing them with a bustier.

So there are a few ways to wear a cropped bustier top. Remember, you can always add a  cardigan if you feel like covering up a bit more. I hope I inspired you to try out fun trend!