Black, mustard and gold

I am so excited that I finally got to wear an outfit that did not involve socks, gloves or 3 layers of clothing this week. I am sure any fashionista out there would agree that the best part about spring is the fact that we can finally bring out our fave heels and flats.
I am a serious blazer addict and my favorite blazer is this mustard colored piece I got from my stylish sister. This color may seem intimidating but when paired with a simple color like black or white it mellows out. I wore mine with gold jewelry and black skinnies for a super chic look.
Would you wear a colored blazer?





Easy barbecue turkey burger recipe

I love making burgers on Friday nights and my go to burger recipe is a barbecue turkey burger with caramelized onions. This burger is full of flavor so much that you will not want order takeout burgers after trying it. What makes this burger recipe easy is that a good quality store bought barbecue sauce is used instead of making one from scratch. The caramelized onions add a intense level of flavor and are an important component to the recipe. 


Ingredients
1 lb ground dark meat turkey
1 egg
2 mushrooms
2 gloves garlic
1 spring onion
1/4 medium yellow onion
1/2 a cup plain barbecue sauce
1 large onion sliced and caramelized
4 slices Swiss or American cheese
salt and freshly ground pepper
4 burger buns
dressing
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp sriracha sauce
2 tbsp fresh parsley minced

Directions
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and mix dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside
- Mince garlic, 1/4 yellow onion, spring onion and mushrooms in a food processor.
- Mix ground turkey , onion mix , barbecue sauce and egg in a large bowl and form into large patties
- Cook in a oiled griddle pan until browned on both sides (about 5 mins) and then place in the oven for another 10 minutes till fully cooked. Add slice of cheese on top of each patty 2 minutes before removing from oven.
- Let burgers sit while you prepare lettuce, tomatoes and toast buns.

Style Spotlight : Trench coats

As the weather gets warmer in Boston I am happy to get rid of thick coats and move on to lighter layers. The perfect item and must have closet staple for slightly cool weather is the good old trench coat. I find trench coats give an instant polished look and best of all they are timeless.
Burberry is known for its beautiful trench coats but if you are like me and don't have trust fund money or simply don't want to spend too much you can get great trench coats from places like Zara, Macy's or H&M. 




Shop what I am wearing:
Trench coat - Zara
Black skinny jeans - The Limited
Boots  -  Mum's closet
Photo credit - Kristin (BeautyXpose)

Dressing for work with Peruvian connection

I was recently introduced to Peruvian Connection, a cool store on Newbury street Boston that carries beautiful knit and woven clothing. If you love unique, luxurious and artisan made pieces this is your place.  
I got this grey wool dress because I was drawn to its simple and classic design. Thanks to a snow free week I finally got to wear the dress. For accessories I wore a woven belt, Swarovski crystal necklace and earrings. It made for a great cold weather work outfit. 








I fell in love with Peruvian connection's store interior as it reflects their original and creative designs. Walking down the store you will want to try on all the warm and cozy sweaters made from rich fabric.





Shop this look
Dress - Peruvian Connection
Shoes - Cambria platform bootie  (on sale for $47) - Macy's 
Photo credit - Kristin , Beauty Expose

Product review : Looly's couscous

I am sad to admit that I just recently started incorporating couscous to my meal rotation and was never a big fan. A visit to Teranga , a Senegalese restaurant in Boston changed my view of couscous. I remember ordering a lamb shank entree' with couscous and it was so well prepared and tasty. After their delicious couscous I was motivated to try it one more time. I found that cooking couscous in broth and mixing it with other ingredients increases its flavor. 

I received receive a sample of Looly's couscous through a fellow blogger and was very impressed with how it turned out. The couscous itself was so quick to cook, all I added was some lemon juice, garlic, parsley, olive oil and it was delicious. Being that I am a health nut myself, I love that their couscous is made from wholegrain non GMO wheat. The sample I tried also had some thyme and turmeric in it which was a nice touch. 


Making this was super easy. I started off by boiling 1 1/2 cups chicken broth then added it to a bowl of 1 1/2 cups Looly's couscous. After covering the bowl I proceeded to make a simple dressing of 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp minced garlic, 2 tbsp olive oil and a 2 tsp chopped fresh parsley. After the couscous was ready about five minutes I added the dressing and let it sit while I made some salmon and veges to go with it. The picture below shows what it looks like after it has absorbed the broth.


Dinner was ready in exactly 26 minutes including the pan seared salmon and vegetables. 


Do you like couscous ? I would love to know your thoughts. 


Please note the opinions in this review are purely my own.