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Cowboy Ciao Chopped | domestic god(ish)

Written on July 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm, by

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Heading to Trader Joe’s today?  I have dinner planned!

A dear friend of mine made this delicious salad on a girls weekend away and my family has had it in constant rotation ever since.  This salad is a version of the famous Stetson chopped salad from Cowboy Ciao in Scottsdale, Arizona.  I’m dying to get back to the desert and check out this restaurant.  I’ve heard such good things about all their delicious food!

I made a few adjustments to the Cowboy Ciao recipe to make sure you can get everything at Trader Joe’s and to suit my family’s preferences.  Also, Cowboy Ciao serves their salad with smoked salmon.  But I really think anything goes… shrimp, flank steak or try my grilled chicken recipe.

Seriously, it’s good.  My husband, who thinks an Oreo cookie counts as a vegetable… LOVES this salad.

Chopped Arugula Salad
Ingredients – Trader Joe’s Shopping List:
7 oz. bag organic arugula
2 roma tomatoes
6-8 fresh basil leaves
1 cup Trader Joe’s quattro formaggio cheese
½ cup Trader Joe’s low fat parmesan ranch dressing
¾ cup dried cranberries
½ cup roasted & salted sunflower seeds
1 cup frozen roasted corn
½ jar Trader Joe’s Bruschetta Italian tomato topping
1 cup Trader Joe’s Israeli couscous
1. Cook Israeli couscous, set aside and let cool completely.
2. Defrost and strain the roasted corn.
3. Wash & chop arugula into SMALL strips (discard stems).
4. Wash and chop Roma tomatoes.
5. Wash & chop basil leaves.
6. Mix about ½  jar of the bruschetta with Roma tomatoes and fresh basil.  Set aside.
7. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients and toss with dressing.

For more information on Cowboy Ciao click here…

RUCHE | domestic god(ish)

Written on July 27, 2011 at 5:22 am, by

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Since the kids came along, shopping trips have become a little more complicated.  Needless to say, online shopping in bed at 10:00PM has become a dream come true!  My “go to” online spot has been shopbop for as long as I can remember and I still love everything about shopbop…

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But I recently stumbled upon Ruche and I’m feeling more than just a little obsessed.  Mai Olivo co-founded Ruche with Josh Olivo, and she does an amazing job utilizing her degree in Computer Science and Web Development to bring their look books to life with outfit pairing and accessories ideas.  With breathtaking photographs, lovely colors and pretty little models, the look books chronicle dreamy fairy tales of fashion.  In other words, Ruche has done a pretty damn good job putting awkward online white plastic mannequins out of business… Cheers to that!  The best part is that Ruche is NOT expensive.  It’s just an honest, humble, lovely, vintage + modern boutique.

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Ruche was kind enough to let me share these look book photos with you.  Do yourself a favor and grab the visa, curl-up with the laptop, and go shopping with Ruche.

Twitter Tuesday | life + style

Written on July 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm, by


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Celebrity Twitter Tuesday gives us a little peek into how our favorite stylish stars make it a splendid life.  Kristen Bell tweeted this photo from Alaska.

Thank you, Kristen, for indulging us in your life + style while away from the spotlight.

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It’s still summer… | decor

Written on July 25, 2011 at 4:33 am, by

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Here are some photos of my summer living, lounging, celebrating and cozy finds:

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IT’S STLL SUMMER and I’m loving every moment of it.    Let’s keep the summer dreams alive just a bit longer…



Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat



Facebook Paparazzi | domestic god(ish)

Written on July 22, 2011 at 7:08 am, by


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Is it just me or does a friend bringing a camera out for a group dinner or a night on the town make you just a little more anxious than it used to?  The majority of us may not be anything CLOSE to famous but the Facebook “tag photo” function has certainly made an innocent night of minimal makeup and hair up in a ponytail seem like it’s no longer such a good idea…

Who more appropriate to sit down with than the incredibly talented and lovely San Francisco Hair & Makeup Stylist, Veronica Sjoen?  It just so happens that Veronica styled Mr. Mark Zuckerberg for his TIME magazine close-up cover shot (above).  Veronica was kind enough to share her top styling tips for looking good in ALL photos, just in case the Facebook “tagging” paparazzi might be lurking.

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Veronica Sjoen’s Photo Styling Tips
1.  Always use concealer.  The last thing you want is to look is tired.
2.  Don’t be afraid to ask a friend how you look.  They may catch something that you missed in the mirror.
3.  You never want to look greasy or sweaty so be sure to blot.  If you don’t have blotting papers on you, a toilette seat cover from the ladies room doubles as great blot paper.
4.  Don’t overdo it.  You still want to look fresh & natural.
5.  Blush is a must!  Pictures tend to make you look more pale than normal.  If you don’t have blush with you, a dot of lipstick on the cheek lightly rubbed in will do the trick.
6.  Use a light hairspray before going out to tame unwanted “flyaways.”
7.  Try not to eat foods that get stuck in your teeth.
8.  Put the drink down.  Do you really want your boss to find a picture of you with a beer in one hand and a shot glass in the other?  Also, know your limit.  A drunk photo is never flattering.
9.  Ladies be sure to check the cleavage and make sure there are no surprises. 
You can reach Veronica for styling at or find her on Facebook.
Photos sourced from: Time cover photo of  Mark Zuckerberg taken by Martin Schoeller  | photo of model by Jeff Tse| Womans Day | Sephora | Webstaurant Store | | Engraving CreationsInStyle | Olynet-a-porter

Ladybug, Ladybug | domestic god(ish)

Written on July 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm, by

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My boys and I were at our local hardware store the other day and stumbled upon a Ben & Jerry’s half pint sized container of ladybugs you can take home as your garden warriors.  As it turns out, the ladybug is an aggressive “beneficial” predator.  They consume bad bugs that attack and wreak havoc on your garden and yard plants.

Your pet ladybugs should be released in the evening when it is cool or overcast.  My boys got a huge kick out of heading outside in their pajamas before bedtime to release their new friends into our yard.

To learn more you can go to Tip Top Bio-Control.  Have fun!

Twitter Tuesday | life + style

Written on July 19, 2011 at 1:49 pm, by

cecyj celebrities twitter life+styleCelebrity Twitter Tuesday gives us a little peek into how our favorite stylish stars make it a splendid life.  Lisa Ling tweeted this photo while watching the taming of a wild horse.

Thank you, Lisa, for indulging us in your life + style while away from the spotlight.

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Washington D.C. via Pure Style | decor + travel

Written on July 18, 2011 at 1:26 pm, by

pure style lauren liess, washington D.C., zoo, children cecyj travel life+StyleI’ve been an admirer of Lauren Liess and her work for some time now.  Lauren is an interior designer who shares her design projects and her lovely life in Northern Virginia (just outside of Washington, D.C.) with the world on her Pure Style blog.  What I love about Lauren is she keeps it simple but always offers a unique solution.  Her accomplishments include her own furniture line, fabric line (a piece shown above), a successful blog, and a thriving Interior Design firm.

I reached out to Lauren and she graciously agreed to provide us with some details on her design inspiration.  Since Lauren has 2 young boys, I also asked her to give us tips on traveling to the Washington D.C. area + the kids.

If you would like to contact Lauren for her design services, she can be reached at Pure Style.

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1. When did you decide you wanted to be an interior designer? 
When I was 23.  I’d been out of college for about a year and was working in PR at the time.
2. You run a successful blog and a successful design studio.  What is your advice for interior designers launching their career? 
Stay focused on where you want to be.  You can do it in baby steps.  You may not be there now, but keep setting goals for yourself.  Every time you meet a goal, get excited & pat yourself on the back, but set a new one.
3. You seem to have your family at the top of your priority list.  How do you manage to meet your client’s expectations and meet the needs of your young family?  
It’s really tough & there are definitely times when I can’t do it all, but I have a truly supportive husband.  It’s “our” business not “mine” and he helps with so much… both in the business & with the family.  I also have an awesome assistant who really helps me with clients.  
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Design Advice  
4. What is your one piece of advice for splendid living and creating the spirit of home?         
Figure out how you really live and make your home, your food, your way of living work for you.  We’re all so busy these days that trying to force preconceived notions of “perfect” living is just unrealistic.  If you’re casual, live casually…  You can forget the flowers and pull in leaves from your yard instead.  If your dinner includes microwaved food, so be it.  Take advantage of the things you do have.  Whatever floats your boat.
5. What defines the D.C. Area home style and what’s hot in home decor with the locals?
You know, I’m not really sure what style defines D.C.  “Beige” definitely popped into my head.  I think things are changing around here and people are starting to really crave comfort.  Not microfiber-bulk-furniture-comfort, but a personal and more elegant comfort.
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6. Prestigious Neighborhoods to Cruise for design inspiration?
I really love all of the old row houses in the back neighborhoods of Georgetown.  They have this great old Southern feeling.
pure cecyj life+style decor Pure Style | D.C Area Guide 
1. Need a museum break.  Where to go for more family fun?  Smithsonian National Zoo 
2. Beautiful family fun?  Dumbarton Oaks Botanical Gardens
3. Eat Dinner?  Marrakesh 
4. Eat Lunch?  Cactus Cantina 
5. Search unique fabric, furnishings & accessories?  John Rosselli Antiques
6. Eat Breakfast?  Marvelous Market 
7. Best time to visit D.C.?  Spring
8. Steak Dinner?  The Capital Grille
9. Shop Clothing Boutiques?  Georgetown/ M Street & the side streets  
Photos for area guide sourced from:  Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian’s National Zoo/ | | | | | | | | | Photo of Lauren taken by David Liess | Interior Photos taken by Helen Norman

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Belgian Endive & Arugula Salad | domestic god(ish)

Written on July 15, 2011 at 5:07 am, by

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My sister whipped together a Belgian Endive & Arugula Salad the other night and it was so delicious I had to share.   This salad is a great reminder that simple, fresh ingredients always taste the best.

We had it as a side but if you throw grilled shrimp on top, it would be the perfect casual (and elegant) dinner.

Belgian Endive & Arugula Salad

7  endive
5 oz chopped arugula
3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil

1/4  finely chopped shallot

1  teaspoon ground sea salt 
1  teaspoon fresh ground pepper
8 oz  fresh, crumbled gorgonzola cheese
1.   Remove and wash the outer leaves of the endive and cut leaves into 2-3 pieces.
2.   Wash and chop arugula into small pieces.
3.   In a large salad bowl, whisk together the vinegar, shallot, salt, and pepper. 
4.   While whisking, slowly add the olive oil until the dressing is emulsified. 
5.   Toss endive & arugula in the dressing.  
6.    Sprinkle salad with the fresh crumbled gorgonzola
7.    Serve Immediately.
optional: If season permits, add fresh BBQ corn for a bit of sweet flavor.  

Morrow & Morrow | decor

Written on July 14, 2011 at 2:12 am, by

WOW!  Somehow, I was lucky enough to come across Los Angeles based  Morrow & Morrow  on one of my many internet sleuthing trips.  I’m a sucker for Monterey Colonial architectural but all the Morrow & Morrow homes are pretty dreamy.  I would love to know who the interior designers were that worked on some of these projects.  I pulled some photos from the Morrow & Morrow portfolio.  Enjoy!

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Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat