27 July 2010

Ruffles With a Side of Shrimp

First, my OOTD - an easy peasy dress that made me feel kind of "pretty" all day. Ah, the girlifying effects of ruffles and lavender.

Dress: Gap (worn here before - maternity dress-look issue alleviated with belt)
Belt: Urban Outfitters (worn here and here before)
Shoes: Sofft Vivian (worn here and here and here before)

Second here's another easy recipe for your ladies: If you're a fan of shrimp and want to try a refreshing summer salad, I recommend Marth Stewart's shrimp remoulade recipe (can also be found in the July issue of Living). The sauce is made with Greek yogurt in place of mayo to be healthier, but it is still rich and zingy and it takes about five minutes to make.

For the shrimp, instead of the ole boiling method, I used this real easy recipe for roasted shrimp (I know I've posted about this before but the shrimp turns out really well). My only shrimp tip is not be careful not to overcook them. Fives minutes in the oven was perfect for medium-sized shrimp.

The whole thing took about fifteen minutes to put together and I ended up with a great appetizer for dinner. I ended up using the remoulade sauce as a side dipper in place of mixing it all together. The BF, a big fan of Thousand Island dressing of which the remoulade mildly resembles, gave this two saucy thumbs up. (So that's what win looks like for me, you guys can continue your eye rolls re: his manly anti-yogaisms).

Look, I even made the plate look pretty this time!


  1. YUM! That shrimp looks amazing. I can feel my cholestrol going up already!

    Love that color against your skintone. Very pretty. I love those slingbacks too...and it's Sofft!

  2. The dress is so lovely and feminine! The belt does good things for your figure too. I like how you took the time to garnish your plate - it is very pretty!

    xoxo, Ashley

  3. You look so bright and pretty! It looks like I have another recipe to add to my list. :)

  4. LOL I love your post title. I thought of chips and shrimp when I read it.

    I really love that dress on you and I agree ruffles (not the chips kind) and lavender are certainly a powerful combination.

  5. I love that dress and lavender looks amazing on you!

  6. Such a pretty dress, and yes a pretty plate too! I'm not good at making my plate look pretty, just empty - especially when there are shrimp involved ;)

  7. I LOVE that dress. Love. It. Those shoes are so pretty, too!

  8. Lisa, this dress is so pretty on you! The lavender looks lovely with your coloring.

  9. yes, everyone's right - lavender is spot-on with your loverly coloring. and, uh, i'm assuming that was BF's dish because that was a loooooot of dressing atop the greenery.....

  10. your dress looks pretty! and that shrimp looks sooo yummy! :D

    <3, Mimi

  11. The dress is super duper feminine and belted it's over the top superb.

    I admire all the cooking that you do. I like to cook, but seeing all these new and great meals you put together inspires me to try new recipes and get cooking more!

  12. Thanks, ladies. I love those days where you can have the outfit do all the work and don't have to think too hard about it - it took me two minutes to get dressed that morning, I wish I had more days like that!

    And honestly I've never been big on lavender and this is the only piece I've got in my closet (and it's a hand-me-down too). Thanks to your lovely comments about the color, I may have to reconsider it as a color for me.

    Thanks for visiting, curls-and-pearls!

    Jan - I'm totally queen of Spend All the Time Cutting Up Everything Up and Cooking It, Then Slopping it All on the Plate! But by eating time, I'm all about the "get in my belly!"

    Kcookski - I've still got a LOT to learn about making food look nice on the plate (that whole eating with your eyes first thing), so I totally overdid it with the sauce - heck, I made it all, why not try to shovel as much of it onto the plate as I could?!

    Thanks, Pamela. I don't know if cooking is considered a hobby or not, but I definitely enjoy doing it. I read all the cooking mags and love watching stuff like No Reservations, Top Chef and the Food Network - heck, even Man vs Food! Just like it has helped me make more of an effort to dress better, blogging has also helped me make more of an effort to cook more - and luckily no huge catastrophes yet!

  13. I have an obsession with ruffles and you look gorgeous in yours<3

    xo Lynzy

  14. I love this! Adorable overload! Um and the shoes? Need. Immediately!

  15. I love that dress, even the length! Also, the food looks delicious.

  16. Great dress, and the shrimp looks yummy!

  17. Okay your dress is so cute and I love it with the belt. I'm really getting off the cliff with belts that clasp in front. You? It looks superb!


  18. That is a beautiful dress!! The belt goes so well with it.

    I haven't had shrimp in a while! That looks soooo delish.

    clothed much, a modest fashion blog

  19. That dress fits you perfectly--I love it. Now, can you please move next door to me so I can share your clothes? THANKS! ;)


  20. That belt goes well with the dress!:D You look lovely!:D

    Beauty. Fashion. Interior Design.
    & Life According to Marie.

  21. What a great dress! And that shrimp dish looks so delicious! =)

  22. Thanks for your comments, ladies!

    Thanks for visiting, stylepint and Abby!

  23. You look gorgeous in this dress - the color and shape were made for you!

    Your shrimps look delish!

  24. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I love this dress, and the staircase is awesome. Now following your blog :)

  25. Lisa, this dress is gorrrrrgeous on you! So fun and flirty! You look super hot =) And also, you can cook for me any time too :) Those look delicious.


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