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Archive for November, 2012

DRY Listens: Lavender Winter Gathering Playlist

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The season of winter celebrations is nearly here, and good music is key in any gathering. After a week of submissions from DRY fans, we’ve put together the Lavender winter gathering playlist.

This playlist isn’t just your run-of-the-mill traditional holiday mix but certainly won’t disappoint. We chose some holiday favorites, peppered in songs/artists related to the ‘snow’, ‘white’ and ‘cool’ of the season, and topped it off with songs about coming together. Gather together and enjoy!

For non-Spotify users, use this alternate YouTube playlist.

DRY Soda Winter Lookbook Part III – JESSICA CELLONA

Friday, November 30th, 2012

With winter almost here, we posed a question to a few friends in different parts of the fashion world:

What is your personal ‘look’ for the season?

With very little guidance, we let them take it anywhere they wanted to. Just because the season is cold and dark doesn’t mean your attire has to match it, so each of our fashion friends hope to provide some outfit inspiration for these chilly months. For the final part of our lookbook, we look to one of YouTube’s best fashion vloggersJessica Cellona, better recognized as ilyjessicaomg.

ON THE EDGE OF GIRLY

Jessica Cellona | YouTube Fashion Guru | California
YouTube | Website | @ilyjessicaomg | Tumblr | Facebook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the look: This look is a mix of rock, femininity, and edginess. This look is perfect for a concert or just hanging out with friends.

Pieces:

1. Leather jacket – FOREVER 21
2. Distressed Floral Sweater – ROMWE.COM
3. Bodycon skirt – FOREVER 21
4. Over the knee socks – SAVERS THRIFT STORE
5. Combat Boots – TARGET

Also check out: Part I – ANN YEE | Part II – KENDRA PEARCE

DRY Soda Winter Lookbook Part II – KENDRA PEARCE

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

With winter almost here, we posed a question to a few friends in different parts of the fashion world:

What is your personal ‘look’ for the season?

With very little guidance, we let them take it anywhere they wanted to. Just because the season is cold and dark doesn’t mean your attire has to match it, so each of our fashion friends hope to provide some outfit inspiration for these chilly months. For our second part of the lookbook, we look to Kendra Pearce, stylist and owner of one of southern California’s best fashion boutiques.

SOPHISTICATED SPARKLE

Kendra Pearce | Stylist and Owner, Taim Boutique | Laguna Beach, CA
Website | @taimboutique | Facebook | @stylebunnie

About the look: This holiday season, my signature look includes jackets with some sparkle. Jackets always add a level of sophistication to any outfit. During the season of sparkle, try a classic blazer with some sequins. Whether you’re wearing skinny jeans or a pencil skirt, always add a sky high heel. Top it all off by adding some sparkly accessories!

Pieces:

Look One:

Maison Scotch Sequin Lapel Tuxedo Blazer

Samanca Ara Necklace

Fresh Laundry Tank

Black Orchid Skinny Jeans

Dolce Vita Bianka Heels

Look Two:

Blaque Label Sequin Blazer

Morgan Jean Black Pearl Necklace

Maison Scotch Star Tee

Olivaceous Pencil Skirt

Dolce Vita Bianka Heels

Also check out: Part I – ANN YEE | Part III – JESSICA CELLONA

DRY Soda Winter Lookbook Part I – ANN YEE

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

With winter almost here, we posed a question to a few friends in different parts of the fashion world:

What is your personal ‘look’ for the season?

With very little guidance, we let them take it anywhere they wanted to. Just because the season is cold and dark doesn’t mean your attire has to match it, so each of our fashion friends hope to provide some outfit inspiration for these chilly months. For part I, designer Ann Yee gives us her take.

GETTING KNIT-PICKY

Ann Yee | Designer | New York, NY
Website | @ayeecollection
 

 

 

About the look:  I’m always on the go, so this ensemble definitely reflects that. Comfort is key so I try to maintain a good balance of practicality and fashion when I can. In the winter, it’s all about sweaters and knits! This outfit can easily transition from day to night, which is great because a lot of times  I’ll have to go to an industry function straight from work. I also LOVE to layer and this look has all the pieces to make for a great layering story.

Pieces:

1. ACNE shearling moto jacket – on my Xmas wishlist!

2. GIBSON chenille sweater dress from my Fall 12 collection – super soft and has pockets, which is always a plus.

3. Oxford shirt layered under my sweater dress – a great staple to wear under sweaters.

4. My favorite Zara suede wedge booties – they’re surprisingly comfortable – I could run laps in them!

5. Vintage COACH bucket bag – I’m still searching for this guy at all the flea markets – I always need a decent-sized bag to hold all my things.

6. Grey cashmere leggings – a great addition to your wardrobe once the temperature drops.

7. Vintage fedora – given to me by my friend; she found it at a stoop sale and I wear it at least 3 times a week.

8. CAMERON twisted handknit snood from my Fall 12 collection – neck warmers are always a great alternative to your regular scarf.

9. Statement rings to top off the whole outfit — I’m a huge fan of oversized rings – a great finishing touch to any outfit.

Also check out: Part II – KENDRA PEARCE | Part III – JESSICA CELLONA

 

Five Best Uses for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Monday, November 26th, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The relatives have said their goodbyes long ago, the last dish has been washed, and now it’s back to normal life. One might be tempted to think Thanksgiving is over and it’s time to hang up some lights and start the shopping frenzy.  But not so fast!  Thanksgiving isn’t over until the last drumstick falls. Not until every roll has been consumed, every potato polished off, and all the stuffing has been devoured.  Not until the turkey is reduced to bones and pumpkin pie just a fond memory.  Some people think Thanksgiving is one day focused on one meal, but they’re forgetting the best part: LEFTOVERS.

It’s not easy to finish off an 18-pound turkey in one sitting, no matter how many cousins are present. And after the tryptophest of this weekend, you might be tempted to just throw everything in one bowl, mix it up, throw some cheese on it, microwave it and be done.  No judgment here.  But if you’re looking for a way to parlay your delicious meal into several delicious meals, these recipes are for you.

Turkey Cornbread Chili - recipe from Martha Stewart

This recipe combines all the Thanksgiving favorites into a hearty soup, perfect after a cold, rainy day in the yard.  It is a classed-up, well-seasoned version of the “everything in a bowl” method mentioned above, plus cornbread.  Can’t miss.

Turkey Croquettesrecipe from Martha Stewart

Martha, you’ve done it again.  These croquettes are a fried combo of turkey and mashed potatoes with a tangy cranberry dipping sauce.  That’s right, fried Thanksgiving food.  This recipe will ensure there are no leftover leftovers.

Turkey Pot Pie - recipe from All Recipes

It’s pretty easy to get your recommended daily servings of vegetables when they are combined with turkey and delicious gravy in a flaky pie crust.  This recipe has it all, and would make a great day-after-Thanksgiving dinner.

Turkey Cranberry Cubano Sandwich: – recipe from Closet Cooking
Often, one of the hardest things to get rid of during the actual Thanksgiving meal is the cranberry sauce.  If there is some left over, this recipe would be perfect.  The combo of tangy/sweet and rich is one that really can’t be beat.

Turkey Broth - recipe from CDKitchen

Just when you think it’s over.  The bird has been reduced to skin and bones, the final few pieces of meat left clinging. But wait!  Don’t despair, Thanksgiving isn’t quite done giving.  This recipe for turkey broth can be used as a base for soups, frozen and stored year round for a hearty, low-carb/high-protein meal.  Turkey noodle soup is also a possibility.

 

[Infographic] DRY Soda’s Savor the Flavor Tour – By the Numbers

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

 

DRY Soda recently wrapped up the 2012 Savor the Flavor Tour and, while we’re sad that the Tasting Truck is laying low for the cold season, we’re so excited about all the fantastic things that happened on tour. Did you meet up with us on the Savor the Flavor tour? Have a suggestion for where we should go next? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook and let’s talk tour. Thanks for an amazing 231 tour days, DRY fans!

Five Tasty Twists on Thanksgiving Sides

Monday, November 19th, 2012

The American celebration of Thanksgiving is a tradition dating back almost 400 years to Plymouth Rock and the earliest European settlers, when the first meal consisted of duck, deer, seafood, cabbage, onions, corn, and squash – a menu quite unlike the Thanksgiving feasts we enjoy today.  Though they didn’t celebrate with turkey, the spirit of the holiday was the same: giving thanks for family, friendship, and all that we have.

Over the years, the holiday has evolved. The theme of giving thanks hasn’t changed, but the spread certainly has.  The modern turkey-day table is usually pretty formulaic; usually the bird, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and some kind of funky jello/miracle whip dessert your aunt made.  However, these twists on well-known side dishes are sure to break tradition in the best way possible and give your family one more thing to be thankful for: knowing such a good cook!

 

Creamy Pumpkin Mashed Potatoesrecipe via Suite101

It’s hard to go wrong with mashed potatoes.  They’re starchy, creamy, sometimes cheesy, sometimes buttery, and always delicious.  This recipe takes another fall-favorite – the pumpkin – and incorporates the both of ‘em… with bacon!  The pumpkin adds some nutritional value as well.  The nutritional upgrade might be countered by the addition of bacon, but then again bacon is good for your soul.

Horseradish Apple Saucerecipe via Saveur

The sweetness of the apple sauce is a perfect counterpoint to the whole-mouth (and sometimes nose) spiciness of horseradish.  This makes an excellent side-sauce in the event that your turkey gets a little dry or overcooked, and is great on its own as well.  Horseradish can be overwhelming, so be sure to incorporate it slowly and find the balance between spicy and sweet that fits your taste.

Lavender Roasted Carrotsrecipe via Our Life in the Kitchen

This simple dish takes an old favorite, the roasted carrot, and adds something unexpected.  We here at DRY are big supporters of lavender based dishes; especially ones so simple and scrumptious!

Cornbread and Chorizo Stuffing - recipe via Epicurious

This side dish hits the perfect balance of sweet and savory with just enough spice.  Any other day, this stuffing could be a meal itself.  Remember that a dish is always improved by quality ingredients.  A good, spicy chorizo and homemade cornbread could mean the difference between “did you make any of the regular kind,” and, “can I have the recipe?”

Polenta, Sausage, and Apple Stuffing – recipe via Food52

This stuffing is a tasty update to a family favorite.  The apples and sausage add a wholeness of flavor accentuated by all these great spices to create an entirely new take on this Thanksgiving staple.  Also, since polenta replaces bread in this recipe, it’s gluten free!