December 29, 2010

Get Out Your Rum, it's desert time!

Happy New Year!

Even though I'm technically on vacation, I could not pass up the opportunity to bake, and try out some new recipes.  But I guess that's what the holiday is for!  Tis filled with cooking and baking. Back in the day... oh not so long ago, I used to sit on the sidelines and just watch and then do dishes. But I'm proud to say I now offer up some of my own side dishes, and desert treats.   This year, on Christmas day, I shared my Lemon Bars and Easy Jam Tart with my family.  This time, I tried it out with Stonewalls Peach Mango Jam, and it was very yummy.

With a days rest in between, yesterday I had the urge to use these cupcake holders I found at Cooks Companion on Atlantic and Court.  They were so cute, how could I not put something in them.  So, I dug into this cupcake cook book I found some time ago (Wild About Cupcakes, by Rachel Lane), and started leafing through the pages till I found something interesting.

First on the list, and requested by the family was the Chocolate Mud Cupcakes. They turned out pretty good.  They are more dense, but with a dollop of cream on top... yummy. But the special part of these cupcakes really, were the decorations.

But the real hit was the Chocolate, Banana & Rum Cupcakes.  I say "was", because they are almost gone! Yummy can not even describe them!

So for those of you who would like to try them out, the following is the recipe.   I followed it pretty strictly, but added a little drop of lemon juice to the bananas so they wouldn't turn brown so fast.

Chocolate, Banana & Rum Cupcakes
3 oz (90g) dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup (90ml) light cream
1 cup (150g) all-purpose flour
2 tblsp unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 cup (90g) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (200 g) firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tblsp dark rum
2 medium over ripe bananas*, peeled and mashed, plus extra, slice to decorate

chocolate rum glace
1/2 cup (125 ml) heavy cream
1/2 tblsp unsallted butter, cubed
1 tblsp light corn syrup (golden)
4 oz (120g) dark choclate, coarsely chopped
1 tblsp dark rum

rum cream
2/3 cup (150 ml) heavy cream
2 tblsp confectioners' sugar
1/2 tblsp dark rum

*TIPS:  • Have all your ingredients measured, and ready in sections, ready to go.  • If you don't have a double boiler like me, I used a small pot with water, and used a sturdy glass bowl over it. • I used over ripe bananas that I had frozen a few months ago.   I read that you can freeze them, and then when you need to make banana break, or another recipe that calls for over-ripened bananas, you can take them out, thaw them, and peel away the peel, and mash them up easy.

How to get it done:
Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
• Line a standard 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

• Melt the chocolate and cream in a double boiler over barely simmering water, stiring until smooth. Remove from the heat and let cool.
• Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt into a small bowl.
• Beat the butter and brown sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until creamy.
• Add the eggs one at a time, beating until just blended after each addition.
• With mixer on low speed, add the mixed dry ingredients, melted chocolate, and rum (one at a time).
• Stir the mashed banana in by hand.*
• Spoon the batter in the prepared cups, filling each one three-quarters full.
• Bake for 20-25 minutes, until risen and firm to the touch.
• Transfer the muffin tin to a wire rack. Let cool completely before removing the cupcakes.

Chocolate Rum Glaze:
• Heat the cream, butter and corn syrup in a small saucepan over low heat until the butter has melted.
• Remove from the heat and add the chocolate, stirring until melted. Stir in the rum and set aside until cooled and slightly thickened.

Rum Cream:
• Whip the cream in a small bowl with an electric mixer until it begins to thicken. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar, whisking until soft peaks form. Stir in the rum.
• Spread the chocolate glaze on top of each cupcake. Place a dollop of cream on each one and top with a slice of banana.
( For fun, if you have any dark chocolate left, grate it over each cupcake for added zing!)

December 23, 2010

A Little Holiday Cheer from Lady Tiki

Right now, Tiki is really pissed off at me. In fact, she just retired to the bedroom, and I won't see her again for a few more hours. But it was well worth it.  She's a great model, don't you agree?  And she still looks good for a girl of 12 years.

With the holidays here, I'm tapped out. I have several things I want to share with you, but I'm juggling too much at the moment. I think you'll love the Bear Ring I found at Leviticus, and I know your going to love seeing pictures of my new Holly Harp dress, but I'm not going to waste time and publish it now, because your all too busy too! I can tell. So either I'll get some free time over the holidays, or after, and I'll catch you all up on what's what in the world of Lady Warfield.

I'm very pleased to see that I'm getting around 1500 page views a month, even if quite a few of those are bounces. What's up with that?  I guess I have to do some research on my stats.   And I have over 60 subscribers to my feed, and almost 40 GFC followers.  So I guess that equals about 100 people who give enough energy to wanting to be reminded to read my blog. Thank you! I really do appreciate that.

In the meantime, for those of you who are stopping by, and not following with a reminder, if your bored and want to peruse my blog.. come back and sink into it. I know I have a lot of fun sites I want sink into, without the added stress of having to publish, so instead, I'm going on vacation, and I'm going to read.  

This is what's on my reading list:

Hard Copy:
Detour, by Lizzie Simon
Just Kids, by Patti Smith
Perseus in the Wind, by Freya Stark
Prep, by Curtis Sittenfeld

Life's Obsessions
Vogue & Vintage
The Fashion Theory
Boheme Noir
Skipping Heels
The Girl in The Check Scarf

But before I go... one last look at Tiki, the gorgeous Dachshund.

"ah crap... here we go again..."

December 20, 2010

I Got My Heart On at 1 of a Find Vintage

The amazing blouse and skirt of Hearts. (top: Vintage Saks Fifth Avenue, skirt: Vintage Gloria Sachs)

Wait, let's start from the beginning...

Last Thursday night was book club, hosted by Honey Moon, who also happens to own 1 of a Find Vintage in Prospect Heights. And to make things more fun, she invited us to her Holiday Party at the store, the very same night. Afterwards, we would make our way back to her house, sit in front of the fireplace and sip champagne.

What a great excuse for me to break out my new vintage 80's lace flapper dress.

(seen here with my gorgeous 30's style felt hat)

I actually did not wear these Pedro Garcia shoes, and instead opted for 
my $12.00 thrift store ankle boots...  they seemed to go better... more of a 80's look.

So, bravely, I headed out in the cold on my own. My usual posse could not make it. So I hopped in a car, and headed to Prospect Park. On arrival, to my delight, the champagne was already corked, and the changing room a buzz. Honey handed me a drink, and  I quickly stowed by coat, and perused Honey's racks. (her clothing racks!) What great finds!!! As you can see from the first picture above, I scored a great skirt with graphic hearts, reminiscent of the Prada hearts, as well as that lovely sheer blouse. FYI, the white bra was meant for the white lace dress I came in!

Honey's been doing since the age of 15, when she opened a store called "Honey", in Northern California with her mom.   Soon she expanded, and opened a men's vintage store, "Honey's for Men", establishing herself with a large and loyal clientele.  It must have been hard, but she eventually closed her stores, to pursue a career in Fashion.  But the Vintage world kept calling her back, as her true passion, so she eventually started collecting again doing private sales and on ebay.  In 2007, she moved to New York with her husband, two girls and all her pets, and in 2008, opened up 1 of a find.

Honey Moon (second from left) with the shop girls

I also found this amazing suede skirt (see pic below), by Nichole Farhi! I would normally never go for this.. but I loved this 70's look. It will be great paired with my big brown boots, tank top and a boyfriend cardi, or short jean jacket.

However, my favorite find is a gorgeous blue dress, with little sparkles, very elegant as well as very fun and flirty... which I'll share at another time. But it's very Stevie Nicks. In fact, it was designed by Ms. Holly Harp, who was known for her rich hippie looks and did indeed designed the costume for Stevie Nick video, "If Anyone Falls". She was credited by the Los Angeles times as being the "doyenne of feathers and fringe". Some of her most famous customers were Grace Jones, Janis Joplin, Bette Midler and Liza Minelli. I'll post a photo of it later this week, as I definitely plan to wear it soon.

I had such a great time trying things on, and hanging out, I didn't realize the time was gong by so fast. Soon we were ready to leave to head to Honey's and discuss the book.

But before I was out the door, I looked at the Guest book and was drawn to these amazing illustrations by one of her shop girls, Lorna Gaddis. Just amazing. Well, naturally, she's off to school soon to pursue her art career. I can't wait to see how it all turns out for her.

December 19, 2010

L.A.M.B. Stripe Plaid Dolly Dress Giveaway!!! (UPDATE)

Hey Ladies!  Well, I just feel real bad...   I know I have readers, I've seen the stats.  And I have a bunch of feedburner subscribers, and anonymous notes.   But I just can't seem to get the GFC numbers higher.   What the heck am I doing wrong??   Maybe I just don't have enough tags?  Maybe I'm not leaving enough comments?  Maybe I'm just not friending enough people???  Well..  I feel bad because I know the girls who have commented on this post, are dying to win the lovely L.A.M.B dress!  So here is what I'm going to do!  I'm going to decrease the goal from 50 to 40!  That is sure to happen fast in the next few days, right???   And so, at the very least, I might get the dress to you in time for New Years???   So let's put the word out one more time.  We just need 4 more GFC follwers, and I can close this contest.  

And then, I'll post another!  I have this gorgeous cashmere L.A.M.B sweater vest, dying for a new home.. but...   For that, we'll have to come up with something more interesting....

Good Luck girls. Let the Games begin!!

Hi Ladies!  Are you ready for my Giveaway?  Straight from my closet to yours! I have this amazing L.A.M.B. dress, that I only wore once (true), and I want to share it with my readers... YOU!   The problem is I don't know who all my readers are.   Yes, I have a few signed up on my GOOGLE FRIENDS CONNECT, and a few who "follow" from their blogs, even a few who subscribe through a reader, and then there are those who just come and go... all top secret and stuff.   I can check my stats and see that I have traffic.  And a few, very few,  leave comments.    Some bloggers don't care about comments, some don't care about followers, and while it's true that the number of followers doesn't really reflect the importance or presence of a blog, it sure does shows community.   At lease I feel that way.

So in the effort to encourage my community, I want to offer my second ever giveway.  You might recall, my last was the lime green leather jacket.  It went over fairly well.. but this time, I'm dishing out something very special...  And don't worry if you think it's too small, or too big, maybe you know someone who would like it? Well the Holidays are approaching fast. What a great way to get a gift for someone, and not even drop a dime.

L.A.M.B. Plaid 'Dolly' Dress, size 10
This is a classically feminine cocktail dress with  a dose of L.A.M.B's signature rocker-chic style. A plaid dress with ruffle trim throughout and pin tucking at bust. Button closure at collar and button detail at V neck. Wraparound tie at waist. Hidden zipper at side. Short sleeves. Perfect  for this season!   Tartan and Plaid is all the rage!
35" long. 56% tencel/44% cotton. Dry clean. (this is a trim size 10, not baggy. well fitted, and if it's too loose in the middle, you can tie it tighter with the wrap around belt)
Original Price: $385.00

The Goal: get my community to grow using GOOGLE FRIENDS CONNECT

Step 1:    Sign up and follow using  my GOOGLE FRIENDS CONNECT  (1 point)
You don't need to have a blog to have a profile, and sign up.   Just look on the right NAV, below the link to this giveaway.    If you already have signed up, and see your profile icon, then move to step 2.  

Step 2:   Leave a comment on this post (1 point)
Tell me your name, and let me know you signed up.  You get 2 points for signing up and leaving a comment.  And if you were already signed up, you also get 2 points, but don't forget to leave a comment!

Step 3:   Go Tell a friend!   (1 point)
Feature this on your blog, or Tweet it!     If you don't have a blog or twitter account, just email your friends, and share the news.
(note: if you featured this giveaway on your blog AND tweeted, you get ONE point for the tweet and ONE point for the blog feature, making it a total of TWO points.)

Step 4:  Leave another comment (1 point)
Sorry, but you need to leave me another comment now to tell me about Step 3!  And just for fun, I'll give you another point!

When I have 50 Google Friend Connect Followers, I will draw a winner from the highest scores via random.org

Step 5:   BONUS POINT (1 point)
Leave another comment  to TELL me when I reached 50.   Sometimes, I don't check.   But if you leave me a comment, not only will you help to close the contest, but you'll get another point!

***NEW: STEP 6: BONUS ROUND!!!   (1 point)
Another way to get a point or two! For every friend of yours that you get to sign up on my GOOGLE FRIENDS CONNECT (so I can see their pretty faces) I'll give you an extra point. Just leave another comment (or email) at some point to let me know how many friends of yours signed up. And it doesn't matter if they enter the contest!

So hurry up and get the community going.  I can't wait to see who wins!!  And don't stop at 50!  If we go past 50, I'll do another one for 80!   I have a few purses I've been thinking of unloading... or hats... or  shoes...   Maybe even a small "blog" redesign.    I'll save that for the 100 contest.

Open to all readers who join Google Friends Connect, international included. Shipped via reg. postal service. You have exactly one week from the time that I contact you to get back to me with delivery instructions. After that time I will give your prize to someone else.
Lady Warfield is not responsible for anything that goes wrong after you receive your prize, although I’m happy to take credit for the things that go right.
Send me a photo with your prize!
Thanks for entering!!

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December 17, 2010

The Six Degrees of Blogger Links...

Well, we will see if it works out that way...  I'm writing this as go through the process. The whole point is to start from one place, and end up at the same place? Before there was the Six degrees of Kevin Bacon, there was Truman Capote's very similiar game called IDC, or "International Daisy Chain".  Like the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, but racier, the object of the game is to make a chain of names, each connected by someone he or she has had an affair with.

So in this version, it is just the IBLC, or International Blogger Links Chain, or simply the Six Degrees of Blogger links.

Let's Start.

IFB (http://heartifb.com/)
My favorite community blog site for fashion bloggers to share their experience and resources so everyone can build a better blog. You can sign up, be a member, and join the discussion, meet like minded bloggers, and even guest blog. IFB was founded by Jennine of The Coveted in 2007, who is one of the nicest bloggers out there, with a wealth of information and experience that she's more than willing to share, and never makes you feel like an idiot!

LA CARMINA (http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/)
Recently featured on IFB (how easy was that) was La Carmina, a professional Harajuku & alternative fashion blogger. La Carmina Blog chronicles her adventures in Japanese Goth Punk fashion and subculture. But she is also a travel tv host, author and designer... and much much more.

Style Bubble (http://www.stylebubble.co.uk/)
A natural lead from La Carmina.   I know if you follow fashion trends, blogs and the like, you've heard of Susie Bubble of Style Bubble.  I've been following her on style bubble for a long time. I had the priviliage of seeing her speak at this years Internet Fashion Bloggers Conference. Really clever, smart, and productive, she is an inspiraton to all aspiring bloggers.

Garbage Dress (http://www.garbagedress.com/)
See, this is great... Just a click from one site to the next, brings up such genious fare...
and again, I'm obviously familiar with Garbage Dress, the blog hosted by Zana Bayne (whom I just recently posted on), the fabulous leather crafter of harnesses, belts and other sexy accessories.

Street Peeper Phil (http://www.streetpeeper.com/)
I love Phil because he reminds me of someone I knew in college. And I just love his street shots of street fashion. They don't look staged. Much like the Sartorialist, but on the edgy side of fashion. There are a lot of sites where people send in looks.. or pose seriously for looks. But these shots, are natural... In fact, yesterday I saw this girl on the street with a furry fushia coat on and a mohawk knit hat, and I thought, Street Peeper Phil would have taken her photo.. but even though I had my camera stashed I was to chicken to ask.

The Coveted (http://the-coveted.com/)
I swear, I did not actively try to find a blogger who linked to the Coveted, so we could all be back where we started... but alas, it just turned out that way! So, as I mentioned above, the Coveted is Jennine Jacob of IFB's fashion blog... and a few months later finding no organized support for would-be bloggers, she launched Independent Fashion Bloggers.

I hope you enjoyed this special of the Six Degrees of Blogger Links... If you do, I'll do more!
Enjoy the cold, for those of you like me who are suffering the Brrrs!

December 14, 2010

I Like it Hot and Spicy on a Cold Winter Night

On these cold winter nights, there is nothing better than something hot and spicy. Sure, under the sheets is good, but what I meant was a simple Pasta Puttanesca. Being that I'm not a seasoned cook, and only recently back to experimenting... I'm sharing this with you, because it was so darn easy! And of course delicious. I accidentally bought chopped tomatoes from Trader Joes that were pre spiced, so I didn't add the red chile pepper. It turned out devine. I think the key is the sugar... and the anchovies!


Pasta Puttanesca

  • 3 tblsp olive oil, 
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and chopped, 
  • 1/2 fresh red chile, deseeded and chopped, 
  • 14 1/2 oz can of chopped tomatoes, drained, 
  • 4 anchovy fillets, 
  • 1/2 tsp light brown sugar, 
  • 1/2 cup black olives, pitted, 
  • 2 large tblsp of fresh parsley, chopped,
  • 2 cups spelt penne

•Make Sauce: in a pan, heat 2 tblsp olive oil, and sweat the garlic and the chile. Don't burn garlic. Add tomates and simmer on low. In a mortar, grind anchovies with remaining olive oil into a paste. Add to sauce and carry on simmering for about 20 minutes. Add half teaspoon brown sugar, to taste... and decide.

•Cook pasta, until al dente. Add the olives to the sauce, and serve with big handfuls of parsley.

December 13, 2010

Seeing that I love Alice and her adventures in wonderland, I had to share this t-shirt with you.
           I've always felt like the girl who was so tall her arms and legs had to stick out the windows and doors to make room for her body! And in school, I always felt like I was being talked in circles, and by a smoking caterpillar.  Many of my boyfriends resembled the vanishing cheshire cat.

Stoned in Wonderland tee

"Tumbling down the rabbit hole was probably the best thing that ever happened to Alice. After all, it seems like she's having a really good time with her new found friends."

uh, ya_uh! And then I fell in after her, and never got out!

December 10, 2010

Lady Warfield Fans get 10% off at Coco de Mer, Elizabeth Street New York

                 Coco de Mer  New York is offering Lady Warfield Fans a 10% percent holiday discount on their luxury Sex Toys and Lingerie in the store* between December 10th through December 24th!!!

Coco de Mer is filled with erotic luxury.  You'll find erotic designer bedroom toys and props as well the amazing selection of sexy titillating accessories and luxurious lingerie.   The collection of leather cinches and belts, have me drooling.  Oh yes, this is more than just a lingerie shop.  There are pillows, delicate plates and saucers, with playful and naughty words.  Peruse the well curated library of erotic books and find the perfect erotic holiday gift for yourself or lover.

Stop by my blog, and if you haven't already sign up on my Google Friend Connect, Bloglovin' or my facebook page, and then go shop!!!  Just tell them your a fan of "lady warfield presents!"   Don't forget to come back and leave a comment and tell me what you bought!  Don't be shy!!!
*This offer is for the New York  store only.  It is not available online.  Offer includes all items, except books.   


Elizabeth Street, New York

236 Elizabeth Street
(btw Houston and Prince), New York 10012
Telephone: 212 966 9069
Opening Times: Sun-Wed: 12 - 6pm
Thu-Sat: 12 - 8pm
Email: nystore@cocodemerusa.com 

Visit: www.cocodemerusa.com to see just a sample of what you can get, in the store.

December 6, 2010

Lingerie a la la...

I know your dying to see something sexy, so I'm going to share these darling little peekaboo nighties.. which double nicely as tops from Kiki de Montparnasse.

This was from a little excursion the ladies and I took last week...  or was it the week before...

Victoria and I played personal shopper for Daniela and helped her pick out some very sexy lingerie.  We hit the best three places in SoHo; Agent Provocateur, kiki de montparnasse and our personal favorite Coco de Mer.  

The Review

(in order of visit + plus my top pick of lingerie from the stores)

Agent Provocateur, http://www.agentprovocateur.com/
I really love their lingerie.. the bras, garters and panties. The corsets especially are lovely.  They seem to have a lot to choose from, and have many sizes.   You can always find something there. Something for day, or night... or both.    They also have a huge selection of stockings, and "hold-ups" which are the stockings that stay up on their own. And I recently bought a pair that actually do!  Amazing. Even after being worn 3 times!

Kiki de Montparnasse, http://www.kikidm.com/

It is very sexy, but a little too... controlled in this store.  I feel like you need to be quiet when you walk in.  It seems so serious.  No room for giggling.  Everything is clean, and elegant. Even the "play" toys.  Which don't really seem like they should be used.  Love the photography.. and love the music they play.   I also love the jewelry and the mix of antique jewelry as well.   Their bras don't fit quite right on me.  And they only seem to do a couple styles, but change the color so often.  But their little nighties are gorgeous...  and expensive.    I also love love love their long leather fingerless gloves (have a pair), and the little whips.

Coco de Mer, http://www.coco-de-mer.com/
The original.  Coco is more than a sexy lingerie shop with a few nice play toys like Kiki.  Here you'll find some fantastic toys, on a more luxurious scale than Babeland, and to go with them, you can collect an amazing selection of sexy luxurious lingerie.   The collection of leather cinches or belts, had me drooling.  There is more than lingerie, jewerly, and sex toys.  There are pillows, delicate plates and saucers, with naughty words and nicknames.  There was also a really fun comic book I saw, that I forgot to grab on the way out.  But best of all, Coco de Mer has events, like burlesque shows, talks and authors who come in and read.   There is a whole world going on in Coco de Mer..   of which I'm slowly emersing myself in...

but that's another story, and I'll tell you another time ;-)

December 3, 2010

It's a Vintage Wonderland

   I'm certainly on a vintage kick with vintage these days. As my friend Tor says, "it's got to be vintage!"...   I just love the idea of recycle.. and vintage is glam recycle.   I do the cheap, Beacon's closet variety, but also the tricky ebay, and local 1ofaFind variety too.

Here are just a few of my recent Vintage acquisitions... 

California Vintage Connect
$30.00 Bargain!!!

$102.50 Worth it.. but same as boutique price

vtg YVES SAINT LAURENT ysl draped wool CAPE coat jacket
$190.50.. hey it should be worth more!!!

December 1, 2010

I Want a Zana Bayne Leather Harness for Christmas!

You may already have heard of her.  You might not have.. but you might have come across her blog or her amazing sexy harnesses and winged accessories.   But I only recently discovered who she is.   Her work does seem familiar... so I'm sure I've come across it. But the designer behind the work was a mystery to me.   

Thankfully, she introduced herself to me when we bumped into each other in the neighborhood.   Zana remembered me from Fashion Night out when I was in Consignment on Atlantic with Victoria, buying an amazing Stella McCartney shirt on sale.  She works there as well.

She handed me her business card, and mentioned her line of really cool leather harnesses.   Little did I know at the time, just how cool.   So I went home, looked her up, and realized... wow.   Blogging since she was 13 on  LiveJournal, Zana started her blog "Garbage Dress " in June 2008 when I she was 19. From Seattle, she moved to San Francisco, then Berlin, and now New York.  And ohhh.. she's only 23!  

Ah... The world is so different now.   You can create amazing things and sell them on Etsy, and blog about your life, your work, and style.   But Zana has her pulse in many doors,  collaborating most recently with Pleasure Principle.

Expert taken from The Multi-Talened Zana Bayne post by Jill Manoff on Corridor40
Between New York club haunts with her equally-fashionable-and-creative clan, she finds time to make a leather-heavy line of accessories that has received much attention, from Refinery29 to the UK’s The Guardian. Her signature harnesses fall somewhere between appropriate dress for a certain Corridor40 member’s famous, imagined “wayward traveler from the future” and part of a Lady Gaga stage costume. 

I'm particularly coveting her  2-Wing Leather Harness.  I think it would look really good with the  Norisol Ferrari's  Amelia leather jacket w/tails.

all images snagged and grabbed from GarbageDress.com

Anyhow... I'm not going to say any more.  Listed below are some really great interviews with her, and links.  So please enjoy Zana, like I do.

Visit Zana Bayne:
Zana Bayne Leather

Read the Interviews and Reviews: