September 22, 2012

Light Summer Eats

Fennel Salad with Pears and Figs
This salad is very simple to make, and a great way to use figs without doing too much cooking. 

To make:
Cut the top off of the fennel, and thinly slice the bottom. 
Chop the figs in half and brown in a sautee pan with butter.
Add the warm figs to the fennel, along with sliced pears, basil, mint, and feta. 
Top with a homemade dressing of lemon juice and olive oil.

 Orechiette with Spicy Sausage and Broccoli Rabe
I love making this recipe for nights when I want to cook, but don't want to spend an hour in the kitchen.  It's easy and quick. It was one of my go-tos in college.

To make:
Cook the sausage in a medium saucepan until browned, breaking up the pieces as they cook.
Meanwhile, boil a pot of water. Put the broccoli rate heads in for one minute.
Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
In the same water, add the pasta and cook.
I like to put chili flakes in the sausage to give it an extra kick. 
When the pasta is finished, add everything together with the sausage and serve.

 Risotto with Mushrooms and Squid
Risotto is one of those dishes that isn't hard, but is very time consuming. The claim juice mixed with water makes this dish very seafood-ey. This meal was even better as leftovers.

To make:
Heat oil in a medium saucepan and cook the shiitake mushrooms until browned. Remove and set aside.
In the same pan, cook the squid for 1 minute. Remove, with juices, and cover in a bowl.
Bring 3 cups of clam juice and 3 cups of water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover.
In the same saucepan as before, add olive oil, garlic, onions, the risotto, salt & pepper, and a pinch of saffron. 
Add a bit of clam juice, enough to just cover the rice, and reduce. 
Repeat this step until the risotto is in a thick sauce, about 25 minutes. 
Add in the mushrooms, squid, and tomatoes. 
Top with basil and serve.

All photographs by Britta Lokting.

September 18, 2012

Anya and Jamie's Wedding

I haven't ever been to Mt. Hood during the off-season, but it was just as beautiful without snow as it was with snow. Saturday night was Anya, my cousin, and Jamie's wedding. It was at Timberline Lodge - an amazing setting for a wedding and one which really embraces everything wonderful about Oregon. Congratulations!
A bit windy, but mom and me in front of Mt. Hood.
Mt. Hood in September

Mom, Dad, and I

I liked mom's contrasting indigo shadow and liner with her burnt orange/red lips.
Guests walking into the ceremony- this woman had a great outfit.

The bridesmaids
Anya coming down the aisle.
Being given away by her parents.

Reciting their vows
Part of the Seven Blessings
Jamie gets ready to smash the glass! 
Yay married!!

View of Mt. Jefferson from the ceremony

Drinking time!
A pack of Forget-Me-Nots at everyone's seat.

All photographs by Britta Lokting & David Lokting.

September 10, 2012


I've been seeing a lot of studs for Fall 2012 and I love the idea that clothing associated with rockers and unruly teenagers can transform into something feminine without losing its edge.
 Punk fashion emerged in the 70's as a kind of rebellious statement. I am reminded of such bands like The Ramones when I think of studs, leather jackets, black jeans and worn t-shirts. They were in fact the original trendsetters of punk fashion. 
While the style actually had a cultural meaning 40 years ago, designers have recently made punk fashion, well, fashionable. With such designers as Louboutin and Vince Camuto playing off this idea of dangerous and disorderly conduct, they show that in some way, we all have a little bit of a dark side. Even when trying to hide it on a preppy loafer or chic clutch, there's no denying that modern-day studded clothing and accesorie allow us to reveal our inner rebel.

Steve Madden studded Shoes

Louboutin shoes on display at New York's Fashion's Night Out



September 8, 2012


While it was obviously no New York, I went to Fashion's Night Out in downtown Portland. It was actually fun, with loud music playing in the stores and the park, and lots of food and drinks of course. While I don't believe Portland is a city that really embraces fashion, there were a few people showing off their unique style.
I saw a lot of studs - something that Louboutin and other designers are bringing back this Fall (more to come on this rocker look).

More dressed up than the typical Portlander, mom wearing a Lanvin top and bag,
Gunex pants, and Gucci shoes.
Dean Harris earrings
FNO at Mario's downtown Portland.
Even in September, bright, bold colors were very popular.

Studs and spikes are in this Fall.

I loved this model's soft curls.
The models at the Director's Park fashion show.
A spectator poses - I loved the mixing and matching in her outfit,
with the two different prints of her dress and bag and her Fall booties with the sunhat. 
A photographer embraces the preppy-meets-hipster look with bright color blocking,
cuffed pants, plaid tie and loafers.- 
Musicians waiting for the fashion show to begin.
This woman had a great hat.

All photographs taken by Britta Lokting.

September 5, 2012

Labor Day Weekend in Oregon

My boyfriend Dave visited me in Oregon this weekend and we did some great things that I don't usually do (and some I have never done!). It was fun experiencing Portland with someone who knows very little about the city. 

We ate lunch (twice) at Por Que No? 
The back area of the restaurant.
They have really funky decorations.

The tacos are very flavorful and made with homemade corn tortillas
and hot sauce.
My half eaten steak taco and spicy chicken taco.
Portland right after sunset.
Multnomah Falls

Our view of the Gorge from our hike up Angel's Rest.
Voodoo Donuts - Bacon Maple Bar, Cinnamon Blazer Blunt,
and the Voodoo Doll with Raspberry Filling 

Cannon Beach, Oregon 

Coconut Haystack from Bruce's Candy Kitchen in Cannon Beach, OR
Caramel, Almond, Dark Chocolate Turtle 

We stopped at an old gas station 

Voodoo and Rogue's Bacon Maple Beer...

All photographs by Britta Lokting.

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