by Nickie Bagai


Blue Plaid Layers

I used to be afraid of color, and print. And now I can't help but try to layer it. It's a balancing act. A bold print layered with a not too bold print, throw in some different textures, but it all needs to remain cohesive. It's hard for me, because I usually second guess myself and end up reverting back to my old ways of playing it safe. But I think I pulled it off this time! I've worn this particular layered look quite a few times now. It's got a classic, preppy school plaid vibe and as long as I fit in it, and the clothing remains in tact, I think it's a keeper!

Jacket-Vintage Target, current version | Shirt- Vintage Jcrew, similar here | Handbag- Target | Denim- F21 | Shoes- Target | Necklace- Stella & Dot |Bracelet- Stella & Dot Sunnies- RayBan



Persimmon Salad

I love salads and I take salad making very seriously. Apparently I am pretty good at it, I hear "I want a Nickie salad" a lot. Because I eat salads at least once a day, I have created the worlds easiest yet tastiest salad dressing (I have zero desire to buy bottled dressing). No matter what type of salad, I use this recipe. To even call it a recipe seems silly because it's so simple. The key to any good dish is high quality ingredients. And with this dressing quality ingredients is key! A creamy olive oil, a lovely champagne vinegar, kosher salt, and freshly ground pepper. Below is a salad I created for Thanksgiving. I was so inspired by the Heirloom Red Spinach and the taste is a milder flavor than it's green counterpart. Not only is this salad visually stunning it very tasty. You could easily add grilled chicken and make this a side dish an entree. Enjoy!

For Salad:

Heirloom Red Spinach (currently at Trader Joes)
2 Fuyu Persimmons
1/4 chopped scallion
Desired amounts of-
Pomegranate Seeds 
Pumpkin Seeds
Slice of Creamy Blue Cheese on the side 

For Dressing:

1 TBS High Quality Olive Oil
1 tsp Champagne Vinegar 
1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
Generous amount of Freshly Ground Pepper
1/8 tsp Garlic Granules

To make dressing:

Assemble salad in a nice bowl then add the following directly to salad. Sprinkle the salt, pepper, then garlic granules, olive oil, then vinegar. Toss. Easy and tasty! 



Cableknit and Stripes

Today I am blogging from Chicago! Technically, about thirty minutes outside the city, my husband has a meeting this morning here, then we head to the city for some fun. I really do not have much to say about our trip so far other then it snowed for about ten minutes last night which I found thrilling and got me teased by our waitress. She offered up her apartment for the winter so I can see all the snow in exchange for our home sitting in 70 degree weather.

Speaking of cold days the outfit below would be perfect for a chilly day. There is the prettiest forest out behind the hotel and if I exchanged the high boots for flat ones and added gloves I would have a very cute outfit for a walk. I am sharing our day in the Windy City on Instagram so please follow along!  Have a great weekend!

Sweater-Old Navy | Turtleneck-Old Navy | Jacket-Mossimo Supply Co. | Jeans-j. crew | Boots-Stuart Weitzman | Glasses-Tory Burch


Nickie's Birthday Wish List

This coming Sunday is my Birthday. Yay!! Shaun is taking me to Chicago. Yay! I'm turning 41. Boo. Okay, I'm kidding..well a little. There seems to be some good with aging. It sounds like a cliche, but I do feel wiser. I would say my ability to understand 'who' people are (myself included) and why they do what they do has increased greatly over the past couple years which gives one patience for others and one's self. I am far more at ease with the person I am. I find it so much easier to necessarily not 'fit in'. Challenges of getting older you ask? 
I am not crazy about:
1. Needing glasses to read. 
2. Working harder to stay thin. 
3. Having to spend a small fortune on skin care. 
I suppose it's been a fair trade off having to work harder on my looks for wisdom. So happy birthday to me. I'm turning 41, yay!



Modern Buffalo

I actually purchased these pants last year and never put them on. I just had no idea how to style them, having lived through the early 90's I didn't want my look to scream 'grunge'! With plaid everywhere right now, I rethought the look and paired it with a leather sweater-sleek look to make it more modern. That's what I adore about plaid, it's so versatile, you can go classic or edgy! Now that I think about it, I am also going to style it with a chunky, black cable knit sweater and tall black boots!

What I Wore:
Top-Out of Stock Get the Look
Pants-Old Get the Look
Bag-Old Get the Look
Jacket-ZARA this years version


What I Fancy...Thanksgiving Essentials

During our childhood, our Mom and her three sister's took turns hosting holidays. Then as all of us kids grew, as well as our family sizes, our Mom (we call her Momma) hosted for our immediate family. The past few years my sister and I have started rotating with our mom Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here is a couple of items we now find essential and a few new pretties to help make your holiday special.
Ina Garten's Make It Ahead- Instead of making everything the day of, make your day a little easier by preparing some of your menu ahead of time with Ina's recipes that never fail.

Target Threshold Measuring cups-If you're going to be measuring all day, it may as well be stylish! Copper is making a come back.

OXO Fat Separator-So essential for perfect gravy.

Williams Sonoma Brine Bag Set & Brine-I can't tell you what a difference these items make for your bird. I used to use a large (clean) Home Depot bucket that took up too much room in my garage fridge. This bag works! And the Apple Brine is a must. It makes a juicy, flavorful bird.

Berard Olive Wood Spoon-A wooden spoon (or many) should be in every home chef's kitchen. Perfect for stirring the gravy as it thickens while scraping up the bits at the bottom of the pan.

West Elms Birds of a feather salt & pepper shakers-How adorable are these?

Martha Stewart Roasting Pan-I personally use a roasting pan from my Great Aunt that was made in 1911. But a great, heavy pan at a great price like this is essential.

Staub pie dish-Once dining at a fine French restaurant I noticed they use Staub. If they use it, so should I.

Crate & Barrel Linen apron with leather ties-Spending the holiday in the kitchen? You may as well look like a pro in this classic apron!

What are your essential Thanksgiving tools?

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