Win A $50 Gift Certificate to Nobella Grace Boutique

Happy Day Dress | Nobella Grace

Happy Day Dress | $29 | Small

Aprons & Stilettos is excited to partner with Nobella Grace Boutique to give away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky reader. How do you enter?

  1. Check out the new arrivals on Nobellagrace.com (if you haven’t already!)
  2. Learn more about this fabulous boutique from our latest blog post: Nobella Grace: A Costal, Boho Chic, Free Loving Boutique. Further instructions on how to enter are located at the bottom of the blog post. Good luck!

We will then pick a winner at random.*

Also, don’t forget to connect with Aprons & Stilettos on Twitter and Nobella Grace on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

Cheers! ~Crystal Peterson

*The giveaway began April 30th and will run through May 14th. Giveaway is open to all U.S. residents. After the May 14th deadline, a winner will be selected from the comments section on this blog post at random and notified via e-mail. Thank you for participating!
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Nobella Grace: A Costal, Boho Chic , Free Loving Boutique

Nobella Grace

I’m loving everything about Nobella Grace Boutique. Fashion forward Kristi Warwick’s online boutique combines the perfect balance of boho chic, coastal, casual but sexy fashions at an affordable price. And don’t be fooled by the sticker price, these handpicked items are of the highest quality that will keep you coming back (not to mention the new arrivals that grace the online boutique weekly..no pun intended). Also, don’t forget to enter our Springtime Giveaway below!

MADDISON MAXI DRESS

Maddison Maxi Dress | Nobella Grace | Small | $48

Ever since Kristi and her sister, Kaitlin, were little they LOVED fashion. Both graduated with a fashion marketing degree and it was just a few years ago when Kristi decided to leave her sales management position, to follow her dream in what she loves most. She scraped together every penny she could save to launch Nobella Grace. Not only fulfilling her lifelong dream, but giving her the opportunity to work side by side with her best friend and sister. Together they built a boutique that inspires and makes every women feel beautiful. So where does the name “Nobella Grace” come from? Kristi explains in our interview that “it’s a combination of my three children’s names.  My son’s first name which is Noah, and our twin’s middle names are Belle and Grace.”

Floral Kimono Cardis in Ivory

Floral Kimono Cardi | Nobella Grace | Small | $30

Another part of Nobella Grace that I love, which I mentioned earlier, is every time I log onto social media or visit their website they always have an array of new arrivals. So how do they select these fab finds? Kristi and Kaitlin split their buying up between visiting the Los Angeles Fashion District and purchasing from their favorite online designers.  They hand select each and every item together, always looking for the perfect complement to the many different lifestyles of their customers. 

Nobella Grace Kids

Nobella Grace Kids

And it doesn’t just stop at attire for women. Recently, Nobella Grace launched a kids line to complement the same coastal, boho chic feel and it’s been so popular that every piece sells out instantly. Kristi takes the same pride in seeking out high quality garments that are Nobella Grace worthy for this line and she so excited about how quickly this line has taken off.

Floral Navy Top.

Floral Navy Top | Nobella Grace | Small | $27

She also recently launched Bella Box, which is an exclusive, one of a kind, personally curated box. Take a moment to ask yourself…”Have you ever needed new clothes but don’t have the time to shop” or “are you looking for some expert style advice?” Well, Bella Box is the answer to those questions. Kristi and Kaitlin start off by asking you a few questions about your fit and style preference. Then once a month the two of them personally curate your “box” by hand. They take the time to select each piece from the Los Angeles Fashion District, based on your style profile and ship them to you for a flat fee. Not only do you receive amazing finds styled for you on a monthly basis, but the items found in your “Bella Box” are not available for sale on Nobellagrace.com.

Happy Day Dress | Nobella Grace

Happy Day Dress | Nobella Grace | Small | $29

Not only do I LOVE the garment offerings from Nobella Grace, but it’s great that the customers are truly their focal point in everything they do. They know their target audience very well, especially how to communicate with them in an authentic and real way. This is what makes them such a success. They are constantly asking their customers for feedback before they purchase a particular garment from a buyer; or they will post real customers showing off their new Nobella Grace purchase on Facebook and Instagram.

“We love sharing our customer’s pictures in Nobella Grace pieces.  We feel that it is great to see how someone else styles each piece and how they look on each different body type.  Women come in all shapes and sizes and should feel beautiful in everything they wear.  We truly are proud of the “community” type feel Nobella Grace has.  Everyone is so positive and uplifting, it is even bigger than we could have imagined,” shared owner Kristi Warwick.

So what’s next for Nobella Grace? Currently they are working on a custom T-shirt line for kids and adults alike as well as an infant and toddler line. Stay up to date with the latest affordable fashion finds by connecting with them on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter and don’t forget to enter our giveaway! Cheers! ~ Crystal

 

Style Tip From Nobella Grace

Style Tip From Nobella Grace

We are crazy about Orchid, the Pantone color of the year. I wish we were all brave and confident enough to dye our hair orchid like Nicole Richie or Kelly Osborne has but since we are not Nobella Grace has a few pieces that can help incorporate the color into your own personal style. We recommend the Lovely Lace Maxi Dress ($38) in Orchid or even our Catch a Wave Tunic  ($21) which incorporates a tiny splash of Orchid if you do not feel comfortable wearing this color as a main piece. Even adding a scarf that has a tiny bit of orchid woven in is a great way to make this style trend your own.

Springtime Giveaway

Spring Giveaway

Aprons & Stilettos is excited to partner with Nobella Grace Boutique to give away a $50 gift certificate to one lucky reader. How do you enter?

  1. Check out the fab finds on Nobellagrace.com (if you haven’t already!)
  2. Share with us in the comments below your favorite spring style or trend this season. We will then pick a winner at random.*

Also, don’t forget to connect with Aprons & Stilettos on Twitter and Nobella Grace on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

Cheers! ~Crystal Peterson

*The giveaway begins April 30th and will run through May 14th. Giveaway is open to all U.S. residents. After the May 14th deadline, a winner will be selected from the comments section below at random and notified via e-mail. Thank you for participating!

Herb Crusted Sea Bass & Spring Pea Pancakes

Spring Recipes

I couldn’t be more excited that it’s spring! My favorite produce stand is open, there’s bud break in the vineyards and the warm weather has set in. I’m also excited because at least once a week I get together with my friend Morgan to make dinner and catch up over wine or handcrafted cocktails. Sometimes we plan out our menu in advance, but for the most part we develop our recipe ideas based on which ingredients we have at home.  This week’s menu was inspired by spring and of course the seasonal ingredients we had in our refrigerator or pantry.

After work I swung by my favorite local market, Oliver’s, and picked up some fresh fish and eggs – and that’s it! Morgan and I had everything else to complete this delicious spring menu. Oh, and when you’re at the store, don’t forget the vino. We enjoyed a bottle of Gloria Ferrer Estate Chardonnay, which paired perfectly with the fish and pancakes.

Crusted Seabass

Herb Crusted Sea Bass

  • 1 pound Sea Bass fillets
  • 1 cup Panko
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Combine the parsley, thyme, lemon zest and panko in a large shallow bowl. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter and lightly coat both sides of the fillets. Dredge the fish in the panko mixture and set aside. Preheat a skillet over medium-high, add the remaining butter and drizzle of olive oil and cook the fillets for about 5 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Flip, cover skillet, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 8 minutes or until crust is golden brown and middle is white and flaky.  Cooking time will depend on the thickness of your fillets (our fish was about an inch in thickness).

Roasted Asparagus

  • 1 bunch of thin asparagus
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425. Place asparagus on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Add the Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and roast for about 10 – 12 minutes. Keep warm until you are ready to plate.

Pancakes & Fillets

Homemade Hollandaise Sauce

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • Pinch of salt

Whisk the egg yolks and lemon juice together in a stainless steel bowl until the mixture is thickened. Place the bowl over a saucepan containing barely simmering water (or use a double boiler), just make sure that the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Continue to whisk rapidly. Drizzle in the melted butter and continue to whisk until the sauce is thickened and doubled in volume. (Make sure the eggs do not get too hot or else they will scramble) Remove from heat, whisk in cayenne and salt. Serve warm over fish and asparagus.

Spring Pea Pancakes with Herbed Yogurt

These tasty treats were so easy to make and paired exceptionally well with our herb crusted Sea Bass.

Click here to view this recipe on Morgan’s delicious blog:
There Will Be Snacks

Pea Pancakes

Share with us some of your favorite dishes you are enjoying this spring! @ApronsStilettos

Here’s to another great day! ~Crystal