April 1, 2014

Kale Chips Galore

Hello again! I know it has been a while and for that, I'm sorry! Life has thrown a lot my way in the last month, thankfully all good things. While making kale chips the other day, I remembered that Gina of Pregaming with Coffee said she wanted my recipe. The thought of disappointing her is too much to bear so here you go, my kale chips recipe, which Rich and I use regularly. By regularly, I mean ever day. Happy Spring, no jokes here!

Lil Hil's Kale Chips (Ha!):
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut fresh kale into pieces equal to chips in size. Combine seasoning (anything you'd like, I love lemon pepper) and olive oil in large bowl and mix together. Add in kale bits (chips once cooked). Mix and make sure that kale is lightly coated, but not saturated. Place flat on baking sheet. Place in over for 4-5 minutes, turn to other side and bake for another 4-5 minutes.

All ovens are different, if your chips are turning brown and crispy, take them out of the oven and put the rest back in. It's all about how your oven works for you.

February 26, 2014


Hello all! It's time for yet another Fashioninsta. Thank you to these fabulous ladies for participating this week. If you'd like to participate next week, use #mdfashioninsta on the Instagram photograph you'd like included. And check out the hashtag even if you don't want to participate, there are some great outfits there.

I quickly wanted to apologize for a lack of posts and a presence here on Monochromatic Diary. Between interviewing, studying, writing a thesis portfolio and working, my life has been crazed. I do post regularly to Monochromatic Diary's Facebook and my Twitter (@hilraiser), so please follow/like if you feel inclined to do so. Thank you for bearing with me as I finally wrap up my graduate career, I truly do appreciate it.

February 19, 2014


Guess what day it is? No, I am not referencing the beloved and overplayed camel ad. It's #mdfashioninsta day! Thank you to Rachel, Renee and Gina who participated this week. Everyone looks fantastic and I will be drawing inspiration in the future from every single outfit shown!

Remember, if you want to participate, use the hashtag #mdfashioninsta on Instagram or Twitter. But if you'd prefer, you can just email it to me by Tuesday. Have a great rest of the week everyone!

Rachel: Instagram // Blog // Pinterest
Renee: Instagram // Blog // Pinterest
Gina: Instagram // Blog // Pinterest
Hilary: Instagram // Blog // Pinterest

February 6, 2014

Sochi 2014

I love the Olympics and while the summer games are so much fun to watch, the winter games are what steal my heart. I've always loved the snow and the sports that came along with the powder. Since #Soci2014 and #NYFW start on the same day this year, I chose my favorite Olympic outfits worn in the opening ceremonies of winter games past. What are your favorite outfits? Do you have any olympics festivities planned?

Oh and this years uniforms, in my opinion, are rad! I know there has been quite a bit of distaste surrounding them but I think that Ralph Lauren did a great job! Check out these behind the scenes photographs that were taken, showing the process it took to create the uniforms.