Archive for July, 2009

Unrecipe of the Week

July 29, 2009

2117900178 HorizontalI love simple side dishes that pack lots of fresh seasonal flavors. This easy rice dish is enhanced with shallots, corn and the zing of fresh, aromatic mint.

Rice with Corn, Shallots and Mint:

Cook brown rice according to package instructions

Sauté corn kernels (OK, big confession: I use frozen corn here. It’s still healthy and way easier than cutting the kernels off the cob!!!) and a few shallots, sliced very thin in butter until the corn is cooked. This should only take a few minutes at medium heat.

Mix corn, shallots and rice together in a large serving bowl.

Mix in chopped mint leaves.

Serve warm or at room temperature.


photos: Glasshouse Images

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Sites We Love

July 27, 2009

Student Art Gallery

Student Art gallery

Elizabeth Eiten / RISD ••• Vreni Michelini / Virginia Commonwealth Univ.

A site that provides a forum for emerging student artists to showcase their work, and has a philanthropic twist? Count us in!!

We love the Student Art Gallery, launched last June by two Arizona entrepreneurs, Jeff Skoglind, and Danny Wojtenowski.

Their mission is simple: to bring art to the forefront and support it’s evolution, while giving exposure to student artists and providing a means to sell their work.  Did we mention that a contribution from each sale is gifted back to the artist’s school?

Currently, the site features a highly curated selection of 150 pieces, but the founders hope to represent 1500 works by the fall.
It’s a great way to support the future careers of up and coming artists, find affordable artwork, and help fund the arts programs while you shop. What’s not to love?

Check it out!

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July 26, 2009

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Urban Gladiators

July 24, 2009


From Prada to Payless, the gladiator sandal is the shoe of the season.
Inspired by Roman Gladiators, and interpreted by designers at all levels, this flat-heeled strappy shoe is showing up everywhere!

This trend started last year, and has spread to the masses, with children and grandmothers alike all sporting an iteration of the shoe.

When something peaks to this extreme, it begs the fashionista in us to ask: “What’s next?”

Tell us what you think the next big sandal trend will be by commenting below, or emailing us at

Unrecipe Of The Week

July 22, 2009

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With summer finally here, I have been obsessed with tomatoes. The markets are filled with a vast selection of rich ripe tomatoes, from the traditional beefsteak and plum varieties, to the more unique heirloom tomatoes that grow in beautiful colors of red, yellow, green, orange and purple. Try this simple “unrecipe” for a great salad, or as a topping for fish, chicken or pasta.

Select a variety of tomatoes, and cut them into chunks.

Drizzle with olive oil and a little lemon juice.

Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

Sprinkle with fresh basil cut in thin strips.


photo: Spencer Jones / Glasshouse Assignment

Sites We Love

July 20, 2009

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I love Garance Dore, the French street photographer/stylist/illustrator whose ubiquitous blog I read everyday.

Her incredible personal style, eye for fashion trends and remarkable street photos, coupled with her witty narratives make this site a personal favorite.

Check it out!
What sites do you love? Tell us by leaving a comment below, or emailing us at

Fashion From the Inside Out

July 18, 2009

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Fashion designer Isabel Toledo has been getting a lot of press these days, stemming from the lemongrass brocade coat and dress that Michelle Obama wore to her husband’s inauguration. But her greatest triumphs as a designer are relatively unknown to the general public.

In her latest exhibition at the Museum at FIT in New York City, “Fashion From the Inside Out”, Ms. Toledo shares a retrospective of her work dating back to the mid ‘80’s.

The show is organized around specific themes:

“Origami” features garments that began as simple shapes and were then folded to create a sculptural effect. “Suspension” highlights jersey and taffeta dresses that are suspended from thin cords of fabric. “Shadow” is a grouping of items that focus on the play of transparent and opaque fabrics. “Liquid Architecture” features jersey dresses that drape effortlessly into soft folds, and “Shape” exemplifies the sculptural qualities that are so prevalent in Toledo’s work. “Manipulated Surfaces” examines complex constructions, and “Organic Geometry” highlights Toledo’s geometric forms.

Ms. Toledo’s clothing, are true works of art, and have a unique yet timeless quality to them. Her exquisite fabric manipulations and sculptural qualities make these pieces extraordinary.

In a world where designers are playing it safe, and retailers are void of originality, Isabel Toledo’s perspective is refreshing and inspiring.


photo: William Palmer, William Palmer, Karen L. Willis

Isabel Toledo

“Fashion From the Inside Out”

June 17- September 26 2009

The Museum at FIT

Seventh Avenue and 27th Street

Upper Crust

July 15, 2009


Summer tarts are a perfect ending to a great meal. While they are simple to make, adding a creative touch makes them special and personal. I love to cut freeform leaves and berries to top my blueberry tart, instead of the standard latticework. Try your own variation, using flowers, stars or other shapes to create an interesting and delicious tart topper that is truly “upper crust”.

Shari’s blueberry tart:
Pate brisee:
2 sticks of butter, cut into small pieces
2 cups of flour
a generous pinch of salt and sugar
Put ingredients into the bowl of the food processor. Pulse until mixed.
With the motor running, add ice cold water, a tablespoon at a time until it forms a dough. ( usually about 4-5 tbs or so).
Gather the dough into a ball,wrap in plastic, and chill briefly before rolling.
Most people suggest chilling the dough for a longer period of time. I find it gets too hard, and prefer to roll it when it is cold, but hasn’t started to firm up yet.
I always roll on wax paper that is floured, so I can lift the crust up easily and just peel the paper away.

For the top crust, roll the dough out, and cut shapes as desired. While I like to create these by hand, you can also use small cookie cutters to get a similar and more uniform effect. Chill motifs as you go, as those small pieces will be easier to arrange when they are a bit firmer.

3 pints of blueberries
1 cup of sugar
½ cup of flour
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

Mix ingredients. Fill the bottom crust with fruit mixture.
Arrange topping elements artfully. Brush with an egg/water mixture and bake @400 for about 50 minutes until the crust is brown and the fruit is bubbling.
Be sure to set the tart on a cookie sheet as it is likely to run over a bit.
Let it cool before removing from pan
Did you create a unique “upper crust”? Share it with us!

photo:SpencerJones/Glasshouse Images

Pure Food Diet Challenge

July 15, 2009

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What if you challenged yourself to eat only pure foods prepared in the simplest possible way?
In a world where everything has been processed, blended and mutated to create something else, it is refreshing to eat in the way nature intended. The idea is to eat only what can be eaten in it’s purist and most singular form; fruits and vegetables, fish, chicken, meat, eggs, and nuts.
Milk, but not cheese or yoghurt. Simple grains, but no pasta, bread or baked goods. It’s all right to cook your food, just keep in its most singular form.
It’s not to say that there aren’t many healthful foods that require some modification to create them. But, in going back to eating food in its purist possible form, you are able to taste the rich flavors of green market tomatoes, ripe sweet fruit, and fresh aromatic herbs.
Try it … just this week, and see how wonderful you feel. See how your body reacts to whole, fresh foods. You might find the results surprising!
Take the challenge, and let us know what you think.

photo: Spencer Jones/ Glasshouse Images

For The Birds

July 14, 2009


Other than our daughter Bailey, who came into our lives 8 years ago, living things have not done well in our house. Plants have withered and turned brown. Fish have been found floating belly up in their glass bowls. The first, Swimmy the goldfish lived one week. His namesake, Swimmy II, lasted a mere 3 days. So it should come as no surprise that when the magazine editor offered us the beautiful parakeet my husband was photographing, I was a little apprehensive.

Knowing how excited Bailey would be to finally own another pet, I defiantly declared that I would NOT be taking care of it, and accepted this creature into our lives. Bailey was thrilled, and named her new friend Astro.

Later that evening, we noticed that Astro was not eating his bird seed. According to the websites we consulted, it is not unusual for a bird to need some time to adjust to his surroundings, so we decided to wait another day. Day 2 goes by, and still no eating. It might be a good time to note that although he is not eating, somehow he is pooping up a storm, into the cage that nobody has yet gotten around to lining with newspaper. Again, I mention that I am NOT taking care of him.

That evening, I finely chop some romaine lettuce and put it in the cage. In the middle of the night, there is a great flapping of wings awakening the whole family, and small shreds of lettuce are spewed about, but it appears that Astro has finally eaten!!!

Day 4 arrives and here I am, carefully chiffonading lettuce, finely dicing apples and juilliening carrots for our gourmet bird. Oh yeah, did I mention that I am NOT going to take care of him?

Photo: Spencer Jones / Glasshouse Images

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