Archive for January, 2013

Huffing and Puffing

January 31, 2013

Because I am too freaking exhausted to write anything coherent tonight, here is a screen grab of my Huffpost Live segment, shot today with Christian Siriano of Project Runway fame.

SH On HuffPostLive

I will fill you in on all the deets tomorrow, as well as some tidbits from a chance encounter with Tommy Hilfiger today.

Two very different success stories, from two very different men, who both found a unique way to pursue their dreams.Inspiration doesn’t get much better than this!

Coming soon…

Setting the Record Straight

January 29, 2013

The internet is buzzing about whether or not Jennifer Lawrence’s dress actually ripped as she stepped on stage to receive her SAG award last night.

The Christian Dior gown, fresh off the runways of Paris couture week, seemingly came apart exposing a mesh panel. Did it tear, or was it intentional?

We sent our super sleuth out to get the scoop…(that’s ME!!!)

Here is the gown, shown just last week at the Spring 2013 couture show:


Jennifer Lawrence, posing before the event last night:


Jennifer Lawrence, climbing on stage to accept her award:


Another  take on the dress from Dior show, where the mesh panel is intentionally exposed.


VERDICT: Design detail, not wardrobe malfunction.Case closed.


January 28, 2013

I was at a dinner party last night, hosted by a lovely Italian couple. The hostess was a wonderful cook. Her food was simple and authentic, filled with the fresh flavors of her native cuisine; just the way I like it.

At some point, the talk turned to pasta, and rave reviews were given to Giovanni Rana, a popular pasta maker out of Verona,Italy, who recently opened an outpost in New York City’s Chelsea Market. Since I just live down the street from the market and shop there often, I immediately headed that way to check it out.


The array of fresh, homemade pasta is beautiful to behold. There are about 30 different types, both plain and filled. The dough choices vary from the classic to more creative beet, pumpkin and squid ink varieties. The filled options are vast. There are vegetable and cheese versions, such as radicchio and gorgonzola, spinach and ricotta, and artichoke and smoked mozzarella ravioli. There was also lovely ricotta and fresh truffle raviolini wrapped in a poppy seed dough. Various meat combinations exist as well. In addition, every possible cut of unfilled pasta is available, in a plethora of flavors and shapes.


The freshly made pasta is available by the pound to be prepared at home, or cooked on site and tossed with the sauce of your choice to go. There is also a 140 seat restaurant attached to the shop for a more traditional dining experience.

Giovanni Rana Pastaficio & Cucina 

p.s. We just finished dinner and the pasta did not disappoint. The dough was light and delicate, with the fillings just hearty enough to provide flavor and substance,without overpowering the feathery outsides. With just a touch of melted butter and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese and black pepper, both the spinach and ricotta ravioli and the prosciutto tortollini were a hit!! They took just 2-3 minutes in boiling water to cook. It just doesn’t get easier than that!
Verdict:Delicious as advertised.

Shoes of Prey

January 25, 2013


Lots of things come across my desk these days; crazy inquiries for consulting services, Linkedin requests, and a ton of spam. One day I added up the amount of money I supposedly won or inherited, and if only it were real, I would be wealthier than Donald Trump.

An email introducing this website passed through my inbox today and completely blew me away!

Fact: Girls love shoes. It starts at a young age and continues indefinitely. It has to be genetic.

What if there was a way you could get the perfect shoe, designed to your specifications, made to fit, even if you preferred a different size for each foot?
What if you could color and fabricate the shoe to match a specific outfit?
Well, now you can do all that and more!
Introducing Shoes of Prey, a bespoke shoe company that allows you to choose style, heel height, size, material and color for each component of the shoe. Not only can you customize your style, but you can also customize your fit. With sizes ranging from 2.4-15(!!!), almost everyone can find the perfect shoe in their size. If it doesn’t fit, the company will remake the shoes free of charge.

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The process is easy and lots of fun. Let the footwear designer inside you run wild, selecting a style, and digitally filling in each section of the shoe with one of the many choices of materials and colors.
Prices start at $169 for a sandal and go up to about $379 for a bootie.

What more could a girl want?

Shoes of Prey

top photo: Glasshouse Images

Life Is A Circus

January 24, 2013

Designers showed wildly patterned clothing this season, creating the image of a fashionable circus. Bold prints were mixed and mismatched in bright colors.

Aquilano Rimondi featured black and white geometrics with bright shots of color for short dresses.

Aquilano_Rimondi RTW Spring Summer 2013 Milan Fashion Week September 2012

Harlequins at Balmain:

Balmain RTW Spring Summer 2013 Paris Fashion Week September 2012Peter Pilotto’s signature print mixes in black and white with circus brights:

Peter_Pilotto RTW Spring Summer 2013 London Fashion Week September 2012

Hermes mixes it up for the big top, in colorful geometric designs:

Hermes RTW Spring Summer 2013 Paris Fashion Week September 2012

Influenza Sorbet

January 23, 2013


While we find the name a bit unappealing, this sounds like the perfect way to soothe a sore throat.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has unveiled a new flavor called “ Influenza Sorbet.

This frozen treat contains Maker’s Mark bourbon, orange and lemon juices, ginger, honey and a dash of cayenne pepper. Sounds a little like a cross between Master Cleanse lemonade and a frozen “hot toddy” to us, which just might do the trick!

It’s available on the company’s website and their own scoop shops for $12 per pint.

photo: Glasshouse Images



January 22, 2013

john-galliano-pictureTwo years ago, acclaimed fashion designer John Galliano saw his world crumble. The designer was dismissed from his roles as the head designer of Christian Dior, as well as his own eponymous label, after a series of alcohol fueled, anti-sematic rants in a Paris café.

Not only did his employers turn against him, but retailers refused to carry his merchandise, and celebrities who previously coveted his clothing spoke of him with disdain. He also lost his “Chevalier of the Legion of Honor”, a highly prestigious title in France.

The designer has been off the radar for last two years, presumably working on his sobriety.

This week, in a controversial move, the disgraced designer begins a three week, “designer in residency” with Oscar de la Renta.

Mr. de la Renta is quoted as saying, “ John has worked hard on his recovery, and I am happy to give him the opportunity to reimmerse himself in the world of fashion and reacclimate in an environment where he has been so creative.”

Galliano has also issued a statement stating. “ I am an alcoholic. I have been in recovery for the last 2 years. Several years prior to my sobriety, I descended into the madness of the disease. I said and did things, which hurt others, especially members of the Jewish community. I have expressed my sorrow privately and publicly for the pain which I caused, and I continue to do so. I remain committed to making amends to those I hurt.”

People make mistakes, and certainly Mr. Galliano made his share of them. His behavior was beyond contempt. Yet, he is an immense talent, who deserves a chance to redeem his poor behavior and find his way in the world again.

Forgiveness is a powerful thing, and Mr. de la Renta is making a grand and generous gesture to a peer and competitor.

The Anti-Defamation League also approves of Mr. de la Renta’s extraordinary move. The League’s national director told WWD,“ We believe that individuals can change their hearts and minds as long as they demonstrate true contrition. Mr. Galliano has worked arduously in changing his worldview and dedicated a significant amount of time to researching, reading and learning about the evils of anti-Semitism and bigotry. Along his journey to recovery, he met with us on numerous occasions. He has accepted full responsibility for his previous remarks, and understands that hurtful comments have no place in our society.”

We applaud Oscar de la Renta for opening his heart and his studio to a fellow designer. Mr. de la Renta’s actions speak louder than the hurtful words Mr. Galliano spoke to trigger his epic fall from grace. We hope that he is recovered and can use this incredible opportunity to rebuild his life, and his career. Talent such as his should not be wasted.
We wish them both the best.

Pie Pops

January 21, 2013

Last night we finally celebrated B’s birthday. This year, she wanted pie, clearly a trait she inherited from one of her favorite pie-lovin’ cousins.
These pie pops are a fun and festive take on the classic apple pie. Besides, doesn’t everyone need pie on a stick?


Roll the dough out, and cut into circles, about 2″ in diameter.

Create fillings that are not too wet. Pureed fruit tossed in flour or cornstarch, a little sugar and perhaps some cinnamon is perfect.



Place a dollop of filling in the center of each circle. Insert a stick and cover with another circle.

Using a small fork, crimp the edges all around. Cut a small X in the center to allow the steam to escape


Brush them with an egg wash and bake until they are golden brown.


Allow to cool and arrange them in a glass or small vase until ready to eat. Enjoy!

( Yes Will, I will make you some too!!!)

photos: Indigo Jones

Food Additive Blues

January 18, 2013


Food additives are giving us the blues, and it could pose major health risks.

A recent study of blue dyes revealed that the chemicals in them are potentially harmful.

Patent Blue has been banned from foodstuffs in the United States, but Brilliant Blue is popularly used in both food products and cosmetics.

Brilliant Blue is also known as FD&C #1, and is thought to seep into the bloodstream either by ingestion, or through the skin, and cause gastrointestinal issues. There are also concerns that it could cause ADHD, asthma and allergic reactions.

The exposure is higher when the skin is vulnerable due to irritation from shaving, or when placed directly on the tongue.
To protect yourself from the dangers of dyes, steer clear of blue colored candies, especially lollipops and other “sucking candies” that sit on the mucus membranes in the mouth. Also avoid cleansers, toners, mouthwash and makeup that contain blue dyes.

photo:Glasshouse Images

Check It Out

January 17, 2013

Checks showed up everywhere for Spring, in all shapes and sizes. Black and white ruled the runway, and the checkerboard led the pack.

Louis Vuitton set the stage for the checkerboard’s comeback, showing chic 60’s inspired looks.

Louis Vuitton

Alexandre Herchkovitz got into the game, with sleek checkerboards in mixed scales.

Alexandre Herchkovitch

Vans have made the checked skateboard shoe iconic.


Even tights get the checked treatment.


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