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Sourdough Sitters

April 22, 2016



Sourdough bread begins with something called a “starter.” The starter is derived from flour, water and procreating micro-organisms which ferment. This mixture allows you to make bread without adding any commercially prepared yeast. The starter lives on indefinitely, and is often passed on from baker to baker or through the family, as it expands and grows. But just like any other live organism, it needs to be fed and cared for. We can drop our pets off at the kennel or spa to be cared for, but what about our sour dough starter?
For those sour dough aficionados flying in and out of Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport, finding a sitter isn’t a problem.

The bakers at RC Chocolat offer starter sitting services for busy travelers to ensure their sour dough legacy lives on while they explore the world.

The starter is fed twice a day by adding non-chlorinated water and a little flour. It should be vigorously bubbling due to it’s acidic nature. This prevents the formation of harmful microrganisms. If the starter is not properly fed, it can deactivate, or grow mold. Luckily, the bakers at RC Chocolat are experienced, and will return your crock of sour dough to you in prime condition.

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Trend Seminar: Day 1

June 13, 2012

We’re wrapping up our first round of presentations here in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Four of us, representing studios from around the world, spoke to a group on color, fashion and lifestyle trends for Fall 2012.

The group included ,Tony Bannister of Scout in Sydney, Australia, Louise Klarsten of Colourhouse in Sweden,David Shah,of Textile View Magazine in London and Alberto Costabella, of A+A Design Studio in Milan.  And of course me, Shari Hershon of ESP Trendlab in New York.

(that’s me on the end!)

It was an upbeat day, with 4 very different approaches to very similar ideas.

(Here is David, talking about happiness.)

In between, we had a little fun, as you can see below:

(There is a distinct cross-cutural trend that we all spoke about. Here,the boys play dress up and take it the trend to a whole new place!)

We’re packing it up and hopping on the train to Stockholm to do it all over again tomorrow! Stay tuned…

Take it to the Streets

June 11, 2012

The weather in Gothenburg, Sweden is cold and wet. While it may feel more like October than June, the stores tell a different story.

Color is everywhere, and garden florals are abundant.


Bare tops, dresses, and swimwear grace the windows, in the hope that soon it will be warm enough to be able to wear them.

The look here is casual, yet feminine, and the vibe is very relaxed.  I hope the sun comes out soon!

A Birdseye View of Things to Come

June 9, 2012

I am heading off to Scandinavia to be a presenter at a series of trend seminars. The first is in Gothenburg, Sweden, followed by Stockholm and Copenhagen.I hope to be posting from each city offering you a little insider’s view of Fall 2013 fashion and color trends, as well as a peek at the local culture and street style.

Stay tuned for updates from my trip and a little glimpse of things to come!

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