It’s National PJ Day


Black Friday

Nordstroms

Today is Black Friday, supposedly the busiest day in retail. A day where the deals are non stop. I don’t know about you but I’m still full from eating way too much turkey with all the fixins, and I can’t imagine facing down the throngs of shoppers that will be out and about.
The great thing is we don’t have to. You can shop in your pj’s from the comfort of your couch with all the online sales going on (we don’t even have to wait to cyber Monday).

Barneys

Barneys

 

Cole Haan

Cole Haan

Club Monaco

Club Monaco

La Garconne

La Garconne

Apt2B

Apt 2B

Scoop

Scoop

Scoop

Shop Bop

Shop Bop

Cladalie

Cladalie

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When Will I Have My Last First?


Stella Jean Betta Sweater $ $641.51J Crew Plaza Tweed Skirt $118.00 on sale for $89.99

Jeffrey Campbell Elphaba Suede Boot $225.00Givenchy Vintage Matte Earrings $165.00

Esin Akan Dark Cheddar Ascot Clutch $406.00McQ Cinch Waist Belt $190.00

I remember meeting my first love’s parents for the first time. I was so nervous. Not so much for meeting them, but more for the desire of leaving a good impression. It was a Passover dinner, and I fretted over what to wear for days. I wanted to be respectful yet be true to myself at the same time.

Is this Thanksgiving your first meet with the possible in-laws? If so, remember the adage ” you only get one chance to make a first impression”! You want to let your personality shine through without being too risqué. You want to show them you have style. Above all you’ll want to be comfortable — you won’t want to offend the chef so plan on eating a full meal!

Knits are your ideal tipping off point. They are easy to wear, are cozy and can be dressed up without being “over the top”. I recommend mixing a print with a bold hue or pattern – love the vibrant hues in the feather of the Stella Jean sweater paired with the marbled print of J Crew’s knit a-line skirt! Topped off with Alexander McQueens, McQ, cinch waist belt to highlight your unique sense of style. Your only must is that you LOVE what you wear so the real you can sparkle brightly!

Stella Jean Betta Sweater $ 641.51 // J Crew Plaza Tweed Skirt $118.00 on sale for $89.99 // Givenchy Vintage Matte Earrings $165.00 // McQ Cinch Waist Belt $190.00 // Esin Akan Dark Cheddar Ascot Clutch $406.00 // Jeffrey Campbell Elphaba Suede Boot $225.00

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Here It Is, Your Moment Of Zen


Zen Habits

I’m continually trying to improve myself to become a better person, achieve more and become more successful. On some level I think we all are. For the most part I like that about myself. I like learning new things, in fact, I strive to learn something new everyday. But, the flip side of improving oneself, is being content with your self just the way you are, andI’m not always so good at. That is an area where I could grow. Maybe I’m not alone.

My friend, Francesca McCaffery (co-founder of the non-profit The Children’s Life Saving Foundation), and I were discussing this over dinner the other night when she turned me on to Zen Habits. I’ve been devouring the blog ever since. Read You’re Already Perfect.

Zen Habits was started by Leo Babauta, the founder, a married father of six living in Guam who wanted to make a few changes in his life. The first was to quit smoking. That change set all his other other changes in motion. He analyzed the process, learned from it and was inspired by his success. He started Zen Habits to chronicle and share what he’s learned while changing even more habits.

He has since moved to SanFrancisco, his blog has been voted one of The Best 25 Blogs by Time magazine and has over a million readers.  He has written The Power of Less, started mnmlist, and is now self-publishing a book called Focus.

Leo vows to do three things everyday: 1. Meditate daily for a minimum of 3 minutes. 2. Be compassionate towards all living beings. 3. Sing my song, and help others sing theirs. He believes doing these simple things will not only make you a better person, but help improve your self contentment.

I’m game. Are you?

Leo Babauta

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The Fruits Of My Search


FRS Knitted Tight Dress $ 76.00Isabel Marant Etoile Lambskin Leather Vest $1245.00 on sale for $747.00

Tods Monk Strap Leather Brogues $600.00FRS Midi Skirt In Black Pleats $48.00Clare Vivier Duffel Petit $542.00Jennifer Fisher Hollow Wide Rectangle Ring $310.00

I’ve been on the search for the perfect pair of brogues to wear this season. Finding a pair that met all my requirements was a challenge. They had to own an element of elegance, as I will wear them with dresses, be sleek enough to wear with skinny jeans (not too overpowering), and all around tres chic. It was tricky but I believe I’ve found the perfect pair (by Tods). I expect it was the monk strap and fringe detail that sold me —  it’s always in the details.

With the find of the brogues, and a new online store I’ve discovered, The Front Row, putting together the perfect day chic ensemble was easy. This TFR black knit dress, perfect on its own, is a whole different look when worn over their white with black fluted pleated skirt. The dress also has a pair of matching knit pants. Three outfits with one dress!

Top it off with  Isabel Marant’s Etoile leather vest (on sale) and Clare V.‘s petit duffle bag for the ideal finishing touches. I’d keep the accessories to a minimum, Jennifer Fisher’s hollow rectangular ring is perfect.

My mindset is definitely switching gears. I’m ready for fall.

 

FRS Knitted Tight Dress $ 76.00 // Isabel Marant Etoile Lambskin Leather Vest $1245.00 on sale for $747.00 // FRS Midi Skirt In Black Pleats $48.00 // Jennifer Fisher Hollow Wide Rectangle Ring $310.00 // Clare Vivier Duffel Petit $542.00 // Tods Monk Strap Leather Brogues $600.00

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Party Down


Camilla & Marc Winter Wren Crepe Dress $672.00Front Row Shop Layered Silk Dress $94.00

Aritzia Wilfred Chasles Dress $145.00Mason By Michelle Mason Lace Back Dress $495.00

Isa Arfen Bow Embellished Wool And Silk Blend Top $ 755.00 & Straight Leg Pant $930.00Isabel Marant Maybe Charmeuse Leopard Print $925 on sale for $417.00 Dress

It is starting to officially feel like the holidays. With a bit of a nip in the air and Thanksgiving practically knocking on the door, I’m beginning to feel the spirit.

With the holidays comes a plethora of occasions to rationalize adding a new dress or two to your wardrobe.Though the fabulous feeling of attending a party with friends and loved ones looking absolutely smashing in a new dress is always reason enough for me!!

I adore all the dresses above with the Camila & Marc crepe dress a particular favorite for a more formal (cocktailish) affair. And, if it’s pants you fancy, Isa Arfen’s bow embellished wool and silk blend top paired with her high-waisted slim pants is a chic, modern alternative. Hense, the option of adding one or two to the closet.

For the complete look pair with:

ASOS Premiere Pointed High Heels $72.00Sarah Magid Caged Cone Linear Earrings $168.00Diane Von Furstenberg Clasp Box Clutch $411.00

Camilla & Marc Winter Wren Crepe Dress $672.00 // Front Row Shop Layered Silk Dress $94.00 // Mason By Michelle Mason Lace Back Dress $495.00 // Isabel Marant Maybe Charmeuse Leopard Print $925 on sale for $417.00 Dress // Isa Arfen Bow Embellished Wool And Silk Blend Top $ 755.00 & Straight Leg Pant $930.00 // Aritzia Wilfred Chasles Dress $145.00.

ASOS Premiere Pointed High Heels $72.00 // Sarah Magid Caged Cone Linear Earrings $168.00 // Diane Von Furstenberg Clasp Box Clutch $411.00

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Styling Tips By Kristin


Emmanuelle Alt

Dress up chic leather jeans and sweatshirt with the perfect pair of pumps, via the style master herself – Emmanuelle Alt. Adding a pop of color to basic black will brighten your winter wardrobe!!

Miranda Kerr

Follow Miranda Kerr’s lead and try wearing semi sheer hose with a denim mini for a modern look, and a great way to keep your legs warm in these colder months.

Alexa Chung

Try pairing pastels with a cheetah print as a fresh way to update a trend (animal print) that will always be in fashion. Alexa Chung’s metallic gold flats are the perfect way to add a punch to the look.

Street Style 1

Navy and yellow are an unexpected color combo that looks like a million bucks. A cropped top in a classic, elegant silhouette is the perfect complement to a high-waisted pencil skirt.

Solange Knowles

Wearing a vibrant colored suit makes a splash but be sure to keep the silhouette clean and minimal, as well as your accessories. I love how Solange Knowles keeps it ultra minimal with no shirt – pure color keeps the look long and lean.

 

The Perfect Modern Bride — Solange Knowles

Solange may not be as famous as her sister Beyounce, but there aren’t many people with her ultra chic style. Everybody’s talking about her Humberto Leon for Kenzo wedding dress which was designed personally for her. It’s good to have designer friends!!

Solange Knowles Humberto Leon for Kenzo

Solange in Her Kenzo wedding dress designed by Humberto Leon. Cuffs by Jill for Lady Grey.

The Wedding Party & Friends

How cool is it to have an all white wedding party and all quests were instructed to wear white!! Tres Chic.

Solange Knowles Stephane Rolland

Solange Knowles on the way to the wedding in a Stéphane Rolland Fall 2012 Couture jumpsuit with a cut-out back and cape detail, and Alan Ferguson in a white linen Lanvin double-breasted suit.

Solange Knowles & Alan Ferguson

Another Stéphane Rolland Fall 2012 Couture jumpsuit for fun after the wedding.

Soalnge Knowles & Alan Ferguson

Another Stephane Rolland Couture Dress for the Rehearsal dinner. Alan Ferguson wears Costume National suit.

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One At A Time


Pumpkin & Lobster Soup

I’m so tempted to start delving into the many Holiday Gift Lists floating around the internet. (I’m especially excited about perusing goop’s list.) But, I like to experience my holidays one at a time, and since Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday I’ve decided to fully experience my time with family and friends joined around the table, feasting on home-made delights before I move on to celebrating Christmas/Chanukah.

Here are a few of my favorites dishes I’m looking forward to this Thanksgiving!

The first is a delicious soup my good friend’s mom would make when we feasted at their home on the lake in Tahoe (some of my favorite Thanksgivings)!

Pumpkin Soup With Creole Lobster

  • 4 sugar pumpkins or 2 medium butternut squash (about 5 pounds total), halved and seeded
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Five 1-pound lobsters
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup medium-dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Drizzle the pumpkin halves with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap each half tightly in foil and bake on a large cookie sheet for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until tender. Let cool slightly, then scoop the pumpkin flesh into a bowl.
2. Meanwhile, bring a stockpot of water to a boil. Prepare a large bowl of ice water. Salt the boiling water and add the lobsters. Cover and cook over high heat for 3 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the lobsters to the ice water and let cool. Twist off the heads and reserve. Crack the claws and remove the meat in 1 piece. Using a heavy knife, halve the lobster tails lengthwise, cutting through the meat and the shells. Remove the dark intestinal veins from the tails. Transfer the lobster tails and the claw meat to a large baking sheet; refrigerate.
3. Clean out the lobster heads with a spoon and return the shells to the stockpot. Simmer the shells for 30 minutes, skimming frequently. Strain the lobster stock through a fine sieve and reserve 8 cups.
4. In a soup pot, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter. Add the onion, garlic, thyme, rosemary and bay leaf. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 8 minutes. Add the cooked pumpkin and the wine and simmer until the wine has reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add 6 cups of the lobster stock and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove and discard the herb sprigs and bay leaf.
5. In a food processor or blender, puree the soup with the crème fraîche. Return it to a clean pot. Add enough of the remaining 2 cups of lobster stock to make the soup velvety; season with salt and pepper.
6. Mix 1 tablespoon of kosher salt with 2 teaspoons of pepper and the garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, dry mustard, cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves.
7. In a very large skillet, heat the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil. Add the lobster tails, cut sides down, and cook over high heat until the shells begins to brown, 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to moderate, turn the tails and add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and the spice mixture. Cook the tails for 2 minutes, basting them with the spice butter. Transfer the tails to a plate and remove the meat from the shells. Add the lobster claws to the skillet and baste with the spice butter, 2 minutes per side. Add the claws to the tails on the plate.
8. Bring the soup to a simmer. Ladle into warmed bowls and garnish each serving with a lobster tail half and a claw.

Recipe comes from Food & Wine

ACTIVE: 1 HR 15 MIN
TOTAL TIME: 2 HRS 45 MIN
SERVINGS: 10

Chestnut Stuffing With Leeks & Apples

This is my girlfriend, Cynthia Desser’s (Cynthia Desser Accessories) favorite stuffing, the chestnuts reminds her of growing up in New York City. It’s so delectable that if you’re not quick you’ll only get one helping, of course, I’ve mastered getting two helpings. I eat the stuffing first and then before eating anything else, help myself to seconds!!

Chestnut Stuffing With Leeks & Apples

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery, about 4 celery stalks
  • 1  chopped onion, about 1 medium onion
  • 1 cup chopped leeks
  • 4 cups chopped Fuji apples, about 3 apples
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 10 cup(1-inch) cubes from assorted whole-grain bread, toasted until dry
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped cooked shelled chestnuts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 1/4 cups fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth, heated
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with 2 teaspoons olive oil.                                                                                  2. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add celery and onion; sauté 5 minutes. Add apple, parsley, sage, thyme, and rosemary; saute 3 minutes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           3. Combine apple mixture, bread, and next 4 ingredients (through egg) in a large bowl. Add hot broth; stir well. (Mixture should be moist but not soaked.) Spoon into prepared baking dish. Dot with butter. Cover with foil.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       4. Bake at 350º for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 25 minutes or until top is golden brown. Let stand 15–20 minutes before serving.

Roasted chestnut instructions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. With sharp knife, slash shell of each chestnut. Place in jelly roll pan and roast until shells burst open, about 20 minutes. When cool enough to handle, with paring knife, peel chestnuts. Chop chestnut meat; place in large bowl.

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