gwyneth cooks

March 31, 2011

Say Gwyneth Paltrow and its like you had me at hello.  I love all things Gwyneth.  As a devoted GOOP reader, I have learned not only what a talented actress she is, but what a wonderful cook she is as well.  Last summer we learned through her feature in VOGUE that she would be coming out with a cookbook this spring.  Well guess what chickadees?  The cookbook is OUT and I am placing my order on Amazon as we speak. The cookbook is called, “My Father’s Daughter” and is dedicated to her departed father, Bruce Paltrow.  Gwyneth says that she,…

Say Gwyneth Paltrow and its like you had me at hello.  I love all things Gwyneth.  As a devoted GOOP reader, I have learned not only what a talented actress she is, but what a wonderful cook she is as well.  Last summer we learned through her feature in VOGUE that she would be coming out with a cookbook this spring.  Well guess what chickadees?  The cookbook is OUT and I am placing my order on Amazon as we speak.

The cookbook is called, “My Father’s Daughter” and is dedicated to her departed father, Bruce Paltrow.  Gwyneth says that she, “can still hear her father over her shoulder, heckling me, telling me to be careful with my knife, moaning with pleasure over a bit of something in the way only a Jew from Long Island can, his shoulders doing most of the talking.”  Paltrow considers cooking to be the greatest gift that her father imparted on her and wanted to channel that by creating this cookbook.  

Gwynnie’s mantra about cooking?  “Invest in what’s real.  Clean as you go.  Drink while you cook.  Make it fun.  It doesn’t have to be complicated.  It will be what it will be.”  Amen, sista.  I may have to frame this above the kitchen sink some day – just for good measures:) 

(Images via Amazon and Google)

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Elope with the Ava

March 31, 2011

For years, our mom has told Sally and I to elope for our future weddings and have a big party with family and friends when we get back.  Our responses: “Psh, are you crazy?”  Weddings are about the vows and everyone watching you say them in the dress of your dreams, right??  And while part of me does still feel like I will want to wear a to-die-for gown (hopefully by Lela Rose – as mentioned by Sally here), another part of me agrees with her – not only is it romantic, intimate, and more private to elope – it…

For years, our mom has told Sally and I to elope for our future weddings and have a big party with family and friends when we get back.  Our responses: “Psh, are you crazy?”  Weddings are about the vows and everyone watching you say them in the dress of your dreams, right??  And while part of me does still feel like I will want to wear a to-die-for gown (hopefully by Lela Rose – as mentioned by Sally here), another part of me agrees with her – not only is it romantic, intimate, and more private to elope – it also simplifies so many aspects of a wedding… Including the dress.

As I was perusing the wedding section of J.Crew’s website last night (don’t judge, you know you do it too) this Ava dress immediately got my attention.  Sleek and sexy but still special – it’s a dress that a bride would wear and onlookers would think “how relaxed and happy does that girl look?”  I love it’s simple and unfussy elegance and I think it has me written all over it.  And who knows, maybe it is just as perfect for an elopement as a traditional wedding…

(Images via J.Crew)

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the topiary collection

March 30, 2011

  “I wanted to design a chair which looked like a shrub pruned to look like a chair”,  said Richard Shultz in reference to creating his Topiary Collection.  And he did just that. Shultz created a collection of outdoor furniture to blend into the landscape.  You know when the sunlight hits the trees just right and you see a reflection of that on the ground?  That is what inspired Shultz to make this collection of outdoor furniture.  The furniture comes in many different pieces including benches, chairs, and ottomans and comes in an array of colors.  Although the furniture does…

 

“I wanted to design a chair which looked like a shrub pruned to look like a chair”,  said Richard Shultz in reference to creating his Topiary Collection.  And he did just that. Shultz created a collection of outdoor furniture to blend into the landscape.  You know when the sunlight hits the trees just right and you see a reflection of that on the ground?  That is what inspired Shultz to make this collection of outdoor furniture.  The furniture comes in many different pieces including benches, chairs, and ottomans and comes in an array of colors.  Although the furniture does have a modern look and feel to it, these would look amazing with even the most traditional of homes.  If you ask me!  The furniture can even be made in custom colors if you so chose and can also be made with removable cushions.  

I absolutely love, love, love this collection.  It is so different from what we usually see in patio furniture and Shultz hit the nail on the head when he wanted to make a collection that was harmonious with nature.  The furniture really seems to add just the right amount of whimsy to a backyard, don’t you think?  When I move into a house someday, this patio furniture will be at the top of my list!  I mean, it would make me want to be outside all of the time, ya know!?  

(All images via Richard Shultz

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Stella & Dot

March 30, 2011

I recently heard about Stella & Dot through the grape vine at my office… For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Stella & Dot is a “jewelry home party and direct sales business” – basically you are invited to a private home party where you can order and purchase the pieces through a representative or you can order online.  Snazzy little boutique operation.  Anyhoo, I couldn’t make the home party I was invited to for some reason or another but after seeing some stylish pieces on the women I work with, I decided to check the company out online… I like.  I especially like the…

I recently heard about Stella & Dot through the grape vine at my office… For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Stella & Dot is a “jewelry home party and direct sales business” – basically you are invited to a private home party where you can order and purchase the pieces through a representative or you can order online.  Snazzy little boutique operation. 

Anyhoo, I couldn’t make the home party I was invited to for some reason or another but after seeing some stylish pieces on the women I work with, I decided to check the company out online… I like.  I especially like the “bold” necklaces that are perfect for pairing with a t-shirt and jeans (love the styling they show above) or a simple dress for work and the everyday bracelets that can be layered and mixed and matched.  But of course, my good hoop obsession continues, and my favorite pieces on  the website are the delicate gold numbers above.  With all their pieces being so moderately priced (the first pair of hoops is $49 and the second is $39) I don’t think I can resist placing an order…

(all images via Stella & Dot)

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a tote for every occasion

March 29, 2011

You may as well call me the bag lady.  I have a bag for work, a bag for play, and a bag for the gym.  Sounds crazy, but its how I stay sane.  Instead of constantly transferring stuff out of my bag to add more, I just have a bag for everything.  Maybe thats why I have a love for these Anya Hindmarch tote bags.  Each bag has a designated purpose that is playfully printed right on the canvas.  Whether its for the gym, beach, laundry, or the market – there is a tote for every occasion that you could…

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