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Friday, October 21, 2011


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Thursday, October 20, 2011


Tis the season of parties, galas and events. Of course what comes with that is fabulous Fall outfits, BUT don't forget your hair. I have spent the last year growing my hair out and NOT have one highlighting treatment (thanks to a salon that totally ruined it) anyway now I create little art projects on top of my head!! True they are not always pretty and The Romanian has questioned certain choices, BUT its so fun when you get it right. This is to give you a little inspiration to think about your hair in a different way. Look at all the pictures of you at parties, is your hair the same?? BORING. Change it up! Be creative. Enjoy!!




Bottega Veneta

CHANEL- Of course

Carrot Soup For The Soul

Carrot Cardamom Soup with Aleppo Marshmallow and Pumpkin Seed Oil
Serves eight
For the soup1¼ tsp. honey
1 can (480 ml) coconut milk
3½ c. hot water
Juice of ½ lemon
2 green cardamom pods
½ of a fist-size white onion, peeled and sliced
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 thumb ginger, peeled and finely minced (using a microplane is best)
2 oz. unsalted butter (or olive oil)
1⅔ lb. carrots, peeled and sliced
1. Combine liquids (honey, coconut milk, water, lemon juice) and set aside.
2. Combine cardamom, onion, garlic, ginger, and butter in a pot and place over low heat. Sweat until everything is soft and translucent.
3. Add carrots and turn heat to high. Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring, and then add liquids.
4. Bring to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook until carrots are soft, about 30 minutes. Remove the cardamom pods.
5. Puree soup in a food processor until smooth. Add salt to taste.
For the Aleppo marshmallow
3 egg whites
1 1/8 c. sugar
1½ tsp. Aleppo (Syrian dried chili flakes)
4 sheets of gelatin, soaked in cold water
1. Heat a pot of water on high until it comes to a simmer.
2. Put egg whites, sugar, and chili flakes in the bowl of an electric mixer and place the bowl over simmering water. Stir to melt sugar into egg whites. Remove from heat.
3. Separately, squeeze excess water out of gelatin sheets and place them in a small mixing bowl. Put that bowl over the warm water until the gelatin liquefies. Set aside.
4. Place the bowl with the egg whites into the electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whisk on high until stiff peaks form.
5. Slow speed to medium and pour in melted gelatin. Whisk until incorporated.
6. Pour mixture onto a half-size sheet pan that’s been lightly oiled and dusted well with cornstarch.
7. Sift more cornstarch over the top.
8. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. Cut into desired size and shape.
To serve
Herb oil or pumpkin seed oil
Chili flakes
Toasted pumpkin seeds
Picked cilantro (optional)
1. Reheat soup if needed and portion into bowls or teacups.
2. Place a marshmallow in the center of each serving and toast (use a blowtorch or oven broiler).
3. Drizzle oil, sprinkle flakes and seeds, and garnish with cilantro.
Saxon + Parole, 316 Bowery, at Bleecker Street (212-254-0350 or

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


What is better than living in these wonderful houses?? Photographing them. Well, okay maybe not as wonderful as living in them, but if you can't I would love to be paid to take pictures of them. Tria Giovan  is one of those lucky ladies who does just that. Having a beautifully decorated room is only half the battle, the rest is up to Tria to make those rooms come to life on the page and she does it so well. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Amazing Rooms with 1st Dibs Finds!

All photograph's by Miguel Flores-Vianna Photography

As any antique collector, dealer and hunter will know, if they don't know what it is they usually head to 1 DIBS to find something like it. I have spent hours typing in "key words" hoping I typed in the correct one so I knew more about the treasure I had found. Most times this works like a charm. However, this is not the only reason to go to this site, the articles are wonderful and it always gives you a current look at what is happening in the market and lets face it, it has been changing rapidly over the last couple of years.   They are now doing this fun section where you can go through photographer's shots of clients houses and 1 Dibs will find items in the shot they have on their site. Granted most of the pieces are WAY out of my price range, but thats not really the point. It's about learning names and styles, so when it's antiquing time I have a better idea of what I am looking at. This is great for all of you hunters out the rooms are stunning. Enjoy!

James Sansum Antiques

David Skinner Antiques
18th Century French Sconces

Thomas Jolly Antiques

Mallett Antiques
Gothic Lantern

Turkish Storage Jar
I am seeing these everywhere, you need an antique dealer to find this.

I wish I knew what color was on this wall. Amazing.

M. Donaldson Antiques

VW Home


Arenskjold Antiques
Swedish Arm chairs

Biedermeier Daybed

Candace Barnes
Spanish Trestle Table