Tuesday, December 30, 2008
There is nothing worse then waking up on New Years day with a champagne hangover. To prevent the horrid hangover I add a drop or two of bitters to every glass. They add bitters to champagne to make different types of champagne cocktails but I also find that it does the trick to preventing champagne hangovers. Bitters also mutes the sweetness of champagne and is great to add if you happen to be drinking a less expensive bottle this New Years.
I don't really know how I feel about The City. I've been watching Lauren Conrad go through her real/scripted life for quite some time now. I'm not sure if I watch it because I care or because I feel obligated to her as a part of my routine. Whatever the reason I have managed be a part of the demographic of girls that feed into this media phenomenon. Now that its come to my coast I don't know if I plan on being as loyal to Whitney Port. I find it weird that they are eating at restaurants I go to and even weirder that they are pretending to work for women I have worked for. There has always been something bizarre about the grey area the Hills creates between real life and scripted and it becomes a little too bizarre when their fake life over laps with my real life. Do we really need to watch a show about a life that we are living? Isn't it a waste of time?
I loved Whitney's character in the Hills for her personal style, which I find FLAWLESS. I just wish the show was more geared towards her personal style and not her personal life. A younger Rachel Zoe project based out Manhattan was what I was looking forward to and instead it was 30 mins of her getting eyes rolled at her by Socialiterank.com reject Olivia Palermo. I admit that I plan on giving it another week to decide. Either way though I will continue to look at still images on MTV.com to check out her outfits!
I'm on a quest for an outfit for New Years. My New Years is going to be low key this year but I still want a fun party dress. When I think New Years I think sequin mini dress... when I think sequin mini dress I think Tory Burch. The idea of a Tory Burch sequin mini dress is kinda last New Years BUT if it works stick with it! Left : Tory Burch Sequin dress $957 Right: The alternative Forever21 Sequin Stripe dress $32.80.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
I own them.
I Love them.
$158 @ Anthropologie
After surveying some guys/boys I know I came up with my top 4 favorite gift ideas. What I gathered from the lists is that guys like things they can play with. Not one guy asked for clothes, a tie, or cologne.... interesting. If you can turn it on, plug it in, or throw it on your body before you throw yourself down a mountain, they want it!
Dakine Heli Pro Backpack
Vholder Wearable Camcorder
Skull Candy Head Phones
After the 2 hours and 48 mins of watching Benjamin Button's life there is not much to be curious about. I got antsy in my seat about 3 times during the flick. Do I think that Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett are absolutely phenomenal, Yes! Do I think it was a little on the long side, Yes! Imagine Forest Gump minus that amazing 2 disc soundtrack. The movie is definitely worth seeing, just make sure you grab a coffee before hand.
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has already been nominated for 5 Golden Globes.
Opens Christmas Day.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Things to look forward to:
* my review of Brad Pitt's new movie The Curious Benjamin Button
* my holiday music playlist
* cheap gift ideas
* the gifts every guy wants
* my wish list!
* PAYDAY pick (on Thursday)
Get ready, the Holidays are upon us!!!!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Kat Burki Home
340 Pequot Ave
Lauren Henry is the store manager.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Check out the picture of the P.G.S. fan club on the Nevada Smiths website. Nevada Smiths : 74 3rd Ave between 11th & 12th
(second to last picture from the bottom... Me, Kat, Julian, and Eric!)
I've recently been on a mission to eat healthier. Up until about a month ago my diet consisted of a bagel and chi latte for breakfast, spicy shrimp roll from Balducci's for lunch, and whatever was in my fridge for dinner. Can't say there was much nutritional value anywhere in that line up. But the sad truth of the matter is that I have no time at all to plan ahead and make healthy meals. Whatever I am going to eat needs to be quick and easily accessible. Luckily, I've found it with Kashi's Black Bean and Mango meal. I know, frozen meals totally gross, and trust me I would be the first person to rule this out based simply on that fact, but the Black Bean and Mango is amazing! They are cheap, quick, available at all grocery store, and vegan!
Warning : Its has a kick to it so I don't recommend it to people who can't handle a little spice!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
December 10th Kim Sunee will be at The James Beard House @ 12pm
Check out Kim Sunee's Blog
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
For some reason this holiday season all I want to do is buy for myself. I keep looking for great gift ideas for people and stumbling on things I feel like I NEED. And it doesn't help my cause that everything is on sale. I was shopping on gargyle.com and found this amazing Alice McCall bag on sale from $405 to $205! Check out McCall's "Rip Her to Shreds" patent black leather bag... and get it while it lasts.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
2 bottles of inexpensive, fruity red wine (i.e. Merlot, Burgandy, etc.)
½ cup Triple Sec (or Cointreau)
1 orange, sliced in rounds
1 lemon, sliced in rounds
2 Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced
¼ cup sugar
In a large pitcher, add the orange and lemon slices and sugar. Using a wooden spoon, mash the oranges and lemons with the sugar, releasing the juices from the fruit and allowing the sugar to dissolve. Add the Triple Sec and stir. Add in apple slices and top with the red wine. Gently stir. Allow the Sangria to rest in the refrigerator for at least two hours (or up to 12) before serving. Serve on ice, scooping some of the fruit out into each glass.
*As much or as little of any kind of fruit may be added to this sangria and it can also be made with white wine. Have at it!Steak Sandwiches with Arugula Mayo and Smothered Onions
1-1/2 lbs. London Broil, sliced against the grain, as thin as possible
1 white onion, thinly sliced
3 cloves of garlic
¼ lb. Monterey Jack Cheese (or America, Swiss, etc.)
1 box of baby arugula
6 soft hoagie rolls
arugula mayo (recipe follows)
Before slicing the steak, place it in the freezer for a half hour or so. This allows you to cut the meat extra thin, without it tearing on you.
Slice the steak as thin as possible against the grain. Season with salt and pepper and set aside. Add some olive oil to a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are slightly translucent and light brown around the edges. Remove from pan and set aside. Add the steak to the pan in batches, cooking only for about 30 seconds per side. Grate in garlic to the pan as the steak cooks for added flavor. When all of the steak has been cooked off, return all of it to the pan and turn the heat off. Immediately cover the steak with the sliced cheese and put the lid on top, allowing the cheese to gently melt. Serve on hoagie rolls with arugula mayo, arugula, and smothered onions.
3-4 Tbs. mayonnaise
½ cup finely chopped arugula
1 garlic clove, grated
Juice of half a lime (or lemon)
Salt and Pepper to taste
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Cover and chill till ready to use.
2 cups of leftover mashed potatoes
3 green onions, finely chopped
1 Tbs. butter
1 Tbs. olive oil
Salt and Pepper
A few sprigs of cilantro
chipotle aioli (recipe follows)
In a medium-sized bowl, combine all of the ingredients. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter and olive oil together. Spoon teaspoon-sized scoops of the potato batter into the pan and allow to cook for two minutes on each side (or until a deep, golden brown). Transfer to a warm plate and top with a small dollop of the chipotle aioli and finish with a cilantro leaf.
3 Tbs. mayonnaise
2-1/2 tsp. chipotle in adobo sauce (or to taste)
1 lime, zested and juiced
Salt and Pepper to Taste
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Cover and chill till ready to use.
1 basket of ripe Figs (12-15 Figs total)
1/2 pound of thinly sliced Imported Prosciutto
1 log of Goat Cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse and dry figs. Start by cutting the stems off the figs. Then, make an "X" on the cut end of the fig, cutting 2/3 of the way through (making sure not to cut completely through). Take a rounded teaspoon of goat cheese and gently stuff inside the fig. Take one slice of prosciutto, fold in half, and wrap around the fig, leaving the cheese-stuffed top exposed. Evenly space the figs on to non-stick baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the prosciutto turns a deep red color. *Drizzle with Maple Balsamic Dressing or a Balsamic Reduction (as seen in episode 1 of Kiss the Cook). Serve immediately!
Maple Balsamic Dressing
Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence
1 small shallot, finely diced
1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp. maple syrup
Salt and pepper to taste
Make the dressing by combining the chopped shallot, Dijon and balsamic vinegar in a large mixing bowl. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while you whisk to emulsify. Add the maple syrup and season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
*Recipes courtesy of Kiira Leess
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
I received a packet in the mail today from Intrepid Travel. Normally I would throw stuff like that out without even bothering to open, but I've traveled with Intrepid, I know better. Intrepid by definition means fearless and adventurous, two adjectives that I would only use to describe myself if they are followed by either the words eater or traveler. Fearless and adventurous traveler and eater... yes. A few years ago when everyone I knew was making their way through Europe I wanted something more. I wanted to be completely overwhelmed by a culture and its people. I wanted no escape. Not to an American hostel, bar, or dare I say Mc.Donald's. After voicing this to the lovely people at STA travel they suggest Intrepid Travel. I started looking into it and was automatically turned off by the idea of group travel and a planned route, but then I started to do some research about Intrepid Travel and their mission and realized it was everything I wanted and more. Intrepid Travel believes in having "local partners" in every location. Intrepid is an organization that wants to give back to the communities that enrich so many peoples lives. With Intrepid you have no choice but to be completely submerged into another culture. You will stay at locally owned hotels, eat at locally owned restaurants, and have the experience of a life time. It was the kind of trip you can feel is going to change your life as soon as you begin. I can not talk highly enough about my experience with Intrepid Travel and it being a cold rainy day this packet couldn't have come at a better time!
Monday, November 24, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
One girls recession is another girls opportunity. Looking back to the summer when gas prices were almost $5 a gallon I remember being a little displeased but still confident. Now that there is an estimated 9,000 jobs lost on Manhattan's "Main street" this recession is really hitting home. And while I don't believe in the capitalization of others misfortune I can't help but point out the silver lining of this horrible economy. Most retailers have prepared themselves for a loss in their 4th quarter, which is usually the highest grossing quarter for retail, and will be going to drastic measures to make sales. This is going to be the time to invest in timeless pieces for your wardrobe. The closer it gets to the holidays we are going to see those unattainable articles of clothing we love 80-90% off. My recommendation is do not buy anything that is not on sale, it might be full price now, but trust me... it won't be for long!
Friday, November 21, 2008
LOLA New York and their team of artist out did themselves last night. ArtRock! was more than a success. It was the perfect gathering of the usual NYC suspects. The atmosphere was great thanks to DJ Berrie and a bar that just wouldn't quit. Not to mention over $50,000 was raised for the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, job well done. Its nice to see people still giving back during these times.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I love this cropped jacket. Its great by itself or if you want to layer a thin black long sleeve underneath it. There is something about it that remind me of Rachel Zoe. Anticipation Jacket, $148. Available at all Anthropologie store as well as online.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Timo Weiland is the genius behind that fantastic bow tie. Timo just launched his new neck wear line and each tie is better than the next. Any item in the uni-sex line would be a perfect addition to every fall outfit. Expect to see Timo's neck ties become a staple this season. Go to timeweiland.com for more information! Now if only we knew where to find them?
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Lindsay Lohan is on the cover of December's Harper Bazaar. She looks amazing and she is wearing my new must have sunglasses. The sunglasses are by Grey Ant, who is rep-ed by none other than People's Revolution... (yes, the Peoples Revolution where Lauren and Whitney work). The sunglasses retail for $253.
Here are a few stores around NYC where you can find the label carried
NEW YORK, NY 10012
757 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
238 East Sixth St
New York, NY 10003
869 Washington St
New York, NY 10014
227 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012
712 5th Ave LL2
New York, NY 10019
And all Intermix locations.
If you can't find the glasses there then you can order them online here
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Whether you are on team Angelina or team Aniston you can appreciate Jennifer Aniston's article in this months Vogue. In the article she gives a quote that I swear I have said word for word.
"I never liked Sex and the City, the kind of thing where women only feel empowered once they find the Man. It is just not up my alley. I don't believe in it. There is nothing you can control about love. Somebody once said, Everything you want in the world is just right outside your comfort zone." - J.A.
Maybe its time for me to switch teams?
Sunday, November 9, 2008
White Bean Crostini
2 cans of cannolini beans (drained and rinsed)
2 garlic cloves, grated
2 sprigs of rosemary, finely chopped
1 to 1-1/2 tsp. chili pepper flakes (to taste)
1 lemon, zested (then the juice of half)
3 Tbs. olive oil
balsamic vinegar to drizzle
salt and pepper to taste
1 french baguette, sliced into rounds, brushed lightly with olive oil, and toasted in oven (350 for about 5 minutes)
In a medium-sized bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the balsamic. Using the back of a fork or spoon, lightly mash the beans while keeping the majority of them whole. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of white bean mixture onto the toasts and finish with a tiny drizzle/drop of balsamic vinegar.
Devour with good friends and a spicy, fruity glass of red wine (Recommended: Malbec).
Grilled Calamari over Tomato, Olive, and Red Onion Salad with Balsamic Drizzle
Serves 4 as Appetizer
¾ lb. Fresh Calamari, Cleaned (insides removed)
3 cloves of garlic, minced or grated
¼ cup parsley, chopped (+ ¼ cup for the tomato salad)
1/3 cup pitted kalamata olives, chopped (+ 1/3 cup chopped for salad)
1 orange, zested (reserve one half for juice)
1/3 cup olive oil
4 plum tomatoes (or 6-7 campari tomatoes), seeded and chopped
¼ red onion, finely diced
salt and pepper
For Balsamic Drizzle:
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 garlic clove, smashed
1 sprig of rosemary
In a medium-sized, shallow dish, add the garlic, parsley, orange zest and juice, the first half of the parsley, and the first half of the chopped olives. Stir to combine and add in olive oil and salt and pepper. Taste for seasoning and adjust from there. Add in the calamari; lightly toss them in the marinade. Cover the dish in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to marinate for about an hour or two. (*Note: Due to the acidity of the orange juice in the marinade, it’s important not to let the calamari marinate for too long or it will begin to cook in the juices!)
While the calamari marinates, prepare the tomato salad. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the chopped tomato, onion, parsley, and olives. Dress lightly with olive oil, salt and pepper.
For the balsamic drizzle, add balsamic, garlic, and rosemary to a small saucepan and place over medium-high heat. When the balsamic comes to a boil, immediately knock back the heat to low/medium-low and allow to reduce for about 5-6 minutes until it’s syrupy.
After the calamari has marinated, heat up the grill to medium-high (or a large cast iron skillet or grill pan, on the stove at medium-high). Brush the grill with a little olive oil. Grill the calamari on both sides (only turning once!) for about a minute or so. Do not cook for more than 2 minutes as the calamari will become rubbery. Remove from grill and serve over the tomato salad. Drizzle with balsamic syrup and serve immediately.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Have what it takes? Open call is at the Thompson Hotel in SoHo November 20th from 4pm-10pm and November 21st from 10 am- 1 pm.
Go to www.supima.com for more information and GOOD LUCK!
Fashion in Paradise... what could be better than that? The Islands of the World Fashion week started today and will run until November 8th. The event is taking place in the Bahamas and is featuring designers based and influenced by the islands all over the world. Here's to hoping that the Bahamas becomes one of the main stages for fashion!
Feel like catching the next Jetblue flight out of JFK to Islands of the World Fashion week? Click here for all the details you will need!
Check out this new band out of the UK, Fink. I was at work when I heard their song Blueberry Pancakes and I have been hooked ever since. Judging by the fact there is less than 300 members of their facebook fan club I am assuming they are still pretty up and coming.
List of songs you must download off of iTunes by Fink:
- Blueberry Pancakes
- Pretty Little Thing
- Trouble's what you're in
- If Only
Monday, November 3, 2008
Oh, and one more thing....
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
For all of you who have left the country behind for the big city, there is good new for this years Christmas list. Rumor has it that Lilly Pulitzer has designed a MONOPOLY set! The first edition board game will go on sale this November at all Lilly stores. Not only is the board all pink and green but the real estate is a mix of Connecticut and Palm Beach favorites! Oh, and did I mention they added a palm tree as one of the pieces?
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Kiss and Type is going on the record as being a nonpartisan blog. I actually would like to avoid the topic of politics on here since I feel like it is all I discuss everywhere else. That being said, I did happened upon an amazing print making studio in Brooklyn, that just happens to have an artist that is donating all proceeds to the Obama Campaign. I Am Still Alive, founded in 2005, goes on the record as being "a socially-minded design practice" and does send some strong messages with their work. With titles such as "Universe Factory" and "Hard Times" you can get how their socially-minded ideas are reflected in their work. They sell all their prints off of the website and they are extremely reasonable, most of them around $30.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
I have a serious love for anything vintage. While I love a great vintage dress my real obsession is with vintage accessories. Call me crazy but I would take a vintage bag over something new any day. Finding a good vintage shop with quality products is hard to do. Luckily I have a list of vintage stores that have made the cut for quality.
Grapes in the Shade
13 River Rd. Washington Depot
173 Union St. New Bedford
8214 1/2 Melrose Ave
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Everyone watching the Rachel Zoe Project? If you haven't tuned into her show on Bravo I suggest you add it to your DVR as soon as possible. When I run down the list of celebrities whose style I covet, the majority of the them are styled by Rachel Zoe. We will never know if she was the mastermind for Hollywood's simultaneous bout with anorexia, but the one thing we know for sure is that her closest/studio is to DIE for. There is one thing that is really standing out though every episode... her giant leopard gold ring. I only wear gold so I instantly fell in love with it! After some research on when and how I could get my very own I ended up with some good news and some bad news. Good news, its not a one of a kind piece and I could even find one in New York City.... bad news, the Cartier piece "Panthere de Cartier Ring" retails around $14K. Either way... "I Die".
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Last weekend I went out for drinks with some friends. I was introduced to a girl whose recent resume included both Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch, so I was not at all surprised when she placed on the table the most amazing vintage clutch I have ever seen. I was open about my love for her bag which she explained to me was purchased "years ago at a vintage store in Austin, Texas" and she even did me the disservice of opening up clutch and showing me in inlaid mirror and silk lining. My heart broke a little inside assuming that I would never find a bag like her vintage-one-of-a-kind-clutch. I thought that even if I searched far and wide I would never come across a bag like this again. All I could do was think about this bag. Even at work the next day I couldn't stop thinking about it, "You don't understand just how magnificent this bag was!" I proclaimed the next morning to a group of nonbelievers. I pictured how perfectly it would fit my wallet, cell phone, and lip gloss. I WAS OBSESSED and I had to have it more than I have ever wanted a bag before! The idea of going on eBay didn't cross my mind; there is no way this bag would be on eBay, and if it were to be what would I search under anyway, 'amazing vintage feather clutch'. I'm not an eBay user, to be honest the closest I've come to eBay is the stock I bought of G-MKT, the North Korean eBay, last year. But to eBay I went, literally typed in 'amazing vintage feather clutch', and POOF like an act from the very-mighty-powerful-vintage-loving-goddesses-from-above the EXACT BAG APPEARED. Not a similar clutch, not a clutch sorta like it, THE EXACT BAG. This clutch was waiting for me. It was out there, in the universe, waiting for me to find it. I'm still not sure why my fate would have this bag reappear with the ease that it did. I would like to think that I just wanted it "bad enough" and/or have some great accessories karma out there! So with the magic of eBay the clutch arrived at my house in 3 business days and $65 later and secured my faith that if you want something bad enough, it to can be yours... even if it is a vintage 1940's clutch!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
This just arrived a Anthropologie stores last week. I personally tried it on and it is amazing. I am not a big advocate for shopping online but you can trust my judgement on this one. I promise.
Viewfinder Sweater by Charlie and Robin
Exclusively at Anthropologie
From the same twins that brought you The Row comes their new less expensive and less exclusive line Elizabeth and James. I haven't made up my mind as to which I like more, even though I am leaning towards The Row, but that could solely be based on the unattainable retail price. Elizabeth and James is currently being sold at Neiman Marcus. My favorites are the Elizabeth Blazer and the Plume Feather Skirt.