Sunday, December 4, 2016

Foodie Alert: The Ultimate Food Lovers Holiday Gift Guide

The BEST Gifts for the Foodies on your list!
Here is the ultimate Christmas List for the Foodie, Food Lover or Chef this season. These are the best of the best goodies for cooking, entertaining or presenting as host gifts for those with discriminating tastes (like you)! So here are my favorite finds for an unforgettable Gourmet Gift plus a few ideas for putting together a personalized Holiday Gift Basket.


Monthly Food Delivery Subscriptions and Gift Certificates
A monthly subscription from a place like ButcherBox or a gift certificate from NYC's Fulton Fish Market means the recipient will get premium grass fed, free range meats and fresh seafood delivered to their door year round. These services were once only available to professional chefs but now ship to anyone. I posted some wonderful menu ideas for these food delivery services HERE. Visit them online at ButcherBox.com and FultonFishMarket.com


Add a few grilling accessories like these from Charcoal Companion.

Fulton Fish Market's Halibut in Parchment. Convection Microwave & Grill by Cuisinart

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

FAST & Furious Menu Ideas with ButcherBox & NYC's Fulton Fish Market

Easy yet delicious recipes for the busy holidays ahead.
Now that the holidays are HERE, we have shopping trips, gift wrapping, card sending, parties, gatherings and unexpected guests from out of town. So how do you stay on top of your quick-prepare menu ideas? Here are some tips so you'll be ready no matter what!


Fresh fish delivered to your door from NYC's Historic Fulton Fish Market
Start Fresh - Seafood Delivered Right to Your Door
You don't have to be a professional chef to get fresh seafood from NYC's iconic Fulton Fish Market delivered right to your door. Go online and you will find a wide variety of fish and shellfish ready to be shipped fresh to you. Shown above are: Flounder, Halibut, Salmon and Gulf Shrimp (Prawns).
Fulton Fish Market is one of the world's largest second only to Japan's. They expertly fillet and seal your fish order into manageable portion sizes. The taste, freshness and quality of the fish is incredible. Arrives ready to cook or freeze. My order arrived at my request on Friday and was ready to cook that evening. Perfect for busy chefs. Visit them to order online: FultonFishMarket.com Here's a fast, easy and scrumptious recipe for the Halibut:

Friday, November 18, 2016

Au Naturale Body Spa Secrets

Natural goodies for your home spa rituals.
Ready or not the Holidays are HERE along with cooler, dryer weather that can wreak havoc on skin that may also be drying out. Time to tap into my Spa Secrets as I have so enjoyed visiting some of the top day spas in the NYC area. The secret is not in the fluffy robes and towels (while those are wonderful) but in the products used on your skin. I have been phasing out mineral oil and dimethecone this past year so the main products I rely on do not have them. So how do you get A-List celebrity skin...at home? Read on for my secrets for your home body spa!


Body Spa Secret #1. Exfoliate! Sublime Beauty CEO Kathy Heshelow

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Stylish Fall to Winter Shoes Every Woman Needs

Shoes that will be the core of your wardrobe for work and for an evening out.
With the holidays quickly closing in, it's time to take a look at what's hot this season in women's shoes. Yes, you want something fashionable yet comfortable as many of us spend much of the workday on our feet. Here are a few key essentials in footwear that will transition seamlessly from the office to an evening out and more.

The Essential Ballet Flat
The Original Ballet Flat since 1983! These Vanity 4 by French Sole Shoes, NYC are in real black patent Spanish leather and grey printed fabric. These are a beautiful take on the sometimes overly plain ballet flat. So much so that these could also be worn at a business meeting or evening out. Available at Nordstrom, Macy's & Zappos. Elegantly done and comes with a dust bag by French Sole Shoes.


Vanity 4 Ballet Flats by French Sole Shoes, NYC. Hosiery by Key Socks

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fall Back On The Basics - Natural Skincare Essentials from Borghese & Sublime Beauty

Natural Skincare Essentials for cleansing, toning and moisturizing this fall.
Autumn in New York and nearly everywhere else means a change in both heat and humidity. Fall mornings are generally cooler and less humid than those lazy summer days we've become accustomed to. This means upping your skincare game to off-set these harsher conditions.
I'm sharing some of my favorite spa inspired treatments from the French and Italian Royal Courts of beauty. That's because France and Italy put more emphasis on skincare than makeup. This is a good trend! So let's start with a clean slate as all the best treatments in the world are ineffective otherwise.


Remove ALL traces of makeup every night: Clarisonic Brush & Borghese Gentle Makeup Remover


1.) Deep Cleanse and Remove Your Makeup Each Night
I really can't stress this enough due to the fact that our skin needs to breathe. Not removing primers, sunblock and foundation each night is just asking for breakouts and enlarged pores. You don't want to strip your skin so use something gentle like this Gel Delicato Gentle Makeup Remover from Princess Marcella Borghese. Oil Free, it can be used around the eyes, (even for contact lens wearers) and lips to dissolve eyeliner and lipstick. I pump a few squirts on my Clarisonic Mia and it does an incredible job of removing all traces of makeup. Get this Gentle Makeup Remover at Borghese.com


Sublime Beauty Balance + Nourish Toner 

Monday, September 12, 2016

NEW Designer Fall Suede Booties Plus Care & Cleaning Tips

Suede Booties like these from Rag and Bone as well as Musse & Cloud are trending this fall. 
Fashion Week, NYC is a lovely time to get a peek at street style as show attendees, models and editors like myself run from show to show. One of the trends this fall includes comfy suede booties. I was looking at Rag and Bone's fall collection along with Prada and Givenchy suede booties and noticed lots of fringe along with peep toes. These make for a lovely transition into fall!  Here are some of my favorites along with a few tips at the end of the article on keeping them all clean despite rainy autumns in New York.


Lace Up Front Peep Toe Suede Booties by Prada


Friday, August 26, 2016

What Makes French Perfume Timeless? The Mystique of Chanel, Paris

A fragrant walk through history
Paris, France is still considered the perfume capitol of the world and with good reason. Just think back to Empress Josephine's splashing the boudoir walls of Versailles with heady perfumes which can still be noted to this day! I have a precious little perfume bottle which belonged to my grandmother. The fragrance is still there, even though the bottle is empty. Yet is is just as I remember it as a child.