Holiday

WHAT TO LIKE NOW

A SERIES OF THINGS TO GET YOU CLOSER TO HAVING THAT JE NE SAIS QUOI 

My Favorite Five - Dec 15' 14

At our house it's officially Christmakkah Season (Christmas & Hanukkah)!!!

Here is how to mash it all together (with a little bump essentials too)

1_ 3-D MATERNITY SHIRT - for Christmas. I love playing around the bump by accentuating it with accessories. Making the ornament 3-D is pretty amusing to me.

Mamagama

2_

FIBER OPTIC TREE

- When I first moved to NYC my mom bought be a tiny fiber optic tree for my tiny NYC apt. Even tho I now have a much bigger apt, 11 years later, I still love my little fiber optic tree! The best part is that it only takes 2 steps to set up. A) Get it off the shelf in my closet B) Insert the tree into the stand and plug in! DONE!

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FIBER OPTIC TREE

- When I first moved to NYC my mom got me a tiny fiber optic tree for my tiny NYC apartment. 11 years later I have a much bigger apartment but still love my simple, small tree. I can set it up in minutes and the glow of the fiber optic lights is still fun to watch in the dark. I have a feeling when the bump FINALLY arrives, s/he will like it too. 

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CHIC MENORAH

 - We discovered this menorah at a candle shop in Woodstock and could not stop thinking of it. Finally Ari found one closer to home on Avenue J.  The white porcelain camels are so chic. Camels are also part of the nativity scene, so it's a perfect Christmakkah menorah

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PERSONALIZED POUCH

- My 

friend, Jill Broduer, makes these really hot pouches in leather. They are custom made so you can have your personal mark or initials monogrammed on it. Recently she made this one with a Star of David which would make a really cool Hanukkah gift. 

TIME FOR COCONUT HAMENTASHEN

It's Where Purim meets Luau
ENTERTAINING | FOOD & DRINK
Purim Luau, chai necklace, chai, hawaii, vintage shirt, men's fashion
One of my favorite Jewish holiday Fêtes is Purim because I love cookies! The food du jour on this holiday is Hamentashen. Usually I give up cookies and baked treats during Lent, but since we have a multicultural household now, I let myself indulge on Purim.

This year Elyse, the other 2 Non Blonde, threw a Purim Luau Party. It was all about the tiki plates, the fab florals, the island jewelry, the pink ukulele and... 

THE FOOD: Jewish Classics with an Hawaiian Twist.

Starters:
1: Arugula Salad with Chickpeas and Hearts of Palm
Purim Luau, arugula salad

2. Lox & Pineapple Kabobs 
Purim Luau, lox and pineapple kabob

3. Plantain Chips with Hummus
Purim Luau, plantain chips, tiki




Cocktails:
4.Assorted Aloha Series Ales from Kona Brewing Company
Purim Luau, surfer, kona beer, hawaii beer

5. Capri Sun Surfer Cooler (for the little party goers)

Purim Luau, surfer, capri sun, party


The Mains
6. Whitefish Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls *recipe at end of post
Purim Luau, fish sliders

7. Falafel & Mango salsa

8. Pineapple Lukshen Kugel *recipe at end of post
Purim Luau, pineapple kugel, jewish food

Dessert
9. Coconut Cream Hamentaschen 
Purim Luau, coconut cream hamentashen, cookies, purim, hamentashen

6. Coconut Peanut Butter & Banana Mini Pita sandwiches





coconut & peanut spread, earth balance, peanut butter

Of course, this post would not be complete with out a mention of... 
THE FASHION: It was still chilly outside in late March but warm inside. Everyone was ready to break into their summer gear! 

Floral dresses, shirts and hair accessories were most popular. Authentic Hawaiian necklaces were even spotted. I brought along my best Hawaiian accessory = A Pink Uke
Purim Luau, wood bead bracelets, pink ukelele, floral dress, party, luau

Purim Luau, hibiscus, tiki, lei, hawaii, hawaii fashion

Purim Luau, tiki, lei, hawaii, hawaii fashion

Purim Luau, tiki, lei, hawaii, hawaii fashion

Purim Luau, tiki, lei, hawaii, hawaii fashion

Purim Luau, tiki, lei, hawaii, hawaii fashion

THE PARTY: see what happens when you hand people a pineapple and a Uke

Purim Luau, pineapple, ukelele, Party, pink

Purim Luau, pineapple, ukelele, Party, pink

Purim Luau, pineapple, ukelele, Party, pink

Purim Luau, pineapple, ukelele, Party, pink

Purim Luau, pineapple, ukelele, Party, pink, selfie

Purim Luau, pineapple, ukelele, Party, pink
THIS IS THE HOSTESS (on the left)

Purim Luau, wood bead bracelets, pink ukelele, floral dress, party, luau, pineapple

Purim Luau, pineapple, ukelele, Party, pink

Purim Luau, pink ukelele, party, luau, beer, party over
PARTY OVER:::::::::::::::::  this PHOTO COURTESY OF ALYSE PARRIES








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RECIPES from above photos - Donated by the Hostess


Pic #8:Pineapple Lukshen Kugel

- 1 pound medium wide egg noodles
- 1 pint sour cream
- 8 oz. Philadelphia bar cream cheese
- 1 pound small curd cottage cheese
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla
- ½ tsp pure almond extract
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple.

Parboil noodles for 5 min.
Mix all other ingredients and then add noodles.
Bake in 9x13 pan at 350 for about 45 min.

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Pic #6: Whitefish Burgers 
(makes 8 sliders) 

- 8 Mini Hawaiian Buns
- 1 lb Tilapia filets, steamed & cooked
- 1.5 tsp Dijon mustard
- 4.5 oz lemon juice
- 1.5 oz dry white wine
- 3 oz diced onion, sautéed & cooled
- 3 oz diced celery, sautéed & cooled
- 3 oz diced red bell pepper, sautéed & cooled
- 4.5 oz mayo
- 1.5 oz capers, rinsed
- ¾ tsp Old Bay seasoning
- 1.5 tsp fresh dill weed
- 1.5 tsp parsley, chopped
- salt & pepper to taste
- Japanese panko as needed
- 1.5 slices provolone cheese, shredded
- Olive oil for cooking
- Aioli, lettuce, pickles & tomatoes to garnish

Mix all ingredients together & grill burgers

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(Makes 60) 

Filling
- 8 T cornstarch
- 2 c sugar
- 2 c water
- 2 c coconut milk
- 4 eggs

combine cornstarch, sugar & water; boil & bring to medium low
stir until translucent & add coconut milk
beat eggs & add slowly
cook until thick
put in bowl, cover & chill overnight

Dough
- ¼ cup margarine, softened
- ¼ cup shortening, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1 egg
- 2.5 cups flour

Combine everything in order; wrap in plastic & refrigerate overnight

Cookies
- 1 egg
- 2 T water
- 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

preheat oven to 350 degrees
line baking sheet with parchment paper
let dough come to room temperature
roll dough to ¼ inch and cut circles, and lay onto baking sheet
combine egg & water and brush each circle with the egg wash
put ½ tsp of filling in each cookie and fold up corners
brush sides with egg wash and sprinkle with coconut
bake for 15 min


FRENCH FRIDAY #39: PRIX FIXE

La Tasse de Café | French Vocabulary by Mademoiselle Love
girls drinking coffee, cafe, coffee, talking, quelle surprise, coffee talk, la tasse de cafe

Prix Fixe
Pronounced:  [pree feex]
Definition:  a set meal of a number of courses at one fixed price

Bonne fête de la Saint-Valentin, y'all! Or, in other words, Happy Valentine's Day, y'all! How will you be celebrating tonight? Something a bit out of the ordinary? Or perhaps a fancy prix fixe dinner? My man thinks going out to dinner on Valentine's Day is super cheesy, so he's going to cook for me. Fine with me, but I don't see anything wrong with the occasional prix fixe dinner on Valentine's Day!

You've probably seen the words prix fixe on countless blackboards outside of restaurants, but have you ever wondered what it really meant? When you order a prix fixe meal, as opposed to choosing your appetizer, main dish and dessert à la carte, or from the main menu, you choose from a separate menu offering 2-3 or even more dishes at a fixed price, like here. In France, most restaurants offer a prix fixe menu all of the time, not just on holidays, whereas in the US, you usually see it only on certain holidays, in French restaurants ... or during Restaurant Week NYC which starts next week! 

It looks like Amy Lynn is going out with Pierre tonight...
 
Pierre:   Amy Lynn, I'm so happee to see you. Eet has been so long. I thought I was goeeng to die.

Amy Lynn:OMG, whatever. Lame. 



Pierre: But, my darleeng, deedn't you mees me?


Amy Lynn: I guess so!... But, really I'm just super excited for this special Valentine's Day prix fixe menu at Maison Premiere. OMG this place is the coolest!


Pierre:Whatever I have to do to geet you to kees me again...


Poor Pierre! I hope you have an excellent fête de Saint-Valentin and that you get to kiss that special someone...


À vendredi prochain! (Until next Friday!)
Mlle Love
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Jenée Here - I love this big cheesy day of love. I love getting valentines and giving valentines. I love wearing pink and eating bon bons. It's a great day to tell everyone you love how special they are. Apparently I have always loved Valentines. My best friend from First Grade sent me a picture of a baby Valentine balloon I gave to her when we were 6 years old!!!  She still has it!


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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana - with a serious interest in fashion - and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, - is in love with everything French and everything coffee - it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves with a weekly Fashion French lesson.

Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful French  words or expressions for the fashionable girl. To make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.

PRESERVE THE KUMQUAT


Brighten up your Vodka
Mixers | Food & Drink
kumquat cocktail, kumquat vodka, cheers

As I planned to be home in Louisiana for Christmas I looked forward to all of my dad's citrus trees. I imagined picking satsumas and eating them instantly. I looked forward to picking and grapefruits from the trees in the morning and turning them into a glass of juice. What I don't love eating as much are the Kumquats. They are so cute but not so enjoyable after one or two. So I called my dad and said this year we would make Kumquat infused Vodka in an effort to make better use of these adorable mini oranges.

Hence, like the sage butter, this is another great winter preserve of nature's bounty. 

INGREDIENTS AND RECIPE

What you need: Glass jars, Fresh Kumquats & Vodka

Ingredient:
Kumquats

Step 1:
Pick ripe Kumquats
kumquat, plant, Citrus

Ingredients:
Tart and/or Sweet Kumquats. My dad grows both so we made separate jars of each. The tart ones are oblong like olives and the round ones are, just round. 

Step 2:
Wash (in case there is bird poop on your kumquats)
Pick off any stems and cut in half
depression glass, kumquats, bowl of citrus

cut kumquats

sliced kumquats

Ingredient:
Vodka (any Vodka will do) Tho, I don't recommend a cheap, harsh one like Taaka. Even the best fruit cannot cover up the rubbing alcohol taste of that stuff.

Step 3:
Add Kumquats to jar and pour in vodka. Depending on strength of kumquat flavor will determine how many to add to jar. Since we had so many we just filled the jars to the top. 
absolute vodka, citrus, louisiana

kumquat, vodka, christmas drink, cocktail

Ingredient: 
Time

Step 4:
Let the Kumquats infuse the Vodka for 3-4 days. Shake one a day. Keep in a cool, dry place. Since it's winter, leaving the jars outside works well. 

Ingredient:
Family and Friends & glasses

Step 5:
Once you have determined it has infused long enough (determine by tasting), share with family and friends as an apéritif for Christmas!!! 
Serve chilled and straight up. 
Garnish with a vodka soaked kumquat wedge
kumquat cocktail,





A jar of your homemade Kumquat Vodka is also a great Christmas and New Year Present.

**Note - many recipes recommend removing the fruit if it will not be consumed within the first week. I imagine it may get bitter if left in for too long.

Though, what do do with all of these vodka soaked kumquats???
My idea is to freeze them and when you are ready to serve the vodka add them not only as garnish but as ice too.


Enjoy

What do you do with all of your extra Kumquats??? Or do you actually eat them all???

THE GOLDEN GIRLS

When in doubt, Go with Gold
Fashion Cliff Notes | Outfit Ideas

New Year's Eve is not the occasion to play it safe with your outfit.  Even if you prefer a quiet night at home on this evening of forced gaiety, indulging in a slightly tacky amount of jewelry and sparkle will bring the party to you. 

So if you don't own a glittery sequin dress or tie, get one now. Since NYE was yesterday they will all be on sale!!!

This dress is my own creation. The fabric was actually a cast off from couturier, Rogelio Velasco. Years ago I worked at a handbag studio which shared space with Mr. Velasco. I was the lucky intern that was gifted left over fabric too small for his gowns and sample dresses. This tiny piece of gold sequins and black lace was just enough to make a short shift dress. A simple seam on both sides and a channel around the neck line for a black leather tie (from the handbag studio) is all that comprises it. I chose to accessorize with faux thigh highs from Gigi K for added hotness. 

My party partner, Robbie, was a perfect match to my gold sequins with his gold lamé tie. It was a purchase from the new H&M in New Orleans. In NOLA it will come in very handy for Saints parties and Mardi Gras balls. 
Suit from Zara

Here's to more fun and outfit ideas in two thousand fourteen !!!



SAVE ROOM FOR DONUTS

On the Last Night of Chanukah...
Fashion Cliff Notes | Outfit Ideas
hanukkah outfit, dkny, lacy stockings, couples, holiday outfit, blue dress


On Chanukah I like to wear blue. Perhaps it's the way some wear Red & Green on Christmas (opposing colors on the color wheel that are supposed to never look good together!)

This Chanukah I had the perfect dress from a DKNY Sample Sale. It's a dark, moody blue with a full length zipper along the front. It's also roomy with a cinched elastic waist - perfect for all the fried latkas and donuts I will consume for 8 days!!!  It's also super covered up for the faint of heart that might be at the party ;)  It's better to air on the conservative side for some of Ari's family parties. Though since my legs stay under the table, I like to get a little crazy with netted stockings and black patent leather heels. 

What do you wear to Chanukah Parties???
hanukkah outfit, dkny, lacy stockings, couples, holiday outfit, blue dress

donuts, donuts with sprinkles, chanukah, hanukkah food, party food

donuts, donuts with sprinkles, chanukah, hanukkah food, party food

HANUKAH MIRACLE

Even Better than a Candle in your Menorah...
Mixers | Food & Drink

... is a flame attached to your tasty cocktail.

This Thanksgiving holiday collides with the first day of Hanukkah and has enticed our appetites for a real mélange of flavors. 

This Thanksgiving-ukkah I changed up my annual Pumpkin-tini to have a bit of Hanukkah flair. 

I found a recipe here for this hot cocktail.



Ingredients:
2 oz. Purity Vodka1 oz. 
Fresh Lemon Juice1/2 oz. 
Simple SyrupOverproof Rum (i.e. 151)
3-4 Kumquats
Preparation: 
Muddle kumquats in lemon juice and simple syrup. Add Purity and ice, and
shake hard. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with a hollowed-out kumquat filled with overproof rum and ignite.
and L'Chaim !!!
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So for the other 7 nights of Hanukkah, serve the Hanukkah Miracle, but on a night like tonight which will not happen for another 70,000 years add the flaming kumquat to my classic Pumpkin-tini. Recipe here


Hanukkah Cocktail photo from The Plunge Project

FRENCH FRIDAY #27: Halloween vs. Toussaint


Candy Hangovers are better when you Have the Day Off
La Tasse de Cafe | French Vocabulary by Mademoiselle Love













La Toussaint
Pronounced: (la too sainh)
Meaning: All Saints Day



I hope everyone had a great Halloween last night! So, perhaps you're thinking... what does Halloween have to do with French? Nothing! Halloween, one of my absolute favorite holidays, is not celebrated in France. This holiday, which is believed to have originated from a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest and the beginning of the "dark" part of the year, was believed to be a time when spirits could most easily enter our world. Spooky... Fun....
Then the Catholic empire came along and said "Uh... no. You will honor Christian saints today... and for the next two days." So, as you may know, November 1st is All Saints Day, and November 2nd is All Souls Day. That's nice and all, but... boring. Where's the candy?!


La Toussaint, literally meaning "all (tous) saints," is a national holiday in France. So, as we in the States usually spend All Saints Day suffering from our Halloween candy and punch hangovers, at least in France, they get the day off!!!


Let's see what Simone and Amy Lynn are up to today...

Amy Lynn: What did you, like, dress up as last night for Halloween?

Simone: OMG, what are you, like, a pagan, or something?

Amy Lynn: OMG, I have no idea what you are, like, talking about.

Simone: Just kidding. I was a slutty devil, of course.

Bonne fête de la Toussaint, y'all!
Or in other words, Happy All Saints Day!

Mademoiselle Love
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Jenée here: What a great piece of French holiday info. This is good to remember if you are planning a little get-a-way to France over Halloween. November = Holiday So don't expect much to be going on. 

Don't you just love how sexy All Saints Day sounds in French?! 
Talking of sexy, I wonder which version of Slutty Devil Simone went with? After much consideration these are my top 3 pics for a Slutty Devil costume: The one on the left requires a killer derrière. "If you've got it, Flaunt it". The one on the right reminds me of New Orleans French Quarter Gothic. The fishnets are a nice sexy touch. The one in the center is a great in between. 
where to buy: (L) http://goo.gl/DuppUh (C) http://goo.gl/tI7lss (R) http://goo.gl/MzsZzT


How are you spending All Saints Day? or La Toussaint?  Are you still in your costume? Still dividing candy into there respective assortments? Which Slutty Devil is your favorite???
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The Origin of "La Tasse de Café", French for "the cup of coffee"
is a morning radio show out of Ville Platte, Louisiana on KVPI-FM
My dad listens to it regularly to keep up with his Cajun French as he now doesn't have much opportunity to speak it in Louisiana where the language is disappearing. 
Since I'm from Cajun land in Louisiana, with a serious interest in fashion and Mademoiselle Love, a Louisiana girl too, who is head over heels in love with everything French and everything coffee, it was only fitting we pay tribute to our roots and our new found loves.
Tune in to KVPI every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:45AM (NY time) for your Cajun French lesson and come back to the blog every Friday for more French lessons from Mademoiselle Love. We will discuss useful French  words or expressions for the fashionable girl. To make it even more enjoyable, we will do it over a very fashionable cup of coffee.

Oktoberfest Lovin

Lederhosen, Bavaria, Pilsner
Fashion Cliff Notes | Outfit Ideas

**Note - this Post is a Throwback from Fashion Cliff Notes - I only own one pair of Lederhosen ;)** 

This comes back in due time for 
Oktoberfest on September 21st, 2013. Ending October 6th

In honor of Oktober fest and perhaps the last warm day of the year, I wore my Lederhosen inspired shorts today.  A design from Hayden-Harnett, Lederhosen are traditional Bavarian work wear now mostly seen in German beer halls. While I was in Costume, I unfortunately did not have a stein of pilsner to go with it...but there is time.


Lederhosen Shorts: Hayden Harnett
Strip Shirt: J.Crew
Handbag: Foley & Corinna 

In Times Square: Lederhosen shorts with Preppy Loafers, Sailor Stripes and Metal Jewelry




Christian Wohlmuther Luxury Lederhosens http://inventorspot.com/articles/have_money_burn_pay_114000_leder_6499

Traditional Lederhosen

German Lederhosen paired with Comme des Garçons, Chloe cape and Kenzo boots

TIME TO MAKE THE CHALLAH

Make it Sweet for New Year
Food & Drink | Holiday Recipe

While observing Rosh Chodesh with a few ladies down in DUMBO, Esther taught us how to make Challah since Rosh Hashanah was approaching. My favorite part of making Challah is the final step before baking it, which is braiding it. My braid is a little funky but we all know I things slightly weird. 

As we walked out that night, we all had brown paper bags with warm bread. Usually we linger a little longer on our way to the subway, but this time we excitedly hurried home. It felt very domestic and 1950s to be so excited to get home to our husbands with our freshly baked bread. Now and then, it's fun to "role play". 

Following is a recipe for Challah. It's great all year long (well except during Passover) and you do not have to be Jewish to enjoy it (I'm not). 

Shanah Tovah

Ingredients:
2 Tablespoons dry yeast 
2 1/4 cups (500 ml) lukewarm water 
1/2 cup (100g) sugar 
4 eggs, beaten, plus 2 yolks or 1 whole egg for glazing 
1 Tablespoon salt 
9 1/4 cups (1 1/3 kg) flour 
Poppy or sesame seeds (optional) 
1/2 cup (125 ml) vegetable oil 


Yields 4 Loaves



Directions:
Dissolve the yeast in the water with 1 teaspoon of the sugar. Beat well and leave 10 minutes, until it froths.

In a very large bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Then add the salt, sugar, and oil and beat again. Add the frothy yeast mixture and beat well. Now add the flour gradually, and just enough to make a soft dough that holds together, mixing well, first with a large spoon, then working it in with your hands. Knead vigorously for about 15 minutes, until it is very smooth and elastic, adding flour if the dough is too sticky. Pour a little oil in the bowl and turn the dough, so that it is greased all over. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in a warm place to rise for 2‑3 hours, or until it has doubled in bulk. Punch the dough down and knead again, then divide into four pieces to make 4 loaves.



To make braided challah with 3 strands: Divide 1 piece of the dough into 3. Roll each piece between your palms and pull into long thin ropes about 18 inches (46 cm) long and 1 1/4 inches (3 cm) wide. Pinch 1 end of all the strands together and plait them: bring the rope on the right over the middle one, then bring the one on the left over it and continue to the end. Pinch the ends together and tuck them under the loaf. You may find it, easier to begin plaiting in the middle of the 3 strands and plait towards the 2 ends. Continue with the remaining 3 pieces.

Place the 4 loaves on well‑oiled baking sheets, leaving plenty of room for them to expand, then leave to rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk. Now brush gently with the beaten egg yolks or if you want to sprinkle with poppy or sesame seeds, brush first with the whole beaten egg (the seeds stick better if the white is there too). Bake in a preheated 350F (180C) oven for 30‑40 minutes or until the loaves are beautifully golden-brown. They are done if they sound hollow when you tap the bottoms.
Variations for Sweet Challahs:

Add 1/2 cup (125 ml) honey to the beaten eggs.
Add 3/4 cup (100 g) raisins and knead them into the dough after it has risen and been punched down.


REGGAE ROSH COCKTAIL

A Sweet Cocktail for the New Year
Food & Drink | Mixers


Cocktail, Rosh Hashanah, Apple & Rum

As Rosh Hashanah approaches it's time to prepare for a New Year. One of the things I love about living in a multi cultural household is that we get more than one chance to start the year new and fresh. It's also nice to have a few extra holidays to make up fun cocktails like this one.

The Rosh Hashanah menu includes many sweet foods representing the wish for a sweet new year. The most symbolic foods are the apple dipped in honey, thus I made an apple based cocktail. To add sweetness to the apple I choose to mix it with rum which is made of sugar cane. Since the rum and ginger ale floater are from Jamaica, this cocktail has a hint of reggae vibe. 

(Rum drinks are also favorites of sailors & pirates. So remember this cocktail the next time you are practicing your knots.)

So get your mixer ready for Wednesday night and Have a Sweet New Year! 

INGREDIENTS AND RECIPE

Ingredient: 
Apple

Step 1: 
Slice an apple to use for Garnish. Set aside
Cocktail, Rosh Hashanah, Apple & Rum




Ingredient: 
Apple Juice

Step 2: 
Pour 1 Part Apple Juice. I like Martinelli's because it comes in a great glass jar that I will later use as a vase. 
Cocktail, Rosh Hashanah, Apple & Rum




Ingredient: 
Rum
Cocktail, Rosh Hashanah, Apple & Rum

Step 3:
Add 1 part Rum for a strong drink or add 1/2 part Rum for a mild drink. 
Cocktail, Rosh Hashanah, Apple & Rum, butt

Ingredient: 
Ice

Step 4:
Pour mixture into a shaker with ice. Shake 7 times. 
Cocktail, Rosh Hashanah, Apple & Rum
Ingredient:
Cocktail Glass

Step 5:
Pour over ice. Leave a little room.
Cocktail, Rosh Hashanah, Apple & Rum
Ingredient: 
Ginger Ale

Step 6:
Float some ginger ale on top. Just a dash. I love this Jamaican brand because it's extra spicy.
Cocktail, Rosh Hashanah, Apple & Rum


Step 7:
Garnish with an apple ring. I cored mine into the shape of a  Star of David 
Cocktail, Rosh Hashanah, Apple & Rum


Now turn on some Matisyahu and get your New Year Party started. 

Mixers: Independence Spirit

Spirits are High on Independence Day and so is the Alcohol content in this aperitif. For this All American holiday I got together with the fanciest hostess I know to see what she will be serving up for the 4th of July.
This cocktail, the Negroni, originated in Italy. It's bitter, sweet & strong. It's also refreshing and appropriately color themed for this summer time holiday. Note - this might just be the summer of Campari. 

Here is how to make Kristine's Negroni Mixer:

1. Fill Glasses with Ice and pour 2 parts Gin
2. Add 1 part Campari - Mixing this up in a Red & White Striped Frock might be essential

3. Top with Club Soda
4. Add a splash of fresh squeezed orange juice
5. Finish with a Lemon Wedge. Kristine prefers lemon as the sour cuts through the bitter

Cheers & Happy Birthday America
 Thanks for Sharing Kristine

Just Put a Flag on It

OUTFIT IDEAS: FOURTH OF JULY
Your Finest Dress with a Side of Old Betsy 

Well now you are in the crunch time for getting your look together tomorrow. You own no red, no white, no blue, no stars and no stripes. Yet, you still really want to be festive at tomorrow's BBQ and firework party.  

Here is my quickest trick - Throw a Flag on it!
You can wear basically anything, why not your old wedding dress or prom dress and just stand next to a flag the entire time or swipe some Patriotic table decor from the party and stick it in a belt loop or your bun.

Done.

American Flag, 4th of July, Wedding Dress

Handbag Liberty

TODAY'S HANDBAG FEATURE: BEIRN BAGS
Grace tote Bag, Envelope Clutch and Woven Zip Wallet

A Red White & Blue Holiday is upon us. So if you are into themes - now is the time to break out your Americana wear.  While I was at the Beirn showroom, who are known for their vibrantly colored snakeskin bags, I snapped a pic of these 3 to feature for this weeks special 4th of July Handbag pick. 
It really is a chic idea to coordinate your Tote, Clutch and Wallet for the weekend in these All American Hues. 




Happy Father's Day to an Iconic Eccentric - My Dad

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Dad in his King Fish Suit

Kisses, Seer Sucker Suit, Wedding Day
 For my wedding I requested my dad wear a classic southern searsucker suit since we would be celebrating in Louisiana. He kept referring to it as his “Kingfish Suit”. Hence, Huey P. Long lives on in the hearts and minds of the good ole people of Louisiana. For this occasion my dad ordered almost as many shoes as I did as he could not decide on the perfect wing tip oxfords. I love his appreciation of the small details and  the importance of style
Seer Sucker Suit, Nicole Miller Wedding dress, checker floor
Note - The Shoes
My dad, as unlikely as it may appear, might be responsible for my fashion flair. Though, thank goodness for my mom who indulged me in my shopping addiction. Together they turned me into a fashion patron and style critic and creator.

Back to my dad since it’s Father’s Day – while he definitely has made some fashion faux pas, he gets loads of points for experimenting and using fashion as a way to express all of the things he has to say.

Thanks Dad for... everything.

My Mom, The Great

mother of the bride collage A long time ago, in the 70s, my mom and dad started our family. The memories my mom has made through our lives are ALWAYS fun ones. She has one of the best laughs I have ever heard and always turned the music up loud. Sundays were for dancing around the house to her disco records and she never went to a party with our her deck of 45s (those are little Records).

She was instrumental to making sure our wedding was all we hoped it would be by stressing every little detail, so I'm so happy to have pictures of her having fun (see below). Her dress is the best Mother-of-the-Bride dress I have ever laid eyes on. I'll never forget when she texted a picture of it to me to get my approval. I love that she is still so hot! and refuses to get old & boring.

At the same time that we were having all of this fun, she was very clear to my sister & I that we would go to college and grow up to be professionals and "Never depend on any man!" She was a product of the 60s women's rights movement and made sure her daughters would share in everything the world had to offer. She is the perfect mix of a progressive woman with all the Southern charm and manners to take the edge off.

I am very lucky to have learned how to approach life from some one like this. Happy Mother's Day.

Food: EastOver Pickles

RANDOM INGREDIENTS + VINEGAR = PICKLES


After the holidays all in a row (Passover & Easter), we had so many random ingredients left over. There was a ton of Dill left over from the Matzos Ball Soup, a dozen dyed Easter eggs and lots of vegetables. I needed to do something before they went bad.... Hence, I made pickles.

This is what started it all: Dill & Easter Eggs
Almost any vegetable is good pickled, well, if you like pickles
Fill Mason jars with Dill, Garlic Cloves, Whole egg and cut Veggies (clean out your fridge!!!)
Add brine: 1 part Vinegar to 1 part Water, some sea salt and sugar, Put lid on Jar, Stick it in the Fridge and wait 24 Hrs

Salt is definitely the new in taste lately, thus it's only natural that the pickle biz is taking off. Brooklyn churns out lots of artisanal pickles, but they are easy to make at home if you have canning jars laying around. I especially love McClure's Pickles. Making pickles with my grandmother is def one of my early kitchen memories. In the summer there were always so many extra cucumbers laying around since everyone in our small Louisiana town had gardens. Her cooking was amazing, her cakes lopsided and her pickles totally soft. Though, I loved her pickles anyway, as they were always extra sour.

Bag of the Day: Trippy Bunnies

Confident, Vintage and Outlandish

This one is a bit sacrilege, but style and fashion are not always rational.  When I think of Easter, I think of bunnies and pink. This bag does it!
Bag by Anthony Luciano - Master Handbag Craftsman 


A bag of this size and with this much fur takes CONFIDENCE to pull of. It is not for the meek-hearted.  The pearlized lucite frame is VINTAGE and every part of this bag is Handmade. In its pastel pink glory, it is the only accessory needed to turn a plain look into a perfectly OUTLANDISH one.



This is not a bag, but it is from Easter. Ari made the best personalized Easter egg for me. I love it! He made it with Chrome spray paint and block letter stamps. The letters are a little smudged after so much pocking.

Easter Morning Surprises

I miss the Easter Bunny.
Even as a little girl, I never really liked candy but the Easter Bunny always managed to leave something in (or under) my Easter basket that would please me. Sometimes it was Pepperidge Farm Brussels Cookies and once it was a bedside table with a marble top and brass base I was coveting!!!!!!(when I was 8 years old)

If the Easter Bunny came to visit me now, I would leave these cute little minaudières (shop here for these) out to be filled with..... cute tiny things - ideally a kitty.





What would be in your Easter Basket?

Party: How to throw a great Passover Seder

Great Parties involve at least nailing down the essentials. Passover is steeped in tradition but at the end of the night, it's a party. Hey, we are celebrating Freedom!!

#1. The Guest List- include a range of ages, a few musicians, a few literaries, and a few pretty people

#2. The Food & Wine- make sure it tastes good and that there is more than enough

#3. Everything else is just icing on the cake... I mean Matzos



great passover seder


great passover seder


great passover seder


great passover seder


great passover seder


great passover seder


great passover seder


great passover seder


great passover seder


great passover seder


great passover seder


great passover seder sisters


PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHRIS NAQUIN & ANGELA REID