My take on the new Miu Miu ballet flats with the ankle ties and the leather straps around the top of the arches is one part ballerina and one part Hannibal Lecter. I like them and I hate them at the same time. Luckily Miu Miu knows their customer and have created more subtle versions for their less edgy fashion forward customers so everyone has something to choose from in this shoe category for fall. My favorites are the crystal strap ballerina flats in the crushed velvet. I love these because they are in the must have fall bordeaux color with the pretty crystal straps across the foot and have black velvet straps that are removal so you can tie them around the ankles to wear for a daintier look or keep it simple without the ties. Either way these are my favorite pair and can be found here.
For those of you who are not thinking about snow or winter yet, just know that Montana saw it’s first snow yesterday and I am sure Colorado will see some snow soon. If you live in Los Angeles and want some relief from our 100 plus degree weather, you will need to drive to Mammoth or fly to Aspen. Whatever the case, now is the time to get Sorel boots for winter weather because Shopbop.com is doing their Main Event where you get 25% off Sorel boots. Shop the Shopbop Main Event and stock up on Sam. fur lined parkas while you are at it and a cute pair of Linda Farrow aviator sunglasses to keep the sun out of your eyes on the slopes. Get it done now so you are all set for winter.
We have all gotten onto the juicing bandwagon and have either had a Kreation, Pressed Juicery, Clover, or Juiced Served Here at least once or twice a week. At $8-$12 a juice it is not inexpensive and supposed to be a full meal. When you do a workout that is intense like a Platefit where you workout doing bootcamp exercises on a PowerPlate or a Body by Simone where you do cardio dance routines for 60 minutes straight, you need real protein sustenance when you are done. Although the calories should not be high in your post workout snacks, you still need some type of mini meal that is 250 calories that packs in protein, fats and carbs in one. Recently, I discovered Soupure and like the alternative to fruit juices. Fruit juice smoothies have a lot of sugar and seldom have protein. When you add a protein whey powder to your smoothie at one of the juiceries, it is not always the healthiest alternative to a post workout meal. Soupure offers chickpea soups and also cashew nut meat protein packed smoothies that can give you everything you need post workout. This is the fast food I really like.
I recently went to a cooking class at a friend’s house and got the most amazing Apple Honey Challah Recipe I have ever tasted and thought I would share it with all of you Shopping and Info readers. It is pretty foolproof and as long as you are patient and do other things outside the house or around the house while you are waiting for the dough to rise for the 3 hours total time, you will have 2 amazing tasting and looking challahs to share with your family anytime of the year.
APPLE HONEY CHALLAH
2 packages active dry yeast (1/4oz packages)
2 tsp plus 1 cup sugar
¼ cup warm water
2 tsp salt
½ cup vegetable oil
2 cups boiling water
2 eggs, well beaten
71/2 to 8 cups unbleached flower
1 1/2 tart green apples, preferably Granny Smith, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 1 3/4 cups)
3 egg yolks mixed with 2 tbs honey
Preheat oven to 300
Dissolve yeast and 2 tsp. sugar in warm water.
In a large bowl combine remaining sugar, salt, oil and boiling water.
After mixture cools, mix in beaten eggs and the yeast mixture.
Add the flour to make the dough (it should be slightly sticky to touch)
Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth.
Set dough in oiled bowl, turning to coat entire surface.
Cover with dampened cloth and let rise in a warm spot 1 – 11/2 hours.
Grease a round pan or place parchment paper on baking tray
Turn dough onto flour surface
Top with apples; knead to incorporate. Return to bowl.
Divide into 2 equal parts for 2 round challah. Divide each part into 3 or 4 strands for braiding.
Braid dough and place in round pan or on baking tray.
Cover and allow to rise for another 11/2hours
Brush top of loaves with egg and honey mixture
Bake for 15 minutes on 300, then increase temperature to 325 and bake for 15-20 minutes longer.
Take out oven and allow to cool.
Are you ready for fall? As I watch the Philadelphia Eagles versus the Chicago Bears Football game on television tonight for Monday night football and realize it is 80 degrees on the East Coast in mid September, I am no longer under the impression we have global warming in the world. We experienced 99 degrees while watching the Rams football game against the Seattle Seahawks this weekend and I am certain it is going to be a warm fall. That being said, there will be some brisk mornings and with that said there is nothing more perfect that a pair of shearling sandals that let your toes breathe while keeping your feet warm when you are out walking your dog at 6:30AM no matter if you live in the West or the East Coast. My favorite are the all black Birkenstock Arizona 2 strap sandals with the black shearling lining. Imagine walking your dog in your cozy shearling sandals that you can slip right on with one eye open at 6AM. You can have your coffee, throw your Bandolier chain phone case over your shoulders, and walk right out the door with your Birkenstocks. Life could not get any easier. And you will be stylish since celebrities have been seen wearing their Birkenstocks and Bandolier phone cases all over Los Angeles and New York as of late.
My favorite is the all black shearling and black leather Birkenstocks here.
The Labor Day weekend started off with a rocky start because of a few work glitches that included a moving violation for rolling a Stop sign on Saturday, but we did not let that get us down. After a brief cry of salty tears, we resumed our day as planned. We still managed to get it started with a visit to our new favorite Omusubi place in Culver City called Sunny Blue. Sunny Blue has the most authentic omusubi we have tasted outside of Japan in Los Angeles. Choices include a fun tuna bacon flavor to traditional miso beef and hijiki shitake choices. We like to sit and eat them at the small friendly location in Culver City and then take some home for the rest of the week for quick grab and go lunches. Omusubi is a great lunch alternative to a regular sandwich or salad because it is totally portable and can be eaten warm or cold without too much more preparation beyond pulling the wrapping off. The small portable rice balls are relatively healthy since the portions are small and gluten free.
We then made a stop to our Goop favorite Moon Juice for a stock up on our favorite moon milks for the week. Moon Juice is a plant sourced and alchemy based juice place that offers an interesting array of snacks that are unlike any you have tasted from other juicing establishments. For example, our favorites include the coconut mylk and mango milk which taste like desserts, but are all natural. Their snacks include green fermented seed strips which are made from dried cabbage, daikon, and jalepeno which are quite filling and a fun savory snack for those mid day hunger pangs between lunch and dinner when you need a quick pick me up for under 120 calories. After all if you are doing montly unlimited classes at your local Pilates Platinum or Body By Simone, you gotta stick to the 80% diet and 20% exercise rule to stay in tip top shape.
Looking for a swimsuit for the summer 2016 season, there is no better time than now to buy the must have swimsuit right before the July 4th long weekend. Some things to keep in mind when looking for a swimsuit should be – is it flattering, will you want to wear it for more than one occasion, and will it stand up to being worn while running around in the waves or is it a swimsuit just for sitting by the pool? All of these questions should be part of the buying process since swimsuits are just as much of an investment as a pair of shoes or a new jacket and you want something that will at least last you the whole swimsuit season.
For a great look with a textured finish, the St. Lucia one piece is a top choice. Featuring scrunchy ruffle trim along the legs and edges of the bust, the shape forming swimsuit shows off your best assets in a subtle way. The back cut out with hook closure gives you a stylish look from all angles, and the underwire cups lift in just the right places.
The spandex blend stretches across the body with open sides, giving you more space to move on the beach. The tie closures give you style and function without imposing on your comfort, and the piece serves as a strong base for wicked accessories if you are looking to show out this summer.
The halter top comes with strap ties around the back and neck with scalloped edges. The look is bold and forward, and you can match it with a scalloped bottom or another type of bikini bottom.
Ale by Alessandra Mother Earth Convertible Triangle Top
The bead and charm accents on the convertible top bring just the right amount of attention to the mesh overlay, with lightly padded cups providing just the right amount of support. The straps are stylish, with a halter top look around the neck and back.
Aila Blue Cathedral Bikini Top
Go with a more traditional, full black look with a center tie for just the right amount of style. Halter top straps give you the support that you need to look great on the beach without any of the adornments that other bikini tops usually need. The bottom of the bikini is reinforced to give you more durability just in case you feel like spending your time on the beach in the water and not on the sand.
While you are thinking about buying swimsuits, don’t forget to pick up some activewear so you can stay in shape this swimsuit season.
Summer is around the corner and even though it was snowing in Colorado this week, it has been warm in many places and summer is coming. By Memorial Day weekend you are going to want to have some fun pool toys to take to your friend’s house or have at your own home for a pool party. One of the best pool floats I have seen this year has got to be the WHOLE PIZZA PIE float. Yes you heard me right, it is a full pizza made up of 8 slices that detaches and attaches with bungee cords to form a whole pie. The photos tell the whole story. I think this is brilliant. The other food floats are also great. The Everything Bagel float and the Chocolate Chip Cookie float are also fun. This whole pizza pie is on sale here.
Pizza has been on my mind lately // I spent 8 hours packing up our house yesterday for a remodel and ordered spinach skinny crust pizzas from Fresh Brothers. While it rained, I worked on packing up my whole house one room at a time while happily munching on pizza. It was a productive day. As I decluttered, packed and gave away things from every room of my house, I started thinking about summer break and things we might need for our summer beach days. Since it is snowing in Boston, New York, and Ohio at the moment and raining on the West Coast, it is a good time to stop and daydream about warmer weather and beach days.
My 2 must have items for summer are the Giant Pizza Pie towel that measures 5 feet x 5 feet and the Giant Pizza slice beach float. Nothing says summer like pizza pie parties. I love the Giant Pizza pie towel because it is round. Rather unusual for a beach towel and super fun. The float is a slice of pizza and looks great floating in the pool next to all the boring usual suspects.
Giant Pizza Pie towel is $26
Giant pizza slice is $35
NYFW is in full effect in New York City right now and many people are running around in their best boho chic looks. One of the favorites that we spotted for NYFW was the slip dresses with the biker boots with a slouchy sweater and a beanie. You can dress up the beanie with ears and wear a pair of biker boots with bedazzling. However you do it, make sure your slip is one that has great lace and a vibrant color. You want to stand out in this luxe meets grunge redux from the 1990’s. Courtney Love did this when Nirvana was hot, now you want to glam it up a bit if you want to do this for NYFW.
One of our favorites is the Stella McCartney silk chemise slip dress that is just as sexy under a sweater as it is alone for Valentine’s Day. After all the big V day is this Sunday. It is on sale for 50% off too here.
Another favorite is the Fleur du Mal cream silk chemise slip dress that has lace around the neckline and at the hem which can peak out under a v neck roomy pullover sweater with a pair of bike boots for that edgy yet sexy look. This one is also on sale for 50% off here.
Looking for that perfect slouchy sweater? You may already have one in your closet,but in case you don’t we love this one from Acne Studios because the brand’s ability to do minimalism is better than any other brand at the moment. You will pick this sweater up and wear it over a silk slip dress or over leggings or jeans and you will pack it on all your travels. This sweater will not be spending much time in your closet.
Last but not least you need those biker boots. We have a favorite. We love the studded Valentino biker boots because what would match better with a slouchy sweater and slip dress than these boots?
One you have your whole outfit of the day, you are ready for NYFW and or Valentine’s Day.