Thursday
Feb192015

Live Television Debut with NECN 

Mic'ed up for a selfie.

 

Better late than never with this post? I've had some fun ideas brewing and never seem to get to all these posts I 'mean' to do. But I happened upon these pics I snapped while flipping through my phone the other day and had a burst of inspiration....that and I never got a chance to take any outfit pics that morning- it was too dark at 5:00 AM!

I was beyond honored to be asked for my input by NECN over the holidays, giving people the inside track on how to shop last minute deals and get the max return from online purchases (you can peep the clip below, though in the interest of full disclosure I didn't come up with any colorful commentary or catch phrases until the second segment, which sadly was not posted). Basically, shop online to reserve and pick up in store, and get your free shipping! Amazon Prime is our year round friend, too. Take note for next year.

Ally Donnelly walked me through everything and assured me that I would not swear on live TV (though she had a fabulous sailors mouth herself, not helping with my prep). Don't you just love meeting the person behind the TV personality? She is tres sassy.

I wore basic black, BORING, but tried to spice it up with this J Crew necklace. I also thought I had a TON of make up on, but nope, I didn't really. Funny how it feels so different when you actually put some on. Geesh. 

Don't think I'm quitting my day job anytime soon, but it was a fun experience. Nerve wracking, but fun.

 

 

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Tuesday
Feb172015

Dressing for the Tundra & Boston Weekly

                

Above: Zara poncho (way old, check this similar DKNY version), Madewell high riser jean, Etoile Vicky Baja tunic, Rayban aviators

 

Who: As in, who am I listening to. The Middle East, Blood. 

Updated spotify current faves below. 

What: As in, what went down this week/end. 

I'm making an attempt to NOT talk about the weather and the snow. Focusing on the positive, like, did you realize Spring officially starts March 20th? That is right around the corner people. 

I used all the time indoors to perfect a brownie recipe. My kind of productive.

When I was little, I thought my grandmother's brownies were the BEST. I also thought that all brownies came out of a red box with Duncan Hynes written on it. Same with cake. Imagine my shock when I realized you could make these things on your own with ingredients from your pantry. Mind = blown. One of the many reasons why I love cooking so much. I think I was deprived as a little and need to make up for lost time. But don't get me wrong, as I learned this week, there is sometimes just no substitution for rainbow chip cake. Though I suppose I could make this from scratch as well.....maybe for Daphne's birthday this year. 

Stay tuned for the full brownie recipe soon.

Where: As in, where it's at. Launches, events, general goings on you need to know about. 

This Thursday, join me at Saks Boston for their second annual Beauty Symposium (12-2), featuring a lively discussion of luxe insiders moderated by me. Think Laura Slatkin, founder of Nest Fragance, Alex Chantecaille, VP of Sale and Production at Chantecaille cosmetics, Victoria Christian, Brand Ambassador for Clive Christian, Marie Line Patry National Director of Beauty and Fragrance for Guerlain, and Kate Oldham, Saks Fifth Avenue Senior Vice President. For full event details see my post here.  ---UPDATE! This event has been postponed due to the weather. Stay tuned for a new date!---

Friday February 20th (12-1), the Marilyn Riseman Luncheon series presents The Jenny French Couture Collection at Brasserie Joe. Event details and additional info here.

Thursday February 26th, Follain presents Meet the Maker with Adina Grigore, SW Basics founder and author of Skin Cleanse. Your skin thanks you.

Hudson is currently playing 'Let's Make a Deal' with stock in store. Bargaining welcome.

 

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Friday
Feb132015

A Valentine's Day Toddler Treat: Banana, Almond and Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe 

 

I always want to start new traditions for the family. I love nothing more than trolling pinterest for those inspiring shots and lists of things I can DIY to my hearts content around each holiday. But let's be real, I don't have the time. I barely managed these pancakes. And they are stupid easy, so that's not saying much!

Looking for healthy treats for Daphne led me to this recipe, as did an awesome mom from my local group of mom pals.......a three ingredient marvel, that consists of two eggs, two mashed bananas and a 1/2 cup of peanut butter. Not one to just appreciate the simple beauty of the original, I had to tinker with the recipe. Adding almond butter. Two tablespoons of gluten free flour for a little extra fluff. Oh and those chocolate chips, I can't forget those. Only because it's Valentine's Day and my daughter Daphne is my sweetheart.

So really, that's all there is to these. Five minutes of prep and cook, followed by five minutes of scarfing deliciousness down. Enjoy! Here's to a family tradition I may be able to stick with!

PS, for more Valentine's Day ideas, traditions and activities, check out Boston Day Book where I am guesting this week.

 

Banana, Almond and Chocolate Chip Pancakes 

Makes 8-10 silver dollar size pancakes (do people even say that anymore??)

 

Ingredients

2 medium ripe bananas, mashed

2 eggs

2 tablespoons gluten free flour (though I'm certain you could use oat flour or regular flour here)

1/2 cup almond butter (Justin's Maple Almond and Honey Almond are divine)

chocolate chips if you are so inclined (I am so inclined)

 

Directions

Mix all ingredients together with a whisk to incorporate well. Be sure to get all the almond butter and flour lumps out. Fry about 3-4 at a time in a non-stick pan, or pan with butter. Add chocolate chips to batter when first poured into pan to evenly distribute. Fry about 2 minutes a side or until golden. Serve with maple syrup or honey. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar for added decadence and mess from your child.