Monday, October 31, 2016

Parents Weekend

We just got back from visiting my son for his 1st parents weekend at Providence College.  It was such a great couple of days.  We loved getting to spend the weekend together, as we really have missed having him around day to day.  It was also so much fun getting to know a new city.  We passed the time wandering around the different neighborhoods and learning about the area my son will call home for the next four years.  I have to admit there was one trip to Bed, Bath and Beyond!!!  It was so sad to leave him on Sunday but we already have a list of things to do when we go back!!  Here is a round-up of some of the fun we had!!!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Weekend Real Estate Stalking

Today's Weekend Real Estate Stalking is a gorgeous new construction by acclaimed Georgio Custom Builders.  This home is so cutting edge with all of its sophisticated amenities.  I absolutely love the use of the different marble in kitchen and bathrooms.  The Sun Room with all its windows is fabulous and I love the look of the majestic horseshoe driveway.   Lucky for us, the realtor, Liz Ross, is having a wine tasting this Wednesday (details below) in the home, so we can see it, in all its glory. in person!!!  See you there!!!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Fashionable Friend Friday

This week's Fashionable Friend Friday is Scarlett De Bease of SCARLETT IMAGE.  We first met a few years ago and I have been following her ever since.  Scarlett is an image consultant and she works with women to help them feel more confident by dressing them and styling them.  Here are some things you should know abut the amazing Scarlett:

  • I make creating your personal style and wardrobe fun and relaxing because I understand that many women actually DON’T enjoy shopping.
  • I am a bit quirky in my approach and make my clients comfortable and confident, even in their underwear.
  • I am not a fashionista and do not have a ‘perfect’ body so I don’t expect you to.
  • I get excited when my clients say “I would never have picked that for myself!” and they realize how amazing they look.
  • I never let my clients look like fashion victims, nor like everyone else in the room.
  • I am not a fan of trends and the styles I create are timeless and my clients never look outdated.
  • I would NEVER try to change a woman by putting her into clothes that make her physically or mentally uncomfortable.
  • I am not loyal to any particular brand or store, and I don’t receive commission for any items I suggest for clients.
  • I am a MASTER at creating a whole new wardrobe from clothes you already have in your closet – and for finding new looks at reasonable prices, if we do need to go shopping
  • In 2012 I was honored by Westchester Magazine with the title: “The Red Hot Image Maker” due to my transformational work with women.
I am so impressed by Scarlett and share here you tube videos from time to time.  Here is one of my all-time favorites from her YOU TUBE PAGE (which also has fabulous tips BTW!!!!!!)

Lastly, Scarlett has a great book, Stop Stressing About Dressing, check it out HERE.  


Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Best Butternut Squash Soup

Today was probably one of the worst weather days I can remember in a long time.  It was freezing, it was sleeting and raining all day.  It actually was a perfect day to make soup and add some recipes to my winter cooking repertoire.  I received this recipe from nutrition counselor, Sarah Davis.  Sarah specializes in nutrition for adolescents and teens and, on many occasions, I have checked in with her for before and after school smoothies and snacks and quick weekday dinner ideas.  Since I have been on my soup kick, I asked Sarah for some of her easy, yummy, yet healthy recipes, to share with you.  The first thing she thought I had to try was her "Best Butternut Squash Soup".   I have been receiving requests for a butternut squash soup, especially one that can be served to a crowd on Thanksgiving.  So, this sounded perfect.  I actually made this one today and it was sooooo easy and really delicious.  I think you will love it as much as we did.  If you would like more information about Sarah and her company Body Balance 365, click HERE or contact her directly at  Bon Appetit!

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The Best Butternut Squash Soup

2-2 1/2 lbs. butternut squash peeled, seeded, and cut into 1" cubes
1 lrg. onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 lrg. sweet potato, diced
4 Tbs. unsalted butter, or vegan butter
6 cups vegetable stock
kosher salt
ground pepper
ground nutmeg
Melt butter
Saute onions until soft. Add carrots, celery, squash and sweet potato. Cook for 5 minutes
Add stock, 1 tsp salt and bring to a boil. Cover and lower heat.
Cook for 35-40 minutes until squash is tender.
Use immersion blender (or Cuisinart) to puree when soup is cooled.
Add nutmeg and pepper to taste.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Slipping Into The Cold Weather

Here in NY, we woke up to 30 degree weather!  I am not ready for the cold to start yet.  I need to gear up and a great place to start is with a cozy pair of slippers.  I hate the combo of cold floors and bare feet.  This year I am thinking of the cable knit ugg slippers.  However, all of these options are adorable and will keep you uber warm.  I especially love the cool faux Gucci Princetown slides.  The Gucci Princetown has become my favorite shoe. Its is iconic Gucci with a modern twist and soooooo comfy.  I am so happy that I was able to find the ones here for you.  They are such a great price for such a HUGE look.  They are perfect for lounging around the house or out and about with your favorite jeans.  Those are my must have pick for this post!!!!!  Stay Warm!!!!

Slipping Into The Cold Weather

UGG Australia Cozy Knit Slippers
$105 -

Puma wide shoes
$85 -

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What's New At Home Goods

One of the most requested posts I receive are the Home Goods round up.  I don't get into Home Goods as much as I would like these days and I am motivated to try to bring you more Home Goods posts for the Holiday Season.  I had an hour to kill this afternoon so I decided that today was as good as any to start and they are getting new merchandise daily soooooo......

I love these chic jewelry boxes..they make great gifts.  I regret not bringing this beauty home with me!

These candles in containers are so pretty and smelled amazing

I love this faux fur poof and it comes in pink and gray as well!!!

I found some adorable accessories for my daughter's room

There were oodles of beautiful fur pillows in grays, browns, and whites.  Perfect to spruce up a sofa or a bed!

I could not resist this adorable faux fur pom pom Christmas tree garland!

How chic are these lamps?  I love the color with the brass base.  

There was a pair of these chairs that are channeling David Hicks!!!!

 It's never too early to start planning our Holiday table and these red goblets would be perfect!!!

How gorgeous is this gray suede bench with nailhead trim?

More faux fur accessories...this bench with gold X legs is perfect!  It was so hard to leave it there!!!!

I love these Kate Spade Dachshund mugs.  The navy and green colors are so great!

It's so hard to find well priced decorative lamp shades.  These were so gorgeous and would bring an old lamp back to life ASAP!!!!

I love the lines and metal base of this occasional chair.  It would look great at a desk!

The store was chock full of gorgeous blue and white!

These would make beautiful no brainer Thanksgiving centerpieces, especially with pillar candles!

How great would a pair of these look flocking your front door for the Holidays!?

These trefoil trays are so beautiful.  

The rug selection blew me away.  One was better than the next.  I wish I could have shown them all.

And, last but not least, I loved their selection of cute wrapping paper!