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Monday, July 31, 2017

Book Club Monday

Are you barbequing a lot this summer?  Then I have the book for you, Shake Shack: Recipies & Stories.  My family has been a fan of Shake Shack ever since it opened its first location in Madison Square Park!!  When I saw this book I knew we would love it (summary below adapted from Amazon.com)....

For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE.


Friday, July 28, 2017

Fashionable Friend Friday

Today's Fashionable Friend Friday is jazz singer Melissa Morgan.  I recently met Melissa when she performed here in Rye...OMG!!!  I was blown away.  Melissa's voice is outstanding.  She is a cross between Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald with a little Sarah Vaughan thrown in.   Unfortunately, you just missed her but can keep track of some of her future performances HERE.  She will be back in the NY area soon (she promised).  In the meanwhile, she has a great album and some fab songs on You Tube.  I have included some of my favs below!!! Bon Weekend!!!














And My ABSOLUTE Favorite for last!



OH...and did I forget to mention that Melissa has some very famous fans!!!!




Thursday, July 27, 2017

One Pot Cheesy Pasta and Chicken

This week's recipe is so amazing!!!  This one pot pasta is incredible.  It is such a fan favorite over here.  It's perfect for a hot summer night when you don't want turn on the stove....also it is a perfect dinner on those busy back to school nights!!!







adapted from the Slow Roasted Italian.com


8 ounces baby spinach leaves, divided
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil and Italian herbs, drained (about 7 ounces)
1 large yellow onion, sliced
1 pound uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1/2" bite size pieces)
6 garlic cloves, sliced
1 pound dry linguine
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
4 cups (32 ounces) chicken stock
1 cup (8 ounces) chardonnay wine
4 ounces fresh Parmesan cheese, shredded


Combine 1/2 of the spinach with the tomatoes, onion, chicken, garlic, linguine, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper in a 5-quart Dutch oven (I use my Le Creuset) over medium-high heat. Pour chicken stock and wine over top. Cover and bring to a boil.

Cook 7-9 minutes until pasta is al dente (with a bite to it). Toss pasta with tongs occasionally to keep the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pot. You will still have some liquid in the pan when the pasta is done cooking. This is going to make the base for our delicious cheese sauce.

Turn off the heat and add the cheese to the pasta. Toss pasta with tongs until the cheese melts into the pasta. Toss in remaining spinach. Serve and enjoy!



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

BLVD

I had such an amazing beauty experience yesterday......  I was invited to the new BLVD in Scarsdale, the first-ever multi brand beauty destination for a day of pampering!  BLVD houses 4 brands, DreamDry (Co-founded by Rachel Zoe), Pucker MakeUp, Spruce &Bond and Valley Nails, all in one incredibly chic salon.  The result is the most incredible fabulous beauty destination where you can partake in anything and everything related to beauty from the BEST in the business.  Enjoy Blowouts, Nail Art, Lash Extensions,  Makeup Applications, Laser Hair Removal, Brow Shaping and EVERYTHING in between!!!  The absolute best part........BLVD is offering NS Lifestyles Readers 20% off your first service or first package purchase (just mention it when you call to make your appointment) PLUS if you mention my name Nicole Steinthal you will get an ADDITIONAL $10 off your first service!!!!  RUN DON"T WALK TO BLVD!!!!  SEE YOU THERE!!!!





















Monday, July 24, 2017

Book Club Monday

I was having lunch the other day with a very fashionable friend and her daughter and she mentioned to me that she just purchased a bunch of books to take on her vacation.  One of the books sounded incredible so I had to share it with you!!!  It's The Party by Robin Harding!!  I am so excited to read this one.  I want to save it for when I am beach side but honestly,  I might not be able to wait.  Here is the story:


One invitation. A lifetime of regrets.


Sweet sixteen. It’s an exciting coming of age, a milestone, and a rite of passage. Jeff and Kim Sanders plan on throwing a party for their daughter, Hannah—a sweet girl with good grades and nice friends. Rather than an extravagant, indulgent affair, they invite four girls over for pizza, cake, movies, and a sleepover. What could possibly go wrong?



But things do go wrong, horrifically so. After a tragic accident occurs, Jeff and Kim’s flawless life in a wealthy San Francisco suburb suddenly begins to come apart. In the ugly aftermath, friends become enemies, dark secrets are revealed in the Sanders’ marriage, and the truth about their perfect daughter, Hannah, is exposed. - Amazon.com


How good does that sound?..and a little eerie...since my daughter just turned 16 this month!!!!!!  For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE.





Sunday, July 23, 2017

Weekend Real Estate Stalking

I showed you this beatuiful waterfront home a couple of weeks ago, HERE.  I just received more photos of the incredible property.  I thought you would really enjoy them.  How amazing is the view and the manicured lawn!!! For more information on this gorgeous home, contact Lee Prince. Happy Sunday!!!!!








Friday, July 21, 2017

Fashionable Friend Friday

Today's Fashionable Friend Friday is Dina Pfohl of R&D Beads.  I love when friends take their passion and turn it into something great.  Dina and her friend, Riki Link LOVE jewelry.  They have an eye for detail and use that combo to make the most beautiful jewelry pieces.  They design and painstakingly bead every piece.  Their necklaces and earrings and bracelets are incredible.  Dina and Riki are able to custom and ship any piece as well.  Here are some photos when I visited their showroom but you can check out their Instagram HERE.









Thursday, July 20, 2017

Taking Sometime Away From Focusing On This Heatwave

It is just too hot in the North East today.  I think this is our 3rd heatwave so far this summer!!!  I usually post a favorite recipe on Thursday but who can think about cooking.  SO today I am suggesting, ordering in or going out.  Before you do, here is an awesome video that my BC friend Pete Maddocks shot with BMW for Father's Day.  The spot is really just an amazing feel good piece so you can just breathe, enjoy and take a break from the heat.  Pete is so talented..I can't wait to see more...I know the next big thing for him is just around the corner..don't worry... I will keep you posted for sure...Stay Cool!!!!




Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Nordstrom Sale


Here are my picks from the Nordstrom Sale. You can scroll around below to see all my choices and click on the item for more information.  I know you are probably sick of hearing about the sale.  I sure am!!!  But I thought you might be interested in some of the items I really liked.  I was so surprised that most of the pieces are under $100.  Happy Shopping and I really hope this works as I am using a new site arrangement!!!!!



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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Shop Mucho

I love Mexican and South West clothing, and home decor. The website Shop Mucho has the cutest embroidered dresses and tops.  I love the way Pretty in Pink Megan styles a few looks below.  Those lanterns are so perfect for your patio and I also love all of their decorative pillows and accessories.  Shop Mucho is such an amazing find.  You have to check it out.  Also if you sign up with your email, you will get 10% off your order.  https://www.shopmucho.com  Happy Shopping!!!!  PS Stay tuned.......I will be styling my own Shop Mucho tunic on Instagram this week!!!!













Monday, July 17, 2017

Book Club Monday

We are switching gears with books today for this week's Book Club Monday.  If you LOVED, All The Light We Cannot See and Orphan Train you are going to absolutely LOVE today's pick,  The Diplomat's Daughter by Karin Tanabe.   It has been called "timeless" and "captivating" by the Washington Post....Here is the story:


During the turbulent months following the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor, twenty-one-year-old Emi Kato, the daughter of a Japanese diplomat, is locked behind barbed wire in a Texas internment camp. She feels hopeless until she meets handsome young Christian Lange, whose German-born parents were wrongfully arrested for un-American activities. Together, they live as prisoners with thousands of other German and Japanese families but discover that love can bloom in even the bleakest circumstances.

When Emi and her mother are abruptly sent back to Japan, Christian enlists in the United States Army, with his sights set on the Pacific front—and, he hopes, a reunion with Emi—unaware that her first love, Leo Hartmann, the son of wealthy of Austrian parents and now a Jewish refugee in Shanghai, may still have her heart.

Fearful of bombings in Tokyo, Emi’s parents send her to a remote resort town in the mountains, where many in the foreign community have fled. Cut off from her family, struggling with growing depression and hunger, Emi repeatedly risks her life to help keep her community safe—all while wondering if the two men she loves are still alive.

As Christian Lange struggles to adapt to life as a soldier, his unit pushes its way from the South Pacific to Okinawa, where one of the bloodiest battles of World War II awaits them. Meanwhile, in Japanese-occupied Shanghai, as Leo fights to survive the squalor of the Jewish ghetto, a surprise confrontation with a Nazi officer threatens his life. For each man, Emi Kato is never far from their minds.

Flung together by war, passion, and extraordinary acts of selflessness, the paths of these three remarkable young people will collide as the fighting on the Pacific front crescendos. With her “elegant and extremely gratifying” (USA TODAY) storytelling, Karin Tanabe paints a stunning portrait of a turning point in history. - Amazon.com

To purchase this book or for more information, click HERE

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Weekend Real Estate Stalking

This Weekend's Real Estate Stalking home is a gorgeous, stately home in White Plains!!!  The modern layout is so perfect for entertaining.....to see it for your self, contact Nicole Toal.