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Friday, October 12, 2018

Powder Gel Manicure

I noticed a few bloggers that I collaborate with have the best manicures.  I asked them about it and they all told me that they get gel manicures but not just the regular gels, powder gel manicures.  I was impressed.  In every photo, their nails are always perfect.  I have tried regular gel manicures in the past and they really don't work for me. My nails peel within the week and never look great.  I decided to give the powder gel a try.  The label says it is the 21 day manicure.  I definitely can get the powder gel to last over 2 weeks but I'm still waiting to hit the 21 day mark.  But still not bad and my nails look awesome...better than they ever have.  And the damage to my nails have been much less than the gel manicures in the past.  Now I hope I can keep it up...Here is the procedure:

To apply, you first need to use a bond polish to the whole nail to make sure the color sticks, followed by a base coat to 3/4 of the nail. Next, dip your nail into a primer-like natural powder, then do another coat of the bond. After that, you dip your nail into the powder color of your choice and tap off the excess powder, then apply another coat of the base, and do another dip into the powder. Finally, brush on one last coat of the base and let your nails air dry. 

I've been getting my powder nails done at Tiffany Nails on the Post Rd in Rye (across from Jerry's) but most local nail places do the powder gel.  It costs about the same as a regular gel manicure.  I use color P38 (color numbers may vary), which is the closest to Ballet Slippers.  Bon Weekend!!!!

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

One Pan Autumn Chicken Dinner

Last weekend, a very special reader, Krissy, sent this great Fall dinner recipe to me.  She tried it for a recent dinner party and it was a HUGE hit.  I am so excited to try it this weekend.  Krissy said that even though you can use chicken breasts, it comes out best, using the bone in thighs!!!!  Bon Appetit!!!

adapted from Cooking Classy

  • Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh herbs – rosemary, thyme, sage
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Garlic
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Sweet potato
  • Fuji apples (or other sweet baking apples)
  • Bacon
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Place pour in 2 Tbsp olive oil, red wine vinegar, herbs and garlic into a gallon size resealable bag. Add chicken and season with salt and pepper then rub mixture over chicken.
Let rest while you prep remaining ingredients.
Add sweet potatoes, apples, Brussels sprouts, and shallots to a rimmed 18 by 13-inch baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 Tbsp olive oil, season with salt and pepper then toss to coat.
Spread into an even layer.
Top with chicken pieces and sprinkle bacon over veggie/apple mixture.

Roast in preheated oven until chicken has cooked through and veggies are tender, about 30 – 35 minutes, broil during last few minutes for more browned crispy chicken skin. Serve warm.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Food Cravings......

I saw this chart on the wall of my doctor's office.  I thought it was so interesting...there are so many articles that help with healthy eating or tips for weight loss but very little to help control cravings.  I love this...and think it is worth a try the next time we are all craving a chocolate bar or cookie!!!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Calling All Manolo Fans

For one day only, Thursday,  October 11th there will be a Manolo Blahnik Sample Sale opened to the public.  The sale will be held on the second floor of the Warwick Hotel and there will be an assortment of brand new styles starting at $75.  When you get to the event (it starts at 11) you will get a number and have to wait your turn but my sources tell me that this is def. worth the wait.  Here is a re-cap from last year's sale HERE.

Manolo Sale Sample Sale
Thursday, October 11th 
Sale opens: 11am and closes when the inventory dwindles (usually 3pm - 4pm)
The Warwick Hotel, 54th Street and 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor
Cash only!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Tootsie The Musical

Get ready for the next sensational spring musical coming to Broadway, Tootsie!!!   The show opens Spring 2019 and we have a group reserved for mezzanine seating on 4/10.  The tickets are $130 each.  This is show is one that cannot be missed!!!! EMAIL me to reserve your spot!!!

A musical adventure for the entire audience, Tootsie - Musical is a musical show that is not to be missed. From the first uttered note of this fantastic musical to the final rousing chorus, Tootsie - Musical promises to entertain during every spectacular moment of the show

Friday, October 5, 2018

New Leaf Financial Advisors

I recently met with the founders of New Leaf Financial Advisors, Patti and Hilary.  I really wanted to talk with them to learn a little bit more about their business and how they can help my readers.  Their goal as a company is to provide a balance between education and guidance for their clients to gain knowledge over their finances, leading to a greater well being.   No matter who in your family is in charge of the finances, I feel like there are always questions....Patti and Hilary are an incredible wealth of knowledge.  They hold complimentary workshops at Serendipity Labs in Rye with very interesting, relevant topics. The invite to their next one is below...In the meanwhile, here are some very interesting topics they will be discussing with us on future posts/workshops.  Definitely take a second to check out their website.

Things we will be discussing with Hilary and Patti.....stay tuned (and more to come)
- Estate Planning.
- Financial Planning after a life change.
- How will your doctor going concierge affect your finances?
-Is your portfolio diversified enough?
-Taxes, Taxes, Taxes.
-Helping our high school/college age/recent grads learn to financial plan and budget.
- Credit Score 101, for all ages.
-Retirement Planning.
-Clever ways to save a little bit of money each month.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Fall Apple Caramel Bread Pudding

This amazing Fall Apple Caramel Bread Pudding recipe comes today from Watson's Catering and Events.  I thought it was perfect timing for all the local apple picking and the varieties of apples in the supermarket.  This recipe is just a sampling of what is on Watson's fall menu.  They have so many wonderful new things for you to enjoy at all of your fall cocktail parties, football viewing parties, dinner parties, book club coffees and so much more.  And it is never to early to start Holiday Party planning so hurry and get Watson's on your calendar so they can work their entertaining magic...Bon Appetit!

Fall Apple Caramel Bread Pudding!!!

Serves: 8

4 cups day old brioche or challah bread (medium dice)

1 cup milk

1 cup cream

2 eggs

½ tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. nutmeg

½ tsp. vanilla extract

½ raisins

1 apple (small dice)

2 tbsp. butter

1 oz. bourbon

1 tbsp. brown sugar

We recommend 2” ramekins for individual portions.


• Preheat oven to 350°. 
• Cut bread and lay it out on a sheet pan.
• Drizzle bread with melted butter and bake for 4 minutes until crispy. (this will help keep it’s shape when it soaks)
• Heat milk and cream in a sauce pan and bring to a simmer.
• In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract. Mix well.
• Slowly add the combined eggs, sugar and spices to the hot milk/cream and stir well.
• Peel and cut apple and put in a sauce pan with bourbon. Add raisins and brown sugar and heat on low, just to slightly soften approximately 2 mins.
• Add to liquid bowl as well as the bread cubes and let soak for 5-10. Pour batter into a greased ramekin and bake for 20 mins.

• Let set for 10 minutes before removing from ramekins. Serve warm.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Mirror Mirror On The Wall

I am so in love with the recent window at our Sponsor's Patdo Light Studio.  Patdo has been the go to for me and my mom for years for lighting and decorative accents for the home.  I am so happy that they devoted their fall window to all the gorgeous mirrors that they stock.  Mari-Lou at Patdo has the best taste so Contact Her with any questions on any of the items featured below.  Also another reader contacted me today to tell me that all the Kalffs locations have closed and she is soooo thankful for the HUGE selection at Patdo.  It was a lifesaver for her...she went in and did one shop shopping, with the best customer service, for her entire renovation.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Whole Foods Haul

Now that the school year is back in full swing...I keep getting asked, what are some of our favorite healthy snacks to send to school with my kids. I usually do my big weekly shop (meats, fruits, La Croix, milk (almond), veggies, etc) at Pea Pod Stop and Shop and supplement with a few of our favorite things from Whole Foods.  It usually varies from week to week but I did a short video of some of the staples that come home with us almost every time we shop there.  I hope you like these and let me know some of your Whole Foods Favs!!!  

Monday, October 1, 2018

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Happy October!!!!! but we are already starting to think about the Holiday season....We have a limited number of tickets for Harry Potter on Broadway for 2 dates in the new year, January 6th (for those families who have college students home on break) and February 10th.  This show is seen in two parts, Part 1, the Matinee at 2:00 and Part 2, at 7.  The cost per ticket is $525 for both parts for the January show and $450 for the February show.  What a perfect family Holiday gift.  This show is so popular and we are really lucky to get the group pricing.  The same tickets are selling on stub hub for sooo much more...Email me nicolesteinthal@Me.com to reserve your spot.  There will be a printed flyer sent to you explaining your gift of the show for you to put under the tree!!!!  Lastly, here is the summary of the show!!!

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, received its world premiere in June 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London, where it plays to sold-out houses.

The critically acclaimed play has won 22 major theatre awards in the UK and is the most-awarded play in the history of Britain’s prestigious Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play and Best Director.

Friday, September 28, 2018

My Paris Guide

Over the summer, my husband and I went to Paris with our kids for the first time..I had been there previously, but I really wanted to make this trip special for their first time visiting the City Of Lights!!!  When I got back, a good friend asked me to share some of the places that we went.  I thought about it and decided to share the email that I sent to her with all of you.  Below please find all of my must do's in Paris.....Bon Weekend!!! 

*Dinner at Le Relais de l’Entrecote. (Arrive by 6:45 to get in line for the doors to open at 7pm or you’ll have to wait for an hour or so!!).  There are no menus but they serve only 1 thing..the best steak frites in Paris…there are lines all night long it is that good.

*Marche aux Puces flea market:  You have to get into the antique section. Just follow all the well-dressed women.:)

*Montmartre/Sacre Coeur: Wander via Rue des Martyrs.Use your google maps to get you here. So many good food shops and sweet places to stop along the way!  I had the best brie and baguette sandwich here!!!!

*The Marais for shopping, & dinner (there is great street art here) 

*Breizh for amazing sweet and savory crepes. We loved the artichoke one!!!  You need a reservation!  There are cute shops around here too.

*Cafe St. Regis on Ile St. Louis (French toast “le pain perdu” is a fav!!!!)

*We went to Angelina on Rue De Rivoli 3 times during our trip..this is the amazing cafe that was Coco Chanel’s favorite…she sat at table 10.  Try the hot chocolate and the Mount Blanc…but everything is delicious…my kids loved the chocolate croissants

*Notre Dame Cathedral and Sainte Chapelle (this is made of all stained glass windows….sooo cool).

Musee d’Orsay & Musee Rodin (this was the first Sacred Heart school..the grounds are amazing and there is a cafe there…you can stop for an ice cream or coffee).  The Thinker statue is in the center of the courtyard..its incredible.

Eiffel Tower..you can take the lift up the tower…there is an amazing restaurant there https://www.lejulesverne-paris.com/en

Bateaux Mouches (can buy ticket for boat when you arrive. Last sailing around 10pm).  I loved this so much.

The Louvre is a MUST...  here are the highlights... the maps they give out help a lot:)and Angelina is right across the street on Rue de Rivoli.  Its pretty crowded.    
 - Winged Victory (on the way to the Mona Lisa)
- Mona Lisa
- Feast of Cana (in the same room)
- Delacroix painting from the French Revolution (in the next room over from ML)
- Hammurabi’s Code
- Venus di Milo
- Egyptian Mummies

The Carousel Du Louvre is a walkway of fun shops!!!  Exit the museum from there.

Champs Elysees for macarons at Laduree (this is the flagship). 

Cooking class at La Cuisine Paris (check actual listings of what classes they have closer to the date on here).  They have macaroon classes and French baking classes.  It gets filled up so book in advance.

I also love Kong..it was the restaurant where Carrie met Aleksandr’s wife for lunch on Sex and the City. There is a great view of the city and the decor is awesome.

Galeries Lafayette for shopping..there is a cool rooftop where there are great views of the city as well.  There are also some fun shops around GL.  

Rue Royale and Champs Elysees have great shopping.

Versailles is a must do.  There is a Laduree and Angelina there too. My friend and her daughter love Versailles so much they just want to plan their next trip to stay there the entire time!!!!!!

If you like Nobu..the Paris one is so cool...

This time we stayed at https://hotelducollectionneur.com/?&gclid=Cj0KCQjw-o_bBRCOARIsAM5NbIPUdR9yWDWvzFvh2qV-A5bETjIIyE8Dz4je_sFUSrJ9k7CcLNZp9C8aAlJ4EALw_wcB.  It was totally americanized…we saw the Eiffel Tower from our room…so the night show was amazing to watch every night.  The rooms were awesome and big.  Check Hotels.com for great deals.  I did not make it to the spa.  I wanted to because it sounded amazing!!!  My kids and I would sit in the gorgeous courtyard and have snacks…
I’ve stayed in boutique hotels before…my favorite is http://www.hoteldaubusson.com/en/.  

Here is one last thing that I have always wanted to do but never have..it is the In Coco Chanel’s footsteps tour..https://www.viator.com/tours/Paris/Coco-Chanels-Paris/d479-6327P4

And here are my photos.......

Always take the time to look up... Le Tour Eiffel

Here is Le Relais de l’Entrecote at 11pm..look at the line!!

Musee D'Orsay 

The Musee D'Orsay restaurant was very cool!!!

Ile Flottante

Notre Dame

I always wanted to be like Carrie Bradshaw and wake up and see the Eiffel Tower from my hotel room window!!!!

The first Sacred Heart Chapel.  See the Sacred Heart image in the top window?

A closer look!!

 My girls lighting a candle at the final resting place of St. Madeline Sophie Barat's (our school's foundress).

Spotted...A fellow Paris shopper..a true fashionista!!

The first Sacred Heart school founded in the 1800's.
 Here is the date from the window in the original chapel!

Another View

Even the bikes in Paris are chic!!!!

The Mt. Blanc at Angelina!!

 The Tuileries

Angelina..here is where Coco Chanel had her coffee everyday...she sat at table #10 which is right in the middle of the mural!!!

  Sacred Heart Schools were founded for the "sake of a single child" and here is the statue of the same title and the foundress.

L'Arc De Triumph...it gets me every-time!!!  Its so Les Miz with the hanging French flag!!!

 The glass pyramid at the Louvre is one of my most favorite sites in Paris..do you know why?!???..I worked in the same Madison Ave building as the incredible IM Pei (the architect) for years...and rode the elevator in the presence of his greatness a lot...(Howard Stern was also in that building but that's for another post)!!!!!!!

Sainte Chapelle

Galleries Lafayette

Oh how I wish we were still there!!!