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Friday, November 30, 2018

More of My Favorite Gifts

I cannot tell you how many times people stop me around town or text me that they LOVE the Amazon gift guide.  I have a whole bunch coming your way in the next few weeks (oh and some non Amazon too!!!).  I hope you enjoy this week's favorite gifts.  There are some real winners here!!  Bon Weekend!!!!



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These festive napkin rings are perfect if you are hosting a Christmas dinner or for anyone who likes to entertain!

My son actually pointed this out to me...perfect for a teen age or college age child!!!!!

I love these beaded ornament kits....it would be so much fun to get a few and have your girlfriends over for an ornament making party....

There are so many designs to choose from!!!!

They also make a great gift for all ages...this one is sooo gorgeous!!!!

Can you tell I am obsessed!???!??!?!

I read that this sleep aid is on top of many people's wish list....

This is so great as a teacher gift!!!!

My girls are going to LOVE this necklace!!!!

I have seen this "IT" bag on other sites for triple the price....it also comes in so many fun colors!!!




Thursday, November 29, 2018

Holly Jolly Punch

It's time for some Holly Jolly Punch!!!  If you are running around shopping, decorating and wrapping you are truly ready for a rest and a cocktail and this is the one for you!!!!  Bottoms Up!!!!


image The Cocktail Project

adapted from The Cocktail Project

1 part DeKuyper® Triple Sec Liqueur
  • 2 parts Pinnacle® Original Vodka
  • 3 parts Cranberry Juice
  • 6 parts Ginger Ale
  • 2 parts Orange Juice
  • Cinnamon Allspice
  • Nutmeg
Add ingredients to a punch bowl and stir. Slowly stir in orange juice concentrate as it melts. Add spices to taste, and garnish with orange slices.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Home Goods Holiday Re-Cap

I know I owe you a Home Goods re-cap.  I thought I would do one focusing on Holiday decor.  My Home Goods was full of items.  Things do really go fast but they are replenishing everyday.  I think I am going to have to go back next week!!!  Everything was found at the Home Goods in Port Chester.  This store seems to have the best selection, second to Westport!!!  Happy Shopping...Let me know what you end up buying, I'd love to hear!!!

I have been looking for this faux fur garland for 2 years now....It is so beautiful on a tree.   I bought one and could not find another....Lucky for you they had a whole end cap full!!!!

I love these decorated felt trees.  They had larger ones too but this trio caught my eye...

These storage baskets are so chic!!!

You know I cannot resist bar accessories!!!

Or anything hair calf!!!

There were tons of items for a Hot Chocolate Bar!!!  We will be setting one up soon!!!!  Def a highlight of the Holiday season!!!!

There were a bunch of decorative santas and Christmas trees.  I loved this metal tree (there was a pair) and this is the cutest white fur Santa..I cannot believe I left him there!!!

There was also a ton of Le Creuset in every shape, size and color!!!  They really do make the best gifts.

They had these evergreen centerpieces again this year....If I didn't have a round dining table, one would def have come home with me...the one with the gold antlers is my favorite!!!

How cute are these Hermes orange colored storage boxes......such a great gift!!!

I LOVE these trees...they would make such a statement placed on either side of a fireplace...

Also these mercury glass red trees are incredible and there were sooo many..I love the way all the patterns look together!!!!

How great is this xlarge candle?!?....another fab gift!!!!  I love the color!!

These bar stools are gorgeous..I wish I had a place for them!!!!!  The gold legs are perfect.

I am really into mixing plaids this year on my tablesetting...stay tuned!!!!

These red crystal glasses would enhance any beverage!!!!!!

Another regret...my son would LOVE this lucite Jenga game.....I should have bought it.

There was the most gorgeous selection of napkin rings...

These reindeer and rattan trees are so fabulous!!!  A great neutral decoration.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

The Importance Of A Lighting Plan

A lighting plan can make all the difference in home decor.  Most people do not know how important it is.  Having the proper mix of overhead lighting, wall lighting and table lighting can change the entire mood of a room.  I recently visited the "Light Lab" at Patdo Lighting and was so impressed with all the elements they can add to each room in your home.  Partner's Mari Lou Nania and Gary Novasel are truly experts in their field.  I was able to sit down with Gary and have him explain exactly what creating a lighting plan can do.  Whether it is a new construction or simply just sprucing up one room, they can certainly lend a hand!!!!




One of the most enjoyable parts of being a Lighting Designer is when I work with a new client who has never used a lighting designer before. Throughout the design and specification process they are constantly amazed at the depth and breadth of the information and factors that we need to get into to create a proper design. There are questions about life style and family activities, artwork and collections (and protection from UV) , flexibility, furnishing style, finishes and placement, texture, wall, floor and ceiling finishes, structure and plenum, insulation, Electrical, Energy and Life Safety Codes,  lighting’s effect on color, color rendition (CRI), color temperature, energy savings, dimming and control, flexibility, drama, functional and shadow free task lighting, the psychological factors of light, construction details and constraints, craftsmanship, budget, product lead times, fixture size, aperture shape and glare control, maintenance, environmental impact, security, and on, and on, and on…..It is this depth and  diversity of  required information that I think best defines the process and practice of Lighting Design.

“I had no idea!” Clients say, “ I  just thought you just went to the Home Center and put a light in the middle of the room or have the Electrician go to the Supply House and install a couple of downlights in the corners”. This is what I call, “Lighting as a Commodity”.

Lighting is THE most powerful, yet UNDER-UTILIZED  design tools available.   When we treat lighting as a “commodity” we miss out on enormous opportunities to transform our environments as well as the joy of living and working in  properly lit environments.  

It is  when our client’s projects are complete, furnishings and artwork are in place and Patdo has aimed and adjusted all of the lighting, that we get to hear the BEST comments, “Wow, I had no idea how beautiful my home could be.”  I will NEVER build again without a Lighting Designer on board!”  “I’m going to tell all my friends not to DARE do a project without Patdo.”

Frank Lloyd Wright called lighting, “the great revealer of form”. He made this statement  in the context of the very crude and early  lighting equipment  available to him in his day. Just imagine the power of lighting now with today’s amazing new LED technologies and products at our disposal!








Monday, November 26, 2018

Andy Warhol for Christmas

Who's ready to give Andy Warhol this Christmastime?  We have hired Emily McElweath, Warhol expert, to lead our group on a tour of the Warhol exhibit at the Whitney Museum.  What a great gift for your mom, sister, BFF, etc.   Here is the museum's blurb about this once in a lifetime exhibit....

Few American artists are as ever-present and instantly recognizable as Andy Warhol (1928–1987). Through his carefully cultivated persona and willingness to experiment with non-traditional art-making techniques, Warhol understood the growing power of images in contemporary life and helped to expand the role of the artist in society. This exhibition—the first Warhol retrospective organized by a U.S. institution since 1989—reconsiders the work of one of the most inventive, influential, and important American artists. Building on a wealth of new materials, research and scholarship that has emerged since the artist’s untimely death in 1987, this exhibition reveals new complexities about the Warhol we think we know, and introduces a Warhol for the 21st century.

For more information or to hold your spot, EMAIL ME.  A certificate announcing your gift will be available for you to put under the tree.




Friday, November 23, 2018

Statement Earrings for Black Friday

This Black Friday I plan on getting a Starbucks and spending the day online starting my Christmas Shopping. I feel like the list gets longer and longer each year.  I will admit that I do wait for this day to get a few things for myself.  I stock up on embellished sweaters....Saks Off Fifth and Last Call have great ones.  Mostly, the ones that were in the store last season for $$$$ and they are both having huge sales and addition percentages off!!! It's worth a check...but back to the earrings....I am going to buy a bunch of statement earrings for clients and friends.  I know that there are gorgeous ones out there but wayyyyyy over my budget...here are some really fabulous ones for way less...you might even get a few for your self!!!  Happy Shopping!!!!! (oh some even have coupons for additional $ off)




Acrylic is sooo HUGE this year......

I saw this same style at Anthropologie...sooooo great for Holiday parties!!!!

This has a great glitz look...but not too much...just right!!!!!!!

I saw another blogger wearing these on Instagram...I just ordered them for myself!!!!

Last year I bought the identical pair at Zara and wore them on New Years Eve....I get so many compliments every time I wear them...

I think these might be my favorite....I love anything with turquoise!!!

You cannot go wrong with this pair...I think they make the most amazing gift!!!!

Such a gorgeous earrings...esp for someone going someplace warm soon!!!

And here is the smaller version

Lastly a perfect earring for all your Holiday parties..I love all the colors!!!!





Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Crockpot Magic

I made this recipe for my family visiting this week and all I can say is that it was MAGIC!!!!!  Everyone was obsessed!!!!   The only thing left to say is that you HAVE TO TRY IT!!!!!!!

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  • 1 – 16 oz jar(s) unsalted peanuts
  • 1 – 16 oz. jar(s) salted peanuts
  • 1 – 12 oz bag(s) semi – chocolate chips
  • 1 – 12 oz bag(s) milk chocolate chips
  • 2 – 10 oz bag(s) peanut butter chips
  • 2 – 1 lb pkg white almond bark or vanilla candy coating (I used white chocolate chips)

  • Layer all ingredients in a large crockpot (starting with peanuts). Turn the pot on low, cover with lid, and leave sitting for 2 hours. Then, remove lid and stir to combine. Replace lid and leave sitting for another 30 minutes. Stir again and then spoon mixture on to wax paper or non-stick aluminum foil. Allow to harden for at least 1 hour. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Thanksgiving Mac And Cheese

A good friend of mine, Todd Wood started a food blog called It Happens At The Bean.  I have to say it is one of the best I have seen, in the food and recipe category.  He is such a talented self taught cook and posts a lot of his own family recipes that have been passed down by generations.  This week he posted a crowd pleasing mac and cheese and I thought I would share it with you in case you need something else to round out your Turkey Day menu.  You are going to LOVE this....I cannot wait to make it myself!!!!

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  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large heavy pot, cook the macaroni in salted water according to package directions until al dente. Drain in a colander and run under cool water to prevent carryover cooking; set aside.
  2. Return the same pot to medium heat, Melt 3 tablespoons butter and whisk in the flour. Cook until the flour is lightly golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Slowly pour in milk and continuously whisk while it thickens. Add dry mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, hit sauce, and simmer 4 to 5 minutes. Fold in cheese with a rubber spatula. Turn off heat and gently fold in macaroni.
  3. Transfer the pasta–cheese mixture to a buttered 2-quart baking dish and smooth over the top. Bake until bubbling and the top is golden brown, 40-45 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes prior to serving warm.


THIS casserole pan is perfect for cooking mac and cheese!!!

Monday, November 19, 2018

IT'S BACK!!!!!........The Blog Holiday Sale

It's back!!!!!!!..our Holiday blog sale...this year there are 7 new styles to choose from.  They are all soo incredible in person.  Today a friend who bought the camel poncho wore it with black pants and leopard shoes and big gold hoops...she looked adorable.  These make great gifts and are hard to resist for yourself.  The price for all the styles are $160.  They all all made of the finest cashmere and fox fur.  To purchase or for more information, EMAIL ME.






This style is available in all black...collar and poncho!!!!






Thursday, November 15, 2018

Spinach Artichoke Bomb

Do you need an appetizer for Thanksgiving?  I found one for you.  I have not made this yet but my sister arrives this weekend and we are going to try it.  I think it would be perfect for any crowd.  It looks like it might even steal the show. Bon Appetit!!!


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adapted from Delish.com
INGREDIENTS
10 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. finely chopped artichoke hearts
1/2 c. finely chopped spinach
1 1/4 c. shredded mozzarella
1 c. freshly grated Parmesan
Garlic clove, minced
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. butter, melted
1 tsp. parsley, minced
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
can crescent sheet dough


DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a small cooking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, artichoke hearts, spinach, mozzarella, parmesan, garlic and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Form into one large ball.
  2. Roll crescent dough out on prepared baking sheet and place cheese ball in center. Wrap dough around cheese ball and seal. Flip over so that the clean side is up.
  3. Combine melted butter with parsley and garlic powder. Brush all over ball and bake until golden, about 25 minutes. Serve.
To buy the Butter Brush for this recipe, click HERE.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

A Green and Gold Thanksgiving

It's crunch time!!!  Thanksgiving is only a week away.  I will be setting up my tables at the end of the week.....I love the idea of a Gold and Green Thanksgiving.  It's gives the day a cool farm to table vibe with just enough holiday glitz.  Here are some of the photos I am using for my inspiration!!!!!


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image homestead128.com

image frysauceandgrits.com

image arsenicandoldplace.com

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Book Club Monday

Today's Book Club Monday choice is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.    This book has been describes as endearing, simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking must read.  This story is soon to be made into a motion picture produced by Reece Witherspoon. Here is the story:

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. 

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fineis the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . . - Amazon.com 

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

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Friday, November 9, 2018

HEALTHSAPIENS

How would you like to have unlimited access to a doctor 24/7 no matter where you are, home or away (in all 50 states)?  All you would have to do is call or log in and set up an appointment and a doctor would call you back or video chat you, within an hour,  listen to your symptoms, discuss and treatment plan and call in your prescription to the pharmacy of your choice. 

All of this from your home, NO long urgent care lines, NO waiting for days for an appointment, NO going out when you feel like you can't get out of bed.  

Honestly, I have been a member of HealthSapiens for 6 months now and it is incredible.  I only pay $20 a month for my entire family ($15 a month for an individual) and we have all used the services at least once.  There are no other costs, except for the actual prescription, which your insurance should cover (or at least mine has every time).

The doctors are very professional and thorough and they are literally a phone call away.   They treat all ages from young children to the elderly.  Common conditions treated are cough, sinus infection, sore throat, bronchitis, vomiting, stomach issues, fever, pink eye, cold, flu, headache, weight concerns, stop smoking, depression and anxiety.  

For more information or to sign up for this invaluable service, click HERE.  TRUST me you will not regret this one.....