My mom and sister came to visit this Valentine's Day. We were able to celebrate together with my girls. My husband is in London, but his treats await his return and sadly my son is at school (hopefully eating all of the boxes of Girl Scout cookies that I sent to him this week!!). So it was just us girls. I really wanted to make a fun cocktail to celebrate this special day together...They LOVED it...I am so excited to share it with you!!!! Happy Heart Day Everyone....
Happy Heart Cocktail Recipe
(recipe from St Germain)
Muddle the strawberry, simple syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.Add ice, vodka or gin, and shake well.Strain over fresh ice in a collins glass.Top with Brut Rosé or Brut Champagne.Garnish with a strawberry.
For years, I use to throw a Valentine's Coffee. How perfect to spend Valentine's Day with your besties. I have not hosted the Galentine's Coffee for ages, but if I did it this year, these photos would be my inspiration for sure!!! There is always next year!!!!!
New Year....New Skin...Here are some of my tried and true skin care products that I have been using constantly. Proper skin care is a chore. It is a combination of home care and in office treatments. I get regular derma-planing (every 6 weeks) at Skin Westchester and use the following to maintain at home. I think that consistency is the key to good skin. Whenever I stray from my routine, disaster strikes....Happy Cleansing!!!!
This week's choice, My Absolute Darling, by Gabriel Tallent, is a NYT INSTANT best seller, it is also a NYT's and Washington Post's most notable reads for 2017, and USA today, Amazon and NPR Book of the Year. So I thought we really needed to add it to our list...Here is the story:
Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father.
Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. What follows is a harrowing story of bravery and redemption. With Turtle's escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, the reader watches, heart in throat, as this teenage girl struggles to become her own hero—and in the process, becomes ours as well. - Amazon.com For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE.
Our next Broadway outing is scheduled for May 14th at 7:00: Ain't Too Proud To Beg, the Life and Times of the Temptations. We have a few dozen orchestra tickets at $140 each. Email me to save your spot...I have added the show summary below and a you tube video of the rehearsal. I cannot wait to see it!!!!
Ain't Too Proud follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. Through friendship and betrayal amid the civil unrest that tore America apart, their moving and personal story still resonates five decades later.
Ain’t Too Proud features an iconic score made up of The Temptations’ legendary songs including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” The creative team includes Robert Brill (scenic design), Paul Tazewell (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design) and Peter Nigrini (projection design). Orchestrations are by Harold Wheeler with music direction and arrangements by Kenny Seymour. - Broadway.com
I am so happy to announce a new sponsor, Outdoor's Contained. I have admired their gorgeous floral works on Instagram for a while now. The containers and arrangements (for both inside and outside) that they create are out of this world fabulous!!!! This Valentine's Day they are offering the most beautiful floral arrangement, for delivery in the Westchester, lower Fairfield areas, in 3 sizes to accommodate all budgets. I have included the sample photo below. To order your's email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also forward this LINK to your husbands, just to make sure your order goes in for Heart Day!!!! I am so excited to feature more posts on Outdoors Container with you in the upcoming months. Stay tuned.....
Over the weekend I went to see the Kips Bay Palm Beach Show House. I have gone to the Kip Bay Show House in NYC for the past 5 years and when the second outpost opened in Palm Beach, it was on my list to eventually get there. I missed last year's so I am so glad that the stars aligned and I was able to visit the house while I was in Florida for a quick get a away with my book club girls!!!! We all loved the decor. Every room was so cherry and bright. Such perfect choices for a Florida home. It was very hard to choose my favorite room but I do think that I narrowed it down for you!!!! If you are in the Palm Beach area, def stop by. It closes on Feb 20th!!!
This was my favorite room by NY designer Meg Braff Designs. I love her use of color and we absolutely fell in love with her closet filled with vintage caftans!!! Check out her site, her interiors are incredible and she has a stunning wallpaper line as well!!
Over the weekend, a friend recommended this week's book choice to me. I have read many reviews and such positive comments on The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. Here is the story:
This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.
“The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story about the extremes of human behavior existing side by side: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not be drawn in, confronted and moved. I would recommend it unreservedly to anyone, whether they’d read a hundred Holocaust stories or none.”—Graeme Simsion, internationally-bestselling author of The Rosie Project
In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.
Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.
One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.
A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions. - Amazon.com
For more information or to order this book, click HERE.