I often derive my fashion inspiration from what my friends are wearing. Granted I have fabulous friends with fabulous taste, but we all get into a fashion rut, even yours truly. Although there are days when I would prefer to walk around town in my workout clothes, I simply cannot bring myself do it, though I have tried many a time.
So when my friend Robin Terman, the jewelry designer, came by the other day, wearing a pair of high waisted flowy pants topped with this asymmetrical one shoulder top and her fabulous signature leather and diamond bar choker, I simply had to follow suit.
I pulled out these polka dot palazzo pants, that I acquired at the semi annual LF sale a couple of years ago, as they were the closest thing in my closet to what Robin was wearing. I scanned the Bloomies website for the Helmut Lang top she wore and purchased it during their Friends and Family sale….ka-ching! I am obsessed with Robin’s chokers and I wear this leather one almost daily. Rounding out the outfit are these black suede mules from Topshop.
One of the reasons that I began this blog was to share all things that inspire me to live fabulously, and this outfit definitely fits that bill.
1. Cut the butter into small pieces and refrigerate or freeze to make them cold.
2. Preheat the oven to 400˚F and set the rack in the middle.
3. Sift the flour with the salt and sugar into a large bowl. In a cup combine the vodka with 3 tbsp ice water.
4. Rub or cut the butter into the flour with your fingers to makea crumbly meal. You can also make the dough in a food processor, pulsing the butter and flour to a crumbly meal.
5. Slowly add the ice water and vodka while turning the mixture with fork or pulsing the food processor until he dough forms a ball.
6. Remove the dough ball from the bowl, divide it in half, and lightly pat each ball with flour. If you’re only making one crust wrap the second dough ball in plastic and refrigerate or freeze for later use.
7. Place the dough you are using between the sheets of parchment paper and roll out to a 10 or 11 inch disc. Remove one sheet of paper, lay the dough over a pie pan and peel off the remaining paper. Ease the dough into the pan; cut the excess and crimp the edges. Refrigerate for at least 5 minutes.
8. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and vanilla extract. With a pastry brush, lightly coat the sides and edge of the crust with the de wash to enhance the color.
9. Prick the bottom of the crust with a fork, line the parchment paper, and place dry beans or pie weights in the center, all the way to the sides. Blind bake the crust for 10 minutes. Let the crust cool completely on a wire rack. Then remove the parchment and weights.
2 tbsp. olive oil 1/4 shallots, thinly slices 1 1/2 cups baby spinach 4-5 strips Morning Star Veggie Strips 8 eggs 1 cup ricotta cheese 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg up to 1/2 cup milk 3 oz or 3/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated 1/4 to 1/2 tsp sea salt 1/4 to 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F and place a rack in the middle.
2. Prepare the pie crust as directed and set aside.
3. Heat the oil in a small skillet over high heat. Add the shallots and sautee until soft. Set aside to cool.
4. Wash, dry, and roughly chop the spinach.
5. Cook the bacon or veggie strips until crisp. Set aside to cool, then chop into bite sized pieces.
6. Crack the eggs into a large bowl and whisk to blend. Fold in the cooked shallots, ricotta cheese and nutmeg. Add the milk as necessary to loosen the mixture so that it is loose but not runny in the bowl. You may not need any.
7. Spread the spinach, bacon, and parmesan on the bottom of the crust, then pour the egg mixture over. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
8. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the center is set, the edges bubble, and the quiche appears golden across the top. Remove it to a wire rack to rest for 10 minutes before serving.
My friend, Isabel Madison, loved the look of a nude lip but couldn’t find the perfect shade for herself. So she did what any beautiful, smart and ambitious woman would do; she went out and developed her own line of Nude Lipsticks. Nude Envie comes in a array of nude shades and I guarantee you will find your perfect match. I personally love “Rush,” but I have a lot of natural color in my lip, so this one was perfect for me. On days where I just want to look like I have something on my lip, I will swipe “Pure,” and feel like I have dressed them in a very sheer and natural way. There is a universal liner that goes with every color. These colors are a must for every woman who wants to look polished but not “made up!” Brava Isabel!
I have always shied away from dry shampoo because of how the white powder residue shows up on my dark hair. Now that I have the problem of grey roots, this dry shampoo does double duty. It freshens my hair between shampoos, and covers the grey!
Like many of you I have a terrible sugar addiction. I have to shy away from it completely, or I will overindulge. My nutritionist, Susan Cohen, turned me on to these little treats for those desperate times when I need something sweet but do not want to start dipping into dangerous territory. Each little cake comes individually packaged with its own spoon, is 95 calories and only 4.5 grams of sugar. I took these to the Hollywood Bowl and handed them out to my dinner companions for a lower calorie dessert indulgence. The reviews are in….FABULOUS!
I found this hand cream at a local beauty supply store (La Peer Beauty Supply), and am I ever glad that I did. I keep one in the house and one in the car. It is treated with Retinol, the anti oxidant, Emblica and Broad Spectrum SPF 15 sunscreen. It is both moisturizing and has a pleasant fragrance. What I like most is the fact that it is protecting my hands from further sun and environmental damage while moisturizing and improving their look immediately.