Game, Set, Match!

  • 21st June 2013

Whether it’s breakfast at Wimbledon, a Derby Festival or Cricket, these chic, sporty pullovers definitely give the nod to old-school sporting style.

 

 

Tommy Hilfiger Cricket Jumper

Tommy Hilfiger

Cary Grant Tennis Sweater

Cary Grant dapper in a tennis sweater. Photo Courtesy of: Gentlemansgazette.com

 

You can do the oversize cable-knit as a sweater dress with a gauzy slip-like skirt.   Or, don a form fitting version with a crested blazer, channeling Naomi Watts as Lady Diana….

 

Naomi Watts Tennis Sweater & Crested Blazer

Naomi Watts as Princess Diana. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Italy

Ralph Lauren Wimbledon Collection

The look of Ralph Lauren. Official sponsor of Wimbledon 2013

 

 

 

Some of our favorites:

 

Joseph Ecru Wool Cotton V-Neck Pullover

 

 

Joseph Ecru Wool Cotton V-Neck Pullover, stylebop.com, $434

 

 

Tory Burch Ozzy Sweater
Lacoste 75th Anniversary Long Sleeve Cable Knit Cricket Sweater

 

 

Tory Burch, Ozzy Sweater, toryburch.com $206.50

Lacoste 75th Anniversary Long Sleeve Cable Knit Cricket Sweater, shop.lacoste.com

 

Definitely add the ‘tennis sweater’ or ‘cricket pull-over’ to your wardrobe this summer and even as the fans at Wimbledon dissipate, you can wear it well into the fall….whatever you do, don’t pair it with a pleated mini skirt of any kind—stick to pencil, gauzy silk/chiffon or pants.

 

Tommy Hilfiger Cricket Jumper
Tennis Sweater

Tennis Sweater. Photo Courtesy of: Gentlemansgazette.com

 

 

It’s a ‘Cinch’ with White!

  • 18th June 2013

Summer’s single most sought-after accessory may just be the perfect white belt!  Slap it around a shirt-dress from two seasons past and it looks immediately chic and au courant.  Skinny or extra wide, patent or matte it works wonders on any outfit from short shorts to a jumpsuit.

 

giulietta

Giulietta. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.fr

Prabal Gurung

Prabal Gurung. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.fr

 

 

Try it extra wide:

 

White Belt Elle

Photo Courtesy of: Elle

 

 

 

Alaïa perforated wide belt

 

 

Alaïa perforated wide belt, farfetch.com, $1225.05

 

 

Embossed White Belt Top Shop
Embossed White Belt Top Shop

 

 

 

Embossed Wide Belt, topshop.com, $80.00

 

 

The Sleek Look of Michael Kors:

Michael Kors Navy Skirt with White Belt

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

Michael Kors Navy Skirt with White Belt

 

White Coat Michael Kors

Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar Hong Kong

 

 

Mix Textures:
Emilio Pucci Canvas & Leather Belt

 

 

Emilio Pucci Canvas/Leather Belt, stylebop.com, $895.00

 

Pair it with any blousey dress!

 

Emilio Pucci Blouse Dress
Emilio Pucci Blouse Dress

 

 

 

You can do White on White:

 

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

Michael Kors

Michael Kors. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.fr

 

 

 

Keep it Simple:

 

Shorts Vogue India

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue India

Josie Natori

Josie Natori. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.fr

 

Kate Spade Bow Belt
Dsquared White Belt

 

 

Kate Spade Bow Belt, katespade.com, $68.00

Women’s Belt, dsquared2.com, $150.00

 

 

 

 

Keep it Clean & Modern:

 

Michael Kors

Michael Kors. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.fr

 

 

MCQ by Alexander Mcqueen Cut-out Patent Leather Belt

 

MCQ by Alexander Mcqueen Cut-out Patent Leather Belt, farfetch.com, $195.65

 

 

 

Summer Specialty—Authentic Minestrone

  • 17th June 2013

Not all minestrone’s are created equal.  Typically we throw our summer’s best into the pot and often find an insipid, watery result.  Not with this standout recipe.  The three key ingredients that add robust flavor are simple and essential:  the parmesan rind; the pureed cannellini beans; the dry white wine.

 

 

Minestrone cooking with resplendent aromas.

Minestrone cooking with resplendent aromas.

 

They provide the perfect back-drop that does justice to the crisp, bright vegetables.

 

Recipe from Sunset magazine, October 2007

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, rinsed thoroughly
  • 4 medium tomatoes
  • 2 cans (14 1/2 oz. each) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-in. dice
  • 2 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1/4-in. pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups shredded savoy or green cabbage
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) chickpeas (garbanzos), rinsed and drained
  • 3- to 4-in. parmesan cheese rind
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • About 1/2 cup freshly shredded parmesan

We added:

  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 onion
  • 2 leeks, white part chopped

 

Ingredients for the soup.

Ingredients for the soup.

 

Preparation:

  1.  Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, cut stems from Swiss chard leaves by making a V-shaped cut into each leaf around the stem. Finely chop stems, cut leaves into ribbons, and set both aside separately.
  2. Boil tomatoes for 30 seconds. Lift out with a slotted spoon and rinse under very cold water. Remove the skin with a paring knife or vegetable peeler. Cut tomatoes into quarters, remove seeds, and chop. Set tomatoes aside.
  3. Whirl half of cannellini beans with 1/2 cup water in a blender until smooth. Set bean purée aside.
  4. Cook olive oil and garlic in a large pot over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add onion, leeks, carrots, zucchini, reserved chopped chard stems, and salt. Cook, stirring, until stems are tender, about 5 minutes. Add white wine and cabbage. Cook, stirring, until cabbage wilts, 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Add reserved chard leaves, remaining cannellini beans, the chopped tomatoes, bean purée, chickpeas, parmesan rind, and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to maintain a steady simmer. Cook until all vegetables are tender and flavors blend, about 15 minutes. Remove parmesan rind. Serve soup hot, topped with shredded parmesan.

 

 

 

Minestrone soup ready to enjoy.

Minestrone soup ready to enjoy.

Clearly Delicious…Part Un

  • 15th June 2013

Ditch the traditional white ceramic cookie jar!!  (Well, maybe just put it in the cupboard for a while).  These cookies deserve a more fancified presentation.  

 

Coconut Thumbprint Cookies with Salted Caramel

Coconut Thumbprint Cookies with Salted Caramel. Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living

 

We’ll get to the recipe, and some tips on baking them in Saturday’s post (and YOU WANT IT, believe us!)

 

But, first let’s look at the newest ways people are serving up sweet treats.

 

Mini Glass Cake Domes by Myriam B. Maguire

Mini Glass Cake Domes by Myriam B. Maguire. Photo Courtesy of: Departures Magazine

 

 

The Mini Glass Dome cakes created by Myriam B. Maguire are pure whimsical fun! Only 90 pieces of each style are being created in a limited and numbered collection. Starting from $375.00, for more information please contact Bergdorf Goodman or myriambmaguire.com

 

 

 

Cupcake domes by Myriam B. Maguire

 

 

 

How much fun is this?  “Our La Bonbonniere cloche gives any dessert tableau a sense of sweet Parisian panache. This unique glass globe-shaped lidded vessel sits atop a super tall footed stem.” —Olive & Cocoa

 

La Bonbonniere Olive and Cocoa

 

 

labonbonniere, oliveandcocoa.com, $228.00

 

Why can’t your most fabulous wine decanter grace the table-top with bite-sized cookies and candies cozied up inside?

 

Bubbles decanter by Saint-Louis
Saint Louis Bubbles Decanter

 

Bubbles wine decanter by Saint-Louis, michaelcfina.com, $750.00

 

 

Grassland Roads Just Desserts Candy and Cupcake Pedestals

 

Grasslands Roads Just Desserts Cupcake Pedestal Candy Jars Three Styles, amazon.com

 

 

Shoe Preview—Automne

  • 15th June 2013

New arrivals for fall may not be taking up major retail space in stores right now, but the online world is already showcasing their favorite footwear for the brisker months.

 

A Small Preview Follows:

 

This glam take on camouflage hits the top of the list.  It will match with absolutely everything this fall from your favorite pair of leather pants to a sleek cocktail dress and will add panache to a pair of evening shorts.

 

 

Gianvito Rossi Camouflage Haircalf Pumps with Tassles

 

 

Gianvito Rossi Camouflage Calfhair Pumps with Tassles, mytheresa.com, € 610.00

 

Style Tip:  Try them with a cherry red A-line skirt or bright red cigarette pants for maximum impact.  

 

 

Boots are still a must for fall.  While everyone is wearing above the knee sky-highs (and we will do a post looking at favorites soon), be the outlier who sports these unique biker boots.  Why we fell for them…the rosettes are perfectly unexpected on this tough pair.  

 

Valentino Rosette Combat Boot

 

The Biker Boot:

Valentino Rosette Combat Boot, bergdorfgoodman.com, $1795.00 (Pre-order)

 

Style Tip:  On top, try Chanel’s Camellia Embellished Fingerless Gloves for your hands!

 

Chanel Fingerless Camellia Embellished Gloves

 

 

Burgundy, plum, whatever you call it, it’s still a hot hue even for the colder months!

 

Gianvito Rossi Suede Ankle Boots
Jimmy Choo Drift Woven Suede Cage Boots

 

Best in Plum:

Gianvito Rossi Suede Ankle Boots, mytheresa.com, € 695.00

Jimmy Choo Drift Woven Suede Cage Boots, net-a-porter.com, $995.00

 

 

Designers are still switching over, bringing brogues and oxfords into the women’s world in a beautiful way.

 

Best in Menswear:

 

Marni Ponyhair Vamp Slipons

 

 

Ponyhair Vamp Slip-On, barneys.com, $855.00

 

Gatsby Oxford Freepeople
Poppin Flat in Caramel and Gold

 

 

Gatsby Oxford, freepeople.com, $178.00

Poppin Flat in Caramel & Gold, katespade.com, $278.00

 

 Style Tip:  Brogues look best with a sleek, mini, sheath dress

 

 

Cuffs are not just for your wrist, the chicest looks are wrapped around the ankle.  

 

The Cuff Trend:

 

Manolo Blahnik Evolu Cuff-Pump

 

 

Manolo Blahnik Evolu Cuff Pump, barneys.com, $995.00 (Pre-order)

 

B-Brian Atwood Correns Stretch Suede Sandals

 

B Brian Atwood Correns Stretch Suede Sandals in Nude, saks.com, $395.00 (Pre-order)

 

charlotte olympia take 110 metallic sandals

 

 

Charlotte Olympia Take 110 Metallic-Leather Sandals, net-a-porter.com, $895.00

 

Style Tip:  Cuffed heels look fabulous with 3/4-length stovepipe pants

 

 

Studded embellishments are still sitting pretty….and look gorgeous on this Valentino stunner

 

Studs Still Reign:

 

Valentino Rockstud Crystallized T-Strap Slingback

 

Valentino Rockstud Crystallized T-Strap Slingback, bergdorfgoodman.com, $3545.00 (Pre-order)

 

French bulldogs are giving Charlotte Olympia’s kitten flats a run for the money.

 

Dog vs. Cat:

 

Boutique 9 French Bulldog Loafers
Marc by Marc Jacobs French Bulldog Smoking Flat

 

 

 

Boutique 9 French Bulldog Loafers, shopbop.com, $150.00

Marc by Marc Jacobs French Bulldog Smoking Flat, bloomingdales.com, $228.00

Indian Flavors to Make Your Meatloaf Sing

  • 14th June 2013

Meatloaf is true comfort food at its best.  But, come summer, you can liven it up with herbs and spices and lighten it up with freshly diced veggies.  Suddenly, it becomes quite the exotic, dressed-up version of itself!

 

 

Spices for the meatloaf

Cumin, garam masala, turmeric, red pepper, fried onions and ginger-garlic paste ready to add.

 

 

This recipe, passed-down by truly one of the best Indian cooks we know, is fabulous.

 

As a rule, we love make-ahead dishes and this one fits the bill perfectly.  If you’re serving it as a main for a party, marinate the meat 2 days ahead and the spices will be richly complex.

 

 

Meatloaf mixture before baking

Meatloaf mixture before adding mashed potatoes for binding and Thai chiles for kick.

 

 

The morning of, add the eggs, fresh cilantro, green onion, green pepper, tomatoes, mashed potato and garlic (all of which can be diced/mashed the day before).  Cue up the oven about 1 1/2 hrs prior to your serving time and allow guests to enjoy the decadent aromas.

 

 

Ingredients:

1.5-2.0 lbs of either ground chicken, ground beef or ground turkey

(You can mix any two meats as well)

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp red pepper (you can substitute cayenne pepper but, red pepper found at an Indian store is preferable)

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp garam masala  (available at Indian, Asian and gourmet food stores)

1/3 tsp turmeric

1 1/2 tsp ginger/garlic paste (see quick tip below)

1 tbs friend onion (see quick tip below)

1 handful chopped fresh cilantro

2 medium sized potatoes mashed thoroughly

1 egg

1/2 tomato diced

2 cloves fresh garlic diced finely

3 green onions diced finely

1/3 of a green pepper diced

1/3 thai green chili de-seeded finely diced

 

 

Marinate meat for at least 5-6 hours (can be left for up to 48 hours well refrigerated) with salt,  ginger/garlic paste, red pepper, turmeric, garam masala, cumin and coriander.  Before baking add one egg, mashed potato, green onion, green pepper, tomatoes, garlic, cilantro and chiles.  Mix very well (preferably with your hands).

 

Bake for 45 minutes—1 hour at 350 degrees

Serve up and enjoy!

 

Indian spiced meatloaf with garlic, spinach pasta

Garlic infused spinach pasta complements the Indian spiced meatloaf perfectly.

 

 

Quick Tip—Ginger-Garlic Paste:

Adu Lasan, (ginger-garlic paste) is an incredible tool in the kitchen, easy to make and stores well.  Simply blend equal parts of chopped fresh ginger and chopped fresh garlic with just enough water to get a smooth consistency (see the picture below). Adu lasan is used for marinating any fresh meats.  It’s super healthy, flavorful and can even be frozen in glass bottles for weeks.

 

Adu Lasan for Marinating

The consistency for preparing Adu Lasan.

 

 

Quick Tip—Fried Onions:

Fried onions are a base in cuisines the world over.  For Indian cooking they are essential.  We often make a big batch of friend onions every few months.  Take the time to properly drain them.  Lay them on paper towels to soak-up excess oil and when cooled completely, freeze them in small batches in mini ziplock bags.  They are easy to defrost and pop into any dish.