Designed in New York for the cool, easy-going, downtown girl, Parker New York has caught my eye for their resort collection. Featuring sweet dresses, silky separates and unique prints, the collection feels uniquely sourced from special, “in-the-know” boutiques.
The great thing about these pieces is that they’re real life ready while still feeling special and interchangeable within an edited wardrobe. They could go from work to play, from French martinis to french toast.
Shop the pieces from the Parker 2014 Resort Collection.
Almonds, a favorite nut of mine, are rich in plant omega-3 fatty acids; vitamin E; magnesium; fiber; heart-favorable mono- and polyunsaturated fats; phytosterols. But the health benefits are lessened, when if like me, you call peanut m&m’s protein and eat candied almond by the handful.
Over the holidays, I decided to swap out the store bought for an equally delicious and healthier version of cocoa dusted almonds – sans butter or oil – that still satisfies a salty sweet tooth.
Cinnamon Cocoa Almonds
3 cups of raw almonds
1.5 tbsp of agave syrup
3 tsp of Dutch-processed cocoa
1.5 tsp of cinnamon
.5 tsp of nutmeg
sprinkle of salt
This couldn’t be easier to make or more delicious!
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium size bowl, combine almonds and all ingredients. Stir so that almonds are fully coated. Taste and adjust for a more chocolatey or cinnamon-y flavor.
Scatter on a parchment paper covered pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven; almonds will have a glossy sheen and feel slightly sticky. Sprinkle with salt and allow to cool for approximately 5 minutes.
My little sister is getting married this weekend! They will have been engaged for exactly a year and while Franck was not her wedding planner, any bride (and her mother and father) can identify with the ups and downs of wedding planning!
Of course, after the flowers are chosen and the cake is tasted, at the end of the day, a man and woman go from groom and bride to husband and wife.
Looking forward to a really special weekend! In a few days, here comes the bride!!!
Bold prints, curves for days, rich knits – a look that’s on trend and affordably attainable? Sign me up.
Torn by Ronny Kobo has been turning out “it-girl” favorite pieces for a few years but it’s the latest collection that’s gotten my attention for its ability to stop traffic. The pieces are on trend with Kim Kardashian’s latest look and the stretch knit proves that sweater weather can mean va-va-voom.
Shop the pieces from the Torn Cruise 2014 collection.
A first kiss, a memorable trip, engagement, wedding, birth of a child and so many other special events create cherished memories. This cool new collection, Coordinates, captures a memory with its longitude and latitude coordinates.
The bracelets and rings can be customized by metal, stone and of course coordinate and engraved inscription.
I love this as a sweet way to wear your love and memories.
I am revisiting a post from three years ago. And, while the year has changed, the intention and relevance remains ever strong. Dream bigger.
Happy Birthday, Dr. King.
From January 2011:
I have stood in this spot. And in this spot, it is hard to not be inspired to dream a little bit bigger. I cannot find words that compete or match the many bold, and much needed, words spoken at this spot. But on this occasion, but I share a wish for you:
That today, and on all days, you dream a little bit bigger. You dream for those who have been told that their dreams do not count, and for those who do not yet have the courage to dream. Today, and everyday after, is a good day to take the road less traveled, which will surely show you the path to human decency, kindness, compassion and goodwill towards all men, women and children wherever they may live, however they may identify, and whatever they may look like.
During the Golden Globes one commercial caught my eye, not for the next NBC sitcom or blockbuster movie but for a search engine. Bing aside, this commercial reminded me that we all have a responsibility.
Who will you inspire? How will you do it?
Guys, never mind that the dresses were awesome, the jewels were downright, outrageously drool worthy.
Here are my swoon-for-it favorites:
Multiple rings for the young ladies (Vanessa Hudgens and T. Swift)
Vintage art deco inspiration (Jaime King, Molly Sims, Jennifer Lawrence)
Knock your socks off, statement necklace on Sofia Vergara
This weekend’s Golden Globes provided lot (LOTS!) of style inspiration that could go from red carpet to real life.
Here are some favorites and inspiration for your own major event:
Many of the actresses wore beautiful metallic gowns – Naomi Watts and Robin Wright. The style was simple, clean and classic.
In jewel tones, a popular trend was two tone dresses. The look worked for Taylor Swift, Sandra Bullock and others. The balance of black and bold keeps it fresh and unexpected.
A big night requires big sparkle. Kate Beckinsale was a favorite of mine, but similar styles were worn by Mila Kunis and Michelle Dockery.
Who were some of your favorites?
Shop: Two Tone/Sparkle/