Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mother's Day Gift Inspirations

1.) Rose Bakery Cookbook: When you browse through the wonderful selection of recipes and beautiful photographs in this book, you'll feel as though you're brunching at the famous Parisian bakery. The apricot sorbet and hazelnut brownies sound particularly delicious.

Bamford Organic Rosemary Body Cream: From the ultra-luxe spa shop in England (with its own Chinese Tea House), this all natural and light moisturizing body cream scented with rosemary, grapefruit, and thyme is perfect for dry hands and feet.

3.) Miller Harris Tea: These delicate loose teas from famed perfumer Miller Harris come in elegant floral canisters. Choose from Bergamot (Darjeeling with notes of tangerine), earthy Fume (a blend of Indian black tea with notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and cardamom), or my favorite Petales (a mix of White-Tipped Oolong, Vanilla Ceylon, and Turkish rose).

photo credit book: http://www.amazon.com
photo credit tea: http://www.millerharris.com
photo credit cream: http://www.barneys.com

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ice Cream Craving

I stopped in my neighborhood bookstore today and picked up a copy of Of Sugar and Snow: A History of Ice Cream Making. The cover caught my eye initially, since it reminded me of the old-fashioned sundaes that they serve at the fabulous restaurant Sweetie Pie in the village. Needless to say, reading about the fascinating history of ice cream (seriously I couldn't put the book down) resulted in an intense sugar craving. So, I decided to make a homemade ice cream sandwich with Tate's Chocolate Chip Cookies (the amazing brown sugar ones from the bakeshop in the Hamptons) and Haagen-Dazs Five Mint ice cream. Because it was so hot in my apartment, the ice cream melted between the cookies perfectly, and the result was literally one of the most delicious desserts that I've ever had.

photo credit book: http://www.amazon.com
photo credit cookies: http://tatesbakeshop.com
photo credit ice cream: http://www.haagendazs.com

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Paradise Found

Green your beauty routine in honor of Earth Day with these natural products whose ingredients are reminiscent of a Tahitian Isle.
1.) eos organic lip balm in honeysuckle honeydew tastes sweet and refreshing, and the unique mod-designed domed applicator makes it fun to apply.

2.) Organic Fiji Lemongrass & Tangerine Sugar Polish: With sweet orange oil that melts on contact, this luscious scrub is perfect for dry hands, and the smell is transporting. It leaves hands soft, and ragged cuticles are eradicated.

3.) Body Deli Sea Cucumber Gelee: Intensely hydrating and de-puffing, this cooling and moisturizing gel with cucumber juice, seaweed, and algae is perfect for hydration during warmer months. Use it in place of night cream in the summer. Also check out the Yuzu Twist body souffle and Moroccan Mint body lotion on the website: https://thebodydeli.com.

photo credit lip balm: http://www.evolutionofsmooth.com
photo credit scrub: http://www.hairproducts.com
photo credit cucumber gelee: https://thebodydeli.com
photo credit painting: Gauguin, Joyousness (I), 1892. (http://www.frangemagazine.org/images/articles/issue_68/68_gauguin_01_l.jpg

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Another Eco-Friendly Item:

These water bottles from Earthlust.com are made of stainless steel, and they are perfect for outdoor excursions or just walking/biking to work on a hot day. They range in price from $16-$21, and the bottles come in a variety of patterns in 20 oz, 1 liter, and 13 oz sizes. My personal favorite is the owl (probably because it was my college's mascot- needless to say we weren't very athletic).

Gardener's Accessories

It was very sunny and warm outside today, so I decided to take a trip to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to see the cherry trees. The Rock Garden and Bonsai Room are also two of my favorite areas in the gardens, so I made sure to see those as well. The giftshop has a wonderful array of items for the urban gardener including hundreds of seed packets as well as wide variety of beautiful indoor and outdoor plants of all shapes and sizes (including bonsai trees and cacti). However, if you can't get to the shop the website also has some items including The Complete Herb Book, Tree Grows in Brooklyn tote, and an elephant watering can, that would make fun gifts for your eco-minded friends.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

For April Showers:

1.) Hunter Rain Boots: Usually I despise rain boots (they make me look like I have clown feet ), but these are surprisingly foot-flattering, and the cheerful floral pattern is reminiscent of an English garden.

2.) Sprinkles Cupcake Mixes: April is a perfect month for baking, since all the rain will keep you indoors. Whip up a batch of bake-shop-perfect Banana and Red Velvet cupcakes to beat the rainy-day-blues.

3.) Love By Kilian: Spring is the perfect time to fall in love, and go on a romantic long walk through Central Park. This marshmallow-inspired scent has a subtle delicacy and femininity that conjures up images of pink and gold Rococo drawing rooms. There's also an Eloise-at-the-Plaza youthful innocence to it that I love.

photo credit boots: http://www.zappos.com
photo credit perfume: http://www.luckyscent.com
photo credit cupcake mix: http://www.williams-sonoma.com

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

For Foodies

1.) Tom Colicchio's new cookbook 'wichcraft is finally here. Fans of his addictive and delicious meatloaf and pole-caught tuna sandwiches will finally be able to recreate the magic in their own kitchens. Available at http://www.barnesandnoble.com

2.) Mo's Bacon Bar from Vosges: Vanderbilt University grad and gourmet chocolatier Katrina combines her two greatest loves in a single bar: applewood smoked bacon and milk chocolate (with a hint of alderwood smoked salt). The result is a surprisingly delicious combination of sweet and salty that rivals the beloved chocolate-pretzel combo. Available at http://www.vosgeschocolate.com

3.) Prince Edward Island Honey Drops come in single-serving honeycombs that are ready to drop into a steaming cup of tea. With exotic flavors like Red Clover, Buckwheat, and Blueberry, your boring cup of English Breakfast will never be the same. Available at http://www.honibe.com

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Fake Blonde

In eighth grade my friend tried to dye my hair blonde. It turned bright orange, and my mother had a nervous breakdown. My next attempt was a few months later (after my hair had been returned to a boring shade of brown by my mother's colorist). I spritzed my hair with a mixture of lemon juice and chamomile tea and lay out in the sun for two hours. I got a sunburn but no blonde. Well, now that I am older and wiser (and have a colorist who helped me to finally acknowledge that I "can't ever be a blonde"), I settle for golden highlights instead. However, I can still satisfy my inner blonde by using John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo and Conditioner to keep my highlights bright and my mother and my colorist happy. You can get it at your local drugstore.

photo credit: http://www.walgreens.com

Topshop USA

I was beginning to think that it was a myth, but thankfully Topshop finally opened on Broadway and Broome. I can't wait to go shopping! However, I think I might wait a week or two until the crowds thin out a bit. I have been looking at their selection online though, and here are a few things that I liked.