Friday, August 15, 2014

Life Lately & A Short Vacation

(My new settee that I absolutely love)

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all had a great week and an even better weekend ahead.  Here are just a few snaps that I have taken with my cellphone over the past few weeks.  I have two phones, one for work and one for personal but the latter shattered last week (into a pretty shape pattern nonetheless) so it makes editing photos that I take with it pretty hard/interesting to edit.  Lately I have been playing with the filters on some of my favorite apps. I love VSCO Cam and I recently downloaded Photoshop Express.  Do you have any favorite apps to edit photos?  

And on that note, I am taking a little blogging vacation next week.  After all it is August and just like you want to savor summer before it leaves us, plus I am hard at work on something I cannot wait to share with you.  Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you next Monday!
(Playing with filters at Table 87 in Brooklyn, terrific coal oven pizza)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Line to Love:: Beridan Naturals

If there is one beauty product that I have a weakness for (besides lipsticks) it is luxurious bath products - oils, soaks and butters.  It is the little things in life that mean the most like a long bath or inhaling the revitalizing aroma of an essential oil.  I recently discovered Beridan Naturals, a line of bath products that incorporates natural, organic and ethically sourced ingredients that are all crafted by hand and packaged in reusable or recyclable packaging.  I am most intrigued by the butters and bath milk which look like the perfect treat after a long day.  You can shop the entire collection here.  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New England Clam Chowder

We have had a fantastic summer when it comes to the weather. There have been very few unbearably hot days with more days in the high 80s and cooler evenings.  On a recent weekend, the temperature was perfect to enjoy some New England Clam Chowder on our porch.  While there were plumes of smoke floating from neighbor's grills, it was nice to enjoy a comforting bowl of soup that is a staple in New England year-round.  Traditional chowder is cream-based, I decided to lighten it up using whole milk.  I have found that when a recipe calls for heavy cream, you can substitute quality whole milk (I love Ronnybrook Farm) and you will not even miss its heavier counterpart.