shrimp, limes and a pinch of bravery

shrimp and avocado salad

June 30th, 2012

You guys – I’ve done something for the very first time and I’m so excited to tell you about it! Let me start at the beginning….. Recently, I’ve been craving a certain kind of summer salad. I had all the flavors and components in my head and just knew it would be delicious. Now, normally […]


blove: joy creation


June 28th, 2012

As you can imagine, I read a lot of blogs. A LOT. It is pretty much impossible to keep up with the number of sites – both new and old – that come across my screen each week, and it can feel overwhelming much of the time. There is SO MUCH good stuff out there! […]


to market: cherry brown butter bars

to market: cherry brown butter bars

June 26th, 2012

I’m so thrilled that our local farmer’s market has returned to its outdoor location for the summer (yes, we are lucky enough to  host a market that comes to us year round!). And I’m equally thrilled to bring back my “to market” feature. Like last year, I hope to challenge myself with new ingredients, or at […]


here we are now, going to the west side

bethesda terrace, central park

June 23rd, 2012

With a gorgeous day in the forecast (and Chelsea and my parents along for the ride), I decided to explore the Upper West Side  – a  part of the city I rarely visit. First stop was the new Illumination Lawn at Lincoln Center. Illumination Lawn  is actually the sloping “green roof” of a restaurant, and part […]


french macarons (and an egg cream) on the lower east side

dessert truck macaron clas

June 21st, 2012

High on my “D.I.Y.” list is macarons – you know, those gorgeous, pastel-colored sugary confections that are seemingly everywhere these days. And if you follow me on Instagram you know full well that I am helpless in the face of a big glass case of these beauties – no matter where I find them: But […]


lipstick lessons (part two) – my favorite shades

clinique different lipstick angel red

June 19th, 2012

I hope you enjoyed my lipstick tutorial last week – it was so much fun to write! Today I’m sharing my tried-and-true shades, and have enlisted the help of some of my fave bloggers to round out the list. In that lipstick post I talked about going with a sheer formulation as a way to ease into […]


a bakery, a bridge and a birthday

chelsea's 21st birthday, brooklyn bridge

June 17th, 2012

Sometime in March: Me: So Chels, your 21st birthday is coming up – how should we celebrate? Chelsea: You mean, other than THE CAKE? Me: Yes. Chels: I don’t know – how about drinks and desserts in the city? Okay – I could do this. I’d gather her good friends at a cute dessert place, followed by drinks […]


blove: design seeds

blove: design seeds

June 15th, 2012

Warning: Do NOT visit this site unless you have time. Like, hours and hours of time. Trust me here. You THINK  you’ll just browse around, look at a few images, maybe “pin” a couple of others. Uh – no. It is absolutely impossible to enter the world of Design Seeds without coming up for air […]


how to pick the perfect plant

black-eyed susan

June 13th, 2012

“Your planters always look so nice”. I get this a lot – and I should, right? I mean, this is my business – so  my planters (and flower beds) better look good. And there’s no question that the quality of plants – and the nursery you purchase from – can make a big difference. Chances […]


lipstick lessons (part one) – finding “that one”

lipstick lessons (part one) - finding "that one"

June 11th, 2012

During my years as a make-up artist, I found that the most frustrating item for women to select is lipstick.  I would come home from work on many an occasion with hands, wrists and forearms covered in “stripes”, from trying to help a customer find “that one”. I’ve talked about how to apply lipstick in an earlier post – […]