kanken mini ox red

August 21st, 2014

End of August is always a bittersweet time of year for me – and most of you too, I imagine. I feel a strange need to “hang on” to summer, yet there’s a part of me that’s looking forward to fall – fall clothes, fall cooking, fall weather. So in an effort to assuage any summer’s-ending-blues, […]


nyc-etc: story


August 14th, 2014

So once again my NYC cred was jettisoned by a good friend…. This time it was at the hands of my Seattle-based pal and fellow blogger Melanie – who, a few months back, wrote a piece about an innovative retail space called STORY (you can read it in full here). And I had never heard of it. […]


say hello to chicory app!

chicory app button screen shot

August 1st, 2014

Hi all! You may have noticed a new little button at the bottom of my recipes, like this: I’m so excited to introduce you all to a most-clever new app called Chicory! Chicory connects all the ingredients to my recipes with online grocers (like Peapod), so you can get everything you need delivered straight to […]


nyc-etc: muji

nyc-etc: muji

March 27th, 2014

Muji was one of those little “finds” that I was unaware of for the first year or 2. The first New York store (there are now four) opened in 2007 in Soho – but further down than I typically stroll. But one day it caught my eye and I dragged a skeptical Chelsea in. Smitten. […]


favor-“ette”: poshmark

favor-"ette": poshmark

January 22nd, 2014

Following my latest efforts to purge my wardrobe and streamline “my style”, I found myself with several bags – even more than usual – of clothing, shoes and accessories. There’s always a mixed bag of feelings associated with this occurrence. On the one hand, relief. Relief that those rarely (or in a few cases, never) worn […]


paris peeks: le petit atelier de paris

le petit atelier de paris

July 19th, 2013

I took Chelsea on a very special trip to Paris last month, to celebrate her college graduation. It was just us girls and I couldn’t have been happier. I had been to Paris twice before, and Chelsea once – both of us there during the winter. We were excited about enjoying more pleasant weather, and […]


favor-“ette”: giftbar

giftbar, mother's day

May 9th, 2013

I know, I know – two in one week? But this was too good to keep till next Wednesday, especially with Mother’s Day around the corner! While I like the concept of gift cards just fine (and gift them aplenty), I would not say that they are the most exciting/sexy/trendy gifts one can give. Enter […]


RedLaser, you complete me.

RedLaser, you complete me.

December 7th, 2012

This post is brought to you by RedLaser. Get the free app at RedLaser. With three children – all of wildly different ages, stages and genders – there is little to no overlap when it comes to holiday shopping. And time these days is in as short supply as ever. And is it me, or do […]


the perfect jean

j. crew matchstick jeans

November 7th, 2012

It’s official: my skinny jeans “moment” has officially passed. I’m so relieved. I was late to the trend anyway (finally giving in at the urging of my fashion consultant daughter), and never really got into it. I mean, seriously – are they jeans? Are they leggings?  And could they BE more uncomfortable? Too low cut. […]


favor- “ette” friday: saipua

favor- "ette" friday: saipua

September 23rd, 2011

I love this place. And so will you. Saipua (Finnish for “soap”) has been making beautiful, hand-made soaps and candles since 1999. The soaps are made from the highest quality ingredients – food-grade oils, butters and fresh herbs – and have been a favorite of mine for years. As they are wrapped in unusual, lovely papers […]