Feb 1, 2021

Cooking with LOVE….

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

Valentine’s  Day is fast approaching! If you’re in the market to add to your bakeware collection with a little heart shape inspiration or looking to upgrade your table presentation with some LOVE-ly dishware… I have sourced a bevy of beautiful  items from 2 of my favorite resources:

Williams & Sonoma

Sur La Table.

 

Emile Henry Ruffled Heart Dish $49.95 @Williams & Sonoma

Emily Henry Ruffled Heart Dish comes in Red or Pink

 

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Shallow Heart 1 1/4 Qt. $150.00@ Williams & Sonoma

Valentines Day Measuring Cup St $29.95 to $59.95 @Williams & Sonoma

Heart Linzer Cookie Cutter Set $14.95 (new & Exclusive @Williams & Sonoma

Amour Heart Ikat Dinnerware Collection $29.95-$39.95 @ Williams & Sonoma

Valentines Day Red Heart Dinnerware $8.95 to $51.95 @Williams & Sonoma

Below are my favorite offerings from Sur La Table 

*Click on the image  below and view all the Valentine inspired items on the site.

 

Le Creuset Eiffel Tower Petite Cocotte $25.95 SALE $19.96 *Comes in Red & Blue.

Figural Heart Appetizer Plates Set of 4 $35.00

Nordic Ware Heart Cakelet Pan $39.95

Copper Pated Heart Cookie Cutter $5.00

 

 

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Jan 31, 2021

Hello February

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

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Jan 29, 2021

Flashback Friday…So Very Vintage

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

Dior 1947

Flashback Friday… seems like the perfect day to step back and take a look at some BEAUUUTIUFL Vintage fashions that you could still wear today. (If  one were able to get out and about and possibly have a need to dress UP).

Carole Lombard 1930’s Photo taken in Fort Wayne Indiana..

1950’s

1951

Dior 1961Courtesy of Mark Shaw

There’s something about well made clothing and classic styling that quite frankly never diminishes in beauty or wear ability. My Mother always said: “Good taste never goes out of style”… and I must say that Mom was right once again. Enjoy!

A little Daytime dressing circa 1960

1950

Vogue 1956  A look at how ladies who lunch in 1956…

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Jan 28, 2021

Yummy Chili Recipe…

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

When it’s chilly outside there’s no better time to make a hearty and yummy chili to warm you on the inside.

I make this Chili in the colder months in LA -(please don’t hate me for saying colder months and LA in the same sentence if you reside  in a cold wintery climate). This recipe  has been a family and friend favorite for years, and I’ve included the complete 411 on all  I do and the products I use to make this a fan favorite.  Enjoy!

 

Terri’s Turkey Chili

Stir together in a Large Dutch Oven or Pot: 

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin oil
  • 1 package turkey meat (I use 85%  or 93% Jenni O Turkey Meat)
  • 4 Tablespoons dark chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 2 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 to 3 tablespoon hot sauce   (medium to extra spicy)
  • 1-2 teaspoons Tabasco Chipotle Sauce

 

  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 large bell pepper  diced (I use one red and one yellow or orange)

Cook Covered for 10 minutes at medium heat.

 

  • ½ bottle beer (I use a whole bottle)
  • 1 (28 ounce diced tomato) (I often use a oven roasted diced tomatoes in a can) 
  • ½ cup smoky barbecue sauce (I use TJ’s Organic Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce)
  • 1 can organic kidney beans (15 oz.) I use  Trader Joe’s Organic Kidney Beans **Drain liquid and rinse with cold water before adding)

Directions:

Heat a pot over medium heat. Add extra virgin olive oil and turkey meat. Season the meat with chili powder, cumin, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and chipotle sauce. Break up meat with back of a wooden spoon into small crumbles. Brown meat 5 minutes until cooked through.

Chop onion and bell pepper(s) add to turkey mixture and cook covered for 10 minutes.

Add beer and deglaze bottom of pan, scrapping the drippings and cooking off the alcohol. Add diced tomatoes, BBQ sauce and kidney beans. (*you can also add corn kernels here if you wish)

Cook another 10 15 minutes and then turn off heat and serve.

*Optional: corn kernels  can be mixed in after adding tomato sauce 

*Top with cheddar cheese or onions if you desire…

Double UP Tip 

*To make a double batch, heat 2 pots and make 1 batch in each pot rather than using 1 massive pot ….for whatever reason it just tastes a whole lot better.

 

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Jan 25, 2021

Wise words of Wisdom

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

Wisdom 

It does not always come with age but rather with life experience. 

Here are 8 Pieces of wisdom that can truly change your life for the better…

P.S. I have taken all 8 for a test run and I’m here to tell you they work.

Enjoy and Happy Monday.

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Jan 19, 2021

A Peek Inside the Muse Yves Saint Laurent Paris

Posted By: Terri
Category: Uncategorized

A few years ago I had the great pleasure of touring the Muse Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, with my dear friends Mary Uhlich and Karen Santangelo. P.S. Mary has the most beautiful home in Paris and invited Karen and I as her first gusts to stay in her newly remodeled home. Needless to say Karen and I did not have to think for a  nanosecond and booked a flight ASAP.

I thought you might enjoy a quick peek inside this lovely house of Couture where YSL designed and clothed clients for years. Today this beautiful building stands in pristine condition housing his works and a glimpse into his daily workings.

*As of this writing the Muse is still closed.

Museum in Paris, France
The life & fashions of iconic designer, Yves Saint Laurent, are displayed at this chic museum.
5 Avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris, France

 

 

 

 

YSL Design Studio

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Jan 19, 2021

A Need to Read….2 Stylish Stories

Posted By: Terri
Category: Tuesday's Tip

Tuesday’s Tip…If you’re in the mood to read a book that takes you away from the daily grind, I have two books that have been in my  reading rotation for years. Truth be told-I have read and re-read each book more than a few times and find that they still deliver. Both books are not exactly  “hot of the press” recommendations but rather two books that stand the test of time. If you’re looking to cuddle up and lose yourself in a good stylish read here are two of my absolute favorites.

“If Wintour is the Pope . . . Coddington is Michelangelo, trying to paint a fresh version of the Sistine Chapel twelve times a year.–Time”

I personally think Grace Coddington is a styling genius and I do not use those words lightly. If you were an avid reader of Vogue and relished the beautiful photospreads within it’s contents , I’m here to inform you that more times than not they were styled by the artistic and visionary Grace Coddington. This is one interesting and luminating read about all things fashion and style.

A brief bio:

Grace Coddington’s extraordinary talent and fierce dedication to her work as creative director of Vogue have made her an international icon. Known through much of her career only to those behind the scenes, she might have remained fashion’s best-kept secret were it not for The September Issue, the acclaimed 2009 documentary that turned publicity-averse Grace into a sudden, reluctant celebrity. Grace’s palpable engagement with her work brought a rare insight into the passion that produces many of the magazine’s most memorable shoots.
With the witty, forthright voice that has endeared her to her colleagues and peers for more than forty years, Grace now creatively directs the reader through the storied narrative of her life so far. Evoking the time when models had to tote their own bags and props to shoots, Grace describes her early career as a model, working with such world-class photographers as David Bailey and Norman Parkinson, before she stepped behind the camera to become a fashion editor at British Vogue in the late 1960s. Here she began creating the fantasy travelogues that would become her trademark. In 1988 she joined American Vogue, where her breathtakingly romantic and imaginative fashion features, a sampling of which appear in this book, have become instant classics.
Delightfully underscored by Grace’s pen-and-ink illustrations, Grace will introduce readers to the colorful designers, hairstylists, makeup artists, photographers, models, and celebrities with whom Grace has created her signature images. Grace reveals her private world with equal candor–the car accident that almost derailed her modeling career, her two marriages, the untimely death of her sister, Rosemary, her friendship with Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Liz Tilberis, and her thirty-year romance with Didier Malige. Finally, Grace describes her abiding relationship with Anna Wintour, and the evolving mastery by which she has come to define the height of fashion.

The wonderful Betty Halbreich has stories to tell and they are fascinating. If you love fashion and a great back story about all that goes on behind of scenes in dressing some of the most fashionable women on the planet …Pick up this book ASAP.

A brief bio…

Betty Halbreich is a true original. Now in her eighties, she has spent nearly forty years at the luxury store Bergdorf Goodman, working with socialites, stars and ordinary women. She has led many to appreciate their real selves through clothes, frank advice and her unique brand of wisdom; she is trusted by the most discriminating persons – including Hollywood’s top stylists – to tell them what looks best. But her own transformation from cosseted girl to fearless truth-teller is the greatest makeover of all.

Born into a successful Chicago family, aged twenty Betty married dashing Sonny Halbreich and came to Manhattan, where the couple threw themselves into a whirlwind of long hours, cocktails and Park Avenue parties, living the high life in 1950s New York. However, the marriage began to fray and after two decades came undone completely. Bereft, Betty attempted suicide. As she embarked on the frightening process of reclaiming herself, she was offered a lifeline: a job at Bergdorf Goodman. For Betty, with her innate sense of style and craftsmanship, it was a perfect fit.

Hardworking, elegant, and gifted with sparkling wit and razor-sharp powers of observation, in her amazing life story as in her style guidance Betty Halbreich is never afraid to tell it straight.

 

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Jan 18, 2021

Monday Mood Lifter

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

Hello Monday. I have been MIA as of late and for that I apologize. The year has been off to a rather tumultuous start, I found myself completely distracted by the current events of the day. That being said, today starts a new work week and I am in high resolve to GET BUSY and start being a bit more involved in daily life. Starting off the week with a little positivity and taking charge of the things we have  control of…

  • I have always been a big believer in: Dressing UP to cheer UP.
  • Put something on today that makes you feel your very best and see how it shifts your mood.

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Jan 11, 2021

Monday…is it time for a Change?

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

Happy Monday! Today is January 11, 2021.For anyone that’s into numbers or Numerology for that matter-there’s a whole lot of one’s in today’s date(1/01/2021). If you ready to start a New Year and needed a week to warm up to the notion that things have got to change for the BETTER including an end to this Pandemic, a more peaceful political climate and the notion of getting back to some kind of normal.

Bearing in mind that this is just the beginning I ask you (and myself for that matter) what do I need to do to make this a better year ahead. Things like cleaning out clutter from your closet or organizing different areas of your home may seem mundane and trivial but I am a big believer that when you clean out the clutter and organize your space it provides clarity in your life which usually overflows into all areas of your life.

Sooo here’s a little something to start your week (and your year for that matter). I hope we can collectively embrace a change for the better.

 

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Jan 7, 2021

Closet Organization 101…Let’s get started

Posted By: Terri
Category: Closet Organization

As the New Year begins, many of us will experience a sudden urge to clean out clutter. (Sound familiar?) Many of us adopt a mindset of “out with the old and in with the new” and we’re all ready for a fresh start!  It’s time to dig deep into your closet and starting the process of  (dah dah dah)DECLUTTERING. I know that doesn’t sound like FUN, but it can be if you keep your eye on the prize on how happy you will be with a well organized space.

To help you get started, I am reposting an article I authored a few months ago to help motivate you and guide you along in the process. In addition I’ve posted my THREE  favorite  items to help you get your closet get in tip top shape.

Originally posted on November 17, 2020

A well organized closet not only brings you calm and clarity, but quite frankly  YOUR CLOSET  should be  a respite where you can stand back and delight in all the items that make you feel good about yourself. If your closet doesn’t do all these things then… ..perhaps we need a mini redo to get you to feel better about your closet space.  Here are a few of my top 5 tips to get you started…

First and foremost only keep items in your closet that make you feel FABULOUS. Anything that doesn’t fit, is ripped, torn or stained has got to go in addition to any items that you just don’t wear. You’ll thank me when you discard these items and make room for new items that add a dose of happy to your wardrobe.

Every closet is easier to navigate when items are hung light to dark within each category. Nuff said.

Divide and Conquer Closet drawers become a mecca of calm when your items are folded neatly and have dividers or separate compartments.

Short on space -Roll your items for additional  storage.

Shoe LOVE-Shoes are easy to navigate by style and heel height when positioned front to back next to each other.

Sweater Storage: It’s always better to fold a sweater BUT if you just don’t have the closet space they can be folded OVER a felt covered hanger so they don’t stretch out. (see below)

 

My top three essentials to keep your closet organized:

# 1 

Velvet covered hangers are  the KEY to happiness. I highly recommend using all one type of hanger for closet solidarity. My number one  preference for a neat and tidy closet -would be velvet covered hangers. You can also use wood or plastic but to insure that items don’t stretch velvet covered is best.

#2

Acrylic  Shelf Dividers are a huge help in keeping purses, sweaters and jeans in order.

*I’ve attached a link to the image below -Amazon has a wide selection at various price points to choose from. 

Click on image for a wide selection of Shelf Dividers on Amazon

 

#3

If you’re short on space for shoe storage might I HIGHLY suggest taking a photo of each pair of shoes and posting them on the front of your shoe box or step up your storage game and put your pumps into clear shoe boxes. You’ll thank me in the morning when you’re looking for that perfect pair and don’t have to open numerous boxes to find what you’re looking for….

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