adopting a pup – consider a “potcake!” They are loyal, loving and great family dogs from the island of Turks & Caicos. Potcake Place is a non-profit, volunteer organization that rescues these wonderful dogs from the streets and finds them loving places to live. If you can open your home to a beautiful little puppy, visit here for all of the details.
Photo: Potcake Place
Grow your own..
Grow Your Own Garden Kit
organic garden. Have fresh veggies handy any time with the Grow It Kit from Gift Republic. It seems easy enough, and everything you need to get started (as well as growing tips) is in the gift box. Once you’ve mastered the vegetable patch you can try your hand at lavender, olives, chilli plants & more. Use your home grown veggies in this delicious recipe for stuffed tomatoes!
Photo: Gift Republic
Meyer Lemon Yogurt Squares
to not be a fan of Salad in a Jar and the recipes Paula shares when she brings us healthy twists on delicious treats that aren’t normally associated with wholesome goodness – like powdered donuts, homemade pop-tarts and now lemon yogurt squares. They are the perfect treat for the warmer weather and recipe I can’t wait to try.
1 cup flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 whole Meyer lemon (may substitute a medium-size regular lemon)
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
1. Line 8-inch square pan with non-stick foil. (The foil is highly recommended because the lemon filling can leak under the base and make the finished bars difficult to remove.)
2. Melt butter in microwave for 50 seconds on HIGH in 4 cup or more glass measure. Add flour, powdered sugar, salt, and coconut. Lightly mix with a fork just until all ingredients are moistened. Pat into prepared pan. Bake in oven preheated to 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
3. Quarter washed and dried Meyer lemon. Slice off center portion and remove ALL seeds. Place in blender with sugar and pulse on high until mixed throughout, cleaning the sides often. Add flour, salt, and baking powder, pulsing until mixed. Add eggs and yogurt pulsing only 3-4 times or until batter is just mixed but smooth. Pour lemon mixture over warm crust immediately after removing crust from the oven. Put back into the oven and bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes or until middle is set.
4. When cool, place in refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours. Pull bars out of pan with foil still attached. Peel foil away and cut into squares while cold. Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving. Serve chilled. Store leftovers in refrigerator.
Photo: Salad in a Jar
Wild Alphabet, An A to Zoo Pop-Up Book
perfection. To me, the best gift for a child is a book. A dear friend recently gave the Wild Alphabet book to my daughter for her first birthday, and I’ve been stuck on it ever since. The illustrations are brilliant, and each animal is engaging as it literally pops off the page – getting her ready for an upcoming visit to the Bronx Zoo!
Go Gently Baby Sack Dress, $58
“sweet, simple style with a little edge” and Go Gently Baby is exactly that. Since coming across the kids’ line, I’ve been mildly obsessed. Garments are produced in Los Angeles from 100% organic fabrics. Great looks for boys and girls that are sweet, wearable and just plain cool everyday pieces. Go Gently Baby
can be found at a number of shops including Arte Bebe, a store that carries a great assortment of kids’ products from New York to Argentina and everywhere in between. Thrilled to have come across the shop in pursuit of the brand.
Go Gently Baby Tee, $44 & Kangaroo Shorts, $44
Photos: Arte Bebe
Barker Black Spectator Shoes
I love my guy in sneakers, its nice to see him wear something a little more dapper every now and then. The Barker Black Spectator Shoes are a bit more aspirational than affordable, but it’s a brand that I really admire for their craftsmanship. The company has been around for 130 years and is surely only getting better with age. Barker Black designs with subtle details (look closely at the toe for the crowned skull and crossbones), and every shoes is finished by hand using “good year welted construction.” So basically what this means is these shoes will stick with you, as long as you stick with them.
Photo: Barker Black
I don’t want to..
Manastash Axilla Jacket, $240
speak too soon, but spring’s here and I think everyone’s pretty ready. There’s no doubt Hickoree’s Hard Goods is prepared. The online store out of Brooklyn is kind of a must-stop shop (or site) for classic, functional items that are quite cool. In addition, they have a ton of exclusives, products that are Made in the USA and nostalgic items that’ll take you back like velcro wallets, Big League Chew Gum and Hand-Made Leather Baseballs. Check em out!
Folk Waffle Button Up Cardigan, $283
Folk "Armstrong" Desert Boots $179
Photos: Hickoree’s Hard Goods
of warm weather and of course my mind is racing with thoughts of being on the beach. Yep, still working on “living in the now.” Anyway, my selection of suits is much different now than what it used to be due to the fact that I’ll be chasing after my little one, rather than basking in the sun. I love this 1950′s swim suit from Adore Vintage, however I may just stick with my burnt orange one piece from last season’s J. Crew line and and my good ol’ standby from Malia Mills. Here are a few other pretty styles that caught my eye…
Hoff by Hoff
Hoff by Hoff
Photos: Adore Vintage, Steven Alan, Bona Drag, Need Supply Co., J. Crew
ANNA Silk Cowl Dress
worth mentioning – ANNA. Designer and store-owner, Kathy Kemp opened the East Village boutique about 15 years ago and it’s become a must-stop shop for most downtown girls. Kemp’s entire collection is wearable, fashionable, unique, functional (a lot of pieces can be worn multiple ways), and hand-sewn right here in New York City. The quaint little store on East 3rd is super welcoming, has new arrivals every week and the girls who work there are extremely helpful, so I’ll warn you, it’s hard to walk out empty handed!
Photo: ANNA (facebook)
A design duo..
worth keeping handy in your rolodex (do people still have those?). INX Design was established by two of my good friends who both have backgrounds in designing film & TV sets, as well as prop and wardrobe styling. They can magically bring a modern sensibility to any apartment, photo shoot or showroom. INX has also developed a line of furniture, like the unconventional Bond Club Armchair that is custom-crafted in New York with only the best materials. In my eyes, they are simply the best!
Bond Club Armchair
Photo: INX Design