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Missoni crashed Target’s website

In Fashion, Home on September 13, 2011 at 10:23 am

You’ve heard the hype, seen the ads and the previews, and gotten appropriately worked up over the epic 400-piece Missoni for Target collection. Now you can start planning which items to buy and see what they look like on someone other than Margherita Missoni. It’s a field day of colorful zigzags and swirly patterns with a slight mod vibe.

I’m honestly almost more excited about the baby clothes, home decor and kitchenware than the clothes; done in the same patterns and at moderate prices ($30 for pillows, $13 for towels, dishes from $3-$20), you could totally re-decorate your apartment a la the Missoni clan for a paltry sum.

Buy It: Target
Cost: $3-$30

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Household Harmony

In Home on August 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm

There is nothing worse than walking into your home to be smacked in the face with an assaulting scent. Equally as offensive is the musty smell of a closed up room or dirty bedroom. Nothing is relaxing or welcoming about nasty smells.

Diptyque Choisya Room Spray is the answer to these olfactory nightmares as this beautifully clean scent fills the air with the citrus-sweet aroma of Mexican orange blossoms. Pair with the a Choisya candle for intense and long-lasting fragrance. Say hello to a room smelling like heaven and goodbye to the musty atmosphere.

Buy It: Barneys
Cost: $60

Summer Entertaining Statement Piece

In Home on August 2, 2011 at 8:08 am

Looking for a great statement piece for your summer entertaining? This Anthropologie Soda-Lime Pitcher is a great way to kick your summer cocktail hour off right. This faceted-glass vessel made from recycled bottles will be an eco-friendly addition to your morning juice or round of evening cordials.

Buy It: Anthropologie
Cost: $28.00

Being a Domestic Goddess

In Home on March 15, 2011 at 10:01 am

Being a domestic goddess and a fashionista is tough work but that doesn’t mean that you can’t look cute while ruling the kitchen! Make sure your manicure stays intact and your dish washing session is photo worthy with this adorable Geranium Kitchen Brush and these hot Scrub a Dub Rubber Gloves. Maybe being a stunning superwomen is possible after all!

Buy It:
Geranium Kitchen Brush $8.00

Scrub a Dub Rubber Gloves $14.00

Shout It Out

In Home on January 13, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Spills are never sexy and a red splotch on your favorite cream silk blouse is infuriating. Fear messy meals no more (and forget about the plastic restaurant bib) because Shout Wipes instant stain removers are here to save the day. If you don’t pack these bad boys in your purse (or murse) already, you need to…stat. I’ve tried every portable stain remover out there (yeah..I’m talking about you Tide Stick) and none of them work with the same potency that Shout Wipes work. These little guys kick serious butt on stains and the wipes never dry out because they are individually sealed in little packets.

Couple of side notes: be sure to follow the instructions (moving the wipe in a circular motion), and stick to less-fragile apparel (may not be great for your Prada silk dress).

These are a purse must-have…get them.

Buy It: Amazon
Cost: $6.75 (box of 12)

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers

In Accessories, Fashion, Home on December 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Christmas is literally around the corner and if you’re like me, you love/loathe shopping for last minute items. Stocking stuffers are the best last minute gifts to pick up on a whim and sometimes, they are the funniest kind of gift. Here are a few perfect last minute stocking stuffers for your mom, girlfriend, wife, or best friend!

Stella McCartney Rollerball Perfume Set $42.00

NARS Nail Polish in Jungle Red $16.00

Michael Kors Oversized Chronograph Watch – Goldtone $250.00

Kiehl’s Delights Set $39.00

Victoria’s Secret Flannel ‘Dream’ PJs $39.50

Forever21 Beaded Bracelet $8.80

The Best White Elephant Gifts

In Entertainment, Home on December 8, 2010 at 9:21 am

The holiday season always brings holiday parties and festivities that require a gift. My favorite gift exchange is the white elephant…where you basically give inexpensive, humorous items (sometimes used items from the home)! It’s meant to be a humorous gift…for fun not for gain.

Here is my list of the Best White Elephant Gifts:
Hello Kitty Winter Hat and Mittens Set $36.00

Wasabi Lip Balm $5.76

World’s Largest Gummy Bear $29.95

Leopard High Heel Cake Server $18.00

OCD Anti-Bacterial Hand Sanitizer $5.95

Boo Boo Kisses Band aids $3.99

Cheeseburger Phone $26.00

Canned Unicorn Meat $11.99

Bacon Candle $15.99

Demeter Dirt Perfume $20.00

Holiday Happiness = Holiday Baking

In Home on December 3, 2010 at 11:45 am

It’s holiday time and this time of year makes me want to nest. 😉 My (most recent) favorite pastime is baking cookies. Not cooking, not steaming vegetables. But creating and eating delicious, warm, chewy homemade cookies. What better time to make homemade cookies but at the holiday time — the diet start January 1 anyway, right?

The second I saw these Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies I just about died. Salted caramel – obsessed. Here is the recipe and photos of my new favorite cookie.

Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies
Makes 16 cookies

Shortbread Cookie recipe adapted from Barefoot Contessa

Caramel recipe taken from Salted Caramel Mousse by Trish Desseine

Cookies:
1 1/2 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup of granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

1 3/4 cup of all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Caramel:
1/2 cup of granulated sugar

2 ½ tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until they are just combined and then add the vanilla. Separately, sift together the flour and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the creamed butter and sugar. Mix until the dough starts to come together. Dump on a floured board and roll together into a flat square. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, take out the fridge and cut into 1 1/4-inch squares.

Roll the dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. (If you have a scale they should each weigh 1 ounce.) Place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet. Hold the cookie steady with one hand and press a light indentation into the top of each with your finger. Note: I actually poked a hole using my knuckle (from my index finger) since I have nails. I also kind of molded them a little just to make sure they were purdy. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until they’re just a little golden brown on the sides. Let them cool. While they’re cooling, make the caramel.

Combine the sugar and 2 tablespoons water in a medium saucepan. Do not stir. Cook over medium-high heat to a dark caramel, swirling as it begins to brown to distribute the sugar. While the sugar and water are going at it, heat up the cream in a saucepan or microwave just until warm.

Take off the heat and add your room temperature butter. Whisk the butter in, being sure it’s totally combined. Add your warmed cream and whisk vigorously.

By now your cookies should be cooled. Spoon a teaspoon of warm caramel into the indentations of your cookies and top with sea salt. You can eat right away (the caramel will be goopy and wonderful), or let sit for 2 hours so the caramel sets. Yum and Yum!

Flirty Flair

In Home on October 13, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Saucy, intriguing, and delightful are just a few words used to describe this “got to have” shower curtain. Flirty winks and bold, bright red lips greet you every morning as you walk into your bath. Even when half asleep, your immediate response will be, “Good morning!” The great thing about this flair for your bathroom is that its inexpensive and you can ‘redecorate’ the entire room in an instant. Unique and trendy, you can’t go wrong with this choice!

Buy It: Macys
Cost: $39.99

Home Invasion: Summer Chandelier

In Home on July 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Looking to spruce up your house on the fly and within the budget? This VivaTerra Lotus Flower Chandelier lamp is the perfect addition to any kitchen or living space! To create this gorgeous lamp, artisans have assembled hand-cut capiz shells, edged them in metal, and created these blooming flower chandeliers that radiate like shimmering stained glass. What’s great is that you can buy both sizes and pair them for a super cute deco-duo.

Hang this over your bed or over your kitchen table and you’ll be sure to shed chic light on your newly accessorized pad!

Buy It: VivaTerra
Cost: $329.00