Friday, August 28, 2009
This isn't healthy and is incredibly indulgent, but is definitely delicious!
1/2 C. Balsamic Vinegar
3/4 C. Unsalted Butter
2 tbsp. honey
2 tbsp. fresh mint or basil leaves
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 honeydew, cut into 1" wedges
4 firm peaches or plums, cut in 4 wedges
1/2 ripe pineapple, peeled and cored and cut into 1" pieces
Preheat grill. To make glaze: gently boil the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan over medium heat for 10 minutes to reduce. Watch carefully to make sure vinegar doesn't scorch. In a small bowl, combine the reduced vinegar with the butter, honey, mint/basil, and salt. Whisk together until smooth. Set aside.
Thread fruit onto skewers and brush lightly with the balsamic glaze. When fire is mediu-hot, grill fruit in batches on a lightly oiled grill rack, turning one, until browned and slightly softened, about 5 minutes total. Serve fruit on skewers with additional glaze on the side. Vanilla ice cream optional.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
UPDATE: Just learned the collection will be first sold exclusively at Cole Haan's NYC Columbus Circle location and Bridgeport Village, just minutes from Portland, Oregon, and of course online.
Zoe’s own signature look – bronzed, sexy and wrapped up in Seventies-tinged laidback glamour – has rubbed off on well-known women and a few fashion collections alike. The Los Angeles Times noted the obvious influence of Zoe’s signature style on the runways, designers across the globe rely on Zoe for her fine tuned eye and Women’s Wear Daily traced Hollywood’s new look to Zoe’s own style.
October 2007 marked the launch of Zoe’s first tome, “Style A to Zoe” by Grand Central Publishing, a stylebook filled with insightful tips and observations by Zoe, her designer friends and star clients. The book encompasses everything glamour when it comes to home décor, jet setting, entertaining and, of course, getting dressed. “Style A to Zoe” was released in paperback domestically in September 2008 with Russian and Korean language editions to follow internationally. It was also included in the very prestigious, New York Times Best Seller List.
Zoe is continuing her mission to make fashion attainable with a full line of affordable accessories and faux fur that will debut on QVC this fall. The line encompasses jewelry, bags, shoes, hats, scarves, sunglasses, and faux fur.
She’s also entering her fourth year as a contributing editor and consultant for Piperlime.com, Gap Inc.’s online shoe and handbag destination.
Rachel has been on countless “most influential” lists from virtually every domestic and international fashion and financial publication. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious industry awards including The Fashion Group International’s 2006 Fashion Oracle Award, the Accessories Council 2006 Fashion Influencer Ace Award and Hollywood Life Magazine’s 2006 Star Stylist Award. MSN.com also named Zoe one of the “10 Most Influential Women of 2006.”
Rachel is continuing to expand her business endeavors with the second season of “The Rachel Zoe Project,” which will be premiering August 24th on Bravo.
Zoe and her husband, venture capitalist and new-media entrepreneur Rodger Berman, reside in Los Angeles.
Friday, August 21, 2009
2 oz of Clear Premium Tequila (count 1, 2 while you pour, no need for measuring)
Tiny splash of Orange Liquor
Juice of 4 Fresh Lime Wedges
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Everyone's heard about all of the great benefits of wheatgrass, but what are they specifically? One of the best things about wheatgrass juice is that it is immediately absorbed into the bloodstream and gives you immediate energy!
Wheatgrass is an energizer . The vitality obtained from wheatgrass juice is remarkable. Two ounces of fresh juice equals 3 pounds of organic vegetables in vitamins and minerals, or the equivalent of two cups of coffee. All you need to do to feel the amazing benefits of wheatgrass juice is drink two ounces of it! You'll feel refreshed and energized throughout the day.
Wheatgrass juice is nutritious . Wheatgrass juice contains most of the vitamins and minerals needed for human maintenance. It is a whole meal and a complete protein with about 30 enzymes and is approximately 70% crude chlorophyll. Wheatgrass is also an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulphur, cobalt, and zinc.
Wheatgrass juice is a body builder. It is very high in enzymes and chlorophyll. It contains up to 70% chlorophyll, which is an important body builder. The chlorophyll molecule closely resembles that of the hemin molecule, the pigment that combines with protein to form hemoglobin. The major difference is the chlorophyll molecule contains magnesium as its central atom, and hemin contains iron. The molecular structure of these two substances is almost identical in all other respects. It builds the blood. Wheatgrass juice has been proven to build red blood cells quickly after ingestion. It normalizes high blood pressure and stimulates healthy tissue cell growth.
Wheatgrass cleanses the body. The many detergent factors of wheatgrass juice will drain the lymph system, which carries away many toxins from body cells. When an imbalance exists--sore tendons and joints, degenerative disease, etc--there is a natural build-up of mucous in the lymph in that area. Wheatgrass juice will break down the mucous and allow it to drain. Wheatgrass is a powerful cleanser and may start an immediate reaction with toxins and mucus in the stomach and thus may cause nausea. Chlorophyll will bring toxins stored away in cells or fatty tissues into the bloodstream. Start with a 1-ounce serving and work up. Drink on an empty stomach. Keep refrigerated and drink the same day.
Wheatgrass juice is a wonderful aid in weight control. The starch of the wheat berry is stored energy which when converted to simpler sugars is a quick energy source. It is especially good for athletes because it is a juice and assimilated in 20 minutes. Wheatgrass picks up 92 of the 102 minerals in the soil and contains all vitamins science has isolated. Because one ounce of juice equals two pounds of produce nutritionally, it naturally shuts off the appestat in the brain. It helps in weight control. The nutritional value of wheatgrass Juice is so high that many people don't feel those "cravings" that lead to overeating.
Wheatgrass juice helps stop the growth and development of unfriendly bacteria. It acts to produce an unfavorable environment for bacterial growth, rather than by any direct action upon the bacteria themselves. Water-soluble chlorophyll inhibits the action of proteolytic bacteria (which break down protein into simpler substances) and enzymes.
Wheatgrass juice, which is high in beta-carotene, can contribute to a reduction in the risk of developing some kinds of cancer. Dr. Chiu-nan Lai, Ph.D., at the University of Texas Cancer Center, Dept. of Biology in Houston, Texas has determined through using the Ames Bacterial Mutagenicity Test that chlorophyll is the active factor in wheat sprout extracts, which inhibits the metabolic activity of carcinogens. A 20-year study of 20,000 telephone company workers has found that a natural ingredient in carrots and leafy green vegetables significantly reduced the risk of lung cancer in cigarette smokers. They determined that a diet high in beta-carotene negated the bad effects of 30 years of smoking. The National Cancer Institute reports that 19 of 21 studies over the years have indicated diets high in beta-carotene contribute to at least a 40% risk reduction in developing some kinds of cancer.
Chlorophyll, found in Wheatgrass juice helps in rebuilding the blood stream and reducing Anemia. Studies on various animals have shown chlorophyll to be free of any toxic reaction. The red cell count has returned to normal within 4 to 5 days of the administration of chlorophyll, even in those animals that were known to be extremely anemic or low in red blood cell count.
When chlorophyll is taken internally (wheatgrass juice), it reduces or eliminates body and breath odors. Studies show that it is effective in neutralizing odors in the mouth from food, beverages, tobacco, and metabolic changes (halitosis). It also effectively neutralized odors from perspiration due to physical exercise, nervousness, menstrual odors, etc.
Chlorophyll is beneficial in the treatment of skin diseases and first and second degree burns. The bland soothing effect of chlorophyll (wheatgrass) ointments are very beneficial to the treatment of various skin diseases involving the outer and underlying layers of the skin. For first and second-degree burns, the use of chlorophyll has been established as an outstanding aid. Sunburn can also be alleviated by the use of chlorophyll ointment at the time of exposure. This can reduce discomfort, and possibly infection, to a minimum. Applied after severe sunburn, it has the same gratifying results as on regular burns. The same can be said of X-ray burns. Chlorophyll can also reduce or eliminate foul odor associated with burns. Instead of using ointments, you can drink wheatgrass juice for all of the benefits of chlorophyll.
Wheatgrass can help to eliminate dangerous chemicals in fluoridated water and found on fruits and vegetables. One ounce of wheatgrass in a gallon of fluoridated water can turn the fluorine into harmless calcium-phosphate-fluoride compound. Used in wash water it adds softness to the face and hands. In the bath, it is most soothing. It stops bleeding, itching, and helps sores and pimples to heal. Additionally, fruits and vegetables contaminated by sprays were thoroughly cleaned and the negative food transformed by wash water with a wisp of wheatgrass placed in the water.
Chlorophyll is effective in clearing up your Sinuses. Chlorophyll packs inserted into the sinuses had a drying effect, clearing up congestion, and gave immediate relief. Congested head colds were cleared up within 24 hours. Regularly drinking wheatgrass juice can help eliminate and fight off colds!
Taking a few healthy steps now makes for a longer, happier life. Consider the alternatives. Make better decisions now.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Loving. This. Shoe.
Christian Dior's Drape Bootie
• Black calf suede with tonal snake-embossed leather trim.
• Goldtone hardware.
• Knotted, draped front.
• Zip back.
• 3 1/2" goldtone stiletto heel.
• Made in Italy.
And on another note - with every order at Origins.com, receive a complimentary full-sized lip colour. Offer valid through 18 August. Click here for all the details.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
-- big sweaters (turtlenecks, cardigans, shawl collars)
-- fitted vneck sweater
-- boots, boots, boots
-- purple, navy, gray, white, red
-- tone on tone colour
-- animal prints
-- rocker chic and motorcycle jackets
-- modern fitting, classic inspired trench coats
-- perfect, premium denim
Friday, August 14, 2009
When I was visiting a fraternity brother for a few days, we were completing all the errands and tasks he wanted to finish before heading back to Asia. While we were on the quest for finding new prescription glasses for him, we stopped into The Backrub Store. Having worked for Origins for a handful of years, I recognized the store by it's Aveda retail space. (For those of you who don't know, Origins and Aveda are sister companies under the Estee Lauder umbrella of beauty brands.) My fraternity brother's skin was peeling from an unplanned sunburn, and he wasn't thrilled about the concept of sitting for 18+ hours on a plane with an itchy back, so an exfoliating treatment was in order. And as for me, who doesn't love a good sports massage?! So, we booked our appointments for that day. I was only slightly entertained/taken aback when the receptionist asked if my brother and I were "a couple", but that's another story.
When we returned for the appointment, I knew I was in for something good. Janet, my masseuse, had this instant aura that was very apparent. Calming, relaxing, and incredibly compassionate, Janet's zest for life and total wellness are unique and perfectly suited. Professional, poised, and perfect, the massage was amazing. From the foot exfoliating treatment before, to her closing remarks in the retail area, Janet is the woman for all of your relaxation needs.
I'm not sure how many of you will ever be in Florida's panhandle region. But if you are, you must call Janet. Her Bahamian Magic Hands are sure to win you over. And yes, you can get a relaxing massage in a spa-like environment. Even in a shopping mall.
PS - on a completely unrelated subject - I can't get enough of these Korean pop superstars. Here's their English video, and here's the original Korean version.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
You see, I'm much more supportive of the concepts of Military than the average citizen. My Father is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, and served a couple decades as an officer. In the '70s, he was a flight instructor. One of the planes he flew (not just the model type, but the actual plane) is currently in the National Museum of Naval Aviation. So of course, I had to make a special trip to the museum and visit "my Dad's plane".
Above, my fraternity brother stands in front of "my Dad's plane". He'll probably be either slightly embarrassed, slightly upset, or slightly nonchalant that I'm including his photograph and highlighting his fashion sense, but I must commend him for several concepts so perfectly demonstrated. First, notice the casual elegance of the shirt: sleeves, casually rolled up and suitable for the hot, humid Florida summer weather; a few buttons undone, allowing for the perfect, relaxed fit; and of course, breathable cotton fabric to naturally keep the body cool and fresh. Khaki shorts, complimenting the blue shirt, fall a few inches above the knee - not too baggy, not too tight either. We've seen this trend of a more tailored short for men in magazines and runways for several months now, but it's even more comforting and realistic to see a trend so flawlessly executed without being pretentious or not genuine. It also helps the look that he has great calves!
While in Pensacola, I had lunch with a very close friend of mine. A few years older than I, growing up I always looked up to what J was doing. Accomplished scholastically and professionally, charismatic, and a multi talented athlete, J had a very distinct fashion sense as well. Now an officer in the US Navy's Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, I couldn't be more proud of my friend.
In just two days, I saw a plane that my Father flew as a flight instructor, spent an amazing time reconnecting with a fraternity brother who is serving as an Officer in the US Army and currently located at one of the northern most US bases in South Korea (North Korea just scares and depresses me, to be honest), and had lunch with another great friend who defends and provides legal and policy advice for the US Navy.
I know most people in the fashion industry aren't in tune with their country's military. Especially as a young person, we often are disconnected with war, serving in foreign lands, and sacrificing for freedom and protection. But spending time with actual people, especially friends, really brings the mission of military close to home.
Throughout the history of fashion, military has always been a huge influence. From Burberry's famous trench coats, to epaulets on John Varvatos' shirts, I love incorporating a military aesthetic into my everyday. Maybe it's because I'm nostalgic for my childhood and the fact that I associate family and military often together, or maybe it's my way of honouring those who have or currently serve.
And Spring 2010, I know the colour of choice will be "army" or loden green. Let freedom ring!
Monday, August 10, 2009
How to lose weight—or at least look like you have—by next weekend
By Yaran Noti and Katie Hintz
1. Create an optical illusion
Doing crunches and push-ups is one way of getting ripped, but why not let $75 clippers and a mirror do the trick instead? Some judicious grooming can give you the appearance of having spent the past few months at the gym. "For accentuating the chest and de-emphasizing the torso, clip the torso hair shorter and leave the chest hair a little longer,' says Craig P. Wern, a New York–based professional groomer. This will sharpen the line under your pecs and create a faux-natural contrast. Also, leaving a thin line of hair down the center of your body may give the illusion of some ab definition. For the less hirsute, it may be easier to have your six-pack painted on: Spray-tan experts can airbrush the appearance of defined abs, chiseled arms, and solid pecs. The color will last up to a week—although swimming-pool chlorine will eat away at it. Another downside is that airbrushed abs will work only if you've already shed most of your excess flab. "Putting it on a chunky guy won't do anything, but on somebody with some definition, it can really make his muscles look bigger," says Jeff Bozz, cofounder and owner of Sunset Tan in Los Angeles.
2. Dress Right
Simple styling tricks can make your trunk look slimmer and your shoulders look quarterback-broad. "Tuck your shirt in," says Tim Gunn, chief creative officer of Liz Claiborne, Inc. "An untucked shirt's silhouette makes you appear to have more volume. Stay away from cuffed pants—they make you look shorter and squatter. And any garment with the word cargo before it adds undesired volume." If worse comes to worst, there's always shapewear—a.k.a. a man girdle. Brands like 2(x)ist offer underwear with a six-inch band that will mask your spare tire—albeit temporarily. "Shapewear is a marvelous solution for tucking in the otherwise untuckable," Gunn says. "Just make sure that the undergarment comes up to the bottom of your rib cage—otherwise it will just push the bubble upwards and outwards."
3. Control Your Calories
A short-term crash diet comes down to simple math. You need to burn about 3,500 calories to shed one pound, so if you have two weeks and want to drop 10 pounds, you're going to have to find 35,000 calories to eliminate (2,500 per day). A low-calorie, low-sodium diet of brown rice, quinoa, kale, Brussels sprouts, and baked tofu should drop a pound here and there, but a severe regimen may be the only way to shed significant weight. Starvation diets don't work in the long run—and detox routines are not designed for weight loss—but, according to Peter Glickman, the guy behind TheMasterCleanse.com, the average man loses 16 pounds in 10 days on the plan, proving that you'll lose weight if you don't eat. "You can eat basically nothing for a week and lose five pounds," says New York nutritionist Charles Passler. "But you'll lose extra water and muscle mass, not fat." It's not going to be easy, but, while you're suffering, keep your eyes on the prize—it's only a few days before you can pig out at the all-you-can-eat buffet.
4. Jump to It
A jump rope burns more calories than a treadmill and works your entire body. Michael Olajide Jr., a former WBC Inter-continental Middleweight Champion and cofounder of Aerospace High Performance Center in New York, suggests hitting the rope twice a day for at least three minutes each time. Running stairs, hiking, and sprinting bring similarly speedy results, says L.A.-based Equinox trainer Michael Carson. "You should always be engaging your core and the large muscles of your hips, glutes, and thighs," he says. "These areas will maximize calorie burn."
5. Train Like Tom Brady
For a quick overhaul, it's best to work several major muscle groups at the same time, Carson says. Lunges, squats, and balance exercises are ideal, especially when you focus on form and duration rather than speed. If you have time to target only one body part, make it your shoulders. "They build very fast and can give you a tapered-waist effect, which makes you look better in a shirt or suit," Carson says. Just remember to rest for a day between workouts to give your muscles time to recover and build
6. Go Easy with the Scissors
A haircut before your trip isn't just about looking clean-cut—it can make your face appear slimmer if you don't take too much off. Curly or straight, side-parted or spiked up, hair type and style matter less than making sure you don't whip out the clippers and give yourself Buddha cheeks with a buzz cut. "Don't get your hair cut too short," says Beverly Hills stylist Ryan Crupi. "Creating height on the crown of the head and length over the nape of the neck creates an egg-shape look that thins the face." But for guys who are losing their hair, leaving it longer will make it look more meager, so the choice is yours—you can look thinner, but you'll also look balder.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
a) I love my postal delivery guy. He always smiles and waves as he drives his little truck past our house. Maybe it's because I'm one of the few people who is actually home when the mail is being delivered, and I happily await his arrival. I love getting mail. Maybe it's all the catalogues and sales fliers and thank you notes for being the best client at store X. Who knows, but I love mail.
b) There are the most random people who work at my neighbourhood postal office. There's the angry Asian guy who always looks like every customer is interrupting his terribly mundane and miserable life. And the bigger football player type guy who has one eye that shoots one way and another eye that shoots straight forward. This is terrible - but I never know which eye to look at, so I keep "eye contact" with the bridge of his nose to play it safe. Then there's Miss Phyllis - she's my favourite postal lady. She always smiles and laughs when I see her. Maybe it's because I'm in a good mood when I go there to mail off my packages or buy my stamps, or because I'm in a good mood, or because I actually care and ask how her day is. Who knows, but I love Miss Phyllis and always pray that I luckily get her as my postal agent.
c) I absolutely hate when magazines stuff those stupid subscription cards into the pages of my periodicals. Several years ago on National Public Radio or something, my Dad and I heard about "The Great Credit Rebellion", where you were encouraged to send back those business reply mail envelopes from credit card solicitations stuffed full of other junk mail. This way the credit card company had to pay an increased rate for your envelope of junk, and they got the hint as to what you thought about their unsolicited solicitations. Not only do I do that, but I also send back the handful of subscription renewal postcards from my magazines - blank - every single time. I look at it like I'm giving extra work and support to my postal service, and I'm sending a message to my magazine companies. I can understand having a page of attached subscription cards that don't fall out - you know, so when I do recycle my magazines to friends and family, if they choose to have their own subscription, they could just rip a card out and send off for their subscription. But those stupid cards - no bueno.
d) when I was in middle school, one of my friends Christopher used to always wear a Post Office baseball cap. I thought it was kind of dumb. And I don't know why I still remember - but I do.
e) finally, I think it's a little ridiculous that, in 2006, the postal service was making a huge profit, and now, in 2009, they're magically in a huge debt. I've heard the idea that mail will no longer be delivered on Saturdays. Or the rate to mail letters and packages is going to go up, yet again. I'm not happy about that.
I faithfully use the postal service, even when it's more convenient to stop by my neighbourhood FedEx Office store and just drop off a package - I go to the postal office. I dutifully buy stamps, and send more than my fair share of Hallmark cards to friends and family. I do not want the rates to go up, and I better still get mail on Saturdays. After all, there might be something in a new catalogue that I just have to have and must order straightaway. Maybe I'm just a little too old school - but I much prefer shopping from a real catalogue than ordering online. Maybe it's the human interaction I get from my brief conversations on the telephone with the phone order department, which you obviously don't get when you shop online. But regardless, I like it. And for that, I can not apologize. So my friend, do your part. Send a card to Grandma. Mail a check to American Express. Order a new magazine subscription. And support your local postal service.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Omotesandō was originally created as the frontal (表, Omote) approach (参道, Sandō) to the Meiji Shrine, when the Shrine was dedicated in the Taishō era.
My favourite part of Omotesandō is the shopping! From the multilevel flagship Dior store, to Chanel, Burberry, and Louis Vuitton's largest store filling five entire floors of monogrammed goodness, to more affordable Gap, Zara, and others. And as if I didn't love Zara enough - in the very same building is a massive Gold's Gym! Omotesandō is also home to the famous Japanese toy store Kiddyland and the fabulous Takashimaya department store. The avenue is definitely like Paris's Champs-Elysees or Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive. Dotted with trendy cafes, delicious eateries, and the most exciting people watching ever! Keep your eyes out for the traditionally entertaining Harajuku girls!
Plan on spending a few days in this fabulous shopping district - so much culture, fashion, and style to soak in! Tokyo might just be one of my favourite cities ever. Always en vogue!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Now, I could understand the rationale of dudes having long, thick claw like nails if we still lived in jungles and hunted animals and gathered wild nuts and berries. The ability to instinctively protect yourself with razor sharp nails from primal animals and wild cats would be understandable. But we were hunting SCHOOL SUPPLIES, not protecting ourselves from wild beasts.
And, to top it off, said "gentleman" with hawks talons for hands also wore sandals - exposing the most primitive, fungus tainted toes I've seen. For the love of God, people! If the nails on your toes are long, discoloured, fungus ridden, or anything other than healthy and well kept - KEEP YOUR SHOES AND SOCKS ON! No one wants to see, smell, or worst of all, accidentally get touched by such disgusting excuses for toe nails.
Maybe he was going to audition as some side show freak at the local carnival. I don't care what his motive or rationale was - it was disgusting and uncalled for.
So, my friends, listen to me. And listen clearly. Whether man or woman, young or old, stylish or tacky, do us all a favour - maintain your hands and feet. Whether you opt for the professional manicure/pedicure, or choose to exfoliate, moisturize, and trim nails and cuticles at home - you've got to put your best foot forward.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
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