I am very much into simplicity & quality in foods, so a perfectly-done cacio e pepe is one of my very favorite pasta dishes. This recipe takes it to the next level by adding delicious sauteed brussels sprouts. It is soooo yummy & super easy. Enjoy!
One of my favorite brands, Kiehl’s, will debut a nail polish—their 1st ever!—benefiting amfAR in July. A sleek minimalist black of course! What else would you expect from this streamlined brand? I have long been a fan of black polish, which is in my heavy regular rotation, so you can expect me to be 1st in line. I am deeply involved in HIV/AIDS advocacy & services, so this is a win-win for me. The formaldehyde-free polish will be in stores and online just in time for the company’s annual LifeRide motorcycle trip, a 20 person ride to raise HIV awareness and funds for amfAR. This year’s 2,000 mile ride will be the longest since its inception in 2010—it begins in Milwaukee and ends at the Kiehl’s original location at Third Avenue and 13th Street in Manhattan.
I love this concept of living intentionally, literally within your means. True quality over quantity. Exactly what you need, everything with a purpose & function. What I especially love is how mindful & connected its creators are to the process & the space. That really embodies the concept of home to me. More on this conscious, green Portland home HERE via the NYT.
"Early in their marriage, Lily Copenagle and Jamie Kennel began crafting a plan for living, scribbling house designs and lists of must-haves on notepads and paper napkins.
The idea was simple. They would create a home that was big enough for the two of them, but small enough so that it would be easy to maintain, environmentally responsible and inexpensive to operate. And that would allow them to free up their time and funds for intellectual and recreational pursuits. Own less, live more.”
Literal open concept
I love the couple’s his & hers tandem work space shared home office
A spicy ginger kick and the subtle, unmistakably grassy sweetness of kale elevates this vegetal variation on the margarita, from the New York City bar The Wayland.
FOR THE GINGER-KALE JUICE
1 cup ginger juice (see note)
½ cup kale juice (see note)
2 oz. blanco tequila 1 oz. lime juice ¾ oz. agave nectar Salt, for rimming the glass
Rim a rocks glass with salt, set aside. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in ½ oz. ginger-kale juice, tequila, lime juice and agave nectar. Shake well, and pour over ice into your salt-rimmed glass.
Note: Fresh ginger and kale juices are available for takeaway at some juice bars. To make kale juice at home, wash, stem, and roughly chop kale, and liquefy in a blender at high speed, straining out solids if desired. To make ginger juice at home, finely grate knobs of peeled ginger over cheesecloth; squeeze cheesecloth to strain out ginger juice.
Tough Glamour–Launching its first ever shoe collection based off of the runway looks designed by creative director Olivier Rousteing, Balmain releases images of its spring-summer 2014 footwear line, and it’s as tough and rock and roll glam as to be expected. The range includes high-heeled sandals, stilettos, boots and flats in luxe fabrics including python, soft suede and perforated calfskin. Metal detailing is a signature must on many of the designs. See more of the shoes below.
Cut the avocado into 1/4 inch cubes. Wash the kale, remove the spines, and chop.
Heat the grapeseed oil in a pan. After a minute, add chopped kale to the pan, and stir occasionally.
Place the flour tortilla in a separate nonstick pan over medium heat. Flip it over when the bottom starts to brown.
Once golden brown, place tortilla on a plate. Wait until the kale starts to crisp, and then squeeze half of the lemon over it. Remove the pan from the stove, and pile the crunchy kale into the tortilla.
Tonight I went to a hip & hamstring yoga workshop. I got extra love & adjustments, my teacher said it was because she was so drawn to my pants. Thanks, Inyo! Thanks to her help, 3+ years into my practice, tonight I just figured out how standing split is supposed to feel—& gained several more vertical inches. Turned out my hips weren’t even. I was actually making a rare mistake, over correcting the more common error of having your hip open, by tiling down & closing off my hip joint. Alignment!
I was able to work into compass (at least on one side…).
Post-practice, I made some prana from one of my favorite cookbooks, Tender, by Nigel Slater. It was so tasty, I am sharing the recipe below. The bright colors made me happy!
- 2 Chicken Breasts (I subbed fake chicken)
- Olive Oil
- 1 Stalk Rosemary
- Green beans
- Chard (I used rainbow)
- Nasturtiums (optional)
- Lemon Juice
- Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper to Taste
Dressing: Finely chop shallot. Combine with pinch of salt, lemon juice, olive oil, & mint. Mix.
Brush chicken with oil, season with salt and black pepper and scatter with the finely chopped rosemary needles. Grill or roast until cooked right through and the skin is golden.
Top and tail the beans, cut the chard stalks into similar lengths and remove and reserve their leaves. Boil the beans and the chard stalks in boiling water till tender (2-3 minutes). Dip the leaves into the water for thirty seconds. Remove and drain.
Dress the greens. Add tomatoes & nasturtium. Slice chicken & top greens. Recipe HERE.
Of course, for balance, I finished it off with a new Trader Joe’s find, Cowboy Bark (dark chocolate with toffee, pretzels, Joe Joes, almonds, & salt). I am giving up sugar for Lent, so I had to indulge before it begins on Wednesday!
Barneys new ad campaign honors 17 extraordinary men and women, transgender individuals with diverse experiences and unique personal stories, as the faces of Barneys New York’s Spring 2014 campaign, ‘Brothers, Sisters, Sons & Daughters’, shot in New York by Bruce Weber.
Shot by iconic photographer Bruce Weber in New York City, many were photographed and filmed surrounded by family, friends, and loved ones. By depicting these human connections, Weber was able to represent both the struggles and triumphs a trans person may face in relation to their gender identity. Barneys New York is proud to support the transgender community by telling a few of their incredible stories.
Patricia Bosworth—a longtime contributing editor at Vanity Fair and author—interviewed each model to uncover a small part of their unique and personal life story. The first-person interviews address a range of issues from bullying, discrimination and abandonment to empowerment, self-confidence and unconditional love. Read the profiles HERE.
On February 11th, Barneys New York is pleased to donate 10% of all sales from its 11 flagship stores nationwide and Barneys.com to the LGBT Community Center in New York City and the National Center for Transgender Equality.