Twenty years ago, when I was working at one of Manhattan's premier private schools, all the fashionable mom's were wearing Ferragamo Vara pumps. They were cute and I wanted to blend in and wear the same "uniform" so I bought two pairs. I wore them while I worked there but thought they were a little too "Upper East Side" for my next job in hospitality, so they languished in my closet. But Ferragamo shoes have gotten a lot trendier in the past few years, so I pulled mine out only to discover that they were now a little on the tight side. Nowadays these shoes retail for $575 a pair so I decided that I had two options: sell them on Ebay or take them to my local shoemaker and see what he could do to stretch them out. Luckily he did an amazing job! The pairs were generally in very good condition so he just stretched them out about a half size and on one pair replaced part of the sole and they now look brand new.
Ferragamo Vara pumps
I'm so excited that I shopped my closet and now have vintage Ferragamos!
I got my glam on last night.....it had been a while. Up until a couple years ago I was going out and dressing up at least twice a week. Nowadays, because of a series of sick pets, I'm lucky if I have time to do that twice a month. I was one of the Vice Chairmen of The Animal Medical Center's Top Dog Gala last night. It's an annual event and always attracts a very elegant crowd. My friend and I organized a fun table and we had a great time. I wanted to look holiday festive and wear some color without falling into the red & green trap so I went for a pink and green color scheme with a pink wrap top and long black skirt and jazzed it up with pink & green accessories, including some Indian jewelry touches.
My accessories....Manolo Blahnik shoes, Judith Leiber clutch, vintage
Kenneth Jay Lane earrings, authentic Indian ring and faux pearls.
I practically live at The AMC with my pets, so always happy to help support the hospital!
I found a super simple recipe for vegan fudge and decided to give it a try. I made the peanut butter fudge and if you like peanut butter you're going to love this! Rather than post the recipe I'll just post a photo and the link to the blog where I found it: Vegan fudge recipe. I don't know the blogger, but she's clearly the Willy Wonka of the vegan world.
This truly was the easiet thing to make and is perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth. Next time I'm going to try chocolate.
There's an annual herb fair where my mom lives upstate. I've always wanted to go, but never been around on the right day, until yesterday when I finally got there. It was just like the weekly farm market, but instead of mostly fruits and vegetables the vendors were selling primarily herbs and products made from them. I'd like to be more familiar with cooking with herbs, but since I'm not, I decided to keep it simple and just buy what I know. I bought fresh mint to make mint tea and I bought lemon verbena soap. I love both of those scents and I've already used the mint in my tea. The aroma is divine!
Fresh mint & Lemon Verbena soap
It was such a warm and gorgeous day I took the cockatoo with me. And, as is always the case for him, he attracted the press. A photographer from the local paper took his photo (not mine, just his) so maybe he'll be in the paper again this year. Last year he got his photo taken at the farm market. Never a dull moment with him, and in the meantime, I'm enjoying my herbal purchases.
My personal passion for, and professional expertise in, jewelry is featured in The New York Times today! It's on line today and should be in the hardcopy of the paper tomorrow. I'm really not a philanthropist, that's more of a Vanderbilt and Rockefeller label, but I've been involved with a lot of charities over the years so perhaps that's why they used that word. Anyway, this was really fun to shoot and I'm so excited to have been included!
Whenever I'm visiting my mom on the weekend I go to the local farmers' market to buy fresh produce. If it's a warm day I take my cockatoo, Chris, with me. Sometimes he'll even get a little treat, like giant sugar snap peas. It was an absolutely gorgeous day today and Chris had a fun time. We got corn and string beans that both the humans and the cockatoo can eat. And, we got two small pies for our friend who we're visiting tomorrow.
Farm fresh corn
On the way out we stopped by the chicken pen so Chris could see his fellow birds. He likes to make chicken noises, so it's fun for him to see real live chickens.
Chris with the chickens!
After the farm market we drove into town and did some errands. Chris loved the people and they loved him. Just another beautiful day in the country........
I love tacos just like everyone else, but as a vegan I've had to modify the ingredients. Instead of ground meat I use a meat substitute called Boca Veggie Ground Crumbles. It's made by the same company that makes Boca Burgers. Over the summer I used the Boca crumbles to make tacos and I chopped lettuce and tomatoes to make traditional style tacos, but tonight I decided to make a variation and cook all the ingredients together to cut down on the do-it-yourself assembly at the table. The result was simpler -- but just as delicous -- tacos!
Boca Veggie Ground Crumble (1 package)
Two tomatoes chopped
One onion chopped
Two cups baby spinach leaves
Daiya Deluxe Cheeze Sauce Cheddar Style (yes, cheeze with a 'z'),
1. Heat oil in skillet
2. Throw in onion first and cook about 10 minutes, stirring frequently
3. Add in Boca crumble, but first break apart since it tends to clump
together in freezer
4. Cook Boca & onions together for about 10 minutes, stirring
5. Add in spinach and cook another 5 minutes, stir continuously
6. Finally add in tomatoes and cook until soft, keep stirring!
7. While cooking the taco filling above heat up the taco shells according
to directions on box. (Monitor carefully so they don't burn.) This only
takes about 6-7 minutes, so if you want them warm & crispy do this
around the same time you add the tomatoes to the mix.
8. Heat up Daiya Cheeze Sauce in the microwave for 1 minute