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Food, Fashion and unforgettable spaces

All Photos taken by Giant Squid Press  Winter Brunch Outfit (Coat Vintage, Dress DVF,Anthropologie Collar)

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being invited to the TasteArchitecture's Winter Champagne Brunch at Temple Court in Manhattan's City Hall neighborhood!  Mandeep Bedi, Founder & Creative Director of TasteArchitecture, has made it her mission to find gorgeous spaces (before they are torn down or refurbished) and use them as back drops for unforgettable meals and parties. Mandeep had her eyes set on Temple Court months ago and knew as soon as she entered the building that it would be a perfect setting for a Winter Champagne Brunch.

My only instructions that day were to dress in warm and chic attire (as it turned out my camel coat and fur collar were perfect for the chilly dining room). As I entered the building the elaborate glass ceilings, sculpted archways and delicate metal work were such a feast for the eyes  I almost  forget the decadant brunch that awaited me.  Warm winter squash crepes, artichoked benedict with truffled porcini sauce and croque madames were just a few of the beautiful dishes that were prepared. Temple Court is destined to become an Andre Balazs (owner of the Standard) Hotel,  but all the guests of that afternoon's brunch will never forget it's original glory. Thanks Mandeep!


On the Twelfth Day of Christmas I want to tell you...


On the Eleventh Day of Christmas I wanna hear...

From left to right-Beach Boys Christmas, Chirstmas with Dino, James Brown Funky Christmas, The Sonics (featuring Santa Claus and I don't believe in Christmas), The Vandals-Oi to the World, Joey Ramone Christmas Spirit, Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra, Elvis Christmas Album

There is no excuse for bad Christmas music! I advise you go to any holiday family gathering this year armed with an emergency holiday soundtrack. Everyone will thank you for it AND it's a great conversation starter with awkward family members. Get the party hoping with a few of my above favorites. 


On the Tenth day you will need...

1.Black Dress Shoe 2.Shoe horn 3.Naturals Shave Soap 4.Timex 5.Shave set 6.Anchor Wallet 7.Mast Brothers chocolate 8.Tie 9.Red Plaid Bag 10.Laphroaig Scotch 11.Bull Dog Cuff Links 12.Sweater 13.Flask 14.Camp socks

The boys can be REAL TOUGH to shop for! Even the most easy going of guys can be very VERY picky.  For those last minute gifts I have compiled a few winners to keep the boys happy.  A shoe horn or pair of cashmere socks could be a perfect stocking stuffer for Dad. A variation on his favorite vans or an extra special shaving cream could be awesome for a lover.  Remember to keep it simple and don't over think...sometimes the perfect gift is just a darn good bottle of scotch!


On the ninth day of christmas...

1.red dress 2.glitter sash 3.gold polish 4.faux fur bag 5.gold dress 6.manhattan 7.gold heart 8. black heel 9.dot fascinator 10. ballet flat

The holiday are all about going out DANCING!!!  This year I am really feeling this black, red and gold look. So pretty for New Years Eve. Has everyone made their plans already?  I am debating on a hot night out or some much needed lounge time. Not sure which will win out.


Go to Prague for...

I saw these gorgeous fruit dumplings (aka OVOCNÉ KNEDLÍKY) from prague on the pages of Eat Your World. The dumplings are a staple sweet dish for the Czech People and are commonly filled with strawberries, apricots and plums or plum jam. I love the way it looks with the sliced strawberry in the center! yum!


It's time for...

I love to know all about people favorite beauty products! Its always a good idea to compare notes and see what works and what doesn't/ Here are some of my favs and things to try for the new year!

1. Korres Milk Proteins make-up remover wipes- Love a good remover wipe! Quick, easy and good on the go. This one is lovely and fits into our milk maid theme...so couldn't resist.

2.Benetint-This is a great choice for lip and cheek stain. I feel like it really lasts and is a perfect red. Also a great size to throw in your purse.

3.Velcro Rollers-This is one thing I want to add into my routine...I use a curling iron now, but The BEAUTY DEPARTMENT girls recommended them here and here. Could be perfect to get massive volume or a vintage pin up look.

4.Hope in a Jar-People swear by this stuff. My mom and tons of my friends  are huge supporters. Will be on my list for new year purchases.

5.Dry Shampoo-I am on the hunt for an amazing dry shampoo. Klorane had gotten some very good reviews. Which ones are your favorite???

6. Fresh Milk Bath and Shower Cream-Fresh products are fantastic and this shower cream is pure luxury.

7. Murad Pure Skin Supplements- Let's be honest the key to gorgeous skin is really from the inside out. Taking supplements, getting lots of veggies and drinks loads of water is essential. Pop a few of these pills and they could be a step in the right direction.

8. Clarisonic Skin Cleansing Systems-I bought my Mia last year and I love it! It really makes my face feel clean and exfoliated. I would go for the full size Mias...I have been told the little ones aren't as powerful.

9.Mason Pearson Brush-This is the best brush out there...hands down.  Once you use it you will never go back to anything else and your hair will love you for it. Plus this pink color is soooo good.

10.Bad Gal Lashes-It is unanimous..this is the BEST mascara money can buy.  I always have this on hand, makes lashes look thinker, fuller and sexier.

11.Ole Henrikson-This has been my daily moisturizer for the last year and I love it. Does a great job of moisturizing and I love the super creme for the winter months. The smell is pretty and natural too.

12. Coceal FX-This is the best concealer I have ever bought. LOVE IT! It does a fantastic job of covering blemishes and dark circles. I just bought the foundation and I am happy with it too. Another foundation I have been hearing a lot of buzz about is the Smashbox foundation. 

13.Murad Clarifying Cleanser-I have tried everything for breakout prone skin and Murad cleanser is the best, my skin has completely trasnsformed.  This stuff is an essential! 

14. Tarte- This lip tint just replaced chap stick in my bag. THey have pretty red options and it is  SUPER hydrating. Another gorgeous red gloss is the Givenchy (it is pricey, but there red is a dream)