Sunday, November 30, 2014

pumpkin and spice

and a mash up of fashion statements in the subway and on the city streets ...
hint, fur, hats and plaid are still trending....

Thanksgiving weekend...

Friday, November 28, 2014


happy Black Friday!

white hearts on a black shirt at Locanda Verde, Thanksgiving ....

fashion is love!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For the theatergoers in the crowd...

Here is the Prospector Theater, a state of the art, community supported, first -run movie theater that sits on a gentle hillside beside the Ridgefield, Connecticut Library, accented in pink and full of pow!

It is the brainchild of Valerie Jensen, who created the theater as a not for profit venue dedicated to providing job and training opportunities to adults with disabilities.

Jensen and her team really know how to put on a show with no detail overlooked, from smiling greeters to stadium style seats to the 25,000 "heads up" pennies hand glued to the ceiling in the cafe, a nod to the original, historic bank building facade still in tact on Prospect Street.

Dynamic sculptural art, vibrant tile and wallpaper infuse the playful design and the top floor boasts the casual Star Bar restaurant, for great pre or post movie eats!

A dear friend and enthusiastic local resident shared the theater with me but you can make a field trip to Ridgefield for a first-hand experience.

Or, simply spread the word and share the inspiration behind this unique entrepreneurial endeavor!

Happy Thanksgiving!!  Let's go to the movies!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mimi in the City

Mimi Thorisson and famille were at KISAN last night for sweets, treats and holiday cheer.

As per Mimi, " We LOVE New York!"  

Clearly, New York loves Mimi!

The line was out the door for a signed copy of her book, A Kitchen in France, A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse, with recipes for seasonal meals photographed by her husband, Oddur. 

Mimi is also the author of the French cooking blog, Manger and star of La Table de Mimi cooking show in France.

Apres New York?  Back to rural Medoc!

Come back soon, Mimi!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

easy as abc

out of the cold and into abc kitchen!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Once upon a time...

What are your plans for 2015?   Why not write a memoir?

Last night, I had the good fortune to attend literary agent and author Sarah Jane Freymann's discussion and book signing, held at Roberta Freymann Roller Rabbit Tribeca store.

Sarah Jane extolled the unique stories that are within each of us as well as the transformative powers of memoir writing itself.

Along with co-author and memoirist Brenda Peterson, she encouraged us to follow the prompts and tools presented in the book and hinted that Oprah, for one, agrees with the team's approach!

Your Life is a Book is available for purchase through

Happy writing!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

holiday cheer is here!

The Polar Vortex is coming!

But first, don't miss design duo darlings ATSUYO ET AKIKO at THE REDS Holiday Cheer Boutique this week!!

119 East 74th Street, between Lexington and Park, NYC.
November 13th , 9 to 6:30 p.m.  November 14th, 9 to 5 p.m.

The weekend fun continues with RENEGADE Craft Fair!  

Scoop up handmade embroidered treasures by Coral & Tusk and discover other participating artisans!

Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, November 15th and 16th, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

(photos by ATSUYO ET AKIKO and Coral & Tusk)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014

life lessons

What was my favorite thing about voting last week at Emily Dickinson, P.S. 75?

It wasn't the bake sale, which was way too healthy for me this year.

It was the Life Lessons board in the hallway!

Kindergarten students narrated a small tale of a learning related fear or challenge and how they overcame it, perhaps by helping others, perhaps by teaming up with friends or family to solve a problem, or maybe just by mastering a new task on their own.

In each example,  their confidence level shifted and their mood changed from sad to happy!

Slow and steady wins the race, the tortoise always says.....