October 08, 2010
So this is a multi-layered story for sure! I grew up in Indiana (my mom is from Jersey and my dad is from Ohio) and we ate very typical steak and potato dinners growing up. When I got to college, it was the first time that I ate a number of items that were not served at our dinner table. While I was in college, my love affair for Food Network started. I was introduced to so many things and I remember watching Ming Tsai's East Meets West! I'm not a cook and don't do it a lot but I loved seeing what he created and knew that I had to continue expanding what I ate.
Fast forward to today - I'm a huge fan of Japanese, Chinese, Moroccan, Indian cuisines and more! Last week we kicked off Oct with a post about National Sake Day which featured TY KU Sake and this week I ended up being invited to an amazing zen space where I would not only try a selection of their beverages but we would also eat an east meets west menu that was prepared by none other than Ming Tsai! To know that he is also from the midwest, is the chef/owner of Blue Ginger, has his show Simply Ming and has designed a variety of items that you can use in the kitchen and are eco friendly AND is battling to be The Next Iron Chef - I was beyond thrilled for this event.
I enjoyed sipping TY KU Sake which is a Super Premium Junmai Ginjo sake (black bottle) which is perfect to eat with anything and is not just meant for sushi! It has such a smooth finish and is amazing when chilled! I also fell in love with Ultra Premium Junmai Daiginjo sake (white bottle) which is like a celebration beverage. I could definitely imagine drinking this for a special occasion and it is something to enjoy when you're super relaxed or amongst friends. There were also mixed cocktails such as the Upside Down Pineapple Sake Martini - which was beyond decadent. Mojitos were also made from TY KU's liqueur. As we enjoyed the beverages I loved having the oysters which had sake in them, pork dumplings, veggie sushi rolls and then these amazing flattened shrimps.
The setting complimented the food as we were in a gorgeous penthouse that had artifacts and Buddhas everywhere you looked. Everyone was able to mingle and catch up and to enjoy the pairings of the cocktails and the food. At the end of the night, Ming came out and chatted with everyone and to hear his energy and to tell us how he came up with flattened shrimp that we all enjoyed was a great way to see how to turn a possibly bad situation into an amazing one. Apparently, he was making shrimp and it wasn't heating up a certain way but when he flattened it, it worked out and then it became an amazing dish - with the oysters and shrimp alone, I could eat that everyday! I also love that he made us drinks as well and spent time chatting with each of us which was another highlight from the night!
October 12, 2008
Just the other day (actually the day I went to visit Beam Laser Spa on the UWS), I realized that West Elm was coming into that neighborhood. Typically when I go there I have always gone to the one in Chelsea. Once I saw the announcement regarding the opening, I realized that it had been awhile since I had seen their post. So today, I have a nice gallery of West Elm who has always had a natural vibe. Enjoy these images and think of how you will add a little natural love into your home whether it's in the bedroom, living room or much more.
October 10, 2008
One of the things that I loved most about Sex and the City is that it had fabulous outfits that dazzled you. From the simplistic looks to those that were for a massive night out, there was always something that you wanted to keep in your closet. Yes, Sex and the City was an end of and era of amazing fashions (I suppose people thought the same thing with Dynasty and other shows such as that). Fortunately, I have picked up such shows as Lipstick Jungle to enjoy the super cute looks but I do believe that I have acquired another find - USA Network's the Starter Wife whose 2 hour premier wil launch tonight!
Debra Messing stars in The Starter Wife; however, much like Patricia Field was a dynamic element to the show, Agata Maskiewics is the same for this show! I can't wait to see all the looks (some which are including within the gallery of this post) and make sure to tune into USA at 9pm EST for the 2 hour premier and to see whether you loved seeing Carrie's east coast looks or those that Molly (Debra's character) will wear as a lady of Hollywood. Below is a snippet of the interview with Agata Maskiewics, costume designer for this series. Eye 4 Style had the amazing opportunity to do an exclusive interview with her and we have a portion of this, if you want to know about the entire interview, visit Eye 4 Style which has amazing finds about various styles and previews that you'll want to know more about.
Being a costume designer must be a fun job! How did you get your start?
I started working in the film & TV industry after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising where I studied fashion design. I started as an intern on a feature film and worked my way up holding various positions in the costume department.
How is styling a celebrity different from styling a character in film or television?
While I don’t particularly style celebrities, I feel that the main difference is that when designing a character the job is to transform an actor into the character they are portraying. Often times the costumes can really help an actor make the transition into the character they are set to play. Also, sometimes the costumes are not meant to be flattering; depending on the character, the goal isn’t always to make them look beautiful. But when styling a celebrity, it’s all about having them look amazing.
What role does fashion play in The Starter Wife?
Fashion is almost like another character in The Starter Wife. So much of the personality of the actors comes through in the clothing they wear. Our goal is to have the audience as excited about the fashions as they are the characters. We want the people at home to feel as though they can hear the ruffle of Molly’s Zac Posen silk dress and smell the exquisite leather of her Manolos. We want them to daydream about getting into Molly’s closet and have the opportunity to dress from it everyday as she does. And yes, the closet is huge, since as a Hollywood woman, she never repeats an outfit!
September 27, 2008
You know next weekend looks good when you are currently sitting in a weekend thinking about the next one coming up. Yes I am pleased to attend a special shopping event next Fri but I can't lie that it's going to be fun to go to PaperDoll's concert in the West Village next Saturday night. I think this calls for those special skinny jeans, a cute shirt, clucth and all the python accessories that I can find! Seriously, I began chatting it up with the lead singer of PaperDoll and after visiting their main home and MySpace page, I knew that this was something that I would always want playing on my iPod.
PaperDoll has not only been making the circuit but they have played to sold out shows at Knitting Factory, Crash Mansion and Mercury Lounge. With the release of the their debut album, Ballad Nerd Pop, this pop rock band embraces its listeners with great melodies, catchy tunes and just the feeling of excitement about their own music. I am a huge fan of the 80's sound and my favorite song is definitely, "Everything is Fine" which has a great sound and gets you ready to prepare for a night out or you may already be out enjoying a night with the girls or your growing group of friends.
Most importantly, I see Teresa as that early Gwen Stefani during the No Doubt days. I think she has a great style and definitely makes her look her own while taking ownership of her lyrics. OIf you have yet to hear this band, you can hear them next Sat! I hope to continue following this band on Kitten Lounge. as you know that I enjoy sharing indie music and I will be out next weekend catching my first (and hopefully not the last) show. I will also share my thoughts on the show as well.
10.4.08 @ 9:45pm
Club Le Royale
21 7th Ave South (@ Leroy St)
June 30, 2008
I am so excited to share with you guys the Village and it also has a site that's online where you can order their yummie peanut butter. The Peanut Butter Co is known for their sandwiches that have a variety of flavors within their spreads. Peanut Butter is not only something enjoyed by children but by adults alike! Enjoy such sandwiches as the Fluffernutter, Peanut Butter Cup (this has Nutella and their freshly
ground peanut butter), Peanut Butter Club (including
two layers of peanut butter and two layers of jelly between three layers of bread) and more. If you're not interested in having one of their amazing peanut butter sandwiches, you will be able to enjoy salads and much more.
As stated before, there is also a site where you can enjoy a variety of flavors. Recently, I purchased Dark Chocolate Dreams which is a mix of peanut butter and dark chocolate! I was so excited to get this as I wanted to taste this. I have enjoyed this on mini pita breads as a great snack! There is also a peanut butter called Bees Knees which has honey in it. They are definitely creative and at least you can enjoy this nutritious food by ordering online if you're not in the city. With so many options, you're bound to find something tasty.
Peanut Butter & Co is so pleased to let you know more about their amazing brand, that they have provided a variety of jars of their rich and healthy product for 4 winners in our giveaway! Simply answer your favorite way to incorporate peanut butter in a recipe or your favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwich and you could be selected as one of four winners! Begin posting to this post and by Fri at noon on 06.04.08! I look forward to seeing your recipes, ideas and more!
Peanut Butter & Co. Sandwich Shop
240 Sullivan (Btwn Bleecker & 3rd Sts)