On Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the Basler Spring fashion show at Lenox Mall Bloomingdales. With the weather being so dreary in Atlanta this past week, the collection was a great preview of something bright to look forward to in the upcoming months.
The collection featured flirty florals and citrus colors perfect for the upcoming season; my favorite piece is the oranges strapless, empire waist gown.
Here are some of my other favorite pieces…..
A bit blurry but this gown is breathtaking
Can you tell I’m into jackets
Basler designer Brian Rennie and I…true talent
In an effort to eat better I decided to jump on the bandwagon and try the fairly new food phenomenon: Salad in Jar. I really enjoy salads but hate taking the time (that I don’t have) to prepare them. I first saw Salad in a Jar on Pinterest and thought it was genius…I can prepare a weeks worth of salad in one evening!
I googled the phrase and found tons of sites that explained how to do it and the items you would need: mason jars and the Food Saver sealer kit. The Food Saver sealer kit is $130. I wasn’t prepared to make that investment only to find out I was going through a temporary “salad phase” and this sealer would sit and collect dust once I got over it.
After further research I found a video about how to use the Food Saver wide mouth jar sealer ($6) and a Ziplock air removal pump, a manual device available at most any grocery store and retails for about $5 to seal the jars.
Next, I set out on the hunt for mason jars and find out that they are sold seasonally in stores. So I went online and ordered a case of wide mouth quart jars from Amazon.com, they arrived within a week. I also ordered the Food Saver wide mouth jar sealer that I saw in the video.
The process is REALLY simple: select your favorite salad ingredients, layer and seal. The most important thing to remember is to add your salad dressing FIRST and then add a layer of hearty ingredients such as cucumbers, mushrooms etc. The lettuce/spinach should NEVER touch the salad dressing.
In my salad, I used cucumbers, mushrooms, tomatoes, craisins, spinach and red leaf lettuce. I made the salad dressing:
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
½ tsp honey mustard
½ tsp minced garlic
Dash of lime juice
Dash of sea salt
I’ve shared the video showing how to use the jar sealer and the manual pump as well as pics from my first batch of Salad in a Jar. Any good recipes to share?
Click the pic for YouTube Video of jar sealer and manual pump seal process
My work station
The finished product
New York is the type of city that no matter how much time has passed, if you’ve ever spent a significant amount of time living there, as soon as you return you are hit with an overwhelming nostalgia. The sounds and the smells of the city can bring back even the most suppressed memories…both good and bad.
I moved to NY in 2004 at the age of 23 to pursue a career in fashion, stayed for a little more than two years and returned to Atlanta in 2006. I used to take trips back to the Big Apple a few times a year but due to business obligations, haven’t been able to do so in a while. So I was pleased as punch when business took me to the city where my love affair with all things fashion and fabulous truly began.
I arrived last Monday and was there until Friday. The trip was quite busy but I managed to hit the streets a couple of times to just soak in the energy and relish in the memory of one of the most memorable times of my life…
6 hours until pickup to go to the airport…I’m always waiting until the last minute to pack!
Pickup from JFK in an Excursion Limo…not bad!
Media Meeting at the Carlton…isn’t this bed divine!
Work is over! Time to hit the streets…Bryant Park
Traveling with a young lady who has never been so of course we had to hit Times Square….of course
Stopped by H&M and was met with this bowl of blueberry goodness
What’s your favorite city? What’s the one city that brings back the best memories and can make your heart melt as soon as you hit baggage claim?