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Nourish & Nosh Event Recap

I started following Jennifer Sterling on social media after discovering her profile through a mutual friend. After a few exchanges on Periscope, we began to form a virtual friendship. It was clear that Jennifer and I had an instant connection. We finally met in person at her intimate event, Nourish & Nosh.

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Have you ever stopped and asked yourself, what am I really hungry for? In the kitchen? In the bedroom? In life? Jennifer’s approach to holistic health shows you how to nourish your body at the table and away from it.

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The Nourish & Nosh event consisted of three primary components, each of which are integral to Jennifer’s signature system: feeding your body through movement, food, and sexuality.

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The evening kicked off with a Nourish Movement Class, a sensual, restorative, and mindful mix of guided choreography and improvisation to an amazing playlist composed by Jennifer. I left the class feeling both energized and rejuvenated in my body.

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After working up an appetite, we came together to enjoy a carefully curated plant-based meal, free of eight of the more common allergens (wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish). I’m not personally affected by any food allergies, but I was blown away by how delicious an entire three-course meal could be without these ingredients, particularly this Moroccan Spiced Delicata Squash Stoup (yes, stoup! soup + stew = stoup!).

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For the final component of the evening, we circled up for a discussion about understanding our authentic sexual tastes with holistic sex and relationship coach, Anain Bjorkquist. The biggest takeaway was the one thing we can learn from the kink community: to explicitly communicate what we want from our partner. Ultimately, this candid conversation allowed us to tie together all aspects of the evening and explore the idea of nourishing our bodies by finding pleasure in all that we do: in movement or exercise, in food, and in our sex lives.

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To learn more about Jennifer and her approach to health and movement, visit her site, connect with her on Facebook and all other social media @JennMSterling, and join live her on Periscope. If you’re in the NYC area, attend the next Nourish & Nosh in November – you don’t want to miss this amazing event, available at the early-bird rate until October 25th! Not in NYC? Check out Jennifer’s brand new e- course, BodyLove, a 30-Day program that will leave you feeling confident and irresistible from the inside out.

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Fashionable Cinco de Mayo

Hello readers! In case you haven’t been following along with me on Instagram, I just got back from a beautiful five-day, six-night trip to Mexico celebrating five years with my man. Now I’m back just in time to continue my fiesta with Cinco de Mayo!

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There are three essentials for any Mexican celebration: booze, food, and a festive ensemble. This may seem like a recipe for any party, so let’s spice things up a little bit.


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Of course you can never go wrong with a basic cerveza or margarita on Cinco de Mayo, but Bethenny Frankel has some tips to enhance your Skinnygirl cocktail. Heat up your margarita by muddling some chopped jalapeno slices in the shaker or sweeten your margarita with some frozen berries. Eating out tonight? I perfected how to order a skinny margarita on my recent trip to Mexico. Start with clear tequila or tequila blanco. Ask for the tequila blanco on the rocks with a splash of lime juice, orange liquor, and soda water. Like your margarita a little sweeter? Ask for a splash of Sprite or other lemon/lime soda instead of soda water! No matter what your booze of choice tonight, always remember to drink like a lady!


FOOD

We’re all pretty familiar with classic Mexican fare: guacamole, queso fundido, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and so on. When it comes to dessert we think of classics like tres leches cake or churros, but in the spirit of putting a new spin on things this Cinco de Mayo I’m sharing a recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies with a Kick courtesy of food blogger and New York Times best-selling author Bakerella.

Images courtesy of Bakerella

Images courtesy of Bakerella

Ingredients:

1½ cups flour
½ cup cocoa powder
¾ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
4 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
½ cup unsalted butter
1½ cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. Mexican vanilla
1¼ cup bittersweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. In one bowl mix flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cayenne using a wire whisk.

3. In another bowl cream butter and sugar. Then add eggs and vanilla and mix til combined.

4.  Add flour mixture in two portions until just combined. Then stir in chocolate chips.

5. Place balls of dough on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.

*Yields approximately 3 dozen cookies


FASHION

Image courtesy of Anthropologie

Image courtesy of Anthropologie

Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for – the fashion! I’m obsessed with Anthropologie’s Mexican inspired May look book. There is one ensemble that is my particular favorite, and even better, the key pieces are all under $100. After just visiting Mexico, I can assure you this would be a go-to look for a day in the city or a night on the town. The crucial article of clothing in this outfit is the sheer fringe pullover. This is a must-have for the beach breeze in Mexico. By now you also know I can’t resist a classic black and white look, and this one is pure perfection. The only addition I would make to this ensemble would be to brighten it up with some jewelry. Accessorizing this little black look with a pop of color adds just the fun and festive touch for your next fiesta!

Image courtesy of Anthropologie

Image courtesy of Anthropologie

ATTAIN the Look:

Franja Pullover by Akemi + Kin, $88

Scalloped Sailor Shorts by Cartonnier, $78

Verge T-Straps by Latigo, $88

SPLURGE Item:

Cancion Clutch by Florabella, $228

JEWELS

Fiorella Hoops, $38

Girasol Earrings, $38

Pintado Earrings, $38

Naranjal Earrings, $42

Mad Men Fashion

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Last night was the Mad Men Season 7, Part I Premiere. For the past four years, my boyfriend and I have developed the tradition of going all out for the Mad Men premiere. We dress in era-inspired attire, drink Manhattans, and make a fancy dinner all to the tune of oldies from the corresponding decade. In case you can’t tell I have a little obsession with Mad Men, not only for its impeccably written script but also for its fashion. So, today’s post is about all things Mad Men + Fashion, from how I Mad Men to some of the top features on Mad Men fashion you should totally check out. Whether you’re a die-hard Mad Men fan like me or just a lover of vintage fashion, there’s something for everyone!


HOW I MAD MEN

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Step 1: Mad Men yourself at amctv.com

Step 2: Make Manhattans

2 Parts Rye Whisky

1 Part Sweet Vermouth

2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters

Step 3: Get Ready – hair, makeup, and music

Step 4: Fancy Dinner

and the end result is…

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Cynthia Steffe Printed Floral Cap Sleeve Dress (last season, purchased from Hautelook for $89)

Stuart Weitzman Logoplainfield Peep-toe Patent Pump (purchased from Hautelook for $179)

Vintage Jewelry*

*To other die hard fans like me: Does that bangle look familiar?? Joan wears the same one in Season 6! Eek! I’m so proud to own a number of pieces from my grandmother’s jewelry collection!


FABULOUS FEATURES ON MAD MEN FASHION

Mad Men: A Chic Retrospective by Harper’s Bazaar

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Image courtesy of Carin Baer, AMC

Harper’s Bazaar showcases some of the most captivating images of Janie Bryant’s costumes, spanning over the shows first 6 seasons.

Mad Men Lookbook, Seasons 5 and 6 by AMC

Image courtesy of Jaimie Trueblood, AMC

Image courtesy of Jaimie Trueblood, AMC

AMC has created a comprehensive guide on how to achieve the look of your favorite female character. This look book features some of the top still shots and scenes from seasons 5 and 6 as well as hair and makeup how-to guides.

The Complete Mad Men Style Guide by ELLE Magazine

Images courtesy of AMC

Images courtesy of AMC

Take a walk down memory lane with a montage of style through the seasons. See the top 5 looks that represent each of the leading ladies on Mad Men: Betty, Joan, Megan, Peggy, and Sally.


BONUS: Shop for the Looks

Rue La La’s boutique, Inspired by Mad Men

ML Monique Lhuillier Malachite Green Pleated Dress, $180, Sparkling Sage Triangle Earrings, $20, and Alexander McQueen Sunglasses, $190.

ML Monique Lhuillier Malachite Green Pleated Dress, $180, Sparkling Sage Triangle Earrings, $20, and Alexander McQueen Sunglasses, $190.

One of my favorite member’s only discount sites created a boutique with fashions inspired by Mad Men. With pieces as low as $20, there is something for everyone with any budget in this selection of apparel and accessories. The boutique closes on Wednesday at 11am EST, so get shopping!

Have a Stylish Super Bowl

It’s Thursday, which means it’s practically the weekend. By now, everyone is gearing up for the Big Game on Sunday. I don’t personally have an allegiance to either team playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday, so I’m just looking to stay cute, comfy, and warm while enjoying some food, booze, and quality time with a few friends. I’d venture to say many other fashionistas out there share my sentiments. In case your man has roped you into hosting a party at your place, here are a few easy ways to have a stylish Super Bowl.

CUTE + COMFY + WARM

Set courtesy of Polyvore

Set courtesy of Polyvore

I joined Polyvore almost four years ago when it had only about 6 million monthly unique visitors. Now the social commerce site has nearly tripled its monthly unique visitors, and I’m thinking I need to get back on board. So, I decided to start with a set for the Super Bowl. The Broncos and Seahawks share a common team color: Navy. For all the fashionistas out there like me who aren’t rooting for a particular team, I’m suggesting you keep it neutral with navy to avoid any unnecessary comments or accusations from die hard football fellas. If you are a Broncos or Seahawks fan, add some orange or green to these outfits and you’ll be good to go!

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FOOD

Image courtesy of Food Network Magazine

Image courtesy of Food Network Magazine

If you’re looking for a serious crowd pleaser that’s both healthy and delicious, look no further. This is it! The first time my man and I made this recipe we knew it would become a staple of our party tray or lazy weekend afternoons.

Chile-Garlic Edamame
1 lb Frozen Edamame
1 T Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves, sliced
Red Pepper Flakes to taste (about 1/4 tsp)
Lime, for juicing
Coarse Sea Salt to taste

Heat olive oil, sliced garlic, and red pepper flakes in a skillet over medium heat for 1-2 min. Cook edamame in pods in salted boiling water until tender, about 5 min. Drain and add to skillet. Stir with splash of lime juice and salt to taste. Serve!

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine

BOOZE

Image courtesy of Bethenny.com

Image courtesy of Bethenny.com

Take a page from Bethenny Frankel’s book with these Skinnygirl Super Bowl cocktails. My personal favorite is the Red Zone (recipe below).

Red Zone
1 1/2 parts Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka
3 parts cranberry juice
1 part orange juice
Pour all ingredients in a glass filled with ice

Find all the recipes on Bethenny.com

3 DIY Gifts

HOLIDAY GIFTING TIPS PART IV – DIY GIFTS

In Part III of my Holiday Gifting Tips, I discussed 5 Ways to Never Pay Full Price for a Gift PLUS a bonus 6th way: DIY. So, in Part IV I’ve got 3 DIY gifts for anyone left on your list PLUS another bonus 4th DIY way to jazz up your presents! Whether you’re a DIY diva or novice, the holidays are the perfect time to delve in to DIY project to gift. Regardless of your skill level, I’ve got your covered!

The Old Standby: Skill Level Easy

Image courtesy of Food Network, 5 Ingredient Fix

Image courtesy of Food Network, 5 Ingredient Fix

When in doubt, go with something chocolate. No matter who you’re gifting – man, woman, or child – you can never have enough sweets during the holiday season. These truffles not only taste good, but also look good. In just 5 ingredients, you’ve got a refined and sophisticated alternative to your typical holiday sweets. Here’s the recipe courtesy of one of my favorite chefs, Claire Robinson of 5 Ingredient Fix. This gal knows how to knock out a recipe in five ingredients or fewer!

Holiday Truffles

1. 1/3C cream

2. 14OZ white chocolate, chopped

3. 1T butter

4. 8OZ dark chocolate, chopped

5. 1 1/2C topping of your choice

Directions: Place chopped white chocolate in a medium bowl. Heat cream in a saucepan over low heat. Add hot cream to white chocolate in bowl, then add butter. Whisk until mixture is smooth. Refrigerate for at least 2hrs, then form into balls. Refrigerate again for at least 1hr before the next step. Melt dark chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. Dip each white chocolate ball into the melted dark chocolate, using a fork to remove the dipped ball and place on wire rack. Sprinkle dipped balls with topping of your choice: cocoa powder, sprinkles, chopped nuts, toasted coconut, espresso grinds, any or all of the above! SPECIAL TIP: Doubling the recipe is recommended for gifting to a crowd!

21 and Up: Skill Level Medium

Image courtesy of Hello Giggles

Image courtesy of Hello Giggles

Who doesn’t love decorative wine stoppers? Everyone is having a drink or two or three at holiday festivities and get togethers, so what better way to treat your legal ladies than with something fun and functional for their favorite bottle. Thanks to Zooey Deschanel’s positive online community for women, Hello Giggles, you only need 3 items to make an awesome personalized wine stopper to gift!

Decorative Wine Stoppers

1. Wine Corks

2. Decorative Knobs

3. Drill (electric or hand)

OPTIONAL: Hot glue or other strong glue

Directions: If you’re like me, you’ve got a collection of wine corks just waiting for a craft. If not, they’re cheap and easy to buy in bulk at your local craft store (about $3 for 12), or down a couple bottles in the next couple weeks, and bam! You’ve got your corks for Christmas! You might also have some knobs lying around that you’ve replaced with others. If not, you can go scouring at your local thrift shop or vintage market or purchase some at your local craft store or your favorite home store (Anthropologie comes to mind) for about $3-$12 each. SPECIAL TIP: The length of the cork must exceed the length of the screw on the knob! Once you’ve procured these two items and a drill, you’re ready to get crafting. Step 1 – Select the drill bit that most closely matches the size of the screw on your knob and drill down the center, not all the way to the bottom but enough so your screw will fit. Step 2 – screw your knob into the hole! For a little extra protection, screw the knob in almost all the way, and apply a small amount of hot glue to the top of the cork where the decorative knob head will rest. Complete that final screwing in, and allow the decorative knob head to adhere to the top of the cork.

P.S. Want to make your gift extra special? Give it with a bottle of wine!

Pamper Your Girls: Skill Level Easy

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I made this scrub for my girls a couple Christmases ago, they were all in love, and everyone wanted the recipe. So, now I’m sharing it with all of you! Be sure to make enough to gift and keep on hand for yourself – you’re going to want some!

Holiday Cheer Sugar Scrub

1. 1C Sugar (I like a raw sugar for a more coarse texture)

2. 1/2C Coconut Oil

3. 1/2tsp Vitamin E Oil

4. 1/4tsp Sweet Almond Oil

5. A few drops of Essential Oil of your choice for scent (Orange, lavender, or peppermint recommended!)

6. Containers and stickers

Directions: Combine all ingredients and place in 4, 2oz containers (about $15 for 12). Use holiday gift tags to label the scrub!

BONUS: Good Gifts Come In Good Packages

Images courtesy of ELLE UK

Images courtesy of ELLE UK

The best gifts come in the best packages. Use your creativity, craftiness, and all around DIY skills to make gift packaging that’s as good as the gift inside. Creating a gift box with these DIY gifts and other additions could be a great way to create a whole package (pun intended). These clear fillable ball ornaments (about $15 for 12) are another great way to jazz up a small gift.