Midweek Cooking With The Instant Pot

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Let’s talk Instant Pot.  Every week I come across recipes dedicated to the Instant Pot.  So many recipes for this one pot wonder.  I would categorize most of them as comfort food  making the fall and winter months a bit more belly warming.  It just comes down to what your taste buds fancy on any given day.  Full disclosure: I was not down with the Instant Pot but I also don’t care for microwaves or kitchen equipment with manuals unless they really deliver.  But my husband took this matter into his own hands and it has transformed the way he cooks.  It is his gadget and he is the one cooking up a storm with one tasty meal after another.  Every dish has been flavorful, moist, and perfectly executed with the exception of one Shrimp Biryani dish.  Grocery shopping and prepping the ingredients seems to be the only time-consuming part.  So yes the Instant Pot is worth the small investment and space on the counter especially when something gives a person enthusiasm to cook and experiment.

You can buy the Instant Pot online from Amazon and have it tomorrow.  Also check out Williams Sonoma for some good information on this new gadget.  Love NYT Cooking for some really good recipes.  You will need subscribe but you won’t be disappointed!

Classic Investment

 

Toteme Bergerac Coat
Love the cut, the drop shoulder, and color from Toteme.  Chic
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Rokh is all about the button details with this double-breasted coat giving it a few clever ways to wear this piece.
Harris Wharf London
Simplicity from Harris Wharf London will never give you regrets.
Joseph Marline
Clean and simple from Joseph is timeless.
Ganni Mayer Coat
Ganni typically delivers colorful and fun pieces but in this case knows the importance of a classic.
Prada Belted
Styled to the max in Prada and unfortunately it comes with a steep price tag.
Joseph Modern Coat
Soft and delicate from Joseph. Perfect over a dress.

Classic styles are worth the investment and the time hunting for them. Winter outerwear, I believe is where you can invest and get your return back year after year. It should be that one favorite coat that you don’t walk your dog in but instead, the one you slip into for special occasions, dinners out, festive gatherings, or a night on the town.  It is nice to have one piece that wraps you up like a present and makes going out on those cold nights feel more ladylike than Michelin Man.

Winter outerwear really does stand the test of time particularly when you go off trend.  Hot color and style trends of the season are around for a hot second and, in my opinion, not worth the high investment.  Classic styles are far from boring.  A well-tailored classic doesn’t require bells and whistles.  It requires a well delivered silhouette that fits you.  Subtle design and attention to detail goes the distance.  You will never regret investing in your forever coat in a rich navy, a classic black, a warm gray, or a creamy camel.

Perhaps thinking about shopping less and putting those funds toward purchases you really love and that stand the test of time is a better way to shop.  Luckily, classic outerwear pieces are becoming more reasonable.  Here are few to inspire you from Net-A-Porter.  Check out your favorite place to shop for similar styles.  Keep an eye out for special holiday sales or better yet if you can hold off until after the holidays you may score big.

The Third Eye Collection

 

Sometimes you just don’t want what everyone else is sporting.  I came across this amazing eyewear collection over the summer while exploring the Moooi Showroom in Amsterdam.  The future looks bright with The Third Eye Collection’s line of high style shades.  Sunglasses that are designed with a new level of creativity and detail.  This is exactly what you get when Dutch designer Marcel Wonders from Moooi teams up with the Korean eyewear brand, Gentle Monster.  The design is influenced by the Egyptian hieroglyph drawings, which feature an ‘O’ symbol connected to the human eye.  The Trinity, Divinity, Infinity, and Sincerity are the four styles under the The Third Eye Collection.  The mix of materials, shapes, colors, and experimental design are indeed fashion forward.  But they are not too out of reach for those that are a bit bored with the more traditional eyewear.  Have some fun with your style.  Seriously!  The autumn light deserves some fun eyewear this season.  All images from Moooi.  Check out the whole collection!

Color Blocking Totes

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Make room for another tote bag!  The Aiko Tote is a beautifully crafted bag made from German merino wool felt.  The Aiko Tote comes in four stunning color blocks that will compliment all personal styles.  A bag that is up for any adventure or errand.  The Aiko sets itself apart with its soft vegetable dyed leather trim and handle, an interior zip pocket, as well as an open interior pocket.  So need to worry where you will stash your keys, loose credit cards, and other essentials.  It is all in the details!  Just take a look at their attention to the interior label.  This Los Angeles based company is led by Holger Graf and Daniel Lantz.  They have combined their Japanese and German influences with a Southern Cali lifestyle to create distinct pieces driven by high quality materials.  All pieces are designed, produced, and shipped from their home base of Los Angeles.

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The beauty of using German merino wool felt: biodegradable, water-resistant, renewable, and sustainable

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Take It Outside

this summer with alfresco dining at home. Let’s just say June is officially summer!  There is nothing better than firing up the BBQ and having friends over to enjoy the long summer nights.  It is the best time to entertain.  Summer gatherings can be simple and festive with little prep or you can go full-out gangbusters. Spending energy on creating a lovely and inviting atmosphere will delight you all summer long.  You will just need to clean up the space and make of list of the items you will need to make entertaining fuss free and easy.  After this it will be a breeze!  Here is a helpful tip:  clear out a designated space to hold all your summer dining essentials to make it easy on yourself and for those that are willing to lend a helping hand.

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Make your next reservation at home! Get creative with whatever space you may have.  All spaces can be turned into a summer oasis.
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Pick flowers and fresh herbs from your garden or go to an outdoor market for fresh local flowers.
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Gathered utensils in a container to pass around is simple, functional, and casual.
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A folding table (great for pop up dinners when you have more guests than your typical dining set can accommodate) covered by a simple white table-cloth.  Get clever with seating if you don’t have enough matching chairs by mixing in pieces from your indoors space.  Benches work really well too.
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Melamine plates and glasses are worth the investment.  This would also look just as lovely with colorful paper plates and napkins. Outdoor dining can be what you want it to be.  No rules!
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Light it up with string lights and candles!
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Her smile tells it all!  A dear friend who just happens to be my neighbor (thank my lucky stars!) kicked off summer with an outdoor set up that has me planting flowers , dusting off summer plates , and hanging lights!  Thank you for the inspiration!

Here are a few places to check out online for your summer alfresco evenings.  Happy Summer folks!

Crate&Barrel could be your one stop shopping for all your alfresco needs.

Ikea for some Scandinavian inspiration.

Target for string lighting options and folding tables (so handy to own and can be tucked away).

Check out this great piece from RealSimple.  Lots of tips to get you excited for all your summer entertaining.

What Is Not To Love About lemlem

Hunting for beachy summer pieces?  Don’t miss lemlem!  This line screams summer!  lemlem is a collection of pieces for women, men, and children created by supermodel Liya Kebede.  She is giving back to her home country, Ethiopia.  Traditional weavers who once faced a dying craft now have a way to keep it alive with the help of Liya’s company.   All the clothing is made from locally sourced cotton and made in Africa.  Liya continues to expand lemlem’s partnerships throughout Africa and grow the lemlem Foundation to improve the lives and well-being of the women of Africa.  Women are the heart of Africa and lemlem is supporting them!

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The clothes are simply beautiful.  They are also effortless to wear.  The story behind the label is inspiring.  A company and a cause to follow.  All pics are from  lemlem.  The lemlem Foundation’s mission is to support the women of Africa through promoting healthcare and economic opportunities.  Learn more here:  lemlem Foundation

Make Room For Teva This Summer!

Seriously!  Teva is rocking some serious style.  They have been around since 1984.  Maybe known to the adventurous outdoorsman but the stylish urbanites are now onto them.  Priced under $100 with the exception of a couple of styles.  That alone should have your attention.  These sandals will keep you grounded and current.  They are not making a come back because they never left!  Rock them with a sock or go bare foot to hit the beach.  Find the Teva that is right for you this summer!
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Teva has isostilo booking a pedi! All pics from Teva.