Season 7 #RHONY

Goodbye to the delusional rookie Season 6 and hello Season 7 of The Real Housewives of New York! We're back and we have the photos to prove it.  How fun is this set!!? No we are not actually down in the subway. They built this very cool set! The subway tile, 5th Ave sign and bench were just perfect. Even the newspaper touch was great lol. The theme was NYC opera chic. 

Watch a sneak peek of the Drama of Season 7 unfold here in this just released Bravo trailer!

 

 Black High Waisted Viscose Cady Long Skirt - Fausto Puglisi ( sold out - similar style on American Apperal)

Cropped Bustier - Moschino Cheap and Chic

Half Palm Gloves - ChicNova

Nora Flower Facinator - Johnny Loves Rosie

Mother of Pearl Teardrop Earrings - Jennifer Miller

Rings - Jennifer Miller

Pretty Necklace - KCT for Jennifer Miller

Crystal-Chain Leather Sandals - Giuseppe Zanotti

 

 

OSCAR Party

And the Oscar goes to... 

I LOVE Oscar Night! I used to throw a party every year which included champagne, yummy food and ballets for my guests to fill out. I would make sure to see every movie, and make all my guests dress in black tie! (Now that I have kids I watch at home in my jammies). I love to see what the actors are wearing, who they thank in their acceptance speeches and who is at the after parties.

 

This year with the help of my friend Paula Hankin with Clueless in the Kitchen she has come up with some easy fab recipes for your glam at home party!

 

Honey Mustard Deviled Eggs Topped with Strong & Kind Honey Mustard Almond Bar 

You will need:

- 6 Eggs

- Sea salt

- Pepper

- Fat free Mayo or Veganaise

- Honey Mustard

- Strong & Kind Honey Mustard Almond Bar 

Directions:

- Hard boil 6 eggs, then run under cold water.  Allow them to cool, then peel

- Slice eggs length wise, then separate yolk from whites; place yolk in a bowl and put the whites on a plate 

- Add a pinch of sea salt and pepper to yolks and break up with a fork until its almost like a dust 

- Mix in 1 tablespoon of fat free mayo or veganaise and a teaspoon of honey mustard 

- Fill eggs whites with yolk mixture and top with Kind bar pieces 

 

 

Hummus Cucumber Rounds with Roasted Jalapeño Strong & Kind Bar

                                       

                                      You will need:

- Cucumber 

- Your favorite store bought hummus 

- Strong & Kind Roasted Jalapeño Strong & Kind Bar bar sliced into slivers 

 Directions:

- Peel cucumber so that "stripes" of skin remain

- Slice in half-inch pieces 

- Using a small spoon, place hummus in the middle of the cucumber, making a "tower"

- Top with the Kind bar 

 

The Leading Roll

 

You will need:

- Red grapes

- Honey 

- Kind Honey Oat Clusters, crushed  

Directions:

- Wash and pat dry grapes 

- Place honey and crushed clusters in 2 separate bowls

- Roll grapes in honey, then clusters

 

Red Carpet A-Peel

                                                                     

                                       You will need:

- Bananas cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces

- Rasberries 

- Kind Raspberry Clusters, crushed

- Dark chocolate bar of your choice 

Directions:

- Place clusters on a flat dish 

- Break up chocolate and place in a microwave safe bowl; heat for 40 seconds and then stir, then heat for another 40 seconds and stir

- Roll the bottom of the bananas in the chocolate, making a think coating; then roll in clusters 

- Place on a cookie sheet and refrigerate for 5 - 10 mins until they set 

- Garnish with a raspberry and tooth pick 

 

Here are some fun Oscar party ideas:

 

 

 

Moët & Chandon Buckets of Bubbles 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oscar cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Print out your Oscar Ballots:

Color Makes it Better

Cold crisp NYC days need a bit of a Pop of Color.  I paired this warm suede Bally bomber jacket with a long floral skirt and a colorful pump in hopes that spring will be just around the corner. Sometimes color makes it better...most times actually. 

 

Suede Moto Jacket: Neiman Marcus 

Turtleneck: Uniqlo

Maxi Skirt in Printed Texture: ASOS

BB Suede Point-Toe Pumps : Manolo Blahnik

Earrings: KCT for Jennifer Miller 

Lion Charm Bracelet: Jennifer Miller

Not So Grey Days

I am a HUGE fan of sweat pants! I LOVE  anything cozy that I can put on and dress up with a pump - add a fab statement coat….hello fabulous! Having a bad hair day? Need a blow out but can't get there? Its winter so throw on a hat and that's that! Color makes the grey of winter go away. 

Coat: Vintage MaxAzria Collection

Turtleneck: Uniqlo

Sweatshirt: Uniqlo

Women Stretch Jersey Ankle Length Pants: Uniqlo

BDG Cuffed Rib-Knit Beanie: Urban Outfitters

Blue BB Suede Pump: Manolo Blahnik

Sculpted Cuff Bracelet Set:  J.Crew

My Adidas

Remember these Adidas sweat pants? Each of my kids still have this track suit and wear it all of the time. Why not dust off that comfy retro track suit, pair it with a winter coat, fab heels and even a clutch and wear it to a ladies lunch or dinner date? What was old and retro can be new again and again. Comfy doesn't always have to be at home on the couch :)

Ruby Coat: Club Monaco

Turtleneck: Uniqlo

Track Pants: Adidas

Transparent Slingbacks: Michael Kors

Earrings: KCT for Jennifer Miller Jewelry

Diamond Pinky Ring - KCT for Jennifer Miller

Cross Knuckle Ring: Jennifer Miller

Diamond Square Ring: Jennifer Miller

Rabbit fine crystal-embellished clutch: Judith Leiber

Easy Muffins

Mac & Cheese Cups with Organic Turkey and Spinach

I have such a hard time getting my kids to eat greens!! My Mommy girlfriend Paula Hankin from Clueless in the Kitchen has given us a fun and EASY recipe to help us with this! 

Every mother sleeps better when her kids eat something green (!!!!) so I like to add some in to everyday favorite meals!

You will need:

  • Boxed mac & cheese (I prefer Annie’s Homegrown Whole Wheat)
  • 1 pack of Organic white meat ground turkey
  • 1 cup of chopped raw Spinach
  •  ½ cup of Whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • Olive oil, salt and pepper
  • Muffin tin
  • nonsticks spray

Directions:

  • Cook ground turkey in frying pan with a little olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper.
  • When turkey is fully cooked, add in raw spinach for 3-4 minutes (just until slightly wilted) then place in a bowl
  • Cook mac & cheese as directed
  • Spray muffin tin
  • Combine cooked mac & cheese, 1/2 cup of bread crumbs, turkey, spinach and egg.
  • Fill each muffin cup to the top and bake in pre heated oven on 375 for 10 minutes.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes before using a spoon to gently loosen cups. Serve!

 

Lasagna Flowers

You will need:

  •  2 cups part skim ricotta cheese
  •  24 small square wonton wrappers (usually found near the tofu in the refrigerated section of the produce dept)
  • Cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Marinara sauce (made or bought)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  • Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Place 1 wonton wrapper into each of the 12 cups, pressing firmly in the bottom of the cup and up the sides.
  • Add ricotta cheese, sauce, a pinch of grated parmesan and then pinch of mozzarella
  • Gently press another wonton wrapper on top of the mozzarella layer.
  • Repeat the process by distributing the remaining ricotta, then the remaining tomato sauce, and finally the rest of the shredded mozzarella.
  • Note * You can add veggies in rotation
  • Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
  • Let the cups cool, remove them from the pan, and serve.

A Statement to Fall Back On by Christiaan Choy

FALL IS HERE. And in full force. I don't think I truly recognized the validity of this statement until a few days ago when the temperature in NYC didn't reach beyond 50 degrees and the wind chill had me borderline shivering in my favorite Balenciaga leather motorcycle jacket a' la James Dean – my style icon though I fall short in the area of that perfectly coiffed hair; mine is far too curly. Needless to say, its my favorite, so no, it won't make its way to the back of the closet; I'll just layer much more heavily underneath. But the true issue lies here; How Am I Not Ready For Fall? Even the most thoughtful person can't possibly be prepared for an NYC fall, where its 70+ degrees one week and barely 50 degrees the next. I put a lot of effort, and anxiety, and near tears spending 45+ mins every morning ransacking my closet and thusly my bedroom floor to put together an outfit that I will inevitably change 3 times before I say, “f--- it,” and walk out the door; how dare fall weather dictate that I put a coat over all that neurotically hard work?

Then in as much time as it takes for me to have that emotionally jarred rant, hopefully only in my head because sometimes I genuinely worry if people can actually see me arguing with myself, I remember my penchant for statement pieces – ESPECIALLY STATEMENT COATS. Now don't be fooled into believing that a statement coat means you can be less neurotic about what you wear underneath. Unless you plan to spend your entire day outside, coat belted, at which point you're actually wearing your coat as a dress – ooooh chic – then hats off to you and I hope you bring snacks, because sitting inside a restaurant for an actual meal in a coat is about as faux pas as sunglasses at night, unless its resting on your shoulders because that's chic. Gaahh, are there enough rules for being fabulous and fashionable? Probably not.

So here we are. Daydreaming of what the perfect statement coat can do for us. In a perfect world, it would make bearing through the cold fall and winter days much more tolerable – because lets face it, chic makes everything better. And what's more? Fashion finally understands that there can be comfort in exceptional style. Male or female. Reality star or star in your reality. Bold prints, luxurious textures, exceptional detail and design, are all the things that will help us get through those sometimes unbearable days of cold weather where our first inclination is to throw on a sweatsuit but we power through...even if that means sweat pants with heels – because that's chic – and if all else fails, there's always the leopard Snuggie.

 

 Larkin Tri-colour Felted Coat - Roksanda

Wool Blend Wrap Coat - T Tahari

Striped Faux Fur Coat - DKNY

X Paisie Two Tone Faux Fur Panel Coat - The Laden Showroom 

Aspesi Coat 

On the Edge

I loved pairing this H&M gown with a motorcycle jacket and edgy boots. Expect the unexpected this fall.  Buy a gown for an event and wear it a bunch of different ways. Throw on a leather motorcycle jacket or some funky black boots - or in my case do both! 

 

Ultimate Leather Motorcycle Jacket - Madewell

Long Jacquard-Weave Dress - H&M Concious Exclusive Collection

Leather Obi Belt - MANGO

Freja Eel-trimmed Suede Ankle Boots - Alexander Wang

Diamond Pinky Ring - KCT for Jennifer Miller

Diamond & Tanzanite Ring - Jennifer Miller 

Triple Stone Gypsy Ring - Jennifer Miller