delighted ISSUE ONE | SUMMER 2012
ÂŠ Delighted Magazine 2012 Published in the San Francisco Bay Area delightedmag.com | firstname.lastname@example.org Cover: Styled by Rufflewood | Photo by Manus Chau Photography
delighted TABLE OF CONTENTS Summer 2012
HOME pages 12-31
Studio Tour Seasonal Home Finds
WORK pages 32-59
Etsy Success Career Story Give Back
ENTERTAIN pages 60-83
Fourth of July BBQ Summer Baby Shower Seasonal Recipes
STYLE pages 84-97
Accessory Finds Dress for a Wedding Guy Style Finds Sophie's Picks Sunscreen 101
KIDS pages 96-111
Nursery Tour A Mother's Story Birthday Party Finds
EXTRAS From the Editor 7 Contributors 8 Giveaway 77 Summer Tunes 112
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from THE EDITOR Welcome! I'm thrilled to be sharing the premier issue of Delighted with you! As you flip through these pages, I hope you find photos and stories that bring you inspiration and delight. It has been such a joy putting together a magazine that features so many of the things I have always loveÂd to read aboutâ€”experiences from business women, heartfelt thoughts from a mom, fashion trends, seasonal cooking, and so on. My wish is that you will learn something new as you peruse each page. Because I could not have done this without a great deal of help, I would like to thank the talented contributors who have given their time and energy by providing beautiful photos and thoughtful insights. I must also thank my dear family and friends who have been incredibly encouraging and excited for me each step of the way. And finally, my husband, who supported me from the beginning and gave me the encouragement I needed to turn this idea into something tangible. Enjoy! Amanda Gomes
KATIE BRIGHTBILL Style Smaller
MICHELE CHINN FAHEY
JAN GUTIERREZ Rufflewood
JENNA CRANDALL Mommy in Manhattan
JAHJE IVES Baby Jives Co.
EMILY DELLAS First Class Cooking
CHERYL LIM TAN Right at Helm
ANNIE EARLS Navy Chaplain
EDEN PASSANTE Sugar & Charm
NICOLE FLOWERS hiip
ERIN TAYLOR Pocket Stylist
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And so with the sunshine and the grea
trees, just as things grow in fast m that life was beginning over again
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
at bursts of leaves growing on the
movies, I had that familiar conviction with the summer. â€?
LINZY'S CHEERFULLY MODERN STUDIO Interview with Linzy Griswold â€˘ Photos by Steve Spiering
Name: Linzy Griswold Age: 32 City: San Francisco Profession: Architectural Designer How would you describe your decorating style? Cheerfully modern
Where do you look for design inspiration? I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by design inspiration every day as part of my profession, however I find the best source of inspiration is an accidental encounter best discovered by looking around…Also, I am a close follower of design/ photogr aphy/fashion blogs, love to follow local artists, and most of all, find inspiration from travel.
How many square feet is your studio? 450 sf (there’s no better activity for a foggy Sunday than measuring one’s apartment!)
What key features did you look for when choosing a studio? Location, price (out of necessity), an updated kitchen (hello dishwasher!) and decent mid-day light, although the adjacent buildings are a stone’s throw away.
What feature in your current apartment is your favorite? Tall ceilings, although standard to many older San Francisco apartments, helps the space appear larger than it is. Also, I was able to find a studio with a dining nook that allows me to entertain without feeling too crowded. I must admit, the saving grace of my studio is the oversized walk-in closet, which was originally a sleeping alcove and now houses all my
clothes, shoes and books.
What decorating tips would you give to other studio dwellers? Before you move into a studio, purge! Also, if possible, the furniture should be proportionate to the space so that the rooms are not cluttered. Try experimenting with pops of color and do not be afraid to mix things up a bit from season to season. One can always rotate art on the walls and change out pillows or a bedspread so that the space feels new again. Make your space personal by creating small vignettes on shelves or tables and add touches of greenery with low-maintenance plants (succulents and air plants are simple, sculptural and work with many types of décor).
Don’t forget about fresh flowers…a never-fail means for instant rental blues therapy.
What pieces do you splurge on? Save on? I try to take advantage of design discounts whenever possible (hence the
Eames chairs I have started collecting). Spend a bit more on pieces that you can foresee having in 15 years…and save on items that may be temporary.
What is your favorite piece of furniture or artwork?
This is a tough one… The New York bandshell photograph my boyfriend took that reminds me of New York in a subtle way, some prints by Jay Ryan that give a youthful feel to my space and the handblown glass hanging terrarium in my kitchen.
saving grace of my â€œ The studio is the oversized walk-in closet...which houses all my clothes, shoes and books.
“Spend a bit more on pieces
that you can foresee having in 15 years…and save on items that may be temporary.
HOME SHOP Monument and Hive Modern for splurges, Craigslist, West Elm and Crate and Barrel for affordable lighting and tables ACCESSORY SHOP Bungalow Nine, the Alameda Flea Market, vintage shops in Portland, Jonathan Adler, Heath Ceramics, Anthropologie CLOTHING SHOP Acre SF, Smash Shoes, Eden & Eden SUMMER NAIL COLOR Bright red…always a classic CITY New York and Copenhagen PLACE TO VISIT Rajasthan, India, The Dalmatian Coast, Colombia, Nepal BOOK One Hundred Years of Solitude ETHNIC FOOD Japanese, French, and Vietnamese SUMMER TREAT Rice pudding from Loving Cup SUMMER ACTIVITY Scuba-diving in Belize
Erin Taylor of The Pocket Stylist, a fashion and lifestyle blog, shares her finds for brightening your home this summer.
Atrium Lantern, Anthropologie $28 - $38 Zig Zag Candles, Z Gallerie $19.95 Eames Dowel-Leg Chairs, Design Within Reach $399 Gold Plated Bowl Set, Gretel $249 Midas Collection, Design Within Reach $15 - $70 White Owl Bookends, Z Gallerie $29.95 Zag Gold Leaf Tray, Gretel $98 Deer Pillow Cushion, Regan's Brain on Etsy $38 Driftwood Balls, Crate & Barrel $19.95
Editor’s HOME FINDS
Retro Bike Glasses, Paper Source $16.95 Citrine Soleil Print Pillow, Serena & Lily $78 Glass Beverage Dispenser, CB2 $49.95 Apple and Pear Poster, Hus & Hem $30 Cordova Vases, Horchow $75 - $175 Tear Off Luncheon Napkins, Anthropologie $28 Jar Candle Pure and Natural, Target $12.99 Rustinc Serving Tray, WorkbenchCo on Etsy $50
PHOTOS BY JAHJE IVES
eet Jahje. A wife, mother of two, and the woman behind the super creative baby mobiles at Baby Jives Co. We fell in love with her whimsical mobiles the moment we discovered her well-designed Etsy site last spring. We asked her to share her experience starting an Etsy shop and juggling motherhood with business ownership.
When did you open your shop and what inspired you to take those first steps? I opened my shop Baby Jives Co. in August 2010. After searching for a unique mobile when I was pregnant with my first child and not finding anything that really fit my needs I decided to make one myself using fabric that I had leftover from quilts I had made years ago. I loved the results and many of my friends were having babies at the same time and kept asking me to make them a mobile as well. I thought, â€œhmm this may be a businessâ€? so I registered my shop name
with Etsy shortly before my son was born in January 2009 but it took me almost a year and a half to get things ready (and to get my son sleeping so I could actually work).
Where does your design inspiration come from? I find that I am most inspired by my interactions with my kids and seeing the magic of the world through their eyes. One of my recent designs was inspired by my son's favorite book Toy Boat which I have read about 100 times. After you read a book that many times you almost have it memorized so I
found my mind wandering while reading to the idea of creating my own toy boat out of fabric and sticks. Another mobile was conceived on a summer day when we were at the botanical gardens. My son spent half an hour chasing the butterflies from rose bush to rose bush and I thought. â€œwhat a wonderful moment; I want to capture this and bring it home.â€? And the butterfly mobile was born.
really small sculptures created to delight both children and adults so they will last long past the nursery. Also unlike many mobiles out there which are made of materials like plastic my mobiles are made from natural materials like cotton fabric, wood and metal so they will not fill a home with pollutants.
What is unique about Baby Jives Co. mobiles?
Finding time to work and balance my family. I would often work during naps and then at night when my son went to sleep. Balancing family and work is still
My mobiles are created as works of art that are meant to grow up with a child. They are
What was the greatest challenge you faced during your first year in business?
This "Showered With Love" mobile is one of our favorites!
WORK a challenge, especially now that I have a newborn daughter in the mix but when you are passionate about something you simply find a way to do it.
What has been your most exciting sale or learning experience since opening? My most exciting sale was my very first sale on Etsy. It was a week after I opened my shop and my photos were terrible but the woman who bought the mobile was so enthusiastic about it. She purchased it as a gift for her best friend and let me know how much she loved it. It was at that moment that I thought to myself - ok, this could be a real business.
How do you utilize social media to engage customers and drive traffic to your shop? You can find me on facebook at www.facebook.com/babyjives , twitter at twitter.com/babyjives and pinterest at pinterest.com/ babyjives. I find that facebook is the media where I can connect more with customers to show them new products, tell them
about giveaways, and simply talk out as a mom running a business. Twitter is what I call my virtual water cooler. There I will post snippets from my day whether it be observations on parenting and funny things my kid says or a snapshot of something that I am working on in the studio. I find Twitter is more about networking with other professionals for me and Facebook is more about connecting with customers. Pinterest is an interesting spot for me and I find that it's my second largest traffic source after Google.
Can you tell us about a business risk you've taken since starting Baby Jives Co.? What came of it? I contacted a few bloggers to see if they might be interested in featuring Baby Jives Co. when I was first starting out. For me it was a risk because there was a chance for rejection, which I did get from a few of them but one blog which I really admired got right back to me and ended up writing a wonderfully thoughtful feature on Baby Jives Co.
It's something that never would have happened if I hadn't summoned up the courage to reach out.
Being a mom and a business owner must have its challenges. How do you balance family, work and play? My family comes first, always. I started my business so I could have the freedom to raise my SUMMER 2012
children and I sometimes have to remind myself of that when I am buried in orders and losing patience with my kids because they are demanding more attention and time than I have to give. I try to work during the week and at nights when my kids are not up and limit my work on the weekends to one day so that I can have a day to spend focused entirely on my family. I think right
A TYPICAL DAY 7 am Wake up for the day get everyone dressed, fed and ready to go 9:30 am Go out somewhere to let my son run and play while my daughter naps 12 pm Home to feed everyone again 2 pm Naptime for the kids (fingers crossed my son naps) and work time for me 5pm Make dinner and rejoice that my husband is home to lend a hand 8pm Bedtime for the kids 9pm - 12am Work in the studio again, until I stumble downstairs to collapse and sleep between night feedings for my daughter.
now with two young kids I often feel guilty that I am neglecting them to focus on the business but then I have to remind myself that if I had a normal job they would be in daycare and see me much less. Fortunately I have also convinced my husband that sitting next to me on the couch at night while I work on orders and he watches TV is quality bonding time.
What's the best advice (business or personal) you've received since Baby Jives' inception? Follow your passion and be kind to yourself. I remind myself of that last part all the time since I tend to get frustrated that I can't get more done in a day than I do.
â€œFOLLOW YOUR PASSION AND BE KIND TO YOURSELF â€œ What has been the most rewarding part of owning a small business? Hands down it would have to be the fact that I can raise my children while continuing to be creative and make money. Running my own business means on a nice day I can escape to the playground with my kids while I keep up with customers on my smartphone. I am raising my business and my kids simultaneously and while my children are small I am building my business slowly and planning carefully so that as they grow and need less of my time I can give more of my time to my business.
Are there any books or business resources you would recommend to other aspiring entrepreneurs? I have a tendency to fly by the seat of my pants but I do love reading business advice online when I can from sites like Mogul Mom, Smaller Box, Scoutie Girl, Handmadeology, and Designing an MBA.
What are some of your favorite Etsy shops? I could list about 100 shops but I will narrow it down. Some of my favorite shops for my kids are Armadillo Dreams, The Measure, Friendly Fairies, and Little Alouette. Some of my favorite shops for myself are Balanced, The Wheatfield, Ordinary Mommy, and My Selvaged Life.
Michele Chinn Fahey shares about her career in the retail industry. From an intern to her current position as the Director of Non-Apparel Merchandising at Old Navy.
Michele Chinn Fahey Locaton
San Francisco Company
Old Navy Title
Director, Non-Apparel Merchandising Age
What did you want to be when you were younger? I knew I’d be doing some-
thing in business – When I was young I always had a business on the side (selling bracelets to my mom’s co-workers, lemonade and rocks to my neighbors) What was your major and where did you earn your degrees?
I earned a bachelors degree from Santa Clara University. My major was Finance with a Retail Management minor. Then I went back to school while I was still working full time to get my MBA from San Francisco State University. How did you end up working for Gap, Inc.?
Part of being in the Retail Management program at SCU, it was required that you get a retail internship the summer between your Junior and Senior year. I really wanted to work at Gap, Inc. and it turns out they thought I’d be a good fit, so I ended up being one of Old Navy’s first interns the summer of 1998. I didn’t end up working at Old Navy right after college, but I always had a fondness for the company and after a few years buying/planning hardline products SUMMER 2012
at Pottery Barn Kids, I returned to my roots. What does your role at Old Navy entail?
I probably have the coolest job in the company. I get to pick the product that goes into the register lanes at Old Navy. My product is so unique and varied (everything from toys to tech gadgets to candy) that it never gets old. What was some of the best advice you received along the way?
Never take a job for the people, they always change. And, if you do get stuck in a job with a crazy boss, stick it out—you’ll usually outlast them! What are some of the greatest challenges you’ve faced on your path to your current position?
In the beginning of my career, I found it was difficult to be taken seriously because I was so young. There are a lot of people in retail who’ve been doing it for a long time and forget that good ideas and creative thinking can come from any level in an organization. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
When people tell me that they bought a bunch of my product when they were in Old Navy and they can’t believe how cool, fun, unique, or how much of a great value it was! Where do you see yourself in f ive years?
I still see myself within Gap, Inc. It’s a great company with a lot of smart people and good opportunities. What advice would you give to others considering a similar career?
You don’t need to have a degree in business, but you do have to be willing to start at the bottom and work your way up. Many retailers have a management program where you get to work in various functions within the company for a period of time and then ultimately get placed in one that best suits you. That’s what I did coming out of college and it was invaluable in shaping my path.
Micheleâ€™s Short List Home Shop The Conran Shop Accessory Shop F21 Clothing Shop/Designer Anthropologie or J. Crew, Nanette Lepore Summer Nail Color Turq or orange City San Francisco, of course! Place to Visit Kauai Book Like Water for Chocolate Ethnic Food Sushi Online Shop Amazonâ€”you can literally get everything there! Summer Treat Ice Cream from Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous or Bi-Rite (both in SF) Summer Activity Running by the bay
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STYLE THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE Interview with NICOLE FLOWERS Photos by BESS FRIDAY
Nicole Flowers is on to something big. With her trendy style and social awareness, she's making a dream a reality. Her newly launched company, hiip, creates bags that are not only cool, but they help people in need. What could be better?
What is hiip? hiip [helping individuals in passing] is a bag company with a purpose.They come in multiple colors and patterns and they put the fun in multifunctional. We've got adorable styles to choose from and there are so many ways to wear them [on or off the belt and even as a clutch]. The best part about the company, though, is the social component. For every hiip bag you purchase, we donate a hiip kit to a person in need. The kits are filled with basic necessities and we encourSUMMER 2012
age those who are in the area to go with us on hiip handouts to pass them out. The idea is that we give back while we build the community through purposeful interactions.
Tell us how the idea for hiip came to be? I was actually sitting in my apartment eating dinner and finishing up the book Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie and just asked myself what I could do with my skill set. I thought about what I was good at, who I wanted to impact, and
how I could merge the two. The idea of redesigning the fanny pack came to mind and I went with it. I am a person of high but risky fashion sense so I wasn't sure I could convince people that it was time to bring this necessary item back into rotation; my gut told me a solid yes but I didn't hedge my bets until I passed it by a few friends. I have a heart for those in great need, a huge part of which is the homeless community in America (San Francisco more specifically), and I felt that hiip bags could be beneficial all around. The
best part about it is that I started implementing and researching the idea the next day!
What inspired you to start this venture? I met Blake [Mycoskie] at a meeting in mid-2011 and my adoration for his social entrepreneurship model was heightened; I had followed him for about four years up to that point. Once I read the book, I knew it was time. I had wanted to start my own company since I was around 22 years old but I was never sure what it would look like. Once I put some real thought (and heart) into it, the idea was as clear as day. As I've gotten older I've realized that once I put my mind to something, I make it happen.
What has been the greatest challenge in starting this venture? Learning everything! I have no idea how to sew so Kristina, my stellar designer/seamstress, has been a SUMMER 2012
true blessing. She was able to conceptualize what I was trying to describe in my head and made the pieces so well. I also knew nothing about business. I studied Journalism at Pepperdine and to this day have never had a business class. Needless to say I've spent a lot of time getting opinions, perusing the SBA website, and talking to my financial advisor brother to get up to speed... really quickly.
What has been most rewarding? Learning everything! Just figuring each bit out is exciting. I'm constantly challenged and not only am I finding how true and wonderful my friends and family are as they offer every bit of support that they can but I'm seeing myself grow as a person. It's an amazing gift to know that you will be truly impacting lives because of an idea you've had; what's even better is that everyone that surrounds me will be involved as well. I can't
wait to see it... each step of the way is a reward in itself (including getting my packaging tissue!).
How have you managed to start a small business while working full-time? I can tell you this: it hasn't been easy. When I first started out at the end of last year, I wasn't as busy because I was testing the waters with friends and getting a pulse on whether my idea would gain traction. At the beginning of this year, I took a trip around the world and as soon as I got back, I emailed Kristina; I was energized and ready to go! Once I began to dedicate more time to hiip, though, I wasn't getting too much sleep. I would work all day and then come home and spend hours on the internet figuring out the documentation I needed to start a small business in California - we don't make it easy, you know! I travel quite a bit for work, too, so it's been an interesting ride. Thankfully
The hiip bag is versatile: wear around the waist or on the shoulder.
I love my corporate job, along with my team, and they are very supportive of hiip and its success. I can tell others this: it's great because it's hard, it's fun because it's hard. Anything worth having is hard. Don't let having another job get you down; in fact, you should keep it until you're sure you will succeed in your new ven-
ture. I've had to miss out on nights out with friends but I know that it will be worth it in the very near future.
What is your goal for hiip over the next five years? I'm so glad you asked! I get beyond excited when I think about this type of thing. Well, excited and overwhelmed at the
same time. After we really become a well-known brand within San Francisco, I'm hoping to begin hiip handouts in other major cities around the country. Most closely I'm thinking of LA and New York because of contacts I have there. Of course I'd like to be in stores from Kansas City to Cincinnati to Chicagoâ€” there are people in need
â€œI believe people want to help but they just need the opportunity.â€?
everywhere. After that I'd like to see us go international. Our primary focus will continue to be within the US, though, because I believe that charity truly begins at home.
What do you love most about the product itself? I love that it's actually a hip bag. I get frustrated easily when my purse constantly falls off my shoulders. Maybe I have droopy shouldersâ€”who can say? â€”but I love that I can strap it on and run to brunch. Or to the market. Or to the gym. Or to the airport. Hip bags are totally functional and all they needed was some modernization and cute patterns. Now that we've nailed that (if I do say so), I love that I have an easy option to wear around town at any time. I can even wear it as a clutch for evening or just for a different look!
Which bag is your personal favorite? I have two: the floral corduroy and the black and white mini-chevron. Both are so adorable to me the floral because it's so sweet and girly and the mini-chevron because of the rich texture of the fabric.
What is the best business advice you have received since starting hiip? Don't wait, do it now. We've all heard that "the best time is now" and it truly is. One of my favorite quotes, when I'm thinking of putting something off, is "This time next year, you'll be glad you started today". So true. How many things I could've accomplished by this time if I had started a year back? Along with that, my mom always encourages me to keep thinking of possibilities while continuing to pursue my dream. She
really has the best business advice: keep on.
What advice would you give to others who are considering starting a business that gives back? Think of something that is both new and needed. Why not rethink what's already out there? What is a group that you love, that you feel drawn to help? What do they need to survive or live better? How can you impact your immediate community? Once you think about that, you can create something that can help them and be beneficial to those who you want to buy it. Business will succeed if you have something to offer that others don't; the community that you desire to help will succeed because ultimately, I believe, people want to help but they just need the opportunity. We need more opportunities to make a difference!
having is hard. Don't let having another job get you down; in fact, you should keep it until you're sure you will succeed in your new venture.
Nicole’s Short List INTERNATIONAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION World Vision—Did you know you can shop for gift donations for friends via their online catalog? This is a lifesaver for me… US-BASED NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION charity: water CITY San Francisco (of course) PLACE TO VISIT New York and any place new (I'm a consumate traveler) BOOK Blue Like Jazz ETHNIC FOOD Anything Middle Eastern... nom nom nom! ONLINE SHOP Krust—My chief designer is also the creator of some killer purses SUMMER TREAT Popsicles! I'm crazy about 'em (even if I make them myself in my ice cube tray…I am not embarrassed by that). SUMMER ACTIVITY If I'm not on a plane to an undiscovered destination, I love sitting in the hammock in my brother's backyard with the family. They're right on the water and it always proves to be a glorious Sunday afternoon with my nearest and dearest (including our two pups). WIN A HIIP BAG! Visit hiip or Delighted's facebook page for more info.
4th of July Celebration
Styling Amanda Gomes
Photos Manus Chau Photography
Offer snacks for your guests to enjoy while watching late night fireworks. Prepare bags of goodies in advance or provide empty bags with a selection of goodies for everyone to fill on their own.
Stars and Stripes
The easiest way to decorate for the Fourth is by going with a classic red, white and blue theme. Mix and match serving pieces and containers you may already have around your home. For visual interest and added fun, make or purchase items like stars, striped linens, and bright florals. We found wooden stars at our local craft store and spray painted them goldâ€”a simple way to add a festive sparkle.
Summertime Baby Shower Styling Rufflewood Photos Manus Chau Photography delighted
Offering a variety of tea sandwiches is a simple and delicious way to add color to your buffet table. An added bonus is that much of the work can be done in advance.
FRESH FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS Find carnations, tulips, or any blooms with great texture at your local farmers market. Snip and arrange in a casual pail. We found ours at Ikea. Be sure to add enough water to last through a sunny day. SIMPLE MENU Open faced sandwiches, homemade cookies, a salad, and fresh fruit are always a hit at a shower. Easy to prepare and always delicious. Check out the Delighted blog for recipes and more ideas. REAL DISHES AND LINENS Using real dishes, utensils and glassware will make your event feel more special. Use what you have in your cabinet or borrow from your mom or grandma for a nostalgic touch. Same goes for the tablecloths and linens. We found ours at Rufflewood. An added perk - real is more sustainable than paper or plastic! PAPER DETAILS Using cohesive paper elements will add an element of thoughtfulness to any event. From the invitation to the place cards, be sure your paper items work together to create the style you want. Turn the page for a free baby shower printable from Rufflewood.
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GIVEAWAY Enter to win a hiip bag with three easy steps: 1. Visit Facebook and become a fan of hiip and Delighted 2. Share the giveaway link and comment about your fave bag 3. For an extra chance to win, tweet about hiip using #hiipbags and #delightedmag Entries accepted through July 30, 2012. Winner will be notified via Twitter and/or Facebook. Good luck!
Emily Dellas is the owner of First Class Cooking. She teaches hands-on cooking classes with an emphasis on healthy, in-season meals. Here she shares her delicious summer galette and salad recipes.
Plum & Thyme Galette by Emily Dellas
From Emily: "Galettes are essentially free-form pies. They can be filled with an array of fruits and deliver excellent eye-appeal for showing off Summer’s bounty. I enjoy accenting the fruit with herbs. Other tasty combinations are apricot and tarragon or peach and basil." FOR CRUST
1 ½ cups flour
1 ½-2 lbs plums, sliced into wedges (about 6 large)
1 Tbsp. sugar ¼ tsp. salt 9 Tbsp. (1 stick + 1 Tbsp) cold butter, cut into small pieces 2-5 Tbsp. ice water
2-3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed from stems 6- 8 Tbsp sugar, depending on the sweetness of the fruit Pinch salt 1 Tbsp milk, for glazing crust 1 Tbsp turbinado or coarse sugar
ENTERTAIN In a large bowl or food processor, mix the flour with the sugar and salt. Distribute the butter around the bowl and pulse for about six, 2-second pulses, until the mixture is evenly crumbly but not as fine as sand. (Crusts may also be prepared by hand by using a pastry blender or two knives to “cut-in” the butter). To test how much water is required, grab a handful of dough and make a fist. If it crumbles right apart, a higher range of ice water will be required, but if it holds its shape the dough will not require as much. Add the water in 1-tablespoon increments, quickly pulsing to incorporate and testing as described above. When it holds it’s shape, transfer everything onto a board. Carefully gather the dough together, taking care to avoid handling it too much, and flatten into a disc. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. In a large bowl, combine the plum segments with the sugar and allow to stand together. Season lightly with salt and stir through the thyme. Preheat the oven to 400˚ After the pastry has chilled, roll out the crust on a lightly floured surface or between two silicone mats until it is about a 13-inch round (it need not be perfectly round). Transfer the entire silicone mat atop a baking sheet and gently indicate a 2-inch border (this will be folded over the fruit). Use a slotted spoon to transfer the fruit into the center of the designated border, and flatten into a plateau-shaped mound. Fold the outer border over the fruit, overlapping to secure the fruit filling. Brush the exposed crust with the milk and sprinkle a coarse sugar over everything. Place the galette in the oven and turn the heat down to 375°. Bake until the crust is golden and the fruit filling is gently bubbling, about 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes on a baking sheet before transferring to a board. Slice into wedges and serve.
Summer Salad with Stone Fruits & Fresh Ricotta by Emily Dellas
From Emily: "This recipe is a great template and can be adjusted throughout the season to accommodate fruit as they come into their prime. Mixing a bit of fruit into the salad dressing tempers the acidity of the dressing." FOR DRESSING
1 small shallot, minced
8 oz. mixed salad greens
3 Tbsp. sherry vinegar
2 Tbsp. fresh mint, chopped
1 pitted cherry or 1 fresh fig or 1 Concord grape, minced or mashed
3 oz. fresh ricotta or Yarra Valley Dairy marinated feta
½ tsp. salt
2 peaches, plums or apricots, sliced into slender slices
½ tsp fresh thyme 6 Tbsp olive oil
¼ cup dry –roasted or Marcona almonds
Begin by preparing the salad dressing. Mince together the shallot, thyme and if available, cherry, fig or grape until everything is very fine. Transfer into a small bowl and cover with the sherry vinegar. Add the salt and whisk everything together, allowing to stand for at least 5 minutes, to mellow the sharpness of the shallot. While whisking quickly, slowly pour the olive oil into the vinegar base to create an emulsion. Season with additional salt and pepper and set aside. Extra dressing may be stored in a jar at room temperature for two weeks. In a large bowl, combine the salad greens with the mint and toss to combine. Just before serving, toss the salad greens with the dressing and transfer onto serving plates. Arrange the fruit slices on top and add dollops of the cheese. If desired, almonds may be added at the finish.
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Mixing brights with neutrals is Kate Brightbillâ€™s recommendation when choosing accessory pieces this summer. Visit her blog Style Smaller to get style ideas for kids.
Dragon Fruit Rubbler Bracelet JUICY COUTURE $195
Circle Drop Earring BANANA REPUBLIC $35
Sam Edelman Gigi Sandal NORDSTROM $64.95
Karen Walker Sunglasses
Striped Floppy Hat
FOREVER 21 $13.80
Vivid Wrung Bracelet ANTHROPOLOGIE $28
Medium Tote J. CREW $165
What to Wear:
A garden wedding calls for basic lines and pretty prints. A slightly thicker heel is helpful for walking outdoors. Soft peach and gold accents complete the look.
Metal Fan Earrings BCBG $48
Coral Envelope Clutch Windsor $19.90
Strappy Dress French Connection $388 Brookton Michael Kors Zappos $295 SUMMER 2012
Summer Wedding BY KATE BRIGHTBILL
Evening weddings are an opportunity to bring your fancy. Pair a deep colored simple gown with metallic accessories for rich elegance. Then add brightly colored statement jewelry to lighten the mood.
Floral Bangle Set Forever 21 $6.80
Boho Drops Bauble Bar $34
Oasis Frame Clutch asos $49.71
Boutique 9 Pumps Bloomingdales $150 Ruched Body Maxi Dress Alice + Olivia $495
Keep it classic during the day with some preppy stripes and shimmery gold earrings. Add fun tall heels and a bright yellow clutch to keep things youthful and youâ€™re ready to go!
Beau Clutch Rebecca Minkoff $395 Disc Earrings Calypso $110
Stripe High Neck Dress Dorothy Perkins $59 Rachel Zoe Beau Zappos $187.50 SUMMER 2012
A light and airy summer yellow cocktail gown is a refreshing change from the little black dress. Keep the accessories subtle and light with a wraparound bracelet and feathery earrings.
Crystal Stud Earrings Kate Spade $48
Feather Earrings Kohlâ€™s $16
Arm Cuff asos $16.57
Laila Embossed Lizard Alice + Olivia $177
Elizabeth and James Dress Net-A-Porter $495
Ideas for dressing your guy in style this summer...
Nixon Rubber Watch Nordstrom $400 Polo J.Crew $39.50
Striped Chauffeur Vans $56 SUMMER 2012
Board Short J. Crew $69.50
Canvas Tote Gap $49.95
Oakley Frogskin Sunglass Hut $150
Crew Neck Tee Banana Republic $19.50
Seaside Beach Towel L.L.Bean $29.50
Spengler Jacket Jack Spade $345
Sophieâ€™s Picks Denim Bermudas ZARA $25.90
We asked three-and-a-half year old Sophie of the blog Style Smaller to style a summer outfit from the choices shown in this spread. Flip the page to see what she chose!
Peep-Toe Flats GAP KIDS $19.99
Rugby Stripe Bow Tank J.CREW $22.50 SUMMER 2012
Glitter E J. CREW Floral Print Dress ZARA $25.90
Floral Eyelt Romper JANIE AND JACK $4
Oversized Sunglasses JANIE AND JACK $14
Ruffle Swimsuit NORDSTRO $28
Envelope Bag W $24.50
scus Print Bermudas RA $29.90
Chambray Romper GAP $26.95
Hoy Gold Salt Water ZAPPOS $31.99
Ruffle Tank TARGET $7
Floral Print Dress ZARA $25.90
Glitter Envelope Bag J. CREW $24.50
Peep-Toe Flats GAP KIDS $19.99 SUMMER 2012
Sun Protection 101 Jenna Crandall of the blog Mommy in Manhattan, is an esthetitian who has been in the skincare business for ten years. Here she shares her tips for protecting your skin all summer long.
ONE APPLICATION IS NEVER ENOUGH "When you're in direct sunlight, re-apply every 45-minutes." DONT FORGET YOUR NECK AND EARS "Sunscreen should not only be used on your face, but also on your neck and ears. " WEAR A HAT "You can never be too careful, especially with children." USE AN ANTIOXIDANT "Apply under your sunscreen during the day. CE FURULIC by Skin Ceuticals is my favorite."
Photo: Bellamy Blue
DONT GIVE UP "If you try a sunscreen that makes you breakout, try another brand. Keep trying until you find what works for you! One bad sunburn can be a trigger for skin cancer."
Jenna's Picks: The Best Sunblock by Skin Type DRY
“This product can't be beat for dry skin. It moisturizes as it protects. With an SPF of 30, it's a fantastic sunscreen and I never break out when I use it.”
“This sunblock is one of the best on the market. It sinks right into the skin leaving a silky feeling. Apply make-up directly on top. It seems to prevent oil build-up.”
“This is the ultimate sunscreen. It's universal tint immediately provides a little color. It is extremely light weight and great for all skin types including sensitive skin. It's a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 50. You really can't beat that!”
“I am really picky with my kids sunscreen but this is a safe and advanced sunscreen. It's a physical sunscreen with an SPF of 50, both chemical free and water resistant.”
Aveeno Continuous Protection, SPF 70 $11
Physical Fusion UV Defense, SPF 50 $32
Neutrogena Age Shield Face, SPF 70 $11
Sunology Sunscreen Lotion for Kids, SPF 50 $20
Baby Noelle's Artistic Nursery Design and Photos Cheryl Lim Tan, Right at Helm
Noelle's mom, Cheryl, shares the three principles she used in designing this room: Infant-focused decor It was important to me that the decor in her room not just be pretty, but stimulating for an infant. Infants like to look at objects with high contrast, so the tree decals and wall prints were designed to be simple and clean with clear edges. The hot air balloons and animal mobile were made with very light materials so that a gentle breeze would send them bobbing to keep Noelle occupied. Smart storage I kept the room clutter-free by keeping anything we use daily (e.g. diapers, wipes) in the top dresser drawer, and putting storage boxes under the crib skirt for blankets or sheets. Picture rails also allow us to display books and toys within easy reach. Varied Textures Rich textures can really warm up a room and make it look sophisticated. I chose fabric that had a thicker weave for her pillows and added chunky-knit throws and blankets. A basket and some pinecones brought in more organic textures but were painted grey to keep them in the color palette.
Garage sales and craigslist are great places to look for unique furniture just waiting to be brought back to life. Check out Cheryl's blog, Right at Helm, for a DIY on re-upholstering.
PRINTS & MOBILE ARE AVAILABLE ON ETSY!
A Mother's Story Written by Annie Earls Photos by Kristin Salvia SUMMER 2012
Having a child with a disability is the best thing that has ever happened to us.
A quick background story: about a girl and boy who had the world at their fingertips. College sweet hearts that, from the day they met, couldn't resist one another. They loved each other blamelessly and said, "I do" to a life full of joyfully perfect memories. Once married, they would lie in bed at night and whisper sweet nothings about their future offspring to one another... "He’ll have your eyes", no, "She'll have your sweet smile". When the day came and the pregnancy test was positive, they held each other and wept for the miracle of life within her. When he would caress her stomach with all the tenderness of the soon-to-be father, it made her love him more
deeply than she would have ever imagined she could. The day their little girl was born was the day their life really started. She had his face, and her eyes. She was beautiful, so they named her Bella. Two years later, in a room full of medical professionals, the words, “Bella has autism” were uttered. The path laid before them now was dangerously narrow. The world that was at their fingertips long ago seemed so far from within reach now. Their love was tested. Their child was...different. I am Annie, my husband is Josh, and our daughter is Bella…she has autism, and it's the best thing that
has ever happened to us. If your child has had a similar diagnosis, it could be the best thing that has happened to you as well. Here's whyâ€Ś
Your child will teach you to fight for joy every day.
When your child is diagnosed with a disability, joy is hard to come by at first. When Bella was diagnosed with autism, I cried for a week straight. I had headaches from the seemingly constant weeping. I was mourning her future, a future that was so vastly different than the one I dreamed of with my husband before her birth. One day, I looked into Bella's eyes and realized that she was perfect. She was made by her Creator just the way she was
meant to be. This future that I was mourning had never really existed, and that gave me a unique comfort. From that day forward, I fought for joy every second of the day. Today, I can honestly say that I am more joyful because of Bella's disability. She may not ever speak to me the way I pictured my daughter speaking or walk down the aisle to the man she loves as I did... but, she feels the love we give her everyday, a love that is full of joy!
You will never take the â€œlittle thingsâ€? in life for granted.
The moment your child is diagnosed, all the big things in life are broken up into little pieces. It's almost like looking at a beautiful painting through a kaleidoscope.
All of the colors and elements are present but in such disarray, it's hard to make them out. The future, in a moment, becomes so uncertain for the parent. Will my child live with me until I die? Will I die before them? How will they take care of themselves? This list goes on and on and lies hidden deep within the parent's heart. So, the little things in life become huge.You have to celebrate first smiles, or words (if they speak), or steps (if they walk), or for some parents...the celebration is for a beating heart and functioning lungs. I tell parents who have fully function-
ing children to never take the â€œlittle thingsâ€? in life for granted. Not a word, a smile, a scream, a mistakeâ€Ś anything. While you are worrying about how "grumpy" your child is acting today, we are concerned that our child might damage their brain when they bang their head on the wall during an autistic tantrum. You might be tired of your child talking to you, while we rejoice when our child attempts to utter even a sound. It's the little things in life that make a special needs parent smile and we cherish them in our hearts.
For more about Josh, Annie and Bella, visit the blog, Navy Chaplain: A Story SUMMER 2012
You will be the last to cast judgment on other parents.
I remember being that mom, the one that rolled her eyes in the supermarket.The one that thought, "Wow, she needs to learn how to control her kid". Well, now that I have a child with autism, things are VERY different. Autism exhibits itself in many ways, one being through intense tantruming. When your child tantrums at home, it's exhausting but you feel somewhat in control in your safe and familiar environment. When they do it in public, it's just plain hard. People look at you with disgust and you begin to imagine the things they must be thinking about you, "Why doesn't she spank her?", "Why is she just letting her do that?", "Look at that woman constraining her child!". I used to break out into a literal sweat as I tried to help my child through a public and very physical tantrum. The lowest point I reached was when someone told me to put a dog muzzle on Bella at a restaurant because they couldn't "hear each other speak" through her blood curdling screams. I tell you this because today, when I see a crying child, my first thought
is never about how terrible the parent is…lets change our perspective today and cut each other some slack.
You will know God in a very real way!
When I decided to fight for joy, I found it in God. I clung to Psalm 139:13 in the Bible that said, "For you created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb". To me, this verse speaks such truth to parents who have children with disabilities. The Creator’s hands fashion these sweet beings and place them within our wombs. I thank God he chose me for Bella. How was I so lucky? He knew my husband and I would love her despite her "perfect imperfections". It's true, we do! It's believing in a God that never makes mistakes that helps us find joy within disability. Maybe you have a child with a disability and need a “fresh perspective” on things, or maybe you don't share this journey but can now begin to cherish the unique path set before you today. The fact remains, disability is a blessing that God gives to special families. Cherish what life has brought you; it was meant to be!
pool party finds
Eden Passante, event designer and creative behind the lifestyle and entertaining blog, Sugar and Charm, shares her finds for putting together a festive pool party for kids. Eden’s ideas: “Use the umbrellas for cupcakes or other food items and the versatile tub for towels or flip-flops.”
Party City $2.99 SUMMER 2012
The Macbeth Col
Shop Sweet LuLu $45
Shop Sweet LuLu $7 cups | $4 straws
Brighten Up - Mozella
2. You Could Be My Girl - Shwayze & Cisco 3. Good Time - Owl City & Carly Ray Jepsen 4.
She Got the Honey - Mat Kearney
5. Summer Dress - Xenia
All Alone - Fun.
Fine By Me - Andy Grammer
A playlist for y
r tunes 8.
Sunshine in My Sky - Kate Voegele
Goodbye California - Jana Kramer
Get Out - Casey Abrams
Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men
12. Your Love - Marie Digby 13. Is Anybody Out There? - Kâ€™naan 14.
Lemonade - Rachel Crow
your next BBQ, roadtrip, or to enjoy poolside. Happy listening! delighted
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