Girl Around Town Spring Shopping Guide 2013

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Editors’ Note Contributors Staff Accessorize Around Town: Houston Accessorize Around Town: NYC & LA Spring Beauty Tips from Smashbox Accessories Fun Fashion Interiors: Before & After Between You & The Moon Denim Report Shoes Handbags

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Lingerie Swimwear Baubles Watches One on One with Hart of Dixie Costume Designer ATX Television Festival Spring Training Gardening 101 Packable Beach Totes Sunglasses Meaghan Kennedy Townsend’s Favorite Things

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Silvermooon Chocolates Superfood Superfood Smoothie Recipe Floral Cocktail Recipes The Little Things Sip & Savor: Borghese Vineyards Spring Fling Floral Arranging Leigh’s Spring Favorites Mary’s Spring Favorites

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1. Peruse the pretty pages to find things you like 2. Scroll over the item name & click the link 3. Buy it!

Disclaimer: We make a concerted effort to assure nearly every item in this guide is available to purchase at the time the guide is released. We do not have control over items that become discontinued, out of stock or are not in the particular size you need.

Editors’ Note Spring is in the air and in the pages of the Spring Edition of our Girl Around Town Shopping Guide. And we’re psyched. Not only for warmer temps that the season brings or the outdoor activities we’re planning--and all the wardrobe options that go with them-- but for the flowers! Since neither one of us has much of a green thumb, we turned to gardening enthusiast, Mary Ann Rounseville for a primer, including tips on terrariums and her favorite Ryan Gosling meme (p. 27). What we lack in horticulture, we make up for in hostess-ing, and welcome some botanicals into our cocktail repertoire, care of Emily Welsh’s cocktail recipes on p. 35. Or why not celebrate the intoxicating fruits of a labor of love, just as Karina Schroeder did in her interview with the owner of Long Island’s Borghese Vineyard (p. 37). 3

After a few sips of spirits, we’re bold enough to take on flower pro, Jennifer Edward’s stunning signature displays, like the ones she created for the Paula Deen at the celeb chef’s home. (Photos, p. 41.) Spring cleaning just got easier with DIY design tips from Emily Butler (p. 12) that guide our clutter into attractive, stylish living areas. If you take your fashion cues from TV, check out Heather Campbell-Green’s Q&A with Hart of Dixie’s costume designer on page 22.

Lamm, the Denim Report from Cakewalk Style Shop, and Spring Makeup Tips by Smashbox.

And that’s not all in this edition of our digital mag. There’s a smoothie recipe by superfood choclatier Stacey Silvermoon, yogi Meaghan Kennedy Townsend’s Must Haves, a fashionable Spring Training for the ladies by Jayme

Oh, and a whole lotta pages with a whole lotta spring goodies we’re excited about. So read, shop, click and enjoy! xx Mary & Leigh

Our Contributors

Jennifer Edwards

Based in Nashville, Jennifer is the co-founder of Reveal Event Style, traveling the country and designing the perfect setting for weddings and formal events. Reveal was recognized as the Best Event Design Firm in Nashville by Wedding Industry Experts, and ranks as #7 in the country. In addition to the great tips they share with Girl Around Town, the design powerhouse is a featured contributor in Mermaids & Martini and were personally chosen by Paula Deen to deck out her vacation home for a truly amazing Southern Soirée (see the pictures on page 41!)


Heather Campbell-Green

Heather launched Celebrity Style Guide in 2005. Her site is dedicated to celebrity style and fashion, trending clothes and accessories. With Heather’s insight, connections to Hollywood and the top celebrity stylists, she puts you in touch with what is worn on TV, movies and celebrity street style. Celebrity Style Guide was the first official destination for celebrity style, upcoming trends, allowing you to shop the shows and the hottest clothes and fashions seen on your favorite celebrities.

Mary Anne Rounseville

Jayme Lamm

Emily Butler

Mary Ann is a Creative Media Producer who learned organic gardening from her mother. Since then, whether it’s been an urban roof top garden, a raised bed, or a dig-in-the-dirt large plot, garden design and plants have always been a part of her life. She is studying to get her Horticulture certificate from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in her free time.

Jayme is a freelance writer in Houston, treckking for travel pieces and putting on the full-court press in her hugely opinionated sports column,

Emily is a New York City based interior designer with a penchant for pattern and an eye for color, Emily loves helping clients feel at home in their own space.

Our Staff

Diana Horwich Diller Editor, Los Angeles

Leigh Evans, Co-Editor-in-Chief

What is the coolest tip from this guide? I love trying new beauty products, so the section that excites me the most is Smashbox’s tips and trends for spring makeup palettes.


Mary Cunningham , Co-Editor-in-Chief

What’s my favorite thing about spring in NYC? Wearing opened-toed shoes again.

If I could buy only one item from this guide…: Definitely the Alice + Olivia Cady Cuff shorts! I live in shorts during spring and summer.

What excites me most about our Spring Guide? Featuring so many of our friends who are experts and enthusiasts in so many different areas of interest--style, entertaining, gardening. We love that we’re able to inspire other friends with great How-To’s for a more full, and wonderful, spring season.

Let’s be honest, does Houston actually have a spring, or does it go straight from mild winter to scorching summer? No, Houston doesn’t usually have a spring, but for some reason Mother Nature gave us one this year- which is definitely a change of pace down here; no one knows what to wear. I suspect this guide will help!

My favorite section? It’s a tie between Accessorize Around Town and Lingerie. While Leigh is charged with culling through everything under the sun to find the perfect items for almost every page, I get to focus on the sections I’m most passionate about. Cool bars & restaurants, and unmentionables.

Diana, born and raised in downtown Chicago, moved from her hometown to attend film school in Boston before relocating to Los Angeles. After five years working for Myriad Pictures and 2929 Productions she made a career change to event planning. Never one to sit still for long Diana finds interesting things happening – on a dinner plate, in a wine glass, on stage, or in a hot air balloon – wherever she goes.

Karina Schroeder Editor, NY Arts & Culture

Karina, A 2011 graduate of the University of Iowa, moved to New York City to pursue her dream of a big city journalism career. You can often catch Karina exploring the little vintage shops lining the East Village, checking out the most talked-about art exhibits in town, or seeing the latest no-name indie film with critical acclaim. She’s a total arts and culture geek- but that’s why New York is so perfect for her.

Emily Welsh Resident Chef

Emily is currently the Los Angeles Marketing Manager at The Wall Street Journal. She has worked in publishing for Conde Nast Corporate, Vogue, and Advertising Age. Separately, Emily has also worked with Chef’s Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, and The Judy Moon & Associates Wellness Spa in Philadelphia, PA. Her passion is writing about food and inspiring recipes, finding a good balance between tasty and healthy.

Graphic Design by Molly Watman

Accessorize Around TOWN Here are a few of our favorite hotspots in our hometowns & What to Wear to look fab at each. Julie Nolan - Bronze Big Dipper Necklace

La Carafe

Vince - Slub Raglan Top

813 Congress Street Houston, TX (713) 229-9399



Houston’s Oldest Bar

Gap 1969 - Skinny Skimmer Jeans

Los Angeles



2100 Laurel Canyon Los Angeles, CA (323)654-8583

Reiss - Paris Tailored Cropped Pant

Pace Raoul - Sandra Clutch

Milly - Sweater with Leather Collar Bernardo - Miami Thong in Nappa

New York


145 W Broadway New York, NY (212) 233-0507

Alexis Bittar - Liquid Gold Cuff

David Peck - Marlowe Dress

Spring Beauty Tips From Smashbox

Lori has been working her artistry magic as Global Pro Lead Artist at Smashbox for almost 10 years. When she’s not heading up the artistry team, she’s working Fashion Weeks from L.A. to Toronto and sharing studio secrets on Extra, The Today Show and beyond.

Get to Know Lori Drink of choice? A dirty martini with 3 blue cheese-filled olives. Favorite part of L.A.? Downtown, It’s almost a hidden treasure, super chic, very urban and smart. Thoughts on beauty being ‘only skin deep’? Makeup has a healing element. There’s something about making people feel great that’s more emotional than material.

Bronze smoky eye & red lip

Tip 1 I know people are sometimes afraid of blue eye shadow, but a really light wash of blue around the entire eye—including a slight drop shadow—is so modern for spring. I’ve been seeing blue for the season all over the runways. 8

Tip 2 You can’t go wrong with coral for spring. It’s a shade that just screams spring! If you do a very light wash on both your cheeks and lips, it’s pretty much universally flattering. And that overall monochromatic look feels current—just be sure to not use too much product, a light wash is all you need.

You can’t go wrong with coral for spring.

Smashbox Love Me collection

Tip 3 Even though it might not be a color combination people think of immediately, try pairing a bronze smoky eye with a classic red lip. Bronze is gorgeous and not too heavy for spring, and when you do the red lip with it, the look is super luxe—but still fresh to be appropriate for the season.

Anthropologie Loja Panama Hat

Accessories It’s all in the details. Here are the items that will add a punch to any spring outfit.

I Love Your Style by Amanda Brooks

Nicholas Roxanne Rose Gold Plate Belt

Only $15!

Mossimo Geometric Floral Scarf

Jane Tran - Crystal Skull Bobby Pin

Club Monaco - Louisa Scarf Tom Ford Beauty - Flamingo Lip Color

Deepa Gurnani - Sunflower Applique Hair Tie


Dior - Rosy Bow Nail Lacquer


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Floppy Hat

Shopbop - Neon Hair Tie Set

Club Monaco - Caroline Head Scarf

We’ve got Spring Fever! Here are the must have items for the season. Your closet will thank you.

Joes Jeans - The Skinny Jeans


Fun Fashion

Mango - Cotton Linen Trousers

Alice + Olivia - Cady Cuff Shorts

BDG - Chambray Button-down Tunic

Milly - Elbow Sleeve Dress

Equipment - Adele Polka Dot Blouse

Calypso - Leonie Linen Beaded Dress

Anthropologie - Sun Medallion Pullover

Parker - Maxi Dress

Forever 21 - Geo Bow Print Dress

Milly - Dickies Short

Amanda Uprichard - Staci V-neck Top

Free People - Printed Blazer

Only $28!


Interiors: Before & After by Emily Butler

The apartment befpre

Fouta Lifestyle - Blanket


West Elm - Tripod Table

My first apartment in the city was a very small studio, so it was thrilling to move into a one bedroom this fall. I work from home, so creating a transitional space that is living-, working-, and entertaining-friendly was my first priority. I wanted the space to be comfortable, but highly functional, so it is no accident that I can pack up my computer and turn my Parsons desk into a serving space for parties and clear off my little fabric-covered stool for extra seating. I am drawn to prints and patterns and wanted to create a little bit of unexpected texture by combining them and making the petite space all my own.

Canvas - Shell Bisque Bowl

John Derian - “E� Red Letter Tray

Society Social - Draper Accent Table


The apartment after

Supportive Skincare encourages skin to heal itself

Cow Fart Juice is an amazing herbal remedy for blemishes of any sort.

Suppressive Skincare disturbs your body’s natural process

Between You & the Moon This is a note to all our friends (guys & girls!) who are overdrying their faces.



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Nourish & Replenish, daily facial massage oil

From many recent conversations, it seems like most people are still under the impression that our skin hasn’t changed since high school. Even if your sense of humor hasn’t matured, we assure you, your skin has. Speaking with Emma Graves, founder of Between You & the Moon, I was pleasantly reminded that if our skin isn’t reacting to certain skincare items the way we want it to, it may be because we’re not paying attention to what it needs and caring for it in the way it is today, not like it was in high school. Anyone with curly hair who’s had their hair cut by a stylist who speacialized in straight-cut shags (or vice versa), understands that no matter the promise, we have to understand our indivdual traits and learn how to support our natural beauty, not suppress it. Which means that maybe you’re still overdrying your skin, when its crying out for the right type of moisture. Thankfully Emma is hand-crafting natural skincare products desgined to allow our skin to flourish in a suportive state, and not by forcing harsh ingredients.

More about Between You & the Moon: Healthy, Holistic Skincare made in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Herborium creates and crafts holistic skincare and home cleansing products, including the Between You & the Moon product line. Their traditional herbal goods are made by hand and bottled in small batches with a focus on intention and the flow of energy.


We love that these products are sustainably developed, using high-quality, botanically-based ingredients and contain no GMOs, petro-chems, parabens, SLS, perfumes, colorants.

Our favorite product for babies: Baby Moon Milk Bath with Organic Lavender & Chamomile

Sense & Sensitivity Collection: Floral Hydrosol, No Evil {Makeup removal} and gentle Clay

Denim Report We cannot get enough of Houston’s cutest boutique, Cakewalk Style Shop. Packed full of the brands we adore like Elizabeth and James, Tibi, and Haute Hippie, they are always up to date on the latest trends. So we just had to ask them – What’s new with denim for spring? “We are obsessed with Mother Denim. Made with super soft denim and luxurious fabrics, we love that the jeans are designed with great attention to detail. Mother has a heritage denim feel but cut in fashion forward styles that can be worn both casually or dressed up chic. Leg lengthening and beyond comfortable, Mother jeans are definitely a part of our weekly uniforms! So remember, Mother always loved YOU best!” xoxo, Cakewalk Girls

Mother Denim - The Looker Icebreaker


Mother Denim - The Looker Shag {Available in April}

Shoes Shoes glorious shoes! There is nothing that puts an outfit together better than a fancy pair of shoes. Here are our favorite heels, flats, and flops.

Giuseppe Zanotti - Metallic Platform Sandals

Calvin Klein Vivian Heels Mossimo - Nina Braided Strap Sandal

Scoop Neon Orange Flip Flop

Only $20! JustFab Annika Heels

Merona Emilia Nautical Wedge

Elizabeth and James - Court Metallic Loafers

Only $30! C-Label - Hudson Flats


Madewell - Holepunch Skimmer Flats


Merona Turnkey Crossbody Bag

Hooray for handbags! These are the glorious clutches, shoulder bags, totes, and crossbody bags that we’re dying to carry this spring.

Forever 21 Metal Trim Shoulder Bag

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Cayetano Legacy - Jacqueline Clutch


Aimee Kestenberg Oversized Clutch in Jade Metallic

Milly - Kiera Clutch Rebecca Minkoff - MAB Tote

LIngerie Bordelle Gia Shelf Bra

In spring, bunnies of all varieties come to mind. These selected intimates fit your bunny comfort level; whether you’re the Playboy or Easter type...

Elle Macpherson Exotic Plume Thong e Lights

tiv - Seduc s e t a m i Int it DKNY Bodysu

BordelleVelvet Odile Thong

Gap - Modal Vintage Lace Gown


Beautiful Bottoms Tropic Lace Night Slip

Elle Macpherson - Exotic Plume Contour Bra

Commando Better Than Nothing Girl Short

Photos from Playboy and New York Times

We Are Han dsome The Messenge rs Panel One Piece

Mossimo - Women’s Mix and Match Dot Side Swimsuit


Make a splash at the beach or at the pool when you sport one of these uber-cute suits.

Vitamin A - Siren Wrap


Bettinis - Cayla Bandeau

Henri Bendel Bendel Girl Bikini Bag

ISSA - Halter

Vix - Multicolor Halter

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Carmen Marc Valvo Bandeau

Shakuhachi - Ultra Neon

Norma Kamali - Bill

Anthropologie Caminito Collar Necklace



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Nothing says spring like a little bling. This season is all about bright colors and bold statements when it comes to jewels.



Dannijo - Savanna Star Earrings

BaubleBar -Black Stud Snake Cuff One Oak by Sara Art Deco Vintage Necklace

Givenchy - Drop Earrings

{As seen on Rachel Bilson in Hart of Dixie. For more Hart of Dixie looks check out page 22.}

BaubleBar Sequence Tepecoyo Arte Bracelet


Alexis Bittar Long Leaf Earrings

Belle Noel by Kim Kardashian Palladium 3 Stack Bangles



La Mer Paris Rain Simple Wrap Watch

Clearly we’re into rose gold this season, but who can blame us - it makes for incredibly beautiful wrist bling.

Michael Kors Parker Rose Gold Glitz Watch

Caravelle by Bulova Women’s 44L106 Classic

Lorem ipsum, Lorem Ice-Watch - Flash Neon Yellow

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Michael KorsDylan Rose Watch


DKNY - Rose G

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Timex Animal Print Watch

One on One with Hart of Dixie Costume Designer Meredith Markworth Pollack

Click the pics to get the look

By Heather Campbell-Green Hart of Dixie is one of my favorite shows on TV, and the cast is always draped in eye candy galore. I had the privilege of speaking with one of the most sought-after costume gurus in Hollywood, Hart Of Dixie wardrobe stylist, Meredith Markworth Pollack, and she gave me the inside scoop on dressing Rachel Bilson and Jamie King for the show. From her process, to her favorite pieces, to the answer to something we all want to know: where do all those beautiful clothes go after the show? I got all of the details. Heather: Do you have a favorite character on the show that you like to dress? Meredith: Oh, that’s hard. It’s kind of just obvious, but I really enjoy dressing both Zoe and Lemon because they are two extremes. I think we all have a little bit of the uber feminine side that Lemon portrays. I love her floral pastels and fun costume jewelry. At the same time we can all relate to Zoe, too. She is so much fun to dress in a day-to-night working girl look, which makes both characters totally fun and easily relateable.


I really enjoy dressing both lemon and zoe because they are two extremes

Hart of Dixie: Costume Design Heather: Can you give me any inside memorable moments between you and the cast as it pertains to a wardrobe? Meredith: Yes! Probably the funniest moment was when we surprised Rachel in her fitting for the episode “Hell’s Belles.” She came into wardrobe and was supposed to wear a big red, hoop skirt and was like, “You are kidding me!?!” There are quirky story lines in Hart Of Dixie with random, funny costumes, I think the actors get caught off guard because they never know what they are going to walk into. Heather: You see racks and racks of clothes, how do you keep a fresh perspective and keep motivated? Meredith: Constantly having new inventory of clothes to choose from keeps things fresh. When we shop, we load up for three or four episodes at a time and then when it’s time to go shopping again we clear the racks. We love to see new pieces, new products and we always keep current with new designers and finding new people to work with. We love to support upcoming designers, so we’re constantly on the hunt. Heather: Do you have any emergency items you have with you at all times on set? Meredith: Yes definitely. Everything in TV moves very fast, you literally have five minutes to fix any problem that comes up!


Zoe’s emergency kit has two leather jackets, her three favorite pairs of jeans, all of her shoes, a couple great “Zoe” blouses and two killer black dresses. Lemon’s emergency kit is a couple grey J.Crew cardigans, two or three really beautiful McGinn floral dresses, all of her shoes and then a couple pairs of bright colored trousers.

Heather: Now what happens if the outfit doesn’t come together the way you thought it would? Meredith: Well you know everything is pretty much 100% decided before the morning of the scene, but, sometimes things happen and an alteration needs to be tweaked in the morning when we are throwing the dress on. If it’s just a little bit off, that’s when we run to the wardrobe truck and we have our emergency kit. It does happen, it’s not all perfect! Heather: I have a question that I received from a fan of the show on Twitter, and she wanted to know what happens to the clothes after they are used? Meredith: Two things happen: first of all we use a lot of samples on the show from designers who are generous enough to work with us, so a lot of clothes that you see them wearing we then return back to the designers. Anything we shop for, Warner Brothers owns and if we decide that we don’t need it any more, it goes into the Warner Brothers costume shop, which is a huge rental shop here on the lot. Photos from

ATX festival Want more Hart of Dixie? ATX Television Festival is back for a second season June 6 –9, 2013 in Austin, TX. Founders Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson will again create amazing programming for the 2nd year of the festival dedicated to television. In addition to a line-up of panels, screenings, and premieres that fans & industry insiders are clamoring for, it’s confirmed that Hart of Dixie creator, Leila Gerstein, along with heart-throb Scott Porter will be in attendance. We can’t wait for this year’s festival! Our focus is on the celebration of the TV medium: Past, Present, and Future 24

Snag your badge early at, where you can also check out the rest of their confirmed line-up.

Running Game Tee & Bebe Jacket

Spring Training

By Jayme Lamm

As the boys head back to the gym to beef up for the upcoming football season, I thought it was time to do some beefing up on my game day wear. Parker Top

Running Game Clothing has become my go-to label for supporting our Houston teams. Oh, BTW: Use code THEBLONDESIDE at checkout for 10% off.

Sometimes licensed apparel gets old, so why not wear a shirt with birds to show your team support for the Philadelphia Eagles. I don’t even know what kind of birds these are, but it works...for me. 25

Footballs are made of leather, so are dresses. Even as a tomboy, it’s nice to dress up from time to time, but not sure I’d recommend rocking this ensemble at a stadium.

Clothes provided by Tootsies and Running Game Clothing, hair and makeup by Andrea Simmons of FaceForward Weddings, photos by Leigh Evans.

Parker Dress & YSL Shoes

“I designed Mermaids & Martinis to be read either cover-to-cover or as a quick reference guide for all things celebratory.� 26 -Hostess-with-the-mostess, Hilary Pereira.

During winter months most people dream about summer vacations and beachfilled days. I, like most rabidly possessed gardeners, dream about dirt under the nails, muscle aches from weeding, and of course, about what seeds, bulbs and plants to buy for the coming growing season. These are some of my top picks for urban and suburban gardeners alike:

Gardening 101 By Mary Ann Rounseville

Dahlias: Now is the time to think about bulbs to plant in the spring for gorgeous summer blooms. My taste in flowers usually tends to the wild wispy blooms, but I can’t deny the sheer power and beauty of a dinner plate Dahlia bloom bigger than a small child’s head. If you’re lucky enough to live in Dahlia country, the Pacific Northwest, then you might be familiar with growers Swan Island Dahlias. They will ship their magnificent bulbs anywhere in the country- just make sure to check the growing instructions on their website for conditions in your area. Terrariums: If you have limited space and questionable green thumb skills, Victorian terrariums have made a raging come back. You can create your own mini paradise in a just about any glass container from an 27

I can’t deny the sheer power and beauty of a dinner plate Dahlia

antique cloche to a light bulb. Sprout Home is a great materials resource and if you live in New York or Chicago, they offer terrarium design classes. Vegetables: For those gardeners who find there’s nothing more satisfying than eating and sharing the literal fruits of your labor, a fellow gardener tipped me off to Laurel, aka “The Crazy Tomato Lady.” After buying Laurel’s tomato plant seedlings last year, I can concur, she is nothing short of a tomato genius! She grows over 100 organic varieties of heirloom tomatoes and if you want the perfect summer tomato, spend a little extra and buy from Laurel direcly at Oh, By the Way: Whether I’m planting flowers, herbs, potatoes, or vegetables, my favorite place to buy seeds from hands down is Seed Savers Exchange. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and sharing of heirloom and open-pollinated seeds. From the Paris market carrots to the Empress of India Nasturtium, you get quality seeds that contribute to preserving your garden heritage. It doesn’t hurt either that their organic seeds are some of the best priced ones out there.

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Photos by: Swan Island Dahlias (previous page), the Kiss My Aster blog, Seed Savers Exchange, Sprout Home, and Laurel’s Heirloom Tomato Plants (this page).

Packable Beach Totes What’s better than finding the perfect beach bag? Finding one that will pack perfectly in your suitcase.

Only $10! Linen & l e r a p an Ap ed Tote Americ Oversiz


Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Tie Dye Shopper

Calypso - Nappa Beach Tote BAGGU for J. Crew Printed Bag in Anchor Stripe

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Adidas by Stella McCartney Beach Fun Bag

Velvet Betty Eyeglasses

Sunglasses These shades don’t hide your eyes - they enhance them. Dare to be different this spring with these gorgeous glasses.

Velvet - Joni Sunglasses

Tom Ford - Lilliana Sunglasses

Marc by Marc Jacobs - Colorful Mirrored Sunglasses

Only $13!

Xhilharation - Turquoise Sunglasses


Marc by Marc Jacobs Oversized Aviator Sunglasses

Balmain - Kristen Sunglasses

My Favorite things Each of us is amazing and powerful. When you allow yourself to be quiet and listen long enough to feel it, all is possible.

Meaghan Kennedy Townsend is the charismatic founder of L.A.’s state-of-the-art yoga and spinning studio Up Dog Fitness, with a long list of celeb clients who clamor for her chaturanga. More than that, Meaghan happens to be a close friend and our favorite yogi. Her programs are tailored to her clients’ individual fitness goals and developed to cultivate self-esteem & empowerment. Can’t get to one of her classes? No prob! Her training videos ranked as iTunes’ most popular yoga download.

Manduka Mat

I love yoga (of course!) and my favorite mat is manduka. I’ve been a devotee of their black mat PRO ...but manduka now has the PRO black surf. It’s the same great mat and now it is pretty, too!

New Balance Vibram Shoes

When these first came out they were five-toed and just so not cool, but now they come in many fun colors, are so cute and great for your posture.

Skidless Towel

I can’t do yoga without yogitoes Skidless. I love all their colors; the peacock is made from recycled bottles. How cool that those bottles are absorbing my sweat?!


What girl doesn’t love chocolate? And how about chocolate with ever-so-healthy matcha green tea and soothing peppermint like Fearless Chocolate (and they give back!).

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Orchids make any room elegant. Roses, lillys and gardenias just mezmorize my nose.

Bee Pollen

Silvermoon Chocolates Superfood Raw food artist, chocolatier and feel-good-foods expert, Stacey Aradhana Silvermoon, creates alchemical blends of superfoods that invigorate the palate and lift the spirit using the magical properties of raw cacao. Which means that these innovative medicinal raw chocolate creations are actually nutritious.

With a deep reverence for the cacao plant and other superfoods, Silvermoon Chocolates are made from the finest raw, organic, dairy-free, fair-trade, and nutritionally intact ingredients, and use the knowledge that food is medicine. We were so intrigued by these beautiful, healthful creations that we asked Stacey to tell us more about the nutritional benefits of her superfood-packed chocolate.

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The Medicine Balls peaked our interest. Can you tell us a bit about them? For the Medicine Balls, I infuse a special blend of immunity-enhancing medicinal herbs into the base of cacao, almond butter and coconut butter. The blend includes cat’s claw, camu camu, maca, pau d’arco, goji, milk thistle, bee pollen, raw honey, Infinity Greens™, hempseeds, and a golden berry center. They’re creamy and delicious! Ok, you’re going to have to give us a 101 on these superfoods can you tell us a bit about them and what they do? Sure!

Bee Pollen is an alkaline

food and is a rich source of highquality protein. It also contains vitamins A, B, C, and E, and is extraordinarily rich in most of the B vitamins, including folic acid.

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Goji Berries have been appreciated in

Asian herbal medicine for several millenniums, but only recently have western cultures discovered the power of this remarkable food. Goji berries contain cell-protecting nutrients, essential vitamins and trace minerals, including vital selenium. They are powerful berries, loaded with 18 amino acids, and are traditionally used as a healing food, containing cholesterol-reducing phytosterols and eyesight-protecting carotenoids. Goji Berries



A Peruvian radish with a flavor like vanilla crème. Maca is said to modulate the endocrine system, nourish the sex organs, and balance hormonal health. Peruvians believe that even a small amount of maca can sustain performance and energy for hours. Camu Camu

Camu Camu

This fruit is packed with more natural vitamin C than any other food source on the planet. In addition to beta-carotene and potassium, it contains serine, thiamine, leucine and valine. These powerful phytonutrients and amino acids have a wide range of therapeutic effects.

Cat’s Claw

Cat’s claw is a vine with thorns (that resemble a cat’s claw) and the immunostimulant properties of this vine help the body fight off infections and protect against degenerative diseases. By stimulating the immune system, it can also improve response to viral and respiratory infections.


Cat’s Claw

Ingredients for Silvermoon Chocolate

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All of this sounded a bit overwhelming, so we asked Stacey for an easy recipe that we could make at home to include all of these super ingredients, and behold:

Stacey Silvermoon’s Superfood Smoothie Formula

{Click on each ingredient to purchase online} 1 Young Thai Coconut (water and meat) 1 ½ pints Blueberries 1 c. Water (add more if needed) ¼ c. Goji Berries 1 T Billy’s Infinity Greens (or your favorite greens formula) ½ T. Maca ½ T. Bee Pollen ½ T. Tocotrienols (vitamin E from rice bran) ½ T. Vanilla 1 t. Camu Camu (highest source of vitamin C) ½ t. Cinnamon Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth, and enjoy! Experiment by adding your favorite fruits, greens or superfood powders, and/or a dash of raw honey or maple syrup if you want it a bit sweeter. For an extra morning lift, add 1 T. raw Cacao Powder & 1/2 T. raw honey. 34

Photograph not of actual smoothie

Floral Cocktails

Vodka and Lavendar Cocktail & Champagne and Rose Water Cocktail

By Emily Welsh

There is not much in life I enjoy more than a really good cocktail. Here are a couple of concoctions that say cheers to spring! Vodka & Lavender Soda Recipe with Orchid Ice Cube 3 oz vodka 2 oz Dry Soda Lavender Soda 1 pesticide-free, food-grade orchid Place orchid in a large square (or round) Ice Cube Tray–I use Tovolo King Cube Silicone–fill with water and freeze. Combine vodka and Lavender Soda, place orchid ice cube in drink and enjoy!

Champagne & Rose Water Cocktail 1 flute of champagne ½ teaspoon Rose Water Pour champagne into a flute. Add ½ teaspoon Rose Water (or more to taste). Enjoy!


The Little Things

Jonathan Adler Arcade Ear Buds

When it comes down to it, it’s the little things in life that make us happy. Here are the small things that make us smile. Felix Rey - Rain Rain Go Away Umbrella

Lodis - Del Rey Tablet Swivel Easel Marc by Marc Jacobs Molly Check iPhone Case

Dannijo - iPhone 5 Case

Rebecca Minkoff Keyboard and Mouse Set

Reiko Kaneko- Lip Tease Mug in Gold


Henri Bendel - Bendel Loves New York Cocktail Tray Kate Spade Maid of Honor and Bridesmaid Gia Cosmetic Cases

Kate Spade - Wedding Bells Gia Cosmetic Case

Keel’s - Simple Diary

Sip & Savor by Karina Schroeder

Borghese Vineyard 37

When Philadelphia-based wine connoisseurs Marco and Ann Marie Borghese discovered that Long Island’s oldest vineyard was for sale, they leaped at the exciting opportunity. Thirteen years into their wine-making venture, Borghese Vineyards continues to be a cultural landmark of the North Fork. After catching my eye at the Union Square farmer’s market, I spoke with co-owner Ann Marie to learn more about her experiences as a vigneron.

How did you wind up purchasing the vineyard? Back in 1998 we were on vacation in South Fork, Long Island and we happened to take a drive across to North Fork to go wine tasting. At this time the place was known as Hargrave Vineyards. We were talking with the previous owner and she said ‘oh, it’s for sale.’ At first we thought she was talking about the wine, but she said no- the vineyard. You were living in Philadelphia at the time- what made you decide to make such a life change? My husband was looking for a lifestyle change. We had a wonderful life- everything was lovely except for the fact that his business shifted from being in Philadelphia to being in New York. He was basically commuting every day, and he couldn’t do it anymore. Marco also grew up on thousands of acres in Italy. When he came here he saw this vineyard and it was reminiscent of his childhood. I had never slept a night in the country, but I was game to try it. Is working at the vineyard now your full-time career? Yes, it’s even more than full-time, it’s 24-7. We live right on the property, and there’s always something going on, which is good because there’s always a family presence. And people enjoy that- guests really want to meet the people behind a real production. Do you offer wine tasting? We have the Borghese classic tasting- which is five wines. We have an oak white, full-bodied white, a rosé, a light red wine, and an older, heavier oak red wine. We try to approach everything from an education standpoint- educating you on your pallet, so you can pick wine Borghese Grapes


it’s even more than full-time, it’s 24-7... with confidence. We really want people to understand what they like, and we want to get you to slow down and savor life. How many wines do you make total? We have 19 different wines from seven different grapes. Some are blended, some are straightforward and some are different levels of the same grape. Can visitors actually see your vineyards, your production? Yes, we do tours every Saturday at 1p.m. My husband takes you through the whole facility, he explains the production, and then you go back up to the tasting room. When you leave you really know what you’re doing, you have a good sense of understanding the basics of wine. How has your life changed since you began this business? This is my 13th year here. Having been a city girl, I always traveled and had the ability to be mobile. When I got to the farm, I had to be here all the time. That was challenging for me, but after a while I started to adapt. It gave me great appreciation; I realized how much work it is and how hard it is to produce something. Borghese Vineyards wine can be purchased through their website. They also have a stand every Friday at the Union Square market, and alternate Saturdays at the Union Square market and the Brooklyn Grand Army Plaza market. Photos from Borghese Vineyards by East End Advertising

Top: Marco and Ann Marie Borghese, Below: Borghese Vineyards


How to:

Underwater Hydrangeas

When placed underwater, the watercolor-hued blooms are juxtaposed with brown gnarly stems and become a stunning centerpiece. Set next to the glow of a candle to make the masterpiece come to life!

Select the flowers All parts of a hydrangea look beautiful underwater. Include the woody section of the stem along with its leaves and petals. Look for branches that are as gnarly and cool as possible and keep

Spring Fling Floral Arranging By Jennifer Edwards


Choose a vase Clear vases display this look most effectively. Cylinders are my favorite as they are so elegant, and I love presenting many vases together, which I liken to a botanical study: a single variety plant is on display and each element of that plant--petals, leaves and stems--is featured and celebrated.

Cut branches Feature the stems prominently; measure so they reach the bottom of the vase and cut definitively.

create tiers With very tall vases, you can cut different tiers of hydrangeas. Take half of the flowers and cut the stems so that they touch the base of the vase while the top of flower hits just below the water line. Then, cut the second half of the hydrangeas at a height where their stems touch the bottom of the vase and their blooms reach only as high as the middle of the vase. (Check out the next page to see!)


for a simple, elegant & impressive design, you can’t miss with Hydrangea

Photo by Mary Ann Rounseville


Question I have hydrangea in my garden, how do I use it for a centerpiece? How to cut: Use pruners or a sharp knife to cut hydrangea blooms early in the morning, when the air is cool and the blooms are still hydrated. They’re at their peak because they’ve just awakened from their beauty sleep! Where to cut: Just above the point where the stem turns from green to ‘woody.’

The stellar hyndreagea creations by Jenn and her team at Paula Deen’s house!


Flower preparation: Lightly blot dew off with a paper towel. Droplets of water magnify the sun’s rays and cause burning, which is especially important if you’re planning to use them at an outdoor, daytime event.

How to: Composite Flower

expert tip: mix colors & flower Varieties, to create patterns with the petals’ colors and shapes.

My signature creation is the Composite Flower: a deconstructed bloom or blooms, re-constructed to create a larger than life fantasy flower!

Select the flowers You’re creating an awesome blossom from many smaller blooms, so you’ll need a couple types.

the Main flower The center can be made from almost anything you want; a cluster of nerine lilies, pincushions, succulents or simply a single lily.

Extra petals

1. I use the cardboard center of a roll of ribbon. If you want something bigger, use a piece of firm cardboard, draw a circle, and cut at your desired diameter. Then, cut a small hole in the center. It should be just big enough for your stem(s) of your main flower to fit through.

Use a hardy variety flower that depetals easily and beautifully, like roses, peonies, cymbidium orchids or lilies.

2. Cover the template in leaves to camouflage the cardboard.


4. Carefully desconstruct other flowers--removing their petals carefully--and organize petals by size: large, med, small.

Cut short the stems of flowers to be used for their petals only. All stems should be placed in sugar water for 8 hours to give them maximum hydration.


Create a Template

Then, attach wire to inner circle of the cardboard template. The wire should be long enough to wrap around the full length of stem of the main flower(s). 3. Stick the stem of the main flower(s) through the whole, and wrap the wire around.

5. Using cold or hot glue, select the smallest petals and glue them to the cardboard, closest to the center flower, working your way out. Continue in a circular pattern, using the medium and large petals until your template is completely covered.


Leigh’s Spring Favorites I never understood the concept of spring fever until I moved to New York City. The sight of sunshine after brutal snow storms really is enough to make you run out of your house in shorts when it’s 55 degrees outside.

I’m dying for a piece of artwork to hang over my couch and these amazing abstracts are right up my alley.

Though things in Houston are a tad different. The new season doesn’t make me long for tank tops and flip flops because–let’s be honest–we wear those year-round. Spring in Houston is all about Out with the Old, In with the New. The Christmas gifts are paid off, and it’s time to indulge in things I’ve been longing to buy that make my life just a bit prettier than it already is.

Lindsay Cowles Painting

Bella Bark & Meow - Necktie Collar & Leash

My new puppy, Chuck will look so dapper.

Gucci -C




I am certain I could live in this scarf – it’s a classic.

Mary’s Spring Favorites

Totally justifiable. Frye boots last forever.

SHOES! Even after 5 years in New York, my shoe wardrobe lags behind to my LA days, when I could get away with only flipflops, cute athletic kicks and some strappy sandals. Which is to say that my collection needs some significant upgrading. Springtime in the North East is an especially interesting time for footwear; we still need boots, but we’re dreaming of sock-free days. Whatever the finiky forecast, these styles work in this glorious time between the cold of winter and the steamy days soon to come next season. So right this moment, these are the styles I’m drooling over and dreaming of. (Whether or not I can afford them!)


Frye - Lucinda Perf Slouch Delman - Brook Flats in Pink Suede Metallic Satin

Charlotte Olympia Desirée Heels

Not justifiable at all. But these Charlotte Olympia heels are soooo fun.

Totally justifiable. Delman shoes run narrow, as do my feet.

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Photo by Mary Ann Rounseville