12.17.14

worthy of gifting: nana fink jewelry

All I can say is, how do I get my hands on these Nana Fink necklaces?!?!

My good friend Nana Fink is now the exclusive resident jewelry designer at Paul Smith’s flagship store in London.

Originally from Basel, her pieces are hand made in Switzerland with custom finishes to suit your taste (I’ll take it all as seen here please).

Certainly if I had a wish list for this holiday season, this would be at the top!

Ken Frieze, take note ;)

www.nanafink.com 

12.15.14

worthy of pantries and playrooms

Most of the time, I say “F.U.” to D.I.Y.

But, after trying almost every storage solution, I have finally found the best solution. ELFA storage from the Container Store. I now have 2 closets, 1 playroom, 1 living room play area and 1 pantry lumped out in the relatively affordable Elfa storage systems, and it has changed my life.

For playrooms, the ability to see in through the mesh drawers have made it easy for my children to independently play with their toys (yes, even my 20 month olds) while making it easy for me to keep it all organized by being able to see what goes where, and if any misc. toys have made it into the wrong bin. All of those personalized labeled baskets from Pottery Barn or Land of Nod did me no good given that my children don’t read yet. A fact I neglected when I spent hundreds of dollars buying them in adorable pink coordinates.

For my twins’ closets, I met with a designer from California Closets who was going to charge me over $18,000 to built out two relatively simple closets. And they wouldn’t give me designs unless I put down a deposit. Elfa, on the other hand, allowed me to easily enter the dimensions of my closet online and automatically create custom options I could choose from, edit, click, and purchase immediately with the option to have it installed fully by Elfa professionals for $190.

For my pantry, food was everywhere. I was buying the same things over and over and I hated the clutter. I bought 4 of these, 2 acrylic spice racks, and then some containers for cereals and regular baking ingredients, and blamo! Organized, clean, clutter free pantry with more free space.

BELOW: My “before” and “after” in my pantry closet at the lake

12.12.14

worthy of your hair: erika alvarez

Erika Alvarez of Marc Harris Salon

Looking for a new hair stylist? Look no further. Young, hot, about-to-blow-up stylist Erika Alvarez at Marc Harris Salon in Boston (both at Newbury and Avery St locations) is amazing!

I trusted her to cut, oh about 12″ off my hair and give me a fresh “lob”. She also gave me an equally fabulous long layered look this summer, so the versatility is there.

There isn’t anything she doesn’t do well – great cuts, blow outs, waves, and especially bridal up-dos!

See below, and call for an appointment now! (617) 262-2222

10.10.14

worthy of baking: my secret (and famous) apple crisp recipe

Fall is in full swing, and one of my favorite fall activities is a trip with my girls to the Belkin Family Lookout Farm in Natick for some incredible apple picking with a side of fun by way of their Children’s Play Area. With pony rides, animals, playgrounds, music, face painting and, of course, the train, my little ones always look forward to a full morning there.

Then, when we get home, its time to make my famous apple crisp. It is so insanely delicious, and so insanely easy to make. Ready?

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Peel, core and slice up 12 granny smith apples (or the apple of your choice) into medium thickness apples slices.

In a large mixing bowl, sprinkle the apples with cinnamon until there is a nice light coating on all of them.

In a separate bowl, mix together 2 sticks of softened butter (not melted), 2 cups of packed brown sugar and 2 cups of flour. Kneed the mixture together until it becomes a crumble.

Put the apples in a 13×9 pan, and liberally sprinkle the crumble on top covering all of the apples.

Bake for 40 minutes, and set to cool.

DONE!

 

9.23.14

worthy of helping: best private concierge + personal assistance

Good help is hard to find.

But, I found her.

After years spent trying to find an executive concierge service that could help me hourly with everything from household management to vehicle maintenance to personal errands, my friend and former event colleague Christina Kotseas has created her eponymous Personal Assistance & Concierge business, I could not more highly recommend her.

Whether you need a few hours of her time or want to employ her on a contract basis, Christina has been an absolute lifeline for my family.  CLICK HERE to read our testimonial on her website.