Month: January 2009

Will You Be My Kitchy Valentine?

  Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and this year, I’m feelin’ kitchy…. Everyone always stresses about getting their partner the perfect gift but I say, why not have fun with it?!    Shop Intuition just dropped their annual “Have to Have” Valentine’s Day […]

Green Eggs and Ham Anyone??

In an attempt to waste less and use more of what we have around the house, I came up with this semi-deconstructed take on the classic green eggs and ham. As you can see from the directions, this is a tiny bit of cooking combined with an interesting presentation to achieve something that looks incredibly elegant for the amount of work it requires.

Rich & Skinny Jeans

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So what would happen if two of the faces behind some of the biggest, most influentional denim companies of all time got together and made jean babies?  Enter Rich & Skinny with an explosion of color!  That’s sort of their thing….. 

Michael Glaser & Joie Rucker of Rich and Skinny

Michael Glasser, genius designer and co-founder of both Seven For All Mankind and  Citizens Of Humanity (still two of my personal favorites) teamed up with Joie Rucker founder and designer of Joie Jeans and former Vice President of design for both Guess and Levi’s launched the brand about 2 years ago.  Feeling somewhat uninspired by the boring sea of blues out there, they wanted to breathe new life into the denim market.  With over 50 years of experience in the denim industry between them, they managed to do just that!  Celebrities are absolutely smitten with this line and have been spotted all over the streets of New York and LA rockin’ them in various styles and colors.  The “recently spotted” list reads like a who’s who: Katie Holmes, Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Duff, Cameron Diaz, Blake Lively, Jessica Alba, and Beyonce just to name-drop a few…

Rucker and Glasser are focused on the highest quality materials and workmenship, making every pair right here in the USA.  One of the best things about these jeans has got to be the silk lined waist band!  This may seem like a small detail, but for someone with very sensitive skin who is always irritated by those pesky tags along the inner waist line, this is huge!!   It’s just another one of those unique details that makes this brand stand out from the crowd. 

Wondering how they came up with the name?  After hours of brainstorming, Joie finally asked herself, “How does someone want to feel when they pull on their favorite pair of jeans?”  Her answer?  Rich and skinny.  

Says Joie, “We want to make people feel good. We want people to put on a smile when they put on our jeans.”

The line retails from around $145 to $218.  Don’t worry though, you don’t have to be rich or skinny to snag yourself a pair of these amazingly comfy and uber stylish jeans.  They’ve got plenty of cuts, finishes and fits for nearly every body type.  Recent additions have expanded their line to include three different Men’s jeans (James is coveting the Chill style in Ace Vintage), and two red hot Boyfriend style women’s jeans.

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In a final nod to the innovative nature of the Rich and Skinny brand: they have one of the best websites we’ve ever seen.  The Flash-based site explores the Lifestyles of the Rich and Skinny, a fully interactive California house populated by a tawdry family, their Russian slut maid, the Latin Poolboy and a french poodle named Chester.  Click on different rooms within the house to see what happens inside or click the pictures of each person to watch a very well produced webisode about that character’s story.  

rswebsite2This isn’t some corny lonelygirl15 horsecrap, this is about as entertaining as marketing can get.  (Insider tip: There are some hilarious snippets to watch, and one of the rooms even has a PG-13 rated Kardashian/Hilton-style videotape hidden somewhere inside.) 

Once you’re done reading the character blogs and have explored all the rooms, click the “shop” link and you’re brought to the fully interactive jeans showroom.  Each style is individually modeled in full-motion video so you can get a solid look at the pants in action from front to B-A-double-C-K.

We hope other brands can learn from these two and remember to keep fashion fun.  It’s obvious that they’re building something they intend to last, people just trying to make a buck don’t put this much effort into it.  

www.richandskinnyjeans.com

Steamed Clams and Garlic Butter

As a young pup, Gretchen became somewhat obsessive about her dining habits.  I don’t mean obsessive in that “I’ll just have three asparagus spears because I can’t see all my skeleton ribs” kind of obsessive, no – this is more of the childlike obsession that leads kids […]

Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

Because the hubbs had been joansin’ for some, and since I’d been looking for any excuse to use my new immersion blender, I decided to make tomato soup!

Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curler

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This little gem has been around for a while but our website hasn’t so I thought I’d put in my two cents.

This is basically the only eyelash curler those in the biz will use.    For top make up artists and celebrities, this is bees knees of eyelash curling.

I myself am on my second go-round with Shu Uemura and couldn’t be happier with the results.   If you’re like me, and suffer from small, barely there lashes you need all the extra help you can get.   All those mascara companies that promise mile long, 90% thicker lashes, they’re lying!   The secret to achieving those longer, thicker looking lashes is all in the curling and Shu Uemura has definitely perfected this art.   The silicone insert with it’s sort of mushroom shaped design combined with the precision hinge deliver the perfect, long lasting curl everytime.  

Perfect lashes come at a price though, $19 to be exact, and they don’t sell replacement inserts either.  Now before you ‘lash’ out, consider this, Shu Uemura’s amazing curler comes with two inserts which will last you six months.  They recommend using each insert for 3 months before disposing of them and investing in a new curler.  Nineteen dollars is a small prices to pay though for six full months of amazing lashes.  Follow the link below to snag one for yourself!

http://www.shuuemura-usa.com/products/ProductDetails.aspx?CategoryID=421&ProductID=1022

April 77 – Joey Jeans

April 77 was launched in 2002 by Frenchman/Drummer/Guitarist Bric Partouche who describes himself as more of a “Youth Culture Nerd” rather than a fashion designer. His obsession with early punk and new wave bands like The Ramones and Joy Division inspired him to create a range of jeans each named after his rock n’roll heroes.

Pictured to the side are our brand new “Joey” jeans named for the incomparable and often unintelligable Joey Ramone. Shame that Joey had to die to become both a street and a pair of jeans, but we’re gladly stuffing our ass into this tribute!

Perfect Sauteed Shrimp

James doesn’t eat shrimp, both because he can’t stand them and because he’s allergic. However, in spite of this great culinary handicap, sauteed shrimp continues to be one of his signature dishes. The combination of heat, garlic, butter, shrimp and lemon combine in this dish to create a perfect pan sauce that coats the shrimp and delivers a mouthful of flavor that far exceeds the sum of its parts.

7 For All Mankind Ginger

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When a company practically invents the Premium Denim market, as 7 For All Mankind did in 2000, no one expects them to maintain that market lead forever.  In any new trend, a crowd of usurpers will gravitate towards the leader to siphon off marketshare and offer up similar designs and pricing in hopes to steal the crown away for a season or two.  

Rachel Bilson rocking a pair of Gingers at the CVS
Rachel Bilson rocking a pair of Gingers at the CVS

The fashionistas of print and their gossip-rag celebrity counterparts will constantly seek out newer brandnames and fresher labels in order to ride on the cusp of an ever-thrashing wave of emerging designers.  The natural order of a trendy market dictates that the goose in front must eventually slide to the back of the formation in order to give the next bird in line some time at the lead.

Over the past 9 years, the Premium Denim market has become crowded and Seven has expanded into menswear, tops, accessories and *insert groan* a line of premium denim for children.  Even though they are growing into other markets, they haven’t lost their roots and continue to churning out quality denim in fresh styles and perfect fits.

Last year they dropped the Ginger flare leg jeans and slapped them right onto some prime Hollywood asses.  We picked up a pair and fell in love with the fit and feel.

The good news for you?  7 for all Mankind is busy pushing out their line for 2009, so if you hurry, you can pick up a pair of Gingers for almost half off. 

Vietnamese Pork Lettuce Wraps

Casual, flavorful and low in carbohydrates, these Vietnamese Pork Lettuce Wraps are a perfect and low-fuss way to feed a group. By keeping all the ingredients separate for people to assemble themselves, the dish becomes an interactive meal personalized to each guests individual tastes. Pork serves as the foundation to the dish, while pickled veggies and fresh herbs bring depth to each bite. Finishing it all off is a sweet drizzle of Hoisin sauce, crushed peanuts and finely chopped jalapenos for heat.