Misha + Puff: Winters on the New England Seasides

Misha + Puff designs heirloom quality, handmade knitwear for baby and children that are ethically produced with an eye towards styling. Launching in early September, the brand’s Fall Winter 2016 collection is inspired by nostalgic memories of winters on the New England seasides with influences from vintage knits, and faded photography (misha-and-puff.com). 

Taking influence from nordic knitting, Misha + Puff’s FW16 collection presents unexpected color combinations with unique stitches and patterns such as checkerboard and prism, giving a fresh take on the retro styling and resulting in a wardrobe that is as adorable as functional. The brand introduces its classic styles such as the tunic dress, fisherman bloomers and suspender leggings reoccur in new warm wintery shades of nutmeg and persimmon. New additions include the snow peak poncho available in a new color-way of confetti cake and the north wind coat, a seasonal adaptation of the favorite  summer beach jacket. Styles are seasonally titled with cozy names such as pinecone, saltwater and sugar maple and accessories such as the Gloucester scarf, prism bonnet & day hike booties are also available to give your little one that extra bit of warmth for their cold winter walks

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Misha + Puff is designed by former stylist Anna Wallack in the US and  thoughtfully handcrafted in Peru where the women who knit them are given opportunities to support their families through working from home or at a knitting center that provides meals and daycare. Designing for their kids in mind, Misha + Puff work with only the best natural fibers, the merino wool is incredibly soft yet hard wearing, holding shape better than other fibers. Wool is antibacterial and wicks moisture away from the body, so your wee one stays dry and comfy.  Working with only natural dyes, their hand-dying process creates a beautiful array of colors unique to the brand. Taking pride in the pieces she chooses to knit, you will find the name of your knitter on the garment’s hang tag. When you purchase items from Misha + Puff you are contributing to this collaboration. Families working together to benefit everyone. 

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The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide To Awesome Things For You’ll Need For The Best Summer Party Ever!

Summer is here, and with it comes the chance of getting together with friends and family to host a cook out or dress up for a dinner party. If you’re anything like me, you don’t just want an OK party; you want the best party! To do that there are a few cool things that you are going to need to get. Check out what they are below.

Garden Furniture

Of course, if you are holding a summer party, the chances are that you will want to spend some time outdoors with your guests. Especially if you are in sunny Vegas like me. So you will need to make sure that there is enough seating for everyone.

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One option is to go for a picnic style event and use blankets on the ground; then people can sit in little groups to eat and chat. If you want to preserve a refined feel, while doing the picnic trend, then get some wicker hampers and fill them with prepacked food and surprises. Then add some champagne glasses and a bottle of bubbly for a real treat.

If you want people to be able to sit round the table, a beautiful garden furniture set like this, which can seat up to eight people. You also have the added advantage of some shade for when the sun gets really hot. Most people like to eat off of a table rather than just holding their plate or resting in their lap too. It will give your party a bit more formality and a sense of occasion.

If you are planning a big do, eight seats may just not be enough. A good solution to this is to rent some chairs from an events company. They will deliver and pick them up and you can choose from a range of designs. Then you don’t have to worry about shelling out for more garden furniture that you will probably only ever use occasionally.

 

Dinner Service

Paper plates were so last year, so invest a beautiful dinner service to impress your guests. If you are going for a stylish minimal theme, then white works well. Food always looks impeccably presented set on a simple white plate.

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Set the table with a white tea plate, stacked on top on a white dinner plate. You can create a simple place setting with a white or burlap napkin and a white or cream garden rose for each person.  Don’t forget to add some height to the table with some simple clear or white vases. Add peony flower heads and some twinkling lights which will provide a beautiful effect as the sun goes down.

If you want something a bit more funky why not go for an unusual and vibrant designs like this. Mix and match different patterns for an eclectic yet cohesive look that will impress your guest with your style as well as your food.

 

Coffee

You may not always thing about serving coffee at a summer party, but the best thing digs always end with coffee and chocolate as a digestive. Too hot for coffee? Then why not treat your guest to iced coffees or some coffee martinis as an aperitif?

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A word of advice, check out the instant and make sure that you have a decent espresso machine, with good quality beans if you are going to go the coffee route. You can research the top 5 espresso machines in 2016 that are under $500, so you get the best deal. Don’t forget that this isn’t just a party item but something that you will get daily use out of for years, so it worth investing a bit more to get a good one.

Cutlery

Having a beautiful dinner service, and cheap cutlery is not a good mix. If you have one, then you need to go for the other too.

When buying cutlery, the most important thing to consider is weight. Good quality cutlery will have some heft behind it.

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You can go for some ultra modern designs like this or a more classic design like this. The latter come in both silver and the bang on trend gold variety too. Wouldn’t that just set of your  your dinner service perfectly. Just saying.

Drinks Jars

One of the best party trends this season in the Southern trend of drinking jars. These are glass pots usually used for pickling that are used as cups. They are decorative and to and look fantastic when you have a matching dispenser with a tap.

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You can service cocktails in them or even your own special blend of ice tea, which is perfect if you have BBQ style food at your celebration.

To make your ice tea boil some water and add black tea bags like these. Add sugar or agave to sweeten to taste. This is your tea base. Then decant it into a bottle and chill overnight. On the day of the party chill some water, grab some ice and some lemon slices. Add half the mixture to your servicing jar, fill up with the remaining water, ice and lemon and let you guest serve themselves a refreshing drink.  

Sun Shade

You may want to consider getting a sunshade or sail for your outdoor soiree. This especially applies if you are living is a hot climate. You guests will definitely appreciate having somewhere cool to sit to enjoy their food, without being in danger of getting sun burnt.

It also means that there is little excuse for anyone to go into the house. This is going to make it much easy to clean up after the party because all the chaos is kept only to the garden.

 

Pool / hot tub

It is a known fact that all outdoor parties are made at least 75% better with the presence of a pool or hot tub. Honest! Having a pool at a summer party gives it a relaxing feel and allows the kids to blow off some steam.

If you’d like to go the whole hog for your guest in this way, don’t worry, you don’t have to get the builders in! Now you can purchase or hire a collapsible version. They have a flexible plastic shell that is supported with hollow metal poles. This means that you can still get a good depth above ground. Just make sure that your start to fill it early, so it’s not half done when the guest begins arriving.

 

Serving Plates

Treat yourself to some beautiful and decorative serving plates for your summer blow out. The nice thing about putting all the food on the table and letting people help themselves is that it gives your party a chilled out vibe. It can also help to break the ice between guest that don’t know each other, as they will have to ask the person across from the to pass the potatoes etc.

 

A great tip for purchasing service pates or ranchers is to go to the thrift store. There you can find some crazy design when used together look  quirky and hip. Just make sure that they don’t have any chips in the glazed side and that you give them a good wash in hot soapy water before use.

If you’re not really into the thrift store, then you can buy some gorgeous serving plate from here. Remember that if you are serving hors d’oeuvres, you will need enough for them and then main meal. I’m sure you don’t want to be getting up in between to do a round of washing up!

 

BBQ / grills

For many outdoor parties mean barbequed food. If you have a built in grill area, then make sure that you have enough fuel and equipment to handle the volume of guests that you are catering for. You will need an apron, tongs, oil spray, and a spare pair of tongs if you are doing a vegetarian option. Maybe even some BBQ chips to get that hickory smoked flavour too. You will also need separate boxes or tubs to store raw and cooked food in. Rope one of the kids in to help you take the cooked food to where it is being served.

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If you grill has seen better days, then there is no better time to treat yourself to a new one. Go for a gas grill, which is clean and efficient. They come in a variety of sizes, so not matter how many portions of ribs you have to get cooked, you’ll have enough room.

 

Decorations

Even if you’re not celebrating a specific occasion, it’s always good to decorate your party for a more festive atmosphere. There are a lot of ways that you can do that. The hot trend at the moment is for pastel coloured paper garlands like these which you can easy make at home.

To make your own, just take some rectangles tissue paper and fold in two Then cut ¾ of the way up, and unfold. Then lay them out in a row and-and row your string to each one in the middle. Once they are all tied, you can fluff them out, and you’ll have an excellent decoration to liven up your party. Follow the instructions here. Remember too that 50’s American kitsch is in so that you can go wild with plastic lawn flamingos and pineapple cocktail shakers.

Don’t forget the little touches too. Think matching or complimentary napkins and hors d’oeuvres picks to completely finish the look.

 

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Camille Rose: Coconut Water Hair Repair

Coconut has a reputation for being one of the healthiest products to put on your skin and inside your system. Drinking fresh Coconut water has been proven to be effective with acne, skin conditions and more. Many women use Coconut oil to treat unhealthy hair that may be dry and broken, usually caused from excessive dying or use of heat.

Camille Rose Naturals provides natural products that you can use for hair or skin. Their “Coconut water penetrating hair treatment” is one of their popular products that can help with damaged hair. The Coconut treatment combines a super hydrating, Coconut water, Aloe Vera juice, tropical butters and oils to deeply moisturize your dry hair.

 

INGREDIENTS: Ionized water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Water), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower Seed) Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm Kernel) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Seed) Butter, Argania Spinosa (Argan Kernel) Oil, Heliantus Annuus (Sunflower Seed) Oil, Prunus Amygdulus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Hydrogenated Vegetal Oil, Tiare (Gardenia Tahitensis) Flower, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba Seed) Oil, Althaea Officianalis (Marshmallow Root) Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle Leaf) Extract, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Scent and Love.

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Detox Essentials for your Beach Day Needs

Summer is in full swing and you deserve to feel good in your skin for the season of outdoor fun! Whether you stay local or go on a tropical getaway, head to the beach this summer feeling your best thanks to these detox solutions that rid yourself of toxins on the inside and out!

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Reduce bloat by cleansing your digestive track of wastes and toxins in a gentle, yet effective way with Kimberly Snyder’s Detoxy+. This nutritional supplement uses magnesium oxide to gently loosen toxins and acidic wastes in your colon, helping transport them out of the body via elimination. Detoxy+ can be helpful for anyone looking to increase their elimination and regularity, increase detoxification, reduce bloating or gas, and just feel lighter and healthier overall. ($25; www.KimberlySnyder.com)

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Stay hydrated and promote a healthy digestive track in the summer heat with the Glowing Green Smoothie (GGS)! This perfect whole food blend has carefully selected ingredients by Kimberly so you consume large amounts of fiber, greens, fresh fruits and vitamin C-filled lemon. The GGS is perfect and safe to consume every day as an essential foundation of your healthy diet, and helps your body easily digest and receive maximum nutrition! (Available online in bulk at MyGlowBio.com or purchase at the Glow Bio shop at 7473 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046)

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After lying out in the sun, moisturize dull tired skin with the ESPA Detoxifying Body Oil! This powerfully clarifying and beautifully uplifting detox body oil is formulated to boost the circulatory system, help diminish cellulite and nourish the skin. PurifyingCypress and Juniper Berry renowned to stimulate the lymphatic system, help sweep away toxins. Grapefruit lifts the spirits, whileSweet Almond Oil deeply nourishes for beautifully soft, supple skin. ($68, us.espaskincare.com)

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Chef John Moeller’s Sandwich Secrets

Summer is finally in full effect and what better way to enjoy the warm weather than with a nutritious and delicious sandwich that can be spiced up in a variety of ways! With an endless amount of possible tasty combinations, sandwiches allow for culinary creativity, while satisfying hunger any time of day. 

Former White House Chef John Moeller, who served at the pleasure of three U.S. Presidents and first families and chef, Edward Lee, former “Top Chef” contestant has teamed up with Oroweat® Bread for their third annual “America’s Better Sandwich” Contest and have each created their own unique sandwich recipes, which can be found below. Their focus on wholesome ingredients is centered on the importance of using premium whole grain bread as the foundation for delicious sandwiches to satisfy your cravings without sacrificing taste or nutritional value.

 

Chef John Moeller Recipe

 

Crab Salad Dijonnaise With Fresh Tarragon, Monterey Jack and Snow Pea Shoots

 

Ingredients (2 servings)

2 Arnold® Sandwich Thins® Rolls: Flax & Fiber rolls

1 tsp. authentic French Dijon mustard

3 tbsp. mayonnaise

2 tsp. finely chopped fresh tarragon

6 oz. jumbo lump crab, cleaned and cooked

2 slices Monterey jack cheese

1 plum tomato, cut into 6, ¼-inch slices

12 snow pea shoots

salt, to taste

fresh-milled black pepper, to taste

 

Directions

In small bowl, combine mustard, mayonnaise and tarragon to create dijoinnaise. Season mixture with salt and pepper. Place cooked crab in medium bowl and fold in enough dijonnaise to coat the crab. Reserve remaining dijonnaise.

 

Layout Sandwich Thins® Rolls on cutting board. Lightly spread remaining dijonnaise on both sides of rolls. Divide crab onto the bottom portions of rolls. Top crab with a slice of cheese and place in toaster oven for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

 

Remove from toaster oven and place on cutting board, top with tomato and snow pea shoots. Lay the other half of roll on top. Slice sandwich in half and serve.

 

 

Chef Edward Lee Recipe

 

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ROASTED CAULIFLOWER, HUMMUS, GRAPEFRUIT, DILL & BLACK PEPPER

 

Ingredients (2 servings)

2 slices of Brownberry® Whole Grains: Extra Grainy Flax & Sesame Seed  bread, lightly toasted

4 oz. hummus

½ ruby red grapefruit, cut into segments and diced

8 oz. cauliflower, cut into thin slices

1 tsp. olive oil

½ tsp. ground cumin

½ tsp. salt

sprigs of 2 stems of dill

fresh cracked black pepper, to taste

 

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400° F. Place the cauliflower on a sheet pan and drizzle 1 tsp. of olive oil over them. Then sprinkle ¼ tsp. of cumin & ½ tsp. of salt over them. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. The cauliflower will be browned around the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature.

 

Lay a lightly toasted slices of bread on a board. Spread the hummus evenly over each slice.  Layer the roasted cauliflower slices over the hummus. Place the grapefruit over the cauliflower.  Decorate with fresh sprigs of dill. Finish by seasoning with fresh cracked black pepper. Serve immediately.

As an added bonus, your readers will also be able to participate in the “America’s Better Sandwich” Contest. They can enter their nutritious sandwich recipes into five creative categories from June 15th until August 21st at https://www.americasbettersandwich.com/ for the chance to win $25,000! For every entry, one loaf of bread will be donated to Feeding America.

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Fall Beauty Must Have: The Fuchsia Slip One Luxe Gloss

unnamedLeave it to lip expert Sara Happ to create the perfect pop of color gloss for your pout! Harnessing the power of her renowned lip slip formula, Happ created a gorgeous, exotic, yet universal hue that hydrates to no end. No reapplication necessary.

Wear The Fuchsia Slip: One Luxe Gloss for a sophisticated tint all day or a play up a sexy lip with added moisture for the night. What color doubles as treatment? The Fuchsia Slip: One Luxe Gloss does!

Key ingredients & formulation: All Lip Slips come packed with food-grade ingredients. Grapeseed, jojoba, macadamia and sweet almond oils are suspended in a propriety polymer blend that allows the product to penetrate lips and hydrate all day like no other.

Application: After exfoliating with The Lip ScrubTM, smooth this luxe gloss onto lips for the perfect bold pout. Watch as it wears all day, and wonder how you ever lived without it.

Price: $24.00
Availability: Launching July 2016 on SaraHapp.com. Also available at Nordstrom, Nordstrom.com, Blue Mercury, and Bluemercury.com.

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