Posts Written On November 2013

Serious Snack Alert @Baresnacks

They say an apple a day keeps the Dr away and I think apples are one of the most versatile fruits out there. I asked Janice why she loves apples so much and she said there are tons of variety, textures, sweetness, tartness and they are juicy and filling.   That’s good enough for me. But my confession is that I don’t know how to BITE an apple, my teeth are not strong and my mouth is small. I have to – have to! – eat apples, sliced and cored. Yes, I know.

There is a new snack in town!  It is called BARE and you can include this in your daily snacking if you want to ‘bare’ your midriff this spring summer, far away I know… BARE snacks are made 100% from natural ingredients and its new Crunchy Chile Lime Apple Chips and Crunchy Sea Salt Caramel Apple Chips have only 50 calories of deliciousness per serving – perfect for healthy snacking!

These are NOTHING like the soggy apple rings you can get at health food stores. This is way better. They have rad flavors that makes it anything but boring.  It does not compromise the delight of apples in any artificial way and no two piece is identical.
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Bare Sea Salt Caramel Apple Chips – Sweet tooth mavens will love the mouth-watering sweet and salty apple chips.

Bare Chile Lime Apple Chips – Apple chips that offer a spicy kick of flavor in every bite.
If you want something less ‘trendy’ – try classic favorites like Cinnamon, Fuji Red and Granny Smith.

Living in the Big Apple, you have to be open and sensitive to receive all the inspiration this city is giving you. These snacks inspired this outfit! After sparkling apple cider and a ton of Black Friday pre Cyber Monday shopping… I present to you… what the Bare Snacks Sweet Baked Apples Dipped in Caramel & Sprinkled with Sea Salt would look like in an outfit! Why not 🙂

Big Apple @baresnacks

BARE’s line of All-Natural Apple Chips have no saturated or trans fat, added sugar or sodium! All BARE snacks are gluten free, Non-GMO Project Verified, kosher, vegan and are free of added sugar, preservatives, lactose, cholesterol and trans-fats.


Cure your Post-Thanksgiving blues with @Nasoya Tofu Tandoori Masala

If you need a break from Thanksgiving leftovers, I’ve got a great recipe for you to help switch things up: Tofu Tandoori Masala.

Though the original recipe calls for chicken or fish, I decided to take a new, even healthier approach with tofu.  I used a package of Nasoya Organic Extra Firm TofuPlus.  The consistency was perfect for this recipe and it tastes delicious, plus it’s fortified with vitamins B2, B6, B12, D and Calcium.


I took the tofu out of its packaging and padded it dry with a paper towel before cutting it into six 1/2 inch pieces.  In a large ziplock bag, I prepared the marinade of plain yogurt (1 cup), lemon juice (4 tablespoons), ghee/oil (1/4 cup), cardamom (1 teaspoon), and Tandoori Masala spice mix* (a mixture of coriander, cumin, cardamom, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, chili, nutmeg, mace, paprika, star anise, and salt).  Mix up all of these ingredients in the bag until well blended, then add the slices of tofu.  Put the sealed bag in the refrigerator for at least a few hours, but I recommend leaving it overnight to really maximize the flavor.


After the marinade process is complete, remove the tofu slices from the bag and place them in a baking dish.  I used some of the marinade to slightly submerge the tofu pieces and put it in the oven at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.   I was also able to save and reuse the remaining marinade for another batch of tofu the next day.  The results are so awesome, I completely forgot to take a photo of the final dish.  Honestly, it was that good!  The flavors from the spices and the creaminess of the tofu are an unbeatable combination.

There are four types of Nasoya TofuPlus including Organic Extra Firm TofuPlus, Organic Sprouted TofuPlus, Organic Black Soybean TofuPlus, Organic Firm TofuPlus.  I can tell you from experience that all of them are very tasty and a great substitute for meat.  More information and recipes can be found at



*The original recipe was provided by the good folks at one of my favorite small spice shops on Manhattan’s 1st Avenue called Dual Specialty Store.  They’ve got all sorts of spices, teas, and other treats you may have never known existed and it’s totally worth the visit if you’re into obscure ingredients and experimenting in the kitchen.  If you’re in New York, I highly recommend picking some up there, but you can also find a recipe online (like this one here) or order it directly from Dual Specialities online.


Winter Kissable Lips @outofafricashea

  • 100% pure & unrefined shea butter
  • Contains vitamin E
  • Naturally rich in moisture

The amazing California based beauty company has created the best balm to save winter lips. Besides the heat, the cold and the licking of lips – this is a must have. When you are looking for lip balms. It is most important that it contains Vitamin E and Shea Butter.

Out of Africa works with women’s cooperatives in West Africa to harvest and crush only the richest shea nuts. Their shea butter is made by hand in order to maintain maximum healing properties.

Out of Africa Shea Butter products contain the highest concentration of pure unrefined shea butter, providing the ultimate in skin hydration and healing.

These lip balms are created with 100% natural ingredients; no parabens or sulfates; and are  vegan and eco-friendly. Be aware – there are many distributors of shea butter in various sizes, containers, prices, and types, but not all shea butter products are created equal. Some products contain a significant amount of potentially irritating additives and very little real shea butter. Shea butter should be a creamy color; shea that is pure white is highly refined and may no longer contain maximum healing properties. Shea butter should never be green, extremely hard or greasy.

Out Of Africa shea butter products contain 100% pure, unrefined shea butter from West Africa.
Unrefined shea butter is superior because it retains all its natural nutrients, especially vitamins A and E. Compared to other natural butters or oils, shea butter contains far more of the vitamins and other valuable phytonutrients essential for healing.

• Provides exceptional hydration and elasticity, benefits that keep skin looking youthful and healthy.
• Absorbs quickly into skin without the greasy residue of beeswax or mineral oil-based products.
• Excellent for treating dry skin, eczema and psoriasis.

Out of Africa® is in partnership with a number of women’s cooperatives in Benin, West Africa to harvest the finest shea butter each year by hand selecting shea nuts with the lowest acidity levels to provide the best healing and nourishment your skin deserves.

Winter Essentials

The job opportunities provided to the local women’s cooperatives through our factory in West Africa allows these coops to in turn provide income, health benefits and education to families in the community.

Out of Africa® further supports the Benin community thru its School Children Unite program. 5¢ to 30¢ from each product sold is contributed to help provide medical care and education to the children in West Africa.


@KarlLagerfeld makes the Holidays extra Chic!

If you’re finding it difficult to holiday shop for that one person who seems to have evvvvvverything, may I re-introduce you to the amazing Karl Lagerfeld collection! This label is intense in all the right ways, with edgy designs, sharp colors and attitude, loads of attitude. I <3 it.


And there’s a handful of designs I’m loving for gift-giving this year.

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Karl Zip ($795): Talk about trend setting! This watch makes a huge statement with its gold tone pyramid plates, spiky embellishments and the zip right down the middle. And what I love about this design is that you can wear it with any outfit — dressing it down with your fave pair of jeans and a blazer, or going all out and wearing it as a statement piece with that LBD.

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Perspektive ($495): What’s not to love about jet-black crystals and a faceted pyramid design? Sleek, chic and ultra feminine, I love this watch because of its minute details, its simple face and that intricate design — so fab!

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Karl 7 Klassic ($375): Exclusively at Bloomingdale’s, this chronograph watch with its metallic leather strap and black and gold face is a favorite of mine because of its incredible design. I love chronograph watches and I’m especially loving the black jewel-like stones around the outside of the face.

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Tokidoki ($195): Ok, call me a big kid but the Tokidoki is the best collaboration I’ve seen from Karl Lagerfeld — I just love it. It’s an actual replica of the designer himself (dark shades, ponytail and all), that display the time on his sunglasses with the push of a button. It comes with a 50″ chain so you can flaunt your Lagerfeld love wherever you go. Adorable, right? It’s available at Nordstrom.

Head on over to Watch Station to check out the full collection. And take a peak at the insightful “Karlisms” on the Karl Lagerfeld website.

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@AlepelByAdriana Takes Us To Shoe Heaven!

You can make a stylish statement any way you want — by your hairstyles, clothes or accessories. I choose to make a statement with the shoes I wear. Because I’m addicted to cute shoes. Shoes that have been well-designed, with quirky little “enhancements” that only shoe lovers notice. And there’s a great new shoe line on the block I’m waiting to take a peak at: ALEPEL.

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Adriana Epelboim Levy is the creator behind this fab label, calling herself a self-confessed fashion addict, architect, world traveler, and of course, shoe designer.

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But before any of us see this brand new collection of shoes, ALEPEL is keeping us in suspense with a 15-day countdown to the big reveal of the website. Until then (Nov 30th), you can sign up to the site at and one lucky winner will score a fantastic discount on their fave pair of shoes.


What am I loving so far about this brand? It’s fresh approach to fashion. Daring to be wild. Keeping artistic integrity in every design.

Take a look at what you can expect to be unveiled in the next coming weeks:


That’s just getting started. I’m loving the look of these wedges and heels:

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