Back to blogging + Bucket List

Today i found myself craving chocolate chip cookies, one phone search after the other and i ended up on Baking in Manolos which really got me feeling nostalgic (especially as I scrolled through XIX) and so I guess I’d like to be able to look back a few years from now and have something that describes where I was in life so here goes.

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My current bucket list: (As inspired by Aly Darwish’s)

**Get on the Forbes’ 30 under 30 list

**Take the swimwear design course at Saint Martins

**Design, create and sell my swimwear line

**Study product design

**MBA at either Stanford/Harvard or Upenn

**Backpack through Europe

**Take the full year immersion cooking class at Cordon Bleu in Paris while also working on my French

**Open a restaurant

**Translate, type and publish mom’s cookbook

**Visit 88 countries

**Contribute and make 100 lives better

*Take a surfing class

**Celebrate Holi in India

**Bike from Rome to Milan

**Go to a music festival: Coachella/Tommorowland

**Go to the airport and board a plane at random

**Attend an Alaia Fashion previewing

**Give a talk to help empower and inspire young women

**Help develop the fashion industry in the Middle East

Thanksgiving Preparation: Wednesday Morning

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It’s that time of the year again.

A time to take a step back and think about what you’re thankful for. A day given off by schools, institutions and even the most corporate of places because they recognize the importance of family, but also: Turkey.

Without getting too sappy I’d like to help out any last-minute folks freaking out before Tomorrow’s dinner and although i got a head start there’s no reason you can’t head to the kitchen right now and get started, there’s still time to make it one hell of a dinner.

The most important factor has nothing to do with food; it’s planning.

So first here’s the menu I’ve chosen for this years dinner. I prefer one that isn’t too traditional so I like experimenting with a few dishes here and there.

THE MENU (for 14)

Mushroom soup with Stilton, apple & walnut croutes
Waldorf Salad
Pomegranate & arugula Salad
Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Turkey with either Cranberry sauce or Gravy
Sweet Potato Gnocchi with cinnamon sage brown butter sauce
Eggplant Gratin
Broccoli Cheese Casserole
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Mashed Potatoes
Mac n Cheese Casserole
Dressing


Apple Crumble
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Creme Brulee
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
Sweet Potato Pie

Apple Cider
Pumpkin Truffles

Wednesday Morning Things to do:
**Put all your pumpkin and sweet potatoes in the oven for puree/mashing in your recipes

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**Make Cranberry Sauce: Easy recipe here:

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**Start on the turkey
**Once, pumpkin is pureed start making dough for Pumpkin Cinnamon rolls, recipe here

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**Also get started mashing sweet potato to make gnocchi. When done shaping, freeze till needed

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Wednesday Midday

Take a break from cooking and set the table including serving dishes and spoons
Roll out pumpkin rolls and shape into rolls; refrigerate overnight
Prepare Creme Brulee and keep in fridge
Prepare Cheesecake and fridge overnight, same with apple crumble
Make Pumpkin Cake for giveaway truffles

Fashion month favorites I: NYFW

It’s obvious Alexander Wang can do no wrong. Just thinking of the process each garment went through makes me want to write him a song. (Check here for previous song dedicated to Alaia) For those of you who think this collection was simply stitched up: BOOYA, you couldn’t be further from the truth. So here’s the deal; one late summer night in July, Mr Wang was sitting at his studio thinking about how mainstream garment construction has become and so it hit him; he’d gather leather garments, cut them into pieces then loosely sew them back together with a sort of see-through panel that left strips of skin visible. I wish i could say that was all, but it’s not. For the final walk, the lights were dimmed and all of a sudden the outfits began to glow in the dark. The End.

Here’s what the critics had to say:

More than merely engineered for the in crowd, the lineup was sophisticated and very smart.” WWD

The show already felt vital and dynamic–then came its vibrant ending: Models lined up for a glow-in-the-dark effect that changed graphic into color, bringing an ovation from the crowd.” International Herald Tribune

If any New York designer is setting the agenda in modern fashion it is Alexander Wang, whose latest collection was a surgically re-constructed interpretation of the modern urban uniform that managed to be beautiful and gutsy, bizarre yet plausible.” Fashion Wire Daily

It’s rare, during New York Fashion Week, to attend a show that has audiences literally cheering aloud. At Alexander Wang’s Spring 2013 show today, that’s precisely what happened.” Fashionologie

The collection:

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H&M x Anna Dello Russo

Anna Dello Russo, Editor-at-Large at Vogue Japan, has become synonymous with eccentricity. Boasting a closet filled with more than 4000 pairs of shoes, she vows to never repeat an outfit twice. Looking through street style photos of Anna, it’s obvious she loves to accessorize be it with statement hats, bracelets, necklaces or all of the above.
A few months ago, H&M announced that it would be adding Anna to the list of collaborators. Being a non-designer, she chose to focus on her #1 love: accessories.
In a promo video she released for the collection, she lists her 10 ‘fashion rules‘:

  1. Fashion is a declaration of your own freedom
  2. Between style and fashion? Absolutely fashion
  3. Fashion is always uncomfortable, if you feel comfortable you never get the look
  4. Fabulous at every age
  5. Wearing night clothes in the daytime is unexpected
  6. Somebody wearing your same outfit? Wonderful, you did the right choice
  7. You must wear outfit once
  8. Wear coat as a dress
  9. It doesn’t matter the size of your body, fashion flatter everyone
  10. Fashion jewels personalise your style. Nothing succeeds like excess

Check out the pictures below for all the items from the collaboration due to hit stores this October


 

Its been almost a month since I last posted, I was simply overwhelmed with the last couple of weeks of summer and the whole going back to uni factor. But now that I’m all settled, here’s what you missed:

- Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds got hitched. We’re going to take a stroll down memory lane to see how the actress’ style has evolved from her “Sisterhood of the traveling pants” days.

-There’s been a huge Alexander Wang drop on The Outnet. Shop here.

-Speaking of Alexander Wang, I fell in love with the whole collection. NYFW + LFW favorites coming right up.

-If you happen to be in London on Monday September 17th, be sure to pass by Scott Schuman’s book signing at 6pm in Harrods.

-Shopbop has re-launched with a super clean front. Check it out.

–We’ve got the scoop on the entire H&M x Anna Dello Russo collection. In the meantime, watch ADR’s video here

 

Phelps stars in Louis Vuitton’s latest campaign

It’s only been 2 days since the Olympics Closing Ceremony and Louis Vuitton has already gotten Annie Leibovitz to snap up Michael Phelps for their latest campaign. Phelps is dressed in a buttoned-up suit while chatting on a couch with 77-year-old former Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who, between 1956 and 1964, won 14 individual Olympic medals and four team medals. She held the world record for most decorated Olympic athlete until Phelps topped it less than two weeks ago.

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