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What She Wore

Well, I hope you all had a wonderful holiday.   Some of you  are still in it, like myself, others are back at work.    I had a great time, and am still looking forward to the upcoming New Years bash.  I finally pulled out some dresses I've purchased that have never made it beyond my closet.  When I first bought this green dress from 1 of a Find vintage, Victoria pointed out that she had seen something similar– green silk dresses– in a Gucci, or was it Valentino Ad.  I can't remember.  But as cool as that seemed, I wasn't so sure it would work on me.   Well in fact.. it turns out it was the perfect Christmas dress!

First Party: combo birthday party / holiday party for a friend.   Pulled out the never before worn blue dress bought last year from 1 of a Find Vintage, Brooklyn New York.   That night, after the party, my son Jackson said, "Mommy you look really pretty. I love your dress".  

Second Party: Holiday party thrown in our honor by Dear Jennifer, as we are m…

Lovely Yule Tidings From Lady Warfield

The Lady Olive rests on Lady Warfield's lap, thus making the the Lady feel without a doubt, a Lady.

The 43rd Family of the Weston Shoot.

So super cool!   We had our family portrait shot by Heather Weston ( a fellow Art Center Alumni ) and parent at the school my boys attend.  She created a personal challenge called 52 Families, where she photographs a different family every week for the year.   Her task;  to go out and get 52 families to participate.   She visits them at their home, and captures the whole family (pets too) interacting.   Well, it starts off with you posing.. but she waits and tries to capture the moment in-between.   The photo above, is not the photo she chose, but I love it too.  There were so many great shots.  See the shirt I made?   And I love the eye contact.

The one she chose on her site, shows us in cozy setting: our bedroom. It's special to me, because when the boys were toddlers, our morning routine centered around the bed.   We basically had breakfast in bed every morning!  That ended when they entered kindergarten.  But we still pile up in bed, and not only when there are nightmares...…

A Thanksgiving Narrative

There is much to be remembered of this past weekends excursion to Garrison to celebrate our third annual Thanksgiving among our friends.  But my favorite is of our excursion down the hill into the field to have our group photo taken by Jelle. There are many photgraphers among our group, professional and amateur... and thanks to the these amateur photographers, we were able to capture this adventure from all different angles.  
So the Sullivans, Midgleys, Warfields, Jung and Wagenaars– children and adults– all eagerly trekked in our nice clothes, through the tall grass and jumped, laughed and posed to document the event.

And of course, my Thanksgiving outfit: 
• Leopard jacket, from vintage store in Cold Springs
• Elizabeth and James Long black skirt, gift from Daniela
• Satin top by DarylK, Bond Street
• Necklace from Dear Fieldbinder, gift from Mark

The Manor at Garrison

This was our third thanksgiving in Garrison New York with our friends from Brooklyn.  It's really fun to share a little old American tradition with our friends, who are all  expat Brits, Dutch and German.   And even better, it's fun to share the kitchen with them.  Everyone seems to be a cook in some way or another. And some really different dishes get thrown in from the customary Thanksgiving meal, to create a more worldly thanksgiving feast.  There was red cabbage from German, Brussel sprouts from the Dutch, Devil on Horseback and Cauliflower Cheese from the Brits, and of course Turkey, roasted carrots and cranberry from the Americans.  The desert didn't miss a beat either.  We skipped the traditional Pecan and Pumkin Pie for a more gourmet set up of an Apple Strudel Pie with mystery spice and Cranberry cheesecake from the Dutch lady, and amazing chocolate soufflé from the Brit.   
We shopped, we cooked, we baked, we laughed, we photographed the event, we sat, we ate, w…

Just In: Footage from my Fall Fashion Class

Here at last, the footage from our exclusive runway show, featuring the designers modeling their own priceless designs.  All the girls sat for makeup detail, and then perfected their own personal walk as they strutted the halls of ps261... our own little runway.

I feel so blessed to have worked with these little ladies. They all hold a special place for me.  I'm hoping they will all keep in touch, and won't forget me.  I'll be back. That's for sure! see it and more here.

Pupcakes for Tiki!

Well just a week ago (has it been that long?) Tiki, our miniature dachshund turned 13! So to commemorate the occasion, I decided to have a real Birthday party for her, and invite all her friends!

So I made some pup cakes... really crazy recipe (see below), that is edible, but strange. And went and bought some kids cakes from One Girl Cookies.

Pupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (Adapted from

Cupcake Batter 1 granny smith apple, minced 1 1/2 cups wheat flour 1/4 cup rolled oats 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup plain yogurt 1/2 cup water 1/4 cup canola oil 2 tablespoons honey 2 large eggs 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Frosting 8 tablespoons 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened 2 tablespoons plain yogurt 2 tablespoons honey 2-3 tablespoons whole wheat flour 1/2 cup shredded carrots
Preheat oven to 400
To make the cupcake batter
In a large bowl, whisk flour, oatmeal, baking powder, and baking soda until combined.
In a medium bowl, whisk together yogur…

My Scary Halloween Round-up

Halloween has always been one of my favorite times of the year.   I love dressing up, and always have. And Halloween is an excuse to really dress up and become someone or something else; an entity completely different than your self. 

Last year was hysterical; I dressed as Eddie and Victoria as Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous.  An original.   But this year Victoria had a fantastic party and everyone (almost) came dressed to the Nines.  I went as a demented soldier doll.   I wore these crazy contacts that had spirals in the center.  Really mad.  And pulled out my father's jacket and hat from West Point.  Tor was the Voodoo Priestess.  Hanna came dressed as a sexy man.   Daniela, a revolutionist!  So many great costumes and loads of fun.

The Drink:  Dark and Stormy; 3 oz Ginger Beer, 2 oz Rum, 1/2 Lime, and plenty of ice.

Featured: The Fabulous Halloween Ghost Cake!

Read all about it, on my other blog Tarts and Whiskey.

Tarts and Whiskey is a new blog I created which will contain all posts about... um well..  Tarts and Whiskey.. or Food and Drink... or Baking and Tarting...  You get the drift.  I'll let you know here when I Post there.

The Fabulous Halloween Ghost Cake!

Inspired by the Martha Stewart Ghost Cake, which looked fabluous on it's black cake stand and black candles... I took it upon myself to re-create it for my friends Halloween Party.  Unfortunately I did not have the cake stand, or the candles...but found this great plastic silver candelabra.. and thought it would give it a more personalized expression.   I also did NOT bake it from scratch.  What with doing my costume, the kids costume, a Fake Halloween Gingerbread Mansion, who has time for anything else. So Betty came to the rescue. 

I started with two simple Betty Crocker boxes... made four unfortunate layers... started icing them up with snowy white frosting...

...then added in the marshmallows followed by sugar cubs and black frosting for eyes.

And there you have it... another Martha inspired project but with real time ingredients.