November 30, 2011

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.

Leading the troops, Nick hauls the makeshift tripod out to the field

Jelle focuses in, and unsuspectedly becomes the subject

self portraits are always fun

capturing the photographers

capturing us

the Warfields

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

November 28, 2011

The Manor at Garrison

the menu

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 soufflĂ© from the Brit.   

We shopped, we cooked, we baked, we laughed, we photographed the event, we sat, we ate, we lay down, we ate more, we lay down more, we played ping pong, guitar hero, and backgammon.

It was an event to remember.   As I get ready for my move abroad to Germany, I will have so many fond things to remember from this past year.   I'm so thankful to all my friends and family.   I hope they take a leap of adventure and come visit me when I'm abroad.

Cooks in the Kitchen
everybody chips in

roasted carrots, with an eager customer at the shrimp

the boys chop while listening to tunes

Success is only 5 minutes to boiling

checking on Turkey Tim

The Details

The mash with carmelized onions and cream cheese, cheese brocoli, brussle sprouts

salad, grilled shrimp, stuffing and cranberry

apple surprise

the ol' lemon tart

Cuing Up

the children wait eagerly

the adults await patiently

winding down...
even the horse get's a treat

the mistress and mister of the manor

*Black and White Photography by Mark Warfield.  Colored photos (besides the apple surprise and lemon tart) by Jelle Wagenaar.

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.

November 17, 2011

It's Never too Late to Say I love you with a Gift!


A belated but beautiful birthday gift from my husband.  Just what this girl was coveting!  Thank you babe!

Just a note to say... I can NEVER get the name of this store right: Dear Fieldbinder.  I have one of these silly memory lapses and always say... Dear Freilander... oh well.  

Fieldbinder, Fieldbinder, Fieldbinder, Fieldbinder!!

November 14, 2011

Barefoot! Who me? Never!

Yes I am obsessed. But it's not my fault. I can't help that the shoes out this fall are hot. Or that a little vintage store happens to have a pair of fake snakeskin boots that fit perfect.   It's really not me.  Things happen!

Opposing Friends:
DarylK's Kerrigan Cowboy Boot.
Paul Smith's, wing tipped miller
"Everything a Man does, a Woman can do better!"

I've been looking for the perfect wing tipped "mans" shoe,
but wasn't satisfied till
I found these gems.

Highly Coveted.. finally scored.

Cute little walkable ankle boots- Blowfish Malibu, picked up at DNA on Smith.
The Perfect Platform wedge in suede with leather tipped toes and unique cut out on side- SENSO DIFFUSION-
Dear Fieldbinder on Smith Street.

The Prize:  $40.00 fake snakeskin boots found at
Sweet Little Vintage place in Cold Springs, New York
(Heavenly Treasures 93 Main St Cold Spring)

November 11, 2011

UPDATED: Daryl K's Occupy Wall Street Fall Sale!

Hey, I don't know about you, but I'd rather give my money to the designers than the brokers. But then again, my idea of an investment might not give me as good of a return, except to make me look stylish.

*** So I wanted to add.. For those of you who are confused about this... Let me explain something.  It is really hard for fashion designers to get their art/product out.  So much money is sunk into their hard work and never realized beyond one or two fashion shows, and great press.   And much of the money they do make goes right back into the production of their work.   It's super hard for them unless they get someone to finance them.  Life savings, student loans, money borrowed all go into producing their line.  And unless some big store like Barney's, wants it, then all that money is lost, and those clothes just sit on the racks, and the rest of the orders are never made.  And what do you think is happening right now during this horrible economy, and the miss use of funds, and then these big hot shots who walk away with big fat severance pays... Well?  Now you can understand what a designer would be doing out there marching with the rest of the Occupy Wall Street crowd?   

And incase you don't know what it's all about...  the Occupy Wall Street participants are mainly protesting social and economic inequality, corporate greed, corruption and influence over government—particularly from the financial services sector.

November 10, 2011

Summers Past Reminiscence: Mixing Patterns

Victoria displays an uncanny touch for mixing geometric, Indian and animal inspired patterns.

November 8, 2011

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 http://desertculinary.blogspot.com)

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

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 yogurt, water, oil, honey and eggs. Mix in the apple and cheese. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.

Evenly distribute the batter between 14 to 16 muffin cups lightly brushed with canola oil. Bake until the muffins spring back when lightly touched in the center - about 15-20 minutes. Remove from the oven and place pans on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the muffins and let cool completely.

To make the frosting

In a medium mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese, honey and yogurt until smooth. Sprinkle in the flour, a tablespoon at a time, until it is thick and easy to spread. Top with the shredded carrots and serve as a extra special treat to your pups!

November 7, 2011

My Scary Halloween Round-up

My Demented Doll Part 2, Halloween Night

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.

Demented Doll Part 1: The Party

Demented Dolly with sons James Bond and Dancing Box Head from LMFAO videos

Voodoo Priestess and the Sexy Man

The Revolutionist

The Revolutionist and the Demented Dolly

Nick as a Sexy Karl Lagerfeld

Two Beauties

Nico the Gangster with the Demented Doll

The Joker and the Voodoo Priestess!

The Kids are alright

Boxhead Dancer

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