Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition Final Weekend

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Photo: © Patrice Stable/Jean Paul Gaultier

Hey guys! This Sunday is the FINAL day to see the amazing Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition at The Brooklyn Museum before it heads to London. Oh, and the Museum Shop is featuring our limited edition Navy Sailor Clutches (below) in support of the exhibition as well. Snatch one up if ya like! ;) If you can’t make it to The Brooklyn Museum, I’ll be posting my favorite shots of the exhibition here next week. In the meantime, have a great weekend!

ox

-Stacy

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Pop-Up Shop at Renegade Brooklyn!

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Surprise! We’re having a pop-up shop at Renegade Brooklyn THIS weekend! Get your holiday shop on with us and over 200 artists & designers from all across the country.  We’ll be at Booth #123 in the downstairs vault.
Details: 1 Hanson Place (across from Atlantic Terminal/Barclays Center), Brooklyn. Sat/Sun – Nov. 23rd & 24th, 11am-6pm. See you there!

ox

-Stacy

More info: http://www.renegadecraft.com/brooklyn-winter-home

Disconnect to Reconnect

I just came across this brilliant, short film, I Forgot My Phone, via NPR (article link at bottom of post) re: our (unhealthy) obsession with our smartphones. Check it out and tell me if you see any familiar scenarios.

In our tech-obsessed world, I found this short by Charlene deGuzman to be a much needed wake up call. It made me stop and remember times with friends and family – pre-cell phone fixation.  Real-life experiences: bike rides, outdoor adventures and super soaker battles with childhood friends…and when I was a bit older, trips trekking around Europe (ahem…before I made it mandatory to get a SIM card in every country just to stay connected – and always available to the higher ups. Ugh.) Remembering how freeing it was to unplug a few years back on an incredible 6 week sabbatical to New Zealand.  I was present and focused solely on physically experiencing the dynamic environment around me and those who I was with.  I came back fresh, rejuvenated and so full of fire.

I recently read one of the key practices President Bill Clinton attributes to his success is being completely present – giving full attention and empathy to who he’s speaking with. In an age of such incredible technology to help us live our lives more efficiently (which, don’t get me wrong, I love), we need to learn when to put down the device and give attention to the here and now.  Make an effort (every day) to disconnect so we can reconnect.

A few simple recs I’ve been practicing as of late:

#1 Make your bedroom a no phone zone by buying an alarm clock (yes, they still sell those).

#2 Put your phone away when you’re out with friends. There’s something to be said about giving full attention to who you’re with. Why should we be so concerned with what everyone is doing elsewhere? Be present. Focus and appreciate what’s right in front of you.

ox

-Stacy

Full article: http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/09/05/219266779/our-cultural-addiction-to-phones-in-one-disconcerting-video?utm_source=NPR&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=20130905

American as Apple Pie

American Makers S laptop bag

Alright fans, it’s game time. It’s officially been a year since opening our (virtual) doors and it’s been quite a journey thus far!  We’re kicking off year two and stepping it up – courtesy of the queen of handmade herself, Ms. Martha Stewart.

Yes, it’s true and we are thrilled to announce that we are a nominee for Martha Stewart’s 2013 American Made Competition! You’re thinking, “What does this mean exactly? Stacy, cut to the chase.” The best of the best of America’s makers across six categories (Style, Craft, Design, Food, Garden & Tech) are duking it out to see who gets enough online votes to come out on top.  If Fritz & Fräulein’s Style entry gets enough votes from you guys, we win 10k and that means a whole lot of new, fabulous products developed for you to get your hands on!  I may also even get a little generous and do a giveaway. Messenger bag anyone? =)

But before I get ahead of myself and start makin’ it rain with new goods, you need to know this competition is strictly based on public voting, so every vote truly counts and your support is critical! Click the link here to check out my profile and vote: http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/80344 *Knitty Gritty: Voting for Round 1 runs from Aug 26th to Sept 13th. You can vote up to 6x every day (and for the same person if you like – hint hint, nudge nudge). Just keep clicking that “Vote” button when you get to my page! =)

Thank you so much for your support! Let’s do this.

ox

-Stacy

Music Monday with Tom Odell

*photo courtesy of Tom Odell

*photo courtesy of Tom Odell

After a bit of a sticky summer (understatement, right?) we’re definitely ready for Fall and, as many are headed back to school this week, what better way to kick it off than with a Music Monday?

Tom Odell is an artist that I was first introduced to via Christopher Bailey, performing @ Burberry Prorsum’s F/W ’13 runway show (but let’s be honest, I was more focused on the clothes).  When I heard him perform a live session on my favorite radio station, NPR’s KCRW Los Angeles, it really rocked me to the core.  The best way to describe his gorgeous music is soulful, powerful, reminiscent of two of his idols, Elton John and Bob Dylan.  Oh, and he opened for the Rolling Stones @ Hyde Park in June. No big deal. Needless to say, this young Brit is definitely one to watch.

He starts the KCRW set with the single he just released today, “Grow Old With Me,” but the session is chalked full of beautiful songs from his EP, Another Love (and performs a few covers). *BTW, at 18:45 he opens the second set with the most amazing cover I’ve ever heard of “I Love L.A.” (NY, don’t be mad, I love you both equally).

Have a listen to the whole session here:  Tom Odell Live Session

ox

-Stacy

Music Monday – The Great Gatsby: Lana Del Rey

*courtesy of Warner Bros. Ent.

It’s no secret we’re pretty amped (along with the rest of the world!) for The Great Gatsby film coming out May 10th. After seeing the last trailer, we were especially excited for the first release off the soundtrack, Lana Del Rey’s Young & Beautiful.  It just launched today so check it out and have a great Monday!

Tuesdays with Tank (& Lenny the Lentil )

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Way back when I promised Tank, my French Bulldog and CPO (Chief Persuasion Officer), that I would blog relevant happenings for him from time to time. Being that today is Tuesday and Tank’s friend from the French Bulldog Rescue Network, Lenny the Lentil, is well, awesome, I thought what better day to start?

Lenny the Lentil is one of the sweetest and most adorable puppies (apart from Tank, of course) we’ve ever laid eyes on.  He’s a 6-week-old French Bulldog who, with his sister, Edamame (I know, can’t even handle the cuteness), were taken away from their mother and given to FBRN from a commercial breeder when they were just 2 days old due to having extreme cleft palates (a common issue with Frenchies). They were rushed to the veterinary hospital, but unfortunately Edamame didn’t make it and Lenny is the sole surviving member from a litter of four.  Due to his condition and being separated from his mother so young, he has a long road ahead of him of multiple surgeries and has to be hand fed using a tube due to his palate.

We’ve been following his progress via FBRN’s Facebook posts and just saw that he made the Huffington Post along with a variety of other major news outlets!  However, this complication is serious business (so much so that he’s been taken to Cornell to be evaluated) and veterinary bills are piling up for little Lentil.  If you can donate to FBRN for Lenny or any other pup that warms your heart, click the link here. I know they would be extremely grateful.  Without support for this amazing organization, pups like Lentil wouldn’t have a chance and Tank wouldn’t be where he is today.

ox

-Tank & Stacy

ps – What sent us over the edge was the new video of Lentil wearing his new cape. It’s quite possibly the cutest thing you’ll ever see. We’ll try to embed the video here once it goes on YouTube, but for now, click here to check it out.

In the meantime, we have Lentil demonstrating his fighter mentality vs. a Chihuahua. I can’t even handle it.:

Kale & Egg Bird Nests

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Hope you all had a great and safe St. Patrick’s Day Weekend.  With that in mind, there’s nothing better for a hangover cure than a good brunch. Sunday brunch is a ritual here in New York, but if you want to stay in and have people over, I have a great (and somewhat healthy recipe) for you. Okay, actually the kale is the only thing healthy, but whatever, it’s delicious. =)

This particular recipe was inspired my local coffee shop here in Brooklyn.  Every weekend, when I pop in for my morning latte, they have these amazing little kale and egg bird nests. However delicious they are, I’m always slightly bummed because the egg yolks are cooked through (which, I understand as they’re not made-to-order). So, I decided to do a little research (thank you Pinterest) and concocted a recipe à la my coffee shop version + a handful of other recipes to create perfect yolk’y goodness. =) So, here we go…

Kale & Egg Bird Nests

Ingredients:

Sauteed kale:
1/2 large bunch kale
2 big cloves of garlic (add more or less depending on your love of garlic)
2 tbsp Olive Oil
sea salt & pepper (to taste)

Herb mixture:
1 shallot, minced
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced (if you don’t have fresh herbs, i get it, but they do make a big difference in taste)
½ tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
1/2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp sea salt

Add’l Ingredients:
6 eggs
1/2 tbsp butter cut into pats (can omit, but much tastier – of course) =)
Olive oil or canola oil spray (truffle oil wouldn’t be too shabby either)

Optional ingredients (I decided to add these suggestions in because, well, I like options and experimenting in the kitchen. =) Choose 1-3 if you like, but no more as those little cupcake tins can only hold so much deliciousness):
- freshly grated parmesan or cheddar
- jalapeño pepper – chopped
- crispy cooked bacon – chopped
- chopped artichoke hearts (if canned, drained and padded dry with paper towel)
- chopped prosciutto
- chopped sundried tomato
- chopped roasted red peppers (if canned, drained and padded dry with paper towel)
- the options are endless! (just make sure you chop whatever you choose into small bits)

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray 6 wells in your cupcake pan with canola or olive oil spray, making sure to not forget the sides. Cut pats of butter (use your discretion) and place 1/2 a pat in the bottom of each well. Put pan aside.

In a small saucepan, heat 1/2 tbsp butter and 1 tsp olive oil. Add shallot and sautée until soft and fragrant, 3-5 minutes. Add herbs and 1/2 tsp sea salt; remove from heat and stir to combine. The mixture should be somewhat coarse and just a little buttery.

Wash kale, shake or pad off excess water and rip leaves from stem. Discard stems. Put olive oil and chopped garlic cloves in a large sautée pan or skillet heated to med-high (i’m a fan of cast iron, but use whatever you like to sautée in). Sautée garlic for 1 min. Add kale and keep moving the mixture around. Sautée until bits of the kale start to turn brown. I like to sautée mine for a little longer to make it nice and crispy. Dash with sea salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.

Put sprayed cupcake pan with butter pats in the heated oven for 1 min to melt the butter. Remove from oven. Line each cupcake pan well with sauteed kale to form a nest for the egg to sit in. If adding any optional ingredients (cheese, jalapeño, bacon, etc..) do it now, putting a little bit of them on top of the kale nests. Don’t O.D. though as you need room for the egg (and you can always put more on top). ;) Crack one egg for each nest, careful not break the egg yolks (I typically tap with a butter knife). Add the herb mixture on top (and if you have room, go nuts w/any additional ingredients). However, keep in mind you’re going to want to be able to see if the egg white is cooked through (and we do want this to actually cook). =)

Here’s mine before I popped them in (I did a variety of optional ingredients – those are jalapeños topping the right side):

kale and egg nests pre-oven

Place in oven and set your timer to 7 mins. Make sure to pay attention to the timer as you don’t want to overcook the eggs. Check the eggs to see if the whites have cooked mostly through (if not, check on them again after another minute). When they’re almost cooked (white should be slightly milky-clear on the top, if that makes sense), crank up the broiler and put them in for another minute and then check to see if the whites are fully cooked. My oven took an additional 2 mins, but all ovens vary, just be vigilant. If you want the yolks runny, don’t overcook the whites. As soon as the whites are cooked, remove from oven.  They should look  something like this:

kale and egg nests done

While you’ll want to inhale them immediately, let them sit for 3-5 mins. Then use a small spatula or knife to go around the edges and gently lift them out and wah-lah!  Serve by themselves or with toasted English Muffins, crumpets, or whatever your carb of choice is. Enjoy!

ox

-Stacy

 

 

How To: Stay Creative

Stay CreativeCreativity is what I live and breathe for, but sometimes you need inspiration like this to break through that wall you’ve been hitting.  So, when my amazing friend, Dana, from The Tao of Dana, posted this yesterday on her blog, I had to share!   It’s a great reminder to print out for your cube, co-workers, add to your Pinterest board, etc…  So crank the music, grab a cup of a coffee and organize your space!  I’m off for my second cup and to check more things off my list! =)  Have a great Tuesday and hope this helps push your creativity a little farther today!

ox

-Stacy

 

Music Monday – Girl on Fire

Happy Monday! If you’ve been following the blog, you know February was a pretty big month for me and I’m dedicating this Music Monday to all the women out there who are rocking it to the fullest. Surrounding yourself with such driven and inspiring people creates an amazing synergy I can’t even begin to fully describe.  I feel so lucky to have a group like this in my life to help keep that amazing momentum going.  I have to note, this doesn’t at all pertain solely to those succeeding career-wise but also to those reaching for personal growth, setting goals, obtaining achievements, etc…

As of late, close friends to acquaintances have received promotions, changed careers, had babies, gone back to school, started training for their next marathon (or just started back at the gym, period), opened businesses, achieved new certifications, moved across the country and world, and so on… It’s all about growing, going after what you want – what you’re truly passionate about, pushing boundaries and never becoming stagnant.  The strength of these women – who come from all walks of life, mind you – astounds me.  And so, ladies, this one is for you.

ox

-Stacy