Setting the Easter Table With The Ann Parke Collection

The Ann Parke Collection includes uniquely curated fine art, antique objects, and garden pieces. Every exquisite item is inspired by a great love of animals. The Easter collection would be a welcome addition to your holiday table. From, floral plates to decorative serving pieces and vintage animal statuaries the spring collection contains everything you need for entertaining family and friends. The entire assortment can be viewed and purchased on Chairish or on the Ann Parke Collection Website.

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Meet the New Local Luxury Jewelry Line VL. Cepher

VL. Cepher is a contemporary fine jewelry house created by local mother and daughter Rachel Fogel and Niva Benzino. Taking inspiration from the designer’s unique backgrounds in artificial intelligence and the visual arts. VL. Cepher is an exploration of the simplification of forms to their geometric essentials. 

Upending the traditional for a new take on classic, the house examines the delicate balance of precision and pattern to deliver subtle sophistication, impeccable details, and uncompromising quality.

VL. Cepher’s debut ESKER collection blends a reimagination of ancient symbols and recurring forms through a modern lens.

All elements in the Esker collection stack seamlessly as they are a derivative of the deconstruction of a geometric structure comprised of nested hexagons.

Effortless and versatile, each piece is designed for how the modern woman lives and dresses – architected to be worn every day for every occasion.

All of the VL. Cepher designs can be viewed on their website HERE.

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Easter is Right Around the Corner Let’s Make A Green Bean Side

Here comes Peter Cottontail. Let’s start thinking about a dinner side. Our amazing client, Kate from She’s Cookin’ in Brooklyn sent me this delcious green bean recipe. Beautiful, vibrant green beans aren’t hard to make! BLANCH them and you’ll have an easy, healthy side dish when you sit down with your family this Easter.

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Blanching is a technique that quickly heats and then very quickly cools your food. It also ensures your food, keeps its crisp, texture, and fresh color for as long as possible.

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For green beans, the process is very simple. Heat a large pot of boiling water, and add a healthy pinch of salt to the water.

Once the water has come to a rolling boil, drop the green beans into the water and let them cook for about 30 seconds or until you’re happy with the brightness of their color.

Using a strainer or large, slotted kitchen spoon, transfer the green beans to an ice bath (large bowl of water with a few scoops of ice).

Let them rest for a couple of minutes and then remove them from the ice bath and reserve them in a large bowl.

At this time, you can season them of you as you like. My favorite is with a little extra salt sometimes some butter and always a little lemon juice for freshness. You can top it with toasted slivered almonds and some zested lemon too. Bon Appetit

How to Find Clothes to Start Our Fitness Journey

The world of fitness has never been more inclusive. Whether you’re just starting your fitness journey or you’re a seasoned pro, there’s a workout routine and style of clothing to suit you. 

In the past, workout clothing has been quite one-dimensional. However, with the rise of athleisure and more people working out at home, there is now a huge range of workout clothing to choose from.

The most important thing when it comes to finding the right workout clothes is to make sure they are comfortable. If you’re not comfortable, you’re not going to enjoy your workout and you’re not going to be as motivated to keep going. 

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There’s no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to workout clothes, so it’s important to find something that suits your unique body type and workout routine. We will help you find the best yoga sets, with our tips on how to find workout clothes that are perfect for your unique routine!

You have to start by choosing the right fabric. The fabric of your workout clothes is hugely important and can have a big impact on your performance and comfort. If you’re doing high-intensity activities, you need a fabric that can keep up. 

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Look for fabrics with moisture-wicking and breathable properties.  As this will help keep you cool and comfortable throughout your workout. Cotton may be a popular choice for many people, but it tends to absorb sweat, so it’s best avoided if you’re doing high-intensity activities. 

Your routine may need a little more freedom of movement, such as yoga or Pilates. It’s best to choose fabrics with a bit of stretch in them. These will allow you to move freely without feeling restricted or uncomfortable. Similarly, if you’re planning an outdoor workout.  you’ll want high waist leggings that offer protection from the element.

Then it is important to choose clothes that fit. Finding clothes that fit well is one of the most important things to consider when choosing workout clothes. No matter how good the fabric is, the clothes won’t be comfortable or beneficial if they’re too loose or too tight. 

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It’s worth taking the time to measure yourself or try on a few different sizes and styles of workout clothes until you find the perfect fit. Not all brands size the same way, so it’s always worth checking the size charts and doing your research to make sure you’re ordering the right size for you. 

If you’re not sure, you can always email the brand for more information or ask for advice from the community. The last thing you want is to go through the hassle of finding the perfect clothes only to find that they don’t fit.

Finally, make sure you opt for clothing that allows you to move comfortably. If the clothes are too tight, you won’t be able to perform at your best and you’ll be constantly pulling and tugging at them. 

The same goes for clothes that are too loose – you’ll find yourself tripping over and constantly adjusting them. When in doubt, opt for something that fits snugly but still allows you freedom of movement.

Besides that, it is important to have in mind the type of workout that you are going to be practicing. Sometimes some pieces and workout clothes will work better for some sports or workouts than for others. Sometimes leggings will be better than shorts and sometimes shorts will be more beneficial for you than leggings. 

The same applies to the tops, sometimes long-sleeve tops are great options, while some other sports bra and shorts set will be the right choice. Everything will depend on how good and comfortable you feel, how much movement they allow you, and of course how they make you look. 

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Join Me For the Greenwich Restaurant Week Opening Party….

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Greenwich Restaurant Week
Opening Night Party

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

The JHouse 
1114 East Putnam Avenue

It’s a culinary celebration! Enjoy curated bites from local restaurants. Endless creative cocktails and tastings. Mingle with top chefs.

Enjoy a culinary celebration featuring 40+ participating restaurants, bars, and spirit/wine/beer brands. Savor-curated bites from popular local restaurants. Endless creative cocktails and tastings. Mingle with top Greenwich chefs. There’s even more to feast, celebrate and toast with family and friends at this spring’s hottest culinary event of the season.

Tickets are on sale now! $100 in advance via Eventbrite. $125 at the door. No cash will be accepted at the door.
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Should you take a cooking workshop to hone your culinary skills?

Cooking is an art form. It takes time and practice to perfect your culinary skills. While some people may have a natural talent for cooking, others may need some guidance to improve their abilities. 

Taking a cooking class is one way to learn new techniques, refine your skills, and gain more confidence in the kitchen. However, before you sign up for a class, there are some things to consider to determine whether or not it’s the right choice for you.

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Assess Your Current Skill Level

It is essential to assess your current skill level before you begin. If you’re an amateur cook, then taking a basic cooking class will be beneficial to you. However, if you’re already experienced in the kitchen and have a good grasp of culinary techniques, then an advanced course may be more appropriate. 

Taking a class that is too easy or too challenging can be discouraging and unproductive.

Consider Your Goals

What do you want to achieve by taking a cooking class? Do you want to learn how to cook a particular cuisine or dish? Are you hoping to improve your overall cooking skills? Understanding your goals will help you choose classes that focus on your areas of interest and provide the skills you actually want to acquire.

Take into Account Your Schedule

Cooking classes can be time-consuming, so you need to consider your schedule before signing up for a class. Make sure you have enough time to attend classes and complete any homework or assignments given. You may consider taking an online cooking workshop or finding a class with flexible scheduling.

Think about Your Budget

Cooking classes can range from affordable to expensive, depending on the type of class and the instructor. Make sure you set a budget and look for classes that fit within your price range. Do not be afraid to look around and see what is available. 

Assess Your Learning Style

Everyone has a different learning style, and it’s important to consider yours. Do you prefer hands-on learning, where you can practice the techniques yourself, or do you learn better by watching demonstrations? 

Find a class, perhaps locally with our sponsor, She’s Cookin’ Brooklyn that aligns with your learning style to ensure you get the most out of the experience, and then have fun honing your culinary skills and discovering how to make food preparation into a carefully curated art form.