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Best Slow Cooker Roast EVER!

Many readers have written in asking for some crock pot recipes.  Now that the kids are back in school the question “What is for Dinner?” becomes more frustrating.  Here is an easy quick fix that I know will be well received by your own little foodies.

Best Slow Cooker Roast EVER
adapted from Jenn Barre, mom, chef and the crock pot girl


2-5 lb Pot Roast
.75 oz ranch dressing dry envelope
.75 oz Italian dressing dry envelope
.75 oz gravy mix, brown, envelope
1 to 1 1/2 cup water
1/2 lb potatoes
1/2 lb. carrots

Cut potatoes and carrots and put on the bottom of the crock pot
Place roast on top of vegetables
Sprinkle contents of all 3 envelopes on top of the roast
add water, cover the vegetables (adjust for size of roast)
cover, cook on low for 6-10 hours

Happy Crocking!

Fall Wish List

I keep getting asked the question, “what is on your fall wish list?”.   I have spent some time thinking about what I need and how to edit my wardrobe, so I can add some new things to my outfit rotation.  I definitely want a navy dress.  The two below are so chic.  I love the cashmere cocoon sweaters from Calypso as well the some fashionable furs sweaters and vests from Linda Richards.  I am loving that the color wine is in this season, so a blouse would be nice.  And, there is always room in my closet to add some statement jewelry and of course a little leopard.  What’s on your wish list for Fall?  I would love to hear from you, please leave a comment below!!  I will post your suggestions next week!!!!  Cannot wait to hear what you come up with!!

Fall Wish List

Mother of Pearl shift dress
$725 –

Sacai navy blue dress
$350 –

Soft Joie outerwear

Aquazzura ballet flat
$450 –

Ivanka Trump ballet flat

Lipsy vintage purse
$84 –

Maiyet clear earrings

Viktoria Hayman pandora jewelry
$525 –

Green jewelry

Julie Vos hoop earrings

Black jewelry

Lord & Taylor

Last week personal shopper and award winning stylist, Kendra Porter invited me to Lord and Taylor in Stamford to preview some fabulous fall fashions.  Kendra has an impressive resume which includes working with Stacy London of What Not to Wear as well as sending models down runways from Oscar de la Renta to Rachel Zoe.  As manager of the Personal Shopping office, Kendra works with clients, women and men of all ages, to help them find their best looks.  She is a “body expert and style architect who inspires all”.  I loved walking the floor with Kendra, as she pointed out which pieces she loves for the season. Here are some of my favorites.  The best part is that, it is a complimentary, personalized service,  Kendra is available at Lord and Taylor Stamford to help style YOU.   To contact Kendra, click HERE.
 424 Fifth
Lafayette 148

 424 Fifth
Nick and Zoe

 Lafayette 148
 Nanette Lepore dress& Cynthia Steffe vest

Trina Turk
Glam Glow


Book Club Monday

The fabulous Andre Leon Talley,  contributing editor to Vogue, has written a book about legendary designer Oscar De La Renta, highlighting his incredible designs, photos and stories of the elegant ladies he clothed.  Mr. De La Renta was one of the  premier couturiers of his time.  He has dressed all the first ladies from Jackie Kennedy to Michele Obama as well as fashion icons, Sarah Jessica Parker, Beyonce and so many more.  To buy this beautiful book click HERE

image Hollywood Reporter

Weekend Real Estate Stalking

My love for Lucy Sykes, her style, her book.. continues.  I recently came across some photos of her chic New York City apartment and I had to share it with you.  I love her gallery wall.  It is one of the best I have seen. If you haven’t had a chance, you have to read her book The Knockoff available HERE.  You will LOVE it!!
images Guest of a Guest, One Kings Lane

Fashionable Friend Friday

Sometimes incredible talent is literally right under your nose!!  As is the case with this week’s Fashionable Friend Friday!!  My friend Augustina’s Instagram posts are incredible.  Not only is she an amazing cook but her presentation is out of this world.  I am so impressed with the care she takes to provide her family with Michelin Star-worthy meals.  Whether it be breakfast in bed or dinner al fresco on the Patio, Augustina’s is the place to be.  And, if you think the food is amazing you should get to know the company….THE BEST!!!!   Bon Weekend!!

Augustina’s Nicoise:

•Ahi tuna 
Take a pastry brush and paint on olive oil on both sides with salt and pepper 
Then sear in a very HOT pan. 
1 min on each side for rare 
Let cool 

Lay on top on a bed of Boston lettuce 
Roasted potatoes 
Hard boiled eggs
Steamed green beans 
Roasted asparagus 
Black pitted olive
Quartered tomatoes. 

champagne vinaigrette:
(Ina Garten) 
1 tsp Dijon 
1 tsp minced garlic
3TBS champagne vinegar
Salt and pepper 
1/2 cup good olive oil 

• if you don’t have time to slowly whisk olive oil into mixture place it all in your blender … Magic 
Double or triple and have it on tap! 

You can add spices, and lemon, honey — adjust to your taste — above is a good start.