New items added to our Summer 2014 collection! Mid summer heat is the best excuse to do some online air conditioned shopping, right??
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Honey Kennedy is doing a Gift Shop Brooklyn giveaway today through August 5! Click here for details and to get a 10% off coupon to use here at giftshopbrooklyn.com or our etsy shop!
I really love Jen Huang’s Instagram feed, her pictures are refreshingly simple and elegant. The colors are all so light and delicate; it gives me the feeling of purity, each image makes me feel like I can smell fresh sweet air.
Absolutely perfect for family and wedding photographs. Or, as my sister said, “I want her to photograph my life and make it look that good”.
See more amazing Instagram pics: here. Jen Huang’s Website: here
Changing things up a bit and Annie’s assistant, moi, Montana, will be doing this weeks blog post. Lemon Press, is my food related blog with some beauty products or style guides here and there. Annie and I thought it would be a nice change to do a recipe so I’m sharing my lemon and white wine biscuit recipe, also seen here.
Traditionally wine biscuits are made with red wine, I usually use whichever red has been open for two days, because I cannot drink opened wine past that point (yucky). For this recipe I wanted 1. prettier looking biscuits (the red wine ones come out kind of gray and 2. lighter and more summery biscuits. So, I added some very light sauvignon blanc and lemon zest to brighten them up a bit. These biscuits are delicious after dinner with a glass of wine or in the morning toasted with some neufchâtel cheese tea or coffee.
Lemon & White Wine Biscuits (makes 24-36)
4 c all-purpose flour*
1 c granulated sugar
3/4 C light olive oil or vegetable oil
1 C white wine*
4 t baking powder
zest of 1 lemon
Pinch of salt
optional: pinch of freshly ground black pepper (for savory biscuits)
* If desired, swap in whole wheat pastry flour for half of the all-purpose
** I used sauvignon blanc but I really think any white wine will work
1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in large mixing bowl. Whisk together
2. In separate bowl combine white wine, oil, and lemon zest.
3. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix gently with rubber spatula until combined, turn onto surface and knead 1-2 minutes.***
4. Cut into 1-2″ pieces, roll and make into circles (or whichever shape you like). Roll tops (sweet version only) in sugar, place on parchment paper.
5. Bake 10-15 minutes depending on size.
***Here is where I cut the recipe in half and mixed the second half with a pinch of fresh ground black pepper to do a more savory biscuit.
I wanted to take a look back at one of my favorite, (non-professionally photographed) look books. This one is from Fall 2012; Alex and I did this ourselves. I had envisioned a sort of cut and paste look, as if I was just floating around these floral backgrounds. We used vintage tablecloths laid on the floor of our living room, then Alex set up a ladder and affixed his camera at an angle to shoot down at me. It was definitely a process, especially because our Brooklyn apartment isn’t huge, so we didn’t have a ton of space to work with. I love the result though, I would love to do this concept again professionally!!
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See the rest of my look books here
The never ending winter is finally over (knock on wood)! Here are some of my favorite beach essentials..
*COOLA Environmental Repair After-Sun Recovery - love this lotion after a long day in the sun, especially days when I forgot to reapply sunscreen. Aloe and agave feel really cool and goes on nice and smooth
*Ladylike Silk Scarf in freshwater
*Leather Glasses Case in white and prism pink
*Bandit Wine – Pinot Grigio
*Mae Wallet - big enough to hold my phone, cash and debit/credit cards, and some chap stick but small enough so it takes up hardly any room in my beach bag
*Nurture My Body Organic Sunscreen
*Cutler and Gross dark turtle sunglasses
*Evie Tote - (not pictured) perfectly light weight and roomy, holds all my beach essentials without weighing me down
Products I love and use allllll the time – I love trying new products, and I try tons. This list of products are the ones that have stuck, that I buy and buy again.
Caudalie Divine Oil – Gives an amazing glow post-shower, and I’m addicted to the scent.
South of France Climbing Rose soap – Smells so nice, with all natural ingredients. My fave.
Kiehl’s Scrub - I only use it once a week, usually on sundays for a fresh start to the week
Kiehl’s Musk Oil - I use this oil all summer in place of a daily perfume. I also always splash a little on when I shower at night, makes me feel fresh before bed. The scent of this musk reminds of Johnson’s baby shampoo (..?), so it gives me the childhood memories of squeaky clean baths.
Jurlique Balancing Day Care Cream – I used to always try new face creams until I found this one. Its so thick (in a good way) and smells amazing.
Olive Oil - for removing eye makeup
Rose Massage Oil – for light moisture days
Shikai Borage Therapy Advanced Formula Lotion – for dead of winter/intense moisture needed days, this is the only thing that works for me.
100% Pure Jasmine Green Tea Cleanser at night (I only use water in the morning).
Clarisonic Mia - for daily exfoliation
Burt’s Bees Mango Butter Lip Balm – I’ve probably gone through thousands of tubes of this stuff. It’s just the right texture, and a light scent that I don’t feel like I’m eating when I put it on.
Night Cream – Ole Hendriksen Truth Creme - I always notice a difference when I use a vitamin C packed cream; it really brightens instantly.
Herbal/floral image found here.
OBSESSED with Brooklyn Patisserie, Burrow’s instagram feed, filled with pictures of the prettiest pastries. Owner and patissier Ayako Kurokawa brings a little Japanese and American influence to her classic French style pastries.
See more amazing Instagram pics: here. Burrow’s Website: here
Location: 68 Jay St, Brooklyn, NY 11201