Friday, December 30, 2011

Start Your New Year Off with the Right Knot

Sit down. Are your kids running around screaming? Hush them. You, little missy, need to focus for the next 4.5 minutes. You are about to watch one of the best YouTube videos of. all. time.

The Muses have been waiting for a video like this for years - it definitely rocked our worlds. Twenty-five different ways to wear a scarf, and compiled into a campy, super cute little video. We are definitely inspired! We can't wait to try the "DIY-Infinity," "The Celebrity," "The Braid", and "The Bunny Ears." Perhaps we'll use the month of January to try all 25.

Prepare to be inspired, and enjoy!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Leggings (as pants) not permitted after Labor Day....or during any other season

As you are well aware, the Muses have long raged against fellow fashionistas sporting leggings as pants. In fact, we regularly chant to one another, “Leggings are not pants!” and can be heard muttering the same when walking behind anyone wearing a short shirt with a pair of leggings. Though we love, love, love Joanna Goddard, the goddess behind A Cup of Jo, we happily disagree with her recent praise of leggings as pants, and her patronage of the $68 EmersonMade bag o’leggings. We wholeheartedly stand by our original battle cry of, “Leggings are not pants!” VPLs* abound in leggings, and many leggings do not offer the coverage you need. Don’t believe us? Don your beloved leggings and stand next to an open window while the natural light streams in and take another peek at your derrière.

However, being the reasonable gals that we are, we’re here to say that there is something behind the slim, sleek, silhouette of black pants – and we agree, this is something to crave! Audrey Hepburn, anyone? The sight of that little pixie prancing around in her slim black pants and flats is something we all adore and aspire to. But the answer is not leggings. The original name for these pants is “cigarette pants,” and while that name is a bit antiquated, the look is not.

Take a peek at J.Crew, for example (another brand that Jo frequently plugs). The “Minnie” pant offers the look that we all desire, but gives us an actual pants version of them in both wool and twill.

Bottom line (pun totally intended), save the butt-bearing leggings for under tunics and dresses, and score a pair of slim, figure-hugging pants like the ones from J.Crew. Your rear-end, your figure, and your mother will thank you (and us).

End rant.

*VPL – visible panty line.

Monday, October 17, 2011

meatless monday: noodle bowl

It's finally feeling like fall on the east coast! I love slurping warm soup on a cool day out of a big bowl. I made this soup the other night and it was positively delish. It contains udon noodles (Japanese buckwheat noodles) and tofu, as well as plenty of veggies, so it's super satisfying and hearty.

Things to note: this recipe does call for oyster sauce and chicken broth, which do not make this meal entirely meatless if you're being strict. Feel free to substitute veggie broth. Oyster sauce does contain fermented dried oyster - again, if you're not comfortable using this, there are vegetarian options available (for example, Sin Tai Hing Vegetarian Oyster Sauce or Soy Sauce with Mushroom by Healthy Boy Brand).

Udon with Tofu and Stir-Fried Vegetables

Kosher salt
3/4 lb. dried udon noodles
3 cups lower-salt chicken broth
1 Tbs. plus 2 tsp. oyster sauce
1 Tbs. plus 2 tsp. rice vinegar
4 tsp. Asian sesame oil
1/4 cup minced fresh ginger
2 Tbs. canola oil
3/4 lb. bok choy, cut crosswise into 3/4-inch pieces (4 cups)
3-1/2 oz. shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced (1-1/2 cups)
1/2 lb. extra-firm tofu, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 medium carrots, cut into matchsticks
3 medium scallions, trimmed and thinly sliced, for garnish

photo courtesy of Fine Cooking
Bring a medium pot of well-salted water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook, stirring, until tender, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a colander and run under cold water to cool slightly. Drain well.

In a medium bowl, mix the chicken broth, oyster sauce, vinegar, and 2 tsp. of the sesame oil.

Heat the ginger and canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the ginger sizzles steadily for about 30 seconds. Add the bok choy and mushrooms, sprinkle with the remaining 2 tsp. sesame oil and 3/4 tsp. salt and cook, tossing after 1 minute, until the bok choy turns dark green and begins to soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the chicken broth mixture, tofu, and carrots and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until the carrots are soft and the tofu is heated through, 5 to 7 minutes.

Distribute the noodles among 4 bowls. Spoon the vegetables, tofu, and broth over the noodles. Sprinkle with the scallions and serve.


The East Coast Muse

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Real Sukkah: West Coast Style

Last year we shared some inspirations for classy Sukkah decorations.

This year we thought we would show a few pictures of our real Sukkot feast that were inspired by that post.

First of all, there was the construction of the Sukkah. We had a former architect and a number of musical theatre geeks (read: set design) in our group so this was no small sukkah with a couple twigs and a blanket. It was framed out and built up like a serious Californian earthquake proof building....ok maybe not earthquake proof, but it was intense.

For the roof, we added some rolled bamboo fencing material which is easily found at your local hardware store. The group had a number of light weight tapestries that had been collected from international travels that were tacked on to three sides. 

We had a few Ikea lanterns (featured in last years post) that we attached to the 2x4 roof structure. Tea lights were placed in the lanterns as well as scattered around the table to give some beautiful ambient lighting. There was also a standing light outside behind the white sheet for added visibility. 

We covered our mismatched tables with one long tablecloth and bam....a beautiful and classy sukkah. 

Happy feasting, friends.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Meatless Monday: let's poach an egg

A poached egg, they are like bacon, everything is better when covered with it.

When you are going for a Meatless Monday sometimes salad and pasta can get tired if you are just tossing some vegetables in. A whole bunch of vegetables on pasta, a whole bunch of vegetables on spinach, a whole bunch of vegetables on quinoa, a whole bunch of...blah blah. It gets old, right? So throw an egg on it! The richness of that runny yoke will not only add decadence to your otherwise yawn-worthy dinner but they are also loaded with protein and a decent amount of iron. 

Now we realize that many people fear the poached egg. The West Coast Muse sure did until the sweet East Coaster told her how simple it is. We prefer the swirl technique. Take it away Brandon Jew...

Ok so now that you're all master egg poachers, let's check out some recipes.

Fall Vegetable Quinoa Hash with Poached Egg

Poached Eggs with Roasted Tomatoes and Portabellas

Poached Egg over Polenta with Olive-Herb Pesto

Monday, September 26, 2011

Meatless Monday: Soup Roundup

Fall - as of Friday, it was official. What a fabulous season! We are looking forward to sipping mulled wine, wearing tights and boots, finding persimmons at the market, watching leaves turn bright shades of red and orange, and eating warm comfort food.

So this week we are taking a look at all kinds of soup from vegetarian pho (the traditional Vietnamese noodle dish) to cornmeal soup from everyone's favorite rustic Italian chef Lidia Bastianich. Soup is a simple way to make any meal meatless. There are so many options from straight veggie to soups loaded with noodles or rice. If you find a delicious looking recipe made with chicken or beef stock, just sub in some great quality veg stock and you're in business.

Swede Soup with pickled hazelnuts and turnips (fyi a "swede" is a rutabaga)

Monday, September 19, 2011

A Stylish iPhone Case - the perfect accessory

Bags, shoes, earrings - check, check and check. Of course we all have those quintessential accessories down pat - they complete our look. But let's say you're one of the millions of iPhone users - you want something that matches your style as far as that goes too, yes?

We've all seen the same, tired iPhone cases you can get at the Apple Store, or the cheap-o ones that you can purchase at a mall kiosk with your fave sports team logo. But what's a girl to do if she wants something unique and stylish - something that catches admiring looks from passers-by when you pull it out to text or schedule your next hair appointment?

Of course, the Muses have a few suggestions for you:

1) Go totally unique -- Society 6 is a venue for artists to sell their creations. Browse more than 12,000 pieces of artwork to find something that speaks to you...or speaks about you. The best part, they will turn any painting, picture, or print from their website into a case or skin for your iPhone, iPod, or even your computer.

2) Support individual vendors & their creativity -- you can find almost anything to suit your fancy on Soft cloth covers, cute little pockets, hard covers that look like retro Nintendo holders or phones - if you want it, chances are you can find it on Etsy - or commission a vendor to create it for you.

3) As if we need to tell you -- two little words that make any girl happy: Kate Spade.

Mandala by Peter Patrick Barreda

Because for at least one of the Muses the dream of being a Mermaid never died

Oh Kate, how we love thee

meatless monday: slooooow food

Meatless Monday isn't just about going without meat - it's about celebrating "slow" food, food that is grown locally, is fresh and takes time to prepare. Chances are if you don't live in California like the West Coast Muse, you relish any opportunity to score fresh, locally-grown produce on the cheap. I, the East Coast Muse, and my dear husband have recently signed up for produce box delivery through Washington's Green Grocer. A box of produce in a size our little family can handle is delivered every Thursday to our building. We get an email four days prior letting us know what's going to be in our box (perfect for meal planning), and if we're ever out of town we can cancel our box for that week. There's no contract or obligation, so if it ever gets to be too much, we have the option to cancel without charge or agitation. The variety of goodies that come in the box is tremendous, and I'm having so much fun trying vegetables I've never actually purchased or cooked before (e.g. beets - I love beets but I've never actually cooked them before! Those were fun). I find that the fruit does get to be a bit much for us, but a clever solution I've discovered is to chop it up and put it into Ziploc bags in the freezer - add milk and ice, and a smoothie can be prepared anytime and on the quick.

What about you, faithful readers? How do you celebrate "slow" food?

Now, lest you walk away disappointed at a schpeel rather than fun, know that we wouldn't be the Muses if we didn't leave you with some parting goodies. We would like to share two delectable recipes for you today: eggplant dippers with marinara (courtesy and Carrot Cake Sandwiches (from A Cozy Kitchen). Check them out and let us know what you think!

Cheers to slow, meatless cooking, baking and eating!

photo courtesy

photo courtesty

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cupcake Wars - you know we gonna kill it!

That's right friends, yours truly and yours truly are currently on Step 3 of the casting process for Cupcake Wars (read: first we were called back because of our hilarious email to the casting office; then WCM wooed the casting agent on the phone with her ridiculous antics and charming personality - xoxo love you Chancey!). After all that we were asked to make an audition video. Certainly tough to do when we live on other sides of the country but we managed to come up with a fun creative video nonetheless. we just need to figure out what to do with 10 Grand.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Meatless Monday: fancy pants rice and beans

We recently had a Meatless Monday suggestion from a good friend of the West Coast Muse. Leah's culinary savvy equals her elegance so when she gave a recipe suggestion my ears perked up for sure.

This is a gourmet version of rice and beans that stemmed from a recipe in Gourmet. The base is rice, beans, and sweet potatoes, topped with roasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds); direction for all that is below. When Leah and her precious family had this for dinner, they added some delicious accoutrements and layered the rice and beans as follows:

Beans (any type you like)
Roasted sweet potato
Queso fresco 
Toasted pepitas
Spritz of lime juice and some salt

This recipe could not be simpler so it would be the perfect thing to throw together as a quick Meatless Monday dinner (or lunch!)


Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes
1 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 450°F.
Toss sweet potatoes with oil and salt, then spread in 1 layer in a large shallow baking pan. Roast, stirring and turning over once or twice, until tender and browned, 35 to 40 minutes.

Rice and Beans
2 1/4 cups water
1 1/2 cups long-grain white rice
4 to 4 1/4 cups Kemp’s black beans

Bring water, rice, and salt to a boil in a 2- to 3-quart heavy saucepan, then reduce heat and cook, tightly covered, until rice is tender and water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Let stand, covered, off heat 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
1 cup hulled (green) pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas; not toasted)
2 teaspoons olive oil

Toast pumpkin seeds in a dry 10- to 12-inch heavy skillet (not nonstick; preferably cast-iron) over moderate heat, stirring, until seeds are puffed and pale golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and stir in oil and salt to taste.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday Friday!

From Zara's photographic love letter to America. This photo is an ode to Florida, where your sweet Muses met and fell in love. 

The new Design Sponge book is out.

Check out Gourmet Traveller's tantalizing collection of coffee dessert recipes - great for a sweet pick me up. The chocolate, fig, and hazelnut semifreddo looked particularly sumptuous.

Loving the rain.

In Fashion this week....

The Limited started selling shoes (!!)

Zara opened its online shop. Dangerous.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Gifts for an expecting mama

For so many of us, it's that stage in life - babies and weddings.  Admittedly, it is a very fun stage. So many friends welcome new loved little ones into their lives and you get to spend your Saturdays oooing and aahing over wittle baby clotheys and stuffing your face with finger sandwiches. We know what to buy an expecting mother for a baby shower since she has a registry but we've also come up with a few gifts to help you pamper your to-be mama when she first finds out she's got a bun in the oven. 

The Belly Band - no need for a whole slew of new maternity pants, toss it over any unbuttoned pants and she can keep wearing that favorite pair of trousers for months!

Pregnancy Tea - You can find a number of caffeine free teas that aid everything from nausea relief to healthy lactation.

Stretch Mark Prevention Cream - you may want to save this kind of thing for a close friend or sister as some people might not love the suggestion that they are about to be covered in stretch marks. But really, in our minds, anyone that would help us stay bikini ready should definitely be considered a friend.

Ginger Candies - another great way to help fight nausea. These do have a pretty strong ginger flavor so they aren't for the faint of heart. Also, you can usually find these at Trader Joe's.

Pregnancy Pillow - These glorified body pillows help a mom by allowing her to rest her ever growing belly on something while sleeping, relieving stress from her back. 

What do you think? What were some things you wished you would have had early on in a pregnancy?

Lots o' love,

The Muses

Friday, September 2, 2011

Happy Friday!

We are loving the Lanvin Fall/Winer 2011-2012 collection. Check out those beautiful red and coral dresses...and they move so well when fist pumping! However, our male dancers should maybe just stick to catwalks #whitefolk.

So who mandated no white after Labor Day in the first place? If you must know, Time dishes the scoop.

Obsessed with the new web site Museum of Useful Things offering fun kitschy items and great gifts. Personally, we love the idea of this Mason's Tote as a weekender bag!

Never be without the perfect card again, from the always lovely Kate Spade.

Lucky west coasters never have to do without 'em, but east coast gals are always craving lemons. Learn how to preserve lemons, thanks to SF Girl by Bay.

This fairly perfectly sums up the interaction between your bi-coastal Muses over last week's "earthquake". Too funny.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

white jeans after Labor Day? YES WE CAN!

It's almost Fall, which makes this little East Coast Muse giddy with excitement: boots and trenches and sweaters, oh my! (This, of course, isn't really the same for our sweet West Coast Muse, who, thanks to San Francisco's perpetually-brisk weather, gets to wear boots and tights any ole time she likes) But Fall's fast approach also brings on the whole "wear-your-summer-stuff-now-because-it's-almost-Labor-Day" dilemma. I've spotted multiple ladies at the office this week wearing every piece of white clothing in their wardrobe.

HOWEVER -- while getting my shoulder iced yesterday afternoon at the PT office, I flipped through the September issue of InStyle magazine. In it, they answered a reader’s question by saying YES – you CAN wear white jeans* after Labor Day. Only stipulation: style them differently for fall/winter. We suggest pairing them with some dark chunky boots, a camel-colored trench or a long-sleeved button-down (even chambray!).

Enzo Angiolini Alessi Bootie, Classic Khaki Banana Republic Trench, Lucky Brand Ashbury Floral Top, J Crew Selvedge Chambray

The rules are changin', ladies! And yes, if you happen to live on the East Coast, you will see me sporting my white jeans well into late fall/winter.

*please note: if you own white jeggings, go ahead and throw them into the trash now. no need to hang onto those nuisances.

Monday, August 29, 2011

meatless monday: tomatoes galore!

If you've tended a garden throughout the summer, chances are your bounty is rich with tomatoes. And even if you don't have a garden, you can't help but notice the abundance of those oddly-shaped, brightly-colored heirloom tomatoes available by the bushel at farmer's markets or your local Whole Foods. Even if they aren't heirloom tomatoes, big, fat, juicy, red, rotund tomatoes are plentiful and (literally) ripe for the pickin'.

For today's Meatless Monday post, we've rounded up several links to give you ideas for incorporating those ripe and delicious tomatoes into your lunch and/or dinner today. There's nothing like enjoying produce that is in season and at its season's peak - with meals this satisfying, you'll hardly even miss the meat.

Chilled heirloom tomato soup from Cannelle et Vanille


Love, The Muses

Friday, August 19, 2011

Growl...what to feed a red meat eater

WCM's dear dear friend Andrea and her hunky Brazilian-god boyfriend Fabio are coming to visit this weekend. As we mentioned on Monday, WCM has never been much for vegetarianism. Some of my friends have experimented over the years but I have held fast to my carnivorous principals. So when I asked Andrea this morning what kinds of food she and Fabs like to eat, I was very very pleased when she responded "he eats meat. red meat!"

Now, this response definitely pleased me but the Muses know many friends who prefer to eat vegetarian or who tend to stick to chicken and fish if they do eat meat. So, what does a good host feed a red meat eater? Well, besides meat on a sword. There is a huge range of places you could go with this from super simple meatloaf to fancy pants beef wellington. Remember, beef is not the only red meat option - consider lamb and venison.

Go Simple

Paula Deen's Old-fashioned Meat Loaf

Slow-cooker Asian Short Ribs via Real Simple

Cook's Illustrated Steak Tacos with Sweet and Spicy Pickled Onions

Go Luxe

Steak with hazelnut picada and wilted escarole

Seared Rib Eye with crushed walnut potatoes, baby arugula, and balsamic fig reduction from our all time fave Top Chef contestant, Angelo Sosa

Robert Del Grande's Coffee Crusted Beef Tenderloin

Go Lamb or Venison

Venison Wellington with caramelised shallots and sour cream dressing

Barbecued Leg of Lamb with almond and mint sauce

Slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder with roast vegetables

And this has nothing to do with red meat but check out this delicious looking blueberry tart we found on Gourmet Traveller. That would be the perfect ending to a meat heavy dinner.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

spice up your desktop with monthly wallpaper calendars

The Muses very good friend Michael is an aaaamazing web-designer and a generally creative brain who has mastered all things aesthetic. In a recent tweet, Michael pointed us to some fab desktop wallpaper calendars from Smashing Magazine. These are the perfect way to add a little punch to your desktop at work. Unique designers create the wall papers each month so you will surely find something that suits your fancy. AND you get to change your mind and get something new every month.

Monday, August 15, 2011

meatless monday - lemon scented quinoa with corn, mint, and scallions

You may not know this, but of the two Muses really only the East Coaster is a veg-head (counter intuitive, we know) - hence, Meatless Mondays were her "brilliant" idea. But this time the West Coast Muse is taking a crack at today's feature. This means you can totally trust this recipe - if the WCM devoured it, that means you, the average-everyday-meat-lover will too. Mint and lemon are a fab combo in fancy-pants lemonade; so why would they not be great in your quinoa? This is a fresh-tasting, light dish but it's also loaded with protein and nutrients thanks to the powerhouse quinoa.

Also, errr... disregard that my photo here has chicken on it. This was made on a Sunday...which was not meatless. But I assure you, this would be great chicken-less!

modified very slightly from Epicurious

lemon scented quinoa with corn, mint, and scallions

4 ears corn, shucked
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon mild honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups quinoa (about 10 oz)
4 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped fresh mint
8-10 oz feta

Put corn in a 5- to 6-quart wide pot, then add water to cover and bring to a boil, covered. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Transfer corn with tongs to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, cut kernels off cobs with a large heavy knife.

Meanwhile, whisk together lemon zest and juice, melted butter, honey, salt, and pepper in a large bowl until combined.

Epicurious has the following directions about cooking quinoa but I like to just throw mine in the rice cooker. 1:2 ration of quinoa to water...and salt that water!

or do it the Epicurious way... wash quinoa in 3 changes of cold water in a bowl, draining in a large sieve each time. Cook quinoa in a 4- to 5-quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, until almost tender, about 10 minutes. Drain in sieve, then set sieve over same pot with 1 inch of simmering water (water should not touch bottom of sieve). Cover quinoa with a folded kitchen towel, then cover sieve with a lid (don't worry if lid doesn't fit tightly) and steam until quinoa is tender, fluffy, and dry, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand (still covered) 5 minutes.

Add quinoa to dressing and toss until dressing is absorbed, then stir in corn, scallions, mint, and salt and pepper to taste. Crumble a good helping of feta over the top before serving.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Almost There Day: espresso con panna

Ok friends, we're almost there. Right? Right? Right.

The West Coast Muse had an office stuffed full of people this morning as the brilliant scientist she assists was being interviewed for something. Tiny office + 6 person camera crew = mental chaos. I did my best to stay calm by listening to the Unwind Station on Pandora....and by sucking down a triple espresso (with extra foam). It might seem counterintuitive that a triple espresso would be calming but it is. That might be the sign of addiction but I'm too busy to spend time being worried about such dependencies.

The triple espresso was delish but what would have been even better would have been an espresso con panna. That's an Italian drink that is basically espresso topped with whipped cream. What more could you want?

So if you are in your last 2 hours of work on the East Coast or just midday on the West Coast and need a quick, delicious, extra special pick-me-up, try an espresso con panna. You could easily order this at your local café but it is also simple enough to do yourself.

Photo from The Coffee Bump

  1. Brew 1-3 shots of espresso.
  2. Top with whipped cream. The Muses only support homemade whipped cream which could not be easier. If you have never whipped cream before, do not fear, throw some heavy cream in a bowl and enough sugar until it's as sweet as you like, whip with a whisk or hand not over beat or it will curdle. Also feel free to throw in some vanilla or almond extract
  3. If you really need some extra help, add a little somethin' somethin' to it. The Muses themselves are far too responsible and care about their jobs far too much to do this at work...but we know what kind of people you are.
Enjoy!! We're almooost there. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

meatless monday - green smoothies!

The Muses were together this past weekend in DC, and they had a little too much fun yesterday between the Next Food Network Star casting call and extra large beers at African restaurants - needless to say, the Meatless Monday post did not happen.

But never fear, faithful readers. We are excited to bring you today the green smoothie. We've been following sweet Kallie of Kallie Brynn Photography for about a year now, and besides lusting over her photos of France, cooing at snapshots of her sweet little girl and ooh-ing and aah-ing over her amazing photography portfolio, we also have been intrigued by the instagram photos of her green smoothies. These concotions seem bizarre but the thought of downing no less than four fruits/veggies in one sitting with the use of an everyday blender truly compells us. We asked Kallie for a recipe, and she sent us 8! You're such the over-achiever, Kallie!

We're posting a recipe that we've tried and can attest to its deliciousness, as well as Kallie's favorite and also including a few photos taken by Kallie of her smoothie creations. We hope these recipes inspire you to concoct your own favorite - the ECM has recently discovered that parsley and lemon juice give her green smoothies an added zing that really opens her eyes in the mornings.

Enjoy! And be sure to leave a comment letting us know how you make them your own!

Kale-Apple Smoothie
3/4 cup chopped kale (stem removed)
1 small stalk celery
1/2 banana
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup ice
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

ECM note
: using an apple instead of the apple juice works well, and combining spinach and kale takes some of the bitter kale bite away. Throw in a banana for added creaminess. Also, the use of So Delicious Coconut Milk is a great option!

Kallie's Favorite Smoothie
one handful frozen each:
one handful fresh blueberries
one banana
carrot juice
orange juice
two handfuls of spinach

Kallie's note: "I make this one the most (about every other day) and play around a lot with different frozen and fresh fruits. I also add cucumber often and sometimes substitute kale. Most recent variation: one handful of spinach and one stem of kale, a little cucumber, added some frozen peaches, and used fresh strawberries."

Readers - stay tuned to Kallie's blog, as she intends to do a series on her smoothies in the near future!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

stylish modern fabric

The Muses have tons of crafty friends that sew clothing (for themselves and their children), baby gifts, aprons - and sometimes, when one friend in particular gets a wild hair, she reupholsters furniture.

We hear the occasional gripe that it's difficult to find fun modern fabrics that inspire. Sadly, if you hit up a fabric store in the suburbs you'll find little more than pleather, pink plaid fleece, and polyester (yes, there are heroes in the midst, but it takes some work). A brilliant friend of the Muses, Claire, once reupholstered a dining room chair with a napkin from Anthro because the fabric selection she found was lacking. Oh la la - there must be more.

Enter - Fabricworm, an eclectic collection of unique and modern designs. This online shop, run by a momma (let's hear it for smart working moms!) supplies fabrics with designs that are sure to arouse creativity. She also sells bundles of assorted fabrics that coordinate.

Take a peek at her website but beware, before you know it you'll be filled with fabric lust and won't be able to stop your mind from wandering to fantasies of new baby bedding, curtains, birb clothes, and napkins.

Here are a few Muse favorites

We know one Muse cannot tear herself away from stripes : Dena Designs Taza Stripe 

Can we see this as an adorable baby boy bib? Sarah Jane Making Paper Hats in Aqua

Ahem, do we see a certain color scheme that matches a certain blog... Tiffany Blue and Red Bundle

Endless possibilites - accent pillows! napkins! curtains! Dena Designs Taza, Tarika Yellow

Also a great curtain option - digging this color combo : Anna Maria Horner Little Folks Voile in Olive

A modern rose pattern. Love and love! Such a bold pattern would be good as a small accent like the lining of a bag or inside cuff of a shirt : Joel Dewberry Heirloom, Rose Bouquet Amber