Roasted Carrot Soup

Since I have moved, I have not been doing very much cooking. The kitchen in my new apartment is a little smaller and a lot sleeker. It's not the kind of kitchen that screams "come cook in me" but lately I've been feeling the urge to cook more and more. Tonight I made something super simple. It doesn't require a lot of ingredients and is super healthy. 

What you need 

(serves 3-4)

  • 8-10 small/medium sized Carrots (organic)
  • 5 cups of veggie or chicken stock (organic)
  • 1 white onion (diced or sliced)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (adjust to taste)
  • 1 inch piece of ginger (peeled, adjust to taste)
  • olive oil/salt/pepper (to taste)

What to do

1.     Preheat oven to 375F. Skin and chop carrots into 1 inch pieces, put half of the chopped carrots and 1 garlic clove on a baking sheet and season with olive oil, salt and pepper. Let the carrots roast for about 25min or until lightly browned and soft.

2.     Bring the stock to a boil with the onion, ginger and remaining carrots/garlic in a saucepan. let simmer for 15min. Then transfer mixture to a blender.

3.     Add roasted carrots to the blender and blend until smooth.

Tip: Once blended feel free to add and blend more garlic or ginger if you prefer a stronger taste…..Garnish each portion with a drizzle of olive oil and pinch of salt/pepper. Enjoy!

xx

Tips & Tricks | Wardrobe Organization w/Sasha

My good friend Sasha de Oliveira' has a long history of working in luxury retail and fashion. Sasha has a perfect eye when it comes to 'product placement' and organization. She has organized the closets of many people in need of her skill from athletes, their wives to wall street tycoons. Recently, Sasha landed what many young fashion girls would call their dream job; U.S. brand ambassador at the one and only Balmain store in the United States opening in Soho this spring. That all being said it was only natural for me to have her revamp my closets and have her share some tips and tricks with you.

TIPS and TRICKS by: SASHA DE OLIVEIRA'

1. The most important thing to do before you start on the 'organizing' is go through everything and put aside anything that you're not wearing. You should be able to wear everything you have hanging up. Your closet is not the place for hoarding. Basically Purge.

2. Hangers play a huge role. All your clothes should look expensive even if it is just a plain white t-shirt. Whether the hangers are velvet, chrome or cedar/wood they should all match. I hate when people leave the dry-cleaning hangers or plastic wrap on their clothes, take five minutes to take the clothes out of the plastic and on to a proper hanger.

3. Categorizing is key and this is where my eye for merchandising comes into play...keep like items together and coordinate from there. Example: keep all your blazers together then place them by weight/color (dark to light) /tones, then do the same for knits, button-downs so on and so forth. Your heaviest knits should be neatly folded and strategically placed. Your closet should look like a store. If you have a shoe wall then neatly align your shoes, if you do not have that luxury then line the shoes you wear the most along the bottom of your closet. You don't walk into Saint Laurent and see all the clothes, shoes and handbags randomly thrown together with no cohesiveness so your closet shouldn't look like that either. 

Follow these rules and your clothes will thank you for it.

xx

Sky and Sasha

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Beauty | Skincare

 

I am not much of a product Junkie. I like and use what works and as a general rule of thumb “if its not broke don’t fix it!” One of my girlfriends always has the 411 when it comes to great beauty and skincare products because unlike me she is for lack of a better term a self-proclaimed “product junkie” which is great because I have reaped the benefits of her extensive knowledge on skincare/make-up products. A few days ago I ventured out into the sea of skincare/make-up counters on my own and left with a couple great creams from La Mer and I am very excited about them. I put a small but accurate list together of some products my skin does not live without. 

La Mer: I purchased what I believe to be their most famous product crème de la mer moisturizing cream and concentre de la mer eye concentrate. Everyone who uses these products swears by them so I am very excited to add them to my nightly beauty routine. I keep the moisturizing to a minimum during the day and save all my serum and creams for bedtime. I will keep you posted on how I like them.

Ole Henriksen: I use the invigorating night treatment at night and the sheer transformation for day and night. These two products work wonders for me. Since I started using these products I have noticed a dramatic improvement in the texture and appearance of my skin.

Dior: When I lived in LA I used Dior everything and my skin was more than satisfied. When I moved to New York that changed. I read somewhere different climates can change your skin (not to mention city air isn’t as fresh or clean as beach air). I still recommend Dior products and I still use the Dior toner from time to time, it leaves your skin feeling clean and fresh. (not pictured)

Kiehls: I really like the ultra moisturizer with SPF. I use it almost everyday especially in the summer.

SK11: I love the essence mask. I try to do this once a week….you wake up with plump bright skin.

xx

Halloween | Movie Night

From the time I was too old to participate in trick-or-treating it has been tradition on the night of Halloween to watch scary films and eat tons of candy. I decided I am going to mix it up this year and do movie night on the eve of Halloween (tonight) and partake in some of the Halloween festivities tomorrow. Last year I watched "The Shining", it was so scary that I could not handle watching another horror film and had to put on the T.V. show "Friends" to get out of my state of terror. I really recommend watching it and the others I have listed below.

Recommendations

The Shining (1980): This film is a cult classic. Jack Nicholson is brilliant and you may recognize the leading lady from Annie Hall. Super Scary!

The Strangers (2008): OK.......This movie had me on the edge of my seat! keep in mind I am also easily scared. I know some people may find the movie to be a little cliche', but it scared me so it is on the list.

American Psycho (2000): Scary and Twisted

Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003): I did not want to step foot in Texas after seeing this.

Paranormal Activity (2007): This movie is shot in home video doc style so it seems extremely real. Must See!!!!!

On the watch-list tonight is Psycho (1960) and Rosemarys Baby(1968) (I will be sleeping w/the lights on)

If you are going out tonight have fun and be safe

HAPPY HALLOWEEN xx

Image Sources: IMDb

Juice

Doing a juice cleanse and going for five days (pause for dramatic effect)……..I doubt I will make it a whole five days but who knows maybe I will surprise myself. I am not doing this to lose weight or anything and I do not recommend doing any sort of juice fast to lose weight for long term goals. Sometimes it is good to hit reset on your body and that is why I am doing the cleanse. I decided to go with Juice Press Juices (TriBeCa), their packaging is fun and they have so many different juices to choose from. I like to drink 3-4 juices a day (I try to keep to the green ones) and then I make my own protein drink (recipe below). This protein drink is not too heavy in protein and I don’t load it with a bunch of “healthy” fats so it is light and still does the job (I make it for breakfast sometimes too). xx

My Protein Drink Recipe 

1 tablespoon of Vibrant Health Pure Green Protein in vanilla (comes in chocolate too, I just like vanilla more)

½ Banana

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

Put everything in a blender, blend and enjoy…..

(for two servings double everything)