Friday Five Finds – Tropical Dreams, Wishing for Spring

Dear G-d,

I’m not asking for much, but can we get on with spring? Here’s a little poem just for you.

I love your blizzards, they’re fun for play.
And, it’s a blessing to be alive, on any day.
Now that that’s been said, let’s get on with the show.
I’m praying for sunshine, and an end to this snow!


In case the above poem doesn’t move the big gal upstairs to usher in spring flowers, here are five finds for you, your kids and your home, that will uplift your sunny spirit.

Have a fabulous weekend and don’t forget to carve out some time for YOU! You’re fabulous, and you deserve it!


1. Ted Baker London Oletta Mirrored Tropics Tunic Dress $275

2. Mini Boden Printed Tunic Pink Grapefruit Seed Packets $34

3. Keds x EOS Limited Edition Collection available in lavender (aka Passion Fruit) and baby blue (aka Blueberry Acai) $50

4. Fresh Flowers trimmed, arranged, and accented with butterflies and sparkly faux leaves from Michaels (This is one of my favorite things to do on a Thursday night, to have fresh flowers in the bedroom and living room for the weekend. #MeaningfulMeMoments) $15 for a dozen roses $5 for the props

5.Tommy Bahama Island Life for Her 1.7 oz. Eau De Parfum $60


Home Accents Inspired by Chinese New Year 2015

I’ll take any excuse to get some new accessories for my home. Catching a Chinese New Year dragon show at Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street, and then seeing the amazing home decor vignettes they had on the 8th floor, got me in the mood for rams, red and redesign. (Have you noticed I’m obsessed with alliteration?)

Here are some great ideas to kick off your spring decor. Always Be Your Best You is a motto I extend beyond myself into my home. It’s my calling card and another way for me, actually, my husband and I, to reflect our style.  Love your personal space and make it a happy home that uplifts your spirit and gives you joy. 

1. Baccarat Small Rectangular Eye Vase $735

2. L’Objet Han Tea Cup + Saucer (Set of 2) $356

3. Naked Decor Ram Skull Double Sided Cotton Throw Pillow $75

4. Natori Dragon Salt & Pepper Shaker $140

5. Wine Crocodile Round Napkin Rings Set of 4 $20

6. Lalique Large Ram Object $2300

7. CB2 Goldie the Wall Hanging Ram $69


Friday Five Finds – Go Red For Women Heart Health

In honor of National Wear Red Day which is part of the American Heart Association’s campaign to educate women on simple changes that promote a heart-healthy lifestyle, today’s Friday Five Finds are all red.

Have a healthy,  happy, heart-fabulous weekend.



1. Calvin Klein Go Red For Women Cap-Sleeve Ponte Dress $80 (Now through February 28, 2015, Macy’s will donate 10% of the sale price from this dress to the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women)

2. Bling Go Red iPhone Case $12 (Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women)

3. L’Objet Coral Bookend $850 each

4. American Heart Association The Go Red For Women Cookbook: Cook Your Way to a Heart-Healthy Weight and Good Nutrition $18

5. Janie and Jack Patterned Sweater Vest $11


Cooking for 1, & My Miso & Mustard Glazed Lamb Chops Recipe

With the hubby away all week on a business trip, I wanted to cook myself fish for dinner because he hates the smell of fish, so it’s usually not on the menu. But, while perusing my friend Candice Kumai’s cookbook Pretty Delicious, I had a mouthwatering craving for her lamb.

On my way home from the gym, I called the local butcher and asked for one pound of rack of lamb (which equals 3 pieces) Frenched. Don’t worry, I had to google the turn to find out the meaning before I put in the order.

Fast forward to 7:45pm and both kids are in bed.

I poured myself a glass of Pinot Noir. Normally, I’m a white wine girl, but I was trying to do the red wine-meat thing.

As I’m going through the steps, I realized that my meat was not on a rack, rather each pieces was separate. Also, I didn’t have the right mustard and my fresh garlic clearly fell out of my grocery bag on the way home.

What’s a girl to do?  … Get creative.

Here’s the recipe I came up with on the fly. Enjoy and have fun in your kitchen.


Miso & Mustard Glazed Lamb Chops
Serves 1

1lb of lamb chops
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon dried sage (fresh is better)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (fresh is better)
3 pinches of garlic powder or 1 garlic glove minced
2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon mustard
2 teaspoons Miso dressing
1/2 teaspoon of sea saltp2home_020515_1

Prehead toaster oven to 400F.

Toss the panko, garlic, sage, thyme and 1/4 salt together on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the mixture and mix together with your palms to incorporate oil into bread crumbs. Set aside.

Rub the remaining sald\t into lamb chops. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in large skillet over medium/high heat. Be cafe. I’m always scared of jumping, happy, hot oil! Place the lamb chops into the skillet and cook each side for about 3-minutes. Use tongs to transfer the lamb to a tray.

Mix mustard and miso in a bowl. Use a brush to cover the lamb chops in the mixture.

Press each lamb chop into the bread crumb mix making sure to cover all sides. Wrap a sheet of foil over the tips of the bones (so they don’t burn). Place the lamb chops onto an oven-safe tray and put into preheated toaster oven for about 7-10 minutes, depending on how you want the meat cooked. Flip the lamp chops to the other side and let cook for another 5-7 minutes.

Remove and let cool for a few minutes. Enjoy with wine and a Shark Tank marathon.



For Candice Kumai’s original Date-Night Knockout Rack of Lamb, check out page 185 of Pretty Delicious. The book is loaded with great recipes to enjoy for every meal of the day.


Friday Five Finds for Mom, Baby and Home

It’s snowing. It’s Friday. It’s time to shop. Here are my Five Finds for Mom, Baby & Home.  I’m sending you lots of love and wishing you a relaxing weekend.

Bootights – I love wearing dresses during the winter with fabulous tights, but I hate when my toes get cold. I used to layer socks over tights, which was too thick, too sweaty and constantly bunching up. Thank goodness someone came up with Bootights, tights that have a sock foot base, making it a dream for pairing rugged Sorel boots with a fab knit dress. (That’s going to be my #ootd for a casual birthday party, tonight.) $36

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes Extensions – This new mascara just came across my desk, this week, and I’m beyond obsessed. With a one-of-a-kind Melted Fiber Technology that melts the blackest black nylon fibers to create crazy volume and lash-enhancingc ingredients like peptides and collagen, this mascara is a jacked-up version of the original Hello Lashes. $24

Kelly Wearstlericon Sculptural Legs – Not going to lie, I don’t actually own this scultpure, though I’ve been drooling over the original gold version for years. It’s not toddler friendly, which means in my current home, given the open layout plan of the living/family/kitchen area, the only place I could safely place it would be my bedroom. Oh, but wait there’s no more extra space since I now have an office in my bedroom thanks to baby 2 taking over my former office! So, can someone out there please buy this and love it for the both of us? PS Dear Sculptural Legs, I’ll see you in the next house. Love, Pamela $1495

Gamboree Valentine’s Day CollectionI hate the concept of Valentine’s Day for adults … really, you only take your wife out and give her an overpriced red rose once a year? Or, you only put on sexy lingerie for your man one night out of 365? Stop the madness. But, give me an excuse to dress up my kids and I’m in for that Valentine’s Day party. I’m getting my little ones stylishly loved-up with these adorable looks from Gamboree. $6-$35 (currently on sale $5-$28)

Kusmi St. Petersburg Black Tea – In case anyone is wondering, I’ve been up since 4:50am! Getting a kid potty trained during the day is one thing. The nights are a whole different animal. The current cup of tea by my laptop is my happy salvation. The hint of caramel makes this a yummy treat for your taste buds and nose. I love it so much, I packed a tin in my labor & delivery bag for both births. #TeaNerd $18


How Mom Can Look Stylish at Home with Lysse Fashion

Dressing up at home, even if the only person that sees you is the mailman, is essential for positive self-esteem. I’ve preached this on TV in numerous style segments, but the concept only became my reality in 2013 when my daughter was born and I gave up my office in the city and the daily, running-in-heels life that came with it.

When I first started to work from home, I would wear dresses, tons of jewelry, even heels. (The heels never left the office. And the floors in that room were constantly vacuumed!) But, as Ilana got older, and then David was in my belly, I began to need home clothing that made me feel stylish, while allowing me to jump from Work Mode to Mommy Mode.

Lysse Fashion, pictured in all the images in this post, is a great choice for stay-at-home moms, women that work from home, and everything in between. It’s the 30-something gal’s fashion essentials for an Always Be Your Best You life. The collection has body-hugging pieces that are age appropriate and ideal for casually entertaining friends and family. There are lots of layering options, including the Martine Wrap flyaway black cardigan with leather trim. That piece is an essential. Get two and keep one for out-of-the-house wear.

As a company that originally only produced leggings, it’s pretty clear they  have mastered the art of the perfect legging. For those of us who’ve had babies or one-two-many of Santa’s cookies, it’s scary to think about wrapping our thighs so tightly to fabric. You have to take a leap of faith and try ANY of Lysse’s leggings to understand why they are so much better than the competition.

So, if you’re sitting at home in sweatpants and a baggy shirt, shame on you. Get up. Look in the mirror and ask yourself “What am I doing? Why don’t I love myself enough to take care of myself and slip into something better?” We all have days when we want to be in pjs, but those should be the rare – VERY rare – exceptions. If it has become your norm, stop the madness. If you want to be loved, look like somebody who deserves to be loved on. What you wear, even at home, says a lot about what you think about yourself. I want you to say to yourself, “I love me enough to get up, get dressed, put on a little mascara, and spend my day in the light of confidence!”

Top – Lysse  Damaris Long Sleeve Tee $88  /  Bottom – Lysse Vegan Leather Legging $84

Top – Lysse Martine Wrap $118  /  Bottom – Lysse Vegan Leather Legging $84

David is happy mommy wears clothing that not only looks good, but let’s her move around and play with him. Ya, he said that during the photo shoot!

Top – Lysse Leather Modal Top $98 / Bottom – Lysse Cotton Tight Ankle Legging $64


Top – Lysse – Summer 2015 collection / Bottom – Lysse Cotton Tight Ankle Legging $64

Playing with my little man, while wearing Lysse Fashion. David is sporting his signature smile.

Photo credit: Lasting Memories





PS If you like this post, check out my thoughts on wearing sexy lingerie more often. It could save your marriage!

8 Modern & Stylish Menorahs, Hanukkah Home Decor

Hanukkah is my  absolute favorite holiday. I love the songs, the family gatherings, the food, and the extra excuse to decorate in theme. At the center of the festiveness is a beautiful menorah. If you’re still on the hunt for a unique, modern menorah, take a look at the eight chic options I’ve uncovered. Not sure why I’m showing eight? Here’a quick 411 on what Hanukkah, aka the Festival of Lights, is all about.

Happy shopping and Happy Hanukkah.

1. Jonathan Adler Brass Bird Menorah, $350
2. Michael Aramicon Rock Menorah, $179
3. Marit Meisler Cement Menorah, $99 at The Jewish Museum Shops (normally $299)
4. Nelson Crossing Chanukah Menorah in Solid Walnut and Copper, $98
5. Jonathan Adler Ceramic Dachshund Menorah, $128
6. Mary Jurek Temple Menorah, $140
7. Michael Dreeben exclusively for The Jewish Museum Shops Sharsheret Link Brass Menorah, $958
8. Copa Judaica Family Elephants Menorah Ceramic, $105








Hostess Gift Guide to Win Best Guest at Holiday Party

Having just hosted my first Thanksgiving, I know how hard (all-be-it-rewarding) it is to entertain nearly two dozen guests. If you are heading to a home party this holiday season, don’t forget a little hostess gift. From a luxurious box of teas, to a unique vase, look for gifts that can be useful during the soiree.

1. Natori Votive Set 3 Candles $65

2. Jonathan Adler I-Scream Vase $68

3. Kusmi Tea Wellness Teas Gift Set $34

4. L’Objeticon Malachite Tray $120-$195

5. Michael Aram Rock Cheeseboard & Knife Set $199

6. Jonathan Adler Animalia Coasters $78

7. Vosges Library of 12 Exotic Chocolate Bars $105

8. Tom Dixonicon Plum Cocktail Shaker $135

(Michael Aram Rock Wine Coaster shown in top image $99)







Happy National Housewife Day, & Products that Improve Home Organization

It’s National Housewife Day.

According to Wikepidia, a housewife is “a woman whose main occupation is running or managing her family’s home—caring for and educating her children, cooking and storing food, buying goods the family needs in day-to-day life, cleaning and maintaining the home, making clothes for the family, etc.—and who is generally not employed outside the home.

OK, technically I’m not a real housewife on account of my employment outside the home, but the rest of the list is spot on. And, if I may toot my own horn – toot, toot – I’m becoming a better housewife every day. The key is prioritizing tasks, working efficiently and knowing when to ask for help.

Prioritizing – Sunday night or Monday morning, I make a dump list of everything that is on my mind. Then, I prioritize which items need to be handled on Monday, which need to be allocated for the rest of the week and which need to go in my “parking lot”.

  • TIP: “parking lot” board houses tasks/ideas/items that you will address at a later time. By parking them, you are giving them a temporary home without forgetting them. At the end of the week, review the board and decide if it’s time to place one of these tasks/ideas on your daily to-do list.

Working Efficiently – There’s no room for dilly dallying when you’re a super housewife. I can’t get sucked into sorting the mail, when I’m on my way to the office (aka computer in my bedroom) for the 1.5hr work period in the morning during David’s first nap. Picking up the phone and talking to my great-aunt for 30-minutes is plausible after 8pm, but a time zapper at 1pm. If I’m heading out of the house for groceries and I know the dry cleaners and bank are on the way, it’s important to plan ahead so that all tasks can be done in one swoop, as opposed to venturing out again and wasting time on two or three trips. You get the picture. Efficiency improves with time. I’m still a work in progress, but I have two tips.

  • TIP: List all the home-related tasks you know happen every week. Allocate set days for certain tasks, i.e. Monday is laundry day, Tuesday is grocery day.
  • TIP: For a week, keep a journal of all your activities. You may be surprised to spot pesky, time killers.

Asking for Help – When given the choice, I always prefer home cooking. However, with two little kids, a career I’m trying to keep alive, laundry, grocery shopping, and, of course, my need for me time, it’s difficult to find time for cooking. Fortunately, my mother-in-law lives blocks away and is a kitchen ninja. That woman can make a seven-course meal with sand and stones. Between her and my own mother and grandmother, I have the culinary support needed to fuel my family. Knowing when to ask for help in any career, including that of a housewife, is essential to running a successful business aka family.

  • TIP: Show your thanks with a brief thank-you card or flowers. Mother-in-laws, also enjoy spa packages.

Here are some clever products to help you become an amazing, well-organized, never-forgets-a-thing, and always-looks-fabulous housewife.

1. ShugabeeLane, Framed Dry Erase Board $159 – Ideal for your “Parking Lot”, this Etsy vendor lets you customize the frame around your erase board.
2. Knock Knock, Check It Off Wrist Note $6 – This is an ingenious essential! Now, I’ll never forget those easy-to-forget tasks.
3. Bob’s Your Uncle, 8 Days-A-Week Planner $18 – Keep this by your computer area or in your purse, for instant access. The extra 8th-day, space is great for items you can later put on your parking lot.
4. Erin Condren, Weekly Schedule Pad- oh! what a week! $30 – This is way chicer than the hand-made, calendar currently hanging in my kitchen.

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Recipe: Simple & Yummy Butternut Squash Soup

I’ve always been intimidated by soups. In fact, prior to my daughter eating solid foods, I had never even made chicken broth. Yesterday, I took the plunge. The result:  a marvelous (totting my own horn!) Creamy Butternut Squash Soup that rivals some of the ones I’ve had at top restaurants. Enjoy the recipe I borrowed from, and made some modifications. I picked this version because I liked how simple they made it to work with butternut squash. Those suckers are difficult to cut and the skin is very hard to peal. Slicing just in half (see image below), and placing the squash in the oven to bake, so that the flesh easily removes from the skin, is easy and gives me 50 minutes to play with the kids or work on another blog post.

2 medium size butternut squash, halved lengthwise and seeds removed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium Granny Smith apple (I’m pretty sure I used Golden Delicious by accident … still tasted good)
1/2 medium yellow onion
4 fresh sage leaves (add more for extra flavor)
3 cups of home made chicken broth (it’s always low sodium!! Make a lot of broth and freeze it for the future.)
2 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds, for garnish

1. Heat the oven to 425°F and arrange a rack in the middle.
2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the squash pieces cut-side up on the baking sheet. Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter and brush all of it over the tops and insides of the squash halves. Season generously with salt and pepper. (So I actyally forgot to season with salt and pepper, and it was fine. Opps.) Roast until knife tender, about 50 minutes to 1 hour.
3. Meanwhile, peel, core, and cut the apple into medium dice. Cut the onion into medium dice. Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the apple, onion, and sage, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 7-10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.
4. When the squash is ready, set the baking sheet on a wire rack until the squash is cool enough to handle. Using a large spoon, scoop the flesh into the saucepan with the sautéed apples and onions; discard the skins.
5. Add the broth, water, and measured salt and pepper, stir to combine, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally and breaking up any large pieces of squash, until the flavors meld, about 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cream.
6. Using a blender, purée the soup in batches until smooth. I used my beloved Magic Bullet! It’s become my best friend, in the kitchen.
7.Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve garnished with the pumpkin seeds, if using.