NYFW Beauty: Jay Manuel Beauty for Bibhu Mohapatra

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The Inspiration

“It’s as though she stepped out of a painting from the 1920’s but there’s a hint of modernity.  She’s iconic, mysterious and a bit melancholy. Her mood is somber” – Jay Manuel

Team

Jay Manuel and Marla Belt for Jay Manuel Beauty

The Partnership

“I’m thrilled to collaborate with Bibhu Mohapatra and help realize his total vision for the woman of today. He’s a creative visionary whose use of architecture and ingenuity in his designs is not only a fresh but an innovative approach to his timeless and classic aesthetic.  His attention to geometric shapes, elevated patterns and colors schemes makes this partnership ideal for Jay Manuel Beauty.” – Jay Manuel

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Products Used:

Face

Jay Manuel Filter Finish Collection Skin Perfector Foundation, Luxe Powder, Bronzer in Sex on the Beach, Skin Face Lift in Platinum

Eyes

Jay Manuel Beauty Intense Color Eyeshadow Quad in Loud & Narcotic

Jay Manuel Beauty The Everything Pencil in Wicked; Mascara in Noir

Iman Cosmetics Perfect Eye Pencil in Jet Black

Lips

Jay Manuel Beauty The Ultimate Lip Gloss in Strip & Wet

Jay Manuel Beauty launches on HSN on March 26th

Visit jaymanuelbeauty.com for more product information.

Wine Wednesday: Short Rib Stew

I got this from a chef in my neighborhood. I’ve tried it and OMG!! This is sooo rich and amazing.  What chef does the day after (if there is any left) he makes sliders. So…if you try this on Friday night…how about some sliders for the weekend football game?  Hmmmm.  Enjoy!

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3 1/2 pounds boneless beef short ribs, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 cups dry red wine

3 cups veal or chicken stock

6 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch dice

1 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice

3 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice

1 large onion, cut into 1-inch dice

1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, quartered

1 tablespoon thyme leaves, chopped

8 sage leaves, coarsely chopped

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

 

In a large bowl, toss the short ribs with the flour. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat the oil. Working in batches, cook the short ribs over moderately high heat until browned all over, about 6 minutes per batch. Discard the oil.

Return the meat and any juices to the casserole. Add the wine and boil until reduced by half, 8 minutes. Add the stock and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook over low heat until the meat is tender, 2 hours.

Skim any fat from the stew. Stir in the carrots, potatoes, parsnips, onion, mushrooms, thyme and sage. Cover and simmer over low heat until the vegetables are tender, about 35 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Juicy, berry-rich Shiraz. Southern French Reds. Chilean Cabernet Sauvigno or Sangiovese from Tuscany. With the Sliders – any wheat beer goes well.

Ken Paves says You Are Beautiful with his hair care collection

The Ken Paves You Are Beautiful Collection combines the latest hair care technologies, typically found only in salons, with natural, good-for-your-hair ingredients that allow women everywhere to celebrate and enhance their natural beauty. His unique vision and signature hairstyles incorporate innovative, confident and sexy designs that are translated into products that not only touch the hair, but the lives of the women who use the collection.kevinpUtilizing high quality ingredients, sophisticated scents and luxurious packaging, the You Are Beautiful collection provides consumers with high-performance, salon quality results. All You Are Beautiful products are formulated with a proprietary blend of 100% essential oils, ylang ylang, geranium, citrus and more. Because Ken cares deeply about the health of the hair itself, the line is made without sulfates, parabens, phthalates, neurotoxins, aluminum, glycols or synthetic fragrances and dyes. The luxurious range includes shampoos, conditioners and styling products for all hair types.

The collection ranges from $13-$19 and will be exclusively at Walmart and online at www.walmart.com.

 

Caché introduces Beyond Haute just in time for Valentine’s Day

Caché, the boutique shopping experience that has been an American mainstay for the past three decades, is excited to unveil the brand’s new fragrance, Beyond Haute!

The new perfume takes its name from the idea that the juice and bottle itself function as a woman’s ultimate statement piece, the essential, final accessory to any outfit. Upgrade your fragrance wardrobe and spritz yourself with something refreshingly new!beyondhaute

Top Notes: Passion Fruit, Cassis Buds, Green Pear

Mid Notes: Blushed Peony, Muguet in the Air, Waterlily

Base Notes: White Cedarwood, Clean Musk, Bourbon Vanilla

Beyond Haute retails for $64 and will be available at all Cache Boutiques and online at www.cache.com

Wine Wednesday: Red Velvet Molten Lava Valentines Day

I have a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s Day.  I mean, I appreciate the thought of the day, but I hate that on this day, men (ok, and some women) make themselves crazy on what “thing” to buy to show their partner how much they love them. COME ON…one day to show love?? What happened to the other 363 days of the year? My relationship now is at the place where I want to exhibit love with someone who loves me….as well as likes me. That makes my heart sing and better than any gift that can be bought.   So create these cakes not just on Valentine’s day but any day.
Happy Valentine’s Day honey….
Lava Cakes
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 large eggs
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 teaspoons red food coloring (I really like the gel colors)
coconut whipped cream, whipped cream or ice cream, for serving (optional)
Ganache
4 1/2 ounces (about 3/4 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup canned coconut milk or heavy cream
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  1. First make the ganache. In a microwave safe bowl add the chocolate and coconut milk (or heavy cream). Microwave on high for 30 second intervals, stirring between each until melted. Once melted stir in the vanilla extract. Cover and place in the fridge.
  2. Grease 6 (4 ounce) ramekins or 4 (6 ounce ramekins) and place on a baking sheet.
  3. Heat the chocolate and butter together on low in a small saucepan, stirring until just melted. Watch it closely to make sure it does not burn. Remove from the heat and stir in the flour and salt until smooth.
  4. Add the eggs to a large mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer beat the eggs and slowly add the sugar until the eggs are pale in color, about four minutes. Add the vanilla extract and food coloring, mix until combined. Pour in the melted chocolate mixture and use a rubber spatula or wooden spoon to fold the chocolate into the eggs until just combined. Divide the mixture among the prepared ramekins.
  5. Now grab your ganache from the fridge and spoon about 1-2 heaping teaspoons of ganache (you will not use it all) right into the center of the ramekins. Use a spoon to scoop the red velvet mixture over the ganache. Cover the ramekins and place in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. After 15 minutes remove from the fridge and place in the oven. Bake for 10-20 minutes (10 minutes for 4 ounce ramekins and 18 minutes for 6 ounce ramekins). Loosen the edges of the cakes with a butter knife and turn out onto plates. Serve immediately with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. I also added some toasted coconut, shaved chocolate and pomegranate arils.

Most of all, spend it with someone you love…Hopefully they love you as much back!

Hey Georgeous loves your Valentine’s day curves

Hey Gorgeous, as you know Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and for many women, digging up date-night looks that they’ll feel great in and their partner will LOVE can be a challenge. When you are a woman with “curves” that sometimes can pose another ‘challenge’. I mean, I love my curves and want my man to love them too, but not every designer shows me love.

That said, for the nearly 7 out of 10 women in the U.S. who are size 12 and above, finding fashion-forward options that fit well is an even bigger style struggle. Thankfully, Hey Gorgeous! promises an easy, fashion-conscious experience for women to shop the trends they love – all available in your size. With a cherry-picked selection of haute date-night-approved dresses and stylish, yet sexy separates available on the boutique now, women can get dressed for V-day in ensembles they not only like but fall head over heels for.geor

Styles from designers like ABS Allen Schwartz, BB Dakota, Carmakoma, Harlow, Anna Scholz and many more you’ll find on their site. Hey, even if you are “with yourself” (I hate hearing women saying they are “alone”) on Valentine’s day, grab one of these dresses, doll yourself up and party like the Queen you are!!

Monique Lhuillier Valentines day must haves

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Monique Lhuillier will be launching her new XO collection line of diamonds set in white gold and her “My Favorite Things” home collection with Waterford.  So if you are looking for the perfect gift to give your bride on  your wedding day (besides your heart, of course) may these inspire you.

Monique Lhuillier Blue Sapphire and Diamond Geometric Pendant  Price: $950monique 1

Monique Lhuillier Blue Sapphire and Diamond Geometric Drop Earrings  Price: $1,650monique2

Monique Lhuillier Double Halo Earrings  Price: $1,975monique3

Monique Lhuillier Diamond XO Necklace  Price: $1,350monique4

Monique Lhuillier Diamond XO Bracelet  Price: $10,700

monique5With any of these…someone will be a very happy Valentine Bride.