Monthly Archives: September 2011

Shortcut to Fabulous Jewelry of the Month Club Deal

jmb0029-111Today if you like Jewel Mint on Facebook by clicking here, you can get $7 off the already reasonable price of $29.99 for a jewelry piece. (This includes shipping!). Jewel Mint is a Jewelry of the Month club where all of the pieces are $29.99 including shipping. The only part that is not so fab is that you have to “skip” each month that you don’t want to purchase in order to avoid being charged, but you get the selections in your email box every month, so for me it is easy to remember to skip…

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Shortcut to Fabulous Comfort Food-Dumpling Soup

IMG_0760This weekend I felt the need for some comfort food and I tinkered with a recipe I found online and found a quick and easy way to make dumpling soup.

Here is what you need:

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 ribs celery with leafy tops from the heart, diced
  • 5 carrots, peeled and diced not more than 1/2-inch
  • 8 new potatoes, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • About 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock-in-a-box
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh dill
  • 2 cups frozen green peas
  • Packaged Biscuit mix prepared to package directions (I used Bisquick)

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium high heat with olive oil, 4 turns of the pan. Add the diced onion to the pan and let the onion sweat for about 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the minced garlic and let the mixture cook for 1-2 minutes. Chop the vegetables and keep adding to the pot as you work to keep your cutting board clear – add the diced celery, carrots and potatoes. Then add salt, pepper and thyme. Sweat the vegetables 8 to 10 minutes covered, stirring fairly frequently, then add wine. Add chicken stock and 2 cups water and bring to a boil.

Put a separate skill on medium heat and heat the butter over medium heat to melt, then whisk in the flour 1 minute to make a roux. Scrape the roux into the soup and then add the frozen peas and dill. Bring the pot back up to a boil while you make the biscuit mix according to package directions (Bisquick only requires you to add water and stir). Form 8-10 balls with the biscuit dough and drop them two spoons into the pot of boiling water.Cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and serve.

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Miami Monday…Shortcut to Fabulous way to give back

mmlogo2010I am a proud member of the Junior League of Miami and this year, I have the privilege of serving as co-chair of one of the organization’s biggest fundraisers of the year, Miami Magic. It is a fab party held every year with cocktails, dinner, dancing silent auction and more. This year we decided to spice things up and give those who can’t attend an opportunity to give back to the community and donate through our “Miss it but Mask it” online giving campaign. Now is your chance to give back and support a charity that actually makes a difference and doesn’t have a ridiculous operating budget. The Junior League of Miami only has one employee…that’s right…one! Everything else we do is purely on  volunteer basis. We even pay dues to cover costs for meetings, etc. The Junior League of Miami is a volunteer organization made up of close to 1,000 women who work on projects addressing homelessness, family violence, women and chlldren’s health, early childhood development and childcare. Trust me when I tell you a simple donation of a $1 or $5 can make a big impact. Please click here to join the online giving campaign and donate whatever you can afford or feel comfortable giving.

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Shortcut to Fabulous Limited Edition tees

vitamin waterIf you were left empty handed after Missoni Mayhem, I have the fix for your limited edition craving. Ebay’s Fashion vault is selling limited edition shirts designed by the likes of Derek Lam, Richard Chai and Vena Cava. Vitamin Water and the CFDA sponsored the design challenge and some of the shirts are pretty cute…plus they are only $25…click here to check them out.

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Miami Monday…Shortcut to Fabulous Thursday Night Flick

Ferriss Buellers Day OffFlickin’ Summer 2011 continues with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the classic 1986 comedy from director John Hughes. Matthew Broderick stars as a high school wise guy who’s determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks. Watch the trailer onYouTube. Catch the film on Thursday September 22, 2011 at the historic and beautiful Gusman theater in downtown Miami.

Come early to enjoy happy hour specials starting at 6 p.m., and stay afterwards to dance onstage with retro classics from DJ MR PAUER!

Flickin’ Summer is sponsored by the Miami Downtown Development Authority.

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Shortcut to Fabulous Fall Blazer

custom blazerA fab blazer is a must-have in any fashionable woman’s wardrobe. There are tons of options in tons of price points, but this item might be worth a bit of a splurge in a timeless cut because blazers pull together any look and can be worn to work or for an evening out. What if I told you that you could customize a blazer to suit your style for under $400? You can at Alex & Eli’s Tailor Shop. Choose from four blazer styles and then customize your blazer by choosing the color, lining and buttons. Then you select your size and in two to four weeks you have a blazer tailor made for you delivered to your door!

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Shortcut to Fabulous Fall Jewelry that wont break the bank

Pree Brulee has really fabulous jewelry at a price point that will make your heart go pitter-patter. There are some totally market new pieces in for fall that are exquisite and completely spot-on when it comes to this season’s trends. There is so much fun stuff on the site, but the photos below represent the pieces I am cuckoo for cocoa puffs insane for right now.Click on the photo to purchase.

Bengal Tiger Bangle $34

Bengal Tiger Bangle $34

Princess Laila Ring Royal Blue $25

Princess Laila Ring Royal Blue $25

Art Deco Cuff $34

Art Deco Cuff $34

Love Poems Ring $56

Love Poems Ring $56

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