Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
What I’ve learned today?
Few key facts about sunscreen that I didn’t know. Before you head off to the store to grab some, please read this, make a note and be much safer this summer (well, and whole year round).
Things you want in your sunscreen:
ZINC, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, AVOBENZONE OR MEXORYL SX
Types of sunscreen to buy:
CREAM, BETWEEN 30-50 SPF, WATER RESISTANT, MADE FOR POOL AND EXERCISE
Things you don‘t want in your sunscreen:
OXYBENZONE, VITAMIN A (retinyl palmitate), ADDED INSECT REPELLENT (buy it separately and apply before the sunscreen)
Types of sunscreen not to buy:
SPRAYS, POWDERS, SPF ABOVE 50
Why Vitamin A? Studies show that even small amounts of it in the sunscreen significantly speed the growth of tumors and lesions in lab animals, something that FDA will not tell you about. The kicker is that over 40% of sunscreens out there have this ingredient and promoting it as a “good thing”. Why oxybenzone? Mostly bad for children, experts say that oxybenzone penetrates the skin and is associated with allergic reactions and potential hormone disruption.
As for the 50 SPF or higher, it doesn’t really give you more protection and people tend to use less when the SPF is 80 or 100 thinking that they are safe. Also we don’t tend to use enough, you should use at least a shot glass and re-apply often…even though it’s pain in the &%s, but sure better than cancer.
So there, that’s what I’ve learned today.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
1/2 pack of whole wheat lasagna noodles
1 container of grape tomatoes
handful of FRESH basil
1 can of (low sodium) tomatoes
3 cloves of garlic (can do more if you want)
1/2 tbsp. of olive oil
1 tsp. of butter
1 container of low-fat ricotta cheese
some part skim mozzarella and any hard cheese you have (Pecorino Romano, Parmesan etc.)
1 tbsp. dry oregano (optional)
salt & pepper
Chop the garlic, heat up a pan with the butter and olive oil then add the garlic. Watch out, don't burn it like I did!! Add the tomatoes, sprinkle some salt and pepper, cover and simmer on medium heat for about 15-20 minutes until the tomatoes can be easily crushed with a fork.
In a bowl, mix the ricotta, oregano, some salt, pepper and 1 egg. Set aside.
Now, when the tomatoes are cooked, gently (watch out, it might spray) pierce/crush them with a fork, throw in the basil and cook for two minutes. Now, depending on how juicy and big your tomatoes are, if you don't have that much sauce add the can of tomatoes.
Next, assemble. Spray a baking dish (whatever size you have if fine, you will have more or less layers, no biggie) with cooking spray on all sides and bottom. Layer it with the noodles, then the ricotta mix, then sliced/shredded mozzarella and parmesan, then with the tomato basil sauce. And repeat until you are done. Finish with the noodle layer and sprinkle some mozzarella and parmesan on top.
Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes. Let it stand for few minutes before cutting. Yum!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
See what's cooking.
Rustic, homemade birthday breakfast that works great for any occasion and doesn't take all day to make.
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Friday, May 7, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
What makes them special, are these one of a kind vintage, carved glass pendants. I have them in several colors and slowly working through all of them. Such fun to mix and match stones, pearls and other materials.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
The main idea behind the show is market research. I want to find out what women really like, which pieces do they respond to and basically what sells more before I organize the "big" show. As of now, I got a bit conflicting messages from my clients, each responding to something else, which maybe proves the point of doing what YOU think and feel is right.....
Here's the color palette for my upcoming designs
A bit of contrast, romantic feel with whole lot of mixing! Pink, white, blue, with deep plum, red and earth tones.....lovely!
Chanel Spring 2010
Anna Sui Spring 2010 Louis Vuitton Spring 2010
Kenzo Spring 2010
Chanel Spring 2010 Etro Spring 2010
Wunderkind Spring 2010 Ralph Lauren Spring 2010
Alice + Olivia Fall 2010