Monday, February 27, 2012


To all those non-stop, kick-ass, go-getting, never-quitting rock stars out there! We hear ya! We thrive on that go-go-go environment in the City That Never Sleeps, but sometimes we just have to take a minute to relax and recharge those batteries. Maybe that means taking a few extra hours in bed on Saturday morning, starting up Yoga again, going for a long run, or a day of beauty. Whatever your outlet for relaxation, we all need it once in a while. We put together a list of some of our favorite Relax Resources.

Sites we love:

Finding good deals can be a hard task, but not when you have Internet Flash Sales on your side! Sites like,, are great resources to find not only discounts on the classic calming experiences, but new, cutting-edge ways to slow down and relax also!

Workouts we love:

Bikram Yoga


Spas we love:

Great Jones

Bliss Spas

But as always, we love looking for ways to make fabulous experiences cost effective! Why not turn your home into that high-end spa you’ve always been dying to try? Make one quick supermarket run, dim your lights, put on your favorite soothing beats, and get ready to feel like a million bucks by the end of your night.

Here are a few at-home recipes from that we love!


This mask combines avocados, which are rich in Vitamin E, with carrots, which are high in beta-carotene and antioxidants, and cream, which is high in calcium and protein. These ingredients will rebuild skin collagen, improve tone and texture, and fade age spots.

1 avocado, mashed 

1 carrot, cooked and mashed 

1/2 cup heavy cream 

1 egg, beaten 

3 tablespoons honey 

Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Spread gently over your face and neck, and leave in place 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and follow with your favorite toner.


Ginger invigorates, and oil soothes. Try this double dose for dry skin. 

2-inch piece of fresh ginger 

2 teaspoons light sesame oil

2 teaspoons apricot kernel oil

2 teaspoons vitamin E oil

½ cup cocoa butter

Preheat oven on lowest setting. Finely grate the ginger just enough so that you have about an 1/8 teaspoon of ginger "juice." To obtain the juice, squeeze the freshly grated ginger over a small bowl. Place the ingredients (including the ginger) in a glass container and heat just until the cocoa butter is melted and the oils are blended. Pour into a clean, dry container and store in a cool dry place. You can add a few drops of orange or other essential oil for a nice twist.


Unlike other oils that penetrate into the skin, cocoa butter remains on top and lays down a protective layer, preventing the skin from drying out.

1/2 cup almonds

1/2 cup dry oatmeal

4 tablespoons cocoa butter

3 tablespoons honey

Process the almonds in a blender or coffee grinder until coarsely ground. In a bowl, combine oatmeal, cocoa butter, honey and ground nuts. Rub into your hands and feet, cover with cotton gloves and socks, and leave on overnight. The next morning, remove the gloves and socks and rinse. You'll be delighted with your incredibly smooth skin. This remedy is ideal for soothing hard-working hands and feet because it gently exfoliates old, dead skin and nourishes new cells.

Happy Relaxation!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Spice it up!

Sometimes the routine of life can get a little monotonous, especially in the winter – and when it does you just have to spice it up! Traditional methods of fancy dinners, theater, etc can really break the bank and in a Recessionista- ruling world we have to be creative. Just last week some fabulous rock stars we know were feeling a little, well, un-fabulous. So a quick trip to Trader Joe’s turned a normal-every-day Tuesday dinner into an interactive, cost effective, properFUN pizza party.

A lot of people can be intimidated by the idea of making a pizza, but it’s more fun than fearful! We suggest purchasing Trader Joe’s pre-made pizza dough (Gluten free option is available!) It’s good to have some flour handy so your dough does not get too sticky. Then simply pre-heat oven to 450 degrees and the possbilities are limitless! It can be a lot of fun to throw caution and planning to the wind and buy all of your favorite pizza toppings and make a pizza bar in your kitchen. We are huge fans of interactive food and what could be more interactive than making your own dinner together, side-by-side?

For those who need a little push in the right pizza party direction here are a couple recipes that will knock your socks off! (Courtesty of Martha Stewart)


Roasted Fall Vegetables and Ricotta Pizza


Olive oil, for baking sheet and drizzling

Flour, for dusting surface

1 pound store-bought pizza dough, fresh, or thawed if frozen

8 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, grated (about 2 cups)

6 cups (about 1/2 recipe) Roasted Fall Vegetables, drained and coarsely cut

1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, (optional)

Coarse salt and ground pepper


1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Brush a large baking sheet (preferably rimless) with oil, or line with parchment paper, if desired, for easy cleanup.

2. On a lightly floured surface, roll and stretch dough into a 12-by-16-inch oval (or as large as will fit on baking sheet); transfer to sheet.

3. Sprinkle dough with half the mozzarella. Scatter vegetables on top, and dollop with ricotta; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and, if using, rosemary. Drizzle with olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Bake until bubbling and golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve.

Pesto Pizza


1/4 cup Basil Pesto, (two cubes defrosted)

2 precooked store-bought pizza crusts (8 inches)

1 sliced plum tomato

2 ounces grated mozzarella cheese

Coarse salt and ground pepper


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spread basil pesto on each of two pizza crusts.

2. Layer each crust with plum tomato; sprinkle with grated mozzarella cheese. (Or, layer with just cheese, using 3 ounces thinly sliced fresh mozzarella.) Season with coarse salt and ground pepper.

3. Transfer to a baking sheet; bake until cheese has melted and crust is golden brown, about 10 minutes. Slice, and serve immediately.

The Perfect Pizza


Olive Oil

Store bought pizza dough

Pizza Sauce

12 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced


1. Heat the oven to 500 degrees for at least 30 minutes.

2. Hold your fists about 1 to 2 inches apart. Begin to rotate and stretch the dough, moving your fists until they are 6 to 8 inches apart and the dough is several inches larger. Then place your fists under the inside of the outer edge, and continue to stretch the dough a little at a time until it reaches about 12 inches in diameter. The dough will drape down over your forearms. At this stage, it is important to keep your fists along the inside of the outer edge and watch that the dough does not get too thin or tear in the center. At the same time, make sure to maintain the slightly raised border on the edges.

3. Pour 9 tablespoons of the pizza sauce onto the dough. Using the back of a tablespoon, evenly spread the sauce leaving a half-inch border of dough uncovered. Arrange half of the mozzarella slices on top of the sauce.

4. Bake until the crust is golden brown and crisp on the edges and the bottom, 10 to 12 minutes, turning the pizza halfway through baking.

And while we are on the topic, why stop at a pizza party? Think about making themed dinners part of the mix!


Mediterranean Night

Sandwich night (Try taking this simple idea and come up with creative twists!)

Sushi-making “class”

Taco Night

Fajita Fiesta

Peace, love, creativity.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Post-Party Depression

The before is always more exciting than the after…

So many of my clients ask me: “Jes what do you do with all of this beautiful stuff after the event, and doesn’t it make you sad when the party is over?” There is a two-part answer, and the first part is easy.

In terms of flowers or food or anything that is perishable, a party life span is limited and to be honest a lot of elements deservedly go into the trash or back into the client’s hands. The fact is that after prepping and conditioning flowers for several days before the event in order to achieve the perfect bloom, these babies are ready to be put to rest by the end of the event. Hospitals, and assisted living homes don’t want dead flowers, nor do they have the man power to come and accept them, clean them and distribute them amongst the residents or patients.

Homeless shelters and food banks can’t use food that has been opened and exposed to a large group of people and frankly they are smart in protecting those who would receive this food no matter how desperate they are to eat—making recipients ill in return for free food is not acceptable.

The best way to avoid waste is to shop smart while planning your event. While ordering your food consider how many of your guests will actually consume what you are ordering and what will be left over. I am all for going all out for a special event. I believe that you are allowed to be a bit “Bougie” on special occasions. Just remember that there are people like you all over the world going over the top at the exact same time. The result is one huge leftover mountain!

Something that we have started doing is offering guests take home “doggie bags” of food from the party. Often folks are relieving baby sitters or didn’t leave a great dinner for the kids. Why not bring home some fab food from your night out? Also let’s not forget how those drunken munchies can brutally attack mid slumber. How awesome would it be to have that huge chunk of beef bĂ©arnaise waiting for you in the fridge much like a gift from heaven for exactly when you need it?

The emotional part of post-party depression is harder to digest. I have seen some of my brides go into deep depressions after being queen for a day, or being the skinniest they have ever been in their lives and feeling simply being adored. Also the hard work they poured into planning their big day for the past year was grueling and exhausting yet at the same time so purposeful.

Personally, I get emotionally attached to so many of my clients that I often feel like it’s the last day of a really great summer camp when the party is over and it’s sad. As I let go of a bride’s train as she floats down the aisle into her future or I tear down a window built out of M&M’s, I panic for a quick second but then I simply look forward. The truth is, this is not the last party we are ever going to throw. If we focus on the reasons we celebrate (which are numerous), there is always a party to look forward to. So turn that frown upside down and lets get planning!!!