On the Top of Marshmallow Icebergs…

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
Virginia Woolf

 

Pierre Javelle from France and Akiko Ida from Japan met studying photography in the Paris “Arts Decoratifs” Art School.

The artists, a husband and wife collaborative team, created the first MINIMIAM works in 2002. “Miam” is French for “yum” – it’s a playful and beautiful series of photographs that place miniature people in a world of over-sized food.

Both artists are highly successful food and life style photographers. Ida has participated in more than 40 cookbooks and her work is published in major magazines throughout Europe and Canada including Travel & Leisure, Food & Wine, Elle and others. Javelle is published in major gourmet magazines including Le Monde Magazine and Paris Match.

Check out more of Pierre Javelle and Akiko Ida’s work here.

Amazing Edible Art

 “I learned that food art for kids shouldn’t just look decorative and fancy. It should also taste as good as it looks.”
Samantha Lee

Samantha Lee, stay-at-home mom from Malaysia, gained a following of more than 400,000 people on Instagram thanks to her amazing food designs that she used to do for her kids.

“I started my very first Bento making in December 2008, when I was heavily pregnant with my second daughter. It was to let my elder daughter to eat independently after the arrival of her younger sister. I was very lucky and blessed that my creations never failed to impress my elder daughter and it made her looked forward to the next meal. Now, she has her little sister fighting over which character they should get during mealtime. It makes meal time extremely fun,” Lee said.

Samantha has never been at any cooking classes. In the beginning, she was searching online for ideas but now it’s all about creativity and imagination.

“Coming up with a new idea takes the longest, while the cooking and decorating requires about one-and-a-half hours per dish”, Lee said.

Check out some of my favorite designs by Samantha Lee below.

My Favorite Fashion Exhibitions in 2013

“Future Beauty” doesn’t speak, it screams.
Christopher Muther, the Boston Globe

 

There were two absolutely great fashion exhibitions in 2013. But the good news is you still have a little bit of time to see them. I would highly recommend you – don’t miss them if you’re around Boston or New York.

The Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA) is hosting the renowned “Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion” through January 26.

The exhibition features Japanese fashion designers such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo, and Yohji Yamamoto, all of whom have been reshaping fashion since the early 1980s.

The second exhibition is in New York. The Brooklyn Museum is the only East Coast location for “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk”.

It is the first international exhibition where you can find a lot of Gaultier creations that were never seen at any other venues. On view in Brooklyn through February 23.

The Most Popular Car Colors

Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.
Henry Ford

 

OK, girls, I have to buy a new pair of red shoes, then I’ll find a nice red lipstick. For a red lipstick I need to get a new red coat. But how can I get a new red coat without a red car? So I’ll need to get a new red car. Right? Just kidding. I like black color cars anyway.

According to the PPG Industries, the world’s leading manufacturer of transportation coatings, not black color – but white continues to be the most popular car color globally based on 2013 automotive build data. It remains most popular in Europa, North America and Asia.

In South America, however, silver leads in popularity (33 percent), then white (29 percent) and black (13 percent).

In North America, the popular colors after white (21 percent) are: black (19 percent), gray (17 percent), and silver (15 percent).

These were followed by red and blue.

PPG found out some more interesting facts about 2013 vehicle types in North America:

  • Sport models are most likely to feature shades of red and blue,
  • The largest percentage of gold and beige vehicles is in the minivan segment,
  • Luxury vehicles, 57 percent of which were gray in 2013, are most likely to feature effect finishes in black metallic and white pearl, and
  • Color varies most across SUVs, with relatively equal distributions finished in shades of white, black, blue, red and gray.

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Related:

Detroit Auto Show Coverage: Best Ride Midnight Oil Auto Blog

 

And the winner is…

 

You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.
Zig Ziglar

 

Or the winners are…

It’s first time when we have more than one winner and actually – even three. It was really hard to make a decision.

Thank you so much, my dear readers, for participating in the contest. Enjoying all photos!

But the winners are:

1st Place – Karen:

Making children smile is such fun.  Sang at Santa Breakfast with my church band wearing this elf costume and then had an idea.  Elf on a shelf. Hope you pick me.”Karen

 

2nd Place – Amber and Brody:

I would like to submit this photo of my goldendoodle and I for your photo contest. I am very thankful to be home this holiday season with my loved ones, after spending a few holidays overseas. We remember those servicemembers who cannot be home with their families this holiday season and wish them happy holidays.”
Amber

 

3rd Place – Hollie:

Hollie


CONGRATULATIONS!!

Have a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends, my dear readers!
And thank you for being with me on our Food and Fashion journey!

Our Holiday Contest 2013 is OFFICIALY over!

Christmas and the holidays are the season of giving. It’s a time when people are more kind and open-hearted.
Gisele Bundchen

OK…

Our Holiday Photo Contest 2013 is OFFICIALY over!!

We’ll find out who is the winner  on Monday, December 23rd!
(or… maybe we have more than ONE winner – but it’s a secret so far)

Please stay tuned!

maska

Holiday Photo Contest 2013

Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!
Amanda Bradley

 

Tell us your story – share your favorite holiday (Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year) photograph and win a prize!

The contest will run throughout December 20.

Just put “Holiday Photo Contest” in the subject line and send it to ayudin@wickedlocal.com

Good luck!
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The Day Of The Year With The Most Candy Sales

Life is uncertain.  Eat dessert first. 
Ernestine Ulmer

October 14 National Dessert Day is a sweet (very sweet) day filled with yummy sweets! Why can’t we celebrate it when we would like to? And why not today?

Did you know that:

–       Fairy Floss was the original name of the cotton candy? It was invented by William Morrison, a dentist.

–       Chocolate contains antioxidants which prevent your body from cancer and heart disease?

–       According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest lollipop was 7,003 lb., and was created at See’s Candies Lollypop Factory in Burlingame, California, in 2012? The lollipop was chocolate-flavored.

–       The top selling candy: Candy Corn?

And:

–       The day of the year with the most candy sales? October 28th. And of all the 365 days in the year, the top five candy selling days are all in October.

Trick or Treat?
Happy Halloween!

Style Tip of the Week

Matching your hat to your shoe to your bag, or your necklace to your earrings, has a tendency to look dated. Mixing up your accessories adds interest to an outfit, and can make you look much more modern and polished.
Stacy London

We have a great model here who is going help us to share different fashion advices and tips. Her name is Dusya and she is our new fashionista.

As you know I love accessories – bags, shoes… and, of course, scarves. Good accessories make any outfit.

You may always take a scarf to add some color to your outfit. Or to spice it up a little.
See below how different it looks.

Shrimp with Brie Recipe

Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich.
“Bubba”, Forrest Gump

I think I told you earlier that one of my favorite things to do is to go to a bookstore and spend some time there with books and coffee. So today when it was pretty gloomy and cold outside we decided to go to Barnes and Noble. There were a lot of cook books and just for fun I was trying to find a Shrimp with Brie recipe. I couldn’t! There were a lot of Shrimp Brie Pasta or Shrimp with feta recipes. But nothing about Shrimp with Brie. So here is how to cook Shrimp with Brie (no Linguine). It’s a great combination – so definitely try it!

Ingredients:

1 bag frozen cooked peeled salad shrimp
Brie cheese, cut into chunks
1 tablespoon prepared Dijon-style mustard
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil

In a saucepan over medium heat the olive oil, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, and parsley. Add shrimp. Cook, stirring constantly.

Sprinkle brie cheese chunks over top. Cook 1-2 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

You can serve it with Lemon and Garlic Green Beans.

Bon appetit!

Boston Fashion Week

Fashion is very important. It is life-enhancing and, like everything that gives pleasure, it is worth doing well.
Vivienne Westwood

My dear Boston friends, don’t miss Boston Fashion Week and a lot of great events in our town. You can find more information here.

Your Favorite Color: What it Says About You

Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.
Gwyneth Paltrow

At first I bought a red chair. Then a vase and a beautiful painting with “the lady in red”. Of course, I couldn’t miss red scarf and beautiful red sunglasses.

What does it mean?

I’m in my “Picasso Red Period” (I also like blue – but not now).

So it was interesting to read Your Favorite Color: What it Says About You. Why not, right?

White: Symbolic of purity, innocence and naiveté, white has strong connotations of youth and purity. If you are an older person, your preference for white could indicate a desire for perfection and impossible ideals, maybe an attempt to recapture lost youth and freshness. It may also symbolize a desire for simplicity or the simple life.

Red: The color of strength, health, and vitality, Red is often the color chosen by someone outgoing, aggressive, vigorous and impulsive—or someone who would like to be! It goes with an ambitious nature but those who choose it can be abrupt at times, determined to get all they can out of life, quick to judge people and take sides. Red people are usually optimistic and can’t stand monotony; they are rather restless and not at all introspective, so they may be unaware of their own shortcomings. They find it hard to be objective and may blame others for any mishaps. Quiet people with a preference for red may feel the need for the warmth, strength and life-giving qualities of the color, or they blanket their true feelings under a sober exterior. Red is usually chosen by people with open and uncomplicated natures, with a zest for life.

Maroon: Harsh experience has probably matured the Maroon person into someone likable and generous. It is often a favorite color of someone who has been battered by life but has come through. It indicates a well-disciplined Red personality—one who has had difficult experiences and has not come through unmarked but who has grown and matured in the process.

Pink: This color embodies the gentler qualities of Red, symbolizing love and affection without passion. Women who prefer Pink tend to be maternal. Pink desires protection, special treatment and a sheltered life. Pink people require affection and like to feel loved and secure, perhaps wanting to appear delicate and fragile. Pink people tend to be charming and gentle, if a trifle indefinite.

Orange: This color of luxury and pleasure appeals to the flamboyant and fun-loving person who likes a lively social round. Orange people may be inclined to dramatize a bit, and people notice them, but they are generally good-natured and popular. They can be a little fickle and vacillating, but on the whole they try hard to be agreeable. Orange is the color of youth, strength, fearlessness, curiosity and restlessness.

Yellow: The color of happiness, wisdom and imagination, Yellow is chosen by the mentally adventurous, searching for novelty and self-fulfillment. Yellow usually goes with a sunny and shrewd personality, with a good business head and a strong sense of humor. It is the color of intellectuality and all things to do with the mind. Yellow folks are usually clear and precise thinkers who have a good opinion of their own mental capacities and who have lofty ideals. They may at times tend to shun responsibility, preferring freedom of thought and action.

Green: The color of harmony and balance, Green symbolizes hope, renewal and peace, and is usually liked by the gentle and sincere. Greens are generally frank, community-minded people, fairly sociable but preferring peace at any price. Green people can be too self-effacing, modest and patient, so they may get exploited by others. They are usually refined, civilized and reputable.

Blue: Soft, soothing, compassionate and caring, Blue is the color of deliberation and introspection, conservatism and duty. Patient, persevering, conscientious, sensitive and self-controlled, Blues like to be admired for their steady character and wisdom. They are faithful, but are often worriers with somewhat inflexible beliefs and can be too cautious, and suspicious of flamboyant behavior.

Blue-Green: Exacting, discriminating, poised and attractive, the Blue-Green person tends to be sensitive, intellectual and refined, persevering and stable if rather detached. Blue-Greens have excellent taste, and are usually courteous and charming, capable but often refusing help or guidance.

Turquoise: Complex, imaginative and original, Turquoise people drive themselves hard and may be in a state of turmoil under their outwardly cool exterior.

Lavender: This is often chosen by a person who lives “on a higher plane,” who never notices anything sordid and who is always impeccably and beautifully dressed. Lavender people may be on a continual quest for culture and the refined things of life, high and noble causes but without the necessity of getting their hands dirty. A Lavender person is usually creative, charming, witty and civilized.

Purple: Purples are highly individual, fastidious, witty and sensitive, with a strong desire to be unique and different. Temperamental, expansive and artistic, a Purple person may become aloof and sarcastic when misunderstood. If you chose Purple, you tend to be unconventional, tolerant and dignified, likely to achieve positions of authority.

Brown: A Brown person has stamina and patience, tending to be very solid and substantial, conscientious, dependable, steady and conservative. Browns are not impulsive, and may be inarticulate and tactless but they love responsibility and are reliable and kindly. If you chose Brown, watch out for a tendency to be obstinate and inflexible.

Gray: The color of caution and compromise, diligent Grays search for composure and peace and often work hard without reward. Older Grays like life to run on an even keel with few ups and downs. Young Grays may be withdrawing from life and suppressing their personalities. Grays often have good business ability and tend to work too much.

Black: Dignified and impressive without being showy, Black people want to give the appearance of mystery, but their preference may also indicate a suppression of desires and worldly aims, suggesting hidden depths and inner longings.

Hippie Chic

My mother was extremely controlled, sort of flawless. And I always tend to be a bit more hippie.
Vera Wang

Make love, not war is an anti-war slogan usually associated with the hippie subculture of the 1960s. I think we need this slogan again when the words “war”, “violence” are used too often these days. We need peace and love.

Lots of us can be considered hippies for one reason or another. Especially you understand it when you come to see the MFA exhibition Hippie Chic. Nothing’s changed too much in fashion – colors, shapes, fabrics. There are many things see there from the late 1960s and early 1970s that you can probably find in your closet. The exhibition tracks the revolutionary influence of the hippie movement on fashion.

“This generation opened that door, pushing what was possible. Grunge, punk — hippies wedged the door open first,” – curator Lauren Whitley said.

You will see about 50 ensembles, many of them new acquisitions, supplemented by loans from other museums and private collections.

Learn more about such an interesting era, feel nostalgic, or just – enjoy.

Hippie Chic continues through November 11th.

What did you have for dinner last night?

King Louis Philippe once said to me that he attributed the great success of the British nation in political life to their talking politics after dinner.
Benjamin Disraeli

 

What did you have for dinner last night?

I had…

 

Back to School: Lunch for Kids

I’m the kind of girl who thinks about what she’s gonna cook for dinner when she’s finishing her lunch.
Padma Lakshmi

 

The kids are back to school. Summer is over and it’s time to refocus and set new goals. For many parents it also means packing their kids lunch boxes. We all know that preparing healthy lunches is essential for their well-being. So I would like to share with you a website that I found. It has a lot of great lunch ideas.

 

Boston Street Style

That is the key of this collection, being yourself. Don’t be into trends. Don’t make fashion own you, but you decide what you are, what you want to express by the

Gianni Versace

I’m a city girl. I love walking the streets of this beautiful city. With coffee in my cup. And great people around. Stylish and Busy. Relaxed and Fashionable. That’s why one of my favorite fashion websites is Boston Street Style. If you miss your Boston today – you can see Boston fashion there.

 

What Do You Need This Fall? Fashion Trends

Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple…
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

 

It’s pretty sad that summer is almost over. But now we have a good reason to update our fall wardrobe.
So what do we need this fall to stay in trend?

 

 

Sweet Weekend: Baked Grapefruit

 

Work is the meat of life, pleasure the dessert.
B. C. Forbes

This Baked Grapefruit recipe was suggested to me some time ago. I was never a big fan of grapefruit so I wasn’t sure if I would like to try it. But I can tell you now that it’s really easy, healthy and super tasty recipe.

Ingredients:

– 1 large grapefruit
– ½ tablespoon butter, softened
– 1 tablespoon sugar
– 2 maraschino cherries
– ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cut each grapefruit in half.

Place butter in the center of each half. Combine sugar and cinnamon, sprinkle over each. Top it with a maraschino cherry.

Place on a baking pan.

Bake for 15 minutes or until butter is melted.

Serve immediately.
Bon appetit!

 

Food & Fashion: CHANEL

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.  
Coco Chanel

Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only – it’s everywhere, even in… food.