Tuesday, June 12, 2012

shop talk: 5 questions with Stacy London + Westfield Style

Monday, June 11, 2012

Saturday Sushi + Sake

Sometimes you don't realize how badly you need a break until you actually take one. While the blog break was needed in order to focus on a few projects that had looming deadlines, but I also found myself leaving the office feeling relieved that when I went home my night would consist of going to the gym and cleaning.

Sounds pretty lame, but when you're moving so quickly, it's nice to take a step back and have your biggest task be your workout.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

will break for balance

I know I talk a lot about balance on this blog so this week I have to make a choice. With a big project in the works at the full-time job, a big deliverable for a client project I've taken on in my "spare time" and a few big blog changes, my days are chock full with lots of "big" things.

So we're going to go silent over here at court + hudson for the rest of the week while I play catch up and let's pick back up next Monday!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

This past Saturday we headed to Liberty State Park to celebrate the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. A first for me, I wasn't really sure what to expect as I mentioned in my post last week when trying to decide what to wear. With the grey morning skies it was not looking to be a fine day to stomp around a grassy field but mid-workout the sun peeked out and decided to stick around turning the day into a true beauty.

Picnic basket in hand, we scoped a spot and some serious fashion. Naturally, sundresses and fun hats were the dress code for the ladies but in my opinion, the gents took the cake. Including the two handsome lads above (Jon and Jessie's husband). The boys brought color from every end of the spectrum and combinations I literally tipped my hat to.

And while Pretty Woman made the tradition of "stomping the divots" seem like so much fun, in reality I realize it's just an excuse for attendees to stand in the middle of the playing field and take pictures of each other (of course we obliged, but not without a little people watching first!)

Our dapper group even made it into a roundup on The Scene NY, you can check that out here!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Polo Perfection

bracelets 1 + 2 - gorjana for Bauble Bar | hat - Forever 21 | dress - Yoox  | 
wedges - Dolce Vita | tote - Billykirk

This weekend we are getting a group of friends together and heading to Liberty State Park in Jersey City for the Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic. Naturally when I think of polo, I think of Pretty Woman, doesn't everyone?  

With our friends already planning their outfits I'm feeling a bit of pressure when thinking of what to wear. You're essentially in a giant field under the sun (or rain!) all day with little shade. So a big wide brim hat is essential, as is appropriate divot stomping footwear. Naturally heels probably aren't recommended for a day in the grass, so I'm opting for a wedge. Let's be honest, I'll have a pair of flats in my bag that will probably make an appearance for MOST of the day. 

Has anyone ever been to a polo event before? Give me some tips! 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

the perfection of thought

 An evening stroll when the sun stays out a little longer and the temperature (usually) drops just enough make for perfect moments of clarity. I don't know what happens but I can be in the worst mood or completely exhausted and an evening walk always seems to clear my head and perk me up. Keeping things easy, the hair went up, the fabrics went sheer and the colors bright.

What is your favorite part to summer?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

homemade: Tomato Tart

With Memorial Day unofficially kicking off the summer season, I am in food heaven! It is my favorite season for eats, sweets and treats as there are so many healthy options that make you feel like your indulging in something sinful.

Enter: the tomato tart. I have made this tart several times in a variety of ways depending on who I'm dining with. Gluten-free, cheese-free or none of the above and a little more indulgent with rich, but fresh ingredients.

For a Memorial Day picnic in the park, I went the half-way route with a whole wheat tart crust, fresh veggies and a bit of yummy cheese for a truly delicious kickoff to a beautiful season.

I've included three variations of crust and an alternate dairy-free option for filling. Feel free to pick and choose based on your dietary needs.

2 cups blanched almond flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon rosemary, chopped
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 egg
In a food processor, combine almond flour, sea salt, rosemary and cheese. Pulse to combine. Add coconut oil and egg. Run processor until dough forms.

Whole Wheat
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 stick + 1 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon rosemary, chopped
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup cold water
In a food processor, pulse the whole wheat flour with salt, rosemary and cheese. Add diced butter and pulse until it is the size of small peas. Sprinkle in the cold water and pulse again until tart dough begins to come together.

Dairy-free and Gluten-free
1 cup white rice flour
1/4 sweet rice flour
1/4 cup tapioca starch
1 teaspoon rosemary, chopped
3/4 teaspoon salt
10 tbsp shortening
1/4 cold water
In a food processor, combine white rice flour, tapioca starch, sweet rice flour, rosemary and salt. Pulse to combine. Add shortening. Pulse until no large pieces remain. Add in water and run processor until a dough ball forms.

Oil a 10-inch tart or pie pan. Pinch off small pieces of your dough ball and place into bottom of pan. When you have all of the dough in the pan, press dough down to cover bottom and sides of pan. This ensures that the dough is evenly distributed. Neatly cut of any excess at the top of the pan. Lightly cover with a towel or plastic wrap and chill tart in the freezer for 20-30 minutes.

With the oven set to 375 degrees, remove tart from the freezer and poke holes in the bottom of the crust with a fork. Add a foil rim to the edges of the crust to keep from over-browning. Place tart in center of the oven rack and bake for 18-20 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack.

1 large Vidala onion, cut into slices and then in half
1 clove garlic, minced
3 small Roma tomatoes, cut into 1/4 inch slices
1 medium yellow tomato, cut into 1/4 inch slices
1 medium green tomato, cut into 1/4 inch slices
3 basil leaves, chopped
½ cup grated Gruyere cheese*
¼ cup Parmesan cheese*
1 tsp olive oil
Sprigs of rosemary
Dash of salt & pepper

*For dairy-free alternative, substitute with slices of your favorite veggie (sliced zucchini, chopped mushrooms, sliced eggplant would all be good options! Just make sure to cook for 5-7 minutes in a skillet to soften)

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add chopped onions and stir frequently until brown. Turn heat to low/simmer and add garlic to onions. Cook down onions and garlic until onions are very soft and brown. 

Grab your cooled tart crust and layer with a thin layer of Gruyere cheese (or if dairy-free, add your second veggie). Add a layer of the cooked onion mixture. Add a layer of tomato slices. Layer with a thin layer of Parmesan cheese (if dairy-free another layer of veggie) and chopped basil. Top with second and final layer of tomato slices. Criss-cross the sprigs of rosemary on top of tomato slices. Sprinkle with freshly grated pepper and sea salt.

Add the tinfoil ring back on the tart edges and pop in a 425 degree oven for 17-20 minutes, or until tomatoes appear softened. Cool on a wire rack before serving. 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Five On Foot: Frolicking Around FIDI

The Financial District, also known as FIDI is obviously most well known as the neighborhood of the World Trade Center, Wall Street and what many consider to be the nation's financial capital. Did you know Wall Street got its name because it used to be an actual wall to protect people from the Indians? So while I could focus today's Five on Foot on many of the obvious attractions and numerous financial and architectural landmarks that make of this neighborhood, I figured I'd highlight some lesser thought of options for those heading down to the land of skyscrapers and three-piece suits. 

ONE. Elevated Acre
55 Water Street
Lounge on this grassy knoll smack in the middle of FIDI. Grab a few pals, a picnic basket chock full of yummy, healthy snacks, an upbeat selection of tunes on the 'pod and enjoy a sunny afternoon lolling around and enjoying good company and great views. 

TWO. TJ Maxx + Century 21
14 Wall Street | 22 Cortlandt Street
It's the battle of the bargains between the newbie TJ Maxx and veteran Century 21 in the cities financial capital. If you have an afternoon off, you can scoop up some epic designer bargains at both locations while everyone else is feverishly working around you! Case in point, I just snagged a pair of Celine trousers shorts for $60! But beware, this is not for the faint at heart - things can get crazy and you definitely have to do some searching - I'm happy to accompany you and show you my deal finding tricks!

THREE. Stone Street
between Whitehall and Broad Streets
Tucked among the financial skyscrapers lies this preserved 19th century New York pathway that feels completely magical and uncharacteristically out of place among its somewhat stark surroundings. Stone Street offers pedestrian friendly walking and during the summer months, rows upon rows of tabletops to dine al fresco with your favorite group of gal pals or arm in arm with your beau. From Smoragas Chef to Mad Dog and Beans to Adrienne's, the cultures all meld together as people nosh mid-street. 
One of my very favorite NYC spots. 

FOUR. Staten Island Ferry
The cheapest + most enjoyable way to see the Statue of Liberty and great multi-borough views. What can I say? I continually think that someday all free things come to an end, so you really have no excuse for not hoping on and enjoying the scenic ride to and from Staten Island. I have been in and up in the Statue of Liberty, and I promise you - this is still my favorite way to see Lady Liberty. And you don't have to lose the better part of your day if your to-see list is a mile long! 

FIVE. Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club
89 South Street
Wind down the evening on the beach. Well, maybe not quite like the beaches you're thinking of - but for city slickers the Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club is a fun option to imagine you've headed oceanside for an evening of bonfires and swapping stories. However at this "beach" you'll enjoy a sweeping view, a little sand beneath your toes, a rousing round of ping-pong and frosty pitchers of craft beer. 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Guide: Memorial Day Fashion

Farmer's Market Friday: hat | blouse | shorts | ring | flats
Swim Sun + Sand Saturday: coverup | bikini | sandals | earrings
BBQ Sunday: dress | hat | wedges | bracelet 
Movie Night Monday: sweater | skirt | throw

The unofficial start to summer is finally here - and if you're anything like me, this is one of your favorite times of year.

While I don't love being hot I do love the idealistic dreaming of warm summer nights, long sunny days and indulging in some of my favorite foods - which you can only get in the summer.

So for those of you lucky enough to have a 4-day weekend (I'm happy to have 3!) it's time to start planning those "start of summer" outfits for all of your Memorial Day festivities.

As you know, I've teamed up with Westfield for a few months (love me a good mall) and today I've styled up four looks you can get during a single trip to any Westfield center. With the exception of a few splurges, all of the pieces above are extremely affordable. More money for summer fun!

So tell me, what do you have planned for the long holiday weekend? We're staying local - as NYC is amazing when everyone flees for the shores. No waits at our favorite restaurants (we're thinking Red Farm this weekend), whole streets with few people on them and Governors Island opens - I'm itching for a riverside bike ride!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

what we see

There is so much truth in this statement - regardless of how much truth exists in what we are looking for. Just a little food for thought to take you through the mid-week hump.

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