The Awesome DKNY Aliza Licht – Aliza Licht’s Brilliant Guide “Leave Your Mark”!

21 Jun

IMG_2811While visiting my brother in Indiana, I’d finished the next book on my summer book list!

You ever wanted to know what is the best way to land a job?  How about making an assessment of your co-workers and your work environment?

How about not to pat yourself on the back too soon, you have to wait in line for that promotion.  There’s proper etiquette when sending an e-mail!  Or, how do you know when it is time to move on?

All can be found in candid stories and inspirational experiences in this delightful book called Leave Your Mark – Land Your Dream Job.  Kill It in Your Career.  Rock Social Media; written by the beautiful Aliza Licht, SVP of Global Communications for Fashion’s international designer powerhouse – Donna Karan.

You don’t have to be in the Fashion industry; this book can be useful in any field or genre – when it comes to job hunting, being resourceful and working hard is the common denominator.   I’d found myself laughing out loud on how Aliza Licht’s mistakes kind of matched my own job mistakes.  Where I too just wanted to show that I was so resourceful and the pressure was on – only ending up wanting to hide under a rock when I got it all wrong!

Aliza Licht shares her choice of making a hard decision to leave the field that did not make her happy to work in a field that she absolutely and completely loves.  Although the decision involved a lot of soul-searching; her story allows the reader to relate and take a moment to ask the same question!  Reading the book, you will love how she tells the inside scoop on how she captured a 500k Twitter following brilliantly orchestrated for thee @DKNY PR Girl.  Just genius!

She also shares the importance of social media and how/what you post impacts your brand, with warnings on why it should be used responsibly.  No one ever wants to hear that you failed, however Aliza Licht reassures the reader how those failures are so critical in the learning process and can be used in the future to make important decisions correctly.

“In any industry, how you are perceived weighs heavily on your ability to succeed.  If clients don’t like to work with you, you’re not going to get that promotion! Your reputation always precedes you; but the company you work for also contributes to that reputation.  The companies listed on your resume are like badges.  People judge you not only for your skills, but also where you have worked.”

I had the pleasure of meeting Aliza Licht a few months ago at an inspiring luncheon in Manhattan hosted by Lyss Stern, Mom Moguls Breakfast 2015.  Aliza’s book was about to be launched later that evening and here she was just as gracious in sharing about her personal life on being a mother first, work and launching her book.  She was amazing!!

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I don’t want to give too much away about the book!  Please add Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht to your summer read; you won’t be disappointed at all.  It can also be a nice gift to a person who would needs guidance in today’s job hunting.  And I might add, it’s the #1 New Release by Amazon.com! :)

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Want to follow Aliza Licht, her Twitter page is @AlizaLicht. Aliza Licht taxi photo

Photos by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design LLC ® Aliza Licht and DKNY Taxi photo by Teen Vogue  Next book on Letia’s book list stars Mika Brzezinski!

Anjolee™! Customize Beautiful Jewelry at Ease!

20 Jun IMG_2812 (800x451)

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I have always been amazed about how a jewelry selection occurs.  When looking to buy; you want to be a little knowledgeable; but somehow you always feel intimidated when trying to buy a gift and often left second guessing yourself.

It can be a bit overwhelming when it comes down to knowing your gemstones, white gold, yellow gold, clarity, diamonds…etc.  A buyer wants the experience to be joyous and happy; thinking of that special person you have in mind or for yourself!

This is one of the reasons why I am so impressed with Anjolee™!  Where can I start?  Anjolee™ The Art of Jewelry has a website that allows the buyer to customize jewelry without any intimidation.   Just imagine going into a jeweler and looking without any hassle or pressure! That rarely happens these days.  With technology today it can be done right at home; virtually and seamlessly with Anjolee™!

Curious about the name? Anjolee’s name brand was born when the two founding brothers combined their mother’s angelic nature and her passion for beautiful jewelry.  They used the word “Angel” in the beginning of the word and their mother’s first name “Lee” at the end.  By altering the French word “Jolie” to “Jolee”, they were able to incorporate their mother’s name. The combination produced the name and brand adored today known as Anjolee.

Let’s say if you’re looking for a gemstone bracelet and wanted options in the metal type, gold vs. white, 10K, 14K, 18k.  Sometimes the options are not provided or perhaps you’re not aware of the various differences.  The Anjolee website has the options to make a custom design with ease.

On their website, I was able to use all the tools provided to customize a gemstone bracelet.  I particularly liked the Wavy X Oval Stone bracelet.  With the image, I was able to switch between the metal types, do a 360 degree rotation and even look at the image in HD!

Anjolee™ Wavy  X Oval Stone Bracelet

By having the options at my fingertips, chose 14K white gold and was ecstatic about the number of options for the bracelet length.

 

Usually the standard length is 7.5 inches, however it was nice to see that I could customize it freely.

Finally after reviewing the gemstone options, I chose the gemstone Peridot ( a little history, the Peridot was believed to be a stone of springtime by ancients who considered it a gift from Mother Nature. Napoleon once made a gift of Peridot to Josephine as a symbol of undying love and admiration).

My next choice, the diamond eternity ring!

The 360 degree rotation visuals of the ring, the description of how many stones that would be detailed based on ring size was key and the Anjolee™ Diamond Standards really made a difference in the decision-making.  Throughout the selection process, a specification sheet is shown and HD images that can be downloaded at any time – which is so great when you want to compare jewelry items.  Here I was with my favorite glass of Chardonnay, music in the background and spending time with ease….designing. There are also YouTube Anjolee™ videos available for many of their jewelry selections to help.

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So you have customization at your fingertips; with customer reviews to read and a question link readily available!  Customer Service is always available to help – e-mail, Live Chat and a toll-free number.   Anjolee™ even has their very own iPhone & iPad app that allows you to create and customize your very own piece of jewelry that way too!

There are educational links to help in knowing about diamonds, buying and even a glossary of terms. By placing a phone call  – they are happy to help in discussing warranties and other processing for your selection; plus available delivery options.

Pictured below is the eternity ring!  It’s absolutely beautiful!    So for those who are shopping for engagement rings, wedding bands, earrings and much more; Anjolee™ is absolutely an excellent choice!

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Diamond Eternity Ring by Anjolee™

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Ring design is beautiful!!!

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Anjolee™ is the original manufacturer of all jewelry designs on its website.

The company was founded in 1977 as a manufacturer specializing in fine diamond jewelry and has sold its products to wholesalers, retail stores, and to online websites.

Throughout the years, Anjolee™ has gained recognition as the leading high-end jewelry manufacturer in the jewelry industry. IMG_2812 (800x451)

Anjolee Trademark by Copyright © 2003-2015, Anjolee. All rights reserved.   Photos by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design LLC ®.

Kips Bay Designer Showhouse

9 Jun

All for a wonderful cause and truly divine visit! The Kips Bay Designer Show House 2016 was wonderful!  A couple more days! The Arthur Sachs Mansion is the place; 66th Street between Park and Madison Avenues! 

Midnight Manhattan – Pavarini Designs 

 
Letia 😊

More info go to http://www.kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org/events

I Love Manti! A Delightful Turkish Dumpling Dish!

25 May

 Manti!

A wonderful Turkish ravioli or you can say dumpling dish that I’ve fallen ABSOLUTELY in love with… If you love spice, yogurt and pasta….then this is it!  Made for me by one of my dearest friends;  Anna at her home for dinner!  What a treat!  I was so enamoured about how it is made and it’s a lot of work but so good!

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If I attempted to do this, I would be in the kitchen for days..DAYS!!!!  I definitely would need help!    Anna’s had a lot of flair to it; I felt so special …it was wonderful!

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Here’s a video by Famous Cuisines Channel and their recipe explaining the detail and the artwork.

Ingredients

• 150 g unsalted butter
• 100 g sucuk, diced (see Note)
• 100 g pickled baby onions, peeled and left whole
• 100 g raw peas
• 2 tbsp. biber salçasi (Turkish red capsicum paste)
• 10 mint leaves, torn
Manti dough

• 250 g ‘00’ flour
• 125 ml (½ cup) water
• 1 egg
• pinch of salt
Filling
• 100 g minced Wagyu
• 1 clove garlic, crushed
• pinch of red pul biber (Aleppo pepper)

Garlic yoghurt
• 200 g natural yoghurt
• 1 clove garlic, crushed
• pinch of salt

Anna minced mint in her yogurt.

Cook’s notes
Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.
Instructions

Resting time 30 minutes
To make the manti dough, place all the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with dough hook. Knead on low speed for 3-6 minutes or until a smooth dough is formed. Cover and rest for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, to make the filling, combine all the ingredients and refrigerate until required.

To make the garlic yoghurt, combine all the ingredients and refrigerate until required.

To assemble the manti, roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface until 2 mm-thick, then cut into 1.5 cm squares. Place a tiny amount of filling in the middle of each square, bring up all 4 edges to make a diamond shape, then pinch the edges to seal them shut. Place on a lightly floured tray. (These can be frozen ahead of time if you want to prep them earlier – just place on a baking paper lined tray in a single layer and freeze, then transfer to zip lock bags and freeze for up to 3 months.

Drop the manti, in batches, into a large saucepan of lightly salted boiling water. Cook for 2-4 minutes or until they float to the surface.

While the manti are cooking, melt the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat until foamy and just starting to turn a nutty brown. Add the pul biber and sucuk and cook until golden, then add the peas and baby pickled cocktail onions.

Combine the biber salçasi in a separate bowl with 2 tablespoons of the cooking water. Add the mixture back into the pan with the simmering manti to help infuse the flavor into the dumpling. As soon as the manti are ready, remove with a slotted spoon, add to the frying pan with 1 cup of the cooking liquid and simmer over high heat for 2 minutes or until the liquid has reduced slightly.

To serve, spoon the manti into shallow bowls, top with torn mint leaves and a dollop of garlic yoghurt and serve immediately.

Note
• Sucuk, pronounced sujuk, is a cured, heavily spiced Turkish beef sausage. Available from Middle Eastern food shops and select butchers.

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Enjoy—afiyet olsun … (Bon A petit).  Yes, I’m going to try it!

Letia!

 

A Wonderful Book by Miko Branch with Tiki Branch, Miss Jessie’s * * * Creating A Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally

25 May

Always there is a story that compels you and captivates you to know and want to know more.   During a mini-break from it all; I have been indulging in reading again.  The joy of having a hard book in my hand, having my favorite cup of tea and taking the time to engage in each and every word outlined for me to divulge myself and take part of the story being told.

Here I was on a Thursday morning, reading Miss Jessie’s – Creating a Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally by Miko Branch with her late sister Tiki Branch.  Those who are familiar with Miko Branch, co-founder and CEO of Miss Jessie’s; would believe it’s all about the business with her sister, Tiki Branch. No that is not all true; however it is so much more.

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It is about finding relatable instances in a story and being open to the story the author is conveying to the reader in mind.  It also can be very therapeutic to the author, finally giving answers to the questions asked of throughout the years.  This book is a beautiful family memoir and dedication to her sister, Tiki Branch.

Miss Jessie’s – Creating a Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally is such a wonderful opportunity for those who are searching for encouragement from a woman who is raising a child, a entrepreneur guidance tool, a how did you do that experiences and also sharing uncomfortable personal experiences with such thought; it is very hard to put this book down of the candid and delightful stories being told.

Miko and Tiki Branch - childhoodMiki and Tit Branch Grandmother miss JessieFor myself, I found so many similarities – for I also grew up in New York City where the sisters also did – the borough of Queens; in the area called Hollis.

Miko’s childhood depiction of that time period in the 70’s and 80’s were made very vivid to me! I often found myself laughing out loud while reading in pure enjoyment.

Then you will find the humble and loving experiences with their inspirational grandmother, Miss Jessie making me also understand the importance of it all.  Agreeing that those childhood times and experiences definitely shape your decisions in future.

Those decisions lead to the tenacity and drive of a mere idea for two sisters to establish a successful business in the hair care industry.  The thing that I loved about this book; is the honesty.

Miko Branch writes about the good times and not so good times.  Being vulnerable at times and then getting strength to overcome some pretty tough obstacles in the path to having a successful business.  Even if you are not trying to start up a business, there are so many life lessons shared in the book it can encourage those to get pushing in everyday life.

“But here’s the thing about success – you can never assume it’s going to continue.  An entrepreneur’s life is complex and full of moving parts that include bot the personal and the professional, especially when family is involved.  Just when things seem to be going well; other pieces can fall out of sync.  Working hard every day to expand the bottom line can lead to neglecting your happiness and a healthy life balance.  It can lead to bad decision making.  Ultimately it can be resolved….”

Miss Jessie’s – Creating a Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally is also a guide to become familiar with their products, various terminologies used and helpful key definitions in the business world.

If you looking for a great summer read to get back to taking up reading again, I recommend this book; it’s a page turner.  You won’t be disappointed!  Available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Thank  you  Ms. Miko for sharing, 

Letia

Miss Jessie’s – Creating a Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally is published by Amistad, an Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers.  During the week of April 23, 2015, the book made number #10 under the U.S. Best Seller’s List under Non-Fiction.

Miss Jessie’s curly hair products are well-known throughout the hair care industry and are considered the leader in kinks, curly hair and waves. They have been featured in numerous popular publications including O, The Oprah Magazine, Allure, Essence, Lucky, Marie Claire, WWD and Elle, in addition to appearing on NBC’s The Today Show.  www.missjessies.com Miss Jessies's

 Photos and book excerpt by Miss Jessie’s, © 2013 Miss Jessie’s, LLC. All Right Reserved.   Photo of book with tea cup; by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle and Design®

Moms Moguls Breakfast – Helping Kelly Rutherford Get Her Children Back!

10 May

Being supportive is a very important thing! So let’s take a common denominator, being a mother!  Mothers will help in PTA meetings, making cupcakes to raise money for a charity, learn ice skating although terrified because their little one shows interest.  Mothers multi-task and often than not say no to the many things that our children may need and somehow figure out a way to give them the absolute best.  And while all that is going, still find the opportunity to think about doing things to keep her identity as a woman –  to feel normal.  With all that; support is needed!

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l. – r. Lyss Stern, Aliza Licht, Kelly Rutherford, Keri Glassman, Genevieve Gorder, Rachel Blumenthal, Sasha Charnin Morrison and Veronica Webb Del Gatto

So to get just that and to be rejuvenated; I attend yearly the DivaMom’s Moms Mogul Breakfast.  This year’s breakfast was hosted by  DivaMom’s founder; Lyss Stern and Veronica Webb Del Gatto; held at URBO NYC restaurant.  The breakfast is where women gather to get:

  • Encouragement
  • Support
  • Be inspired
  • Speak with exceptional and professional women that give advice on everything to find out if you are a AM or PM person to the crazy idea that you can really and truly find time to start your own business.

In it’s 3rd year; this Moms Mogul Breakfast was very different! All present were asked to give one of the panelists some support this time! There is power in numbers and more so when you can connect!

Kelly Rutherford

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Let’s say the support needed is to help sign a petition to the Obama Administration under We The People @whitehouse.gov to return Kelly Rutherford’s children back to the United States!   Please do not think this is oh just some Hollywood news, this is not!!!

It has to do with the legal system that has failed her!  It’s about how you as a mother can have your US born children taken from you during a divorce; where the immigration laws set are being twisted and taken out of context.

Then on top of that, your ex-husband is also attempting to foster internationally undermining ways to have you as a mother to have no parental rights….stripped!  This occurs more often than you think.  It has happened also to fathers where a non-US citizen mother has also taken children out of the USA in a custody battle too!  Unfortunately we don’t hear about it, it doesn’t make the news as in this case.

Kelly Rutherford has been enduring her battle for the last six years and it’s so emotional! She is seeking a federal order to allow her young children, who were ordered by a judge to live in France with her ex-husband, to move back to the U.S..

“The children’s appointed counsel said they should remain in the U.S., but the judge sent the children to France solely because the father claimed he could not return to the U.S., even though NO evidence has been produced from any American official stating that the father was EVER denied entry into the U.S.,” the petition states.

During the #MomMogulsBreakfast, I too made a commitment to Kelly.  Keeping a promise to help in any way that I could to help her bring her beautiful children back.  If it’s a trip to Washington D.C.; then it’s a trip to Washington D.C..  However, for now in order to have the Obama Administration to review this case, a petition has been started.  You don’t have to be a mother or father, but just someone who understands that being part of a solution is to protect our children and parental rights.  Bringing attention to it is key – the petition requires a total of 100,000 virtual signatures by May 28th to help Kelly.  Click here to sign.*    Wonderful Update: 05/26/2015Kelly Rutherford Custody Battle WIN!

* Please do perform the email verification to make sure your virtual signature is verified (it is very important).

For more information please watch the ET’s interview held during the Moms Moguls Breakfast by ET entertainment correspondent; Nischelle Turner.

 

Nearing the end of day, please know Kelly you have been in my thoughts and prayers throughout this Mother’s Day.  <3

 

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Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia

Kelly Rutherford Deane, better known as Kelly Rutherford, is an American actress.  She is known for her television roles as Stephanie “Sam” Whitmore on the NBC daytime soap opera Generations, as Megan Lewis on the Fox primetime soap opera Melrose Place, and as Lily van der Woodsen on The CW series Gossip Girl.

Garden Conservancy – Open Day Program in Westchester County, Chappaqua – Seeds of Design!

10 May

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Garden design is the creation of plans for the layout and planting of gardens and landscapes. Gardens may be designed by garden owners themselves, or by professionals.  So one who loves the joy of gardening, would be so excited when the Garden Conservancy had announced Westchester County NY Open Day for private gardens!

One of the private gardens that are being showcased is by my dear friends, Shoba Vanchiswar and Murali Mani!  Although they are very modest, has won the 2007 Golden Trowel award from Garden Design magazine and not to mention, “The Best of” in Westchester Home Magazine!  These two were so delighted when I told them that I would be attending opening day and I was as well.  I love flowers and was looking forward to seeing their pride and joy!

Driving down the road of their home, parked cars were lined up…this is a very big deal!  I was afraid that there would be nowhere to park!  So when I saw a space; I said to myself out loud happily a “Yes”!  Walking towards the home, there were two ladies who greeted me and provided me with reading material on the Garden Conservancy and a handout giving a summary of the garden highlights I was about to see!

So as I am talking, I suddenly hear Shobha’s delightful voice “Letia, you’re here!”  After a great big hug and kiss, Shobha informs me that her job is to greet the visitors and her husband; Murali is in the rear of the home answering questions and offering help where needed!

So off I went on the tour.  In knowing that the garden was just beginning to bloom; I was surprised the variety of colors so far present!  It was very pleasing!  Walking on the side of the home; it was important for me to take my time – I was afraid that I would miss something.  You definitely could see the detail;  it was very thoughtful and it is expressed quite lovely all the features that a garden should have.   Jade succulents, a damask “Leda” tree,  a fig tree and a tree peony waiting to bloom!  Potted herbs of citrus and rosemary.

Then greeted by a wonderful lionhead fountain and a hidden secret of a wood burning brick oven – with a nice sun ray design.  Then you notice the checkerboard garden of beautiful phlox plants!  Even a beautiful Belgian espalier of apples and pears.  Upon turning, you are taken in by the all the little details that add to the garden’s charm; like the stack of books with Shobha’s name, glass bells aligned catching the sun or the airplane swing made of wood!

Upon looking back, there is a meadow of flowers and a greenhouse.  Then suddenly; you notice a tree house!  Instantly saying to myself, this garden has had a lot of good times and love!

There was a very cool breeze, as I walked through the meadow – I turned back to look at the home and a noticed there were many visitors.  Proving this three year old garden s the talk of Chappaqua indeed!  Shobha and Murali even provided classical music to play in the background!  Not the radio or a CD, but classical violinists who were all so escatic to climb the tree house and play music throughout the day of the opening!

The garden was open from 10 am – 4 pm; where I found myself staying to the end!  The day ended with Shobha and Murali’s beautiful moment…… both dancing lovingly in the meadow.

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Seeds of Design LLC provides innovative garden designs and strategies to clients, so they can become their own gardeners.  continuously work with clients and plan for the long-term, because gardens must continue to evolve. 

Do what’s good for the environment, promote stewardship of land for succeeding generations. Combine form, function, beauty, color and fragrance in ways that personally suit the clientFor more information email, seedsofdesign@verizon.net  Also the website and Facebook page is available to see what’s happening in their gardening world ( Seeds of Design LLC or Facebook page).

The Garden Conservancy saves and shares outstanding American gardens for the education and inspiration of the public.  To learn more about our opportunities and programs; please go to http://www.gardenconservancy.org .

All photos by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design LLC®

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