London Fashion Week! 

19 Sep

Julie N. MacDonald

After New York Fashion Week, it’s London’s turn!  🇬🇧

More info LFW SS16

 Letia 😊

Hot Summer Day! Soft Serve vs. Scoop Ice Cream?

17 Aug


Icecream ball

Creamed Ice Cream by Cascadian Farms

It’s 92 degrees outside and I’m loving the air conditioning inside.  I have to run an errand and dread going outside!

So with my water in my bag and shoes changed to flats; on my way.  Finally to  get to the front door and sighed for it feels like a furnace on my face.  I couldn’t help but to say loud “It’s HOT!!!!!!!!!!”

So I did my errand quickly and I didn’t want anything heavy to eat; but something real cool! Ice Cream…that’s it!  Vanilla ice cream!

One block walk and I’m at the ice cream place, crowded of course and I stand on line waiting to be served.  Lo and behold, which I can tell that I’d just walked into a lengthy discussion – just by the look on the people’s faces before me!


Chocolate Mint, Chocolate, Mango, Strawberry and Maple Fudge Extra Scoops

“Do you like soft serve or hard scooped ice cream?”  This was the topic. ‘Yeah you….hey a newcomer to the convo!”; said this sweetest looking elderly woman.  I really didn’t care, for I just wanted vanilla…ice cream….to keep cool; real simple!  So I thought, for voices were raised!

They were talking about Mr. Softee, sugar cones, milk, sugar….all the ingredients of ice cream; no taste to has taste.  It seems that it would never end, like a circle… soft serve or scooped????

I really had to go and all eyes were on me, when I said Soft serve!   Then the sweet elderly woman, “See I knew it”. Back in the day………



Sweet Corn Ice Cream

It was quite comical and what a way to spend the afternoon, talking about a topic loved by so many.  I would have loved to know how it ended, but I really had to go before the scouts come looking! Perhaps it never ended!!

I’ve asked my friends on Facebook which has also started a lengthy discussion too.  So I said, it would be fun to ask here too… what’s your take!   Enjoy your last few weeks of summer and keep cool!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia :)

Historians estimate that this recipe evolved into ice cream sometime in the 16th century. England seems to have discovered ice cream at the same time, or perhaps even earlier than the Italians. “Cream Ice,” as it was called, appeared regularly at the table of Charles I during the 17th century. France was introduced to similar frozen desserts in 1553 by the Italian Catherine de Medici when she became the wife of Henry II of France. It wasn’t until 1660 that ice cream was made available to the general public.

Photos by Cascadian Farms, Sweet Corn Ice Cream by Geezer – 3rdArmbizxe, Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design. 

Mika Brzezinski! All Things At Once!

9 Aug

mika-brzezinski-21Continuing with my summer book list; it’s about an extraordinary woman!  Mika Brzezinski!  I have a few favorite morning shows and MSNBC’s Morning Joe is one of them, because of this lady!

There’s nothing like being up early in the morning at 5 AM and seeing this beautiful woman, ready and able!   The chemistry between her and her co-host Joe Scarborough is amusing; but yet wonderful to see the respect that they have for one another!

For those tough questions that have to be asked or perhaps when Mika is not satisfied with the answer provided –  I can always count on her to say exactly what I would say; she’s on it!  Or even those times when perhaps she makes me take a few minutes to let it marinate what was said among the round table of guests; ends up transcending to some valid points!

All At Once by Mika Brzezinski

All Things at Once by Mika Brzezinski

This left me wanting to know more about Mika Brzezinski and I didn’t want it from any newspaper clippings, someone’s interpretation or an opinion based on 10 minute segment!  So I decided to hear it from her!

She made it very simple, I read her first memoir!  Who best to tell…. than her!

While sitting on my balcony, with a beautiful summer breeze – I’d finished the last chapter of her book called All Things at Once <very honest and vivid!)>  So vivid, at times I could actually be put right in the scenes she was foretelling of her life.  Her life of humble beginnings and how we sometimes want to separate the things that we do – as if we do it separately.  But in all actuality we do it all the same time!

Although being the daughter of former national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski can open a few doors for you; it was up to Mika to make sure she held her own ground.

We always hear, that you can have it all and then you come to realize; having it all sometimes is not what it seems.  There is a juggling act and since there is only one of you, something or someone is going to be disappointed!  It might be even you, most of the time.

Mika explained how her life involves so many roles and the challenges.  A wife, a mother and person who gives it all in her job.  In many instances, questioning your decisions and often more that not feeling guilty; remembering all that glitters is not gold.  There are so many lessons in this book, where she says it has shaped her into the woman that she is today.

“I may have been woefully unprepared for that assignment, but my biggest mistake was taking it on at all.  Ultimately, that was the greatest lesson: be honest.  It doesn’t matter what kind of work you do, or what level you’re at.  Know your limitations. Know that it is okay to tell your bosses when you are over your head…they don’t teach you this type of thing in college.  It’s a trial by fire sort of lesson: the only way to get it right is to get it wrong first.”

As you read this book, there will be excerpts that you can relate to and have you thinking; everyone has their challenges.  It is so wonderful to get know the woman up early in the morning like I am!

Mika Brzenzinski

Mika Brzezinski

All Things at Once is such a wonderful read. Published over six years ago; any avid reader would know a book is always available for your fingertips and time to escape; anytime!

As long as Mika keeps writing; I am interested in what she has to say; as well as listening to her in the morning!   Two more books to go and with my wish list; to attend one of her “Know Your Value” women conferences for 2016!

Bravo Mika… Thank You!


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In 2011, Mika Brzezinski also published another book named Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth (Weinstein Books 2011). Also told as her personal story, the book discussed women and financial negotiations. It included tips for negotiating salaries and compensation packages. Made the New York Times Best Selling Author list!  

Then a followup came in 2013, with Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction – and My Own by Mika Brzezinski another life chapter which she shares, her evolving relationship with food. Being always honest discusses her unhealthy food obsession, battles with bulimia, binge eating and lifelong struggle to be “model thin”.  Besides given a larger perspective on our obsession with food; taking on food manufacturers, advertisers, the media and the government.   MorningMika for Twitter

Don’t Treat Your Vegetables Like a Prisoner! 

4 Jul


Enjoy them and find out ways not to kill their nutrients! There are favorites and ones that are not!  I’m not a fan of celery, I look at it and have no connection whatsoever in taste or look!  Yet, it is never ever absent from a vegetable platter! People seem to love it!

Every vegetable has a history, you know! Celery was a garland found in King Tut’s tomb!  So it’s been around for centuries!  So it’s going present at the next platter!

Bottom line, find a vegetable you like and eat them more often that not!  What’s all this talk about vegetables?  Well why not…if you review my Instagram (www.instagram/letianum1); you will see that I am really trying to cook more and make healthy choices.  I really making an effort to eat right more and have my sweet indulgences at a minimum.  OK, back to my post……

1. These vegetables are filled with anti-aging, cancer fighting, immune boosting phytonutrients, plus vitamins C and K, potassium, calcium, iron and folic acid. The cruciferous list of healthiest vegetables below are most nutritious eaten raw, lightly steamed or stir-fried:

  • Broccoli,
  • Cauliflower,
  • Brussels sprouts,
  • Green and red cabbage.

2. Carrots help protect against cancer and improve eyesight with super high levels of carotenoids and vitamin A. They’re also a good source of vitamins B, C and K, fiber (when raw), potassium, magnesium and folate. Grate them into salads or eat baby raw carrots as a snack.

3. Dark green leafy vegetables in colander. Dark green leafy vegetables can be lightly steamed or used in healthy soups, chilies, casseroles and stir-fries or eaten raw in salads and on sandwiches. The leafy vegetables below are high in iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium, carotenoids and B, C, E and K:

  • Kale,
  • Spinach,
  • Swiss chard,
  • Collard greens,
  • The herb parsley,Ripe Tomatoes on White with Clipping Path
  • Red and green lettuce,
  • Mustard and turnip greens.

beautiful Kale salad, macintosh apples, cranberries, toasted pumpkin seeds and Marie Callender Vinegarette Dressing

4. Tomatoes are very high in lycopene carotenoids and vitamin C and are good on sandwiches, as raw snacks and in salads, soups and pasta sauce.

5. Beans and peas are much higher in protein than other vegetables. And whether they’re dried (lentils), canned (kidney beans), lightly steamed (soybeans), or eaten raw (peas), beans also contain fiber, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. Beans can be added to soups, salads, pasta sauce, chili or eaten on their own. The healthy list includes:

  • Peas,
  • Lentils,
  • Soybeans,
  • Lima beans,
  • Kidney beans,
  • Garbanzo beans,An isolated still life of asparagus
  • And other legumes.

6. Asparagus is a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamins A, C, K and B complex – especially B6 and folic acid. At just 4 calories a stalk, lightly steamed asparagus helps reduce weight, inflammation and depression.

7. Allium foods, like garlic and onions, are best known for their natural antibiotic properties and can help boost immunity, reduce inflammation and fight infection. The allium foods below are healthiest eastern raw in salads or healthy dips, but are also great for flavoring many cooked dishes:

  • Leeks,
  • Onions,
  • Shallots,
  • Scallions,
  • And garlic.yams

8. Sweet potatoes and yams are very rich in carotenoids, vitamins A, B6, C, potassium, iron and fiber and are delicious when baked and eaten plain (without butter) or used in soups, casseroles or stir-fries. And sweet potatoes add delicious flavor when grated raw and used in salads.

9. Bell peppers are great sources of potassium, manganese, fiber and vitamins A, B, C and K and can be sweet flavorful additions to salads and healthy stir-fries. Choose from the following rainbow of colors:

  • Green peppers,
  • Yellow peppers,
  • Orange peppers,
  • And red peppers.

10. Summer and winter squash are rich in carotenoids, vitamins A and C, potassium, magnesium and fiber. Squash can be added to healthy casseroles, soups, stir-fries and many other dishes or served alone.
And then there’s fruit!  My favorite is cantaloupe and bananas!  In the summer it seems more likely vegetables and fruit area their best!  So enjoy!



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Photos by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design LLC 

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!!

AlizaLicht Leave Your Mark

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! :)

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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)


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.


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™


Ring design is beautiful!!!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & DesignLetia :)


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 😊

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