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Happy Holidays!

21 Dec

Holiday Travels

Deck the halls with boughs of holly
Fa la la la la la, la la la la
‘Tis the season to be jolly
Fa la la la la, la la la la…..

Hoping you and your love ones enjoy the Holidays and the New Year ahead!

Be safe to and from in your travels!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia  🙂

Photo courtesy of  Pottery Barn

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week – Who are the Designers for SP2014?

12 Aug

thumbnail[2]The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 Collections will include the preliminary lineup of: NICHOLAS K, BCBGMAXAZRIA, RICHARD CHAI, SUPIMA, TADASHI SHOJI, CANDELA, DESIGUAL, MARISSA WEBB, THE ART INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK CITY, FASHION LAW INSTITUTE, ZIMMERMANN, PROJECT RUNWAY, CARMEN MARC VALVO, NOON BY NOOR, NAUTICA, REBECCA MINKOFF, NICOLE MILLER, ARGENTINE DESIGNERS, TODD SNYDER, ELLE FASHION|NEXT, ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY, MARK + ESTEL, RUFFIAN, RAFAEL CENNAMO, LACOSTE, JILL STUART, SON JUNG WAN, MARA HOFFMAN, MALAN BRETON, HERVÉ LÉGER BY MAX AZRIA, KATYA LEONOVICH, CHARLOTTE RONSON, MONIQUE LHUILLIER, VENEXIANA, LELA ROSE, DKNY, TRACY REESE, CUSTO BARCELONA, TRINA TURK, DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, JOANNA MASTROIANNI, Y-3, VIVIENNE TAM, ZAC POSEN, RALPH RUCCI, RICARDO SECO, EMERSON BY JACKIE FRASER-SWAN, MATHIEU MIRANO, RUBIN SINGER, CAROLINA HERRERA, TOMMY HILFIGER, PAMELLA ROLAND, HACHE, CZAR BY CESAR GALINDO, Around Lincoln Center Day 4 - Spring 2011 MBFWCONCEPT KOREA, DONNA KARAN NEW YORK, FALGUNI AND SHANE PEACOCK, REEM ACRA, KAUFMANFRANCO, LIBERTINE, TORY BURCH, J.CREW, STEVEN ALAN, BADGLEY MISCHKA, VERA WANG, JENNY PACKHAM, DIESEL BLACK GOLD, ADEAM, NAEEM KHAN, DENNIS BASSO, ALON LIVNÉ, ZANG TOI, MM6 MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA, FASHION SHENZHEN, BIBHU MOHAPATRA, BRANDON SUN, MICHAEL KORS, NANETTE LEPORE, RACHEL ZOE, J. MENDEL, CLOVER CANYON, MILLY BY MICHELLE SMITH, BETSEY JOHNSON, ANNA SUI, ANYA CALIENDO, OSKLEN, B. MICHAEL AMERICA, RALPH LAUREN and CALVIN KLEIN COLLECTION.

SEPTEMBER 5th (THURS) – (THURS)12th So there! 🙂

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & DesignLetia

Sub-Zero|Wolf, A & D Building, AJ Madison and Cooking!

26 Jul

If your like me, you marvel the look of the latest high-end appliances.  When you see them in a kitchen, you know that the owner must be a chef, really understands the fundamentals of cooking or just loves the beauty of it all! Remember, Yolanda H. Foster’s, see through refrigerator (RHOBH)!  What am I talking about?  This refrigerator, the work of art!

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When remodeling a kitchen the look, the feel and sleek lines of the appliances, must be there – for the kitchen is the one place that everyone congregates!  Most people are looking for the  professional look, however really do not understand that these appliances are simply amazing and powerful!

Back in March, I attended the annual Architectural Digest Home Show in NYC and had the pleasure of winning a cooking class being offered by AJ Madison.    The cooking class would detail the fundamentals of cooking and how high-end appliances have evolved – making your cooking better or let’s say giving you the tools to do so!   The appliances were Sub-Zero|Wolf.

Let’s say, that I am a very average cook!  Know how to boil water, broil fish, make a soup and bake a chicken!   All other types of cooking beyond this – makes me wonder in amazement the art of cooking.  I’m talking about souffles, baking bread or managing to keep a duck breast moist…that kind of cooking!!  I am so lucky to have the opportunity to be near NYC to experience all types of foods, where I truly appreciate all that it takes to getting the satisfaction of having a wonderful dish and more!

This cooking class was held at the Architects and Designer Building here in NYC on 58th Street; Suite 503 (5th floor). The A & D building is a wonderful destination for high design and luxury goods –  the showrooms are open for those who are interested in exploring for ideas and seeing the latest products (including educational seminars, culinary celebrations, showroom openings).  www.adbuilding.com

The Sub-Zero|Wolf  showroom is absolutely beautiful; detailing all of their latest appliances and a state of the art cooking area for demonstrations!   The showroom is a relaxed atmosphere where designers can bring their clients to look at the appliances without any hassle and ask questions.

Even if you are not a designer, just interested, consumers are welcomed as well!   If you currently own any Sub-Zero|Wolf appliance, you can also be able to attend one of their product demonstrations, you just would need the Model # and Serial # of your product to sign up with AJ Madison.

 ” AJ Madison has a wonderful wide variety of major brand name appliances and stand by their   “service after the sale” – standing by our customers from the day of purchase throughout the life cycle of the product.” 

Now, I am not going to tell you about every appliance, but I would like to give a breakdown of what the terminologies are:

Bake Mode – The oven heats 10% from the top,  90% bottom  (cookies, cakes, pastries)

Convection Bake Mode – 100% heated controlled air (pies, cookies – abundance)

Broil Mode – 100% heats from the top (normal broiling)

Convection Broil Mode – 100% heats from the top with controlled air (fish, poultry, thick meats).

Roast Mode – 25% heats from the top, 75% from the bottom (beef, poultry, pork) .

Convection Roast Mode – 25% heats from the top, 75% heated controlled air (turkeys, large meats).

Dehydration Mode – 100% heated controlled air (fruit, herbs, meats for jerky types).

Bake Stone Mode – Heated top and bottom with stone (pizza)

Proof Mode – combination of heat with controlled air (rising breads).

The appliances shown during the class were the top of the line, get this!  How about punching in the pound amount of your item (chicken, poultry, beef) and with the internal thermometer, press ENTER on the display menu….the oven will suggest the correct temperature and seamlessly determines the time it will be done!   Steaming fish the correct way, the actual amount of steam will be created to set your fish to perfection.  Even vegetables!!!  There are also heat induction features for their range, using vibration moves on the cook top causes heat, reducing the amount of electricity to cook specific items.  All undeniably impressive!   To show how to have a whole dinner ready, in less than 4 hours; here is what was prepared:

  • Four amazing pizzas
  • Salmon burgers
  • Fried Macaroni & Cheese balls <still thinking about them>
  • Broiled Salmon
  • Steamed Cod
  • Steamed Vegetables
  • Pork Loin Roast
  • Prime Rib Roast
  • Russet Potatoes
  • Corn
  • Wedding Cookies
  • Chocolate Covered Cherries (demonstrated melted chocolate)
  • Brownies
  • Choice of White or Red Wine, Water

TIP:  When getting recipes on the Internet, always specific if you have a convection oven.  This will give you the correct information for cooking!

Thanks AJ Madison, I had a wonderful time and to Architectural Digest for the invite back this past March!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & DesignLetia 🙂

http://www.ajmadison.com for more information.  Photo of Yolanda H. Foster’s refrigerator by BravoTV (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills).  Photos by Letia Mitchell LIfeStyle & Design LLC.

CityBlis be Unique! Celebrating all Things That Inspire!

28 Jun

Fashion, Designs, Textiles, oh MY!   I am so happy to announce my new-found alliance with CityBlis!

There are so many talented designers that you and I have never met!  This is where City Blis comes in!  They have given me the wonderful opportunity to be in on their vision and dedication to a designer’s work; to share with YOU!

CityBlis has invited me to report on these designers and the CityBlis project itself.  CityBlis knows that I am always looking for new designers, new products and new stories to talk about!!!  It’s a wonderful platform to be part of; which helps the designer both locally and internationally.  It helps the consumer too, to also be introduced and become acquainted with a designer based on their own livelihood and bizazzle!

“At Cityblis we celebrate all of these things and bring to life all the people that share their stories with you so that you may be inspired every day.”

So from time to time, I will be able to provide you with finds that I think are absolutely great! Say for instance, designers like Loredana Novotnin,  a young Romanian fashion designer – where the detail in her work is so remarkable; as well beautiful.

Loredana Novotni

Or another designer who takes T – Shirts to another level of extraordinary, that would be Lady Derringer!  New unique designs are added each season!  So if you have a teenager in your home, their right!  T- Shirts are important and Lady Derringer would agree!

Lady Derringer

Then there’s the staple wardrobe piece for men, the hat!  Hat Lovers would love, love  Le Tom!  Very debonaire indeed!

So… be excited, because I am too! All the interactive tools are there!  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest…….and so on! All there for you to interact and “blis” it to share – plus an inside mall if you would like to buy an item or two!

Le Tom

CityBlis is an interactive, multi-platform social eCommerce website that allows consumers to shop and interact with friends, store owners and other consumers. The site is a combination of personalized webstores and an online mall.  Launched in April 2012, the international platform was developed for small businesses to reach out to new markets around the world through a community based infrastructure.  The current headquarters are in New York with satellite offices in Sweden and Australia.

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia 🙂

All photos provided by CityBlis © 2013 Cityblis Inc. All rights reserved

Summer Parties, Let The Planning Begin!

27 May
A Summer Staple, Blueberry pie with Vanilla ice cream

A Summer Staple, Blueberry pie with Vanilla ice cream

I think we are finally getting some good weather! Finally…where  we can really start planning!

Planning?   Those summer parties where we can get together with family and friends!

How about starting off having small parties,  the first being an intimate party of 12 to 14 people! It’s less stressful and you can do a lot of preparing ahead of time, making it a little easier on yourself!  You’re the host; you are supposed to have a good time!

Your table setting can have a theme and the matching items can be found right from the house!

Like the leftover mason jars from your strawberry preserve project, they can be used as vases for flowers you’ve picked from your garden or even bundles of flowers brought from your local grocery store!  Like two beautiful damask curtain panels  for your tablecloth or even a runner made of brown paper with a scrolled detail added by using an ink stamp!

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Rosemary Olive Oil on scrolled runner, Mason vases & a divine salad!

Even the  place settings from your own dishes (they can even be mismatched) and silverware from your home, with cloth napkins made from three  old shirts you no longer could fit; but just hated to give away!

Even old fruit glasses filled with farm cherries to add; where your guests feel free to nibble at each and every conversation while enjoying the LA sun!

Letia Mitchell, Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design

Letia Mitchell, Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design

If you can guess, one of my dear friends did just that and I thought I would share!   It was so beautiful and  anyone could do this; it’s not as hard as you think! You can be creative and do different things, making it really special.

So when planing,  first look around in your home before buying anything new!   Put them all together and have your checklist ready, to go around a second time in the house to see if you can add some items!

And  please, please remember….EVERYTHING DOES NOT HAVE TO MATCH!

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Summer Planning, beautiful table set for 12

Checklist

  • Theme
  • Tablecloth
  • Runner
  • One or Two Signature drinks
  • Silverware
  • Dinnerware
  • Napkins
  • Table
  • Chairs
  • Umbrella(s)
  • Flowers
  • Baskets
  • Wine glasses
  • Water glasses
  • Candle holders
  • Celandine cables

Hope this gives you some great  ideas! Start planning to enjoy the  summer! 🙂

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Paris! On My Mind! Shopping!

9 May

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Bonjour! Paris! It’s that time again for me! This time I’m thinking of a strategy to stay really focused! Its so hard! I just received my e-mails about some bargains! What are you talking about! My two spots!

The Saint Pierre Fabric Market is the place to go if you’re on the lookout for discount fabrics and specialty stores. The streets just below the Sacre Coeur Basilica in Montmartre have been famous for discount fabrics for ages. Get off at Anvers métro and head for Rue d’Orsel and the square where you’ll find a big Dreyfus store and the red-awning Reines store. The fabric stores are slowly disappearing and being replaced by souvenir shops, but you can still find some beautiful silks and cottons … and even have curtains made up to bring home the same day!

Location: Place Saint-Pierre and Rue Livingston, 18th arrondissement
Métro: Anvers (Line 2), Barbès-Rochechouart (Line 2, 4)
Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm

Catherine Max is another Paris discount store that you should never be missed! One of the largest designer clearance stores in Paris, Catherine Max is also located in the 16th arrondissement, a short walk from the Trocadéro. Top designers call her when they need to clear out extra merchandise, and every Parisian fashionista knows this is the email invitation to receive. This gigantic 12,000 square foot store is an outlet for fashion designers, jewelers, perfumers and high-end home accessories.

You’ll find clothing and accessories for men, women and children. The store keeps merchandise fresh, and they feature a new designer clearance sale every few weeks. Discounts are up to an amazing 80% off! A unique aspect to the store and website is that it features emerging designers and looks that are just hitting the Paris fashion scene. Here you’ll find new names and unique designs daily.

The big sales mean huge crowds of Parisians looking for a bargain. They come back regularly because merchandise turns over rapidly. You must be a member to shop here, for a reasonable price of Euros 20 per year, and you’ll receive the sale announcements by email. Alternatively, sign up at the front desk and start shopping.

Find out more about Catherine Max and her amazing Paris designer clothing discount emporium by clicking here.

Website: http://www.catherinemax.com
Address: 17 Avenue Raymond Poincaré, 16th arrondissement
Métro: Trocadéro (Line 6, 9), Victor Hugo (Line 2)

So I’m going to check my calendar and find out how the airfares are! Perhaps come up with a plan.  This usually means using FaceTime and a lot of I.O.Us!

Now that’s my Parisian moment….so let me have it!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & DesignLetia. 🙂

 

Sephora’s New Uniform by Prabal Gurung!

11 Apr

I’m rushing ! Getting nail polish, gift certificate and some eyeliner! I am on line and you get the questions about bonus points, today’s items and did someone help…did you find everything you needed?

I said “Yes” and noticed the beauty advisor’s dress.  I then said “I like your dress, it’s a nice dress!”.  She said “Thank You! It’s our uniform!”  With amazement, I said “Uniform???”.  I never noticed them before, but then I looked around at all the beauty advisors and they all looked so nice!  So very nice!

Beautiful Sephora Advisor

Prabal Gurung, Designer for Sephora Uniform Apparel

I would wear the dress myself! Prabal Gurung is the designer and he did a wonderful job! Uniforms..with a designer touch! All they need is some accessories and she could go right out, after work! Very nice indeed! So the next time you are in Sephora..let them know how nice they look! 🙂

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Did you know that Sephora is wholly owned by Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH), the world’s leading luxury goods company.

Sephora provides an exciting work environment that is fast-paced, creative, and dynamic for candidates who are dedicated, innovative, and passionate about serving the needs of their clients. If you embody these traits, you may be just the person they’re looking for!

Plus you will know ahead of time that you will look great as a beauty advisor!

Letia 😉

If interested in their career information, please go to www.sephora.com.  For affordable Gurung designs, see http://www.target.com also!

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