Sunday, March 29, 2009


March 31 1:45 turn of you Tevos to The Turner Movie channel for this sweet little film. If you haven't seen it you should.
Marty Piletti (Ernest Borgnine) is a lonely, insecure and honest thirty-four years old good man, living with his Italian mother, Mrs. Theresa Piletti (Esther Minciotti), and working as a butcher. Angie (Joe Mantell) is his best friend, a very shallow person, and his company to the bars and ballrooms in the evenings, since the ugly and fat Marty is rejected by the girls. His Italian family and friends put pressure on him to get married, but Marty has no girlfriend and lots of difficulties to get close to women. One Saturday night, Marty meets Clara Snyder (Betsy Blair), a twenty-nine single, ugly (obs: `dog', in accordance with the description of Marty's friends in the story, but indeed Betsy Blair was a charming woman, having beautiful eyes and lovely smile and voice) and rejected woman, in a ballroom. Betsy is a teacher in Brooklyn with college degree, and like Marty, is very insecure and has the feeling of rejection by men. They feel attracted by each other and spend a wonderful night together. On the next day, before and after the Sunday Mass, Marty's relatives and friends make jokes with the lack of beauty in Clara. The marvelous open end of the story, uncommon in American movies, is one of the best I have ever seen. This movie is a simple, beautiful and touching love story with magnificent performances of the cast and a sensitive direction. The story and slangs (dog, tomatoes etc.) are dated , but does not jeopardize the beauty of this delightful romance. `

~Pink Lemonade Wafers

This delicately flavored lemon wafer cookie is tinted pink and sprinkled with powdered sugar. Preparation time: 40 min Chilling time: 1 hrs Baking time: 5 min

Yield: 4 1/2 dozen cookies

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened
1 egg
2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 to 2 drops red food color
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Powdered sugar, if desired

Heat oven to 400°F. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, butter, egg, lemon peel, lemon juice and red food color in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour, baking powder and salt. Beat until well mixed. Cover; refrigerate until firm (1 hour).

Shape dough into 1/2-inch balls; roll in remaining sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets. Flatten balls to 1/4-inch thickness with bottom of buttered glass dipped in sugar. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

Recipe Tip
If desired, cookies can be glazed instead of sprinkling with powdered sugar.

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~Clean Greeting Cards

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

~POP de Pommery


Pop, Champagne PommeryA 'nomad' product, POP is the party champagne that you can take wherever you go and enjoy whenever you want.
POP - collective individualism with a hint of scandal!. Pommery has always been avant-garde, but moderness would mean nothing without tradition. Tradition and savoir-faire, the art of blending just the right mixture of crus to create a champagne that is luminous, light, tender and lively.

POP, Pommery Champagne

Impertinent and deliberately out of step, POP is a champagne with a determined commitment to the future - designed for lovers of beauty and non-conformity who are looking for new sensations. POP, is the sound of the cork leaving the bottle, conjuring up the spontaneous high spirits of party-time.

With its quarter-bottle format in blue glass, POP is your introduction to an authentic cuvée, adapted for the pleasure of drinking as and when you want. POP introduces a new style of consumption: you can drink it through a straw or even straight from the bottle - it's even more chic!

~Chocolate & Wine is Fine

Wine enthusiasts and experts have long maintained that chocolate and wine are incompatible. Lately, this notion has been challenged successfully. The argument was that chocolate’s intense flavour overwhelms wine’s. Since wine’s role is to enhance food, the match was considered impossible. It is now two decades since changing wine technology helped produce intensely flavoured wines that stand up to chocolate and other highly flavoured foods.

When matching chocolate and wine, the latter must refresh the palate after the sweetness of the former. The idea in matching chocolate and wine is to cerate a harmony that elevates both food and drink to the next level of taste experience.

First, you must consider the intensity of chocolate. There is milk chocolate, semi-sweet, dark, bitter, flavoured, liqueur-filled and soft chocolate a k a truffles. All possess varying degrees of flavour a k a umami.

Milk and dark chocolates generally go well with high end Chilean Cabernets that exude and possess mint and cassis aromas and flavours. They are strong enough to withstand the intensity of chocolate’s aftertaste, Banyuls, a fortified red wine from south-western France close to the Spanish border, goes very well with Valrhona dark chocolate wafers.

Mediterranean dessert wines like sherries, marsala, madeira and Mavrodaphne from Patras in Greece happen to be excellent matches with Swiss milk chocolate, particularly with Lindt or Cailler. Most of these wines are excellent value to boot.

High-acid icewines from Ontario and eisweins from Germany or Austria can be successfully paired with milk chocolates. The level of acidity depends on the vintage.

Late bottled vintage ports and dark chocolate wafers harmonize beautifully, producing a spicy and uplifting food experience.

Fruit wines enjoy now popularity with wine consumers. Southbrook’s Framboise, raspberry and golden raspberry have an incredible affinity with dark chocolates. Iced apple wines, particularly that of Magnotta possesses sufficiently deep flavours to complement dark chocolate.

When trying to match chocolate and wine, one must pay attention to the brand and manufacturer; choose Lindt, Cailler, nestle (Swirtzerland); Valrhona (France); Belgian Choloatier, Roger’s, Splendid, B. Callebaut, Eitelbaum (Canada), Godiva, Manon, Neuhaus (Belgium).

Friday, March 27, 2009

~ Pink Lemonade Fruit Dip

By: MarineWife
SERVES 12 -15



  1. Beat the cream cheese and lemonade mix together until smooth and combined.
  2. Beat in 1/2 cup of the Cool Whip to combine.
  3. Fold in the remaining 1 cup of Cool Whip.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
  5. Serve with fruit

Thursday, March 26, 2009

~How to Dress Like... Natalie Portman
By eHow Fashion, Style & Personal Care Editor
Natalie Portman is an actress who's been in movies such as "V for Vendetta" and "Cold Mountain." She's known for having a great sense of style and has even been called the new Audrey Hepburn. Use these steps for ideas on how to dress like her.


Difficulty: Easy
Buy a red halter top and jean capris. Natalie Portman was photographed wearing these with sneakers, round sunglasses and a messenger bag.
Copy her day clothing. Get the Amber Slouch Pant from Principals, Bonds Chesty Tank from The Warehouse, Ohio Top in Cobalt from Principals, Pulp Adeline Shoe from Hannahs, CL Studded Tote from Strandbags and an anchor pendant from SUPRÉ.
Mimic her red carpet style. Get the Ruched Spaghetti Strap Halter Dress in Violet from Staxs, Isabella Anselmi Angel shoes from Overland, Party Bag from Strandbags and a black belt. Natalie Portman prefers to keep her accessories to a minimum when wearing an outfit like this.
Find a knee-length black dress. She wore this with a black clutch and black shoes to Paul McCartney's 64th birthday party. It was a simple dress that looked both formal and comfortable.
Wear a black tank top with jeans. Natalie Portman wore this after taping her appearance on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" in 2004. She wore it with dangly earrings and a necklace. The tank top said "Kerry me" showing her both political and humorous side.
Get a knee-length bright red dress. She wore one with sandals to the 36th Annual Comic Con International to promote "V for Vendetta." She didn't have any accessories.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

~How to Dress Like... Coco Chanel
By eHow Fashion, Style & Personal Care Editor
Legendary French fashion designer Coco Chanel said, "Fashion fades; only style remains the same," and "A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous." She believed in a simple and classic wardrobe and is credited for creating the little black dress in the 1920s. You can dress like Coco Chanel by purchasing her designer duds for exorbitant prices or by carefully shopping for elegant Chanel lookalikes.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:

Make the little black dress the foundation of your Chanel wardrobe. It will slim your figure, and it is always appropriate. Dress yourself in this wardrobe staple year round with the appropriate accessories. Look for one with simple lines that is sleeveless. You can add a jacket for cooler months and more business-like outings.
Add a Chanel suit. The real thing will be several thousand dollars at a high-end store, but you can find a similar suit at any department store. The collarless jacket will be short, boxy and similar to a structured cardigan, with trim at the neckline and bottom. The skirt will be straight and knee-length. Chanel suits are often made of boucle wool, and they are lined in silk.
Keep your feet Chanel happy in two-tone sling back pumps. The designer also favored comfortable two-tone ballet flats.
Match your shoes with a shoulder purse fashioned in quilted leather or fabric. The bag will have a gold strap.
Accessorize your wardrobe will real or good imitation pearls. Chanel liked to mix genuine and costume jewelery. To dress like Chanel, chose gold jewelery over silver.
Add to your Chanel mystique by wearing her most famous fragrance, Chanel No. 5. Or try Allure, a newer Chanel perfume.

Rejoice in the fact that a Chanel wardrobe is classic. You can stop trying to follow the trends, and you'll save money by not buying a completely new wardrobe each season. Although Coco Chanel died in 1971, her fashion style remains constant.
Try the Coco Necklace from Stella & Dot
Coco Brooch

Breath taking panache, 3 luxurious 14kt gold plated chains meet their match with a glamorous, removalbe brooch of Czech crystals. 34" length, lobster clasp. Three looks in one!

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Kelly Necklace - Pearls
A pave bee sits atop a jet black enamel bloom to create a romantic magnetic clasp for 3 strands of faux pearls. 19" shortest length. Also comes in all black.

Monday, March 23, 2009

~As Seen On ....Callie Torres

Ok This one is for my friend Jameela that loves the strong,curvy ,sexy Callie Torres on Grey’s Anatomy. Found a great new blog for fashion on TV. I will add some of these to go with my new "dress like" series that seem to be a hit.

Fashion Rewind: Callie’s DKNY Top from Grey’s Anatomy 514
Thursday, February 5th, 2009
Our eyes were green with envy when we saw Callie Torres’s emerald DKNY top on this week’s Grey’s Anatomy, ‘Beat Your Heart Out.’ Check out the super-cute draping at the collar - perfect for a date night. Pair with a tough-yet-feminine leather jacket like Callie has and you’ve got the perfect look-at-me outfit.

Tags: Beat Your Heart Out, Callie Torres, DKNY
Posted in ABC, Fashion Rewind, Grey's Anatomy

Fashion Rewind: Callie’s Green Top on Grey’s Anatomy 511
Thursday, January 8th, 2009
While we here at SeenON! pretty much love everything Callie Torres wears when she’s not in scrubs, we are especially smitten with the cute green top she was seen in on this week’s episode. We did a little digging and found the exact BCBG Max Azria top she was wearing on the show - at a discount on Bluefly! (Hint to those who heart it, too - Bluefly’s fashions churn and burn at an alarming rate! Hurry if you want to score.)

Buy the top here, and keep coming back for more great fashion finds from Grey’s Anatomy!

Tags: BCBG Max Azria, Bluefly, Callie Torres
Posted in ABC, Fashion Rewind, Grey's Anatomy |

We Want This: Callie’s Burnout Top from Grey’s Anatomy 507
Thursday, November 6th, 2008
We always love Callie Torres’s great tops, and this week is no exception. On the Rise Up episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Callie wears this burnout top by Lucky Brand Denim. Paired with jeans and great boots, this is a look that’s sure to please.

Check back here each week for more of the products and styles seen on Grey’s Anatomy!

Tags: Callie Torres, Rise Up, We Want This
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Shoptalk: Callie’s Satin Dress from Grey’s Anatomy 504
Friday, October 17th, 2008
Where can I get the fushia colored shirt with gatherings at the top that Callie wore on this week’s Grey’s Anatomy - it was near the end when she had her hair up in a ponytail. - madamequietus

Actually, it was a dress Callie was wearing for her date with Dr. Haun - a beautiful stretch satin number by David Meister. Check out a version of it here, and check out the rest of the notes from her costume below:

Sunday, March 22, 2009

~How To Make Napkin Lotus

Here's a great idea for you Spring Brides out there or for a great garden party. Same can be done in paper for a sweet favor.

~Make A Napkin Lotus~

~How to Dress Like ...Kirsten Dunst
By eHow Fashion, Style & Personal Care Editor
When it comes to fashion, Kirsten Dunst is a wild card--which is saying a lot in Hollywood. She chooses vibrant, dramatic looks that are more often a hit than a miss--but the misses are memorable. If you want to capture the "Spiderman" babe's style, get ready to throw caution to the wind and shop for some truly unique pieces. Here's how to dress like Kirsten Dunst.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Be bold. Kirsten Dunst is almost always wearing something unusual--even when she sports short-shorts and a plain tee, she's got thick socks pulled up to her knees. Choose vibrant prints or textured fabrics and when you dress, imagine you're picking out a costume for an unusual character you're going to portray.
Enjoy your body. You can't pull off Kirsten Dunst's brazen look if you're self-conscious about it, so feel confident that you're hot stuff as you theatrically outfit yourself each day.
Stock up on plenty of t-shirts and skinny jeans. Kirsten's casual look usually includes a worn-looking cotton top and body-conscious denim or leggings with flats.
Show some leg. Whether she's going to the Oscars or to the grocery store, Kirsten Dunst keeps hemlines and pantlines short--which is no surprise given her amazing legs. She often compliments the look with funky, couture shoes.

~How to Dress Like ...Penelope Cruz
eHow Fashion, Style & Personal Care Editor
Penelope Cruz is well known as a thickly accented Spanish vixen, so it's no wonder that anyone would want to learn how to dress like her. Though you'll have to have quite a large bankroll to manage some of her legendary red carpet looks, you can likely achieve her off screen look with things you already have in your closet. With just a few tips and a saucy attitude, you'll be well on your way to looking like this legendary Spanish icon.


Difficulty: Easy
Dare to wear something just a little different. Though most of Penelope's looks are based on classic styling, she is often complimented on her ability to pull off looks that would be a bit over the top on anyone else. For example, she is known to stroll the red carpet in vintage Chanel Haute Couture as well as feathery numbers from Marchesa and Versace.
Hit the nail on the head for Penelope's style by choosing your wardrobe from her very own clothing line that she started with her younger sister, Monica. Penelope and Monica Cruz for MNG is the official name for the line, and it is produced by Mango, a popular Spanish retailer. Not only did Penelope and Monica design the line, they also model the clothes for most of the glossy ads. The best news is that the prices are well within non-celebrity price ranges.
Dress down. Way down. Though Penelope is known for her grace and poise on screen, and has been a regular on the Best Dressed lists year after year, she can dress like a bum with the best. When out shopping casually with her little sister, she's been known to wear baggy white shirts and grubby sneakers just like you've probably worn many times yourself.
Choose your denim carefully. Citizens of Humanity jeans are Penelope's favorite (see Resources below). Look specifically for the Pacific Blue in the Kelly line. She's been known to wear Diesel jeans as well.
Keep warm in a classic black wool coat. The only thing particularly flashy about Penelope Cruz is her smile, so keep the colors, particularly for your outwear to classic, universal colors.
Hide your identity with some Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses--the big, dark kind that make you look like some kind of alien insect, albeit a very wealthy one.

~ Pink Lemonade Bars


    • Crust
    • 11⁄2 sticks (3⁄4 cup) butter, softened
    • 11⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1⁄2 cup confectioners’ sugar
    • Topping
    • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 1 Tbsp freshly grated lemon zest
    • 1⁄2 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • Red liquid food color
    • Decoration: confectioners’ sugar


    1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line a 13 x 9-in. baking pan with foil, letting foil extend above pan at both ends. Coat foil with nonstick spray.

    2. Crust: Beat butter, flour and confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl with mixer until blended (mixture will be crumbly). Press over bottom of pan.

    3. Bake 15 minutes, or until light golden. Leave oven on.

    4. Meanwhile, make Topping: In a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar, lemon zest and juice, flour and baking powder with mixer to combine. Add about 5 drops food color and beat until Topping is pink. Pour over the hot crust.

    5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes until top is golden and topping has set. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

    6. Lift foil by ends to cutting board. Cut in 6 rows lengthwise, 8 crosswise to make 48 bars. Dust with confectioners’ sugar.

    Storage tip: Refrigerate airtight with wax paper between layers up to 1 week, or freeze up to 1 month.

~Barbie's Malibu Dream House Is Real!

We don't think Barbie looks a day over 25. But she actually just celebrated her 50th birthday in style surrounded by good friends Heidi Klum, Katy Perry, and DJ AM at her "real life" Malibu Dream House®, planned and decorated by celeb event planner Colin Cowie and interior designer Jonathon Adler. So just how does a birthday party for the legendary lady named Barbie go down? And how do you get a stay at the Malibu Dream House®?

As Cowie told StyleList, "The party was designed through her eyes. Today's Barbie is current, modern and a little bit sassy. This was the starting point and we took it from there."

Barbie's style over the decades translated into a killer Malibu Dream House®, complete with 800 pairs of Barbie® sized sunglasses, 3,500 pairs of Barbie® shoes and 3,500 Barbie® handbags. Fashionable guests like Ginnifer Goodwin and Lauren "Lo" Bosworth were asked to "channel [their] inner Barbie" while sipping Barbie Doll-icious cocktails at the dazzling bar "framed in fuchsia jewels lit from within, completely covered in alternating versions of Barbie from 1959 to the current re-release."

On the fashion tip, the new re-released doll, which debuted on March 9 (party day and Barbie's actual birthday), is totally on trend. Her new face features a "more natural look" while her duds reflect current pop culture – a two piece black and white bikini, pink hoop earrings, and of course, a cell phone (glued to ear optional).

After all is said and done, the incredible bedroom suite (check it out in the gallery), will be whisked away to the Palms in Las Vegas for the launch of their "Barbie Suite." And for all the big time Barbie collectors out there, you can pick up select items for purchase as part of the "Jonathon Adler Loves Barbie" collection launching September 2009.

The Ultimate Malibu Dream House

(click thumbnails to view gallery)

  • The Jewel Encrusted Bar
  • The Living Room
  • The Pink Bedroom
  • The Barbie Bar Closeup
  • The Dream House