Tuesday, November 15, 2016

SHEpreneur Chic!

Ladies, what a time to be alive (gotta love Future and Drake)! Women are literally changing the landscape, the status quo and the dialogue of yesteryear especially when it pertains to entrepreneurship. According to Forbes thought leader and president of  Ventureneer, a digital media and market research company Geri Stengel  - a Golden Age for female entrepreneurs has begun and I have to agree. From artisanal tea blends to groundbreaking mix media sites like Sonder (check it out!) women are launching these innovative companies that can not be ignored.

The Fitting of A Shepreneur: Megan dons three ensembles for her big meeting.
 One company that is fresh on the scene (literally) is Lymph Candy, a line of synthetic/chemical free deodorants helmed by  Megan Hartman-Sparks . Her company (like her adorable toddler Charlie) is in it's early stages and Megan is on a mission to grow her brand and that means raising capital. A few weeks ago Megan needed a look... actually a 'Power Look' for a very important meeting for her first round of funding and being the arbiter of la mode that I am (Hi guys, I'm a Stylist) I jumped at the chance to style my very beautiful friend as she embarked on this monumental experience as a thriving entrepreneur and les petites SHEpreneur Chic was born! 

Out are the old standards that a 3-piece means business! Ladies you define your 'Power Suit'! From Left: TOM FORD Denim-tweed jacket $690 THEOUTNET.COMAnya Hindmarch - Bathurst Go Small Textured-leather Tote $1,197 THEOUTNET.COM10 Crosby by Derek Lam - Belted Silk Crepe De Chine Shirt Dress $220 THEOUTNET.COMJérôme Dreyfuss - Ella Perforated Leather Knee Boots $426 THEOUTNET.COM | DELPOZO Ruffled Jacquard Coat $3,200  MODAOPERANDI.COMOlympia Le-Tan 'Notebook' clutch $1,195 FARFETCH.COMMartin Grant Wrap Dress With Pleated Skirt $1,915 MODAOPERANDI.COM | Marc by Marc Jacobs - Patent-leather Pumps $258  THEOUTNET.COM
So what is SHEpreneur Chic? It's not a trend, it's not fleeting and it's the essence women entrepreneurs possess when they look and feel their absolute best while handling their business! It's not the standard 3 piece suit (although I will be the first to admit I love a suit!) SHEpreneur Chic is all about harnessing your inner power and wearing it on your sleeve (or not - there's no rules kids!). 

Megan post meeting feeling vibrant, unstoppable and haute! Photos by Sarah Serrano of SONDER NYC 
 For Megan her SHEpreneur Chic look came courtesy of ZARA jumpsuit, ultra chic booties from Antrophologie and the most delicate lariat necklace we poached from her Bestie (that's what friends are for!). 
These looks are conceptualized with Megan in mind. She is proud of her body and these looks fit the bill in every way... From left: Dolce & Gabbana Printed Silk Blouse $1,095 MYTHERESA.COMSophie Hulme mini 'Albion' tote $1,895 FARFETCH.COMMiu Miu Leather Platform Pumps $973 MYTHERESA.COMRoksanda flared jumpsuit $1,725 FARFETCH.COMRoksanda - Malkyn Two-tone Stretch-cady Jumpsuit $561 THEOUTNET.COMStella McCartney Nina Medium Faux Leather Shoulder Bag $1,360 MYTHERESA.COMTom Ford Patent Leather Ankle Boot $795  MYTHERESA.COM | Jérôme Dreyfuss - Mario Fringed Studded Suede Shoulder Bag $520 THEOUTNET.COMFaith Connexion contrast pattern jumpsuit $1,967 FARFETCH.COMChloé Kole Canvas and Leather Ankle Boots $875 MYTHERESA.COMHayward Hayward shopper $1,800 MODAOPERANDI.COMEmanuel Ungaro floral print jumpsuit $963 FARFETCH.COMStella McCartney Faux leather ankle boots $386 THEOUTNET.COM
This experience was exhilarating to witness Megan work tirelessly on her dream, her product and cultivating a brand that will benefit legions of people.  And just so you know she aced her meeting! 

 Here's where it gets really interesting Megan & Team Lymph Candy has launched a  Kickstarter to further expand the business. I am such a believer of the brand, it's message and the product because it works - we here at LPB totally say 'good buy' when it comes to these all natural deodorants!  Get to know Megan Hartman-Sparks, her full range and everything

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

America's Best Breakfasts Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast
 by Lee Brian Schrager & Adeena Sussman
Clarkson Potter

Les petites, who doesn't love breakfast? It can be sweet, it can be savory - on a good day it can be both and for added measure you can add some booze and it's really a party! With all the splendor and delight in the first meal of the day I haven't really found a Breakfast themed tome that really celebrated the morning repast for all it's  sumptuousness until now. Clarkson Potter's  America's Best Breakfasts Favorite Local Recipes from Coast to Coast is not just a cookbook, it's a culinary anthology showcasing the best of the best of breakfast from all over the United States. And it's not just eggs and waffles either les petites! There's kimchi pancakes, garlic fried rice and cannoli french toasts recipes from beloved restaurants from around the country that seem like they can be recreated at home. It's a love story plain and simple. Each recipe/ restaurateur that is featured is truly showcased in such an  exquisite manner one can not help but fall in love with all things breakfast!  I truly appreciate and  enjoy the  fact that these delectable, mouthwatering fares are now immortalized in this book and can be shared and passed down for breakfasts to come. 

Check out breakfast
by India Cater-Campbell at Mode

 I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

Monday, April 11, 2016

Let's Get On The Good Foot: Run A Relay, Fight The Power & Alicia Keys.

Have you ever felt that you could be doing more? And by more I don't mean climbing up the professional ladder or meeting Mr.Right (or Right-Now... we don't judge) - we are broaching the topic of being more altruistic, socially conscience and simply more selfless? How do I put action behind the notion? By taking the first step with UNITED RELAY OF AMERICA + AfterShokz I can do just that and get on the good foot (I am a James Brown fan!) and run a stage of the world's first ever triple-route coast to cost non-stop relay. It's more then just a running relay, in the process of the event, runners will be raising much needed funds for a plethora of charities.

Runners who want to make a difference will set off from Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and meet in New York City, carrying three batons nearly 12,000 miles in the three unbroken chains. In the process, awareness and an estimated $1.5 million will be raised 

The Alicia Keys Factor 

Alicia Keys understands the notion of being of service and this Haute Mom, Grammy Award winning Singer/Song-Writer and philanthropist is supporting UR AMERICA and all those who join the cause.

All you have to do is sign up to a run a stage and you’ll be automatically entered into our once-in-a-lifetime prize draw to meet Alicia during a two-night stay in NYC with flights included. The winner and a friend will also receive a FREE pair of AfterShokz headphones and a goodie bag including an exclusive United Relay t-shirt signed by Alicia Keys!

Sound like Fun? Increase your chances of winning!
  • 5 points for signing up to an empty stage
  • 4 points for signing up to an Standard Stage
  • 3 points for every $100 you raise
  • 2 points for recruiting a friend to run
  • 1 point for signing up to a Group Stage
Each point represents the number of times your name is entered into the prize draw.

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There's nothing like challenging yourself, being of service to others and working up a good sweat! I hope to see you all out on race and to get started just clicked here ... https://unitedrelay.org/alicia

Thursday, March 31, 2016

#LaPETITEBites: Grill Like a G - Not Really But You Know What I Mean!

If loving all things grilling is wrong, les petites I don't want to be right! If you are an avid reader of this blog you are well aware that 1. I LOVE books. There really isn't a topic I haven't reviewed of discussed (there is but humor me on this will you?) and 2. I LOVE all things culinary and grilling is definitely one of them. From the fragrant scent of the grill and it's limitless options I personally find it fascinating what can be done with a grill, some ingredients and a little ingenuity. 

Ten Speed Press

Ingenuity, inventive and simply orginal can be said about the new tome from Ten Speed Press, AROUND THE FIRE: Recipes For Inspiried Grilling and Seasonal Feasting From Ox Restaurant courtesy of the purveyors of the beloved Ox Restaurant Greg Denton and his wife Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton (along with Stacy Adimando) conjured up a resource of recipes and techniques that at first glance seem extremely intimidating (I have never grilled leg of goat nor poached squid and octopus) but like the book states 'rest assured' there is a way and it's accessible thanks to the easy to follow instructions that even a foodie novice can follow. 

Ten Speed Press
And fear not - this book is for the masses, it's filled with plant based meals as it is with various meats to seafood. It's grilling for the people and with summer fastly approaching it's a must have.

Check out Clean Your Grill in Record Time With These Hacks
by Josh | The Kentucky Gent at Mode

 I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

The smell from a grill could spark up nostalgia ~ DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince "Summertime".... I just had to throw that in for good measure. xx 

Monday, March 28, 2016

#LaPETITEBites: We Gonna Chow Down In Koreatown [Yes, We are Cheesy, Don't Judge!]

I wasn't introduced to Korean cuisine until recently. A good friend of mine who is all about all things edible introduced me to the cookery much to my delight. From the intense flavors and the entire experience of eating these dishes Korean BBQ  truly is an palatable adventure everyone with a pulse should go on. Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard knows this and together assembled a gem of a book KOREATOWN: A COOKBOOK (Clarkson Potter) it's more then just a mere title on regional cooking - NO! It's an insider look on the subject told in an approachable way that isn't esoteric, obscure or complex. For those like me who by the very definition of the word - a neophyte to the cuisine this is an outstanding introduction. No only do have a plethora of recipes to refer to but a deeper look at the people, the stores, the culture as a whole for us to indulge in with all our senses. What really struck a cord with me was the guest recipes by some of the most celebrated chefs. Literally there was no stone left unturned and this book will be treasured for years to come. 

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. 

#LaPETITEBites: Danny Glover's Monkey Bread

Check out Let’s Eat! Fun Foods and Tasty Family Favorites
by Tend Editor at Mode

Friday, February 19, 2016

#LaPetiteBites: The Indian Family Kitchen. When Classic Becomes Renewed.

The Indian Family Kitchen
Clarkson Potter

Have you ever craved those childhood meals that you just can't seem to master yourself? This place of remembrance, that sensory trigger that occurs when you get one of those flashbacks sitting at the  dinner table or eagerly waiting by the stove to be handed a plate of succulent goodness prepared with all the love in the world?  This has been my life for the past few years, especially 2015 as the elders in my life have all transcended and left me behind to dream of those meals of yesteryear; wishing I took a moment to really learn all the secrets and nuances that made all those dishes special. While I will forever live in the remembrance I can appreciate the meals from another family, tasty meals at that. 

The Indian Family Kitchen
Clarkson Potter

In Anjali Patak's beautifully crafted tome The Indian Family Kitchen: Classic Dishes For A New Generation (Clarkson Potter) she illustrates not just cooking techniques, she shares her history in all it's beautiful flavors and colors. She interprets each dish and while respecting the foundation that was laid out before her she reinvents it to today's standard making it anew. I love that the cookbook will satisfy any palate from plate based to full on carnivore -  and the libations are out of this world. Pathak's book has inspired me to reach out to my own family members and collect recipes so that I can have a reference to and somehow invent it to put my stamp on it too. This is more then just a cookbook - Pathak has started a movement. 

The Indian Family Kitchen
Clarkson Potter
As the granddaughter of Patak's, the popular brand of Indian-style curry pastes, sauces and spices Anjali Pathak is loved the world over as a renowned chef, culinary teach and food writer (what a repertoire!) to learn more about Pathak's take on all things Indian fare check out anjalipathak.com

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Can I Blog My Way To Independence?

January 15th 2016 | Manhattan Bridge, New York City
Photo: La PETITE Blog

I am on the precipice of complete and utter ruin. I am currently lacking in faith, funds, confidence and reassurance that 'tomorrow' will be okay. I have hit an all time BLOCK in life - from losing my mother after a ten month battle with cancer and shortly there after  (two months and twenty-four days to be exact) losing my brother suddenly; I have completely and utterly lost my 
focus and drive.

I once had a thriving career as a fashion stylist - working with celebrities, publications - etc.; when I took time away to deal with being a caretaker and then grieving  - I wish someone would of informed me that those contacts, those 'friends' I thought I had all but disappeared. Phone calls are sent to voicemail, emails and texts unanswered - so here I am.If I want to be a stylist again I will have to start all over again - here's the honest truth - I have no interest in styling. Frankly I have no interest in anything at the moment.

Without a steady stream of income, really no security on where I am going to live and living in complete fear that all this stress and anxiety is going to leave me completely and irrevocably 
 broken. It's just been too much to bear.

Here's the question:  What am I to do? I do not own anything of any value besides this MacBook Pro I am currently perusing - and even this has depreciated as it's from 2011. I have this blog - yes, this blog I started in 2008 on whim because I was in between styling projects and wanted an outlet where I can share things that I fancied. I never really focused on my blog  being a 'business' because I kept it somewhat as a hobby - but now it's literally all I have.
My question to you (whomever is reading this - or not) is there hope for me? How do I pick myself back up?

For the past nine months I have gone to grief counseling and recently therapy to deal with it all - from the bereavement to the anxiety (and yes,
depression) I have even started meditating. The photo above is me walking from Brooklyn to Manhattan to my meditation class (it's a free series) during the walk I was actually reciting the Rosary, asking God to give me clarity, to give me hope - honestly to give me faith because I have none.

Then today happen.  I participated in a Google Hangout chat  with GivingUpOnPerfect.com blogger and author Mary Carver discussing her new book Choose Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose When Life Hurts
 (Faith Words) a new book about the amazing Sara Frankl who lived with Ankylosing Spondylitis an autoimmune disease resulting in chronic pain. Sara was confined to her home because of the disease and transcended at the age of 38. During the chat Mary spoke about how Sara had a joie de vie about her, that her joy was a choice and a testament to the 'fruit of her spirit' - sentiments I can relate to that of my grandmother who lived with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease (she passed a year before my mother, my mother was diagnosed literally six months after we buried her....) and my mother who was constantly in a state of gratitude even at the very end - even to that of my brother who was a shining light to the entire family during my mother's services yet he was literally on his last days but was of service to others. People like Sara, like Granmél, like Mommy and like Frantzy are a rare breed. They have the clarity and the strength to Choose Joy - but what about people like me?

I have so many questions and I am not going to be scared (anymore - well I will try not to be scared) and I will ask them until I find the answer that leads me to joy. Maybe reading the book (which I haven't done yet) will be a good start, maybe not but I know that I have to work on me because
I literally have nothing to lose. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

From the Heart: Eating Healthy Just Got GOOD!

American Heart Association Healthy Fats, Low-Cholesterol Cookbook


This past August I turned 35. I will repeat it because there are moments when I can't believe it myself; I turned 35 years old! It's a bit surreal because my life (and body) doesn't feel like a thirty-five year should be. When I was a child I envisioned my thirty-five year old self to be this wunderkind who has surpassed all my goals, dreams and aspirations. In reality my thirty-five was harrowingly different from what I thought my life would be right now. I am in a state of bereavement and have been for the past year since the lost of my mother and brother within three months of each other. During that time my emotional and physical state has been compromised. I have amassed a plethora of gray hair (of which I am not ready for!), weight gain and anxiety to the point my doctor has prescribed me heart medication because this ticker of mine has been racing non-stop! I have come to realize that my thirties - especially my thirty fifth year is a period of realization and transformation. It's time for me to roll up my sleeves and get to work on myself because it's now or never. I have been actively sought out grief counseling and therapy for my depression stemming from the loss of my mother - a grief so intensifying that I have been paralyzed with emotions for months on end. Along with my counseling I take walks - long walks, across New York City but it's not enough. My eating habits are less then desirable because I quite frankly do not want to cook! I was once a burgeoning food enthusiast who wanted to devote this blog to exploring different recipes and cuisine but rather I lived on frozen waffles and cereal for the past year (don't judge me!). Recently my grief counselor told me that I need to push myself and push myself I will. One of the 'pushes' I am commiting to is getting back into the kitchen and cooking for myself. Self-care is one of the first things subsided and I need to focus on that because I deserve a quality of life since I am still very much alive. I have been taking baby 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Getting to the Core of it All With Coconuts!

The Whole Coconut Cookbook: Vibrant Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Recipes Featuring Nature's Most Versatile Ingredient
by Nathalie Fraise
 Ten Speed Press

Growing up in a Haitian household (albeit in New York City), coconuts were prevalent in our everyday lives. The oil was a multifaceted and all-purpose accoutrement from culinary to beauty treatments. And its flesh, water and milk were constantly used for a variety of dishes that were delectable. Coconuts also played a big part of my childhood outside of my home as well. I remember summers traveling with my mother and siblings venturing out and discovering other Caribbean cultures (this time out of the country) we would always start off the trips with some fresh coconut juice straight from the drupe, it was our ritual marking our holiday and I could never get enough. Flash forward a few decades, with a thriving small business, insane debt and a never-enough-time-for-myself mode I am currently on I forgot just home much I loved coconuts- until now. 
Photo Courtesy of Erin Scott

Nathalie Fraise latest tome  The Whole Coconut Cookbook: VIBRANT DAIRY-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE RECIPES FEATURING NATURE’S MOST VERSATILE INGREDIENT (Ten Speed press) was a Godsend to me at this stage in life - I have been riddled with anxiety since the death of my mother. To say that I have not truly taken care of myself for the past year is an understatement. Honestly, not wanting to take care of myself is truly the crux of the issue and then on the anniversary of the day my mother was put to rest I received this book in the mail. Reading about Fraise's struggles with migraines,  anxiety and overcoming this obstacles with taking the time to care for herself  really struck a chord with me. 
Photo Courtesy of Erin Scott

The beautifully crafted book showcases an array of meals, beverages and treats that are both dairy-free, gluten-free, accessible and mouth-watering GOOD. She shares substitutions and her vast knowledge on how one can truly incorporate coconuts into one's lifestyle is truly remarkable. And for the recipes itself - they are delicious as they are innovative. I loved the Spiced Hot Chocolate, it was savory, sweet and with a kick of cayenne the drink warmed up my soul from within. What I truly appreciate about Fraise's tome was that she - like my mother and my grandmother before her utilized every facet of the versatile, multifaceted, multipurposed fruit. This book conjured up bittersweet memories and gave me a renewed sense that I have to take care of myself and I am grateful for that. 
Check out Coconut ~ Everything
by Jeanne Lander at Mode

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.