New Uses for Stale Bread

There always seems to be a half loaf of stale bread pushed back into the far reaches of our refrigerator. While the wheat bread we buy tends to last an incredibly long time without going stale, it does eventually get stale and tossed out to the birds. Here are two ideas to give new life […]

Dark Roots: Beauty Trend 2008

What: That once unwelcome re-growth is suddenly trendy. What the experts say: Colorist Dawn Tracy of Byron Salon in Beverly Hills says in a recent Los Angeles Times article: “It’s a look that says, ‘I haven’t bothered with my hair.’ It’s sexy and looks undone.

Yea or Nay: Pure Vanilla Extract

For a pastry chef or gourmet foodie, this might be a no-brainer. But for the everyday cook “especially one looking to save a few bucks” it can be a quandary. You want the best vanilla taste, but for a decent price. So is it worth ponying up for the pure vanilla extract? We decided to […]

Five Everyday Items for Gardening

A variety of everyday items can come in handy for gardening. It’s also a great way to reuse and repurpose items that might not be able to be recycled traditionally. Here are five of our favorites. Egg cartons. Paperboard or Styrofoam, these make excellent seed-starting mini pots. Poke holes in the bottoms for drainage. Milk […]

Organic Cotton Vintage Bedding from Gaiam up to 70% off: Daily Deal

What: Organic cotton vintage striped bedding (discontinued colors) originally $22-$109. Now $9.99 – $42.99. The Lowdown: Duvet covers, pillow shams, sheets – all of them organic, all of them on sale. The details: 250 thread count, 100% organic cotton bedding, reversible striped duvet cover and ruffled shams are finished with rickrack trim. Buy quickly to […]

Acra, Reem

Acra, Reem Pronunciation: Ree-m Ak-ra After studying in fashion school Esmod Ecole de Mode in Paris and at FIT in New York, Lebanese fashion designer Reem Acra started her eponymous label in 1997. An embroidery artist, Acra’s signature intricate bead works, embroidery and use of luxe fabrics has become a big hit in the bridal […]


Akris Pronunciation: Ah-kree This Swiss, family-run, company has come a long way from designing polka-dotted aprons in 1922. Considered as Switzerland’s largest clothing company, Akris showcases elegant and perfectly tailored suits for no-nonsense professional women who want classic and timeless pieces with a touch of modern flair. Although it’s a relatively unknown label, Akris has […]


Amsale Pronunciation: Ahm-sah-lay Her frustration in finding the right wedding gown in 1985 led Ethiopian Amsale Aberra to launch her bridal line. With a vision of creating timeless wedding gowns that have clean lines and design, yet full of sophistication that accents a bride’s body, she adapted the motto “forever modern” for her collections. A […]