Wishing you a blessed and festive day : )
This is a great summer pesto to enjoy on a hot day!
Peel Cucumber, grate the Asiago, pick off the Parsley leaves, measure everything and
put all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until well blended
Recipe – about 2 Cups
- 1/2 OG Cucumber
- 2 Cups OG Italian Parsley Leaves
- 1 Cup OG Walnuts
- 1 1/2 Cup Grated Asiago Cheese
- 1/2 Cup OG Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 Cloves OG Garlic
- 1/ 4 – 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt or to Taste
Photograph by: Benjamin Norman for The New York Times
Betsey’s Signature Runway Cartwheel
As most of you know last year Betsey Johnson LLC filed for bankruptcy, which resulted in the closing of all 63 stores and the firing of 350 employees. I myself was wondering “Is that it for Betsey Johnson just a moment in history now?”
“Next month, with the retailer Steve Madden as her new parent company, she is introducing a lower-priced line of Betsey Johnson frocks at department stores…”Simply called Betsey Johnson, the new line of girlie dresses will be sold at select Macy’s and other retailers, including Nordstrom, starting in February for $99 to $249. “They’ll be young in spirit like Betsey is, but accessible for women up to 40 years old,” said Lisa Andriulli, a vice president of Macy’s”. New York Times
The runway show is reminiscent of the 60s with neon lights, a mix of English mod with psychedelic prints… The show includes maxi dresses, faux fur, floppy hats, drop waist dresses, mini skirts and more mixed with a louder Betsey style that includes moto jackets and herringbone suits.
We didn’t follow Betsey’s social life that closely but we always loved her clothing, the Girly Tough Girl, Colorful Prints, Animal Prints and all the Pink. Steph and her friends loved to visit the ten dollar bin back in the day on Main St. in Santa Monica when that’s all they could afford and loved it so much that a cherished pair of black leggings with tiny pink roses definitely got their wear! I thought this video was great, it shows you the dynamics and relationship that Betsey and her daughter have; check it out it’s pretty cute.
In the spring, she and her 37-year-old daughter, Lulu Johnson, will be starring in their own reality TV show. The reality TV show follows Lulu’s efforts to start her own fashion line called Lulu Johnson. Set to have its premiere on the Style Network in March, it is called “The Betsey and Lulu Show.”
“The designer Betsey Johnson oversees a fashion photo shoot in front of the cameras for her new reality show, set for March on the Style Network”…
“Sarah Morton-Erasmus grew up mesmerized by the sound of a cross peen hammer. By the age of twelve she was busy in her father’s studio soldering and sawing his copper scraps into jewelry and sculpture of her own design. Creating came naturally to her. In 1999, Sarah received a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Oregon in Metalsmithing. She continued her education by apprenticing with both goldsmiths and sculptors, balancing her skills with both small and large-scale works. Morton-Erasmus Jewelry started to take shape in 2003, when she moved from New York to the Columbia River Gorge where she continues to create her jewelry and metal artwork”. We had the privilege of meeting Sarah almost ten years ago. She is such a creative beautiful person with an extraordinary amount of talent.
When did you know you wanted to be a jewelry designer and how did you get your start?
I was basically failing out of college, I had been a straight A student in high school, and got to college thinking I wanted to go into international affairs and language. My Dad sat me down and instead of giving me the “you have to work harder, amount to something” speech; he said I needed to take an art class. He knew I was an artist at heart, so I wrestled my way into a totally full beginning metals class and was instantly in love.
How was it growing up with a talented father/copper smith?
I knew it was special, I didn’t know anyone else in school who had parents like mine. Especially because we got to travel all the time. Once or twice a month we’d pack up and be in a new place like San Francisco or Tempe, Az doing a craft fair. I went to school in a really rural area of Oregon though; so many kids had never even been to a city before high school. So I knew early on that the world was huge, with tons of possibilities. My Dad was always working, not only because he was self-employed but also because he loved what he did, and was happiest in his studio. I have so many fond memories of my family all together, discovering new things, and just laughing and having fun, when the all the work was done. I feel really proud to follow in his foot steps, this February I’ll be exhibiting at The Buyers Market of American Craft, I’m one of like 3 that are second generation exhibitors.
What do you love most about designing and creating your own Jewelry?
I just love working with metal, I love that with some time and skill one can take something from the ground, manipulate it and turn it into something beautiful, or use it to convey a message that words can’t because it has this longevity. To adorn ourselves with a piece of jewelry can tell the world so much about ourselves, our ornaments can tell a story about important people in our life, experiences, travels and just how we see ourselves. And then these stories can be handed down to friends and family. I love that I make keepsakes and mementos.
What would you classify your style of work as?
This is a tough one, I’m somewhere between fine jewelry and trend jewelry. I’m not just assembling parts some factory made, every piece starts and ends in my studio with my hands. The 18k gold I use to make all my connections brings my silver jewelry closer to fine jewelry price point, but I love fashion and love to be part of the forward motion of trends. I like to think of myself as a fashion designer who hammers instead of sews.
Do you have a piece your most proud of?
Yes, I make these shields that are really like an individuals crest something that would absolutely represent that person for longevity. It usually has an initial as the center piece but sometimes a symbol, then, I add different things like the person’s date of birth, their age when it was made, zip codes, words, quotes, etc. Once I even put the longitude and latitude of their favorite place on earth, so they’d always be able to find their way back.
What do you draw from for inspiration when designing a new piece?
A lot of the time its a technique, method, or connection in my studio that sparks something new, but I love to look Pinterest and runway shows for fashion, but mainly I look at a lot of vintage jewelry and museum pieces. That’s where my love of jewelry began.
How do you source your materials and select your stones?
I go to the big gem show in Tucson occasionally, but my focus has always been production, not just one of a kind, so once I find a vendor I like I stick with them. I lived in New York when I first started my line in 2003, my fellow jewelry friends hooked me up with most of my sources there and I still use all of them.
What is the most challenging part about running your own business?
That you have to wear so many hats!!! I wish all the time that I could just design and produce, and not have to sell it, market it, photograph it, price it, ship it, etc. I have a love/hate relationship with Excel.
Any tips or advice for aspiring designers like yourself?
Take lots and lots of business classes, never give up your dream, and take chances!!
*Check out the M.E. Jewelry website, there are many more designs and contact info as well.
I stumbled across this great Argentinian sweet white bubbly wine at Luci’s in Phoenix; it’s a great summer drink for fewer than ten bucks! It has a blend of 90% Torrontes and 10% Sauvignon Blanc. If you’re not into sweet whites make a “Tincho”! What is a Tincho you may ask? It’s all the rage in Argentina… New Age on the rocks with a squeeze of citrus (lemon or lime) I like the lime. Soooo refreshing especially if your melting in the desert like I am.
Stephanie was raised in Santa Monica, California, Aka: Dogtown. After traveling the world in her 20’s she settled down in Maui for a year then moved to Hood River Oregon, the windsurfing capital of the world! At the age of 23 Steph opened and ran the very popular restaurant called Purple Rocks Art Bar and Café for 3 years. At the time the town was only busy enough in the summers so she sold it. Steph then started her jewelry line named Venezian and sold to 23 stores in Portland, Seattle, Idaho and California. At the same time she designed 3 top selling hats for Da Kine snowboarding accessories. Steph also had a natural skin care line which she developed all her own recipes and named it Flower of Flowers. She took on a partner and they did skin care parties for 2 years, then the partner moved to Maui and Steph decided to let it go and kept on with Venezian and got a job at Flerchinger’s Vineyards (now known as Cathedral Ridge) for 4 years where she learned about the different varietals, bottling and labeling while serving customers in the tasting room. She also learned about the climates the grapes grow in, the crush methods, filtering and fermentation process.
Angela was born and raised in Hood River, Oregon in the beautiful Columbia Gorge, a small town 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon. Growing up with many influences from the natural world and alternative forms of healing. With two creative parent’s Ang grew up creating, designing and thinking of how she could further her life and make a career with such. Ang took a large interest in cooking at the age of 14, taught by her Arabic uncle (by marriage) who lived with her and her family for about a year, they would create extravagant dinners.
Ang started working for a local swim and active wear company named Kerrits, there she designed, worked on custom pieces for customers and was retailed in stores throughout Portland and Seattle including Nordstrom. Later she decided to partner up with her mother, aunt and cousin to create an art co-op called Interior Fusion, there the art of themselves and local artist’s were displayed and sold. During this time she was also working alongside a women who ran an interior design and retail paint / window coverings business, there she gained much experience in interior design, color, and faux finishing. Ang was married at the time to a very talented musician, who taught guitar and singing lessons. She helped with all of the P.R., bookings, band identity and tour arrangements. This is about the time where Steph and Ang met!
One day Steph decided to take singing lessons from a friend who taught her by using the guitar instead of a piano. She had asked him if he knew of any female guitar players who might be interested in starting an all girl band and he introduced her to his wife Angela. They hit it off instantly and then started a band called Scarlet Luxury. They had a lot of fun, became great friends and creatively inspired each other from that point on.
After looking for more outlets Ang and Steph put their creative forces together and started a faux finishing company. They worked so well together, they would dream up ideas while working together. They both had a love for fashion, drawing, designing and conceptualizing all their ideas in their spare time; they decided to start an accessories line called EvaRuna. They developed a unique product and learned the in’s & out’s of the fashion industry, working with a long time friend of Steph’s who has been in the fashion industry for 20 years (started Von Dutch Clothing, Bronze Age & Stronghold Denim) they learned it all, from writing a business plan, arranging photo shoot’s, creating line sheets, to samples and marketing their product. After the recession was in full motion the two decided to move on… Ang moved to Portland, Oregon and Steph moved back to Venice, California. Angela being a happy mother of twin boys has had many experiences and great tips for healthy family living. The two have remained great friends and continually inspire each other even after all that. Four years later Stephanie who resides in Northern, California and Angela in Phoenix, Arizona thought it would be cool to bring all their interests together and create a lifestyle blog where they can share their creativity with the world!
Hello and welcome to our blog of Healthy Living and Adventures!
After sharing with each other on a daily basis our tried and tested family recipes, health tips, green living, travel adventures and many more great things we decided it would be a great to share it with the world! Feel free to try, share, explore our site and see how these tips, recipes and just straight fun make your life better too!
Steph & Ang