Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cooking and Eating - Are We Becoming Complacent

Through the years, if you have been a cook as I believe we all were, pots and pans have grown old (like us) and sometimes tossed out for new ones.  I started with Revere Ware.  Guess what, it's still going strong (for 50 years).  Also, while shopping in NYC on Fifth Avenue in the 60's I saw that Georg Jensen (sidewalk sale) was selling pots and pans for $60 for all...that was a TON of $$ back then, but somehow I splurged.   Happy I did,  we are still using these pots and they will last past a lifetime.

Anyway, in between we have had pots and we have had pans.  We have had Teflon and cast iron (which I bought recently and am using at times)
So what I am getting at after all this is, are we staying green with this cookware or are we getting lazy and using just anything?  Teflon loaded food?  I am an Instagram user and follow @hfbyrne
Check it out.  She will guide us back to reality and to healthy food and cookware.  She also just started her own website PlantYourVoice.  Be an early follower, this chick is going places.  Oh, and she is my great niece too!

Oh and also by the way, Hannah guided us through IG to buy this green small frying pan.  Follow Hannah for healthy recipes/stories/living by a brilliant 24 year old soul!  

Georg Jensen dinner tonite!  Still ticking.  Husbands 71, he cooked this!  Be healthy, watch what you cook in and last but not least cook at home!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

H&M Home for Mid Winter Blues

Was just reading a story about what different stylists would buy from Target if the had $100 to spend.  Here is my choice from H&M Home.  Personally, I think Target is pretty expensive for what you get..

First I went to the H&M site and looked for a lamp..possibly marble with brass...well, lo and behold, I should know this, they don't offer lamps.  So onward.  Target for that.

Seeing that it is still winter.  Hey, we're in the middle of a snowstorm in the NE here.  I am not saying no to  the winter items..if you can enter the store you will find most on sale.  Be sure and check your location to make sure that this particular H&M location carries 'Home'.

Every home needs freshening after the holidays, and mine is no exception.  Out to the old pillow covers, etc. and on to the new..At these prices, truly who can resist?

PS Throw out too please....I'm looking at me!

Because I cannot figure out how to lay the prices they are

Palm Tree Candlestick - $12.99
Linen w/ Raw Edges Pillow Cover - $12.99
Zig Zag Runner - tell me you have not seen this?  $29.99
Papaya Leaf Pillow Cover - $12.99
Monkey Candlestick - $17.99
Atomizer - $12.99  Old is new again
Red Knit Pillow Cover - $9.99 on sale

On the pillow prices, have you priced pillow covers lately? I went into West Elm up to counter, hi, how much?  Don't ask.....that is why I love H&M, not to worry, who cares, they are fresh and new, and it they get messy, oh well.

Baby Boomers Please - Just No!!

to cropped pants unless you have just given up and love to look dumpy. Please don't hate me, only trying to help.

Consignment Shops - Should They Reassess?

A few months ago I was browsing (what else is new) one of the very famous consignment shops near my office, when I ran into the Founder of the chain.  Think he eventually went public, but still has his hand in the business.  He and I got to chatting (what else is new) discussing the past, present and future of consignment shops.  If any of you know me, you of course know that I am not shy about voicing my very (friendly) strong opinions, so it was off the the races.

Him - so you've been a customer since the 70's??

Me - yes, I have purchased and sold lots here.  My favorite locations are......

Him - what do you think of our new branding etc...(the have elevated their status to high end only and made their space more spare.)

Me-  Well, it's nice.  Then we chatted about history etc of shopping these places.

Me- Are stores such as H&M/Zara hurting your business?

Him - (pretty insulted) no of course not..we are different.

Me - thinking, ok for the same $$ I can go down the street and get a new sweater without moth holes in it.  Not very high end, but in tact nonetheless.

Me - passing by this store every day at lunch...empty.  I don't know what their numbers are but I see a seismic change in this space

Sure, there are some bargains, but the less high stuff brought me in as a customer.  To peruse, to watch, to buy.