Sunday, September 28, 2014

Falling in Love with #Gudrun Sjoden's new Winter collection

As the days grow shorter and the cool breeze of the Autumn Solstice takes hold, shimmering leaves are dancing to the ground, Fall is in the air….MY FAVORITE SEASON BY FAR!
 chilly nights, sweater weather and mother nature is painting her magic on the sugar maple trees ….. Fall has Arrived!
 Naturally the idea of Shopping for the Fall/Winter Season comes to my mind…….
a wonderful saturday morning at 50 Greene Street,Soho New York….#GudrunSjoden store… Oh how lucky I am to bee friends with such wonderful talented ladies  Karin and Monica standing on a new rug pattern

all dressed up in our Fall #GudrunSjoden attire!
 The Green store on Greene Street, Soho never stops surprising  me with wonderfully colorful displays
whimsical gloves and colorful tights to keep you toasty on cold cool nights

cozy sweater and fun stripe socks

a color collection of stripes and dots

colors galore, warm hats, gloves and boots

a dream of a dress that was featured in the New York Times from a photo shoot at the ICE HOTEL

50 shades of blue "The Window display"

wonderful dress in stripes and colors

an asymmetrical sweater to wear to death and comfy pants to run around  town  looking divine

high tops to walk the High Line in high style 

booties and layering pieces to make the outfit perfect

More cubbies with sweaters and tops

african theme bedding Oh MY!

dotty towels for kitchen and bath

morning delight with coffee mugs and more!

friendly faces to meet you at the door!
The day ended with a wonderful reception at the New Rochelle Library for the New Rochelle Art Association's 99th! juried show!
To top off the day miss BZ (wearing #Gudrun Galore) Won first Prize in the #New Rochelle Art Association  juried competition for Mixed Media
What else did I purchase from the fabulous #gudrunsjoden winter collect?  Well my dears you'll just have to stay tuned.
Honey Hugs for Now!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Quick recipe for Gazpacho or how to use your summer harvest now!

Quickly summer is ebbing & the beauty of fall and the nip of frost is wrappedly approaching. Our vegetable gardens are over flowing with the bounty of summer: tomatoes, peppers, onions etc. What better way to preserve summer than with a quick gaz
pacho soup. Oh and it gets a bit nippy just heat it up a bit!
 What you need :

2C either sacremento tomato juice or original V-8 juice
1 C cherry tomatoes or  3 tomatoes  cut into 1/4
1 yellow pepper or a green frying ( Italian pepper)
2-3 radishes
1  small jalapeño  minced
3 scallions (green onions )1-2  chopped
kirby cucumber or Persian cucumbers
Bunch of parley chopped
1/4C olive oil
2 T balsamic vinegar
juice of one lime
2t Worcestershire sauce
4T cream fresh
In a large bowl add the tomato juice, set aside. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade add the tomatoes, peppera, radishes, and cucumbers.  Process by long pulses  (say alligator's belly one, alligator's belly two, etc) about 4 times. Check to see that vegetables are well chopped into small bite size pieces ( not juice).  Pour the vegetable mixture into the bowl of  tomato juice. Stir to mix.  Season with salt and pepper. Add 1/2 of the chopped parsley and the scallions, stir to mix.  Add the olive oil and balsamic vinegar,lime juice and worcestershire sauce stir to mix well. Ladle the soup into four soup bowls garnish each bowl with a T of cream fresh and a dusting of parsley and a bowl with the minced jalapeño peppers. Serves 4
optional add some fresh steamed corn or pinto beans!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Help Save the Elephants Please

Saturday, September 13th, may have been a grey day outdoors, but inside the Gudrun Sjoden store at 50th Greene Street, Soho a wonderful celebration was happening.  #GudrunSjoden has teamed up with Big Life Foundation and VETPAW to help STOP elephants and rhinos from being slaughtered TO THE BRINK OF EXTINCTION!  The fabulous organizations are training East African park rangers and the respective communities to end poaching ( for Ivory) and conserve the endangered species. The festivities of course included refreshments, live african music, speakers to educate the public, and of course specially designed clothing with an African theme by #Gudrun Sjoden.

Two of the lovely #GudrunSjoden ladies with a wonderful display of drinks and snacks

fantastic African music by
Drummer - Hasan Bakr

The store was buzzing with lovely ladies shopping and learn "How to save the Elephants"

The sensational "crew" from Big Life Foundation

a very happy customer, showing off her new outfit with our music man Hasan Bakr

charming ladies visiting from Norway!

 a Big Life foundation speaker  connected with a live feed to head quarters

furry babies were part of the crowed with his mommy outfitted in jeans and a #GudrunSjoden elephant print Tshirt!

a surprise guest speaker who lives and conserves elephant in africa

introducing the Bronx Zoo and what they do to Educate New Yorker on how save African Elephants

The lovely ladies  greeting the guest and collecting donation  to Save the Elephants

Mr. Brandt, a well know photograph, is selling his  fabulous photographer with profits to save the Elephants

#GudrunSjoden's fantastic elephant print t shirts

"Elefant" modal top

Straight-cut and with a fabulous drape, our "Elefant" top is destined to be a fall favorite. Charming elephants plodding along all in row become a lovely all-over print that works with almost everything. 

We donate $8 to the IVORY FOR ELEPHANTS organization to preserve the African elephant when you purchase our delightful “Elefant” top.

dresses are also available in the elephant prints.

The day was a huge success! It's so nice to know that you are purchasing and wearing clothing from a company that believes in helping to make a better world to live in.  For more information on how you can help save the lives of elephants and rhinos please visit:  follow them on Facebook or twitter

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


One of the joys of spending a week at #Encuasticamp is the day we venture and explore the art seen in Seattle.  This year was exception.  We were charmed by the lovely and talented encaustic artist Willow  Bader.  We really lucked out as she had a "give away" sale of some of her works…. many, many visitors walked away happily smiling with a purchase in hand.
Willow, in her studio explain her work and technique

she works larger than life, therefor needing not one or two, but three pallets to work from

she works right on the pallet mixing paint an encaustic medium  (I was drilling over the flow of color on her pallets)

there's a two inch space between pallet and wall to catch the drippings (the intermix of color, brushes and scrapers was intoxicating)

a true artists uniform = uniqueness 

a work for sale ! her work is so vibrate and alive!

working directly on the canvas that has been mounted on the wall with french brackets. she puts her whole heart and soul into her work 

fusing the paint was another dance of sorts

nothing is wasted! charming birds sculpted from wax scrapings  are muses on a cocktail setting

another work ready to sell, it's all about the love of life and enjoy the moments

Paintings of People in motion, dancing, making music, celebrating life.

a photo of Willow's  totally charming husband, the writer Robert Fulghum and one of her fabulous paintings

The Fulghum's Dancing the Tango, a passion for both and a major subject for Willows art
I know I speak for all who had the opportunity to visit this wonderful artist, we all came away breathy, with excitement and ready to challenge ourselves to another level of intensity.  Thank you Willow Bader for allowing us into your studio for a brief moment to share your knowledge with us. To know more about Willow Bader go to  To find out more about her charming husband go to

Thursday, August 7, 2014


The high light of our week of waxy warmth  is the student exhibit on the last night of camp.  We take our name tags and our creative loves and display them for all to admire.  And Admire we all do!  It's so truly amazing to see each and everyone's work.  I am always totally stunned by the creative force that has come together.  Inspiration is flowing like a spectacular waterfall.  What follows is some of the highlights from everyones.  If I omitted someone or their work, please please forgive… as I truly meant to include each and everyone one who showed their wonderful work…. Thank you everyone one from #Encausticamp...