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Weekly Wellegant Find: Josie Natori (Long Sleeved) Empire Pajama

In a post written earlier this year, I wrote about how I finally decided to “up” my pajama game. It was springtime and I invested in a couple of pair of Josie Natori pajamas. They are pure heaven – a super soft and silky fabric, bright and colorful patterns and a lovely sleeveless silhouette. I LOVED wearing them! But then,  late fall rolled around and it simply became too chilly for sleeveless pj’s.

So, back to Josie I went, this time in search of some long sleeved pajamas. And, once again, Josie did not disappoint! (Please keep in mind that Josie Natori has several different product lines, some of which are quite expensive. The line that I love, which is a bit more reasonably priced, is the “Josie” line). I ordered two beautiful pair. Here is one of my favorites, called the Empire Pajama and, right now, the Josie Natori website has most winter styles marked down considerably.

Happy Shopping!

Karen

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Recipe: Salmon and Caper Spread (GF)

While searching for an appetizer recipe to make for a recent family gathering, I came across one recipe after another for Salmon Spread (or Salmon Paté). That seemed like a great choice for this particular group, but the problem is that nearly every recipe out there contains an entire block of cream cheese and you know me – I usually prefer to keep it light and healthy. So I drew inspiration from some of the recipes out there and played ‘mad scientist’ in the kitchen until I came up with a version of it that I like.

This Salmon and Caper Spread has a bit of mayonnaise (I used avocado mayo, but any mayo you like will do) and the bright flavors of lemon, capers, scallion and dill. A quick ‘whiz’ in the blender and the whole thing came together in minutes!

I served it with water crackers, but it’s also delicious with raw veggies (which also makes it gluten free). It’s certainly, much lighter and more flavorful than the cream cheese versions.

I hope that you’ll keep this easy appetizer in mind for your next gathering. And please be sure to snap a photo and tag me on social media, using the hashtag #wellegance. I love to see your creations!

Buon Appetit!

Karen

Salmon and Caper Spread

This Salmon Spread has a bit of mayonnaise (I used avocado mayo, but any mayo you like will do) and the bright flavors of lemon, capers, scallion and dill. A quick ‘whiz’ in the blender and the whole thing came together in minutes!

Ingredients

  • 2 6 ounce cans of salmon (boneless)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. Lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp. Onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 scallion sliced
  • ¼ tsp. Ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3 Tbsp. Capers drained
  • 2 Tbsp. Dill chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the first 9 ingredients into the blender jar and pulse until the mixture is well-combined. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and fold in half of the capers and half of the chopped dill. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Garnish with the remaining capers and chopped dill. Serve with little slices of pumpernickel bread, crackers and/or raw vegetables.

Recipe Notes

Serves 10-12.

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Cozy Winter Hats

As I write this post, it’s 5 degrees outside!? I live on Long Island where, not only did we just have a snowstorm called a “bomb cyclone” (who’s even heard of such a thing??), but the temperatures have stayed below 15 degrees for days. Clearly, in this weather, a hat is not merely a fashion accessory but an absolute necessity!

I happen to love hats and wear them often. Yes, a bit of confidence is required to pull them off. And yes, you have to find hats that are well suited to your hairstyle. But the right hat can pull an entire outfit together, bring some polish and style to your look, and command attention.

Not to mention the fact that it can keep your head warm and cozy in frigid temperatures (which is important, too).

Here is a sampling of my favorite winter hats and some fun and chic ways to wear them. I hope that you find some style inspiration here and that you stay toasty warm in the coming weeks!

Buon weekend!

Karen

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Weekly Wellegant Find: Purely Inspired Organic Protein Powder

I was recently turned onto this plant based protein powder by the brand Purely Inspired. I had never heard of this company before, but had been on the hunt for an organic protein powder that doesn’t contain whey or other animal protein (You’d be surprised at how many unhealthy ingredients are contained in most protein powders!?)

I’d researched and tried a couple of other brands, but wasn’t happy with the flavor or the texture. Then, my chiropractor (a health nut like me!) recommended this one. Much to my delight, it’s delicious and made with 100% organic, plant based protein (pea protein and brown rice protein). It’s free of any artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors and it contains 7 grams of fiber in each serving.

This protein powder comes in a variety of flavors but, so far, I’ve only tried the Decadent Chocolate which is, in fact, pretty decadent! It’s pretty widely available, but I purchase it from Amazon.

If you enjoy protein shakes as a meal or a snack, you may wish to give this one a try.

Cheers!

Karen

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Recipe: Chicken Française

This chicken recipe is perfect for a Francophile like me (mostly because, in addition to being very French, it’s extremely quick and simple to make!). Most Chicken Française recipes call for a lot of butter, which makes the dish much richer. However, I prefer to use a tiny bit of butter along with some extra virgin olive oil, as it lightens it up considerably.

Lots of fresh lemon, lots of fresh parsley…all you need to round out the meal is some brown rice and a vegetable (steamed spinach, roasted broccoli and roasted asparagus work especially well with the lemony sauce). Trust me when I tell you that this a recipe you will reach for on busy weeknights but, also, when entertaining at home.

Buon Appetit!

Karen

Chicken Française

Most Chicken Francaise recipes call for a lot of butter, which makes the dish much richer. However, I prefer to use a tiny bit of butter along with some extra virgin olive oil, as it lightens it up considerably. Lots of fresh lemon, lots of fresh parsley...all you need to round out the meal is some brown rice and a vegetable (steamed spinach, roasted broccoli and roasted asparagus work especially well with the lemony sauce).

Ingredients

  • 1 egg beaten
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 1 cup all purpose flour gluten free flour may be substituted to make the recipe GF
  • ¼ tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 pinch paprika
  • 6 boneless and skinless chicken cutlets pounded thin, if they’re not already cut thin
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 additional lemon juiced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a shallow bowl/dish, mix together the egg and the juice of ½ lemon. In another shallow bowl/dish, combine the flour, garlic powder and paprika. Dip each chicken cutlet into the egg mixture, then the flour mixture.
  2. Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken cutlets and cook until golden brown on each side.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the broth and the juice of 1 lemon. Pour this mixture over the chicken cutlets in the skillet. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer for approximately 8 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Add the chopped parsley and salt/pepper, to taste.

Recipe Notes

Serves 6.

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Lagom: a Home (and Life) in Balance

Several years ago, Maria Kondo came onto the scene, promoting her version of extreme minimalism. And I do mean EXTREME; her book, The KonMari Method, insisted that any objects that do not bring joy should be eliminated entirely from the home. This inspired many of us to fanatically declutter our homes in the pursuit of the peace and freedom that Kondo assured us we would feel. While I absolutely agree that clutter can be burdensome and a feeling of space in the home is healthy, this type of extreme minimalism often feels cold and somewhat institutional. Meaningful, personal objects and touches are the things that bring warmth and humanity to a space, after al. I mean, who wants their living room to resemble the waiting room of a doctor’s office?

Then, the pendulum swung in the opposite direction with the Danish concept of Hygge (pronounced ‘Hoo-gah’). This philosophy is all about warmth and coziness, both as a lifestyle and as a concept in interior design. Hygge is all about enjoying each moment and all aspects of one’s daily routine. Hygge promotes filling a space with colors, objects, textures, art, etc. to enhance one’s comfort in and enjoyment of the space. Where KonMari is about stripping away, Hygge is about adding to. But where KonMari’s approach can create a cold, impersonal space, Hygge can create a fussy, cluttered one. For many people (myself included), neither approach hits the mark.

Now (thankfully!), along comes the Swedish concept of Lagom (pronounced ‘La-gum’). The word Lagom translates to “the right amount is best” and it’s a lifestyle and decor philosophy that promotes moderation. Synonyms for Lagom include ‘enough, sufficient, perfect amount, balance, just-right,’ and this is a concept that’s clearly NOT supported by a consumerist culture. Nonetheless, it’s the very same commonsense advice that we’re given with respect to eating, exercise, fashion and everything else. Like Goldilocks, our job is to find our “just right”

I know what you’re thinking…how do we know what is the ‘right amount’ of stuff? What is ‘moderate’ when it comes to home decor? How do we achieve this state of balance in the rooms of our home? (These terms are so subjective.) I had these very same questions. As someone without a degree in design, this type of balance and moderation seemed difficult to achieve. But, as someone who also places a high value on simplicity AND comfort in my home environment, I was interested to explore this further.

I started with Linnea Dunne’s book, The Swedish Art of Balanced Living, and here is the best advice that I found on the subject:

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Keep your space clean and neat. This may seem almost too simple, but we can’t adequately evaluate (and enjoy) any space if it’s not neat and clean, so allow that to be the starting point.

Stick to just a few colors (preferably ones you find calming). Scandinavians love a neutral palette with different shades of white, grey and beige.

Begin with what you have. The Scandinavian way is all about living with what you’ve got. Resist the urge to buy, buy, buy. Take stock of what you have and work with that (at least, initially).

Whenever possible, use natural materials. This can provide the perfect backdrop for a calm and relaxing atmosphere.

Utilize hidden storage in order to minimize clutter. We all have areas of our home which tend to be “chaotic” (especially when we share our space with kids!). Taking advantage of creative storage solutions is a great way to create harmony in these places.

Include plants and greenery into the home. Not only do plants remove pollutants and help to keep the air in your home clean, but bringing the outdoors in tends to promote a sense of wellbeing, as well.

Use glass surfaces and mirrors to reflect the light and make your space appear larger.

Pay attention to space and remember that “less is more.” Don’t stuff a room full of furniture but, rather, allow each piece of furniture in a room to “breathe.” in other words, leave enough space around each piece to allow for movement. While we don’t need to be overly minimalist, we do want to make sure that the environment created is simple and functional.

Create one focal point in a room, rather than several. It could be a wall hanging, a piece of art, or a statement rug. Eliminating a lot of distractions allows this piece to have more impact.

If a room feels cold or impersonal, add warmth by adding a few well-chosen elements, such as a knitted throw, a beautiful candle, or a bouquet of flowers. Start with one thing and see how it feels. Then continue to experiment in this way until the space feels “just right.”

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As a lifestyle, Lagom promotes a positive outlook on life that’s borne of simplicity and conscious decisions around spending and the environment. Lagom encourages people to be happy with what they have and to be discriminating about what we allow into our life and our environment. It’s not about restriction or indulgence, although it is understood that there are times in life when each is appropriate. Instead, Lagom is about knowing ourselves and finding our own, very personal “happy medium.” Sounds like a very Wellegant approach, if you ask me 😉

Have a lovely weekend,

Karen

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Weekly Wellegant Find: Book, In the Company of Women

“The lesson I’ve learned over and over is not to compromise on quality. Even though it might take twice as long to attend to all the tiny details necessary to make something shipshape, it’s worth the effort.”

I received this beautiful and inspirational book from a dear friend recently – it’s titled, In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists and Entrepreneurs. The author, Grace Bonney, happens to be the founder of the popular blog, “Design*Sponge” (in which she explores her passion for interior design, among many other things). In this book, she has interviewed over 100 women – creatives and change-makers – and collected the wisdom and insights they’ve gained. As one would expect from an interior designer, the book is also a visual feast…beautiful photos of the women, their workspaces, homes, beloved objects, etc. Each page is something to savor!

If you can get your hands on a copy of this book, please do! And keep in mind that this is also a unique and beautiful gift to give a special woman in your life. It’s a coffee-table book, for sure, but one that’s more than just a decoration or accessory. You’ll find yourself turning to this one again and again, whenever you wish to celebrate and elevate yourself and others. It’s ‘girl-power’ at its best!

Here are a few more nuggets to chew on:

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“My best asset cannot be measured or copied or calculated – it’s my mojo. I always lay that on the table first.”

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“Most times, my inner voice tells me in a flash what I want and need, and whom to trust. I’m learning to honor that inner voice.”

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“Women are the eyes and ears of the Universe.”

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Have a beautiful week!

Karen

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