Smoked Salmon Macarons

Absolutely beautiful, dying to try one! From the talented Thirsty For Tea

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Just when you thought you’d tasted the most unique flavors of French Macarons, here’s one more to try that you probably won’t spot in the pastry case of your local pâtisserie! Happy Friday and Bon Appétit!

Smoked Salmon French Macarons

Makes 35 macaron sandwiches.

Ingredients:

{Macaron Shells}

dried chives or dill

{Filling}

4 oz smoked salmon

5 oz package Boursin cheese, at room temperature

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1/2 oz fresh chives or dill, finely chopped

black pepper to taste

Equipment:

food processor

rubber spatula

piping bag fitted with #847 star tip

Directions:

1.)  Make the macaron shells (without the green tea powder). If you’d like to decorate the tops of the shells with herbs, scatter them on just after piping out the macarons in step 8. After baking, match shells into pairs based on size and shape. Set the shells aside to cool.

2.)  Make the filling by placing the smoked salmon, cheese, lemon juice, and pepper into a food processor and processing until everything is evenly mixed. Mix in the chopped herbs gently with a rubber spatula.

3.)  Place the smoked salmon cheese filling into the piping bag. Fill one macaron shell from each pair with a 2 tsp dollop of the filling, then top with the other matching macaron shell.

4.)  Ideally, let the macarons set in the fridge in a covered container for a few hours before serving. This way, the flavors of the filling have a chance to meld with the shells.

The Feeling of summer... WILDFOX 2015

Our summer collection is finally here, and clothing will hit the online store first thing tomorrow morning, WILDFOX.COM and will be getting more and more product over the next 3 months! So cute and easy and so many things to throw on with your friends for a beach trip! I wanted the collection to have the feeling of reading an easy summer beach house novel, with addicting female characters staying at their beach house in the Hamptons, they are 1970’s New Yorkers that Woody Allen would have obsessed about. I also wanted to convey the true feeling of summer, what it is to me; going barefoot down the back path out onto the beach, coming back to the house after a long day in the sun with big easy T shirts and slightly sunburned skin. I love in the summer when you have all your girlfriends in the house and there are wet bikinis strewn in the shower, sunscreens and perfumes all over the sink counters, the smell of bacon at 11am… Dad singing in the kitchen, and just the freedom to do nothing, maybe a little shellfish grocery shopping at the corner market and blasting Frank Sinatra in an old family vacation home. I love in the summer when you’ve been out late with the girls and wake up together in bed, sand all over the sheets, still wearing your bathing suit with just a hoodie on over it. Summer is magic. California has almost a permanent summer and growing up here leaves you with tons of unforgettable beach memories, but what I really love is after the beach… the parents house that you laze around in and call boys for hours to arrange that nights bonfire.

My muses were absolutely Dianne Keaton circa 1970’s, and also my girlfriends in High school who are just stunning and wild… we were unstoppable in the summer.

Honestly I couldn’t sum this up with a paragraph, that’s why I was so compelled to write a short story. I hope you enjoy it!!

I love this version by Michael Buble, I know it's cheesy but it's so feel good summer to me! Play it while you read and look through the images :)

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Starring Josefien Rodermans & Aurelia Gliwska

Photos by Mark Hunter, with Kimberley Gordon

Hair by Nina Lucas

Makeup by Carlene K

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See the whole look book below:

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Snow Cones for summer

Kinfolk just kill me. Amazing!

BREAKING THE ICE: A SNOW CONE PRIMER

Words & Recipes by Lindsay Laricks Photographs by Kathrin Koschitzki

YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE TO STOP ENJOYING THE SUGAR HIGH AND PSYCHEDELIC COLORS OF SNOW CONES JUST BECAUSE YOU’VE GROWN UP.

We enlisted the help of professional snow cone maker Lindsay Laricks to come up with some modern variations of those icy treats. She shares recipes for Mojito, Pink Grapefruit, Cava & Thyme, and Coconut Cardamom snow cones.

FROSTY TIPS

Tools
Maker: The easiest way to make snow cones is using small machines found at many home stores. A more authentic option is the raspador de hielo (a small handheld metal shaver used by many street vendors in Mexico). You can also try using a blender, but it’ll dull the blade over time.

Vessels: Paper cones are available online and at office supply shops. If you want to use glasses, then short and squat ones (like a rocks glass) are best so you don’t have to dig down to get to the bottom of the shaved ice. Personally, I use 9-ounce compostable plastic cups, which are easy to eat out of and kind to the environment.

Scoop: You’ll need something to scoop and shape the shaved ice with (an ice cream scoop works great).

Making the ice
Using a machine: Follow the directions for each product.

Using a raspador de hielo: Make a big block of ice by freezing water in a plastic container. Run it along the top of the block to make some fluffy snow.

Using a blender: You can make coarse ice using a blender, but be aware that it can be rough on the machine.

Tips
If all of your ingredients are kept cold before use, it will help your ice stay intact and not melt. If you’re using alcohol it will instantly melt the ice, so for boozy snow cones put the alcohol at the bottom first, topping with shaved ice second and then finishing with the homemade syrup: This way you can have a boozy snow cone that still maintains a cute shape. When serving, let people know the alcohol is at the bottom so they can stir.

Garnishes
These give everything a nice finishing touch, so enjoy brainstorming whatever might complement your flavors. A citrus twist? A drizzle of sweetened condensed milk? A sprig of fresh herbs? Color, flavor and aroma should be your guide.

RECIPE: MOJITO

Ingredients
2 cups (475 milliliters) lime juice*
1 cup (235 milliliters) water
3 cups (600 grams) pure cane sugar
A few sprigs of fresh mint
Powdered sugar for dusting
White rum (approx. 1 ounce / 30 milliliters per person) 

Method
Combine the lime juice, water and sugar at room temperature until the sugar is dissolved. Do not heat, as citrus can get pretty bitter if heated. Finely mince the mint and mix it into the syrup so that you have little bits of fresh mint in each bite. Immediately pour into a clean glass bottle or jar and refrigerate.

To Serve
Pour 1 ounce (30 milliliters) of rum into the bottom of your cup. Fill with shaved ice. Sculpt the top into a nice round shape. Drizzle 2–3 ounces (60–90 milliliters) of the mojito mix over the top. Dust with powdered sugar and add a sprig of fresh mint.

*Key lime juice is ideal for this recipe, as it’s a little sweeter than regular lime juice.

Makes approximately 32 ounces (945 milliliters) 
Serves 10 to 16

RECIPE: PINK GRAPEFRUIT, THYME & CAVA

Ingredients
Zest from one pink grapefruit
2 1/2 cups (590 milliliters) freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1 1/2 teaspoons (7 milliliters) citric acid*
1 chilled bottle Cava (750 milliliters / 25 ounces)

For the thyme syrup 
1 cup (235 milliliters) water
1 1/2 cups (300 grams) pure cane sugar
12 sprigs of fresh thyme

Method
For the thyme syrup: Combine the water, sugar and thyme in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, put a lid on the pan and let steep for another 15 minutes. Strain the thyme syrup into a separate jar and let cool.

For the rest: Zest and juice your grapefruit and combine with the citric acid. Add 1 1/2 cups (355 milliliters) of the thyme syrup and combine. Immediately pour into a clean glass vessel and refrigerate.

To serve
Pour 1 to 2 ounces (30–60 milliliters) Cava into the bottom of your cup. Fill with shaved ice. Sculpt the top into a nice round shape. Drizzle 2–3 ounces (60–90 milliliters) of the pink grapefruit and thyme syrup over the top and finish with a sprig of fresh thyme.

*Citric acid can usually be found among the canning supplies at your local grocery store or in the spice aisle. If you can’t find it, a healthy squeeze of fresh lemon juice is an excellent substitute.

Makes approximately 32 ounces (945 milliliters) Serves 10 to 16

RECIPE: COCONUT & CARDAMOM

Ingredients
4 cups (945 milliliters) coconut juice*
2 cups (400 grams) pure cane sugar
2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

Method
Mix all of the ingredients together until the sugar dissolves and the cardamom disperses.

Garnishes & Additions
If you want a stronger coconut flavor, you can sprinkle some dried coconut bits on top. Pistachios are also a beautiful and delicious garnish. And if you want the ultimate creamy coconut experience, a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk is a must. I learned about this from a friend who grew up in Japan and always enjoyed her snow cones this way as a little girl.

*I recommend Lakewood Organic Coconut Juice, which has a strong coconut flavor and a few all-natural thickeners, so the syrup ends up being nice and creamy.

Makes approximately 32 ounces (945 milliliters) Serves 10 to 16

Special thanks to Little Freshie 

Summer Sandwich

This weekend I cant wait to try this sandwich recipe from Tiny Inklings

Such a perfect summer brunch.

Open-Faced Fava and Poached Egg Sandwiches

inspired by Sunset Magazine

makes 2 small sandwiches

Ingredients

1/2 cup frozen or fresh fava beans, blanched, and peeled (yes, you still have to peel those TJs “no peel” favas)

1 tsp. lemon juice

Sea salt and pepper to taste

2 thin slices whole grain bread

1 clove garlic

1-2 Tbsp chevre (goat cheese)

2 eggs (local, free-range if you can get them)

Preparation

1.  Smash peeled favas with the back of a fork and add lemon juice, salt, and pepper.  Set aside.

2. Toast bread.  While bead it still hot, rub with half a clove of raw garlic.  Thinly smear goat cheese on each toast.  Set aside.

3. Bring a pot of water to a boil.  When it’s at full boil, reduce to a “lazy simmer”, swirl the water with a spoon, and gently drop one egg into the vortex.  Poach to desired doneness.

4. To assemble sandwiches, top toasts with fava mixture, then place one poached egg on each toast.  Top with sea salt and fresh pepper.

Royal Romance, WILDFOX summer 2014

I'm so excited to share our summer romance collection with you, it means so much to me!

This last year has been really crazy for me when it comes to love... I got the love of my life back and felt swept away by happiness! It made me truly understand love better and I wanted to dedicate a collection to how I felt for him. He is going through a hard medical condition and my girlfriends were immediately there for us in ways I couldn't have imagined. It made me see that true love really comes in 3 forms, family friendship and romance, even the family you make for yourself... we need all equally! I felt certain revelations from going through such intense issues, and for the first time I understood marriage and what it meant to commit yourself to love, I understood children and what it meant to start a family, I think I began to see love in a real way outside of the fairy tale, and what it meant in life. I found it fascinating to think about the fairy tale romance that I have all my life believed in, and I was sort of sad to let it go. For me this collection is a love letter to my imagination and how I have to remember to use it even when things get hard.

For the inspiration this season I really felt a connection to the 60's and royalty, I thought of a princess trapped and forced into marriage, but who was secretly in love with a soldier, maybe she elopes with him in the end. I liked how she was sad, but also so alive! She relied on her friends and sisters to make it through things, and no matter how rich with material goods, it would still be a struggle to find happiness in herself.

Listen to: Moon River by Henri Mancini

Personal favorite piece:
Probably the I married an Angel because I want to be able to wear that about my guy sometime soon!

The gorgeous muses this season:

Queeny Queeny Van der Zande, Camilla Christensen, and their "little sister" Dacoda

Photos: Mark Hunter & Kimberley Gordon

Makeup: Carlene K

Hair: Anna Lee Fiorino

PS. I miss your comments! Please know I will respond to comments below. XX

This stuff is not ALL in our store now, it will be trickling in over the next 6 weeks, so if you dont see it available when you click the photo, check back soon!! Bridal and jeans will be coming out in May :)

XX

"Hello, Sailor!" WILDFOX Summer 2013

Coming within the next two weeks is our summer collection of pin up inspired clothing!! We had so much fun designing this and shooting it. It stars our muse, the brilliant model Valerie Van Der Graaf, who is the ultimate pin-up girl, and is shot by me. I hope you guys enjoy it and are inspired to read the history of the pin up girl, maybe even order a copy of the book I linked here! Can you see which pin up images and artists inspired these shots? XX

Model: Valerie Van Der Graaf

Photographer: Kimberley Gordon

STyling: Kimberley Gordon, Meredith Leyerzaph, Emily Siegel

Make up: Carlene K

Hair: Tyron Dupre

 

(Check out our gorgeous, new swimwear in here also! Exciting!)

 

 



 

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One of the most iconic images that exude confidence and femininity is none other than the 1950s pin-up girl. The vintage artwork is still used to showcase beautiful women of all shapes and sizes, which embodies the same cheeky and outgoing personality of a Wildfox girl. Wildfox is proud to present our Summer 2013 collection, “Hello Sailor!”
 
Designer Kimberly Gordon drew inspiration from 1950’s culture for the collection stating, “I’ve always been a big fan of pin-up art, it’s so extremely American and the history behind the pin-up girl is so interesting. I grew up collecting cheesecake books, I starred as Sandy in the school production of Grease, I listened to Elvis constantly and memorized every oldie I could get my hands on.”
 
Summer 2013 is all about making girls feel beautiful!  U.S.A.-inspired tees and sweaters with fun Americana graphics such as a sequin “U.S.A.” across a tight knit White Label sweater, “I Want You” on our signature Cassidy Tank, and an intarsia knit “Red Cross” on an oversized cardigan.  Our endlessly comfortable baggy beach jumpers and gypsy hoodies are adorned with milkshakes, French poodles, and cherries, taking our Wildfox girls right back to a 50’s malt shop!  
 

Women posing for pin up paintings

Check out this great book all about the pinup girl, here is a little info:

"Subverting stereotypical images of women, a new generation of feminist artists is remaking the pin-up, much as Annie Sprinkle, Cindy Sherman, and others did in the 1970s and 1980s. As shocking as contemporary feminist pin-ups are intended to be, perhaps more surprising is that the pin-up has been appropriated by women for their own empowerment since its inception more than a century ago. Pin-Up Grrrls tells the history of the pin-up from its birth, revealing how its development is intimately connected to the history of feminism. Maria Elena Buszek documents the genre’s 150-year history with more than 100 illustrations, many never before published.

Beginning with the pin-up’s origins in mid-nineteenth-century carte-de-visite photographs of burlesque performers, Buszek explores how female sex symbols, including Adah Isaacs Menken and Lydia Thompson, fought to exert control over their own images. Buszek analyzes the evolution of the pin-up through the advent of the New Woman, the suffrage movement, fanzine photographs of early film stars, the Varga Girl illustrations that appeared in Esquire during World War II, the early years of Playboy magazine, and the recent revival of the genre in appropriations by third-wave feminist artists. A fascinating combination of art history and cultural history, Pin-Up Grrrls is the story of how women have publicly defined and represented their sexuality since the 1860s."

Wildfox says, "VOTE!"

 

It's so important to vote tomorrow, these pictures are a preview from our summer 13 campaign! I wanted to reach out to all of you and remind you that women have come a long way in history and voting is a way to stand up for yourself and your rights!! XOXO

 

Voting is totally cool and totally sexy!!

Kim

 

Photos: Kimberley Gordon

Model: Valerie Van Der Graaf

Make up: Carlene K

Hair: Tyron Dupre

Styling: Kimberley Gordon, Meredith Leyerzaph, Emily Siegal

 

Pam Platt | Remember, the suffrage fight led to our right

"When I sat down to write this week’s column, I pulled the purple and white one from the mini-display. It shows the old photograph of a woman in profile, hair pulled back and a white-collared dress framing her neck and shoulders. Three words are stamped beneath this portrait of resolve: “Failure is impossible.”

A story I read in preparation for writing reminded me that this was the rallying cry of suffragist Susan B. Anthony one month before she died in 1906. At age 86, after fighting for women’s enfranchisement for half a century, she traveled from New York to Baltimore to tell women one more time, and one last time, that “failure is impossible” in their quest to win the right to vote. Fourteen years later, long after “Aunt Susan” had passed, it was finally true for women throughout America when the 19th Amendment was ratified. As Abigail Adams had urged at the birth of our country, the “ladies” were forgotten no more.

But maybe, in fact, they have been — by those of us who have benefited from their heroic struggle. Do we really know what had to happen in order for women to be guaranteed the right to vote?

Several pieces in this edition of the Sunday Forum look at important issues involving voting.

Bobby Simpson, president of the Louisville Bar Association, writes about the range of laws being enacted that could thwart the ability of millions of people to vote in several states.

Raoul Cunningham, president of the Louisville branch of the NAACP, details a voter empowerment plan being undertaken by his group to register voters and to get voters to the polls Nov. 6.

I want to add my voice to their chorus of voter awareness in reminding women of the long road that was blazed and traveled in order to deliver greater freedom for us. For those who came before us, that greater freedom meant the right to vote.

Do we know about the women who were beaten, who were jailed, who went on hunger strikes, who were force-fed, who sacrificed their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor so that we could go to school, that we could own property, that we could work, that we could be paid, that we could have the same right to self-determination with our votes?

 

I don’t think so.

I’ve done a fair amount of reading about this in my life, and still I learned a lot when I found a piece put together by the University of Louisville Women’s Center (louisville.edu/womenscenter/suffrage-history). Just a sampling from the beginning of the alphabet:

• Inez Milholland Boissevain, lawyer and World War I correspondent, led a 1913 suffrage parade in Washington on a white horse. She died while on a lecture tour about women’s rights in the West. Her last words were about liberty for women.

• Olympia Brown, ordained minister and editor who spoke almost 300 times in 1867 for Kansas suffrage. She was older than 80 when she burned President Woodrow Wilson’s speeches during a protest.

• Lucy Burns, teacher, political prisoner and Yale grad, who was arrested six times for protesting (she also picketed the White House). She and other suffragists — including Alice Paul — organized and went on a 19-day hunger strike while in Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia in 1917. She was beaten and force-fed during her incarceration.

• Anna Elizabeth Dickinson, orator, champion of equal rights for blacks and women, actress, playwright, the first woman to speak before Congress. Her sister had her committed to a hospital for the insane, but Dickinson fought for her freedom and won damages when she was released.

• Abigail Scott Duniway, pioneer, mother of six, shopkeeper, newspaper publisher and indefatigable organizer and traveler for women’s rights, “barraged by rotten eggs” in one city and ultimately honored as Oregon’s first woman voter.

• Addie D. Waites Hunton, who worked in World War I with black troops in France and “challenged the National Woman’s Party to support black women: ‘No women are free until all women are free.’ ”

• Sara Bard Field, missionary, poet and pacifist, drove cross-country from Oregon to deliver a women’s suffrage petition to President Wilson, an audacious undertaking in the days before highways.

• Abigail Kelley Foster, publisher, lecturer, abolitionist of the 19th century, who would not pay taxes on her farm, arguing it was “taxation without representation.”

The list goes on for 20 pages. And that’s just one list.

It’s easy not to value something — such as the right to vote — if you don’t know how it came to be.

But if you’re reading this, you don’t have that as an excuse anymore. You know a few names now and a little of the stories of some of our founding mothers who taught us that failure is impossible.

Voting is their legacy, and, thanks to them, our birthright. Don’t squander their precious gift."

 

Pam Platt is the editorial director of The Courier-Journal. Her columns appear in the Sunday Forum.

Feels like summer...

Alex Prager

William Eggelston

 

Jock Sturges

Mario Testino

Steven Chee

prabuddha dasgupta

 

Jock Sturges

"Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be
it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by
scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable
than my own meandering
experience…I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh nevermind; you will not
understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.
But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and
recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before
you and how fabulous you really looked….You’re not as fat as you
imagine.

Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as
effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing
bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that
never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm
on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday that scares you

Sing

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with
people who are reckless with yours.

Floss

Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes
you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with
yourself.

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you
succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your
life…the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they
wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year
olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children,maybe
you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky
chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary…what ever you do, don’t
congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your
choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s. Enjoy your body,
use it every way you can…don’t be afraid of it, or what other people
think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever
own..

Dance…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for
good.

Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the
people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go,but for the precious few you
should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and
lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you
knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live
in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will
philander, you too will get old, and when you do you’ll fantasize
that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were
noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund,
maybe you have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one
might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will
look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who
supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of
fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the
ugly parts and recycling it for more than
it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen…"

 

 

-Baz Luhrman

Wildfox Summer styles are available!

Yay guys, our Charlotte Free inspired Summer collection for April is available to buy now in our store!! May is coming out within the next week, I will let you know when!

These are my persoanl favorites now available HERE

 

Also I'm really excited to announce that we are completely re-doing our website so it will be much more functional and pretty, I cant wait!