Must Read: Haven’s Kitchen Cooking School

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Most people aren’t formally taught how to cook, we pick up things from our friends and family and often refer to Google for quick answers. When perfecting recipes, there is a lot of trial and error, which takes time. Last month, I attended the launch party for Haven’s Kitchen Cooking School cookbook and since then, it has transformed my kitchen. From the founder of Haven’s Kitchen Cooking School, Alison Cayne brings us a book that gives us the tools to “build a lifetime of confidence in the kitchen.” It is unlike any other cookbook in my small, edited collection, a true how-to. Not only does this book tell you how to stock your pantry and refrigerator but it also lists the tools and equipment needed to run a successful kitchen. For this alone, it makes a great house-warming or college graduation gift. There are ‘lesson recipes’ which help you perfect the art of cooking rice, how to layer flavors and how to compose a successful dish.

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Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern

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There are only a few days left to visit the Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. I’ve gone a few times, enjoying new corners of the exhibit each time. The sheer size of the exhibit is awe inspiring, highlighting her wardrobe, her art and famous portraits of her. It gives you a true glimpse into how she lived throughout her life. I was delighted to hear that she made some of her own clothes (including the silk dresses pictured here). The tiny pintucks were made with such precision. There’s no doubt this exhibit will influence coming collections in the fashion industry. I overheard many women commenting on how they would wear many of the clothing featured in the exhibit. This just reinforces her timeless style.Georgia-okeeffe-exhibit-brooklyn-museum-2-desmitten

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Travel | Tokyo Suggestions

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I am heading to Asia next month and I am looking for your favorite places in Tokyo to stay, shop and eat (especially if you know of any great vegan restaurants). If you are looking for Tokyo suggestions, this 24 Hour guide from Cereal Magazine is a good start. Remodelista also has a Tokyo city guide with restaurant recommendations.

Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments below or email me directly: christina@de-smitten.com. Thank you in advance!

 

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Weekend Reading: The Modernist Years

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When I came across this book Imogen Cunningham: The Modernist Years, the images looked so current, I couldn’t believe they were taken in the 1920s. Who knew that her affinity for capturing tropical plants would be trending today. The black and white imagery highlighting the similarities between the curves of a woman’s body and the stripes of a zebra reminded me of how similar we are to animals and reinforced my view of why we should treat animals humanly. Cunningham’s obsession for purity of image and clarity of detail became increasingly important during the 1920s when she took these images. It is clear that she is focused on the subject and nothing else.

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Editorial Eclipse: Fashion Revolution

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SUITED Magazine shows how fashionable sustainability actually is in this month’s editorial entitled Fashioning a Movement. Stylist Renata Gar piles on layers of clothing from sustainable designers including Kowtow, Lauren Manoogian, Paris Georgia Basics and shoes by Suzanne Rae. Does the nomadic feeling of the imagery hint at a lifestyle we may have to adopt because of environmental impacts of the fashion industry? In a world where fast fashion prevails and stores introducing new styles weekly, sustainable fashion can often sound like a dirty word.
What most consumers don’t realize is the power they hold with their dollar. You vote for change through every dollar you put into the fashion industry. If you continue to spend your money at fast fashion retailers, they will continue to over produce more clothing that end up in landfills. Choosing to invest in clothing made by workers who make a living wage, shows your support for a growing, sustainable fashion industry. SUITED sat down with Shivam Punjya, US ambassador of Fashion Revolution (a global movement and non-profit organization who believes in a fashion industry that values people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure) to discuss the importance of sustainability in fashion. Read the full article here.

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