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Late Summer/Fall crossover clothes aren’t easy, but if you do it right, you will be stylin’ your way through the seasons without a hitch. Sweater dresses are one of my favorite staples because you can start out in early Fall wearing them with a simple ballet flat or heavier sandal and then take it right through the cold weather with tights and boots. This season all the cool girls are experimenting with colored tights – blue, gray, striped, flat, wool – they are all fab. Check out the best of this season’s sweater dresses that’ll make you beg for fall every year!

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4 Stylish Raincoats

September 7, 2011

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On this rainy week in NYC, I was inspired to find ways to stay chic and there is no better solution than a designer raincoat. With these 4 picks, you’ll be praying for the rain… Read More…


Happy September! It’s back to school time and there is no better way to cheer yourself up from the post-summer vacation blues, then with cupcakes. This month, Baked By Melissa brings us “Milk & Cookies” – a brilliant concoction of vanilla cake, vanilla icing and an adorable mini honey bear on top. Delicious! The vanilla cake is supremely moist and the frosting is a whipped, light-as-air white cloud, the perfect texture to rest a crunchy mini honey bear.

The “Milk & Cookies” mini is available from today to September 31st only. Get it for a limited time at one of Baked by Melissa’s NYC locations (Soho, Grand Central, Union Square & Fashion District) or online for delivery through their website.  Enjoy!!

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Post image for Melanzane Arroste Sottoaceto – Roasted Eggplant in Balsamic Vinegar

For a taste of the Mediterranean at home, I can think of no better dish to prepare then Melanzane Arroste Sottoaceto – Roasted Eggplant in Balsamic Vinegar. My grandmother’s recipe is always a hit, with its vibrant zing of tangy balsamic vinegar and mix of fresh basil and mint coating dozens of pieces of smoky, roasted eggplant. Read More…


Sticky Bun Cake

August 8, 2011

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As a lover of sweet breakfast dishes, I am always thrilled to find new and easy recipes for breakfast and brunch ideas. My boyfriend’s Mom makes a scrumptious Sticky Bun Cake that I look forward to every time I visit. The cake is made using plain frozen bread rolls that, when baked together, form a complete cake in the shape of a bundt pan. The fun begins the night before by preparing the frozen bread rolls and sweet topping in a bundt pan, and simply leaving the pan in a cold oven overnight. Read More…


Missoni Madness

August 3, 2011

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Missoni, the iconic Italian fashion brand from Varese, Italy, produces some of the most luxurious and chic knitwear. Instantly recognizable, Missoni embraces bright colors in their signature zigzag stripe designs. Choosing a Missoni piece will put you in the ranks of stylish women worldwide who covet these stunning designs. Read More…


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Love the taste of freshly baked, homemade, hot bran muffins every morning? I have found a recipe to make this happen. With this delicious and healthy recipe, you are able to make the muffin mix and keep the batter in the refrigerator for up to six weeks so you can bake the muffins as you wish! Frequently called “Baptist Muffins” or “Six Week Muffins,” this full-of-fiber recipe includes 2 popular types of cereal, Grape Nuts and Shredded Wheat, as well as buttermilk and a selection of your favorite sweet mix-ins to create a deliciously chewy, hearty muffin with a moist inside and textured top. Read More…


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Poppy Orange Perfection

July 26, 2011

Calling all California girls!! Like the brilliant color of a California Poppy, the state’s official flower, poppy orange pieces will make your wardrobe well, pop. Perfect with a tan and paired with summer whites and khakis, vibrant poppy orange is fashion-must. I have picked out 5 must-have pieces that are spot-on trend: Read More…

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Lemon Snack Cake

July 22, 2011

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If you are looking for a light cake that doesn’t make a huge portion, look no further than this delicious Lemon Snack Cake. Tangy, moist cake is topped with a sweet, fluffy frosting and, best of all, it can all be made in one pan! Simply mix the dry ingredients in your 8-inch baking pan, and then add lemon zest, egg, and margarine to the mixture. Read More…


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Zucchini Rounds

July 18, 2011

One of my favorite summertime dishes my grandmother makes is Zucchini Rounds. Perfect for a side dish, served hot or cold, or a light lunch, these tasty vegetable patties are irresistible. The rounds are made using Bisquick mix as the base and combining Parmesan cheese, scallions, garlic, parsley, eggs and paper-thin, sliced zucchini into a mixture to form small patties. Read More…