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August 28, 2011


Filed under: Uncategorized — jherzlinger @ 4:14 pm

Today’s front page of the Sunday Style Section certainly takes your emotions from a great article on the High Line, to the reality television actor who killed himself, to, if you are a parent of a college age child, especially a daughter, you take pause, and think you want to bring them home.

On a Happy note, the High Line if you are not familiar with it, is a wonderful park like boardwalk, that goes from Gansevoort Streetnto West 30th. To walk along this dream like walkway, where you can buy a wonderful coffee to a delicious ice cream, and take a seat and enjoy the view of the Hudson, is really a spectacular vision!

As for the reality television star, the article paints what the viewers love about reality tv, but it points out who these people really are.
And from the perspective of the show producing this genre, it is a business, and these people signed up.

There is a fun article and very interesting in Bright Ideas and one actually to give you a hint, will be available to you when JAMIE goes live this fall!

Great wedding, the featured one, where the girl that didn’t get asked to the prom, but believed in true love, and waited it out, and infect, wrote about true love every day, although she herself not having had the luck to find it, still marched on! I love that story, as it is all about fairytales coming to life! There is a wedding story where they met, and he followed her life on Face Book. And then they got together, so yey for Face Book!

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

August 24, 2011


Filed under: The visual Vamp — Tags: — jherzlinger @ 12:24 pm

Welcome Valorie! We are so excited to have you join us today! For all of your
readers we have a special gift when they sign up to follow me, and use
The Visual Vamp as their code!

So, let’s get started! Tell us about who you are, what is it about your style
that separates your blog.

Valorie: I am Valorie Hart The Visual Vamp.
I am a blogger for fun. I earn my living as a writer, a stylist, an interior decorator,
and a producer of boutique events. 
OMG I’m Dina Manzo!
Oh no, not really:

I don’t live in New Jersey. But I am an ex New York City girl who now
lives and works from a home base in New Orleans. I am old. Very old.
So I have lots of stories to tell about the interesting life I have lived,
and at last look am still living.

Although I love and post pretty pictures like every other blogger,
I think my blog is quirky and inclusive.  The blog friends I have made
are loyal and true, and I continue to blog to be a part of this crazy web of

relationships where you often never meet people that become involved
in your life in an offbeat meaningful way. Internet social life is still an
amazing phenom to me.

Today I am doing a guest blog post for Jamie.
Don’t you just love guest blog posts? I do! It lets me slack off
for a day or so when someone else writes for me, and  feeds my
greedy blog that needs new material every day.

I wonder what Jamie is doing today, and who’s going to post on
my blog today while I’m over here.
The topic is all about leopard print,  and how leopard crosses from
fashion this season into interior design! 

influences home decor influences fashion -
It’s the amazing full life circle of leopard print

As far as I am concerned leopard has never been out of style,
and I do consider it a neutral. Fashion editors crack me up when they
revive it as the latest trend every couple of years,

like we forgot that it was already trending like a zillion years ago BC,
and like forever and for always. And leopard in home decor has been around forever too.

And who is to say which influences the other, although wearing
a pelt in cave man days might make it the original fashion inspiration for home decor.

An old professor once told me, everything becomes fresh again when
reinterpreted through a new experience. So take it away leopard print!
New again as a fashion trend for Fall 2011, and crossing over to home decor!
Let’s start the slide show – If I don’t give credit for an image it is because
I don’t know where it comes form because I forgot. If it’s yours. let
us know and we will give you props.

Mary McDonald does the best leopard print room ever! And she wears leopard too! Photo via – I would so do this in a room, wouldn’t you? Leopard walls, drapes, upholstery all look so neutral to me, in a fabulous fresh way.
Love this little leopard canopy on the bed of Carolina Herrera. What better way for

the worlds of fashion and home decor to collide! Photo from Domino? Elle Decor??  

Abstracted through her artful eye, animal prints made a strong showing in the Carolina Herrera Pre-Fall 2011 collection.
Do you see the connection between fashion and home decor?
She ripped that valance off the bed and put it on this skirt!
This time home decor influences fashion! Buy the skirt  HERE
Wall to wall leopard carpet is wonderful
- and I love it on stairs too. This room is by Jeffrey Billhuber.
Don’t these Zanotti leopard print shoes shoes look as soft as that carpet in the Bilhuber room? From Celebrity Heels
Love the leopard print area rug in this Domino style girly office
Do you think this Zanotti leopard clutch design influenced the design of the area rug?

What would The Visual Vamp blog post be without me digging up an old photo from my scrapbook for you to see?

Yes this is me, and yes that is my real hair, which looks a bit like a leopard print don’t you think?

And check out those earrings!I was in a rock band in the 1980′s in New York, and this was my signature 

look which was done by the hair stylist genius  Danilo. who was a my good friend then. Photo by John Delaria.

So that’s my guest blog post for Jamie Herzlinger, whom I adore, and I think is a major design talent. We’d love to hear about your fashion and home decor leopard stories, so don’t be lazy, and do leave a comment.

Also check out me out at Houzz, where I have a shopping idea book of some great leopard home decor products.

August 23, 2011


Filed under: Karl Springer — Tags: — jherzlinger @ 12:28 pm

Hello Tuesday! With much excitement we should be sending out our first issue of JAMIE LOVES today! So if you haven’t signed up and would like to, just look at the follow me box, and go from there!

Tomorrow we welcome VALORIE HART from THE VISUAL VAMP as our guest blogger!
Have a great day!
Love, Jamie

One of Modern furniture all time greats was KARL SPRINGER

KARL SPRINGER was one of the greatest contemporary furniture stylists of the 20th century.  His unique blending of sophistication and crudeness made his work the most sought after as well as copied durning the 1970′s and 1980′s.

One can still sense and appreciate his influence in the contemporary furniture now being produced. Today’s blog comes about, due to a table I just bought for a client, that is the perfect side table.

Karl Springer was born in 1931 in Berlin.  After the watt, he immigrated to New York and became the top window dresser at Lord & Taylor.  His ability to juxtapose pure forms and exotic finishes made

his work instantly recognizable.  His designs were at once both restrained and vivid.  His inspirations were my all time favorite, Jean-Michele Frank and Tommy Parzinger.

With the support of some of his good friends, he created his own line of desk accessories and small furniture and began selling it thorough Henri Bendel’s.  It was an instant success and he quickly opened a small atelier on East 52nd street.

Desginers flocked to his shop and were charmed by his personality and his work.  he soon started taking commissions for larger and more important pieces.  He developed a network of artisans with incredible skill in exotic finishes.

He always demanded the highest quality of materials and workmanship.

It was at this point that he met Mark Eckman, a young industrial designer specializing in Lucite furniture and accessories.  They immediately began collaborating, first on Lucite forms and later on metal,

goatskin parchment and exotic wood veneers.  Karl brought in his brother Joachim and the business expanded rapidly as news of his extraordinary furniture spread through the design community.

By the mid 1980′s Mark had joined the company full time and the showroom relocated to a 20,000 square foot penthouse on East 61st. Karl passed away in mid 1991, leaving an incredible design legacy.  

He was honored with a one man show at the New York School of Interior design.

Have a great Day!




August 21, 2011


Filed under: sunday style section — Tags: , — jherzlinger @ 5:02 pm

Happy Sunday! I wish everyone a bit of peace today! This hiking thing has been really effective for gaining perspective and being able to calmly approach everything. A dear friend of mine, who is a professor of philosophy at a major university, has always told me, that if you wait at least ten seconds before responding to something that is troubling you will gain perspective. He also told me that if you have the ability not to answer something until the next day, that too, helps gain perspective. Sitting in yoga classes now, the mantra seems to be, perspective. Interesting, especially for me, as I am the poster girl for type AA

So, Sunday Style. Vicky Tiel, Punk Roots, Summer Scouting and the featured wedding!
Vicky Tiel, I am sure most of the women reading this remember her dresses, and her history as a fashion legend is amazing. When you see the styles, and how sexy and gorgeous they were, and how she trailblazed through the legions of plain and conservative designers. I have many fond memories of her dresses. There is a great play in NYC called , Love, Loss and What I wore. If you haven’t seen it do. Reading this article made me think of that play. Everyone has in their closets clothing and outfits that they can recall wearing to certain events in their lives that were markers. Passages through. Relationships, celebrations. Some we keep to remember some we keep to remind us. I always look at certain pairs of shoes and think where they have walked, as if they went without me!
Ok, Punk Roots, in my journal which is coming out this TUESDAY! So if you haven’t subscribed, you have a chance to, there is a piece on Tip Dye and now Punk Roots. Color is happening at all levels! I know, as I have one daughter with purple tip dyed hair!

Summer scouting, she hit it with some of the hottest pieces, and fall is selling now , which is a great barometer for our country. Even though the image is a bit bleak.
The featured wedding ROCKS!
It’s like reading a short script of a movie. Yey for romance!
Enjoy your weekend! Thanks for reading and following the blog! I received so many nice emails, please feel free to leave a comment or email directly, Jamie@jamieherzlinger.com

August 20, 2011


Filed under: SATURDAY SUPPER — Tags: , , , — jherzlinger @ 2:05 pm

HAPPY  SATURDAY ! Today’s menu I am really excited about, as my daughters and I went to the cutest farmers market and bought a WHOLE basket of nectarines! so I had to think quick! The sour cream with the nectarines is so yummy! When I was a girl, my Grandparents on both sides are European, so sour cream was a staple.  In fact, I had one Grandmother, That thought sour cream was the cure for everything that ailed you.







Serves 6

1 cup bulgar(cracked wheat)

1 cup fresh lemon juice

2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

5 garlic cloves, minced

3 medium cucumbers, peeled seeded, cut into 1/4 inch pieces

2 cups finely chopped fresh italian parsley

8 green onions, thinly sliced

1/2 cup chopped fresh dill

1/3 chopped fresh mint

Feta cheese to taste for sprinkling on top

Place bulgar in large bowl.  Whisk lemon juice, oil and garlic to blend in small bowl; pour over bulgar.  Mix in cucumbers, parsley, green onions,

dill and mint.  cover and chill until bulgar is tender, about 6 hours.  Season with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead.  keep chilled.)

Serve cold or at room temp, sprinkle feta cheese on top


serves 4

1 small fennel bulb, throw out the stalks

3 medium carrots

1/2 lb small red potatoes, i like the creamers

1/2 cup kalamata olives, slivered

2 teaspoons finely grate fresh lemon zest

4 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves

2 large garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 (11/2-lb) piece, center cut salmon fillet, skinned and cut fish into 4 square pieces

parchement paper

kitchen string

* Place a large baking sheet on bottom rack of oven and remove any other racks. Preheat oven to 400 F

*Halve fennel bulb lengthwise.  Remove most of the core, leaving enough intact to keep the layers together. when sliced.  If it starts to come apart, don’t flip out

*Using a manual slicer, cut fennel bulb lengthwise, carrots diagonally and potatoes into 1/8-inch-thick-slices keeping all the vegetables separate.  If you don’t have a manual slicer, its a good piece to get, but you can always just use a super sharp knife and slice it slowly and really thin

*Blanch vegetables, separately in salted boiling water: fennel 2 minutes, carrots 1 minute, potoates 2 minutes

Transfer fennel and carrots with a slotted spoon to a bowl of ice water, then drain well, the ice water stops the cooking, so try not to by pass this step-get the ice water ready before.  Drain potatoes.

*Toss fennel and carrots with olives, zest, thyme, half of garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil and salt and perp to taste.  I love using sea salt or fleur de sell.  Toss potatoes with remaining oil and garlic and salt and pepper to taste.

*divide potatoe mixture among centers of parchment squares.  season salmon with salt and pepper and place on top of potatoes, then top salmon with fennel mixture

*Gather sides of parchment up over fennel mixture to form a pouch, leaving no openings and tie tightly with string.  *Place packages directly on hot baking sheet in oven and cook 20 minutes.  serve immediately.



(this is easy! trust me!)

8 servings

2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup(1stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

1/2 cup whole milk

1 large egg

1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger


2 pounds nectarines(about 8 medium), peeled,pitted,sliced

2/3 cup(packed) golden or light brown sugar

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


3 cups sour cream (24 ounces)

2/3 cup sugar

FOR BISQUITS;  Preheat oven to 400 F.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  Combine the 5 first ingredients in processor; blend 10 seconds.  Add butter and blend until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Whisk ,ilk and egg in small bowl.  Add milk mixture to processor: blend using like 5 on/off turns.  Add crystalized ginger.  Using on/off turns, blend just until dough comes together.  turn dough out onto a work surface: knead gently about 5 turns.  Shape dough into a log; cut crosswise into 8 rounds.  Pat each round to 1-inch thickness; place on prepared baking sheet.

Bake biscuits until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 15 minutes.  Transfer to a rack;  cool at least 15 minutes and up to 2 hours.


Combine half of nectarines, 1/3 cup brown sugar and 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice in heavy large skillet.  cook over high heat until fruit is just tender and juices bubble thickly, stirring often, about 5 minutes.  Transfer to bowl; repeat with remaining nectarines, sugar and lemon juice.  Set aside of a t least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.


Combine sour cream and sugar in bowl;  whisk to blend.

Cut biscuits horizontally in half.  Place 1 biscuit bottom in each of the 8 bowls.  Spoon filling and sour cream onto each;  cover each with biscuit top





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