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Baby Joy!

Hi,

Four weeks ago baby Adam joined our family!

It was the first day of Spring, the sun was shining and the skies were blue. After a few hours in labor he arrived 15 minutes before sundown. It was the perfect ending to a beautiful day. I never in a million years could have imagine how our lives would change. We are all settling in and trying to find a new rhythm for our daily life.

I’m taking a short maternity leave from the blog until early June to focus on my family and to recharge my creative juices.  Hopefully by then I’ll get more than 2 hours of sleep at night…

See you soon!

Shani

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EAT

Rainbow Salad

There is nothing better than a good, delicious, healthy salad for lunch. I especially love to combine fruit and nuts with my regular base for added texture and flavors. I am also a firm believer of eating your colors – mix as much color vegetables as you can at each meal!

Ingredients

1/2 head of radicchio, chopped

1 head of red lettuce, chopped

4 big leaves lacinato kale, stems and center ribs discarded and leaves coarsely chopped

6-8 large strawberries, halved

6-8 cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup mint, chopped

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

1/3 cup olive oil

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place the raddichio, kale, strawberries, tomatoes, mint, feta and almonds in a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss until coated.

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Photos by Kate Bolt

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The MUST list

It’s March and I can almost see Spring on the horizon! Every magazine and store is filled with lovely Spring clothes, shoes and bags with fun prints and bright colors.

Here in Michigan it’s still very cold and snowing, and my Bump is as big as big can be. As its getting closer to my due date, this WON’T stop me from thinking about my Spring closet post-baby. So, here it is, my wish list for my closet:

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  1. Nanette Lepore One Piece Swimsuit
  2. Tibi embroidered silk-faille top
  3. AG 19 Years break me down skinny jeans
  4.  J Crew necklace
  5. Illesteva sunglasses
  6. Valentino Rockstud PVC thong sandal
  7. MARC BY MARC JACOBS Luna studded bucket shoulder bag
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5 Minute Snack

In Israel as a girl, strawberries were a Winter treat. It was simply impossible to get them year round. So, we would make the most of it during the Winter and eat them in every shape and form.

My favorite version is to mix them with sour cream and a bit of sugar. The sour cream creates a light coat over the strawberries without taking over. The texture is creamy and thus more enticing then plain yogurt. Five minute of work and you have a fabulous snack or dessert.

All you need:

Strawberries, blueberries, a few scoops of sour cream and sugar.

Depending on their size cut the Strawberries in half and toss with Blueberries. Sprinkle with one or two teaspoons Sugar and mix in two tablespoons of sour cream. Mix well until the sour cream coats all fruit. For an added bonus: sprinkle a little bit of candied Pecans.

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Photos by Kate Bolt

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Going some place warm?

End of January is the perfect time to think and plan a warm getaway. I can’t go anywhere, so I’m busy dreaming of warm weather and Pina Colada at the beach.

Here are my ideas for a stylish beach vacation!

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KIDS STUFF

Nesting Mode

I’m at my third trimester now and my nesting mode is on hyper mode. This is my inspiration board with all things baby:

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  1. Grid onesie by NUNUNU
  2. Serena and Lily sailing ship kite
  3. Modern crib by Babyletto
  4. Mounted giraffe by Serena and Lily
  5. Vintage illuminated marquee symbols by Restoration Hardware Baby
  6. Leather Moroccan pouf by Jonathan Adler
  7. Arrow romper by Joah Love
  8. Lion needlepoint throw pillow by Jonathan Adler
  9. Storage baskets by Serena and Lily
  10. Blue moccasins by Freshly Picked

 

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New year

I know everybody is busy getting back to regular life after the holiday season and there’s newness and possibility in the air. New resolutions, plans set in motion and a great feeling of creativity. For me, this week was nothing of that sort. I spent the last three days in emergency rooms with my Ella, who had dislocated her elbow Sunday night and ended up being fractured as well. I was in full “mommy mode” running around trying to get the best care for my little girl. She now has a cast and a sling for 10 days. This experience put all my creative juices on the back burner.

I just know that this week will take a turn for the better as I prepare to celebrate my 32nd birthday this weekend. I invited my closest friends to join us for dinner prepared by a local favorite chef. The theme of the dinner is French and the menu consists of onion soup, chicken provencal and almond pear cake with chocolate ganache. That will restart my creative brain and will just make me happy.

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Cheers 2015!

I hope you had a great time last night surrounded by your beloved ones. 2014 was an amazing year here at Peonies and Caramel. I learned so much from working on each and every post and I loved seeing your likes and reading your comments.

2015 is going to be an exciting year for me as I’m preparing for the arrival of our new baby boy in March while continuing to work hard on the blog to bring you new and original content. Thank you for being a part of this amazing journey.

Have a fabulous year!

Shani

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Photo by Kate Bolt

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Festive attire

It’s the last few days of 2014 so, it’s time to think about festive attire. There will be dinners, parties and work related gatherings requiring attire suitable for the occasion.

This is my first planned outfit for the week. Festive but not too much, glitzy but not too sparkly. The knee high boots are the classic 5050 boot by Stuart Wietzman. They were my splurge buy this winter along with this beautiful metallic sweater by Maje (on sale now). The boots are just so comfortable. I wear them day and night and they just add that Chic factor to any outfit.

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Photos by Kate Bolt and were taken at the studio of Barry Elz 

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Feathers

I have a weakness its for feathers – on shoes, dresses, jewelry… and I want to wear it all. That being said, one must be very careful to not overdo it. Nobody wants to look like big bird.

The trend of feathers is not really a trend since it can be found every Winter in different variations. Finding one timeless item is a good investment that will prove itself year after year. Think dark colors instead of something bright and daring, and the combination with black leather leggings or a statement necklace is one of my favorite looks.

Here are my ideas! As you will see, most of the items tend to be more festive – just in time for the Holiday season.

P.S – Almost everything is on sale at the moment! Check Net-A-Porter and Neiman Marcus for more info.

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