Food & Home

A Few Favorite Websites

When I can steal a quiet moment I like to peruse these websites for inspiration and/or great buys. These people are contributing something great to the world of food, fashion/art, and home and health.

Garance Doré features illustrator Garance Doré’s street fashion photography as well as her sketches. Like her boyfriend, Sartorialist’s Scott Schuman, she snaps the fashion elite on the streets of London, Paris, Milan, and New York. I love the portraits she takes, sometimes sweet and cheerful and sometimes plain romantic.

The Selby is photographer, watercolorist and all around man about town, Todd Selby’s website of the quirkiest and hippest spaces. He travels the world taking you into the homes and offices of artists, models, designers, and art and fashion world intelligentsia. The spaces are idiosyncratic and authentic, the people are glamorous and edgy—it’s a design voyeur’s dream!

Check out my dear friend Stella McCartney’s new collection for Gap Kids. It is simply perfect—cute and insanely hip.

My obsession, Remodelista is four design bloggers bi-coastal collaboration that began in 2006 after both Julie and Francesca had finished renovating their homes. They realized they had loads of valuable information to share and were soon joined by Janet and Sarah. Now, the four bloggers take you to restaurants, designer’s homes, and studios, and even their own homes for inspiration. They have impeccable taste and provide all the tips on everything from furniture to faucets down to light fixtures and paint colors. You can shop the site and sort items by category and even color.

For all those mourning the loss of so many shelter publications including Domino, House & Garden, and Blueprint, there’s Lonny, an online magazine founded by Domino alumni Michelle Adams and photographer Patrick Cline. It’s a novel idea, a true home design magazine with pages that turn at the click of a mouse. The fashion shoots and even the featured homes are chock-full of clickable images that link to online shops where you can buy the items. Lonny launched in October of 2009 and you can look forward to the next issue in early December.

Lately as I work on redecorating, I constantly consult One Kings Lane for design inspiration and great steals for my own home. The site is a members-only source for luxury home goods sales (membership is free). The prices are truly enticing, and the site hosts at least two brand sales each day, Monday through Friday. I also like to check out their Get Inspired section where you can peak into designers’ homes and read their decorating tips. And, starting next week, I’ll be getting a head start on my holiday shopping at OKL. In addition to themed Friday sales events (next week is Holiday Correspondence, Holiday Ornaments and Holiday Entertaining), the site’s Must Have Gifts section will be full of gifting inspiration for the upcoming holiday season.

Every afternoon at twelve o’clock precisely (EST), a surge of shoppers sign (or pounce) onto GILT, an online “sample sale” of Men’s, Women’s and Children’s clothing and home goods. Each day features a few different brands and items are up to 70% off.

Food52 is a home cooking celebration brought to you by food writers Amanda Hesser and Merill Stubbs. Each week home cooks face off, offering their recipes on themes like “best beer cocktail” or “best fig recipe.” Amanda and Merrill judge all the entries, testing the most appealing recipes and posting the best ones online. The 52 winning recipes from the weekly contest will be included in a cookbook published by Harper Studio at the end of the year. I’ve been a judge on Food52, and let me just say, the recipes are excellent!

The River Cottage is something of a mecca for those wanting to learn more about producing their own quality, local, and seasonal food. Hugh Fearnley–Whittingstall’s working farm located on the Devon/Dorset border here in England, is also a school offering courses as wide-ranging as Beekeeping, Allotment Gardening, Meat Curing and Smoking, Bread, and something called “Pig in a Day.” The website presents Hugh and the River Cottage team’s tips on Gardening, Raising Lifestock, Seasonal Recipes and much more. Sometimes I peruse the website just to fantasize about having a sustainable sustenance farm of my very own. They also have a wealth of holiday themed courses coming up which sounds like a perfect, cozy feasts in the country.

I go to Refinery29 to get current on the newest and best in fashion, shopping, and emerging trends from the runways to the streets of New York and London. Every day, Refinery29 delivers up-to-the-minute insider reports on the designers to know and the most compelling global street style, breaking fashion news from must-see sample sales to boutique openings, along with the best local shopping reports from experts who know their cities best.

For comic relief, Green Porno on Sundance Channel is now in its third season of deadpan puppet shows by Isabella Rossellini. I’ve learned a lot more than I want to about reproduction in the animal and insect kingdoms. This season, the third so far, has an especially eco-friendly and equally hilarious bent, showing, in the simplest of terms, where the fish we eat come from and the effect mass fishing has on the environment.

And finally, as the winter approaches, it’s important to stay up to date on health matters. I regularly check my doctor, Dr. Frank Lipman’s recommendations on Huffington Post. Here are his most recent recommendations on Vitamin D. Take care of you and yours this holiday season.