Monday, February 28, 2011

Easy Low-Carb Dinner

Looking for a low carb dinner that tastes great! My husband surprised me with this delicious recipe using shirataki noodles…yes…the tofu based noodles. 

At first, I was a little apprehensive about eating tofu noodles. However, after taking a bite, I found that I really liked them and I love the fact that they are low carb! 

The recipe, which is easy and quick to make, is below.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. of Olive Oil
  • 1 packet of Tofu Shirataki noodles (you can find them in the refrigerated section of Whole Foods)
  • 1/2 cup of Hearts of Palm
  • 2 tbsp. Pesto

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To prepare, heat EVOO in a sauce pan. Add the thawed shrimp, pesto and sliced hearts of palm. Heat thoroughly and serve over the Shirataki (which should be prepared based on the package directions.)

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Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Rehoboth Style

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For the President’s Day holiday, my husband and I spent a beautiful weekend in Rehoboth Beach, DE. We had a wonderful time visiting our friends and strolling around the historic downtown touring the various boutique stores. 

One particular boutique clothing store, that I fell in love with, was named SPAHR. The owner and designer, Scott Spahr, creates beautiful handmade shirts, pants and accessories for men and women alike. I was captivated by the beautiful fabrics and interesting patterns and textures that Scott uses to create his one of a kind looks.

I was particularly drawn towards his pants and dress shirts. The attention to detail that Scott puts into his creations, like the moleskin pants and dress shirt below, is eye-catching and refreshing.   

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enlarged view of back pocket detail

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I love the bold stripe pattern…

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… and signature SS on the dress shirt!

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After discussing his designs and perusing his wares, we also walked out with one of Scott’s handmade belts for each of us!

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The vibrant colors and contrasting patterns are perfect for spring!

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If you are headed to Rehoboth in the coming months, I highly recommend stopping by SPAHR (43 Baltimore St.) to add a few unique pieces to your wardrobe!

Bonus! In addition to clothing and accessories, Scott also sells home d├ęcor including handmade pillows and fragrant candles.

Pillows designed and made by Scott Spahr. Candles by Bon Chic

Monday, February 21, 2011

Winter Warmth With Style

One thing that this past weekend has taught us is that winter is not quite finished with us. With the blustery winds we experienced, a winter scarf was essential. But a scarf is not just a way to warm your neck. How a man wears his scarf can be a stylish statement as well! There are many ways for a dandy to wear his scarf, but my favorite styles are below:

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This style is great for those rush-out-the-door workday mornings or…with the right scarf…those nights out on the town.

For my evening look, I pair my faux shorn fur scarf with my black fitted blazer.

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By simply overlapping the ends of your scarf and tucking them under your coat, you provide a warm layer over your neck and your chest! This style works best with a short scarf!

 

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I love this look! By taking a long scarf and circling it around your neck and tucking the ends into your jacket, you create a loose, casual style for those weekend walks in the city or the park.

 

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And last but not least, is my favorite way to wear my winter scarves. I call it the Londoner, as I first saw it on the streets of London when Brian and I visited a couple of years ago. This is my go-to look. It’s simple to do and provides much needed warmth and style to any outfit.

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Simply fold your long scarf in half…

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and pull the tails through the loop you’ve created. Pull it tight or leave it a little loose, either way you’re bound to turn heads!

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Keep Warm and Stylish!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Love: An Ancient Story

I have had a love affair with Greek and Roman myths for as long as I can remember. When I was just a little dandy, I begged my mother to buy me a Perseus and Pegasus action figure (which I hope is still in her attic) from the "Clash of the Titans” movie starring, Harry Hamlin.
I loved my Perseus and Pegasus action Figure!
Harry Hamlin stars as the heroic Perseus
My continued obsession with Greek history and literature led me to spend several wonderful semesters pouring over and discovering the many facets of the “Iliad” at Georgetown University.

Now, to my enjoyment and excitement, comes along a book by Byrne Fone that reimagines Homer’s epic in “Achilles: A Love Story.”

This work of historical fiction, told through the eyes of Antilochus, son of King Nestor and Prince of Pylos, speaks of the deep love that Achilles and Patrocles share. With the retelling of their story, Fone humanizes the heroic warrior and his lover as they fight together in the last year of the Trojan war.

If you are fascinated with Greek myth or are looking for a good book to curl up with on these last winter nights, I highly recommend “Achilles: A Love Story.”

Grab your copy here! 

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Dandy on the Prowl

Like most of my readers, I love finding a bargain on clothing. However, when looking for consignment items for gentleman, there are not a lot of options out there.

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Fortunately, that has changed with a new shop on U St. called “Rock It Again.” 

The store, located at 1528 U Street, features an eclectic style that feels hip and old world all at the same time.  

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With a wide range of vintage “landed gentry” clothing including English hunting jackets, Herringbone and Camel Hair blazers, and Houndstooth overcoats, you’re sure to find that perfect piece to complete your impeccable outfit!

One of the distinctive items I fell in love with on my visit, were these brown suede and leather shoes. Unfortunately, they were not in my size, so I had to leave them there for another dandy to find.

And don’t worry Ladies, they haven’t forgotten you! Rock It Again features beautiful jackets, coats and accessories for you as well! Visit Rock It Again here!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Breaking News!!

Baltimore OUTloud - An Independant Voice for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community

I have some great news to share! The Domestic Dandy is now a monthly contributor to Baltimore OUTloud!

The Domestic Dandy

"We introduce a new writer to our staff, Jeffrey Clouser, who will be presenting a column called Domestic Dandy, named after his blog. Here he will be offering tips in fashion and design in a wide range of topics. ...In this issue, our Domestic Dandy offers some great advice to make Valentine’s Day special."

Check it out here!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hot Under the Collar

I love the thickness and warmth of a wool sweater on a cold winter day. However, the pleasure of wool quickly disappears when it encompasses my neck. The fibers are too irritating and uncomfortable for me to wear. Even though one must sometimes suffer for fashion, I decided to do something about it.

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After pondering a fashion fix, I decided the easiest and most effective way was to attach a thin piece of fleece fabric to the inside of the offending collars.

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After purchasing some black fleece fabric and hand-sewing it around the collars of my wool zip-up sweaters, I can now comfortably wear all of them with no worries about irritation or redness as it embraces my neck! Plus, the added thin layer of fleece, keeps me extra warm for those icy, bone-chilling days.

Note: Make sure to choose a piece of colored fleece that matches your sweater, so that it is inconspicuous.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Sweating with your Sweetie

Valentine’s day is upon us and I know you’re all looking for a fresh idea to surprise your loved one.

One fun and unique idea is to take a couple’s yoga class. My husband and I did this last year and enjoyed the connection we shared as we stretched and toned together. It was a great way to open up communication between us as we navigated each pose. 

Your chance to work up a sweat with your sweetie can be found at Tranquil space in Dupont Circle. Yogi, Carol Collins, offers a “Yoga Means Union,” partner class on Saturday, February 12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Sky Studio. The class is appropriate for all levels and all couples are welcome. Cost is $55 at the studio or $50 if you register online.  

Not so excited about sharing your Valentine with a roomful of sweaty strangers? Another wonderful option is to surprise your love with private lessons for two with yogi, Dave Kidney of Catalyst Yoga.

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Dave worked with Brian and I for several sessions  and we enjoyed the privacy, comfort and convenience of practicing in our own home.

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Whatever you choose to mark this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to mark it in style!

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wardrobe Malfunction!

A good friend and co-worker came into my office the other day asking the Dandy for a bit of advice.
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As I mentally scoured the tips and tricks filed away in my head, I recalled a quick and easy fix by Heloise in her famous column, “Hints From Heloise.”

I quickly handed her my tin of Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm and told her to liberally apply it to the teeth of the petulant zipper.
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or try pomegranate!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Knitting with Balls


Now, that I’ve finished Brian’s afghan, I’m searching for a new project to do on these cold winter nights.

Thankfully, I received this book, “Knitting with Balls” from my husband as a gift for Christmas! As you can tell, it is chocked full of projects for the male knitter.

The book begins with a history of men’s knitting with interesting facts like “knitting first traveled to Europe at the end of the first millennium via sailors aboard fishing boats from the Middle East and “During the two World Wars men knit both at war and while recovering in the hospital.” From there the book moves onto the art of knitting and includes many fun projects for men. A few of my favorites include…
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this dandy infinity scarf…

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and this handsome laptop sleeve…

I think my I’m going to tackle the infinity scarf for my next project. Keep checking back to see how it goes!

Purchase your “Knitting with Balls” book here!
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