Liz: Pantone's got me dreaming in pinkish purple. Just in case you missed it, Pantone has declared "radiant orchid" the color of the year. If you are starting to see a lot of purple and you do not understand why. now you do! Normally I am a huge proponent of dipping yourself, head to toe, in one color. That said, I think this particular shade works better as a fun accent. Now THAT said, I LOVE LOVE LOVE orchid and I highly recommend you add some to your life. Oh and don't take the color "orchid" too literally. Any shade of pink/purple/periwinkle will make the same point.

Jane: J'agree with everything you just said Liz. This beautiful Burberry lace trench would literally transform any outfit from jeans, to formal attire... OR wear it alone as a dress (wow).  Brighten up a rainy day with purple wellies, paint your nails pretty pastel, throw on a cocktail ring or cheer up your boring iphone with a cute case. Don't want to leave the house (?)... nothing beats a fluffy pair of Uggs slippers. Oh one more thing... I am certainly not mad at the iconic Isabel Marant wedge sneaks in vibrant purple, not mad at all.

Jane: If the mixer is whirring, something is occurring. My 10 year old daughter recently turned into the family baker. She whipped up this angel food cake and we were all dying of deliciousness. The next night we were having people over for dinner so she doubled the recipe and once again it was magical. For a cake as tall as this one you need to double. 14 eggs sounds like a ton but it works!

Liz:  I love angel food cake and this one is as good as it gets. I really get off on kitchen appliances/serving pieces. I am obsessed with Bjorn Wiinblad anything and this egg separator is life changing. Or should I say egg changing.

Angel Food Cake
Recipe courtesy of foodnetwork

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 40 min

Ingredients
3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
7 large egg whites
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon table salt
Sour cream, for garnish
Toasted coconut flakes, for garnish
1 orange, cut into segments, for garnish
Special equipment: standard size loaf pan

Directions
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Mix half the sugar with the flour in a spice grinder or mini food processor for 5 seconds. Remove to a small bowl and set aside.

Beat the egg whites with the vanilla, cream of tartar and salt in a large bowl, using a mixer on medium, until foamy. Add the remaining sugar (not with the flour) slowly. Beat just until soft, moist peaks form. Add the flour mixture, half at a time, folding in with a rubber spatula until incorporated. Pour the batter into the ungreased loaf pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes.

Invert the loaf onto 2 cans so that the handles of the pan rest on the tops of the cans, allowing ventilation. After 45 minutes to 1 hour, remove the cake by sliding the knife around the edges. Cool completely and slice with a serrated knife.
 

 

Liz: Jane and I were just in Buenos Aires with our families and we spent New Year's Eve at a Bal Masque at our hotel.  And yes it was uber glamorous and clearly Jane has not gotten over it!!

Jane: True dat Liz! I am obsessed. All those glamorous Argentine women. Remember that table of regal older ladies? And I've always dreamed of being a guest at Truman Capote's Black and White Ball back in the day. Hanging with Candy, Mia, Frank, Lee... Wouldn't it be fun to host a fab masked ball? And to get all dolled up in some crazy over-the-top oufit?

What would you wear?

1. Palladio Rice Paper, $3.99  A friend introduced me to these a few years ago and now I keep them in every bag. One side blots, the other side powders - Jane

2. Figue Eliza Kaftan, $895  I own this and I did in fact wear it on New Years Eve! I love it because you can dress it up or dress it down - throw on leggings and a belt for a more cas look - Jane

3. YSL Rouge Volupté Shine, $34  I'm obsessed with these lipsticks. They add color while being super smooth and light plus they taste and smell good - Liz

4. Blinc Mascara, $26  Blinc is the best because it coats your lashes and you remove it with just warm water and the mascara literally just crumbles off. No messy smudges. - Jane

5. Manolo Blahnik Chaos Sandal, $725  The perfect sandal with a 2.75" heel - Jane

6. Versace Fox Fur, $24,697  Nothing is more glam then a big fur chubby over a long dress. J'adore - Liz

7. Tom Ford Bronzing Powder, $95   I recently decided to clear out my makeup drawer and pair it down to just a few of my favorite items. I splurged on some Tom Ford makeup and it's magic for my face. This bronzing powder is now my go-to blush. First hit bridge of nose/cheeks and then lightly dust the rest of face. It gives you that sun-touched glow - Liz

8. Essie Nail Polish in Exotic Liras, $8.50   You pick your fave. This just happens to be mine! - Jane

 

Liz: Well hello ladies - actually that's the name of my new favorite HBO series, have you seen it? You must, but I digress! My point actually is: New year, new site...Tada! Jane and I are back. We hope you noticed that we were gone and have missed us terribly - we've missed you :)  RE this post, I have always loved to dip myself head-toe-in one color. Right now I am feeling for wintery, deep colors. Jane and I discovered Perez Sanz (actually credit goes to our mother) only to realize we have one in our own backyard on the Upper East Side. Everything is handmade and one-of-a kind. You should see the crazy fabulous huge cleopatra style necklace I bought.
 
Jane: Liz asked me what I am inspired by and the first thing that popped into my head was "hot chocolate". Not something I normally drink but with the unusally frigid temps we are having in NYC right now Hot Cho is all I can think about! I want to drink it, take a bath in it, and dress like it. Enjoy!

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