Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Are you “Extensive Therapy Girl?”

I had a client that came to my shop at closing one Sunday night. She had found us on the internet and wanted a “whole new wardrobe.” I stayed with her for three hours finding outfit after outfit that fit her perfectly. Clothing that flattered her shape and gave her a professional appearance that could only help in advancing her career. This was her goal.

A funny thing happened.

She didn’t like anything. Even when it fit perfectly.  Even when it flattered her shape. Even when she looked gorgeous! You see, her mind had been poisoned. I don’t know if it was by her mother, by her friends or by society. She just hated herself. She hated the way she looked. She hated the way she looked from the side and at any angle standing in front of the mirror. So she camouflaged it by wearing men’s t-shirts and bulky sweaters and jeans. So old hat! Didn’t she ever watch, “What Not to Wear” or “Big Brooklyn Style?”

I am now frustrated. I completely wasted my time, talent and effort with someone who was beyond help.  I was completely drained. I had stayed three hours after closing and she walked out empty handed, I literally collapsed with exhaustion. As she was leaving she commented, “I wish I was leaving with loads of bags of new clothes!” and I quietly said, “So do I.” At this point I did add that instead of retail therapy she should seek extensive therapy. She needed to heal from within first.

It is my experience of dressing women that you need to find the tools to help you heal both your body and your soul. It’s not just Clothing. It’s not just Diet. It’s digging deep. Finding meaning.  Finding your Spirituality. It all must all work together to let you become the best possible version of yourself. Even the best dress will not solve all of your problems.

You have to heal.

Are you “Extensive Therapy Girl?”

Monday, March 6, 2017

Gluten Free Gorgeous Balls

New York weather doesn’t leave much to the imagination these days. Either you walk out in a lightweight sweater or you’re layered up with three sweaters, a down jacket, ear muffs, two scarves and gloves. This could be just one day after it was seventy degrees.

So when it is cold, all you want is soup. Make that Hot Soup! Take it even further and make Italian Wedding Cake Soup with tiny little balls. Gorgeous Balls!

Italian Meatball Soup from Lisa Dolan on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Code Black…Coffee

Code Black…Coffee

We decided to cut back and have one cup of coffee to start each day. Switching back to the French press device gave us that one great cup of coffee we savored every morning until an episode of “Code Black” broke out in our kitchen.

Our French press sprung an artery and coffee streamed across the counter. We had to apply direct pressure with paper towels before our coffee flat lined. We bandaged up the glass on the French press with packing tape (the only thing available within in the time limit) and had to act fact. That one cup was bleeding out right in front of our blood shot eyes.

Once she was all taped up we were able to add more hot water and press down. We knew it would be for the last time. 

The next day...we purchased The Original French Press. :)

The Original French Press! from Lisa Dolan on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Two Hearts Beat as One Gluten Free Zucchini Pie

It's February the Month of Love!
~Any excuse to use my heart shape molds in the kitchen~
So, let's make Zucchini pie! Even better, let's make two!

Two Zucchini Hearts Beat as One from Lisa Dolan on Vimeo.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

A Glimpse into Soap Making in Brooklyn!

A Glimpse into Soap Making in Brooklyn!
I was invited by my friend Jo Anne from Peony Rose Botanicals to join in on her soap making class this weekend. Many steps go into soap making, more than you realize! 

Check out the video below:

A Glimpse Into Soap Making in Brooklyn 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Pre-Valentine's Day Gluten Free Lunch

Decided to take a "snow day" and rest. We have been working seven days a weeks since Thanksgiving! As they say, "It goes with the territory." That's what happens when you are a small business owner, but never mind that! So a late lunch it is...let's make it special xo.

Pre-Valentine's Day Gluten Free Lunch from Lisa Dolan on Vimeo.

Super Bowl Sunday Gluten Free Food Prep ~ Hail Rosemary!

It's Super Bowl Sunday and my husband and I had decided to start our food prep a little early and test out our new FoodSaver machine. 
I hope you have as much fun watching this "video story" of how our night progressed...and on and on...and on...it was a very long night. But as we are determined and yes, stubborn individuals we made it happen. Lisa :)

Super Bowl Sunday Food Prep! from Lisa Dolan on Vimeo.