Spratters and Jayne by Elly Mayday

To keep you warm..

I have been exploring different parts of NYC since the day I arrived. When my friend Stela came to visit, I became the tour guide in a town I had only just began learning myself. We stumbled upon "The Beauty Bar" in the LES and wound up meeting Rachael, the owner of a sustainable knit accessories brand called "Spratters and Jayne"

She offered me two lovely pieces that have been keeping me warm for the past week.  The company not only creates these beautiful pieces— but also creates work for artisans in the South America and India. Each one is made of hand spun and hand dyed yarn, these pieces are entirely made by hand! I love a nice scarf and really like how it can complete an outfit while also keeping you warm. They were definitely appreciated this week. Below is the grey mix Puff Cowl.

It's nice to have an item that encloses your whole head to help keep your ears warm.

The second scarf is the Charcoal Pomegranate Mix, I adore the touch of pink blended in with the grey and black, a nice touch of color in this fairly dark manhattan color scheme. This style is the Puff Triangle Scarf, it's a bit more flexible in the ways you can wear it. I prefer to let all the fringe show in the front. The texture and colors add so much to an outfit. 

Starting Friday, January 22nd to February 15th you can receive 35% off using code: FUN35 

If you sign up for the mailing list you get special discounts, a head start on all sales and chances to win one of a kind pieces!

Thanks for the lovely gifts Rachael! Visit the website and check out their story and the other great pieces available.  



Quinoa Delight by Elly Mayday

 I love this meal. 

Pretty much all I recall doing this weekend is making food, watch "making a murderer" and eating. 

It can be pretty difficult to come up with the healthiest of meals when you don't have the time or a few key ingredients. An example of something that is rarely missing from my cupboard is Quinoa. This little grain is packed with protein and is said to have anti-inflammatory phytonutrients— as well as small amounts of the omega-3 fatty acid. Quinoa is a good source of fiber and one of the key macronutrients needed for healthy blood sugar regulation. In a nutshell, this stuff is good. 

So instead of stopping by for that oh so tempting Tikka Masala around the corner, I remembered I had what I needed for a scrumptious dish I like to call "Quinoa Delight." 


 One cup of quinoa


 cherry tomatoes or any other kind of tomatoes..not picky

red cabbage

  sunflower/pumpkin seeds/cashews

 some multi colored seasoning your roommate has in the cupboard

a bit of crumbled feta.

For dressing  I just picked up this Bragg's Italian style dressing made with apple cider vinegar and pink salt 

You make it your own, if you like a different vegetable..well then throw it in...I'm not stopping ya! I would have liked to throw in some sweet potatoes/broccoli but they weren't in my refrigerator. No one says refrigerator anymore. 

So here's the tricky part, well it's not that tricky but people seem to think so. You have to cook the quinoa. One cup to two cups of water, cover and bring it to a boil it together. When it starts to boil, turn down the heat and let it do its thing...it's not minute rice. This grain is ancient and it is going to make you wait for its heavenly goodness. 

When its done, all you do it throw in the chopped ingredients. Season and devour. Great for making lunched ahead of time or putting in a pita bread with a bit of chicken. 

Hope you enjoy!