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For more than one reason February is associated with red and hearts – Pierotucci is embracing the challenge to show you something red every day. Just a little reminder to Go Red for Women and take care of your heart.
The infographic featuring world wide statistics indicates we could be doing more. We are featuring an enlightening article and some world wide statistics [infographic] for the awareness of heart disease please click through and have a look at this informative article.
Become aware, check out the site http://www.goredforwomen.org to learn more about heart disease and symptoms of a heart attack.
So one of my favorite new additions to the Fortuanta designer handbag collection is shiny on the outside and wild on the inside, is limited to 5 pieces and goes with absolutely nothing in my closet! Well maybe there would be this vintage inspired brown Italian leather jacket . . . what do you think?
But then who said handbags have to “go” with something. I mean, have you ever just looked at a bag and said . . . YES, that would be so much fun! In my case, this would be the bag. Out on the shelves this week, I will be curious to see just how long it takes before we sell the last one.
I think pink is a soft, sexy, romantic attitude.
Now that’s a mix between Audrey Hepburn, Miley Cyrpus and me! If you want to feel ultra feminine there are just a few things that fit the bill – dressing in pink, dressing in silk and dressing with diamonds are some of my requirements.
What do you look for when you want to dress feminine?
after reading about the vintage inspired apparel and colors covering fashion designers such as Gucci, Missoni and others we felt inspired to look through our leather collection and to create a deep dark brown selection. In Italian this color is known as testa di moro, and when seen in leather , since it is so close to a natural shade it comes in varying depths of intensity.
$64 - kohls.com
£210 - allsole.com
$150 - neimanmarcus.com
€495 - pierotucci.com
€440 - pierotucci.com
€285 - pierotucci.com
€125 - pierotucci.com
€77 - pierotucci.com
Just a little bit of fun for the men, getting ready to go on a weekend trip to sunny Italy. Now that’s what we call Easy Living Pierotucci style ….
€205 - pierotucci.com
€335 - pierotucci.com
€125 - pierotucci.com
€410 - pierotucci.com
€139 - conleys.de
$38 - swell.com
I find it particularly fun to look back on my life and trace the twists and turns that bring us in contact with persons and opportunities. Our guest blogger today is sharing with us for the second time and she is one of those winding roads! I am quite pleased and proud to be sharing our blog space with this special friend from LA. I invite you to read her story, leave a comment and then visit her blog because she is sharing her space with us this time. Brittany Sage lives in Los Angeles, Ca with her husband Wade. She loves writing about her adventures with food, fashion and fun on Lipstickandleopardprint.com.
Wade and I have been longtime fans of the traditional Vietnamese noodle soup pho and have always been curious about making it. Last weekend seemed like the perfect opportunity to take on the challenge. We figured out that if you are going to attempt this recipe don’t waste your time going to a regular supermarket. You will save a lot of money and time by simply visiting your local asian market. If your not accustomed to shopping at asian markets don’t be intimidated. It will be like a 20 minute vacation to another country! Do yourself a favor and get the pho spice packet because it comes with its own mesh bag and is extremely inexpensive ($1.25) versus purchasing the spices individually. I also recommend making the stock a day ahead of time so it can be refrigerated and the fat can be easily skimmed off the top.
THE BROTH INGREDIENTS:
3 onions, halved
5″ piece of ginger, halved lengthwise
5 lbs beef marrow bones such as leg and knuckle (have the butcher cut them down)
5 lbs oxtails
6 quarts of water
1 package of Pho Spices [1 cinnamon stick, 1 tbl coriander seeds, 1 tbl fennel seeds, 8 whole star anise, 1 cardamom pod, 6 whole cloves - in mesh bag]
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt or sea salt
1/2 cup of fish sauce (nuoc nam is the Vietnamese variety)
1 inch piece of yellow rock sugar (about 1 oz)
MAKING THE BROTH:
Preheat oven on the broil setting. Place oxtails and bones in a LARGE stock pot, cover with water and bring almost to a boil. While you are waiting for the water to begin simmering, place onion and ginger on a sheet pan and place on the top shelf of your oven and char until blackish brown on edges. Remove and reserve for next step. Turn down heat so that the bones do not boil and continue simmering for 10 minutes. Discard water and replace with 6 quarts of fresh water. It is said that this step removes the impurities from the broth. Add charred onion, ginger, parsnips, fish sauce, sugar, salt and spice packet. Simmer for 5 hours. Add more water if the water level falls below the bones. Remove and discard large bones, ginger, parsnips and spice sack. Then strain broth into another large pot using a fine mesh strainer. Refrigerate over night and skim fat off the top of broth the next day.
THE SOUP INGREDIENTS:
2 packages of flat rice noodles (banh pho)
1 lb top sirloin, thinly sliced and fat discarded
thinly sliced white onion
Sriracha hot sauce
**You will also need bunches of your favorite pho accoutrements such as mint, cilantro, purple basil, dandelion leaves, bean sprouts, sliced jalapeño, lime wedges… These ingredients have gorgeous color and make a fabulous edible center piece!
Finishing the soup:
Place noodles in large bowl of warm water for 30 minutes then drain and reserve noodles. Slice top sirloin against the grain as thin as is humanly possible. (Place meat in the freezer before slicing for 30 minutes to help firm it up a bit.) On the stovetop heat the broth to a rapid boil, adjusting the flavor by adding salt, pepper, and/or more fish sauce. When you are ready to serve use a fine mesh strainer with a handle or a china cap to dunk the noodles in the boiling broth for just a second. Remove let noodles drain into the broth. Then place noodles into individual bowl. Do this one serving at a time. Cover noodles with thinly sliced beef, onions, scallions and fresh ground pepper. Ladle broth over noodles in each bowl and serve immediately with all of your favorite pho accoutrements.
Although making pho at home was a very lengthy process it was extremely satisfying to accomplish and have it actually taste great. Wade is always up for a fun, adventurous cooking challenge!
Fashion comes in waves, does full circles, goes in and out of style but what’s always around in one form or another is leather; leather shoes, leather jackets, leather handbags, even leather hot pants (here’s to hoping the last one never makes a comeback). Whether it was your suede, fringed vest from the 60’s or your extravagant ostrich boots from the 80’s, you name it and at one time or another it has probably been a popular fashion trend.
I’m sure many of you know exactly what I’m talking about. The leather jacket or handbag you’ve held onto over the years, whether you’ve worn it to death or it’s still in great shape, you just can’t manage to part with it. That is truly the beauty of quality leather, Italian leather! After working with leather and living in the city most famous in the world for their leather (Florence, Italy), I can honestly say, without a doubt, Italian leather is the best in the world. You have to think of buying leather as an investment, if your leather good lasts through decades it has certainly done its job. In fact my wardrobe is beginning to take shape, including several handmade leather products that are sure to last a lifetime.
We have a new blogger starting with us today – so welcome! She had a bit of fun playing with all of our fashion toys including Polyvore. Here is her first try using our leather handbags:
€1.098 - unger-fashion.com
€239 - jades24.com
£120 - houseoffraser.co.uk
€355 - pierotucci.com
€470 - nathalieschuterman.com
$14 - modcloth.com
$8.99 - stylesforless.com
£15 - mango.com
$26 - narscosmetics.com
$18 - narscosmetics.com
$165 - nordstrom.com
This blog piece is a special treat from one of our recent guests, who sent it to us from her recent trip to Florence Italy. We were quite pleased to be considered one of the highlights of her trip. Thanks to Michelle for the story – I did a little research and pulled up the photos on the vineyard – and of course added one of our factory.
APRIL 2012 : I was really excited when my colleague suggested an authentic wine tasting at a Medici Villa high in the hills of Chiantigiana. The weather was perfect, and the villa was bathed in late evening sun as we approached.
Dialetta, the owner, was outside to greet us and gave us a very warm welcome. She took us up to the enormous terrace overlooking the hillside where the panoramic view was amazing. After we went into the front landscaped garden where she told us a little of the history of the villa. I could just picture my daughter Natalie having a grand wedding party there! From there she took us down to the cellar and talked about the different wines that they produce. It was all very interesting, and I was definitely eager to start tasting.
From the cellars it was back upstairs to the kitchen. She already had some wonderful Tuscan bread warming in the oven and the table was laid with hams, cheeses and olive oils, and of course the wines were breathing. We tried three different wines, all of which were absolutely delicious. I did my swirling and sniffing to get the best of the bouquet and it really does work! I can honestly say I don’t know where those 2 hours went. We enjoyed the whole tour immensely and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who visits Florence.
As well as wine, I am also definitely into leather. Quite conveniently, we had been told about a leather factory quite close to the Villa. We had called before hand to make sure we could have a look around the factory (before going for our wine tasting tour) and they were more than happy to accommodate our little group. It is one of the only Florentine factories who make their own collection of handbags. It seems a lot of the factories in this region make for the high end labels such as Gucci, Prada, Jimmy Choo etc. It was a real treat to see bags that are made entirely by hand. From the cutting, stitching, putting each piece together, even painting the edges. We were shown how each bag has to have a pattern that can contain 30 or even 40 pieces. Their label is called Toscanella and they use beautiful earthy hues inspired from the Tuscan countryside. The bags are a rustic classic style that never date. I have to admit I had my eye on a Tobacco one which is definitely on my wish list. How handy that my 25th wedding anniversary is coming up next month. DH only raised his eyes as if to say “oh no, not another handbag. How many do you need”? Err, who said anything about need! The person who showed us around was very amusing. He was called Enrico and a typical jovial Florentine. He explained how the different leathers are used and what happens at the tanneries. The leather comes only from animals in Tuscany and the South of France so it was all pretty much homegrown.
We had a wander around the beautiful showroom too, very dangerous and I was getting tugged quite strongly by my DH. He was itching to get to the wine tasting and I couldn’t blame him, we’d had a long day, lunching, shopping, sightseeing – and my brother was loving every minute of it. This was all a real treat for him as it was his first time visiting Florence, and its always that bit special when you get off the beaten track to see behind the scenes instead of always staying with the crowds.