Friday, September 12, 2014

Take Root

Last night, my husband and I went to Take Root in our Carroll Gardens neighborhood and were blown away by the food. I think The New York Times said it best by saying, "It is a rare thing to pay for a meal but feel as if it were a gift."

With only one seating at 8:00pm and 12 total seats, this gem is so much more than a restaurant. What started as a supper club is now a restaurant open three nights a week that doubles as a yoga studio by day, yet still manages to feel like an upscale dining experience (gotta love NYC). The chef, Elise Kornack's, love for cooking is apparent in every dish. From the homemade brown butter (which takes 3 1/3 hours to make) to the squid with onions and poppy seeds, to the incredible sesame cake with chocolate ganache, Elise and her partner, Anna, cook, clean, and serve every dish with the amount of love and care only a true artist can appreciate.

Here is a small sampling of last night's exquisite dishes…

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Black + Green

I am totally guilty of judging a book by its cover and instantly fell in love with the cover of Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things when I first saw it in a bookstore. How gorgeous is this cover!? You can't tell from this image but the black portion is actually rubber and the text is a shiny green foil.

I am digging this black and green color combination and think it would make for a beautiful tablescape… 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New + Improved Website and Branding

Hi friends!! I am super excited to share Bellafare's new website with you all today!  We are still the same brand that you have come to know and love over the past 5 years, just with a new and improved look.

We worked with the fab designers at Flosites and could not be any happier with how everything turned out. Happy browsing!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Soul Searching + Exciting News

As you can tell, I have been super MIA lately. To be completely honest, I have mixed feelings about blogging sometimes. I love being able to express myself creatively via my blog but sometimes feel that it takes away from focusing on other things (i.e. family, relaxing, my other business etc).

Social Media is a very slippery slope where you can quickly become obsessed with the latest Instagram posts, Facebook feeds, or Tweets, and loose track of what is really important. I love sharing my life with others but also want to maintain some level of privacy. Rather than posting every day to just post something, I have decided to only post things that truly inspire me and are worthy of sharing with the world.

Speaking of which (drumroll)….I am super excited to share with my readers today a sneak peek of Bellafare's new branding and website, which will launch this week! Thanks Flosites for the amazing new look. We look forward to embarking on this new journey. More details to come…

New Logo 

Snapshot of new branding 

Print Collateral 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Olivia Palermo's Wedding

My all-time favorite fashionista, Olivia Palermo, recently got married to her studdly model boyfriend of six years, Johannes Hueba, in Bedford, New York. I have said it before but this girl can do no wrong. Let's start with her classic Carrie Bradshaw shoes….AMAZING! Only Olivia can pull off a three piece wedding 'dress' that includes white shorts with a full tulle Carolina Herrera overlay and a simple cashmere swather with osterich feathers. I am obsessed with her super simple ponytail that looks oh so chic and clean light makeup. The girl has got some serious confidence and I love it!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Summer is here and what better way to cool off than with a watermelon themed party! How cute would a little girl's birthday party be with this theme? Here are a few ideas to bring your party to life… 

Watermelon Italian Ice via Chocolate Moosey

Watermelon Sandwich Cookies via Taste and Tell Blog

via Etsy

via Etsy

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Stone Fox

For whatever reason, I wasn't so into the wedding dress shopping experience when I was getting married. Maybe it was because I didn't have the mega budget that I needed to buy a designer dud (that looked cool and boho yet cost a fortune) or because I am not that sentimental, especially when it comes to clothes, but whatever it was, it wasn't all that exciting to me. I didn't feel there was one dress that I was meant to have nor did I get butterflies when I tried on the dress that I ultimately ended up choosing. In fact, I ended up taking apart the dress I purchased to try to make it a bit more of what I had envisioned; a bit boho and Grecian yet elegant.

If only Stone Fox was around when I went bridal dress shopping in 2010. Molly Guy started Stone Fox with one mission in mind, "to offer brides everything they need to have the mellow, meaningful, and insanely cool wedding of their dreams." This is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Her dresses are a bit too Kate Moss for me, though if I could pull off this look, I totally would…

The Polly