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Hygge Hour

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Join me and close friends in exercising what I like to call, hygge hour as we head into the home stretch here. Mid February in the city can feel like a drag unless you fill the remaining cold days with tea time, good conversation, and expressions of thankfulness and gratitude. I call it my “over the counter” approach to naturally counteracting SAD.

I’m so happy to partner with tea brand Bon Temps and give Fred Darling visitors 20% OFF their purchase when using my promo code: HYGGEWITHSTEPH

Bon Temps makes delicious teas that are good for you (no bleach, pesticide, artificial flavor). I particularly like the flavor of the mint green for focus and as an alternate to coffee (on weekends). Their variety packs make great gifts (check out their super cute packaging).

What stood out most about the brand is their mission to empower women pursuits, big and small with every sale. Our collective purchase directly funds the Bon Temps female investment fund and each moth the $1000 cash fund is granted to one lucky, badass lady.

Win, win…



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Party Salad

Vibrant in both color and flavor, this seasonal salad is a crowd pleaser. Bring along as your staple dish, or whip together for someone you love.

Recipe by Lex, with love!

Each ingredient was selected to help you look and feel your best:

Pomegranate, for a skin plumping collagen boost.

Butternut squash, for an immune boost and healthy vision.

Kale, for anti inflammatory properties to keep redness and puffiness at bay.

Honey, for an antioxidant boost to help protect you from free-radicals.

Red cabbage, for radiant glowing skin.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Salad Ingredients

4-5 large kale leaves

3 large carrots, grated

1 small red cabbage

1 small butternut squash, peeled and chopped (roughly 4 cups)

1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/3 cup chopped, roasted almonds

2 tbs of olive oil

salt & pep

Dressing ingredients

1 tbs honey

2 tbs dijon mustard

1/4 cup olive oil

salt & pep

How to

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Place the cubed butternut squash on a baking sheet and drizzle with 2 tbs of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss until evenly coated. Bake for 40-45 minutes. Let cool for at least 30 minutes prior adding to salad.
  3. Cut the stems from the kale leaves and discard. Chop the kale into thin ribbons and add to your mixing bowl. Massage the kale with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt to soften the fibrous leaves.
  4. Chop the red cabbage into thin strips, similar to the texture of a coleslaw. Add the chopped cabbage to the mixing bowl, along with the freshly grated carrot, pomegranate seeds, feta, chopped almonds, and cooled butternut squash. Toss the salad until evenly combined.
  5. To make the dressing, simply mix the honey, olive oil, dijon mustard, salt, and pepper together with a fork. Set aside until ready to serve.

This salad is best when served at room temperature. For a vegan-friendly version, leave out the crumbled Feta. Pairs well with a refreshing and sparkling white wine. Want another seasonal recipe? Try this hearty forest in a bowl


Lex is a lifestyle contributor for Fred Darling and a good friend. She enjoys baking, sustainable shopping and Paris.

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My Best Friend’s Wedding

It feels like we were just roaming Newbury Street on a hot summer day in Boston. You were interning for a wedding planner, I was acting in LA visiting. I remember the boy who broke your heart that summer, the same one you were there for. We spent that entire weekend with him, as per your twenty something dream, eating famous clam chowders and watching Tom Brady play with the rest of the townies.

You were cool then, turning me on to beer at a Celtics game. You promised it was an acquired taste. We danced the night the Celtics won to that cover band playing classic American songs, buzzed and without a care in the world, celebrating just because.

And here we are, with all the time in between. You, in Chicago, living your best life with the love of your life whom you met while pursuing a master’s degree in an entirely unrelated career. And here I am, writing in New York City, flying out with him to help surprise you… and I’ve never seen you happier.

Cheers to life not always turning out the way we want it, darling. Every turn leading us to where we needed to be. Sometimes the guy upstairs really does have the better plan, and it may just be in the form of a 2+ carat cushion cut.

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Dear fall,

Last weekend we bid adieu to summer, and although bittersweet, I am ready for pullover sweaters, books in nooks, old fashioneds, smoking chimneys, mac and cheese casseroles, pumpkin carving and etc etc

I give our first outing of fall, Met’s exhibit of Heavenly Bodies,  a solid A-  (points lost for lack of a good latte)

A few highlights were:

Getting quality time with the people I enjoy

Having different conversation

Being sidetracked to the Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing

Coming face to face with a holy red Valentino!

Let go to savor too.

I am so excited for the change of seasons

The opportunity to start anew in all aspects of our lives

Is there a chapter of your story that could benefit from a fresh new POV?

Can we let go to rediscover ourselves in a whole new, low lying light?

What are you looking forward to this fall season? 💋




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When Millerton Calls

My favorite things to do when in the village of Millerton are visiting friends at the farm just minutes from the small downtown and antique shopping destination, going out for the best pizza in town and watching for sunsets and fireflies. Here’s my travel guide of the senses for the next time you’re en route.


If I were a store: Anthropologie

The smell of: charcoal, summer dew, your grandfather’s closet

The feel of: your oldest sweater

Bring: rosewater spray, Hunter boots, Laphroaig

Not to miss: Chaseholm Farmstore for fresh cheese, raw milk, salumi


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In Good Company

I admit. I’m tired.

A few nights ago, a friend asked me what I had done during the days just before seeing her, and I honestly paused in disbelief because I couldn’t quite remember.

With the over-worked and over-connected world in which we live in, it’s no wonder more and more of us are seeking pause and refuge. And refuge as derived from the French word meaning “to flee.”

I was speaking with a HR rep who said she, and her 50 person fund-of-funds firm (with oh, just billions in assets), had been practicing a Japanese act of purging excess (aren’t we all just a little ironic?)

She says the practice asks you to sit with something you own to determine whether or not you absolutely LOVE IT because if you don’t LOVE IT, it challenges you to purge it instead.

I thought how fascinating it is that every culture has a practice to convey the same thing: the desire for less and meaning.

For me, Danish hygge is just that. A practice that is linked to the idea that real wealth is not what we can accumulate over time but what we have to share with others, and only if we LOVE IT.

I had an opportunity a few weeks back to disregard my iCal and jump in a rental to simply be with friends. Some of them I hadn’t seen in years. Others, only via Facetime.

Was it an easy decision? No. I thought, but what will it cost? How will I get back for my appointments on Wednesday? Do I have the right shoes? (Really)

And then I paused and thought of each of those familiar faces I hadn’t seen. And how much I LOVE them.

Life goes by so fast that, if we’re not careful, we miss it.

I will never forget that one weekend spent learning about farm and field and moving cattle in the afternoons. Feeling the mug in the air from an early summer coming.

Early evenings cooking food together and honoring their sources. Laughing and playing until our eyes were closing and sleeping in until you could smell the coffee brewing.

The taste of fresh cow’s milk. The smell of crimson strawberries. The scare of ticks on our skin.

That weeping willow.

The sweetness of old memories.

The looking forward’s


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How to Make Him Think You Have a Lover

Select from the following options:

  • Have flowers delivered to yourself and then thank your boyfriend for the thoughtful gesture.
  • Save your sister’s number under the name Paul H.
  • Appear lost in thought: sit by a window and stare into space.
  • Cry from time to time for no reason.
  • Don’t answer his calls; but send him gushing texts.
  • Shower frequently. Spend extra time in the bathroom.
  • Buy yourself some new lingerie or take up smoking again.


Excerpt from How to be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne, Audrey, Caroline and Sophie

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The Dev

New York City is truly the coolest little/big hub. A total cluster fudge of walks of life, story, taste. I love that at any given minute, you can meet the love of your life or, your new favorite cocktail.

Where: Antica Pesa, Williamsburg

What: The Dev, a magical sage and gin drink (and totally off the menu/secret!) by full time songstress, part time magical drink maker, Devon Rae



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Turquoise Seas

I remember leaning my head out in the wind, while driving along the high cliffs, day dreaming over turquoise seas of Amalfi.

I wondered about living off a lighthouse nearby and writing about the people from up high.
What I imagined their lives to be like, their hopes, their loves.

It’s probably why I fell for pretending to be a thousand personalities but longed for a place to belong to all at the same time. My parents believe the best gifts you give are trips to see the world and that’s what we did. I say they instilled in us a wonder for people and lust for places near and far.

How fitting that I would end up in a city like New York. Where one can pry, and disappear, all at the same time.



Image by Mike Perkins 

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Forest in a Bowl

Lately, I’ve been more mindful of the benefits of eating in. Not only do we reduce our carbon footprint by eating locally, seasonally, but also, we eat better 🙂 Cooking at home is a simple delight to share with the ones you love, and a tradition for better health, longevity and well-being.

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. And when I came across what looks like a forest in a bowl (veggies for breakfast? Yes please!) I was intrigued. Simple, delicious and packed with flavor, this recipe is a great green juice substitute that’s good for belly and skin.

Ingredients for 2

sea salt

1/4 pound leeks, white part only, finely chopped

1/4 pound baby spinach

4 spears of green asparagus

3 1/2 cups chicken stock

1 piece of kombu seaweed, approx. 0.7 ounce

1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder

1/2/ cup fresh or frozen baby peas

1 granny smith apple, skin on, cored and chopped into small cubes

How to

1. Bring a big pot of water to a boil and add a generous pinch of sea salt. Blanch the chopped leeks for 7 minutes and refresh in ice-cold water. Then blanch the spinach and asparagus for 1 minute each and refresh in ice-cold water.

2. Heat the stock with the kombu seaweed. Once it is simmering, take a few tablespoons of stock out and add it to a bowl with the matcha tea, little by little, while stirring. First you’ll have a thick paste, then add more stock until you have a runny mixture.

3. Add the peas to the pan of stock and heat for another 2 minutes, then add the leeks, spinach, asparagus, chopped apple, and the blended matcha tea. Discard the kombu. Remove the pan from the heat, stir, and serve.


Top London nutritionist Amelia Freer stands out for her love of nutrient dense recipes, hate for diet fads, and belief in the true healing powers of food. Get more of her recipes here.

Image and recipe from her cookbook, Cook. Nourish. Glow.