My kitchen confession

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Yes, this is my very own dinner plate. Chicken “nuggets” from applegate farms, frozen “brocky”, leftover sweet potato mash, and a glass of wine. Real classy.

It’s seemingly harder and harder to put somewhat healthy food on the table that both a 2 yr old and very picky 7 yr old will eat. When it comes down to me I just need to get on board sometimes.

Oh, how I’ve sometimes longed for those hipster, kale-loving kids who will eat the same as grown-ups but alas…that’s just not the case.

So to you I confess. Chicken nuggets can be my friend after a work day and two maniacs running around me while i cook in our tiny house.

To you I say, go ahead! Eat it if it’s easier. Enough of the culinary heroics!!

xo, Anne

Even Beazy can't believe i'm eating this crap!

Even Beazy can’t believe i’m eating this crap!

How I “did” the jeans….

Ever since Yomaira posted about our store “makeover” I’ve been asked repeatedly how I got my old Habitual skinny jeans distressed and bleached etc.

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Step 1: Find a jean that just needs an update. Preferably one that’s not so worn thin that it can withstand some abuse.

My 7 yr old Habitual skinny jeansGathered stitching.

Step 2: Decide where you want the bleaching or streaking and in those areas consider running a simple sewing stitch through to create gathering. (try to use synthetic thread but either will do). If you don’t care about a pattern or placement just throw those bad-boys in the tub/shower and get ready to bleach (“resist-dye”)

Step 3: I began using as prescribed on some crafting websites a solution of bleach/water of 1/10. I found that the high-quality of my Habitual denim (Same happened with my NSF by the way) was not allowing any change to happen! I gradually increased the bleach porportion until it was 1/1. I used a spray bottle at first but then eventually just found myself throwing the solution all over the jeans.

my supplies

my supplies

Step 4: Wait. I monitored carefully to make sure i didn’t go “too far” as i was using such a highly concentrated solution with bleach. I didn’t want to burn a hole in them (or did I….hmmm. next time!) I think I left it on at least 15 minutes but depending on the saturation of the original dye in the denim the time could be shorter.

Step 5: When I achieved the effect I wanted, i put the jeans in a bucket and used hydrogen peroxide as a “stop agent” to prevent further discoloring or even holes.

Lastly: I just washed alone on cold in the washing machine.

Oh, and as far as the paint splotches. You just have to get busy and do a little makeover on your own walls and undoubtedly you’ll get paint on yourself. Pretty silly.

There you go.

Tam’s world…(bigger and better!!)

Hi everyone!

As you’ve noticed our sweet Tamara is lugging around a little concoction for about 30 weeks now. Although shes’s growing by the minute, she hasn’t lost touch with fashion!

Stop by and witness her in all her pre-mommy gorgeousness. And know that THESE are her top picks of the week here at the shop!!

Thanks for your Picks, Tam!

Thanks for your Picks, Tam!

Star tee by “Shine”(in store only), Lace blouse by “Raquel Allegra”, Lace back tank from “Clu” (in store only)

(She’s obviously staying focused on her softer side while she prepares to be outnumbered by the boys!)

Working it in all Peper pieces!!

Working it in all Peper pieces!!

Stay tuned…

xo, Anne

City folks tryin’ to go country…

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Sadly, this is the mailbox of my good friend, Tommy,  and his family at their new upstate NY digs. We dared to visit Sunday and left this damage as our parting gift. I have no business out of my element clearly. Any suggestions for a great way to say “sorry”? (aside from a new mailbox)

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We had such a lovely time meeting his 7 and 12 yr old step-daughters and torturing the kittens. I hope we can do it again soon!

PS. Photo is AFTER we “fixed” it.

when animal (prints) attack – the peper & parlor edition

We’ve been busy buying fall clothes & shoes for the past few weeks. We’ve attended all the shows, visited all of our favorite showrooms, and labored for hours over what we’d like to show you next fall. It was all smooth sailing until Anne saw: THESE BAGS…

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Adriana and I were lucky to witness Anne’s instant attraction to the bags in their natural fashion habitat. The photos document the encounter and the subsequent struggle. Needless to say, the bags won and Anne is still obsessively planning a counter-attack.

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The dusty aftermath…(kind of adorable right?)

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xo, yomaira

peper & parlor makeover!

peper & parlor makeover!

getting tired of the same ol’ flowers? need a splash of something new? here’s a sneak peek into our petite makeover…

the ‘big sexy boss’ (anne) decided: enough is enough! she put on her painting pants, brought out the ladder, and got to work.

we are so excited!
we are officially getting a whole new look…
one. wall. at. a. time.

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keep a look out for updates soon!

xo!
peper girls

Post-buying feast at La Luncheonette…

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Worth a major mention is La Luncheonette in Chelsea. This French bistro has been around forever and has absolutely stood the test of time!  After 3 trade shows this week and looking at countless cashmere sweaters, skinny jeans, leather bombers, and fancy sweatpants (yes, on EVERYONE’S fall line) we decided to treat ourselves to a fabulous meal on the west side of Manhattan.

Our lovely hostess!!

Our lovely hostess!!

Melva, owner and wife of co-owner chef, was our hostess with the most-est! She clearly loves what she does and her customers (something I can relate to!!).

Our table had cassoulet, rack of lamb, frisee salad, steak au poivre, and a mushroom pate. Plus two bottles of cote de rhone and a fabulous chocolate dessert.

Where there's smoke there's fire!

Where there’s smoke there’s fire!

Here is where we brainstorm on cocktail napkins all our genius store plans and schemes.

From our table is where we were able to bribe Yomaira’s hubby, Tacuma, to come drive us home in exchange for a delicious take-out meal of roasted chicken.

On this kind of fun and productive night we know why we have all come to find ourselves working side-by side at Peper.

Come for the ambience, stay for the butter...

Come for the ambience, stay for the butter…

We even got a tour of the butter-chamber where they have stored the biggest block of what we were told was the fattiest butter available in the US.

Thanks La Luncheonette!! 130 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10011
at 18th St.

Simplified Living Experiment (lucky #7): Life since Sandy.

I’ve avoided writing about the storm because until now i really didn’t think it was something that anyone would want to hear about…what with us being displaced and the house being trashed and it just being such a sucky hard time. Only now do i feel like it’s almost behind us and i can see the good that came from it. The Simplified Living Experiment got real complicated-real quick. We had already edited our life down to as i describe to be “only what we wanted and needed” so we could live in one room. The new lesson learned was that is wasn’t all we wanted and it wasn’t even what we needed.

What we want is to be together. What we need is each other.

Me and the babies (now 7 and 2!!) Never had to separate and were able to stay safe, warm, and loved at our close friends house for 7 weeks. We also realized all we needed were those friends and countless others who stepped up and did anything they could to help us whether it be diapers, encouragement, money, plastic bins, quarters for laundry, or birthday gifts for the kids (both having birthdays in the days of the power being out). These are some pictures chronologically of the last few months.

Our front door 8:30am 10/30/12

Our front door 8:30am 10/30/12

Everything we THOUGHT we needed out for trash.

Everything we THOUGHT we needed out for trash.

Our "buffet" was typical to what you saw on every street in Hoboken.

Our “buffet” was typical to what you saw on every street in Hoboken.

We were more fortunate than many as we could begin renovating within 2 weeks

We were more fortunate than many as we could begin renovating within 2 weeks

Happy Birthday Beatrice!! Halloween 2012

Happy Birthday Beatrice!! Halloween 2012

Happy Birthday Arthur! 7 yrs and still so stylish in his custom-made pants given by 13 yr olds Tessa and Ava!

Happy Birthday Arthur! 7 yrs and still so stylish in his custom-made pants given by 13 yr olds Tessa and Ava!

Final day before moving back. Yes, we DID clean and seal the floor really well!!

Final day before moving back. Yes, we DID clean and seal the floor really well!!

This is what one of your IKEA carts looks like when you're rebuilding your home

Getting back to normal in the "new" kitchen area.

Getting back to normal in the “new” kitchen area.

Where we've been cooking up a storm ever since!

Where we’ve been cooking up a storm ever since!

First time wearing mittens!

First time wearing mittens!

Still trying to keep it colorful!

Still trying to keep it colorful!

Business as usual.

Business as usual.

Anne’s favorite 5…what i’m really wearing NOW!!

Calleen Cordero Marlena

Calleen Cordero Marlena $540

Wearing with skinny jeans or my new Raquel Allegra outfit for a night out..

All Things Fabulous "horsey" henley $89

All Things Fabulous “horsey” henley $89 IN STORE only!

NO Brainer. Jeans and my Frye carsons make this campy and fun!!

Raquel Allegra elegant lace...

Raquel Allegra elegant lace…$412

This is my favorite romantic but chic piece. I pair it with the flapper dress or jeans and a white tank!

Civilianaire rigid indigo denim...IN STORE only!

Civilianaire rigid indigo denim…IN STORE only!

I wear these when i need to feel a little tough…usually with my Gentleman tee!

Dream Collective enamel ring. $110

Dream Collective enamel ring. $110

Simple. Gorgeous. Everyday, everywhere! Found this line on the last west coast run and loving it ever since!

Thanks for reading!! Stop in the shop Monday-Friday 12-8 and on the weekends until 6.

Check us out online: www.peperandparlor.com

XOXO, Anne.

One more word about Prairie Underground….

Then I promise to drop it (at least for now)!

This is how I’m getting through the last month of winter….Organic cotton, soft french terry, tough enough to withstand the chill in the shop but cozy enough that i sometimes fall asleep in it at night!!

Back in stock:

Guenivere zipped hooded jacket from Prairie Underground.

Available in a few colors and worth a click to our site or a stop in to check it out!!!20130212_peper_0786l