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Meet Our Newest Tastemaker: Maureen Abood

14 Feb

Photo credit: Maureen Abood

We are thrilled to introduce you to our newest Tastemaker, Maureen Abood. Maureen is an award-winning blogger and author of the award-winning cookbook, Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh & Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen. Her recipes, stories, and products have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the LA Times, Saveur, Food & Wine, among many others.  We fell in love with not only her recipes, but her eye for details.

We asked Maureen to share one of her favorite recipes and she was quick to suggest her popular lebanese fattoush salad.

Photo credit: Maureen Abood

LEBANESE FATTOUSH SALAD

The recipe is printed with permission from Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen (Running Press 2015)

PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES
TOTAL TIME: 20 MINUTES
SERVINGS: 8
RECIPE BY: MAUREEN ABOOD

I could eat this salad every single day and still want more! See how it’s done in my video, right here! Get the Fattoush Kit for the vinaigrette here! Find the recipe for the pita chips here. You can add cucumbers and any other vegetables you have on hand to this salad. The more the merrier!

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INGREDIENTS

Photo credit: Maureen Abood

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. For the vinaigrette, in a small bowl whisk the lemon, pomegranate molasses, garlic, salt, 1 teaspoon of the Garlic Mint Salt, 1 teaspoon of the sumac, and olive oil until it is thoroughly combined.
  2. In your big salad bowl, combine the romaine, tomatoes, onion, radishes, and pita chips. Dress the salad with the vinaigrette, tossing it to evenly coat everything. Dust the fattoush with the remaining Garlic Mint Salt and sumac, fresh mint, and serve immediately.

Photo credit: Maureen Abood

You can find all of her recipes in her award-winning cookbook, Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh & Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen.

While Maureen is known for her cooking, we also think she has excellent taste in details.  As our Tastemaker, she has chosen classic, elegant personalized items that reflect her sense of style.  You can see all of her Tastemaker picks on our site and let them inspire you to create your own.

“I love to treat myself to personalized stationery every year for my birthday in February. The fun is spending some time selecting the style, fonts, paper and the ink colors, and then the little surprise when I receive them of how beautifully they turned out. This year I designed a heavy-weight letterpress flat card with a contrasting lined, addressed envelope. One of my favorite color combinations is green and blue, so when the set I ordered arrived in such happy colors with the artisan beauty of the letterpress and substantial weight of the card in hand . . . well, I can’t decide what’s better: getting to be the one to write on these stunning cards, or being a recipient of such a beautiful piece of stationery. It will be a pleasure to write my birthday thank-you notes, and the many lovely sentiments my people deserve in the year ahead.” ~ Maureen

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know a little about Maureen!  You can learn more about all of our Tastemakers on our site and their personalized picks.

XO,

Jennifer

 

Introducing our newest Tastemaker: Adriene Hester Staniszewski

9 May

We are excited to introduce you to our newest Tastemaker, Adriene Hester Staniszewski.  We just love her style and love of a monogram!  We adore how she stylized our Personalized  Navy Trimmed Weekender for her girls trip and her trip to Peru.

 

Besides her weekender bag, she has hand-picked her favorite personalized items from The Stationery Studio and why she loves them.  You can also keep up with Adriene on Instagram.

About Adriene

Adriene Hester Staniszewski has spent her entire career in the textile industry, specifically working in product development and sourcing for brands such as Mud Pie and Alternative Apparel. She has been a contributing blogger for Tervis Tumbler and Kate Aspen and has worked with other brands to provide social media content. She is passionate about home décor projects and has never met a monogram she didn’t love!

A Georgia native, she lives in Atlanta with her husband of five years, Ashton, and their Labradoodle, Olive.

Get to know our other Tastemakers and their favorite finds from The Stationery Studio!

XO,

Jennifer

Q & A with Tastemaker – Celebrity Stylist Tara Swennen

27 Jul

Tara Swennen

Meet our Tastemaker Tara Swennen!

Tara is a well-known celebrity stylist who is sought after in Hollywood for creating memorable looks. She has an impressive celebrity roster including Kristen Stewart, Julie Bowen, Connie Britton and Kaley Cuoco. She is always jetting around getting inspiration at the latest fashion shows including Chanel, Valentino and Marc Jacobs. Learn her celebrity stylist secret and enjoy getting to know a little more about Tara! And, get inspired by Tara’s gift recommendations from The Stationery Studio!

Instagram - Tara Swennen

Photos courtesy of Tara Swennen’s Instagram

Q.

What is your favorite thing about being a stylist?

A.

I love the freedom and creativity involved! The collaboration with your clients has a wonderful energy to it!

Q.

What is the one piece we all need this Fall?

A.

A great duster!

Q.

What is a stylist secret we could all use?

A.

Double stick tape and Preheels!

Q.

Who is your favorite designer?

A.

I don’t have one favorite but I’ve been doing a lot of fun stuff with Chanel recently.

Q.

What do you enjoy doing in your down time?

A.

Traveling and spending time with my family!