{H&M} Isabel Marant Locations

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Are you ready CA? The following CA H&M locations below will be carrying Isabel Marant for H&M starting tomorrow November 14th, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. local time, and online at 12:00 EST:

8580 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood CA 90069
United States

Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90067
United States

South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa CA 92626
United States

Santana Row
3055 Olin Ave
San Jose CA 95128
United States

Beverly Center
8500 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles CA 90048
United States

Fashion Valley Mall
7007 Friars Road
San Diego CA 92108
United States

150 Powell Street
San Francisco CA 94102
United States

Americana at Brand
891 Americana Way
Glendale CA 91210
United States

I was able to check on the above locations by using the H&M Store Locator:
Select Search by city/state > Use pull down menus to select state (and/or city) > A filter should appear > Select Isabel Marant for H&M filter > Locations should appear to the select participating stores.   You can always call your local H&M to double check if the above store locator doesn’t work (as it took a few tries myself).

All the details on how to shop tomorrow.  Good Luck!

Buttermilk Pancakes


Homemade pancake is simple and delicious.  A few years back,  I was introduced to buttermilk pancake.  After tasting my first bite of buttermilk pancake, I immediately noticed the rich flavor that lacked in a regular pancake, and I was hooked.  I could not go back to making ‘regular’ pancake, especially using the pre-mix pancake packages.

In my search for a buttermilk pancake recipe, I wanted to find a recipe that explained the (culinary) ‘art’ of what makes buttermilk pancake taste more flavor than regular pancake.   It was important for me (the biochemist in me) to understand how the buttermilk  interacts with the other ingredients, and what gives the little round cakes the light fluffy texture and flavorful taste.  I scoured the web to find a recipe and to my delight I stumbled onto ‘Buttermilk Pancakes:  It’s easy to make the ultimate pancake’. In this blog, the author breaks the recipe from the basic recipe, cooking, eating, making them fun (adding more ingredients), going for perfection (tips on taking the pancakes to the next level), to when disaster strikes (say you are out of an ingredient – don’t panic).

I experimented with the original recipe and came up with my version (that I have shared with others who tasted and loved my homemade buttermilk pancakes):

The ‘Wet’ ingredients

  • 1 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter – use microwave
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla

The ‘Dry’ ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda (make sure it’s not 3 years old…)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Take the egg and buttermilk out of the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature.  Proceed with the following instructions from the original recipe:

  • Put the wet and dry ingredients into separate bowls.  Whisk each one lightly.  Add roughly half of the dry mix into the wet and whisk smooth, not too long. Add the remainder of the dry mix and barely whisk together. Make sure all of the flour is mixed in. You don’t want to beat this too much as it strengthens the gluten in the flour and makes the pancakes tougher. Don’t worry, you can’t screw this up; just don’t put it in an electric mixer and let it run forever…
  • If possible, let the batter rest for a few minutes to allow the baking soda and baking powder to perform their magic. This will make for airier pancakes.
  • NOTE:The batter should be fairly thick, not runny. The perfect batter should pour onto the fry pan and not move much; it should only require a few taps of the measuring cup to spread it out.  A few readers have commented that they get runny batters and this is most likely due to thin buttermilk.  If this happens don’t worry, just add a bit more flour, a few tablespoons at a time until it thickens up. Don’t be afraid to add flour to thicken up the batter!
  • A simple non-stick fry pan is all you need. Heavier is better as it spreads the heat, prevents burning, and browns the pancakes nicely. Heat the pan on the lowest setting on your stove top as it is easy to burn pancakes. If you have an electric skillet, set it to 325°F.

The original recipe provides lots of useful tips in ‘Cooking the pancakes’.

As a mother to busy boys, I do not always have the time to make those perfect buttermilk pancakes every morning.  Instead, I make a few batch and then freeze them. To prevent the stacks of pancakes from sticking together in the freezer, I use parchment paper to separate each pancake.  Simply store the stacks of pancakes in a Ziploc freezer bag.


For those mornings where I am challenged with time, I simply take the individual round cakes and put them in the toaster.  In less than 5 mins., buttermilk pancakes are served. No complaints from anyone as the pancakes taste just as fresh.




MORNING Pancakes.

I think I surprised Mikey with a handful of home-made buttermilk pancakes!

My boys love home-made buttermilk pancakes.  To make these tasty little cakes light and fluffy, the recipe calls for some ingredients, like the buttermilk, to be at room temperature – which can eat up a lot of prep time.  I enjoy my lazy Sunday (or any) mornings and want to enjoy my ‘cake’ too.  I’ve found that making a batch load of buttermilk pancakes and freezing them is the way to go.  On any mornings, I just take the frozen buttermilk pancakes and pop them in my toaster.   In less than 5 minutes they are ready for my boys – and just as good.  Morning pancakes!

Recipe and tips on storing home-made buttermilk pancakes for the next posting.

{H&M} Isabel Marant: Oh la la. A French Touch.

Get ready if you like bohemian and effortless tomboy chic, and you know who Isabel Marant is.   You will be happy to know that Isabel Marant for H&M will be available in select stores November 14th, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. local time, and online at 12:00 EST.  Her collection for H&M includes selection not only for Ladies but also for Men, Girls, and Boys.

Isabel Marant is new to me, but her style speaks to me.  Not only do I love the mix of bohemian and tomboy style,  I like that she uses quality blends of cotton, linen, silk, and wool.

A quick peek for the Ladies:

Lace Top

Lace Top $99


Silk Blouse

Silk Blouse $69.95


Wool Sweater

Wool Sweater $129


Although this Wool Cardigan sweater is listed under Men’s Sweaters & Cardigans, it is also versatile and effortless ‘tomboy chic’ for Ladies:

Wool Cardigan $149

Wool Cardigan $149


What are you eyeing?

RSVP Ready: ModCloth Dresses

The scariest month of the year has past.  By that I mean the month where dressing up to look scary is pretty cool.

Hello November!  Get ready to RSVP to parties that beg a new dress or two.  One of my favorite vintage and retro cool loves, ModCloth.com, is having a 20% off party dresses.   Just a few picks:

Cerise to the Occasion Dress

Cerise to the Occasion Dress $159.99 ($127.99 20% off!)


Good as Golden Dress

Good as Golden Dress $79.99 ($63.99 20% off!)


Have the Dance Floor Dress $119.99 ($95.99 20% off!)

Have the Dance Floor Dress $119.99 ($95.99 20% off!)


American Glamstand Dress $147.99 ($117.99 20% off!)

American Glamstand Dress $147.99 ($117.99 20% off!)







Monday GILT – FREE.

Happy Monday.

If you are not familiar with GILT.com, it is a shopping online type of social deals providing ‘FLASH’ sales of top designer labels, at up to 60% off retail.   Gilt has something new  every day for women, men, kids and home as well as exclusive local services and experiences.  If you know GILT, carry on Monday Gilt shopping!

Let me not bore you with ‘Gilt’, but if you love FREE PEOPLE, check Gilt.com as they are having FREE PEOPLE deals.    Here is a peek at their sales:


Free People The James Shirt-Dress $49 Gilt

Free People The James Shirt-Dress $49


Free People Fantasy Fringe Jersey Top $45

Free People Fantasy Fringe Jersey Top $45


Free People Snap Button Sweater-Jacket $89 Gilt

Free People Snap Button Sweater-Jacket $89


Free People Candy Yoke Linen Top $69

Free People Candy Yoke Linen Top $69


Free People Toggle Button Duffle Coat $159

Free People Toggle Button Duffle Coat $159


Free People Military Peacoat $139

Free People Military Peacoat with Embellished Sleeves $139