Art Deco

If given enough time all trends come back around. I am happy to say that a great trend from the roaring 20s is back now in the pandemic 20s… Art Deco

It really got me thinking about the history of Art deco and what is Art Deco so I decided to share with my readers because you may also be wondering.

I began researching Art Deco and I found that The Art Deco trend began in the 20s but became popular in the 30s, interesting not me for sure. Art Deco started in architecture and construction and quickly moved to fashion, accessories and decor.

Art Deco is defined as a style of visual arts architecture and design first appearing in France before WWI

Art Deco began its great influence in 1920 influencing the design of buildings, furniture, fashion, jewelry, cars, movie theaters, trains, boats, and even in everyday items like radios and vacuum cleaners.

Art Deco was a symbol of glamour and luxury! Everyone had to have it in whatever way they could get it even if it was a necklace or a chair in their living room.

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Art deco is Bold geometric forms, Bright colors, and exotic styles

I LOVE this about it BOLD, BRIGHT, EXOTIC, WOW that is so cool, not to mention the symbol of glamour and luxury(insert heart eye emoji here!)

You can see examples of Art Deco when you travel to NYC or Chicago or any other major city for that matter

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Skyscrapers that were built in the 20s and 30s exhibited Art Deco style; Empire State Building, Chrysler building, and 30 Rockefeller Plaza(30Rock) among many others.

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I took a trip to Minneapolis for my graduation at Capella and saw a lot of Art Deco in the architecture design of the buildings

During the great depression art deco became a lot less extravagant because the building materials became too expensive (thankfully all of the gorgeous skyscrapers were already built by this time)

New cheaper materials were developed and Art Deco trend continued on

Important to note that Art Deco is not a single style, but rather a collection of different contradictory styles together.

With Park Lane we have a decade design very reminiscent of the roaring 20s and art deco

xoxo

Danielle

Oh So good Baked spaghetti

Now I have never been a fan of spaghetti like even when I was little.

It just makes such a mess(well I do anyway, I never mastered spaghetti twirling)

I saw some recipes for baked spaghetti and I thought hmmmm may want to give this a try

So I took a few recipes and added some ingredients of my own and came up with this recipe and man oh man it is oh so good!

Oh So good Baked spaghetti

Recipe by The Closet cookCourse: MainCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

10

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

45

minutes

Ingredients

  • 16 oz cooked spaghetti noodles

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 5 tablespoons butter

  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning

  • 1 clove garlic minced

  • 1 8 Oz cream cheese softened

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese

  • 1 pound Italian sausage (mild or spicy… your choice)

  • 1 large jar of marinara sauce

  • 2 cups of mozzerella cheese

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease a 9X13 casserole dish
  • Cook spaghetti noodles until almost tender
  • Whisk eggs with Parmesan cheese and melted butter
  • Let noodles cool off
  • Toss egg and cheese mixture with cooked noodles (don’t put egg mixture into piping hot noodles or you will have scrambled eggs)
  • Place noodles into casserole dish
  • Combine; Italian seasoning, garlic, ricotta cheese, cream cheese
  • Combine cooked meat and jar of marinara
  • Spread cream cheese/ricotta/ seasoning mixture over noodles
  • Spread sauce over the cheese
  • Top with mozzarella
  • Bake for 45 minutes
  • Remove from oven and let sit for 5-10 minutes
  • Serve with garden salad, cole slaw, garlic bread
  • Enjoy

Let us know if you try this recipe by commenting below

Effortless layering

Park Lane makes styling jewelry so much fun and easy!

I love going to my jewelry display and being able to grab a necklace that is pre-layered grab an instant arm party using on of our bracelet sets and throw on a cute pair of earrings… I am ready to go!

I, like many of you don’t have hours to get ready nor do I want to spend hours getting ready.

Also not a big morning person the last thing I need or want is to have to make a decision with my jewelry. Park Lane takes all the guesswork out of getting ready!

I have 6 easy ready to go looks below

6 effortless layered looks

Do you have a Park Kane stylist?

If not I would love to help you

Comment below or go here to see the site

Xoxo

Danielle

Remember what you represent

When in business for yourself, whether that be ETSY shop owner, a Brick and mortar store or a direct seller, you must remember that you represent your company, your product, your brand 24/7 365 days per year. Yes, you may go on vacation but even then you are representing your brand.

This reminds me of growing up and I never wanted to do anything that disappointed my family, I represented my family when I left the house, I wanted to be on my best behavior. The same feeling I have now as I represent my company, my products, my brand, my business.

This does not only apply to physically but also virtually.

How does one represent their company physically? Well if you are in Makeup, clothing, jewelry, accessories business you will want to wear your product or use your product everyday. Anytime you leave your house you will want to be at your best, not leaving the house in PJs (sorry those days are gone, I never understood wearing pajamas out of your home, pajamas are for bed, that is just me.)

Making sure your makeup is on and looking nice, not overdone like you are going to a cocktail event, making sure your outfit is looking nice not wrinkly not too baggy not too tight, looking professional(when I say professional I am not saying to wear a blazer and dress pants everyday or dresses everyday or suits everyday, you can look professional in jeans and a tee shirt).

Making sure that you are utilizing your products in such a way they are being highlighted in your wardrobe, you want the attention to be placed on them so that conversations can take place around your products!

How can you represent virtually?

This is going to get a little touchy, I do not mean any disrespect but this is the truth. We have to watch how we act, how we react, how we respond and what we post on social media.

When was the last time you looked at your news feed? I mean really looked at it? I do at least once per month but sometimes more often.

Scroll back through your news feed, what are you posting? The content of your posts is what you care most about. You should see some business posts, some personal posts, some fun posts, some serious posts. When scrolling through your news feed you should not see all political posts, all current event posts, all re-posts(when you re post something someone already posted somewhere else, like on twitter, youtube, facebook or instagram).

Authentic

What did you feel when you just read that word? (Authentic)

When posting on social media you need to be authentic, be yourself, be positive.

I know that life is not all rainbows and unicorns and we should not portray a lie but we should also never be all doom and gloom all the time, we should view our news feed as a special place that our followers can escape our chaotic reality.

If you are a Christian by all means post Christian posts, Bible verses, motivational quotes, your favorite hymms or songs, 100% of your news feed should not be this though.

We like to use the 80/20 rule- 80% is personal and 20% is business

I like to split the 80% personal and 40% of my news feed is faith based, 40% may be my food, my outfit, quotes, memories shared, what is happening in my life… while 20% is business related: products, sales, tips, opportunities…

Sometimes my news feed is not balanced exactly that way, this is why routine review is crucial.

We have all un-followed that annoying person, you know you have. That person who only posts doom and gloom those eeyores of your life, on the contrary we all have those who are so happy all the time it feels fake, those tigers of your life. I say we all need to strive to be Pooh bear, he was positive but was realistic too , of course you may have a sad day share it if you feel, we all have something that we feel strongly about that is controversial; Politics, religion, abortion, Black lives matter, violence, pandemic, trafficking, immigrants…. (the list could go on and on) Post what you feel strongly about just don’t let that be the only thing that shows up on your news feed.

Remember that you are the face of your business and what do you wish to portray, if you want positivity if you want happy if you want beauty then don’t focus all of your attention on the negative things in life.

Major businesses like Macys, Walmart Target… pay lots of money to look good their advertisers and marketers work a full time job to keep the face of their company spotless and attractive to consumers like you and me.

We that are in business for ourselves don’t have advertisers and marketers we are the face of our business and we need to keep our business spotless and attractive to consumers.

XoXo

Danielle

Beefy Enchilada Soup

I Love enchiladas and I love soup so why not enchilada soup. I have had chicken enchilada soup before but I decided I would like to try to make it with taco meat.

Who doesn’t love soup I mean it is like a big hug in a bowl right on those chilly nights?

Oh this is so yummy and it really warms up nicely too as with most soups this recipe makes a lot of soup!

Beefy Enchilada Soup

Recipe by The Closet cook
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

45

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef

  • 20 oz red enchilada sauce

  • 4 cups of chicken broth

  • taco seasoning for 1 lb of meat

  • 1 jalapeno seeded

  • 1 medium onion diced

  • 2 cloves garlic minced

  • salt and black pepper to taste

  • 1-15 oz can pinto beans rinsed

  • 1-15 oz can black beans rinsed

  • 1 can green chiles

Directions

  • In a soup pot saute butter, onion, garlic, jalapenos, and green chiles set aside(place in a bowl or on a plate)
  • add ground beef cook until brown and cooked through remove any excess grease and add taco seasoning packet
  • add onions, garlic, jalapenos, green chilies back to the ground beef stir in to incorporate
  • add chicken broth and bring to a boil
  • add rice and cook according to package directions
  • add cans beans to soup and simmer 10 minutes
  • serve with cheese, sour cream, guacamole, salsa, chips, green onions
  • enjoy

Enjoy this soup? Let us know if you try this recipe by commenting below

Trendy yet Timeless

How can this be? You are probably thinking right now, How can you be trendy yet be timeless?

Well in fashion girlfriend if you wait long enough trends come back around to being in style! for example Bell bottom jeans.

Bell Bottom jeans became popular in the 60s and then came back around in the 70s again for a short time and then again in the 80s and then in the 90s and 2000s and now here we are in 2020 and they are back!

I was in middle school when I got my first pair of bell bottom jeans, I can still remember the chunky boots and the navy and orange stripe sweater I wore with them. Bell bottoms were the must have item in everyone’s wardrobe.

Now 20 years later yea I was in middle school in 1997-1999 bell bottoms are back in style!!!! (No I don’t still have my first pair I have grown quite a bit since then)

With jewelry; Gold, silver, rose gold and hematite is always in style no matter what season or year you are in. The style of the jewelry comes and goes, right now in jewelry we are seeing Big statement pieces being worn with everyday jeans and t-shirts, big hoops, art deco looks (reminiscent of the roaring 20s)

Something that is very trendy right now is animal print, tiger, snake, leopard/ cheetah. I am seeing it everywhere from Gucci to Kate Spade to Park Lane. How to keep the Animal print timeless is to use it as an accent, not too overdone don’t make it your main look rather an accent so a necklace or a bracelet or earrings but not all three.

Knowing this should make shopping for your jewelry easier knowing that you can wear it over and over season after season.

I really do think this is why style experts say that your jewelry and accessories should be 80% of your wardrobe budget!

Check out the brand new October Sparkle Box(Oh my word it just keeps getting better!!!)

Do you know what the sparkle box is?

It is Park Lanes Autoship program- you know those fun surprise boxes that show up at your doorstep or mailbox, yes Park lane has a fun sparkle box that shows up in your mailbox

We have 2 options

the regular box includes one piece of gorgeous jewelry for $24.00 that is worth $80.00(it is a surprise)

We also have

The premium box that includes 2 pieces of gorgeous jewelry for $39.00 that is worth $160.00(a surprise)

You can sign up by going here

You may be thinking well yes I love the photos you are sharing but what happens if I don’t like what is sent?

I have now received 7 boxes and I have loved every single one of them some more than others but I have worn every piece several times… LOVE IT!!!!

If you don’t happen to love a piece or both… gift it to a friend, share the sparkle…share the smiles!!! 🙂

XoXo

Danielle

Chicken sandwich at home

2020 has caused us to do a lot of things we wouldn’t typically do, like cook everything at home.

I have loved every minute of experimenting in the kitchen and trying to develop new recipes!

So I keep seeing these advertisements for Popeyes chicken sandwich and you know the controversy that surrounds that don’t you?

Guess what I have never tried a popeyes chicken sandwich…gasp!!! I know it is crazy isn’t it, sadly we don’t have a Popeyes close to us.

I began looking for recipes for chicken batter and decided to give this one a try of course I made it my own

Chicken sandwich at home

Recipe by The Closet CookDifficulty: Medium
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes

Restaurant quality chicken sandwich at home!

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts cut in half

  • Canola oil 48 oz

  • Chicken marinade
  • 1 cup butter milk

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1 tsp Garlic powder

  • 1 tsp black pepper

  • 1 tsp salt

  • chicken breading
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1 tsp Garlic powder

  • 1 tsp black pepper

  • 1 tsp salt

Directions

  • Place the cut chicken breast between parchment paper and pound out until 1/2 inch thick
  • Get a gallon zip lock bag open and put the contents of the marinade
    buttermilk, spices. Close the bag and shake well until everything is mixed properly
  • Add chicken breasts to the bag and let marinade for 24 hours
  • In a shallow dish whisk together the spices(paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper) along with the flour and cornstarch
  • Remove the chicken from the bag and dredge in the flour, pressing the flour into the chicken
  • In a deep skillet or pan bring the canola oil to the temperature of 350 degrees
  • Gently place chicken in the hot oil and cook for 4 minutes
  • Then gently flip the chicken breast over in the hot oil and cook for another 4 minutes
  • Remove from oil lay on a towel to absorb the access oil
  • Toast your brioche buns
  • Dress the sandwich the way you like: I put a slice of cheese, spicy mayo, pickles. You can definitely put lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, mayo, mustard, hot sauce, bbq… whatever you like!

Notes

  • Serve with french fries, salad, or potato chips and enjoy!

Enjoy hope you get to try this recipe soon… Tell us by commenting below

Elevated Chicken Noodle Soup

It is definitely soup weather here in WV and I am here for it! I could not wait to bust out my cute Pioneer woman soup bowls to enjoy a bowl of comfort!

Elevated Chicken noodle soup

Recipe by The closet cookCourse: Main dish, soup, comfort foodDifficulty: Easy
Servings

10

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

2

hours 

25

minutes
Total time

2

hours 

40

minutes

A fun take on traditional Chicken and noodle soup. This soup is constructed the exact same way except instead of using egg noodles we use cheese tortellini for the noodle component and we add cream for that creamy component, this is very reminiscent of chicken and dumplings too, comfort in a bowl!

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts

  • 24 oz cheese tortellini

  • 18 cups of Chicken broth

  • 1.5 cups of heavy cream

  • 1 medium onion diced

  • 2 carrots shredded

  • 3 stalks of celery diced

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • Shaved Parmesan

  • Texas toast (garlic) baked and cut into cubes

Directions

  • In a large stock pot saute onions, celery add chicken broth bring to a boil
    add chicken and return to a boil reduce heat and simmer until chicken is tender(approx. 2.5 hours)
  • remove chicken from broth and shred chicken
  • add shredded carrots to the broth and add shredded chicken back to the broth bring to a boil
  • add tortellini to broth and chicken and bring to a boil and cook until almost tender(approx 5 minutes)
  • add 1.5 cups of heavy cream to soup stir and bring to a boil
  • reduce heat and simmer until ready to serve
  • ladle into your favorite soup bowl top with shaved parmesan and garlic toast croutons

Notes

  • Warms up nicely for left overs any day of the week, you may find that your soup thickens up if you wish you can add some more chicken broth or more cream to thin it out.

I hope you enjoy this soup when you fix it for your family, this is a large recipe but you could split it in half for a smaller pot but it warms up beautifully and makes great leftovers for days to come. Store in air tight container in the refrigerator for 3 days.

XoXo

Danielle