Tuesday, August 31, 2010
let's be honest. some of us don't know hebrew because we never studied it and others have studied it but still don't know it. regardless, the jewess tongue should speak the holy language lavishly, so let's start at the beginning. i mean, who wouldn't enjoy prancing around the plaza with an israeli style eloise. and if she lets, maybe you'll even follow her along to paris (you may need your dictionary for this one). just take your favorite childhood book and see if there's a hebrew edition available. many, including good night moon and the giving tree, are available at amazon.com. but even more are out there, so just keep googling. just don't jump into the hebrew harry potter. be forewarned, you will have to decipher the hebrew from the wizard language (in hebrew) - not so simple for a muggle!
Posted by miss jewess at 12:12 AM
Monday, August 30, 2010
i know you've been holding on to your ballet flats for years, but it's time to rise to new heights. the heels should be going up, and in a big way. take a few inches at a time and add a small platform if you're a little wobbly. if you are new at this, go for the classic peep toed pump for fall. if you're ready to flaunt those feet, i recommend newport news's new silver leather metallic clogs (available at newportsnews.com). the studs around the perimeter make this classic look more contemporary. and with grey being the "it" color this fall, these are the perfect pair. when dressing, it is a mitzvah to put the right shoe on first. the book of leviticus (the third book of the torah) has a number of phrases giving preference to the right side of the body. there is also kabbalistic significance to the right side symbolizing chesed (giving). so start your day off on the right foot!
Posted by miss jewess at 12:05 AM
Friday, August 27, 2010
i know these just look like glamourous salt shakers, but these have been elevated both physically and spiritually. adorned with platinum and semi precious stones, l'objet's handmade objects have been transformed into lavish tableware. when used on shabbat, they are sanctified even higher, into holy vessels containing the salt that is customarily eaten with our challah. why salt? salt was offered in the temple with every sacrifice so we want to keep this tradition shaking. it is used because it never spoils, which is symbolic of our eternal relationship with G-d. It also enhances the taste of our food, just as we want to enhance our relationship with G-d. so the next time you eat salt with your bread, think about your relationship with G-d, enhance it, and beautify l'objet with l'objet.
Posted by miss jewess at 12:52 PM
Thursday, August 26, 2010
what if i told you that you could take a mitzvah and make it sparkle (literally!). now you can with designer devora libin's handcrafted mezuzah cases available at devoralibin.com. decorate you doorway with her swarovski crystal embellished mezuzah cases encrusted with gorgeous patterns and prints. check out "the katz meow" with a leopard pattern made with over 800 crystals and an amethyst colored hebrew letter shin. these beautiful mezuzahs will surely bring the light of the mitzvah into your home. just don't forget to buy and insert the klaf (the actual mezuzah parchment inscribed with specific verses from the torah). you need a kosher klaf on every doorpost (minus the bathroom) to fulfill the mitzvah of mezuzah (available at most judaica stores). so be sure to get a mezuzah for every doorway - we don't want any to be jealous!
Posted by miss jewess at 12:09 AM
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
i know it isn't a jewess tradition to have something blue on your wedding day, but blue has significance in judaism too. signifying purity, depth, and divinity (to name a few), having the right blue item may actually enhance your day. the folks at feldheim publishers have come out with a baby blue book of psalms (poems written by king david), that are customarily recited by a jewess bride on her wedding day (available at judaism.com). brides should also say prayers of forgiveness because the wedding day is a rebirth. we pray for forgiveness for all our sins, and we are forgiven and start fresh as a new complete unit with our husband. when we walk down the aisle and circle our future husband, G-d is with us, and he is close. take this time to pray strong and hard for yourself, your husband, your marriage, your future children, and all that is important to you. prayer is one of the most important elements of our wedding day so do it with love, speak your heart out to G-d, and use a prayer book that makes you feel bridal, to separate this day and these prayers from all others.
Posted by miss jewess at 12:02 AM
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
looking to line your walls with torah? if every corner isn't already covered with torah books, use the extra real estate for some jewish themed art. when looking for art try to be original. purchase something that reflects your personal style but isn't that same print that everyone has. i know this may seem expensive but it doesn't have to be. check out etsy.com, where everything is handmade and anyone can showcase their work. since you are purchasing directly from the artist, prices are lower. you may even find a piece you love from an artist that isn't well known. just search for "jewish" under the art category and some interesting works will come up. be sure to check frequently as artist are constantly creating new art. if you're a real colorful jewess, think about creating your own masterpiece, even if it's your first time. trust me, know one will know!
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Monday, August 23, 2010
there is a jewess custom to beautify ourselves for the holidays. while many of us spend weeks to find a new outfit for every meal, totally unnecessary! sometimes, more is more, but this time, go for less. there are so many ways to renew your rosh hashana wardrobe. i'm obviously talking about accessories. they can make or break you so be careful. find something that makes you feel like you and also play on this seasons trend of mixed media. we've worn the flowery jeweled headbands (totally over but still adorable) and seen the crystal and fabric bib necklaces (kudos if you've worn them), but try something that holds the trend without being too trendy. you can approach the brooch or jump right in. for those willing to take the risk, check out express's beautifully adorned oversized brooch made of fabric and rhinestones. the statement is both bold and subtle since the color palette is dark but sparkly. pair it with a black sweater jacket or long jersey vest. just keep the rest of the look simple and classic and you'll be the apple of someone's eye.
Posted by miss jewess at 12:48 AM
Sunday, August 22, 2010
vuitton is strutting it, jacobs is posing it, chloe is clothing it and cameras are clicking it. the calf-grazing skirts are back, finally! whether you dress according to traditional jewish law or you just like treading the latest trends, this season, you won't have trouble covering those knees. this skirt is here and has already been picked up by more affordable retailers including zara. mostly being shown in grey and brown wools, the skirts are full of fabric and volume. since the skirts are coming down, make sure the heels are going up. pair yours with some patent beige pumps or tight sleek knee high boots. thank you louis! (photo courtesy of imaxtree)
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Friday, August 20, 2010
this year, rosh hashana (which is two days) goes straight into shabbat. that gives us three days in a row where, according to jewish law, we are not permitted to apply regular makeup (because we are not permitted to color on shabbat and certain holidays). to keep those lashes long and lasting, i recommend using loreal carbon black waterproof mascara (before the holiday - it will last for all three days). i have tried many mascaras and this one is my top pick, both for shabbat and holidays, and for everyday use (for everyday, non-waterproof is recommended). the secret to making your lashes look extra volumimous: apply lots and lots of layers. someone will be sure to catch your eye!
Posted by miss jewess at 12:20 PM
Thursday, August 19, 2010
many of us are familiar with dipping apples in honey for a sweet year. this year, take some time to elevate your rosh hashana table with a presentation that will be sure to sweeten more than your apple. when setting the table, prepare each setting with the bread and butter plate (the little plate we often use for fish). squeeze a few squirts of honey on each plate (so it makes a circle) and top it with a lady finger apple (they look like mini apples and can be found at many grocery and produce stores). voila. thank you my lady! before eating the apples and honey be sure to say the blessing: Barukh ata Ado-nai Eloheinu Melekh ha‑olam, bo're p'ri ha‑etz. the translation: blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, who creates the fruit of the ground.
Posted by miss jewess at 11:31 AM
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
when preparing the customary gifts for your bridesmaids, put thought into the presents' packaging. it's a divalicious day for them too so give them a bridesmaid brag bag. many of the wedding websites have them, but my favorites are the pink totes (by port and co) stamped with the word "bridesmaid" in black with a coinciding image (available at target.com). fill it with your precious gift(s) and let the bag keep on giving. perfect for the beach or books, your bridesmaids will feel honored toting their title everywhere. also available for the maid-of-honor and the bride. so don't forget to get one for yourself to carry all your wedding day necessities. you won't want to feel left out! here come the bridesmaids!
Posted by miss jewess at 10:07 AM
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
there is a jewish concept that your hebrew name, given to you shortly after your birth, is your essence and has divine inspiration. if you have a hebrew name, learn more about it, what it means, and who and what it represents. you may come to better understand yourself and your traits. if you were never given a hebrew name, don't worry, you still have an essence. just meet with your local rabbi and together you can choose a name and and make it official (contact us if you need help finding a rabbi). once you better understand who you are, you may feel like wearing yourself on your sleeve, or in this case, on your heart. Sima Gilady designs sterling silver disks hand stamped with your hebrew name. each necklace can also be adorned with a bead or crystal to give it that femine "ess" touch. necklaces can be purchased at simagilady.com. wear your name proud.
Posted by miss jewess at 1:04 PM
Monday, August 16, 2010
the more precious and valuable something is, the more we safeguard, cover and protect it, right? think about it. do you keep your fine jewelry lying around the house, or is it resting in a velvet lined jewelry box? what about your synagogue's torah scrolls? i bet they are covered with embroidered velvet, gold crowns, adorned with jewels and placed behind an elaborate satin or velvet curtain. now think about how we protect our most precious gift, our bodies. we are more valuable than any jewel, yet we don't always treat ourselves that way. the next time you are buying clothes, think about wrapping yourself up more modestly and also more beautifully (all jewish women are queens)! need help? teri jon often has modest high fashion pieces in her line. for a fall fabulous gown check out www.terijon.com. her slogan says it all: "a woman's body is a gift and teri jon is the wrapping."
Posted by miss jewess at 2:11 PM
Sunday, August 15, 2010
if you haven't yet gone "bananas" over rachel's zoe's line of faux fur vests, it's about time. with your fall wardrobe starting to line up, the new silver style (choices also include chinchilla, black, and red fox) will stand right out! every season needs that one "i die" item that can be worn with everything and always look chic. for those of you who don't know the zoe, rachel is a celebrity stylist turned reality tv star turned designer. with the help of qvc, now almost everyone can enjoy her fabulous line. so go to qvc.com for the latest styles and tune into bravo tv for the latest season of the rachel zoe project. if this jewess can vest, so can the rest!
Posted by miss jewess at 12:19 AM
Friday, August 13, 2010
turn on the magical shabbat light. i know it was the coolest 80's toy, but it also has a really practical shabbat message. shabbat candles have a lot of spiritual significance, but one of the reasons why we light them does have to do with their bright light. going back in time, without shabbat candles, those jews observing shabbat would have had a difficult time seeing around their home (and this could have caused a lot of stubbed toes). so we light to bring not only spiritual, but also physical peace throughout our homes. brighten your home tonight, light shabbos candles, and continue to illuminate your elul. lighting the candles are one of the three main mitzvot (commandments) given to women, so after we light and say the prayer (listed below), this is a very special time for us to be closer to G-d (and he is closer to us). so take this time for personal prayers and conversation with G-d, he is really listening. here is the blessing you say after you light the shabbat candles:
Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu Melekh ha‑olam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu l'hadlik ner shel Shabbat.
Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu Melekh ha‑olam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tzivanu l'hadlik ner shel Shabbat.
Posted by miss jewess at 2:17 PM
Thursday, August 12, 2010
i know how ambitious you get when your friends' birthdays arrive, but it isn't always easy to bake that perfect happy birthday cake. we know you do something with eggs, and there is also frosting and of course you want to decorate it with pink icing and rainbow sprinkles, but...where's the cake! (remember that scene from sleeping beauty when the fairies try to bake?) so take out your wand, make a wish, and poof, the cake of your dreams has arrived at the birthday girl's doorstep. bake me a wish has made it almost that easy. it is one of the few kosher online bakeries and the cakes are actually decadent and delicious (tried and tasted personally). after all that hard work, you may need one for yourself. well lucky you, you get 10% off when you buy two or more cakes. now that's a happy birthday! www.bakemeawish.com
Posted by miss jewess at 12:53 AM
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
the french manicure gives the finishing touch to just about every look, but sometimes you don't want to spend the time or money at the nail salon. now you can always be perfectly polished with sally hansen's french manicure white tip pen (imagine a paint marker with white nail polish inside). i recommend a coat of essie's ballet slipper, then your white tips, then another coat of ballet slipper and voila, a ten minute manicure. the pen is great for touch ups too. and trust me, not hard. you may need to practice a little before you flaunt your fingers but you will be meticulously manicured before you know it!
Posted by miss jewess at 10:15 AM
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
everyone wants perfect skin, but who knows what products to use. it just so happens that the best skin products i have tried are made by sabon, a company that was started by a couple in the backyard of their farming town in israel. using natural herbs, flowers, oils, and properties from the dead sea, the products make your skin glow. with all the tantalizing choices, let me help you get started. for the body, you must try the patchouli lavender vanilla shower oil. the smell alone will make you melt (i'm not kidding). this combo of shower gel and essential oils will cleanse your body but also give you the moisture we don't always apply (don't worry it goes on smooth but not greasy). looking for something to keep your face fresh, clean, and young? the seaweed cleanser is your pick, especially if you are a makeup wearer or sometimes get breakouts. the seaweed (which is high in vitamin a) also helps prevent wrinkles. for those of us not living in israel, there is no longer a need to stock up your suitcase with these delicious delicacies. sabon products are available in the states too so visit http://sabonnyc.com/, or find your local retailer (sabon currently has stores in new york, boston and chicago). i would tell you that the products make great gifts, but once you buy them it's hard to let them go (i haven't been able to)!
Posted by miss jewess at 10:37 AM
Monday, August 9, 2010
the jewish month of elul begins tonight. this month, the 30 days before rosh hashana, is our time to prepare. it's our time to reflect, repent, forgive, learn, return, and live with good intention. when rosh hashana, the day of judgement, arrives, we are not being judged simply for that day, but for who we are, and for who we became this year. the month of elul is an opportune time to think about how we want to be judged and to live accordingly. have we been gossiping lately, have we blown up at a sibling, have we been lighting shabbat candles? think about the mitzvot (commandments) and whether or not we could be doing a little better. don't overwhelm yourself or try to be perfect, just try a little. remember, G-d doesn't only look at where we are, but very importantly, what direction we are growing. G-d wants us to be close to Him, and He wants to be close to us. He is on our side and loves us. so use elul as a time to check that your baby steps are going towards your father.
Posted by miss jewess at 12:46 AM
Sunday, August 8, 2010
baking someone a cake always shows them that you care, but what if you make a heart shaped cake? that must be true love. nordicware (sold at bed bath and beyond) not only sells the heart shaped bundt mold, but it is also non-stick. so if you forget to grease the pan (like i did) your heart may still turn out perfect. whatever recipe you use, try to be patient (tough, i know) and let the cake cool for as long you can hold out (at least an hour). the heart cake is also a great idea for bridal showers, sheva brachot (for more info see "sheva brachot bling")
and anniversaries. hearty baking!
and anniversaries. hearty baking!
Posted by miss jewess at 11:00 AM
Friday, August 6, 2010
be prepared, this one is a splurge, but i know some of you take hiddur mitzvah (beautifying a commandment) very seriously! so take out your wallets because tiffany & co is now featuring a sterling silver challah knife with a braided handle that looks just like a shabbos challah. the knife is sold out online but can be purchased over the phone or in stores (where available). also makes a fabulous wedding gift. your challahs thank you. http://www.tiffany.com/Shopping/item.aspx?custlastvisit=5%2F2%2F2009&sku=13204004
Posted by miss jewess at 12:25 PM
Thursday, August 5, 2010
there is no longer a need to spike your pom juice this rosh hashana (it is customary to have pomegranates so our blessings will be as numerous as the seeds in a pomegranate). the genius scientists at rimon winery in northern israel have squeezed everything out of this one. from wines to port to oils extracted from the seeds, a visit to the winery is a must on your next playdate with israel. if you aren't able to make it up there before the holiday, don't stress, their wines are available online at www.rimonwines.com. drink responsibly, the port has lots of sugar and 18% alcohol. perfect for the start to your sweet happy year. l'chaim!
Posted by miss jewess at 10:49 AM
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
you thought a spoon would suffice. well then you haven't tried three tablespoons, the bakery that is not only kosher, but healthy too. calling themselves the "smart baking company" is just a sprinkle of what you need to know. their goodies are actually baked with ingredients that are good for your body and your soul (because they are kosher, duh). all the products are vegan and allergy-friendly (no eggs, dairy, soy, nuts, and wheat) and they have many gluten-free options too. so stop pretending it's your birthday and go buy yourself some green tea chocolate chip cookie dough! check out their website http://threetablespoons.com/ for local retailers.
Posted by miss jewess at 9:55 AM
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
when hosting sheva brachot (one of the customary festive meals honoring a bride and groom during the week after their wedding), be sure to distinguish the newlyweds. they are king and queen for the night so glam their dining up black and white. honor them with nothing less than the bride and groom "pimp cups" (which i call "sheva brachot goblets") by homewetbar.com. don't forget to pack them up for the couple to use for the festivities every night during sheva brachot week!
Posted by miss jewess at 11:43 AM
Monday, August 2, 2010
we all know the answer to this question but somehow, we don't always jew it. i'm going to let rabbi jacobovitz tackle this one. in his book, perfect strangers: redefining intermarriage, he clearly lays out what it means to be jewish. from defining the deeper questions in life, to understanding judaism, to what it means to intermarry and its effects. this book is a must read for anyone jewish who wants to better understand themselves and what a real relationship is all about.
Posted by miss jewess at 9:28 AM
Sunday, August 1, 2010
i know it's still summer but rosh hashana is around the corner. so before it's too late, get a head start on your sweet greetings and think about mailing out rosh hashana cards this year. i know snail mail has become undone but getting that personal card in the mail shows you care. there are so many to choose from so just google around until you find the one that best suits your personality. you can even design your own photo card on snapfish or the like. either way, don't be late, some designs can take up to four weeks to process. shana tova umetukah ~ have a sweet year!
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