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Real Simple swimsuit fashion story, 2013 - Very excited to share the first photograph of my fashion story shot in Miami with the amazing Real Simple crew. A really wonderful collaboration. Digital May edition is out now, with print on newsstands in the coming days. More to come.

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Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken with Green Beans and Red Potatoes

Inspired by: Real Simple

Serves 4

Preheat your oven to 450*

Coat a large baking dish with olive oil. Slice 2 lemons and line the bottom with a single layer.

In a large bowl, combine 6 tbs olive oil, the juice of 1 lemon, 4 cloves minced garlic, and salt & pepper. Add ¾ lb trimmed fresh green beans, and stir to coat. Add to baking dish in a single layer. Next add 8 small red potatoes(quartered) to the bowl, coat with oil mixture, and add to the baking dish. Then add 4 chicken breasts to the bowl and coat with the remaining mixture. Place the chicken with skin side up in the dish. Pour any leftover oil mixture on top. 

Roast for 50 minutes. You may need to remove the chicken and cook the potatoes for another 10 minutes until they are tender. 

Serve each chicken breast topped with potatoes and green beans!

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New Uses For Old Things

If you’re looking for a life guide, you can’t go past Real Simple. I have so many of their articles saved in folders! I think the one I go to the most is their guide to what you need in your medicine cabinet. Now I’m always prepared! Anyway, there are 60 ideas in this guide but I’ve picked out my favourites for you. I particularly like the gift box as a cupcake carrier - it’s like a drinks holder that you get from fast food stores. I bought a thirty dollar cup cake carrier and the cakes always fall over in because I can’t get the right sized cupcake to fit the holes. Sigh. Anyway, click on the links below to go through!

Top Row, L-R: Plastic Easter Eggs as Snack Containers; Eggshells as Bottle & Vase Cleaners; Flat Iron as Ribbon Smoother

Bottom Row, L-R: Gift Box as Cupcake Carrier; Sugar Bowl as Homemade Candle Holder; Ornaments as Chandelier

Real Simple is one of my favorite clients who I continually work for.  The amount of trust they have in me to create fashion stories that are natural and honest is a complete rarity.  When I first met with them, I had never even done a women’s fashion story, but they understood my point of view immediately and have given me a tremendous amount of freedom to create some great stories, in some really wonderful locations.  Last month we traveled to Puerto Rico and managed to do an 8 page story in a day and a half.  I had the wonderful assistance of Daniel Seung Lee, who I’m honestly so lucky to have in my life.  Story is out now and excited to share more images and out-takes from it.