Well, kids, I’m off to Iceland. It’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. JBD’s future creative content will include the Blue Lagoon, the Northern Lights, a glacial hike, small plane rides to big mother nature moments, live concert shenanigans in below zero temps, and a slew of interviews with Icelandic designers. Have a wonderful week!
I think a lot. I think a lot about the fact that all of us are on this awesome planet for a time unknown. And when I remind myself of this fact, it inspires me to keep at everything that feels right…to trust myself and maintain balance within my life. At an early age I was taught (by example of my mom and dad) that if you don’t try, if you don’t ask, you’ll never know the magic that awaits you. So get out there and embrace the three P’s: patience, practice and perseverance. Your existence will thank you. xx, JBD
I couldn’t tell you the last time I went inside of a mall to shop. Perhaps 1990-something? I cherish local boutiques as well as well-curated websites. Amazon Fashion is a go-to online destination for holiday party dress inspiration. I clicked and clicked, thinking I wanted a sparkly number, but then this Rachel Palley simple beauty caught my eye. Stay tuned because I’ve partnered with Amazon Fashion to create a must have look this season. Which means, kids, some real life JBD action photos are coming to a screen near you. In the meantime, check out Amazon Fashion right here.
Image c/o Amazon Fashion
Mr. Jamie Davidson is the man behind Strong Suit, an Arkansas based tailored collection of suits and sport coats. The debonaire Mr. Davidson is a true Southern gentleman, one who knows Southern sensibility and style will always resonate in the market. You may have already spotted his designs if you’re a fan of Breaking Bad. Characters Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (played by Aaron Paul) each donned Mr. Davidson’s other line Tre Vero, which is sold in over 160 Dillard’s stores nationwide. Read on and remain stylish!
NAME: Jamie Davidson
DAY JOB: Designer
HOMETOWN: Little Rock, Arkansas
CURRENT ‘HOOD: Little Rock, my grandparents’ home
HIDDEN TALENT: I’m a paintball mercenary.
SONG ON REPEAT: Beyond Belief by Elvis Costello
INSTAGRAM OR TWITTER: Both. @jtothehd
COCKTAIL DU JOUR: Don’t drink.
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS: Not that tall.
TELL US ABOUT STRONG SUIT: Strong Suit is a new tailored clothing line I started aimed at a guy who wants a modern fit with classic fabrics. The trick is we are offering canvas front old world quality garment for under $600.
DAILY UNIFORM: Jeans. Blue and white Bengal stripe shirt. Navy sweater or blazer.
TOP 5 PLACES TO SHOP: Sid Mashburn. Stag. Context. Coffman’s. Locker Room.
I LOVE A WOMAN WHO WEARS…Anything Agent Provocateur. But you have to have an engineering degree to get it off.
IT’D BE A DREAM TO DRESS…If I could just get my friends to dress well I’d call it a victory.
YOUR LINE, TRE VERO, HAS BEEN SEEN ON BREAKING BAD – WHAT IS NEXT? Well, there is more Tre Vero, but obviously there is no more Breaking Bad, unfortunately. It was a fun quirky thing. We dressed both Walt and Jesse. It was total serendipity. Tre Vero is exploring vintage plaids and garment dyed bottoms for the foreseeable future.
VACATION DESTINATION? Casa Colonial Beach & Spa, Dominican Republic
WHAT WILL NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE? Navy blazers and Bar-B-Que.
For more Strong Suit, Tre Vero and all things Jamie Davidson, click here.
Images c/o Jamie Davidson. Note: this interview has been edited and condensed.
I’m spending Thanksgiving with some of the most I’m-drawn-to-you-every-day kind of people. Funny enough, I read the quote above right after I met with a centered, bright-light-of-a-woman earlier today. During our meeting, the topic of energy exchange and connections with those in one’s life came up. (More on all of that coming soon to JBD). In the meantime, give your time to those you cherish, those you laugh with, those who lift you up. Happy Thanksgiving!
Image Credit: HipHipGinGin
1 pound bow tie pasta, cooked al dente
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium-sized yellow onion, diced
1 large roasted red pepper, sliced into thin strips
1 pound kale, ribs discarded and chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
Parmesan cheese for sprinkling
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add pasta and cook for 7-8 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and set aside. Don’t over cook pasta or your final result will be soggy noodles. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium flame. Add onions, peppers, and kale, and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until the kale has softened and the onions have lightened in color. Add garlic and crushed red pepper, and cook for another 2 minutes. Stir in marinara sauce, then remove pan from heat.
Preheat oven broiler.
Stir cooked noodles into the sauce mixture, then pour mixture into a very large, deep, baking dish. Spread ricotta cheese over the top of the noodle mixture, prinkle with mozzarella. Place baking dish in the oven on the middle rack, and broil for 5-6 minutes, or until the lid of cheese is melted and lightly golden.
Spoon pasta mixture onto plates, sprinkle with parsley and parmesan.
Credits: Original recipe and image via Baker by Nature
(on this day in 1960 John F. Kennedy Jr. was born)
“…an unwavering commitment to the poor, to the elderly, to those without hope – regardless of fashion or convention – is the greatest reward of public service.”
Quote Source: The late JFK Jr.’s speech at the 1988 Democratic National Convention
Are you sticking to tradition or trying something this holiday season? I’m switching it up and heading to Dutchess County New York to celebrate Thanksgiving. One of my younger brother’s girlfriend’s parents (follow that? ha) has invited all of my immediate family to join her big group of family. Hashtag family. We’re embracing the fun change, which means rolling into a log cabin style celebration. I’m thinking this low key yet definitely chic look may do the trick.
Last month I got lost in Paris. It began with a chance meeting with a guy named Gregory. Inherent coolness radiated from his being into handwritten recommendations. The next day, I was off to le 10ème to connect at an actual unnamed cafe. I never made it (although I did see Gregory again). Instead, after hours of wandering and google-mapping failure, I surrendered to hunger – and a pizza.
Through the lense of my iPhone I noticed Piccoli Cugini…
…and selected a seat outside. Immediately, I felt the energy of the waiter. Starving, I understood his French, but couldn’t muster a quick enough response as to why I was a party of one. He pulled up a chair and ordered a pizza for two. Wine and cheers later, I walked out with a few new pals and a reason to write this post. If you go to Paris and you are hungry, get yourself over to Piccoli Cugini.
Daily notes in my bobo à raconter reveal that on this day of pizza and Parisian perfection, I felt like life stopped everywhere else and only Paris existed. C’est vrai.
Image Credits: Jenny Graham
What I wear underneath it all influences how I feel, depending on my mood. It certainly is a nice secret to keep, n’est-ce pas? Cosabella is lovely for an underpinning update. Use this code GUIDEAFF for 10% off. You’re welcome!