Monthly Archives: August 2012

The “Everything” Platter: Endless Possibilities

“I’m only going to buy one thing,” you think as you walk into a store. That one thing might be cutlery for your friend’s upcoming wedding. One thing, one thing…

But then, the servingware catches your eye. A serving platter, and it’s so unique, it starts to give you dreams of merrymaking grandeur. You don’t regularly host dinner parties or entertain, but this dish makes you want to.

Such a dish exists! (Or rather, it will if you want it to). Like the platter below? Vote here to see it in Dillard’s stores in Spring 2013. You can also check out and vote on other creative submissions.

This handy all-in-one serving dish, designed by Chariton Alexakis for our Farm to Table project, has endless possibilities.

Put this tasty Peanut Butter Dip in the middle, and surround it with pieces of fruit, varying the degrees of sweetness. Strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, honeydew, grapes – go wild! Or, fill it with snackables like different mixtures of nuts, cheese straws, trail mixes and the like. There are 9 spaces to fill.

A salsa dip in the middle, with various textures of chips surrounding it is sure to be a winner. You can also place the chips in the middle compartment, with different dips in the surrounding spaces.

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What arrangements would you put in this bowl? Let us know in the comments below!

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Plate Presentation: 4 Tips to Keep in Mind

 

When you serve food, picture what it looks like on the plate. Meat on the left. Potatoes next to it. Are you bored already?

Heighten the visual appeal of your plates with our suggestions, featuring submissions from our Farm to Table project.

Shape

Set the tone with the shape of the plate – you can use a traditional round shape, like this design submission from Chariton Alexakis, or go with a modern square.

You can also contrast the shape of your food with the shape of the plate. Try these triangle-shaped Pickled Summer Squash Quesadillas for a tantalizing statement.

Color

For wooden servingware, like these Mango Plates by Julian Lwin,  use brightly colored food to contrast the darker shade of the plate.

A Grilled Marinated Vegetable Salad has lively red, yellow and green hues that complement the plate beautifully.

Garnish

Decorating a plate is as easy as adding a sprig of parsley! Using garnishes, especially edible garnishes that accompany the dish, is an excellent way to adorn a plate.

  • Herbs that work well with the food:
  • Sauces
  • Edible flowers (Many edible flowers are also herbs, like chives and garlic).

Serve this Shrimp and Artichoke Salad, garnished with lemon wedges and edible flowers, on these plates by Marco Gallegos.

Arrangement

Switch up where the food is placed. In this Chicken Scaloppine with Spinach and Linguine, the pasta, asparagus, spinach and tomatoes are served on top of the chicken, instead of the other way around.

These plates by Rhiannon Fleming will look picture-perfect with chicken scaloppine.

Sometimes it is ok to play with your food.

Like any of these plates? Check them out, as well as other creative submissions and vote here to see them in Dillard’s stores in Spring 2013.

 

 

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Brands We Love: Sakroots

The Sakroots Artist Circle collection appeals to your inner flower child with an emphasis on vivid prints from fresh, hip designers. Their philosophy, “peace and harmony among all things,” shines clearly through both their bohemian style and their decision to support The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign.

Here are our favorite features:

Brilliant Prints
We love the colorful patterns Sakroots has commissioned from artists famous for everything from graffiti (see their signature Peace print) to concert art (check out Marq Spusta’s True Love print).

Unique Silhouettes
Sakroots uses unusual shapes and boho-chic embellishments like crocheted trim and braided zipper pulls to create a hipster vibe perfectly at home with a pair of Birkenstocks or a Cremieux Porkpie hat.

Quality Tailoring
The Sakroots Artist Circle small messenger bag is a perfect example of the careful craftsmanship that characterizes this brand — note the stitching and stud details around the zip pocket of the flap.

Smart Styles
Their laid-back art and cheerful karma don’t keep the Sakroots designers from understanding that some of us study yoga positions via a tablet or find the right wine bar with a mobile app. Check out the fun Sakroots Artist Circle iPad folio or Sakroots smart phone wristlet.

Tough Fabric
No need to worry about staining your Sakroots Artist Circle top-zip tote while communing with nature at your nearest state park. The coated cotton canvas tote is tough and water-repellent.

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Which Sakroots style fits your look best?

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bareMinerals Ready SPF 20 Foundation

Leave it to bareMinerals to take a fan-favorite product (the Original SPF 15 Foundation) and up the ante. The new Ready SPF 20 Foundation comes with a portable compact and skin-loving sea minerals (time released for all-day hydration).

The rubberized black compact isn’t slippery and makes it easy to take your foundation with you to apply anywhere. The pressed powder also helps reduce product loss — no more spilling it down the sink! It’s created using a cold-pressed method so it doesn’t loose beneficial elements of sea minerals and antioxidants that would normally be pushed out due to the heat and fillers used in other types of foundation.

Want to learn more about this new product? Check out the video below.

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Are you ready to try this new foundation?

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Servers: Pear Appetizers and Main Dishes

 

Autumn has a way of sneaking in under windows and doors – all of a sudden, you need that extra blanket on the bed and fun layers to transition from summer to fall.

Pears are in season right now; the sweet, tangy and crisp varieties of the fruit make delicious arrangements for our featured Farm to Table submission: Present and Oblong servers.

Like these servers? Vote here to see them in Dillard’s stores in Spring 2013. You can also check out and vote on other creative submissions.

These servers can be used to present all courses of a meal – the starters, the main dish and dessert!

Bread:

Pile an oblong server high with fragrant Rosemary, Pear and Asiago Scones.

Appetizers:

We are going to do something unusual and “pear” the appetizer (sorry, couldn’t resist!)  Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese and Pear – with this decadent Stuffed Pumpkin with Cranberry-Raisin Bread Pudding. Arranging the crisps artfully around the pumpkin dish on either an oblong or present server is sure to make a lasting impression.

The stuffed pumpkin calls for all things sinfully delightful: butter, sugar, pecans, cranberries and a rich Lemon-Vanilla Sauce.

Main Dish:

The present-shaped servers are perfect to display the Spicy Fruit-Stuffed Pork Loin with Roasted Pears and Onions. As the recipe notes, you won’t need a centerpiece if this is on the menu – this savory meat with pear glaze and bits of dried fruit and sage will steal the show.

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What’s your favorite thing about fall? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Steve Madden: Dillard’s Exclusive Interview

Q: Who is the typical Steve Madden woman?
A:
The typical Steve Madden girl is your everyday woman. She’s confident and cutting edge.

Q: Where do you draw most of your inspiration for your designs?
A: I draw my inspiration from everything I’m surrounded by, from people who walk the streets of the world to my love for music. Over the past 20 years I’ve found that many different things inspire me to continue creating.

Q: Who are your major influences?
A: I’m influenced by anyone who impacts art and commerce, like Warhol and The Beatles.

Q: What do you feel you bring to the industry?
A: The number one goal of our company is to make cool shoes and second to make money for our investors.

Q: What’s the ultimate message you want to get across through your shoes?
A: That you don’t have to spend a fortune to look great.

Q: Did you attend school for design or are you self-taught?
A: I’m self taught! I started out in the shoe business when I was 16 as a stock boy.

Q: What are some of your favorite shoes in the line?
A:  Conncord, Dejavu, Masqraid

Q: What are some key trends we will see from your line next season?
A: Lower heels.

Q: Tell us about a shoe you will never forget.
A: The SLINKY – it’s one of my first and biggest hits.

Q: Which shoe should no woman be without?
A: A comfortable flat and a classic black pump are musts. They’re like the little black dresses of the shoe world.


Shop our picks:
  Steve Madden Troopa Military-Inspired Booties, Steve Madden Conncord Smoking SlippersSteve Madden Intrude Pumps

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Are you excited about lower heels? 

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Rococo Flair: Crafting a Cheese Plate

Throwing a party or hosting a get-together? A cheese board is a popular and savory addition to your table.

This Rococo Cheese Board, by Emiliano Reyes, channels the curvaceous designs popular in 18th century France. The gracefully rounded lines of this board are sure to be a conversation starter, while the cheeses will keep their palates full!

Do you like this board? Vote here to see it in Dillard’s stores in Spring 2013. You can also check out and vote on other creative submissions.

Putting together a cheese board is fairly simple – diversity, diversity, diversity.

It’s good to have a mixture of soft and hard cheeses. Foodies will tell you that the difference between what is considered hard and soft may be subjective, but it has to do with the amount of time the cheese was aged and the process that was used.

Some examples of hard cheeses are:

  • Swiss
  • Asiago
  • Gruyere

Some examples of soft cheeses are:

  • Brie
  • Feta
  • Boursalt

For a ready-to-go cheese plate, try these suggestions by Southern Living.

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What cheeses are your favorites?

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Trend to Watch: Peek-A-Boo Perforations

Pretty perforations are popping up on all our favorite silhouettes this season. From metallic dresses to suede booties, the intricate accent adds a dose of irresistible texture that’s perfect for transitioning to cooler weather. Make no mistake about it, delight is in the details this fall.

Shop Our Picks: Chelsea & Violet Faux-Leather Dress, Vince Camuto Perforated-Yoke Dress, Antonio Melani Cutout Perforation Blouse, BCBGeneration Bastille Western Booties

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Are you on trend watch for fall? Tell us about your favorite looks in the comments.

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Twice the Fun: Mandala Bowl

 

What’s not to love about a multipurpose salad bowl? When functionality blends with a beautiful, clean design, everyone wins.

‘Mandala’ plays dual roles as a salad bowl – something  to put a delicious Black Pepper Pasta Salad with Prosciutto, Asparagus, and Romano.

OR

Just flip it over to reveal this fun option as beautiful presentation platter for tapas or snacks!

Do you like this bowl? Vote here to see it in Dillard’s stores in Spring 2013. You can also check out and vote on other creative submissions.

We recommend the following noms to put on the platter side – anything from jellies and dips to cheeses and vegetables.

Have twice the fun with this creative design.

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