Thursday, August 21, 2014


Looking for a transition tote for Fall?  How about this perforated large shopper from Zara?  I am partial to the brown with the contrasting blue lining and pouch insert. At $80 the price is right...

perforated large shopper (1) | Zara

perforated large shopper (2) | Zara

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Warby Parker Progressive Lenses

It's official - Warby Parker Progressive Lenses  are here in both optical and sunglasses! I have one pair of progressives that have been a life saver, I use them when I am driving and I want to be able to look down to read something on the dashboard but still be able to read signs in the distance. Same thing for when I am watching TV.  I am excited to get a pair of sunglasses and another optical pair to leave by my bed. Getting older is such a bummer!

The lenses start at $295, including the frames, and, as is the case for every pair of  Warby Parker glasses, for each pair of Progressive Lenses purchased, a pair is given to someone in need. Additionally, they have a one-year, no-scratch guarantee for their lenses, Warby Parker will replace your scratched lenses for free within that timeline.

Not sure if you need Progressives?

  1. Do you have an “ADD” number on your Rx?
  2. Do you own glasses for both reading and distance?
  3. Do you use bifocals or trifocals?

Do you need progressives? | Warby Parker

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could benefit from Progressive Lenses. For more information about Warby Parker frames, styles, lenses and online ordering, visit ww.WarbyParker.comThe hard part is deciding which style to go with - so use their at Home Try-On program to find the perfect pair. Here are some choices I am thinking about...

Warby Parker Eyewear | Ridgely's Radar

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Outlander on Starz

Last Summer I started reading The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon (see post here) and was swept away with the characters, historical fiction, visual imagery and romantic story line.  I could not put it down and considering the seven book series is a whopping 7125 pages you know it is a great book!

The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

Imagine my excitement when I heard the first episode of the series is coming to TV!  Outlander on Starz premieres this Saturday, August 9th in the US.  I took a look at the schedule and looks like there are 8 episodes (that repeat every week after their initial release) running through Saturday, September 27th.  I do not think you will have had to read the books to enjoy the series. If the previews are any indication, the scenery alone should be mesmerizing, not to mention some of the characters (ahem..), plus plenty of bodice ripping and war scenes to keep your attention.

Outlander on Starz

You can WATCH the first full episode on Starz for free NOW. Here are the FAQs on viewing the first Full episode and the rest of the series.

Characters | Outlander on Starz

Scene | Outlander on Starz

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Back to Black

This morning I added my September calendar to the big bulletin board in my office and started to fill in the shows and presentations we will be doing for the Spring 2015 Fashion Week.  Of course, my next thought was what will I wear...? With that in mind, I will be searching for some new "fashionably black" pieces and here is a dress I am considering..

Viven Panelled Jersey Dress | French Connection

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Bishop's Cake

I had an abundance of eggs in my fridge and was not sure what to make, so after a little hunting decided on a pound cake, but not just any pound cake...I made Bishop's Cake.  It is a denser cake than pound cake, but just as delicious and versatile.  I would eat a slice with my coffee for breakfast or as dessert after a meal.  I garnished mine with fresh berries and a sprinkle of Confectioner's Sugar, but I bet it would be just as good with chocolate sauce and ice cream.  With only 6 ingredients this recipe could not be easier and odds are you have everything in your kitchen...give it a try!

Bishop's Cake (1) | Ridgely's Radar

Bishop's Cake (2) | Ridgely's Radar

Bishop's Cake (3) | Ridgely's Radar

Bishop's Cake (4) | Ridgely's Radar

Bishop's Cake
from The Silver Palate Cookbook
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~ Ingredients ~
  • 2 sticks (8oz/1 cup) sweet butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 5 eggs
~ Directions ~
  1. preheat oven 350° degrees
  2. butter and flour a 10" bundt pan
  3. cream butter and sugar until combined
  4. add sifted flour to creamed butter and sugar mixture. until combined, do not over mix.
  5. add vanilla extract, lemon juice and then one egg at a time. mix all until combined
  6. fold mixture into prepared bundt pan.  smooth batter ( I like to tap bundt pan on the counter to settle and even the batter)
  7. Bake in the middle rack for 1 hour, after 30 minutes cover with aluminum foil, or until a tester comes out clean.
  8. cool on a wire rack for approximately 20 minutes, then remove cake from pan and cool completely.
garnish: dusting of Confectioners Sugar and a side of berries

Bishop's Cake (5) | Ridgely's Radar

photographs by Rdgely

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014


I keep hearing and reading about The Honest Company and how great their natural, non-toxic products are and decided it was high time I gave them a try. If you sign up for the Bundle & Save! program you can pick five (5) products, with a reduced price (up to 40% savings!) as you add more to the bundle, and then receive refills as you get near to finishing the products. Here are the details:

Bundle and Save | The Honest Company

I decided to go with the Honest Family Essentials Bundle and picked the below products:

My Bundle | THe Honest Company

products: Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner  /  Honest Body Oil  /  Honest Hand Soap  /  Honest Healing Balm /  Honest Dish Soap

I have been using everything for the last few months with no complaints. While I really like all the products I picked, I decided to do a little more research and see how easy it would be to change and then cancel my automatic refills.   To change the delivery dates of your next shipment it is as simple as clicking though their website and altering the dates but, they do not give you an option online to cancel your bundle.  So I sent an email asking to cancel my order and they replied that I needed to call and speak to a customer representative. I called and it was a simple procedure to cancel.

To be perfectly Honest (I had to get that in here somewhere!), I plan on re-ordering my bundle, as I am almost at the end of my supplies, and I want to give a few more products a try while I am at it. I love that they are all natural, not tested on animals and non-toxic while doing their job.  Besides who doesn't love saving money and the convenience of timely refills, this is especially great for apartment dwellers who do not want to stock large quantities.  Leave me a comment if you use any of  The Honest Company products, I would like to know what else to order.

*note: If I my kids were still babies I would definitely give the Honest Diapers Bundle a try, if only to see those patterns on a little one.

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