Can You Do This?!

I can’t either but the ladies at the BarreAmped studios in Franklin & Nashville sure can. My friend Suzanne Bowen is the creator of BarreAmped.  On a recent work trip to Nashville I was able to fit in a class and let me tell you, it is a challenging yet rewarding workout.  BarreAmped is a “precision-oriented technique that focuses mainly on small, isolated movements within deeply held and challenging postures”. You don’t have to be down in Tennessee to try a workout with Suzanne though.  I have her DVD, Gorgeous Core which you can purchase on her site.  I do it as often as possible in hopes of having a bod like these ladies.  Thanks for the motivation SB +!

Suzanne Bowen creator of BarreAmped

Jess

Amy

Megan

Sweden

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Read more.. Monday, July 30th, 2012

The “Farmily” at Allenbrooke Farms

I am  fortunate to have a job in which I get to meet a variety of unique people doing interesting things on a daily basis.  Most recently had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Stephanie and Daniel Allen at their 120 acre Allenbrooke Farms.  Spring was in full tilt and there was a ton beautiful produce being harvested, not to mention the newborn chicks and kittens running around.

The “farmily”, as Stephanie has coined their farm home includes; Stephanie and Daniel, their potbelly pig, Maybelline + her parents, a couple cats, 2 new litters of kittens, 4 dogs, 3 or 4 types of chickens, a rooster and a hen with her new baby chicks. Stephanie and Daniel put a ton of hard work and love into their farm.  (Speaking of love, did I mention that they were high school sweethearts?) The Allens grow a variety of certified naturally grown vegetables, fruits and herbs; they have chickens that lay eggs as well as a breed  that are raised solely for cooking. It was impressive to learn that they also make their own kombucha and kefir water.  I got to try a glass of their pineapple kefir water. It was refreshingly effervescent and delicious. So good in fact that I think I must learn how to make it!

If you live in the Nashville area, Stephanie and Daniel offer a CSA (sign up for next year!). Their produce is certified naturally grown which is the grassroots alternative to “organic” for small farms. They sell at the Franklin farmer’s market during the summer months so get yourself there soon!  Please visit their website to learn more about Stephanie and Daniel + the farm.

Stephanie & Daniel - Stephanie w/Maybelline ©Susan Pittard

Daniel with a newborn kitten ©Susan Pittard

Daniel & Stephanie Allen ©Susan Pittard

©Susan Pittard

Feeding time ©Susan Pittard

watering the seedlings in the greenhouse ©Susan Pittard

Maybelline's mama and papa ©Susan Pittard

fresh picked vegetables - pineapple kefir water ©Susan Pittard

©Susan Pittard

©Susan Pittard

©Susan Pittard

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Read more.. Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Mostly Local & Delicious!

I’d say 80% of the time I eat gluten + dairy free but since I’m a curious eater & a lover of food I find it hard to commit fully to any strict rules ALL of the time.  So I recently splurged on 2 locally made items. First off, it’s the ides of March and Irish soda bread (one of my favs) only gets baked at this time of year.  Secondly, there is a company here in Brooklyn called Salvatore Bklyn and they make amazing ricotta (year-round).  This past weekend I had the mind blowing & first time experience of eating their “smokey” ricotta variety in a carrot salad.  Since I was sharing the salad in which these little white clouds of heaven were served I took it upon myself to support the locals and go buy a container of my own Salvatore ricotta.   I’ve been preparing the ricotta in various ways in the past few days.  I’ve topped it on thick slices of irish soda bread with thinly sliced kumquats, drizzled with truffle honey + thyme and I’ve made a fig + sprout salad.  Best of all everything but the figs and the truffle honey (a purchase from my Italian trip) are local.  I feel so fortunate that I get to buy local artisanal foods & produce from an amazing array of inspired chefs and farmers in and around the NYC area.  Here’s to a few indulgences and happy eating!

©Susan Pittard

©Susan Pittard

©Susan Pittard

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Read more.. Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day

YES, it’s Valentine’s Day and it’s time to dig into another heart shaped box of chocolates!  I know some of you may dislike this day but what’s to dislike?…  You get to tell everyone you like that you really, really like/love them.  In my mind any holiday that promotes eating chocolate, giving/receiving flowers and a little lovin’ isn’t so bad. Today I’d like to let ALL my family & friends know how truly grateful I am to have YOU in my life.  xoxo Susan

A big shout out and hug to Swiss Cottage Designs for designing another awesome promo for me this year.  Thanks Courtney aka “lil nugget”.

©Susan Pittard

©Susan Pittard

Lot's of LOVE on my wall... ©Susan Pittard

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Read more.. Thursday, February 16th, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

A new year is an opportunity to reboot; to be healthier, to begin new projects,to reinvest in the old and to be adventurous.  I always want to push harder in a new year; to reach further than the last.  I’m excited and looking forward to the adventures of 2012….may there be many and may they be GREAT!

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Read more.. Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Marie in the park

I LOVE shooting in Prospect Park when Spring arrives with her bounty of flowering trees.  I took my great friend and muse, Marie-Theres , a dress (that has been in my family since the 1800’s) and my camera to the park to capture my favorite season.

Thanks Marie for being so lovely and patient.

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Read more.. Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Spring Come Soon!

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Read more.. Monday, February 28th, 2011

Fun with Filters

I occasionally play with filters in Photoshop using my photos.  I kinda love this one.  It looks like a page from a coloring book.

©Susan Pittard

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Read more.. Thursday, April 15th, 2010