Archive for May, 2011

Our Best-Ever Summer Dress Sale: 30% off selected styles through Sunday.

If there is one item of clothing that defines Papo d’Anjo, it is the dress. My first design was a Peter Pan collar dress for my daughter, Camilla. Today, dresses are the building blocks of each and every Papo d’Anjo collection.

This week Papo d’Anjo is offering a 30% discount on selected styles, including the Tiered Searsucker Hippie Dress featured in the adorable photo above. This is the perfect opportunity to purchase a special dress for graduation parties, weddings, special summer events or just everyday fun.

Other personal favorites of mine include the Simple A-Line Dress in this season’s gorgeous batik print (above) and the Polka Dot Dress (below).

The sale ends this Sunday, June 5, at midnight. Order now while colors and sizes are still available.

Safe Fun in the Sun: Protect your family’s skin

Now that summer break is almost here, our children will be spending a lot more time outside.  Here are some safe sun tips from The Environmental Working Group.

The best sun protection, of course, is a Hat and a  Beach Cover-up.  But good sunscreen is essential to safe outdoor activities. The Environmental Working Group recommends 129 products that contain zinc and titanium, which are the right choice for people who want UVA protection without any of the sunscreen chemicals that are considered to be potential hormone disrupters.

You can view the entire list, but here are a few my family and friends recommend.

  • Aveeno Baby Natural Protection Mineral Block Face Stick, SPF 50
  • Earth’s Best
  • Mustela Sun Cream for Sensitive Areas, SPF 50
  • Neal’s Yard Remedies, Lavender Sunscreen, SPF 50

Travel Insider: Shaw’s Crab House in Chicago

I was in Chicago last week to attend a conference and visit my parents. I love the city–especially the architecture and the way the buildings wrap around the edge of  Lake Michigan.

While I was there, my brother Gordon introduced me to Shaw’s Crab House.  A local favorite, Shaw’s feels like a combination of a speakeasy and a classic seafood eatery. I loved it so much that I went twice in three nights.

The extensive menu includes everything from sushi to Lake Michigan smelt to lobster bisque. But everyone in my party enjoyed the same delicious meal: oysters for a starter (ask your server for recommendations as the offerings change daily) followed by a jumbo lump crab cake. Made from blue crab meat picked exclusively by Shaw’s, it’s as perfect a crab cake (hardly any breading) as I’ve ever tasted.

Dessert was a shared piece of chocolate layer cake enjoyed to the groove of a Chicago blue’s band. Perfection!

Travel Insider: Catherine’s Favorite Lisbon Restaurant


Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 23


Telephone: +351 21 342 14 66

Four generations of my husband’s family—including our four children—have been regulars at this restaurant behind the famous “Rossio” square In the heart of Lisbon. With dark wooden interiors, very little natural light, an all-male staff, and graying clientele, Gambrinus could be mistaken for a men’s club.

So what could a 45-year-old American woman find so alluring about a place like this? No longer in need of a room full of young bright things to validate my evenings out, I am drawn to Gambrinus for the same reasons I am drawn to most things: a huge nostaligia for the past, old fashioned attention to detail, and painstaking efforts to maintain quality.

Among Gambrinus’ many charms: white starched tablecloths, immaculately set tables, abundant waiters who actually understand service. And how could they not?  They have been serving tables at Gambrinus for their entire lifetimes.

The other evening when I was there, I finally asked them how is it that they never move on to other restaurants and other careers. They all responded in unison that they love their work and they love their “team,” that to leave has never crossed their minds.  I could not help but envy them and did not suppress the urge to imagine myself in their shoes–secure in their work, total professionals at their trade, proud to be of service.

Gambrinus serves the best seafood and shellfish in Lisbon. Crab, langoustines, lobster, barnacles, clams: shellfish lovers arrive in paradise upon entering the doors of this Portuguese institution.

My favorite Portuguese dish is Ameijoas a Bulhao Pato–clams in a coriander, garlic, and butter olive oil bisque.  Be sure to dip the toasted buttered bread Gambrinus is also famous for in the bisque to absorb every last drop of this “soup” that the clams are served in.

I recommend a cold bottle of Planalto to round out the whole clam experience. Planalto and Joao Pires are my two favorite Portuguese white wines.

Gambrinus also specializes in grilled fish of every kind imaginable–fresh and prepared with the simplicity that leaves no doubt as to who are the world masters when it comes to fish.

The Gambrinus menu also caters beautifully to red meat lovers and its chefs pride themselves on a huge selection of typical Portuguese game dishes.

Be sure not to leave without ordering the restaurant’s piece de resistance: Crepes Suzette. This is lovingly prepared with much fanfare by one of the head waiters at your table and will cure any sweet tooth for a decade.  During each of my four pregnancies, I craved this dessert– making the Gambrinus experience synonymous with a sort of physical addiction–one that even today I find very hard to kick.


Happy Mother’s Day


Look in thy glass, and tell the face thou viewest
Now is the time that face should form another;
Whose fresh repair if now thou not renewest,
Thou dost beguile the world, unbless some mother,
For where is she so fair whose unear’d womb
Disdains the tillage of thy husbandry?
Or who is he so fond will be the tomb
Of his self-love, to stop posterity?
Thou art thy mother’s glass, and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime:
So thou through windows of thine age shall see
Despite of wrinkles this thy golden time.
But if thou live, remember’d not to be,
Die single, and thine image dies with thee.

William Shakespeare

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