Home Run

house and furniture store
Credit: Photo Courtesy Burkelman

Kevin Burke and David Kimelman are a really cool couple from New York City who moved upstate to Cold Spring, New York, and opened Burkelman, a housewares and furniture heaven. Now they've opened up a second branch back in the city. I picked up a bunch of Christmas gifts there. 

Step Out

Rothy orange flats
Credit: Photo Courtesy Rothy's

Jenn Giacoppo, our vice president of Rachael Ray Digital, has been raving about flats by Rothy's(from $125). They're made from 100 percent recycled bottles! But if that doesn't sell you, Meghan Markle was spotted in a pair after she announced her pregnancy.

Well Read

Tiny Hot Dogs memoir book
Credit: Photography by Peter Ardito

My pal Mary Giuliani has a new book out this month called Tiny Hot Dogs: A Memoir in Small Bites. Reading it is like hanging out with her. It's a quick-moving series of personal essays about everything from her childhood on Long Island (she grew up like me: loud and Italian) to her run-ins with celebrities as an in-demand caterer.

Brush Up

eco friendly paddle hair brush
Credit: Photo Courtesy Creative Pro Hair Tools

My hairstylist, Patty Mocarski, got me using this Creative Pro Hair Tools Eco-Friendly Boar Bristle Paddle Hair Brush ($24) because I tend to melt round brushes with the hair dryer— oops! The wooden handle is comfy, and the boar bristles withstand high heat. Win-win! 

John's Cocktail: Lost in the Woods

lost in the woods cocktail
Credit: Photography by Kate Mathis