Author Archives: Hannah Kerr

Happy Birthday, Le Creuset: Celebrate With This Party-Ready Recipe


Le Creuset turns 90 this year, and we’re celebrating their nine decades of creativity and craftsmanship by whipping up crema catalana, one of Spain’s most popular desserts and a fun riff on classic crème brûlée. Try your hand at the recipe below, then shop signature cookware and barware from the storied French brand.

Crema Catalana
[Serves Four]

2 cups half & half
½ cinnamon stick
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Peel of ½ lemon
2 tbsp cornstarch
4 egg yolks
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup sugar for topping, if desired

In a small saucepan, mix 1 ¾ cups of half & half, cinnamon, vanilla, and lemon peel.

Mix remaining ¼ cup of half & half with cornstarch, blending well. Set aside.

Place saucepan on medium heat and bring mix to a boil. Promptly remove from heat, and remove cinnamon stick and lemon peel.

Place egg yolks in a mixing bowl and mix with ¼ cup sugar until light and lemon-colored. Slowly whisk ½ cup of the warm milk mixture into the bowl to temper eggs. Then whisk this egg mixture and cornstarch mixture into the contents of the saucepan.

Place pan back on low heat and, stirring constantly, cook for five minutes or until mixture starts to thicken and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Allow to cool slightly, then evenly divide contents between four Le Creuset ramekins. Let cool, and refrigerate until serving time.

For optional topping:

To make a crunchy sugar surface for the custards, line a cookie sheet with foil and butter it well. Trace four circles on the sheet the same diameter as the ramekins. Sprinkle a quarter of the remaining 1/2 cup sugar evenly inside each circle.

Place the sheet under the broiler for 4-5 minutes until the sugar is a deep amber color. Allow the sugar to cool, then carefully peel it from the foil and set a circle on each ramekin for serving.

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Save the Date: Back-to-School Week Starts Sunday


The big first day is fast approaching: Time to stow the pool floats, bring out the backpacks, and wake the kids up from their long summer daze.

Luckily, we’ve got them (and, by association, you) covered for that yearly transition to pencils, books, and math quizzes. We did the homework for all you busy moms and dads by rolling out a can’t-miss edit of our biggest (and best) brands all week long.

Kicking off Sunday, August 10 at 9pm ET, shop new sales every day, stocked with essentials for every student from A+ names like Jacadi, Oscar de la Renta, Egg, and EMU Australia.

Can’t wait? Get a sneak peek at what’s on deck in our preview sale tomorrow, available exclusively on our mobile app. And a roster of choice labels isn’t the only thing up for grabs — we’ve got some extra credit in store, too. Or, shall we say, Gilt credits — $1,000 worth,— reserved for whoever wins our Pinterest contest. Click here for details on how to enter and score the ultimate back-to-school wardrobe.

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Who’s That Girl: Introducing the New Barbie “Fashionistas” Lineup

origBarbie has been a style icon for nearly six decades, but just when you thought you knew her, she’s seriously switched things up. Mattel’s latest iterations of the beloved doll — AKA the 23-strong Barbie Fashionistas line — serve up a refreshing dose of diversity, from the new variations in skin tone (eight, to be exact) and hair (signature blonde and way beyond) to the snazzy footwear developments (at long last, flats!).

And the outfits? Obviously, Barbie’s got those covered: Each Fashionista doll comes decked out in a perfectly of-the-moment look — think sporty graphic tees and print-splashed rompers — complete with knockout statement jewelry and a trendy handbag.

Get to know four of the dolls (and their signature style) below, then shop our assortment, stocked with Barbie Fashionistas dolls, inspired outfits for real girls, and lots of constantly coveted toys, from Dreamhouses to hot pink convertibles.

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Gilty Pleasure: Janell’s Top Shopping Pick of the Week


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