Eye Protection, Accessory, or Invisibility Cloak?

That’s a photo of me.  I’m Terry Castle and I’m the veteran blogger in the group.  I have blogged about my kids’ leaving home, the “B” horror novels I published last year, and now I am back with Mit Schlag and ready to have an adventure.

The photo was taken in late August at dusk at a wonderful restaurant called Al Venuu in the town of Tremezzo, overlooking Lake Como. The food was amazing but the view was spectacular.

I really didn’t need my sunglasses but they offer so many different services to me.  First, they protect my eyes from too much light, they hide the loose skin hanging over my eyes, and they keep me protected from the outside world, or so I think. I have no idea why I think my sunglasses are my “invisibility cloak,” but I do.

I bought my glasses at SEE Eyewear in San Francisco for $90.00. I usually wear black sunglasses, but I decided to try something different.

Meet Patricia Blanc. She is fearless. She is originally from Aix-en-Provence and she always has a pair of sunglasses on her lovely face.  I asked her why.

“If I wear my sunglasses I can pretend it’s sunny every day.”

Patricia is writing this blog with me. And it’s a good thing ’cause she is always styling.  In the posts that come you will see her sense of style. So very French.

Together we popped into Rims and Goggles, an eyewear store in Mill Valley, California.  Why am I not surprised that Patricia found the newest French eyewear designer, Carolin Abram.

She fell for the “Elfea” style. For $525.00, Patricia can feel like the sun is constantly shining down on her.  But after you get to know Patricia you will know that regardless of her sunglasses, the sun always shines down on her.

Joan Dauria is my Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis.  I think she is lot of people’s Jackie O. Look at those cheek bones! Here she is styling a pair of “Dita” sunglasses she bought in Westport, Connecticut–at Westport Specs.  She tried something new with the tortoise shell frame. It suits her well, don’t you think?

Joan, too, wears her sunglasses to protect her light-sensitive eyes. She also has gotten quite used to her sunglasses for all the Greek Island hopping she has done.  See, so much in common with Jackie O.

When Joan was a kid she does remember Jackie sporting her infamous large round black framed sunglasses and her Hermes scarves.  Jackie O’s sense of style rubbed off on Joan!

I can’t wait to share more of Joan’s passions for life, for travel, for food, for knowledge. Joan is a consultant and executive coach. You can find her company at Joandauriaco.com

We’re lucky to have her on board.

To know Juliette Ambatzitis is to love her, no is to adore her. Her style mimics her graceful, whimsical, charming personality. I promise that you will all fall in love with Juliette through these posts.

When I asked Juliette why she wears her Ralph Lauren sunglasses that she bought at Nordstrom’s, she immediately said’ “To protect my little eyes.” She quickly added, “Also, they look cool! ” Everything looks cool on Juliette.  But when pressed she confessed to wearing sunglasses so she could spy on people without being caught. Juliette is always curious about the world around her.

And the world around her is curious about Juliette. A few years back famed photographer and New York columnist Bill Cummingham snapped a photograph of Juliette for his “On the Street” column for the New York Times. He just liked her style. So will you.

Juliette ran a Traverna in Rhodes for 15 years–Xenomania!   I am sure, in posts to come, we will hear loads of stories about her life running a restaurant on a Greek Island.

Today Juliette works as the assistant to Isabel Allende.

So now you have met the women of Mit-Schlag even if you haven’t yet seen our eyes.

I promise you will.

 

 

 

A Recipe for the Beginning of Adventure

I don’t think we need to tell any of you how to make whipped cream. But we thought we should start this blog by making some fresh Schlag!

We like to use organic heavy whipping cream.

We add ultra fine pure cane sugar and we sift in a couple of heaping tablespoon–just because we want to show off.

We like to add vanilla.

To make your own extract, take three vanilla beans, preferably Madagascar or Tahitian beans and slice them down the center but with the ends in tact. Then marinate them in vodka for a month.

We used the extract because life is short and we don’t have the time to wait a month for our vanilla.

One thing is for sure, Nothing is better than a cup of coffee mit schlag.

A perfect beginning to a perfect day.