Saturday, March 28, 2015

Womens Fitted Chef Coats . How does your chef coat fit you

We make chef jackets in sizes 2 - 14.
Plus size is available Summer 2015

Our 'Original Slender fitted chef Jacket'
designed and cut in the traditional Brigade style, using soft luxurious fabrics with 4 5 stretch.
Elegant stand up collar is cut to stay popped up if worn unbuttoned, it also lays nicely down.
Slender perfectly cut sleeves.
Elegant 6 inch Fitted Mock French cuffs
Nipped in waistline with a generous curve around the hips.
~You will get lots of attention in this Jacket~
.Slender waistline
.Heavy designer coat buttons
.Side pockets
.Thermometer pocket

~ All our Jackets are hand cut and sewn in a worker owned co-op in Morganton, North Carolina
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Saturday, February 21, 2015

The road to the perfect chef coat- A fashion review

Contributor: Aaron Winterhalter
Aaron Writes reviews, philosophy, poetry, food , gardening, and what ever else comes to me. 

Born and raised in southern California. Orange County / Los Angeles based Fashion Designer Sandra Harvey has always had a love, respect,and deep appreciation of chefs, fine restaurants, and quirky little bistros. Sandra grew up around restauranteurs playing in kitchens, and learning to cook from her Mother.   Sandra will tell you many of her favorite conversations and memories have been over meals with friends, family, and clients. Sandra’s sister made a career as a chef in La Jolla California where her restaurant still operates today.
Sandra is a well traveled and educated women with over 20 years of design experience. She is best know for her amazing detail, her sexy yet non revealing way she cuts, and her  magical ability to craft and weave some of the finest suits and separates Women’s fashion has ever seen.  She does not design exclusively for women, yet that is the area she puts most of her focus.
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In the 90’s Sandra was featured on MTV’s house of style hosted by Cindy Crawford , and she has been Designing for and dressing some of the worlds notable musicians since the 90’s. Always sweet, approachable, and genuine. Sandra is a fierce humanitarian, an eternal optimist, and the most real, unchanged, dedicated, and driven person I have ever had the chance to know.
Sandra Harvey 1990’s Commercial

In 2005 Sandra took a break from designing and removed herself from the Los Angeles scene when her husband and also the father of her 2 young boys was killed when hit by a drunk driver.  Sandra had always been a dedicated, loving, and great mother.  With the loss of her husband she needed to switch focus and put 100 percent of herself into helping her children through this difficult time , and create a fun world for them to grow up in.
One afternoon the words of her late husband came to her, as clear as if he was standing next to her.  The feeling of warm hand on her shoulder and the words “Take my boys to my home” filled the room, echoed in her ears, and stuck in her mind for days.
As a little girl Sandra’s father used to take her to Arkansas every summer. He would tell her about the south, about ghosts and banshees, and swamps. He would show her how to catch fireflys and appreciate nature and the unique peace and magic that is found in the more quite and still parts of the world.  Sandra has always been connected to the South in one  way or another. Her late husband and his entire family were originally from North Carolina.
Despite what people were telling her during this dark time in her life, leaving everything and starting over in North Carolina just made sense to her. She knew this was where she needed to raise her children, and she felt guided to North Carolina from her husbands words that she heard from beyond the grave.  She just somehow knew deep down that this was a place where they could all heal. Leaving her entire life , her friends, her family, her business, and her beautiful Laguna Beach home. Sandra packed up her 2 boys, their cat, and a few of her most precious things and move to the small mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina.  Now this was way before Asheville was a destination, and before it was known for its fine dining and foodie culture.
The Culinary Girl Short Film 2014 Asheville NC

Sandra and her boys spent their first few years in Asheville just trying to adjust to having lost her Husband and the boys father. They would spend summers on the river, take trips out to Charleston and Savannah to visit the ocean. She also got a family dog, and  built a very wonderful organic garden for all of them to work in. It was during this time is when Sandra started becoming interested in the Culinary world.
Soon the town of Asheville started to grow and quality restaurants sprung up all over downtown, there were new 4 and 5 star chefs moving in every month. Sandra soon made friends with many of these chefs and restaurant owners.  Still not ready to go back to designing, Sandra became fascinated with the passion, and dedication and the almost militant type discipline she witnessed from many of chefs and restaurant owners.  Sandra wanted to understand this first hand.  So… She enrolled in the Culinary Program at AB – Tech.  Studying both Culinary, and Baking Science at the same time. Sandra quickly became immersed in the Culinary world.

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Over the 2 years of her formal education, Sandra has worked over 1500 hours volunteering in various restaurants, performing demos, doing food prep and service for many different events. Some of which include: the Seasonal School of Culinary Arts, the Asheville Wine and Food Festival, Star Chefs new york , the IACP, and countless other events.   She never backed away from the hard work, the cleaning, or any of the more difficult duties of a culinary student. All while being a very active and fun Mother to her boys that were quickly turning into young men.
Spending day after day in school Sandra would hear the girls talk about how their uniforms were stiff and unflattering, and the men would often mention how hot and uncomfortable they would get in their uniforms.  Sandra spent two years in those uniforms herself so she knew first hand. For Sandra her biggest issue was with the baggy sleeves that don’t stay rolled up, and the stiff non flexible materials.
These were clearly uniforms, these were not made by a designer or a person who had done a hard days work in a professional kitchen.  They were not made with any real understanding of what the title chef means to those who work so hard to earn it,  or to those who spend hours laboring in the kitchen as cooks.  As Sandra would go to school and work in the kitchen and stage in various restaurants the design started to appear in her minds eye.   The real challenge was to make something highly functional, yet fashionable, and at the same time pay tribute and respect to the men and women who spend their lives working in kitchen. To give them a coat they could not only work in, but show pride in.  It would be another 2 years of diligence, dedication, and overcoming many set backs to finally see her dream realized.
In school, Sandra earned the respect and admiration of her instructors, her fellow students, and many of the countries top chefs. She was featured in the AB Tech course catalog as an Entrepreneur of the Culinary Industry. Her coats appeared on Good Morning America, and were featured by Martha Stewart Made in America. She has had numerous publications, articles, and radio spots all singing her praises. But Sandra measures her success by what her clients say. Sandra still takes the time to personally write and call each of her clients. She has built her company on hard work and there was never a doubt that her product would be American Made. Even when keeping her product made in America caused her numerous set backs in production, she never wavered and even helped bring sewing jobs to North Carolina by doing so. She personally oversees and runs her company with old fashioned American values where customer service and her strong connection to her customers is the most important thing to her. She currently has a client list of executive chefs, cooks, bakers, caterers, and other culinary professionals from every continent,  and she keeps in contact with all of them personally.
 Original concept sketches done in between classes and labs while attending AB Tech.
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~ From concept to reality ~
Sandra Harvey Women’s Brigade style in White
The SHD culinary line by Sandra Harvey was born from a combination years of formal education, research, hands on kitchen experience, and design knowledge. She often says the Original SHD Brigade coat was Inspired by Georges Auguste Escoffier.  The original SHD Chef Coat is a brigade design, hand cut, hand sewn,and 100 percent American made from the finest fabrics on earth. The coat is Light weight, it moves and works with you, the sleeves stay in place when pushed up,  the coat is cut and designed only the way someone with over 20 years of design experience can. Yet it is durable and functions under real conditions in a way only someone with real working culinary experience could design. This coat is the marriage of a master designer, and a chef created by a Woman who truly loves both worlds.   Every last detail is perfect.  The women’s feature hidden side pockets, a high collar, elegant cuffs, over sized high quality 1 inch buttons, and can be worn both open and buttoned. Sandra also takes custom orders , and has an amazing Men’s line featuring shoulder epaulettes.
Designer Sandra Harvey
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Still based in Asheville North Carolina, Sandra is now in her 4th year of production. This year the AB Tech Culinary team will all be dressed in SHD as they enter the Nationals. SHD will also have a booth just off the main event stage at this years National Restaurant Association event in Chicago from May the 16 – 19th 2015. At this even she will unveil her newest chef coat and chef pants.
The last thing I will say about Sandra is that she refuses to compromise quality, she is a patriot, she is a humanitarian, and she has a flawless reputation for always paying her employees, models, and photographers very well. She is Loved by all who know her.
Sandra Harvey Links
On Instagram
Company Sayings and Slogans
“How does your chef coat fit you?”
“Elegance reigns in the kitchen”
“A beautiful presentation starts on your way to work”
“Wear something the boys can’t”
“Chefs do it with knives and torches”
Company Logo  : Sandra Harvey underlined with Sewing Needle
Company Mascot  : Chef Trizzella Pin Up
Company Mascot  : Chef Trizzella Cartoon
Crossed Knives  Asheville NC
 Behind the Scenes of Culinary Girl Short Film
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Half Hearted Girl - a love story

On one side of the world a girl is born with half of a heart

At the very same time on the other side of the world a boy is born with half a soul

 One day they meet in the the very middle of the world


The Half Hearted Girl –Book reviews

Blogger review on Wordpress by Aaron Writes:
The Half Hearted Girl is a skillfully written and superbly illustrated children’s book about a little girl that is born missing half of her heart. As the girl grows up she seeks out all things that are whole hearted, but never seems to be able to fill the empty part of her heart.  On the other side of the world is a boy that was born missing half of his soul, as he grows he tries to fill his life with soulful things but never fully feels whole inside.  When one day the two of them set out on their own journeys, each seeking to find something in the world that fill the part of them that is missing.  Their journeys lead them to the very  same spot at the very same time. The middle of the earth.  The girl and the boy go on many adventures together and in the end they both find what they were looking for…  This is a book that transcends age , race, and gender and has a very strong appeal to a much a older audience.

What is hidden deep in this book past a summary, is more than just a story of a boy and girl. It is more than just a coming of age tale, and more than a story of hope and love.  While the story is not written in rhyme the book has this amazing poetic flow, each page playing a perfect parallel with the next, the book is what I would define as “perfectly symmetrical” but what amazes me even more than this brilliant writing style is that no where in the book does it feel forced, the story flows from page to page so well that you may not even notice the symmetry at first.  The black and white art style and the lay out of the book also ties into the symmetry of the writing  flawlessly.
The book is a quick read, with large print and being under 80 pages, but it is deep, it evokes real emotion of longing, sadness, wanting, discovery, friendship, fulfillment, acceptance, and love.  It is a great coffee table book, a great book for swinging in a hammock, a great coming of age tale, and a tremendous accomplishment by Author Sandra Harvey.
The short Q&A section and Mini Journal in the back of the book are wonderful editions.
The Half Hearted Girl is available here: Buy: The Half Hearted Girl
The Half Hearted Girl is a black and white fully illustrated book. I wish it was easier for me to classify this book, but it simply stands alone. I want to be clear that this book is by no means some obscure novelty book. With a page count of around 100 and with so many illustrations it is hard to classify by modern literary classifications. I think of it more like a modern fairy tale. This is a book you would have seen in books stores 70 years ago. It is similar to some of the works of Hans Christian Andersen. I call it a modern fairy tale because their is no physical antagonist in this story. The challenge our protagonist has to face is that of an internal nature. The main theme of this story is about love and soul mates and how meeting another person can sometimes help us become a more complete person ourselves. The story follows the life of The Half Hearted Girl and her quest to seek out wholehearted things. When one day she discovers something special. This discovery sends her off on an adventure. The author now tells a parallel story of The Half Soul Boy. Who one day also discovers something that leads him off on an adventure of his own. Layered inside of the main story line is a coming of age tale with some very significant and meaningful insights about life, the emptiness we all feel inside at times, and the great mortal coil . There is a real longing so many of us feel to try something new, to meet someone new, to go someplace new, and to find out what is over the horizon. We often think that somehow we will find what ever it is we are missing if we just keep looking, but somehow it's always just one more step away. Often times as humans be do not appreciate who and what we have around us, and how amazing our lives are until we seek out the unknown. What do most of us find out there beyond the rim of the world? Well, some of us do find our Soul Mates, but we also find the answer to our own unique question, the same question that set us on our journey to begin with. The answer more often than not is that all we need, all we love, and all that matters was always there all along we just needed to see the world and to gain knowledge; we just needed to meet new people to gain experiences, so that through comparison we can see who we are, where we come from, and what matters most to each of us. We often get restless and start feeling trapped. This is something a lot of us deal with all of our lives. Perhaps we feel like the daily routine is like living with half of a heart or half, of half of a soul. Sometimes we just have to get far enough away from those things, those people, and those places and to realize there is nothing out there in the unknown that we will find under some rock that will somehow complete our lives and make everything perfect. Even when we find the one thing we seek it always comes with a choice. After all isn't life often about giving up something you want, for something you want more? That is my own interpretation of the story, I do feel the author may have had a more literal meaning in mind, but that is one of the wonderful things about every story I have read from Sandra Harvey. Ultimately it is for you to decide. Do not miss out on this incredibly wonderful and life changing story, with amazing illustrations by Calum Jones.

Format: Kindle Edition
The Half Hearted Girl is such a lovely and adventure filled graphic novel!

The sweet and beautiful story coupled with the amazing illustrations made for a really enjoyable read. There is a Tim Burton vibe I get from this book and so I was completely enthralled with both the story and images.
This story is one I feel both children and adults (who are still children inside) will really enjoy reading, there is adventure and love on each and every page which filled the void of the empty half of my own half heart.
The rough and ready look of the illustrations really worked with the story and looked stunning as the only colours used were black and white which contrasted really well on the page.
I would really recommend to all who would like an easy going and lovely read!
Here is a link to my video review!

This review is from: The Half Hearted Girl (Paperback)
I thought "The Half Hearted Girl" has a general sweetness about it, September 18, 2014
I thought "The Half Hearted Girl" has a general sweetness about it, with the illustrations setting the visual stage of what is to become a classic.Reading it made me think about my childhood and finding my first puppy love, lol.I could have totally imagined reading this to my kids when they were young,and them asking me many questions after.I loved this book! And i think you will too.I plan to pass it on to my friend with a young daughter,so that she can read it to her and answer her questions after.This will make a great Christmas gift! Bravo Sandra and Calum!!
Format: Paperback
This is a story that I'll return to again and again... and it will probably resonate slightly differently each time I read it! I absolutely loved it!!
Although perhaps written with a younger adult audience in mind, this is a story that will move readers of all ages. Beautifully written and presented, the exquisite black and white contrasting illustrations truly capture the soulful essence of this wonderful tale. This is a stunningly beautiful book and already a favourite for me!

The Half Hearted Girl is part graphic novel, modern fairy tale, romance, adventure, and storybook.
This book is packed with tons of amazing illustrations.

Available in the USA - The Half Hearted Girl
Available in the UK - The Half Hearted Girl - UK

Monday, December 29, 2014

About Corazon of the Outer Banks #horses #childrensbook

Available in English Corazon of the Outer Banks

I wrote a story for children about a Spanish Horse named Corazon. Inspired by my own experience meeting a Banker Horse when I visited the Outer Banks in North Carolina in the Spring of 2012

I first saw him standing by the waters edge alone, although he was amongst several wild banker Horses.
What aroused my attention was his aloofness and gentle spirit. He seemed to wander alone slowly while his friends, the other Bankers ran up and down the shoreline.

 I felt a deep immediate love for the horse and so I named him Corazon.
Corazon is the Spanish word for heart, and love. I wanted to run my hands along his side and look into his eyes...I am positive his eyes were as far away as mine are, for he just stared out towards Spain, his home from afar.

I pondered for days what he was possibly thinking, and I imagined myself as a child befriending him. I think of him fondly from time to time.

Corazon of the Outer Banks is a story about a little boy visiting the outer banks with his mother, alone he wanders the shoreline and comes across a horse sitting staring out to the sea.

A story filled with magical realism and I look forward to sharing him.

The Art is amazing and fully captures the feel and emotions of the story.
I am fortunate to have Calum Jones as the Artist.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Growing up Gothic

I was raised in a house by the Sea on Gothic Literature, Opera, and the songs of Johnny Cash. My father being Irish was always telling us scary stories about dark creatures and broken hearted ghosts wandering in the night looking for their loved ones...creepy for sure, but I loved it. He took us fishing into the deep South where he grew up, taught us to shoot a gun and a pistol (beer bottles on a log) and he made us feel protected and loved. I adored him and thought he was the handsomest man. My mother, being the elegant creature she still is, made sure we listened to classical music, and drank our Tea with a book. But is was her garden where I learned the most about her.

What I gained from the influence of both my parents allowed me to wander off into the darker realms of my own imagination and it formed me as a woman, and as a mother. I never knew what it was like to live in a house with beige walls or earth tones, our home was alive in color drenched hues of golds and violets.

I remember being terribly horrified by how boring most my friends homes were, sadly so were their Parents.
So of course I have raised my children on the very same dark and romantic stories of lost love and ghosts wandering down lonely highways. They love it as do I

Monday, June 16, 2014

Spanish Birthday Cake

I love things that are Spanish and have a Spanish influence such as Mexico.
Give me the day of the dead over Christmas anytime.
My cooking reflects my desire for warm summer nights imagined in Spain while the sound of the sea mingled with orange blossoms waft and echo across the sky.

So for Birthdays I make things with a Spanish twist, like chocolate skull lollypops and almond cake with chocolate ganache.

1.bake a almond sponge (use fresh ground almond flour whenever possible)
2.trim edges and thinly slice into three layers
3.make a warm apricot glaze and coat between each layer (use apricot jam heated till runny)
4.spread melted chocolate over top layer (chocolate chips)
5.hand roll marzipan until soft and pliable, roll into a thin layer, cover cake, trim excess. (almond paste)
6.heat heavy cream to simmer  (2 parts cream to 1 part chocolate ratio)
7.pour cream over chocolate chips, let sit till soft and stir until smooth
7.pour liquid ganache through a sieve over cake (cake should be on a screen) let cool
8.make a candy garnish.