FRESH PERSPECTIVES with Jaime K: Lehigh Valley Style November 2014 Issue

Snag your print copy of Lehigh Valley Style magazine for my latest column with some unique gift ideas and back stories on three of the most creative locals I know:


Wendy Landiak of Shankara Vegan Restaurant, patron saint of LV vegan food since as long as I can remember! Learn about how she got started in cooking (she catered for Deepak Chopra!), the many incarnations of her eateries, and how to get hands-down the best brunch on earth right here in South Bethlehem;

Andy V. of Andy Vasquez Furniture, local skater/nice guy who makes the most jaw-dropping gorgeous handcrafted furniture and home accessories from wood. If you like midcentury modern, rustic chic, or kitchen cutting boards shaped like the state of Pennsylvania, he’s your guy;

Marissa Wetzel of Everlasting Image, miracle worker who uses photoshop to create beautiful portraits of babies who passed away before photos of them without medical tubes and wires were ever taken. I was in awe the first time I saw her work

PLUS! A vegan recipe created just for LV Style readers.

My column “Fresh Perspectives with Jaime K” is a bi-monthly column where I get to personally choose to shine the spotlight on creatives, small business owners, unique shops, community builders, and the best vegan eats in the Lehigh Valley, PA. If you know someone who would make a great fit, I’d love to hear about them.



Weekend Cuteness: Pet adoptions!

I’ve decided to make a recurring weekly theme – listing adorable animals waiting to be adopted at local shelters!

I suppose the people in my current city of the Lehigh Valley, PA and surrounding areas would be the likeliest candidates of folks who could take these particular pets home, but maybe it will encourage you to support your local shelter, wherever you are!

And at the very least, it’s an excuse to look at cute animals. As if you needed another one.

Gabby – English Bulldog Gabby ended up at the shelter because her pervious owners found “no use” for her since she couldn’t have babies. They must have been complete idiots – obviously she’s the cutest ball of chubby love with arms and legs sticking out!   Read more about her, and get her foster mom’s info here:

I have to move along because if I keep looking at that picture my head is going to literally explode. I cannot handle how freaking adorable she is. AHHH!

Coco Chanel – Basset Hound A glamorous name for a glamorous dog! Look at the rest of her pictures to see those long, flowing ears looking so shiny! Her description says she has “elegant bassetude”. If a dog is so wonderful it causes you to make up words, she must be something special. Check her out here:

Sammy – Tuxedo, Domestic Long-Hair This handsome little guy looks like a well-dressed puffball (or an allergy attack, if you’re me). Need a handsome date to cuddle up to and watch all this crazy weather? He looks so nice and soft!  His description even says he loves to give kisses.  Read more about him here:

Damon – Black and White, Domestic Short-Hair Can you feel your heart breaking looking at that picture? I know. I’m sorry. It hurts, doesn’t it? He is just so darn CUTE. As a kitten, he has a ton of energy. Apparently, he has some allergy issues as well, so his new mom or dad needs to make sure they can take care of him. But look at that face. Look at it. Now go here so you can apply for the adoption:

Beuford – Bloodhound I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bloodhound in person, so this fellow really caught my eye. Although he’s big, he’s young! Bloodhounds are described as “kind, patient, noble and mild-mannered”, so don’t let his size intimidate you. Give this oversized teddy bear a chance, and read more here:

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