The December Issue

It's the most wonderful time of the year! The time when the December issue of Martha Stewart Living arrives in my mailbox! While almost every issue of MSL is a delight, there is always something special about the December issue for me. The editors really seem to push it, to give it their all for this holiday-themed issue. This year they really did a superb job of making the magazine feel modern, fresh and fun, with just the right balance of nostalgia and tradition. It's really, really good! Look for it on newsstands now!


Martha's American Made Summit 2016 Happens This Weekend!

Beginning this Friday, Martha Stewart and Sequential Brands Group, Inc. will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Martha Stewart American Made program with a star-studded, bigger-than-ever event. The program will commence on Friday, October 21 with a Cocktail Reception at Manhattan's One World Observatory, followed by the American Made Summit, a full day of entrepreneurial empowerment panels and workshops on Saturday, October 22 at the iconic Martha Stewart headquarters in the Starrett-Lehigh building at 601 West 26th Street.
Innovators, celebrity entrepreneurs, and successful business owners confirmed to participate in this year's American Made Summit include:
Martha Stewart will lead this exciting roster of speakers to teach and inspire guests over the course of the day, which will include networking and roundtable discussions, targeted learning sessions, and an American food tasting cocktail party. Guests will also have the opportunity to network with other makers from across the country who are reinvigorating their cities, towns, and the American economy.
By purchasing a ticket to the 2016 American Made Summit ($500-$900), guests will also receive access to the Shop the Makers event, which will include 120 vendors across categories of technology, food/beverage, clothing, accessories, d├ęcor, furniture, and gifts. The shop will be open to Summit guests on Saturday, October 22 and open to the public on Sunday, October 23. 
"I am extremely proud of American Made and the attention it brings to the highly creative, hardworking individuals who are sparking change in their communities and industries," Martha said. "I am thrilled to continue this national recognized program for the fifth year as an extension of the Martha Stewart brand. Having started my own business over 25 years ago, I know the passion it takes to succeed in pursuing the American dream, and I look forward each year to helping others do so."
It's not too late to attend! Click here to read more and purchase your tickets.

Martha Stewart Cafe Expands Nationwide

You may no longer have to travel all the way to New York City to visit the Martha Stewart Cafe. Martha Stewart Living is poised to open more cafes across the United States in the coming months. A Martha Stewart Cafe recently opened at a Macy's store in Sacramento and a Macy's in Dallas is also slated to open a Martha Stewart Cafe before the New Year. As with the flagship cafe in New York City, the new locations will offer a variety of coffees and teas, pastries and snacks - all of which were personally selected by Martha. Bags of coffee and canisters of tea are also available to buy to brew at home, including Martha's Blend Coffee and Martha's Breakfast Blend tea, my personal favourite. I'm excited about the potential announcement of more locations: perhaps even one near you!
No cafe near you? You can also purchase products online at marthastewartcafe.com. They ship anywhere in the United States.


Season Seven of Martha Bakes on PBS

I really can't believe that it's been seven years since Martha Bakes began. It's such a great show - so instructional and fun. In this seventh season, which began airing on October 8th, Martha takes us through a veritable dessert buffet of regional delights from around the United States: tarts and cakes and pies and loaves, from the Midwest to New England, from the Southwest to the Great Lakes. It sounds like a great series. Be sure to check your local PBS listings to find out when it's on in your area. Click here to see the full 13-episode lineup for the season.

The November Issue

The November issue of Martha Stewart Living is on newsstands now and is making its way to subscriber mailboxes. I love the cover: the symmetry, the warmth. I have not yet seen the issue, but I've heard from several fans that it's filled with loads of inspiration for Thanksgiving and the fall season. I can't wait to sit down and page through it!


Two New Books for the Martha Reader

There are two great new books in stores now that are worth seeking out. Both of them were written by Martha Stewart Living alumni! The first is a beautiful book called "In Bloom" about using flowers and floral motifs in interior design by photographer Ngoc Minh Ngo, who also photographed Martha's most recent book, "Vegetables." We saw a preview of this gorgeous book in the October issue of Martha Stewart Living. The second book is the third and final installment of Lucinda Scala-Quinn's Mad Hungry series; "Mad Hungry Family" compiles all of the essential recipes to feed a family healthily and quickly in a manner that is also satisfying - not only to the appetite but to the soul as well. I hope to have both of these books in my collection in the next few weeks! I hope you will check them out too!


Meet Martha in Toronto!

Martha Stewart will be in Toronto on Tuesday, October 4th, to officially launch the Martha Stewart Collection at Hudson's Bay and Home Outfitters stores across Canada! You can meet Martha between 5pm and 6pm at the Hudson's Bay store on Queen Street. The introduction of the Martha Stewart Collection to Canadian consumers has been a long time coming and I'm so excited to finally have access to so many of these great products! I will not be attending this event, unfortunately, since I no longer live in Toronto and will not be able to travel there that week. I would have liked to have said hi! For more details, visit the Queen Street Hudson's Bay store or call (416) 861-9111.