Archive | May, 2010

The Classic Framed Shoulder Bag

28 May

  • Lanvin Toucouleur Besace
  • Yves Saint Laurent Medium Pochette
  • Roger Vivier Carlita
  • Chanel 2.55
  • Marc Jacobs The Single
  • Chloé Louise
  • Proenza Schouler Mini Messenger PS1
  • Céline Classic Flap Box Bag
  • Hermes Constance
  • Yves Saint Laurent Mini Twee
This season marks a return to understated luxury and elegance. Bid adieu to gaudy logos and heavy hardware, and say hello to the new “anti-it” bag. Demure, feminine, and utterly romantic, they’re perfect companions for bicycle rides through the countryside and late afternoon lunches on the piazza. Simple, classic, timeless and made from the highest quality materials and workmanship, these are investment piece that will be treasured by both you and your granddaughter alike.
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Slow Food

26 May


Eating well and eating right is an art and should be approached with the same awareness, care, and patience as cultivating personal style. Food is one of life’s greatest pleasures and all my best memories feature distinct tastes- rosemary in Potrero, limoncello in Florence, beer at Coors Field.

My relationship with food is full of love and adoration- we were not destined to be star-crossed lovers! There are certain tastes I love unequivocally- Amaretto Gelato, Pain au Chocolates, Red Wine, Shellfish, Avocados.

But after a long winter full of unfettered indulgences, I find myself in the company of a…plushness (I’m very diplomatic!) that my ever compassionate and forgiving knits (bless them!) have heretofore been charged with the lofty burden of hiding (pr geniuses!). But with the coming of the warm weather, their tour of service is complete and I must reluctantly discharge them.

So what’s a girl- especially one who loves food with such ardor- to do? Turn to the French! Bien sûr!

…The
Louis Vuitton Fall 2010 show (show stopper!) starring the gorgeous Laetitia Casta already has me feeling better!

Photo: Instyle.com

…So does reading French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano, who provides a blissful alternative to burying one’s weight woes in bon bons and brioche:

“You have to be ready to embrace pleasure and individual happiness as your goals…discover and cultivate your pleasures…pay attention to yourself-to what delights you” and gradually find balance. Sounds wonderful! Let’s begin!


Over the next week, I will eat only fruits, vegetables, brown rice, and lean meats, and drink water, pure cranberry juice, and green tea. Ideally, this will cleanse my palette so that I’ll no longer be seduced by the foods that neither delight me nor do me any good, but nevertheless feature prominently in my diet.

Recipe Ideas:

  • A hearty vegetable soup chock full of celery, green peppers, spring onions, carrots, and cabbage and seasoned to perfection with sea salt, ground pepper, and fresh parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme from the herb garden
  • Braised Belgium endive
  • Vine-ripe tomatoes lightly drizzled in olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette, and garlic
  • Sauteed bok choy with garlic and soy sauce
  • Strawberry and mango smoothies

I think I’m going to enjoy this! Do you have any recipe ideas?

P.S. I can’t recommend Born to Run enough! And check out my post on Natural Remedies for Asthma.

Seattle

25 May
Pike Place Market

My honey and I drove down to Seattle for the Victoria Day Long Weekend. We had a wonderful time exploring the city- taking in the sites, cheering for the Mariners, eating amazing seafood! Check out my guide to Packing for Seattle.

The Very First Starbucks


Fishmongers, Pike Place Market

Sur La Table

Byrnie Utz Hats
Pioneer Square
Safeco Field
The Space Needle

Myrtle Edwards Park

Seattle Marriott Waterfront

Check out Seattle Band, Hey Marseilles:

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Pink Berry Mini Pavlova

21 May


As a child, I thought that clouds must taste like cotton candy. How silly I was then! Now I know better- they taste like pavlova!

Named after Russian Prima Ballerina Anna Pavlova, this ethereal confection from New Zealand is simply delightful.

Ingredients:

  • Egg Whites, 3/4 cup
  • Cream of Tartar, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Vanilla Extract, 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • Salt, pinch
  • Corn Starch, 1 1/2 tablespoon
  • Granulated Sugar, 2 cups
  • Whipping Cream, 1 pint
  • Fresh Berries, 1 pint

Meringue:

  • Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
  • Mix Cornstarch and 1 1/2 cups Sugar in a small bowl.
  • Whip Egg Whites, Cream of Tartar, and Salt in a mixer until small peaks form.
  • Increase speed and add Corn Starch and Sugar Mixture.
  • Add Vanilla Extract and whip until meringue is glossy and stiff peaks form.
  • Pipe meringue into large rounds on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees and bake for 1 hour.

Cream:

  • Beat Whipping Cream and 1/2 cup Sugar in a mixer until cream thickens.

Pink Berry Pavlova:

  • Pour cream over meringue and add berries!

Summer Berries & Ices in Sugar Tuiles

15 May


When the weather starts getting warm, all I feel like eating is fresh fruit. Nothing says summer like these delicious and stylish treats!

Recipe from: Neiman Marcus Taste: Timeless American Recipes.

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries, hulled & quartered, 1 cup
  • Raspberries, Blackberries, or Blueberries, 1 cup
  • Grand Marnier, 1 tablespoon
  • Light Brown Sugar, 1 tablespoon + 3/4 cup
  • Mint Leaves, chopped, 1/4 cup + sprigs for garnish
  • Black Pepper, 1/4 teaspoon
  • Unsalted Butter, 1/2 cup
  • Corn Syrup, 1/2 cup
  • All-Purpose Flour, 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon Gelato

Berries:

  • Wash and dry berries and place in a large bowl.
  • Sprinkle Grand Marnier and 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar over berries and mix gently.
  • Add mint and pepper and mix again.
  • Cover and refrigerate to chill.

Tuiles:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine Butter, 3/4 cup Brown Sugar, and Corn Syrup in a sauce pan and bring to a boil.
  • Boil for 15 seconds and remove from heat.
  • Whisk in flour.
  • Sieve the mixture onto a baking sheet to cool completely.
  • Place small rounds of mixture far apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 8 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  • Carefully lift each tuiles and drape it over the bottom of a tumbler to form little basket shapes.
  • Let cool completely before removing.

Summer Berries & Ices in Sugar Tuiles:

  • Place some of the berry mixture in the tuiles baskets.
  • Add a generous scoop of Lemon Gelato.
  • Garnish with Sprig of Mint.

Slow Style

13 May


Having moved around a lot, I’m wary of amassing more than can fit neatly into a suitcase. I have always been a minimalist and love the freedom it affords. I don’t mean to paint myself some barefoot ascetic who has shunned the material world- far from it! I just don’t like to have anything extraneous in my life that I don’t absolutely adore.

I think the key to achieving a carefully curated, uncluttered life is to seek beauty in everything and to truly know your personal style and aesthetic. Invest in yourself and what you love, slowly and patiently with care and attention to detail. As the venerable Yves Saint Laurent said: “Fashion fades, style is eternal.”

I try to build my wardrobe around essentials, classic luxe basics the exemplify the highest quality and workmanship. My eternally graceful grandmother, who never left the house without lipstick, believed that a girl in possession of a great haircut, coat, and pair of shoes is unstoppable! Here are my Top 10 Essentials:

  1. Cashmere Sweater
  2. Slim Trouser
  3. Blazer
  4. Black Leather Bag
  5. Little Black Dress
  6. Black Kohl Eyeliner
  7. Trench Coat
  8. Watch
  9. Boots
  10. Flats

What are your top 10 wardrobe essentials?

Style Inspiration: Diane Kruger in Saint-Tropez

13 May


Reading Garance’s heady description of the fantastical Chanel pétanque contest at the Place des Lices, I was very nearly swept away to Saint-Tropez. How adorable is Diane Kruger?!

  • Hermes Constance Bag
  • Dries Van Noten Woven Leather Brogues
  • Borsalino Ramie Hat
  • Gipsy Kings Music
  • Farmer’s Market Basket
  • Frederic Fekkai Beach Waves
  • Blouson Noir Raffia Bra Top
  • Prada Floral Applique Thong Sandals
  • Chanel Spring-Summer 2010 Tweeded Tulle Skirt With Crinoline
  • Cutout Camisole