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.


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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

Design Inspiration

4 May
Photo Courtesy of byrdiegyrl
Photo by Arthur Rothstein, 1936

Great Danes
Espasso Asturias Armchair by Carlos Motta on
Sculpture by Matthew Spender
Mixed Media Painting by Lauren Taylor

Design Aesthetic: Minimalist, Navajo, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, & Tuscany
Materials: Adobe, Cast Iron, Cast Stone, Coral, Drift Wood, Reclaimed Wood, Slate, & Terracotta
Plants: Cacti, Lavender, Succulents, White Orchids, & Wild Flowers
Luxuries: Cashmere Throws, Fire Pits, Paintings, Sculptures, & Sheep Skin Rugs

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4 May

I feel so incredibly blessed- to be married to my best friend, to have such amazing friends and family, to live in this beautiful place…. It’s amazing to think about everything that has conspired to bring me to this exact moment in time. Here are some things from my early years that have influenced and shaped me:

I. Senecio, Paul Klee, 1922
I used to stare at this image for hours, appreciating its innocent beauty but sensing there was something I wasn’t seeing, something I didn’t understand. Only now do I see the old man’s face where once I only saw the child’s.

II. Navajo Yei Blanket
My mom spent a year teaching special education at Borrego Pass, a remote Navajo reservation in Northwest New Mexico near Grants and Gallop. I remember setting off into the blue distance to embark on unknown adventures with my sister and brother, and winding our way home by the trading post to buy Black Cows.

III. Sacrifice & Indulgence, Mario Torroella
The Torroella’s are our oldest family friends. I used to love attending their annual Christmas Eve fete and feeling ever so sophisticated admiring the beautiful art while eating olive oil drenched artichoke hearts.

IV. Au Bon Pain
If I were to stage a play of my childhood on a shoestring budget, Au Bon Pain could foreseeably serve as the single set backdrop. So much of my life unfolded here at this French cafe, the epicenter of Cambridge culture. I can always return and see the same cast of characters that held court there over twenty years ago.

V. Provence 55, Elliot Erwitt, 1955
I still dream of this picturesque Provencial scene that had a prominent place beside our dining table.

VI. Madeline
A Francophile from 4, I adored the story of Madeline: her sassy attitude and penchant for trouble with red hair to match; her covetous wardrobe of Mary Janes and pinafores with sweet Peter Pan collars; her charming paramour Pepito, the Spanish Ambassador’s son; her lovely puppy, Genevieve.

VII. Upstairs at the Pudding
As a little girl, I was in awe of my sister and her friend Charlotte, who wore pink Chanel skirts from Filene’s Basement and wrote fabulous plays in the style of Tennessee Williams and could not abide Katharine Hepburn. Miraculously, they always made me feel very much a part of their group as we strolled through Cambridge discussing flower faeries and secret houses and tendrils. I always loved going for Sunday Brunch at Charlotte’s Mother’s Restaurant and scoffing at the well-coiffed Harvard boys of the Hasty Pudding Club over virgin mimosas.

VIII. The Godfather
Faced with a deluge of entreaties, my mom took me to see the twenty-fifth anniversary re-release of The Godfather. At the time, Mario Puzo was my favorite writer and the mafia was my favorite genre. Children are very funny without realizing it!

IX. Garden of the Gods
I was born in Colorado and will always have the spirit of the West coursing through my veins.

Southern Inspired

28 Apr
Broad Street, Charleston, South Carolina
Photo: Charleston CVB

It is a true testament to Southern hospitality that this reluctant Northern transplant, inextricably wed to her somber Yankee black and broad Yankee A’s, grew to love the South. I spent a couple of my formative years in South Carolina, attending Heathwood Hall, a private Episcopal school full of seersucker and paisley and Roman Numerals and the nicest people on earth. Reading South of Broad, Pat Conroy’s latest novel, has me waxing nostalgic for those bygone days of Friday night football games and trips to the state fair and getaways to Charleston and Huntington Beach.

Hastings Racecourse, Vancouver

Embracing my adopted Southern roots, my honey and I headed off for Opening Day at the horse races. I love the thrill of hearing The Call to the Post, seeing the horses burst forth from the starting gate, and turning in a winning ticket! And drinking mint juleps all the while…

I know little about the intricate play of pedigree and privilege that pervades Southern Society like the Spanish moss on oak trees. But I know much about the luxuries The South affords to those who allow themselves to be seduced by its genteel charm. Luxuries like Mint Juleps for starters!

Guinness-Battered Fish & Chips

27 Apr

I love eating fish and chips drenched in vinegar on the seafront on an overcast day! It reminds me of Ireland, of day trips to Howth and weekend holidays to Dingle. My honey and I revere a good fish and chips and have scoured the world in search of the best. This recipe certainly holds its own!

This recipe was adapted from fellow Vancouver Blogger, Vancity Allie. Her recipes are always amazing, like this Toasted Walnut Banana Bread and this Pizza!


Oil, 2 cups for frying
Flour, 2 cups + 1/2 cup for dredging
Baking Powder, 1 tablespoon
Baking Soda, 1/2 teaspoon
Salt, 1 teaspoon
Pepper, 1 teaspoon
Cayenne, 1/2 teaspoon
Parsley, fresh from the garden, 2 tablespoons chopped
Egg, 1 large
Guinness, 1 pint can
Halibut, 2 steaks
Russet Potatoes, peeled and cut, 5 large
Olive Oil, 4 tablespoons for drizzling
Salt, to taste
Pepper, freshly ground, to taste

Guinness Batter
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt, Pepper, Cayenne, and Parsley.
  • Mix in egg.
  • Add Guinness and whisk until smooth.
  • Heat Oil in a deep frying pan.
  • Coat the fish in flour.
  • Dip in batter.
  • Fry in oil for 4-5 minutes until crispy and golden brown.
  • Peel Russet Potatoes and cut into thin strips.
  • Soak in salted water for 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Dry in a cloth.
  • Lay potato strips out on a foil lined baking sheet.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
  • Soak in vinegar!
  • Bon Appetit!