Wednesday, November 30, 2011

need


Sophie Theallet Spring 2012 image by Marcio Madeira/firstVIEW
sometimes I see a dress and I simply cannot stop myself from obsessing over it. I create these stories myself in it. Visions of me wearing the dress while running to catch a taxi or squeezing past a stranger in a crowded party, seated with my girls on a giant banquette while drinking a dark and stormy in it. Oh how a beautiful dress can make my mind go wild.

the best things in life are free






I just want to live in a bikini, by the water, with my friends and family, my bulldog, kids, music and french fries around me at all times. It's that simple.

the ideal duo









images: 1. Vanessa Jackman 2. My Heart Beats for Vogue 3. Olsen's Anonymous 4 and 5. stockholm street style

the only thing better than spotting chic girl friends strolling the streets is being a part of the duo yourself.

it makes a life better






images from mi casa es su casa, because i'm addicted and the selby

Having a home base means everything. It's safety, it's love, it's comfort, it's freedom. I hope my children always have that as I've had with 12 stone hollow way.

captivated by the rays


heading to the beach very soon. I cannot wait to wear a blinding look of all white.
1. Karla Colletto Halterneck Swimsuit, $205
2. Preen Line Jenny Belted Stretch Cotton-Drill Dress, $555
3. Timex White Watch, $60
4. Topshop White Long Sleeve Button Down Shirt, $66
5. Hive and Honey Color Block Necklace, $30
6. Rag & Bone Barbette Striped Mesh Dress, $395
7. Kate Spade Franca Sunglasses, $128
8. Pencey Orsino Platforms, $149

image from here.

Bellinis and suits

Tonight I had the privilege of attending an event at cipriani for the tourette syndrome association with the gorgeous Kris (from young married chic) and the extraordinary Chrissy (birthday girl!).

I have to say it was beyond my expectations, in every way. The company, the Bellinis, the video by the TSA, the little boy max that stole everyone's heart, the auction item that got away (um, nevis?!?).

So grateful to kris (and her lovely hubby) for the kind invite. It meant the world to be there, next to you, taking it all in. xo

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

fantastical






1. Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 2. BACKSTAGE: Alexander McQueen Spring 2012 and 3. Chanel Spring 2012, 4. Lanvin Spring 2012 ALL photographed by Kevin Tachman

I'm never far from mesmerized by the drama and exquisite beauty in the productions of fashion shows. Although NYFW has an insane energy, it's nothing compared to what Paris, Milan and London fashion weeks show.
In my next life I want to produce a tv show that follows models around from castings, fittings, flights, hotel rooms to the actual show day with backstage intensity straight to the runway.

Speaking of, Victoria's Secret's fashion show is TONIGHT. Yes, tonight boys. Clear your schedule and get on that.


epitome





I've had a serious girl crush on the talented Kelly Wearstler for as long as I can remember. Going on to her website and blog fills me with so much inspiration and energy, take a peek and if you fall madly in love, today she's offering 25% off, discount code: SWSALE

dress me


image from
mnzstore.com


It's nearly 70 degrees and December in NYC. What does one wear? I'm going with this look topped with a cropped leather jacket.

chopchop




These gorgeous hair images from ZARA's website have inspired me to get my dead ends to Whittemore House stat for a seriously needed chopping.

ps ZARA is having a major sale on their site right now. GO!

I'm starving...


images and recipe from Minimally Invasive 


I was actually successful at making this at 6am today. Which means you without a doubt can do it, too.


Roasted Pears with Espresso Mascarpone Cream
For the pears
4 pears, any type (8 pears, if you use the seckel variety)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

For the mascarpone cream
1 cup whipping cream
1 vanilla bean
1 cup mascarpone
1/4 – 1/3 cup sugar
2-3 tablespoons espresso, chilled

For finishing
cocoa powder
toasted ground almonds

Make the pears
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel pears if you like (not really necessary if you buy organic), halve them lengthwise and core. Place cut side up in a roasting pan and sprinkle with lemon juice. Sprinkle sugar evenly over pear halves and dot with butter. Pour water into the roasting pan and bake pears for 30 minutes, basting with pan juices a few times. Flip pears over and bake an additional 30 minutes, basting with pan juices a few times. Pears are ready when a knife slips easily into the thickest part. (Seckel pears may take less time. Start checking for done-ness around the 40-minute mark.) Allow pears to cool to room temperature.

Make the mascarpone cream
Pour whipping cream into a small bowl. Slice vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape seeds into the cream, stirring to evenly distribute. Add bean to cream. Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour, along with the bowl and beater of an electric stand mixer.

Just before serving, pour cream through a fine mesh strainer into the chilled mixing bowl. Add mascarpone and espresso, and beat on medium speed until ingredients are just combined. Increase speed to medium-high and with mixer running, sprinkle in sugar, beating until soft peaks form.
Finishing
Top a pear half with a dollop of mascarpone cream. Add one or both of the finishing ingredients to taste.

heart beats

If you haven't looked at my Heartbeat Project lately, you should take a moment to do so today. Warning: it's not for the faint of heart. But it's a beautiful story of love and heartbreak and survival.

What's real

Bridges

Crossing over to Brooklyn last night. Isn't that view the best?

Monday, November 28, 2011

Steal

This I need. And the fact that it's $24 at H&M gives me absolutely no reason not to own it. Like right now.

Dress me

Leather, silk and sheer beading. I want. Now.

Edited

I'm trying to take my three hundred pound stack of bracelets down a notch. Every person on the planet has an armful of treats, so instead of packing them on like I have been for the past 7 years, I'm editing down. To the tiniest beaded strands to the thinnest rope braids possible.
It's nearly a new year, all newness to go with it.

Home

Imagine for a moment this was my home...I'd have the sickest brunches, the kind that would last past dinner time. I'd wear bright blue, the color of the sky during high sun, while cooking barefoot and dancing to the sounds of Luca and his friends playing their homemade instruments. It would be grand.
One day.
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