Archive for March, 2013

Easter in Bangkok—Colonial Traditions with a Thai Twist

  • 30th March 2013

More than just the Easter bunny visits the Peninsula in Bangkok, on this special day there are festive and elegant teas, magicians, spring-time balloons, egg-hunts on the lawn and story book confections to amaze children and adults alike!

 

Easter Tea Peninsula Bangkok

 

Pastries served at the Easter Tea include:

Mini chocolate-lavendar cupcakes, Golden Opera Finger, Chocolate Easter eggs, Vanilla Panna Cotta & Blackberry, Pistachio-walnut macaroons, Lemon & meringue tartlet

Honey Chocolate lollipops

Hot cross buns

Homemade raisin scones with clotted cream and jam

 

Easter Tea Peninsula Bangkok

 

Sandwiches include:

Roasted honey-ham & Gruyere cheese with cornichons on pretzel roll

Avocado & tomato on white bread wrapped with grilled zucchini

Atlantic smoked salmon with egg-lemon zest & brown bread

Foie gras “burger” style with roasted apple & frisée lettuce

 

Easter Tea Peninsula Bangkok

 

 

While parents dined on green asparagus custard & mushroom truffle duxelle served in a delicate eggshell alongside Alaskan crab & leek quiche…

 

Easter Tea Peninsula Bangkok

 

 

Children dined on house-made cotton candy served with a smile…..

 

 

Cotton Candy Peninsula Bangkok
Cotton Candy Peninsula Bangkok

 

 

In their own private tea-room children found fruit & marshmallow kebab bars and sundae bars

 

 

Fruit Kebabs Peninsula Bangkok

Sundae Peninsula Bangkok

 

Children enjoyed Peninsula Hot Chocolate with Ovaltine (for adults Peninsula Hot Chocolate includes Felchlin Arriba, a specialty chocolate with black-currant notes, licorice fragrance and coffee—absolutely divine) while excitedly watching the magician, as parents slowly sipped specialty drinks like, Jasmine Lychée tea, Jasmine Dragon Ball tea and traditional Thai Iced Tea.  While the service, ambiance and presentation was very traditional/colonial, there were Thai-twists throughout and never-ending fascinations for the children.

 

Children's hot chocolate Peninsula, Bangkok

Renowned Children’s hot chocolate

magician Peninsula Bangkok

 

Abundant florals classically merged East and West with overflowing orchids alongside paper mache egg ornaments.

 

Florals Peninsula Bangkok
Florals Peninsula Bangkok

 

Chocolate eggs were everywhere coupled with a gorgeous nest and abundant confections for children too!

 

Easter Peninsula Bangkok
Children's Confections Peninsula Bangkok

 

Beloved story themes were enjoyed by all:

 

Alice in Wonderland Peninsula Bangkok
White Rabbit Peninsula Bangkok

 

Tea and balloon-making was capped off with a trip to the lawn for a competitive egg-hunt

 

Balloons Peninsula Bangkok

Spring themed balloons

Egg Hunt Peninsula Bangkok

Egg Hunt Peninsula Bangkok

 

 

 

Prizes and a stop at the Peninsula confectionery ensued…

 

 

 

Kids Prizes Peninsula Bangkok

Confectioner in the Peninsula

 

 

Thai Style Bunny Confection

Thai inspired Easter Bunnies

Marbled Eggs

Marbled Eggs

 

The Peninsula Bangkok is located at:

333 Charoennakorn Road  Klongsan

Peninsula.com/Bangkok

 

High tea is served at the Peninsula Bangkok between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm.  Reservations are necessary.

 

Spotlight: The Green Vase

  • 29th March 2013

One look and you’re hooked!

 

 

The Green Vase

 

The Green Vase, located in Riverdale, New York offers a wide selection of beautiful blooms there is no doubt.  But, what they are truly renowned for is their spectacular paper flowers.

 

Hollyhocks Green Vase
Hair Flower Green Vase

 

 

Delicate, ephemeral blossoms that are light as gossamer but explosive in color!

 

Orange Flowers Green Vase

 

 

Designer Livia Cetti began her paper magic about three years ago when she sought to create a Caribbean themed cake for a client.  Her idea was to use hibiscus, native to the Caribbean on the cake.  Her incredibly creative mind began to fashion them out of double-sided crepe paper and so experimentation ensued…

 

The Green Vase flowers for cake
The Green Vase Bouquet

 

 

 

Once she achieved success in this endeavor, she never stopped.  She began to experiment with all of her favorite flowers in all colors of tissue paper, working with fading colors and bleach.

 

The Green Vase Plants

 

 

 

The Green Vase Anemone

 

 

Paper flowers can be purchased online, in their Riverdale store, or at John Derian in New York.

 

The Green Vase Centerpiece

 

 

 

While they are expensive, they are worth it!  They never wilt, and you can pull them out at a moment’s notice for an impromptu event chez toi!

 

Yellow Flower The Green Vase
Purple Flower the Green Vase

 

Don’t sit down and open their website until you have a block of time!  You will want to keep clicking on picture after picture of stunning color!

 

Lily the Green Vase
Sweet Peas The Green Vase

 

Thegreenvase.com

2747 Edgehill Avenue

Riverdale, New York 10463

Styling:

Livia Cetti
646.232.5152
livia@thegreenvase.com

Events:

Joanne Donohoe
646.207.4279
jo@thegreenvase.com

 

 

Pour les Hommes (et les petits hommes)

  • 29th March 2013

We’ve heard your complaints!  While not really geared for the metro-sexual male at this time, we are going to try to pepper in a few items and posts (every now and then) to suit the taste of a special person in your life, who happens to be male.

 

All Leather Slim Lap Top Case Mulholland Brothers
Bison iPad Case Mulholland Brothers
Bailey "Jackman" hat, Mulholland Brothers

 

 

All Leather Slim Laptop, shopmulholland.com, $485.00

American Bison iPad Case, shopmulholland.com, $70.00

Bailey, “Jackman” hat, shopmulholland.com, $95.00

 

 

Mulholland Store San Francisco

Mulholland Store, San Francisco

 

 

Wool Field Bag Small, filson
Wheeled Carry on Bag Filson

 

Wool Field Bag Small, filson.com, $175.00

Wheeled Carry On Bag, filson.com, $535.00

 

The Meisterstück Classique Rollerball

 

The Meisterstück Classique Rollerball, montblanc.com, $415.00

 

 

For the Little Guy:

 

moleskine-disney-limited-edition

Moleskine Mickey Mouse Limited Edition Notebook, moleskineus.com, $18.95

(This notebook even includes a drawing guide so you can create your own Mickey!)

 

 

 

Turtle Stool Ballard Designs

 

Perfect for the play room, especially an animal or marine themed one:

Turtle Stool, ballarddesigns.com, $49.00

 

 

Ollie & Piglet Leather Pigs

 

 

Looking to bypass a feminine looking porcelain or ceramic piggy bank, but preserve the fun!

Ollie & Piglet Leather Pigs, oliveandcocoa.com, $178.00 (available on pre-order)

 

 

Artist’s Board…pour les petites!

  • 26th March 2013

Everyday it’s a struggle to help your children realize it’s the process that matters most and not the outcome.  For this reason (and many more) we love the design of this art-board for kids.  It’s a simple way to highlight a masterpiece as well as all of the lovely effort that went into it.

 

 

Ballard Design Cork Board

 

The bonus is—it’s super simple to swap out items and it brightens up any room!!

 

On the board above we placed:

2 framed canvases

2 raw canvases

One lovingly used palette and strips of dried acrylic paint pulled off

Used acrylic paint tubes

2 paint brushes

Thematic push pins

 

(all of the above were used by the child to create the featured artwork)

 

It absolutely works!

 

Set of 12 Style Tacks
Set of 12 Style Tacks

 

 

 

set of 12 style tacks

 

 

 

Set of 12 Style Tacks, ballarddesigns.com

 

Madison Cork Board

 

Madison Corkboard, ballarddesigns.com, $249.00

 

What I Love Today…

  • 26th March 2013

The look of Carolina Bucci

 

Carolina Bucci Initial Rings

 

These gorgeous initial rings from Carolina Bucci are sure to be gracing the most fashionable fingers all over town and soon to be sold-out everywhere.

 

Carolina Bucci Initial Rings

 

 

The rings come in labradorite and 18k gold with a white or yellow gold initial and band.  Or, yellow gold with pavé diamond initials and band.  Prices vary from $3,705 to $5,685.  Made in Italy and available at the moment at Bergdorf Goodman on the main floor or Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills

If You’re Heading to…Paris

  • 25th March 2013

Even if you are not!…it’s a real feast for the eyes and worth dreaming about!

 

The boutique chocolates and confections of Pierre Hermé Paris

 

 

Oeuf Galets Pierre Herme
Oeuf Theobroma Pierre Herme
Oeuf Mendiant Noir Pierre Herme

 

 

Some are available by home delivery throughout France & Europe, some by courier in Paris and some only by pick-up in store.  If this does not work for you location-wise…just take inspiration from the beauty, and imagine the decidedly delectable tastes!  

 

Oeuf Griffe Lait
Oeuf Dentelle Noir

 

 

Hens and rabbits can be delivered throughout Europe!

 

Poule Noir Pierre Herme
Lapin Noir Pierre Herme

 

Now let’s move away from Easter and into the exquisite realm of ‘macarons.’  Everyone is doing them now.  But are they offering flavors like these?  Hardly!

 

Chocolate & Honey from the Maquis Shrubland Region of Corsica:  “Pierre Hermé prolongs the state of grace with a chocolate ganache that is surprisingly low in bitterness, in order to allow this very special honey to express the many facets of its character. This equilibrium is as captivating and fragile as the natural environment of the Island of Beauty itself.”

 

Pierre Herme Macaroons

 

 

More outrageously interesting options include:  Aniseed & Saffron, Vanilla & Basil, Lemon & Caramelized Fennel, Chocolate & Lime…

 

Pierre Herme Macarons

 

 

 

Olive Oil with Mandarin Orange, Liquorice & Violet, Rose & Rose Petal….

 

 

Pierre Herme Macarons

 

 

 

Pierre Hermé Paris

Locations throughout Paris and France—and within England, Japan and the United Arab Emirates

The Look of Leather

  • 24th March 2013

The Spring/Summer lines took a cue from the popularity of last year’s leather pants/leggings and brought leather into the fold wherever possible.

 

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire

 

It always works on belts, bags and shoes, but used elsewhere, leather can sometimes be overpowering.  Here are some sure-fire ways to make the look work.

 

Ohne Titel Leather Colorblock Dress
Ohne Titel Leather Colorblock Dress

 

 

 

Ohne Titel Leather Colorblock Dress, barneys.com, $1,010.00

 

Black Leather Skater Skirt
Tibi Pleated Faux Leather Skirt

 

Black Leather Skater Skirt, us.missselfridge.com, $114.00

Tibi Pleated Faux Leather Skirt, matchesfashion.com, $382.00

 

Leather Woven Chain Link Necklace Chloe

 

 

Leather Woven Chain Link Necklace, Chloe, mytheresa.com, € 198.00

 

Leather Yoke Cardigan Anthropologie
Leather Yoke Cardigan Anthropologie

 

Leather Yoke Cardigan, anthropologie.com, $98.00

 

Ermanno Scervino Runway

Ermanno Scervino Runway

 

 

Ermanno Scervino Runway

Ermanno Scervino Runway

 

 

Ermanno Scervino Runway

Ermanno Scervino Runway

 

 

 

Nanette Lepore Leather Spinning Skirt

Nanette Lepore Catch Me Leather Skirt
Red Valentino Leather Skirt

 

 

Nanette Lepore Leather Spinning Skirt, saksfifthavenue.com, $598.00

Nanette Lepore Catch Me Leather Skirt, saksfifthavenue.com, $239.30

Red Valentino Leather Skirt, saksfifthavenue.com, $695.00

 

 

Brunello Cucinelli Sleeveless Leather Top
Tess Giberson Reassembled Leather Top

 

 

Brunello Cucinelli Sleeveless Leather Top, bergdorfgoodman.com,

Tess Giberson Reassembled Leather Top, amazon.com, $735.00

 

Collection Printed Leather Skirt

 

 

Collection Printed Leather Skirt, jcrew.com, $1,200.00 (Pre-Order)

 

Leather Belstaff

2013 Collection Belstaff

 

Theory Elite Paper Bag Leather Shorts
Theory Elite Paper Bag Leather Shorts

 

 

Theory Elite Paper Bag Leather Shorts, matchesfashion.com, $903.00

 

Black Halo Leather Jackie O Dress
Black Halo Leather Jackie O Dress

 

 

Black Halo Leather Jackie O Dress, shopbop.com, $698.00

 

Leather Sleeve Tweed Dress
Leather Sleeve Tweed Dress

 

 

 

 

Leather Sleeve Tweed Dress, barneys.com, $169.00

 

Elizabeth & James Rex Leather-Lapel Tuxedo Jacket
Elizabeth & James Rex Leather-Lapel Tuxedo Jacket

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth & James Rex Leather-Lapel Tuxedo Jacket, matchesfashion.com, $604.00

 

 

Narciso Rodriguez, Stretch Leather V-Neck Dress
Milly Snake Print Panel Dress
Milly Mirrored Leather Skirt

 

 

 

Narciso Rodriguez, Stretch Leather V-Neck Dress, neimanmarcus.com, $2,495.00

Milly Snake Print Panel Dress, neimanmarcus.com, $525.00

Milly Mirrored Leather Skirt, neimanmarcus.com, $495.00

 

Alexander Want Leather Fishline Pencil Skirt
Rebecca Minkoff Lace-up Leather Shorts
Rebecca Minkoff Lace-up Leather Shorts

 

Alexander Wang Leather Fishline Pencil Skirt, shopbop.com, $995.00

Rebecca Minkoff Lace-up Leather Shorts, shopbop.com, $398.00

 

Parting Words…

  • 24th March 2013

“A big leather-bound volume makes an ideal razor strap. A thin book is useful to stick under a table with a broken caster to steady it. A large, flat atlas can be used to cover a window with a broken pane. And a thick, old-fashioned heavy book with a clasp is the finest thing in the world to throw at a noisy cat.”

 

Mark Twain

 

 

BonConseil

Derek Lam & Kohl’s Winning Combination

  • 23rd March 2013

A new pairing is upon us!  April 5th is right around the corner and so to is the launch of Derek Lam’s vibrant collection debuting at Kohl’s.  Lam’s line is inspired by the art and architecture of Rio, thus bold colors and shapes abound.  

 

Modern Contrast Derek Lam Kohl's

 

While discussing this new line, Lam highlights graphics and dark prints on a signature shirt-dress.

 

Botanical Gardens Shirt Dress Derek Lam Kohl's

 

He also loves the sinewy, long languid dress for spring.

 

Sophisticated Ease Dress Derek Lam Kohl's

 

But, his absolute favorite piece is the denim dress, and he sights its versatility and modern look coupled with ease of wear.

 

Sunkissed Denim Derek Lam Kohl's
Easy Going Nature Derek Lam Kohl's

 

 

Lam expands upon a back-story to every print from menus in his favorite Rio restaurants to street graffiti.

 

Graphic Design Derek Lam Kohl's
Color at Play Derek Lam Kohl's

 

 

He surrounded himself with the city until he “got the atmosphere in his head,” particularly the beach/art culture.

 

Effortless Blend Derek Lam Kohl's
Sidewalk to Boardwalk Derek Lam Kohl's

 

Lam’s collection is available in-store and online on April 5th, at kohls.com.  He is particularly proud of the price-point for his pieces, making them accessible to most!

 

 

Paques Preview (Deux)

  • 21st March 2013

Every Easter as a child, we have fond memories of the most beautiful 3-dimensional lamb-cake gracing the center spot on the holiday table.  This was in the late 70s and early 80s in St. Louis.  For the past 10 years, in efforts to recreate this tradition on the West Coast, we have used an industrial lamb mold and the fruits of our labor while not nearly as lovely are certainly delicious!

 

Lamb Cake
Lamb Cake

 

It’s a particularly fun tradition to start with children as decorating the little lamb requires many merry-making ingredients, frosting, shredded coconut, candies, sprinkles, ribbon and bells! It’s a wonderful way to cap-off an afternoon of egg dying!

 

Lamb Cake Mold

 

12″ Lamb Cake Mold, bakedeco.com, $67.50

 

 

Some other pretty, delicious and fun Easter finds for your celebrations and Easter baskets… 

 

Lamb Tray Robin King Designs
Rabbit Plate Robin King Designs
Lamb Plate Robin King Designs

 

 

Lamb Tapestry Tray, robinkingdesigns.com, $225.00

Rabbit Plate with Pink Flowers, robinkingdesigns.com, $44.00

 

Wooden Rabbit in Oak nova68

 

Wooden Rabbit in Oak, nova68.com, $120.00

 

Bunny Dish Set Olive and Cocoa
Bunny Dish Set Olive and Cocoa

 

 

Bunny Dish Set, oliveandcocoa.com, $58.00

 

Fill these sweet little nests with delicious Medici Almonds from Williams Sonoma.  These Jordan almonds are unlike any others that you buy elsewhere due to a lining of vanilla just underneath the candy shell.   They are a delicious treat all year long.  We buy boxes and save them to portion out throughout the year.  (They last well for up to 10 months if you store them in a cool dark place.)  They also make a lovely hostess gift for Easter, bridal showers, brunches, or baby showers.  

 

Easter Birch Twig and Nest Grandinroad

 

Easter Birch Twig and Nest, grandinroad.com, $19.00-$39.00

 

Williams Sonoma Medici Almonds
Williams Sonoma Medici Almonds

 

 

Medicis Almonds, williams-sonoma.com, $15.99

 

 

De Bon Goût—In Good Taste

  • 21st March 2013

Easter Lemon Cookies (Vintage Recipe You Must Try!)

 

Lemon Drop Cookies

 

 

My mother-in-law uses this vintage cookbook by Mary Meade, former ‘Home Economics Editor of the Chicago Tribune.’  100 Favorite Cooky* Recipes by Mary Meade could be purchased for 18 cents by mail, and 14 cents at the Public Service Office, 33 West Madison!  A true steal any way you look at it!  While the book is no longer in print, you can still enjoy the lemon cookie recipe!

 

*This appears to be how they spelled cookie

 

Lemon Drop (Cookies)

 

2 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 lemon juice ( juice of one lemon)
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind

Lemon glaze (Powdered sugar and lemon juice.  Add lemon juice to powdered sugar until the desired consistency—thick, milky)

Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Cream together shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well. Add flour mixture to cream mixture alternately with lemon juice and rind. Mix well. Must chill cookie dough at least 4 hrs, over night is good.  Drop by teaspoon full on parchment lined baking sheets.  We press them down gently before baking them. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes until edges are lightly browned.

Once completely cool, glaze with lemon glaze.

 

Enjoy!

 

Interested in purchasing the book? We found a few copies on biblio.com:

100 Favorite Cooky Recipes by Mary Meade, biblio.com, $19.50

 

Some fun trivia!  

Edit below comes directly from the Chicago Tribune Web site:

 

“Mary Meade was the pen name used by five food editors of the Chicago Tribune from 1930 to 1974. Ruth Ellen Church was the longest tenured food editor, from 1936 to 1974. She published recipes, books and booklets under her own name as well as the Mary Meade pen name. When Church, so did Mary Meade.

Church published many pamphlets, but was best known as the author of the 1964 cookbook, “Mary Meade’s Country Cookbook.” In this cookbook, there is a recipe for a sunshine cake, a spongecake. The recipe is printed in the chapter for old-fashioned cakes, where she also includes suggestions on how to make flavor variations to cakes.

We tested the recipe, with her suggestion for orange and lemon flavoring, and found it just as delicious 37 years later.”

Pour les Enfants (Deux)

  • 20th March 2013

 The post for les petites…from around the world

 

 

Cake Walk Toby Minirok

Cake Walk Toby Minirok

 

Cake Walk Toby Minirok, zalando.nl, € 24,95

 

Sanuk Girls Ibiza Monaco Flip Flop Sandals

 

Sanuk Girls Ibiza Monaco Flip Flop Sandals, dillards.com, $15.00-$18.00

 

Moschino Toddler

 

 

Moschino Toddler, zappos.com, $86.99

 

Spirit City Sandal
Spirit Ethnic Beaded Sandal, catiminica

 

Spirit City Sandal, catiminica.com, $88.00

Spirit Ethnic Beaded Sandal, catiminica.com, $72.00

 

Etna desigual

 

Etna, desigual.com, $59.00

 

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

 

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, zappos.com, $45.99

 

Sam Edelman Embellished Sandal

 

Sam Edelman Embellished Sandal, shop.nordstrom.com, $129.95

 

Scooby Skirt Yellow Oilily

 

Scooby Skirt Yellow, oililyshopusa.com, $89.00

 

Spirit Ethnic Floral Raincoat
Spirit Ethnic Green Dress

 

Spirit Ethnic Floral Raincoat, catiminica.com, $133.00

Spirit Ethnic Green Floral Dress, catiminica.com, $107.00

 

Cake Walk Slim Fit Jeans Multi Color

 

Cake Walk Slim Fit Jeans Multi Color, zalando.nl,  € 59,95

 

Primigi Jakelin-E Sandal

 

 

Primigi Jakelin-E Sandal, baby.pronto.com, $72.95

 

 

Trust Dress Cities Print, oilily

 

 

 

Trust Dress Cities Print, oililyshopusa.com, $140.00

 

Spirit Ethnic Flower Sundress, catiminica

 

Spirit Ethnic Flower Sundress, catiminica.com, $138.00

 

 

Mogino, desigual

 

Mogino, desigual.com, $59.00

What I Love Today…

  • 19th March 2013

No category necessary, these are just super-fun finds to explore at your leisure…

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic—Bold Graphics & Shell Embroidery

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Large Fabric Bag

Moschino Cheap & Chic Large Fabric Bag, yoox.com, $275.00

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Orange Seashell Embroidered Cotton-Blend Dress
Moschino Cheap & Chic Orange Seashell Embroidered Cotton-Blend Dress

 

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Orange Seashell Embroidered Cotton-Blend Dress, stylebop.com, $490.00

 

Cat Print Jumper, Love Moschino
Cat Print Jumper, Love Moschino

Cat Print Jumper, Love Moschino, lyst.com, $169.65

 

Olive Oyl Scarf Moschino Cheap & Chic

 

Olive Oyl Scarf, Moschino Cheap & Chic, forzieri.com, $79.00

 

Heart Print Silk Square Scarf Moschino Cheap & Chic
Heart Print Silk Square Scarf Moschino Cheap & Chic

 

 

Heart Print Silk Square Scarf, Moschino Cheap & Chic, forzieri.com, $230.00

 

Calypso St. Barths—Sheer & Shiny

 

Sage Cotton Sequined Tunic Calypso
Sage Cotton Sequined Tunic Calypso

 

Sage Cotton Sequined Tunic, calypsostbarth.com, $225.00

 

Korenza Sequin Beaded Chevron Top
Korenza Sequin Beaded Chevron Top

Korenza Sequin Beaded Chevron Top, calypsostbarth.com, $425.00

 

Clarissa Sequin Embroidered Maxi Dress
Clarissa Sequin Embroidered Maxi Dress

Clarissa Sequin Embroidered Maxi Dress, calypsostbarth.com, $795.00

 

Eugenia Kim—Achieve that  ‘je ne sais quoi’

 

Eugenia Kim Max Fedora

Max 4, eugeniakim.com, $285.00

 

 

Bunny1 Eugenia Kim
Bianca 1 Eugenia Kim

Bunny 1, eugeniakim.com, $305.00

Bianca 1, eugeniakim.com, $325.00

 

Max Braided Chain Fedora
Max Braided Chain Fedora

 

 

 

Max Braided Chain Fedora, Eugenia Kim, shopbop.com, $297.00

 

Marie Visor
Marie Visor

 

 

 

Marie Visor, Eugenia Kim, shopbop.com, $132.00

 

 

 

Fit and Flare

  • 19th March 2013

Whatever you call it, trumpet, tulip, flare or ‘fit and flare,’ the skirt of the moment is easy to spot.  Every designer of note has a version…Miu Miu, Pucci, Carven, Lanvin, Alexander McQueen…

 

Habotai Silk Skirt Carven

Habotai Silk Skirt Carven Runway

Habotai Silk Skirt Carven

Habotai Silk Skirt Carven

 

 

 

Habotai Silk Skirt, Carven, mytheresa.com, € 350.00

 

The popularity of this skirt is easy to pinpoint.  It achieves the seemingly impossible, flattering all body types!

 

Lanvin, Piqué scuba jersey skirt
Lanvin, Piqué scuba jersey skirt
Lanvin, Piqué scuba jersey skirt

 

 

Lanvin, Piqué scuba jersey skirt, net-a-porter.com, $2057.00

 

The flounce at the bottom gives even the most boyish figure a flirty look while the straight tight cut at the top is body slimming.

 

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris

 

 

Peter Pilotto Lauena printed silk-twill skirt
Peter Pilotto Michon Geometric Skirt

 

Peter Pilotto Lauena printed silk-twill skirt, net-a-porter.com, $1508.00

Peter Pilotto Michon Geometric Skirt, matchesfashion.com, $1192.00

 

 

Yigal Azrouel Reptile Jacquard Skirt
Isabel Marant Paisley Print Silk-Gauze Mini Skirt

 

 

Yigal Azrouel Reptile Jacquard Skirt, shopbop.com, $590.00

Isabel Marant Paisley Print Silk-Gauze Mini Skirt, net-a-porter.com, $645.00

 

10 Crosby Derek Lam Leather
bisoux charlotte olympia

 

 

 

 

10 Crosby Derek Lam Leather, otteny.com, $595.00

(Pair with)

Bisoux, charlotteolympia.com, £490

 

 

Red Ribbed Hip Skater Skirt
Leather Sandals with Multi Colored Tassles Dolce & Gabbana

 

 

 

 

Red Ribbed Hip Skater Skirt, us.topshop.com, $56.00

(Pair with)

Leather Sandals with Multi Colored Tassles Dolce & Gabbana, mytheresa.com, € 495.00

 

 

Lanvin Mesh Godet Skirt
Lanvin Mesh Godet Skirt

 

 

 

 

Lanvin Mesh Godet Skirt, net-a-porter.com, $1,965.00

 

 

Hervé Léger Cardi Ruffle Hem Skirt
Hervé Léger Metallic Coated Bandage Flared Skirt

 

 

Hervé Léger Cardi Ruffle Hem Skirt, shopbop.com, $890.00

Hervé Léger Metallic Coated Bandage Flared Skirt, net-a-porter.com, $1150.00

 

 

Alexander McQueen Fit and Flare Skirt
Kate Spade Sawyer

 

 

 

 

Alexander McQueen Fit and Flare Skirt, mytheresa.com, € 645.00

(Pair With)

Sawyer, katespade.com, $328.00

 

 

Jacquard Skirt, Carven
Multi Colored Lace Up Sandal, zara

 

 

 

 

Jacquard Skirt, Carven, mytheresa.com, € 450.00

(Pair With)

Multi Colored Lace Up Sandal, zara.com, $129.00

 

 

Jonathan Simkhai, Leaf Print Jacquard Skirt
Oriel Pony Hair T-Straps

 

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Simkhai, Leaf Print Jacquard Skirt, matchesfashion.com, $552.00

(Pair With)

 Oriel Pony Hair T-Straps, anthropologie.com, $135.00

 

 

du Papier

  • 17th March 2013

From traditional ikkat, bandhani, ghumar, patola, warli designs to more contemporary Indian cultural representations, Chimanlals is must for any paper enthusiast.

 

Chimanlals envelope

Gorgeous cloth envelope

Chimanlals envelope

Brilliantly red inside

 

In the late ’50s Chimanlals set out to bring the Paper Culture into everyday life. Every design is based on Indian traditions and is researched and studied before being applied.

 

Chimanlals Stationery

Chimanlals Stationery

 

Historically, Indian paper was made from a wide variety of sources, tree bark, jute, grass, straw, wild flowers, leaves, and often silk thread. The process was often entirely handmade and labor intensive.

 

Chimanlals Wrapping Paper

Chimanlals Wrapping Paper

Chimanlals Wrapping Paper

Chimanlals Wrapping Paper

 

 

 

Today, in striving to be eco-friendly Chiminlals’ paper is entirely wood-free.  Products are produced from paper centers throughout India, but continue to be handmade.

 

Chimanlals Envelope

Close-up of Envelope Detail

Chimanlals Envelopes

Chimanlals Envelopes

 

 

 

 

Chimanlals products include letter papers coordinated with envelopes, gift covers, wrapping paper, bags, boxes, collapsible baskets, desk organisers, etc.

 

Chimanlals Heritage Papers

Chimanlals Heritage Papers

 

 

Chimanlals Heritage Papers

Close-up of Heritage Papers

Chimanlals Heritage Papers

Close-up of Heritage Papers

 

Chimanlals also serves as a retail outlet for handmade paper made from all parts of India.  With the mass appeal of Indian paper ever increasing, they export to retailers in the US, UK, Japan, Netherlands, France, Australia, Singapore, Hongkong and many other pockets all over the world.

 

Chimanlals Notecards

Chimanlals Notecards

Chimanlals Batik Paper

Chimanlals Batik Paper

Chimanlals Diaries

Chimanlals Diaries

 

No trip to Mumbai is complete without a trip to this tucked-away little gem.  If you’re not heading to Mumbai any time soon, don’t worry.  Paper products can also be ordered online.

 

Office Chimanlals

Office Chimanlals

Chimanlals Gift Bags

Chimanlals Gift Bags

Chimanlals Wine Bags

Chimanlals Wine Bags

A-2 Taj Building, 210 D.N. Road,

Wallace Street, Fort, Mumbai 400 001

+91 22 220 777 17

chimanlals.com

 

 

Choice Confections

  • 16th March 2013

Using antique Victorian candy molds, Shane Confectionery perfectly preserves holiday traditions in the Old City of Philadelphia.  We caught a glimpse of these stunning “clear toy” candies in the recent Martha Stewart Living magazine and had to investigate.

 

Clear Toy Candies, Shane Confectionery

Photo Courtesy of: Martha Stewart Magazine

 

These hand made treats are a German tradition, dating to the 18th century.  They were made only during holidays and gifted to children.  The dazzling effect is created using molten sugar.

 

Clear Toy Candies, Shane Confectionery

 

 

A confectionery has been on premise since 1863, Shane Confectionery opened there in 1911:

No. 110 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

 

 

Clear Toy Candies, Shane Confectionery
Clear Toy Candies, Shane Confectionery

 

Since Colonial days Philadelphia has been a ‘hot spot’ for candy making due to its busy port.  Ships would bring in sugar, cocoa and exotic fruits and nuts that had traveled from the West Indies, West Africa, the Mediterranean and India.  A tradition was born….

 

 

Shane Confectionery Clear Toy Candies
Shane Confectionery Clear Toy Candies

 

Read their marvelous detailed history, explore the candy making traditions of Philadelphia and marvel at dreamy creations at: www.shanecandies.com

(215) 922-1048

 

Shane Confectionery Clear Toy Candies
Shane Confectionery Clear Toy Candies

If You’re Heading to…Maui

  • 15th March 2013

Hike Into the Bamboo Forest

When the wind sweeps through the trees Maui’s Bamboo Forest sounds like a cacophony of high-heeled shoes engulfing you, yet if you are lucky there are no other hikers (and definitely no stilettos) in sight.  It’s spectacular, intensely green and the end-note is a breathtaking waterfall.

 

Bamboo Forest Maui

 

The hike is neither hard nor long, but it is dirty, (squelchy) and reaching the waterfall up-close requires scrambling through rocky streams and getting quite wet!

 

Bamboo Forest Maui

 

 

If you are staying in Wailea, don’t let the drive scare you.  The road to Hana is definitely winding, and often one lane, but the views are spectacular, raw and truly untouched.

 

 

Once you’re rested, you might be pondering ways to infuse a little bamboo into your daily routine?  Some ideas…

 

Charlotte Olympia Bamboo Clutch

 

Charlotte Olympia Pandora Bamboo Perspex Clutch, net-a-porter.com, $825.00

 

 

Le Icon Il Bambu Purse Gucci

Le Icon Il Bambu Purse Gucci

 

 

Dinny Hall Gold Vermeil Bamboo Drop Pendant

 

1.) Dinny Hall Gold Vermeil Bamboo Drop Pendant, liberty.co.uk, £155

2.) Striped Grosgrain Sun Hat with Bamboo Ring, ralphlauren.com, $45.00

3.) Bettye Muller Pointe in Bamboo Print, simplysoles.com, $345.00

4.) Bamboo Trays, apartment48.com, $65.00

 

Wouters & Hendrix Long Bamboo Earrings
Uroco Kimono Bamboo Tote-Plum Flowers

 

 

Wouters & Hendrix Long Bamboo Earrings, farfetch.com, £407

Uroco Kimono Bamboo Tote-Plum Flowers, bottica.com, $212.00

 

 

 

Gucci Watch, Women's Swiss Bamboo and Stainless Steel Bangle Bracelet

 

 

5.) Brass Bamboo Console, horchow.com, $669.00

6.) Astley Clarke Colour Peach Blush Bamboo Bangle, astleyclarke.com, £175

7.) Gucci Watch, Women’s Swiss Bamboo and Stainless Steel Bangle Bracelet, macys.com, $995.00

8.) Annette Ferdinandsen Jade Bamboo Earrings, ylang23.com, $485.00

 

 

Gucci Oversized Rounded Square Sunglasses

 

Gucci Oversized Rounded Square Sunglasses, bloomingdales.com, $325.00

 

 

Paige Denim Skyline Skinny Ankle Peg Bamboo Jeans

 

 

9.) Paige Denim Skyline Skinny Ankle Peg Bamboo Jeans, coggles.com, £220

10.) Banana Republic Indo Bamboo Link Necklace, bananarepublic.gap.com, $70.00

11.) Kelly & Katie Bamboo Clutch, dsw.com, $24.95

 

 

Cathy Waterman Garnet Bamboo Earrings

 

12.) L’Wren Scott Bamboo Embroidered Dress, barneys.com, $1990.00

13.) Cathy Waterman Garnet Bamboo Earrings, ylang23.com, $2280.00

14.) Venetian Bamboo Leg Table, wisteria.com, $449.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cool Comfort

  • 14th March 2013

A new crop of flatforms and wedges allows you to step into spring with both comfort and style.  We are true believers in flatforms that give the extra inch or two of height and the cushion to go all day…

 

Christian Louboutin Cataclou Flatform Sandal

 

1.) Christian Louboutin Cataclou Flatform Sandal, bergdorfgoodman.com, $695.00

2.) Nanette Lepore Chi Chi Runway Footbed Sandal, neimanmarcus.com, $328.00 (available on pre-order)

 

Topshop Hanna Flatform Sandal

 

3.) Topshop Hanna Flatform Sandal, topshop.com, $64.00

4.) Prada Top-stitched Suede Flatform Sandal, neimanmarcus.com, $460.00

 

 

Going on our third season with Donald Pliner Fifi Sandals, we are true believers.  Every spring more retailers carry them and the texture and color range expands as well (check-out the python leather below available at Garnet Hill).

 

Donal Pliner Patent Leather Fifi Sandal
Donald Pliner Patent Leather Fifi Sandal

 

 

Fifi Patent-Strap Slide Thong Sandal, Donald Pliner, neimanmarcus.com, $198.00

 

Donald Pliner Fifi Sandal

 

Donald Pliner Fifi Sandal, garnethill.com, $198.00

 

Alexi Polka-Dot Faille Low-Wedge Sandal, Alice + Olivia

 

5.) Alexi Polka-Dot Faille Low-Wedge Sandal, Alice + Olivia, bergdorfgoodman.com, $240.00

6.) Rachel Zoe, Abby, couture.zappos.com, $255.00

 

Florinha Bamboo-Wedge Sandal, Charlotte Olympia

 

Florinha Bamboo-Wedge Sandal, Charlotte Olympia, bergdorfgoodman.com, $10650.00

 

 

Fendi Translucent Strap Platform Sandal

 

 

 

7.) Bernardo Alana Walnut Sandal, sandalworld.com, $198.00

8.) Fendi Translucent Strap Platform Sandal, barneys.com, $395.00

9.) Patent Leather with Snakeskin, Nicholas Kirkwood, mytheresa.com, € 645.00

10.) Gail Python-Print Elastic Walking Sandal, Aquatalia, neimanmarcus.com, $298.00

 

 

Marni Piped Platform Sandal

 

Marni Piped Platform Sandal, barneys.com, $755.00

 

 Vera Patent Crisscross Footbed Sandal

 

Vera Patent Crisscross Footbed Sandal, Anyi Lu, neimanmarcus.com, $345.00

 

Animal-Print Cork Ankle-Wrap Wedge,

 

 

Animal-Print Cork Ankle-Wrap Wedge, Stella McCartney, neimanmarcus.com, $545.00

 

 

 

Parting Words…

  • 14th March 2013

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.

To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

 

Henry David Thoreau

 

BonConseil

Two Trends on the Horizon…

  • 13th March 2013

You might have packed them away, or given them away at the end of the ’80s.  And, that’s OK.  Because they’re back in a bolder way.  In transparent leopard, sequin and metallic, the visor is really getting its moment in the sun.

 

lanvin viser

Lanvin Paris Look Book PreCollection Été 2013

Lanvin Visert

Lanvin Paris Look Book PreCollection Été 2013

 

Lanvin Viser

Lanvin Paris Look Book PreCollection Été 2013

Lanvin Viser

Lanvin Paris Look Book PreCollection Été 2013

 

 

Steal this look from Scarlett Johansson with any of the below:

 

Scarlett Johansson viser

 

 

 

Sightseeing Visor Amazon
Straw Visor

 

Sightseeing Adjustable Visor, amazon.com, $9.99

Stroh-Visor, golfino.com, 39,00 €

 

Mikrofaser-Visor mit Pailletten
Visor aus Spitze

 

Mikrofaser-Visor mit Pailletten (Sequin Visor), golfino.com, 35,00 €

 

Visor aus Spitze (White Lace), golfino.com, 39,00 €

 

 

 All Tied Up

Spring and summer tops and bottoms have an added flourish we love!  Look for these lace-up styles coming soon from DKNY and Ferragamo.

 

 

DKNY Lace up jeans

 

 

Ferragamo Lace Up Pants

 

 

Ferragamo lace up shirt

The Look of a Targaryen

  • 12th March 2013

Season three awaits us in just about two weeks (March 31st) so what better time to spotlight the Targaryen style of Game of Throne’s toughest character, Daenerys!

 

It’s easy to attribute to her the abundance of ‘crop-top/maxi skirt’ pairings this spring.  Of course, it’s harder to emulate her position as the first female Dothraki war-leader and mother of dragons.

 

With these few simple pieces you too can be a khaleesi in your own right:   

 

Daenerys Targaryen
Look of Daenerys Targaryen

 

Biliku Halter Top, farfetch.com, $650.00

Bespoke Anerley Faux Leather Maxi Skirt, Shopambience.com, $93.50

Vintage Corset Stretch, lineapelle.com, $209.00

Cara Metal Stretch Glove, nordstrom.com, $48.oo

Add a Little ‘Khaleesi’ to Your Kingdom

  • 12th March 2013

Shot in the stark Moroccan desert, Daenerys’ storyline pays tribute to a half-bedouin, half-royal lifestyle.  These Moroccan pieces are also slightly split-personality, as much at home amongst lavish, royal finery as they are around a gypsy campfire.

 

Moroccan Pouf Viva Terra
Moroccan Mirror Wisteria

 

Metallic Leather Poufs, vivaterra.com, $429.00

Antiqued Moroccan Mirror, Wisteria.com, $220.15

 

 

Moroccan Glasses Blue
Moroccan Glasses

 

Moroccan Tea Glasses, justmorocco.com, $30.00

 

Anthropologie Pillow

 

Embroidered Fesi Pillow, anthropologie.com, $148.00

 

Fez Bowls
Tiffany Brass Moroccan Lamp

 

 

Fez Bowls, apartment48.com, $38.00

Tiffany Moroccan Brass Lamp, berbertrading.com, $299.00

 

Moroccan Tile Throw

 

Moroccan Tile Throws, horchow.com, $195.00

 

 

Voleur: Steal this Look

  • 11th March 2013

This perfectly simple arrangement of artificial flowers in a rustic terra cotta pitcher immediately caught our eye.  It’s the ideal center-piece when you want an understated effect.  It’s the kind of non-chalant decoration you might expect to find beside a tumble of glassware in a Tuscan kitchen.  Thanks Miu Miu!!

 

Miu Miu ad

 

 

 

Ways to re-create this look:

Flowers

 

Fossilized Roses artfire.com

 

Fossilized Roses with Stems, artfire.com, $22.oo

 

Dried Palm Roses Curious Country Creations
Corn Husk Roses Curious Country Creations

 

Dried Palm Roses, curiouscountrycreations.com, $9.99

Dried Corn Husk Roses, curiouscountrycreations.com, $6.99

 

Paper Roses Woodcreek Drieds

Paper Roses Woodcreek Drieds

 

Paper Roses Wood Creek Drieds

Handmade Paper Roses, woodcreekdrieds.com, $7.95

 

Pitcher

 

Terra Cotta Pitcher Crate and Barrel

Terra Cotta Pitcher, crateandbarrel.com, $19.95

 

Rustic Tan Stoneware Pitcher

Rustin Tan Stoneware Table Pitcher, $40.57

 

To get the full effect of the above look keep the flower stems long and if you plan on buying 3 bunches (of 5 or 6 roses), splurge and buy 4—they won’t wither!

Parting Words…

  • 11th March 2013

“…the love, respect, and confidence of my children was the sweetest reward I could receive for my efforts to be the woman I would have them copy.”

 

― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

 

BonConseil

 

 

Dollop of Color

  • 10th March 2013

From elegant brushstrokes in hair, to wildly brilliant nails….

 

Town & Country Hair

Photo Courtesy of: Town & Country

Town & Country Hair

Photo Courtesy of: Town & Country

 

 

Victoria Beckham Pink Hair

Photo Courtesy of: Elle UK

Wild Nails

Photo Courtesy of: Elle Collections, Spring/Summer 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top to Bottom, the runway looks for 2013 Spring/Summer are all about bold color

 

 

Eyes at Dior

Eyes at Dior, Photo Courtesy of: Elle Collections, Spring/Summer 2013

 

Here are few fabulous ways to work bright hues into your lifestyle and a few more runway looks to get your inner-palette energized!

 

 

 

stella.it jean skirt

 

skirt, stellajean.it, $544

 

Preen Serpent Skirt
Preen Serpent Skirt

 

 

Serpent Skirt by Preen, modaoperandi.com, $1,210

 

i-wares, seletti

 

i-wares,  Seletti.it and seletti.us

 

 

Stella Runway

Stella McCartney Runway

Stella Runway

Stella McCartney Runway

Stella Runway

Stella McCartney Runway

 

 

Irene Neuwirth Mixed Boulder Opal Bracelet

1.) Irene Neuwirth Mixed Boulder Opal Bracelet, barneys.com, $43,380.00

2.) Wave Vases, dbglassworks.com

 

Cambridge Satchel Company

 

Cambridge Satchel Company, cusp.com, $170.00

 

 

Arnold 100 patent-leather and mirrored-python sandals

 

3.) andreamarques.com

4.) Arnold 100 patent-leather and mirrored-python sandals, net-a-porter.com, $895.00

5.) Burberry London Metallic Leather Trenchcoat, bergdorfgoodman.com, $2995.00

 

 

Candy Chairs, indiamahdavi.com
Candy Chairs, indiamahdavi.com

 

Candy Chairs, indiamahdavi.com

 

Perro Leather Bookmark Coral

 

6.) Festive Wonderland Ornaments Cake, modernbite.com, $100.00

7.) Perro Leather Bookmark Coral, Loewe Madrid, loewe.com, 95 €

8.) Diorite Adizero sneakers, net-a-porter.com, $150.00

 

 

Eye Color at Spring Runway Shows

Eye Color at Spring Runway Shows. Photo Courtesy of: Elle Collections Spring/Summer 2013

Eye Color at Spring Runway Shows

Eye Color at Spring Runway Shows. Photo Courtesy of: Elle Collections Spring/Summer 2013

 

 

Mod Artist's Palette Painting, Horchow
Wild Chevron Giclee, Horchow

Mod Artist’s Palette Painting, horchow.com, $1125.00

Wild Chevron Giclee, horchow.com, $500.00

 

 

Charlotte Olympia Alexa Wedges

 

9.) Flip Flops Asia, Agatharuizdelaprada.com

10.) Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick, Rebelle, chanel.com, $34.00

11.) Alexa, charlotteolympia.com, £325

 

Waterford Araglin Prestige Cobalt 9" Vase
Napoleon Flatware, Horchow

 

 

Waterford Araglin Prestige Cobalt 9″ Vase, na.wwrd.com, $425.00

Napoleon Flatware, horchow.com, $84.90

 

M. Patmos Flora Silk Front Top
Veronica Beard the Skort

 

 

 

 

M. Patmos Flora Silk Front Top, shopbop.com, $395.00

Veronica Beard the Skort, shopbop.com, $495.00

 

 

Boden Seventies Wedge

 

Seventies Wedges, bodenusa.com, $98.00

 

For the little ones:

 

Bo-Kaap Trapeze Mini Dress

12.) Alex Toys Duct Tape Bangle Kit, store.metmuseum.org, $16.25

13.) Bo-Kaap Trapeze Mini Dress, teacollection.com, $27.00

14.) Durban Two Tie Romper, teacollection.com, $35.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spotlight: Mary Katrantzou

  • 9th March 2013

Saturday delivery may be fading out, but wearing postage stamps is just getting hot! Athens-born, Mary Katrantzou, who is renowned for her hyperrealist aesthetic has a spring collection worth taking note of and a new denim collaboration that no one can get enough of!

 

 

Mary Katrantzou

 

 

1.) Mary Katrantzou X Current/Elliott Ashdale Dress, matchesfashion.com, $725.00

2.) Mary Katrantzou X Current/Elliott X The Past Skirt, matchesfashion.com, $392.00

3.) Alias Strapless Gown, barneys.com, $2,295 (Pre-Order)

4.) Babelona Jacquard Dress, net-a-porter.com, $4,070

5.) Mary Katrantzou X Current/Elliott The Snap Jacket, matchesfashion.com, $569.00

 

Mary Katrantzou Alias Gown

 

Alias Gown, barneys.com, $2,495 (Pre-Order)

 

Mary Katrantzou Roadrunner Boyfriend Jeans

 

Mary Katrantzou X Current/Elliott Roadrunner boyfriend jeans, matchesfashion.com, $484.00

 

Mary K Venezuela Print Dress

Venezuela Print Chiffon Dress, shop.nordstrom.com, $2,745.00 (Pre Order)

 

 

Genteel Grocery Store Easter Finds

  • 9th March 2013

As opulent and delectable as Easter-themed chocolates from around-the-world can be, sometimes it is easier and more affordable to choose the most elegant options available closer-to-home.

 

On that note, look no further than your local grocery store or Walmart to find delicious, festive options from Lindt.

 

Lindt Easter Basekt

 

 

Special Lindor Springtime Balls are available now, as well as chocolate-hazelnut blended birds/bees and carrots.

 

Invest in a gorgeous glass basket that you can re-use every year.  The one above has been around from Williams Sonoma for the past 5 years and beautifully holds Lindt Easter candy every year.

 

There are options in all price ranges:

 

Williams Sonoma Glass Easter Basket

 

 

1.) Hobmail Milk Glass Basket, onekingslane.com, $79.00

2.) Glass Oval Easter Basket, Shopko.com, $9.99

3.) Glass Candy Basket, williamsonoma.com, $32.95

4.) Blue Art Glass Basket, onekingslane.com, $75.00

 

 

Glass Easter Basket

Pretty with springtime ranunculus, now available and decently priced at most farmer’s markets

 

 

While a full range of Lindt specialties can be found at lindtusa.com, chocolates are also available (for less!) at amazon.com, walmart.com and at your local grocery store and pharmacy.

 

Lindt Hens

Milk Chocolate Hen Set, lindtusa.com, $18.00

 

Lindt Bugs and Bees

 

 

Chocolate Bugs and Bees, lindtusa.com, $4.50

Chocolate Carrot Bundle, lindtusa.com, $6.00

Chocolate Carrot Bundle, amazon.com, $3.68
Spring Lindor Balls Lindt
Spring Lindor Balls, 36 pc, lindtusa.com, $14.00

Lindt Gold Bunny, lindtusa.com, $4.50

Lindt Gold Bunny, amazon.com, $3.68

Lindt Chicks

 

Milk Chocolate Chick Easter, lindtusa.com, $4.50

Milk Chocolate Easter Chicks, walmart.com, $3.28

 

Parting Tip:  Hang on to the containers the Lindt Bugs & Bees come in.  They make perfect palettes to hold paint for children, and are excellent for housing sequins, glitter and glue when decorating eggs.  

 

painttrays

 

Just Do It! (Now please!)

  • 8th March 2013

Buy a Bag!  And, help combat child labor and trafficking….

Catrinka Project Nepalese Bag

Catrinka Project Nepalese Bag

Catrinka Project

Photo Courtesy of: The Catrinka Project

 

 

Buy a Bag!  And, help improve the quality of learning in girls education…..

 

Catrinka Project Ethiopia Bag

Catrinka Project Ethiopian Bag

School Girls Catrinka Project

Photo Courtesy of: The Catrika Project

 

Buy a Bag!  And, help reduce the prevalence of forced or early marriage in target communities around the world….

 

 

Catrinka Project Founders

The ladies who bravely started the Catrinka Project

 

 

Their goal:  Three women who wanted to do something tangible in the name of girls, for other girls far away, who face far greater challenges.

 

Their idea:  To work on a collection of artisanal bags to raise funds for girls’ education. The bags, made by socially responsible artisan groups that are woman-owned, woman-managed, or that predominantly employ women.

 

Their amazing success-story:  Although dubbed impossible, these ladies were able to design and produce 10 bags in 10 different countries in under 10 months.

 

Catrinka Project Tote

Catrinka Project Tote available at shoplatitude.com

 

 

Their Partnership:  All profits from all bags sold through April 13, directly funds 10×10.  10×10 is a social media campaign that aims to change minds and inspire action to support girls. At the heart of the campaign is a feature film, narrated by a host of stars, that tells the stories of 10 girls in 10 countries who have risen from extreme poverty to new hopes and dreams, because someone helped them go to school.

 

How to buy: Alisa Ng, the Founder & CEO of L-atitude became the online retail partner.  All bags are available in their (Shop for Good) “Global Give”  section.

shoplatitude.com

 

The Catrinka Project

 

 

Artisans the Catrika Project

Artisans, Photo Courtesy of:
The Catrinka Project

 

 

Excerpt from the Catrinka Web site:

 

Meet Mabinti from Sierra Leone 

Posted by 

Mabinti Conteh, 19, from Freetown. She missed out on an education during the civil war and its aftermath, and had few marketable skills. She gained sewing skills in a training program and then work with our artisan partner, NearFar, which keeps her off the streets and making an income. Here is Mabinti with the Catrinka Sierra Leone clutch!

 

Mabinti, Catrinka Project

Photo Courtesy of: The Catrinka Project

 

 

The Catrinka Project 

shoplatitude.com

10×10 Educate Girls, Change the World

 

 

Pour les Jeunes Filles

  • 7th March 2013

The trickle up theory is easy to put in place when you have a book like, “The Care & Keeping of YOU,” (The Body Book for Younger Girls) published by AmericanGirl.

 

The Care & Keeping of You

Photo Courtesy of: The Care & Keeping of YOU, American Girl

 

This new edition was written by Dr. Cara Natterson who firmly believes in empowering children to make wise choices, which they teach to you (in lieu of parent “helicoptering” and trickle-down parenting).  Give your daughter the book to read, and then watch the magic of the “trickle up” theory when SHE reminds YOU not to slump while you are walking.

 

Does this actually happen?  Yes!!  Girls LOVE this book and read and re-read it.  It explains pretty much everything to them about their body in an interesting, accessible, fun way.  It’s smartly written and does not talk down to them.

 

The Care & Keeping of You American Girl

 

Let your daughter explain to you the importance of sleep.  It’s not going to thwart every bed-time battle, but it will help abate quite a few.

 

Care & Keeping of You

Photo Courtesy of: Care & Keeping of You, American Girl

 

This is a book for you to read first and then let her read it on her own.  Help bring out points with her, but let her do the teaching to you and feel like the confident leader.

It’s loaded with tidbits and advice that she can (and WILL) remind you about.  Some of my favorites, explained by girls who have read (and re-read) the book:

—Getting gum out of your hair with peanut butter

—Post pool ear treatments

—Don’t forget to brush your tongue!

 

The Care & Keeping of You

Photo Courtesy of: The Care & Keeping of You, American Girl

The Care & Keeping of You

Photo Courtesy of: The Care & Keeping of You, American Girl

 

 

 

Of course, it deals with the subject of pimples and puberty too in the most friendly, unthreatening and understanding way.

 

If you’re based in Los Angeles, Dr. Cara Natterson will be at The American Girl Store (at the Grove), Saturday, March 23 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm to sign books, answer questions, share her wisdom, etc.  Don’t miss it!!

 

The Care & Keeping of You, store.americangirl.com, $12.99

 

What I Love Today…

  • 7th March 2013

Pure Femininity

 

Everyday Ballets Sundance

 

 

There’s something about these shoes that catches our eyes again and again.  The concept is amazingly simple…a replica of a toe-shoe that you wear everyday.  

 

Everyday Ballets, sundancecatalog.com, $130.00

 

Here’s how we pair them:

 

Chloe Ananas Print T-Shirt

 

 

Chloé Ananas Printed Cotton T-Shirt, net-a-porter.com, $420.00

St. Tropez Skirt, banjoandmatilda.com, $189.00

 

 OR

 

Victoria Beckham Printed Satin Shift Dress
Everyday Ballets Sundance

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria Beckham Printed Satin Shift Dress, shop.nordstrom.com, $875.00

 

 

Chloe does their own take for Fall 2013:

 

Chloe Leather Ballet Flat
Chloe Metallic Leather Ballet Flat

 

 

Chloe Leather Ballet Flat, saksfifthavenue.com, $485.00

 

Chloe Metallic Leather Ballet Flat, saksfifthavenue.com, $485.00

Sur la Tête

  • 6th March 2013

Follow this path to dressed up tresses and chintzy chic chignons!!

 

Head Band Dolce & Gabbana Show

Dolce & Gabbana Runway

Dolce & Gabbana Backstage

Dolce & Gabbana Backstage

 

 

These stunningly ornate headpieces complement any simple up-do or loose waves.  The key is to keep the hair style simple, unfussy and with a wispy, tousled effect.  Like you rolled out of bed and casually reached for your trusty tiara.

 

Maxi Zari Headband

 

Maxi Zari Headband, boticca.com, $137.00

 

Ann Taylor Feather Embellished Headband

 

Ann Taylor Embellished Feather Headband, anntaylor.com, $55.00

 

Milou Embellished Gold-Tone Headband
Eugenia Kim Parker Paper-Flower and Crystal Headband

 

Milou Embellished Gold-Tone Headband, net-a-porter.com, $388.00

Eugenia Kim Parker Paper-Flower and Crystal Headband, net-a-porter.com, $310.00

 

Gallia Bottica
Here Noir There Modcloth

 

 

 

 

Gallia, bottica.com, $358.50

Here Noir There Headband, modcloth.com, $11.99

 

Apt. 9 Crochet Lace Kohls

 

 

Apt. 9 Crochet Lace Headband, kohls.com, $6.00

 

The “Forehead” Headband—

You don’t have to be a tennis champ to pull off this look (perfected by John McEnroe and  Björn Borg in the 70s).

 

January Jones Head Band

January Jones

 

 

Deepa Gurnani Open Chain Headband
Juicy Couture Leather and Chain Headband

Head Chain Ruti Horn

 

Deepa Gurnani Open Link Headband, shopbop.com, $62.00

Leather & Chain Headband, juicycouture.com, $24.99

Headchain, rutihorn.com, $59.00

 

Head Wraps and Scarves Abound

Dolce & Gabbana Scarf

Photo Courtesy of: Dolce & Gabbana

Anthropologie

Photo Courtesy of: Anthropologie

Dolce & Gabbana Head Scarf

Photo Courtesy of: Dolce & Gabbana

 

 

 

Scarf Tips:

—If using a rectangle scarf, fold it horizontally as often as you prefer, based upon the thickness you desire

—If using a square scarf, you must fold it into a triangle first

Place the scarf on your hairline and knot it in the center of your neck, or side-of-neck based upon preference.  

 

Eugenia Kim Gigi Scarf
Koi Scarf

 

 

Gigi 2, eugeniakim.com, $150.00

Koi Fish Wrap, figue.com, $395.00

 

 

Soft Bands and Head-Wraps 

 

Bottica Silk Brocade Turban Headband

 

Silk Brocade Turban Headband in Cobalt Blue, boticca.com, $64.00

 

Missioni Rainbow Crochet Knit Headband

 

Missioni Rainbow Crochet-Knit Headband, net-a-porter.com, $120.00

 

Bottica Daisy Headband in Gold

 

 

Daisy Headband in Gold, boticca.com, $106.50

 

 

The Tiara-Effect that You CAN Do!

 

Tiara

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris

 

 

Asos Flower Jeweled Headband
Dauphines of New York Crowning Glory Headband

 

ASOS Jeweled Flower Headband, asos.com, $20.35

Dauphines of New York The Crowning Glory Headband, shopbop.com, $220.00

 

This Secret to An Effortless Updo comes from InStyle magazine:

“We’ve seen stylists use this simple method to whip up a chic chignon in seconds.  First, rough up strands with texturizing spray, then gather hair together as if making a low ponytail.  Fasten an elastic three or four inches from the ends, “then roll hair up and pin the knot in place,” says Redken creative consultant Guido Palau, who crafted updos for Marc by Marc Jacobs.  You can secure it high on the head or low along the nape.”  Colorful hairband, wrap, scarf, tiara is icing on the cake!

 

Photo Courtesy of InStyle

Photo Courtesy of InStyle

 

 

 

Pony Tail 101:

In lieu of an elastic band, try this InStyle tip, cutting elastic straight from a spool and tying it super securely like they do on the runway.

 

Stretchrite Black Spool

 

Stretchrite 144-Yard Black Round Elastic Cord Spool, 144 Yards, amazon.com, $14.49

 

 

 

 

Pour les Enfants

  • 5th March 2013

Spotlight:  Rachel Riley

 

 

Rachel Riley Metallic Button Strap Slippers

 

Metallic Button Strap Slippers, rachelriley.com, $149.00

 

 

Rachel Riley Polka Dot Beach Onesie
Rachel Riley Girls Sailboat Print Sun Hat

 

 

 

Polka Dot Beach Onesie, rachelriley.com, $89.00

Girls Sailboat Print Sun Hat, rachelriley.com, $35.00

 

Rachel Riley Ribbon Trim Frill Top
Rachel Riley Sailor Shorts
Rachel Riley Girls Anchor Print Sweater

 

 

 

Sailor Shorts, rachelriley.com, $89.00

Ribbon Trim Frill Top, rachelriley.com, $95.00

Anchor Print Cardigan, rachelriley.com, $189.00

 

Rachel Riley Strawberry Print Dress
Rachel Riley Polka Dot Dress

 

 

Strawberry Print Dress, rachelriley.com, $159.00

Polka Dot Dress, rachelriley.com, $159.00

 

 

 

Patent Leather Button Rachel Riley

 

 

Patent Button Strap Slippers, rachelriley.com, $149.00

 

If You’re Heading to…Taipei

  • 5th March 2013

If you have not previously heard of Shiatzy Chen, don’t worry, now you have!!

 

Shiatzy Chen
Shiatzy Chen

 

This fashion house, based in Taipei, combines traditional Chinese culture with modern aesthetics and Western craftsmanship.  Their designing goal is to interpret Chinese history and culture to create unique, avant-garde silhouettes and styles that will prevail through generations.

 

Shiatzy Chen Turquoise
Shiatzy Chen Hot Pink

 

Shiatzy Chen prides itself on the movement of fabric, luminosity, embroidery and texture.

 

At the moment, the designs are not available through the traditional fashion outlets, the likes of: net-a-porter, Barneys, Saks, etc.  But in the interest of diversifying if you are traveling to any of the following cities stop in to a boutique!

 

Flagship: Taipei

Zhongshan Flagship Store

No. 49-1, Sec.2, Zhongshan N. Rd. Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City 104

+886 2 2542 5506

 

Shiatzy Chen
Shiatzy Chen

 

Other stores are located in:

China, Hong Kong, Macau, France, Switzerland and Malaysia

 

 

Shiatzy Chen

 

www.shiatzychen.com

Parting Words…

  • 5th March 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“He is the king of the South and North, …and Ruler of the East and West.  He walks the outer rim of the world and the Poles melt in his glory.  He draws up the leaf from the seed and covers the land with sweetness.  He is truly the Sun.”

 

Mary Poppins Comes Back, by P.L. Travers

 

 

B

Extraordinary Eggs

  • 4th March 2013

Easter and the coming of spring has been celebrated around-the-world for hundreds of years.  Thus, it seems apropos to take a world-tour to find some of the most distinguished chocolate Easter eggs out there.

 

Two ateliers that must be highlighted for beauty, taste and popularity come by way of São Paulo and Copenhagen.

 

We begin with a look at Sweet Brazil:

Egg Chrysanthemum Sweet Brazil
Egg with Pistachio Sweet Brazil
Egg Oraboles Sweet Brazil

Almost too gorgeous to eat!!! (Almost!) 

 

Egg Chrysanthemum, sweetbrazilchocolate.com, $64.00

Egg with crispy pistachio, hazelnut and almond, sweetbrazilchocolate.com, $130.00

Egg Orabolas, sweetbrazilchocolate.com, $59.00

 

Born in 1986, Sweet Brazil has a commitment annually to create collections that are as exciting to the eyes as they are to the mouth.  Chocolatiere Paula Lima uses the purest chocolate, mainly sourced from the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and the Ivory Coast.  Her thematic Christmas and Easter collections are renowned.  Her signature blend ‘pleases the tastes of Brazil':  smooth, with hints of honey that melt in your mouth.

 

More from her Easter collection include custom-made Fabergé eggs:

 

Faberge Sweet Brazil
Faberge Box Sweet Brazil

 

 

Fabergé Egg,  sweetbrazilchocolate.com, $167.00

Fabergé Basket, sweetbrazilchocolate.com, $160.00

 

Address

Al Raja Gabaglia, 155
Vila Olimpia, Sao Paulo, SP
Tel: +11 3842-0006

 

 Across the Atlantic to Copenhagen!!

The first of the highly sought Fabergé eggs was made as an Easter gift for the Empress Marie of Russia from her husband, Tsar Alexander, in 1883. It featured a small gold egg in an outside shell of platinum and enamel.

 

Today, replicas filled with three tantalizing chocolate eggs are produced annually by Sv. Michelsen.  They are a true-love of the Danish.  Beautiful inside and out…

 

Sv. Michelsen Egg
Sv. Michelsen Inside

 

 

 

Sv. Michelsen Chokolade Fabergé Eggs

 

This year’s ‘specialty’ egg is a copy of 2011, the Red Cross Egg has 3 handmade chocolate eggs inside and 10% of the proceeds go directly to the Red Cross.

 

Michelsen Red Cross Egg

svmichelsen.dk, Kroners 120—200.00

 

Michelsen Faberge
Michelsen Faberge
Michelsen Eggs in box

 

 

 

 

Sv. Michelsen Fabergé eggs are also available at Illum department store

Østergade 52  1100 Copenhagen, Denmark

 

 

A Cue from the Guys…

  • 4th March 2013

We know it’s technically in the men’s section, BUT….

We absolutely love this bracelet which steals a look from the boys!

 

Miansai Bracelet

 

Miansai, saksfifthavenue.com, $80.00

 

It looks fabulous paired with:

 

a multitude of of slim gold, stone-studded bangles

 

Gold Stone and Pearl Bracelets

 

Gold Stone and Pearl Bracelets, windsorstore.com, $10.90

 

A feminine white tunic dress

Shirley Crochet Kaftan

 

Shirley Crochet Kaftan by Melissa Obadash, matchesfashion.com, $334.00

 

Amazing Sandals

 

Bernardo Vintage Couture Moon Sandal
Bernardo Vintage Couture Moon Sandal

Bernardo Vintage Couture Moon Sandal, shop.bernardofootwear.com, $270.00

 

Parting Words…

  • 4th March 2013

“It’s only after a bit of breakfast that I’m able to regard the world with that sunny cheeriness which makes a fellow the universal favourite. I’m never much of a lad till I’ve engulfed an egg or two and a beaker of coffee.”

 

P.G. Wodehouse

BonConseil

Calling the Fowl

  • 3rd March 2013

First it was feathers…now it is full-on birds as an adornment of choice and a trend that has taken flight with one and all this spring.  From the sage owl to the fluttering hummingbird and flashy parrot, many a chirping friend is represented here.  Playfully perfect for spring!

 

 

Pull Pampana Paul and Joe

 

1.) Pull Pampana, paulandjoe.com, 380.00 €

2.) Audubon Birds Vase, store.metmuseum.org, $55.00

3.) Sydney Evan Small Bird Cage Pendant, ylang23.com, $1080.00

4.) Hand Beaded Flamingo Clutch, anthropologie.com, $68.00

 

 

J Crew Silk Minaudiere in Hummingbird Floral

 

 

5.) Silk Minaudiere in Hummingbird Floral, jcrew.com, $248.00

6.) Bird Bistro Furniture, grandinroad.com, $129.00-$399.00

7.) Betsy Johnson Love Bird Heart Earring, betseyjohnson.com, $55.00

8.) Pier One Jute Bird Napkin Ring, pier1.com, $3.95

 

Chloé Bird Print Tee

 

9.) Needlepoint Guilded Blue Songbird Pillow, thesouthernhome.com, $79.00

10.) Vintage Bird on a Wire, oliverbonas.com, $18.00

11.) Chloé Bird Print Tee, harrods.com, £57.95

 

Asos Kissing Birds Across Body

 

 

12.) Bird Tureen with Stand, mottahedeh.com, $300.00

13.) Asos Kissing Birds Across Body, asos.com, $30.00

14.) The Birding Life Book, rshcatalog.com, $49.00

 

Crewcuts Bird Song Dress

 

 

15.) Painted Owl, wisteria.com, $49.00

16.) Girls Birdsong Print Dress, jcrew.com, $68.00

17.) Macaw Danglers, anthropologie.com, $348.00

18.) Accessorize Eden Flower Garden Bird Zip Top, accessorize.com, $18.00

 

Marni Bird Pendant Necklace with Ribbon

 

19.) Set of 4 Blue bird Candles, oliveandcocoa.com, $78.00

20.) Marni Bird Pendant Ribbon Necklace, neimanmarcus.com, $447.00

 

 

 

Peacock Hooked Wool Rug Garnet Hill

Peacock Hooked Wool Rug Garnet Hill

 

 

21.) Peacock Hooked Wool Rug, garnethill.com, $328.00

Country Crush…Thailand!

  • 2nd March 2013

The world’s longest serving head-of-state King Rama IX is not alone in his love for this “land of the free.”  Designers the world over are drawing inspiration from the former Siam through its resplendent natural beauty, dazzling palaces and colorful markets.

 

Gorgeous Thai Inspired Looks from Anthropologie:

 

Skyscape maxi dress

 

 

Shibori Patchwork Dress
Paisley Trails Tee & Embroidery Tufted Pendant

 

Dao Ikat Jumpsuit
Colima Maxi Skirt and Ruched Pom Pom Scarf

 

 

Skyscape Maxi Dress, anthropologie.com, $168.00

Smocked Malee Dress, anthropologie.com $148.00

Paisley Trails Tee, anthropologie.com, $88.00

Embroidery Tufted Pendant, anthropologie.com, $48.00

Dao Ikat Jumpsuit, anthropologie.com, $88.00

Day Wanderer Pullover, anthropologie.com, $118.00

Colima Maxi Skirt, anthropologie.com, $118.00

Ruched Pompom Scarf, anthropologie.com, $58.00

 

 

Inspired by her trips to Thailand the Caroline Issa collection for L.K.Bennett London,  features sizzling hues, pom poms and rich embroidery.

 

LKBennet Parrot Heel
LK Bennett Bamboo Shoe
LK Bennet Tacca

 

Parrot Embroidered Point Toe Heel, us.lkbennett.com, $445.00

Bamboo Embroidered Flats, us.lkbennett.com, $395.00

Tacca Embroidered Leather Sandal, us.lkbennett.com, $495.00

 

Amanda Brighton’s Thai inspired and produced jewelry.

 

Amanda Brighton Necklace
Amanda Brighton Earrings

 

Amanda Brighton Eastern Star Earrings, wolfandbadger.com, $6,465.00

Amanda Brighton Eastern Star Necklace, wolfandbadger.com, $6,765.00

 

A retro-Thai inspired look that’s a true steal:

 

Siam Red Linear Drop Earrings

 

Siam Red Linear Drop Earrings, 1928.com, $18.00

 

 

Flavors to Ponder:

This mouth-watering salad is a stand-by in our kitchen recipe repertoire and a favorite for entertaining.  It’s copied from the Williams Sonoma Collection Salad Cookbook to which we’ve added a few ingredients.

 

Thai-Style Grilled Beef Salad

 

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 Thai chillies or 1 serrano chile minced (if you are preparing for children too try using 1/4 of a chili)

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon water

1 tablespoon soy sauce

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 teaspoon brown sugar

4 cups torn red or green-leaf lettuce leaves

1 cup bean sprouts

1/2 cup finely shredded carrots

1/2 cup fresh torn basil leaves

1/2 cup minced fresh mint, plus several sprigs

1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves

1 lb beef sirloin or tri-tip

We added a handful of: thinly sliced radish, french green beans sliced vertically down the center, chopped green onion

 

Prepare a fire in a grill, or preheat the broiler.  In a small bowl, mix together the garlic, chiles, lime juice, water, soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of the vegetable oil, and the brown sugar.  Set aside.

 

In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, bean sprouts, carrot, basil, minced mint, and cilantro and toss together.  Spread the mixture on a platter.

 

Rub the meat on both sides with the remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil.  Place on grill rack or on a broiler pan and cook, turning once, until seared on both sides, about 1 minute on each side.  Transfer to a cutting board and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Cut against the grain into strips, 1/4 inch thick.

 

Arrange the beef strips over the lettuce mixture and pour the garlic mixture evenly on top.  Garnish with the mint sprigs if desired and serve hot.

 

Variation Tip:  This salad can also be eaten wrapped in a lettuce leaf.  Use 2 cups torn leaves, and keep 8-12 leaves whole.  Toss the torn leaves and other ingredients with only half of the sauce, and put the rest of the sauce in a small bowl for dipping.  To eat, place a leaf in the palm of your hand and fill it with some of the salad.  Fold the sides over and then roll up loosely to eat out of hand, after first dipping it in the remaining sauce.

 

Williams Sonoma Salad Cookbook

 

 This is a great cook book!

 

Williams Sonoma Collection: Salad, overstock.com, $13.39

 

Voleur: Steal This Look

  • 1st March 2013
Town & Country Akris Dress

Photo Courtesy of: Town & Country

 

We love this ensemble because while it is truly ‘fashion magazine glamorous,’ it has accessible elements and little touches that we can easily steal.  Scarves are ubiquitous this season and we love how the effortless drape brings a casual flick to the look.

The silver cuffs toughen things up and the tribal necklace adds definite edge.  With such a bright color and statement jewelry the up-do is also key to providing balance.  The above ensemble costs well over $8,000, but we were able to put together a more attainable look for around $750.

 

 

Sari Necklace Calypso St. Barths Wide Foil Cuff Marc Jacobs

 

 

Silver Metal Bracelet, shoplatitude.com, $30.00

Sari Necklace, calypsostbarth.com, $185.00

Indah Tahani Cowl Dress, shopbop.com, $238.oo

Wide Foil Cuff, couture.zappos.com, $198.00

B-Low the Belt Braided Hip Belt, neimanmarcus.com, $62.00

Silk Diagonal Stripes Scarf, cwonder.com, $68.00

What I Love Today…

  • 1st March 2013

There’s nothing like a new twist on an old classic.  I am a die-hard believer in pancakes, syrup and a dollop of rich beurre.  But, upon discovering Lilikoi syrup, a Maui specialty, I was sold.  Fruity, but delicately aromatic and not over-powering, it adds a sophisticated island spin to a morning standby.

 

Homemade Lilikoi Syrup

Homemade Lilikoi Syrup—Photo Courtesy of: Thanh’s Kitchen

 

In the event that you are like I was and have no idea what Lilikoi is, it’s just another exotic name for an already exoticly dubbed fruit, the Passion Fruit.

 

If you are reticent to shake up your morning routine or your standard brunch/entertaining fare, then you can add Lilikoi Syrup  into the mix at dessert time.  For an intensely tropical experience serve it over or alongside coconut sorbet or lychée ice-cream (available at most Indian and Chinese grocery stores).

 

Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit Flower

Passion Fruit Flower

 

Lilikoi syrup can be made at home.  But, it’s advisable to have access to some pretty fresh and delicious Passion Fruit.  (There are many recipes for home-made syrup on the internet and I cannot espouse one over the other since I have not tried any.)

 

However, after consulting with locals I can confidently say that the preferred syrup available for purchase comes by way of Maui Jelly Factory.  (This brand was also our breakfast time treat!)

 

Passion Fruit Syrup Maui Jelly Factory

 

Passion Fruit Syrup, Mauijellyfactory.com, $30.00 for three 10 ounce bottles

 

Any post mentioning syrup should include a shout-out to great pancakes.  Our favorite recipe is provided by the tried and true:  The New York Times Cook Book.

 

Basic Pancakes  (Makes about 1 dozen, 5-inch pancakes)

1 cup flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoons salt

1 egg

3/4 cup milk (Here we sub in organic whole goats milk.  It gives a much richer flavor and actually fluffier consistency)

2 tablespoons butter, melted and slightly cooled

We add one tablespoon of vanilla bean paste ( we use Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste—see post 1/28 for more information)

 

1.) Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.

2.) Beat the egg, milk and butter until blended

3.) Pour milk mixture into dry ingredients and stir only enough to moisten the dry ingredients.  Do no beat or the pancakes will be tough.

4.) Heat a griddle and lightly grease it.  Drop the batter from the tip of a large spoon or a 1/4 cup measure and bake until the entire surface of the pancake is dotted with holes.  Turn and bake the other side just until light brown.  Keep warm in a 200 degree oven until all the pancakes are cooked.

These pancakes are superb re-heated as well.  We often make a double batch on the weekend.  Wrap them securely in foil and saran wrap and refrigerate.  Heat them in the microwave for 45 seconds for an easy breakfast on school mornings.

 

The New York Times Cookbook by Craig Claiborne, amazon.com, $24.75

 

The New York Times Cook Book

 

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