Archive for May, 2013

Plaits Please!

  • 31st May 2013

From ancient Egyptian braids to Greek Goddess styles to European braid buns, plaits have been around gracing the heads of women (and men) for centuries the world over.

 

 

Braids Valentino Runway

Braids Valentino Runway, Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris Collections

 

But for Spring 2013, it’s the side-braid that’s fresh, fun and turning heads everywhere!

 

Rhianna's Braid

Rhianna, Photo Courtesy of: InStyle

 

The look is not solely confined to the realm of elegant and long, but can be punked-up a bit, courtesy of the one-sided french braid…

 

 

One Sided Braid Harper's Bazaar HK

Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong

One sided French Braid

Photo Courtesy of: Estetica China

 

 

 

 

According to beautydepartment.com, the perfect side braid begins with the right styling products.  The recommendation:  Redken Rough Paste.  It’s a paste meets a pomade that has just the ideal amount of grit to actually allow the braid to stick.

 

Redken Rough Paste

 

Rough Paste Redken, amazon.com, $13.90

 

 

 

Styling a simple fish-tail side-braid is amazingly easy with these quick pointers from Isabel Guillen, stylist and braiding expert with the John Barrett Salon at Bergdorf Goodman, in New York City.   She designed six braided styles for Real Simple magazine, the easiest and most au courant of which, we highlight here.

 

Side Fishtail Braid from realsimple.com

 

Side Fish Tail Braid

Photo Courtesy of: Real Simple Magazine

 

“This braid, which works best with longer hair, needs a bit of texture for hold; if your hair is straight, give it some wave by winding one-inch sections around a curling iron.

Gather your hair to one side in a low ponytail, securing it close to the base of your neck with a clear elastic. Next, create a fishtail braid: Separate the ponytail into two sections. Hold one section; with your other hand, take a narrow strip of hair from the outside of the other section and bring it over to the one in your hand.

Repeat, incorporating hair from one section into the other until you run out of hair; then secure with another clear elastic.

Finally, with a pair of scissors, carefully cut out the top elastic to give the braid a loose, casual look.

For a more bohemian effect, gently pull the braid apart with your fingers.”

 

 Last Look!

Short history of braids through the ages ending with this season’s side sweeping style

 

Ancient Egyptian Braids

Ancient Egyptian Braids, Photo Courtesy of: lovelyish.com

Navajo Braids

Navajo Braids, Photo Courtesy of: Lovelyish.com

Medieval European Braids

Medieval European Braids, Photo Courtesy of: Lovelyish.com

 

1940s Braids

1940s Braids Photo Courtesy of Instyle UK

1950s Braids

1950s Braids, Photo Courtesy of: Instyle UK

1960s Braids

1960s Braids, Photo Courtesy of InStyle UK

 

1990s Braids

1990s Braids, Photo Courtesy of InStyle UK

2000s Braids

2000s Braids, Photo Courtesy of InStyle UK

 

2013, Photo Courtesy of:  InStyle UK

2013, Photo Courtesy of: InStyle UK

 

 

Happy Hosting

  • 31st May 2013

We love these generously sized Anthropologie mugs.  They make the perfect parting favor for a weekend brunch or afternoon tea.  And they double as a whimsical centerpiece arrangement.  Buy one alphabet mug for each guest and invite them to take their namesake mug on the way out (florals included).

 

Anthropologie monogrammed mug
Anthropologie monogrammed mug

 

 

 

 

 

This idea warrants a trip to a florist wherein you can purchase only a few stems of different flowers in varying hues, size and appearance.  (Each mug only needs a few stems)

It’s a budget way to ensure a parting gift that remains under $10.00 per person and doubles as your florals for the party.  A nice bonus, your guests will think of you every morning with their cup of coffee or tea!

 

The mugs works with any flowers, or even just simple greens from your garden.

 

Anthropologie monogrammed mug

 

They can be placed at the table to complement individual place-settings as well.

Monogrammed Mug, anthropologie.com, $6.00 (available in-store as well)

Anthropologie Monogrammed Mug

 

 

Alphabet mugs or beautiful coffee mugs/tea cups from a local boutique are a fine substitute as well.  

 

Two more floral ideas to complement any brunch or afternoon tea:

 

Rose Petal Soap RSH Catalog

 

 

Rose Petal Soaps from the RSH Catalog are gorgeous in your guest bath.  One petal can be used by each guest.

Rose Petal Soap, rshcatalog.com, $25.00

 

Floral tape is a lovely accent when wrapping guests’ gifts.  It can also be used to decorate place mats, place cards or table tents.

 

Botanical Paper Tape RSH Catalog

 

 

Botanical Paper Tape, rshcatalog.com, $22.00

Allure d’Asie Part Two

  • 30th May 2013

One of our favorite weeknight recipes takes the ease and comfort of a corn tortilla and loads it with simple, fresh Asian flavors.

 

Asian Pork Taco

 

 

 

 

Recipe adapted from William Sonoma Five-Spice Pork Wraps.

 

Ingredients:

4 tsp. Chinese five spice

1 Tbs. kosher salt

3/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper

6 lb. boneless pork shoulder, cut into 10 large pieces

3 Tbs. vegetable oil

2 yellow onions, diced

1 1/2 tsp. finely grated fresh ginger

1 1/2 Tbs. minced garlic

1/3 cup soy sauce

1/3 cup rice wine vinegar

1/3 tsp.  red pepper or cayenne pepper

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

 

For Serving:

2 cups chopped fresh basil

1 pack fresh corn tortillas

2 cups chopped fresh cilantro

2 limes

3 carrots thinly sliced with a vegetable peeler

 

 

Thinly Sliced Carrots

 

 

Preheat an oven to 350°F.

In a small bowl, combine the Chinese five spice, red pepper, salt and pepper. Rub the mixture evenly on the pork.

In a pot, over medium-high heat, warm 2 Tbs. of the oil. Working in batches, brown the pork on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes per batch. Transfer to a large bowl.

 

 

Cooking the Pork Wraps

 

 

Reduce the heat to medium and warm the remaining 1 Tbs. oil. Add the yellow onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. Add the soy sauce, the 1/3 cup rice vinegar, and the broth and bring to a simmer. Return the pork to the pot. Cover the pot, transfer to the oven and bake, turning the pork occasionally, until it is fork-tender, about 2 3/4 hours.
Using tongs and a fork, pull the pork apart into large chunks and gently shred.

 

 

Shredded Pork

 

 

On warm, blistered tortillas (we heat on the stove directly)  serve pork topped with basil, cilantro and carrots.  Squeeze fresh lime onto the top before rolling and eating!

 

Asian Taco Fixings

 

Allure d’Asie—Part One

  • 29th May 2013

Visions of the East are dancing in our heads courtesy of a new obsession with all things Orient-inspired.  Today marks the first in a 3-part series, “Allure d’Asie” highlighting fashion, food and décor with exotic details.

 

Jessica Paré in Jason Wu

Jessica Paré in Jason Wu. Photo Courtesy of: InStyle

 

 

Kimono becomes Key:

 

Etro Kimono Jacket

Etro Kimono Jacket, Photo Courtesy of: L’Officiel Magazine

Emilio Pucci Kimono Jacket

 

 

 

 

Emilio Pucci Embroidered Cotton Canvas Kimono-Style Jacket, net-a-porter.com, $4,620.00

 

Zara Kimono Sleeve Loose Jacket

 

 

Zara Kimono Sleeve Loose Jacket, zara.com, $189.00

 

 

Etro Kimono Jacket

 

 

 

Athena Procopiou LaSultans Mosaic Print Kimono
Athena Procopiou LaSultans Mosaic Print Kimono

How to wear this uber-drapy look.

 

 

Athena Procopiou La Sultans Mosaic-Print Kimono, matchesfashion.com, $438.00

 

 

John Rochas Silk Kimono Top

 

 

Debenhams SS13 John Rocha Kimono, £40.00

 

 

 

Marpesia Kimono Top

 

Marpesia Kimono Top, anthropologie.com, $148.00

 

The Opulent Look of Altuzarra:

The rich royal blues with gold accents in sumptuous materials are just so beautifully decadent.

 

Altuzarra Spring Summer 2013

Altuzarra Spring/Summer 2013; Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

 

Altuzarra Spring Summer 2013

Altuzarra Spring/Summer 2013; Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

Altuzarra Spring Summer 2013

Altuzarra Spring/Summer 2013; Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

This perfect pair of chaussures mirrors all of the splendor that you see above….

 

Jeweled Ballet Flats Anthroplogie

 

Jeweled Ballet Flats, anthropologie.com, $68.00

 

 

You will feel beyond embellished in Boden’s dazzling holiday favorite:

 

Sequin Pattern Dress Boden

 

 

Sequin Pattern Dress, bodenusa.com, $187.60

 

Jospehine Destructed Jeans The Sundance Catalog

Jospehine Destructed Jeans The Sundance Catalog

Jospehine Destructed Jeans The Sundance Catalog

 

 

Jospehine Destructed Jeans, sundancecatalog.com, $239.00

 

Eastern Accent Pieces:

These few stand-out pieces are perfect to add some Asian Fusion to your outfit or wardrobe.

 

Lanvin Satin Kimono Bow Belt

 

 Instantly update any dress with an Asian flare via one of our favorite accessories of the season.  

 

Lanvin Satin Kimono Bow Belt, matchesfashion.com, $832.00

 

 

Emilio Pucci Wedges

Emilio Pucci Wedges. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

 

Starlet Straight Leg Cropped Jeans

 

We love the pop-art pagoda/Asian florals on these adorably kitschy jeans!

 

Starlet Straight Leg Cropped Jeans, mytheresa.com, € 300.00

 

 

silk blend qipao top shanghai tang

 

Shanghai Tang always has the perfect fit with an overflow of Asian elegance.

 

Silk Blend Qipao Top with Jade Buttons, shanghaitang.com, $218.00

 

 

Geisha Flower Silk Robe

 

 Feel splendid in this robe inspired by vintage Japanese kimono fabrics.  

 

Geisha Flower Silk Robe, vivaterra.com, $219.00

 

 

Indian Beaded Cluster Jewelry  in Gold Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

Indian Beaded Cluster Jewelry in Gold Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

 

Indian Bead Cluster Necklace, store.metmuseum.org, $150.00

 

Last Look:

 

Peter Pilotto Silk Dress

Peter Pilotto Silk Dress, Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire

Silk & Satin Prada Dress

Silk & Satin Prada Dress, Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire

Do Denim Differently!

  • 29th May 2013

We all know denim is one of the easiest ways to dress.  These different takes on a classic fabric make denim effortless in countless chic styles.

 

 

First-stop for inspiration: Stella McCartney, courtesy of Vogue UK

 

Stella McCartney Bibbed Playsuit

Stella McCartney Inky-Blue Bibbed Playsuit, Photo Courtesy of: Vogue, UK

 

 

(Sold-out practically everywhere we found them back in stock at brownsfashion.com)

Stella McCartney Cropped Denim Dungarees, brownsfashion.com, £425

 

 

Acne Denim Tunic Dress
Acne Denim Tunic Dress

 

 

 

ACNE Denim Tunic Dress, brownsfashion.com, £220

 

 

Jérome Dreyfuss Denim Effect Tote

 

 

Jérome Dreyfuss Denim Effect Tote, farfetch.com, $482.72

 

 

Fossil Carrie Tie Waist Chambray Dress

 

 

1.) UKE Strapless Dress, farfetch.com, $282.21

2.) Fossil Carrie Tie Waist Chambray Dress, fossil.com, $98.00

3.) Edith Palm Egyptian Pleated Dress, farfetch.com, $2150

 

 

 

Louis Vuitton Denim Suit

Louis Vuitton Denim Suit. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.com Paris

 

 

 

 

Soft Denim Jumpsuit Esprit
Denim A-Line Skirt Esprit

 

 

Soft Denim Jumpsuit, esprit.co.uk, £ 69.00

Denim A-Line Skirt, esprit.co.uk, £ 55.00

 

 

 

Esprit Denim Shirtdress

Esprit Denim Shirtdress, Photo Courtesy of: Miss Vogue UK

 

 

Steal this ‘contrasting‘ look via Top Shop:

 

Top Shop Contrast Denim Shirtdress

 

 

Topshop Contrast Sleeve Denim Dress, nordstrom.com, $72.00

 

 

ICB Shiny Denim Dress

ICB Shiny Denim Dress, Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.com, Paris

House of Holland Denim Shirt, Dress

House of Holland Denim Shirt, Dress. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.com, Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go a bit Western:

 

Balmain Shirt Denim Shirtdress

 

 

Balmain Denim Shirtdress, farfetch.com, $3156.61

 

 

Add embroidery and texture:

 

Mango Embroidered Flowers Denim Dress

 

4.) Mango Embroidered Flowers Denim Dress, mango.com, $60.00

5.) Betsey Johnson Chambray Sleeveless Dress with Lace, betseyjohnson.com, $138.00

 

 

Casual & Comfortable:

 

Women's AG Joni Denim Sleeveless Dress

 

Elie Tahari Halley Waist-Tie Dress, bergdorfgoodman.com, $268.00

Women’s AG Joni Denim Sleeveless Dress, neimanmarcus.com, $94.00

 

 

Last Look:

The absolute perfect bag to pair with your all-over denim look.

 

Prada Jacquard/Gingham  Bag

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire



Prada Jacquard/Gingham  Bag

 

 

 

Prada Jacquard Bag, $4300.00 available at select Prada locations

 

 

 

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‘Hot Town’ Beauty Essentials

  • 27th May 2013

How to Survive Summer in the City!

 

The days are heating up, thus it’s time to turn to our veteran beauty advisor through the years, Susan Linney for tips on how to keep looking cool and fresh-faced even as everyone else sweats….

 

Besides being smart, riotously funny and fashionable, Susan is always on-trend (or, more often than not, starting them!).  Ms.  Linney is a NYC-native who lives in Brooklyn, writes about beauty, and is currently obsessed with her Kusa Grass Flip Flops (check-out “Last Look” for a glimpse at these summer ‘must-haves’, you don’t want to miss them!).

 

We pop in to SusanLinney.com regularly to keep updated on her many spheres of authority as well as follow her on Pinterest.  Today, we’re lucky enough to have her summer advice front and center in our world.

 

 

Susan’s list of current product obsessions for the season:

 

As a beauty writer and editor, I try out a lot of different stuff, and I of course have my favorites. But I also often switch out beauty products when summer arrives in NYC. The heat and humidity that swelters above the sidewalks calls for some serious, specialized care. So here are eight of my summer essentials for this season, some of which are brand new to my warm-weather rotation.

 

 

Susan's Summer Best Beauty Products

 

 

 

 

1. Ouidad Sun Shield and Sport Spray

For a naturally curly haired girl like me, summer is one of the worst seasons for smooth hairstyles. So I often end up wearing my hair “au natural.” However, I never leave the house without spritzing my strands with this sun-shielding conditioning spray, which protects my color-treated hair from chlorine, salt water, and other damaging elements. And since it’s formulated especially for curly hair (Quidad is one of the best lines for this hair type), it also helps to define, soften and loosen my locks. Sun protectants are key this time of year, so I’d suggest finding one you like, no matter what kind of hair you have, to use throughout the day.

 

2. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 20

I’ve been using this foundation for over five years now and I doubt I’ll be switching anytime soon. The coverage is light and it glides seamlessly over my skin leaving a very subtle, healthy glow. It also adds an extra 20 of SPF so I know my face is truly covered from the sun’s dangerous (and wrinkle-causing) UVA and UVB rays.

 

3. Supergoop  Sunscreen Day Cream SPF 50

Even though my foundation has SPF, I still make sure to apply Supergoob’s Sunscreen Day Cream all over my face first. In the summer, I use it as my moisturizer—it’s super hydrating, blends quickly, and contains a host of antioxidants that naturally protect skin from free radical damage.

 

4. Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Jean Queen

My favorite lipstick ever, and it’s perfect year-round. Enough said.

 

5. Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Eye Cream

Yes, it’s pricey, but a jar of this creamy, wrinkle-fighting cream lasts forever, and the formula is truly worth the expense. Immediately upon applying, the under eye area is lightly illuminated, which helps to disguise dark circles even before any concealer is added. I’ve been using this for two months now and I definitely notice a difference (and so have my friends!).

 

6. Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional

I recently discovered this balm and I can easily say it’s the VIP of my summer beauty saviors for this season. It’s been a Godsend for my large pores and T-Zone slick spots, mattifying like a charm and make my pores appear practically invisible. It’s typically applied after you moisturize, but you can also dab it on over makeup if your icky areas start to to peak through during the day. Just keep it in your purse, and pat on lightly when needed.

 

7. Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Bronzer

I’ll admit, I’m a bit obsessed with bronzers. But this summer, I’m set on this formula from Physicians Formula. The best thing about it is that unlike most shimmery bronzers that make oily and sweaty skin look even more oily and sweaty, this powder is formulated with corn starch, leaving my face with a wonderfully matte, naturally looking tan glow.

 

8. Tatcha Petal Fresh Evening Aburatorigami Blotting Sheets

I carry blotting papers wherever I go. Tatcha’s sheets work wonderfully, and the packaging is so pretty, it’s just too sweet to resist. But I also stock up on NYX’s Blotting Papers, which are only $4 a pack, come in cute colors, and are great for absorbing oil on the go.

 

 

 

Images courtesy of Susan Linney, Ouidad.com, Neutrogena.com, Supergoop.com, Nordstrom.com, Kiehls.com, Sephora.com, Soap.com, Tatcha.com, Nyxcosmetics.com

 

Last Look:

Haven’t heard of grass flip flops? Don’t fret, now you have!

 

 

Kusa Grass Flipflops

 

 

Kusashoes.com, $29.95

 

 

 

High Fashion Jellies

  • 27th May 2013

When your toes touch the warm sand, or you strut a glossy new pedicure, make sure your feet are clad in some choice jellies. This season it’s easier then ever with styles spanning all tastes and all budgets. (These are not the ones you begged your parents to buy you in the ’80s! Rest assured!  Even as you’ve grown-up, so have they!)

 

 

Juicy Couture Thong Sandal
Juicy Couture Thong Sandal

 

Juicy Couture Thong Sandals, bloomingdales.com, $68.00

 

Valentino Rose Thong Jelly

 

 

Valentino Rose Jelly Thong, saksfifthavenue.com, $295.00

 

 

Salvatore Ferragamo Barbados

 

 

Salvatore Ferragamo Barbados, zappos.com, $165.00

 

 

Melissa Artemis & Jason Wu Lace-Up Jelly Sandals
Melissa Artemis & Jason Wu Lace-Up Jelly Sandals

 

Melissa Artemis & Jason Wu Lace-Up Jelly Sandals, neimanmarcus.com, $138.00

 

 

Stuart Weitzman "Nifty" Sandal

 

Stuart Weitzman “Nifty” Sandal, nordstrom.com, $165.00

 

Love Moschino Jelly Flat Shoe

 

 

Love Moschino Jelly Flat Shoes, asos.com, $161.22

 

Chinese Laundry Magic Garden

 

Chinese Laundry Magic Garden, chineselaundry.com, $30.00

 

Ted Baker Polee

 

Ted Baker Polee, zappos.com, $55.00

 

Spiked Jelly T-Strap Sandal

 

Spiked Jelly T-Strap Sandal, charlotterusse.com, $13.00

 

 

Harmonic Floral Thong Sandal

 

 

Harmonic Floral Thong Sandal, neimanmarcus.com, $50.00

 

Chanel Flower Jelly

 

Chanel Jelly Sandals, chanel retailers, $295.00

 

mulberry Jelly Bow T-Strap Sandal

 

Jelly Bow T-Strap Sandal, mulberry.com, $230.00

 

Kate Spade Farren Thong Sandal Pink Jelly
Kate Spade New York 'Fiala' Sandal

 

 

Kate Spade Farren Thong Sandal Pink Jelly, jildorshoes.com, $78.00

Kate Spade New York ‘Fiala’ Sandal, shop.nordstrom.com, $78.00

 

Pour les filles:

 

Tommy Hilfiger Kids Gretal JellyTommy Hilfiger Kids Gretal Jelly

 

Tommy Hilfiger Kids Gretal Jelly, zappos.com, $25.00

 

Parrot Tulip Nails

  • 26th May 2013

People have been asking and we are happy to disclose that our latest ‘nail inspiration’ comes fresh from the garden by way of our favorite tulips!

 


Tulip inspired Toe

Gold & Red Streaked and Fringy Tulip Inspired Nail Art

Gold and Red Parrot Tulip

Gold and Red Parrot Tulip

 

It’s clear to tell that we are not manicurists here.  However, this fun effect is super easy and very hard to mess up.

 

We began with a base coat that was a dark, earthy brown such as Essie, “Hot Cocoa.”  Before it dried we added Chanel, “Peridot.”  The key is before it dried.  The brush was almost completely clean minus a trace of Peridot allowing us to make three thin streaks starting from the base of the nail and fanning first to the left, then center and then the right.

 

The Trio of Polishes Used: Essie 'Hot Cocoa,' Chanel 'Peridot' and 'Pirate'

The Trio of Polishes Used: Essie ‘Hot Cocoa,’ Chanel ‘Peridot’ and ‘Pirate’

 

Peridot mimics the gold in the tulip but in certain lights it has a trace of green bringing in the stem and leaves….perfect!

 

Once again, before Peridot dried we added Chanel ‘Pirate’ in the same manner.  Barely a trace of red on the brush, three clean streaks starting from the base of the nail and mimicking the streaks on the tulip fanning left, center and right.  Voila!

 

Streaky Tulip Effect

Streaky Tulip Effect

 

 

And now for some of our favorites from the garden!

 

 

Monte Flame Tulip from Dutch Gardens

Monte Flame Tulip from Dutch Gardens

 

 

 

Monte Flame Tulip, dutchgardens.com, $13.95 for ten bulbs

 

 

 

Shere Khan Tulip from Dutch Gardens

Shere Khan Tulip from Dutch Gardens

 

 

Shere Khan Tulip, dutchgardens.com, $14.99 for ten bulbs

 

 

 

Bright Parrot Tulip from Dutch Gardens

Bright Parrot Tulip from Dutch Gardens

 

 

Bright Parrot Tulip, dutchgardens.com, $10.95 for ten bulbs

 

If You’re Heading to….Mumbai

  • 25th May 2013

A few years back while shopping in Mumbai I spotted a pair of the most fabulous shoes coming my way.  Naturally, I stopped the woman and inquired about their origin.  I followed her path of a few right turns and some left turns and landed at a chic new boutique filled with up-and-coming Indian designers.

 

Silver Sandals Oak Tree Mumbai
Beige Sandals Oak Tree Mumbai

 

 

Of course, they did not have my size there.  But, the sales woman was kind enough to tell me to hit a store in the shopping mecca Colaba called, Oak Tree….where they would make my size and have them delivered to my door later!

 

 

Bronze Sandals Oak Tree Mumbai
Bronze Sandals Oak Tree Mumbai

 

 

It is not possible to rave enough about these sandals!  They are available in practically every color gunmetal, silver, bronze, white, black, poppy red…the list goes on and on.  You can purchase them in varying wedge heel heights.  (I have shorter heels for the day and clearly higher ones for more dressy occasions)  They match perfectly with pants, skirts, dresses, swimwear, sarees, whatever.  Dressed up or down they are consistently comfortable, even with a 25 lb toddler on your hip.  They’re under $50.00.  They last forever.  And, I myself get stopped repeatedly as people inquire about their origin.

 

Black Sandals Oak Tree Mumbai
Black Sandals Oak Tree Mumbai

 

 

I have sent loads of friends to Oak Tree and they are never disappointed.  They always come back with a bounty…you will too!  What’s best is they don’t only carry shoes.  There are gauzy embroidered dresses, white breezy tunics, stylish clutches from the ever-popular line 500 BC, and statement jewelry.

 

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai. Photo Courtesy of: Inonit.in

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai. Photo Courtesy of: Inonit.in

 

If you’re heading to Mumbai you need to shop on Colaba Causeway.  So, duck into Oak Tree…you don’t want to miss it!

 

 

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai. Photo Courtesy of: Inonit.in

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai

Oak Tree, Colaba Causeway Mumbai. Photo Courtesy of: Inonit.in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Oak Tree, 18 Cusrow Baug, Colaba Causeway, Mumbai

+91 22 2281 9031

 

 

For those not traveling to the Indian subcontinent any time soon, you can find select style at:

indianhanger.com

Long, Lanky and Gorgeous

  • 24th May 2013

Summer tall arrangements need not look like bad wedding florals from the ’80s.  They also do not need to be comprised of the same white Casablancas or Stargazers.  The key often is using unexpected flowers that are available only seasonally…specifically right now!

 

 

 

Arrangement of Irises, Gladiolus and Lilacs

 

 

The above arrangement of Lilacs, Irises and Gladiolus is as fragrant as it is beautiful!

 

Lilac in the yard

The last lilac bloom of the season.

 

 

If you have a small patch of green, and invest the time to grow a few of these favorites you will not be disappointed.  All three of these flowers come in varieties that will re-bloom come late summer or fall.  While you might be hard-pressed to find Lilacs, Irises and Glads at your local Farmer’s Market or grocery store, many varieties will re-appear in your backyard as summer comes to a close.  Glads pop up again in mid-late August, Irises and Lilacs in end-of-September early October.

 

 

Lilac is one of the easiest plants to grow and is now available in a re-blooming variety called Josee Reblooming Lilac.

 

Josee Reblooming Lilac

The color of Josee Reblooming Lilac is slightly more pinkish then lavender.

 

Josee Reblooming Lilac, springhillnursery.com, $6.95

 

Contrary to common belief, Lilac can be grown and thrive in Southern California.  However, there is a specific variety that does best in a climate that never freezes.  ‘Lavender Lady’ is a favorite for Southern California dwellers.  

 

Lavender Lady

Lavender Lady, Photo Courtesy of: Monrovia

Lavender Lady

Lavender Lady, Photo Courtesy of: Monrovia

 

Some tips for growing Lavender Lady in Southern California include:

• Stop watering them after mid-September allowing them to survive solely on rainfall

• Allow the plant to go dormant (it looks almost dead, don’t be surprised)

• Resume watering when the first leaves and buds appear in the spring

• Keep them from growing too tall by pruning thereby stimulating the younger heartier canes that produce more flowers

 

 

There are a tremendous number of Irises out there and you really cannot go wrong with any.  Planted in well-drained soil they multiply and provide more and more pleasure in years to come.  One of our favorites from Dutch Gardens is: the Florentine Silk Iris.

 

Florentine Silk Iris

Florentine Silk Iris from Dutch Gardens.com

 

 

Florentine Silk Iris, dutchgardens.com. $17.96 for 3 plants

 

Winner of multiple awards with 6 to 8″ flowers it is one of the tallest bearded irises and is a rare repeat bloomer.  The color combination is stunning and it is a perfect cut flower for arrangements.

 

Finally, the gladiator Gladiolus, impossible to do wrong or kill!

 

Gladiolus Blooming in the front  yard

Gladiolus blooming in the front yard

 

Gladiolus are amongst the absolute easiest flowers to grow.  They simply require some simple staking.  Once the bulbs are in the ground you can expect a riot of blooms just 90 days later.  The best time to plant bulbs is anytime after the threat of frost passes in the spring.  Gladiolus will always re-bloom as summer draws to a close.

 

 

Coral and Cream Gladiolus Brecks.com

Coral and Cream Gladiolus Brecks.com

Mixed Color Gladiolus Brecks.com

Mixed Color Gladiolus Brecks.com

 

In the past we have purchased both a sak of one color, or a jumbo sak of multi-colored gladiolus and randomly distributed them along the border of our yard.  The results are always surprising and beautiful.

 

Coral & Cream Gladiolus, brecks.com, $11.99 for 8 bulbs

Deluxe Glads Mixture Super Sak, breks.com, $29.99 for 80 bulbs

Parting Words…

  • 24th May 2013

Still grows the vivacious lilac a generation after the door and lintel and the sill are gone, unfolding its sweet-scented flowers each spring, to be plucked by the musing traveller..

 

 

Henry David Thoreau

 

 

BonConseil

Voleur….Steal this Look!

  • 23rd May 2013

You can do print on print with a touch of shimmer by way of silk and brocade and pull it off perfectly, just like this look from Chloe Sevigny.

 

Chloe Sevigny wears Miu Miu to the Spring/Summer '13 Show

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Austalia

 

 

Here she wears Miu Miu to their spring/summer show and the same ensemble could travel well on anyone this summer as they head to lunch, the office, a bespoke city tour in Amsterdam…..

 

Here are four perfect ways to copy this look:

 

 

 

1.)

Jacquard Blazer Zara
Tory Burch Printed Blouse
Loft Fully Lined Cuffed Stretch Linen Cotton Shorts with 4" Inseam

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blazer:

Jacquard Blazer, zara.com, $99.90

 

Blouse:

Tory Burch Printed Blouse, farfetch.com, $316.60

 

Shorts:

Loft Fully Lined Cuffed Stretch Linen Cotton Shorts with 4″ Inseam, loft.com, $50.00

 

 

 

2.)

 

Elizabeth and James Abigail Brocade Blazer
Blugirl Blumarine Blouse
oie Merci Chambray Linen Shorts

 

 

 

 

Blazer:

Elizabeth and James Abigail Brocade Blazer, bergdorfgoodman.com, $297.00

 

Blouse:

Blugirl Blumarine Blouse, yoox.com, $251.00

 

Shorts:

Joie Merci Chambray Linen Shorts, saksfifthavenue.com, $124.00

 

 

 

3.)

Gap Jacquard Academy Blazer
Marni Printed Silk Blouse
See by Chloe Linen Shorts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blazer:

Gap Jacquard Academy Blazer, gap.com, $57.00

 

Blouse:

Marni Printed Silk Blouse, theoutnet.com, $685.00

 

Shorts:

See by Chloe Linen Shorts, farfetch.com, $183.00

 

 

4.)

Marilyn Moore Blazer
Alice + Olivia Arie Floral-Print Blouse
Alice + Oliva Shorts Cady Cuff Metallic

 

Blazer:

Marilyn Moore Blazer, yoox.com, $155.00

 

Blouse:

Alice + Olivia Arie Floral-Print Blouse, neimanmarcus.com, $275.00

 

Shorts:

Alice + Oliva Shorts Cady Cuff Metallic, bloomingdales.com, $198.00

 

 

Last Look:

The Right Metallic Chunky Watch

 

Miss Selfridge Triangle Face Watch

 

Triangle Face Watch, missselfridge.com

 

 

 

Dream Accoutrements for the Summer Garden Party!

  • 22nd May 2013

Spotlight:  Bhldn!

 

Specially crafted to create a dream wedding with the most unique accessories, this web site is also the perfect launching point to scoop up some summer garden party finds.

 

 

 

Ridged Tin Vases bhldn.com

 

 

Ridged Tin Vases, bhldn.com, $4.00—$12.00

 

 

Best of all, their vintage chic look is affordable too!  We LOVE this flatware!

 

 

Birch Chevron Flatware bhldn.com

 

 

Birch Chevron Flatware, bhldn.com, $12.00

 

The lace parasol, straight out of Paris and the movie Gigi, really brings the garden party to life…

 

 

Picturesque Parasol Bhldn.com

 

 

Picturesque Parasol, bhldn.com, $78.00

 

These placeholders are the ultimate in personalization as you can customize a different bloom for each guest…

 

 

Bubble Vase Placeholder BHLDN.com

 

 

Bubble Vase Placeholder, bhldn.com, $6.00

 

 

Add some elegance to an open bottle of wine or champagne.

 

 

Dapper Bottle Stopper BHLDN.com

 

 

Dapper Bottle Stopper, bhldn.com, $10.00

 

A perfect pairing of playful summer patterns…

 

 

Gingham Cocktail Napkins BHLDN.com
Blooming Shoppe Straws, BHLDN.com

 

 

Gingham Cocktail Napkins, bhldn.com, $6.00 for 20

Blooming Shoppe Straws, bhldn.com, $7.00

 

 

Pile up brownies and cookies in here for a truly unique presentation!

 

 

Birdcage Envelope Holder

 

Birdcage Envelope Holder, bhldn.com, $48.00

 

 

Decorate the area with colorful, cheery oversized poms and girlish fans.

 

Papered Pom Set BHLDN.com
Flora Crinkle Fans

 

 

 

Papered Pom Set, bhldn.com, $24.00 for 5

Flora Crinkle Fans, bhldn.com, $20.00 for ten

 

 

Last Look:

 

We LOVE milk glass! Just like your favorite pair of shoes this season, it’s studded!

 

Milk Glass Hobnail Jar

 

 

Milk Glass Hobnail Jars, bhldn.com, $6.00—$8.00

 

 

 

Parting Words…

  • 22nd May 2013

I almost wish we were butterflies and liv’d but three summer days—three such days with you, I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.
― John Keats, Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne

 

 

BonConseil

All the Buzz!

  • 21st May 2013

Bees may be in decline globally (which is truly no laughing matter) but, they seem abundantly celebrated everywhere else.  Having never been stung (yet!) and passionately enamored with everything floral, a love of bees naturally follows.

 

 

Cara Delevingne wears the  Lanvin bee brooch.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Italia

Cara Delevingne wears the Lanvin bee brooch. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Italia

 

 

 

 

Delfina Delettrez To bee or not to be piercing ring delfina delettrez

To bee or not to be piercing ring, delfinadelettrez.it, € 1.100,00

 

 

Thus we are more than happy to (bee) part of this incredible buzz!

 

 

Solange Azagury Partridge Bee Ring
Schield Bee Ring

 

 

 

Solange Azagury Partridge Bee Ring, astleyclarke.com, $1760.00

Schield Bee Ring, luisaviaroma.com, $197.00

 

 

From well over $1,000 to under $10.00, there are accessories to suit all…

 

 

Target Bee Clutch

Target Bee Earrings

 

 

Bee Cuff Bracelet, target.com, $9.99

Bee Earrings, target.com, $7.99

 

 

Bee earrings metropolitan museum of art store

 

 

Bee earrings and pin, metstore.org, $95.00

 

Embroidered Bee Clutch Alexander McQueen

 

Embroidered Bee Clutch Alexander McQueen, matchesfashion.com, $4,495.00

 

 

Jeffrey Campbell Who Could that Be? Sandals
Etro Bee Detail T-Bar Sandal

 

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey Campbell Who Could that Bee? Sandals, modcloth.com, $114.99

Etro Bee Detail T-Bar Sandal, farfetch.com, $531.78

 

 

Evocateur Bumble Bee Vintage Cuff

 

 

Evocateur Bumble Bee Vintage Cuff, ahalife.com, $458.00

 

 

Delfina Delettrez cuff.  Photo Courtesy of:  Elle Italia

Delfina Delettrez cuff. Photo Courtesy of: Elle Italia

 

 

 

Marni Jewel Bee Embellished Metallic Leather and Suede Sandals
Bee Blazer Sonia Rykiel

 

 

 

Marni Jewel Bee Embellished Metallic Leather and Suede Sandals, theoutnet.com, $469.99

 

Bee Blazer Sonia Rykiel, farfetch.com, $564.26

 

 

 

Eve Bee Necklace with Diamonds and Citrine in Gold

 

 

Eve Bee Necklace with Diamonds and Citrine in Gold, kiki.co.uk, £1,600.00

 

 

Betsey Johnson Antique Gold Plated Rosette Bee Earrings
Bee Studs Forever21

 

 

Betsey Johnson Antique Gold Plated Rosette Bee Earrings, lordandtaylor.com, $30.00

Bee Studs, Forever21.com, $5.80

 

 

 

Embroidered Napoleonic Bee Pillow
Natural World Dessert Plate, Bee

 

 

 

Embroidered Napoleonic Bee Pillow, Ballarddesigns.com, $55.00

Natural World Dessert Plate, Bee, anthropologie.com, $18.00

 

Fornash Bumble Bee Earrings
Fornash Bumble Bee Earrings

 

 

Fornash Bumble Bee Earrings, simplysoles.com, $32.00

 

 

 

Bee Crochet Hat

 

Little Bee Crochet Hat, shopruche.com, $23.00

 

 

 

Last Look

 

Chocolate Bees

 

These are gorgeous!!! Perfect for the chocolate lover, the gardener, the insect lover….the list goes on and on….

 

Not chewy like a store bought caramel, our bee chocolates have a liquid caramel center and a clear, caramelized honey taste. This unique flavor comes naturally from the fragrant basswood honey we use, supplied by the Draper Family Apiaries in Millerton, PA. Once filled, each of the nine bees is carefully painted by hand with a paper-thin layer of yellow and black cocoa butter. Guaranteed to please the palate just as much as the eye.

 

Chocolate Bees John & Kiras
Chocolate Bees John & Kiras

 

Chocolate Bees 9 Piece, johnandkiras.com, $29.00

 

Super cute for the kids room:

 

Bee Stand Ballard Designs

 

 

Bee Stand, ballarddesigns.com, $35.00

The Statement Necklace

  • 20th May 2013

The first lady we know of to don this trend was Cleopatra and who would not want to follow her fashion lead?

 

 

Vivien Leigh in a statement necklace looking uber glamorous.  Photo courtesy of Vogue.de

Vivien Leigh in a statement necklace looking uber glamorous. Photo courtesy of Vogue.de

 

 

 

 

Bronze and Oxidised Silver Necklace Annoushka

Bronze and Oxidised Silver Necklace Annoushka, photo by Marie Claire

Emma Stone in Lanvin

Emma Stone in Lanvin, photo courtesy of: InStyle

 

The best part about this trend is that anyone can look to it to freshen up their outfit.  Above, we see two examples of a bold necklace mirrored by another matching accessory complementing an elegant monochrome ensemble.

 

However…..

 

Statement Pieces can Also Pop Against Patterns.

 

Marion Cotillard wears a Dior Statement Piece

Marion Cotillard wears a Dior Statement Piece, photo courtesy of: InStyle

 

 

 

Statement Gold Necklace with Rings

Photo Courtesy of: Elle UK

 

 

Copy this Look Highlighting Rings Via:

Eddie Borgo O Ring Necklace

 

Eddie Borgo O Ring Necklace, shopbop.com, $290.00

 

Or, the Lanvin “Hero” Piece….

 

Lanvin Hero Piece

Lanvin, Photo Courtesy of, The Edit, Net-a-Porter.com

 

 

Almost similar to the Lanvin look above is this great piece from Garnet Hill:

 

 

Linda Levinson Designs Bib Necklace from Garnet Hill

Linda Levinson Designs Bib Necklace from Garnet Hill

 

Linda Levinson Designs Bib Necklace, garnethill.com, $478.00

 

Tap into the Pearl Trend….

 

Belle Fleur Pearl Statement Necklace

 

Belle Fleur Pearl Statement Necklace, katespade.com, $298.00

 

 

Marnie Flower Necklace

Flower Necklace, Photo Courtesy of: Elle, UK

 

 

Revisit the Above Look via Marni….

 

Marni Horn Flower Necklace

 

Marni Horn Flower Necklace, net-a-porter.com, $480.00

 

 

Go Vintage Art-deco with the Perfect Piece…

 

Valentino Deco Swarovski Crystal Necklace

 

 

Valentino Deco Swarovski Crystal Necklace, net-a-porter.com, $725.00

 

The Long, Lean Lariat…

 

Gold Mesh Lariat

Gold Mesh Lariat, Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar

 

 

 

Miki Long Necklace, Aurelie Bidermann

 

Miki Long Necklace, aureliebidermann.com, 1 150 €

 

Fallon Jewelry Classique Lariat Necklace

 

 

Fallon Jewelry Classique Lariat Necklace, shopbop.com, $125.00

 

Egyptian Snake Lariat the Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

Egyptian Snake Lariat the Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

 

 

Egyptian Snake Lariat, shop.metmuseum.org, $225.oo

 

Perfect for Summer Escapes….

 

The Shell Necklace by Suzanna Dai

 

The Shell Necklace by Suzanna Dai, calypsostbarth.com, $425.00

 

 

Indigenous…

“Exquisitely crafted from ostrich egg shell, the 7 Hoop Ostrich Eggshell Necklace from One Fine Thread’s Jewels of the Kalahari collection is an eclectic statement piece.”

 

One Fine Thread 7 Hoop Ostrich Eggshell Necklace

 

One Fine Thread 7 Hoop Ostrich Eggshell Necklace, shoplatitude.com, $360.00

 

Lanvin is all about Love…

 

Lanvin Swarovski Crystal Heart & Arrow

 

 

Lanvin Swarovski Crystal Heart & Arrow, net-a-porter.com, $695.00

 

 

The Best Way to NOT Break the Bank….

 

Box & Curb Chain Choker Forever21

 

 

 

Box & Curb Chain Choker, forever21.com, $12.80

 

 

 

Beaded Tribal Necklace Forever21

 

 

Beaded Tribal Inspired Necklace, forever21.com, $12.80

 

 

 

Red Silk & Fuschia Agate Necklace

 

 

Red Silk & Fuschia Agate Necklace, shoplatitude.com, $90.00

 

 

Last Look:

 

Miu Miu Chokers

 

The world of Miu Miu, Courtesy of Estetica Magazine, China

 

The Ultimate Statement Necklace:

 

Couture Necklace by PPQ for TESOR Baku magazine

Couture Necklace by PPQ for TESOR. Photo Courtesy of: Baku magazine

à la Mountain mode!

  • 19th May 2013

Summer plans are being solidified now as Spring comes to a close and there is no better time than to get organized for the impending packing.  If it’s the sweet mountain air that’s calling you….then you’re in luck!

 

 

Wildflowers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Wildflowers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

 

 

Today we feature a special guest post from an impeccably stylish, mother-of-three who manages to keep everything under control effortlessly, Sheralyn Baltes.  Her love affair with Jackson Hole, Wyoming has been going strong for years and if you are headed to the mountains, ranch or countryside this summer we urge you to take her lead….

 

 

Mountains skyrocket up in Jackson

Mountains skyrocket up in Jackson

 

Sheralyn talks about the ‘Modern Mountain’ style…

Growing up in Seattle, I was able to experience a perfect balance between city living and mountain living. With the Cascade Mountain range at our fingertips, we camped, hiked, fished, and chased crickets all summer long. When I became a parent, I knew that I wanted my children to have the same experience. We are blessed to spend 8 months of the year in Santa Monica and the other 4 months in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The 3 summer months are particularly magical. I’m filled with nostalgia and joy everyday as I watch my 3 young boys run around our property freely. 

 

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

 
In an effort to free up my time out there, every spring, I get very strategic about my summer “in the mountains” fashion choices. The last thing I want to be doing on a warm summer evening is ordering new shoes from Zappos! No, no, nothat is precious time used for making guacamole and fresh margaritas! This year, I wanted to be particularly crafty. I needed to make versatile yet stylish choices. I was stuck somewhere between Coachella and the Jackson Hole Rodeo. (Coachella, I knew was too young, too hip, and too music festival cool for me. The Jackson Hole Rodeo smells like horse poop and Wranglers look weird on my back side.) What’s a girl to do?! 
 
I wrote out the following guidelines: 
  1. Must be durable: Let’s not forget that I’m chasing 3 boys through river beds. 
  2. Must reflect my personality: Disciplined/structured but likes to let loose from time to time.
  3. Must reflect my sense of style: Disciplined/structured but likes to let loose from time to time.
  4. Must respect my age: I’m a 40 year old mom not a 25 year old music festival attendee. 
  5. Must be versatile: Need items that will interchange easily. 
  6. Must be cost conscious: Gotta know when to splurge and when to save. 
  7. Must be found online: Who has time to go shopping? 

 

ModernMountain3

I used a few pictures from our property and created the storyboard picture shown above. I got inspiration from the area, and I slowly added clothing pieces that seemed to fit. Below is what I ended up with: 

1. Low ankle Golden Goose boots: My one big splurge.

 These boots can be worn with shorts, skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, dresses, or just about anything. The boots from this brand are pricey, but they are worth it. I bought my last pair almost 5 years ago and I still wear them 2-3 times per week. The belt shown is also from Golden Goose. 

2. Boyfriend cut-off shorts: I bought mine from Current Elliot. 

  • Save: Take an old pair of low-waisted baggy jeans, cut them off mid thigh, leave the ends frayed, wash a few times, and you’re good to go. 
  • When cutting, make sure to cut mid-thigh, not too short, not too long. 
  • Make sure they are low-waisted. 
  • Make sure they are loose fitting. 

 

3. Simple, lightweight, versatile blouses

  • Save: The floral print in the picture is from Forever 21, it was $17.00. It is so pretty in real life. It’s sheer, ties at the waist, and is absolutely versatile and flattering. 
  • The tunic is from Madewell, also a great value. 
  • The white sleeveless top is from Vince. A bit of a splurge but worth it. 

 

4. No.6 Clogs: I’m obsessed. They are so cute and so comfortable. I found mine at Steven Allen. I wear these with shorts, boyfriend jeans, and simple dresses. 

 

 

5. Button-down dress: This is a mountain girl must have. This one is from Old Navy. 

 

 

6. Rings & necklace: I made these at Semi Precious on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. 

  • Ask for Amy, show her a picture of what you’re looking for, and she’ll either make it for you or help you make it. 
  • She has an amazing selection of materials, she’s incredibly talented, and she’s really fun.  
Sunrise over Jackson Vista

Sunrise over Jackson Vista

I’m styled and ready for summer—Now, all I need to do is get through the rest of the school year!!
Giddy up Girlfriends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parting Words…

  • 19th May 2013

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.

 

Saint Augustine

 

 

 

BonConseil

 

 

Pearls are a girl’s best friend?

  • 18th May 2013

This season Chanel celebrated the sentiment of its founder who said, “a woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls!

 

 

Coco Chanel in her 'ropes of pearls' photo courtesy of Domino Magazine

Coco Chanel in her ‘ropes of pearls’ photo courtesy of Domino Magazine

 

 

Chanel Spring 2013 Pearls

Chanel Spring 2013 Pearls, Photo Courtesy of L’Officiel Thailand

 

 

Pearls Backstage at Chanel

Pearls Backstage at Chanel, Photo Courtesy of Vogue, Australia

 

Chanel necklace embellished with pearls, chanel.com

 

And, of course, everyone has quickly followed suit….Here are some of the best ways to work pearls into your wardrobe.  

 

The Copy Cat!

Everyone is copying Chanel’s ‘oversized’ look….

 

Zara Maxi Pearl Necklace
Accessorize Catwalk Pearl Statement Necklace

 

Zara Maxi Pearl Necklace, zara.com, $30.00

Accessorize Catwalk Pearl Statement Necklace, $29.00

 

 

Kenneth Jay Lane Simulated Pearl Cluster Necklace

 

Kenneth Jay Lane Simulated Pearl Cluster Necklace, neimanmarcus.com, $120.00

 

Millianna Pearl Bib Necklace Garnet Hill

Millianna Pearl Bib Necklace Garnet Hill

Millianna Pearl Bib Necklace Garnet Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Millianna Pearl Bib Necklace, garnethill.com, $198.00

 

 

 

Chanel Pearl Bracelets

Chanel Pearl Bracelets

Chanel Pearl Cuff

Chanel Pearl Cuff, Photo Courtesy of Architectural Digest

 

Chanel cuff in transparent resin and metal embellished with glass pearls, chanel.com

 

 

Sleek and modern art deco pearl cuff.  Photo courtesy of Vogue.de

Sleek and modern art deco pearl cuff. Photo courtesy of Vogue.de

 

 

Other ways to wrap the trend around your wrist, fingers and ears….

 

The single pearl is stunning in this ring by Larissa Landinez

 

Oyster Ring Larissa Landinez

 

Oyster Ring 18K Yellow Gold, larissalandinez.com, €700.00

 

Stella and Dot Lucia Bracelet,
Lanvin Pearls and Gros Grains Bracelet

 

Stella and Dot Lucia Bracelet, stelladot.com, $69.00

Lanvin Pearls and Gros Grains Bracelet, dsw.com, $349.95 (a real steal)

 

 

 

Pearl Fusun Earring Shoplatitude

 

Pearl Fusun Earring, shoplatitude.com, $145.00

 

Unique Pearl Looks

 

Banana Republic Pearl Twist Necklace

 

 

Banana Republic Pearl Twist Necklace, bananarepublic.com, $89.50

 

Lanvin Pearl Woven Necklace

 

Lanvin Pearl Woven Necklace, dsw.com, $300.00

 

 

Rada Yellow Crystal and Glass Pearl Charm Long Necklace

 

 

Rada Yellow Crystal and Glass Pearl Charm Long Necklace, forzieri.com, $235.00

 

Take inspiration from the above to hang your favorite pendant or charm from any real or faux pearls….

 

Our elephant pendant on our favorite pearl necklace

Our elephant pendant on our favorite pearl necklace

 

Instant Go-To Glamour:

 

Rose Gold pendant necklace with diamonds and freshwater pearls Cartier

Photo Courtesy of: Elle. Rose Gold pendant necklace with diamonds and freshwater pearls—Cartier

 

 

 

South Sea Baroque Cultured Pearl, Water Opal, and Diamond Earrings, Mikimoto.

Photo Courtesy of: Elle. South Sea Baroque Cultured Pearl, Water Opal, and Diamond Earrings—Mikimoto.

 

 

The Sunglasses 

 

Dior Pearl Studded Sunglasses

Dior, Photo Courtesy of Vogue, Australia

 

 

Chanel Pearl Sunglasses

Chanel Pearl Glasses. Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar UK

 

Asos Pearl Sunglasses

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

 

Christy Turlington Pearl Sunglasses

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue, Australia

 

The Perfect Clutch:

 

Santi at Liberty Pearl Clutch

Santi Pearl Clutch, Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar UK

Santi Pearl & Beaded Clutch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Santi Pearl & Beaded Clutch, lorisshoes.com, $138.90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharp Pearl-Studded Clothes

 

Giambattista Valli Spring Summer 2013 Pearls

Giambattista Valli Spring Summer 2013 Pearls. Photo courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

 

 

Diane von Furstenberg Faux Pearl Studded Mini Dress
Diane von Furstenberg Faux Pearl Studded Blazer

 

Diane von Furstenberg Faux Pearl Studded Mini Dress, farfetch.com, $1142.7

Diane von Furstenberg Faux Pearl Studded Blazer, farfetch.com, $1316.87

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Faux Pearl Embellished Ribbed Wool Top

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Faux Pearl-Embellished Ribbed Wool Top, net-a-porter.com, $675.00

 

 Bejeweled Hair

 

Pearl Pony Tail at the Chanel Spring Show

Pearl Pony Tail at the Chanel Spring Show. Photo Courtesy of: InStyle

 

“To DIY, place a small bead on to the end of a headpin and thread through a jubo craft-store pearl; use needle nose pliers to wrap the end of the wire around an elastic.  Sound tricky?  Then simply string a piece of dental floss through the pearl and double-knot the ends around the elastic.  Secure with superglue.”  Text taken in entirety from InStyle

 

 

Chanel Pearl Hairband

Chanel Pearl Hairband is stunning. Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar UK

 

 

 

The brand that defines them

 

As Mikimoto celebrates its 120th anniversary it also affords the most sophisticated styles

 

MIkimoto Ombre Pearls

Mikimoto Ombre Pearls. Photo Courtesy of: Departures Magazine

Mikimoto Waterfall Earrings

Mikimoto Waterfall Earrings. Photo Courtesy of: Harrods

 

 

mikimoto.com

 

Rene Caovilla Pearly T-Strap Sandal

 

 

Rene Caovilla Pearly T-Strap Flat Sandal, bergdorfgoodman.com, $795.00

 

Pearls also abound in the Chanel Edinburgh Collection with pearl encrusted belts and huge pearl drop earrings.  Photo Courtesy of: Sphere

Pearls also abound in the Chanel Edinburgh Collection with pearl encrusted belts and huge pearl drop earrings. Photo Courtesy of: Sphere

 

 

Mix the Chanel Fingerless Glove Look with the Penchant for Pearls:

 

Protolano White Fingerless Gloves with Pearls Saks

Protolano White Fingerless Gloves with Pearls Saks

 

Last Look!

Perhaps the most photographed piece of jewelry this spring…the diamond and freshwater pearl headpiece from the Great Gatsby Ziegfeld Collection at  Tiffany & Co.

 

Tiffany & Co. Headpiece Great Gatsby

Tiffany & Co. Headpiece Great Gatsby. Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar UK

 

 

 

Clearly Delicious…Part Deux

  • 17th May 2013

If you don’t believe us, read the reviews online…these cookies are heavenly. Make them today and bite through oozing caramel goodness surrounded by decadent cakey coconut richness topped off with a salty kick!

 

 

 

Coconut Thumbprint Cookie with Salted Caramel

Finished to perfection…this was soon gobbled up!

 

 

They’re also pretty gorgeous and give the appearance of bakery bought.

 

Coconut Thumbprint Cookies with Salted Caramel

 

Recipe from MarthaStewart.com

 

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Table salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 12 ounces sweetened flaked coconut
  • 44 small soft caramel candies (12 ounces), such as Kraft
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Large, flaky sea salt, such as Maldon
The Caramel Sauce

The Caramel Sauce

 

 

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together butter and sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, then beat in vanilla. With mixer on low, gradually add flour and 1/2 teaspoon table salt, and beat to combine. Press dough together in plastic wrap, then roll into 1 1/4-inch balls. Dip each ball in beaten egg, and roll in coconut. Place balls on parchment-lined baking sheets, and press an indentation into each with your thumb. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove sheets from oven, and re-press indentations. Bake cookies until golden, 9 to 10 minutes more. Let cool on wire racks. Repeat with remaining dough.

 

 

Ready to pull out of the oven

Ready to pull out of the oven

 

 

 

Place caramels and heavy cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until the caramels are melted and mixture is smooth, 4 to 6 minutes. Spoon into indentations in cookies, and sprinkle with sea salt. Rewarm caramel if it hardens before all cookies are filled.

 

 

Ready for a drizzle of salt

Ready for a drizzle of salt

 

Store in airtight containers for up to 2 days.

 

We had about 1/2 of the caramel sauce left-over.  You can store it in the fridge to use on yogurt, drizzle over morning coffee, serve with ice-cream….or, make more cookies!!

 

Last Look!

This is truly how we feel about these cookies!!! (Also, we love these pillows—-perfect to throw anywhere!)

 

Garnet Hill French Word Style Felt Pillow Cover

 

Garnet Hill Word Style Felt Pillow Cover, garnethill.com, $88.00

 

des Fruits…

  • 16th May 2013

As summer beckons so to do meals with bountiful bowls of fruit and simple savory salads.  We saw these necklaces that are all the rage across the Atlantic and immediately followed their trail into the world of bright colorful summer-loving produce!!

 

Les Nereides Fruits d'Automne
Les Nereides Fruits d'Automne

 

Les Nereides Fruits d’Automne, forzieri.com, $174.00

 

A fun fresh gift for anyone on your hit list this summer

 

Leather Key Rings from Mulberry

Photo Courtesy of: Tatler Magazine

Leather Key Rings from Mulberry Banana

Mulberry Banana Key Ring, Photo Courtesy of: Miss Vogue, UK

 

 

 

 

Mulberry Key Ring, mulberry.com, $120.00

 

 

In Milan, Moschino Cheap & Chic let their pineapple print steal the show!

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Pineapple Print

Moschino Cheap & Chic Pineapple Print, Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar Hong Kong

 

 

Here’s how we would work the ‘ananas’ into our spring/summer wardrobe…

 

Moschino Cheap and Chic Pineapple Print Shorts
Anthropologie Fruit Stand Sweater

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Pineapple Print Shorts, farfetch.com, $194.96

Fruit Stand Sweater, anthropologie.com, $99.95

 

Olympia Tan Trousers
Olympia Tan Dress

 

Olympia Tan Trousers, colette.fr, €750.00

Olympia Tan Dress, colette.fr, €850.00

 

 

Anya Hindmarch Apple Moire Celadon Purse

Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong

 

Anya Hindmarch Celadon Moire Apple Clutch, anyahindmarch.com, 

Fruit Print Trousers Dolce & Gabbana

 

Fruit Print Trouser Pant Dolce & Gabbana, barneys.com, $520.00

 

 Last Look!

 

De Grisogono Necklace Grape Black Galuchat Necklace

Photo Courtesy of: Harrods Magazine

 

 

De Grisogono Grape Black Galuchat Necklace in White Gold with Pranites, Emeralds and Diamonds.  Price upon request at Harrods

 

 

Parting Words…

  • 16th May 2013

 

What is happening to me happens to all fruits that grow ripe.
It is the honey in my veins that makes my blood thicker, and my soul quieter.

 

Friedrich Nietzsche

 

 

 

 

BonConseil

Parting Words…

  • 15th May 2013

Writing is like baking cupcakes, you’re trying to make something from the raw. Like with cupcakes it’s flour and eggs and stuff, and with books it’s ideas and words. The end result is the same though, you want people to eat them up.

 

Emma Shortt

 

 

BonConseil

Three ‘It’ Pieces for Summer Fun

  • 14th May 2013

Part of what we take seriously is combing through collections, magazines, blogs to find those few standout pieces.  Some are yet-to-be discovered treasures and some are on the ‘hit list’ of every fashionista.  Today’s three fall into the last category.

You’d be hard-pressed to open a magazine this month anywhere from Hong Kong to Rome and not find one of these items splashed across its glossy pages.

 

THE Shoe!

 

Burberry Prorsum Silver Python Wedges

Burberry Prorsum Silver Python Wedges. Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar Hong Kong

 

Burberry Prorsum Python Open Toe Wedges, luisaviaroma.com, $950.00

 

The shoe of the season comes in many iterations from silk to python, cuffed to sandal.  Here are a few more views:

Burberry Prorsum White Python Wedges

Photo Courtesy of: InStyle UK

 

 

Green and Gold Silk Burberry Prorsum Wedges

In Kelly Green & Lux Gold

 

 

If you’re hard-pressed to find them online (they are selling out rapidly!!)  check your local Burberry boutique for more sizes.

 

Burberry Python Silver Wedges with Burberry Metallic Skirt

Looks sharp paired with the Burberry metallic skirt

 

 

THE Bag!

What makes this Anya Hindmarch Clutch so versatile and well-loved is that it travels easily from day to night.  And, if you think about your summer schedule you probably do too!  Whether you are in the office or at the beach, this clutch can go the distance.  The straw, raffia and colorful embroidery all scream summer!

 

Anya Hindmarch Straw and Raffia clutch

Anya Hindmarch Straw and Raffia clutch. Photo Courtesy of: Harrods magazine

 

 

 

Anya Hindmarch Straw Raffia Clutch

Photo Courtesy of: Elle UK

 

 

The Capability Clutch (In Fuschia and Verdant Green), anyahindmarch.com,

 

 

The Capability Clutch features a signature fabric woven from palm leaves adding to its ‘earthy’ appeal.  Another take is similar but adds shell detailing.

 

Anya Hindmarch Woven Straw and Raffia Clutch with Shell Detailing

 

Anya Hindmarch Ipanema Shell Woven Straw Raffia Clutch, luisaviaroma.com, $550.00

 

 

THE (short) Shorts!

 

These are fabulous!  We would caveat them with a (for the beach or summer resort only) warning.  For those exuding youth and confidence they are a must for your suitcase and any summer travels.

 

 

 

D Squared shorts with chain detail

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue UK

 

These shorts were not easy to track down online!

 

D Squared shorts with chain detail

 

 

D Squared Shorts, thecorner.com, $1095.00

 

 

If the shorts are too bold, give the mini a-go!

 

D Squared Chain Detail Mini Skirt
D Squared Chain Detail Mini Skirt

 

D Squared Mini Skirt, thecorner.com, $760.00

A Look to Lock-Away!

  • 11th May 2013

We know that it is summer on everyone’s mind right now (ours included) and no one is interested in the sweater vest.  But, this look from the street featured in Vogue, UK stuck out from all of the rest.  It’s so sleek and polished, yet super easy to recreate.  

 

Shirtdress Vogue UK

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue UK

 

It’s a fresh look to try come fall when the weather is getting just a bit nippy and you need a little something extra.

Lock it away for mid-September, early October and you will thank us later.

 

 

What you will need:

 

The right belted shirt dress with a fitted, modern sweater vest.  (You might have the two at home already, just had not thought of pairing them and capping it off with a great high-heel!)

 

Combination #1

Dashina 4' Shirtdress
Colorblock Vest Boy by Band of Outsiders

Saint Laurent Bi-Color Cap-Toe Pump

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dashina 4′ Shirtdress, shop.nordstrom.com, $495.00

Colorblock Vest Boy by Band of Outsiders, lagarconne.com, $255.00

Saint Laurent Bi-Color Cap-Toe Pump, bergdorfgoodman.com, $665.oo

 

 

Combination #2

 

 

Gap 1969 Chambray Long-Sleeve Shirtdress
Dolce & Gabbana Lemon Print Sweater Vest
Gucci Crystal Embellished Suede Sandals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1969 Chambray Long-Sleeve Shirtdress, gap.com, $69.95

Dolce & Gabbana Lemon Print Sweater Vest, barneys.com, $375.00

Gucci Crystal Embellished Suede Sandals, net-a-porter.com, $995.00

 

Combination  #3

 

Forever21 Belted Satin Shirtdress
Missioni Sweater Vest
Isabel Marant Elvis Leather Sandals

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belted Satin Shirtdress, forever21.com, $27.80

Vest, missioni.com, $410.00

Isabel Marant Elvis Leather Sandals, mytheresa.com

 

 

Parting Words…

  • 11th May 2013

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”

 

Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

 

 

 

 

BonConseil

Voleur—Steal this Look

  • 10th May 2013
Hepburn with signature basket purse

Photo Courtesy of: Audrey in Rome

Hepburn with signature basket purse

Hepburn with signature basket purse

 

 

“Hardly convenient but chic without a doubt, the basket as a purse was an eccentric emblem of Audrey Hepburn,”

Audrey in Rome.

 

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Two-toned Square Basket Purse

Dolce & Gabbana Two-toned Square Basket Purse

 

 

One of our favorite purses for this summer, of course by Italian designer Ermanno Scervino!

Ermanno Scervino Double Handle Basket Bag

 

Ermanno Scervino Double Handle Basket Bag, marissacollections.com, $775.00

 

Mark Cross Man Ray Wicker Basket Bag
Mark Cross Man Ray Wicker Basket Bag

 

Mark Cross Man Ray Wicker Basket Bag, matchesfashion.com, $4402.00

 

 

Chloe Allison East West Perforated Tote

 

 

Chloe Alison East West Perforated Tote, available on pre-order, saks.com, $2390.00

 

 

Chloe Baylee Medium Perforated Satchell

 

 

Chloe Baylee Medium Perforated Satchel, available on pre-order, saks.com, $2900.00

 

While Audrey made the basket purse chic and iconic, Chanel makes it timeless:

 

Chanel Medium Flap Bag in Woven Raffia

Chanel Medium Flap Bag in Woven Raffia

 

 

Chanel Medium Flap Bag in Woven Raffia available in Saks Fifth Avenue Stores for $4300.00

 

 

Kate Spade New York Beach Club Basket Beth
Kate Spade New York Beach Club Basket Beth
Kate Spade New York Beach Club Basket Beth

 

 

Kate Spade New York Beach Club Basket Beth, katespade.com, $198.00

 

JADEtribe Fringed Basket Bag

 

JADEtribe Fringed Basket Bag, shopbop.com, $106.00

 

 

Tory Burch Lacquered Rattan Basket Bag

 

 

Tory Burch Lacquered Rattan Basket Bag, neimanmarcus.com, $395.00

 

 

Suzy Parker carries a basket purse alongside Hope Lange.  Photo Courtesy of: Vanity Fair

Suzy Parker carries a basket purse alongside Hope Lange. Photo Courtesy of: Vanity Fair

 

 

 

Miuccia Prada Straw Tote

Miuccia Prada Straw Tote. Photo Courtesy of: InStyle, June, 2013

 

 

 

Prada Straw Purse

 

 

Prada Straw Tote, neimanmarcus.com, $396.00

 

 

katherine-heigl-and-prada-straw-tote

Katherine Heigl sports Prada’s straw tote. Photo Courtesy of: Cool Spotters

 

 

giambattista_valli_big basket bag
giambattista_valli_ big basket purse

Giambattista Valli big basket purse. Both Photos Courtesy of: Vogue.com Paris

 

 

 

Kate Spade Summer House Purses

 

 

Kate Spade Summer House Sylvia & Robby

 

 

Audrey Hepburn in a basket hat

Audrey Hepburn looks coyly spirited in the most chic way in a basket hat! Photo Courtesy of: Getty Images

 

 

 

dolce&gabbana basket bag

 

Dolcegabbana.com

 

Dolce & Gabbana Basket Purse Turquoise
Dolce & Gabbana Basket Purse Yellow
Dolce & Gabbana Basket Purse Light Pink

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Wicker & Raffia Bags

Dolce & Gabbana Wicker & Raffia Bags. Photo Courtesy of: Bazaar UK

 

 

Dolcegabbana.com

 

A more modern fresh take

 

Palmgren's Colorful Rattan/Wicker Purses

 

Rattan Bags in different colors, palmgrens.se

 

Small Rattan Bag Palmgrens

 

Small Rattan Bag, palmgrens.se

 

Vintage Finds

 

Vintage finds are always available on line

 

Vintage Basket Purse
Vintage Basket Purse

 

 

Fresh New Crop From Kate Spade:

 

 

Vita Riva Wicker Car Kate Spade
Vita Riva Wicker Car Kate Spade

 

 

 

Vita Riva Wicker Car, Katespade.com, $398.00

 

 

Vita Limoni Large Luisa
Vita Limoni Large Luisa

 

 

 

Vita Limoni Large Luisa, Katespade.com, $348.00

 

 

Vita Riva Wicker Lemon
Grand Tour Wicker Camera

 

 

 

Vita Riva Wicker Lemon, katespade.com, $248.00

Grand Tour Wicker Camera, katespade.com, $298.00

De Bon Goût—In Good Taste

  • 9th May 2013

Tam Mak HoongThe Best Green Papaya Salad

 

Finished Green Papaya Salad

The finished Green Papaya salad ready to devour

Green Papaya Salad Ingredients

Green Papaya Salad Ingredients

 

 

This salad, which we made in a cooking class in Luang Prabang Laos is fresh, savory, healthy and super easy.  It’s one you will definitely turn to again and again. It has very few ingredients so the key is making sure they are of superior quality.

 

Shopping for ingredients in the morning market Luang Prabang

Shopping for ingredients at the morning market in Luang Prabang

 

 

Ingredients:

 

2 cups green papaya, julienne

4 pcs, cherry tomatoes halved

4 pcs, Thai eggplant quartered

1 tsp sugar

1 tbs fish sauce

1 tbs lime juice

2 cloves garlic

3 pcs chili (optional)

2 tbs roasted peanuts

 

Instructions:

Peel the papaya.

 

Fresh Green Papaya for Salad

Fresh Green Papaya for Salad

Peeled with a traditional Lao shell peeler

Peeled with a traditional Lao shell peeler

Traditional Lao shell peelers

Traditional Lao shell peelers

 

 

 

Finely slice the papaya.

 

Papaya being sliced in a traditional style

Papaya being sliced in a traditional style. (Feel free to use your favorite mandoline slicer)

Julienned papaya for the salad

Julienned papaya for the salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using mortar stone, pound (chili-optional), garlic, sugar, until smooth.  Add raw eggplant and tomato, crushed not pounded.

 

Smashing the eggplant for the dressing

Smashing the eggplant for the dressing

 

Add papaya, season with fish sauce,lime juice and a pinch of salt.  Pound while mixing them.  Serve with roasted peanuts on top.

 

Smashing and mixing all of the ingredients

Smashing and mixing all of the ingredients

 

 

Enjoy!!!

 

 

 

Parting Words…

  • 9th May 2013

To produce things and to rear them,
To produce, but not to take possession of them,
To act, but not to rely on one’s own ability,
To lead them, but not to master them –
This is called profound and secret virtue.

Lao-tzu

 

 

 

BonConseil

In the Net!

  • 8th May 2013

 “Want to feel like a guest at Kate Middleton’s wedding?” That’s the question ‘Whimzaccessories.com’ asks you when promoting its vintage-inspired ivory mesh headgear.  Whether you are heading to a ladies brunch or an evening cocktail bash, the Spring 2013 runway at Dior helped bring back this veiled look—So, sport it with confidence!

 

 

Dior Mesh Headpiece as worn by Gwenyth Paltrow

Dior Mesh Headpiece as worn by Gwenyth Paltrow, photo courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar

Dior Headpiece as worn in the Spring 2013 runway shows

Dior Headpiece as worn in the Spring 2013 runway shows

 

 

 

Kate Moss wears net headpiece for Vogue Australia

Kate Moss in a net headpiece, Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

 

 

 A few ways to steal this look, (otherwise only available upon special order from Dior)…

 

 

Juliette by Anne-Sophie Coulot
Juliette by Anne-Sophie Coulot

 

 

Juliette by Anne-Sophie Coulot, boticca.com, $220.00

 

Whiteley Fine Mesh Fascinator

 

 

Whiteley Fine Mesh Fascinator, Mocha, johnlewis.com, £40.00

 

 

Armance Anne-Sophie Coulot
Armance Anne-Sophie Coulot

 

Armance Anne-Sophie Coulot, boticca.com, $168.00

 

 

Ivory Mesh and Feather

 

 

Ivory Mesh and Feather, whimzaccessories.com, $20.00

 

Designer Pale Pink Herbaceous Flower Beret Fascinator

 

 

Designer Pale Pink Herbaceous Flower Beret Fascinator, debenhams.com, £95.00

 

 

Tea with the Queen Fascinator

 

Tea with the Queen Fascinator, modcloth.com, $44.99

 

 

Navy Dahlia Cloche Hat by Stephen Jones,

 

Navy Dahlia Cloche Hat by Stephen Jones, debenhams.com, £60.00

 

 

Last Look

 

Philippe Venet Bonnet Harper's Bazaar

Richard Avedon shoots a Philippe Venet bonnet in 1965 for Harper’s Bazaar

 

 

 

Splash!

  • 7th May 2013

Anyone looking to make waves by the pool or beachside this summer is in luck.  A fresh crop of suits with sharp, modern cuts that flatter all different body types are fun and super easy to slip right into.

 

Leonard Swimwear

Leonard Swimwear, Photo Courtesy of: Vogue, Thailand

Michael Kors Swimwear

Michael Kors Swimwear, Photo Courtesy of: Vogue, Thailand

Jason Wu Swimwear

Jason Wu Swimwear, Photo Courtesy of: Elle, Thailand

 

 

Michael Kors Zipper-Detail Striped One-Piece, neimanmarcus.com, $296.00

 

 

 

Strapless

 

jantzen Orange Stapless Swimsuit

Jantzen, Photo Courtesy of: Town & Country Magazine

Jantzen Bandeau Peplum Cutout One-Piece Swimsuit, 1.macys.com, $96.00

Roksanda Ilincic Rodez Color-Block Bandeau Swimsuit
Roksanda Ilincic Rodez Color-Block Bandeau Swimsuit

 

Roksanda Ilincic Rodez Color-Block Bandeau Swimsuit, net-a-porter.com, $480.00

 

 

Lisa Marie Fernandez Leigh Maillot One Piece

 

 

1.) Dolce&Gabbana Striped Molded Swimsuit, net-a-porter.com, $605.00

2.) Lisa Marie Fernandez Leigh Maillot One Piece, farfetch.com, $460.00

3.) We are Handsome The Traveller Swimsuit, barneys.com, $370.00

4.) Miu Miu Bow-Embellished Bandeau Swimsuit, net-a-porter.com, $245.00

 

 

Black & White

 

 

Photo Courtesy of:  Vogue Thailand

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Thailand

 

 

 

Emilio Pucci Asymmetric Cutout Swimsuit

 

5.) Emilio Pucci Asymmetric Cutout Swimsuit, net-a-porter.com, $550.00

6.) Gilda One-Piece Swimsuit, sundancecatalog.com, $85.00

7.) Jets by Jessika Allen White Label, net-a-porter.com, $325.00

 

 

Take the Plunge

 

 

Vitamin A Brena Tie Monokini, Slate

8.) Vitamin A Brena Tie Monokini, Slate, neimanmarcus.com, $165.00

9.) Mara Hoffman Pow Wow Printed Plunge Swimsuit, net-a-porter.com, $275.00

10.) La Perla Mondello Maillot, laperla.com, $408.00

 

 

Norma Kamali Bill Swimsuit

 

Norma Kamali Bill Swimsuit, barneys.com, $350.00

 

 Strappy

 

Gottex Swimwear

Gottex Swimwear, Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Thailand

 

 

Marc Jacobs Colorblock Ruffle Maillot
Missoni Keyhole Swimsuit

 

 

 

Marc Jacobs Colorblock Ruffle Maillot, neimanmarcus.com, $177.00

Missoni Keyhole Swimsuit, barneys.com, $590.00

Cut from a Different Cloth

  • 5th May 2013

Maisha Concept—The Rakhee Shah Label

 

Rakhee Shah Fashion

Photo Courtesy of: Fah Thai Magazine

Rakhee Shah Fashion

Photo Courtesy of: Fah Thai Magazine

 

“From the off-beaten paths of Kenya to the enlightening hub of India and now launching in the heart of the buzzing and cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong, the chic up-and-coming label Maisha Concept combines worlds through style and tradition.” (Shopdescreateurs.com)

 

Rakhee Shah Fashion

Photo Courtesy of: Fah Thai Magazine

 

A third generation Kenyan, Indian in origin, the 31-year-old talent, Rakhee Shah’s new line which draws from her rich heritage is truly unique. ‘Maisha’ meaning life in Swahili launched in late 2012 and has been gaining popularity worldwide since.

 

Rakhee Shah Fashion

Photo Courtesy of: Fah Thai Magazine

 

Rakhee sources all her fabrics herself traveling to the most remote corners of Africa and India to find one-of-a-kind colors and designs.  Many of her creations are available only as limited editions with just a select number of pieces in each size. Punchy effervescent colors meet traditional cuts to produce sleek, chic, unique creations which are selling out immediately.

 

 

Jungle Green Shift Dress Rakhee Shah

 

 

Jungle Green Shift Dress, shopdescreateurs.com, $114.00

 

 

Safari Shirt Dress Rakhee Shah

 

Safari Shirt Dress, shopdescreateurs.com, $93.00

 

 

African Collared Dress Rakhee Shah
African Collared Dress Rakhee Shah

 

 

African Collared Dress, shopdescreateurs.com, $93.00

 

 

 

“My designs are ethnic inspired, and so they really resonate with women who appreciate culture and something unique.”

Rakhee Shah, Fah Thai Magazine 

 

 

Rakhee Shah Designs

Photo Courtesy of: Fah Thai Magazine

Rakhee Shah Designs

Photo Courtesy of: Fah Thai Magazine

 

 

 

Parting Words…

  • 5th May 2013

Hong Kong is like an octopus with tentacles reaching out to other parts of Asia.  Europeans certainly have their sense of style but Asians are completely unafraid of mixing and matching.

 

 

Rakhee Shah (Fah Thai Magazine)

 

 

BonConseil

Floral Appliqués

  • 4th May 2013

We already know that petals are prolific this season.  But some of our favorite spots for flower power are not the usual standbys, but rather sunglasses, motorcycle gloves and sneakers.

 

Floral Sunglasses Allure Italia

Floral Sunglasses Allure Italia

 

 

 

Floral Sunglasses

Photo Courtesy of L’Officiel Thailand

 

 

Anna-Karin Karlsson Sunglasses

Anna Karin Sunglasses

Anna-Karin Karlsson Sunglasses

 

Cause a Flippin Can Sunglasses, annakarinkarlsson.com, 635 Euros

 

 

Mercura NYC Floral Sunglasses

Mercura NYC Floral Sunglasses, Photo Courtesy of: Town & Country

 

 

Mercuraynyc.com

 

Asos Cat Eye Sunglasses

 

Asos Cat Eye Sunglasses with Flower Corner Embellishment, us.asos.com, $29.93

 

Louis Vuitton Waves Sunglasses
Louis Vuitton Waves Sunglasses

 

Louis Vuitton Sunglasses Waves Flower, luxurygoodstore.com, $115.00

 

 

Porcelain Frame Sunglasses LibertyUK

Porcelain Frame Sunglasses LibertyUK, Photo Courtesy of: VogueUK

 

 

liberty.co.uk, 350£

 

Sneak Attack!

 

The bounty of blooms make these some of our favorite tennies ever.

 

Chanel Floral Sneakers

Chanel Floral Sneakers, Photo Courtesy of: Town & Country

Chanel Camelia Sneakers

 

Chanel Camellia Embellished Sneakers, chanel.com, $1,725.00

 

 

Chanel Camellia Embellished Leather Boots

Chanel Camellia Embellished Leather Boots. Photo Courtesy of: Elle UK

 

Chanel Camellia Embellished Leather Boots, available at select Chanel retailers, £3125.00

 

 

Fingerless Gloves

 

Chanel Camellia Fingerless Gloves
Chanel Camellia Fingerless Gloves

 

 

 

Chanel Camellia Embellished Fingerless Gloves, chanel.com

Ça c’est l’été

  • 3rd May 2013

We saw these lemon yellow jeans in Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong and just had to build a summer look around them.  We can’t imagine a time when they would not be au courant and fresh.

 

Yellow Jeans Weekend by MaxMara

Weekend by MaxMara, Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong

 

 

Paired with one of these nautical slippers (featuring stripes and gingham in the most unexpected place) they are perfect.

 

Tod's Striped Satin Leather-Trimmed Smoking Slippers
Dolce & Gabbana Wally Striped Linen Slippers

 

 

 

 

Tod’s Striped Satin Leather-Trimmed Smoking Slippers, saksfifthavenue.com, $465.00

Dolce & Gabbana Wally Striped Linen Slippers, mytheresa.com,  $388.00

 

 

Church's Flora Embroidered Gingham Slippers
Prada Gingham Slippers

 

 

Church’s Flora Embroidered Gingham Slippers, net-a-porter.com, $410.00

Prada Gingham Slippers, 330 Euros

 

On top we recommend a breezy blouse matched with a stark white fisherman’s cap.

 

Whisper Gauze Peasant Tunic
Summer Greek Fisherman Hat White

 

 

 

 

 

Whisper Gauze Peasant Tunic, jcrew.com, $65.00

Summer Greek Fisherman Hat White, hats-plus.com, $25.00

 

 

 Finishing Touch

 

 

Sailorbloom Necklace

 

Sailorbloom Necklace, anthropologie.com, $38.00

 

 

Last Look!

 

Now

Fisherman Cap
Fisherman Cap
Fisherman Cap

 

 and Then!

 

Evangelista

Vogue December 1988

Short & Sweet

  • 2nd May 2013

The Bolero Jacket

 

The attraction of the versatile bolero is so easy to understand.  For women, bolero’s became especially popular during the first decade of the 20th century because they enhance the hourglass physique/mystique.

 

Dolce & Gabbana Lace Bolero Jacket

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Floral Lace Bolero, barneys.com, $975.00

 

Commonly worn only around the shoulders, upper-torso and arms, they add some form and structure to that region (mirroring the fullness of the hips) while leaving the waist untouched and a slim, bulk-free focal point.

 

Bolero Met Museum of Art

c. 1905 Bolero from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo Courtesy of: Quinnmburgess.com

 

 

Bolero’s can serve to dress up, or down an outfit with perfect panache!

 

Bolero Harper's Bazaar Hong Kong

Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong

Bolero Harper's Bazaar Hong Kong

Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong

 

 

 

While traditionally they were worn in beaded velvet by Spaniards and intricate lace by the most elegant set, they come in all varieties today from heavy modern metallics to sheer gossamer.

 

Modern Bolero
Modern Bolero

 

 

Come summer-time, this essential piece can travel as easily to the theatre as it does nighttime cocktails under the stars.

 

Burberry Metallic Bolero

Burberry Metallic Bolero

Ralph Lauren Chiffon Layered Bolero

Ralph Lauren Chiffon Layered Bolero

 

 

Oscar de la Renta Open Knit Bolero

 

1.) Jacques Vert Organza Leaf Bolero, johnlewis.com, £89.00

2.) Paule Ka Ottoman Bolero, harrods.com, £275.00

3.) Oscar de la Renta Open Knit Bolero, farfetch.com, $1897.92

 

 

Flower Bolero Miss Selfridges

 

4.) Flower Bolero, us.missselfridge.com, $61.00

5.) Flower Detail Lace Bolero, yesstyle.com, $30.00

 

Armani Velvet Bolero

 

Giorgio Armani Velvet Bolero, neimanmarcus.com, $425.00

 

 

Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi 2013/14 Top with Bolero Fashion Sketch

Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi 2013/14 Top with Bolero Fashion Sketch

 

 

Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi 2013/14 White Dress with Bolero Fashion Sketch

Karl Lagerfeld for Fendi 2013/14 White Dress with Bolero Fashion Sketch

 

 

 

Last Look:

 

Great Gatsby Bolero

Photo Courtesy of: Elle Thailand, Gatsby Bolero

Trompe L'oeil Marchesa Gown

Trompe L’oeil Marchesa Gown with ‘fake’ bolero

Sur la Table

  • 1st May 2013

Michael Aram’s disposable elegance is almost too good to throw away!

 

Black Orchid Fine Paper Plates Aram
Black Orchid Fine Paper Plates Aram

 

Black Orchid 8 Count Fine Paper Luncheon Plates, madhousecollection.com, $6.00

 

Black Orchid Fine Paper Plates Aram
Black Orchid Fine Paper Plates Aram

 

Black Orchid Beverage Napkins, madhousecollection.com, $6.00,

 

The fine paper dinnerware from Aram is so glossy and gorgeous it is only upstaged by the disposable cutlery.

 

Translucent Twig Cutlery Aram
Translucent Twig Cutlery Aram

 

Translucent Twig 12 Piece Cutlery, madhousecollection.com, $6.00

 

 

For the more eco-conscious the unfussy tin plates from Au Bain Marie Paris are a casually elegant alternative.

 

 

Au Bain Marie Tin Plates

Bracquemond Flowers, aubainmarie.fr, 10,00 €

 

 

Au Bain Marie Tin plates

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