Archive for July, 2013

Pin it!

  • 30th July 2013

The safety pin is no longer just an accessory for kilts.  The friendship pin is not relegated to your dirty sneakers…..This season the pin is everywhere from hats, to earrings to purses.  To capture the look, pin it and you’ve nailed it!

 

 

Rihanna in safety pin earrings.

Rihanna in safety pin earrings.

Rihanna Safety Pin Earrings.

Sporting the trend again. Both images courtesy of Google Images.

 

A plethora of safety pin earrings have flooded the market so there are many ways to do this look: more elegant or more punk

 

 

House of Harlow, 1960s Safety Pin Earrings with Sparkle Gold
Tom Binns 'Pearls in Peril' Earrings

 

 

House of Harlow, 1960s Safety Pin Earrings with Sparkle Gold, zappos.com, $78.00

Tom Binns ‘Pearls in Peril’ Earrings, nordstrom.com, $150.00

 

 

Mango Safety Pin Earrings
Genevieve Jones Riona Shield Safety Pin Earrings

 

 

 

 

Mango Safety Pin Earrings, mango.com, $19.99

Genevieve Jones Riona Shield Safety Pin Earrings, shopbop.com, $750.00

 

 

Rose Classic Wishing Pin Safety Pin Earring Genevieve Jones

 

 

Rose Classic Wishing Safety Pin Earrings Genevieve Jones, shoplatitude.com, $700.00

 

 

 

Vogue Japan really punks up the look:

 

Vogue Japan Safety Pin Earrings

Photo Courtesy of Vogue, Japan

 

 

We have a budget friendly and splurge option for the ‘square pin’ look:

 

Square Pin Earrings Nastygal
Amy Glenn Safety Pin Earrings

 

 

Squared Pin Earrings, nastygal.com, $18.00

Amy Glenn Safety Pin Earrings, totokaelo.com, $254.00

 

 

Balenciaga brought the trend to clothing this fall with its safety-inspired pin:

 

Christy Turlington wears Balenciaga for Bazaar

Christy Turlington wears Balenciaga for Bazaar

Balenciaga Runway Fall 2013 Pins

Balenciaga Runway Fall 2013. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

 

 

 

 

Other Pinned Ensembles:

 

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Joust Bolero

 

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Joust Bolero, couture.zappos.com, $435.00

 

 

Versus Saftey pin-embellished stretch twill mini skirt

Versus Saftey pin-embellished stretch twill mini skirt, net-a-porter.com, $275.00

 

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Graphic Cashmere Sweater

 

Moschino Cheap & Chic Graphic Cashmere Sweater, nordstrom.com, $695.00

 

 

Marc Jacobs Faux-Fur-Collared Striped Knit Scarf

 

 

Marc Jacobs Faux-Fur-Collared Striped Knit Scarf, bergdorfgoodman.com, $712.00

 

 

Taking a cue from Tom Ford, a wide-range of accessories sports the pin:

 

Tom Ford Safety Pin

Tom Ford

 

 

 

Chanel CC Pearl Safety Pin Brooch

Chanel CC Pearl Safety Pin Brooch

 

 

Vintage Chanel CC Pearl Safety Pin Brooch, whatgoesaroundnyc.com, $650.00

 

 

Sonia Rykiel Striped Safety Pin Brooch
Yellow Pave Safety Pin Headband

 

 

Sonia Rykiel Striped Safety Pin Brooch, forzieri.com, $84.00

Yellow Pave Safety Pin Headband, henribendel.com, $48.00

 

 

Gold Safety Pin Strand Bauble Bar
Large Single Strand of Pearls Necklace with Large Safety Pins by Tom Binns

 

 

 

Gold Safety Pin Strand, baublebar.com, $32.00

Large Single Strand of Pearls Necklace with Large Safety Pins by Tom Binns, modaoperandi.com, $1,140.00

 

 

Lanvin Woven Flutter Hat,
Pandora Clutch with Pins by Charlotte Olympia

 

 

 

Lanvin Woven Flutter Hat, farfetch.com, $954.00

Pandora Clutch with Pins by Charlotte Olympia, modaoperandi.com, $1,495.00

 

 

Two of our absolute favorites:

 

 

 

Rose Gold-Plated Twisted Safety Pin Ring by Tom Binns

 

Rose Gold-Plated Twisted Safety Pin Ring by Tom Binns, stylebop.com, $190.00

 

 

Lanvin Embellished Safety Pin

 

 

This art deco embellished version from Lanvin looks especially stunning pinning a bolero jacket on for fall.

 

 

If you are looking to let the trend percolate into interiors as well try these from Ballard Designs:

 

Safety Pins Ballard Designs

 

 

Safety Pins, ballarddesigns.com, $35.00 for a set of three

 

Peony vs. Piaget

  • 28th July 2013

Peonies are the undisputed ‘reine des fleurs,’ at the moment.  Every celebrity from Holmes to Paltrow sings their praise and calls them their ‘must have’ flower.   They are center-stage in floral displays from quaint English teas to lavish weddings to chic catwalks.

 

 

Yves Piaget up close

Mimicking the intense hue, ruffly petals and large blooms of the peony, Yves Piaget is a must-have rose.

 

 

But, except in the most perfect climates peonies can be challenging to grow (Southern California folks, forget it!  We’ve tried 3 varieties made for our climate and have not succeeded in producing more than one bloom!).

 

Yves Piaget Bud

Even the Yves Piaget bud seen in the middle has the same tight ball-like configuration as the peony bud.

 

 

Peonies require staking and a whole crop can be easily damaged with one hard spring rainfall.

Peonies only bloom once a year and for a few limited weeks.

They are difficult to locate at florists and extremely pricey purchased out of season.

 

……Enter Yves Piaget—a rose whose buds and blooms mimic those of the peony, but that also carries the most arresting aroma!

 

 

Peonies in a vase.

Peonies in a vase.

Yves Piaget growing in the garden.

Yves Piaget growing in the garden looks very similar to the peonies on the left.

 

 

 

 

Also very difficult to find at florists (in Los Angeles we have only found Yves Piaget stems at Botany in Brentwood), it is a gardener’s delight.  Yves Piaget flourishes in most climates.  It is a repeat bloomer and very hardy after its first year in the ground.

 

While peonies suffer from a truncated vase life (especially when exposed to any heat or direct sun), Yves Piaget will stay fresh looking for days.

 

Yves Piaget in a bouquet.

Yves Piaget slightly opened bud on the right. Peony in the background.

 

 

Its ruffly petals, high petal count and huge blooms mimic that of the peony, the prime difference is that it comes with the most divine perfume.  A bouquet with just 2-3 blooms could scent the entire room, whereas a peony has no aroma at all.

 

 

Yves Piaget in the garden up close.

Yves Piaget in the garden up close.

 

 

 

If you are going to invest in a new rose bush this fall, we will have many recommendations in the coming months in time for January planting.  But, please keep Yves Piaget top-of-mind.  Especially, if you are amongst the many peony devotees.

 

Piaget follows the same basic principles of any rose in that it  grows best in direct morning sunlight.  As the rose plant gets established, make sure to water it regularly and deeply once a week.

 

Yves Piaget was named after the man behind the namesake watches after he developed this hybrid tea with double-blooms and intense color and fragrance.  The watches that honor the flower are below in the ‘la vie en rose collection.’

 

 

 

La Vie en Rose Piaget Watches

 

 

 

Vienna Bars Sweetly Serenade

  • 26th July 2013

Even if you are not headed to the ‘city of music,’ any time soon you can still enjoy a small taste of Vienna right here at home.  These crumbly, nutty, fruity bars will rival many of the finest pastries from the city’s renowned bakeries.

 

 

 

Vienna Bars served with ice cream

Vienna Bars served with coconut macaroon ice cream.

 

 

The recipe comes by way of Midwest Living and has been requested time and again by anyone who tries these tarts.  In the below we use and they suggest, raspberry preserves, but feel free to swap in your own homemade jam or preserves of any flavor.

 

 

 

Vienna Bars ready to serve.

 

 

Vienna Bars—Recipe from Midwest Living

 

Makes approx. 30 bars

 

Ingredients:

For the crust

1 cup butter softened (we recommend really making it soft)

1/2 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 egg yolks (we use 3)

 

For the topping

2/3 cup seedless red raspberry preserves (we use 1 cup)

2 egg whites (we use 3)

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups finely chopped walnuts or almonds (we prefer walnuts for this tart but either are delicious)

 

 

Vienna Bar Dough

The pastry dough.

Crushed almonds for Vienna Bars.

Crushed almonds for Vienna Bars.

 

 

 

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer for 30 seconds.  Add 1/2 cup sugar and then the salt.  Beat until combined.  Add egg yolks and beat well.  Gradually add the flour, beating on a low speed until combined.  If necessary, stir in the last portion of flour by hand.  Pat dough evenly onto the bottom of an un-greased 15x10x1 inch baking pan.

 

 

Vienna Bars dough patted down.

Vienna Bars dough patted down.

 

 

Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.  Remove from the oven.  Dollop preserves evenly on the crust; carefully spread to cover.

 

 

Preserves for Vienna Bars Spread.

Preserves for Vienna Bars Spread.

 

 

In a small mixing bowl, beat egg whites with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl).

 

 

 

Egg white peaks.

 

Gradually add 1/2 cup sugar, about 1 tablespoon at a time, beating at high speed until mixture forms stiff peaks.  Fold in nuts.  Dollop over preserves; spread to cover (if small amount of preserves gets into the egg-white mixture it does not matter much, do your best).

 

Spread the egg white meringue.

 

Bake for 15-20 minutes.  Remove from oven.  Let cool on wire rack for 15 minutes.  White still warm cut into pieces.  Cool completely before serving.

 

 

Vienna Bars sliced up.

Vienna Bars sliced up.

 

 

Vienna Bars ready to eat.

Enjoy with any side of cream!

 

 

 

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Wrapped in Chains

  • 25th July 2013

In the spring we had oversized pearls, and now come fall Chanel launches the trend towards oversized chain-link.

 

Chain link at Chanel

Chain link at Chanel. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections

Chanel Chain Boots

Photo Courtesy of: Shoefessional.com

 

 

Rita Ora in White Chanel Chain Boots

Rita Ora Photo Courtesy of: Fashionbombdaily

Rita Ora Photo Courtesy of: Fashionbombdaily

 

Chanel Autumn Chains

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue.fr

 

 

Chanel chains behind the scenes.  Photo courtesy of:  Sphere Life

Chanel chains behind the scenes. Photo courtesy of: Sphere Life

 

 

 

Chanel Chainlink Accessories

Chanel Chainlink Accessories. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections

 

 

 

Dripping in chains

Photo Courtesy of: Elle

 

If you want to channel the Chanel look combining leather and chain-link try your wrist with:

 

Leather and Chain-link Wrap Bracelet
Sara Designs Gold Chain Pyramid and Leather Chain Link Bracelet

 

Chain Link Leather Wrap Bracelet, windsorstore.com, $8.90

Sara Designs Gold Pyramid Chain and Black Leather Wrap Bracelet, maxandchloe.com, $198.00

 

Another boot option:

 

 

Saint Laurent Black Suede 'Opyum 105' Chain Link Boots

 

 

Saint Laurent Black Suede ‘Opyum 105′ Chain Link Boots,’ bluefly.com, $447.00

 

 

Jeffrey Campbell chain link sneakers

Jeffrey Campbell chain link sneakers. Photo Courtesy of: Elle

 

 

A chunky watch that will match with almost anything:

 

Michael Kors Gold IP Stainless Steel Twist Chain Watch

 

Michael Kors Gold IP Stainless Steel Twist Chain Watch, saks.com, GBP £155.32

 

 

Our everyday goto headband.  It adds a chic touch to any outfit and is, literally the perfect accessory:

(Believe us, you will wear this all of the time!) 


Chain Rutihorn

Rutihorn chain headband

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chain, rutihorn.com, $42.00

 

Absolutely perfect for the budget conscious:

 

Forever21 Oversized Chain Link Cuff

 

 

Oversized Chain-link Cuff, forever21.com, $8.80

 

And if you need to see how other top designers are working the chain-link trend:

 

Chain Link Balenciaga Vogue Japan

Balenciaga: Vogue Japan

Celine Chain Link

Celine: Bazaar

 

Dior Chain Link

Dior: Vogue Collections Paris

Natalli Brilli chain Link

Natalli Brilli: Bazaar

 

 

Vintage Chain-Link Necklaces and Cuffs

Vintage Chain-Link Necklaces and Cuffs. Photo Courtesy of: Elle

 

 

 Last Look:

 

Balmain Spring 2014 Look featuring Rihanna

 

Rihanna for Balmain

 

 

 

 

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Fried Chicken Kebabs (Ganderi Kebab)

  • 23rd July 2013

Looking for the perfect appetizer that is hearty, comes with a kick and is easy to eat? It came our way via Food & Wine in 2010.  Depending upon your guests you can serve it with a spicy dipping sauce to turn up the heat, or a sweet tamarind, mango or apricot dipping sauce to tone it down.

 

Ganderi Chicken Kebabs

Ganderi Chicken Kebabs—Photo Courtesy of: Food & Wine

 

 

Ganderi Chicken Kebabs

Our kebabs ready to serve.

 

 

“Hemant Oberoi makes kebabs with ground chicken, herbs, spices and cheese (cheddar stands in here for the Amul cheese he uses). He fries the round kebabs until crisp and golden brown and serves them on sugarcane skewers to add a little sweetness, although any kind of skewer will work”—Food & Wine Magazine

 

Spices ready in a bowl.

Spices ready in a bowl.

 

 

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger

2 large eggs, beaten

1 cup shredded mild cheddar (4 ounces)

1 teaspoon paprika

1 small jalapeño, seeded and minced

Vegetable oil, for frying

2 garlic cloves, finely grated

1 1/2 cups fine dry bread crumbs

1 tablespoon coarsely chopped mint

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped onion

1 teaspoon garam masala

3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (our addition)

1 tablespoon coarsely chopped cilantro

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 1/2 pounds ground chicken

1 teaspoon cumin seeds, preferably black (we often sub in ground cumin here)

Maggi Hot & Spicy sauce, mango chutney, apricot chutney, or tamarind chutney for serving

 

 

Ready to be mixed and rolled.

Ready to be mixed and rolled.

Rolled ready to be breaded.

Rolled ready to be breaded.

 

Breaded and ready to be fried.

Breaded and ready to be fried.

All of the balls lined up to fry.

All of the balls lined up to fry.

 

 

The Steps:

 

In a large bowl, knead the chicken with the cheddar, onion, cilantro, mint, ginger, garlic, jalapeño, cumin seeds, paprika, garam masala, salt and cardamom. Using lightly moistened hands (we rub a penny sized dollop of oil between our palms to keep the ground chicken from sticking all over us), roll the mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls.

 

Put the beaten eggs and bread crumbs in 2 separate pie plates. Roll the balls in the egg and then dredge in the bread crumbs, pressing to adhere.

 

In a large, deep skillet, heat 1/2 inch of vegetable oil to 350°. Working in batches, fry the chicken balls over moderately high heat, turning once, until golden and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Drain on a paper towel–lined baking sheet. Pierce each kebab with a short skewer and transfer to a platter. Serve with chutney or hot & spicy sauce.

 

Frying the kebabs.

Frying the kebabs.

Cooked and ready to serve.

Cooked and ready to serve.

 

 

MAKE AHEAD: The crumb-coated balls can be refrigerated overnight before frying.
They are a great snack or lunch for the kids the day-after.
Sliced kebab

Sliced kebab

Served with Spicy Sauce.

Served with Spicy Sauce.

In the Net!—Part Deux

  • 21st July 2013

From Japan to Azerbaijan netting continues to wrap itself around the trendiest heads in full-force.

 

Baku magazine Azerbaijan

Baku magazine Azerbaijan

Net Headpiece Vogue Japan

Vogue Japan

 

 

 

Helena Bonham Carter in British Vogue

Helena Bonham Carter in British Vogue

Rhianna in net headpiece

Rhianna

 

 

 

 

 

If you are looking for a great net headpiece please check out our previous post, “bonconseil.us/dior-net-headpiece

 

At Christian Dior the hot headpiece from the runway has been pared back to a more discreet veil over the eyes pinned back in a decorative  bun.

 

Dior eye netting

 

 

British Vogue offered up a few more conservative way to incorporate net into your wardrobe, here are their tricks.

 

Make your own loose stole:

 

Net stoll

Net drape, photo courtesy of British Vogue

 

 

It undeniably adds elegance to any black dress.  The above veiling is £3 a meter available from MacCulloch & Wallis.

 

We went to our local fabric store in Los Angeles, F&S, and found a similar material.  Any wide netting would bring aristocratic drama to your outfit.

 

Netting available at F&S fabric Los Angeles

Netting available at F&S fabric Los Angeles

 

 

 

Garnet Hill has a great take on the classic party skirt:

 

Modern Party Skirt with Sequins and Poly Mesh in Bronze, Garnet Hill

Modern Party Skirt with Sequins and Poly Mesh in Bronze, Garnet Hill

 

 

Modern Party Skirt, garnethill.com, $138.00

 

Ever since you tried it in 8th grade, you know that denim and tulle look fabulous together:

 

 

Denim and Tulle complement one another perfectly in Cosmopolitan HK

Denim and Tulle complement one another perfectly in Cosmopolitan HK

 

 

 

Channel your inner-ballerina with fine net, or tulle, under your favorite shirt dress:

 

Ballet skirt British Vogue

Photo Courtesy of: British Vogue

 

 

 

Tulle Skirt Monique Lhuillier

Tulle Skirt Monique Lhuillier. Photo Courtesy of: Elle

 

 

Grab a lengthier adult net skirt in a muted color from a local ballet store and pair it with any shirtdress in your closet to completely transform the dress:

 

tutu and shirt dress

Put to the test with our wardrobe.

 

 

The most obvious way….the return of fish nets.

 

Fishnets at Saint Laurent runway

Fishnets on the Saint Laurent Runway. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

Parting Words…

  • 21st July 2013

“When I was younger I had a lot of ideas about what romantic love could do—give my life meaning, make sense out of my past.  But when you make romance the church of your choice, you’re subject to the movement of your feelings all the time.”

Ethan Hawke—In discussing Before Midnight

 

BonConseil

 

 

De Bon Goût—Craving the Halekulani’s Coconut Cake!

  • 19th July 2013

If you are headed to Oahu anytime soon a pop-in to the Halekulani for their signature coconut cake is a must!  If you are lucky it will be served up along with a full rainbow over the ocean.

 

If Oahu is not on the horizon, no worries, you can still have your cake and eat it too!  The recipe follows below…

 

 

Coconut Cream Cake with Raspberry Coulis.

The signature coconut cake with raspberry coulis.

 

 

Coconut Cake Halekulani

As soon as it is done you will cut right in!

View of Diamond Head from the Halekulani Hotel

View of Diamond Head from the Halekulani Hotel

 

Halekulani Coconut Cream Cake

Plated and pretty

Plumeria at the Halekulani

Plumeria scent the air at the Halekulani.

 

Since the cake is really a signature of the hotel, we are going to pepper the recipe post with pictures on and around Oahu’s Halekulani hotel.  (Then you can dream of ocean sprays and slack key guitar while you are savoring the decadent cream)

 

This recipe comes by way of one of our favorite books:  The Gourmet Cook Book edited by Ruth Reichl

 

Coconut Cake with Raspberry Coulis

 

For the cake:

1 1/4 cups sifted cake flour (not self-rising, sift before measuring)

1/3 cup plus 7 tablespoons sugar

1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup water

1 large egg

4 large egg whites

Pinch of cream of tartar

 

 

Coconut cake baking

Cake baking

The Halekulani Pool

The Halekulani Pool

 

 

 

For the Pastry Cream

1 1/2 cup whole milk

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise

1/3 cup plus 5 tablespoons sugar

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

4 large egg yolks

1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

1 1/4 cups very cold heavy cream

 

 

One cup coconut

One cup coconut


 

 

For Raspberry Coulis

2 cups raspberries

1 cup sugar

 

For Topping

1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

Approx. 30 raspberries for decoration

A few sprigs of mint for decoration

(Alternatively, you can thinly slice some strawberries and arrange them decoratively atop the cake)

 

 

Special Equipment

A 9-to-9 1/2 inch springform pan

 

 

Cake all done and ready to slice.

Cake all done and ready to slice into layers.

Assembled, iced and ready to slice and eat.

Assembled, iced and ready to slice and eat.

 

 

 

Make the Cake:

Put in a rack in the middle of oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Stir together cake flour, 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.  Whisk together oil, water and egg in another bowl, then add to flour mixture and whisk until smooth.

Beat egg whites with cream of tartar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until they barely hold soft peaks.  Beat in remaining 6 tablespoons of sugar 1 tablespoon at a time and continue beating until meringue holds stiff peaks.

Fold one third of meringue into batter to lighten it, then gently but thoroughly fold in remaining meringue.

Pour batter into ungreased  springform pan.  Bake until a wooden pick or skewer inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.  Run a thin knife around edge of pan, then cool cake for 5 minutes.  Remove side of pan and invert cake onto a rack.  Gently remove bottom of pan and let cake cool completely.

 

Meanwhile make the pastry cream.

 

 

Pastry cream before mixing

Pastry cream before mixing.

 

Bring milk and salt just to a simmer in a 2-quart saucepan over moderately high heat.  Remove from heat and scrape seeds from vanilla bean into milk and discard pod.

Whisk together 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, flour, and yolks in a medium bowl (mixture will be very stiff).  Whisk in one third of hot milk and whisk until smooth.  Whisk yolk mixture into hot milk and saucepan, bring to a boil over moderate heat, and boil, whisking, for 1 minute.  Transfer to a bowl and stir in coconut.  Cover surface with wax paper and cool completely, then refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Beat heavy cream with remaining 3 tablespoons sugar with cleaned beaters until it holds stiff peaks.  Fold 1 1/2 cups whipped cream into pastry cream; cover and refrigerate.  Cover remaining whipped cream and refrigerate.

 

 

Pastry cream mixed with whipped cream.

Pastry cream mixed with whipped cream.

Rainbow from the Halekulani restaurant.

Rainbow from the Halekulani restaurant.

 

 

 

Make the Coulis:

Combine raspberries and sugar in a blender and purée until smooth.  Force through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, pressing hard on solids.  Discard solids.

 

 

View from hotel room window.

View from hotel room window.

 

 

Assemble the Cake:

Cut cake horizontally into 3 layers with a serrated knife.  Place bottom layer cut side up on a cake stand or platter.  Spread with half of pastry cream and top with middle layer of the cake.  Spread with remaining pastry cream and top with the third cake layer, cut side down.  Spread reserved whipped cream on top and sides of cake.  Gently press coconut onto the tops and sides.

 

Cake cut into three layers.

Cake cut into three layers.

First layer with pastry cream.

First layer with pastry cream.

 

Cake iced.

Cake iced.

Sprinkle cake with coconut add fresh raspberries.

Sprinkle cake with coconut add fresh raspberries.

 

 

Add a flourish of fresh mint in the center of the cake.  Serve cake with coulis.

 

Plated and pretty again.

Ready to eat.

 

 

Cook’s Notes:

—The cake layers can be made up to 1 day ahead and kept, well wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature.  They can also be frozen, wrapped in plastic and foil, for up to 1 week.  (Thaw, still wrapped in refrigerator for 1 day)

—The pastry cream, without whipped cream, can be refrigerated for up to 2 days

—The raspberry coulis can be made up to 2 days ahead and refrigerated covered

—The cake can be assembled up to 6 hours before serving and refrigerated.

 

 

Rainbow over the Halekulani beach.

Rainbow over the Halekulani beach.

 

 

Hibiscus on property.

Hibiscus on property.

Parting Words…

  • 19th July 2013

He lawai’a no ke kai papa’u, he pokole ke aho; he lawai’a no ke kai hohonu he loa ke aho

 

Translation:  A fisherman of shallow seas uses only a short line; a fisherman of the deep sea uses a long line.

Explanation:  You will reach only as far as you aim and prepare yourself to reach.

 

Taken from:  Proverbs of Hawaii

 

 

BonConseil

Greek Fisherman in the Spotlight

  • 18th July 2013

From festivals to magazine shoots to the runway, the Greek Fisherman Hat is having its time in the sun once again.

 

Ralph Lauren Wool Greek Fisherman in Bazaar UK

Ralph Lauren Wool Greek Fisherman in Bazaar UK

 

 

Sienna Miller in a Greek Fisherman Cap at Glastonbury, courtesy of Grazia Magazine

Sienna Miller in a Greek Fisherman Cap at Glastonbury, courtesy of Grazia Magazine

 

 

 

Greek Fisherman Launches a section in Vogue HK.  Hat by JJ Hat Center NYC.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue HK

Greek Fisherman Launches a section in Vogue HK. Hat by JJ Hat Center NYC. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue HK

 

 

 

Greek Fisherman in Vogue HK.  Hat by JJ Hat Center NYC.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue HK

Greek Fisherman in Vogue HK. Hat by JJ Hat Center NYC. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue HK

 

 

greekfishermanvoguerussia

 

 

 

 

The Chanel 2014 Ultra Campaign featuring the Greek Fisherman Hat

The Chanel 2014 Ultra Campaign featuring the Greek Fisherman Hat

 

 

Ralph Lauren Fall 2013 Collection

Ralph Lauren Fall 2013 Collection. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections Paris

 

 

Greek Fisherman Cap

Photo Courtesy of: Elle

 

 

Any way you style it—It works.  Try it with a messy side-braid!

 

Ralph Lauren Greek Fisherman Hat

Ralph Lauren Greek Fisherman Hat

Ralph Lauren Greek Fisherman Cap

 

Ralph Lauren Greek Fisherman Hat with Braided Trim, 6pm.com, $38.99

 

 

Adult Greek Fisherman Hat Amazon

 

 

 

Greek Fisherman Hat Garnet Hill

Greek Fisherman Hat Garnet Hill

Greek Fisherman Hat Garnet Hill

 

 

Fisherman Hat, Garnethill.com, $58.00

 

 

Fisherman Hat Garnet Hill

Fisherman Hat Garnet Hill

 

 

 

Adult Greek Fisherman Hat, amazon.com, $19.99

 

Wool Braided Greek Fisherman Hat

 

City Hunter Greek Fisherman Hat, amazon.com, $24.99

 

 

Add a lightweight version to your summer wardrobe:

 

 

White Greek Fishermans Cap

 

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

 

 

Fisherman's Cap Photo Courtesy of: Elle UK

Fisherman’s Cap Photo Courtesy of: Elle UK

 

 

The photo that started the obsession way back when……

 

Linda Evangelista in Greek Fisherman's Cap

 

 

 

 

Summer’s Sunday Comfort Food

  • 14th July 2013

Lemon, Parsley and Parmesan Plus Chicken and Potatoes 

 

The Sunday cooking stretch is over!!  But, this gives you plenty of time to plan for next weekend.

 

The perfect meal for a Sunday-night family dinner.  Sunday is typically frenetic (in a good way) with everyone home!  So, keep it simple, but yummy enough to bring everyone to the table.  The aroma with the chicken in the oven will be the only call for dinner you will need.

Prepare the sauce on Friday and keep it in the fridge.  Prep the parsley for the chicken and store it in the fridge.  That leaves little to do but halve a few baby potatoes and zest the lemon on Sunday.

 

Lemon, Parsley and Parmesan Chicken and Potatoes

Photo Courtesy of: Martha Stewart

 

What makes this Martha Stewart recipe perfect for Sunday evening is that left-overs can be used for children’s sandwiches throughout the week.

You can also use them in a chicken-soup.  (Don’t discard the chicken bones and make your own robust broth!)

Toss the roasted chicken over pasta with any left over parsley/parmesan sauce for an added weeknight meal.

 

Ingredients 

• 1 whole organic chicken (about 3 1/2 pounds)

• 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

• Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

• 1/2 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

• 1 lemon, halved

• 1 pound fingerling potatoes, halved or cut into thirds if larger

 

  • The Sauce for the Chicken

    The Sauce for the Chicken

     

“Your roast chicken will reach new heights with this simple sauce.”—Martha Stewart Living
 
The Sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zested (2 teaspoons) and juiced (1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Pinch of red-pepper flakes

 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place chicken, breast side up, on a baking sheet. Rub with 2 tablespoons oil; season generously with salt and pepper. Place parsley and 1 lemon half in cavity. Tie legs together with kitchen twine.

 

Raw chicken going into the oven

Chicken heading into the oven

 

 

Toss potatoes and 2 tablespoons oil. Drizzle with juice from remaining lemon half. Season with salt and pepper. Scatter potatoes along chicken.

 

The lemon and parsley were tucked inside

The lemon and parsley were tucked inside

 

Roast for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 375 degrees; cook for 25 minutes. Rotate pan, toss potatoes, and cook until potatoes and chicken are golden brown and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken’s thigh reaches 165 degrees, about 25 minutes more. Let chicken and potatoes stand for 10 minutes.

 

Cooked and ready for he sauce

Cooked and ready for the sauce

 

 

Meanwhile, make the sauce: Combine ingredients. After 10 minutes, brush sauce on chicken and drizzle on potatoes.

 

Enjoy!!

All Tied Up for Summer!

  • 11th July 2013

Almost all Europeans have their scarf, foulard  or écharpe tied flawlessly and effortlessly on in any season!  So, when I saw this page in French Elle I had to post it.  It’s the perfect pictorial guide showcasing the many ways to wear your favorite scarf this summer.

 

Summer Scarf Styles

Summer Scarf Styles. Photo Courtesy of: French Elle

 

They call it the accessory of the moment— So go ahead and pull them out from the back of your drawer or closet and do not fear looking overly gypsy or bohemian.  Stick to these few styles and the scarf is seamlessly chic!  We especially like how it adds a feminine touch to a boxy bag and a silky contrast to a straw or raffia sun hat.

 

You probably have a ton already in your drawers and closets, but some of our favorite scarves include:

 

Matthew Williamson Silk Flutter Bloom DNA Scarf
Zalando Codello Scarf

 

Matthew Williamson Silk Flutter Bloom DNA Scarf, stylebop.com, £ 212.00

Codello Scarf, zalando.co.uk, £50.00

 

 

Rhianna Courtesy of Google Images

Rhianna Courtesy of Google Images

 

 

 

 

Agatha Ruiz de la Prada

 

 

Agatharuizdelaprada.com

 

 

Chanel Silk Scarf

 

 

chanel.com

 

 

Roberto Cavalli Animal Print Silk Scarf Turquoise
Etro Burgundy Paisley Print Silk Square Scarf

 

Roberto Cavalli Animal Print Silk Scarf Turquoise, saksfifthavenue.com, £220.90

Etro Burgundy Paisley Print Silk Square Scarf, liberty.co.uk, £180.00

 

How to wear the trend even into Fall 2013 brightening up any ensemble:

 

Photo Courtesy of Harper's Bazaar

Photo Courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar

 

 

Céline scarf available at Céline retailers, LouisVuitton.comchanel.com

 

Couture Scarf by Erickson Beamon

Couture Scarf by Erickson Beamon. Photo Courtesy of: Baku magazine, created with antique Azerbaijiani textiles

 

Parting Words…

  • 11th July 2013

Vain trifles as they seem, clothes have, they say, more important offices than to merely keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world’s view of us.

 

Virginia Woolf, Orlando

 

 

 

BonConseil

Part Two: Deux Jours Éblouissants à Paris (kids in tow!)

  • 9th July 2013

Sorry for the wait…but the continuation is here with the second day:  

 

(If you have not yet read Suzie’s amazing first day, please do that before you scroll below.  Click here.)

 

Artistic Eiffel Tower
Bronze in Paris

 

Two Perfect Days Visiting Paris (kids in tow and engaged!)—by Suzie Cornell

 

Le Deuxième Jour (Day #2):

 

Le Matin– Once again, please set a wake up call.  Start your day on the right bank at Café Angelina for breakfast (1st Arr).  The kid-friendly tearoom is the perfect setting for a leisurely petit déjeuner.  Located on the Rue de Rivoli, this all-day café (also a good early dinner spot for kids) serves up a delicious breakfast menu and their infamous hot chocolate.  Even if  it’s summer, their hot chocolate can NOT be missed!  It’s pure melted chocolate, a true indulgence and Paris tradition (so you have to do it!)  If the café line is long, which it likely will be, go through the door on the right and head to the take-out counter for your brioche and hot chocolate to go.

 

Angelina Hot Chocolate Africain

Photo Courtesy of: Google Images

Eli & Piper in front of Café Angelina

Eli & Piper Cornell in front of Café Angelina

 

Morning on the right bank—On one side of Angelina is a quaint bookstore with a great children’s section in both English/French.  On the opposite side is the hotel Le Meurice. Now designated a “Palace,” the Philippe Starck-designed exquisite lobby is worth a quick stop for a look-around and for the kids to write their names on the huge ice wall.

 

Le Meurice Looby

Le Meurice Lobby

Ice Wall Le Meurice

Eli and Piper at the Ice Wall.

 

 

The opulent Le Meurice Lobby

The opulent Le Meurice lobby.

Candle and mirror display in  the lobby.

Candle and mirror display in the lobby.

 

 

Tea time at Le Meurice.

Tea time at Le Meurice.

 

 

Exit the hotel and walk a block to the Rue Saint-Honoré.  Three blocks down is Colette, the Fred Segal of Paris.  Any fashion director or celebrity will tell you it’s a must-see three floors of fashion and fun.

 

Newest ‘Chaussures’ at Collette: 

 

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Repetto x Mary Katrantzou

repetto x marykatrantzou

Repetto x Mary Katrantzou

 

 

 

Now it’s time for the kids—Walk back up two blocks and across the street from Le Meurice to the Jardin des Tuileries.  Highlights my children have loved include the in-ground trampolines, carousel, horse-back riding and the play structure.  There is also a large pond to rent mini-sailboats and chairs abound to sit and enjoy views of la tour Eiffel.

 

Tuileries garden

Tuileries Garden

Eli makes the most of the trampoline.

Eli makes the most of the trampoline at the Tuileries Garden.

 

 

The Carousel in the Tuileries Garden.

The old-world charm of the carousel is enchanting.

The Carousel in the Tuileries Garden.

 

 

 

Statues in the Tuileries Garden.

Beautiful statues and colonnades of tress.

Lions in the Tuileries.

Lions grace the entrance to the park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A hidden gem and an absolute MUST,  is the Mussée de l’Orangerie in the Tuileries.  Enjoy the plethora of Monets in a beautiful setting that is less crowded than other Paris museums.  The museum is small and just manageable with children.  The Monets are sweepingly large and so accessible to children.

 

Monet up close from Musée L'Orangerie.

Monet up close from Musée L’Orangerie.

Huge circular canvases in the Musee L'Orangerie.

The rooms hold sweeping circular spectacular canvases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to hit the mother of all museums though, walk through the garden to the opposite end and you will be at the Louvre.  My kids are young and we did the Louvre two years ago in about all of 15 minutes. (It’s massive and crowded and we have yet to go back).  My #1 tip is to avoid the ticket lines and buy your tickets from your concierge.  Even better is the Paris Museum Pass that you can only buy in the U.S. It lets you into almost all the museums and you can avoid ticket lines completely.

 

Midi—Take a taxi to the Arc de Triumph at the end of the Champs Élysées.  My kids love to walk up to the top for the view.  Be aware, it is hundreds of steps so you may end up carrying the little ones.  About ¾ of the way up there is a rest area and bathrooms.

 

View from the Arc de Triomphe

View from the top.

 

Now is your chance to enjoy a meal at a fine restaurant with the kids.  It sounds crazy but next to the Arc is Publicis DrugstoreIt may be the most luxe drugstore in the world, serving Petrossian caviar and selling Baby Dior.  In the basement is  L’Atelier de Jöel Robuchon Etoile.  Go early for walk-in or make a reservation.  We sat at the open round kitchen and enjoyed a prix-fixe lunch while the kids dined on mini-burgers topped with fois gras.  It was a long lunch but that mini iPad is a lifesaver.

 

 

Atelier Joie Mini Burger with Fois Grois

Atelier Joie Mini Burger with Fois Gross

 

After lunch walk down the Champs Élysées and stop at Petit Bateau.  The top floor is dedicated to their adorable kids clothes.  The kids can draw at the children’s table while you stack up on their adorable PJ’s (which they don’t sell here in the states because they don’t fit our fire hazard standards—reason being is they are loose, the comfort factor my kids love).  They have stores all over Paris so if you plan to stock up, I suggest signing up for their loyalty card but warning, it’s not valid at their U.S. stores.

 

 

Le Soir— If your kids (or you) aren’t fearful of heights, head to the Eiffel Tower and the Champs de Mars (7th Arr.).  The kids can run around the large green space of the Champs de Mars before heading up the tower.  If you want to get to the top, get your tickets in advance at your hotel.  If you prefer to only head halfway up for a semi-private view, have drinks at the Jules Verne, now helmed by chef Alaine Ducasse.  With its own private elevator, you can head to the restaurant and take in the views while having a quick kir royale, with the kids.  There is also a public outside balcony one floor above the restaurant (make sure to ask how to check it out, it is not obvious).

 

Elevator going up the tower.

Elevator going up the tower.

 

 

 

Plates at Jules Verne match the aesthetic of the Tower.

Plates at Jules Verne match the aesthetic of the Tower.

 

 

Le Diner— Since dinner does not begin until 7 pm, you have plenty of time to taxi anywhere around Paris to a restaurant of your choice.

For an old world Paris feel, head to Chez Julien.  Situated next to the Seine, it’s delicious French food with a cozy vibe and you feel like you are dining in someone’s home three hundred years ago.

Ferdi is a super tiny and trendy restaurant (pregnant Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were a few tables away from us) in the 1st Arr. where a reservation is hard to come by but the tapas style food will appease even your youngest (the mac and cheese is better than anything I have had in the U.S.).

L’Ami Louis is a small, old school restaurant known for their “un poulet roti legendaire.”  It’s a huge chicken with fries and salad that can feed a family of four.

Also in the 1st is the modern bistro L’Absinthe, helmed by Caroline Rostang, daughter of famous French chef Michel Rostang.  The three-course prix-fixe menu makes a meal there very reasonable for a family.  It is cramped quarters downstairs so request to sit in the larger room upstairs.  It is also next to a Fanprix, the smaller version of their large grocery chain, Monoprix.

 

La Nuit—Keep the kids up late to see the lights of the Eiffel Tower.  Every hour starting at 9pm (remember it gets dark late there), the tower performs a light show for 10 minutes.  Our favorite place to watch is the Place de la Concorde in the 1st, however it can be viewed from anywhere in the city you can see the tower.

 

The Tower lit up is always a crowd-pleaser.

The Tower lit up is always a crowd-pleaser.

 

Last Words on Paris from Madame Cornell….

We all know two days in Paris is not enough.  I could write post after post of what to do with kids in Paris and its environs.  We walk for hours upon hours and get lost in the different arrondissements (Editor’s Note:  Please write a post about this Suzie!).  These are just a few of the main attractions and favorites for our kids but there is so much more.  And don’t be scared, we have traveled there the past three years with no troubles all.  If you can get through the flight, the rest will be fantastique! 

 

Bon Voyage!

 

 

Call of the Wild—Part Trois

  • 7th July 2013

des Vêtements!

 

Whether zebra, dalmatian, dinosaur or any other 4-footed friend, trending now and for fall it’s all about the animals!  

 

Stella and Kate usher in an autumn season filled with more creature comfort….

 

Princess Kate in dalmatian spots.

Princess Kate in dalmatian spots. Photo courtesy of: Google Images

Stella McCartney's Zebra print top in her fall 2013 collection

Stella McCartney’s Zebra print top in her fall 2013 collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Casiraghi of the Monégasque dynasty looks expensive and stunning in Gucci’s fall collection:

 

Charlotte Casiraghi in Gucci for British Vogue

Charlotte Casiraghi in Gucci for British Vogue

 

 

 

Dinosaurs at Louis Vuitton

Really wild! Dinosaurs grace the windows of Louis Vuitton London

Dinosaurs at Louis Vuitton London

Gilded Dinosaur skeletons at LV London

 

 

 

Cheetah print boxes at Lanvin

A cat call has even hit the boxes at Lanvin, London.

 

 

We don’t love every pair of jeans straight from the animal kingdom, but pair these with a simple top or cardigan and it’s hard to go wrong.

 

 

Mother the Looker Skinny Jean Wild Side

In order from left to right:

 

Mother the Looker Skinny Jean Wild Side, Shopbop.com, $188.00

Current Elliott Denim Pant Collection Fall/Winter, thecorner.com, $365.00

The Dark Cloud Zippora Spray On Jean, sassandbide.com, $270.00

 

 

How to do Giraffe & Zebra Elegantly:

 

Mulberry Beach Playsuit GIraffe Oak Print

 

 

Kissing Giraffe Pleated Skirt, topshop.com, $76.00

Beach Playsuit Oak Giraffe Print, mulberry.com, $165.00

 

 

Equus Dress Anthropologie

Equus Dress, anthropologie.com, $248.00

 

 

Taking animal prints fully to heart:

 

Nanette Lepore Capazo Animal-Print Top
daythreemoschinocheapandchicleopardprintcardi

 

Nanette Lepore Capazo Animal-Print Top, bergdorfgoodman.com, $298.00

Moschino Cheap & Chic Leopard Print Cardigan, farfetch.com, $522.00

 

Two stylish tees for under $20 and $50:

 

Forever21 Cheetah Knit Top

Local Celebrity Tee in White Tiger

 

 

Cheetah Knit Top, forever21.com, $17.80

Local Celebrity Tee in White Tiger, revolveclothing.com, $40.00

 

The Kenzo Craze!

 

Kenzo Cat as seen in Elle Décor

Kenzo Cat slinks down the runway.  Photo Elle Décor

 

 

 

 

Kenzo Leopard Print Silk Skirt
Kenzo Leopard Print Dress

 

 

Kenzo Leopard Print Silk Skirt, lagarconne.com, $627.20

Kenzo Leopard Print Dress, farfetch.com, $503.32

 

 

Best Dressed!

 

 

Diane Von Furstenberg Beonica Dress

 

In order from left to right: 

Sleeveless Cheetah-Print Combo Minidress, bergdorfgoodman.com, $421.00 (Available on Pre-Order)

Dorothy Perkins Snow Leopard Belt Dress, dorothyperkins.com, $27.00

Diane Von Furstenberg Beonica Dress, shopbop.com, $345.00

 

 

Leopardo Sweater Dress, Here & There Anthropologie.com

 

 

 

Here & There Leopardo Sweater Dress, anthropologie.com, $178.00

 

 

Valentino Fur Coat Photo Courtesy of:  Saks

Valentino Fur Coat Photo Courtesy of: Saks

 

 

Fall Preview!—We’ve definitely saved the best for last

All photos are courtesy of Vogue Collections Paris

 

Valentino Dalmatian 2013

 

 

 

Moschino and Pucci

 

 

 

Versace and Ermanno Scervino

 

 

 

Burberry

 

 

How to wear multiple animal prints at once and still look fabulous....courtesy of Vogue Italia

How to wear multiple animal prints at once and still look fabulous….courtesy of Vogue Italia

 

Breakfast, Only Sweeter!

  • 6th July 2013

These Apple and Oat Scones with Cinnamon and Nutmeg from Martha Stewart make the perfect breakfast.

• They are gorgeous to serve to guests (add fresh homemade whipped cream and strawberries!)

• They keep well for days staying moist and flavorful

• They are reasonably healthy

• They are easy to eat in the car (perfect for kids, or you, having breakfast on the go!)

Apple and Oat scones with Cinnamon and Nutmeg

Photo Courtesy of: Martha Stewart

Scones with strawberries and cream

Our breakfast plate with strawberries and cream!

Scone ready to pop in the oven.

Scone ready to pop in the oven.

 

 

“These scones are light yet hearty and the most healthful of the bunch. Fresh apple keeps them moist, buttermilk contributes tenderness, and oats add a pleasantly toothsome texture.” —Martha Stewart Living

 

Ingredients:

 

• 1 & 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling

• 1 & 1/3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats, plus more for topping

• 1/4 cup plus two tablespoons light brown sugar

• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

• 2 teaspoons baking powder

• 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1 & 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter cut into pieces

• 1 & 1/2 cups diced Granny Smith Apple (2 apples cut into generous 1/4 inch cubes)

 

 

Chopped Granny Smith

Chopped Granny Smith

 

• 2/3 cup cold buttermilk plus more for brushing

• Raw turbinado sugar for sprinkling

 

 

Choose your work surface:

Get your work surface prepped.

Choose counter or…

Dough on board

Or choose board

 

 Preparation:

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Whisk together flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or rub in with your fingers. (The largest pieces should be the size of small peas.) With your fingertips, flatten butter pieces into small disks. Add apples and buttermilk, stirring until dough just comes together.

 

Starting Mixture

Starting Mixture

 

 

 

Turn out dough onto a lightly floured work surface. Pat dough into a 6-by-8-inch rectangle, and cut into twelve 2-by-2-inch squares with a floured knife. Place about 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.

 

 

 

You can place them in any pan.

You can place them in any pan.

 

 

How to cut them.

How to cut them.

 

 

Brush tops with buttermilk, and sprinkle with raw turbinado sugar and oats. Bake until golden brown, 20 to 22 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let cool on sheets for 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

Brushing Scones.

Brushing Scones.

Sprinkle with Oats.

Sprinkle with Oats.

 

 

 

Baked to Perfection

Baked to Perfection

 

 

It’s always fun to serve them with fresh whipped cream.

 

Here we have used just three simple ingredients:

• Whipping cream

• Vanilla bean paste

• Maple syrup

 

 

Three Whipped Cream Ingredients

Three whipped cream ingredients

 

 

 

Super easy cream to serve alongside.

Super easy cream to serve alongside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deux Jours Éblouissants à Paris (kids in tow!)

  • 4th July 2013

Two Perfect Days Visiting Paris (kids in tow and engaged!)

 

Chrysanthemums overflow at the Jardin du Luxembourg.

Chrysanthemums overflow at the Jardin du Luxembourg.

Eli Cornell takes in the grandeur of the Louvre.

Eli Cornell takes in the grandeur of the Louvre.

 

 

 

We are as lucky as it gets to have a special two-part post written by certified Francofile Suzie Cornell publicist extrodinaire and frequent visitor to the city of lights.  The best part of these two days is that it incorporates meaningful adventures for children as well as parentstout ensemble.”  So, no more wondering about planning your itinerary.  It’s all done!  Merci mille fois Suzie!!!  Let’s get right into le premier jour, Day One!

 

The Eiffel Tower all lit up consistently thrills little ones and big ones.

The Eiffel Tower all lit up consistently thrills little ones and big ones.

Eli sketches on the famed 'Ice Wall' in Le Meurice.

Eli sketches on the famed ‘Ice Wall’ at Le Meurice.

 

 

 

 

Madame Suzie Cornell Takes it Away…..

 

 J’aime Paris!  Love is in the air and it’s summer in Paris!!  For the past three years, our family has spent the infamous “April in Paris.”  To clarify family, this included myself, my husband and our two children, Eli and Piper, who are five and under.

My husband and I are true foodies, we actually pick our vacations based on where we would like to try the food.   So we are gluttons for punishment when we bring our children to the culinary capital of the world and want to experience all the Michelin starred restaurants that Paris has to offer.  However, we have come to find out that even your local bistro or café for that matter has fabulous food… in Paris, it is very hard to go wrong.

 

More cheese than anyone can even comprehend beckon on the Île Saint-Louis.

More cheese than anyone can even comprehend beckon on the Île Saint-Louis.

 

 

Where to stay: Left Bank vs. Right Bank

Think Upper East Side vs. Union Square or Beverly Hills vs. Los Feliz?   You have several of the same stores and restaurants in both areas.

But, then in Paris, you also have Arrondissements on both banks that cater to both the upscale and the more casual lifestyles.  As a tourist, you will walk them both but you must pick one to stay on.  The right bank holds your larger, classic Parisian hotels (many of which have been given the title “Palace”).  The left bank hosts the smaller, hipper, younger boutique hotels.  All are family friendly, however I suggest the right bank hotels near the Tuilieries gardens.

 

Tuileries Garden is the perfect place for children.

Tuileries Garden is the perfect place for children.

Kids can take horses in the Tuileries Garden.

Kids can take horses in the Tuileries Garden.

So grab your Louis Vuitton (or Chanel diaper bag) and let’s enjoy two days in Paris avec les enfants….

 

Le Premier Jour (Day #1):

 

If you have arrived from the states the day before, there is a chance you will sleep until noon.

I suggest requesting a wake up call so that you can get up and out.  You will want to adjust to the time zone as quickly as possible.  However don’t fret if you do sleep past noon as the sun will be up until around 10 pm.

Put on your most comfortable walking shoes (I recommend cute sneakers or flats in summer, open sandals don’t fare well in large walking cities) and get ready for une journée incroyable.

 

Quick breakfast—Don’t waste time on a long breakfast on day one.  That will only slow you down all morning. Grab a croissant and cappuccino along the way, but please!!!  don’t take it to go Starbucks-stylebe Parisian.  Tables on the sidewalk abound come summer, so grab a seat and take in the fresh air, the local scene and the fact that you’re in Paris, before you hit the cobblestone.

 

Le Matin—Morning

Jardin du Luxembourg (6th Arr.) – Our kids favorite park… ever, is your first stop!

 

Jardin du Luxembourg is always stunning!!

Jardin du Luxembourg is always stunning!!

 

If you take a taxi, have it drop you off at the south western end of the park, where the playground is located

It’s NOT your typical American playground, starting at the ticket booth to enter (approx. 2.60 Euros for 18 months+ and 1.60 Euros per adult).

But, what this does give you is access to sit down and relax while the kids get their turn to do what they love.  The playground has a life size spider web to climb, structures with slides for kids of all sizes and even a zip line for the older ones.

 

The Spider at Luxembourg Gardens

The Spider at Luxembourg Gardens

 

Now it’s your turn…

 

Head east and north from the playground and stroll through the garden.

 

Luxembourg Gardens

Luxembourg Gardens

 

There is a pond, where you can rent boats and push them with long sticks in the water.

Afterwards leave the park and walk up Rue Bonaparte and you will soon enter the heart of the St. Germain, one of the best areas to stroll and shop.

 

You will quickly encounter La Pharmacie on the corner of Rue du Four and Rue Bonaparte. Any and all French and European beauty products are here under one roof so come with list in hand and go crazy.  (Send your husband and the kids to Ladurée across the street and let them pick some of their fab macaroons to snack on while you shop).

 

Renowned macarons from Ladurée in Paris.  Photo courtesy of:  Ladurée

Renowned macarons from Ladurée in Paris. Photo courtesy of: Ladurée

 

 

Continue exploring the area and make sure to take side streets off of the St. Germain-des-Prés.

 

I came across the adorable children’s store, Happy Garden.  This quaint and very Parisian store carries trendy, well-made clothes that designer Marie-Laurence creates just upstairs.

 

Look for the little boy at Happy Garden.

Look for the little boy in your life from Happy Garden, Paris.

Perfect accessory for your jeune fille from Happy Garden, Paris.

Perfect accessory for your jeune fille from Happy Garden, Paris.

 

 

 

For the latest in high fashion for yourself, head to the nearby Carven on the Rue Saint-Sulpice.  While you can find the brand in high fashion stores in the states, this small boutique carries the brands latest pieces and full collection.  The men in the store were also adorable and spoke perfect English… it’s a winner.

 

Grab lunch at one of the infamous cafes that were home to historical literary masters, our favorite being Les Deux Magots.  Cafés are also a great place to log in to free Wi-Fi and check in back home—they don’t offer it though, you have to ask for a card with the instructions and password (tip—each person needs their own card/code).

 

Deux Magots Café

Deux Magots Café

 

Late Afternoon…

Spend the rest of your afternoon exploring the left bank.  The little streets offer so much charm and you will find yourself coming across amazing churches, gardens and even small playgrounds where the kids can run with le petite français.

Another fun adventure is Montmartre and Sacre Coeur.  You could taxi or metro to the bottom of Sacré Coeur.  Take the funicular up to the top for the most gorgeous view of Paris, it may be a little packed but the kids will definitely enjoy the elevator ride!

 

Famed artists in Monmartre

Famed artists in Monmartre

Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur

 

Do a quick walkthrough of the church but make sure to prep your kids first, you must be quiet.  We were followed by the “church police” last time as the man continued to hush my children over our shoulder.  Exit and walk down the street to the left of the church and make your first left and wander through Montmartre.

 

Splurge for a chalk portrait of the kids, but stop at the artists down the hill, the ones at the top are pushy and not as good.  (tip:  just outside Sacre Coeur is the Little Train, which takes you on a short-guided tour around the area.  It is a great way to see Montmartre and learn it’s history and the kids will love riding on the motorized train.)

Dinner….

Restaurants in Paris don’t serve food until 7 pm, unless they are an all-day restaurant such as the familiar Le Pain Quitodien.  Smaller markets also close around 5 pm so if you are going to do take out, go early.  If your kids can stay awake, many restaurants in Paris are kid friendly (at least if they aren’t screaming and are entranced by the iPad).  Go at 7 pm when doors open though so you won’t get too many looks.  I suggest a local bistro in your arrondissement so you have a quick escape back home.  If you are still on the left bank, I recommend restaurant Shu (8 Rue Suger, 16th).  It is Japanese, not French, but its all fried skewers and if you have the kids, they will love it.

 

Stay Tuned for Le Deuxième Jour (Day #2)  coming soon from Madame Cornell.  Sip decadent hot chocolate with her at her favorite breakfast haunt, find her ‘little gem’ museum, explore the lobby at Le Meurice with its “Ice Wall,” and see what to do with the kids when the sun goes down and the city lights shine.

 

 

 

joanofarc

 

 

Who is Suzie Cornell?  

Suzie is an entertainment publicist by trade and proud wife and mother of two.  In her youth, she grew up taking family vacations to Europe and studied the French language in Switzerland.  Determined to continue her love of travel and share the world with her children, the family has traveled together to Paris and other other European cities over the past three years.  A self-declared Francophile, she hopes to continue the tradition of yearly trips to Paris and pass along tips to others traveling abroad with children.

 

How can we all learn to travel as effortlessly and gracefully as her?  

Read more of her posts!!!

 

Suzie in Paris

Suzie looks up the cobblestone lane scoping out her next stop.

 

 

 

 

The Big Blue Giant

  • 3rd July 2013

There are many ways to add a touch of blue to your garden, but none with the rich vivid hue of a delphinium and the graceful majesty specific to the Pacific Blue Giant.

 

Pacific Blue Giant Unopened

Pacific Blue Giant Delphinium Unopened

Blue Giant In Bloom

Pacific Blue Giant In Bloom

 

The tall spears do require a touch of work as they often need to be staked, but the hummingbirds and butterflies they attract do the rest for you and they continue to bloom from early spring to the last days of summer.  In warmer climates they last two years, re-appearing the next spring with even more vigor (not needing to be staked as often in their second cycle).

 

 

Pacific Blues with Foxglove

Pacific Blues in their second year amongst lavender foxglove

 

Like other delphinium they come in a variety of colors varying from white to pale lavender, periwinkle, (stunning!), pink, violet, indigo and royal blue.

 

Delphinium Chelsea Flower Show 2009

Delphinium at the Chelsea Flower Show 2009

 

 

We requested our local nursery to source Pacific Blue Giants and purchased them as seedlings about 9 inches tall.  They were planted in the fall (this is Southern California remember), grew rapidly and bloomed the next two consecutive spring-summer seasons.

 

While the tallest spires bloomed for weeks and were left untouched, there were many, many smaller off-shoots to trim for floral arrangements.  The rich indigo is the perfect complement to any other colors our garden was putting forth.

 

Stunning arrangement

Delphinium among other garden flowers: Double Delight roses, Rainbow Sorbet, anemone, carnations, hydrangea and lavender.

Call of the Wild…Part Deux!

  • 3rd July 2013

It can be a simple knotted scarf that pays homage to the above name while simultaneously bringing together your entire ensemble.  Case in point the look below from Hauber.

 

Hauber Leopard Print Scarf

 

 

So elegant and absolutely the inspiration behind part deux.  If there is one key accessory you plan to splurge on this fall, these gloves certainly deserve your consideration.

 

 

Gucci Guanti Donna Jaguar-Print Calf Hair Opera Gloves

 

They will add instant magic and glamour to any outfit.

 

Gucci Guanti Donna Jaguar-Print Calf Hair Opera Gloves, neimanmarcus.com, $845.00

 

 

Cartier makes many iterations of its big cat jewelry, and if you’re like us you’ve always coveted one of these showstoppers…..

 

Cartier Cheetah Ring

 

 

But, perhaps we could interest you in one of these two that make for a great, affordably fun copy-cat of sorts!

 

Leopard Ring by David Webb

Leopard Ring by David Webb, Photo Courtesy of: Elle Decor

Forever21 Rhinestoned Cheetah Ring

 

 

 

Forever21 Rhinestoned Cheetah Ring, forever21.com, $5.80

 

 

 

Animal Prints Look Especially Chic in These Fun/Bright Scarf Patterns:

 

Burberry Giraffe Print Cashmere Scarf

 

 

1.) Burberry Giraffe Print Cashmere Scarf, saks.com, $995.00

2.) Banana Republic Dianne Zebra Scarf, bananarepublic.gap.com, $59.50

3.) Accessorize Leopard Chiffon Stole, accessorize.com, $17.00

 

 

A gold safari themed necklace just grazing the nape of your neck is the perfect touch and we love it in hunter green!

 

Fornash Enamel Safari Zebra Necklace

 

 

Fornash Enamel Safari Zebra Necklace, simplysoles.com, $48.00

 

Cap it Off with Spots:

 

Mademoiselle Slassi The Leopard Hat
Top Shop Oxblood Leopard Fedora

 

 

Mademoiselle Slassi The Leopard Hat, bottica.com, $251.00 (Hurry! Only one left)

Top Shop Oxblood Leopard Fedora, topshop.com, $24.00

 

Perfectly Matching is….

 

Larsson and Jennings Ponyskin and leather watch

Larsson and Jennings Ponyskin and leather watch. Photo Courtesy of Elle UK

 

Larsson and Jennings Ponyskin and leather watch (Magic Dalmation), larssonandjennings.com, £180.00

 

Looks from the past:

 

Zebra stripes grace an old cover of Bazaar

Zebra stripes grace an old cover of Bazaar

 

 

 

Too cute to resist (for your little ones!)

 

Leopard ears headband by Talc

Leopard ears headband by Talc. Photo Courtesy of: Elle.fr

 

 

Cat Eyes and Cat Spots Conjoined

 

Stella McCartney Cat Eye Sunglasses

 

 

 

Stella McCartney Cat Eye Sunglasses, shopbop.com, $225.00

 

Where to keep your ammunition to brave the city safari?  Any of these bags do the trick……

 

Fendi 2Jours Medium Printed Calf-Hair Shopper

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.) Valentino Lock Medium Haircalf Animal Print Shoulder Bag, mytheresa.com, € 1,690.00

5.) Fendi 2Jours Medium Printed Calf-Hair Shopper, nordstrom.com, $3450.00

6.) Rochas Zebra Print Haircalf Top Handle Bag, saks.com, $3150.00

 

 

L.K. Bennett Leather Animal Print Bag

L.K. Bennett Leather Animal Print Bag. Photo Courtesy of: Elle UK

 

 

L.K. Bennett Leather Animal Print Bag, £275.00

 

Fall Purse Preview (All photos are courtesy of Vogue Collections Paris):

 

Cartier Cheetah Print Purse
Jaguar Spotted Purse Emanuel Ungaro

 

Tiger Stripe Purse Emilio Pucci
Tiger Stripe Purse Gerard Darel

 

Zebra Stripe Purse Giuseppe Zanotti
Zebra Stripe Ralph Lauren

If You’re Heading to…Capri

  • 2nd July 2013

It’s worth the pilgrimage if you are in the area!! Not only does he have hundreds of handmade styles of sandals for you to choose from.  He also can design a pair specially for you!  Who would not want to frequent a shop that Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis loved?

 

Antonio Viva Sandal Shop

 

 

Antonio Viva Sandals Capri

Photo Courtesy of: Town & Country

Antonio Viva Sandals Capri

Photo Courtesy of: Town & Country

 

 

 

Antonio Viva Sandals Capri

Photo Courtesy of: Town & Country

Antonio Viva Sandals Capri

Photo Courtesy of: Town & Country

 

 

 

Every single sandal is made exclusively by Maestro Antonio Viva in his workshop.  Every sandal is worked on by hand, stitched by hand and is a unique article that is made exclusively to order—no identical sandals are kept in stock.

 

Antonio Viva Sandal Shop

 

 

According to Viva, not much has changed in the realm of sandals since Tiberius walked in the Mediterranean.  They are still made with a single, flat sole made of quality leather with strips of leather cleverly placed on top.

 

Via Giuseppe Orlandi, 75

Anacapri 80071 (NA) Italy

Tel: (+39) 081 837 35 83

 

Athena Antonio Viva
Gea Antonio Viva
Demetra Antonio Viva

 

 

 

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Call of the Wild—Part Un

  • 2nd July 2013

The attraction to all things animal and the allure of spots, stripes and creatures of all shapes & sizes started off this spring with a roar!

 

Kate Moss, Cheetah Bikini Photo Courtesy of:  Vogue, UK

Kate Moss, Photo Courtesy of: Vogue, UK

 

 

As any picture of Kate Moss often does, this one helped guarantee that anything ‘game’ was here to stay, at least for the near future.

 

Thus the instigation for our three-part series (and there’s way too much good stuff out there to fit into one post!)

Day One (Today)—Chaussures

Day Two—Accessoires

Day Three—Vetements

 

Every day will also bring you a fall preview as the trend races on into Fall 2013.

 

Our favorite felines (and other game) for your feet:

 

 

The Summer Sandal

 

Calvin Klein Searra Zebra Print Lace-Up Sandal

 

 

Zara Pattern Cross Over Sandals, zara.com, $44.99

Giambattista Valli Leo Flat, farfetch.com, $1017.04

Dolce Vita Archer Thong Sandal in Zebra, jildorshoes.com, $55.20

Calvin Klein Searra Zebra Print Lace-Up Sandal, calvinklein.com, $99.00

 

 

Ballet, Oxfords & Moccasins

 

 

Minnetonka Leopard Kilty Mocassin

 

 

Minnetonka Leopard Kilty Mocassin, swell.com, $39.95

Prada Leopard Stud Platform Slip-On, neimanmarcus.com, $690.00

Lanvin Leopard-Print Calf Hair Loafers, net-a-porter.com, $950.00

Mint Velvet Ponyskin Ballerina Pumps Giraffe Print, johnlewis.com, £89.00

 

 

 Coming Soon:  Part Deux—Accessoires

 

Tods Zebra Print Purse

Tods. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections

 

 

 

Katie Grand Loves Hogan Photo Courtesy of Vogue.de

Katie Grand Loves Hogan Photo Courtesy of Vogue.de

 

 Coming Soon:  Part Trois—Vetements

 

Ermanno Scervino Cheetah Print Skirt

Ermanno Scervino. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections

 

 

Pumps & Booties:

 

Aquazzura Tango T-Strap Spotted Calf Hair Sandal

 

 

Aquazzura Tango T-Strap Spotted Calf Hair Sandal, neimanmarcus.com, $875.00

Tabitha Simmons Bailey Double-Wrap Leopard-Print Calf Hair Sandal, neimanmarcus.com, $1395.00 (Available on Pre-Order)

Jerome Rousseau Kafka Giraffe D’Orsay Pump, farfetch.com, $695.00

Lanvin Tiger Print Calf Hair Pump, neimanmarcus.com, $1050.00

Walter Steiger Giraffe Print Calf Hair Bootie, neimanmarcus.com, $1095.00

 

Fall ‘Wild’ Preview—(A special nod to: Vogue Collections Paris wherein we found all these fall treasures!)

 

Katie Grand Loves Hogan Zebra & Tiger Print Shoes

Katie Grand Loves Hogan. Photos Courtesy of: Vogue Collections & Google Images

 

 

More Tabitha Simmons Set for Fall:

 

Tabitha Simmons Leopard Print Boot

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections

Tabitha Simmons Leopard Print Bootie

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections

Emmanuel Ungaro Mixes Cherry Red, Cheetah & Studs

 

Emanuel Ungaro Cheetah Print Pump with Red Sole

Emanuel Ungaro. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections

 

 

The Uber-Sophisticated Loafer

 

Christian Louboutin Cheetah Print Loafers

Christian Louboutin—Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Collections

 

 

The Perfect Retro Look:

 

Sixties Heel in Leopard Ponyskin Boden USA

 

 

Sixties Heel in Leopard Ponyskin, bodenusa.com, $117.60

Parting Words…

  • 2nd July 2013

Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.

 

 

Jorge Luis Borges

 

BonConseil

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