Archive for March, 2014

Shopping the Major Fashion Houses at Zara (Part Deux)…

  • 21st March 2014

A continuation of our uber-popular post holding a mirror up to celebrated fashion house spring trends—that reflects back to Zara.  If you have not seen Part One, please take a peek…otherwise enjoy a second installment in the series.

 

 

Christian Louboutin’s Caged-Effect:

 

Christian Louboutin Laurence Lace-Up Red Sole Ankle Boot in Black

Christian Louboutin Laurence Lace-Up Red Sole Ankle Boot in Black

Open Work High Heel Leather Sandal

Zara Open Work High Heel Leather Sandal—Insanely Comfortable and Easy to Walk In!

 

 

 

Christian Louboutin Laurence Lace-Up Red Sole Ankle Boot in Black, bergdorfgoodman.com, $1,245.00 (Pre-Order)

Open Work High Heel Leather Sandal, zara.com, $99.90

 

 

 

Lanvin’s Coveted Flatform:

 

 

 

Lanvin Metallic Flatform Sandal

Lanvin Metallic Flatform Sandal

Zara Metallic Platform Sandal with Track Sole

Zara Metallic Platform Sandal with Track Sole

 

 

 

 

Lanvin Metallic Sandal, barneys.com, $790.00

Metallic Platform Sandal with Track Sole, zara.com, $79.90

 

 

 

 

Victoria Beckham’s Sold-Out Soft Peek-A-Boo Pleats:

 

 

Victoria Beckham Silk and Wool-Blend Crepe Mini Dress

Victoria Beckham Silk and Wool-Blend Crepe Mini Dress

Victoria Beckham Silk and Wool-Blend Crepe Mini Dress

Sold-Out!

 

 

 

 

Victoria Beckham Dress

Victoria Beckham Dress

 

 

 

Victoria Beckham Silk and Wool-Blend Crepe Mini Dress, net-a-porter.com, $2,425.00 (Sold-Out!)

 

 

 

 

Zara Dress with Fine Pleated Hem

Zara Dress with Fine Pleated Hem

The same soft white pleats and asymmetrical slice

The same soft white pleats and asymmetrical slice

 

 

 

 Dress with a Fine Pleated Hem, zara.com, $69.90

 

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana’s Feminine Coral:

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Above-Knee Short-Sleeve Lace Dress

Dolce & Gabbana Above-Knee Short-Sleeve Lace Dress

Zara Crochet Dress

Zara Crochet Dress

 

 

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Above-Knee Short-Sleeve Lace Dress, neimanmarcus.com, $2695.00

Crochet Dress, zara.com, $89.90

 

 

 

Ralph Lauren’s Shoulder-Baring Black:

 

 

Ralph Lauren Giana Cold Shoulder Top

Ralph Lauren Giana Cold Shoulder Top

Zara Asymmetric Top with Knot on ShoulderZara Asymmetric Top with Knot on Shoulder

Zara Asymmetric Top with Knot on Shoulder

 

 

Giana Cold Shoulder Top, neimanmarcus.com, $435.00

Asymmetric Top with Knot on Shoulder, zara.com, $69.90

 

 

Marc Jacob’s Sporty Style:

 

 

Marc Jacobs Sandals in Bazaar Magazine.  Retail for $845.00

Marc Jacobs Sandals in Bazaar Magazine. Retail for $845.00

 

 

 

Strappy Leather Sandal from Zara

Strappy Leather Sandal from Zara

 

 

 

Strappy Leather Sandal with Track Sole, zara.com, $89.90

 

 

 

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If You are Not Headed to Puglia—Part Deux

  • 14th March 2014

Last year we posted a delicious recipe which celebrated the ease of a one-pot pasta (sauce and pasta boiled together)!  This year’s similar recipe in Martha Stewart is equally delicious promising a silky sauce that clings perfectly to the orecchiette.  If you are not on your way to Italy, and even if you are, it really is a must-try!

 

 

Pan Orecchiette with Chickpeas and Olives.

Pan Orecchiette with Chickpeas and Olives. Photo Courtesy of: Martha Stewart Living

 

 

 

Delicious!

Delicious!

 

 

 

Pan Orecchiette with Chickpeas and Olives

 

12 ounces orecchiette

1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted

2 tablespoons tomato paste

3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1 6-inch sprig rosemary

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes, plus more for serving

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (about 1 1/2 ounces), plus more for serving

2 cups baby arugula (about 2 ounces)

 

 

 

Use the best quality Oricchiette

Use the best quality Orecchiette.

 

 

1.) Combine pasta, chickpeas, olives, tomato paste, garlic, rosemary, oil, pepper flakes, and 5 cups water in a large straight-sided skillet.  (We found 5 cups to be way too much when we tried this dish.  In fact, 3 cups would probably work better.  If you use five cups, and the water has not completely reduced, ladle some out slowly and save it.  It is tasty in soups and added to other sauces. See below picture).  Season generously with salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil, then cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until pasta is al dente and liquid is reduced to a sauce that coats pasta, 12 to 15 minutes.

 

 

 

The beginning stage is absolutely gorgeous!

The beginning stage is absolutely gorgeous!

 

 

 

 

Starting to bubble.

Starting to bubble.

 

 

 

 

Keep stirring it frequently or the pasta will stick.

Keep stirring it frequently or the pasta will stick.

 

 

 

The water will start reducing down.

The water will start reducing down.

 

 

This water was ladled out to reduce the sauce.  It was approximately 2 cups.  It's super tasty with the olives, garlic and rosemary and can be used later in soups and sauces.

This water was ladled out to reduce the sauce. It was approximately 2 cups. It’s super tasty cooked with the olives, garlic and rosemary and can be used later in soups and sauces.

 

 

2.) Remove skillet from heat, discard rosemary, and stir in cheese.  Add more water, a few tablespoons at a time, to thin sauce if necessary.  (We did not need to do this step as we actually removed water).  Divide pasta and arugula among bowls and serve immediately, drizzled with oil and sprinkled with cheese and pepper flakes.

 

 

Serve the pasta immediately!  We did not discard the rosemary.  Fresh arugula can be added.

Serve the pasta immediately! We did not discard the rosemary. Fresh arugula can be added.

 

 

Pan Orecchiette with Chickpeas and Olives.  Photo Courtesy of:  Martha Stewart

Pan Orecchiette with Chickpeas and Olives. Photo Courtesy of: Martha Stewart

 

 

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Sourcing the Best in Street Style

  • 13th March 2014

Four super simple but head-turning styles and accessories are easy to mimic with just a few clicks!

 

Draw the Right Card:

 

Face Card Clutch.  Photo Courtesy of: Elle Collections Mexico

Face Card Clutch. Photo Courtesy of: Elle Collections Mexico

 

 

 

Queen Face Card Clutch Anthropologie

Queen Face Card Clutch Anthropologie

Jack Face Card Clutch Anthropologie

Jack Face Card Clutch Anthropologie

 

 

 

Face Card Clutch, anthropologie.com, $998.00

 

 

 

 I’m Lovin’ It!

 

 

Hearts abound...Photo Courtesy of: Elle Mexico

Hearts abound…Photo Courtesy of: Elle Mexico

 

 

 

 

Top Shop Fluro Heart Cross-Over Playsuit
Heart String Satchel Anthropologie

 

 

 

Top Shop Fluro Heart Cross-Over Playsuit, us.topshop.com, $80.00

Heart String Satchel, anthropologie.com, $98.00

 

 

Celebrating the Catwalk on the Streets:

 

 

Cat Walk Sweatshirt in Elle Mexico

Cat Walk Sweatshirt in Elle Mexico

 

 

Moschino Cheap and Chic Catwalk Cashmere Sweater

Moschino Cheap and Chic Catwalk Cashmere Sweater

 

 

 

Moschino Cheap and Chic Cashmere Catwalk Sweater, saks.com

 

 

The Shirtdress with a Little Something Special:

 

 

A perfect shirtdress.  Photo Courtesy of:  Elle Collections Mexico

A perfect shirtdress. Photo Courtesy of: Elle Collections Mexico

 

 

Add a chunky, masculine black belt, like above, to any of these stylish shirt-dresses:

 

Mary Katrantzou Current Eillott Women Dress

 

 

Mary Katrantzou Current Eillott Women Dress, yoox.com, $1227.00

 

 

Eudon Choi Erygium Cotton Shirt

 

 

Eudon Choi Erygium Cotton Shirt, matchesfashion.com, $720.00

 

 

Bernhard Willhelm Asymmetric Dress

 

 

Bernhard Willhelm Asymmetric Dress, farfetch.com, $697.81

 

 

Halston Heritage Layered Stretch-cotton Shirt-dress

 

 

Halston Heritage Layered Stretch-cotton Shirt-dress, net-a-porter.com, $375.00

 

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Parting Words…

  • 13th March 2014

‘Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.’ – Coco Chanel

 

 

BonConseil

 

 

Airy Decadence in Beverly Hills—Le Mervetty

  • 9th March 2014

The boutique pâtisserie, Le Mervetty Beverly Hills, is named after a French-born and Belgian perfected dessert—should I repeat that?  I think I will!  French born, Belgian perfected dessert.   It’s called the ‘Merveilleux’ and it is made by way of delicately stacking crumbly meringue together with decadent whipped cream.

 

 

The chocolate Mervetty

The chocolate Mervetty

 

 

 

A dessert, with a heritage drawing back to two nations with a collective conscience focused on pastry perfection, has to be divine.  Its namesake in Beverly Hills is perfection as well.

 

Le Petit Mervetty in a 6-pack and 12-pack

Le Petit Mervetty, beautifully packaged, in a 6-pack and 12-pack.

 

 

Le Mervetty in Beverly Hills offers a selection airy temptations in flavors ranging from praline to speculoos to chocolate.  They come in regular and the adorable, mignon petit size.

 

 

Coffee flavored Mervetty

Coffee flavored Mervetty

Praline Mervetty

Praline Mervetty

 

 

 

The praline tastes as good as it sounds:  Meringue layers, hazelnut praline whipped cream covered with caramelized praline feuilletines.

 

The desserts are as eye-catchingly elegant as they are delicious.  They look especially lovely displayed on a tiered stand amongst colorful spring flowers like anemone and ranunculus.

 

 

Les Petits on Tiered Crane from Anthropologie.

Les Petits on Tiered Crane from Anthropologie.

 

 

Sharing is hard, thankfully!  It is particularly difficult to maintain elegance when cutting into them.  Here’s a peek inside with the neatest cross-section we could obtain.

 

 

 

Neatly cut Speculoos and Chocolate Mervetty.

Neatly cut Speculoos and Chocolate Mervetty.

 

 

Le Mervetty also tempts visitors with Le Pavlova—meringue layers, fresh strawberries, vanilla whipped cream covered with crystallized meringues and Le Grand Mervetty for bigger parties and fêtes.

 

 

Le Pavlova

Le Pavlova

 

 

 

 

Le Grand Mervetty

Le Grand Mervetty

 

 

 

Le Mervetty

319 North Canon Drive

Beverly Hills, CA

lemervetty.com

 

 

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Put a Bow on It!

  • 4th March 2014

From the oversized bows of Saint Laurent to the lbb (little black bow) of Chanel, Valentino and Kate Spade….Spring is all about adding this girlish embellishment.  From your head to your toes, it’s one trend that works wonders anywhere!

 

 

Black Bow Chanel, Saint Laurent

 

 

 

 

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue

 

 

 

In Your Hair:

 

John Lewis Amy Bow Fascinator

John Lewis Amy Bow Fascinator

Federica Moretti Bow-Style Headband

Federica Moretti Bow-Style Headband

 

 

 

 

 

John Lewis Amy Bow Fascinator, johnlewis.com, $50.00

Federica Moretti Bow-Style Headband, modaoperandi.com, $65.00

 

 

 

 

For Coats, Dresses & Pants:

 

Calvin Klein Belt in Bazaar India

Calvin Klein Belt in Bazaar India

Penelope Cruz at the Oscars in 2014

Penelope Cruz at the Oscars in 2014

 

 

RED Valentino Belt in Bazaar UK

RED Valentino Belt in Bazaar UK

 

 

 

Kate Spade New York Skinny Bow Belt

Kate Spade New York Skinny Bow Belt

 

Kate Spade New York Skinny Bow Belt, couture.zappos.com, $78.00

 

 

 

The Wrap & Tie Belt:

 

Hermes Belt Vogue Italia

Hermes Belt Vogue Italia

 

 

 

Rose Byrne in Prabal Gurung

Rose Byrne in Prabal Gurung

 

 

 

Mango Studded Sash Belt

Mango Studded Sash Belt

 

Mango Studded Sash Belt, mango.com, $12.00

 

 

Cute and Flirty on Your Feet:

 

 

Black bows grace shoes in Elle Germany

Black bows grace shoes in Elle Germany

 

 

 

Black Bow Bootie in Elle Germany

Black Bow Bootie in Elle Germany

 

 

 

 

Isabel Marant Rilla Bow-Embellished Leather Ballet Flats

Isabel Marant Rilla Bow-Embellished Leather Ballet Flats

 

 

Isabel Marant Rilla Bow-Embellished Leather Ballet Flats, net-a-porter.com, $475.00

 

 

 

Kate Spade New York Michela Mesh & Patent Leather Bow Slides

Kate Spade New York Michela Mesh & Patent Leather Bow Slides

Love Moschino Heart Bow Jelly T-Strap Sandals

Love Moschino Heart Bow Jelly T-Strap Sandals

 

 

 

Kate Spade New York Michela Mesh & Patent Leather Bow Slides, saksfifthavenue.com, $328.00

Love Moschino Heart Bow Jelly T-Strap Sandals, saksfifthavenue.com, $165.00

 

 

The Saint Laurent Trend:

 

It started with Saint Laurent way back then.  And they oversized and jump-started the trend once-again!

 

YSL Autumn/Winter Collection 1966-67.  Photo Courtesy of: Vogue India

YSL Autumn/Winter Collection 1966-67. Photo Courtesy of: Vogue India

 

 

How to copy it today!

 

Lanvin Black Classic Silk Bow Tie

Lanvin Black Classic Silk Bow Tie

 

 

Lanvin Black Classic Silk Bow Tie, liberty.co.uk, £80.00

 

 

 

Silk Chiffon Saint Laurent Bows Vogue India

Silk Chiffon Saint Laurent Bows Vogue India

 

 

 

Chiffon Oversized Bow, Saint Laurent, Elle Germany

Chiffon Oversized Bow, Saint Laurent, Elle Germany

 

 

 

 

Saint Laurent Black Polka Dot Silk Bow Collar for Women

Saint Laurent Black Polka Dot Silk Bow Collar for Women

 

 

Saint Laurent Black Polka Dot Silk Bow Collar for Women, ssense.com, $390.00

 

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