Books

Pour les Jeunes Filles

  • 7th March 2013

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

 

The Care & Keeping of You

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

 

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

 

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

 

The Care & Keeping of You American Girl

 

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

 

Care & Keeping of You

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

 

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

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

—Getting gum out of your hair with peanut butter

—Post pool ear treatments

—Don’t forget to brush your tongue!

 

The Care & Keeping of You

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

The Care & Keeping of You

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Calling the Fowl

  • 3rd March 2013

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

 

 

Pull Pampana Paul and Joe

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

J Crew Silk Minaudiere in Hummingbird Floral

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

Chloé Bird Print Tee

 

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

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

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

 

Asos Kissing Birds Across Body

 

 

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

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

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

 

Crewcuts Bird Song Dress

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

Marni Bird Pendant Necklace with Ribbon

 

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

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

 

 

 

Peacock Hooked Wool Rug Garnet Hill

Peacock Hooked Wool Rug Garnet Hill

 

 

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

What I Love Today…

  • 1st March 2013

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

 

Homemade Lilikoi Syrup

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

 

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

 

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

 

Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit Flower

Passion Fruit Flower

 

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

 

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

 

Passion Fruit Syrup Maui Jelly Factory

 

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

 

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

 

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

1 cup flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoons salt

1 egg

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

2 tablespoons butter, melted and slightly cooled

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

The New York Times Cook Book

 

Snapshots of a Vanishing World

  • 13th February 2013

Anyone who is interested in anything related to humankind will find this book fascinating.

 

Tribes of the Great Rift Valley

Photo Courtesy of:
Tribes of the Great Rift Valley

Tribes of the Great Rift Valley

Photo Courtesy of: Tribes of the Great Rift Valley

 

 

Excerpt from the dust jacket:

Tribes of the Great Rift Valley, likely to be the last ethnographic tome of its genre, is the epic photographic record of African heritage in the remote environs of the Great Rift Valley, a region recognized by scientists as the birthplace of humankind.  All people share an ancestral link to this unique geography where the fossil remains of four million years of human history lay scattered across 3,500 miles of territory stretching from Eritrea to Mozambique, revealing the story of our evolution on earth.

 

Tribes of the Great Rift Valley

Tribes of the Great Rift Valley, Elizabeth L. Gilbert

 

 

Tribes of the Great Rift Valley, amazon.com, $75.00

des Animaux

  • 6th February 2013

Who says animal themes only work for young children’s birthdays?  Here are a few ways to create an evening soirée with a subtle, chic safari theme.

 

Start with the perfect cocktail dress:

 

Issa Zebra Print Silk Dress
Issa Zebra Print Silk Dress

 

Differing from the usual cat-spots, this fresh, swoopy, silky Issa dress sports a striped zebra/tiger motif.  It’s super flattering and comfortable.

Issa Zebra-Print Silk Dress, net-a-porter.com, $550

 

OR,

try a Safari inspired canvas skirt with great hard-ware, accented by bright orange booties

 

Leather Trimmed Skirt

Leather-trimmed Galston Skirt, ralphlauren.com, $298.00

Penelope Suede Oxford Bootie, in orange, ralphlauren.com, $695.00

 

Papier-mâché wall art is absolutely prize-winning

Papier Mache West Elm
Papier Mache West Elm

 

 

 

 

 

Papier-mâché Animal Sculptures, west-elm.com, $99.00-$199.00

 

 

Crested Crane Bust

Crested Crane Bust

Crested Crane Bust, anthropologie.com, $198.00

 

 

A coffee table book featuring the most majestic creatures

 

On This Earth, A Shadow Falls

 

Photo Courtesy of: A Shadow Falls, Nick Brandt

Photo Courtesy of: A Shadow Falls, Nick Brandt

 

On this Earth, A Shadow Falls by Nick Brandt, barnesandnoble.com, $96.38

 

Photo Courtesy of: A Shadow Falls, Nick Brandt

Photo Courtesy of: A Shadow Falls, Nick Brandt

Photo Courtesy of: A Shadow Falls, Nick Brandt

Photo Courtesy of: A Shadow Falls, Nick Brandt

Photo Courtesy of: A Shadow Falls, Nick Brandt

Photo Courtesy of: A Shadow Falls, Nick Brandt



 

Photo Courtesy of: A Shadow Falls, by Nick Brandt

Photo Courtesy of: A Shadow Falls, by Nick Brandt

Photo Courtesy of: A Shadow Falls, by Nick Brandt

Photo Courtesy of: A Shadow Falls, by Nick Brandt

Themed dinnerware provides the perfect accent

 

Jurliska Bamboo Dinnerware

 

Juliska Bamboo Natural Dinnerware, www.gearys.com, $22.00—$198.00

Le Tigre Dinnerplate Anthropologie

 

Le Tigre dinner plate, anthropologie.com, $24.00

 

Elephant Dinner Plate

Elephant Dinner Plate, www.zazzle.com, $28.10

 

Mikasa Animal Print Plates

Mikasa Black/Platinum Animal Print Plates, amazon.com, $39.99

 

Please Pre-Order!

  • 24th January 2013

A fresh look at the Funny Face girl is very hard to find…but, come April you will want this book!  It’s a great gift idea for your favorite fashionista as well!  Audrey in Rome, will be released April 2, 2013 and is available for pre-order now.  This feast for the eyes, prepared by Luca Dotti, is positioned to be a true Roman Holiday!

Audrey in Rome

Audrey in Rome, Amazon.com, $19.39 in hardcover

 

 

 

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Sky-rocketing to the top of the list for this season’s must-have heels is this shining pair of pumps.  They are crisp and modern and perfectly capture TWO huge spring trends—metallic and clear panels (see below).  This shoe will go!  Available for pre-order from Bergdorf Goodman, they will not be around for long.  Expected to ship in early April, just in time for sleek pencil skirts and a crisp blazer.

Manolo Blahnik Pacha PVC Pump in Silver, Bergdorf Goodman, $645.00

 

Photo courtesy of Harper's Bazaar

Photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar

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