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

 

 

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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