Parting Words…

  • 15th May 2013

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

 

Emma Shortt

 

 

BonConseil

Three ‘It’ Pieces for Summer Fun

  • 14th May 2013

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

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

 

THE Shoe!

 

Burberry Prorsum Silver Python Wedges

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

 

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

 

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

Burberry Prorsum White Python Wedges

Photo Courtesy of: InStyle UK

 

 

Green and Gold Silk Burberry Prorsum Wedges

In Kelly Green & Lux Gold

 

 

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

 

Burberry Python Silver Wedges with Burberry Metallic Skirt

Looks sharp paired with the Burberry metallic skirt

 

 

THE Bag!

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

 

Anya Hindmarch Straw and Raffia clutch

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

 

 

 

Anya Hindmarch Straw Raffia Clutch

Photo Courtesy of: Elle UK

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Anya Hindmarch Woven Straw and Raffia Clutch with Shell Detailing

 

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

 

 

THE (short) Shorts!

 

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

 

 

 

D Squared shorts with chain detail

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue UK

 

These shorts were not easy to track down online!

 

D Squared shorts with chain detail

 

 

D Squared Shorts, thecorner.com, $1095.00

 

 

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

 

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

 

D Squared Mini Skirt, thecorner.com, $760.00

A Look to Lock-Away!

  • 11th May 2013

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

 

Shirtdress Vogue UK

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue UK

 

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

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

 

 

What you will need:

 

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

 

Combination #1

Dashina 4' Shirtdress
Colorblock Vest Boy by Band of Outsiders

Saint Laurent Bi-Color Cap-Toe Pump

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

Combination #2

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

Combination  #3

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belted Satin Shirtdress, forever21.com, $27.80

Vest, missioni.com, $410.00

Isabel Marant Elvis Leather Sandals, mytheresa.com

 

 

Parting Words…

  • 11th May 2013

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Voleur—Steal this Look

  • 10th May 2013
Hepburn with signature basket purse

Photo Courtesy of: Audrey in Rome

Hepburn with signature basket purse

Hepburn with signature basket purse

 

 

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

Audrey in Rome.

 

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Two-toned Square Basket Purse

Dolce & Gabbana Two-toned Square Basket Purse

 

 

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

Ermanno Scervino Double Handle Basket Bag

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Chloe Allison East West Perforated Tote

 

 

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

 

 

Chloe Baylee Medium Perforated Satchell

 

 

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

 

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

 

Chanel Medium Flap Bag in Woven Raffia

Chanel Medium Flap Bag in Woven Raffia

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

JADEtribe Fringed Basket Bag

 

JADEtribe Fringed Basket Bag, shopbop.com, $106.00

 

 

Tory Burch Lacquered Rattan Basket Bag

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

Miuccia Prada Straw Tote

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

 

 

 

Prada Straw Purse

 

 

Prada Straw Tote, neimanmarcus.com, $396.00

 

 

katherine-heigl-and-prada-straw-tote

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

 

 

giambattista_valli_big basket bag
giambattista_valli_ big basket purse

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

 

 

 

Kate Spade Summer House Purses

 

 

Kate Spade Summer House Sylvia & Robby

 

 

Audrey Hepburn in a basket hat

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

 

 

 

dolce&gabbana basket bag

 

Dolcegabbana.com

 

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

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Wicker & Raffia Bags

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

 

 

Dolcegabbana.com

 

A more modern fresh take

 

Palmgren's Colorful Rattan/Wicker Purses

 

Rattan Bags in different colors, palmgrens.se

 

Small Rattan Bag Palmgrens

 

Small Rattan Bag, palmgrens.se

 

Vintage Finds

 

Vintage finds are always available on line

 

Vintage Basket Purse
Vintage Basket Purse

 

 

Fresh New Crop From Kate Spade:

 

 

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

 

 

 

Vita Riva Wicker Car, Katespade.com, $398.00

 

 

Vita Limoni Large Luisa
Vita Limoni Large Luisa

 

 

 

Vita Limoni Large Luisa, Katespade.com, $348.00

 

 

Vita Riva Wicker Lemon
Grand Tour Wicker Camera

 

 

 

Vita Riva Wicker Lemon, katespade.com, $248.00

Grand Tour Wicker Camera, katespade.com, $298.00

De Bon Goût—In Good Taste

  • 9th May 2013

Tam Mak HoongThe Best Green Papaya Salad

 

Finished Green Papaya Salad

The finished Green Papaya salad ready to devour

Green Papaya Salad Ingredients

Green Papaya Salad Ingredients

 

 

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

 

Shopping for ingredients in the morning market Luang Prabang

Shopping for ingredients at the morning market in Luang Prabang

 

 

Ingredients:

 

2 cups green papaya, julienne

4 pcs, cherry tomatoes halved

4 pcs, Thai eggplant quartered

1 tsp sugar

1 tbs fish sauce

1 tbs lime juice

2 cloves garlic

3 pcs chili (optional)

2 tbs roasted peanuts

 

Instructions:

Peel the papaya.

 

Fresh Green Papaya for Salad

Fresh Green Papaya for Salad

Peeled with a traditional Lao shell peeler

Peeled with a traditional Lao shell peeler

Traditional Lao shell peelers

Traditional Lao shell peelers

 

 

 

Finely slice the papaya.

 

Papaya being sliced in a traditional style

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

Julienned papaya for the salad

Julienned papaya for the salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Smashing the eggplant for the dressing

Smashing the eggplant for the dressing

 

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

 

Smashing and mixing all of the ingredients

Smashing and mixing all of the ingredients

 

 

Enjoy!!!