à la Mod, Part Deux

  • 18th April 2013

Styling references to the ’60s dominate spring fashion, so we’ll take a quick look at the how to’s in hair, and ways to ‘mod-ify’ any outfit with prime accessories.


HairThe sexy, tousled bouffant

60s hair how to

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia

60s hair how to

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Australia


The first step is always a good volumizing spritz to the hair roots.

Use an oversized round brush to blow-dry hair big and voluminous.

Center-part hair.

Divide the hair on the crown of head into three equal sections.  Two front sections (see picture above) and one back section.

For the back section, use 2-3 inch pieces turn-by-turn and back-comb with a fine-toothed comb.

Using your fingers to gently tousle, pull back the back-combed sections together midway down your head and cinch.  This should have created a little uplift at the crown.   Tease the two front sections to add a touch of volume.  Keep the center part, or arrange as a dramatic side-part. Cinch the two front sections in the back as well and voila!


The Shoesa touch of white


Vogue White Boots

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue


There are lots of interpretations of the perfect white boot this spring.  But, Jil Sander’s comes up on top!


Jill Sander Half Boots in White/Black


Jil Sander Leather Half Boots in White/Beige or White/Blackstylebop.com, $1270.00


jill Sander White Boots

Photo Courtesy of: Harper’s Bazaar



Jil Sander Leather Boots



Jil Sander Leather Bootsmytheresea.com, € 895.00


Jill Sander Leather Calf Boot

Jil Sander Leather Calf Boots, net-a-porter.com, $1250.00


White Boots

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue



Stuart Weitzman Cuffy White Sandal

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue



Cuffy Sandal, Stuartweitzman.com, $335.00


Cuffy Sandal Stuart Weitzman





Last LookKey Accessories



Mod Colorful Sunglasses Dolce & Gabbana




Etnia Barcelona X Araki Sunglasses
Etnia Barcelona X Araki Sunglasses


 Etnia Barcelona X Araki Sunglasses, colette.fr, $210.13


Dolce & Gabbana Mod Sunglasses





Black Resin Bangle Wallis UK
Cream Resin Bangle Wallis UK


Black (cream) resin bangle, wallis.co.uk, £5.95


Bonnie Jonas Stud Earrings
Moschino Gloria Mini Briefcase Bag


Bonnie Jonas Stud Earrings,nordstrom.com, $8.00

Moschino Gloria Mini Briefcase Bag, farfetch.com, $1894.65

De Bon Goût—In Good Taste

  • 17th April 2013

How many ways can you use bananas and the bounty of the banana tree?


Banana Tree

Banana tree in Ban Xieng Men, Laos

Banana Tree

Banana tree off of the lane in Ban Xieng Men, Laos






In Laos the banana flower is cut up and used in traditional salads, the leaves are used to steam food like fish, often as decorative plates for meals and in traditional floral décor and offerings.


Banana Flower

Banana Flowers for sale in the morning market in Luang Prabang

Banana Leaf Plate

Banana Leaf Plate

Banana Leaf Floral Offerings

Floral Offerings


Experiencing all the unexpected ways they use bananas in Laos inspired us to dig-up this surprising and delicious beloved banana cake recipe.  Similar to the above, it is an unexpected role for bananas in that they are center-stage in an upside down cake—nudging pineapple right out of the spotlight!




Caramel-Walnut Banana Upside Down Cake

Caramel-Walnut Banana Upside Down Cake. Photo Courtesy of: Bon Appetit



Caramel-Walnut Upside-Down Banana Cake 

(Recipe from Bon Appetit, March, 2008)




  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons dark corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup walnut halves or pieces


  • 1 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (2 to 3 large)
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream



  • Spray 8-inch round cake pan with 2-inch-high sides with nonstick spray. (We substitute a 9″ cake pan here) Bring butter, sugar, and corn syrup to boil in medium saucepan, stirring constantly until butter melts. Boil syrup 1 minute. Stir in nuts. Spread topping in prepared pan. Let topping cool completely.


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Sift first 4 ingredients into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter and both sugars in large bowl until blended. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, then mashed bananas, sour cream, rum, and vanilla. Beat in dry ingredients in 2 additions just until combined. Spoon batter into pan.
  • Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Cool 15 minutes. Cut around cake. Place platter over pan. Holding pan and platter together, turn over. Let stand 5 minutes, then gently lift off pan. Cool at least 15 minutes for topping to set. Serve warm or at room temperature with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Parting Words…

  • 17th April 2013

Mother Teresa said that in India, a woman dying in the street will share her banana with anyone who needs it, whereas in America, people amass and hoard as many bananas as they can to sell for an exorbitant profit. So half of them go bad, anyway.


Anne Lamott



à la Mod, Part One

  • 16th April 2013

Maybe it’s in homage to Mad Men starting up again, maybe it’s the release of Audrey in Rome, whatever the inspiration….if you loved the mod ’60’s look, now’s your time to really work it!


Wool Skirt, MIchael Kors

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire

Cotton Dress Moschino

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire


Michael Kors Optic Check Miniskirt, bergdorfgoodman.com, $595.00

Moschino 3/4 Length Dress, moschinoboutique.com, $1895.00


Two options easier on the bank…..


Jacquard Mod Skirt Forever 21
Colorblocked Shift Dress Forever 21




 Jacquard Mod Skirt, forever21.com, $8.99

Colorblock Shift Dress, forever21.com, $25.00


The Louis Vuitton Mod Romper


Louis Vuitton Mod Romper

Kristen Stewart Louis Vuitton Jumpsuit

Photo Courtesy of: L’Officiel Thailand



Other ways to do mod black & white….


Kate Spade Checked Black & White Skirt

Kate Spade, Photo Courtesy of L’Officiel Thailand

Marc Jacobs Black & White Jumpsuit

Marc Jacobs, Photo Courtesy of Marie Claire


Paired with a print or a solid color, this skirt is super flattering and packs a punch!


Marni Checkered Skirt
Marni Checkered Skirt


Marni skirt, marni.com, $760.00


Mod + Glam = a stylish, sexy look


Emilio Pucci Bicolor Stretch Wool Dress


Emilio Pucci Bicolor Stretch Wool Dress, nordstrom.com, $2590.00 (available on pre-order)



Beyond Black & White



Candy Colored Moschino

Photo Courtesy of: Elle Thailand


Mod Styles with a pop of color


Michael Kors Circle Pocket Mini




1.) Michael Kors Circle Pocket Mini, saksfifthavenue.com

2.) RED Valentino Ruffle Sleeve Shift Dress, neimanmarcus.com, $595.00

3.) Moschino Piped Tank Dress, shopbop.com, $1495.00

4.) London Times Dress, macys.com, $79.00



Cutest Kids Last Look


Zoe Colorblock Mod Shift Dress


Zoe Colorblock Mod Shift Dress, neimanmarcus.com, $130.00



Stick it to them

  • 15th April 2013
Lanvin Cravate Pin

Lanvin Cravat Pin. Photo Courtesy of: DuJour Magazine

Kidd Lilavivat Pins

Kidd Lilavivat Stick Pins



Cravat pin, lapel pin, stick pin, whatever you call them, they’re a uni-sex stye that’s fabulous and incredibly on trend!



A whole array awaits at the Lanvin boutique.

A whole array awaits at the Lanvin boutique.




Sonia Rykiel Stick Pin
Marni Wooden Stick Pin Brooch


Sonia Rykiel Smoked Crystal Brooch, forzieri.com, $83.00

Marni Wooden Bird Brooch, modaoperandi.com, $450.00


Prada Plexiglass Pin


Prada Plexiglass Brooch, prada.com, $375.00


Lanvin Cravate Pin


Lanvin Cravate Rose Pin, barneys.com, $165.00



With Lanvin and Prada both creating elegant versions of this accessory you know it’s time to go all out dapper and invest in one!



Seahorse Acne Pin
Starfish Acne Pin
Turtle Acne Pin




Acne Unisex lapel pin, farfetch.com, $51.07



For a large selection of antique stick pins ranging in price from $25.00 to well into the thousands of dollars, please visit rubylane.com and enter search “stick pin”


Rubylane Stick Pin
Rubylane Stick Pin
Rubylane Stick Pin



Last Look—A More Modern Approach


Photo Courtesy of:  Vogue Italy

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Italy



Soke Dee Pi Mai!

  • 14th April 2013


Happy Lao New Year



Happy Lao New Year!


In celebration of Lao New Year from April 14-16, we are so pleased to share a recipe for this favorite Laotian breakfast, which is delicious for lunch or dinner as well!



Fer Broth

Fer Broth served at the Amantaka



Fer Broth (Recipe provided by the Amantaka in Luang Prabang, Laos)



2 cups chicken stock

50 grams of chicken raw

2 pcs sliced ginger or galangal root


Organic Farm Luang Prabang

Organic Farm in Luang Prabang

Organic Herbs

Organic herbs







Soy sauce

Fish Sauce

Oyster Sauce

Lime Wedges



70 Grams rice noodles

Bean sprouts

Diced Tomato

Sliced Spring Onion

Chopped Corriander

Fried Garlic



Noodles for sale

Fresh noodles for sale in the market of Luang Prabang


For the Broth:

Put the chicken stock, meat, ginger/galangal in a pot and bring it to a boil.  Once boiling turn down the heat to a very low simmer and let cook until the meat is cooked through.  Season to taste with the soy sauce, fish sauce, and oyster sauce and lime wedges.


In a bowl, add your rice noodles and however much garnish you would like except for the fried garlic.


Once all of your garnish is in the bowl, add the broth and serve with a selection of chopped chili, lime wedges, soy sauce, lettuce, watercress, long beans, mint or basil, fresh cilantro on the side.


Then sprinkle with chopped fried garlic.


Butterflies congregating

Butterflies congregating in the organic farm




  • 14th April 2013

Ethereal Lace Pants 


Versace Lace Pants

Versace. Photo Courtesy of: L’Officiel Thailand



Lace pants are gracing the legs of the jet-set crowd the world-over.




Lace Pants

Photo Courtesy of: Elle Thailand

Roberto Cavalli Lace Pants

Roberto Cavalli. Photo Courtesy of: L’Officiel Paris


Possible Inspiration


Royal Mansour Hotel, Marrakech

Royal Mansour Hotel, Marrakech. Photo Courtesy of: L’Officiel Paris


Ways to Wear it…


Miller Crop Lace Pants Club Monaco


Miller Crop Lace Pants in Mint and Navy, clubmonaco.com, $198.50


Sonia Rykiel Cropped Lace Pants

Sonia Rykiel Cropped Lace Pants, shopbop.com, $1695.00



Last Look!


Lace Pants

Photo Courtesy of: Marie Claire