• 16th February 2013

Affecting, selfless, noble, the qualities of true heroes are always inspiring.  Let them shine with these cool, yet galvanizing tees that highlight courageous personas in the most fashionable way.


(These great shirts are shown on men, but they would look equally smashing on ladies)

Mahatma t-shirt

Mother Theresa tshirt

Martin Luther King

EAN 13 Collection short-sleeve t-shirt, manica/corta,  € 74,90


Mahatma Gandhi Change t-shirt



Mahatma Gandhi Change t-shirt, zazzle.com, $21.35


Freedom Fighters Lady Baby Doll Tee

Freedom Fighters Ladies Baby-doll Tee, artistictee.com, $19.99






Wear these shirts baggy and proudly with a fun, flouncy, colorful skirt such as…


Lanvin Woven Skirt


Lanvin Woven Skirt, barneys.com, $1,665.00


Shemar Skirt


Shemar Skirt, nanettelepore.com, $74.40



Black & Gold

  • 15th February 2013
Elle Italy

Photo Courtesy of Elle Italia

Elle Italy

Photo Courtesy of Elle Italia

Elle Italy

Photo Courtesy of Elle Italia




It’s not revolutionary, just timeless, elegant and at the moment everywhere! Black and gold couple and create a stir.  Here are a few pictures from around the world as well as a few pieces to make you think…


Vogue Australia Cover

Photo Courtesy of Vogue Australia

Vogue Australia

Photo Courtesy of Vogue Australia



Dolce & Gabbana Vogue AU

Photo Courtesy of Vogue Australia


Hugo Boss Black Wedgest

Photo Courtest of Vogue Australia

Boss Black Vogue Australia

Photo Courtesy of Vogue Australia


Lanvin & Gucci

Photo Courtesy of L’Officiel

Paris Vogue

Photo Courtesy of Paris Vogue




Calvin Klein Bag

Photo Courtesy of Marie Claire



Giulietta, barneys.com, $1720.00


Michael Kors

Michael Kors Embroidered Tunic Dress, neimanmarcus.com, $2975.00


Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe Tassel Necklace, shopbop.com, $650.00


Aida Kibur Collar Necklace

Adia Kibur Crystal Encrusted Collar, shopbop.com, $135.00



Aquazzura, Martini Goldtone Chain Leather & Suede Sandals, saksfifthavenue.com, $995.00 (available on pre-order)


Namrata Top, dvf.com, $186.00


Burberry Prossum Studded Leather Clutch

Burberry Prorsum Studded Leather Clutch, net-a-porter.com, $3,295.00



If You’re Heading to…Hong Kong

  • 15th February 2013

Spotlight:  Shanghai Tang

Founded in Hong Kong with the intention of reviving Chinese fashion of the 1920’s, Shanghai Tang has never been more fresh.  From home décor to children’s clothing it perfectly combines a classical Chinese flair with a modern touch.  If you are visiting Hong Kong, the flagship mansion is worth the trip, if not, you can access their online boutique.


 For the Home: 

Dragon Photo Frame Shanghai Tang
Porcelain Photo Frame Shanghai Tang


8R Dragon & Phoenix Wedding Photo Frame, shanghaitang.com, $189.00

4R Porcelain Collection Photo Frame, shanghaitang.com, $125.00


Lotus Square Jar with Lid Shanghai Tang
Empress Colour Decorative Tray Shanghai Tang



Lotus Square Jar with Lid, shanghaitang.com, $189.00

Empress Colour Decorative Tray, shanghaitang.com, $86.00


Lattice Candle Holder Shanghai Tang
Lattice Box in Lacquer Wood Shanghai Tang




Lattice Candle Holder, shanghaitang.com, $100.00

Lattice Box in Lacquer Wood, shanghaitang.com, $425.00



Double-Happiness Embroidered Cushion Cover
Double Happiness Embroidered Cushion Cover


Double Happiness Embroidered Cushion Cover, shanghaitang.com, $292.00


For You:



Shangri La Python Satchel



Shangri-La Python Satchel, shanghaitang.com, $2182.00



For the Girls:


Fancy Button Sweater Shanghai Tang
Save China's Tiger's Dress


Fancy Button Cardigan, shanghaitang.com, $122.00 (on sale! Hurry!)

Limited Edition Save China’s Tigers Sleeveless Dress, shanghaitang.com, $100.00



The flagship store, The Shanghai Tang Mansion, is located at:

1 Duddell Street in Central Hong Kong


Shanghai Tang Mansion


Their Manhattan address is:

600 Madison Avenue


Online Boutique:


De Bon Goût—In Good Taste

  • 15th February 2013


Five times in the past week alone I have been stopped and questioned about brussel sprout preparation.  Three times in the Farmer’s Market and twice in Whole Foods.  Thus it seems like a natural post.


Brussel Sprouts


If, like me, you’re attracted to their amazing hue—a splendidly royal purple during these winter months—feel confident and purchase them knowing that preparation is a cinch.



1.) Try to find baby sprouts as they are quicker to cut and cook.

2.) Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees

3.) Rinse thoroughly.  Select a few randomly and pull back the leaves for a bug check.  Like broccoli they can sometimes be absolutely infested with aphids.

4.) Slice in half, arrange in a baking tray.  Drizzle with olive oil, coarsely chopped garlic, generous salt and pepper

5.) Cook covered with foil for 10 minutes.  Uncover and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes until most have a ‘broiled’ brownish appearance


Prepared Brussels

Chaussures Brillantes

  • 14th February 2013

Agatha Ruiz De La Prada


Agatha Ruiz De La Prada Kids Fuschia, zappos.com, $63.99


Agatha Ruiz De La Prada

Agatha Ruiz De La Prada Toddler/Youth Silver, zappos.com, $77.99


Agatha Ruiz De La Prada

Agatha Ruiz De La Prada Navy, zappos.com, $63.99

Agatha Ruiz De La Prada

Agatha Ruiz De La Prada Purple, zappos.com, $100.99

Agatha Ruiz De La Prada


Agatha Ruiz De La Prada Brown, zappos.com, $60.00

Agatha Ruiz De La Prada


Agatha Ruiz De La Prada White, zappos.com, $59.99


Agatha Ruiz De La Prada

Agatha Ruiz De La Prada Sandals Fuschia, zappos.com, $26.99


Agatha Ruiz De La Prada


Vase Mercure

  • 14th February 2013

Mercury glass is uber-popular, very affordable and a great way to display colorful florals.

Because the glass is not completely transparent you can sneak in a few faux stems as well, one of our favorite tricks!  If the faux stem is extra long just bend it in a “U” shape.  The extra bit of branch which loops upward provides excellent support for more fragile flower stems like tulips to lean against.


Mercury glass, White faux orchids, Fresh flowers

Mercury glass, white faux orchids, fresh flowers


Mercury glass looks especially elegant with white faux orchids.  They blend in beautifully, add much needed dimension and of course, they are an investment to be re-used again and again.


Some of our favorite Mercury glass finds:


Mercury Glass Chalice Vase


Mercury Glass Chalice Vase, save-on-crafts.com, $13.99


Mercury City Vase Extra Skinny


Mercury City Vase Extra Skinny, WestElm.com, $9.00—$34.00


Etched Mini Mercury Vase Pottery Barn


Etched Mini Mercury Glass Vases, set of 3, potterybarn.com, $38.99 (on sale now!)


Silver Mercury Glass Vase Luna Bazaar


Silver Mercury Glass Vase, lunabazaar.com, $15.95


Mercury Glass Vases Pier 1


Mercury Glass Vases, pier1.com, $5.48


Delicate Floral Vase Ones King Lane


Delicate Floral Vase, onekingslane.com, $39.00


For good faux orchid stems please try: