Cheap & Chic

  • 4th February 2013
Indian Silk Bangle Set

Indian Silk Bangle Set


It’s hard to take your eyes off of these brilliantly colorful bangles from Indian Bazaar.

Silk Bangle Set, Indian Bazaar,, $45.00 (and no plane ticket required!)


Pair by day with:


White Ruffle Sassy Sarong
Pluie feather clip
Stila kitten lip gloss


Ruffle Sarong Long White,, $36.99

PLUIE, feather barrette,, $125.00

Stila Silk Shimmer Gloss in Kitten Shimmering Pale Pink,, $22.00


AND——A fabulous beach-side or pool-side restaurant



Pair by night with:

Bess Jumpsuit,, $228.00

Chloe Alice Small Satchel Bag Teal,, $1695.00

Diorshow Iconic Mascara in Deep Blue,, $28.50


AND——A lively gallery show


Black Jumpsuit Guess
Chloe Alice Bag in Teal
Diorshow mascara in navy


If You’re Heading to…Shanghai

  • 4th February 2013

Or, someone you know is, Chou Chou Chic is worth a stop! Any little girl in your life will thank you for their unique dresses and coats, but it is their playfully designed cheongsams that are a stand-out.  We only wish they made them in bigger sizes! 

Chou Chou Chic collage


Chou Chou Chic Collage


Shanghai Boutique Locations

CHOUCHOU CHIC Taikang road No.248 TaiKang Road,unit47(TianziFang) TEL:021-64150520

CHOUCHOU CHIC Changle Road No.162-8 Shanxi Nan Road(on Changle road) TEL:021-54035626

CHOUCHOU CHIC Ruijin Road No.77-4 Rui Jin Er Road,Shanghai TEL:021-53825328

CHOUCHOU CHIC Maoming Road No.131-1 Mao Ming Nan Road,Shanghai TEL:021-54652835

Chou Chou Chic Store
Chou Chou Chic Store
Chou Chou Chic Bag



Clothing is also available online if you are unable to get to Shanghai any time soon.  Pricing is all in Euros.


Chou Chou Chic cheongsam

Le Zig-Zag

  • 3rd February 2013

The inverted “V” chevron pattern is popular with everyone from the military to migrating birds.  Here are a few fresh takes on the design which is as old as Ancient Greece.

Chevron Clothes


1.) Chan Luu Chevron Sequin Mini Skirt,, $295.00

2.) Gorjana Chevron Tribal Earrings,, $65.00

3.) Current Elliott The Ankle Skinny Jeans,, $218.00

4. Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Chevron Sweater in Vita Multi,, $460.00

5.) Milly, Carina Chevron Sheath Dress,, $375.00

6.) Stella McCartney Chevron Mesh Sweater,, $880.00

7.) RHIÉ Chevron Stretch Pencil Skirt,, $350 (available on pre-order)

8.) Trina Turk Corinne Chevron Dress,, $268.00

9.) Wayuu Bracelet, Silvia Tcherassi,, $120.00

10.) High-waisted chevron shorts,, $19.80



Pour La Maison

 Chevron Decor Collage


1.) Chevron Banded Drum Shade,, $118.00-$128.00

2.) Blue ZigZar Tibor,, $185.00

3.) Chevron Picture Frames,, $28.00

4.) Mint Green Zig Zag Pillow,, $49.95

5.) Grey Chevron Pouf,, $116.00

6.)Chevron Patterned Knit Throw,, $195.00

7.) Chevron Mirror,, $379.00

8.) Threshold Chevron Shag Area Rug, 5’X7’,, $279.99


What I Love Today…

  • 3rd February 2013

My amazingly health conscious, Ashland-Oregon based friend has been turning up aces recently with a wide range of all-natural delicious treats.  Many of them are blog-worthy, but this 100% pure Maple Candy is in season right now and not for long.  A delicious dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, guilt-free gift for yourself or someone else.

Coombs Family Farms Maple Candy
Coombs Family Farms

De Bon Goût—In Good Taste

  • 2nd February 2013

On Robertson Blvd., in an area not even slightly reminiscent of Capri is the enchanting bakery for the Ivy, Dolce Isola.

The ambiance is classic shabby chic café/bistro, perfect for a lazy Saturday morning and the treats are far from ordinary.  While their gelato is suitably creamy and their croissants flaky and buttery what truly is worth the trip is the baguette and cheese crackers.

Serve the baguette at a dinner party and it will steal the show (trust us).  The inside is light as air, like cotton-candy and the outside crunchy, crisp and salty.  With the right cheese (Surfas is just minutes away), it’s heaven.  Tangy, sharp, a bit spicy and salty, their cheese biscuits are divinity.  They must be pre-ordered one day in advance so plan ahead suitably.

If you do not reside here in sunny Southern California, don’t fret.  We have a similar cheese biscuit recipe clipped from Bon Appetit (tried, tested, delicious and easy) and a tip on how to recreate the café ambiance at home.


Dolce Isola Los Angeles



Savory Parmesan Shortbread Rounds 

(recipe courtesy of Bon Appetit)—Serve with pre-dinner drinks and salumi platter—Makes 24


1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 1/2 ounces)

1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

1/2 small garlic clove, properly minced

Pinch of cayenne pepper

1 cup (2 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  Mix flour, 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, salt, garlic, and cayenne pepper in processor.  Add butter and, using on/off turns, process until dough begins to come together.  Gather dough into ball.  Divide dough in half.  Roll each half into 12-inch log, and cut each log into 1-inch pieces.  Roll each piece into a ball.  Arrange dough balls on prepared baking sheet, spacing about 1 1/2 inches apart.  Press each ball into 2-inch diameter round.  Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese over.

Bake shortbread rounds until tops are dry and bottoms are golden brown, about 20 minutes.  Transfer shortbread rounds to rack and cool completely.

Shortbread rounds can be made 1 week ahead.  Store rounds in airtight container at room temperature, or freeze up to 1 month.


Cheese crackers, Dolce Isola Los Angeles



Dolce Isola, 2869 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, 90034


8am – 4pm, Monday through Friday
8am – 3pm, Saturday
Closed Sunday


Voleur: Steal this Look

  • 2nd February 2013

Dolce Isola Bakery Los Angeles

Dolce Isola Bakery

Recreate the Euro-chic café look at Dolce Isola with simple unframed artwork, brightly-hued bistro chairs, generous bunches of multi-colored flowers and over-sized blue & white vases.




1.) Fermob Bistro Metal Chair,, $198.00

2.) Happiness Pots,, $239.00

3.) Chinese Lidded Jar Floral Garden,, $89.00

4.) Altered Ego Chair, Spindles,, $348.00

5.) Red Geraniums print,, $159.00

6.) Poupée Porcelaine,, $948.00