Parting Words

  • 30th January 2013

Never look back, except for an occasional glance, look ahead and plan for the future. Success is not built on past laurels, but rather on continuous activity. Keep busy searching out new ideas and, experimentally, keep ahead of the times, or at least up with them.

 

Dorothy Draper

 

Des Yeux de Chat

  • 29th January 2013

Cat-eyes are creeping up everywhere from the most glamorous runway shows to city sidewalks.  This trend featuring the feline seems to spring up in the Mediterranean (think Cleopatra, Sophia Loren…), so naturally, we have turned there to bring you the most beautiful inspiration.  (Photos courtesy Vogue Italia)

Cat Eyes Italian Vogue

Photo Courtesy: Vogue Italia

 

 

 

Cat Eyes Italian Vogue

Photo Courtesy: Vogue Italia

 

 

 

 

Cat Eyes Italian Vogue

Photo Courtesy: Vogue Italia

 

How to recreate this dramatic effect?

We recommend a trio of:

3-Coleurs Glow Luminous Graphic Eye Palette Eyeshadow in Nude, Dior, $48.00

The Khol Pencil Intense Khol Eye Crayon, Dolce & Gabbana in jet black, $29.00

Yves Saint Laurent Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils Shocking in deep black, $30.00

All available at Sephora.com

sephora eye makeup

 

Couple these with a steady hand and you have the look mastered!

If you’re going all out with the eyes, why not top it off with this sleek, feminine, yet ultra bold clutch available now for pre-order? So gorgeous, so Italian!

 

Gucci Bright Bit Python Clutch

Gucci Bright Bit Python Clutch, saksfifthavenue.com, $2300.00 (available on pre-order now)

 

 

 

 

Cheap & Chic

  • 29th January 2013

Since it first became popular via a play in 1882, the fedora, has glided in and out of fashion.  In our mind, the most iconic fedora image is not from Indiana Jones (sorry Harrison Ford!).

Jane March Fedora

 

 

It clearly comes by way of Jane March in the early ‘90s cult classic, L’Amant (The Lover).

loverposter

 

Luckily for us, Forever21 offers up two perfect ways to effortlessly re-create March’s charm in under $15.00!

 

Forever21 Woven Pleated Fedora, $12.80

Forever21 Metallic-Woven Fedora, $10.80

 

fedora
White Fedora Forever 21

 

 

What I Love Today…

  • 29th January 2013

Whether you are throwing a Valentine’s dinner that’s heavy on romance or that toasts the spirit of love bonding your girl friends, Olive and Cocoa has a centerpiece we’re convinced belongs center stage on the table.  It’s modern, earthy and uses traditional roses (red or pink) in a singular display.

 

Le Coeur Olive and Cocoa

Le Coeur, www.oliveandcocoa.com, $98.00

Mark Your Calendar for Love

  • 28th January 2013

Prabal Gurung & Target’s design collaboration debut’s on February 10 and his central inspiration:  L’Amour! (with wearable creations from first-crush to the alter).

Flipping through their LookBook, we’ve highlighted the most glamorous.

Prabal Gurung Target

Clothing ranges in price from $19.99 to $199.99

Accessories and shoes, $12.99 to $39.99

Available in-store and at Target.com

De Bon Goût—In Good Taste

  • 28th January 2013

Totally unrelated to its alcoholic counterpart, Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste originates from Madagascar and is named for the islands off of its coast.  Deliciously smooth and decadent it masterfully replaces any call for “essence” or “extract” in a recipe and adds a gourmet look, remarkable scent and unparalleled taste to baked goods. Made by Nielsen Massey it is available at igourmet.com

 Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste

Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste, igourmet.com, $12.99

Try it in these rich, soft sugar cookies which garner a request for the recipe wherever they are served (seriously!) 

(Recipe courtesy of, “The Gourmet Cookbook,” edited by Ruth Reichl available on Amazon.com, $26.40)

Sugar Cookies (Page 669)

1 cup granulated sugar, plus additional for shaping and sprinkling on cookies

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

1 cup vegetable oil (may seem odd at first, but keeps the cookies super moist)

1 large eggs, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (Here’s where we substitute with vanilla bean paste)

1 1/4 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cream of tartar

4 cups all-purpose flour

Put a rack in the middle of oven and preheat oven to 375 F.  Whisk together granulated sugar and confectioner’s sugar in a large bowl.  Whisk in oil, eggs, vanilla, salt, baking soda, and cream of tartar until combined.  Add flour and stir until a dough forms; dough will be dry and slightly crumbly.  (It’s quite dry and crumbly.  Keep patting it together and have faith)

Form level tablespoons of dough into balls and arrange about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten balls with bottom of a glass dipped in granulated sugar (edges of cookies will crack), then sprinkle cookies with sugar.

Bake cookies in batches until set but still pale for chewy cookies, about 8 minutes per batch, or until pale golden for crisp cookies, about 10 minutes per batch.  Transfer to racks to cool.

Perfect for Valentine’s Day heart cookies and Easter egg cookies!!

Indian Express

  • 27th January 2013

Spotlight:  Ritu Kumar

These two dresses, which started out as kurtis were purchased in Mumbai with the Screen Actor’s Guild After Party in mind.  An intoxication with all things Indian has never waned since colonial times, and now it is easier than ever to access the most lavish Indian designs from coveted labels without packing any bags.

Ritu Kumar Dress
Ritu Kumar Dress

 

 

 

Ritu Kumar is a leading Indian fashion designer, based in Delhi but her universal designs are available at boutiques worldwide and online.  Patronized by such style icons as Princess Diana, Jemima Khan and many Miss Indias her unique creations will set you apart elegantly at any event, black-tie or cocktail casual.    Find more beautiful designs a ritukumar.com

Ritu Kumar Collage

 

Style Tip 1:

Look for lavishly decorated bridal kurtis and ask your favorite tailor to make them into a dress.  The aqua and burgundy dresses below began as kurtis as well.  The dupatta doubles as a gorgeous gauzy wrap.

Ritu Kumar Magenta
Ritu Kumar Dress

 

Style Tip 2:

Invest the time in locating an expert tailor in your city of residence.  Any kurti can be made into a gorgeous gown with a few snips and tucks here and there.  If you are a lucky Los Angeles resident, we recommend:

Paul’s Tailoring

9417 W. Pico Boulevard, 1/2 block east of Beverly Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90035

310-552-1624

(He did the above dresses beautifully and quite economically)