Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ralph Lauren Fall/Winter 2010... from sketches to the runway

 I get daily email updates from a fashion site called Trendland. Yesterday I saw these pictures from photographer  Nathan Copan and just had to share them. I love how he gave us a story in pictures of the Fall/Winter 2010 Ralph Lauren Collection. We can see everything from the first sketches to the runway!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Mini-Break to the Countryside

I watched Bridget Jones Diary this weekend and was inspired by the English countryside. Although i've never been it seems like the perfect place for a relaxing vacation.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Inspiration: Fall Fashion

(3.1 Phillip Lim: Trousers)

(Proenza Schouler: Graffiti)

(Badgley Mischka: gemstone clusters)

Fall’s silhouettes may represent the classic simplicity of a recessionary era but the embellished details and luxe fabrics rise to the surface like the phoenix. A few of the most noticeable looks on the runway… Graffiti print skinny jeans by Jbrand, woven jacquard baby-doll minidresses at Proenza Schouler, Mongolian lamb trim at Vera Wang, animal print and silk trousers at 3.1 Phillip Lim, feathered tunics at Tory Burch, cinnamon alpaca at Oscar de la Renta and a breathtaking liquid silver gown at Marchesa…

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

If I could choose any day to hop on a plane to NYC it would definitely be today. I love New York, but New York during fashion week is a million times better. Today's fashion week line-up: Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Milly, just to name a few. The looks reported so far? Coyote vests at Michael Kors and sequins at Tory Burch, I can't wait to hear what else shows up on the runways!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Letters to friends

We are constantly flooded with emails, tweets, texts, facebook messages, etc. but letters? Now that would be a rare occurrence. I saw this cute stationery from Kate Spade and it inspired to start writing letters again. You wouldn't believe how much a letter can make someone's day!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Tramonti: Toscana

(Sunset over a vineyard in Tuscany)
(The centuries-old aging cellar at Castello di Verrazzono winery)

(The entrance to Amedei chocolate factory)
This Valentine’s weekend, celebrate the Amore that a sunset in Tuscany has to offer. Pick up a red Vespa (the Vespa factory is located in Tuscany) and cruise over to the Chianti Region for wine tasting.  Visit Castello di Verrazzano winery; producing wine since 1170, this family is also famous for one of its members, Giovanni Verrazzano, who discovered New York.  Before the sun sets, try Amedei chocolate, from a local chocolate maker who is said to produce some of the best chocolate in the world from cacao found in Chuao, Venezuela.
Taste Italy in your own home this weekend by making a pizza! The recipe is easy and fun to make with a group of people or with a date:

       Pizza Dough: trust me, it’s a lot easier to buy it
·              Central Market’s café to go section sells pizza dough at a very reasonable price, just tell them how        
             many people you are trying to feed and they will tell you how much dough you need
·                       Pillsbury also sells pizza dough and it’s available at almost any grocery store

        Other: Flour
                       Pizza Ingredients: this is where you can be creative and add whatever you want!
·                     Tomato Sauce (I generally use a pasta marinara like Classico’s Tomato Basil, if I’m using sauce) you    
            can also supplement the sauce with Olive Oil if you want a lighter pizza
·                    Mozzarella, gorgonzola, or any cheese you prefer (I usually mix both of these)
·                     Parmesan (to shred on top later)
      Topping suggestions:
·                     Caramelized Onions
·                     Sundried tomatoes
·                   Cherry tomatoes
·                    Sautéed Mushrooms
·                    Italian sausage, cooked ahead
·                   Pepperonis
·                   Bell peppers
·                   Basil

     PREPARING THE PIZZA: Directions are for Central Market pizza dough. For Pillsbury dough,  
     directions can be found on the package.
      Preheat oven to 375 or whatever the back of the pizza dough package says

1.               1.  Prepare the countertop and a rolling pin with a sprinkling of flour
2.               2.  Place dough on the floured surface and use the rolling pin to roll the dough into desired thickness  
                and shape.
3.               3.  Transfer dough onto a flat baking sheet or pizza stone.
4.               4. Spread desired amount of tomato sauce onto the surface of the dough. If you are using olive oil,
              drizzle desired amount on top.
5.              5.  Sprinkle the mozzarella or whatever cheese your prefer on top (if you want to use cheese).
6.              6.  Add the toppings you desire and create any type of pizza you want!

    Baking Instructions:
      Place pizza in pre-heated oven and cook for 13-17 minutes

  When the pizza is ready, allow to cool for a few minutes then slice and enjoy!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Valentine's inspiration: Shades of Pink

(Chanel Spring 2010)
Whether we want to celebrate it or not, Valentine's day is just around the corner. If anything this holiday should be an excuse for girls to be girls. So make pink cupcakes (the more sprinkles the better), paint your nails with Tendresse, Chanel's perfectly pink polish, and find something feminine to wear!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Let's stay in the Ice Hotel before it melts

Once you land at Kiruna Airport in Sweden you are given warm clothes and whisked off by dog sled to this architectural masterpiece that melts every spring and is rebuilt in stages every winter. When you stay at the Ice Hotel enjoy watching the northern lights or spend time at the ICE Bar. Don't worry about missing church because there is one built into the hotel. At night, sleep in thermal blankets on blocks of ice covered in deerskin and wake up to a cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside. All that to say, the vacation may not be the warmest one you've ever been on but it's definitely one to remember.  

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


January 2010 W Magazine

I will admit the last time I wore a denim shirt was in the mid-90’s and in the form of a button-up collared vest that I tucked into my denim jorts and paired with white Keds (which was practically my daily uniform). Hopefully that trend is buried with the other fashion faux pas of the past but I really do love the classic look of a denim shirt.  Ashley Olson wore one a few years back and the look was all over Spring 2010’s runways ranging from Ralph Lauren to Louis Vuitton. I think this chambray shirt from jcrew paired leggings may become my new (and improved) denim uniform.

Monday, February 8, 2010

A door to look forward to

(Domino Magazine)
Going outside on a cold winter day is no easy task.  Before stepping outside you have to somehow convince yourself there is a reason you are leaving your warm house with the cozy fire behind. Well I thought about it and if the door is inviting, I think leaving the house will be a lot easier. I just love the idea of painting the front door an inviting color, like turquoise. The color reminds me of summer days and the Caribbean Sea. Now if the door could just magically open up to reveal a sandy beach…

Friday, February 5, 2010

Tramonti: Barcelona

(Sunset over La Marina in Barcelona, Spain)

In Barcelona, become a part of history by stepping into Gaudi's ongoing masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia. Walk along the cobblestone streets of Carrer Moncada to the Picasso museum housed within five Gothic palaces. At sunset, enjoy the delicious paella and sangria in one of the local eateries overlooking La Marina.  

Try this recipe for a little sangria with your sunset: 
1/2 cup brandy
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup frozen lemonade concentrate
1/3 cup orange juice
1 bottle red wine (a merlot or cabernet is good and the cheaper, the better)
1/2 cup triple sec
1 lemon, sliced into rounds
1 orange, sliced into rounds
1 lime, sliced into rounds
1/4 cup white sugar (optional)
a few maraschino cherries
2 cups carbonated water (optional, but I usually use champagne instead for added sweetness)

In a large pitcher or bowl, mix together the brandy, lemon juice, lemonade concentrate, orange juice, red wine, triple sec, and sugar. Float slices of lemon, orange and lime, and maraschino cherries in the mixture. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor (but you don't have to). To make it a little more fizzy, add the club soda (or champagne) just before serving. 

Let me know how it turns out, I think I might make this for the Super Bowl!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Inspiration: silver and white

(Prada spring/summer 2010)

(Versace Spring/Summer 2010)

(Gucci Spring/Summer 2010)

It's the details that make an outfit and these pieces just make me happy! 

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Let's Escape to South America

(Chanel 2010 Spring/Summer Campaign)

(Gauchos riding on Isla Victoria, Argentine Patagonia, Conde Nast February 2006)
(The Vineyard at Patios de Cafayate Hotel & Spa)
Argentina has it all: cosmopolitan cities, gorgeous waterfalls, incredible hotels, a bustling nightlife and the location of Chanel's 2010 spring/summer ad campaign, what more could you ask for?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sunny Days Ahead

(Tory Burch)

I thought these sunglasses were very Jackie O, I tried them on last weekend at Neiman's and didn't want to take them off. Of course, I love everything Tory Burch.

Monday, February 1, 2010

A closet to dream about

(From the January/February 2007 issue of Hollywood Life)
A couple of years ago I read an article about organizing your closet (which is something I will admit I never knew how to do) and the article said that you should make your closet look like a boutique, or a boutique that you would own if you had one. My closet is definitely not big enough to even be considered a small dressing room in a boutique but I wanted to try and dress it up a little bit. It took me a few hours but it actually kind of looks like a tiny little bitty boutique when you look at it from far away and every morning when I look at it I feel just a little bit happier. You should try it!