Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Whenever I'm "in a mood" the only thing that really cheers me up is my furson Henri Xavier- a French Bulldog of two years.. So to give everyone a mid week smile I decided to post a montage of Henri photos. Don't worry I won't be one of those crazy dog ladies that do this every week!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

French actress Clemence Poesy has been a style icon of mine for a very long time..
Being that she is french, she always looks effortlessly put together with an amazing head of perfectly mussed hair.
Her choices are always simple , feminine,  well tailored silhouettes in great colors and fabrics.
She always looks dangerously sexy , yet very mysterious. Below are a couple of my favorite Clemence looks...
The perfect casual yet feminine look

Can we please talk about the hair? So pretty and tousled while still looking brushed!
In French Vogue.. loooooving the stripes with the polka dot tights!
In crisp all black and Chloe sunglasses
Love the mix of fabric and textures with amazing shoes
All black and the perfect little cherry red dress

Simple and stunningly angelic in white

Monday, March 28, 2011

For as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with peacock feathers.
The colors are so rich and gorgeous and they even have an iridescent sheen.
I even found some peacock feathers at the Rose Bowl and clustered them into a stained glass vase I have for decoration (see below)
Whenever I can find something that has a peacock print or is in that rich gorgeous peacock blue/ teal I immediately snap it up. See below some peacock inspired looks I am lusting after..

Free People

Laundry by Shelli Segal


Peacock decor by moi

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Pennette w/ Broccoli Rabe and Chicken Sausage

I love to cook, so every Sunday I try to make a more substantial supper that will give me some tasty leftovers for the beginning of the week.
This Sunday was cold and rainy so I wanted to do something a bit heartier...
This recipe is based on a dish at Mario Batali's Osterio Mozza.
I tweaked the recipe a little to make it a little healthier (Ex: chicken sausage instead of pork sausage) and subsituted for a things I could not find at the regular grocery (Ex :Orriechiette pasta).
All in all, it  still reflects what I love so much about Mario's rustic italian cuisine.

1 bunch rapini (broccoli rabe) thick stem bottoms chopped off
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup of finely chopped Spanish onion
3 cloves garlic, minced ( adjust as you see fit- I used to close to 5 as I love garlic!)
1/2 tsp sea salt (I like French grey sea salt)
12 ounces chicken sausage, casings removed and crumbled
1/2 cup of marinara sauce (jarred is fine, but I like making my own from this simple recipe)
10 ounces pennette (mini penne)
4 ounces Parmigiana Reggiano grated (3/4 cup)
10 ounces pennette (Mario uses orecchiette- but I was not able to find any)

~Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil . Reserve a bowl of ice water on the side. Add broccoli rabe and cook until crisp and tender, about 3 min. Using tongs, transfer broccoli rabe to ice water to stop cooking. Drain broccoli rabe, finely chop and set aside

~Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, add onion, garlic and salt and saute until onion is translucent. Add sausage and saute, until browned about 6 min.

~Add broccoli rabe and saute for 2 min.  Stir in marinara sauce and add 1/2 cup of water. Simmer sauce over low heat until mixture thickens
~ Cook pennette until al dente, about 10 min
~Drain pasta and add to sauce. Stir in half the cheese and then add sprinkle remaining cheese to top of pasta to finish

This is deliciouso with a nice glass of Pinot Noir!
Buon Appetitio and Happy Sunday:)

Monday, March 14, 2011


When I moved into my apartment, one of the major selling points was that it had a great built in shelving unit. I knew immediately that it would make a great space to showcase my books! Here are a few things I did to keep it from looking like just your average bookshelf:
~ Shelf Paper: I went to Paper Source and found the prettiest, hand pressed ,shimmery paper
    I could find to line the back of the shelf. I used double stick tape and it was so easy! It gave  
    the shelf a much needed POP! of color
~ Arrange Books by Color: I arranged the books like I organize by closet-by color! I did light
   to dark, left to right
~ Take off Hardback Covers: This way you can really see the many colors of the books and it
   looks more like a "library"
~ Intermix Precious Mementos: I intermixed my favorite photos in pretty frames and little
   pretty things like a golden pear or my lotus votive on top of books. Even a vase of peacock 
   feathers on one side
~ Add levels: I tried to not stack all books the same way - some are horizontal, some are  
   vertical. All the stacks are different heights and widths adding interest
~ On top: I grouped together photos of family and friends in large and small frames
~ The Most Treasured Books: I am a total book worm so these are obviously not all my
    books- just a collection of some my most treasured books. Including my childhood set of
    The Chronicles of Narnia (top photo)

How do you lovelies arrange your bookshelf? I always love to hear new ideas!

Sunday, March 13, 2011


Black Men's Guess T-shirt, Vintage Shorts(80's), Guess Sandals (old)

Close up of print

I spent the vast majority of this Sunday at the Rose Bowl Flea Market:)
I knew I would be there for a long time so I wanted to wear an outfit that was comfortable and roomy,  and still look pulled together. These shorts defintely fit the bill- as they felt like I was wearing boxer shorts...
When I received these shorts as a gift from a friend several weeks ago I was really drawn to the tropical 80's print. It combines three things I love: pink, black and palm trees!
Hope you darlings had a lovely weekend!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

As I was not able to get to Paris for Fashion Week I wanted to share some fairly recent pics I took from a trip to my favorite city du monde accompanied by my favorite Parisian quotes...
I like to switch it up between color, black and white and sepia pics- hope you enjoy!
"April in Paris, chestnuts in blossom, holiday tables under the trees"
"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.."
~Ernest Hemingway
"Paris is always a good idea.."
~from the movie "Sabrina"

"I like Frenchmen very much, because even as they insult you they do it so nicely"
~Josephine Baker

"America is my country, Paris is my hometown"
~Gertrude Stein

"Quarrels in France strengthen a love affair- in America they end it"
~The Paris Diary of Ned Rorem

"France is the most civilized country in the world- and doesn't care who knows it"
~John Gunther

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Last year when I was in France, I discovered the store Pylones.
What an adorable store chock full of whimsical curiosities! Their speciality is making the most everyday mundane items bright , colorful and full of personality.

For example- my nurse tweezers encourage me every day to get give my brows a grooming/clean up:

Here are some other little treasures that I found there that I think would really brighten up anyone's day!
Duck Timer : I get more cheerful just looking at him!
Russian Pepper Mill: so bright and whimsical!

Soap Dispenser- She would make me happier when I wash dishes

The  debonair husband of the soap dispenser (above) and would make a fabulous
 Dish Scrubber!

Monday, March 7, 2011

So I am generally pretty clean with jewelry-pretty "uncluttered". However, I love the look of layered bracelets in assorted colors, textures and metals

Here is one of my layered looks..

Gem Bracelets: Made by a friend
Other bracelets: vintage

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Fresh gel nails! Have you guys tried gel nails?
They will change your life- they stay looking this fresh for 2-3 weeks!
JCrew ring

Golden Double Stuff Oreos + Chai tea + a good book = Perfection!!
New wall decor I made with a precious New Yorker cover I had saved.
I believe it was their Style Issue a couple of yeas ago.
 I love how it turned out!
Fresh linens spritzed with lavender water

Fresh flowers and an aromatherapy candle

As you can see my Sunday was relaxing yet productive.. just the way I like it!!
Hope everyone has a great start to their week