Tuesday
Jul292014

Red and Rockstuds

Outfit details: Jil Sander dress (similar style here, on super sale here and here), Valentino shoes, Alexander McQueen bag, Stephanie Kantis necklace, Hermés bracelet 

I've been spending my shopping dollars of late on high quality (and albeit more expensive) pieces.  My jaunts into the likes of Zara and H&M have had me leaving empty handed. I think this is in part due to my tastes changing as I'm getting older but also due to the fact that I'm finding myself reaching for the same things over and over again. While I still have quantity, I prefer a bit less quantity and higher quality. Don't get me wrong, I still get the fast fashion thing, I'm just finding that it's working less for me now than it used to.  This brings me to two things; my dress and my shoes. The dress is by Jil Sander from last year. On super sale thanks to my eagle eyed friend and personal stylist at Neiman Marcus Boston. I constantly find myself reaching for this dress the better part of the year (without a jacket in the summer and with a leather moto jacket when it's chillier like here). Next up are the rockstuds. I now have multiples of the rockstuds but this nude pair is the first pair I bought when Valentino first introduced them. I remember hunting them down in nude and I have worn them over and over and over again (ask my cobbler who has replaced the heels countless times).

Monday
Jul282014

Wanderlust :: Postcards from LA

The pool at the Beverly Hills Hotel

My friend Elisha and I spent five glorious days in LA this past June. I had been to LA a few times before but hadn't appreciated it as much as I did this trip. I think this was for many reasons; I adored the Beverly Hills Hotel and its staff, the weather was perfect, the lush vegetation was extraordinary and we rented a car and drove through California's beautiful canyon roads with sweeping views of the mountains and the ocean. There were points where I almost felt as though I was driving through some little Italian town in the mountains and near the sea. Elisha and I left kicking and screaming (it's always good to be left wanting more, right?) and we decided that we'd make this an annual jaunt. 

 

With Elisha at the Bevrly Hills Hotel

One day we drove to have lunch at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica and another day we drove to Malibu. While Santa Monica was nice, Malibu was spectacular.

At Geoffrey's in Malibu

The views in Malibu were incredible. As we drove up the winding canyon roads, I thought to myself how fortunate the people who live in the beautiful homes with views of the mountains and ocean are. We were thrilled to take it all in over lunch at Geoffrey's. 

Our hotel room at the Beverly Hills Hotel

View from Shutters on the Beach

The Ivy

 

Happy Monday and hope you had a great weekend!

Tuesday
Jul222014

In 3-D


Outfit details: Peter Pilotto jacket and top, Nanette Lepore skirt (very old), Valentino shoes, Alexander McQueen bag, Hermés bracelet

I got some good deals at the summer sales this year and this Peter Pilotto graphic print top and jacket were a couple. I've worn the top and jacket a few times already paired with this ages old Nanette Lepore skirt.  One of the times I wore the jacket and top was for my sister's birthday and I got more than one comment that I looked like I was in 3-D. 3-D or not, I love Peter Pilotto's abstract prints with pops of bold color. 

Monday
Jul212014

Navy, Dots and Knife Pleats


Outfit details: Ann Taylor top and skirt (both very old), Valentino shoes, Helmut Lang jacket, Prada bag, Hermés scarf, Alexis Bittar necklace (love this one and this one)

A couple of weekends ago I did a closet pruning session.  It's a lot of work but well worth it for so many reasons; I get rid of things that I'm no longer wearing or no longer fit.  But even better is that I re-discover something that I had forgotten about. This navy and white polka dot knife pleat skirt is the perfect example. This number is years old from Ann Taylor and I forgot how much I love it.  It has such a nice swing.

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I was on a last minute jaunt to NYC to celebrate my friend Elisha's birthday and it was great fun!

Tuesday
Jul152014

Sunday Supper :: Breakfast for Dinner

I had a bunch of eggs that I bought at a recent farmer's market and in an effort not to let them go to waste, I decided to make a frittata Sunday that I can eat during the week (I'll either take some to work for breakfast or have it with a green salad for dinner). I had some steamed broccoli in my refrigerator and some roasted tomatoes from the Whole Foods antipasti bar so I used those as my main ingredients.

Here's what I did: quickly sauteed the broccoli in some olive oil, added the roasted tomatoes and about 8 beaten eggs. I cooked this on the stove for a few minutes until the bottom of the eggs was set. Then I put the pan in the oven at around 400 degrees to continue cooking.  Once the whole egg mixture was close to being cooked through, I added some grated gruyere cheese, turned the oven to broil and let the frittata finish cooking until the cheese was melted.