A Bit of London - Part One

Hello all, I'm back from my trip to London.  It was supposed to be London and Paris but unfortunately I didn't make it to Paris this time around.  I extended my stay in London visiting my brother and his family in their charming Chelsea neighborhood. 

One of the first things I noticed were these gorgeous window displays with shoes, shoes and more shoes at the French Sole store on the King's Road.

I spent one day wandering from Chelsea, up Sloane Street and into Knightbridge which included a good amount of time wandering around Harvey Nicks.  Apparently it was sale time both there and at Liberty's so I scored some goods (I'll fill you in on that in another post).  I found my way up to the food hall in Harvey Nicks for some lunch and happened upon these Karl Lagerfeld Diet Coke bottles which I loved. 



Some of the streets of Chelsea are oh so charming and colorful like this one.  For a girl who loves color, I can totally appreciate how lovely and bright this looked.

Also I really want to thank the lovely ladies (Mon Petit Chou Chou, Barefoot in Boston, Style on the Couch) who were kind enough to fill in for me while I was away.



Le Choix D' A Girl in Boston

I'm honored to be included in the wonderful company of the other Le Choix Belles.  Check it out here.


Shoe Lust: Fendi Bow Platforms

Fendi bow platform pumps

You might remember my recent shoe-obessed purchases made on a whim at what was supposed to be a quick Saks drive by (posted here).  Well, here's the first outing for the uber fabulous Fendi bow platform pumps that I got on sale.

DVF top, Talbots skirt, Fendi shoes, necklaces: Chanel and Elisha Daniels

Talbots jacket, Balenciaga bag

Oh how I love these shoes, but I cannot lie; they are very high even for me.  But their beauty surpasses any worry I might have about teetering around on them.


Sunday Supper: Cooking with Barefoot in Boston

Hello dear blog readers, today I am thrilled to welcome Courtney from Barefoot in Boston.   She writes about all sorts of things from shopping to her travels but what I admire her for most is her skill in the kitchen.  I most always come away hungry after seeing what she's whipped up so consider this fair warning, I'm sure you will be starved after feasting your eyes on her latest culinary endeavors!

I was so thrilled when I got an email from Lissy asking if I would do a guest post on her blog while she was away in London/Paris. It was only fitting to post about a French dish. After flipping through several of my cookbooks I decided on Bouillabaisse. Bouillabaisse is a traditional Provençal fish stew and can have several variations. Side note: Saturday morning I was having breakfast, watching tv when I saw a commercial for Pier Fish, LLC. It is located at 10 New Market Sq, Boston. This place is unreal! It is basically a fish market in a warehouse and the best thing about this place…no middle man! The seafood comes directly from the fisherman to Pier Fish! We were also told that they get several shipments a day. We were able to get all this fresh seafood for under $30! That’s unheard of in Boston. Pier Fish is now my new fish market. Ok, back to the Bouillabaisse. I kept my version somewhat traditional, except I did not use mussels (BS is allergic) and I didn’t make my own fish stock (I think lobster stock is better anyway!) So here is my take on Bouillabaisse!

2 Lobsters (1.5 lbs) (I only used 1 in this recipe but everyone wants more lobster right?!)
1 pound of Cod, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 pound of Clams (I used cherrystones)
1 pound of Shrimp (cleaned & de-veined)
3 Carrots, chopped
2 Bay Leaves
1 Fennel bulb, sliced
3 Celery stalks, chopped
1 Onion, chopped
3 Garlic cloves, chopped
1 Teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
1 Tablespoon of Saffron
3 Cans of Diced Tomatoes (make sure to get the kind that doesn’t have salt added)
1 Cup of White Wine
Salt, Pepper to taste

Here’s what I did:
I brought 8 cups (12 if you cook 2 lobsters) of water to a boil and drop the lobster (s) into the pot and secure with a lid (doesn’t sound like a lot to boil a lobster but this process is more steaming than boiling.) After 12 minutes remove the lobster and run under cold water. Remove all the meat from the lobster (put the lobster meat in the refrigerator) and throw the shells back into the “cooking water.” Bring to a boil. Traditionally, a fish stock is made for the base of the bouillabaisse but rather than gathering fish heads, bones etc., I decided a lobster stock would add a more decedent level of flavor. In a separate pot, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and sauté onion, garlic, carrots, celery & fennel. Once vegetables are soft, add saffron, pepper flakes, bay leaves, salt & pepper. Next, add the diced tomatoes, wine and strained lobster stock. Bring to a boil. Add cod. After 2 minutes add clams, after 4 minutes add shrimp, after 1 minute add lobster. Ladle into a bowl and serve with crusty bread. Bon appetit!


More Summer Brights

H&M coat, Chetta B dress, Jimmy Choo shoes

This past Saturday I was heading out to celebrate an early birthday for a friend and an early farewell to her as well.  She's moving to Colorado in very early July and with our travel schedules, this was our chance to have a night out.  Despite the cold and rain (isn't it June??) I wanted to be bright and sunny so I wore this orange and pink dress that I got years ago on sale at Neimans.

Elisha Daniels necklace and flower, Marc by Marc Jacobs clutchI covered it up with a coat from H&M (another gem that I got years ago) and making bright even brighter I wore a giant hot pink flower.

We had a lovely evening first nestled on the cozy couches at the Bristol Lounge and then headed to dinner at Via Matta.  We celebrated the upcoming birthday and toasted her new life in Colorado but it was a bittersweet evening.