Sunny Disposition


Kate Spade jacket, Zara top, Seven jeans

 It was back to work for me after vacation last week and to counteract the dreary day, I wore bright bold colors.  Plus I've been feeling under the weather and bright colors just make me happy.  I wore a yellow Kate Spade jacket, blue and green striped Zara top and white Seven jeans.

Sequin Palm Beach necklace, French Sole flats, Balenciaga bag



London Spoils - My trip part 4

I mentioned here that I spent a day wandering around Chelsea and Knightsbridge which involved several hours in Harvey Nicks.  As is always the case, I found my way to the shoe department where I saw an area to queue to get into the sale.  Lucky for me, there was no one in line and there were loads of fabulous shoes on sale (Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Alaia to name but a few).  And then I saw this Marc by Marc Jacobs platform wedge with an ankle strap that I had seen onine but could never find in my size.  Harvey Nicks had my size and they were deeply discounted, so they clearly became mine.

Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes

Then on another day, at the recommendation of my guest blogger Style on the Couch (post here), I made my way to Liberty's which was really one of the best department stores I have ever been in.  It reminded me of Barney's in Manhattan with loads of high end designers and some less well known emerging designers.  Plus they have a really cool vintage section that was certainly worth a browse.  Again, I ended up in shoes where there were roomsful on sale.  This was the most organized sale I've ever seen.  Everything was grouped by designer, in size order and there were plenty of sales staff to help out.  I spotted these Miu Miu's that were right up my alley and in my size.  How's a girl to resist?

Miu Miu shoes

One of these days, I will stop buying shoes.  But these were on deep discount!  I continue to pare down my shoe wardrobe to make room for the new.  Check out my shop my closet section here to be the beneficiary of my closet cleaning!


Homemade Pizzas - London Part 3

Remember I told you that my brother is enamored with his backyard and his grill (post here)?  Well, he's like a kid with a new toy and that grill is it.  On father's day, my sister in law got him a bunch of tools for the grill plus a pizza stone.  So for that evening's dinner we decided to make pizza three ways.  One pizza on the grill, one in the oven on the pizza stone and one where we fried the crust in olive oil.  We used this pizza dough recipe.

Pizza on the grill

We topped the grilled pizza with prosciutto and fresh mozzarella.



Pizza with fried pizza dough

For the pizza where we fried the dough in olive oil, we topped it with salami, sauteed onions and fresh mozzarella and then put it in the oven to heat it all up.  I would do dough like this and top it with some sea salt and chocolate or nutella as a dessert pizza.


Pizza Margherita

The last was a pizza margherita that we made in the oven on a pizza stone. 

And I can't forget that to get our veggie fix, I made a giant salad with bibb lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, scallions and avocado with a homemade lemon vinaigrette.


SOLD Shop My Closet - Catherine Malandrino

Catherine Malandrino sky top

Here's the story with this top (worn here).  I bought it at the Catherine Malandrino shop at the Palazzo in Vegas and liked it so much that I paid full price.  I got home a couple of days later and this very top was on Rue La La for a third of the price so I ordered it thinking I would return the one from the store.  Well the store only gives store credit, plus we don't have one in Boston.  But I emailed them and they made good by crediting me the difference between the full price I paid and the price on Rue La La.  I had all the best intentions of returning the one to Rue La La but by the time I actually got around to it, I was too late.  So this brand new, unworn silk sky blue print belted Malandrino top can be yours.

Size 8

Original (full price) $375

Yours for $100

Email me at lissy@agirlinboston.com if interested.


London Part 2 - Cooking and Eating

My brother's flat in London has a huge back garden.  All of a sudden, the city boy that he is is smitten with growing his herb garden and cooking just about anything and everything on the grill.  For one of our meals, we wandered up to the local markets on Fulham Street to see what looked good to grill on that particular night.  We popped into the Wyndham House Butcher where they kindly spatcocked a chicken for us. 

Then it was on to Luigi's Italian Market next door for some fresh mozzarella which we served with basil from the back garden.

Next we headed a few doors down to the little gourmet market Le Pascalou that has tons of gorgeous produce and seafood.  Darling brother decided on also grilling up some langoustines.

To keep it simple and give us some veggies we grilled up some zucchini (or courgettes as they call them over there).

We also ate out for a few meals one of which was at E11even Park Walk.   I had a wonderful pappardelle with fresh spring peas and asparagus and had a taste or two of my brother's decadent fresh pasta with an abundance of truffles.  I then gorged myself on veal milanese with arugula (or as you folks in the UK cal it, rocket).  The service was friendly and efficient without being overbearing or too quick (I like to linger at dinner).  If you are in the area, I highly recommend it.