30 November 2010

BLACK SWAN


I am totally swooning over these international posters for the movie Black Swan. The art deco designs are just stunning. As someone who studied ballet for ten years, I must say I am counting down the days to the movie's release on December 3rd...

{posters by La Boca}

29 November 2010

SNAPSHOTS FROM THANKSGIVING


I had such a wonderful Thanksgiving at home in Ojai. It's so important to stop and think about all the things you are grateful for. Some close friends came up with us and shared in on the fun. We played games, ate delicious food and took a sunset walk around our friend's beautiful property...

{the gorgeous Thanksgiving tablescape}
{with my dear friend Teissia, who I am grateful to have known since high school}

After dinner I went around photographing all the dogs I am practically auntie to. They each have such a distinct personality...
{Madge}
{Arthur}
{Roxy}
{Marvin}
{Lulu}

I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving! xx

26 November 2010

A WINE TASTING SOIREE


The boy and I went to a wine tasting party this past weekend.It's quite a fun idea, so I thought I would share! 
 {photo via Wine Tasting Party}


How to throw a wine tasting party
1. Everyone brings a bottle somewhere between $10-16. As soon as you get to the party, the host/hostess covers the label with paper and numbers it. 
2. You throw some money in to a pot, grab some paper and a pen and start tasting wines. Make sure you write down what you thought of each. 
3. Everyone votes on two, a first favorite and a second favorite. The winner gets the majority of the money and second place gets a little bit as well. The money makes it interesting, trust me. 
4. I think it's key not to invite too many people, keep it intimate. We tasted ten wines the other night and believe me, I was a little wined out when the night was over. I just don't know how to taste and spit out like the pros. 
Believe it or not, James and I won! Yes we did!
Find out about the winning bottle below...

 
What to serve
 You don't want your guests getting too intoxicated, now do you. Here are some ideas of what to serve...

1.White Bean and Rosemary Bruschetta
Gently toss drained and rinsed contents of 12.7-ounce jar of white beans with 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary and 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil. Season with salt, and spoon onto toasted baguette slices. Makes about 12
{recipe via Martha Stewart}
2.Cheese Plate
Put out a selection of hard, medium and soft cheeses. Some Marcona almonds, figs, apricots and crackers.
3.Bacon Wrapped Dates
24 large moist dates, such as medjool
12 slices of bacon
2 oz. softened goat cheese
24 whole toasted unsalted almonds
a. Move oven rack to upper third of oven and preheat oven to 500 °.
b. Pit dates, tearing them open as little as possible. Set dates aside. Halve the 12 slices of bacon crosswise. Put the goat cheese into a pastry bag fitted with a round, plain 1⁄4" tip.
c. Stuff cavity of each date with 1 almond. Pipe goat cheese into each stuffed date. Wrap 1 piece of bacon around width of each date.
d. Put dates on a baking sheet, seam side down, at least 1⁄2" apart. Bake until bacon is golden and crisp, 6-8 minutes. Set aside to cool briefly before serving.
{recipe via Saveur}



The winning bottle...


{Apothic Red reveals intense fruit aromas and flavors of rhubarb and black cherry that are complemented by hints of mocha, chocolate, brown spice and vanilla. The plush, velvety mouthfeel and smooth finish round out this intriguing, full-bodied red blend}


How we chose our bottle
We went to a local wine store, told the sales clerk about the party and he grabbed this bottle for us. He said "I'll split the money with you." Something about the bottle design and the name screamed Christian Audigier and I didn't want to believe it. A blend? Well, at least the label would be covered for the party. We went with it and I am glad we did. I guess you can't judge a wine by it's label {or name}.

Happy Weekend Everyone!!! xx

25 November 2010

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing you all a sweet day filled with delicious food, loving company and belly laughs.

{photo via Martha Stewart}

 I am thankful to have such wonderful family and friends to share this delightful day! I am truly blessed. xx

24 November 2010

STYLE ICON. FRANCOISE HARDY


I thought I would start a weekly post on style icons {new and old} that inspire fashion and start trends.
 My friend suggested I start with Francoise Hardy. She knew she was so up my alley! How could I not have known this french songstress? Those bangs, that eyeliner, her effortless style! Little did she know, 48 years later, girls would still be trying to look like her and rocking out to her tunes... 

 {photos via Fanpix}



 I have lots of fun style icons lined up for the weeks to come. Who are some of your favorites???

23 November 2010

RUE MAGAZINE. GET THE LOOK


The sophomore issue of Rue Magazine is out and it's got me totally inspired. So many beautiful interiors, awesome photos and graphics. Looking through lingerie designer Jessie Zinke's New York apartment, I was drawn to some of her pieces {hmm looks familiar}. She's a girl after my own heart. Do you want the look? Check out where you can get it below...

{more photos of Jessie's apartment on Rue pg. 188}

GET THE LOOK...

22 November 2010

SWEET STYLE. LAUREL WAY


The boyfriend and I went to a party this weekend at a house in Beverly Hills. All I can say is,I sure am glad I brought the camera. Little did I know it was going to be a piece of 70's heaven, equipped with a leopard bathroom...
wearing:
zara top
anthropologie trousers
aldo shoes
american apparel socks
j.crew necklace and bracelet
madewell bracelets
revlon lipstick in ravish me red
rimmel london nailpolish in steel gray
  
james wearing:
j.crew shirt
skagen watch
uniqlo jeans
adidas sneaks


lilly wearing:
woodford and co. dress
anthropologie tights
repetto booties
j.crew earrings


kate wearing:
lover dress
j.crew tights
topshop shoes
joy bali bracelet

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