Monday, August 13, 2012

Apres Weekend - Summer Nights

[Making a bold statement in a summertime print at the Sunset Marquis -- West Hollywood]

 It has been scorching hot in Los Angeles these past few weeks and it has taken everything in my power to not venture outside air conditioned spaces, despite the temporary relief they provide. This weekend was no exception, as temperatures reached triple digits and piggybacked on suffocating and relentless humidity. I had a couple chances, however, to take advantage of the cooler evening weather by dining with my nearests and dearests and discovering the beauty right in my own backyard (literally). How did you beat the heat this weekend?

[Kumquats are coming in!]

[Stuffed French toast at Charlie's Pantry for Sunday brunch]

[The hydrangeas in full bloom!]

[A seriously stiff latte at Comme Ca]

Friday, August 10, 2012

Voyeur Fridays - Kelly Wearstler in Elle Decor

Since the issue hit newsstands and filled up mailboxes a couple weeks ago, the blogosphere has been buzzing about Reese Witherspoon's charming and rustic Ojai ranch-style retreat featured in the September issue of Elle Decor magazine. It's gorgeous, homey, and, more importantly, where Robert Pattinson has been holing up since Kristen Stewart publicly shamed him.

But I'm not here to talk to you about Reese's home away from home. I'm here to inquire as to how the intelligent, style-obsessed, impeccable-taste-possessing bloggers missed the other, monstrous feature in the magazine. I'm talking about the Mercer, Washington, home of Lara and Jeff Sanderson that HRH Kelly Wearstler designed in her signature Mid century style. Oh, my word. That staircase (designed by Ms. Wearstler herself)...those tricolor marble floors...the purple venetian glass chandelier...the brass island in the kitchen...the onyx fantastico bathroom walls. I tried to edit the list of photos, but each one is absolute perfection.

all photos: Elle Decor

Friday, August 3, 2012

Voyeur Fridays - Inside Rachel Zoe's Debut Jewelry Line

Hello there, Jewelry Collection of My Dreams. Please make yourself comfortable stacked on my wrist, perched on my finger and draped around my décolleté. Just one question: where have you been all my life? Once forced to choose between classic, practical pieces and exuberant costume jewelry that I daydream about layering on the daily, Rachel Zoe's debut jewelry line will now let me (and you) have the best of both worlds with its swoon-worthy baubles.

The sprightly designer, who is no stranger to the retro-glam movement, has become a jewelry godmother of sorts, granting us with whimsical yet wearable pieces that are mod, glam, art deco and neutral enough to complement any piece in your closet. I'm out of breath just thinking about the ways I would adorn myself with the 14 karat gold-plated tassel drop earrings, showstopping architectural cocktail rings and stunning necklaces. Zoe mentioned that the pieces would debut on the Spring 2013 runways when she pairs the jewelry with her line's upcoming collection. This news has me even more impatient for September.

Images via: Neiman Marcus

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Thursty Thursdays - Toasted Marshmallow Cocktail

credit: La Petite Gigi
I consider myself a classy broad. The words "bistro," "patisserie," and "boulangerie" always draw me in quicker than "pub," "shack," and my all-time favorite, "pit." However, I'm not a snob. No, in fact, I'm a pretty down-for-whatever type of chick. This was proven last weekend as I accompanied my sister on an impromptu foodie field trip to Bigfoot Lodge in Los Feliz. It was her second time and she couldn't stop raving about the inventive yet uncomplicated cocktails on the extensive menu (I hear the Culver City location has a longer list). I was more concerned with everything that comes with a lodge-type ambiance: mullets, lumberjacks, a potpourri of LA's most precarious patrons. I was wrong.

Known for their vast selection of bourbon, it was hard not to risk the coma that would have no doubt incapacitated me had I ordered off of the intimidating menu. Instead, I decided to indulge my sweet tooth and childlike curiosity by ordering the Toasted Marshmallow, a Bigfoot Lodge specialty. A potent yet surprisingly smooth mix of the creamiest liqueurs ever produced made me a very happy camper. The kicker? The bartender impaled a fluffy marshmallow and set it on fire, allowing it to crackle, burn, and boil into toasted perfection. I judged everyone at the bar who didn't finish their marshmallow. How could you leave that treat untouched? Go to Bigfoot Lodge. Try the Toasted Marshmallow cocktail. Eat the marshmallow. Try to walk out of the bar in a straight line. Or make it at home. Do I smell a backyard outdoor movie night coming up? Recipe below!

credit: La Petite Gigi


Bigfoot Lodge Toasted Marshmallow Cocktail [adapted from this recipe]


Serves 1

> 1 oz vanilla vodka
> 1 oz butterscotch schnapps
> 1 oz Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
> 1 oz Bailey's Irish Cream
> 1 marshmallow
> Kitchen torch

> Combine vodka, butterscotch schnapps, Frangelico, and Bailey's in a cocktail shaker with several ice cubes.
> Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.
> Toast marshmallow, place on skewer, light it up (blow it out)!

credit: La Petite Gigi

credit: La Petite Gigi

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Room Re-do: Distressed Wood Floors

Remember this post where I expressed my fascination with whitewashed wood floors and their French country feel? A year-and-a-half later, I am finally taking the plunge and stripping my white carpeted floors and installing beautiful, distressed, rustic, romantic wooden (laminate) planks. I am unbearably perfectionist when it comes to the things that I wear or surround myself with, but I knew that these floors (they look less orange streaky in person and more like the swatch below), Pergo Boathouse Pine Laminate that I found at Lowe's, were meant to be when I spotted them in the store. They have the weathered look that I have longed for, but are stylish enough to complement the chic and elegant tufted and mirrored furniture that I bought to replace the pale oak furniture that has decorated my room since my early teens (eek!). I look forward to taking you through my room re-do and hopefully wrap it up with a room tour that is long overdue.

Here are some other examples of the flooring look that I have had in mind to achieve the shabby chic, French country feel that makes me feel fuzzy inside. Hope it helps make your decision-making a much more speedy process than mine has been!

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