Monday, February 28, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Baked

Sadly, my beloved Borders is one of the locations on the chopping block.  So Stella and I stocked up on books during their closing sale today.  A lot of books had already sold out, especially cookbooks.  Luckily, I spotted one book that was on my list and snapped it up quickly.  Baked Explorations is the second installment from the Brooklyn bakery, Baked.  I find a lot of cookbooks that focus on baking to be very intimidating, however, these guys make it seem so easy.  And it helps that the photography is so beautiful, too. 
I plan on making these whoopie pies first:
Make sure to watch their demonstration video on Amazon, too.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Blue Print

A few months ago I wrote about visiting the store Blue Print on opening day.  I finally went back last week with my friend, Kelly, and took some pictures.  It's the kind of place that makes you reconsider the decor of your entire house.  It's so clean and crisp and it literally has you at hello.
 



Crawfish Season

JAMBALAYA, DES TARTES D'ECREUVISSE, FILE GOMBO
PAR A SOIR MOI J'VA ALLEZ VOIR
MA CHERE AMI-O
JOUER L'GUITAR, BOIRE DE LA JOGUE(cruche)
ET FAIR DE LA MUSIQUE
TOMNNERRE M'ECRASE
UN VA AVOIR UN BON TEMP
DE SUR LE BAYOU
That's the French version of the Jambalaya song.  Isn't des tartes d'ecreuvisse such a cute way to say crawfish pie?  Crawfish season has started and I've found myself lingering over the site, Louisiana Living.  Take a peek at all the yumminess they ship.        



Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Rant On The Evolution Of A Brand's Image

I've been holding back but no longer can.  It's sad, sad, sad for me to see the evolution of a brand that I hold so dear to my heart.  I'm talking about none other than kate spade, a company where I spent over 6 wonderful years in the early days.  You'll see below some of my favorite ads or images from look-books that are so perfect in their simplicity.  And then you'll see what I'm talking about...how ads now are like the animated version of kate spade with no soul. 

I loved the edge the company used to have and it almost felt like a secret - while the rest of the world thought it was nothing more than herringbone bags & ruby red velvet ballet flats, those behind the scenes and in-the-know knew otherwise.  It was a little British with a splash of Japanese and a dash of The Ice Storm and a very late night at The Chelsea Hotel.  A friend and former co-worker said he felt like there used to be quirkiness, but also mystery and some darkness...now it's just in your face color and pop, a piece of strawberry flavored bubble-gum.  Take a peek and see what I mean:
THE EARLY YEARS
THE NEW DIRECTION

What do you think?  Do you like the old or new kate spade?  And p.s. the recent Carolina Herrera ads have been reminding me a little of older kate spade ads. 



















Ivy Covered Houses

I love how my husband gets me.  I email him pictures of interiors and exteriors of houses and other dreamy-like things.  I do this all day long.  No words attached, just images.  And he doesn't write back, "I'm busy; can you stop sending me pictures of random French men?"  No...instead, he actually indulges me.  This was the last image I emailed him because I'd live in almost anything covered in ivy.  I love the windows above the door and the shutters...reminds me of New Orleans.    


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Friday, February 18, 2011

Little Cupcakes Company

I adore so many things that the on-line shop, Little Cupcakes Company, has and since they are local I really love the convenience of picking up my score instead of it being shipped to me.  I feel like I'm on a covert mission when they put my package on their front porch for pick-up.  One of my all-time favorite things to wear in the summer are Mexican dresses so I can't wait to order one of theirs for Stella. 
Of course, it's the monogrammed one I want! 
Here are some other Spring 2011 items that I'm coveting for Stella...



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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Red Shed Antiques

If Frenchie flea finds is your thing and you live in the Dallas area, you should grab your coffee next Saturday and make a short drive over to Red Shed Antiques in downtown Grapevine.  One of my favorite pieces, Stella's bookshelf, is from this little store, whose inventory spills out onto the lawn and can be found in a little outside shed as well.  They have a few sales a year and this is one of them...Feb 26, 8am - 3pm.  I suggest going on the early side.       

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Inventori

While we were exchanging all things heart shaped and eating lobster tails, Tori Spelling opened Inventori in Sherman Oaks, CA.  What does this girl not do?   

Blue & White

I can only imagine what a beautiful blue & white table setting this Terrafirma collection would create...

Low bowl with ceramic handles:
Bowl:
Salad plate:
Dinner plate:
Charger:
And last but not least, the dessert plate:
Other color ways shown here.