I’m back, if anybody missed me! I’ve been completely MIA from the blog for a couple of weeks, and I’m not really sure why…I guess I was just busy with work and traveling, but I think I was also feeling a little uninspired. To get back into the groove of things, here are some photos I took while we were in Paris a few weeks ago.
We were only in the city for two days but we managed to fit in a few museums, tons of wandering and lots of really great food. We stayed at Le Grand Pigalle in the 9th which I highly recommend; it’s this super chic little hotel with comfortable beds, gorgeous bathrooms, and a really great bar on the ground floor in lieu of a traditional lobby. A few of the restaurants and cafes that we visited that were particularly great were Buvette for a delicious brunch, Bistro Paul Bert for a very traditional French bistro dinner, and Pain Pain, a beautifully decorated bakery with great coffee and plenty of Parisians lining up for baguettes and croissants. We also spent a long, leisurely afternoon people watching and drinking wine at Cafe de Flore, which is a must visit, even though it’s very touristy and doesn’t have the best food – it’s just such an institution that you have to go.
It was a short and sweet trip, and I’m already itching to go back – Paris is one of those cities that you can just never get enough of, isn’t it?
If there’s one thing that just screams summer, it’s the quintessential straw tote. They’re perfect for the farmers’ market and the beach, but I think they can also replace your normal handbag for a chic city look (a la Jane Birkin), so long as you switch out your coverup for something a bit more tailored. There are so many amazing options out there right now; J.Crew has a classic version, this Kayu tote with colorful details is super fun, and this great textured one is pretty ideal. Tory Burch always come out with a great straw tote each season, and this years is no exception (I’m planning to wait until it goes on sale – I understand that it’s handwoven, but close to $500 for a straw tote is a little crazy).
I have two or three straw bags already, but they’re all getting a little raggedy and worn looking so I’m in the market for a new one. We are heading to France tomorrow (!!) and my plan is to find the perfect one in some small little market somewhere, so wish me luck. If i don’t then I think it’ll be that J.Crew one for me.
I’m having a bit of a Kathryn Ireland obsession at the moment. I’ve seen her work when flipping through magazines, own one of her books, and have even sourced her fabric for my old boss, but since I never watched Million Dollar Decorators I feel like I missed out a little on seeing just how gorgeous her work is. I’m not sure how I fell down the rabbit hole of scrolling through her website and looking at every single project she has listed, but I did, and here we are.
I just love how her homes look so comfortable and lived in, while being well thought out and beautifully designed but never looking too ‘decorated’. Her rooms all look like people actually would actually put their feet on the coffee table or flop down on the couch for a nap, which is so much better (in my opinion) than a showpiece room that you’d be afraid to go into for fear of messing it up. Kathryn spends a lot of time in the South of France (you can even go to a design workshop that she teaches there, doesn’t that sound amazing?) and you can see the French country influences in her work, as well as her love of colors and patterns and mixing the old with the new.
Last night some friends and I went to Papa Cristo’s, a popular Greek restaurant in downtown LA for a cooking class. Papa Cristo himself led the group to the industrial kitchen, gave us some snacks and homemade wine, and then and taught us how to make moussaka (which was good and very authentic, though I’m not a huge moussaka fan) and a super simple feta cheese dip, which I loved. Here’s how to make the dip:
1 lb Greek (this is important) feta cheese, 1.5 tbsp oregano, 1/2 cup Greek olive oil (extremely important – Papa Cristo talked a lot about his love for olive oil and how it was a ‘gift from God’ and that there was no such thing as expensive olive oil because it’s so important), optional 1 tbsp dried red peppers for heat
1. Take feta out of fridge about 30 minutes before you begin
2. Once feta is soft enough, combine all ingredients in a large bowl
3. With hands or mixer, thoroughly smoosh (Papa Cristo’s exact words) thoroughly all ingredients until it becomes smooth
4. Spoon dip into a serving bowl, cover and chill
Serve with pita chips or veggies like cucumber and red pepper, and try not to eat it all before your guests arrive 😉
A little striped dress, perfect for hot summer days. A pretty neutral polish for when you’re tired of wearing bright pinks and corals. More stripes, in the form of a fun clutch (think it’d be too much to wear it with the dress?) and the prettiest pale blue bikini. I just ordered this swimsuit and am hoping it fits nicely – don’t you just hate when the bottoms dig in to your sides rather than just lay nicely? The worst. I really think that Hanky Panky should start making swimsuits in the style of their undies that lay so nicely.
I think this looks like the ideal sunhat, don’t you? I love the color of it and the contrast band is a nice touch. This face spray is one of my favorites, especially after a day at the beach when you need a little refreshment and moisture. These pretty denim wedges are majorly marked down right now and would end up being such a perfect summer shoe year after year.
How gorgeous is this vintage suzani from Furbish? It would look great as a bedcover or a decorative wall hanging. Oh and it’d be an amazing beach blanket but it’s pretty expensive so you probably wouldn’t want to do that to it! Something that can go to the beach though, is this chic bamboo and cabana striped chair.