I’m a big Mark D Sikes fan, and after having just spent a couple of hours poring over his latest book, I’ve become even more obsessed with his work. Mark is an LA based designer with a seriously chic aesthetic; whether he’s doing full blown print, pattern and color like this NYC apartment or keeping a room neutral and calming, the results are equally beautiful.
He has done so many gorgeous homes that it is hard to play favorites, but I think that if I had to, I would choose his own home which was featured in House Beautiful a few years ago. The bones of the house are pretty great to begin with but Mark’s design of the home is so thoughtful, from the custom wrought iron banister they installed upstairs to the upholstered family room walls (in my favorite fabric, Samarkand) to the multitude of built in bookshelves. I also appreciate how everything is styled in his house; you can tell that he’s a ‘more is more’ kind of person when it comes to accessories and collected items, but everything has its place and looks like it was meant to be there. I want to move right in, or at least spend some time relaxing in that backyard with a good book.
Scroll on for more pictures, I bet you’ll love the house as much as I do…
I’m just about finished reading 32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line, and I highly recommend it if you’re looking for something new to read. I know that I probably can’t completely judge the book until I’m through it, but I’m confident that the last few pages will be as interesting as the ones I’ve already read. 32 Yolks is Eric Ripert’s story of how his unhappy childhood in a small town in France helped shape and guide him into becoming the three Michelin starred chef that he is today.
The book shows in detail how much hard work and determination it takes to become a great chef, from the grueling 18 hour days in a hot, cramped kitchen with a screaming French chef to the hundreds of hours of practice to get just one knife skill perfected. I can’t imagine being able to handle the pressure and abuse (emotional and physical – things were crazy in kitchens back then!) but it goes to show you how much passion Ripert has for cooking that it was worth it to deal with some pretty horrible situations. If you like food and biographies, pick this one up
I really love looking over all of the street style images from the various Fashion Weeks, but New York tends to be my favorite. It’s the kickoff to the monthlong event and I feel like everyone really steps up to the (fashion) plate and make such an effort to look chic. That being said, I don’t like the outfits where it’s obvious that the girl got dressed for the sole purpose of being photographed (unrealistically high heels, way too many trends going on at once, etc). I tend to favor the photos of women who wear classic styles but put their own personal twist on it, but I also love those wackier looks so long as the wearer looks comfortable with themselves and their personal style.
Here are a few of my favorites from the hundreds of great outfit photos from outside the shows; it seems like matching separates are still a thing, as are structural blouses (this one from Johanna Ortiz is a great way to get in on the trend), raw edge denim (on the waistband or hem), any and all skirts, and wearing things like glittery shoes, velvet, and brocade during the day by pairing them with more casual pieces.
I meant to post about Scorpios right after I got back from Greece a few months ago, but I got sidetracked and busy and wasn’t blogging as much, so now here we are. Scorpios is a restaurant and beach club on Mykonos, and is one of the most special places I think I’ve ever been. The concierge at our hotel recommended we go for dinner and told us the food was great and that we’d like it, but when we walked in and saw how stunning not only the design of the place was but took in its seriously amazing location, I think we all fell in love.
The rustic, breezy space is set up on small bluff above the Mediterranean, and features multiple areas for sitting, dining, relaxing, and dancing. There are little beach cabanas for rent during the day, and cozy looking hammocks and plush seating areas for chatting and lounging at night. The night we went we ended up staying and dancing under the stars for hours after dinner, which we hadn’t planned to do but there was a DJ and we had a lot of champagne. Unplanned, spontaneous nights are the best kinds of nights, aren’t they?
Scroll on for more gorgeous pictures of the space, and don’t blame me if you find yourself looking up flights to Greece!
I’m barely being dramatic when I say that this Romesco inspired sauce is the best thing ever. There used to be a little company at our local farmers’ market that sold this kind of sauce, but they seem to have disappeared so I decided that I needed to take things into my own hands. This sauce (or dip) is creamy and fresh tasting, and works on/with anything from simple veggies and dip, to pasta, to salad dressing. I love to put a big dollop on a quinoa or farro bowl to instantly make it a bit more exciting. The best part is that it’s easy to make and super healthy…
Combine two roasted red peppers (you can also do them on the stove in a super hot cast iron skillet until they’re nice and charred) 1/2 cup of almonds, 1/2 cup of olive oil, 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar, a clove of garlic, and salt to taste in a a blender, and pulse until smooth. I’ve also played around with adding a very small amount of sun dried tomatoes, which is also delicious and adds depth to the flavour. Let the mixture cool in the fridge and them serve with whatever you want.