Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Jewelry Designer to Love: Ela Stone

Maison Ela Stone Jewelry

  Top row, l-r: Editha Graduated Chain Earrings, Leopard Head Necklace, Pyramid Spike Earrings, Frange Chain Fringe Ear Cuff
  Second row: Serpent Ring, Dentelle Lace Filigree Ring, Serpent Oval Stone Ring, Alexander Chain and Plate Ring
  Third row: Lion Necklace, Leo Lion Head Necklace
  Bottom row: Bonnie Grids Cuff, Davy Pyramid Cuff, Talla Five Stone Cuff

Of course I needed to do a little "investigative shopping" in Paris to check out all the cool brands I'd been missing and probably needed in my life. One of the shops I was particularly excited about was Ela Stone. I scoped out the window of their adorable boutique in Saint-Germain-des-Prés while it was closed for a lunch break and knew I would need to come back for closer inspection. Thankfully real-life quality lived up to the already high bar my window oggling had set. The elegant, yet tough designs are as beautifully well-made as they look and I suspect they would add a sense of power to just about any ensemble. I picked up this sweet little lady and hope to add a few friends in the not-too-distant future.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday Dinner: Thai Basil Gazpacho

Sunday Dinner: Thai Basil Gazpacho

The end of tomato season always makes me a little bit sad. Right now I'm trying to get in as much tomato eating as possible to satiate my fix until next year. So here's one last gazpacho recipe I've been enjoying lately...

  2 pounds ripe tomatoes, cored, and chopped
  1 small cucumber, peeled, and chopped
  ½ to 1 small jalapeño, seeded, and diced
  1 clove garlic, smashed
  2 tbs olive oil
  2 tbs red wine vinegar
  ½ tsp salt
  thinly sliced cucumber, finely diced red onion, and thai basil leaves for garnishes
  freshly ground black pepper

In a food processor or blender, combine tomatoes, cucumber, jalapeño, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and salt and puree for about 5 minutes or until your desired texture. Chill for at least 1 hour.

Divide soup between bowls, drizzle with good olive oil, and garnish with cucumber, onion, basil and pepper.

adapted from this recipe

Saturday, September 13, 2014

swim at your own risk

swim at your own risk
swim at your own risk
swim at your own risk
swim at your own risk
swim at your own risk
swim at your own risk

Even thought it's a bit late, this rainy Saturday seemed like an appropriate time to share this outfit from a warmer night when I attended the Design Army X Karla Colletto Pool Party celebrating the Swim at Your Own Risk collaboration, which I cannot wait to add to my closet when it releases January 15. Seriously cool designs and love love love the super-flattering, '80s style high-cut thigh!

7 Eleven mirrored sunglasses (another style here)
silver and turquoise feather earrings (close match)
Capwell + Co. necklace
BCBG dress (sold out, cool alternatives here and here)
silver and turquoise bracelets
Loeffler Randall sandals (another cool style here)
ASOS clutch

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Saint Germain stroll

Saint Germain stroll
Saint Germain stroll
Saint Germain stroll
Saint Germain stroll

Another quick hit while I continue to weed through some of our meatier Parisian adventures. This outfit was from our last day, which was spent mostly in Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Le Bon Marché doing a little last minute shopping and generally trying absorb every last ounce of Parisness. This was followed by dinner at Fish (La Boissonnerie) - epic razor clams and super thoughtful wine pairings.  After dinner, we took a sickeningly romantic stroll over Pont des Arts, complete with accordion background music (really, it's more romantic than it sounds), and I may or may not have gotten a little teared up - B wondered if perhaps I was suffering from Paris syndrome (oh yes, it's a thing).

Ray-Ban sunglasses
Equipment blouse
Brooks Brothers sweater
Kenneth Jay Lane bracelet
Mother denim (great alternative here)
10 Crosby Derek Lam flats
Mansur Gavriel bag