Tuesday, September 30, 2014

artful dodger

artful dodger
artful dodger
artful dodger
artful dodger
artful dodger
artful dodger
artful dodger

A more casual look from our Paris trip for art perusing at Centre Pompidou and exploring Montmartre. We stopped for a leisurely lunch at La Cantine de la Cigale, a cool Basque brasserie where I had the best ceasar salad I've ever had and a fabulous Gâteau Basque (one of my favorite desserts and unfortunately not always the easiest to find).

Ray-Ban sunglasses
Ann Taylor necklace (old, new style here)
Brooks Brothers top
Zara blazer
Kenneth Jay Lane bracelet
Cartonnier shorts (similar here)
Zara loafers (old, pretty pair here)
Mansur Gavriel bag (sold out, similar here)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Dinner: Thai Beef with Tomato and Herb Salad

Sunday Dinner: Thai Beef with Tomato and Herb Salad

In a attempt to alleviate our heartsickness for France and slightly larger waistlines after arriving back from Paris, B and I found the best solution was to focus on a completely different (and a little bit healthier) cuisine. This Thai beef salad fit the bill perfectly - light and delicious and, honestly, the beef and marinade stand quite well on their own.

  6 teaspoons sugar
  juice from 6-8 limes
  8 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
  4 large garlic cloves, minced
  4 medium-hot fresh red chiles, deseeded and very finely chopped
  1 1/2 lbs flank steak
  8 small shallots, very thinly sliced
  5 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  3 tablespoons mint, chopped
  9 oz cherry tomatoes, halved
  1/2 head of Napa cabbage, thinly sliced

Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl and use half to marinate the steak for 2-3 hours. Set the remaining half aside for salad dressing.

Heat the grill to high, cook steak, flipping once, until rare to medium-rare. Let rest 5 minutes, then cut thin slices against the grain.

Toss steak with remaining ingredients and dressing, serve, and enjoy!

adapted from recipe in Perfect Pairings

Thursday, September 25, 2014

spoiled diners

spoiled diners
spoiled diners
spoiled diners
spoiled diners
spoiled diners

This outfit was worn to one of our favorite meals on our Parisian getaway: Aux Enfants Gâtés ("Spoiled Children" in English), a fantastic little joint off the beaten path in the 14e run by a husband and wife team (literally, they are the only two running the whole place, like real life French superheros). The food is innovative and, most importantly, delicious and the wines are as interesting as they are cheap (sounds crass, but at 3 euros/glass, there is no better word). I had a wonderful escargot and mushroom appetizer, layered with the most delicate and delicious slice of polenta I've ever had (and I'm not normally a polenta fan). B had a caramelized Basque pork dish that was equally memorable. Suffice to say this is top of our list of places to revisit next time we make it back to Paris!

Ann Taylor necklace (old, new one here)
Oasis coat (c/o)
Target top
Kenneth Jay Lane bracelet
Mango denim
Nicholas Kirkwood heels (beautiful version here)
Sophie Hulme bag (love the new chain version here)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Château de Fontainebleau

Château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau
Château de Fontainebleau

Finally, onto one of the more substantial Paris posts! These were from a beautiful afternoon we spent at Château de Fontainebleau. Personally I thought it was prettier than Versailles. Certainly more interesting from the standpoint of diversity of style - it includes rooms and apartments completed and inhabited by many French notables, such as Napoleon, Louis XV, Francis I, Louis-Philippe I, and Marie Antionette. And obviously B and I were a fan of the overarching hound theme...

Ray-Ban sunglasses
Ann Taylor necklace (old, love this new one)
Zara blazer
Topshop top (similar here)
Hermes and Amrita Singh bangles
French Connection skirt (sold out, new style here)
10 Crosby Derek Lam flats
Mansur Gavriel bag