LE DONNE FORTI Versace Pre-Collection FW14

Versace nailed it with their Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Pre-Collection, taking the softness of silk satin and pale pink, and toughening it up with black leather, studs and zippers. Add in the crispness of a few good white blouses, the regality of a classic crest, and a little sparkle, and we’ve got all of my fave elements

RECIPE Cappuccino Thins

(a.k.a. my most favoritest cookie recipe ever) Here’s a post I meant to put up before the holidays, but it’s such an amazing cookie recipe that I can’t NOT share it with you. (That would be greedy of me, and I’m a giver.) As with all my best recipes, I got this one from my

LUXE MINIMAL REHAB in Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Happy New Year! I’m just now getting back into the swing of things after an unplanned long break, and soooo excited to do so…finally! But rejuvenation comes easily when you stumble upon gems like this très dreamy Parisian terraced pad. Architect Joseph Dirand took a sad 80′s remodel and reinserted its previous glamour with paneling

#NYE HUSTLE Anja Rubik Goes 70′s Glam

Although still recovering from the Christmas mayhem, this New Year’s Eve I’ll be inspired by the silky, slinky, undoubtedly feminine frocks of an era dedicated to disco, the female form and showing a little skin, as in this shoot by photographer Marcin Tyszka for Vanity Fair Spain. Anja Rubik looks effortlessly sensual in Chanel, Gucci and

MERRY CHRISTMAS! (& A Mini Meltdown)

Happy Christmas Eve! But let me apologize for being M.I.A. I’m sure I’ve lost most of you by now (I’m scared to look at the analytics!), but it was completely unexpected. My daughter ended up having a nasty stomach virus (that closed down her classroom), my husband has the flu (still), and at one point

HOLIDAY PALETTE Black, White, Pink, Gold, Silver

I’m definitely behind schedule but I’m bringing it full speed ahead from now until Christmas! I thought this palette of mine would be tough to gather together, but surprisingly there are bits and pieces and ideas everywhere to pull it off! I’m definitely going to try those D.I.Y. ombre candles and D.I.Y. clear glass ornaments

CHRISTMAS CARD 5 Minute Photo Shoot

Although exhausted Monday after returning from Miami, I had to snap into action upon realizing that Christmas is but a mere two weeks away! What?! Cue me scrambling to get the house decorated, Christmas cards ordered, gift list updated…time for baking cookies? I don’t know if we’ll have time! Hence, yesterday morning I subjected my


I’m back from Miami and back to work, celebrating a new launch for client Clara Persis! Clara came to me to help change over her popular food blog Channeling Contessa to a more comprehensive brand that represented her unique social media and digital strategy services. It was a delight to work with her, and I

PACKING LIST Art Basel Miami

I’m soooo excited…checking off another bucket list item to close out 2013 with my first trip to Art Basel Miami! I do admit, however, when I first decided to go, I had NO IDEA it was such a scene to be seen. Cue me last week scrambling to figure out what fabulous attire I could bring

ART IN 5 Ellsworth Kelly (New Column!)

“Study for ‘Combe II’” 1950, cut and pasted colored paper and pencil, Ellsworth Kelly I’m off to Art Basel Miami tomorrow (hurrah!) so I thought this would be a perfect time to try out a new column: “Art in 5″! I’ve been writing “Design Under the Influence” on La Dolce Vita for a few years, and after 30


Love a versatile black/white/gold holiday party look, even more so when it’s budget-friendly. Vogue Paris’ picks from H&M’s holiday collection are nothing short of a sophisticated glam with big bam made for celebrating into the night effortlessly and frugally, for work and play, à la Parisienne…

SALES! Cyber Monday Links

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SALES! Black Friday Links

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Thankful…(A Little Note)

Thankful for this little munchkin today, that I get to be her mommy and every day be amazed at her growth and personality, be her audience as she sings and dances with such heartfelt/closed-eyes emotion, laugh out loud at the funniest things she says in the most serious way, wonder how she can bring out

PACKING LIST Thanksgiving in Napa

Off to Napa tomorrow for the Thanksgiving holiday, and I could not be more excited to relax, drink good wine, eat the best food in the world (yep, I said it), and take in the spectacular scenery. My musts (and I really am packing these items or similar!)…

TRAD ECLECTIC Barcelona Designer Home

Rejoice! Fave site Nuevo Estilo seems to have finally undergone a major redesign, making fabulous international interiors more accessible than ever. Cue my excitement upon finding Ana Ros’ Barcelona home: it’s classical but with a definite retro deco flair. Anytime you mix traditional elements with mirrored anything and shag, I’m all over it…

KATE MOSS in Istanbul by Mario Testino

I’m embarrassed to admit I was not aware of this stunning shoot until flipping through the December issue of Vogue under a dryer at the hair salon. I gasped! I beamed! Such gorgeous photography belongs in a gallery setting or at the very least, framed, surely? Feast your eyes on the beauty of the ornate backdrop

VIGNETTE A Pretty Pause

I was supposed to have a photo shoot yesterday (for The Everygirl…yay! But it got rescheduled…boo), which is always a great excuse to bring fresh flowers into the house. And maybe,  just maybe, have the chance to linger for a moment to appreciate. I don’t know about you, but my days have gotten crazy busy,

RECIPE Lamb Sliders with Goat Cheese & Yogurt Cucumber Sauce

The weather’s chillier, tailgate season is in full swing…time for some good ol’ comfort food! My brother and his family recently moved down here to So Cal, and it’s been so much fun getting together with them to watch college football (Go Bruins!). On one particular game day, he and his wife made lamb sliders

WINTER STAPLES Get the Look: Casual Cool

I’ve been working on building up my winter wardrobe, tweeting and instagramming a few pieces along the way. So I thought I’d post a few of my “basics” to build upon, paying particular attention to details: snaps, zippers, snakeskin, tough + delicate touches that turn these staples into standouts…

CLIENT LOVE Grandiflora

So thrilled to announce the launch of shop Grandiflora — a custom home decor line produced at some of the world’s finest artisan facilities, and brainchild of Erin Souder of the blog House of Earnest. Erin had such a clear vision for the look and feel of her new brand that it made my job easy…I just had to

GIVEAWAY! $100 Lulu & Georgia Gift Card

** PLUS SAVE 20% SITEWIDE TODAY ONLY! ** It’s the first of the “12 Days of Giveaways” from Lulu & Georgia! And I get to play Santa by giving away $100 to help you get started on your holiday shopping!

WINTER LUXE Silk, Lace & Fur

Suddenly I’m into winter. Blame it on the slight cool down here, but this solar-powered girl has finally accepted the fact that this change of season is happening. Seeing such an indulgent spread as this one by fave photog Koray Birand for Elle Russia definitely helps — I’m all over the sensual knits and furs,


I busted out an old travel sketchbook recently and sighed audibly as I relived those moments in time when I sat, stared, sketched, and took it all in. But then I quickly realized: oh dear, these sketches are over 10 years old! That’s a problem. I’m not sure why my travel in the past decade