A nice pair of ankle boots is a simple way to amp up your style for fall. It can give your look a sassy and modern touch while elongating your silhouette. This season, the ankle boot comes in endless possibilities: in suede or in leather, in black or in a wide array of seasonal color, Oxford style (Richelieu in French) as well as embellished with studs, ruffles or feathers. I have rounded up my favorite picks, I'm sure you'll find one to tickle your fancy:
It might be because of the shorter days and the falling leaves. Or maybe it's because I have been listening to Lana Del Rey way too many times recently, but somehow I am feeling a bit melancholic today. Sometimes a piece of chocolate, a brand new lipstick or a good old movie will do the trick. And sometimes well chosen words are even better because they have the power to resonate within.
Here are the latest quotes I picked up on Pinterest to boost my mood. What helps you when you are feeling blue?
A bit of humor is always helpful in this case, don't you think so?
I was dazzled when I first saw Giorgio Armani's spring/summer 2013 collection, which was unveiled during Milan Fashion Week. Therefore, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite designs showcasing the elegance and Italian craftsmanship at is best. It is a plethora of flickering blue lights and exquisite details...
Sometimes all you need on a Saturday afternoon is to kick back with good friends, a nice bottle of wine and delicious hors d'oeuvres. When Black Mission figs are in season, I like to put together this simple, yet scrumptious recipe. Since fresh figs season usually runs from August to October, it is nice to take plenty advantage of this sensual fruit either by eating it out-of-hand or adding it in various recipes. If you crave sweet and savory bites, the following unfussy treat will be perfect for you.
1 ultra thin pizza crust, store bought is fine
7-8 Black Mission figs
Blue cheese, preferably Roquefort or Gorgonzola
1/3 cup of wine jelly, Sauternes jelly is my favorite
A few sprigs of thyme
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place the pizza crust in the oven for 10 minutes or until warm. Slice the figs thinly and put them in a medium size bowl. Drizzle balsamic vinegar and toss gently. Remove the crust from the oven and let it rest for 2-3 minutes. Cover the centre of the crust with a thin layer of wine jelly. Distribute the fig mixture evenly on the crust. Crumble some blue cheese on top and sprinkle some thyme leaves. Cut the crust in bite size portions and voilà!
Along with polka dots, bows have earned a unique place in a stylish wardrobe.
First used as a dainty clothing ornament, the bow has now become a symbol of femininity and sophistication. This ladylike detail has the quality of remaining in fashion while always being used in new and playful ways. However you choose to wear the knot, it will definitively add un je ne sais quoi to your look.
Are you a bow aficionada?
If you like wish to see more photographs featuring bows, please take a look at my bow pinterest board.
I think I am now in the market for a new iPhone cover. To make a long story short, the Apple store kindly upgraded me to a new iPhone because my old one joined millions of others at the phone cemetery. The only issue at this point is that my old cover doesn't fit my new iPhone.
As much as I love the Apple environment and the Apple products, it is mind boggling that I need to change my cover simply because I am changing phone. It is sad since I was so fond of my previous cover. It is a beautiful black slip-on pocket in buttery leather, just so chic to carry around.
But with all the funky covers I have discovered today, I might just be ready for a change.
Caramel is my absolute weakness, my péché mignon. I'm always on the hunt for creamy and rich caramels. Even though I don't eat them every day, I like the idea of having a great selection around in case I feel the need to indulge.
I am more than happy that my friends and family are aware of my passion for caramel. Therefore, when they travel abroad, they know exactly what to get me if they have a minute to shop around. On his last trip to Paris, my dad brought me an assortment of delectable caramels made with the finest ingredients. They all came from the successful Breton chocolatier and pastry chef Georges Larnicol, who has been awarded the prestigious title "Meilleurs ouvrier de France" or Best Craftsmen of France, in recognition for his artisanal skills. Awarded for life, this unique title is the highest one for artisan-merchants in France and it is a symbol of excellence.
Packaged in a sleek transparent bag, the caramels from Maison Georges Larnicol are the ultimate luxury. Monsieur Georges lives up to his reputation by offering melt-in-your-mouth caramels flavored with chocolate, coffee, sesame and even with fruits. My favorite in the bag is undeniably the Fleur de sel one because it is smooth and buttery rich. A pure delight!
This talented French actress is a fascinating woman. She has a great flair when picking out her roles, she has already won many awards in her young career, she is venturing out in Hollywood while working on more intimate productions in France, she is the partner of the equally amazing French actor and director Guillaume Canet AND she recently became a mother. What an inspiring journey for a woman of only 35 years-old.
Aside from all the above, I think what I like most about her are her wit, her elegance and her charm. What a beautiful soul.
If you are fond of costume jewelry and you just can't get enough of the elegant fashion from the 1940's & 1950's, Dior has something in store for you. Well, maybe not for your wallet but most probably for your eyes.
Today, the House of Dior will be presenting its latest fine jewelry collection at the prestigious Biennale des Antiquaires held at the Grand Palais in Paris. Designed by Victoire de Castellane, the new collection is entitled Dear Dior as it is inspired by motifs discovered in the Dior archives.
"In the 1950's, Christian Dior styled couture gowns with costume jewelry that looked real—I did just the opposite", said de Castellane. Indeed, she has created costume jewelry effect with precious gems and metal such as yellow and white gold, fire opals, sapphires, yellow diamonds, emeralds and amethysts.
The opulent and ravishingly colorful Dear Dior collection is comprised of ten unique pieces, which includes earrings, bracelets and rings. Each piece bears an extravagant name such as 'Tulle', 'Organza' and 'Broderies' in honor of the lavish Haute Couture creations of Monsieur Dior. To add even more prestige to the collection, Victoire de Castellane has lined the back of each model with a gold lace pattern designed by Dior himself.
Take a look at a few exquisite pieces from the Dear Dior collection:
Oxblood, a deep-brownish red, is THE color for fall.
It's great news since deep wine hues are so easy for everyone to pull off. It's simply a matter of picking the right piece to complement your current wardrobe and to avoid going for a monochromatic look.
One way to embrace this new black is to start with richly colored accessories such as a leather handbag, a sexy pair of shoes, a funky bracelet or an elegant scarf. Another way to dip into this deeply saturated color is to choose a tailored leather jacket or a fitted dress embellished with feminine details such as ruffles or sequins.
A great thing about this robust red is that it goes beautifully with black, navy and grey. Therefore, it will be a piece of cake for you to create new looks with your latest purchase (or purchases!).
Now, here are a few of my favorites pieces for this season:
After a festive weekend where rich food and alcohol were in abundance, I like to return to my good habits on Monday. For me, it means drinking lemon water first thing in the morning, eating light meals prepared with fresh vegetables and lean proteins and sipping green tea throughout the day.
I don't drink green tea because it's good for my skin, my waistline and because it provides antioxidants to my body. Ok, maybe I do. But I also drink it because I like the way it makes me feel and I enjoy the comfort it gives me during the day.
That being said, not all green teas are created equal. Some can be very bitter while others can seem quite bland. That is why I have grown accustomed to drinking green tea mixed with fruits, herbs and flowers. I find that it is a much more refined experience since it becomes a multidimensional one. When combined with other flavors, green tea offers a subtle but layered fragrance, which can either be on the sweet, the fruity or the nutty side depending on the blend. Interestingly enough, the pleasure I have when I get to taste the various aromas can sometimes remind me of the delight in tasting a great wine.
One of my favorite green teas is the Vert Provence from Mariage Frères, the oldest tea house in Paris. Described as a Rose & Lavender, mellow green tea, Vert Provence comes in the famous black canister. Once you open it, your senses are mesmerized by the delicate scents of rose, lavender and blackberry.
On the package, the tea is introduced as following: "The hinterland of Provence in southern France explodes with plants, flowers, and fruit that all boast heady scents. Lavender, rosemary, thyme, broom, juniper, heather, and boxwood dot hills and plateaus; forests of silvery mimosa colour the mountains of Maures and Estérel, and roses, tulips, jasmine, and violets blanket Grasse; finally, golden fruit trees (lemon, orange) light up the Riviera."
And here's a few words about the unique blend: "In order to recreate the magic of southern France, Mariage Frères has taken a grand green tea with a flowery, slightly grassy scent, and blended it with fruits from Provence, dominated by ripe red and black berries, creating an intense bouquet that is round in the mouth, concentrated in flavour, supported by the warm aroma of wild lavender and the sweetness of rose petals."
Sometimes I like to add a bit of candy sugar (or sucre candy in French) in my tea to mask the bitterness and maybe also to ease into the week. After all, drinking tea is another moment of indulgence.