Friday, April 29, 2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011

{pink about it!}

This season I am obsessing over Electric Pink. Hot pink is the Navy Blue of Spring/Summer 2011 so all you Pink lovers rejoice! The modern way to wear Pink is intentionally simplistic. If you're not ready for a full Pink commitment try to accessorize with a pop of Pink on your lips, in a scarf or if you're ever so daring brighten up any neutral outfit with Hot Pink flats. I'm loving Belle by Sigerson Morrison hot pink suede flats. Pink about it...

blouse: zara, pants: vince, scarf: banana republic, sandals: reiss, flats: belle by sigerson, necklace: vintage, bracelets: banana republic factory stores, lipstick: mac impassioned, lipliner: mac red

Monday, April 25, 2011

{ladies who lunch}

Any excuse to visit my favorite winery in Napa...especially when family is visiting from abroad. As a proud club member of Peju winery I arranged for a private lunch for a group of four. Upon arrival at Peju we were greeted with a welcome "wine" walking tour around the grounds and gardens, followed by a private tasting by a Peju wine ambassador in their beautiful tasting tower served with local artisan cheeses. If that wasn't enough we had a lunch experience where we joined the Chef in the Peju kitchen for a Chefs table luncheon. We experienced the flavors and aromas as our private Chef prepared and served our bountiful 3 course lunch paired with a selection of Peju wines. And the experience began...

First Course

Beet, Mache & Goat Cheese Salad with Caramelized shallot & Tarragon Vinaigrette
Served with 2009 Peju Sauvignon Blanc


Spring Vegetable Risotto with oven roasted Poisson
Served with 2007 Merlot

To Finish

Warm banana bread w/ Panna Cotta and caramelized Banana
Served with 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

red red wine

A typical Saturday afternoon in Sonoma wine tasting with good friends. 

 blouse & jeans: zara, necklace: giles & brother, shoes: joie, fedora: truffaux

Monday, April 18, 2011

gap girls

My sister-in-law and I were lucky picks for the Gap Outlet Holiday marketing campaign last year. Does it look like we had a blast...??? Take a sneak peak into our perfect day at the photoshoot.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

spring fling

I'm obsessing over Zara's candy color palette in their April lookbook. The loud stripes, bold color, mix & match styling has me falling head over heels...The ultimate color-block trend.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

city of dreams

I just got back from NYC and let me tell you it was the saddest flight back to SFO. I missed my hubby and my darling little pup of course, but I was saddened to leave the city where dreams come true.

I stayed at The Standard in the meatpacking where you'll find hip, modern furniture,  open bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, clear glass panels instead of shower curtains, and the rainfall showers scream nothing less of sexy. The elevators feature a video that represents Heaven as you go up and Hell as you go down. Need I say more...? The hotel has a late-night club of the moment, Top of the Standard. The club is the scene of many fashion soiree and celeb-filled parties, and do not be surprised to find yourself watching the sun rise over the Hudson River.

Over the course of my 6 day trip I shopped like a mad woman, ate at some newly discovered restaurants and even managed to catch up with some old friends. My first night out had to be at Pastis. Nothing better than steak frites after a long 5 hour flight from SFO. My second night was spent chatting with dear friends at Dos Caminos. An oldie but goodie. The shrimp tacos are exemplary, but they are not the only thing people pack the place for. The range of Mexican spirits is the best this side of Tijuana. Slam down a shot or two, or sample one of the 70 tequilas. The scene is young, loud and bound to give you at least a mild hangover. My third evening was spent with my co-workers at Da Silvano, a new find for me. I can't believe I had never eaten at this quaint Italian restaurant that attracts regulars like Madonna! The food was nothing short of exquisite and the bill wasn't forgiving either. I wasn't fortunate enough to have a celebrity sighting that evening but the following afternoon as I was shopping in Soho I casually bumped into Curtis Stone who was hailing a cab outside of Soho Grand. Yes, casually. He's absolutely stunning in person. His thin, model like female-friend wasn't bad herself, but who's paying attention to her...

I even got myself on a train headed to Long Island City to visit some old friends. I managed to miss my stop but only because I was ambushed by the Mariachi band that flew threw the doors of the subway playing their instruments on the loudest note yet. My last and final night was spent with girlfriends at Macelleria and in search of our second wind we ended the night at Gaslight. The perfect way to end my week long trip.

Revolving door at The Standard
Outdoor seating at The Standard

Mario Batali's artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace, Eataly

Sunday, April 3, 2011

new york state of mind

Hello friends, I am in NYC for the week! It's cold and crisp, but great to be back in the big apple. I'll be staying at one of Andre Balazs sexy boutique hotels, The Standard. I'm off to meet with my jewelry vendors tomorrow and then will be galavanting the streets of NYC to shop for spring 2012! Apologies in advance for being MIA this week, but I promise to return with some excellent material. More to come...

{images: sartorialist}
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