Lobster Rolls

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Mr. MpChouChou and I have a Valentine's day tradition, which is pretty solid in my humble opinion. We let everyone else go out for their prix fixe menus, be rushed, probably experience an okay meal, and stay in. I can't wait to do just that, again this year- with the addition of our fireplace. It will be fabulous to celebrate in your home.

Our tradition also includes a lobster dish of some kind. Followed by some crazy chocolate dessert. Tradition is nice when it is this delicious.

This year's menu will include the lobster roll. Classic comfort food, no frills, all delicious flavor.

I made up this recipe off the cuff. I think the less that goes into the lobster roll, the better it usually tastes, so go light on the mayo until you get the correct consistancy. Tarragon also makes a nice addition but I think you get plenty from the chives and parsley. The lemon, not to be forgotten, that is what makes it sing and have a fresh spark.


Lobster Rolls:

1 lbs fresh shelled lobster meat

1/2 cup greek yogurt (full fat!)

1/2 cup mayonnaise

chopped celery

chopped chives

chopped parsley

3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

salt & pepper to taste


Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Place on toasted, buttered (of cousrse), rolls of your choice.


Dive in!


Hermes X Comme des Garcons Collab


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This definitely isn't your typical Target collab. It's a high caliber, luxe to the max, take no prisoners designer collaboration between Hermes and Rei Kawakubo, the designer behind the Japanese brand Comme des Garcons. 

Parisian luxury house meets Tokyo- the collection is about "the magic [that comes] from an unexpected meeting," Bali Barret, women's artistic director for Hermès. "It is a moment of grace."

Grace, synergy, graffiti, silk, bombastic design, call it what you want, I think it's fabulous. And fleeting. The Comme des Carres collection features a total of 11 scarves. A set of five black and white versions, available in Comme des Garcons stores February 7 (photos here, via Refinery 29), as well as six color versions, will be available online, starting February 6 at Dover Street Market. 

Get them while you can, and if your wallet can handle the typical Hermes price points of course, $493 to $2,076......


In other Hermes news, some interesting tidbits (from a recent Harper's Bazaar):


1. The length of thread necessary to make 1,000 Hermès carrés (scarves) is equal to the distance between the earth and the moon. One silk moth yields one scarf.

2. The Kelly bag is made with 36 pieces of leather and 680 hand stitches.

3. A silk colorist works with a chart of 75,000 hues to create new color schemes each season.

4. The leather ateliers receive more than 600,000 skins per year. Each skin has a bar code to keep track of its origin and specific treatment.

5. Hermès's start in fine jewelry came from working with silver to trim saddlery—the house's first clients were horses, of course!


This or That: Auction Finds VS Retail


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Time for a little game of This or.......That. 

People are usually amazed by what I find at auction (Skinner Auction House being my preferred hunting ground) but tend to think, auctions, not for me, or not for the masses. They can certainly be luxe and very high brow, but they are far from exclusive, with deals to be had all the time.

My husband and I made a point of checking out Skinner's Discovery sales, ever on the look out for unique purchases to furnish our new home. Here are some our amazing buys, vs comparable items I was keeping tabs on at Anthropologie, Walmart, and French Market furniture.

Can you guess which is Skinner and which is retail above? The truth, and pricing, may surprise you.


1. Skinner Tapestry Upholstered Arm Chair, hammer price $425 VS.

2. Calla Gold Arms Chair, French Market Collection, retail $1,570

3. Skinner Venetian Etched Glass Mirror, hammer price $300 VS.

4. Larisa Venetian Mirror, Walmart, retail $969.99 

5. Seaborne Flatware, Anthropolgie, retail $98/per setting, or $1,176/12 settings  VS.

6. Skinner Siamese Brass Flatware, 142 piece, hammer price $175