Monday
May302011

Parisian Chic


Tell me you have heard of, and purchased, Parisian Chic: A Style Guide by Ines de la Fressange? If you have not done so, I seriously urge you to remedy the situation as soon as possible.

Ines de la Fressange: model, author, mother, Roger Vivier creative director and now ambassador for all that is Parisian Chic. Apparently, Ines and her assistant were so swamped with requests for places to go while in Paris (eat, dine, shop, you name it) she decided to put all her advice to paper. We are the happy recipients of her thorough research.

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Part city guide, part fashion bible, Ines also includes advice on how to achieve that certain French je ne sais quoi style that all women strive to attain. The fashion advice is basic, but includes the type of guidance that has withstood the test of time. Less is more. Buy quality over quantity. Take one accessory off before leaving the house. You know the drill. Ines brings us delightful illustrations to clarify her points and even has her oh so gorgeous daughter Nine join in the fun and model her recommendations.

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The book starts with the essentials. How to dress like a Parisian......and eases you though the basic items every woman needs in her wardrobe, how to accessorize them, and finally where to buy them in Paris, along with where to dine in your new chic outfits and where to shed them and rest up with a spa day.

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Above: Cheat sheet to French style

"I know women need help! I did this book for women who don't necessarily have imagination or time," explains de la Fressange in the recent Vogue article covering the release. "What I don't like is convention. It's boring." Who likes convention? I know Ines and I are kindred spirits. Ines, seriously, call me some time.

I plan to live this book while I am in France this month. Rejoice readers- you too will get to enjoy chic adventures as some of my friends (I assure you all well versed in Parisian Chic) take the helm of Mon Petit Chou Chou, sharing inspiration and what they took away from Ines' magnum opus to all things Paris as well as what they love most about Paris.

Enjoy the trip!

Friday
May272011

Chocolate Cracked Earth: Flourless Chocolate Cake

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I made this recipe for a dinner party recently and it was such a hit I had to share. Don't let the name of the desert throw you off, it is not earth like at all, just chocolatey, airy, delicious goodness.

The dessert is actually more akin to a chocolate souffle than the typical dense flourless chocolate cakes I have made before. Lighter than your typical chocolate fare you don't need to feel as guilty about indulging!

It was sinfully easy to make, the only ingredients being chocolate, butter, sugar, cream and eggs, lots and lots of eggs. Nine to be exact! Click here for the full recipe.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar, crack open the spring form pan, and serve with my favourite, amaretto whipped cream and fresh fruit.

Wednesday
May252011

Currently Obsessing

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This weeks current obsession? 


Ladylike details. Because class never goes out of style.

Pearls mixed with some edgy metal? J Crew has really caught my attention with their jewels.

Boxy bags in bright colors.  Top Shop nailed this trend.
And it's much cheaper than Celine's version!

Bright purple Miu Miu shades in a classic shape. Does it get any better than $16.99 at TJ Maxx?


And of course, some flowers to bring it all together.
Nothing says classy lady like some fresh cut stems in the house.

Monday
May232011

Dots & Leopard

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Above: Kookai shorts, J Crew top, necklace, and bracelets. Zara shoes, Top Shop bag.

Finally, some warm weather here, perfect for breaking out summer dresses and shorts, not seen since last year. Sigh. I have a whole new wardrobe to work with.

I dug out these suede Kookai shorts for an event at the Tannery a few weeks ago and haven't stopped wearing them since. I love the look of the polka dots and leopard loafers. It's a little bit prep, some mixed up prints, and soooooo comfortable. I wish I could live in suede everything, though I suppose that would be difficult and pricey to clean.

Husband and I also recently discovered this fun space  in our backyard, a huge, sprawling patio. I am embarrassed to admit, we have lived here for 3 years and never checked it out, assuming incorrectly that it belonged to the rear house.

To new outfits, remixing in our closet and new spaces!

Friday
May202011

Banana Republic After 5 Recap

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New goodies just in!
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Me and my new VA pals, Christina and Julie. Pretty awesome ladies.

Myself, Jen (from JenLovesKev) and Kinsey (from KinseyMichaels) aided and abetted in all things shopping and sale related at the Banana Republic After 5 event in Copley last night. Banana Republic definitely rolled out the red carpet on discounts (25% off sale AND 25% off purchase of $100) and made merry with wine and nibblies. Nothing like a few glasses of vino to induce a shopping binge and fight the rainy day blues!

I had such a lovely time with my fellow bloggers and my new friends from Banana and Virgin America. It's a miracle I didn't walk out with half the store....but I left that to husband who made an appearance to take advantage of the deals and buy a new suit.

One lucky winner was chosen that evening for gratis roundtrip airfare and a stay at The Mondrian in LA. Our fortunate gal was in the store at the time of the drawing and there were lots of squeals and clapping by all (and I confess, maybe a tinge of jealousy that I didn't win!).

The BR staff were welcoming, the Virgin America girls were just a delight, hanging with Kinsey and Jen, and all the people (and local bloggers!) who came out in the storms to say hi made the evening so over the top wonderful. Thank you so much for joining us!

Doing events like this reminds me how many wonderful people I have in my life, how many fabulous people I have met through blogging and how good it is to get out of my homebody ways from time to time and meet even more new people. We continued the fun post event, with a gaggle of bloggers, Banana staffers, and Virgin America representatives and friends. Seriously, soul warming stuff, great new friends and a wonderful way to cap a fabulous event.

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New summer wares, Lissy (from A Girl in Boston) and her new chic skirt, vino.