10/31/12

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ S/S 2013

( Robert Rodriguez Collection)
 My favorite thing about writing a style blog is being introduced to new designers and having the opportunity to get to know them, see their workspaces, learn a bit about their creative process and of course, wear their beautiful creations! I know I don't blog nearly enough but I think it's because I am way more interested in the artistry of designers than I am in taking pictures of myself. Ha!

That's why I was super excited to be invited to visit the Robert Rodriguez showroom this month and view his Spring collection. Although I wasn't familiar with the line I was pleasantly surprised with how well it fit my personal aesthetic; feminine and classic but with playful/edgy details ( like a peek-a-boo cutout on the back of a tweed dress) 


( My Favorites)
These were my favorites pieces from the line. I'd wear the striped dress on a romantic getaway to Capri, Italy and the mustard colored skirt in Honolulu! The metallic sweater would be great with boyfriend jeans and loafers.


Buttoned high. 


 If you read this blog regularly then you know that I have a special place in my heart for local designers who manufacture in L.A. 
Robert not only makes his clothes here, he oversaw the creation of this beautiful workspace/ showroom in downtown L.A.
It's light drenched and airy but with grounding elements like concrete columns which serve to divide the showroom from sewing/design areas and office space.


This jacket would be a great investment. I'd pair it for Spring with a vintage dress or a t-shirt, cut-offs and sandals.




Gotta leave it on this one again - gorgeous white, tiered skirt.
Thanks to Lindsay and Natalie for showing us around and for the delicious juices.
xxoo,
AA





10/28/12

DOWNTOWN, LA

( Tess Giberson sweater, Adam dress, Indigo heels, Alexander Wang bag )
( Cute and Comfy heels)
These are the heels I was telling you about that are so cute and so comfy. They're made by Clarks and are high quality with a very affordable price point and a very classic look.
I recommend them! Go here to check them out.

I've been going downtown lately to visit designer showrooms and it's really exciting to see all the new businesses that are cropping up. Last week I was there twice; to Heidi's studio to get dressed for an event and to view The Robert Rodriguez S/S 13 Collection,  I'm excited to give you a sneak peek on Wednesday.

We also ventured downtown to have dinner at The Parish on Thursday.
I loved everything about it from the gas lanters on the exterior of the building, to the vintage leather chairs we were seated in, to the insanely delicious meat pie  that we all sampled.
I'm dying to go back on a Sunday for their fried chicken dinner.

Plus, if you squint your eyes hard enough in Downtown LA it almost feels like you're in New York City.

10/21/12

BIG NIGHT


I went to opening night of Seminar at the Ahmanson Theater last Wednesday.
I wore the Sark skirt and matching blouse by Heidi Merrick and I just loved my outfit.
The Sark look is made from hand painted artisan silk with a pleated waist and pockets.
Heidi turned me onto wearing separates last time I was at her studio and
it's a much more effective way to think about wardrobe.
Instead of spending money on a dress which can only be worn once buying separates allows you to mix and match.
 The blouse would look awesome with skinny jeans and the skirt would be great with a t-shirt and bold necklace.




10/18/12

FINISHING TOUCHES: BLING DING DONG


(TESS GIBERSON SWEATER, ADAM DRESS, ROBERT RODRIGUEZ JEWELRY)

We had the pleasure of viewing the S/S13 line from Robert Rodriguez yesterday. 
 I fell in love with many things but this looped crystal collar was a favorite.
 I've been looking for something like it ever since I posted this awhile back

What are you up to this weekend?

We're doing a Haunted Hayride, going to see Argo and celebrating a dog friend's birthday the Octoberfest way!

Have a great weekend readers! 

10/17/12

SIMPLE + SEASONAL: ALICE WATERS PUMPKIN PIE


L.A. got Fall weather for a full 24hrs last week...it was chilly, rainy and it was glorious.
I knew it wouldn't last so I cancelled all my plans and took the day to nest.
I must have been smoking something good cause lo' and behold Mark came home to a home baked pie!
You could've knocked the man down with a feather. 

When I feel like really cooking I pull down my Alice Waters "Art Of Simple Food" cookbook.
It was a Christmas gift from my mother after we got engaged and I absolutely love it.

Alice Waters "Pumpkin Pie"

I use a Pillsbury pet-ritz pie crust.
Then I make my "pumpkin" puree but I substitute butternut squash for pumpkin. 
Cooking pumpkins are hard to find and the squash was delicious - couldn't even tell the difference. So first make your

butternut squash puree
Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds.
Place the halves cut side down on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake in a 350 degree oven until the squash is tender throughout
Remove from the oven, let cool, and then scoop the flesh from the peel
Mash with a potato masher or puree in a food mill.

Then....

In a small saucepan whisk together
1/4 cup cream
2 teaspoons flour

Heat the mixture over low heat until it comes to a boil and thickens. Slowly whisk in
3/4 cup cream
Continue whisking until the mixture returns to a boil. remove from heat. In a medium bowl whisk together
11/2 cups pumpkin puree
3eggs
In another bowl combine
1/4 brown sugar
1 tbs granulated sugar
tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
A pinch of fresh ground black pepper
Stir the sugar and spice mixture and the thickened cream into the pumpkin puree.
whisk in
1 1/2 tsp Brandy (optional)

Pour into the pre-baked pie shell and bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until the center is almost set. Let cool on a rack completely before cutting.
Perfect for Thanksgiving.
Enjoy!

10/14/12

EVERYBODY'S OUT


(Elizabeth and James boots, Alexander Wang bag, Rachel Pally skirt, American Apparel top, Adam leather jacket)


Some quick shots taken on the way to Venice Friday night hence the clutching of car keys in photos. 
I think I like this skirt even better for Fall.

I found some awesome Fall pumps this weekend.
When I lived in New York City I almost never wore heels.
Comfort is a priority when you are walking everywhere.

Now that I live in L.A. I'm becoming more of a shoe girl and I finally get what all the fuss is about.
Shoes are awesome!

Hints on the new kicks: they are from a classic brand that just started making more on-trend shoes and are 
A) affordable. 
B) Insanely confortable. 
and C) very similar to the LK Bennett's that I wrote about here.
Will post photos later this week.

10/9/12

GLAMPING IN BIG SUR

Image via El Cosmico

I'm not sure what I'm more excited about, my first trip to Big Sur or saying the word GLAMPING over and over again. 
Try it... 
It's a seriously fun word! 
Mark and I just booked a belated anniversary stay this November in a Solar powered Airstream trailer. We have our own fire pit, mountain view and hot outdoor shower.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

I can't wait to fill you guys in on all the places we loved and share some photos.
In the meantime, if anyone's been to Big Sur, please leave suggestions for things to do!
You know, other than take in what is said to be one of the most beautiful places in America.

P.S. I would love a suggestion on a nice place to stop for lunch between Los Angeles and Big Sur on Highway 1.

10/7/12

JEAN POP


( Thrifted denim jacket, ADAM silk dress - old, Calypso bag - old, KJacques sandals, Swatch watch)


 Nothing says "Guys, I'm not thaaat dressed up" quite like a denim jacket.
Which is why I'm so happy that I found my little Cindy.
She lets me get away with murder i.e. wearing a silky pink dress during daytime hours in Pasadena.
Wa-Ha-Ha-Ha.

By the time we got home however I was clawing that dress and so ready to take it off.
I felt a little weird sitting on plastic furniture and eating fish and chips in a silk maxi dress. 
As much as I love putting on beautiful clothes sometimes taking them off can feel just as nice.

 We were on Abbot Kinney this Saturday and stumbled upon a store carrying a whole bunch of kiddie versions of Cindy with different names embroidered on the back...looked to be vintage and so, so cute. Maybe I need a baby Clotheshorse to dress. What do you think?


Surprised to say I am missing cold weather a bit. I would love to be wearing my great aunt's fur coat (hand me down fur is a-o.k. in my opinion) and skipping over to my Mom's old place on Bedford avenue to bake a pie with her. I miss my Mom. My sister. New York and 
I'm having mad pie baking fantasies lately. Hmmmm. 
Thinking about going apple picking here in LA but something about picking apples in 80 degree weather just don't seem right. 
And now I'm officially one of those people complaining about year-round perfect weather. 
Only one thing left to say.
Let's Go O's!!





10/3/12

THAT TIME WE RENTED OUT AN ENTIRE SUMMER CAMP

 Growing up, my parents never sent me to Sleepaway Camp. It just wasn't part of our Italian-Catholic upbringing. 
Instead all my cousins came over to our house and my grandmother watched us there. 
What my wonderful Nunny was really watching was the OJ Simpson trial and Days Of Our Lives but she provided my mom with free child care which is nothing short of amazing and possibly the best gift a parent can give. 
Other than education. 
Which brings us to when my parents sent me to
NYU.
It seemed that all my new and fancy college friends had spent Summers at camp.  
Complete with all the Summer Camp firsts: kisses, crushes, sneaking out, sneaking in...you get the picture.  
The only Summer excitement I had was fresh donuts in the morning and visits to the public pool.

It made me more than a little jealous.


So you would think I would've jumped at the opportunity to do Summer Camp as an adult. 
But when our friend Brian told us he was renting out an entire Camp in the mountains over Labor Day weekend I totally didn't want to go.
Bunk beds? Weird. 
Camp food? Gross. 
Group Activities? No way. 
Call it rebelling against what I had convinced myself I didn't need and never had as a child. 

But my husband convinced me it would be fun, so we went.

But it wasn't just fun...it was amazing! 
Three days to live out the whole camp experience. 
Soup to nuts.
Ropes course, arts and crafts, archery, mountain biking, even a GIANT inflatable pool slide. 
And since we aren't actually 13 there were cocktails around our campfire:)



The people running the camp seemed more than a little confused by our group.
Just some full grown adults wanting to get our Summer Camp on. You know.
When it was over we all went back to L.A. and took very long naps.
Again, not 13 anymore.
The end.


P.S. If you're wondering why Emily is holding mad dolla billz in the above photo it's cause we had all just paid our tabs to the Hendersons. She isn't secretly a drug dealer.
Unless you consider vintage furniture drugs.
In which case she's Pablo Escobar.