Autumn Bounty

Fall is such an inspiring and beautiful time of the year!
The harvest.
The crisp, cooling air.

The falling leaves.
Apple picking, apple pies & hot apple cider.
Delicious culinary delights created from pumpkins & squashes.
The changing colors in the sky.
The difference in the shadows on the ground.
Cashmere and boots!

Dior – A/H 2011-2012

Prior to my years, living abroad in Paris, I would mourn the passing of each summer and dread the short, cooler days. Come on, I’m a California girl… I didn’t know any better! My point of view and attitude towards autumn changed after loving each of the four I experienced lived through and enjoyed in Paris. Cozy, chic & of course lots of chocolat chaude!

I’ve been one busy lady and I don’t see it stopping! Business owner, stylist, wife, mama, daughter, sister, friend, etc. I play all the roles that the modern-day woman is responsible for. Do I always embrace them all, happily? No. But, this fall I vow to take it one day at a time. Enjoy the fall fashions. Embrace every chance I have to slip on my boots and cashmere sweaters, whether it be for playtime at the park with bébé or to a networking event with other women entrepreneurs. Sip on a chai latté and remind myself that even though life isn’t perfect… that life is good!

We each only have 24 hours every day. I believe that autumn is such a wonderful time to take a step back and observe YOUR life. Do you need balance or refreshing in a specific area? 
- A closet clean out and re-organization.

- A closet purge… period!
- A pantry purge and organization.
- A car tune up along with an inside/outside detailing.
- A fresh jolt for health? Maybe you’ve been thinking about signing up for a new exercise class or joining a group that meets outdoors for runs or hikes.
- A special day or weekend, spent alone, to get back in touch with yourself, your dreams and who you are!

Fashion is fabulous! You know I believe that and embrace the fashion world. But, I need to be honest with you all and say that as an image consultant, I will tell you, the latest and greatest from any designer and store will not help you “feel better” if there is an imbalance in your life! Take the time for whatever “it” is that is keeping you out of balance, work with a professional (ME!) or call a friend. It is worth the time, energy and potentially a little bit of cash to get you feeling energized, organized and balanced before the end of the year holidays roll around.

Go out, pick a pumpkin, carve it and create something delicious with the rest. Find YOUR individual inspiration through color, taste, light or sound.

A toast to you, to the beginning of the harvest season & of course, to fabulous fall fashions.


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A bientôt!

Gâteau au Yaourt – Yogurt Cake

I recently finished the book “Lunch in Paris” by Elizabeth Bard. It is a heartfelt, love story about life in Paris, being an expat married to a Frenchman complete with recipes and interesting cultural insights. I had many “ah-ha” moments while enjoying this book.

This recipe is the first I have attempted from the book and it was a hit! My French husband couldn’t get enough!! He devoured 3/4 of le gâteau in under 2 days, leaving le bébé and I to the quarter that remained.

Delicious, moist, easy to make and adaptable to different seasons; this is the new classic chez nous!

Gâteau au Yaourt – Yogurt Cake
Straight off the pages of ”Lunch in Paris” (pgs 72-73):

“The version I’ve found best adapted to the American kitchen comes from blogger turned cookbook author extraordinaire Clothilde Dusoulier. For more of her wonderful recipes, check out Chocolate & Zucchini.

1 cup plain yogurt (whole milk, please!) – ** I used 0% plain Greek yogurt
1 cup of sugar
A large pinch of sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 and 2/3 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Zest of 1 lemon
One 16-ounce can of apricots, drained and quartered – ** I used canned peaches. Next order my French hubby put in is for this caked to be lightly spiked with rum and pineapple!

Preheat the oven to 350*F. Lightly oil a 10-inch round cake pan and line it with parchment paper.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine yogurt, sugar, salt and vanilla, whisking until smooth. Add the oil in  a steady stream, whisking to combine. Add the eggs one by one, whisking to incorporate after each addition.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda; add to the yogurt mixture; whisk lightly to combine. Stir in the lemon zest.

Transfer the batter to your cake pan; top with the chopped apricots. Bake on the center rack of the oven for 45 minutes, until golden brown and slightly risen. A toothpick in the center should come out clean.
**My 1st cake came out a little undercooked on the bottom so next time I will try 50 mins instead.

Lift the cake by the parchment paper onto a wire rack to cool. Serve slightly warm or at room temp. This cake actually gets moister with age, so it tastes great the next day. Simply cover the fully cooled cake with aluminum foil; an airtight container or plastic bag will make it soggy.

Seasonal tip: Yogurt cake is a like a blank canvas. Feel free to experiment. Instead of apricots, try fresh berries or chopped pears mixed with a bit of brown sugar. If I’m feeling homesick, I sometimes add a streusel topping as well.”

Bon appétit!!

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Dior Show – Honoring Everyone Behind the Scene

I love that the last collection Galliano created for fashion house DIOR concluded with the runway full of all the people who work tirelessly behind the scene! They deserve an enormous BRAVO for their commitment, hard work, long hours and creative, steady hands!

Les premières images du défilé Christian Dior
Looks like a beautiful, rather quiet setting, under a tent in the garden at Musée Rodin. Not the typical setting/scene for a Galliano show, but then again he was no where to be found, thank goodness!
The show was almost cancelled due to the drama of the past couple of weeks. Thank you DIOR for not cancelling the show. We loved seeing everyone’s hard work, creativity, poise and confidence.

Les premières images du défilé Christian Dior
Beautiful shot of the 1st look sent out on the DIOR  runway
I am DYING FOR THIS HAT!!! How I adore les chapeaux… this sumptuous, titanic blue velvet had me at hello!
Les premières images du défilé Christian Dior
I’m already thinking about the colors I will adopt for this coming fall & winter… And this shot stole my heart!!
I am sold to this beautiful, jewel toned raspberry and olive green!

Have you been following the fiasco with John Galliano? What are your thoughts?

Personally, I am so very proud of DIOR  for firing him. It was completely inappropriate what he said and how he has been acting. Plus, just down right rude, appalling and so very disturbing.

Ok, I had to vent!

Sending you all lots of sunny love on this beautiful weekend!

A beintot,


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Spring is Just Around the Corner!

Color Trends for Spring 2011:

Top 10 PANTONE Colors for women’s fashion
chosen by New York designers for spring 2011

Coral Rose



ELLE Ruffle Crop Trench Jacket
ELLE for Kohl’s



Silver Peony



Blue Curacao


Simply Vera Vera Wang Sateen Crop Jacket
Simply Vera Wang for Kohl’s
I saw this jacket today while shopping with a client! It is cool and a piece that definitely has a place in your spring wardrobe. It is casual and chic all at the same time. The fabric has a nice sheen and the color… somewhere between a very pale lavender, gray and silver. Flattering, easy and fun!

Silver Cloud

Which of these gorgeous Pantone colors will find their place in your closet and wardrobe this spring and summer?

I love them all, individually for different reasons! 
Come on spring, I can’t wait much longer.

A bientot,

Regatta scarf with Regatta and Silver Cloud top

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