FRINGE BENEFITS

Fashion July 27th, 2015 — by:

We’ve had the fringe bug for a while now, but the tipping point was when Charleston Shop Curator featured Imperio JP’s green crossbody bag. Sold!

House of Lavande’s Shell Fringe Collar is the kind of statement piece that every wardrobe requires. We’re obsesses with the Tiger’s Eye accents.

The Rada Clutch features a gilded steel closure that was hand-chiseled in a family-run atélier in Haiti. It also has an ingenious secret wrist strap that can be pulled out to wear the bag as a wristlet or retracted into the clutch for a handheld look.

Alane Weissman’s stretch bangles look great en masse. The chunky beads offset the delicate chain fringe perfectly.

Diamond and leather fringe? Yes, please.  S. Carter does it again with this sleek vertebrae necklace.

And finally, the silver El Fleco. We want to wear this one salsa dancing just so we can see it move.

 

These triangles, octagons and circles will have you brushing up on your math skills before school starts.

These hexagonal studs are great for every day wear. The petite size and style is actually perfect for a student or a minimalist.

These triangular boxes are beautiful alone, but really stand out as a group. The colors are bright and perfect for brightening up a drab desk.

Sometimes circular logic pays off – like in these brightly colored button cufflinks. The circles within circles within circles complete this look with a mix of fun color and upstyled detail.

We love these quirky little limoges trays from the always chic Found for the Home.

The Gossip Earrings from Goshwara feature a stunning set of octagons. We love that they are set on the diagonal for an unusual impact.

This pillow features it all. We love the mashup of circles and rectangles paired with a warm color palette.

World’s Best BLT

Food & Drink July 20th, 2015 — by:

With tomatoes in high season, we’ve been eating them at just about every meal. Of course one of the more classic recipes that keeps us coming back for more is the BLT. Our preference is to serve them up on a toasted sourdough with butter lettuce and a ripe heirloom or two, but the secret is in the sauce… or in this case, the mayo.  Set your BLT apart by slathering it with a Fine Herb or Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise from Victoria Amory and you’ll be saying Hellman who?

She Sells Sea Shells

Shops July 10th, 2015 — by:

Shells to wear and to embellish your home…

House of Lavande does it again with this incredibly chic Edwardian necklace.

This Rococo shell mirror is as much of a work of art as a functional piece. We love the design and texture.

This orchid shell necklace is also bursting with texture. We love the organic feel and the fact that each piece is one-of-a-kind.

This ice bucket belongs in your beach house. It will make your happy hour that much happier.

Shells were once used as a form of currency, which means this bracelet is basically made of leather, diamonds, pearls and money.

These preppy needlepoint loafers are summer staples. The shell and blue coral pattern is simply to die for.

Our new favorite book, “Mr. Wilkinson’s Well-Dressed Salad” has been a great resource for simple summer cooking. This recipe is an instant classic that you’ll want to make every night.

Fossie’s Charred Corn & Potato Salad

2 lbs 3oz of boiling (waxy) potatoes, such as fingerling, peeled and roughly diced

2 ears of corn, husked

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapenos

3 spring onions (scallions), chopped

1 small handful of cilantro, leaves picked, washed, chopped

juice of 1 lime

salt to taste

freshly ground black pepper

  1. Place the potato in a pot and cover with water. Bring to the boil and cook for 5–7 minutes, or until tender when poked with a sharp knife. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat a chargrill or barbecue to high. Toast the corn cobs until nicely browned all over, but not burnt (you could even toast them over a naked gas flame). All up it’ll take a good 15–20 minutes to cook the cobs. Take off the heat, leave to cool a little, then slice off the kernels using a sharp knife.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, chilli powder and jalapeño chilli.
  4. Put the potato and corn in a mixing bowl, then stir in the mayo mixture. Add the rest of the ingredients and season with salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper. Mix together gently, then serve.
  5. This is the perfect barbecue salad or lunch. A good sprinkling of fried bacon or chorizo doesn’t go astray, and adds a lovely texture.

 

ICE COLD JEWELS

Fashion July 6th, 2015 — by:

As the temperatures rise, we recommend cooling off with these chillingly beautiful jewels.

Whoever said crystal jewelry was a washout clearly hasn’t seen the “Gossip” earrings by Goshwara. All we can say is wow!

This crystal ring from Agate Ranch takes an uncut approach to the stone. We love the raw edges and elongated shape.

Keep it classic with Pomellato’s Arabesque earrings. These stunners can be dressed up and down and will quickly become your favorite earrings.

For an edgier look, try the Icicles and Rock Crystals necklace by Natalie Frigo. Brass and suede are a nice compliment to the crystal beads.

Mi Ossa’s Zanno Ze hoops are accented by Tibetan crystals and start at only $86. What a steal!

For maximum impact we recommend this chunky Susanna Galanis necklace with vintage brass chain, pearls and crystal.