The Fruits Of My Search


FRS Knitted Tight Dress $ 76.00Isabel Marant Etoile Lambskin Leather Vest $1245.00 on sale for $747.00

Tods Monk Strap Leather Brogues $600.00FRS Midi Skirt In Black Pleats $48.00Clare Vivier Duffel Petit $542.00Jennifer Fisher Hollow Wide Rectangle Ring $310.00

I’ve been on the search for the perfect pair of brogues to wear this season. Finding a pair that met all my requirements was a challenge. They had to own an element of elegance, as I will wear them with dresses, be sleek enough to wear with skinny jeans (not too overpowering), and all around tres chic. It was tricky but I believe I’ve found the perfect pair (by Tods). I expect it was the monk strap and fringe detail that sold me –  it’s always in the details.

With the find of the brogues, and a new online store I’ve discovered, The Front Row, putting together the perfect day chic ensemble was easy. This TFR black knit dress, perfect on its own, is a whole different look when worn over their white with black fluted pleated skirt. The dress also has a pair of matching knit pants. Three outfits with one dress!

Top it off with  Isabel Marant’s Etoile leather vest (on sale) and Clare V.‘s petit duffle bag for the ideal finishing touches. I’d keep the accessories to a minimum, Jennifer Fisher’s hollow rectangular ring is perfect.

My mindset is definitely switching gears. I’m ready for fall.

 

FRS Knitted Tight Dress $ 76.00 // Isabel Marant Etoile Lambskin Leather Vest $1245.00 on sale for $747.00 // FRS Midi Skirt In Black Pleats $48.00 // Jennifer Fisher Hollow Wide Rectangle Ring $310.00 // Clare Vivier Duffel Petit $542.00 // Tods Monk Strap Leather Brogues $600.00

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Party Down


Camilla & Marc Winter Wren Crepe Dress $672.00Front Row Shop Layered Silk Dress $94.00

Aritzia Wilfred Chasles Dress $145.00Mason By Michelle Mason Lace Back Dress $495.00

Isa Arfen Bow Embellished Wool And Silk Blend Top $ 755.00 & Straight Leg Pant $930.00Isabel Marant Maybe Charmeuse Leopard Print $925 on sale for $417.00 Dress

It is starting to officially feel like the holidays. With a bit of a nip in the air and Thanksgiving practically knocking on the door, I’m beginning to feel the spirit.

With the holidays comes a plethora of occasions to rationalize adding a new dress or two to your wardrobe.Though the fabulous feeling of attending a party with friends and loved ones looking absolutely smashing in a new dress is always reason enough for me!!

I adore all the dresses above with the Camila & Marc crepe dress a particular favorite for a more formal (cocktailish) affair. And, if it’s pants you fancy, Isa Arfen’s bow embellished wool and silk blend top paired with her high-waisted slim pants is a chic, modern alternative. Hense, the option of adding one or two to the closet.

For the complete look pair with:

ASOS Premiere Pointed High Heels $72.00Sarah Magid Caged Cone Linear Earrings $168.00Diane Von Furstenberg Clasp Box Clutch $411.00

Camilla & Marc Winter Wren Crepe Dress $672.00 // Front Row Shop Layered Silk Dress $94.00 // Mason By Michelle Mason Lace Back Dress $495.00 // Isabel Marant Maybe Charmeuse Leopard Print $925 on sale for $417.00 Dress // Isa Arfen Bow Embellished Wool And Silk Blend Top $ 755.00 & Straight Leg Pant $930.00 // Aritzia Wilfred Chasles Dress $145.00.

ASOS Premiere Pointed High Heels $72.00 // Sarah Magid Caged Cone Linear Earrings $168.00 // Diane Von Furstenberg Clasp Box Clutch $411.00

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Styling Tips By Kristin


Emmanuelle Alt

Dress up chic leather jeans and sweatshirt with the perfect pair of pumps, via the style master herself - Emmanuelle Alt. Adding a pop of color to basic black will brighten your winter wardrobe!!

Miranda Kerr

Follow Miranda Kerr’s lead and try wearing semi sheer hose with a denim mini for a modern look, and a great way to keep your legs warm in these colder months.

Alexa Chung

Try pairing pastels with a cheetah print as a fresh way to update a trend (animal print) that will always be in fashion. Alexa Chung’s metallic gold flats are the perfect way to add a punch to the look.

Street Style 1

Navy and yellow are an unexpected color combo that looks like a million bucks. A cropped top in a classic, elegant silhouette is the perfect complement to a high-waisted pencil skirt.

Solange Knowles

Wearing a vibrant colored suit makes a splash but be sure to keep the silhouette clean and minimal, as well as your accessories. I love how Solange Knowles keeps it ultra minimal with no shirt – pure color keeps the look long and lean.

 

The Perfect Modern Bride — Solange Knowles

Solange may not be as famous as her sister Beyounce, but there aren’t many people with her ultra chic style. Everybody’s talking about her Humberto Leon for Kenzo wedding dress which was designed personally for her. It’s good to have designer friends!!

Solange Knowles Humberto Leon for Kenzo

Solange in Her Kenzo wedding dress designed by Humberto Leon. Cuffs by Jill for Lady Grey.

The Wedding Party & Friends

How cool is it to have an all white wedding party and all quests were instructed to wear white!! Tres Chic.

Solange Knowles Stephane Rolland

Solange Knowles on the way to the wedding in a Stéphane Rolland Fall 2012 Couture jumpsuit with a cut-out back and cape detail, and Alan Ferguson in a white linen Lanvin double-breasted suit.

Solange Knowles & Alan Ferguson

Another Stéphane Rolland Fall 2012 Couture jumpsuit for fun after the wedding.

Soalnge Knowles & Alan Ferguson

Another Stephane Rolland Couture Dress for the Rehearsal dinner. Alan Ferguson wears Costume National suit.

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One At A Time


Pumpkin & Lobster Soup

I’m so tempted to start delving into the many Holiday Gift Lists floating around the internet. (I’m especially excited about perusing goop’s list.) But, I like to experience my holidays one at a time, and since Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday I’ve decided to fully experience my time with family and friends joined around the table, feasting on home-made delights before I move on to celebrating Christmas/Chanukah.

Here are a few of my favorites dishes I’m looking forward to this Thanksgiving!

The first is a delicious soup my good friend’s mom would make when we feasted at their home on the lake in Tahoe (some of my favorite Thanksgivings)!

Pumpkin Soup With Creole Lobster

  • 4 sugar pumpkins or 2 medium butternut squash (about 5 pounds total), halved and seeded
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Five 1-pound lobsters
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • 1 rosemary sprig
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup medium-dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Drizzle the pumpkin halves with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap each half tightly in foil and bake on a large cookie sheet for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until tender. Let cool slightly, then scoop the pumpkin flesh into a bowl.
2. Meanwhile, bring a stockpot of water to a boil. Prepare a large bowl of ice water. Salt the boiling water and add the lobsters. Cover and cook over high heat for 3 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the lobsters to the ice water and let cool. Twist off the heads and reserve. Crack the claws and remove the meat in 1 piece. Using a heavy knife, halve the lobster tails lengthwise, cutting through the meat and the shells. Remove the dark intestinal veins from the tails. Transfer the lobster tails and the claw meat to a large baking sheet; refrigerate.
3. Clean out the lobster heads with a spoon and return the shells to the stockpot. Simmer the shells for 30 minutes, skimming frequently. Strain the lobster stock through a fine sieve and reserve 8 cups.
4. In a soup pot, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter. Add the onion, garlic, thyme, rosemary and bay leaf. Cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion is softened, about 8 minutes. Add the cooked pumpkin and the wine and simmer until the wine has reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add 6 cups of the lobster stock and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove and discard the herb sprigs and bay leaf.
5. In a food processor or blender, puree the soup with the crème fraîche. Return it to a clean pot. Add enough of the remaining 2 cups of lobster stock to make the soup velvety; season with salt and pepper.
6. Mix 1 tablespoon of kosher salt with 2 teaspoons of pepper and the garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, dry mustard, cumin, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves.
7. In a very large skillet, heat the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil. Add the lobster tails, cut sides down, and cook over high heat until the shells begins to brown, 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to moderate, turn the tails and add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and the spice mixture. Cook the tails for 2 minutes, basting them with the spice butter. Transfer the tails to a plate and remove the meat from the shells. Add the lobster claws to the skillet and baste with the spice butter, 2 minutes per side. Add the claws to the tails on the plate.
8. Bring the soup to a simmer. Ladle into warmed bowls and garnish each serving with a lobster tail half and a claw.

Recipe comes from Food & Wine

ACTIVE: 1 HR 15 MIN
TOTAL TIME: 2 HRS 45 MIN
SERVINGS: 10

Chestnut Stuffing With Leeks & Apples

This is my girlfriend, Cynthia Desser’s (Cynthia Desser Accessories) favorite stuffing, the chestnuts reminds her of growing up in New York City. It’s so delectable that if you’re not quick you’ll only get one helping, of course, I’ve mastered getting two helpings. I eat the stuffing first and then before eating anything else, help myself to seconds!!

Chestnut Stuffing With Leeks & Apples

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery, about 4 celery stalks
  • 1  chopped onion, about 1 medium onion
  • 1 cup chopped leeks
  • 4 cups chopped Fuji apples, about 3 apples
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 10 cup(1-inch) cubes from assorted whole-grain bread, toasted until dry
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped cooked shelled chestnuts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 1/4 cups fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth, heated
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with 2 teaspoons olive oil.                                                                                  2. Heat remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add celery and onion; sauté 5 minutes. Add apple, parsley, sage, thyme, and rosemary; saute 3 minutes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           3. Combine apple mixture, bread, and next 4 ingredients (through egg) in a large bowl. Add hot broth; stir well. (Mixture should be moist but not soaked.) Spoon into prepared baking dish. Dot with butter. Cover with foil.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       4. Bake at 350º for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 25 minutes or until top is golden brown. Let stand 15–20 minutes before serving.

Roasted chestnut instructions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. With sharp knife, slash shell of each chestnut. Place in jelly roll pan and roast until shells burst open, about 20 minutes. When cool enough to handle, with paring knife, peel chestnuts. Chop chestnut meat; place in large bowl.

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Monkey Hear


The Basement Tapes (1975) Bob Dylan & the Band

The Basement Tapes (1975) Bob Dylan & The Band

In July 1966, while riding through upstate New York, Bob Dylan suffered a debilitating motorcycle accident (still viewed by many as a pivotal point of his career). Recuperating in his home in Woodstock he was joined by members of his backing band, The Hawks, later known as The Band (Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm) where they recorded more than 100 tracks together –  at least 30 of them originals. In 1975 Dylan gave his permission to release a two album set of the songs (The Basement Tapes) which ostensibly gave way to a new genre of recordings, the bootleg tapes (Great White Wonder — the first bootleg release of the material).

Now you can hear the magic of the entire Basement Tape sessions with Bob Dylan & The Band:The Basement Tapes Complete, over 100 songs recorded over the span of a few months (6 CD set), released in the raw, warts and all!

 

Bob Dylan & The Band The Basement Tapes Complete

Bob Dylan & The Band The Basement Tapes Complete

The New Basement Tapes

The New Basement Tapes

Experience the modern-day version of The Basement Tapes with the masterful T Bone Burnett at the helm, and a band composed of some of today’s most talented musicians – Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Marcus Mumford.

Bob Dylan generously handed over 30 never before seen lyrics from that legendary 1967 period. T Bone Burnett and the band created the accompanying music which spawned the amazing Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes.  As Burnett explains, “What transpired during those two weeks was amazing for all of us. There was a deep well of generosity and support in the studio at all times, which reflected the tremendous trust and generosity shown by Bob in sharing these lyrics with us in the first place.”

Below is one of my favorite cuts, though the record as a whole is utterly magnificent which made it nearly impossible to select a favorite.

Yes, that is Johhny Depp who sat in for Elvis Costello while he sauntered over to Las Vegas for a gig.

While researching this post I stumbled upon this diddy of taped conversations (Jan 1971) between Bob Dylan and A. J. Weberman regarding an article Weberman was about to release to every under ground newspaper. It made me fall in love with Bob Dylan all over again.

Stay tuned for Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued, a documentary by Sam Jones airing Nov. 21 on Showtime.

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When Will I Have My Last First?


Jenni Kayne Side Tie Dress In Black & White & Blue $695.00Blk Denim Leather Jacket 8 Emerald Blue $995.00

Charles & Keith Ankle Strap Heels $86.00Hue Scalloped Pointelle Socks (3 for $16)

Rosantica Rosarietto Gold-Dipped Onyx Ear Cuff $280.00DVF 440 Envelope Embossed Croc Clutch $248.00

Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, or so the saying goes. When on the hunt for a new date night look I knew I was leaning toward finding the perfect dress. I envisioned it sleek and fresh, not ultra feminine; a look with more edge than sex appeal, yet no less alluring.

On my first glance at Jenni Kayne’s side tie dress (left untied as in above photo) I knew I had it pegged. In fact, the entire look Elyse Walker (one of my favorite brick & mortar stores, and e-commerce sites) put together is exactly what I had in mind. Adding Blk Denim’s emerald blue leather jacket (also from Elyse Walker) gives the look an extra layer of richness — a modern alternative to black leather.

To get Elyse Walker’s “whole enchilada” look add the full length black leather gloves (refer to Tuesday’s Wish List) and pair it with NLST’s double-breasted long waistcoat.

Jenni Kayne Side Tie Dress In Black & White & Blue $695.00 // Blk Denim Leather Jacket 8 Emerald Blue $995.00 // Hue Scalloped Pointelle Socks (3 for $16) // DVF 440 Envelope Embossed Croc Clutch $248.00 // Rosantica Rosarietto Gold-Dipped Onyx Ear Cuff $280.00 // Charles & Keith Ankle Strap Heels $86.00

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This Week’s Wish List


This Week's Wish list

This Week's Wish List

This week’s wish list is all about black, blue, (no reflection on my mood, just love the chic color combo) shiny…… and never growing up!! Lately I’ve been donning a lot of black, and what I’m really jonesing for is the long black leather gloves. I also wouldn’t mind a new pair of black Uggs as I have worn my camel ones into the ground.

The Smythe metallic blazer is exactly what I need to add a dose of shine to my holiday looks, and liven up all the black I’ve been wearing!! The Dannijo Venicia oxidized silver necklace adds an all together different kind of bling!! Both will do the job nicely!

1. Hello Merch I Solemnly Swear Cutoff Black Tee $40.00 // 2. Acne Peg Dress $550.00 // 3. Dannijo Venicia Oxidized Silver Plated Necklace $328.00 // 4. Sass & Bide Talking Voices Peplum Skirt $420.00 // 5. Calypso Gold Beaded Dangle Earrings $125.00 // 6. Laveer Wool Felt Riding Hat In Midnight $185.00 // 7. Ugg Classic Short Boots $295.00 // 8. C Wonder Long Leather Glove $98.00 // 9. Essie Nail Polish Midnight Cami $8.50 // 10.  Smythe Metallic Blazer $595.00

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