Friday, February 26, 2010

Quote of Note

" A woman's dress should be like a barbed-wire fence:
Serving its purpose without obstructing the view". Sophia Loren.

And on that instructive note... Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Well, in light of yesterdays mention of Martha Stewart on this very blog, it has been brought to my attention that Martha's surname is in fact just that - Stewart. Not "Stuart" as I wrote.

The lady referred to in A Conversation about Conservation and in the new blog category Martha Stewart Moment was indeed supposed to be Ms. Stewart - the venerable American business tycoon and matron of all things homey.

My sincere apologies for any confusion this typo may have caused.
Corrective measures have been carried out.

A Conversation about Conservation

Whenever I get long stemmed roses - like these ones that my darling husband gave me for Valentine's day - I like to keep it simple; I don't arrange them or add fillers, but let them fall the way they may in the vase, gracefully like only roses do.  Then, after a week or so when they start wilting and bowing their heads, instead of tossing them, I chop the stems, leaving about 5 inches. I then tie the flowers together tightly with a rubber band (that way they sort of 'prop' each other up) and put them in a small decanter, cup or milk glass. I always place my long stemmed roses centre stage on the dining table, but when short, I think they look really pretty on a side table or on the nightstand...

~ This post officially marks the arrival of two thrilling new C'est LA vie categories:
Martha Stewart Moment and Chez emelie. I do hope you're as excited as I am! ~

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Good News

~ Check out more from London Fashion Week at ~

The military trend seems set to continue into fall, and boy am I glad. 
It's just such an easy style to like and I adore these looks from
Christopher Bailey at Burberry Prorsum - timeless, cool, wearable.
Go London!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Colour me Happy

Something about early spring always puts me in the mood for this colour.
So fresh and energizing; Yellow brightens my mood and makes me think of lovely things like... Sunshine and daffodils... And lemonade... Oh, and baby chickens!

See, you're smiling now, aren't you? :)

Like that Barneys New York hat, Sigerson Morrison shoe and MaxMara coat?
Click for details.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Alehouse Rock

...Just came home from a great night out with the lovely Pilemalms.
We went to the Library Alehouse on Main street which is an old fave of ours. As the name suggests, they have a very extensive beer selection there - a fact that is certainly appreciated by some...
I dig it for the excellent food and the chilled atmosphere.

The Pilemalms - A second generation Swedish American and a
purebred Brazilian Babe :)

Friday, February 19, 2010

What I want right now

... is a black vase.

Thinking it would look great on an antique side table,
filled with a bunch of these...

White lilies - so elegant, so fragrant...
Always my first choice at the market and florist's...  
I used them in my bridal bouquet (with lavender)... 
I just love them.

Quote of Note

"If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts". Albert Einstein

Smart guy.


Yes, most likely...

Thanks for bearing with me throughout all the layout changes these past weeks!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Beach Blues

Sometimes this...                       
Is all you need.

Moses and I had a wonderful walk on the beach today, he met a bunch of new doggy friends and I got some much needed sun in my face... A good day in L.A. :)

Feeling blue? Check out this inspiring slideshow at House Beautiful.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Wicked Witch of the East

...Or totally fab? Or both? I can't decide.
Manolo Blahnik at Barneys.

We had joy We had fun...

Sure, it wasn't Paris and it wasn't the Ritz. But it was a lovely picnic in the park* that hit all the right notes... Thanks for a gorgeous Valentine's day, baby. x

* Chase Park, Marina del Rey

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Day

Happy Valentine's/Birthday
 my dear, dear brother!
(No wonder all the ladies love you:)

Friday, February 12, 2010

One fine Valentine's day...

(Sean, take note)

"Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs"
William Shakespeare

City - Paris
Hotel - The Ritz
Flower - Rose
Food - Steak
Drink - Champagne
Dessert - Chocolate
Film - Moulin Rouge
Mood - Candlelit
Music - Puccini
Scent - Chanel no 5
Intimates - La Perla
Heals - High
Lipstick - Red

Maybe next year :)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

In memoriam

Dark and beautiful by McQueen.

No one studying design in the last decade could possibly have avoided being influenced in some way by Alexander McQueen. When I went to fashion school in London he was the designer du jour. Our teachers forever referenced him and most students admired and aspired to his skill and avant garde approach. I often found his moody designs a little unsettling and he was never one of my favourites, but then again haute couture is supposed to bring out mixed emotions; to stir and inspire. Never one to play it safe, McQueen always presented shows doing just that - every year, every season.

Today is a sad day for fashion.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Dear Diary

This weekend I...

   Walked and watched sail-boats in the Marina...

   Had a lovely dinner with Sean and his parents at Fraiche - a great French restaurant in Santa Monica...

   Went to a super-bowl party with friends. Apparently the right team won...

  Rediscovered my penchant for Starbucks non-fat, sugar free hazelnut latte...

                               The talented Romola Garai

Watched the conclusion of the BBC's excellent version of Austen's Emma (one of my all time 
favourite books)...

All in all, it was a very good end to a nice week. :)

Friday, February 05, 2010

Quote of Note

"Few things are harder to put up with than a good example." Mark Twain

It probably is a bad thing that I totally identify with this quote... Ah well.

Happy Friday everybody!

Gisele I ain't

My aunt, the talented designer and seamstress Viveka W, is about to update her web-site and asked me if I would have some pictures taken wearing a tunic she made for me recently.* I was very flattered of course and excitedly set off last weekend to try my hand at "modelling"... Much harder than it looks, that.
As I awkwardly posed this way and that way, I felt a sudden surge of new found respect for the contestants in Americas Next Top Model. (No more ridiculing those girls on a weekly basis for their seeming lack of healthy brain activity.)

Amateur that I am, I forgot to iron the tunic beforehand, wore way too little make-up and had no idea how to best capture the light and "smise". (For those of you who have better things to do than watching reruns of bad reality tv, "smising" is a phrase coined by the mighty Tyra Banks, meaning "to smile with ones eyes". But no matter, the focal point was supposed to be the tunic, and it really is such an exquisite piece of clothing that it would look beautiful under any circumstances. The idea behind Viveka's very original business is to collect antique and/or handmade lace, fabrics, ribbons, even table cloths. She then recycles her finds by incorporating parts of them into her designs. - A lovely concept, isn't it?

~ Some of the detailing that make Viveka W designs so special. ~

~ I love that my initials were embroidered onto the collar. ~
*Viveka works mainly with natural fabrics such as high quality linen and every item is unique.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

What comes around goes around

I remember sporting variations of these types of shoes as a kid. Worn with such things as leg warmers, stone washed jeans and scrunchies, they served as yet another (marvellous) eighties wardrobe-staple. Back then they were made out of cotton as opposed to supple leather (there was also a ghastly rubber variety for the beach, remember those?), they certainly didn't have stiletto heals attached to them and they were commonly referred to as "net shoes".
And I loved them.
It was thus with great delight that I noticed the cool new hybrids in the Barneys ad to the left; Now - some twenty years since I wore them last - I feel quite ready to take "net shoes" to my fashion heart once more...

(I am especially drawn to the unabashed preppyness of the Jil Sander oxford; suspecting it might look very chic on a tanned (and pedicured) foot, worn with loose fitting chinos and a T.)

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