Thursday, September 30, 2010

Trend Report: Cocooning

Be stylish while cocooning at home... for autumn's rainy days!

See by Chloe cardigan, €305,
Zara Home blanket, €66,
Jo Malone candles, from €42,
American Vintage top, €60,
Burberry pyjama pants, €93,
Juicy Couture robe, €143,
The white company slipers, €60,
Hermes blanket, €835,
Michael Bastian eye mask, €130,

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Living in Style: Autumn is here

Autumn is here! The leaves are changing colors and the smell of moisture in the ground changes our mood and unconsciously prepares us for the new season. It's time to put the flip flops at the back of the closet and buy a new pair of Wellington boots for the first autumn rainfalls. Make  some changes at home... Take out your cozy throws and decorate your vases with orange flowers, lops and leaves. Brown, orange and red are my favourite colors for the Fall!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Trend Report : Ladylike

Call it the Mad Men effect, the fall runways are getting inspired by the 50's. Louis Vuitton, Prada and Dries Van Noten present pencil skirts below the knee, prom dresses and corsets to best display the feminine silhouette. And what about accessories? For a retro look, the "kitten heels" is a must, the cat-eye eyewear, classic structured bags and leather gloves. 

Chloe cardigan, €750,
Zara bag, €45,
Asos eyewear, €11,
Topshop dress, € 53,
Victoria Beckham dress, €2.038,
Marc Jacobs bag, €995, 
Topshop shoes, €64,
Christian Louboutin, €659,
Warehouse skirt, €53,

Red Magazine for September issue

Lara Stone by Mert & Marcus for Vogue US September 2010

Photos for FGR

Monday, September 27, 2010

Get away in style: San Francisco

If you are going to San Francisco...

5 Reasons to go

1. Golden Gate Bridge 

I know this is a cliche, but you will seriously regret it if you fail to cross the Golden Gate Bridge! Its sheer size and rusty red colour combine to form a magnificent spectacle. Cross the bridge, take the second exit, pass under the highway and follow the narrow road which will take you to the best viewpoint on the west side of the bridge with San Francisco in the background (photo above from my last trip to SF).

Before heading back into the city, get back on the highway and make a few extra miles to drive through Sausalito, San Francisco's Amalfi Coast, right across the bay from the city of San Francisco.

2. Take the cable car / Lombard Street 

The first cable car service operated in 1873! More than 130 years later the cable car has been transformed from an essential public transport system to one of the city's most popular tourist attraction. 
Make sure to get off at Lombard Street (the most crooked / winding road in the world) and stroll downhill along Hyde Street, with Alcatraz in the background.

3. Dinner at the Slanted Door and at Chez Panisse 

The Slanted Door is the best Vietnamese restaurant in the Bay Area! Located in the famous Ferry Building it is the result of a collaborative effort led by executive chef Charles Phan. It's name has remained somewhat of a mystery, with rumours saying it's an inside joke between its owners...

If you're looking for something more personal, romantic and cosy book a table at Chez Panisse, a small gourmet restaurant across the Bay Bridge in Berkeley. There's a different fixed menu every day in a "dinner party at home" atmosphere. The chef prepares the 4-course dinner in the open kitchen using the best organic and locally grown produce! Here's the menu from my last visit.


"Founded in 1935, SFMOMA was the first museum on the West Coast devoted to modern and contemporary art. From the outset, the museum has championed the most innovative and challenging art of its time, and it continues to exhibit and collect work by both modern masters and younger, less-established artists."

5. Sacramento Street Shopping

"Located in an elegant section of San Francisco, the Sacramento Street Shopping district occupies 12 blocks in one of the country's most exclusive residential neighborhoods. A stroll through the extended neighborhood reveals San Francisco's finest architectural gems, in addition to some of the best views of San Francisco Bay. You will find a great mix of shops, eateries, and other businesses and services up and down the street. Sacramento Street could be most noted for antiques, home furnishings and trend-setting clothing."

Friday, September 24, 2010

Shoot of the week: Eat Pray Love

I can't wait to see this movie. It's based on the autobiographic best selling book of Elizabeth Gilbert. A year after her divorce she starts travelling the world, looking for the 3 things she misses the most.

She spends four months in Italy to "eat" where she discovers the real pleasure of food, four months in India to find inner peace and "pray", and four months in Bali to balance her life and truly "love".

This shoot is inspired by the film Eat Pray Love for the Elle September issue.



Thursday, September 23, 2010

Living in Style: Jason Wu's Studio

As I've mentioned in a previous post, I love to see where fashion designers live and work. This is the atelier of Jason Wu at his new Manhattan head-quarters. He visited so many places until he found "the one" and it really is a great one! The most important to him is to be in the heart of the garment district,  the fabric and trim stores.

Jason Wu at the reception area.

I love the mix and match style of the room, old and modern furniture in the same space.

This chunky wooden table at the center of the studio, which he brought from his previous office, has seen a lot of history. On this table Jason designed his first deal with Bergdorf Goodman and also where he sew beads and fabric petals onto the gown of Michelle Obama for the inaugural ball.

I love the unique wallpaper made of pages of the New York Observer created by Elizabeth Dow.

Architect Valle hung simple steel racks from the ceiling at varying heights to display skirt, dresses and gowns.

Bright red Thonet chairs in the dining area.

Those two paintings are Jason's designs.

Photos from Elle Decor October issue