Sunday, December 23, 2012

Happy Holidays

I've never been a fan of the traditional reindeer/fair isle sweater family picture in front of the Christmas tree, although we've done it every year, my husband and I. But really... that's just not us.

So, as a new family with our baby girl, we're starting our own tradition. The family editorial photo.



Monday, December 10, 2012

Studded tweed

This studded tweed jacket isn't totally my style, but on the sale rack at Len Druskin for $12, I figured it's worth the flash in the pan trend. You can find similar here and here.


Baby it's cold outside

All this smugness lately and we finally got blasted with over a foot of snow. At least it feels a lot like Christmastime now.


Thursday, December 6, 2012

All that glitters...

Little Leeloo wanted in on the picture.

Can you believe it? Christmas is only two weeks away. All this warm weather doesn't make it feel very much like Christmas. We will be flying out in to North Carolina for a big family get together however, so let the festivities begin!

Gold rush

I didn't feel like investing in $250 on a Michael Kors gold watch trend that will probably only last a hot minute. Instead, I opted for the real thing - an old 80's Seiko watch borrowed from my father. Add the J. Crew pave link bracelet, old gold bangles, and a glittery gold top and we're good to go. Trend accomplished.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Black and white with spots all over

Showcasing the "Como duffel bag" by Canyon Crosby with our Landmarks and Lions Quantum travel wallet. My husband is starting up his eponymous line of leather travel goods in 2013. In this last picture, looks like I am channeling Victoria Beckham. Here's the hubs sporting his man bag.


Hat: Wool beret, Nordstrom
Coat: Emerson Fry leopard wing tip coat
Top: Button up blouse, Forever 21 (old)
Pants: Pixie pants, J. Crew
Shoes: Emerson Oxblood Pumps
Travel bag: Como duffel bag, Canyon Crosby


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Wardrobe basics

  1. Skinny jeans - Michael Jors
  2. Black leggings - J. Crew Pixie Pant
  3. Leopard Wingtip jacket - Emerson Fry
  4. Black wool coat - Zara
  5. Faux Fur coat - Elie Tahari
  6. Black blazer - Theory (old)
  7. Sheer blouse - Pussybow top, Urban Outfitters
  8. Cashmere sweater - J. Crew
  9. Walking boots - Macalister Wedge, J. Crew
  10. Oxblood pumps - Emerson Fry
  11. Rain boots - Hunter Wellington (old)

In my attempt to regain my style mojo, I need to rebuild the basic wardrobe. Aside from the standard 9-5 business suits which will imminently be thrown into the Goodwill pile - as I hopefully, will never have use of them again, I'm left with just a few things:  my designer shoes, a pair of jeans, tank tops, and a worn out parka from Zara.

For years I couldn't fathom anyone over the age of 12 or over 90 lbs should ever submit themselves to the embarrassment of skinny jeans, leggings, jegging but there must've been a paradigm shift in the fashion world, because I adore them now! When I put slipped into my first skinny jeans, they looked fabulous. And this was three months postpartum thighs - so hell, I'm a late adopter, yet again.

I've recently started acquiring a few wardrobe staples but have a quite a bit of catching up to do. One of the positives of living in the Minnesota tundra is I can use the excuse of the frigid weather to build a robust collection of coats and jackets depending on the temperature range:

50-60 F: trench coat & pumps
40-50 F: My leopard heavy linen coat & wedge boots or pumps
30-40 F: My black wool coat/camel wool coat & knee high boots
10-20 F: Parka & wellies with knee high socks
10 and below F: stay inside and play dress up for this blog

Below is my lust/want/need list:

  1. Classic trench coat - Burberry Mottram trench
  2. Leather riding boots - Gucci lace up boot
  3. Leather knee high heel boots - Maison Marghela
  4. Camel wool coat - Dolce & Gabbana on
  5. Handmade knit cardigan - Irenastyle on Etsy
  6. Parka - SAM Adirondack fur lined Parka
  7. Silk blouse - Oscar de la Renta
  8. Mulberry bag- Bayswater in flame red
  9. Leather gloves - Purple opera length gloves, Carolina Amato
  10. Nude glitter pumps - Manolo Blahnik BB Glitter Pump


Monday, December 3, 2012

Tis the season for rouge

Tis the season for rouge or variations thereof. The girls and I decided to freshen up for the first of December. Ironically  its a balmy 50 degrees here in the tundra. Global warming has begun, and we have no complaints. Cheers!

On me: 

Top: Pussybow top, Pins and Needles
Pants: J Crew Pixie Pant
Shoes: Oxblood pumps , Emerson Fry
Coat: Elie Tahari faux mink coat
Bracelet: Pave link bracelet, J Crew

On Bébé:

Dress: Fair Isle sweater dress, Janie and jack
Tights: Flower knit tights. Janie and Jack
Hat: Red knit beret. Janie and Jack


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Champagne Sunday: Sancerre Part I

(c/o New York
I didn't know about Sancerre until the time I moonlighted as a bartender while at design school at a Tribeca seafood restaurant. After each shift,  my nightcap was always a glass (or deux) of Sancerre, among other spirits. Today I shall share with you my love for Sancerre. There was something so simply elegant about its clean and crisp sparkle on the palate that has made it my eternal favorite white wine.

Some background and history
The Sancerre region is a medieval hilltop overlooking the river valley of the central Loire region of France. Dotted with princely chateaus and royal gardens, the Loire valley was the playground of French aristocracy.

The region was primarily known for Pinot Noir until the 21st century, when it started to grow grapes for Sauvignon Blanc.

The wine

Flavor: The crisp flavor ranges from notes of pear, peach, and grassiness to mineral, citrus, and herbs.

How to: Served chilled, with white fleshed seafood. Sancerre pairs well with goat's milk cheese, particular from the same region such as chevre, particularly - Crottin de Chavignol.

Price: It's no everyday table wine - with prices upwards of $20+. Good thing I've filched it for free for over a year.

It being my favorite wine ever, I'll be posting reviews of individual Sancerre brands over the next Champagne Sundays.

Until then...


Friday, July 13, 2012

Office corner - preview

We removed the two extra desks. The office corner has de-cluttered quite nicely!

Here is a look back at the before picture:


Sunday, June 3, 2012

My wedding musique

We didn't want to cringe twenty years later as we look back on our wedding video, to hear some of of days pop FM song. The following compilation is perfect for a romantic wedding, dreamy Sunday mornin, or any day you want a little glamour and romance in your day.

Feast your ears on the sounds of Romance + Old Hollywood Glamour:

The Simple Life - Steve Tyrell
I Wanna Get Married - Nellie McKay
Die Zauberflote - Sumi Jo
Serenata - Julian Bream
Canon and Gigue in D Major - Berliner Philharmoniker & Herbert Von Karajan
Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darrin
Kiss to Build a Dream On - Louis Armstrong
Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin
The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
Summer Wind - Frank Sinatra
Rigoletto - La Donna e Mobile - Luciano Pavarotti
Where Do I Begin - Shirley Bassey


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Our wedding video

One year ago today, we were married in the most romantic place in the world, Villa Cipressi, Varenna, Lake Como, Italy.


Hubz and I were waxing romantical about our Lake Como wedding and honeymoon in Italy/France this morning. This time in June '11 we were on our honeymoon in Italy so I felt nostalgic and made us a typical Italian breakfast - prosciutto, capicola, salami, cheeses, and brioche/breads. You typically see these as an appetizer in the US, but we found every hotel in Italy provided this as a staple breakfast. Whereas the grumpy American oldies were whining about not having cereal, eggs, or pancakes, we were in foodie heaven! We quickly adapted this into our daily morning routine.


Our Wedding: The Reception

One year ago today, we were married in the most romantic place in the world, Villa Cipressi, Varenna, Lake Como, Italy.


We treated our family to a gourmet five course dinner provided by Villa Cipressi's in house restaurant topped off with Italian Vino Rosso, Pinot Grigio and wonderful crisp Prosecco.

The dessert table was beyond imagination. I'd never seen such an impressive display of every variety of sweetness and texture and flavor. It was an absolute hit.

Glass bride and groom from Etsy shop Route4Glass
We chose a traditional Italian wedding cake called a "Saint Honore" cake. Cream puff filled pastries with cream and chocolate frosting. Topped with blown glass bride and groom lovebirds.


Our Wedding: Mr. & Mrs. Crosby

One year ago today, we were married in the most romantic place in the world, Villa Cipressi, Varenna, Lake Como, Italy.


While guests started cocktail hour we snuck away for a walk alone, kind of. We spent a quite couple of minutes catching our breaths from the hectic morning and day. As soon as we finished our ceremony, the clouds rolled in and the wind starting blowing. It was a miracle that we were able to have our outdoor ceremony in the sunshine that day.


Our Wedding: The Cocktail Hour

One year ago today, we were married in the most romantic place in the world, Villa Cipressi, Varenna, Lake Como, Italy.


Cocktail hour was quite impressive. This is what we had: Sliced prosciutto ham, flakes of Grana Cheese, Sliced Felino salami, Ascolan olives, hot puffs, mini pizzas, Coated vegetables, little puff pastry croissant with anchovies, little puff pastry croissant with ham and cheese, fried bleaks, Choice of warm quiches, selection of canapés.

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