February 23, 2014

happy sunday and reading anyone?

Hello everyone, if you a reader like me, then this post is for you. Sundays is just one of those days to kick and spend time reading, if you anywhere in my neck of the woods, then head to the beach.
So here are two books I recently purchased, that you might like to checkout. Be sure to let me know what you think. Take care and stay tuned for more lovely post this week.

 A Jaunt Through the Whimsical World of Wine.

This is a light-hearted read yet extremely informative little book about wine - is well structured, compiled, and divided up into short little nuggets of facts about wine as well as stories ranging from the history of the famed most expensive of Bordeaux, Madeiras, etc. to what kind of wine was featured in James Bond films. 

Also learn the Parker point grading system which rates wines to why you should drink two glasses of wine daily. Checkout the recipe for Marijuana wine (shushhh!!). Looking for a restaurant that has the largest wine list, believe it or not it's a steak house in Florida that boast of over 6,500 or so labels. A Wine Miscellany is not just for serious wine collectors, but can be a great gift for a hostess or a good friend on any occasion.

Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire: 
Business Sense & Sensibility

Mireille Guiliano author of the bestselling book "French Women Don't Get Fat" and "French Women for All Seasons" comes an insightful guide to navigating the working world, living the good life, and savoring every minute of it. 

Trust me in someways we feel stuck or in a rut in out careers or we want to try something new but are not sure how to move to the next step. Then Mireille's book is for you. I love her no-nonsense way of writing and allowing you the reader to draw from her personal experiences as once senior executive and spokesperson for Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

With lively lessons, stories, and helpful hints, she teaches every reader how to identify her own passions and talents, improve her communication skills, balance work and life, turn herself into a winning brand, and so much more.

From acing a job interview or performance review to hosting a dinner party, Mireille shares her secrets for feeling good, facing challenges, getting ahead, and maximizing pleasure at every opportunity. Checkout her online business forum  here.

images and text via. Amazon, Mireille Guiliano.

Cheers Lisa. x

February 20, 2014

look of the week: Naomie Harris

London is calling my lovelies and I'm crushing on this delicious coat worn by Naomie Harris. The Bond gal was seen at the BURBERRY PRORSUM FALL 2014 SHOW during London fashion week, in a Burberry Prorsum, pre-fall 2014 coat no less. This velvet coat is so divine and can stand on it's own without multiple accessories. Naomie looks stunning without overdoing, while her shoes, (also Burberry) don't necessarily fill me joy, but these shoes do say she is willing to not play it safe and throw caution to the wind. Her stylist probably had a fit about this display of chartreuse velvet. Let the record show, I do love a girl to show a 
little unpredictability on the carpet.

Here's some inspiration from Burberry Prorsum at the 
London fashion week. Who knew a belted scarf over a light dress or trench coat could look so fly, I'm loving the shoes and handbags as well.

Take Care my Lovelies.

Images via: Suki Waterhouse,  Getty Images, Fashion Cents, Tom and Lorenzo.

February 18, 2014

a lovely recipe

Hello my Lovelies, I am sharing this little recipe I found and I'm going to try this weekend. This morning we had an earth tremor, not sure if they will be more today but we are currently having a tsunami warning in effect at the moment. It's scary when you think about  it, so this morning I walked through a little drill with the kids. If you saw their little eyes, when I told them to stand in doorways and not under a table, they looked at me like I was crazy. Let's hope for no more excitement in our tectonic plates.

Anyway, this weekend will be a time to kick back and relax and enjoy a break from the work week... so these light and fluffy pancakes are just great for a Sunday morning, served with a fresh strawberry compote, or as they are.

Recipe: Lemon Souffle Pancakes

3/4 cup Buttermilk (I used normal milk)
2 Egg yolks
3 tsp Grated Lemon zest
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
25g Butter (melted)
3/4 cup All purpose flour
1 tsp Baking powder
3 tbsp Castor sugar
A pinch Salt
2 Egg whites

To serve
Strawberries, halved
1 tbsp Honey
Icing sugar for dusting

Method :

1. Mix egg yolks, milk, vanilla essence, lemon juice and lemon zest together in a bowl. Add melted butter and mix well.

2. Sift flour, baking powder, caster sugar and salt into a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in (1) gradually and mix flour with milk mixture until the dry ingredients are moistened. Be careful not to over mix.

3. Place egg white in a clean bowl and beat until soft peaks are formed. Fold in egg white into (2).

4. Melt a small portion of butter in a heated non-stick frying pan. Place 2 tbsp of the batter from (3) into the pan. Cook until the cake turns golden brown on the underside and looking dry on the edges. Flip over and continue to cook the other side. transfer to a plate and keep warm while cooking remaining batter.

5. Toss fresh strawberries with honey and a light dusting of icing sugar. Dust pancakes with icing sugar and serve immediately.

Cheers Lisa. x

February 02, 2014

sunday and gracie wallpaper

One way to make a room truly special is to cover the walls with Gracie’s hand-painted wallpaper. Gracie is a family-run business that Charles R. Gracie founded in New York City in 1898. Gracie originally created custom lamps, but started selling Asian antiques in the 1920s and 1930s. The company began offering hand-painted wallpapers after one of Charles Gracie's friends, who was a textile trader, brought some back from Beijing. The company is best known for these beautiful wallpapers, which are still hand painted in China by a studio that has been managed by the same Chinese family for the past fifty years. For homeowners who don't want to paper an entire wall, a framed panel or two of the hand-painted wallpaper can add a touch of Gracie to any room.

Here is one of my favorite spaces in Aerin Lauder's home - the Boudior. The walls are accented in a decadent mint  green and floral wallpaper, by none other than the Gracie Studio.

In interior designer Victoria Hagan's Connecticut home, a Gracie wallpaper 
transforms the powder room into a garden.

Bright orange velvet dining chairs, in different sizes makes the classic 
Gracie Home wall paper feel hip and modern.

The hallmark of these wallpapers are they hand painting, no printing or silk technique. Much care has a price: the average of the panels is $ 1,000 USD (most cost $ 1,350). Very subtle - The metallized versions are a hit of the brand. Besides the wallpapers, there are antiques and furniture made by atelier Gracie, who has a team of 20 people who paint murals, furniture and make restorations in museums. It is a family business: the current President is part of the fifth generation of Gracie's.

Cheers Lisa,
Info and images via, here and here.

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