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Tuesday
Aug 2012

Les Trois Garcons

Posted in Restaurants & Bars

One of my favourite places to dine for a special meal in London is at Les Trois Garcons.  It was recommended by my hair stylist in NYC who had been a Londoner for 12 years until we crossed paths, and lucky me because it is a true gem of an establishment.  It was started by, you guessed it, three gentlemen (the same three behind Loungelover) in 2000 and is still a reservations recommended destination. The decor is eclectic & quirky chic with taxidermy animals encrusted with jewels, baubles, bags, statues (monkeys!), chandeliers and walls dripping with crystals. A true visual feast to accompany the delectable food.  The menu is mainly French with a hint of British influences and there is always a dish with an unexpected element.  The first time dining at the restaurant our dessert consisted of strawberries and tomatoes drizzled with a balsamic reduction and served with black pepper ice cream.  It was delicious.  They have an a la carte menu where you may order two courses for £39.50 or three courses for £47.  They also have a six course tasting menu for £60.00 (optional wine pairing is £39). If you are looking for a more private dining experience they even have a chef’s table overlooking the kitchen to accommodate you and ten of your nearest and dearest. Bon appetit!

 

Les Trois Garcons website

Address: 1 Club Row, London E1 6JX

Telephone: 0207 613 1924

Hours:                                                                                                                                                                                   Lunch: Monday through Friday 12:00pm to 2:30pm                                                             Dinner: Monday through Thursday 6:00pm to 9:30pm, Fridays & Saturdays 6:00pm to 10:30pm.  CLOSED on Sundays.

 

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Monday
Aug 2012

Pink on Pink

Posted in There's {a} Way

Hello!  Happy Monday! Wearing a monochromatic ensemble can sometimes be a tricky look to pull off successfully (and go a full day) without getting the comments like…. “hello little strawberry,” or “looking a little plum today.” So cheeky. The best way to steer clear of the fruit/vegetable association that people love to correlate monochromatic schemes with is to follow a few simple guidelines.  When putting together your monochromatic ensemble you should try to add visual intrigue by mixing in a printed piece, combining different textures like silk & a thick wool sweater, or select pieces with structural or unique details (i.e. asymmetrical, gold buttons). Adding in an unexpected pop of contrasting colour also never hurts. By doing this, you visually break up the outfit so that you do not just see pink, but rather the unique touches that create the overall look.  If you don’t see it, then I will accept “bubbalicious” as an alternate title to today’s post.  Cheers!

skirt: J.Crew (in blue here, & love this one),  blouse: Lauren Moffatt (old),  shoes: J.Crew,  clutch: gift (pink & black here, and good one here),  watch: Michael Kors,  bracelet: Kenneth Jay Lane (in black here or a J.Crew version here) ,  necklace: Kate Spade “cheers”,  lipstick: Rimmel “vintage pink”

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Friday
Aug 2012

Looking ahead….

Posted in There's {a} Way

Goodness golly gee it is mid-August! Where did the summer go?!  I know I spent a lot of time back and forth between the UK and the USA with weddings and weddings and more weddings….. So the summer has slowly slipped between my fingers, but I shall be making the most of the remainder of this sunny weather with picnics in the park and day trips to the beach.  With August winding down it is becoming that time to look ahead to Fall and all the glorious things it has in store. For instance brocade, mixing and matching patterns and getting your “cray cray” on (aka crazy, as that is what my husband called this outfit when he saw it).  Seriously just when you think your outfit couldn’t handle another print…. add one.  Treat stripes as a neutral and mix in some spots, dots, swirls and thingamabobs. The more looks you get on the street the better! You should not ask yourself “why?” your mantra should be “why not!” Cheers!

trousers: Asos,  blouse: J.Crew (similar here & here),  jacket: J.Crew (good jacquard one here),  belt: vintage,  bracelet: J.Crew,  watch: Michael Kors,  necklace: J.Crew (different colours here),  shoes: Zara (similar here & here),  bag: Chanel (great one here!)

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Wednesday
Aug 2012

Joyeux Anniversaire!

Posted in There's {a} Way

En route to the restaurant….

Where we had a fine* meal….

To celebrate the anniversary

That comes round once a year.

So raise a glass and toast to the Mr & Mrs. Cheers!

skirt: Mango (similar here and here),  striped blouse: J.Crew (similar here & here),  tuxedo jacket: Reiss (similar here),  shoes: Reiss (similar styles here & here),  earrings: Banana Republic (similar here),  bag: Chanel (how amazing is this one!)

 

*It was actually one of the most amazing meals I have ever had in my life.  I highly recommend going if/when you are in Paris!  Alain Senderens If you are unable to make it to Paris he has a collaboration in NYC called Maimonide that you can sample and report back to me!

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Monday
Aug 2012

A weekend in Paris

Posted in There's {a} Way

Hello!  This week I have a few outfits to share from a quick weekend trip I took to Paris.  Oh Paris…..oh sequins…. j’adore.  I have been obsessed with this skirt from J.Crew since I saw it in their Spring/Summer 2012 fashion look book.  It is to die for.  It is now on sale for less than half of its original price! If you are thinking about investing in a wow piece I highly recommend.  It can be worn so many different ways. I opted for a casual look while wandering the streets of Paris, but it would look amazing all glammed up for a formal event as well.

On another note, the Olympic competition has come to an end and I am happy to announce the medal winners! Recipient of the Bronze is Miss Lolly with three points! Yippee! Recipients of the Silver are Karen & Christine with four points! A tie!! The Gold medal goes to Judy with five points! Congratulations ladies and thank you for your enthusiastic participation!  It was a tight race! (Prizes shall be sent via mail or delivered in person). The answers for last week in case you were wondering is Monday (a tough one): the gold heel on my shoes,  Wednesday: gold necklace,  Friday: gold shoes. Cheers!

skirt: J.Crew,  top: J.Crew (similar here),  heels: Rachel Comey (similar here),  necklace: Rada for Anthropologie (old),  watch: Michael Kors,  bracelet: J.Crew,  hat: Spitalfields Market hat man (similar here),  nail polish on toes: Essie “good as gold,” on hands: OPI “dulce de leche”