paris and me

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Last day of the first month and honestly we’re having a hard time leaving the house, yet leave the house we do: there’s travel, and work, and life, and a fun little coat.

We like to share resources, and one nice find was a boutique in Coronado, CA, Paris & Me. A mother and daughter team, we love that, with great little European inspired pieces, at great little prices. Lizzie and I were out there sourcing colleges, and of course had to source some new clothes.

Picked up this black sweater for moi, and the fun white coat for her, which we borrowed today for the office run. LOVE both, she also got a fun pair of faux leather lace-up leggings.

Check out their site here, Paris & Me, or better yet, stop in when you’re day tripping, :), the on site collection is quite nice.

We’ve talked about our go-to column of black, and while not original it get’s us out the door.

over time and distance

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So, the closer to fifty-two than fifty-one year old face/body looks (and feels) a bit different from that forty something year old face/body that we started with that April day about five years ago when we put up our first every day dress post, and that’s okay.

We’re doing many of the same things, making the bed, eating protein at breakfast, getting out of the yoga/workout clothes, putting on some makeup, walking the dogs, making dinner, spending time with those we love, and enjoying a glass of wine (or two).

We’re also cooking more, and reading more. We’ve become protective of our time in the kitchen, and choosing our food more carefully, and with consideration.

Our feelings towards clothing for ourselves and our clients is kind of the same: careful, and considerate, especially over time and distance.

We love a base of black and denim, totally gets us around. The scarf was collected in France, the bag in northern CA years ago, and the jacket from a client. With days getting longer we can do more outdoor outfit stuff, still not used to shooting style indoors.

Every day dress, over time and distance. xoxo

 

some new denim

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While in San Francisco with the momma and the sister they advised to ditch the rips. Bought a new pair of higher waisted, split hem, dark wash, denim. Colleague was in the design studio today and we were each talking about our mutual love of denim, and she was saying how she loves pretty much everything about it, although her love stops at rips. 🙂 Won’t give up the rips, love them in the kitchen and the garden, yet this was the office look yesterday: super well-designed winter white wool pullover blouse, dark denim, suede boot, long earrings, red lip. Felt good and easy.

happy 🙂

In the kitchen we cooked up some minestrone, a big pot of soup can be as comforting as your favorite denim, especially when paired with some good grilled cheese sandwiches. 🙂

Every day dress and cook, and some new denim.

 

read the directions, or not

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prepping for the osso bucco

slicing these things yourself is better

Spent a week on the west coast, San Diego and San Francisco, and now doing the every day on the east coast. Cooking and dressing.

First morning home ran out to the grocery for supplies and Williams-Sonoma for a new knife. That west coast food culture can sure inspire. Not that I cooked any west coast fare, simply saw a gorgeous knife in a wine | home | decor store and wanted to replicate. Would love a full set yet starting slow, kind of like a good wardrobe, one beautiful piece at a time.

cooled coffee, salad dressing, cake, gift, and flowers before cutting

3 small arrangements, black linen napkins

spinach, walnuts (toasted), mushrooms (sautéed), and goat cheese

forgot to garnish with the gremolota last time we made this

it can be a blur, keep calm

bread and butter is love for Ethan 🙂

For husband’s sixty-second birthday again cooked up some Ossobuco, one of his favorites, and the cover cake of this months Food & Wine. I always pretty much read the directions, yet sometimes the following can get a bit blurry. Thought it was going fine yet simply overlooked the first step, to tie the shanks. Oh, well, keep cool and move on. Last time I cooked this off forgot the gremolata garnish just before serving so thinking things kind of even out. It’s food, and we usually get to do it again in about three or four hours.

picked up these little sparkly candles in San Diego

baked the Food & Wine cover

The cake has almond flour, and coconut sugar, and was advised to simply whip the cream with some cinnamon. Tasted the cake, tasted the cream, and then added some good old white sugar and a teaspoon or two of real vanilla.

black biker and white denim on the beach

professional image | Worth New York Spring 17

As for the clothing thing, wore white denim in San Diego yet not in San Francisco, feel the mood. Black denim biker leather in both locales. Once home, after cooking all day in husband’s button down and an apron, slipped on a little one shouldered cashmere number to sit down at the table in.

Every day dress, read the directions, or not.

Couple of footnotes: started this blog five years ago when working corporate, kind of as a recruiting tool. Have since left corporate, yet still styling, so keeping the blog. Professionally we dress women in beautiful clothing, personally we like nice clothes, nice places, and to cook for and feed  others. Passionate about all. Spring trunk show coming February 14th to February 28th, I’ll have that little leather biker number in black and pink. Choices. xoxo

 

replenish

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When you love great food and good clothes, or good food and great clothes, replenish is the word.

As we’re about the every day here usually at home we’re at the market like that, every day. As for the wardrobe, our go-to basics like white denim and a comfortable, soft black turtleneck, those too need to be restocked. We like to do them both once or twice or maybe even three times a year as they are basics, worn over and over, kind of like coffee and half and half first thing in the morning.

We’re traveling, and picked up the denim, sweater, and Birkenstocks which eighteen year old daughter kind of dislikes, yet we’re all about them, especially that they are black, and suede.

First three photos from the iPhone, last one from the digital camera. Need to stock the home bar on the kitchen counter kind of like that. 🙂

Every day dress, replenish. xoxo

layer it

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it’s friday, woot woot

serious blouse, casual mix

loving this Cosabella bodysuit, it goes under anything

We’re easing back into our style work and one little piece we simply can’t get enough of is this simple little bodysuit. It’s like wearing a pair of tights on your torso: slim, clean, and 3/4 sleeves. Picked this up locally at Lace & Day, they really know their stuff, and now encouraging clients and friends to pick one up too. Gifted one to the third daughter, and she’s got the layering look going as well.

kind of a smile

kind of serious yet LOVE the boots

Colleague stopped in and she and I were talking about wearing versus not wearing the clothes we collect. It’s so easy to fall into wardrobe default. Yeah, the jeans are for sure default yet the blouse is new. I say, for the new year, let’s all wear what we have, and wear what we buy. This silk graphic cutaway would be so corporate/office appropriate all suited up, popped it over the bodysuit and paired with denim, sandals, and glitter socks to be fun instead. We’re loving socks, with any footwear at all.

this is what we do at the office…not really

glitter socks with sandals, you bet

this is our new high heel height

Know we have to break free of the denim habit, just can’t shake it. One habit that’s gone for sure is any heel height over 3″. No way.

We’re in the studio suite today and tomorrow, and then back again Monday, January 23rd. Working with all things spring 17, and some samples at half off too.

Every day dress, layer it, and wear your good stuff.

bodysuit | Lace & Day

silk cutaway | Worth New York

Jane sandal | Saint Laurent | on sale now at NET-A-PORTER

we’ve been cooking

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pork tenderloin, onions, celery

add a couple of glasses of burgundy 🙂

pork, sprouts, sweet potato puree

fish, asparagus, tomato, super quick go-to

wine and bread, yes, please. no detox going on here 

standard issue caesar, as good and solid as denim in the wardrobe

I’ve always got two pans going, want those things to cook, not steam

honestly this tastes way better than it looks

no need to buy frozen fries, slice those babies up and add kosher salt, cayenne, and olive oil

asparagus in the wok, yes, please

real cheese only, pasteurized need not apply

gotta love the two pot technique for the home cook

it’s winter, let’s cook

Already mid-January, and after last months shenanigans we’ve barely left the house. We’ve been cooking, and cleaning, and organizing exciting things like the spice cabinet; actually every single kitchen cabinet.

Family meal time has become kind of sacred, and now no-one is in any hurry to leave the table. Even when the man is away we’ve made simple things for the three of us like penne Carbonaro instead of calling for take-out. Add a glass of wine and life is beautiful.

Yeah, we’ve been at the studio showroom here and there, yet we’re really doing what feels right now and knowing the style stuff will kick in. Besides, it’s kind of dark outside for outfit photos, and we’ve been in dress down mode lately. We know the ultimate combination is a great meal, a great outfit, a great setting, all in the company of those you love. Spring is just around the corner, and we’re simply trusting ourselves to get there when the time is right.

Every day dress, we’ve been cooking.

eighteen

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Fifth child, third daughter turned eighteen Sunday, New Year’s Day.

She’s not crazy about her birthday, I think she thinks it’s kind of not special, especially after all the holiday hustle. One year- she and I will never forget it- completely fried, I asked her if it was okay if her cake didn’t have frosting, never again.

 

So now I pace myself, and make sure there’s enough juice to celebrate properly. Birthday’s around here are most often a family dinner, at home. Cooked up a bunch of batches of Bolognese, a big caesar salad, and baked off two cheesecakes, each in a large tart pan as the springform pans went somehow missing, and cooled them off quickly outside.

She’s worn the same paper crown for five years now, kind of like a good outfit, when it works simply hit replay. We picked that up in Northern CA at a little french gift shop while in wine country.

Today, three days into the new year, the house is completely picked up and cleared out. We’re ready for all the freshness each day brings with it.

Happy birthday, Lizzie. We love you more than you’ll ever know.

Every day dress, and now eighteen. xoxo

just like that

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Indoor garland down, white poinsettia rotated to white tulips, and the Christmas morning ham is transformed with red split lentils, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, bay leaves and thyme into soup, just like that.

Christmas dinner roses now on the kitchen table, small changes, always moving towards a new day, and this week a brand new year.

Gotta keep moving. xoxo

 

the afterglow

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prosecco and OJ? yes, please

let’s add an extra hot bloody too 🙂

prepping the beef, lots of rosemary, kosher salt, and pepper

jewel cookies by me, baklava by EJ

Cooking, dining, celebrating and serving have been the theme the last few days. We’ve covered the table with newspaper for king crab legs and mac and cheese. Ham and eggs, with a bloody on the side. Tenderloin and mashed too. Flowers, totally simple: a big bouquet of red roses bought at the grocery Christmas Eve day and then cut down into 3 small on the rocks glasses. Of course white votives, and branches of greenery laid down too. Do it yourself.

As for gifts? This man of mine never knew thirty or so years ago that he’d become a collector of fine handbags, yikes. One of our first trips together took us to a Caribbean island and of course I had to get a new bag to go with my swimsuit, which at the time was a little one-shouldered number. I took that bag on small little boats and held it overhead when we walked to shore.

Now at Christmas he gifts the five women in his life a brand new bag, Santa Baby indeed. Thank god he’s a really excellent lawyer. 🙂 We use them all year-long, and years after that, and they’re often traded around. The afterglow continues.

a feathered ornament, with cash!

cloth lobster bibs from sister in CA, how cool!

my phone on the table, how rude!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year week to all. With these holidays on a Sunday this year it feels like three straight weeks of hustle.

mini and me in off the shoulder

yes, there really is a Santa

Every day dress, and wishing you all a continuous glow.

xoxo

 

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