When you are with your mate for a long time, you get used to them. You love them without doubt, but life, kids, etc. takes a toll on a relationship. You know what I’m talking about….It’s just not sexy time as much as it once was.
And then one ordinary day you take a second look and realize why you fell in love in the first place. And bam… all the fun, goodness and sexiness comes roaring back .
Just like when you were falling in love.
Well I have always loved Jonathan Adler. His quirky goodness. His campy style.
It was love at first site.
I have some his earliest pieces of pottery. They’re classics. But then, I took him for granted and started driving by his store.
Occasionally, popping in for a gift, a decorative pillow, some bookends. But I wasn’t coveting any furniture. I kind of just got used to his designs being around and started to ignore what was going on in his stores.
And then one ordinary day, I took a second look and realized why I fell for him and his work.
Now, I’m in love all over again.
Here are some of the things that are rocking my world and must have!
This is a great pendant light. I think it could work in a multitude of rooms.
Spring is certainly coming in more like a Lamb than a Lion.
I am mad for shearling and fluffy lamb decor.
It’s catching on!
My friend Monica was just coveting some lucite and shearling stools on Ebay.
Wait till she sees this number.
This outdoor umbrella has great big style!
It makes me want to re-think all my outdoor decor.
No germs around here with the adorable needle point hand sanitizer cozy.
Who really wants to look at that unpleasant plastic bottle on a counter?
The perfect little pouch to throw in your beach bag!
Money, keys, lip balm, i-phone, ponytail holders, sun screen, done.
I sure would be proud to own this Peacock table!
I’m so glad I fell in love again.
I hope you can too.
Calling all Angeleno’s!
It’s that time again….
It’s kicking off this week
Thursday, April 25th
With a fancy pants and super fun opening night cocktail party.
My husband attends every year with me without any arm twisting!
It’s a great date night.
And here’s the bonus and it’s a big one!
Proceeds from Opening Night Ticket purchases benefits PS Arts.
PS Arts is an organization near and dear to my heart.
They restore Arts Education in Public Schools.
Schools need it now more than ever.
I love the Modernism Show for one simple reason.
They have good stuff.
I can shop for my clients and for myself all in one space.
They have some great vendors and I have my hit list ready with the booths I am going to shop in.
So why wouldn’t you want to go to an amazing party, where your attendance benefits a great cause, you can shop for amazing things and have fun?
That my friends is a
Go buy some tickets!
P.S. If you buy tickets to the opening night party, you can get in all weekend long!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
I don’t have a lick of the Irish in me.
I still think Jimmy Malay is still mad at me for asking why he had the Italian Flag in his basement. A high school romantic interest, we were sneaking beer out of his basement fridge. I am sure I wouldn’t have been so confused if I hadn’t had so many Mickey’s Big Mouth Beers.
But after spending so many of my formative years in Chicago, a city that treated St. Patty’s day like a National Holiday I’ve come to embrace the day.
Green also happens to be my favorite color!
Bring it On!
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Don’t Forget Your Green and Irish Spirit!
I love a hearty salad.
The perfect one plate meal.
Here are 5 that are at the top of my list.
It’s no surprise that most come from my all time favorite cookbooks.
The Barefoot Contessa does it again!
This recipe, featured in her Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics Cookbook is
a great winter time meal, accompanied by a nice bowl of soup and crunchy bread.
Time Saver: I buy squash that has already been peeled and cut so all I have to do is throw it on a pan.
This recipe comes from the Zuni Cafe Cookbook and is a great Spring time salad especially with the season’s first crop of asparagus.
Judy Rodgers is a genius.Zuni Cafe is one of my all time favorite restaurants and the cookbook is a gem.
Time Saver: Trader Joe’s sells Mache pre-washed in bags. I also buy my shelled pistachios there.
This recipe comes from Diane Rossen Worthington’s: Seriously Simple Holidays.
I make this over and over and over.
I crave it.
Time Saver: Buy a rotisserie chicken!
This gorgeous salad is from Suzanne Goin’s Sunday Suppers at Lucques.
It’s another great winter salad. Persimmons are at their peak.
Always worth waiting for, especially in this salad.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of a Sunday Supper at Goin’s consistently awesome LA restaurant Lucques, you can recreate some of her menus at home.
This is a must own cookbook.
Nothing wrong with a wedge. Decadent and delicious. Crunchy Goodness.
The recipe for this Blue Cheese Dressing is my hands down favorite.
This recipes comes from The Gourmet Cookbook by Ruth Reichl.
It’s a well-worn and loved cook book in my kitchen.
When I serve this at a dinner party there are no leftovers on the plates.
Sometimes when I am home alone (which is very seldom) I make this recipe, pour a glass of wine and sit down and savor the delights of this salad.
It is a bit naughty, especially when I crumble a piece of well cooked bacon on top so I don’t do it often, but when I do it’s worth the extra workout.
So what are your favorite salads?
I’d love to hear. It’s always great to get a new one into rotation.
I have joined the Bar Method challenge.
I have to attend 15 classes in the month of March.
Then they will develop a program for me in April and May.
They assigned me a motivational coach and paired me up with a work out partner.
That’s great and I can meet that challenge no problem.
I wanted to jump start my physical activity program.
I’ve been busy with work and have neglected my intense daily work outs for long walks.
It’s not working.
On top of that I have additional motivation in the form of a 30 year high school reunion coming up in August.
Yup, it’s true.
You can do the math, what it really means is that I am staring down the barrel of 50.
I turn 48 this July.
But the real challenge?
Facing the fact that I am getting older and so is my body.
Deciding once and for all whether I will lose the extra weight or continue down the path I’ve been going during my 40′s.
The weight is taking up too much head space and that is the challenge.
Mentally I’m cool with getting older.
I wouldn’t go back to being 20 or even 30.
Life gets better and better.
The hard part about getting old is how the body changes.
How one or two glasses of wine knocks me on my butt. In the not too distant past when I would refer to drinking too much wine, it was closer to a bottle than a glass that could knock me on my butt. I could still get up, work out, work for 12 hours, and then go out on the town and do it all over all again.
I could also eat whatever I wanted (within reason) and I actually never really got into sugar until I became pregnant and Sprinkles cupcakes came to town. I developed a wicked sugar habit that I have yet to kick.
My body has jiggles in places that I’ve never known. Those jiggles are just plain weird.
I’m not a stick, never have been. Never will be.
I’ve got a gut no matter how slim I am and I’ve had a ample rack since junior high.
However, the gut and rack are larger than I’d like.
I have weight to loose and not 5 or 10, more like 25 or 3o.
There I’ve said it.
But in some ways it’s hard to say good bye to the pounds. There is a certain safety and security in it.
It’s my excuse, my crutch.
I am used to being unhappy about it and it now feels normal and that’s wrong.
Feeling bad about yourself is not normal.
It’s also hard to get used to how people respond to older women.
I’m called Mame by store clerks. I
keep on looking around for my Mom, but it’s me they are talking to.
I don’t get the double take anymore.
You know when a guy looks at you and then turns again to see you walk on by?
The last double take I got was when I was 9 months pregnant and was so large I got stuck in the booth at Canters Deli.
We all want to feel sexy to the opposite sex even if we are married.
This extra weight in combination with the natural changes of an aging body is not making me feel my best.
(I must give kuddos to my husband here. He adores me no matter what I look like.
Up for days on end with a newborn, dried breast milk and barf on my shirt, he still thinks I’m hot)
But I am going to rise to the challenge once and for all.
Not for the 30th reunion.
Not for anyone.
I can do it.
So can you.
I am obsessed with Coffee+Food (more on that later) located in the Old Wild Oats Cafe space on Melrose.
One of the main reasons, besides the awesome Panini’s and the Kale Salad (it’s addictive, you’ve been warned) is their coffee.
Soooo while I was dreaming of the coffee to come I struck up a conversation with the oh so cute and charming man behind the coffee machine.
His name is Julio Uriarte and he is actually a “guest” barista representing the coffee company and he’s fabulous.
But the coffee he uses is even more fabulous.
It’s smooth, rich and strong, but it doesn’t have the bitterness that some chain coffees have.
And it’s not so strong that it melts your stomach lining.
Photo: LA Weekly
So here is the scoop on Longshot Espresso.
Aussie, Mark Baird relocated from Sydney to Los Angeles and discovered that our dear City of Angels didn’t have the espresso he loved and served his customers back in Australia.
He then set out on a mission to find a coffee that would not only satisfy his longing for a good bean, but to rescue Angeleno’s who have been sipping the bad stuff for so long.
He tested various roasts and beans for over a year until he found the perfect blend.
And that would be the classic, Longshot Australian Roast.
Longshot Espresso can be ordered on-line. It’s $14 a pound which is super reasonable for a gourmet coffee.
If you are having a party, they have a mobile espresso bar!
Brilliant if you need to sober people up before they head home.
The mobile espresso bar has also graced many a TV and movie set.
It’s the go to coffee service for some of the best caterers and party planners out there.
If you are a simple pedestrian like me. you’re in luck, you can pick up a cup or some beans at
the Yamashiro (season starts April, 2013) or Sherman Oaks Farmer’s Market.
Or my beloved Coffee + Food.
Do it soon.
Julio’s guest starring stint is coming to an end.
Ask for the flat white.
xoxo Yours Truly,
Pleasantly caffeinated, Carrie
We are heading to the Desert for the long weekend and I can’t wait.
The Desert restores me and I always come back to Los Angeles relaxed, refreshed and calm (unless traffic is a bitch coming back).
Here are a few of the things I’m packing.
This Ikea bag is perfect for throwing towels, goggles, sunscreen, snacks, you name it.
It’s a big one and holds everything our family needs poolside.
Buy it here: www.ikea.com
The Tom Ford’s have come and gone, but the Ray Ban Aviator has been my go to shades for over 20 years now.
I have my college sorority sister Helaine to thank for introducing me to this style.
They’ll be traveling with me.
Buy them here: www.ray-ban.com
I just got this Lemlem cover up from J. Crew and it will be perfect for throwing on when we head to the pool.
Buy it here: J Crew
I plan on lounging all day poolside with a big stack of fashion and trashy gossip magazines.
To redeem myself a tad, I am also packing the latest book our book group is reading, “The Tenth of December” by George Saunders.
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The desert gets cold at night so I am bringing my favorite shawl from Viriginia Johnson to keep warm when the sun goes down.
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I love Scrabble and I am hoping to get my husband to play a game or two with me.
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The most important things I am bringing with me are my family.
They make life fun.
Not to be forgotten, Mr. P is along for the ride, he’s a fan of the Desert too.
It just wouldn’t be the same without him.
Have a great weekend everyone!
It’s the year of the Snake.
I was born in the year of the Snake so I am partial to this Lunar New Year.
Live snakes completely and utterly freak me out.
The site of a live one will have me squealing like a toddler and running for the hills.
A Snake in any other form is just fine.
I’ve always loved this photograph.
Photo: Richard Avedon
Snake Print Jeans
A closet staple.
Reed Krakoff, one of my current fashion loves, hit a home run with this skirt from his 2013 Spring Collection.
It’s been done a million times, but I love a Snake Ring.
I covet this Victorian era beauty.
I’d love to store this ring in this gorgeous snake skin jewelry box.
I am sorry to have missed out on these One King’s Lane Cobra Candlesticks.
The 1960′s DC Town House interior designer Hillary Thomas created is spectacular.
This room in particular.
The color combo makes me swoon.
I love the framed snake prints and of course, the Cobra Candlesticks!
Photo: Eric Piasecki
It’s been a few years back, but this April, 2009 Elle Decor cover has always been a favorite.
The framed snake illustrations have a lot to do with it.
And how could you forget this little fella?
“The Jungle Book’s” resident snake, ”Kaa”.
Let’s Celebrate the Snake!
I am obsessing over pistachio.
Photo: Julie Schaeffer Nasenbeny
It’s really mint green I am digging right now, but that color sends me too far back in time. It pains me to say that my Prom Dress was a polyester mint green number with a sheer matching cape. It was also the color of my circa 1987 Laura Ashley Towels (with a lovely peach accent stripe) that I bought for my first apartment in Chicago.
But I am finding new life and inspiration in this color that I’ m calling Pistachio.
I think it has to do with the new J Crew catalog.
I did some real damage shopping last night and the stand out color of my purchases was pistachio.
Here are some of my purchases.
(I am praying my husband doesn’t read this)
The pop of green in the flower pattern is what I like about this shirt.
Carnation Silk Top
Buy It Here: J Crew
The color of the shoe got my attention, but the lilac bow sealed the deal.
My new favorite spring shoe.
Contessa Snakeskin Bow Pumps
Buy them here: J Crew
I am hoping this brocade number will work for an evening fundraiser I have coming up.
I always feel more comfortable in pants than a dress so when I find a dressy look that will work for a formal occasion I snap it up.
Gilded Brocade Pant and Top
Buy them here: J Crew
Pistachio has also been inspiring color for me in the interior design department.
I just won’t go back to the 1980′s peach and mint green rage, but combining the color with some jewel tones or quiet neutrals can make a room a winner.
Designer Lizzie Dinkle did right by pistachio in this lovely Brentwood dining room
Rasberry + Pistachio= a delicious living room
The color reflection off of the collection of mirrors in this dining area is simply gorgeous.
I love the pops of green on this neutral mantle.
Certain to never go out of style is the Pistachio nut.
Here’s a great cookie recipe
And who could argue against the beauty of the product packaging and the deliciousness of the Laduree Pistachio Macaroon?