Afternoon Tea at Home

Afternoon tea set up at homeEver wonder how you can have your own afternoon tea service at home like in the hotels? I always love how they set it up with their champagne glasses, teapots, silver tiered serving trays, and china tea cups. Having had tea time in more than one hotel in the last 20 years, I decided to invest in my own set of tea time essentials so that I could create my own afternoon tea service at home on a rainy Sunday afternoon. I use the Beverly Hills Peninsula Hotel tea time as my example for how to set up a perfect afternoon tea.

As seen in this photo I took on a recent afternoon tea at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, I noticed that they use silver tiered platters like the one you can get from A& B Home or Overstock, champagne glasses like the ones from Wayfair, china tea cups with patterns like the ones you can get from Chairish, and china plates from Overstock, One Kings Lane, or Selfridges. It is all in the details as you see from this photo. And once you have the tea settings in your home, you can proceed to make homemade open faced tea sandwiches in a variety of flavors from watercress and cucumber to salmon to egg salad and lay them out next to some lemon curd and clotted cream with a selection of teas and some flowers and assorted condiments like sliced lemon, honey, and sugar, and you are all set for a rainy Sunday afternoon treat.

Embellished Military Jackets

Wondering where to get Olivia Palermo’s olive green army jacket embellished with flowers this weekend? No need to leave your house, go to BananaRepublic.com and grab it for 40% off now.  This is a great looking jacket you can style with a pair of matching army green pants as seen on Olivia Palermo or you can style it with your own denim. However, you wear this jacket, it will  be a fun conversation piece for sure. Other embellished military options can be found by Free People, Asos, Moschino, Marc Jacobs, and Ramy Brook.

Photo Credit – Olivia Palermo for Banana Republic Campaign

Cold Shoulder

Star sweater and truffle pizzaI never give pizza the cold shoulder. When given an opportunity, I never turn down any good pizza. This weekend I went to Bottega Louie in Downtown Los Angeles to have some of their famous pizza. I did not know this, but apparently Bottega Louie is known for their pizza. We ordered their 2 top sellers, the Tartufo pizza which was the truffle cheese pizza with shaved truffle and soft egg on top, and the Burrata pizza with prosciutto. There was just enough of a truffle infusion in the Tartufo that the flavor of the soft egg yolk came through perfectly. The pizza was warm and crispy on the edges and chewy in the middle. Everything was perfect about this truffle pizza. The burrata pizza was perfect in its very subtle burrata flavoring with the salty prosciutto to compliment the flavor. They were definitely both heavenly. We also had the lobster hash and salmon benedict, but the pizzas were definitely the stars of this food show yesterday.

What we wore – LessSpinach wore a white girls Moncler jacket, a gold star sweater, and I wore an LNA cold shoulder top with my Moncler pink jacket. My cold shoulder top can be found at Zappos.com and Shopbop.com

Open shoulder sweater with burrata pizza

Denim Game

The rain is keeping most of us indoor today. It is a great opportunity to catch up with the news and the weather forecasts and do some online shopping. If you skipped the happy hour menu after work and ran home straight from work, now is the time to think about denim for spring. It may seem far off since the groundhog told us there was 6 more weeks of winter a few weeks ago, however, it will be here before you know it and then all the good stuff will be sold out.

My favorites include the cropped denim jeans by Nili Lotan which were seen in the army green and black twill in the fall and winter that will now be available in a washed denim this spring. They are great because they have a cropped elastic ankle length with a fun ankle zipper that can look great with wedges like Jennifer Aniston wore them in New York City a few weeks ago or with your favorite sneakers.

One of my other favorites is a new brand called The Great that has a classic cut with a cropped cut. These will sure to go well with our Golden Goose this spring. The Current/Elliot distressed cropped denim jeans with the frayed edges are cut with just the right amount of distressing for flip flops or high tops this season. My favorite frayed at the knees black denim jeans are the cropped distressed pair from Mother. Wear these with heels or with sneakers. They will be your go to staple for the warm weather. If you are looking for a very similar black distressed pair of denim jeans, take a look at the Articles of Society denim jeans for $64. They are worth the look.

Logo Tees Tease

logo teesBalmain logo teeGucci brought back the logo tee mania and now every designer is jumping on the bandwagon. I guess what is great about it is if you are willing to pay $550 for a tee, people should know the name of the designer you are wearing right? Some of my favorites actually don’t have their logos on the tees, but they do their tees in a fun cool way. My very favorite is by Miu Miu because it is made to look like a top with collar and silk neck tie. It is casual and dressy at the same time. Of course who can blame you if you do like the Gucci logo tee. Nothing wrong with that either. It is  great take on the vintage classic.

Now the Vetements oversized Hanes tee with the word “staff” on it, I just do not get. But, maybe that is like the Gucci fur mule I didn’t get until a few days ago. If you get it will you enlighten me?

I really do love the Balmain Paris black sweatshirt though. As far as a logo top goes, this one is pretty cool. My favorite is the Balmain tank top with the gold buttons on the shoulders. This is pretty special I must say. Worst one is the Saint Laurent logo tee with the logo right in the middle of an overized white tee. Don’t get it. Last, this ruffled Marques’ Almeida Ruffled tee is also very special. It can be dressed up with a fun skirt or dressed down with jeans. Would you wear any of these?

staff-logo-tee

Floral Dresses and Sunnies for Spring

Ulla Johnson navy floral dressIf you didn’t get what you wanted for Valentine’s Day, get it for yourself. That is my motto. Why wait for someone else to get you something if you can find it yourself. This way you know you are getting what you want every single time. My favorite dress right now is this Ulla Johnson floral navy dress. It is 100% silk with 3/4 length sleeves and is just the right length so that is perfectly flattering. The dress is perfect for a casual Sunday or for a night out when paired with a great pair of heels. This dress is also great for travel because it is lightweight and does not wrinkle. Looking for the perfect dress this season? Pick this Ulla Johnson dress.

Looking for my sunnies? Mine are from Linda Farrow. Pair with a great velvet Chanel boy bag and a pair of espadrille platforms from Zappos.com. If you like that my cell phone is hanging out on a Chanel like chain, you can find the iPhone holder here.

Espadrille Platform Sandals

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Linda Farrow Sunglasses Pink heart love pillow

 

And if all else fails – go to Bergdorfs and find yourself a present while sipping on rose champagne.

Bergdorf Goodman catalog and rose champagne

Keep Calm and Carry On for Dogs

Keep Calm and Carry On leash and collarWhen I spotted this Keep Calm and Carry on collar and leash for my dog Lexi I just had to have it. First of all my dog is not calm and second of all it is darn cute. I gave it to her on Valentine’s Day because the leash and the collar are red and because she loves gifts AND it was time for a new leash and collar. If you are looking for other Keep Calm and Carry On fun stuff, check out the Keep Calm and Loves Dogs tee, Keep Calm I am a French Bulldog Mom long sleeve tee, and Keep Calm and Drink Coffee Mug. If you like the turquoise blue rug, you can look at the one from Wayfair.com I found and the one from S & H Rugs.

Lace Up Ballet Flats and Lace Dresses for Spring

Lace-Up-ballet flats with lace dressIt is all about lace this season from lace dresses to lace up ballet flats. I personally love the way you can lace them all the way up your leg instead of around your ankles when wearing a dress to give it an interesting look. There are so many options for lace up ballet flats this season it is hard to choose favorites. Nonetheless, my favorites include ones from Aquazzura with pom poms, Sigerson Morrison in a blue suede, Michael Kors on sale, Forever 21, and Chinese Laundry. Options for lace dresses include the one above from Asos, Vince Camuto, Free People, and The Population. If you decide to go with a pink lace dress for Valentine’s Day, pair it with a Chanel pink bag from The Real Real or Vestiaire Collective.

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Pink-lace-dress

Go Rogue with Coach Bags

Coach-rogue-rose-applique-toteNever thought I would say this but if you want to go rogue this season, think about going rogue with a Coach bag. This season’s Coach bags have caught me a little off guard with their fashion forward edgy styles that are unlike what Coach has done in the last few years. Maybe it is time to look at investing in a Coach bag? My favorite picks include their floral applique totes, the Coach rocket which was seen on Selena Gomez, the studded rogue bag, and the cool Coach green rogue snakeskin bag. Whatever, they are doing this season, they are killing it.

Green Rogue bag Coach

Bikini Season in Punta Mita

Mikoh Bikini in Punta Mita

It is bikini season in Punta Mita even though it is freezing here in the US with snow on the east coast and rain all over the West Coast. Everyone is probably pining for warm weather and looking forward to a long weekend getaway on President’s Day. If you are going away for a beach vacation in Mexico, and looking for swimsuit ideas.

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Here is what we wore when we were in Punta Mita. In the photo above, I wore a brown halter top bikini from Ralph Lauren and LessSpinach wore a yellow bikini from Mikoh. Our hats were from Helen Kaminski and we carried fun colorful straw beach totes from Misa Los Angeles. Pink Sunglasses on sale by Linda Farrow. White halter bikini below from Ondademar.

White-halter-bikini-punta-mita-W-hotel

Mikoh Bikini in Punta Mita