{Weekend Reflections: July 1st ’14}

Bonjour, mes beaux amis!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  My weekends always seem to go by too quickly, but I’ve started mentally enjoying Mondays a bit more as a day of transition and reflection from the weekend into the craziness of the week.  Fortunately, my Mondays have recently become less hectic from go, and I definitely think it’s been a huge help to ease into the week as opposed to hitting the pavement fast-first.

This past weekend, I did some self-reflection about a number of things: Continue reading

I Am A Narciso-sist

Bonjour, mes beaux amis!!

Many years ago, I became friends with a gorgeous Spanish-via-London femme. Her free spirit made it easy to feel so comfortable with her despite her Queen’s English accent. To put it plainly, she’s one classy broad!!

She introduced me to the loveliness known as Continue reading

KimYe, Please Go Away-ye…

Bonjour, mes bons amis!!

There is so much to be happy about and thankful for today, such as those three young women who escaped from their kidnappers’ home in Cleveland; we’re so thankful for our moms, both biological and adoptive mother figures; and finally, we are so thankful for people like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West known as KimYe (cuz ain’t nobody got time fo’ using their full names) for showing us exactly how we should NOT dress or be… in general… with everything… in life.

I don’t consider myself an expert of couture, but I am proud of my sense of fashion and style.  And while I respect that a lot of fashion is truly art, I also recognize that a lot of it is just hideous.  But occasionally there is the imposter garment(?) that someone is foolishly trying to call “en vogue” thinking that the amateur or fashion-less would never be the wiser to recognize.

Who told Kim it was okay to wear her New Jersey Aunt’s sofa slipcover and throw it over her pregnant belly, covered head to toe INCLUDING FINGERS, to what is considered the Oscars of the fashion world?  Seriously, the only thing she’s missing is the plastic over the slipcover and maybe a few doilies to boot.

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ummm, Kim-No.
{photo: SpinMedia}

No wonder Kanye looks so happy to be standing next to his baby’s mama.

I’m confident Madame Chanel has rolled over in her tweed grave like she probably has for the last, what, 8 years or so, that KimYe separately and together have been making fools of themselves.  Together, they are the Lindsay Lohan of celebrity couples with one shamefulness after another – a sex tape, an on-air insult of the then-POTUS, an on-air thievery of music award thunder, an overly publicized farce wedding lasting fewer days than the number of underwear most women own, and an album rumored to have the title “I Am God.”

Go away, KimYe.  You embody way too much of what is wrong in the world today.  Not to mention, you act and dress tack-AY.  Stop with your crimes against humanity before someone calls the Hague.

Check out all the pictures, video and Met coverage for a few laughs, oohs and aahs.

Hope you enjoy the rest of your week, mes amis!

♥ – LBH

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BBQ, Bourbon and Big Hats

Bonjour, mes bons amis!

We finally made it to the weekend!  It’s been quite a week – but what better way to relax than by getting in the mood for “the greatest two minutes in sports” with Kentucky-inspired cocktails, smoky southern BBQ and of course, a fancy big hat!  (We really need more traditional occasions/reasons for wearing big hats like the Derby…)

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Churchill Downs has hosted the Kentucky Derby for 139 years
{photos from top left: pberry / jackiembarr / JoeyBLS Photography / Velo Junior / Nikki McLeod}

Bourbon is a personal favorite of mine, so I enjoy watching the event with friends, pretending to be at Churchill Downs wearing a big hat of my own with a delicious bourbon cocktail in hand.  Needless to say, I needed little convincing to share some of my own Derby inspirations.

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We need more reasons for bourbon cocktails and big hats…

  1. Trust a pro like Mrs. Lilien’s “Mrs. Julep” easy and Derby-ready mint julep recipe. While you’re at it, pick up her amazing Cocktail Swatchbook full of ideas for every occasion!
  2. Every trip to San Francisco, I enjoy a number of classic bourbon cocktails at this modern speakeasy – reservations and password required, however, cell phones and prowling strictly prohibited.
  3. You’re bound to find a tasty mint julep at Brooklyn’s Char No. 4, specializing in nothing but bourbon (and oddly, delicious cheese curds!).
  4. Find the perfect fancy big hat for that last minute Derby party or polo match at an online retailer like Hats in the Belfry or from Lexington, KY’s very own Polly Singer.
  5. If you’re looking for BBQ to complement your bourbon cocktail and big hat, here’s a national roundup of the best in the country.
  6. Great snack and app recipes for a Derby Party – direct from the horse’s mouth!

Finally, as old-school and traditional as the Kentucky Derby may be…

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Kentucky Derby in 1955

… today’s Kentucky Derby is anything but stuck in the past.

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Kevin Krigger, Kentucky Derby jockey hoping to win the garland of roses.

And I’m off!

Have a wonderful weekend, mes bons amis!!

♥ – LBH

 

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A Not-So-Hot Weekend of Music!

Bonjour, bon ami!!!

It feels like FOREVER since I’ve updated my little space of the world wide web here, because it has been a LONG time!!  I just thought I would pop in with a small update and give you a preview of what will be coming after this weekend!!

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If you’re an independent/house/rock/hip-hop/folk music fan, then you are probably aware that this year’s music festival season kicked off a few weeks ago with SXSW in Austin.  This weekend is the first of two Coachella Music Festival weekends, and like every previous year that I’ve been fortunate enough to attend, I’m packing up my bags and preparing for a fun-with-a-lot-less-sun-filled weekend of music, weirdos and all around craziness!!!!

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{typical Coachella weirdo}

Fortunately (or UNfortunately) the weather forecast  is extremely undesert-like (hence my more thoughtful packing job).

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{not-so-hot desert!}

Here’s a quick visual preview of the plethora of musical madness featured this year at the normally quiet Indio, CA polo field:

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{RADIOHEAD}

One of my ALL-TIME FAVORITE bands, Radiohead… if I could express the excitement through the screen right now, it would look something like this:

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{vanity fair}

WOOHOO!!!

Other bands I’m super-duper-excited to see and hear:

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{hip-hop legends Dr. Dre ~ Eminem ~ Warren G ~ Snoop Dogg}

Yes, the legends all on one stage – it’s going to be memorable, needless to say!

And then we round it all out with some good ol’ grimy rock.

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{the underrated Black Keys}

So get ready, bon ami!!!  My Coachella recap promises photos, stories and possibly a few amazing videos of food, fashion and the FABULOUSNESS that IS COACHELLA!!!

And just because we all love it, here is the most classic-to-date Coachella video everYou’re welcome… for the second year in a row.  See you in the desert!!!!

LBH

Beautiful & Quiet.

It’s a cloudy Saturday here in Los Angeles today, and it’s after 12 noon already, but I’m still in my pajamas, enjoying the last of my coffee and some quiet time (for once).  It’s amazing.

Since the holidays have everyone scrambling, planning, wrapping, cleaning, sweating, and everything in between… I wanted to bring a little serenity to your day and mine with just some prettiness ~ inspiring images that will hopefully bring a smile, an idea, or some quiet beauty to your day.  Enjoy!!

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{pictory}
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{patagonia gifts}
romantic dinner party table setting shabby chic
{brabourne farm}
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{miss moss}
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{lou, boos and shoes}
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{brabourne farm}
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{plush palate}
miniature garden mini petite indoor kitchen potted plants
{apartment therapy}
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{this is glamorous}
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{this is glamorous}
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{lou, boos and shoes}
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{the diversion project}
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{apartment therapy}
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{the diversion project}
home decor shabby chic storage boxes
{brabourne farm}
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{danielle marie}
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{design*sponge: Honor & Folly}

I hope you have a beautiful and relaxing weekend, and if not relaxing, well at least productive!!!

bonjour, bon ami!!

LBH

 

Cold Weather Survival Tips

Bonjour, bon ami!!

It’s actually getting quite chilly here in Los Angeles!  And as the temperatures drop in this late autumn season, this means it’s time to gear up to face the cold weather challenges.  Here are some of my favorite ways to combat and survive the cold weather:

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My skin is typically combination to oily during the majority of the year here in Los Angeles.  However, the colder dryer than usual autumn and winter days wreaks havoc on my skin.  But one of the best ways I’ve found to fight the flaky-itchy-scaly-skin-look is to combine my moisturizer (using the same amount I would normally), and adding two to three drops of Vitamin E oil.  You can find Vitamin E oil (in liquid form) at nearly any drug store or health food store.  Just the two to three drops of oil will give your moisturizer the additional boost it needs to give your skin a healthy glow – after all, crack is whack.

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If your lovely home is sans a functioning fireplace, well, I feel your pain.  During the cool weather, there is nothing like the smell of a burning fireplace in the air from a nearby chimney.

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But you can still capture the scent of the season with delightful candles like Voluspa’s Frost Pinecone, or grab one of the many great and inexpensive candles from Target.

And for unscented but charming candlelight, grab one of these lovely hibou or pinecone candles from Cost Plus World Market!

One of the best ways to survive the cold is obviously turning on/up the heat in your home.  Or… you could warm the house and heart by baking these entrancing and enchanting little mini apple pies!  The aroma of cinnamon, spices and apples is sure to make you feel a lot better about being indoors.  I used Camille Styles’ great recipe as a guide to make these little guys above in ramekins.

Of course, the best way to stay warm is to first get warm on the INSIDE!  Try a bourbon, cognac or brandy cocktail by starting with a good quality grade (ie. Makers Mark, ), add simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar boiled together) and fresh squeezed lemon juice to taste, topped with a splash of ginger ale.  Muddle and add fresh blueberries, blackberries or cranberries for an even more layered cocktail.  And for those nights where you may feel a cold or cough developing, you can always trust in a Hot Toddy to help ward off germs (and evil spirits). Try The Kitchn’s Apple Ginger Hot Toddy – it will definitely warm your soul.

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This is the time for you to try all of those great layered cozy looks that you’ve seen since last spring (but would start sweating just as the thought of wearing them).  Pull out that cute wool hat in the corner of the closet, pick up that inviting infinity scarf, and pull out those cute sparkly cashmere gloves.  Cold weather is much more forgiving when it comes to layering, so don’t fear a mismatch – mix textures, materials and colors.

What are your cold weather tips and favorites??

Stay warm, bon ami!

LBH