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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Lucite Chairs

I never thought I was the lucite chair type of girl until I saw this photo in an issue of the now defunct Metropolitan Home... And now I HAVE to have one in one variation or another.

When I saw this chair featured on Chinoiserie Chic and sold at Perch, again it was love at first sight! (I'm a sucker for ballroom chairs!)

And with a Toile du Jouy cushion to boot, I was in heaven!

Then I stumbled upon the Chinese Checkers version of the Kartell Louis Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck and thought, this would be absolutely too cool for my girl's rooms!

And what about a Mi Ming Chair for my desk?

And when I saw this photo of the Mademoiselle Chair by Kartell, elegantly placed in a room that was totally my style, I knew this was THE one for my vanity.

In an animal print perhaps? Me likey!

Or faux skin? Very Smart!

Your thoughts on Lucite chairs?

Party Time!

Nothing is as happy as a child's birthday party. I just love them! The balloons, the food, the games, the food, the goodie bags, the food...

It's that time of the year when I begin to think about my little darling's birthday parties. Who am I kidding? I am always thinking about my kids birthday parties! The defining piece for me is always the cake. I feel , that along with the invitation, the birthday cake sets the tone for the occasion. We have had some wonderful cakes through the years. Here are a few pictures of some of them.

Audrey's 4th "Fancy Nancy" birthday.
A cupcake tower from Audrey's "Cowgirl" party.

Her "Vintage Alphabet" party- the tablecloth is unfortunate
but the cake was gorgeous! You really need to double click on this photo so you can appreciate it in all it's glory. The artist got the vintage colors spot on.

Alexa's 7th "Fairyland" Party, isn't the detail divine?

The fairies were inspired from the Flower Fairies series.

A tea party at Bizu - I just love the macaroon tower!

The cake above was from Alexa's "Nail and Foot Spa" party.

And the cake below is my all time favorite- Audrey's baptism cake. This picture doesn't do it justice as I just scanned it in this morning. Double click on the photo so you can appreciate the workmanship of the cake artist. Really. This cake vignette was just breathtaking.

The colors, the quilting, the little daisies all in the middle segment and then scattered around the table. Those boxes you see stacked up are sugar filigree, (see up close Here) and had little chocolates inside. The quilted square cakes were given to each Godparent to take home and the lollipop cookies in the two bouquets flanking the cake were given to all the children in attendance. See details Here, Here and Here.

AND that pram. That pram just made the cake extra special.

All the cakes featured in this post, with the exception of the tea party macaroon tower, were made by Marta Matute. Marta is a genius and has helped me execute all my ideas , and has made my children's birthdays unforgettable. She is easily one of the best resources for children's birthday cakes in Manila.

Top photo courtesy of Flora et Henri, one of my favorite purveyors of children's clothing.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Sweet Dreams

I have bed linens on the brain. Am fantasizing about these babies from Leron. I may as well keep on dreaming as they will set me back a few thousand dollars- at least. But to my dear husband, if your reading this, anything from Leontine will do just fine too.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

What about me Mama?

I am so excited! I finally found cute bookplates for my little Audrey! She has been complaining recently that all of their books belong to "Achie" (older sister), since Alexa was given lovely book plates years ago from her Godmother. They have since been placed in every children's book that enters our home and the little one is feeling a bit left out.

It took a while for me to find the right one but I finally did on Etsy. If you haven't shopped Etsy, it's really a treasure trove. Thousands of creative and talented sellers peddling everything and anything that is handmade. If you are looking for something unique and extra special, I'm sure you'll find it here.

These are from Oiseaux, a lovely art and stationary resource. They have a beauiful range of book plates, cards etc. and they personalize almost all of their product.

Keeping my fingers crossed that the plates that get here won't say Sarah!

Looking for a Labandera...

Please let me know if you know of anyone!

Only because I met Chris first....

Saw this on Habitually Chic.. Now this is a good looking man!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

An Education

If you haven't seen An Education , I urge you to do so immediately. What a fantastic film! Nick Hornby delivers once again , with an intelligent, witty and at times, humorous screenplay. This beautifully stylized (imagine Mad Men but across the pond) coming of age film takes place in a London suburb in the early 1960's .

The all British cast is led by stars Carey Mulligan , as the bright, Oxford bound young girl who is seduced and ultimately given "An Education" by Peter Sarsgaard , a "smooth as silk and cool as a cucumber" playboy that is twice her age. The acting is precise and impressive. Even supporting cast is filled by fine actors like Alfred Molina and Emma Thompson . Their performances, however, do not overshadow those of Dominic Cooper and Rosamund Pike who I might add plays gorgeous and vapid brilliantly!

Friday, January 22, 2010


I have not posted for a while. Have been sorting out what to do for a toothache and the decision made- extraction and implant! Will be back to posting soon.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Good Morning!

After the gluttony and culinary debauchery that was the holidays, I have been having variations of the breakfast on top for the past five days. While it looks and is in fact delicious, especially when it's homemade granola and Fage greek yougurt, some days you need, want and just have to have eggs!

I think today is that day!

What are you having this morning?

P.S. These are not my original photos. The first is from one of my favorite blogs Cote de Texas and I am searching for the source of the second. I will post the link soon.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


This is proving to be harder than I thought is was going to be. I am trying to write more posts but am having trouble uploading multiple pictures and laying them out where I want them to be within the post. Help! Anyone!?!?!

Meanwhile, I leave you with this image of a walk-in closet/work area that I have been salivating over. Isn't it drop dead gorgeous? Well so is it's owner, Aerin Lauder. The hand painted walls with the gold leaf branches, love it! I love the whole gray and gold combination. And the size 2 dress hanging on the left, nice! I bet you I wouldn't have these blogging problems if I was working on my lap top at this desk! And if I could fit into that dress, life would be perfect.

My husband says when I inherit a billion dollar empire, I can have a dressing room just like this too.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Hong Kong Holiday

We are back from what has become our annual Christmas and New Year holiday in Hong Kong. I adore Hong Kong. It reminds me so much of my beloved NYC but then it has such unique character that it can definitely hold it's own amongst the great cities of the world.

I don't take good pictures so this is something I will need to work on if I want to make this blog more interesting. Hmmm.. maybe this is an excuse to invest in a better camera!

More on our trip coming up soon including three new restaurant reviews. Stay tuned!


Enough Procrastinating

This is something I have been wanting to do for a while now.
New decade so I figured, "Why the hell not?" Go for it.

My 9 year old has been quite supportive of this endeavor. Oh to be 9 again! When nothing seems impossible and the idea of instantly publishing your thoughts and making them available to the entire planet at the click of a button is a reality. Things sure have changed since I was 9!

It will take me a while to get this to where I want it to be. I am what they call technically challenged among other things. But I'll get there... eventually.
Stick it out with me and and I'll make it worth the wait.