Have you seen this yet? I love how it captures the everyday adventures of traveling in a foreign country and, of course, beautiful, lovely, charming Paris. At the very least, it’s inspiration to use my Rosetta Stone French more.
I’m so excited to try my first home restaurant this evening. I’ve heard great things about this experience and have been wanting to go to one for over a year. I was absolutely thrilled when I received an invitation to attend Sidra Forman‘s dinner tonight. Sidra is an amazing woman with many talents. I truly admire her ability to create and manage a business that logically intertwines all of her passions in life. Below is a what was prepared at February’s dinner. I think I’m in for a treat!
February Home Restaurant
Quail with Sweet Potato and Rosemary
Beet Soup with Nut Cream
Chicken Liver on Corncake with Scarlet Turnip Puree
Beef Tongue with Watermelon Radish and Pickle
Spicy Brussel Sprouts with Ginger
Scrambled Eggs with Sorrel
Bay Leaf Martini
(Domaine de Mirail) Colombard Gascogne 2009
Lamb Shoulder with Salad Mache, Tiny Potatoes, Leeks, Baby Carrots and Mustard
(Jean Royer) Vin de Table “Petit Roy” 2008
Noodles with Cauliflower, Spinach, Yellow Footed Chanterelles and Oregon Black Truffles
(Vercesi) Pinot Nero Bianco “Gugiarolo” 2009
Rockfish with Salsify and Girasol Braised in Saffron with Pea Shoots and Celery Root Relish
(Domaine des Roy) Touraine Rouge “Les Linottes” 2008
Caveman Blue Cheese and Walnut Cracker
Soft Gingerbread with Lemon Glaze, Frozen Coconut and Toasted Cashew, Coconut and Caramelized Ginger
Friday– (Foreau) Vouvray Demi-Sec 2005
Saturday– (Grange Tiphaine) Nouveau Nez, Sparkling Montlouis 2008
Bites: Mini Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Pistachio Oatmeal, Spicy Cinnamon Roll
Take Home: Warm Chocolate Fig Bread
Happy Spring everyone! I am back from Paris and my head is spinning with ideas for blog posts. Stay tuned for lots of loveliness and inspiration in the coming weeks!
I’m so excited to be heading to Paris for a long weekend to celebrate my birthday. Here are just a few of my favorite things that I’m looking forward to doing:
- Macarons at Laduree
- Picnic at the foot of the Eiffel tower
- Dinner at Les DÔme
- A long cup of café au lait at Les Deux Magots
- A leisurely walk through Luxembourg Gardens
- Enjoying some of the boutique chocolateries
- Shopping, shopping, shopping
Have you seen these Live the Language posts around? Of course, I love the one for Paris.
I will be back with my next 2011 Trend post next week. Au revoir until then!
I have always been enamored with fashion design. I believe it is one of our greatest forms of artistic expression.
Here are some of the looks from this year’s runways and red carpets that I think will define the fashion of 2011 and thereby influence my own event design work.
2011 Trends from the Spring and Fall Runways
2011 Red Carpet Looks that Exemplify Runway Trends
I know everyone is gaga over Mila Kunis, and I do agree that she is fast becoming a major fashionista. Personally, I have been the most impressed by Hailee Steinfeld. She has made absolutely lovely, and age-appropriate, choices for her first foray on the red carpet.
In my next post, I will present some ideas for translating these high fashion looks into your event.
Event design can take its inspiration from anywhere. I always encourage my clients to find the things that will make their event uniquely theirs. This is especially important for my wedding clients. There are a million plus ways to have a beautiful and fun wedding, but it is the personal touches that will make it truly unique because it is more of a reflection of the bride and groom as individuals, as a couple and of the joining of their two families.
Based on what I’ve been observing in the industry and discussion with my own clients, I anticipate that events, weddings in particular, will primarily fall into one of two categories:
Classic – inspired by times gone by, ideas that have a timelessness to them, creating a sense of nostalgia and comfort
Glamorous – inspired by this year’s fairy tale Royal wedding, creating a sense of wonder and a visually stunning experience for guests
In my next few posts, I will provide some specific ideas pulled from fashion, design, and food to inspire your 2011 event.
Last Fall when I was in Paris, I was on the lookout for the next “IT” trend. Based on my trip, I guessed artisan chocolate shops. All around town, I spied adorable boutiques with mouth-watering window displays and lines reaching out the door. Some shops focused exclusively on chocolate, others covered all types of confections.
I love the fabulous design at Patisserie des Reves – a mix between a chic interior boutique and a chemistry lab.
The New York Times perfectly captured what I saw in this article today.
Signs, signs, everywhere there are signs! There are so many wonderful ways to personalize your event. From directing your guests where to go to informing them about what to expect to inviting them to become an active participant in your lasting event memories, signs can be both functional and decorative. I’ve been collecting examples of signs that are creative, unique and interesting.
I am smitten with Tim Walker. I have seen his work for years here and there in fashion magazines and on the blogosphere and admired it, but only recently learned the identity behind the creations, Tim Walker. The whimsy and exquisite drama of his photos provide constant inspiration for my work!
Here are a selection of some of my favorites:
An idea for all those old bridesmaid dresses!
I love the juxtaposition of the outdoor camping equipment and colors with this old manor house style library. Would love to do this at an event.
Tim manages to make balloons chic!
Tim did a high fashion series based on traditional fairy tales and children’s stories that is both chic and charming!
I know I’m a little behind the curve. I just started watching Mad Men last summer and, naturally, am now a huge fan. From the incredible styling to the intriguing characters to the inner workings of the advertising world, it is a rich, visual parade that continually surprises me and keeps me entertained.
I wish I could have a living room like this one.
Is John Hamm our generations’ Cary Grant?
I love Joan’s bold, body-hugging looks and Betty’s ultra-stylish, feminine look. The show may center around the ad men at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, but it’s the women who turn their heads. It would be so incredible to have a whirl in the show’s costume closet!
Now you can fulfill your Mad Men fantasies right here in DC. This year’s Spring Benefit for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company takes its inspiration from the era and atmosphere so intriguingly portrayed in Mad Men. Three Martini Lunch will be held April 16 at the Omni Shoreham hotel. Early bird ticket specials are available now!