Monday, August 29, 2011

Good Dog

If you haven't visited From the House of Edward, a wonderful blog by Pamela Terry and her brilliant and witty dog Edward, then please do not hesitate to trot over there this minute.

Oscar Wilde said that it is what we read when we are not required, that determines what we will be the rest of the time.  Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said, "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are." 

We are shaped by what we read, what we eat, how kind we are, how we live, what we fill our homes with, and which people we fill our lives with, so fill today with expressions of your best self.

Now run along... and give Edward a pat on the head when you see him.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Designing a Life

I have often thought that the decoration of a home brings the dream of who we are (or want to become) into tangible, livable form.  When someone who loves to cook imagines a kitchen, it isn't just a place to boil an egg, it's a "dream" kitchen.  When we talk about our dream home, we're really describing the perfect place to shelter our dream life.  

I read years ago that when Ralph Lauren designs a dress, he begins by imagining a woman- what she reads, how she lives, speaks, works, travels, and entertains.

How much more interesting it is, and personal, to think about who we are, how we actually live, and what we love, and then design our houses, clothing, and accessories around ourselves, instead of trying to mold ourselves into the latest fashion or home decorating trend.

Lanvin dress

I do believe however that houses and clothes can be wonderfully aspirational- I just made that word up.  There is a certain practicality, if only partial truth, to the idea that the clothes (or sofa) make the man.

When our houses are beautiful, we may want to live better.  A friend once told me that when her house is sparkling clean and neat, she finds it easier to stay on a healthy diet.

The way we are inclined to walk more gracefully in an evening gown, or stand a little straighter in a dinner jacket.

So perhaps if we create a home that reflects who we are, it can help us in turn stay true to ourselves.  We certainly feel more connected to our home, and tend to have fewer decorating disasters.

Synchronicity aligns who we are with how we live and flows through our lives

to create a more cohesive, potent message.

Oprah's Interview with Ralph Lauren

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Images:  Ralph Lauren except 3, Lanvin, Video: Vimeo via

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Black and White

Valentino Couture

Bobby Flay's Malted Black and White Milkshake


2 pints good-quality vanilla ice cream, slightly softened (recommended: Haagen-Dazs)
3 to 4 tablespoons malt powder
1 cup good chocolate sauce, divided
Whipped cream, for garnish
Shaved bittersweet chocolate, for garnish


Place 1 1/2 pints of ice cream, malt powder, and 1/2 cup of the chocolate sauce in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour shakes into 2 tall glasses, leaving a little room at the top. Place an extra scoop of ice cream on top of each shake and drizzle the remaining 2 ounces chocolate sauce over the top. Garnish with a large dollop of whipped cream and some chocolate shavings. Serve immediately.

Happy Tuesday!

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