Grapefruit Avocado And Fennel Salad

Alright— I survived!  After 24 hours of traveling with a 16-month-old and 3 days of severe jetlag (as a result of said 16 month-old NOT sleeping during the 24 hours of traveling, not to mention the 12 hour time difference), I have once again joined the land of the living.  And not a moment too soon, because we’ve jumped feet first into lots of activity and lots of little one’s running around.  Thankfully my mother is the consummate host and has been quick with the food and refreshments with our various visitors. One salad has definitely stood out as the perfect vibrant spring dish.  It is the Grapefruit Avocado And Fennel Salad. Grapefruit Avocado And Fennel Salad

Grapefruit Avocado And Fennel Salad Ingredients:

Salad:
1 Grapefruit
1 Avocado
½ large Fennel Bulb
5oz Baby Arugula

Directions:
- Section and remove the membrane of the grapefruit.  Cut pieces in half.
- Dice avocado in approximately ½ inch pieces.
- Thinly slice fennel and chop into pieces no more than 1 inch long.
- Once prepped, combine all the ingredients in a salad bowl.

Tip: Want to make it an Entrée?  Add some grilled chicken breast.

Dressing:
¼C Lemon Juice
2Tbsp Orange Juice
2tsp grainy Mustard
½tsp coarse Salt
1tsp Black Pepper
½C Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions:
Whisk together ingredients and add to the salad.

Tip: If the dressing is too tart, add an additional splash of orange juice.

I hope you enjoy this Grapefruit Avocado And Fennel Salad as much as we did!  To give you an idea of how popular it was here, my cousin loved it so much she took home the other half of the fennel so she could make it again.  Enjoy!

Going Home

going home

I had planned a special post today, but things are going to be delayed, as I am heading back to Atlanta (to visit family) for 4 weeks!

This is really an all of a sudden thing—Lukus found out that he has to spend several weeks in China, and I decided that instead of spending the time alone in Singapore, the little one and I are embarking on a 20+ hour flight.  Prayers and well wishes welcome.

Don’t worry—I am not abandoning you!  Just have to keep things short today as I am running around getting things together…

 

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Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 Collection

This will be my final post covering the Fall2014 Ready-To-Wear Collections, and I definitely think sharing Nicolas Ghesquière’s debut collection for Louis Vuitton is a high note.  Without a doubt, the Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 Collection was one of the most anticipated shows of the Fashion season.  The merging of such a admired designer and such a storied fashion house has been the talk of the fashion world since his appointment last fall.  Even I couldn’t help but write about the fashion house earlier this week!

For those of you unfamiliar with Nicolas Ghesquière, he spent 15 years at the helm of Balenciaga, where he developed a following among the fashion set and Hollywood celebs.  He is known for his understanding of shape and proportion.  After leaving Balenciaga in Fall 2012, Ghesquière did not immediately join another house.  It wasn’t until Fall 2o13 with the departure of Marc Jacobs that Ghesquière was appointed to Louis Vuitton.  3 seasons since his last show, it is no wonder that there was a lot of buzz around this collection.

Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 RTWAs for the Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 Collection it is already being called a grand success.  And no wonder!  Ghesquière, intelligently, did not look to compete or even follow Marc Jacobs’ works.  Instead, he drew upon the Louis Vuitton heritage and his own aesthetic to create a collection filled with beautifully manipulated leather and clean silhouettes.

The result was a collection that felt like a real woman’s wardrobe.  Filled with both separates and dresses all of which seemed to ‘go’ together with ease.  Ghesquière had a year and a half to think about who he was as designer and I love that as a result this collection felt both highly edited, but endlessly creative as well.  The short hemlines and the a-line shapes of the skirts and dresses were fun, yet chic.  And the usage of different materials in a single garment was intriguing without feeling overworked.

Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 RTW 2Takeaways from the Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 Collection:
-Don’t be afraid to go short with your hemline.
-Give your mod a-line shapes a natural spin with earthy palettes
-Wear leather (real or faux) in unexpected forms.
-Try belting your pants/dresses/skirts/coats at your natural waist.

 

What do you think of the Louis Vuitton Fall 2014 Collection?  Has Nicolas Ghesquière lived up to the hype?

 

Image via Style.com / Monica Feudi /Indigitalimages.com

Chanel Fall 2014 Collection

Chanel Fall 2014It would be like ignoring the elephant in the room if I didn’t acknowledge the obvious:  The Chanel Fall 2014 Collection was shows on a set that looked like a supermarket.  Was this Karl Lagerfeld’s way of telling us the bar has been raised for how we dress even while performing the most mundane tasks?  Or was it a comment on consumerism?  Perhaps, Mr. Lagerfeld recognized the supermarket as the great equalizer- where ripped sweatpants are as appropriate as a tweed suit.

Chanel Fall 2014 Collection (1)

The sneakers we saw at January’s Chanel Couture Spring 2014 show, and which set off an immediate trend among the fashion set, were back in new variations including knee high options.  Atop the sneakers Lagerfeld, continued his laidback (you know, if Lagerfeld or Chanel could ever be described as laidback) vibe with more pants options than I’ve ever seen on a Chanel runway (but then again, how often is a runway a supermarket aisle?!

Chanel Fall 2014 Collection (2)Another element that continued from the Couture show were the extreme cinched waists, which created for exaggerated hourglass shape.  Of course this was just one of many silhouettes that spanned from legging like pants with cropped fitted sweaters, to wide legged trousers paired with boxy jackets.  In this supermarket there truly was something for everyone.

Chanel Fall 2014 Collection (3)So, beyond the salivating for certain elements, what can you learn from the Chanel Fall 2014 Collection’s appearance in Paris?

The Big Lesson: Casual Doesn’t Have To Be Thoughtless.
–Remember–
- Even a pair of sneakers can make a fashionable statement.
- Play with proportions.  There is a place for both oversized and fitted alike.
- Adding even just a single tailored element can elevate an otherwise relaxed look.
- A statement accessory can make a look memorable and personal.

 

What do you think of the Chanel Fall 2014 Collection?  What are your takeaways from the show?

 

Finale Image from the Chanel Fall 2014 Runway show via chanel-news.com
Clothing Images via Style.com / Yannis Vlamos / Indigitalimages.com

The Orange Pout: How To Wear Orange Lipstick

One of the beauty trends I have been eyeing for spring is the orange pout. Seen on the DKNY, Rag & Bone and Prabal Gurung Spring 2014 runways, something tells me this will be a trend that is sure to build steam. And given that this is a bit more dramatic than spring’s typical pinks, here are things to consider when exploring the look…

How To Wear Orange Lipstick:

DKNY : How To Wear Orange Lipstick
Why you should love this trend:
-It is different from your typical spring pinks – these lips make a statement!
-There is an orange for almost every skin tone – so don’t give up after trying just one!
-They are powerful, like a red lip, but playful at the same time -multidimensional lips, just like you!

Rag & Bone: How To Wear Orange Lipstick
Why you should incorporate it now:
-It is a great way to embrace the coming spring, even if the outside temps disagree
-The color will add depth to your winter wardrobe, and then once you start incorporating spring’s pastels the orange will add an unexpected brightness
-Bright lips can stand on their own or with very limited supporting make up

Prabal Gurung: How To Wear Orange Lipstick
What to look for in a bright orange lipstick:
-High Impact Color: If you are going to go orange, go all in!
-Long Lasting Color: You don’t want a color that will be gone 20 minutes after application.  That being said, even the most long lasting of colors can require reapplication, so remember to keep it on you!
-Moisturizing:  Bold lips attract attention, so the last thing you want is for your lips to look dry and cracked beneath the color.  Going bold is a great time to pick something very moisturizing, as you can really slather it on.

Tell me, will you be embracing the bright orange pout this spring? I’d love to see your take on it!  Share your photo with me on Instagram (@northonharper) and tag it #orangepout!

 

Images:
1. DKNY Spring 2014 Collection via Style.com / Yannis Vlamos /Indigitalimages.com
2. Rag & Bone Spring 2014 Collection via Style.com / Marcus Tondo /Indigitalimages.com
3. Prabal Gurung Spring 2014 Collection via Style.com / Marcus Tondo /Indigitalimages.com