Chanel Couture Fall 2014 Collection

Doesn’t it feel like yesterday that I was sharing the Chanel Resort 2015 Collection?!  Well it is once again time to ogle Karl Lagerfeld’s designs for the iconic house, this time with the Chanel Couture Fall 2014 Collection.  And what better place to draw inspiration than from Modern architect Le Corbusier?  Lagerfeld allowed Le Corbusier’s designs to influence him at every level – from the architectural shape of his pieces to the inclusion of concrete as a design material (yes- you read that correctly!).  Even the setting was created to replicate the architect’s personal home!

Chanel Couture Fall 2014 Another interesting element of the Chanel Couture Fall 2014 Collection was the use of shorts.  In many looks narrow Bermuda length shorts peak out beneath dresses and coats appearing in a variety of fabrics including Chanel’s signature tweed!  I found this to be an unexpected element that added a bit of whimsy to the collection as a whole.

Chanel Couture Fall 2014 The structural, architectural elements were evident in large silhouettes that were equally reminiscent of Modern furnishings.  From dramatic shoulders to exaggerated hips, Lagerfeld’s love of proportion play was on display.  Also worth noting is Lagerfeld fearless tradition from the wildly ornate to the more simplistic pieces, all of which seemed to represent the Chanel of today as well as that of yesterday…

Chanel Couture Fall 2014 I think also of note are the sandals seen throughout the Chanel Couture Fall 2014 Collection.  Like the Chanel Couture Spring 2014 sneakers, there is something very accessible about flat sandals.  However they include just enough ornamentation to elevate them to Chanel Couture status.  I know I would mind owning a pair!

 

What do you think of the Chanel Couture Fall 2014 Collection?  Are there any style lessons that you’ll be applying to your own wardrobe?

 

Images via Style.com / Kim Weston Arnold & Yannis Vlamos / InDigitalImages.com

How To Start Your Day

It is Monday!  It is the perfect time to set intentions for a productive week.  We all have our morning rituals.  My perfect day starts with some hot Yoga followed by the things you see below.  After all, the activities of the very beginning of your day have a huge impact on the course of the rest of your day.  So it is important to make this time count.  The below actions help me to start the day off on the right foot and with the right mindset.  I definitely recommend them!

How To Start your Day

How To Start Your Day:

Hot Water and Lemon—who knew such a simple combination, would have so many benefits.  From detoxing your skin to detoxing your insides forget the coffee and try this instead!  The scent of citrus is a great wake me up that isn’t riddled with caffeine and sitting down to drink it helps to set me up for a day of good food and beverage choices.

A Clear Plan Of Attack—whether you create a To Do list the night before or keep a regularly updated planner, make sure you are clear on what goals you’ve set for the day.  I do this for both personal and professional tasks (extra important since I work from home- I have to be self-motivated!).  Set realistic expectations and save some extra things in case you are really productive that day!

 

In addition to the things that I Do first thing in the morning, there is also something I Don’t Do:

Don’t Open Your Emails—at least at first!  Instead of checking your emails as soon as you roll out of bed, wait until you are ready to focus and truly address them.  This way you avoid unnecessary stress or distractions when you still have to organize your thoughts etc. and of course eat breakfast!

 

Now it is your turn—tell me, do you have any rituals for how to start your day?

5 Top Ikea Products For Your Grown Up Home

I recently read an article entitled The 18 IKEA Products Found In Every First Apartment on Huffington Post that had me beaming with pride: I didn’t own ANY Ikea in my first apartment.  This is an especially impressive feat considering the fact that I lived in Los Angeles, home to way to many Ikea locations.  Ironically, now that I am in my 30s and live in the ever-chic Singapore, my entire apartment is Ikea.

As I explained before- I had to furnish an entire apartment in one afternoon, as all of our “real” stuff was left back in the U.S.  And you know what I discovered?  While there is definitely a bottom tier Ikea product line (perfect for that first apartment), some of their other products are actually quite chic when combined with more personal items.

To prove it to you, I picked out five of my top Ikea products for the grown up home:

top 5 Ikea products

1. Ribba Frame. Whether you are creating a gallery wall or just have a single piece that needs framing, the Ribba collection is a sleek and sophisticated option when you don’t want to spend the big bucks on custom frames.

2. Aröd Work Lamp.  I love this lamp not only for its industrial shape, but also for it functionality at a desk.

3. Besta Storage Cabinetry.  We actually own a similar combination of Besta cabinets (of course they are back in the US!), I love that you can create the cabinetry with as much are as little visible as you like, plus when placed accordingly you can create a built in look for a fraction of the cost.

4.  Stockholm Chair.  The curved lines on this chair create a welcoming feeling, but they still have lightness about them.  Definitely work at a kitchen table or perhaps in an entry way…

5. Duktig Play-Kitchen and Cookware Set.  This one is actually two products, but you can’t have one without the other.  Maybe play kitchen doesn’t scream grown up to you, but I figure the people investing in them aren’t the kids themselves!  My parents’ got this one for my daughter this past Christmas and it is an absolute favorite.  I like the simplicity of it and bonus points for the mini-pots and pans, which are actually stainless steel.

 

Do you have any favorite items from Ikea that translate beyond a first apartment?  Do share!

 

 

Gisele Bundchen For Balenciaga Fall 2014

Gisele Bundchen for Balenciaga Fall 2014Gisele Bundchen’s soft long locks are practically a signature look.  So it is no surprise that her newest campaign for Balenciaga Fall 2014 had me doing a double take.  In it the Brazilian beauty turns heads with what appears to be a super short haircut.  It looks kind of Miley-esque with buzzed sides and a longer section on top.  But before you run out to get your very own Bundchen-Buzz, it seems this cut is just an illusion as Gisele has been recently photographed hair follicles intact.

While the hair may simply be for show, you’ve got to love the powerful image that the look evokes.  Balenciaga Creative Director Alexander Wang’s slightly apocalyptic meets femme-fatale aesthetic is captured here in the Steven Klein photographed campaign.  And once you get past the missing tresses and amazing bone structure, be sure to check out the boots on Gisele’s fantastically long legs.  Even without the mirror-within-a-mirror effect they seem to go on for days.  Sigh.  Talk about hitting the genetic jackpot.

 

What do you think of Gisele’s shorn look in this Balenciaga Fall 2014 Ad Campaign?  Is this a look she should replicate in real life?  Or are you a fan of her longer, softer waves?

Whole Foods: Cauliflower 2 Ways

Cauliflower used to be one of the vegetables that I didn’t know how to prepare.  I knew it was healthy for me, high in anti-oxidants, fiber and a great anti-inflammatory.  However, when (and if!) I purchased it I would always end up steaming the florets, adding a bit of salt and calling it a day.  But here is the thing- if you are looking to decrease the number of simple carbohydrates in your diet, but still enjoy a potato like option, cauliflower is a great substitute.

To prove this, I thought I would share how to use cauliflower in two of the most common potato preparations: mashed and roasted!  These are incredibly easy, I won’t even call them recipes.  But as I’ve mentioned before, eating clean and eating healthy is super easy!

CauliflowerWithout further ado… Cauliflower 2 ways-

1. Roasted Cauliflower

Ingredients:
- 1 head of Cauliflower
- 2-3 cloves of Garlic
- Olive Oil
- Salt
- 1 lemon

Preparation:
-Preheat oven to 400*F (approx. 205*C)
- Cut cauliflower into florets and thinly slice garlic.  Add both to roasting pan or baking sheet covered in foil. (Making sure there is  enough space so that the florets aren’t piled on top of each other)
- Season with olive oil, salt and lemon juice.  Toss to make sure seasoning is evenly distributed.
- Pop into the oven for 20 minutes or until just becoming golden (Lukus and I like different textures, so you may have to check a couple times to determine your perfect cook time)
-Done!!!!

Variations:
-Try seasoning with different herb combinations as you would your potatoes—you can season with Paprika or Rosemary or anything else you can think of!

2. Cauliflower Puree

Ingredients:
- 1 head of Cauliflower
- Butter
- Salt
- Black Pepper

Preparation:
-Steam Cauliflower head, reserve water.  You want to cauliflower to be fork tender, but not mush.
-With a hand blender or food processor or whatever you like to use for mashed potatoes, begin combining cauliflower, butter, salt, and pepper, using the reserved water to add moisture.  Be careful not to add to much water, as you want the dish to maintain some density.
-Done!!!!

Variations:
-Depending on what you are serving the cauliflower with you can opt to use stock, milk or even coconut milk in place of the water.  I especially suggest doing so if you are avoiding butter.  You can also supplement greek yogurt for the butter.
-Like the roasted cauliflower, feel free to jazz it up with seasonings of your choice!

That’s it!  These really are such simple preparations of cauliflower and offer so much more nutritional value and flavor than regular potatoes.  Tell me, do you enjoy cauliflower or are you married to potatoes?