Velvets Are Back!

I am thrilled that the 90s velvet trend is back! I felt so nostalgic when I saw all the FW collections… I loved this trend back in the 90s…. I still remember Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s long black velvet gloves she wore with her Yohji Yamamoto dress like it was yesterday!

Designers like Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren (below), Valentino and much more, have included velvet in their Fall/Winter collections. I honestly haven’t seen this much velvet since the 90s… I’m loving it! I’m loving the wide range of colours and the wide range of designs from those extra wide pants to the victorian style dresses…

There are many dos and dont’s on the net of how to wear velvets… None really make much sense to me… One particular “dont’s” that I’ve been reading everywhere and that made no sense to me at all don’t wear velvet on velvet!… I personally think that velvet on velvet can look great if done right! I’m on the hunt now for the perfect velvet heels to wear with a matching colour velvet dress! Those Gianvito Rossi signature heels in velvet are one of my favorite out there!

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 I just wanna run in those heels!

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Ralph Lauren’s The Polo Bar brownie

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There’s no doubt that Ralph Lauren is an arbiter of classic American style, and now the same can be said about classic American cuisine, too. Since opening The Polo Bar in New York City at the end of 2014, Lauren has been responsible for one of the hottest tables in NY. Many of the restaurant’s comforting yet elevated dishes have been vetted by the designer himself. The restaurant’s eponymous brownie is quite popular. Made with decadent Valrhona chocolate and topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce, it embodies the wholesome yet indulgent ethos that the iconic designer stands for… I wanted to share this recipe because my kids love brownies and we make them for school sales all the time…. I haven’t tried this one yet but I can’t wait to do so soon… let me know if anyone of you out there tries this one out 😉

Ingredients (serves 12)
680g Valrhona Caraibe 66 percent chocolate
340g butter
1,020g brown sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
10 eggs
90g Valrhona cocoa powder
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
255g plain flour
1 tbsp baking powder
350g walnut halves, cut into 4 pieces
200g Valrhona 70 per cent chocolate, chopped

Method
In a bain-marie, melt the Caraibe chocolate and butter. Keep it over hot water until ready to use. In an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, combine the melted chocolate mixture with brown sugar – the mixture will look separated. Mixing on medium speed, add the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, slowly, to emulsify. It will still look separated. As you add the last egg, the mixture will all of a sudden turn into a beautiful, smooth and shiny mix. Mix for a further 90 seconds. This last bit of mixing adds some volume to the eggs, which assists in developing the beautiful crackly crust that is the hallmark of an awesome brownie. Add the cocoa powder, salt, flour and baking powder, mixing by hand until almost combined. Stir in the walnuts and chopped chocolate just to combine. Bake at 160°C for 45 minutes. Allow the brownies to cool completely. When cold, cut them into 7cm x 7cm squares. To serve, warm the brownie in the oven for 4 minutes, then dust lightly with icing sugar. Place in the center of a small plate. Add a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, decorate with chocolate curls and serve with warm chocolate sauce.

Look Who Got Inspired By Downton Abbey!!!

Ralph Lauren opened his fall 2012 show to the theme music from Downton Abbey and apparently everyone squealed with delight when they heard the music and then saw all the models dressed in fabulous clothes that are inspired from the mini series !!!….Can you blame them?  Well I can’t!!!… My husband and I are huge fans of this delightful British period drama!!!

Here are some Tweets I found from some fashion editors: 

  • “Ralph Lauren is taking us to Downton Abbey for Fall and we couldn’t be happier,” from Harper’s Bazaar
  • “The theme song of Downton Abbey heralded the start of the Ralph Lauren show and my heart swooned,” from Derek Blasberg
  • “A little mortified by how excited I got hearing Downton Abbey theme song at Ralph Lauren,” from Style.com’s Meenal Mistry.

 I love this collection… and I just can’t wait to try some of them on!
I couldn’t resist adding this video to the post!!!… Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith) is my favorite character in the show… she has a witty sense of humor that I love…
LOL Don’t you just love her?!

Ralph Lauren Manhattan Apartment

Minimalism is not a term often associated with Ralph Lauren. Yet when you see this apartment you can immediately see the Ralph lauren touches everywhere! It is so him ….  the high gloss lacquered surfaces, the fur throw, the embossed crocodile lamp bases, the zebra print mirror – all little hints of one of his signature looks from his safari collection.

I love the fact that art in his apartment is not about status but it is more about personal preference and have personal meanings to him and his wife Ricky. For example the batman painting is by his nephew Greg lauren… and he has a Star Wars figure in the entrance which was a Father’s Day gift from his family because they used to watch Star Wars movies together.

According to him this Fifth Avenue duplex went through a lot of renovations. It took nearly 30 years to get it to this stage !!! …..The three bedrooms that once belonged to his children have been opened up to make the spaces within the apartment seem larger.  A floating feeling has been enhanced by raising the level of the living room so that you step up into it and by removing the previous blinds from the windows, he has brought the outdoors inside. The open white spaces now create a comfortable, simple home for him and his wife.


Who stole Mona Lisa’s thunder?

My husband loves vintage sports cars and I must admit that a bit of that rubbed on me as well … so you must imagine my excitement when I found out that one of my favorite designers Ralph Lauren is exhibiting  17 vintage sports cars from his collection at The Louvre this summer till the 28th of Aug.

I think that The Louvre is the perfect museum  to showcase Ralph Lauren’s vintage cars as design objects and as art …. I am really excited about this and I’m sure that our kids will enjoy a day at the louvre as well !!! … hmm  I think that while we are there we will also pay Mona a viste … just so that she doesn’t feel left out 😉

Just thought that I’d add a pic of my dream car here . A 1958 300SL … A girl can dream right?