Monday, January 31, 2011

Destination Inspiration

Being that we are leaving for vacation in a few weeks, travel destinations are on my mind. One place I stumbled up recently is The Parker: Palm Springs. Luxury is an understatement, and the interiors are a designer's dream! You judge for yourself...













Is this not a desert paradise or what?



Sunday, January 30, 2011

Quote of the Day



LOVE that!

{images via Weheartit}

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Oeufs en Cocotte- Roost: A Simple Life

If you don't read the food blog Roost: A Simple Life-then you do not know what you are missing! The recipes and photos are so luxurious it will make your mouth instantly star watering.


When I saw the recipe for oeufs de cocotte (eggs baked in ramkin) I know it was a must try for me!



Baked Eggs with Swiss Chard, Parmesan, and Roasted Tomatoes
(Makes Two)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 small garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chopped swiss chard leaves
  • 1/2 TBS fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded parmesan
  • olive oil/butter
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 ramekins (I used 7 ounce ramekins. If you use bigger ones I would suggest doubling the recipe)
  • fresh basil/thyme/aged balsamic vinegar for garnish
Preheat oven to 350F. Place cherry tomatoes on a foil lined baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes. While tomatoes are roasting heat a sauté pan with little olive oil. Add onions and cook until translucent. Add swiss chard and cook until wilted. Add thyme and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and pour mixture into a bowl. Pour parmesan into mixture and season with salt and pepper. Allow to cool.
Crack the eggs separating the yolk and whites. Pour egg whites into the cooled swiss chard mixture and mix. 
(Once the tomatoes are done roasting remove from oven and set aside. But leave the oven on at 350F)
Place a small pat of butter in each ramekin and place in the oven for 2 minutes. Remove ramekins carefully and fill each one with the swiss chard/egg white mixture. Carefully place the egg yolk on top and place two or three (or more if you use larger ramekins) of the roasted tomatoes on top. 
Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the eggs are cooked to your liking.
Garnish with more thyme or fresh basil. Serve with the remaining roasted tomatoes & drizzle with some aged balsamic vinegar. 
ENJOY!!
Recipe and photos originally appeared on Roost: A Simple Life (http://www.roostblog.com/).
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Oscar Challenge: Part 2

If you didn't read yesterday's post- I am playing a little game I call Oscar Challenge, where I am styling the nominees for the Acadamey Awards.

Today I will be styling the Best Supporting Actress nominees:


  • Amy Adams in “The Fighter”
  • Helena Bonham Carter in “The King's Speech”
  • Melissa Leo in “The Fighter”
  • Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”
  • Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom”
AMY ADAMS:

Amy always looks fabulous however, I thought her Golden Globe look was kind of blah. I think she really needs to step in up at the Oscars and go BOLD. I am typically not a fan of prints but this Carolina Herrera is strikinly beautiful!

HELENA BONHAM CARTER:

I think we can all agree that we expect Helena to shock us with her over the top looks. This year I would still like her to take a risk, but I want to see a little bit of her softer side. This Christian Dior dress is bananas! She just has to wear it!!

MELLISSA LEO:


I loved Melissa's sequin Marc Bower dress at the Globes. If I were dressing her for the Oscars I would pick something clean and sophisticated like this Reem Acra. The silouette is stunning and the color would look great on her!



HAILEE STEINFELD:


Fourteen had to have been the most awkward year of my life (I would like to erase it from my fashion history) and I could not imaging being in the public eye during that time. Being that Hailee is so young, she should wear something that she feels comfortable in that is fun, girly, and fresh. This gorgeous Monique Lhullier ombre gown would be a show stopper!


JACKIE WEAVER:


Jackie needs a more conservative tailored look and this Carolina Herrera dress would be perfect! Wouldn't you agree?


*If you would like to take the Oscar Challenge and style the nominees- you can find out how by reading the bottom of my post from yesterday here.


Is it Friday already? Happy Weekend!

{Images via Style.com}

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Oscar Challenge

My all time dream job would be a Stylist to the Stars (but who's isn't?) So like any other fashionista obsessed with Oscar fashion, I decided I am going to take matters into my own hands and "play" Stylist for a day....

First off, here are the nominees:

Actress in a Leading Roll

  • Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
  • Natalie Portman, Black Swan
  • Michele Williams, Blue Valentine
  • Annette Bening, The Kids are all Right
I scanned through all the designer runway shows and look-books and came up with the perfect dress for each nominee to wear to the Academy Awards. 

NICOLE KIDMAN:
This was one of my all time favorite dresses on her. Her skin tone is flawless ivory, almost like porcelain  which looks wonderful with colors like red, black, and pale pink. I would love to see her wear color, like this lilac Ellie Saab...


But I kept browsing and couldn't get past this dress...


It is just so "Nicole."

JENNIFER LAWRENCE:




I am not too familiar with her style, but considering her age, she should keep it young and fresh, nothing to stuffy.

Like this Donna Karen lovely...





NATALIE PORTMAN:


 I would imagine its hard to find something that fits and you feel comfortable in when you are pregnant- never-mind if all eyes are on you and you are the favorite to win an Academy Award. I think Natalie is gorgeous and would look beautiful in anything, but I would love to see her in this flowy white one shoulder Marchesa dress....





MICHELE WILLIAMS:


I think we can all agree that Michelle looked absolutely stunning in this yellowish gold Vera Wang dress. I would love to see her top that this year and wear something that shows her amazing figure like this black (which will go great with her platinum hair) Oscar de la Renta


Or this gorgeous Marchesa (I know I picked a similar dress for Natalie)...


ANNETTE BENING:



Annette's style is structured and somewhat conservative, so choosing a simple silhouette is key.  I really don't want to see her in black...again. What about this Monique Lhuillier? Paired with an over the top necklace or drop earrings, she will look like she is ready to accept an Oscar.


I have to say I really enjoyed styling the stars (even if it was just make believe)! Hey, maybe I will get some right!?  Stay tuned for tomorrow's post, I will continue with my picks for the Best Supporting Actress category. 


{Source: Style.com}

Want to play along?  Here is what you do:
1. Post your dress picks for each nominee on your blog with a link back to this challenge.
2. Click on the red “Click here to enter” button below and follow the steps to upload a photo and link. Be sure to provide the URL of your blog post (not your general blog) so it will be easier for people to find.


I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

CSN Stores Giveaway WINNER!

Thank you to all that entered the giveaway! The lucky lady who won the CSN Stores $45 gift card is...

Carrie from This Free Bird!

Congrats doll! Hopefully you will be able to get your new blender :P

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Guest Post: Rebecca Newport


When Rebecca approached me about doing a guest post here on Lilac and Grey, I couldn't be more excited! I recently discovered her blog Rebecca Newport, and I was instantly hooked! Her posts are spilling with inspiration, and her portfolio is drop dead gorgeous!


Hi everyone my name is Rebecca Newport and I am a stylist based in London, UK.

Today I wanted to show you a trend that I am really digging this year. Grey. If you are looking to bring some instant glam to a tired magnolia room turn to grey!

True story - Last year I did a shoot for a book publisher at a location house owned by a stylist in London where everything was grey, from the floorboards to the curtains....and even the cat!

I love the deep grey used in this room. The color makes the colorful accessories really stand out without clashing.


I love the muted shades used in this room. It looks so glamorous!


Aren't those wooden walls to die for?! The clever mix of grey paired with electric blue works so well.


And what about yellow? Personally I think it's a pretty hard color to work with, but when you get it right it looks so modern. I think the secret to this room is that they have only used key pieces in this color.



I am so in love with this kitchen. It's laid back- yet so contemporary. Don't you love the idea of having a chandelier in the kitchen?!


So I hope you have been inspired by these images and that you might bring a little bit of grey into a corner of your home.

Thanks for having me Cara!

Rebecca :)

{Rebecca Newport is a London based stylist. When she is not prepping and shooting for magazines she can be found on here blog sharing inspirational ideas and behind the scenes sneak peeks into the world of styling. You can also view her portfolio here.}

{Images / Apartment Therapy / The New York Times / Pinterest / Automatism / Desire to Inspire / Small place style}



Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ice Blue

With temps barely in the double digets and everything turning to ice, I have decided that instead of whining and complaining- I am going to embrace it with a collection of all things Ice Blue and fabulous!

That dress and that view-I'll take it!

A giant blue clock? Yes please!
A rediculous blue diamond! *sigh*

Ice + Channel= Perfect Combo!


Holy Moses!

Are you warmed up now?

{images via: Simply Seductive, The Ritz Connection, Benjamin Kanarek Blog, This is Glamorous}

Monday, January 24, 2011

Swimsuit Shopping in the Dead of Winter

I went swimsuit shopping this weekend for our vacation in a few weeks- BIG MISTAKE! It should be illegal to go swimsuit shopping in the winter!

It all started with good intentions...

As I rummage through the racks, I pick out a bunch of "oh this is cute" suits to try on, but once I get to the fitting room and see all the florescent lights (also should be illegal) , I start to get a small pit in the bottom of my stomach-you know the one that means you are stepping into "unknown territory" and you know the end result will probably be BAD!


I tried on the first suit, and I SWEAR I heard the Psycho theme music playing! What was I thinking? Did I think I looked like this?!

Ugh, never again! I think from now on I will order a bunch of bathing suits online, and have them shipped to my house so I can try them on in the comfort (and dark) of my own home. The trip wasn't fully a flop-I did find a few Milly items for 70% off!

PS. Don't Forget to Enter the CSN Stores Giveaway!
{images via: The Rad Report,

Remembering Nonno

It's been a year since my grandfather (Nonno) passed away. I just can not believe it is already a year, because to me it doesn't even seem like he is gone. Every time I go visit my grandmother, I think I will walk into the house and my grandma will be cooking and Nonno will be in his seat watching her like he did everyday for so many years.


On the morning that he passed away, I had an incredible urge to make bolognese sauce. I ran out to the store to get all the ingredients, and just as I came home; I got the call from my mother. With out putting two and two together I did the same thing this past weekend. I knew I wanted to make something warm and comforting. I had my in-laws over for dinner on Sunday so we chose to make bolognese. I think I will make this my new little tradition every year on this date to honor Nonno.


Do you have any traditions to help you remember and honor your loved ones that have passed?


{images via: Splendid Willow, Martha Stewart}
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