Body Time

Beauty

Choosing a perfume or scent to wear is a personal statement of style. For me, it is the finishing touch to my morning routine. Last week I stopped by Body Time, one of my absolute favorite shops to visit for those times when I need a little pampering gift for myself. With two shops in the Bay Area (the original in Berkeley & the other in San Anselmo) this quaint bath and body care shop offers perfume oils, essential oils, lotions, and other beauty products. During my visit I bottled a custom perfume oil with the idea of creating a “winter scent”- very clean, crisp, and with a little bit of spice. After much trial and error (thank you, Amy for your patience!) my blend ended up including the scents White Tea, Green Tea, Iris, and Orange Blossom. I always end up staying much longer than I anticipate, chatting with the wonderful girls who work there and smelling pretty much every oil before making a decision.

| bottling my custom perfume oil, “#22” |

Match Point

Fashion, Style

The end of summer always hails one of my favorite sporting events: the U.S. Open. With the tradition and prestige that surrounds this event, it’s no wonder that it influences so many realms outside of the tennis world. This year, Vogue commissioned twelve designers (well, eleven designers and one tennis world champion) to decorate a yellow tennis ball. Here are a few of my favorite customizations.


| afternoon tennis with my father |

(images & information courtesy of toryburch.com & vogue.com. Vogue photography by John Manno | image)

Cap’n Crunch Cookies

Style

One of my favorite weekly blog reads is Alexis’ Napa, written by Alexis Swanson Traina: creative director of Swanson Vineyards, hip sophisticate & mother of two. She recently featured a recipe borrowed from her friend Amanda Michael who owns the coffee shop/cafe Jane on Fillmore in the heart of Pacific Heights in San Francisco. Deeming them her personal favorite cookies offered at Jane, I thought I’d attempt the Cap’n Crunch cookies. The result was plenty buttery, with lots of crunch, & deliciously satisfying.

11 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature

14 ounces granulated sugar

2 eggs room temperature

11 ounces all-purpose flour

4.5 ounces cornmeal

5 ounces Cap’n Crunch cereal, crushed up

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 tablespoon baking soda

1 1/2 tablespoon salt

1. Cream butter and sugar in a stand mixer till combined – about 3 minutes on high.

2. Add eggs, one at a time while mixer is running

3. Stop mixer when eggs are incorporated – about 2 minutes – and scrape sides of bowl with rubber spatula

4. Turn mixer back to high and cream about 10 minutes. Use this time to prepare the rest of the ingredients

5. Combine AP flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix with a fork or whisk to incorporate.

6. Measure out captain crunch cereal.

7. When the butter/sugar/egg mixture is nice and fluffy turn the mixer off, add the flour and turn the mixer to low to mix in the flour. Only mix until barely incorporated and add the cereal. Mix about 45 seconds more and remove the bowl from the mixer stand. Please do not over mix. It will ruin the texture of the cookies.

8. With a spatula finish the mixing by hand.

9. Scoop golf ball size pieces of dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Put them close together as the dough will have to be chilled prior to baking.

10. Chill the dough at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.

11. When you are ready to bake your cookies preheat the oven to 350. Remove the dough from the fridge about 30 minutes before baking.

12. Place the scooped dough 4 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheet. With your clean hands press the dough balls lightly to flatten.

13. Bake about 12 -14 minutes, rotating the sheet once during cooking. The cookies should be nice and gold but remain soft.

14. Remove from oven and let cool about 10 minutes on the baking sheet. Transfer cookies to a rack to continue to cool

Yields 14-20 cookies, depending on size.

Styled By…

Fashion, Style

So much of our ideas about style are influenced by the people and places around us. I thought it would be fun to start sharing the pieces and products that are currently inspiring some of the most stylish people I know!

First to feature is one of my dear friends, Kira MacLean. Her style is the epitome of lady-like elegance; her look is always polished and put together. Existing somewhere between Grace Kelly and Betty Draper, Kira’s sense of personal style is equally as lovely as her personality (and by the way, her wardrobe is amazing!).

This week she shared with me a sweater from J.Crew that literally made her swoon. “It was one of those, ‘Oh my gosh- I have to have it,’ moments.”

| J.Crew herringbone jeweled-collar sweater |

The perfect sweater to transition into Fall. With a touch of girly glam, you can dress it up or dress it down.

| here are a couple more swoon-worthy sweaters from J.Crew |

| J.Crew French Hen sweater |

| Tippi sweater in colorblock stripe |

| Tippi sweater in swiss dot | as seen on Cupcakes & Cashmere! |

| Kira MacLean | San Francisco | Merchandise Coordinator at Restoration Hardware |

| style inspirations |

“Audrey Hepburn will forever be my style icon, her look is so timeless! My monthly copy of Vogue is my fashion bible and has been since I was 13. I am also so inspired by French and Italian street style.”

| fashion uniform |

“Ever-changing, but with this chilly SF weather skinny jeans, ballet flats, a cozy cashmere sweater or button down, a crisp blazer, and a bold necklace.”

| favorite restaurant |

Gjelina in Los Angeles, I have to make a trip every time I am in LA!”

| ideal kitchen |

“One that is designed by my dad, the ultimate craftsman and chef! I would love a kitchen that is open and light filled with enough space to cook with my friends and family.”

and now for the fun stuff…

| if you had $5000 to any store |

Diane Von Furstenberg or Barney’s.”

| most prized possession |

“My pearls that I got from my mom for college graduation.”

| guilty pleasure |

“Dark chocolate with sea salt and Bravo TV, preferably together.”

| go-to cocktail |

“Champagne.”

and on a personal note…

| best advice you ever received |

“What is for you won’t pass you by.” – my dad

Yes, Chef

Style

I was thrilled when one of my favorite photographers, Philip Harvey, shared with me a very exciting project that he recently shot. The occasion was a family barbecue featuring a menu of delicious summer dishes taking place at the Marin County home of acclaimed restauranteur and chef Michael Mina. I simply can’t decide which looks better: the food or the Mina family’s stunning backyard. Talk about a dream project to photograph!

| all photos courtesy of Philip Harvey. Many thanks to him & please visit his blog http://turnnlook.tumblr.com to see more of his amazing work |

The Finer Details

Fashion, Style

| print perfection |

No outfit is complete without the perfect accessories. With a busy schedule, choosing accessories to embellish your outfit might be overlooked, so here is a bit of accessory inspiration to add that extra edge to your daily look.

| a bold bag with delicate bracelets |

| Cole Haan oxford stunners |

| mixing high & low: Balenciaga bag with distressed denim |

| unexpected neon with classic chambray |

| a bold yet classic print |

| mixing bold & neutral prints |

(photos courtesy of elle.com: image 1 | image 2 | image 3 | image 4 | image 5 | image 6 | image 7)