• FWSD: Culinary Couture

    This past Saturday evening, I had the honor of being one of two hundred exclusively invited guests of another fabulous Fashion Week San Diego event [they weren’t kidding when they said they’re “not just a week of runway shows”] but this wasn’t like the other event this month either. Nope. This time, it was a mecca fusion of fashion WITH food. Yep, this concept has been long-time dream of FWSD Founder and Director, Allison Andrews, and thanks to the FWSD partnership with Harrah’s Resort Southern California, “Culinary Couture” became a complete reality. But it also wasn’t just some meal. No, this unique excursion took guests like myself on a trip around the globe with a 7-course meal, exploring different flavors from 7 different fashion capitals. I mean how fashion fantastic is that?! Now, rather than continue my ramblings about subject, let’s let my pictures tantalize your salivary glands . . .

    Course 1: San Diego

    FWSD Culinary Couture: San Diego

    California Pacific Halibut Tartar, Local Haas Avocado, Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, Meyer Lemon Supreme,

    Cilantro Oil, Compressed Melon, Temecula Honey Onion

    Course 2: Shanghai

    FWSD Culinary Couture: Shanghai

    Bamboo Steamer Baskets, Char Siu Pork Belly, Pork Shumai, Steamed Savoy Cabbage, Soy Reduction, Lime & Chili Cashews, Sesame Seeds

    Course 3: Florence

    FWSD Culinary Couture: Florence

    Vegetable Pyramid Ravioli, Steamed Prince Edward Island Mussels, Steamed Baby Spinach, Smoked Crows Pass Marzano Tomato Broth

    Course 4: Paris

    FWSD Culinary Couture: Paris

    Pistachio & Golden Raisin Duck Terrine, Duck Rillette, Duck Gellee, Violet Mustard, Baby Frisee, Country Loaf Toast Points

    Course 5: New York

    FWSD Culinary Couture: New York

    American Wagyu New York Strip, Chive Potato Cake, Baby Vegetable Bundle, Red Wine Glace, Shaved Fresh Summer Truffles

    Course 6: Sao Paulo

    FWSD Culinary Couture: Sao Paulo

    Tropical Fruit Soup, Fresh Coconut & Guava Nitrogen Ice Cream, Rainforest Crunch, Frozen Ruby Red Grapefruit Granules

    Course 7: London

    FWSD Culinary Couture: London

    Duo of English Cheese, Cornichons, Caper Berries, Fig Jam, Toasted Lavosh

    Happy people make good food and fashion.”Peter Cameron

    Needless to say, this #luckylittlemustardseed was quite stuffed afterwards ;) oh, and just so you know there was ALSO an optional beverage flight that I [of course] opted for, but for the life of me, the drinks went to my brain and I honestly cannot tell you what they were . . . EXCEPT that they were absolutely delicious! [Haha!] You can actually read about the drink pairings, along with more event details, on the FWSD’s official blog. Congratulations to FWSD, Allison Andrews, her team, Executive Chef Jon Palsson, Sommelier Will Burtner, and everyone at Harrah’s Resort Southern California for a “well-prepared” event. It was like nothing I have ever attended before. Cheers!

  • Style Crazed: Mara Hoffman

    If patterns were a drug, Mara Hoffman would be my dealer ;)

    Style Crazed: Mara HoffmanGlasses: Chanel / Flamingo Bracelet: Target / Dress: Mara Hoffman / Sandals: DSW

    I mean can you honestly take one look at this dress and not be addicted to it?! That’s at least how I felt when I first saw her work. Mara Hoffman is a New York based fashion designer, who got her big break when Sex and the City stylist, Patricia Field, stopped her on the street to complement her outfit. Later, Field picked up Hoffman’s samples and sold them in her shop, causing a loyal client base to form :) her collections have since evolved = first featuring hand-dyed couture pieces, but now concentrate heavily on original silk prints [like the dress I’m wearing today]. Mara Hoffman’s line encompasses EVERYTHING . . . from swimwear to cashmere coats, pulling her inspiration from nature, world travel, and fantasy, and has been gracing the New York Fashion Week runways since 2009.

    “Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides.”Junichiro Tanizaki

    I don’t know about you, but I’m sure glad Patricia Fields paid Mara Hoffman that compliment!

  • We’re In Escrow!

    This might just be THEE single most exciting post here on LLM = as of last Friday, #meandD are officially under contract on a single-level, mid-century modern home here in North County San Diego!

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    Yea, to say that we’re happy about it is a HUGE understatement. We actually weren’t even planning on buying a place quite yet, BUT when you find the house of your dreams AND it’s for a steal of a price, you JUMP for it. Now, I’m not going to bore you with all of the negotiation details, because, well, I honestly don’t know them. See, due to some peculiar intestinal issues, I was EXTREMELY under the weather for most of the week and [sadly] missed most of the process. D handled pretty much all of it. [Isn’t he the greatest!?] ANYWAY, I thought for today I would allow the pictures to do the writing ;)

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    “For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss

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    SO . . . what do you think???

  • FWSD: Viva La V Numero Uno

    Yesterday was no ordinary lunch.

    Instead of squeezing in a quick bit to eat in between upholstery staples, I dined at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla with Fashion Week San Diego Founder and Director, Allison Andrews, and many other FWSD-loving fashionistas to celebrate the stellar designs of Stefan McKellar.

    You can see why, right?!

    FWSD: Viva La V Numero Uno

    Stefan McKellar’s luggage is quite simply “luxury” in every definition of the word. He offers high-class style mixed with innovative design, making each piece out of hand-selected Italian leather. They all have sleek lines, bold details, and exceptional craftsmanship. How could a lady NOT feel elegantly classy rolling through the San Diego International Airport with one of these babies!? Now obsessing over Mr. McKellar’s designs wasn’t the only element of this event. I mean I am writing about FWSD after all! Besides superb fashion, there was a Fashion Fixe Menu, from which I enjoyed the Honeydew Gazpacho, Organic Greens, and Lobster Grilled Cheese. I know = SHOCKER! Jenna ordering something with cheese in it . . . NEVER! [Haha.] I was also elated to find a fun goodie bag at my seat, filled with sample products from Doctor D. Schwab. AND, let me tell you ladies, the Bamboo Cream Peel is to die for!

    “People like to think of you as a certain person, or a certain type of person, and they do love to give you a label. We like luggage labels, and we like people labels.”Clare Balding

    Thank you, Allison Andrews and the entire FWSD team for another wonderful event. I honestly could get use to having lunch like this! [Lol.] I have completely fallen head over heels for this Stefan McKellar label – I cannot wait to get my hands on one of these cognac leather bags!

  • “Crack Is Wack”

    Besides sculpture, murals are [by far] my favorite type of artwork, being unlike any other, created in front of the public’s naked eye and looked upon by the community it inhabits.

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    (“Crack Is Wack” by Keith Haring)

    Since I can’t really have a mural constructed in our home [well, at least, not one we’re renting anyway] I had this giclée of the late/great Keith Haring’s mural, “Crack Is Wack,” framed for one of our walls. For those [few] of you who are not familiar with his work, Mr. Haring (1958-1990) is an internationally acclaimed artist that was catapulted to fame during the 80’s art boom with his graffiti-inspired chalk drawings. His work pulsated the energy of New York’s street culture and was a central component of social activism, highlighting such topics as nuclear weapons, drugs, and even AIDS. This particular mural of his was actually painted in 1986 without the city’s permission . . . but still remains there today.

    “I don’t think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.”Keith Haring

    So, what do you think of Keith Haring’s artwork? How does it make you feel? I’m always intrigued by opinions of others ;)