One of my very favorite looks is pointy toed shoes, both flats and pumps, though today I’m going to talk about flats. As a mom and person whose job it is to shop (read; walk all day), I am almost always wearing flats. So you can bet I have been very excited to see that pointy toed flats are having a bit of a moment these days! There has been a plethora of new styles and one of the ones that’s hottest for spring is the “d’orsay,” which is flat out fabulous. For those of you who don’t know, the d’orsay is a shoe in which the sides of the shoe is cut away, revealing the arch of the foot. They are everywhere these days and as I’ve been wanting some new flats for spring, I knew I had to add a d’orsay style. The first d’orsay that I was aware of was by Jenni Kayne, a designer with a huge celebrity following. She does one adorable style in a multitude of colors (the leopard is particularly cute) but they are prohibitively expensive ($450). Here is her shoe in a great hot pink:
It’s always a good morning when there is granola involved, don’t you think? I’ve been wanting to share my granola recipe for awhile. It’s something I tweaked and perfected and have been making for a few years now. I usually make it during the holidays and give it as gifts and many of those friends have asked me to share the recipe. I am a true granola fanatic. I eat it almost everyday and bought it for many years before I finally decided to try making it. Much to my surprise, it was super easy and considering how expensive quality store granola is, I’m glad I switched. The great thing about it is how versatile it is. For instance, I use almonds and pecans for my nuts, but if you prefer peanuts and walnuts, use those. Or you could do cashews, or pistachios. I sometimes add figs and dried cherries, but you don’t have to. Or you could add raisins and apricots… you get the picture. Tailor it to your own taste. I started with one recipe a few years back and cut the oil and sugars in half and added the spices as the original didn’t have any at all, nor any salt. But if you want it sweeter or even less sweet, change that too. I usually eat it with greek yogurt with a little honey and fruit for breakfast, but it’s equally good with a bowl of milk. And of course, eaten out of hand it can’t be beat. Makes a great late night snack too!
Vintage jewelry is so beautiful and something I have always loved. And though I have a fair amount of vintage chains, some lockets and old watch fobs, only recently did I discover the beauty of Chanel vintage jewelry, in particular. After seeing some in an antique jewelry store in Santa Barbara a couple of years ago, I have been oohing and aahing over photos of my Chanel love on Pinterest ever since. Though I look at both necklaces and bracelets, it is the bracelets that have really captured my heart.
I am ready for Spring! I didn’t know how ready I was until our warm spring-like weather that we’d been having turned to rain and cold wind the last couple of days! I know I shouldn’t complain as the Mid-west and the East have had such a horrible winter, and normally I love the winter and cold weather, but I guess I am just ready. In order to split the difference between the mercurial weather and my desire for spring, I have been looking for a brightly colored coat. One thing about Southern California this time of year is our weather is very up and down. Our days can start out warm but be quite cold by late afternoon, or we will have a chilly morning that warms up later (or not at all!) Usually the way I deal with this is to carry a lightweight cardigan with me. However, this year I am desperately needing a new coat (or coats!) and I had a bright idea, if I get a brightly colored one, it would be spring appropriate.
I was recently introduced to the wonderful sneaker called the la Tennis l’originale by Bensimon. This canvas tennis shoe is ubiquitous there, often called “The French girl’s Keds.” Frankly, I don’t know how I was not aware of these before. They are simply adorable. In my opinion, they are the perfect balance between sporty and stylish, while also giving off an undeniable French vibe, a joie de vivre. Just looking at them makes me want to walk around the shoreline of the French coast while wearing capri pants and a scarf tied jauntily around my neck. They are made from natural fabrics and real rubber, and can be washed in the washer – a definite plus when it comes to canvas shoes! Not only that, they come in an array of fun colors, with laces or without. Now I just have to decide which one!
If you are in the valley this coming weekend, I’d love it if you would come support me and vote for my mannequin! You can come in and view the mannequins and vote anytime between Thursday – Sunday!!! Your vote also enters you into a drawing to win a gift as well! Today’s the day.