Sunday, April 20, 2014

French 26 - happy birthday (to me)

COS stripe top
Carven skirt
Christian Louboutin loafers
Chanel WOC
Photography by Miguel Marino

Today is my birthday! Husband took me out to a French restaurant so I guess I inclined sartorially Parisian as well. Sometimes I'm afraid of getting old, and other days, I think that growing older is the most beautiful thing I can't control. Either way, I feel more myself the longer I exist and there is a settling peace in that.

Today is also Easter, so happy Easter to you!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Shades of blue

J.Crew denim jacket
Equipment silk shirt (25% off at Shopbop)
Boy. by Band of Outsiders skirt
Maison Martin Margiela pumps
Marc by Marc Jacobs bag

Photography by Miguel Marino

I have countless pencil skirts for work in all colors (exhibit A: hot pink) and textures (exhibit B: neoprene), and at least there is room for creativity in the business casual dress code. Naturally, I had to add this pretty ombré knit one to the fold.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Isabel Marant cuffs

Isabel Marant cuff sandal heels
Cheap Monday cuff bracelet
Chanel wallet on chain
Photography by Miguel Marino

This simple, black shift dress has been my go-to, as I've styled it casually for roaming town, and now dressed it up to head out for dinner. With a black palette, it allows me to go bolder with gold accessories, like double-slinging my Chanel bag and phone case (2 Chainz..) and donning ankle cuffs for straps on the Isabel Marant heels.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Hinoki & the Bird - Los Angeles, CA

We dined at Hinoki & the Bird this past trip to LA, and like most of its audience, we were wowed by everything we tasted. Below are some of our recommendations.

Start with the Lobster Roll. If you are with hungry company, order your own. Husband and I have the game of food splitsies on lock, but we were definitely happy we got one each. The flavors of green curry and Thai basil are delicate, and the blackened Japanese charcoal bread is a dramatic vehicle for generous pieces of lobster.

Move from the subtle flavors of the Lobster Roll to the Beef Tartare, which is a creamy blend of parmigiano, sesame seeds, and quail egg.

We concluded the appetizers with the chili Crab Toast. The boldness of the spicy cucumber and coriander mix provided a strong start to our main course.

The star of the show is this Hinoki-scented Black Cod, which is hidden under a paper-thin shaving of smoked wood, and surrounded by sweet potato, pistachio, and mushrooms. The black cod is exquisitely prepared, with crispy skin and buttery meat.

Save room for the other star of the show! On the left is a Miso Mochi in a bed of butterscotch, topped with Japanese chili pepper. We're all about sweet and savory, yet didn't know what to expect with miso and butterscotch, but it was an incredible combination! I could have eaten 10. I wish I could buy them in a pack at Uwajimaya. On the right is the Vietnamese Coffee "Snow Cone" with condensed milk ice cream and coconut jelly.

I hope you have a delicious Friday! Are you eating anywhere fun this weekend?

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hello from LA!

In LA with husband for the week, visiting my best friend while enjoying the sun and eating awesome food. More blog posts when I return! For now, follow my trip on Instagram.