For the Francophiles among us…

By Wednesday, December 3, 2014 0 , , , Permalink 0

Marcia DeSanctis’s new book, 100 Places in France Every Woman Should Go is a great holiday gift for the Francophile in your life. Marcia takes readers on a wonderful adventure from Colette’s Palais Royale to M.F.K. Fisher’s Aix-en-Provence and Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s favorite Plage de La Garoupe in Antibes. She also makes perfume in Grasse, introduces the sisterhood of wine makers in Bordeaux and provides a short cut through the Musée D’Orsay by way of the ten best paintings featuring women and a short explanation of each. I love this book.

Monsieur Dior: Once Upon A Time

Christian Dior is one of the most intriguing figures in fashion–not only because he made such an impact on mid-20th century style with his famous New Look collection, but also because he was the first couturier to transform his name into a global brand. My friend Nathasha Fraser-Cavassoni has a new book out that is a real jewel. With numerous interviews and anecdotes she draws an intimate portrait of Dior the couturier, and Dior the quintessential Frenchman. The photos are also beautiful, with many I’ve never seen. Order it here.

What to Cook: The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu Cookbook is Coming!

By Friday, October 3, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

I’m on a plane to Los Angeles as I write this, wishing I were headed to my favorite Malibu boot camp, The Ranch at Live Oak. If you haven’t heard of the place, it’s a luxurious boot camp where they kick your butt for a week with 12-mile hikes every morning followed by yoga, TRX, circuit training, and other torturous workouts. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains, the setting is beautiful and the vegan food is fabulous. In March, Ranch owners Sue and Alex Glasscock will finally publish a cookbook (the kale salad recipe, below, is my favorite). I’ve already pre-ordered it.

The Ranch Kale Caesar Salad
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
1 cup raw cashews
1 clove garlic
1/4 tsp. salt
Juice of 1 lemon
1 big bunch kale, stemmed, torn, and “scrunched” to soften
1 red onion, shaved thinly

PREPARATION
Put first four ingredients in a small food processor and blend until smooth, adding water as necessary to get a creamy dressing consistency.

Toss the kale with the dressing and to with shaved red onion.

Loulou de La Falaise: Style Icon Extraordinaire

By Sunday, September 28, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 1

I can’t wait to get my hands on this book about Loulou de la Falaise, the muse and great friend of Yves Saint Laurent. Perhaps I’m biased because my friend Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni wrote it, but I’m also so curious to learn more about this incredibly stylish, exotic woman. I met her a few times when I worked for Women’s Wear Daily in Paris and she was always so kind and modest and, above all, original.