Today’s Ring-spiration takes me back to a wonderful trip the hubster and I took to Paris in late 2007. We were only there for 3 days, but of course I managed to find the most amazing jewelry shop and was able to purchase these two lovely rings.
- Parisian Cocktail Rings
This store, Aventurine, has 3 locations within Paris. We went to the one in the Marais district. I actually stumbled upon this jewelry store on our first night in Paris as we were walking along the streets sightseeing. When I saw these rings in the storefront window I fell in love, but I didn’t want to commit to the purchase since we had only been in a Paris for a few hours and still had much to see. But on the last day I just couldn’t get my mind off them. My husband and I forgot the name of the store but “vaguely” remembered what the street looked like and other points of reference. So about 2 hours before we were set to depart back to Geneva, Switzerland (we were actually staying there with an Aunt), we ran around the streets of the Marais district like two crazies. When we were just about to give up my darling husband found it! Now trust me–I was really only going to purchase one ring (the black one), but we didn’t know when we would be back in Paris so I splurged and bought two…oh yea, and earrings to go with the red ring.
Glass Cocktail Rings from Aventurine in Paris
I wear the black cocktail ring all the time. Because of it’s size, it’s just such a great statement accessory piece. I would say this is really my “go-to” ring. I wish I had also purchased this awesome, funky yellow one for the spring/summer months, but alas I settled on the red one instead. Perhaps another trip to Paris is in my future?!
No, no. It’s not what you think. I’m not going to write about a bunch of things I must do before I die. I’m writing about the OTHER bucket list currently on my mind–the one featuring the fashionable and functional bucket bag. I love a good cross body bucket bag, especially in the Spring/Summer months when I spend countless hours outside trekking around this great city. Having a stylish, hands free bag to walk around any city is a must-have for any girl on the go. Here are some of my current faves for this spring:
- Spring/Summer Must-Have Bucket Bags
1) The Wayuu Taya Hand-Woven Bucket Bag at Revolve Clothing - $120
2) Lockwood Bucket Bag- JCrew -$138
3) Oryany two-tone drawstring bag- Urban Outfitters – $448
4) Rebecca Minkoff Striped Tess Bucket Bag at Polyvore- $395
5) Mangifera Straw Tote-Anthropologie-$328
6) Convertible Linen-Blend tote-OldNavy-$22.94
The other day I was flipping through a magazine (I think it was ELLE) and came across a fashion story where the subject was wearing the most amazing trench coat. I L-O-V-E a good trench coat. It makes any outfit look so polished! The thing about this trench coat was that it had black leather quilted sleeves and provided a beautiful and edgy contrast to the classic trench. When I looked at the fashion credits I saw that it was, of course, made by Burberry, the fashion house that invented the iconic trench coat. It is no surprise that they have reinvented it in such a modern style. The only thing that hasn’t been reinvented is the price–$2795…YIKES!
- Burberry Biker Trench Coat with Contrast Sleeves
So imagine my surprise and elation when I was flipping through another magazine, I think US Weekly, (Clearly the lesson here is that I have WAY TOO MANY magazines in my apartment if I can’t remember this) and saw a similar trench with contrasting sleeves for a much lower price–$260 to be exact-at Topshop.
- Topshop Trench Coat with Contrast Sleeves
Sadly my friends, when you go to look for it at Topshop it has the words you never want to see on a coveted item “Sorry, this item is out of stock.” What does a girl have to do to get a contrast sleeved trench at a reasonable price these days?! Fear not my faithful readers–LadyLattimer has left no stone unturned and I present to you another option that will have you looking just as chic for the AFFORDABLE price of $128. Mmmmmhmmm….that’s right. This coat is available via Storets.com
Contrast Sleeved Trench coat via Storets.com
When I find something new that I like I tend to become a little bit obsessive about it (yes, the entire Adele album is still on repeat). Such is the case with two of my current favorite desserts/snacks: Yogurt with honey and sliced almonds and Dark Chocoalate Acai with Blueberry. I’m more of a savory foods person but every now and then I like a little something sweet and sugary to satisfy my sweet tooth.
- Yogurt with Honey and Sliced Almonds
The first is super simple to make and is a great afternoon dessert or after-dinner dessert. Simply buy a container of plain yogurt, a bag of sliced almonds, and honey. Fill a dessert bowl with as much yogurt as you like, then layer it with a good amount of honey (the amount of honey you add depends on how sweet you want it. I usually like it med-sweet), and finally layer it with sliced almonds to temper all the flavors and give it some much needed texture and crunch. Voila! Super simple and super delish. For those of you who are constantly hitting up the office vending machine for a mid afternoon snack, you can quickly and easily do this at work instead.
- Dark Chocolate Açai with Blueberry
The next snack are little nuggets of goodness and are my recent discovery. I have always loved Raisinets and these are like uber-gourmet Raisinets, but instead of raisins this company Brookside Foods creates fruit pieces blending the juices of Açai berries and blueberries. Delicious! These are super addictive and the first time I ate them I must admit I overindulged! I bought this bag at Costco and as with most portions from Costco, it is sure to last you a while. You can also have this as a mid-afternoon snack or keep a bowl of them on the coffee table. I guarantee you guests will love them. Apparently Brookside Foods also has Dark Chocolate Pomegranate and Goji berries as well….yum. Must try those ASAP.
Sometimes, just having some added texture really makes a fabric, material, or design pop. I love “crushed/crinkled” textures (especially on jewelry and leather). It always gives off this really vintage feeling of high-level, quality craftsmanship. Here are some recent finds that I’m totally “crushing” on:
- “Crushing” on these textures and designs
1) Crushed Bowl from the Bentbottle shop via Etsy.com. This beautiful bowl, made by glass artist Bryan Northup, uses shards of Cointreau bottles to create an edgy, one of a kind piece. – $58
2) This amazing crinkled-glossed parka by Danish brand, Day Birger Et Mikkelsen, is available via Net-a-Porter.com. I covet everything from their collection. -$355
3) This to-die-for crushed cuff bracelet is handmade in silver and then gold plated by Chic Jewel Couture by Melanie Falvey. It’s sold exclusively on Boticca.com - $413
4) You can use this Robert Brandt ceramic tumbler to drink from or just as a really cool desk accessory. Designed to resemble a dented plastic cup, these funky tumblers are available at The Conran Shop.- $8
5) New uses for old things. This ingenious and edgy Maison Martin Margiela’s red leather clutch is embellished with crushed red reflectors. It was previously available via Net-A-Porter.combut is no longer available. Call Maison Martin Margiela for further details. -Was $1275 reduced to $637.50
6) This sheer crushed silk chiffon blouse by Donna Karan is super romantic in Spring’s go-to color. $695 via Net-a-Porter.com
Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone. There is nothing (not one thing) Irish about me but everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, right? So in the spirit of the holiday here is a delicious recipe by Pastry Chef Cory Barret/Food&Wine for Guinness Ice Cream. That’s right. Guinness. Ice. Cream. Nuff said.
- Guinness Ice Cream (Image ©Oztenphoto/Flickr)
- 2 cups Guinness (16 ounces)
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 3/4 cups whole milk
- 15 large egg yolks
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- Chocolate-Covered Pretzels, for serving
- In a large saucepan, combine the Guinness with the cream and milk and bring to a simmer over moderately high heat. In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar. Gradually add the hot Guinness cream to the yolks, whisking constantly until well blended.
- Pour the mixture into the saucepan and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly until it coats the back of a spoon, about 6 minutes; do not let it boil. Pour the custard into a medium bowl set in a large bowl filled with ice water. Let stand until the custard is cold, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.
- Pour the custard into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions (this may have to be done in 2 batches). Pack the ice cream into an airtight container and freeze until firm, about 4 hours.
- Spoon the ice cream into bowls and top with some Chocolate-Covered Pretzels. Serve at once.
The ice cream can be frozen for up to 1 week.