THE ROYAL PARADE: To Grandmother's House We Go!

Just over a month old and Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge is already on the move. After spending his first few weeks as royal infant in the comfort and safety of the Bucklebury home of Michael and Carole Middleton, his maternal grandparents, the tiny heir to the British throne is off and headed to Kensington Palace, his other grandmother’s old stomping grounds.

(The Middleton home in Buckleybury, England)

Kensington Palace has been in the British Royal family’s real estate pocket since 1689, when the then-reigning joint monarchs William and Mary, needed to find an alternative to Whitehall Palace, the customary residence for king and queen at the time, due to the asthmatic William and the geographical location of Whitehall Palace near the River Thames not mixing well. Since then, Kensington Palace has had its share of famous regal tenants and heirs, including Prince George’s own father, Prince William and has even had a King George or two calling it home (King George II was the last reigning monarch to use Kensington Palace as their permanent royal residence until his death in 1760).

Kensington Palace

Prince George will no doubt feel right at home in his new digs since his dear old dad will be able to give him the lay of the royal land, having been a resident of Kensington Palace for most of his life. In 1981, after the marriage of Prince George’s paternal grandparents, the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer, the new royal couple established their permanent residence in Apartments 8 and 9 of Kensington Palace where they raised their sons, the Princes William and Harry. According to a biographer of the late Princess Diana, Andrew Morton states that Kensington Palace is a “children’s paradise” with a rooftop garden, winding secret passageways and a private helicopter pad. After the Wales’ divorce in 1996, Diana, Princess of Wales continued living at Kensington Palace, or KP as she was known to refer to it, until her death in 1997. After her untimely passing, her apartments were reportedly stripped of all her belongings and left unoccupied until recently when they were turned into offices for charities associated with her ex-husband, the Prince of Wales.

Princess Margaret in her drawing room at Apartment 1A, Kensington Palace

Situated across a quiet courtyard from Princess Diana’s royal residence, is Apartment 1A, a 4-storey residence contained within the Palace’s walls and the former home of the late Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth. It is in this apartment that Princess Margaret lived and raised her family for almost 40 years till her death. After the passing of Princess Margaret in 2002, the rooms were left undisturbed till 2004 when the Palace opened the apartment’s doors to the public for viewing and private functions. Apartment 1A was set for a little more excitement than it has seen since Princess Margaret’s celebrated social life in the 1960’s, when it was chosen by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as their permanent home. Prince William’s selection of Apartment 1A surely surprised some royal watchers since Kensington Palace was the scene of many unhappy years for Prince William’s beloved mother during the later years of her marriage and separation from her husband. This year, after Kensington Palace has completed a reported $19 million dollar renovation ($1.6 million of those dollars going directly to renovate ‘Apartment 1A’, including removal of old asbestos and updated plumbing) the family Cambridge have scheduled a move to their new regal residence for the month of September.

(aerial image via Ticky Hedley-Dent of the Daily Mail UK)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are presently closing out their time spent living in Anglesey, Wales, where Prince William has been stationed as a RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot since 2009. After leaving Anglesey, they hit the road again, making their way to another temporary spot, Nottingham House, a small two bedroom cottage situated on the grounds of Kensington Palace. The Cambridge's will call this small, two-bedroom cottage home before setting permanent roots a stone’s throw away. Once they have taken their leave again, Prince William’s younger brother, Prince Harry will become Nottingham House’s new housekeeper.

You've got to hand it to the royals, in their own way they do their best at ‘recycling and reusing’, keeping it green and in the family!

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CHIC THIS WEEK: Best in Show for August 17-23, 2013

Who is your choice for best dressed this week?
(And for the very first time, our best dressed list includes one of our very own blogger celebrities!) 
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In Stella McCartney
('India' pumps by Brian Atwood)
At the ITV studios after an appearance on 'Day Break' in London, England

(style blogger at Privilege)
In Romona Kevesa
(pumps by Jimmy Choo)
At her summer wedding in San Francisco, California
(images via Emilia Schobeiri)

In Roksanda Illincic
('Sylvette' sandals by Christian Louboutin)
At the 'Blue Jasmine' premiere in Sydney, Australia

In Elie Saab
At a Staples Center press event in Los Angeles, California

At the LA Food and Wine Festival in Los Angeles, California

In J. Mendel
(bracelet by EF Collection, sandals by Christian Louboutin)
At the 'Drinking Buddies' screening in Brooklyn, New York

In Gerard Darel
('Catwalk' sunglasses by Miu Miu, sandals and watch by Michael Kors, tote by Giorgio Armani) 
Out and about in London, England

In Chanel
(pumps by Casadei, bag by Chanel)
At 'The Grandmaster' premiere in Los Angeles, California

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That is one gray day looking at us today, with clouds overhead and the people in the know calling for rain but the subdued skies can't put too much of a damper on us since we have a super afternoon to look forward to, a photo shoot featuring summertime cocktails for an upcoming article we are writing for the local paper. We love to immerse ourselves in 'cocktail research' (can you think of anything more fun) and during our vast search we came across this violet delight that we couldn't help sharing with you!
Seems almost perfect for a day like today, softly hued with just a pinch of excitement lurking at the edges, fits our mood like a glove!

2 oz. grape-flavored Vodka 
½ oz. Blue Curacao 
½ oz. grenadine 
Splash of club soda 

Shake in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Strain into a perfectly chilled martini glass. Garnish with a orange slice.
(image via Cosmopolitan)

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OUT FOR A SPIN WITH: L’Oreal Paris Feria Wild Ombre 

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OUR THOUGHTS: Feria Wild Ombre was simple to use and the end result looked great, but it didn't last very long. Summer is fabulous, you can sit in the sun, hit the pool, but what you can't have is long lasting ombre colour. I'm not sure if it was the chlorine or the sun, but the lightened areas slowly turned orange. Using it in the fall or winter would be recommended because it is quite a remarkable product without the summer twisting things around.

IS IT WORTH THE TRIP: Feria Wild Ombre is a great hair product, and it is the only DIY ombre available on the market, so if this is the look your going for, go for it, but try to protect it from the things summer has to offer! 


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AT THE TABLE :: Blueberry Snack Cake

By Theresa Curry/images by Mark Miller

A cake for blueberry season

I've raised blueberries here in the South, with mixed results. The introduction of new varieties makes it possible, as long as you take some care in choosing the right berry for the right soil and season.

However, I've learned that every living thing, including bears, loves this luscious fruit. The bears may leave urban berry growers alone, but the birds seem to have a network that successfully gets the word out, so birds swoop in at the very minute when the first berry turns blue and perch nearby until the last one disappears. I tried to solve this problem one summer by planting the bushes in a hedge (they're very attractive) inside the patio where my large dog hangs out, only to look out the window one day to see him happily munching away.  

Now, I buy berries at the farmer's market (I always buy extra for the dog!) and fold them into one of my favorite cakes, a simple, buttery blueberry cake I found over at Food52, although it was originally published in "The New England Cookbook". This recipe specifies an electric mixer, but if your butter is soft, it's easy to mix by hand. The last time I made it, I was out of vanilla and put in a little rum instead, with fine results.

(created by Brooke Dojny)

1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar, divided use
2 eggs
1/3 cup whole or lowfat milk, coconut milk or almond milk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 cups blueberries
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan. Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer or a food processor, cream the butter and 1 cup of the sugar together until smooth. Add the eggs, milk, vanilla, and lemon zest and process or beat until smooth. Spoon the flour mixture into the processor or bowl and pulse or beat just until the flour is incorporated. If the batter is in a food processor, transfer it to a large bowl. Sprinkle the blueberries over the batter and gently fold them in, just until combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top. Sprinkle with the nuts and then with the remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar. Bake until the nuts are deep brown and a tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool. (The cake can be wrapped well and stored at cool room temperature for 1 day, or frozen.)
Cut into squares or wedges in the pan to serve.

Long-time food writer Theresa Curry tells stories about food and the people who prepare it and is grateful to have chosen a career that has her shelling muddy crawfish one day and tasting fine wine the next.
A current project is working on a series of food stories as part of the documentary division of Alpha Vision Films.
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CHIC THIS WEEK :: Best is Show for August 10-16, 2013

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(satchel by Louis Vuitton, 'Color Revolution' sunglasses by Westward Leaning, belt by H&M, flats by Pretty Ballerinas)
Out and about in NYC, New York

In Stella McCartney
('Janis' studded booties by YSL, 'Sabrina' clutch by Tiffany & Co.)
At an 'Austenland' screening in NYC, New York


(Julia Chalene Newmeyer)

Did you know...

1. She was born on August 16, 1933 in Los Angeles, California.
2. She invented and marketed her own brand of pantyhose, Nudemar in the 1970's.
3. She has been credited as having an IQ of 135 or intellectually gifted, placing her in the top 1% amongst her age group. She graduated from high school well ahead of her peers at the age of 15.
4. She is credited as the original Catwoman (and as an object of desire for many young men in the 1960's). The famous 'Catwoman' costume (she was often billed as the 'Purr-fect Villainess') she wore during her appearance on the 'Batman' television series in the 1960's has been place at the Smithsonian Institute.

To learn a little more about the charming life and times Julie Newmar, Lily Lemontree recommends reading The Conscious Catwoman Explains Life On Earth.

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After a few very early mornings well spent giving a little TLC to our front lawn (which much like this blog, has been horribly ignored this summer!), my love affair with the colour green has been renewed!
I have never been known to be an early bird (or much of a gardener for that matter) but there is something wonderfully soothing about spreading a bit of much needed hydration to the flowers and green stuff in the wee hours of the morning, before the hustle and bustle of the neighbourhood and life in general take hold of everything out there.
The deliciously clean hues of a finely manicured lawn, a dazzling emerald gem and even a yummy bowl of guacamole is often just enough for me to put a smile on the face and take in a giant breath of fresh air to the spirit!

1. MARC BY MARC JACOBS  'Katie' Ring     2. ALICE BY TEMPERLEY 'Kyoto' Dress
3. WEDDING PAPER DIVAS 'Penned Promises' Invitation     4. REMBRANDT 'Fresh Mint' 
5. BETH HOFFMAN 'Looking for Me'      6. SOLE SOCIETY 'Harmony' Flat
7. OLIVIA von HALLE 'Alba Marie' pajama     8. THRESHOLD 'Campaign' Table
9. WARBY PARKER 'Winston' Frames

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A Happy Update....finally!

As many of you might know, this spring we realized that our little blog had been hacked and that all of our content was being filtered word for word onto another blog. No sooner than we would post absolutely anything, a very nasty copycat would have all of our hard work up on their blog in a matter of minutes, credited to their name of course.
At first we thought that we could take it in stride, learn to live with it as they say but as you can imagine our feelings of anger and helplessness continued to grow, along with our frustratation with the bigwigs like Blogger, Google, etc., since we repeatedly tried to reached out to them for help in the matter to no avail.
We never actually received any response from any of them other than to tell us that if it really mattered that much to us, we should hire an attorney but since the copycat was a virtual phantom with a Blogger profile that went nowhere (how does that happen?), we figured that one can't fight someone or something they can't actually identify. Our problem seemed to be one that we couldn't do a thing about and as our feelings of unhappiness about this blatant plagiarism grew, our desire to produce original and interesting content started to wane as you could probably tell from the lack of posts lately.
Until now...
We are thrilled to say that the little copycat has been stopped for now, that their site has been taken down and with a renewed sense of excitement, we will be back bright and early tomorrow morning with something fresh for all of our wonderful friends and readers who never stopped encouraging us during trying situation.
Thank you...

CHIC THIS WEEK: Best Dressed for July 27-August 2, 2013

Who is your choice for best dressed this week?
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In Osman
(jewellery by Jennifer Meyer, 'Miss Loubi' clutch by Christian Louboutin)
At the 'We Are The Millers' premiere in NYC, New York

In 3.1 Phillip Lim
(ankle-strap pumps by Brian Atwood)
At the CBS/CW and Showtime 2013 Summer TCA Party in Beverly Hills, California