Sunday, March 13, 2016

CHIC THIS WEEK: Best Dressed for March 6-12, 2016

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In Brock Collection
(silver 'Specchio' pumps by Manolo Blahnik)
At The Honest Company’s 'Springtime in Paris' diaper collection launch in NYC, New York

In Cushnie et Ochs
(earrings by Graziela Gems earrings, bracelets by Vita Fede, pumps by Christian Louboutin, clutch by Valentino)
At 'The Perfect Match' premeire in Los Angeles, California

In Jason Wu
At the US-Canada State Dinner in Washington. D.C.

In Narciso Rodriguez
(jewellery by Ileana Makri and John Hardy)
At an International Women’s Day celebration in  NYC, New York

In Carolina Herrera
At the Frick Collection's Young Fellows ball in NYC, New York

IN ML Monique Lhuillier
(clutch by Monique Lhuillier)
At the Alliance for Children's Rights dinner in Beverly Hills, California

In Valentino
(jewellery by Vita Fede, heels by Casadei, clutch by Yliana Yepez)
At the '10 Cloverfield Lane' premiere in NYC, New York

In Balmain
(earrings by Fred Leighton)
At the 'Eclipsed' Broadway opening night in NYC, New York

Friday, March 11, 2016

HOME TOURS: Ronald Reagan's Former Pacific Palisades Home

With the passing of the former First Lady Nancy Reagan earlier this week, there has been a renewed interest in the life and times of the wife, mother, actress and style icon, born Anne Frances Robbins. A lover of refinement and haute couture, she was the driving force behind the return of 'Kennedy-style' glamour and charm to the White House after years of casual informality (this book gives you a birds-eye view at how she kicked it up a few notches on the entertaining level at the White House during the Reagan years). I was eager to take a peek at the home she once shared with her beloved Ronnie before they left the Pacific shores for Capitol Hill in 1981. (I always thought she was kind of like the west coast version of Jackie Kennedy)
And as it is with social media, the old 'ask and you shall receive' came to fruition this morning, when a question to a friend as to Mrs. Reagan's decor instinct was returned with a story, link and pictures!
Thank you Karen!

The few photos I have seen of their actual home look just like I expected, polished and refined just like Mrs. Reagan herself. 

I've never actually seen a picture of the Reagan's looking at each other and not smiling! Their love for each other was truly inspirational!

The Reagan home, the epitome of mid-century laid-back Hollywood style, was raised years ago and in its place stands the current 10,000 square-foot home that stands in its place, which happens to be on the market today for a cool 33 million!
Definitely a beautiful home but I think I prefer the original!

To take a better look at the current home on the property and for more information on its current listing, click on the link here.

Thursday, March 10, 2016


Jon Hamm
(Jonathan Daniel Hamm)

Did you know...
1. He was born on March 10, 1971 in St. Louis, Missouri.
2. He was a set designer for softcore pornographic films for a brief period during an acting 'dry patch' when he couldn't secure work as an actor as most roles he was up for were of high school-aged characters and he looked too old.
3. Although the Don Draper role he played on Mad Men required him to smoke, he actually quit smoking at the age of 24 and only smoked herbal cigarettes when in character.
4. His parents had divorced when he was 2 and after his mother died from colon cancer when he was 10, he went to live with his father. He struggled with severe chronic depression in his early twenties after the death of his dad and has said that he had also turned to alcohol then to deal with his father's death. Over 20 years later, he would enter rehab in March 2015 for his alcohol addiction.
5. He is a huge comedy fan and is known to frequently quote lines from one of his favourite movies ''Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy''

To see more of the lovely Jon Hamm in action, Lily recommends catching his iconic portrayal of Don Draper in AMC's 'Mad Men'

Thursday, March 3, 2016

How To Eat An Artichoke

As well versed in the 'please' and 'thank you' as one can be, there are always certain tricky situations that can confuse even the fanciest of Downton Abbey-watching, highfalutin etiquette aficionados!
Eating an artichoke has always been one of those situations for me. I'm not a big fan of the artichoke or of the 'dirty fingers feeling' while I eat so it must be some kind of fate that they happen to pop up a little too often for my liking.
How does one peel away the never-ending layers of this blossom AND try to find nourishment somewhere in this pile of leaves you've created in front of you while still looking as fabulous as ever in front of your dinner partner, boss, friend, etc. who seems to know just what to do? ('seems to' are the operative words here).
The proper approach to tackling different foods happens to be one of the most popular etiquette questions I get. No one wants to look like they don't know what they are doing, especially when they are trying to impress a date or business associate and that's where good old manners come into the thick. Not so much to impress others but to make YOU feel comfortable, allowing you to let your best self shine instead of worrying about every little thing you might be doing 'wrong'.
Let's dig in shall we?
Artichokes can be served hot or cold but your 'plan of attack', so to speak, always stays the same.
To eat an artichoke, begin by pulling off outer petals one at a time.
Dip base of petal into sauce or melted butter, then pull through teeth to remove soft, tender portion of petal. Discard the remaining petal, preferably in a neat pile on the plate in front of you or in an empty bowl provided for this specifically.
Remove the choke (fuzzy center) at base by using gentle strokes with a fork until you are down to the heart. 
The base or heart of the artichoke can be eaten and is often the part that most people savour the most. Cut into bite size pieces and dip into remaining sauce.

What foods do you find difficult to eat in public?

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