A few things I’ve been looking at, thinking about, lately:
Living on the West Coast, salmon is always on the weekly rotation. Here’s a Jamie Oliver recipe to turn it into something sublime.
A firm favourite from my travels, this beautiful, delicate dish sums up everything I love about Swedish food: it’s elegant, clean and fresh, it looks incredible and is a doddle to make. You’ll be so proud when you see the finished result
~ Jamie Oliver
GREY GOOSE LE FIZZ
The holidays may be over, but cocktail hour carries on. If you think Gin is only for summertime G&Ts on the deck, here’s a drink to change your mind and warm you through winter. St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur is the prettiest bottle on the bar cart, and good Gin is a staple.
This all-natural artisanal liqueur captivates with good looks and taste. Made from fresh, handpicked elderflowers, it has lovely aromas of elderflower, peach, lychee and lemon with delicate elderflower, passion fruit and grapefruit on the palate. St-Germain is an exotic, aromatic addition to cocktails.
~ BC Liquor Stores
Fill a flute glass with ice to chill.
Roll the lime to release the juice and cut in half. Squeeze 25ml of lime juice into a shot glass (fill halfway).
Pour 25ml of the elderflower liqueur into the shot glass (to fill to the top).
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour in the elderflower and lime juice mix.
Add the vodka to the cocktail shaker and shake until the ice is broken and the shaker is cold on the outside.
Empty your glass of ice, then pour in the liquid using a cocktail strainer and tea strainer over the glass (to catch the fine ice).
Top up with soda water and garnish with a stirrer.
MELANIA’S COATS: BEST OF 2017
I am a coataholic, and Melania Trump wears hers with such elegance and poise. My favourite was the Ralph Lauren Inauguration ensemble. So Jackie-O; so Melania-T.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about First Lady Melania Trump since her husband was elected president, it’s that she can wear the hell out of a coat. Dramatic, functional, militaristic, sporty, tailored, avant garde—she covers a lot of ground with her coverings. She wears a coat so well, she doesn’t even need to use the sleeves half the time, and she still rocks them better than most.
~ Mary Katharine Ham, All Of Melania Trump’s 2017 Coats, Ranked, The Federalist, December 31, 2017
NEW YEAR NEW BAG
Saint Laurent has brought out an elegant bag I am swooning over: Bellechasse Shoulder Bag. Minimalist, structured, no giant logo or tassels, just a subtle stamp on the brushed metal clasp. Crafted in Italy in a mix of leather and suede with a detachable strap to turn it into a clutch. It’s lined in suede and comes in many hues including Spring’s hottest shade: Marble Pink.
It appears belle chasse in French translates to nice hunt in English. I’ve been looking for the perfect smaller sling bag. And I can say that the hunt is definitely over.
~ The Boy and the Bag, Bellechasse School and Shoulder Bags are the Bomb
CLOTHES & CLOSET
A new book on my bedside table about discovering and developing your personal style and building a dream wardrobe by fashion blogger, Anuschka Rees of Into Mind.
In a world inundated with fast fashion and rapidly changing trends, it’s easy for our closets to become graveyards of misguided purchases. In the midst of plenty, identifying our personal style can feel harder than ever. Anuschka Rees’s The Curated Closet is a smart, straightforward manual that encourages readers to discover what they like and to develop a wardrobe that makes getting dressed easier. Anuschka’s pragmatic book should be required reading for anyone familiar with staring at a closet full of clothes and still feeling like they don’t have a thing to wear.
~ Erin Boyle, author of Simple Matters
NEW SKINCARE GLOW
A duo of SARAH CHAPMAN Skinesis products arrived just in time to wrap and put under the Christmas tree (even though I bought them myself on a Cyber Monday sale from SC) : Overnight Facial and Morning Facial. So far so great!
This multi award-winning, skin transforming, serum oil night-time elixir recreates the lifting, firming and skin perfecting benefits of a Skinesis facial overnight. Awaken to plump, smooth, rejuvenated skin with our signature Skinesis glow.
~ Sarah Chapman website
MOVIE : The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
It’s a dreary winter’s night, so snuggle down with some popcorn and a good movie. Great female lead and if you like retro, you’re going to love the costumes.
In 1958 New York, Midge Maisel’s life is on track- husband, kids, and elegant Yom Kippur dinners in their Upper West Side apartment. But when her life takes a surprise turn, she has to quickly decide what else she’s good at – and going from housewife to stand-up comic is a wild choice to everyone but her. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is written and directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls).
The Vancouver housing market continues to amaze, and amuse.. Having lived in 1001 houses, one of the things we’ve learnt is that high ceilings and windows are more important than square footage. Here’s my idea of a great room.
It is a rental listing for a mere $17,995 /month (CD). Now if it only had a ocean view!
A bit of January diet inspiration from Maye Musk (yes, Elon’s Mum). She’s a beautiful example of “You Are What You Eat”.