Favorite Places – Staplehouse, Atlanta

Bon Appetit Magazine Atlanta is our new second home. It’s Hollywood’s new second home too, well one of them. It’s up there with Los Angeles, New York and Vancouver as the biggest hubs of TV production in North America. My husband, Alan, has begun work on the CW’s Dynasty reboot and to celebrate, we somehow managed to get a Saturday night table on the patio at Staplehouse, voted by Bon Appetit magazine as the hottest new restaurant in the USA…

Guilt-free gorgeous summer dresses

We already know that dresses, especially in summer, are the answer to a pulled-together look. They are also cool to wear and versatile — dress them down with a denim jacket and flat sandals, or up with heels, a clutch, and a statement necklace or earrings (not both!). When I popped in to my local T.J.Maxx last week to see what they had in stock, I came across a treasure trove of goodies which, for once, looked as good on me…

Hidden Urban Orchard

My husband just had a big birthday. He is impossible to buy gifts for, so I took a different approach this year. We both miss our fruit trees and veggie gardens from the houses we've lived in in the past. We inherited mature palm and eucalyptus trees, and hedges at our current house, which is great, but there is very little space or even soil available for any more trees or even herbs to be planted. The solution was to…

Ombre at any age?

If you haven't yet tried the ombre trend of dying your hair darker at the roots and lighter on the ends, it's still a thing, and yes you still can. I've been working with Hermosa Beach hairdresser, Dana Terrian, to achieve a more subtle color gradation on my locks. It keeps my look current, it means I can stretch out my appointments by a few weeks, plus it's fun to try something different. Dana has also developed a choppy cut…

Best chambray shirt-dress

I love shirt-dresses. They're a classic and can easily be dressed up or down with accessories. My problem, is that they're often cut too short. And even when I find one long enough, it scoops so high at the sides that you're showing way more leg than you probably want to, especially if you decide to add a belt. My sisters wear a lot of dresses, while I tend to go for separates. When I was on a recent trip…

Kimono Street Style

I spotted this gorgeous example of covering up with a flowing silk kimono over a white t-shirt, jeans and mule loafers on Abbot Kinney, Venice CA. We were only yards from a store selling only kimonos and this young lady couldn't have been a better advertisment. Kimonos look just as good over denim shorts — they're elegant, figure flattering, and as feminine as you can get, and they definitely add an exotic dimension to an otherwise work-a-day outfit. Here's a…

How to style boyfriend jeans (when you’re not 20, 30, or even 40…)

Distressed boyfriend jeans are well and truly mainstream for now, and they can be tricky to pull off. Actually any grunge look is difficult after your twenties and thirties. It can go costumey or even homeless after a certain age. That doesn't mean you don't get to participate in the current trends. You just need to give them slightly more thought and interpret them for your current station in life! I learned the hard way that shredded jeans can go…

Happy Easter!

I hope you are having a happy time with family or friends. Apart from the massive sugar rush, I love this time of year. To be able to eat a meal with people I love, and watch little ones getting excited over egg hunts and the Easter Bunny, to enjoy the beautiful California weather, and wake up listening to birds in the trees is pretty great.  

Slow Cooker Osso Buco

Osso Buco is one of my favorite winter dishes. It's a Milanese dish which literally translates to "bone with a hole." Usually made using cross-cut veal shanks, I've also made it with beef shanks. If you can't find this cut at the supermarket, you may need to special order it. I promise you it's worth it! This dish is absolutely delicious and all the better when it's cold outside. After seasoning the meat and dredging it with flour, it needs…

12 sale finds you’ll love next winter, too!

Anthropologie: Knitted & Knotted Wool drop waist dress was $158 now $79.95, Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn slip-ons was $138.00 now $99.95, Taven open shoulder top was $68.00 now $39.95 Ready for some guilt-free shopping to spice up your winter wardrobe? If you are missing one or two pieces that will help to get you through the rest of winter, don't despair. You can catch some great bargains before the coldest time of the year even hits. I've searched the sale sites…