Tuesday, 31 August 2010

autumn in new york

A friend of mine in Iceland posted this song on Facebook yesterday so I was 
able to enjoy it with my morning coffee. What a wonderful way to start the day! 

 YouTube: Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong / Autumn in New York
music: Vernon Duke

Monday, 30 August 2010

expensive taste

My daughters' school starts this week and while they are happy with their yellow and pink pencils my mind is set on something else, Conway Stewart. Yeah, I know, I'm hopeless, but a girl can dream, right?

These are from The Drake Vermeil Collection:

photos via Conway Stewart 

This one is from The Maki-e Collection and, unfortunately, is sold out a long time ago:

photo via Stylophiles Online

Sunday, 29 August 2010

blueberries, anyone?

photo credit:
Deborah Whitlaw | styling: Fotene Demoulas
for Coastal Living

photo credit:
Howard Puckett for Cooking Light
via The Newlywed Diaries

photo via notonthehighstreet.com

Saturday, 28 August 2010

k&a recipe: lasagne with kidney beans

Today I posted a new recipe on kitchen & aroma: my lasagne with kidney beans.

photo: LatteLisa for kitchen & aroma

Friday, 27 August 2010

i'm thinking olive green

Teema bowl by Kaj Franck

photo via iittala

Emile Henry tagine
photo via Emile Henry

Enamel metal pot with teak handle by Michael Lax (Holland Copco)

photo via Factory 20

Cute compost bin

photo via Burgon & Ball

Thursday, 26 August 2010

imaginary trip to paris

I'd love to go to Paris soon. There are so many places, small shops, and cafes to visit and on my list is a shop called Boutique Bird on the Wire. I think it's a heaven for people interested in pretty things and I see myself spending hours in it. Luckily they have an online shop!

photos via Boutique Bird on the Wire

This photo was taken inside the shop. Could it be any prettier?

photo credit: Anne-Solange Tardy at cachemire & soie

Boutique Bird on the Wire is located at
2 Rue de Lesdiguières, 75004 Paris.
Telephone: 01 42 74 83 79

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

the perfect notebook

I need a new notebook for my recipes. The pages of my current one have started
to fall out. A friend of mine sent me the link to Noble Macmillan's 'Personlised
Notebooks', which I've fallen in love with. They are just so stylish. Now, I just have
to decide which colour to buy.

photo via notonthehighstreet.com

Monday, 23 August 2010

feeling romantic

Autumn is near and I'm feeling romantic, reading Jane Austen with a cup of tea and homemade treats.

Selina Lake captures my mood in this beautiful image.

photo credit: Debi Treloar via Selina Lake

And the flowery blouse, which Keira Knightly wore in Atonement (2007), does so too. (If you haven't read the novel by Ian McEwan, I recommend you do.)

photo via The New York Times

Sunday, 22 August 2010

welcome to kitchen & aroma

My English food blog kitchen & aroma is ready and the first recipe is my chocolate tray bake.


screenshot: kitchen & aroma

Thursday, 19 August 2010


A scene that still gives me goose pimples: Salvatore 'Toto' Di Vita [Jacques Perrin] 
watching the clips left to him by Alfredo [Philippe Noiret].

 YouTube: from Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Director: Giuseppe Tornatore

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

chagall on colours

"All colours are the friends of their neighbours and the lovers of their opposites."

Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985)       
photo credit: Pierre

La Piax (Peace) by Marc Chagall
 La Chapelle des Cordeliers,
Sarrebourg, Lorraine, France

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

les savons

What is it with the French and their tempting soaps?

photo via French Soaps

    photo via French Soaps

photo: unknown source

photo via Cath Boutique

Monday, 16 August 2010

chocolate & mondays

photo credit: LatteLisa for k&a
"Chocolate is nature’s way of making up for Mondays."


Sunday, 15 August 2010

in the mood for ...

  YouTube: Sebastien Tellier / La Dolce Vita
music: Jean Michel Jarre

iittala fetish

For years I've been admiring iittala dinnerware and other pieces. It's almost as if I've an iittala Maribowl radar; I can enter a shop and practically sense whether it offers Maribowls or not. I'm quite certain that dessert tastes better in one!

If you ever find yourself on the Strøget in Copenhagen, Illums Bolighus is a heaven for iittala lovers (and here you can find a list of others). Here's a selection from my wish list:

an apple green Kastehelmi bowl

Viitrini glass boxes, with or without oak

Maribowls in various colours

photos via iittala

Friday, 13 August 2010

be yourself

Recently, Calvin Klein said in an interview, "You know, since I’m no longer involved in the fashion business, I’m so happy to not pay attention to trends because they are meaningless anyway. They are over fast."

Those words made me think of The Sartorialist. His fashion blog, one of the finest out there, has an 'on the street' section: beautiful images of people all over the world and what they are wearing. It's one of my favourites.

You can continue browsing through the glossy fashion magazines but, ultimately, just be yourself, mix it up, and wear what you like!

photo credit:
The Sartorialist

Thursday, 12 August 2010

chic & feminine

Julia Roberts is wearing a vintage Indian silk dress from Keni Valenti Retro-Couture 
for the September cover shoot of ELLE.

I cannot get enough of the sleeves.

photo: Carter Smith

by Ti Mo's autumn 2010 collection is so romantic. The sleeves of this flowery dress and
that cardigan create a sensational look. (Am I the only one to notice the stunning
piece of furniture in the background?)

photo via by Ti Mo

Ralph Lauren's autumn 2010 collection is absolutely fantastic. New York Magazine 
offers a slide show with the entire collection.

Look at that blouse!

photo via NY Magazine

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

desk for hubby

I saw that desk while shopping the other day and it has my hubby's name written all over it.

The line is called 'voyage' and is available at Maisons du Monde.

Maisons du Monde

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

doré & demi

Garance Doré is one of my favourite bloggers, who happens to blog in both English and French. Her blog is all about fashion and her photos of women of all ages and races are simply gorgeous. In addition, she draws beautifully.

I fell in love with the Demi Moore portrait she did for ELLE Magazine UK.

Speaking of Demi Moore. I like it when celebrities use their fame to draw attention to serious issues and support a good cause. Last January, Moore and her husband Ashton Kutcher established DNA - The Demi and Ashton Foundation, which mission it is to eliminate sex slavery worldwide. You can follow {DNA} on both Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, 9 August 2010

off to the seaside

How wonderful it would be to spend the rest of summer
at the seaside with a gripping book and a Karen Kilimnik towel
available at Kisan Concept Store in New York.

photo via Kisan Concept Store

{Kisan Concept Store} is located in Soho 
at 125 Greene street, New York, NY 10012.
Telephone: (212) 475 2470

Saturday, 7 August 2010

so pretty