Flat White’s Flat White Coffee


Europe is incompetent when it comes to making ice coffees, but ask for a latté and you’re in for a treat. Although the London cafes including Starbucks make  down Americano on ice and if you ask for an iced coffee, they have perfected the lattés and flat whites (after ordering them several times I still don’t know why a flat white is so different from a latté) in London. Definitely worth the £4 (almost $7 coffee, and you think Starbucks is bad!).

As you can see from the picture, the froth has a detailed leaf created inside. I am not lying when I say, you cannot get a latté in London without a design on top. Maybe that’s how they get away with charging so much! And although Starbucks is just as highly demanded in London as it is any US city, many people still enjoy the ambience of a one-of-a-kind cafe. This photo was taken on one of my last days in London at a cafe in Soho called Flat White. It’s like a labyrinth getting there and the cafe is so small you will probably walk right by it a couple of times, but it’s worth the search. It could have possibly been one of the best coffees I’ve ever had. It is true, I’ve never been to Italy, but I would never steer you wrong.

I could use a Flat White coffee right now.


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Making Fur A Staple

I’ve wanted a fur vest for two years now. I bought one from Urban Outfitters last winter and ended up returning it. I didn’t have the confidence to wear one out in public. But every time I’d go shopping, I’d gravitate to the fur vest rack every chance I had.

I found that on my 5’2″ frame, fur seemed to consume body. It was like the fur was wearing me instead of me wearing the fur!

Disappointed that I couldn’t pull it off, I gave up on fur for a while. But when I was at Forever21 over Thanksgiving holiday, I found a $30 fur vest I just couldn’t pass up. If it just hung in my closet, I didn’t mind since it was such a cheap investment. And who knows, maybe I’d find cause to wear it.

Well, from the picture above you can see that I did end up wearing it–with a pink and white striped fitted Ralph Lauren blouse. I found that combat boots, leggings, and a fur vest wasn’t working for me so I made it an accessory of a preppier ensemble. I paired it with a pair of Gap jeans and loafers I bought in Paris. Instead of street sartorial, I found that fur works for me if I try looking classy, not edgy.

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Shoe Museum? Nope, Just Selfridges

I’ve been in many boutiques, shops, and department stores with beautiful interior design and an exquisite set up of clothing on the racks, but I’ve never in my life seen anything like what I saw at Selfridges on Oxford Street in London. The shoe section is more like walking through a museum as you appreciate the design of a £1000 shoes than a place to just buy them. But what was most surprising was the larger than life shoes that were displayed throughout the shoe section.  I  know Carrie Bradshaw would just die.

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Parisian Vespas

Although vespas, to me, are synonymous with 1960s Italian lifestyle, they actually are one of the most popular modes of transpiration in Paris. The streets are tiny and  avenues are tremendously overcrowded so vespas are both a utility and a fashion staple in the haute city. I wish I took more photos of the vespas of Paris, but I managed to capture three.

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A July Afternoon at Place Verdôme

It was a cold rainy day in Upstate New York and I found myself yearning for the summer days I spent in Paris. While looking through my photo album I came across this photograph and thought I’d share it with you.

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Didier Ludot To Design for Petit Bateau

You can’t get more French than that! While in Paris this summer I made it a goal to buy as much vintage as I could. I don’t know what it was but to me French and vintage go hand-in-hand. It could be because everyone wants a vintage Kelley or Burkin, a vintage Chanel bag, or anything vintage to mimic the bobo (bourgeois bohemian) french bloggers.

Anyway, I did end up with some vintage gems although none from the world-renowned Didier Ludot. But that wouldn’t stop me from at least checking out arguably the most famous vintage store in the world, and possibly the most expensive. You can’t buy anything for under 1000 euros, at least!

But the Didier Ludot/ Petit Bateau collaboration changes everything! Ludot has designed two black dresses for the french label Petit Bateau (both shown below). The one with the collar, The Catherine,  is inspired by  Catherine Deneuve and the other one, with the two hip pockets was influenced by Twiggy.

Available online Dec. 5th.

Petite Bateau/Didier Ludot pictures c/o Elle.com

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Instagram Transcends the iphone and into the pages of Vogue

If you’re a blogger you know that an iphone is now essential to the job not only to tweet or upload images directly to your blog, but for instagram.  It’s great for making people look tanner, hiding pimples, and overall giving the appearance that one looks better than they really do. 

But instragram has extended itsself outside the realm of bloggers. The professionals want in too!

Although the shoot wasn’t done via iphone, the spread definitely has a vintagey grainy feel to it that is very similar to the images that instagram produces.

And it’s no surprise that the spread included one of Miu Miu’s Fall 2011 1940s dresses. They have been used in numerous magazines this fall.  

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