this has been a rough week, friends. my mum is really sick and in a lot of pain and i’m here with her, trying to keep her as comfortable as possible. my mum has Fibromyalgia so whenever she gets any other ailment it’s intensified tenfold. she’s got a degenerative disk, so her back pain is very severe. i’m trying hard to advocate for her with her doctors which is not easy, but they get me mad enough that i find strength in that anger and i think we’ve made some headway in getting her the proper care. anyway, i’m only telling you this because i haven’t got much energy today to talk about pretty things, but i do find comfort in these calming images. we didn’t sleep much last night and i’m not sure we will tonight, so i’m going to concentrate on these photographs for the moment and find some solace in them. let’s hope for a much better week for everyone next week — the upheaval in politics and the country’s chaotic turmoil right now are not easy on any of us. xo, victoria
a parisian classic has re-opened its doors to let in new light — literally. café mollien, located in the louvre museum, has had a redesign featuring light installations by artist mathieu lehanneur. in shades of macaron rose, white, and gold you can hardly get through the doors without a few snaps of your coffee and girly get-up. without sounding too cliché we suggest an outfit “la vie en rose” worthy. if you really want to get in the mood, gilbert adair’s novel the dreamers is just the read to bring to life the nostalgia of paris in the 1960’s. if you’re brave enough, we would go as far to dare you to recreate the louvre scene.
~ michaela d’artois, vérité Published.
wear this there: pixie market pink pearl choker dress; Mathilde Tote from anthropologie; front row shop pearl choker; read this there the dreamers, by gilbert adair; Vera Bradley Eau de Toilette in Macaroon Rose; ego ashley velvet ankle boot with statement heel in pink; and nasty gal set the bar high shades.
• photography by michel giesbrecht via designboom.
since we’re talking cooking today (see today’s earlier post about hedley & bennett) i thought i’d go a step further and round up a few more good looking items for around the kitchen. this week’s new & noteworthy is right up my alley — since i love to cook and i love cooking gadgets and gear. Bon Appétit!
2. just love chris earl’s sleek bar cart; 3. D.A.P. the photographer’s cookbook at the line — photographers’ favorite recipes and food-related photographs; 4. sweet Mimira Canape Plates from anthropologie; 5. the prettiest marble with Brass Inlay Cheese Board from anthropologie.
6. black Ice Cube Tray Variety Pack — perfect for whiskey on the rocks from food52.
10. great looking food52 reclaimed knife grabber.
11. really love the bottle glass from crate & barrel.
12. aplat’s cute culinary tote — great for pies!
sometimes you need a night away, but you don’t really have the time to leave town. that’s where summer parties come in really handy. you can style up your backyard for an outdoor movie night, a sleepover or just a fun cocktail party with friends — whatever you do just make it feel like you’ve left town for a little bit. you can even just check into a local hotel in your own city for the night — you’d be surprised to find yourself feeling worlds away sitting poolside and ordering dinner and drinks al fresco! the SKYY Vodka folks invited me to throw my own L.A. SKYY summer pool party for friends so i opted for a soiree, poolside at the beautiful avalon hotel in beverly hills. now i know that sounds super fancy, and it is, but the avalon also has a very chill and friendly vibe that makes you feel warm, welcome, and well taken care of. add a few a SKYY Vodka cocktails and you’ve got yourself a pool party!
ryan, the mixologist at the avalon is one of the city’s best and he conjured up some of the yummiest cocktails for us using the original SKYY Vodka and two of their delicious Infusions — Wild Strawberry and Pineapple. it was a perfectly balmy evening under the stars with twinkling globe lights strung across the poolside patio. we lounged, we laughed and we ate very well — with appetizers prepared by the avalon’s viviane restaurant — all paired perfectly with our summery SKYY cocktails. thanks so much to everyone who came out for such a fun pool party, and if you’d like to see more from our evening, check out instagram and the hashtag #SKYYVodka. you can also find all kinds of inspiring cocktail recipes on SKYY’s pinterest boards. cheers!
• photography by Ivan Solis for sfgirlbybay.