Thursday, September 24, 2015

Beautiful Australia

Happy Thursday everyone! The weekend is almost here. I want to share my trip to Australia back in December for this week's throwback Thursday. We stayed in Sydney which reminded me like Asia, the sense that there was always something thrilling going on somewhere and if you turned the corner, you could be part of it. I love the wide array of diversity of modern and old architecture from Jorn Utzon’s Expressionist Sydney Opera House to the large amount of Victorian buildings such as the Queen Victoria Building with British Colonial influence. Not to mention the lively food scene, the charm of a coastal setting with endless days at the beach and so much more. I miss the land down under!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Favorite outfit - Floral top and Lace skirt

I've always had an infatuation with florals and lace. Never thought I would find the perfect outfit a couple hours before a friend's wedding. It was very rushed and was worried I wouldn't find the right look but it worked out beautifully! Summer is definitely still in full swing in Santa Rosa and it felt hotter than NYC when we were there couple weeks ago.
Outfit: Bebe eyelet skirt (30% off  here), J. Crew necklace ( here), Aritzia Wilfred floral camisole (similar  here) and BP heels (similar  here) and Chanel Mini '2.55' flap bag ( here)

Thursday, September 17, 2015

TBT - Panther Beach Photoshoot

Happy Thursday! This is one of my favorite photoshoot with my best friend at Panther Beach. The floral strapless dress from GUESS (I haven't shopped there in so long!) in my opinion is still in style and goes really well with my black sandals that I bought a couple years back at Ambiance, San Francisco. The sandals are Seychelles and I even hiked Stone Mountain (Atlanta) in them! They're still in great shape and proves to be durable. Probably not going to have a chance to do a photoshoot at the beach anytime soon with Fall coming and the weather cooling down. Reminiscing the warm sunny days!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

I Love New York

Over the labor day weekend I finally made my first trip to the Big Apple! I missed New York Fashion Week by two days but it was already a packed weekend, there's so much to soak in. We were so fortunate to able to get reservations at Per Se for brunch when we first arrived. It was the most exquisite dining experience I've ever had. It was hard enough to get reservations at French Laundry in Napa so I was very excited to be able to dine at Thomas Keller's other 3 michelin star restaurant.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Strapless Eyelet Dress

Outfit: Ann Taylor Eyelet Dress (Petite 00), J.Crew Necklace and B.P open peep toe heels. Marc Jacobs Shoulder Bag

We stayed at the Palazzo during our Vegas weekend getaway and was lucky to be on the upper floors with a lot of natural sunlight.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Cooking Adventure at Guy Savoy Vegas

Over the weekend we headed to Vegas for a short getaway and decided to do something different. We signed up for a cooking class at Guy Savoy restaurant at Caesar's Palace, cooking alongside world-renowned Executive Chef Chartron. We didn't know what to expect but right when we stepped into the kitchen, it was like we were on a set of Top Chef on Food Network, it was all very surreal! We were set to cook two dishes: Chilled Pea and Crab Soup and Lamb Rack with Rigatoni Gratin.

Chilled Pea and Crab Soup

  • 1lb of English Peas
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 liter of vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup of crab meat
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Bunch Chives
  • 1/2 Cup of Grape Seed Oil
  • 2 Lemons
  • Espelette Pepper to taste
  • Peppercress
  • White vinegar
We first blanched the peas for about 10min, depending how hard the peas are, it can go for more or less. Afterwards we shocked them in cold water to stop the cooking process. Once the peas are soft and cooled down, we proceeded in peeling the outer skin of the peas to create a smooth texture and blended it and added lemon, salt and pepper. Keep the peas cold by putting it in a bowl of ice. Follow by blending chives with grape seed oil and strain through a cheesecloth. Chef Chartron told us that just these two simple ingredients can enhance the flavor and bring richness to any dish, especially soups. Poach the eggs in boiling water with vinegar and wrap the egg whites around the egg.