Thursday, April 24, 2014

live to create : a roundup of lace do-it-yourself projects


Lace has been one of those materials that I always seemed to cherish in my closet. Those little delicate pieces that we wear for only very of the best occasions. Those days like Valentine's Day or a romantic date or a evening spent with that special someone. Lace tends to add delicacy to a space and I have always loved its appearance. And so, a few of the lace do-it-yourself projects around the interwebs I have found inspirational and are currently on my list of to do...


Lace tiles by Martha Stewart | a perfect way to incorporate lace into your home atop a coffee table or on the table next to your bed for your evening cup of tea.


lace lanterns by Wedding Chicks | there is no special occasion like the day we say "I do" and so a subtle, decorative way to premier some lace and pearls to your day. 


A lace sleeve tank from Love Maegan | turning a sweet summer tank into a chic spring blouse


princess crowns with the girl inspired | a roundup with lace is not complete without a princess-inspired project

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and if you come across any beautiful lace inspiration, please do share, but in the meantime it may be worth to peruse a few other favorite do-it-yourself projects here...

{some DIY by c&é}


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

recipe : spicy soba noodle soup

{spicy soba noodle soup} via chevrons & éclairs
{spicy soba noodle soup} via chevrons & éclairs
{spicy soba noodle soup} via chevrons & éclairs
{spicy soba noodle soup} via chevrons & éclairs
{spicy soba noodle soup} via chevrons & éclairs
{spicy soba noodle soup} via chevrons & éclairs

Before I headed out to the UK again for graduation I was on a strict regimen. Early morning workouts five days a week, salads for lunch, fruits for snacks, herbal teas in between. Though since the new year when most people usually right their wrongs and pick up healthier habits I started to fall of the rails. Though I still visit the gym, but only 3 days a week. Afternoons that usually comprised of a meal that was a hearty salad was now being replaced by other things. I tried to look for healthier options while still sustaining my desire for something other than a salad. I live to incorporate as many vegetables for lunch and so I thought a light and spicy soup would do, but the addition of the soba noodles was particularly noteworthy. It's rich in vitamin B compounds and low in carbohydrates and extremely fulfilling, which is key to keeping me out of the pantry for snacks and indulgences.

And so I prepared this soup once to manage my craving for some Asian-inspired soup, and pretty soon it became a frequent lunch item of the week.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

design : french accents


I guess you can consider me a Francophile in a way. In November, whilst getting drinks with an old friend in London he told me that if he didn't know me personally, he would assume I was some girl wearing a bright pink dress behind a laptop in the middle of the 6th arrondissement from the looks of my blog. The district that includes Saint-Germaine Abbey, Jardins du Luxembourg, Pont des Arts, and of course infamous educational institutions. I guess I'm one who enjoys the glamour of 5th avenue but the ease and je ne sais pas that Parians exude. So when I saw this Hamptons home on Elle, one that houses a New York family full of subtle French accents, nothing too over-the-top, I finally was able to imagine what my friend was trying to tell me.


Monday, April 21, 2014

gift guide : for the fashionista


I recently had a conversation with one of my friends in London quite late at night via text message. He was asking for my advice on what to get his girlfriend for her birthday. Mind you, I have never met her but I obviously found so much excitement that I started putting together ideas for what I wanted. After a I sent him an email with a detailed gift guide he unfortunately declined all the options. Though replied with the witty comment, "this would be a good blog post for what to get a fashionista, like you." And so, here are a few of my choices to get a fashionista translated as everyday items either made or inspired by fashion designers.



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{for c&é’s most coveted piece, be sure to visit the boutique}

Friday, April 18, 2014

vogue : on duty

{on duty} via chevrons & éclairs
{on duty} via chevrons & éclairs
{on duty} via chevrons & éclairs
{on duty} via chevrons & éclairs
{on duty} via chevrons & éclairs
{on duty} via chevrons & éclairs
{on duty} via chevrons & éclairs

{blazer} ann taylor | similar
{top} h&m
{jeans} h&m
{necklace} baublebar
{heels} ann taylor
{lips} powerful by estée lauder
{camera} Canon AE-1

As most of you probably know, I've been dabbling a bit into design consulting for fashion and interior designers along with assisting in photo shoots and conducting some of my very own too {soon to be shared here on c&é}. Though not a professional photographer, I've fallen in love with it. You would never find me without my camera, iPhone or the Canon, and since acquiring a few special items like my father's Canon AE-1, I've taken quite a fondness. Since currently, I don't have much control over my life in terms of outcomes since there is just too much going on such as travel and figuring out, I find photography a nice escape. A way for me to be able to control my surroundings. I utilize what is given to me like manipulating light, ensuring the clouds and the gloom, bringing out the green and blue hues. Ever have such a hobby and interest?

And so this outfit is what I call my uniform for when I'm on duty. A loose blazer and blouse with fitted jeans and always a high heel.

for c&é’s most coveted piece, be sure to visit the boutique

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{photographed by Blush & Jelly}

Thursday, April 17, 2014

five essentials : for baking


I was not much of a baker until recently when my love for tea cakes bloomed. When living in the UK, afternoons were often spent in teashops or cafes or in the kitchen with friends baking. And along the way we came across a few tips to keep in mind...

{key measurements}
Two measurements one should commit to memory, thanks to Melissa's tips, are that three teaspoons are equivalent to one tablespoon. And four tablespoons are equivalent to one-fourth cup.


{icings & frostings}
When making icing and/or frosting in a mixing bowl, make sure to have an extremely clean whisk and bowl and refrigerate for about 15 minutes before making. The coolness will help the consistency thicken faster.

{secret ingredient}
For cakes, cookies, sweet breads I always add a pinch {or one-eighth teaspoon} salt to harmonize the medley of flavors and ingredients.


{climate}
If you're working in a warmer kitchen, it may help to cool your dough for at least ten minutes before baking. This tip always seems to help for my macaron recipes here and here.

{eggs}
1 cup of eggs are made with 4 jumbo eggs, 4 to 5 extra-large, 5 large, 5 to 6 medium, or 7 small eggs. But most recipes call for large eggs, so they are the best to keep on hand.

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{a few tea cakes to try}

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

recipe : mother's day barbecue with Uncommon Goods

{mothers' day BBQ with Uncommon Goods} via chevrons & éclairs

I find mothers' day to be such a special day in our household, but of course with fathers' day in the same pool. As you have been told countless times, we as a family, love to cook together. So it was natural for me to put together a meal for my mother to commemorate all her sacrifices, love and support for my brother and I. And with my father helping, it was also natural to go with an idea of a grill out as the weather gets warm too. And with the help of Uncommon Goods I was able to use a red wine and white wine infused planks to make a very memorable meal.

{mothers' day BBQ with Uncommon Goods} via chevrons & éclairs
{mothers' day BBQ with Uncommon Goods} via chevrons & éclairs
{mothers' day BBQ with Uncommon Goods} via chevrons & éclairs
{mothers' day BBQ with Uncommon Goods} via chevrons & éclairs
{mothers' day BBQ with Uncommon Goods} via chevrons & éclairs
{mothers' day BBQ with Uncommon Goods} via chevrons & éclairs
{mothers' day BBQ with Uncommon Goods} via chevrons & éclairs

We started off with refreshing cucumber-mint gin and tonics. They were the perfect choice to accompany the warmer weather and with the sea breeze coming through it made for a rather special occasion. Then for dinner we had a sesame salmon atop the red wine infused plank that gave it a nice smoky tone alongside it's natural nutty flavor. And as the side we wanted to incorporate the seasonal produce and Florida's finest citrus. I combined truffle oil with lemon to make a tangy, but earthy oil and coated the asparagus. The final minute the asparagus were on the grill I added some feta and it was the perfect idea as they slightly melted and added a more salty dimension.

On behalf of Uncommon Goods and I, we wish all the mothers, new and true, everywhere a beautiful day and a very warm thank you for all that you do.

Visit Uncommon Goods to see more gifts for mother's day with some of my favorites included on this page.

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{cucumber-mint gin and tonic recipe}

{sesame salmon recipe}

{asparagus with lemon-truffle oil recipe}

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Print on a 3 x 5 index card setting and store with the rest of your recipes.
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This post was brought to you by Uncommon Goods in collaboration with chevrons & éclairs

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

the joy of : garden escapes


This time of the year when the gardens are in full bloom, I can't help but reflect on the past that is my time at St. Andrews. I know my recent narratives here often reflect on that chapter, but I guess that was a pivotal "growth" period in my life. It left me almost hanging because it was just too short. I remember the St. Andrews summer opened the gates to secret gardens and I have never experienced something so serene or beautiful in my life. The beautiful decay of St. Andrews against the new blooms and clumps of nettles taken up residence in flower beds already swaying with foxgloves. The crumbling walls of terraced lawns carpeted in lichen and moss. And then there were hidden archways leading up to mysterious endings. And what I loved most were the homes that accompanied these gardens ornamented with windows all of which nestled against the views of their respective gardens. 


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