warehouse wonder

As of lately I have been drawn to large, open spaces. It is probably my body telling me to get away from the city and indulge in an organic escape of a sort. Recently, I was getting coffee with a former classmate. His taste, though more eclectic than mine, has still refined over the years and he was intent on sharing this space with me. The natural lighting pouring in and the natural indoor landscape made my arms fill of goosebumps. The Oregon beams and trusses flirt with the natural light, the monochromatic scheme against the moody dark wood against the white walls make for a harmonious design relationship. A warehouse conversion with über sophistication and a honed eye for detail makes this the perfect space for a mr. c&é.










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{images via Est Magazine, designed by Stoll Long Architecture, photography by Tara Pearce,
styling by Stephanie Stamatis}

17 october 2014

{london at night} via chevrons & éclairs
{london at night} via chevrons & éclairs
{london at night} via chevrons & éclairs

♫♪ Rudimental – Free (feat. Emeli Sandé)

This week has been better than the last. And all I can say is, thank you so much for all of your sweet and kind words. I’m not one who reads horoscopes or believes in fortune telling, but times are too confusing or grim sometimes I read it for reassurance. Just to see if there’s any guidance. I’m more of an idealist, everything will work out, but in times of difficulty that just seems like utopia doesn’t it?

Back to what I was talking about, horoscopes, I read it a week and a half ago and it told me that I usually fail to realize that there’s a bright light in my life that is constantly burning. That bright light is all the people who support me. Being a taurus, I’m naturally stubborn {that, I am}, and I often think that I’m alone in the world. I was glad I read my horoscope because it forced me to open my eyes to all the incredible people I’m surrounded by.

The last two weeks, my personal friends and family along with the family we have here on c&é have sent the sweetest, utterly kindest messages. Encouraging me to continue to do what I’ve been doing in the blog world and professionally. It’s hard to engage both worlds, but the love that has been pouring in has been incredible. From friends I haven’t spoken to in years, to family from distant corners of the world, to all of you.

So remember, even in times of confusion or in the midst of feeling like you’re alone in a big, big world–you’ve got a fan club. Someone is always watching and always appreciating.

With that said, I’m having an incredible dinner tonight at a lovely, little restaurant in central London. Then a bit of relaxing and possibly rowing in Putney tomorrow. Finally, enjoying a proper Sunday with {American} football and tacos. What are you up to this autumn weekend?

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an avocado tzatziki recipe to try

pumpkin oatmeal brulée–dessert or breakfast?

new favorite fashion illustrator

some lovely cocktail recipes

the perfect fall cheese platter

shop my latest favorites for autumn

patterns and lilac for the office

za’atar recipe & accompanying recipes

5 essentials for a perfectly scented home

a travel guide to barcelona

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Also, the Shopbop friends and family sale is this weekend where you can enjoy an additional 25% off your order with the code “FAMILY25″. I’ve been trying to build my work closet and perused their site. Here are some things on my covet list!


in lilac

{in lilac} via chevrons & éclairs
{in lilac} via chevrons & éclairs
{in lilac} via chevrons & éclairs
{in lilac} via chevrons & éclairs
{in lilac} via chevrons & éclairs
{in lilac} via chevrons & éclairs

{shirt} j. crew
{skirt} ann taylor
{purse} coach
{heels} target
{earrings} accessorize
{nail polish} c/o roasted mellow by scotch naturals

It’s difficult to add personality to work outfits. I feel as if I get stuck in this vortex that is black and white, quite literally. Sometimes without thinking, I am repeating the outfits, as in they look completely alike. And so I sought various ways to add personality to my 9-to-5 style. Though it is tricky for a corporate environment, I find subtle and luxe patterns are very effective. And so here I have a pinstripes alongside a lace in a tamed lilac color with neutral accessories. A great way to look corporate all whilst upholding sartorial flares.

{this was originally shared on Scotch Naturals’ blog}

za’atar {middle eastern spice blend} & accompanying recipes

{homemade zatar} via chevrons & éclairs

As most of you know, I specialized my international relations education in Middle East and Central Asia. Since then, I’ve tried my hand at understanding every aspect of the culture. Anthropologically, I wanted to understand the role of women, tribal communities and various religious communities. I studied the language and became advanced enough to study the prose, which is exceptionally beautiful. And of course with the politics and history classes peaked my curiosity for understanding ingredients variations. Did you know spice preferences differed from country-to-country all over the Middle East? It fascinated me to learn the spice preferences in Egypt, similar to India, were influenced by the British occupation as they used the Suez Canal to transport spices from India to the West. So that is when I decided to understand variations of za’atar. Though they differ quite dramatically, this one is unique to a Palestinian home.

Very similar to that of Italian seasoning, za’atar has a more woodsy aroma making it ideal for root vegetables and meats and pairs well with softer cheese like ricotta. And so, a recipe on how you can make za’atar at home and a few of my favorite recipes that I frequent.

{za'atar recipes} via chevrons & éclairs

{recipes with za’atar}

za’atar roasted carrot salad with cashew lebneh, avocado and frisée salad via the first mess
za’atar pizza with dukkah lebneh and purple onions via my name is yeh
sweet potato soup with za’atar oil via yum sugar
quinoa chickpea burgers with za’atar spice and creamy tahini via choosing raw
sweet potato fries with za’atar and lebneh via the roaming kitchen
croissants sprinkled with za’atar via dishes from my kitchen

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{second image via cannelle vanille x instagram}

perfectly scented home

8a2fb41d444b51dce459ace4f97acdc9 Every single time I go home to visit my parents, I’m immediately transported back to my childhood. The second I open the door. There’s the scent of home that stays with you, and this is much the same for wherever you home is. Our home had a mix of lavender-vanilla-freshness all stirred together in the air. Every single time I come back to my home after visiting my parents, it’s quite the same feeling when I open my suitcase as the perfumes of home have been infused in each follicle in my clothes. And so, here are a few tips on having a perfectly scented home as it is perfect for when guests visit or for your {maybe future} children to cherish…

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Place your candle in the center of a room. The slightest wind or breeze can burn the excess wick instead of burning straight and evenly. An even lit and burning candle will maximize the aroma.

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Burn candles no more than 3 hours at a time and warming oil for 1 hour. If you are steaming oil during a dinner party dilute 3 parts oil with 1 part water.

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Instead of blowing out the candle, drowned the wick in the liquid wax. Then cock the wick back up again so it doesn’t get stuck in the dried wax. This will eliminate the smoke and smell that follows when blowing out a candle.

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Before lighting your candle, be sure the wick is just about 5mm. This will ensure that the flame is not too big, which can discolor the candle vessel. If you cut your wick too much, tilt the candle horizontally whilst holding a lit match. Circle the flame around the wick.

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The first time you light your candle, burn it until the whole top is liquid. This will allow your candle to evenly burn for the future.

{a few of my favorite candles & scents}


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{image from Diptyque Paris}