Shoesday

Kelly
August 20

I love a good nude ballet flat and these two, depending on you budget, are serious wardrobe essentials. Check ‘em out here:

 


Shoesday

Kelly
August 06

Ok, I’m officially obsessed with the Lydia loafer by Anthro. Its comes in a plethora of colors and I’m pretty sure they go with just about any outfit. And at only $98 bones they’re pretty reasonably priced. Want! They’re available right here. Happy Shoesday!

 


Shoesday

Kelly
May 28

Perfect nude louboutins? Don’t mind if I do.

More nude Louboutins options here:

 


Shoesday + Featured on Oncewed

Kelly
May 07

I’m so excited to finally show off these gorgeous Louboutins one of my adorable brides wore last year. Hello nude Louboutins with the sweetest little bow!

And you can check out the rest of this wedding on Oncewed (and in the current issue of Santa Barbara Magazine) and I will be posting my own little write up on Monday. Happy Tuesday Shoesday m’dears!

You can pick up this pair and similar shoes right here:

Flowers & Decor: Kelly Oshiro

Shoesday

Kelly
March 05

T-strap suede shoes that are totally wearable post-wedding day? Sign me up! Shoes by Gucci, similar avaliable here.

Photographer: Birds of a Feather

Let’s Shop: Lady-like Accoutrements

Kelly
November 27

There’s nothing more then those perfect, timeless, lady-like accessories. First up, perhaps the most perfect camel coat that I’m utterly obsessed with it, it would be perfect for cocktail hour or just with jeans and a T. Of course a perfect black dress with peplum detail is always a lady-like winner in my book. Bow earrings with pearl details, I like you. And that Kate Spade purse in a perfect soft blue, sign me up. Of course, the piece de resistance are these insane grey Louboutins with the most impossibly perfect little bow. Perhaps Santa will be kind and bring me a pair…

Shop the look:

 


Escape to… Provence, France

Cynthia
October 26

Today we’re Escaping to…romantic Provence, the dreamy region of Southeastern France that has delighted travels and artists alike for centuries. Tracing it’s original namesake from the Romans, as it was the first Roman territory beyond the alps, Provence has become a European hotspot for wine tasting and coastal retreats. Comprised of six regions overlooking the Mediterranean Sea (think Cannes, Nice, and Aix-en-Provence to name a few), and characterized by rolling hills, vineyards, and lavender fields, not to mention some of the most beautiful seaside views on the Mediterranean, this is the perfect location for a destination wedding or honeymoon.

The streets of Provence are more than idealic…they’re downright nostalgic for simpler times. The architecture is simple yet dazzling, with cobble stone, limestone and brick lining almost every inch of every town and village. You could literally roam the streets for hours and hours, with the exception of the occasional set of chairs or a bench calling you to sit and ponder how very lucky you are to be here.

How exquisite is that tiny chapel? Perfect for saying your I do’s, don’t you think?

There are so many places to visit, and so many things to see in Provence. Here are just a few of my picks for the best in where and what you should sleep/eat/see:

Sleep: La Bastide de Boulbon…Located in Boulbon, which is near the areas of les Baux, Avignon, Saint Remy de Provence, le Pont du Gard, and Arles, Le Bastide is the ideal destination hotel of Provence. Both quintessential French country house and modern hotel, you’ll enjoy everything about your stay from the amazing service of owners Marie-Claire and Jan, to the heated pool, to the hotel’s two mountain bikes available for self guided tours of the alps. Take a hike and visit the medieval castle of Boulbon, the windmill and the Frigolet Abbey, or schedule a message and read in one of the properties tranquil gardens. Either way, your guaranteed a charming and comfortable retreat.

Eat: Fou de Fafa…the best kept secret (or not so secret) of Avignon, Fou de Fafa is ironically owned and operated by British couple Antonia Pyemont-Coughlan and Russell Coughlan. Serving French farm to table cuisine with an international twist, such as Duck breast with strawberries and a balsamic glaze, it’s no wonder this restaurant is a destination hotspot for locals and tourists alike. The atmosphere is unpretentious and prices are extremely reasonable, although reservations are recommended as the dining room is both popular and small.

See: Beyond the beaches of Nice, and the famous festival at Cannes, there is so much that the region of Provence has to offer. For the wine alone, your first stop should be Les Caves Saint Charles. Owner Guy runs this restored 13th century cellar and offers an extensive collection of wines from the Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOC region. Try as many red varietals as you can, being this the most renowned offerings from the area. Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild is the perfect destination to experience a unique and vast collection of French furniture and art. This villa, located on the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat peninsula, is one of the most beautiful on the Côte d’Azur. As the former home of Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild, it’s remains both a museum and tribute to Beatrice’s love of France and her travels throughout the world. And that’s just inside the villa…the gardens themselves are worth the trip. It’s important to note that the Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild does offer use of the space for weddings and receptions.

Until next time…

xo ~Cynthia

Photographer: Jose Villa