Friday, April 11, 2014

Road Trippin...

Sometimes I like to go off the grid (meaning my grid)...it relaxes me to get in the car with friends or family and head off to see the wonderful landscape of this fine country....I like to discover new haunts and hideaways whenever I can get the time...

Most of the time within our hectic lives we have to fly everywhere due to schedules and such...but my favorite kind of vacation is when we have the luxury of driving somewhere...listening to books on tape, playing car games and stopping wherever and whenever we want along the way...

It helps that I could also could be a long haul trucker...I can log 15 hours straight driving without getting tired. Luckily I have a husband and children who are game...

and who knows what you might see...(on the streets of New Orleans one afternoon...CREEPY!!)

We  also found our way to Memphis and to A.Schwab (Est. 1876)...a classic soda fountain made my day...love those!!




The famous Beale Street was alive and kickin'...not exactly my scene but worth a look for a minute.



Of course, Elvis memorabilia was everywhere...


My husband is a barbecue "foodie"...and had to make a stop at  Charles Vergo's famous "Rendezvous"...and since I am almost a "veggie" he did that on his own with one of the kids.


Then we wandered through a bit of Arkansas and a lot of Mississippi before landing in Louisiana...

We stayed in New Orleans and explored the French Quarter, Magazine St.,Tulane University and the surrounding "parishes"..aka "counties. I have been to New Orleans many times but not since Katrina hit...nice to see so much improvement!


The sites and sounds and sometimes smells of NOLA are always interesting...here is what caught my eye and camera lens this trip....




Can you see my obsession with these French urns? Faboo!!



My favorite thing about New Orleans' French Quarter is the courtyards...such gems behind every building...

My family knows I am obsessed with gas lanterns...I "ooh and ahh" every time I run across them...this shop had artisans making copper gas lanterns in the courtyard and I had to stop!

 
Talk about the "Big Easy" ...in a local art gallery...


This was one of my favorite images from the trip...the patina...and all the texture in this vignette makes me swoon...yes...I'm weird! I get excited by things like this...

more texture...


On one street we happened upon a photo shoot...lovely, no?


On the way home I stopped at a few wonderful antique shops in small towns in Mississippi and Louisiana...I could have stopped at a dozen but I knew the limits of my husband and children...


I found some wonderful treasures though...



 
 


I hope you enjoyed our little adventure...and you head out this weekend...for a little adventure somewhere yourself!

                               XO Emily
 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Best Dressed at the Oscars...

This was the first year in many that I watched the Oscars quietly with just the family....
it was a nice change of pace. We still filled out the ballots and this year the Oscar went to
 
"ME"...yes...finally I beat my husband!
 
Even though Joan Rivers and her crew will analyze all the frocks tonight on Fashion Police on "E"...I had to give a nod to my faves....and here they are...
 
 
Sandra Bullock in Alexander McQueen
 

Charlize Theron in Dior Couture


Kate Hudson in Atelier Versace


and of course this stunner....

Lupita Nyong'o in Prada
 
 
and best couple....
 
 Matthew McConaughey in Dolce Gabbana  and Camila Alves in Gabriela Cadena

                                            Happy Monday! XO Emily
                         

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Fashionastions...

 
 
It's March 1st...and it is snowing significantly AGAIN...hmmm...I am beginning to think this is the Winter that will never end...

So what does any aesthetic girl do when she is bored with the weather??...Well after having moved and merchandised as many spaces around my maison as possible...I look to music and of course...fashion to "make merry" on a cold Winter afternoon.

Here are some looks that define my style lately...things that I either wear regularly or would love to wear...



This could be me...completely my vibe...makes me smile just looking at it...



Something about a fur vest... faux is fine... ( have a couple that I love) with crocheted shorts...simply fabulous...I would rock tights under the shorts...and would prefer a crocheted skirt...but love the yummy factor of the whole ensemble...thoughts?



I love a classic overcoat...especially with a military nod...



Alexander McQueen is always the fashion house that inspires me most...here is a Fall 2014 ensemble that I just love...



Classic but fun... I like this for Spring...if it ever gets here. I would love to find a great pair of low heeled black pointed toe- comfortable- heels!! These seem perfect...


SOOO me (except the gloves are ridiculous)...


So casual and cozy...LOVE!


I would love a suit like this for Spring...with the jewelry too! Marni 2014. Fab!


My Winter uniform...


I just bought a dress like this recently...looking forward to wearing it at an upcoming soiree!

 (Merci': Angelstyle, BlueUnderwear, DeathbyEloqution, DustJacketAttic, HelloFashionBlog, Linxpiration,Lizzie62, ss-Sugar, TaryncoxtheWife)


Any "fashionastions" on your mind lately?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Eating @ Eataly!

 
Ciao, Eataly!



Mario Batali's renowned Italian superstore recently opened its second U.S. location (the first location is in NYC) at 43 E. Ohio (between Wabash and Rush) in Chicago . It's a sprawling 62,000 square foot multi-restaurant, market complex: the largest location the company has opened yet!  Eataly founders besides Mario Batali are Oscar Farinetti, Joe and Lidia Bastianich,  and Adam and Alex Saper.


    (Merci': RealEstateChicago)

Mi "amici" and I ran down for a quick tour and delightful lunch the other day and I thought I would take you on a visual and culinary tour!



It is a wonderful destination for foodies! Just stay away on the weekends- standing room only- is the word on the street!

 
 We sat in the la pizza and la pasta ristoranti. Just so you are aware...every ristorante is separate from another. Eataly doesn't function as a food court where you can sample dishes from each station and bring them back to the table...if you want seafood... you dine in il pesce ristorante etc. etc....everything is sit down service with wait staff.
 
Here was our Stella Ensalata...we shared everything so that we could all taste a bit of "tutti"!
 
 
Formaggi!
 
 
 
 
 
We sampled the following during our lunch. I cannot express to you how delicious and fresh these cheeses tasted. I am convinced they have pastures in the basement! I highly recommend this appetizer. The sampler consisted of Caico di Roma (sheep), Kunick (goat and cow) and Robiola (sheep and cow). Also available to purchase as you can see above.
 
 
The most outstanding mozzarella was also on our table...melt in your mouth!
 
 
We will come back to our meal in a bit but here's a little tour....



 

 

These pizza ovens are just magnificent in every way...




 The dessert section including a Nutella and Gelato bar will "rev" your sweet tooth...
  










 
The market is full of Italian favorites including wonderful olive oils, sweets and sodas...



 







The d├ęcor is so classic, clean and stylish...


 

 
We loved the cheese grater in play at each table....


A selection of fresh pasta dishes made on site fresh each day....AMORE!



The perfect lite-lunch wine selection...
 


They've got that right....


Fun accents abound around the market...

 
 A great housewares selection of fun items and useful tools make shopping fun too!
 




Great motto as you leave Eataly!! I am an Italian girl who lived in Firenze (Florence, Italy) during my youth..so having this spot in my backyard makes me very happy! I plan to visit often!
 
 

 
XO Emily


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