Valentino Spring 2019

  “I was thinking of paradises, about artists’ colonies of the past,” said designer Pierpaolo Piccioli at the Spring 2019 Ready to Wear show this season in Paris. Pierpaolo began to elaborate on the collection with cues to escapism, highlighting that he doesn’t believe in the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, but

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Iconic Cashmere

In partnership with Uniqlo Iconic Cashmere   – You had me at cashmere! Road testing my new, 100% cashmere, Uniqlo crewneck in my favorite New York neighborhood, Soho. While I’m a firm believer no cashmere is bad cashmere, there are some better than others. What makes this Uniqlo knit stand out to me? I love […]

Overcoming the Health Issues Common in the Modelling Industry

Fashion is a massive industry with a dark underbelly. We love our…

DROMe Spring 2019

We love the new guard at team O.F.  The designers who are doing there own thing and making a mark on the industry, with a clear and concise voice of what girls like us want.  This season marked my 3rd attendance at a DROMe show and I can safely say that it did not disappoint.

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Double Take

In partnership with mytheresa.com Double   Take   – Same, but different, different, but the same…seeing double in a favorite new dress thanks to my friends at mytheresa.com. With a few slight styling adjustments I get the best of both worlds with one dress. While I typically don’t have a problem making decisions, once in […]

Hermes Spring 2019

A monolithic runway length mirror sat adjacent to the freshly-combed sandy catwalk as models serenely glided onto the stage for this season’s Hermes Spring 2019 show.  Every now and then wafts of powdery white clouds floated across the scene in an engineered masterpiece to resemble that of fluffy white clouds, it was something that only

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Loewe Spring 2019

  The stage was set before you entered the building for the Loewe Spring 2019 show.  Set in the backdrop of the Unesco Paris HQ a mid-century modern concrete slab suspended on gravity defiant architectural legs, Alexander Calder sculptures adorning the gardens and all .. tres bien. This was my second very honourable invitation to

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Black Satin

Satin, the precise embodiment of ultimate elegance. A perfect balance of comfort and luxury edge. This shiny silk fabric will perfectly and delicately suit our highly refined evenings and events. Solika Satin Dress  

Embracing Leather Weather Sephora x Tom Ford Ombré Leather

In partnership with Sephora Leather Weather   – Inspired by the recent shift in weather, the changing season and desire for something new…I needed a fresh update for Fall. Giving a whole new meaning to “leather weather”, meet your worn-in-leather-jacket equivalent, warm but undeniably cool, Tom Ford Ombré Leather. And just like that favorite leather jacket, […]

Best Street Style Looks of PFW Spring 2019

I have to admit that even though I’m tired of fashion month just by sitting on my couch (attending the craze for even just a week was enough for me) and that I don’t really enjoy seeing the same faces over and over again on the street styl…

Best Street Style Looks of MFW Spring 2019

Milan, the city of extremely well dressed elderly and unbelievably boring youth that suddenly (and luckily) goes into hiding during fashion week and making way for stylish crowds. That’s all I learned in my year living there; don’t expect …

SHOPBOP Event of The Season Sale is ON!

Besides being official partners, SHOPBOP is one of the websites I shop from the most (and needless to say my wishlist is longer than an IKEA slip, filled with hundreds of gorgeous goodies I can mostly only look at but hey, that’s why they’re called WISH lists) so when there’s a sale, I feel like it’s my duty to tell you about it and share that said wishlist with you so you can buy everything I can’t. Until September 29th midnight PT, you can get 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders of $500 and more with code STOCKUP18 Shop my list here

4 ways to wear wide leg jeans like a Parisian

Created in collaboration with Nobody Denim For me denim was somehow always about ‘fitting in’. Bell bottoms, ‘jeggings’, and wasn’t there some kind of short-pant-skirt cross-breed – “skort”, “scant”? There’s a near perfect rap sheet of my life chasing these wildly varying denim trends in various vacuum bags in my mother’s garage.   Spending time

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Best Street Style Looks of LFW Spring 2019

It’s been almost 9 years since I started working in fashion (and about 13 since I got really passionate about it) and I still don’t get why London Fashion Week doesn’t get the credit it deserves from the fashion crowd. Besides being …

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Apothecary Inspiration for the Weekend

Wish my weekend was about to be this beautiful and relaxing but it won’t be as I will be working, attending recitals and prepping for my trip to Italy soon! For now I can dream of it being as spa-life as this scene from Frama’s apothecary collection.

Breathing Easier at Home

For all the functions of home, at the very least it should be a place of refuge, a place we go to escape the stresses from the day. After a busy day of work, commuting or whatever other activities keep you away, walking into your home should be like ta…

Inspired by Bestå

One of IKEA’s standard and most adaptable storage units is Bestå but it’s still surprising to see it being used here looking so chic and stylish! Photo via Livet Hemma.

Aesop’s New Oil Burner is a Functional Thing of Beauty For Your Home

Designed by Studio Henry Wilson for Australian brand Aesop, this oil burner is over 2 pounds of solid brass. The elegant and minimal shape is right in step with the brand’s aesthetic and has rendered a burner that will gracefully patina with time and u…

September’s Wishlist

It’s been a little while since I last gathered a wishlist so here are a few of the things I’ve been eyeing lately.Nude Superfine black socks / Lillian Tørlen Mould II vase / Nikari room divider / Ferm Living Arch candle holder / Togo sofa / Ali…

News: AMM x The Sleep Shirt

For the past many months I’ve been working on a secret project and I’m pleased, excited, thrilled to share it with you today! In partnership with The Sleep Shirt we have created a limited edition capsule collection for Fall! The collection includes a v…

5 Garden DIY Projects You Can Do on Weekends

Working in the garden is a great way to relax and unwind…

3 Benefits of Laminate Flooring

When it comes to wood or tiled flooring, it can be hard to make a decision. Once you have eliminated hundreds of options to decide on the look you want, you may find yourself struggling to find the budget for your dream flooring. This is where laminate…

PROJECT DREAM HOME / THE KITCHEN AREA

Finally! A first article on COTTDS.com with photos of our new home. It took me long enough, but boy, these last few months have been though. Never underestamate the amount of time and work that goes in to a move. And eventhough we outsourced a l…

How To Create The Perfect Art Studio At Home

When you are an artist or enjoy the odd DIY project, it…

Make This Warm Huckleberry Galette

Where we live it is Huckleberry season, which means these sweet little berries are now available at Albertson’s on Broadway, who I have been working with on several tasty projects this summer. Huckleberries look quite similar to blueberries but their taste is more intense with more juice which makes these intensely delicious once baked as the juices release and mix with he sugar/flour mixture to make a syrup.
This is another simple and quick recipe that appears and tastes more labor intensive than it actually is! Check out the recipe below.


Ingredients:

pie crust (make your own or purchase one ready-made)
fresh Huckleberries, about 5 oz
3 fresh figs
2 tlb flour
2 tlb light brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
pinch of salt
zest from 1/2 lemon
1 egg, beaten
coarse sugar or honey for garnish

Directions:

Roll out your pie dough into a circle, approx 12″ wide. Rinse your Huckleberries and figs and drain. Mix your sugar, flour and spices together and gently toss your fresh berries in them. Now fill the center of your crust with the dusted berries and then top with quartered figs and lemon zest, being careful to leave about 1 1/2″ of dough to folding over the edges. Pleat your edges as you fold them up, brush edges with the beaten egg and then sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake at 350ºF/176 C for 40 minutes. Once galette is removed a cooled slightly you can drizzle it with a bit of honey. Serve with fresh vanilla ice cream or mascarpone cheese!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons on Broadway. The opinions and text are all mine.

Minimalist Room Must Haves

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Do These Three Things And Get More Done All Day

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Make This Warm Huckleberry Galette

Where we live it is Huckleberry season, which means these sweet little berries are now available at Albertson’s on Broadway, who I have been working with on several tasty projects this summer. Huckleberries look quite similar to blueberries but their taste is more intense with more juice which makes these intensely delicious once baked as the juices release and mix with he sugar/flour mixture to make a syrup.
This is another simple and quick recipe that appears and tastes more labor intensive than it actually is! Check out the recipe below.


Ingredients:

pie crust (make your own or purchase one ready-made)
fresh Huckleberries, about 5 oz
3 fresh figs
2 tlb flour
2 tlb light brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
pinch of salt
zest from 1/2 lemon
1 egg, beaten
coarse sugar or honey for garnish

Directions:

Roll out your pie dough into a circle, approx 12″ wide. Rinse your Huckleberries and figs and drain. Mix your sugar, flour and spices together and gently toss your fresh berries in them. Now fill the center of your crust with the dusted berries and then top with quartered figs and lemon zest, being careful to leave about 1 1/2″ of dough to folding over the edges. Pleat your edges as you fold them up, brush edges with the beaten egg and then sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake at 350ºF/176 C for 40 minutes. Once galette is removed a cooled slightly you can drizzle it with a bit of honey. Serve with fresh vanilla ice cream or mascarpone cheese!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons on Broadway. The opinions and text are all mine.

Bestå Gets a New Look with Norse Interiors

Seems that there isn’t anyone who doesn’t enjoy a good IKEA hack that’s probably easier than most you’ll find online. Without the need for tools or hardware, Norse Interiors offers a range of custom fronts and colors as well as cabinet knobs so you can…

Wrapping Tip : Wax Paper

Advertisement // Sponsored post in collaboration with Ellos.I am finally finished wrapping presents for Christmas and although mostly they are wrapped in a beautiful grey paper, I decided I needed a little bit of variation. I have been looking for brow…

A gallery corner

New inspiration from IKEA’s Livet Hemma, a gallery wall, or rather corner, with a variety of different sized artwork, frame, transparent shelving and a glass keepsake box. A stylish and artistic corner created by Linnéa Salmén using black, white and nu…

Tricks of the Trade – 6 Simple Secrets to Improve Your Cooking

You don’t have to aspire to be a professional chef to know…

5 Days of Christmas Day 3 / Make These Easy Cream Cheese Mints

December is the month we bake the most, by far. For better or worse the kids and I make a lot of festive treats as a means to occupy the kids who are inside more and a way to celebrate Christmas. Of all the things we’ve made though, sometimes it is the…

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Eight-storey sky atriums top a pair of skyscrapers by GMP in Zhengzhou

Gerkan, Marg and Partners has completed twin 284-metre skyscrapers that dominate the skyline of Zhengzhou, China. Two glass towers, which rise from L-shaped plinths either side of a square, have recessed “sky lobbies” positioned on alternating sides of the building. German firm Gerkan, Marg and Partners (GMP) won the competition to design the Greenland Central Plaza for developers

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Buddhanimit Temple extension contains dormitory for novice monks

A team of local architects has added new amenities to a temple school in rural Thailand, using affordable materials and parts of an existing building to keep project costs down. Architects Skarn Chaiyawat, Rina Shindo and Witee Wisuthumporn designed a dormitory for the school at Buddhanimit Temple, which is located near the city of Udon

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JRKVC Designs A Contemporary Yurt Beside A Slovakian Lake

Drawing inspiration from the traditional yurts of Central Asia, Slovakian architecture studio JRKVC has designed ‘Attila’, a holiday home that sits nestled in a field thick with poppies beside a lake in Vojka nad Dunjom.
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Shortlist unveiled for AHEAD MEA 2018 hospitality awards

Dezeen promotion: A grain store-turned-hotel and an open-air lodge located on a wildlife reserve are among the projects to be shortlisted in this year’s AHEAD MEA awards. The AHEAD MEA awards celebrate hotels and hospitality projects from across the Middle East and Africa that were launched between January 2017 and February 2018. Entries have been

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Henning Larsen builds town hall that bridges a river on the Faroe Islands

The Eysturkommuna Town Hall, designed by Scandinavian firm Henning Larsen, bridges across a river to physically and symbolically connect two formerly separate municipalities on the Faroe Islands. Designed to serve the municipality of Eystur, the town hall is located in the small town of Nordragota on the eastern coast of the Faroe Islands – a self governing archipelago in the North

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Sleep Beneath The Stars In Ark Shelter’s Off-Grid Cabin

Ghent-based architecture studio Ark Shelter has just released their latest prefabricated construction: ‘Into The Wild’ is a minimalist dark wood cabin that open to the outdoors and allows you to watch the stars from your bed.
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Studio KO’s Moroccan Villa Overlooks The Snowy Atlas Mountains

Situated just a half-hour drive from Marrakech outside a small town called Tagadert is ‘Villa K’, a five-bedroom retreat designed by French firm Studio KO that sits softly on the land.
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