Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Happy Holidays!

Spike is very suspicious of the 'my-bundt-cake-didn't-stick-to-the-pan' dance that I was just doing. I don't know if it was the hip swirling or the double time air karate chops or the combination of the two that made his brow furl; but he clearly doesn't get it. He's more than happy to eat his cake straight outta the pan; or let's be honest, week old burrito straight off of the side of the road.
Tomorrow is Chrimbus ! I'm sad to not be home with family this year, but we've got lots of fun things planned for tomorrow as well as the next week. My list includes but is not limited to:

Watch this web series 
Finish reading this book
Xeriscape our backyard with the Cash for Grass rebate we've been approved for.
Spend a few days hiking in Joshua Tree and then relaxing at this place
Bake and consume these
Get my arts-ing and crafts-ing on with one of these DIY's.

last but not least:

Continue our New Years Day brunch-a-thon tradition. Current record? 6 hours. Can we beat that this year and remain standing? 

What are your plans for the Holidays?
Thank you all for reading this lil blog! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and some hot and heavy french kissing.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Three Days

Only 3 days left to reserve our limited edition Spring/Summer pieces!
Don't forget that you also receive 20% off the MSRP while the presale lasts. All of these garments are handmade in Los Angeles in limited quantities so there are no guarantees that any of these items will be available after the presale ends. If you have your eye on an item now is the time!  

Why a presale? Real talk: Not all of the items in the collection will go into production (this is totally normal) and the ones that do will get shipped out to the people and boutiques who've placed orders. We're a small independent company. We don't have giant warehouses to store inventory so the presale gives us a better idea of what we need to manufacture.  Come Spring we will only carry inventory of the very very very best sellers. So like I said, If you have your eye on an item now is the time!  

Is this a gift?
I know that your pre-sale items won't land on your doorstep until well after your Christmas tree has been sent to the compost pile, but you can still reserve a Pre-sale item as a Christmas gift for a loved one! Just leave us a message during checkout and we'll send you a card with an image and a note about your item. That way you'll get to see a smile on Christmas day, as well as when their shipment arrives!

Won't you be glad when I stop going on and on about this whole presale business?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Eat. Drink and be Merry

Our Christmas party has come and gone and we didn't manage to take very many pictures. I guess we were too busy talking, eating, drinking and having fun. Thanks to everyone who came over!
 I did a lot of baking for the party because that's what I do, and I think my recipe selection was a success. A lot of people have asked for a few recipes so I've added most of them to the Christmas Party Pinterest board. There are a lot of delicious treats on there, but below are the top four favorites.

#1-The Salted Caramel Chocolate Torte is super rich so cut it in small slices and let it come to room temperature for maximum decadence.
 #2- Next up are Crushed Peas with a Smoky Sesame Dressing. Who would've thought a pea appetizer would be such a hit? I made a little extra dressing than the recipe called for because the last time I made it I felt it was a little dry.
#3- My personal favorite, Caramelized Onion Cauliflower Tart. I make this one a lot it's always a crowd pleaser. Somehow I managed to squirrel a piece away for Greg before it was devoured. This time I forgot to get parmesan cheese so I topped it with extra gruyere. I think I prefer the parmesan topping but no one else seemed to mind. Also- don't skimp on the truffle salt.
#4- Last but not least we have Beurre et Sel Jammers. These shortbread treats are a little time consuming and need to be made in stages but they are totally worth it. Make the crust and the crumble a day or two before you plan on baking and assembling them, and when the dough gets too soft to deal with, stick it back in the freezer for a few minutes so you can both chill out.

Let me know if there's any I missed that you were looking for. What are some of your favorite holiday treats?
Salted Caramel Chocolate Torte | Crushed Peas With Smoky Sesame Dressing | Caramelized Onion Cauliflower Tart | Beurre et Sel Jammers

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Party Planning

Last night I dreamt that we threw a party and no one showed up. Liz wandered through and Julie and Laurent peeked their heads in, but it was so boring they made a quick exit. This year we're finally able to throw a Christmas party in our new home and I'm very excited [and apparently anxious?]. I love parties and I love throwing them even more. You don't have to worry about which one of you is going to be the designated driver and you can have all the costume changes you want! Everyone should throw more parties, just not on the same day as mine.

Most of my Christmas decorations are vintage pink and turquoise glass baubles passed down to me from my Great Aunts. They are some of my prized possessions. With that theme in mind, here's some of my party inspiration. You can find more ideas and recipes on my Christmas Party Pinterest Board.

PS. We've extended our Black Friday sale. Check out the website for more details...