Friday, July 20, 2018

American Style

can we talk about this?


Olivia Palermo, above, exemplifies American Style, to me.
because she is always POLISHED.

she looks FINISHED, well-groomed, clean & 

below, in NYC, wearing a simple Tee & wrap skirt,
just so simple, but clean, neat.  hair is clean & combed.
this is something I really do not like about the French
style of dressing:  they DO NOT DO HAIR !
& WE DO !!

above, an outfit I would probably NEVER put together,
Floral Pant with Leopard Shoes?
Yes, it's OK IF SHE DOES IT !!
again, flawless in appearance.
I definitely would wear the Ostrich Feathers

below, VALENTINO head to toe
no earrings, no necklace
hair pulled back looks beautiful, clean and fashionable.


let me know what you think, please

WHO has AMERICAN STYLE in your opinion ??

heading into the weekend I've got a dinner party tonight with
some really good friends, going to the movie tomorrow to see
with same friends.  gotta see Rihanna and how everyone dresses
in the movie, and I know it'll be FUNNY !!

Sunday, heading up North to the cooler weather,
will do a post on the beautiful place we're staying,
I've been there before so I know I'm gonna love it!

& will be making my 4th visit to the beautiful, spectacular
Butchart Gardens

this is a holiday my late husband wouldn't like,
as it's laid back, do whatever you like, no schedule, etc.
just taking in the beautiful countryside.
Ned, loved fine dining, getting dressed up, going to the "most happening" places, and not missing one thing!

then, when I return NFL football will be on the horizon
and OMG, the FIRST GAME is between

what to do, what to do, what to do.
we all love and idolize JJWatt and our Texans, all of them,
and Houston is on a MAAAAAYBE !

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Too Beautiful & Too Good to Ignore...

Chia Coconut Mango Pudding | Playful Cooking #chia #mango #breakfast #pudding #coconut

seriously, if you saw this beautiful dish set before you at breakfast I KNOW you would eat it

and enjoy it.

the photography is made by the chef, which is a 2-fold genius.
she calls herself Happy Kichen, link below

before this, we must tell you about this beautiful dish
you can find her HERE
Chia Coconut Mango Pudding | Playful Cooking #chia #mango #breakfast #pudding #coconut

Coconut Mango Chia Layed Compote for Breakfast
for everyone in the house.

I can do this, so I know you can,
but as she says WE MUST HAVE THE PROPER MANGOS !!!

all the best, ladies....

going to see MAMMA MIA Here We Go Again
on Saturday,
and then Oceans 11 with all the lady stars, should be fun movies.

friends in from out of time, so it's a special time for me !!


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Recent Contribution

awhile back I was contacted by FLIGHT NETWORK to participate in listing the 


you already know what I chose, don't you?

well, the publication has just come out, and if you CLICK HERE
you will find the list with ALL the details of each destination.
Seriously, it's a great list of swoon-worthy DESTINATIONS
from around the world.

there are many places I had never though of, so the list is very interesting and might be something to file away for future considerations.

I'm leaving the Texas heat for the Pacific NW very soon.

returning to a place I loved high up in British Columbia.

a post will be coming soon.
in the mean time, below is a photo my daughter sent with she and my 5-year old grandson
in the cold mountain stream somewhere near Yellowstone .

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Big Girl Style for Little Girls - Pre-Fall Collection

Yes, these little outfits are part of the

LaLaLand Pre-Fall Collection

all cotton with a bit of lycra for a lot of give in the sleeves & waist

really adorable little dresses

free shipping

24mo, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5, 6,  7, 8

great for BACK TO SCHOOL or just dress up for dinner during summer

these are being added to the LaLaLand website ASAP,
but for now please email us with your requests
or call

we can send you a PayPal invoice or an invoice from Square
where we accept ALL credit cards safely.

posting soon some amazing videos of Idaho,
waterfalls, Moose, Bald Eagles.

beautiful country within the USA.

I sometimes wonder how much I've missed in our own country.
not much, but the USA is so large, so vast, there is always
something else to see & do.

xx's to all of you fellow bloggers.
it'll be 9 years in August that I've been blogging.
imagine !!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

An Italian Blogger I LOVE

Stefania of Cool, Chic Style Fashion recently posted the following,
the post has been copied from her blog, which I read daily.
If she writes about it, I know I will LOVE it.

The Beautiful Things of Positano (Italy) - Daily Inspiration

Kristen O'Neill and Brett Shapiro's Picturesque Wedding in Positano, Italy 
Photo courtesy of Kristen O'Neill and Brett Shapiro  Vogue

Overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Amalfi Coast is one of the 54 Italian sites included by UNESCO in the  World Heritage List La Costiera looks like a balcony suspended between the cobalt blue sea and the slopes of the Lattari mountains, in a succession of valleys and promontories between coves, beaches and terraces cultivated with citrus, vines and olive trees. 

A unique environment, protected by UNESCO as a perfect example of Mediterranean landscape with a scenario of great cultural and natural value due to its topographical features and its historical evolution.

The entire area covers 11,231 hectares between the  Gulf of Naples  and the Gulf of Salerno  and includes  16 splendid municipalities  in the province of Salerno: Amalfi, Atrani, Cava de 'Tirreni, Cetara, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Maiori, Minori, Positano, Praiano, Raito, Ravello, Sant'Egidio of Monte Albino, Scala, Tramonti, Vietri sul Mare. 

{ps more in the Amalfi Coast  and Daily Inspiration blog }

The view from the Villa Treville suite. Positano is in the distance. 
Photo: Courtesy of Kristen O'Neill and Brett Shapiro  Vogue

Italy's idyllic getaway loved by John Steinbeck

Positano hits deeply. It is a place that does not seem true to you as long as you are there, but you feel nostalgic about the whole reality when you left it. His houses climb up a slope so steep as to look like a cliff, if it were not for the stairs that have been cut. The water of the small curved bay, of an incredible blue and green, gently laps a beach of small pebbles. There is only one lane, and it does not reach the beach. Everything else is stairs, some steep like those with pegs. Do not walk if you go to see a friend: you climb or descend. When you happen to discover a beautiful place like Positano, the first impulse is almost always to keep your discovery for you. - John Steinbeck, "Harper's Bazaar", May 1953 ( abebooks)  (the sirenuse )

A 5-minute walk from the center of Positano, Casa e Bottega is welcoming and resplendent in the shades of the sea thanks to its delightful selection of ceramics for the kitchen and the furniture.

Home and Workshop by  Tanina Vanacore
Viale Pasitea, 100, 84017, Positano SA, Italy.

Orange cake with chocolate and pear, Tanina Vanacore's recipe 
from the book Tanina's Kitchen Diary Photo and recipe text from Rose Passion

Ingredients for 8 people:
160 g flour "00"
120 g granulated sugar
100 g peanut oil
100 g dark chocolate with 75% cocoa
1 jar of light yogurt (for me soy vegetable yogurt)
2 eggs
3 pears
2 organic oranges
8 g baking powder

Preheat the oven to 160 ° C.

Wash and peel the pears, cut them into coarse pieces or into slices.
In a non-stick saucepan caramelize the pears with a little sugar and a tablespoon of water, keep aside.
In a bowl, place eggs and sugar for about 10 minutes until a frothy mass is obtained. Add the yogurt, the oil and the grated rind of oranges.
Sift the flour and the yeast and add them to the mixture, continuing to assemble the mass.
Grease and flour a 22 cm diameter mold and pour the mixture into it.
Finally pour the caramelized pears and the chocolate flakes.
Bake at 160 ° C for about 25/30 minutes, always do the toothpick test.
Turn out the orange cake with chocolate and pear when it is lukewarm.
Decorate with icing sugar and serve ... Bon Appétit!

Notes: Tanina's original recipe, present in her book Tanina's Kitchen diary, includes baking in 20 minutes. Check the cooking and adjust according to your oven, the cake is very soft and moist inside.
Turn out the orange cake with chocolate and pear only when it is lukewarm and taste it when it is cold, the dark chocolate and the caramelized pears filling will melt and create a fusion of flavors. I preferred not to decorate the dessert but if you like it add on the surface caramelized pears, orange peel and dark chocolate flakes.


"Sentiero degli Dei" is a spectacular walking path on the Amalfi Coast that ends in Nocelle, above Positano. The route takes about 3 hours, but it is an easy path to follow if you walk from Agerola to Nocelle in this direction, it winds downhill with a magnificent view of the Amalfi Coast and the island of Capri.


Positano is the perfect place to rent a boat for a day. The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful coasts in the world and what better way to enjoy it than to spend an afternoon by boat along the coast. There are some caves near Positano, including the green cave, the white cave and the emerald cave and can easily be reached by private boat or group tour.


What to pack
Straw hat 
Sweater for the cool of summer evenings 
Mosquito repellent, if you come in the middle of summer 
Sun cream 
Diva sunglasses 
Some elegant 
garments Rubber shoes for walking on the rocks Comfortable 
shoes suitable for making up and down from the stairs

From Adolfo  restaurant Mozzarella and mussel soup in a local, in a bathhouse, accessible only by sea.

After about ten minutes of travel along the beautiful coast, you will be rapt in a wild simplicity, in a rustic Italian charm and in a sense of Mediterranean evasion of the tiny beach of Laurito. The boat enters a charming little bay with crystal clear waters and you'll see Da Adolfo . by Karoliina Kazi

 Sole, Positano - private room in the villa by Airbnb, Villa Marisole

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Enchanting, Delightful, Beautiful


Isn't this the most wonderful little dress you've ever seen ?


Petal Sleeves
Cotton/Poly Blend, so WASHABLE
Sizes 24mo, 3T, 4T, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13  girls sizes

delivery 2 weeks or less

$ 65
gratis shipping

payment link top left sidebar
you may email us directly to order, we accept all credit cards

everyone else, please let me know what you think of this little piece, it's going into our 2019 Spring/Summer Collection
which we are now showing to stores.


Friday, July 6, 2018

The Return of Mom-Mom & The Rest of the Family

well, let's see, it's been 5 years since we last spoke of Mom-Mom, Chantelle (her daughter),
& Chelsea (her grand-daughter).

I do so hope all of you remember this lovely family.
It's always about PINK with them, you know?

so, appropriately, Giorgio Armani inserted PINK into his Haute Coutture Show a couple of days ago.

perfect !!

because everyone wants to go to Beverly's Party on PINK SATURDAY !!

Mom-Mom absolutely loved the one below, no matter that it's summer now.
everyone has air conditioning these days

to visit Beverly's party please 

Chantelle always checks with Mom-Mom before choosing her outfits IF they are both
attending the same function.  I mean, it would be horrid IF they clashed !

today she's wearing this Armani creation

please notice those fabulous PINK Druzy Earrings, Gigantic Earrings !
but, oh sooo beautiful too.

& for Chelsea, this whimsical outfit



& THE lipstick


bonjour et bisous, lys…. 
;) ~candy

lado alexi

I could go on and on because the PARTY is going to be smashing and so much fun,
but in the interest of time  (your time), I'll try to shorten this a bit.

You know there had to be a hostess gift for Beverly ?
of course !

and, PINK, naturally.

what a perfect gift, place settings for 32 in this beautiful PINK delicate lace pattern.
it's not too much, is it?

Valentino Valentino Valentino

the last, though definitely NOT the least, 
of the Paris Haute Couture Shows
was Valentino
Valentino the overly magnificent and always acclaimed virtuoso of femininity & elegance...

but first THE HAIR

the 1960's HAIR !!!

& it's all the fashion people can talk about !
the big beautiful hair.
I'm smiling 'cause I actually remember this hair,
done so well by Julienne Moore in The Single Man 
by Tom Ford, it's a style so ingrained in that decade,
and maybe into the next a bit, 
that no one can forget it.

but the clothes,
I'm gonna show you a few of the ones I WOULD WEAR IF I COULD AFFORD THEM, that is to say, the ones which are

this one for NYC in Winter
this is a silk taffeta skirt, boiled brushed wool jacket, 
and velvet top

love the fringed cape, love the pink & red together
do not love the eye makeup at all

this one works for my life
and in Houston we do not get COLD very often, so this outfit is perfect
for our winter weather
note the beautiful magenta silk lining of the capelet

& this one above just because it is SO unexpected,
let's face it, emerald green sequins with burgundy slouch pants...
but in it's own way it's beautiful, a not to the ath-leisure looks around now.
anyway, we can wear the cape for the rest of our lives at Christmas time, can't we?

is anyone ready for BIG HAIR ?

one thing I know for certain, I am sick of the
Kate Middleton hair that everyone is wearing.
Gisele started this eons ago, but NOW it's everywhere,
even on TV shows, and I am just tired of the undone curls.

time for a change, I think.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

When MORE is Beautiful

Giorgio Armani Privé Fall Winter 2018-19 Fashion Show

after viewing almost 40 black/creme/white looks the Master took a very big curve
introducing hot pink & pale turquoise for the next 30 pieces.

there are many women who can't wear this luxe & over-the=top look, but the ones who can,
like Daphne Guinness and other socialites, will be drop=dead gorgeous in them.

I know we will be seeing the more classic looks on the red carpet come Fall,
they are just elegant and dreamy, much more of the Armani look we've come to recognize.

I'm a very classic dresser, especially when spending on designer apparel.
however, at my age now, I'm feeling like I would wear one of these more exuberant creations.
Let's face it:  What Do We Have To Lose ????


in love with this outfit !!!

BIG earrings are majorly BACK
look at these PINK Druzy's

& while most of us don't dress quite this way,
we can swoon over the artistry of Armani, right?

What do you like ?

& then imagine that look translated down to the marketplace for everyone,
as we know it will be.

it was a while back when I worked with all this dreamy stuff,
but not the Couture, that has to be purchased directly from the designer, of course.

I do miss it once in awhile.  I don't miss the parties, galas, dinners, etc.

and, I think that's why I created 

LaLaLand Girls

this has given me a creative outlet,
which I so desperately need !