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 !

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Christmas in July

as most of you guys  know we have a 
beautiful line of Girl's Clothing,

LaLaLand Girls

icon on top left sidebar takes you to the shop

we are experiencing much success with the apparel
in the stores in Houston.

OK, as you also know there is a long lead time on delivery
once the wholesale shows complete.
like the buyer's purchase Fall in January for example.

for Holiday Season 2018
we are now previewing our apparel

these pieces are absolutely DIVINE,
are made of the most beautiful fabrics in Italy,
all designed by me.

pre-order now,
pay 1/2 now and 1/2 when we are ready to ship, 
by October 1st.

Red Cotton Jacquard, Fully Lined Dress/Jumper
with Sequined Tree
& Appliqued Trim on Bottom
Sizes 3T - 10
$ 85

Red Cotton Jacquard, Fully Lined Dress/Jumper
with elaborate Embroidery on front and back
Sizes 18mo - 9
$ 90

Red with Green Trim & Bow
Sizes 3T - 10

Green with Red Trim & Bow
showing reverse side
same as Red Dress
Sizes 3T - 10

Cotton Pique
with Embroidered & Appliqued Soldiers
Sizes 3T - 7

Beautiful Pure Cotton Red Dress
with Pleated Sleeves & Hemline
Can be worn all year
Sizes 3T, 4T, 6, 7, 9, 11
fits true to size
$ $45

to order please email
make certain you tell us which dress & Size

we will send you an invoice 
(we accept all credit cards via SQUARE)
 for 1/2 the purchase price as stated above,

this will make certain you will have the garment.

we think #1 & #2 will be completely sold out.