Grace Spring 2012

Alison sent me the Spring lookbook for her lovely accessories label Grace. she also carries a scarf called the Diana, which literally has my name written all over it.

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Pennyweight: These Things

i haven’t read any blogs for two weeks, so going through Elise‘s these things list when i was scheduling this post was such a pleasure for me. Elise blogs at Pennyweight and is a bit of a Pinterest superstar (who has over half a million followers on Pinterest? Elise does.)


Hi, Elise here from Pennyweight. I was so excited when Diana asked me to guest post and just knew I had to do my own version of These Things — one of my favorite features on Miss Moss. Hope you enjoy!

01. Everything at this shop – Maryam Nassir Zadeh. Definitely planning a stop here for my visit in New York this week.
02. This beautiful photo and post by Maggie at Folkloric.
03. The dapper Jacob on Handsome Roy.
04. My kind of watch.
05. Shiva’s cozy, inviting ranch.
06. The sweet My Better Half series by Amanda Jane Jones.
07. Jessica’s lovely blog – which reminds me to be present and still.
08. A geometric throw pillow.
09. Jeanette Lai Thomas on How I Met Your Style.
10. Sharon Van Etten: Loving her new record entitled Tramp.
11. Beets + goat cheese = my favorite.
12. The heartfelt story of Nestor and Gloria who work at the denim company, imogene + willie, where I also work.

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Scout & Catalogue Spring 12

i asked Anabela of the newly revamped Fieldguidednice work Kate! – if she’d care to share the lookbook that she & her partner Geoff recently shot for Scout & Catalogue. i really love Anabela’s visual aesthetic, and particularly enjoyed her behind the scenes photos from the shoot. Shop the collection here.


I first met Bre of Scout & Catalogue a few years ago when she was selling items from one of her earlier collections at a holiday market. As I mentioned on my blog, when she first asked if Geoff & I were interested in shooting her spring 2012 lookbook, I was nervous and tempted to say no, but I’m glad that I did. We shot this lookbook mostly on film, and even though it was the dead of winter, we ended up with a spring-like vibe that made me long for the blossoming of the magnolia trees. Luckily that will be happening soon enough.

This collection is so beautiful that I couldn’t help but pick up a leopard-print clutch for myself, although it took me weeks to choose just the thing that I wanted!

Photography : Anabela Carneiro + Geoff Piersol (Fieldguided) / Art Direction : Breanna Musgrove / Hair + Make-up : Elena Pacienza / Model : Monika Chelchowski

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Mac & Cheese

when i asked Jessica if she’d like to contribute a food related guest post I didn’t give her any direction because I knew that anything she made would be amazingly tasty. i had a good laugh when she sent me this. i was having a discussion with my brother just the other day about what our last meals on earth would be if we could choose, and of course i said mac and cheese. my mom’s mac and cheese, more specifically, but Jessica’s version looks it might be the winner (probably due to this line: “Aim to use as much cheese as possible!  More than you think is appropriate.”)


Diana and I have known each other since we were 7 years old.  That’s almost 22 years I have been witness to her love affair with cheese.  On occasion she has described herself as having “a penchant for nice cheese”.  More like fervent enthusiasm.  I have a letter from our schoolgirl days in which Diana compares our friendship to no less than 25 different cheeses:

“… the legend of the Cheesemasters will live on … like mozzarella melting over a tomato covered pizza base … like Cheddar, Pecorino, Emmenthal and Parmesan; like Havarti, Sweetmilk, Motali and Brie … ” dot dot dot etcetera dot dot.

Her #1 cheese based dish of course, is Macaroni and Cheese.  It has to be the ultimate comfort food.  And boy is this recipe not the most delicious macaroni cheese I have ever tasted.  Aim to use as much cheese as possible!  More than you think is appropriate.

I adapted this recipe from Hawksmoor at Home.  They make use of distinctively English cheeses, namely Stilton, Ogleshield and Montgomery Cheddar.  I chose Taleggio for its excellent melting ability, and an aged Gruyere for its fruity flavour.

  • 500g macaroni
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 600ml milk
  • 60g butter
  • 60g flour
  • 250g Strong Cheddar, grated
  • 200g Gruyere, grated
  • 150g Taleggio, crumbled
  • Maldon sea salt
  • white pepper
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  1. You can make four individual macaroni servings, or bake in a medium-sized oven proof dish.  Brush the dish with half the olive oil and rub with the cut clove of garlic.
  2. Cook the macaroni in salted water until al dente.  Drain and refresh under cold running water, then mix with the remaining oil.
  3. In a saucepan bring the milk up to boiling point, then reduce the heat and keep warm.
  4. In another saucepan melt the butter over a medium heat, whisk in the flour and keep whisking until you have a pale golden ‘roux’ or grainy looking paste.  Return this saucepan to a medium heat and ladle the hot milk into the roux, a cup at a time, whisking all the time and completely incorporating each cup of milk before adding the next one.  After all the milk has been added, continue to whisk until the sauce thickens and bubbles gently (about 2 minutes).
  5. Take the pan off the heat, add the taleggio, gruyere and 125g of the cheddar, and stir until completely incorporated.  Season to taste with salt and pepper and a pinch of nutmeg.
  6. Pour three quarters of the sauce over the pasta and mix well.  Tip the mixture into the baking dish.  Top with the remaining sauce and half the remaining cheddar.
  7. Preheat the oven to 200°C and bake for 20 minutes.  Sprinkle over the rest of the cheddar and bake for another 10 – 15 minutes, or until brown.

 

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Petals and Glimmer

if you don’t already read Jen’s blog Honey Kennedy then you should head over there right now and subscribe. Jen is the queen of finding pretty things to look at, and i especially love when she shares new & interesting lookbooks from small and  independent designers.


Hello there! My name is Jen and I write the blog, Honey Kennedy. I’m happy to be here guest blogging for Diana today while she moves to her new home in the city. Thanks for having me, Diana!

My post is loosely based on my love for those pretty light pink and metallic boxes you get when you buy macarons from Ladurée. Now that I’ve put my collage together, it has become clear that I was also inspired by the hints of spring and blooms that have been teasing our minds lately here in the Pacific Northwest. OK, without further ado, here are ten things I’ve been admiring. I hope you enjoy them, too!

1. The Fellini Blouse from Toujours Toi Family Affairs
The perfect amount of shimmer. I really love the weight of that cotton with the silver–so pretty.

2. The Nimphaea Collar by Licia Florio
I love how these look like coral rose petals. I like to imagine that they also smell like beautiful summer garden roses!

3. The Rhinestone Burst Bobby Pin from Twigs & Honey
Myra’s new collection of hair adornments and veils is absolutely stunning. I love this little dazzler.

4. Small Metallic Notebook from Alder & Co
I love these little leather notebooks! The worn look to the silver and gold makes me so happy. They also remind me of a clutch I have.

5. New Blankets from Pendleton’s The Portland Collection A/W 2012
I own one of their blankets from last season and can’t wait to get my mitts on another in the fall! See my recent Pendleton post —> HERE.

6. 1921 Sterling Walker & Hall Fox from Pullman Gallery
I would love to have this naughty fox snarl at me from my desk.

7. Pink A/W 2012 Dress by Jil Sander
This Jil Sander collection was one of my fashion week runway favorites for Autumn 2012. Sadly, it seems this may be the last for the line from creative genius, Raf Simons. The colors are so exquisite! The color of this dress is DREAMY–so soft, yet vibrant.

8. Vintage Dress from Xtabay Vintage
The details on the sleeves for this pretty 20s silk chiffon wedding dress kill me. I wish everything in fashion was this thoughtful.

9. Block Print Bedding from ABC Home
I am obsessed with this pretty bedding. I love the Aqaba, Zarqa and Provence prints! I’ve been going to look at these beauties several times a week for the past couple months. Love!

10. Vetyver Bouquet Glass Candle from Curio Noir
I love nice candles. This one contains notes of Cypress, Orange Flower, Jasmine and Vetiver. I love their packaging and handcrafted glass jars. I’d love to get my nose on Tubereuse Noir, too.

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