Thanksgiving Time

Thanksgiving was very relaxing with my family. It was small, intimate and nothing over the top. It was a day where I was able to cater to my loved ones as I enjoy it very very much. The company was nice and gave me a chance to play hostess. I often get lost in daydreams when I serve others. It makes me dream of hope for my future and to envision the things that I truly want in my life. Sometimes, in service, we are able to find ourselves as we question our own actions move by move instead of living in a selfish position where we you only think of what you want at that very moment.


Outfit of the day: Vintage fur jacket, Chelsea boots, Rag & Bone skinny jeans, Porsche Design sunglasses , Ponytail


A cheese ande charcuterie board for the family.


How cute is this? It is a fruit shaped cornucopia.


Mom’s famous apple pie


Beautiful white roses


A super simple table setting


Very small but festive table setting involving pumpkins and Poinsettia flowers for the transition into Christmastime.


Again, simple elegance


A closeup of our cute little pumpkins. And to show off the beautiful and yummy bottle of Chandon Rose


A further view of our lovely little table with dinner.


This is from my walk earlier in the day. See people? There is such a thing as Autumn in Los Angeles, you just have to know where to find it.

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Birthday dinner with Sarah

For my sister’s birthday we went to dinner at El Pastaio a few miles over in Beverly Hills. We had a lovely afternoon dinner in each other’s great company. The weather was absolutely wonderful, and the company even better.  It was an incredibly long day but at the end of it, it was completely worth it to be able to watch her smile.

ON OUR WAY TO DINNER:
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She had the bucatini with meatballs with a fine glass of Cabernet. And I, always so indulgent, opted for grilled veggies.
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Dinner Outfit: Simple bodycon dress with clutch and cole haan heels.
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After dinner, what you don’t see is the indulgence of getting early dessert from Harajuku Crepe! Oishikata!

CAKE:
She absolutely adores my baking, so she asked for a cheesecake for her birthday.  She says mine is to die for and not to stroke myself here but I’ve never had a better cheesecake than my own. I asked her what kind of cake she wanted and she decided on a black forest cheesecake. Therefore, I created a very decadent cake with chocolate graham crackers. The two different layers of cake, one regular vanilla cheesecake and the other being chocolate were swirled together to create a marble effect with cherry gelee mixed in.  Covered in cherry gelee, with blocks of imported chocolate to create a pattern effect with chocolate shavings. To finish it off, I decorated it with candied cherries, white and dark chocolate shavings and pirouline for height.
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TABLE:
Since we went to dinner, I didn’t have to cook! However, I always try to make a tablescape on a holiday or celebration even if it’s just set to sit down for a tea and conversation. Since we celebrated with cake at home, I created a very simple yet elegant tablescape that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or just someone’s favorite colors. Flowers are crimson red roses with white hydrangea! I used small elements of opalescent colors such as pearls throughout the table to tie it all in.
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PRE-BIRTHDAY BEAUTY: The day before her birthday I took her over and we got a manicure together. I just adore my nails!
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