rise no. 1

September 30, 2011

I’m going on a girl date tonight with one of my favorite people to one of my favorite restaurants in Dallas – rise no. 1.  Rise is special French bistro with a whole menu that is soufflé-centric.  The first time I went I didn’t know what a soufflé was aside from seeing previously on dessert menus… What I learned is that soufflés can be both savory and sweet.  The savory entrees are fluffy and light but packed with flavors like sundried tomato, ham and Gruyere, truffle-infused wild mushroom, and smoked salmon.  Sweet soufflé flavors like chocolate, raspberry, and Grand Marnier…

I’m going on a girl date tonight with one of my favorite people to one of my favorite restaurants in Dallas – rise no. 1.  Rise is special French bistro with a whole menu that is soufflé-centric.  The first time I went I didn’t know what a soufflé was aside from seeing previously on dessert menus… What I learned is that soufflés can be both savory and sweet.  The savory entrees are fluffy and light but packed with flavors like sundried tomato, ham and Gruyere, truffle-infused wild mushroom, and smoked salmon.  Sweet soufflé flavors like chocolate, raspberry, and Grand Marnier and brought to your table and topped with a warm pitcher or sauce that makes the desserts seriously melt in your mouth.  The fluffy, but perfectly dense soufflés are made with eggs yokes and beaten egg whites – sounds complicated but the restaurant sells their own cookbook, “Rise to the Occasion,” which walks you through how to make their fabulous menu items at home…  

Aside from the special food, the atmosphere at rise is what makes it one of my favorite spots in Dallas.  The interior is relaxed-French with rustic furniture, European linens and flatware, glazed pottery plates and such (all the merchandise is available to purchase, too).  It has a farmhouse feel but is not kitchy or over the top.  If you go, make sure to try to get a seat on the patio (as long as it’s not too hot outside!).  Sooo excited for this Friday work day to end so I can relax at rise with lots of wine and gossip.

Fun Fact: rise is where President George W. Bush was dining with his wife Laura and two friends when President Obama contacted him about about Osama bin Laden’s capture and death.

(Images via: here, here, here, here, here)

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Just Hangin’ Out

September 29, 2011

Described as “An over-sized bird’s nest offering you a secluded, suspended sanctuary and unusual meeting place: it’s the perfect place for relaxation, meditation, and open-air conversation.”  The Nestrest by Dedon is just that, a big giant birds nest that can literally hang from a tree in your backyard.  Similar to the concept of a hammock, but much more cool and comfortable.  I mean, look at those cushions.  Look at those pillows.  I’m ready to jump in right now.  If you were ever in need of some extra friends, just hang a few of these in your backyard and I can…

Described as “An over-sized bird’s nest offering you a secluded, suspended sanctuary and unusual meeting place: it’s the perfect place for relaxation, meditation, and open-air conversation.”  The Nestrest by Dedon is just that, a big giant birds nest that can literally hang from a tree in your backyard.  Similar to the concept of a hammock, but much more cool and comfortable.  I mean, look at those cushions.  Look at those pillows.  I’m ready to jump in right now.  If you were ever in need of some extra friends, just hang a few of these in your backyard and I can imagine it would make you some instant friendsies.  Who doesn’t want to hang around in a comfy pillowed nest like a little bird?  

Okay, but, back to the particulars.  The Nestrest is made of extremely strong Dedon fibers that gurantee a strong and solid weave.  It is also completely customizable.  You can chose everything from the color of lounger – either natural or chalk, the color and fabric of the cushion, and the color and fabric of the pillows.  Genius, right?  This creation was done by Daniel Pouzet and Fred Frety – both known as two of Paris’ most intriguing design talents.  Daniel has even worked alongside Phillipe Starck (!!) on large-scale architectural commisions.  Sounds like these guys know a thing or two about design.    

I know I have posted some pretty neat outdoor furniture on this bloggie before – but screw outdoor furniture…I can get a human-sized nest for my future backyard instead and chill with the birds in the trees.  

(All images via Dedon)

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Miu Miu Embroidered Swallows

September 29, 2011

Everyone is ga-ga for the highly coveted Miu Miu glitter booties but since I’m more of a clothes girl than a shoe girl, I’m drooling over their frocks with glitter embroidered swallows.  First spotted them on Hailee Steinfeld in the Fall/Winter 2011 Miu Miu ad campaign (love her in these!)and then again on Katy Perry (my girl crush) in the October InStyle spread… Can’t decide if I like the gold or silver color combination better – silver I think.  I could only really find images of the dresses that have the swallows but I’m really after the “cape” Katy is…

Everyone is ga-ga for the highly coveted Miu Miu glitter booties but since I’m more of a clothes girl than a shoe girl, I’m drooling over their frocks with glitter embroidered swallows.  First spotted them on Hailee Steinfeld in the Fall/Winter 2011 Miu Miu ad campaign (love her in these!)and then again on Katy Perry (my girl crush) in the October InStyle spread… Can’t decide if I like the gold or silver color combination better – silver I think.  I could only really find images of the dresses that have the swallows but I’m really after the “cape” Katy is sporting in her feature… Sorry, can we just talk about how freaking amazing Katy Perry is with her pinkish lavender hair?  Her beauty and coolness kills me.  And I can’t really think of anything more glitter-fantastic than a black cape with silver or gold sequin swallows all over it.  Quirky and pretty.

(Images 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

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Hunting for Evian

September 28, 2011

I spent an embarrassing amount of time last night on the internets, hunting for images, information, and actual bottles for purchase of the Evian bottles you see above.  Did you know that every year since 2008 Evian has partnered with a designer to create limited printed glass bottles of their water?  I didn’t.  Till recently.   To get technical, Evian actually creates two limited edition bottles a year – a Pret-a-Porter, or ready-to-wear, bottle that maintains the classic Evian curved shape, and a Haute Couture version that is very ornate and decorative.  I’m after the ready-to-wear stuff… the couture bottles are…

I spent an embarrassing amount of time last night on the internets, hunting for images, information, and actual bottles for purchase of the Evian bottles you see above.  Did you know that every year since 2008 Evian has partnered with a designer to create limited printed glass bottles of their water?  I didn’t.  Till recently.   To get technical, Evian actually creates two limited edition bottles a year – a Pret-a-Porter, or ready-to-wear, bottle that maintains the classic Evian curved shape, and a Haute Couture version that is very ornate and decorative.  I’m after the ready-to-wear stuff… the couture bottles are a leeetle chotskies in my opinion.   Although, I’m sure they are collectors items for many, many people… I digress >

I’m hunting for 2008.  This year’s bottle (2011) is cute, it’s whimsical, it’s designed by French fashion house Courreges.  British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith designed 2010’s bottle; his was striped, colorful, and simple.  Jean Paul Gaultier’s majestic blue bottles are kind of boring in 2009 but you really can’t miss the French designer’s name that circles above the Evian logo… But 2008 is where it’s AT.  Do you see how stunning the bottles above are???  French designer Christian Lacroix created his look to mimic glittery snow crystals – symbolizing the pure Evian natural spring water.  To me, it looks like floating, delicate lace is surrounding the glass bottle… I’m in love with it.  And I want one of my own very, very badly.   I found ONE for sale on the internets (and I plan to buy it) — but if you people know of any other outlets for finding weird must-have items like this I’m not aware of please speak up!  I’ll buy one for both of us if you help a glass bottle obsessed weirdo like me (remember the San Pell Missoni bottles?). 

Where was I and what was I doing in 2008 that rendered me blind to these limited edition Evian bottles?  I think I was probably drinking a Natty light (pre Budweiser drinking), living in a bubble, and using Monopoly money to feed myself.  Lacroix would be so ashamed if he knew…

(Image 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

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Major Girl Crush

September 27, 2011

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.  Enough said.  I could probably end this post there and you all would know exactly what I’m talking about.   Not only is the girl drop.dead beautiful with a bangin bod, but she also knows how to put together some killer combinations.  Her classic/casual, with a twist style has me really wishing I could get into her closet.  And her gene pool for that matter.  I think what I love most about Rosie’s style is the fact that she never looks like she is trying to hard and always looks just so naturally put together.  I would be…

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.  Enough said.  I could probably end this post there and you all would know exactly what I’m talking about.  

Not only is the girl drop.dead beautiful with a bangin bod, but she also knows how to put together some killer combinations.  Her classic/casual, with a twist style has me really wishing I could get into her closet.  And her gene pool for that matter.  I think what I love most about Rosie’s style is the fact that she never looks like she is trying to hard and always looks just so naturally put together.  I would be happy to wear each and everything that she puts on.  

This fall I am totally going to channel my inner Rosie – aka more middle parts, fur, booties, and uh I guess… more time at the gym?    

(Images via Google)

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