Monthly Archives: July 2011

Stationery Saturday – Kim Kardashian’s Wedding Invitations.

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Without further adieu – and I’ve worked many times with Lehr & Black (fabulous), here are Kim Kardashian and Kris (the groom, not the Mom – does anyone else find that odd that Kim K. is marrying a man with the same name as Mama Kris…but I digress) Humphries’ WEDDING INVITES.

Photo credit: Pop Sugar, Lehr & Black

I think it’s not as modern as it could be.  I think it’s trying too hard. I think it could have been a bit more chic and sleek.  I’m still studying it for any errors.  I’ll bet I’ll find one.  Each one has a card containing a number to call for the secret location.  Please – TMZ will have helicopters all over the area.  No privacy is wrong, regardless of how you feel about Kim.  I want to see the menu, the gowns and hear about the music and favors.


Each was hand-delivered to the invitees in a black velvet box covered with hundreds of black hematite crystals.  I would estimate that each invitation suite and box was about $100 per, plus delivery costs.  We do hand-deliver invites.  We’ve done metal, suede, wood, you name it.  But this is beyond luxury.  Note the K logo created by Lehr & Black.  Can we also just ban any more “K” names in the family?  So, we know it’s formal, we know it’s August 20 and we know it’s in Montecito, close to Oprah’s retreat of a mansion.  I am sure Oprah is not invited.

What do you think of Kim K’s invitations?  Over the top or perfect for the reality bombshell and powerhouse brand?

iLiz. Summer Saturday Playlist.

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The oppressive heat of the area where our office is has made me a tad melancholy.  Clients often ask – or Shazam – “Hey, what IS that song?” when we’re doing our playlists for parties, clients or ourselves in the office.   We’re obsessed with new music, old music, all genres and something that makes us sing, dance, cry, create, or just chill.

I believe many of us would choose (God forbid) to be lose another sense before hearing.  Here is a little, eclectic summer playlist I’ve been toying with.  These are the YouTube video links.  You will want to buy all of them on iTunes.  Enjoy!

Yes, that's my wonderful white iPad that I love. Listening now!

Adele, “Someone Like You”.  Alas, poor Wino, you did pass the torch.  Adele will be an ICON.

Julian Casablancas, “11th Dimension”.  The modeling agency mogul’s son has a tight band.  Sexy ear candy.

Steve Perry, “Oh Sherrie” – goodness, my childhood.  So nostalgic.  I just CANNOT with a new Journey lead singer.  It’s like watching that horrifying movie, “Rock Star” with Mark Wahlberg as the leather clad replacement singer for “Steeldragon”.   OK, that’s embarrassingly accurate without the aid of Google.

The Pogues, “Fairytale of New York” – with Kirsty McColl.  Come on, kids.  The Pogues!  New York!  Snow!

Arcade Fire, “Intervention” – soaring, anthemic, my favourite band and a new favourite track.

Alison Krauss and Union Station, “Let Me Touch You for a While”.  Took me years to like her.  I’m a damn fool.  Sublime.

Jack Penate – “Pull My Heart Away”.  I don’t know why, but this makes me sob.  In a good way.

R.E.M. – “I’ve Been High” – gorgeous.  All the reasons to love Stipe & Co.  My first show was in my college gymnasium.

Peter Gabriel, “Here Comes the Flood”.  OK, clearly this is shaping up to be an emotional list. 1979 and sounds like new.

Fleetwood Mac, “Landslide” and “Storms”.  Brides – “Landslide” is a perfect father/daughter dance.  “Storms” is my fave.

Fleet Foxes, “Blue Ridge Mountains”.  I am partial to this poetic band and partial to this area of the world.  Naturally.

Alejandro Escovedo, “Sister Lost Soul” – Austin’s best singer songwriter.  Friend of BRUUUUUUCE.  Who I’d marry.

John Mayer, “Perfectly Lonely”.  Yep, he’s an asshat.  Great song.  Not for your first dance if you are a bride to be.

John Hiatt, “Have a Little Faith in Me” – perfection.  That is all.  Oh, a great first dance, by the way!

Massive Attack, “Live With Me” or “Angel”.  Nothing better on a sultry summer night.  Beautiful.

Cinecibo – What’s Your Favorite Food Moment in Film?

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This post is not the most original in the blogosphere, but, it’s close to my heart.  Cibo=Italian for “food”, Cine=Italian for “cinema” or “movies” and I like to dub this post Cinecibo!

We have many, many favourite food moments in film history from obvious to not-so-much.  But today, we’d like to hear about yours.  Clearly, the timpane from “Big Night“, everything in “Chocolat“, the dinner table scenes in “Eat, Drink, Man, Woman”, the sexy lobster scene in “Flashdance“, the unforgettable food scene in “9 1/2 Weeks“…oh, we could go on and on, but we want to save some for you!

And now, a behind-the-scenes look at our very favorite food scene in a film, as we cannot find the actual scene (Thomas Keller originated it, you know!)  Be sure to stay until the end for the recipe:

Foodie Friday – why, it’s National Penuche Fudge Day!

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I can hear you saying “What the heck is that?”  I’m here to edify, clarify and hungrify!

Penuche fudge is a type of fudge made with a brown sugar syrup that is especially popular in Mexico and is a great Cinco de Mayo treat (which does not explain why today, and not a date in May, is the day of honor for penuche)!

To make yours (recipe courtesy of  Elizabeth LaBlau:


  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp light corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup toasted pecans, chopped


1. Prepare an 8×8-inch baking pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Combine the milk, sugars, salt, and corn syrup in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugars are dissolved.

3. Insert a candy thermometer into the mixture. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture reaches 234 degrees (soft-ball stage).

4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter. Allow it to cool to room temperature.

5. Once the candy is cool, stir in the vanilla and beat until the mixture lightens in color and is creamy. This is best accomplished with an electric mixer, but you can use a wooden spoon if necessary. Stir in the chopped nuts and pour into the prepared pan, smoothing the top.

6. Place the candy in the refrigerator to set for 2 hours. To serve, cut into 1-inch squares.

And if that doesn’t float your boat, Saturday is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day and Sunday is National Tequila Day!

Photo Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

Foodie Friday – Cookbooks: A Primer

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A quick peek at our blogroll divulges many of our favorite food blogs (there are SO many of such great quality and writing – just surf around and find what you love) and, of course, we love to read food magazines like Saveur, Fine Cooking, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Vogue Australia Entertaining, Everyday Living with Martha Stewart,

In addition, our iPads are LOADED with food apps like Epicurious, Hello Vino, Open Table, Food Network, Urban Spoon, to name a few.  And we follow many restaurants, chefs, food trucks, food writers and bloggers on our Twitter feed.  So, yes, to all of the above if you are a reader, bride to be, aspiring cook, cooking newbie or foodie (or “eatie”, as I like to say!).  But it all comes down to this one, perfect truth:

Cookbooks are our porn.  I have about 250 cookbooks, some in the office, some in my kitchen office, some in storage.  I love them like well-worn cotton sheets.  I would say “children”, but that’s just sad and wrong.  (errr….).  If you are looking to build a great home cook’s library of classic, trendy, simple, difficult, bare bones or fancy – I’ve got the basics right here for you.  Oh, and by the way, a great cookbook – or “cookery book” as my British friends like to say (so fab) is a wonderful hostess gift and will be remembered long after that bottle of wine.

The Ultimate Cookbook List – Basic*  (Master Class to follow in a different post)

Silver Palate Cookbook – my first cookbook.  The 1980s have never seemed so fresh!

Sunday Suppers at Lucques – if you cannot get to Suzanne Goin‘s temple of gastronomy in L.A., get this!

The Family Chef – by Jewels and Jill Elmore – have YET to cook anything not divine from these 2 gorgeous L.A. moms!

Barefoot Contessa Parties – I like all of Ina Garten‘s books, but this one is special.

Joy of Cooking – there are no words.  It’s still the best.

Double Delicious – Jessica Seinfeld’s 2nd book – great if you have kids.

My Father’s Daughter by Gwyneth Paltrow – deceptively easy and hugely informative.  Gorgeous photos.

For Cod and Country – Barton Seaver’s tome of sustainable, easy ways to cook fish.  Don’t fear the fish!

Flavor by Rocco DiSpirito – love this book; fresh and easy.

In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite by Melissa Clark – I am in LOVE with this collection of 150 wonderful recipes

Giada at Home – deLaurentiis’ recipes from both Italy and the beaches of Malibu – light, easy, fresh.

There are the basics – let’s meet later for Master Class (think Momofuku!).  And by the way, if you DO have a tablet reader, cookbooks are just as vibrant to read on them.  That said, there’s something about a sauce-splattered, dog-eared, Post-It littered volume that just screams love to me.

Do you have a favorite cookbook? Tell us and you can win one of my favorites!



Thursday in Threads! Psst – the BHLDN Secret Sale. Come on brides!

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Surely you know of the fantastic newish website for brides and bridal parties by Anthropologie, BHLDN, right?  If you don’t, run on over for a well-edited, smart, unique mix of perfect dresses, gifts, accessories.  The palate is gorgeous, the site is a joy.

Anyhoo, there’s a one day secret sale – we’re talking $450 dresses for $150 and great jewelry, lingerie and hats at a fraction of the cost.  It’s invitation only – here is yours.  It ends Friday morning at 10 a.m., EST.  Go now!

We cannot show you any images here, but the goods are STUPID chic and wonderful.  The shoes, the ruffled shifts, the everything!  Do it to it!

Thirsty Thursday – Chic Indoor/Outdoor beverage tubs. Love!

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Although the idea of hosting an outdoor party anywhere without a breeze or a temp over 90 degrees right now is anathema to most sane people, these beauties can be used indoors or outdoors.

Our first pick is a jaunty, striped, monogrammed metal tub with enamel cast in fun colors from Neiman Marcus.  Click on the link to purchase.  Just gorgeous!

I recently went to a party down the block from me and the hostess had the most wonderful beverage coolers by Bungalow by Scout. It’s called the Scout Party Bucket.  They are waterproof PVC, can be filled with ice and are great to ice down beer, wine, waters, sodas – great at home or a tailgate and easily cleaned.  Lovely patterns like electric-hued toiles.  Scout has many other products in their line – from stylish lunch bags to insulated picnic coolers.

Photo Courtesy of Bungalow by Scout

Or, go to eBay and check out the many options there!




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