April 18, 2012

Red Hot RED!

As most of you know well, Maison K is an oasis of neutral and natural colors; white, ivory, chocolate, beige, silver, gold, etcetera, etcetera!  But that doesn’t mean I don’t love color.  The Abaca Ikat pillows in our recent news letter are black and ivory with a splash of red.  And hence the inspiration for these red delights…

ikat pillows red

Pictured above, a fab vitrine from the Best Dressed Windows in all the World (according to me) – the one and only Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. Here, featuring an Oscar de la Renta gown and Miu Miu fur.  Ooh la la!

The most delectable, edible red – strawberries, or “les fraises.”  This precious dessert of kiwi, strawberries and whipped cream was the sweet finale following an exquisite luncheon with a billion dollar view from the Jules Verne Restaurant in the Eiffel Tower.  Quelle magnifique!

Following lunch, find your way to Maison de Baccarat  – to peruse their dazzling crystal and fascinating museum which exhibits gorgeous works of the past. Pictured here, they teamed up with another iconic French establishment, Deyrolle, whose exquisite birds and other creatures brought extra awe and beauty to the presentations.  Make sure to take tea in The Crystal Room.

Now, way south of Paris on the Cote d’Azur in Cap d’Antibes – this night view was taken at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, truly one of the most extraordinary historic hotels and locations in the world.

On a wildly different note, but extraordinary all the same, Burning Man 2011 featured a phenomenal, giant, articulated metal octopus complete with fire show, escorted by these amazing seashores…

Calling Mother Nature, are these wild flowers really for real??? Yes, growing in the fields surrounding the ancient Arundel Castle near Slindon, England.

Well, we know someone else who is very fond of red…Monsieur Louboutin please stand up!

Visiting Cafe Gitane at The Jane in New York is like a mini French holiday.  The grand room is beautifully lit with the light from the river and space charmingly propped.  Cozy in!

Red Hot RED II coming soon ~

August 26, 2011

Upstairs/Downstairs at Bergdorf Goodman

maison k shops the world, nyc gift show 2011
Every August, after traipsing the endless isles of the New York Gift Show, my gift to self is a leisurely stroll through Bergdorf Goodman and a lovely lunch at BG, the 7th floor dining room designed by Kelly Wearstler.  The soothing robin’s egg blue and apple green color scheme mirror the green park/blue sky palette of the Central Park view.  This is a year-round oasis.
The salads are tantalizing; this lobster, crab and pink grapefruit concoction was simply délicieux!  And the Rosé Château d’Esclans “Whispering Angel” from Provence was the perfect accompaniment.
As always, the window displays DELIGHT – the Fall 2011 fashions are artfully poised between yards and yards of zipper garlands.  Inside, the most exquisite jewelry in the dreamiest of rooms dazzles and delights, then up up up to Shoes! Fashion! Lingerie! The coup of this jaunt being a Kiki de Montparnasse bra at 70% off!
Stay tuned for Papillon’s Uptown/Downtown short list coming soon…
July 16, 2011

It Takes A Village

The village of Alaçatı reminds me of my childhood when a stroll through the (original) El Paseo in Santa Barbara was full of quaint restaurants and shops.  In Alaçatı, Bougainvillea and Oleander line the cobblestone streets, and pretty things beckon from small shops. Wonderful outdoor restaurants are everywhere – and YaYa is the most chic and fabulous!
maison k world travels greece
July 5, 2011

Dinner Fit For A Queen

Dinner in Arundel, England. I highly recommend The Townhouse  – small and super-chic with coffered ceilings, crisp linens, and a view if the Arundel Castle walls.  I opted for the local Lobster Thermador – a divine and rich treat. The Townhouse  also offers rooms to let, which is worth exploring…another trip!
PS I love the simplicity, unisex wording, and British charm of…the LOO!
July 5, 2011

Cake To Write Home About


What better treat after a castle visit than to have tea and cake? Not far from Arundel Castle is the fine food establishment of Pallant, with a menu of scrumptious cake choices created by The Farmhouse Cookery. Rhubarb and ginger? Chocolate? I settled on the orange sponge cake – a layer cake infused with orange oil, a marmalade and cream layer, and topped with orange frosting!

I bought the entire cake and took it to go to sit riverside with coffee and companion on a spectacular summer afternoon. We ate half the cake in one happy sitting – I pronounce it The Best Cake I’ve Ever Had!

July 1, 2011

Sundown Wine Tasting at Lafond Winery

Lafond Winery & Vineyard, Buelton, CA

What better way to end the week than to enjoy a glass of wine while viewing the hills and vineyards at sunset from Lafond Winery.

A recent visit was all that could be expected; a delectable and generous selection of wines paired with tempting savories, good company, and a setting that was as intoxicating as the vino!

Just a hop-skip-and-a-jump over the hills to Buellton, it’s a short trip that will transport you to the heart of wine country.

Current releases are available for tasting with artisan cheeses and bread for just $10.00 (free for wine club members and industry).

Friday Sun Down Tasting
Every Friday during Summer, beginning June 10

Lafond Winery & Vineyards
6855 Santa Rosa Rd., Buellton
(805) 688-7921