Monday, February 28, 2011
Whenever Nero gets an itch to live une vie more Vicki, I pop into La Taste, a local boutique that caters to the "A Year in Provence" set, and anyone else who's aching to be whisked away to Aix for a life of lavender, tapenade and all things both rustic and refined, well-aged and wonderfully-lived. The shop offers a tantalizing selection of French toiletries, including hand-milled soaps and fragrances from the iconic Provencal house of perfume, Fragonard. There is also a mouth-watering array of gourmandises on display including rainbow-hued and floral-flavored hard candies, chocolate truffles, herbed olive oils and salts, and jams and preserves, all made in the South of France. With a soundtrack of catchy French crooners playing to induce a mood trip, this place is the perfect escapade after a long lunch in Houston's Rice Village. In fact it's so authentic a simulation, fair readers, that you'll almost feel you're in Provence, apart from the fact that the shop doesn't shutter for the post-repast sieste. That said, the experience at La Taste is overall sensory, decidedly South of Frenchy -- a satisfying soul stimulation.
This time of year heralds the rodeo here in Texas, as trail rides, cook-offs and a generalized sense of raucous wrangling take over our vast state and city streets. It's a festive season, even for those of us who don't rope and holler regularly or know how to wield the proverbial barbecue brand. "Go Texan Day" has become a time-honored tradition in many of our schools and this year was no exception. Ours was a genuine cowpoke production. Come along for the hoedown.
Our kerchiefed cowpoke
Twin teepees raised on high
Yarns spun by the great-great-grandsons and daughters of tribal chieftains
Snake charmers held slinky slitherers
Rapt lil' wranglers
A lone longhorn lounged (note the nose ring, y'all)
Critters large and small were corralled
Horned but not so dangerous...
a rootin'-tootin' good time was had by all
So remember, there's no friend like a cowboy
Speak your mind, but ride a fast horse.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
This weekend's edition of The Wall Street Journal's WSJ Magazine features a piece on Olya Thompson, the former Russian ballerina-turned textile designer and delicate doyenne of the fabled New York townhome that haunts Nero's waking hours. To read more about this dreamweaver and her intricately stitched Tissus Tartares, get your nimble fingers on a copy of the Journal. Oh and there's an extra perk, fair readers, Paul Costello's the shutterbug.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
"Getting the wealth-shame aesthetic doesn't necessarily mean you stop spending: it just looks that way so as not to make others feels bad."
Still hide your luxury purchases in brown paper bags? No sweat, everyone's doing it. To find out more about how rough luxe and stealth wealth can make you look less loaded, tip-toe behind this distressed cashmere curtain.
- Drinking in La Taste and Faking French
- Of Cowpokes and Kerchiefs
- Charmed, I'm Sure
- Of Stitches Most Fine in Time
- Exhale...It's Friday
- Of Wealth Shame and Reverse Snobbery
- Bookhouse Reopens, No Stone Upturned
- Of Sweat Equity and Mercury Rising
- No Cuffin'
- Is it any Wonder Libya's Going Under?
- On Ornamental Ornithology
- Here's to Dead White Males
- On Anatomy and Melancholy
- When Twilight hits on the Hood
- High-Rise Friandise
- Of Teaching and Outreaching
- Of Faites Vos Jeux and an Ace Space
- For those with a Passion for Splashin'
- On Views with a Room and Colors Local
- Of Nature and Nurture and God Save The Queen
- On Island Hopping and an Escapade
- On Dark Dreams
- That's All Folks...
- Shall We Sup?
- Of Politics and Puppet Strings
- The Pharaoh is Dead, Long live the People
- Imagining an Orangerie
- Outfit to Mosh Pit
- Trailer Madness
- Of Spain Sans Rain
- Greek Treats
- Batik C'est Chic
- Big Love Hirst
- Heart Days Ahead
- Trepied Tripping
- Digital Distractions
- And now Recline Time
- A Painterly Room
- On Wall Words and Sticky Stuff
- Color Cravings
- Snow Daze
- Of Boudoirlicious and Some Odalisques
- The Power of the Lens
- A Love by Any Other Name
- Fly Paper Collective
- A Study in Blue
- Of Walks through the Woods and Wolves
- High Gloss is in the House
- On Art and Interiors and Guesting
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