Champagne Wishes & Caviar Dreams

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Designer Lori Delisle in Monte Carlo

Me in Monte Carlo, Spring 2013. Click here to see a necklace like the one I’m wearing!

Standing by a giant planter box filled with enormous bright red tulips, I looked down into the harbor, flanked by Monaco on one side and Monte Carlo on the other.  Crews were starting to set up for the Monaco Grand Prix. I couldn’t help but think that we were right where Robert Downey Jr. and Mickey Rourke had battled it out in Iron Man 2.  But the sight that had us completely enamored was the Lady Moura, one of the largest privately owned superyachts in the world.  This one would definitely make it onto “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”  It is rumored that the yacht’s name, carved in 3D letters on its sides, is actually solid 24kt gold.

The Lady Moura in Monte Carlo Harbor

The Lady Moura in Monte Carlo Harbor

Monte Carlo is truly an extravagant place.  You know you’ve hit another level when the BMW’s and Mercedes are valeted at the back so the real luxury cars can be front and center.  It’s like a posh Disneyland with two story tall crystal chandeliers in the mall and a casino that makes you feel like you have walked into a James Bond movie.

This opulence is what sparks the Monte Carlo style in some of my collections.  I like to classify the style of  my pieces by unique cities around the world.  Jewelry with my Monte Carlo style evokes the opulent whimsy of tulips, popping bottles of champagne, and Belle Epoque architecture.

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Stunning

Their “disco ball” look may also remind you of Vegas but if you’ve seen the plans for the new space age pavilions slated to sit across from the Monte Carlo Casino and to be finished in 2018, it should all make complete sense.

So if you are looking to feel like a true heiress, fill a flute with something bubbly and do a little shopping in my Etsy shop!

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A bientôt!

Lori Delisle

The B.L.T. is Back Baby!

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My childhood favorite, the one I always ordered whenever I was at a restaurant, is back and better than ever.  With bacon’s high note in popularity it should be no surprise that the classic B.L.T. has returned to restaurant menus.  And it is often better than ever, on toasted multigrain breads, with extra thick cut slices of bacon, and sweet organic tomatoes.

So I was craving one of these goodies the other day.  I cooked up a batch of organic uncured bacon, washed some crisp romaine lettuce, and toasted two slices of Dave’s Killer Bread.  Then the unthinkable happened… I had NO tomatoes!  You can’t have a B.L.T. with out the “T”!

NO Tomatoes?!

But I was already in too deep.  There was no turning back at that point.  I had to get creative so I started looking around my kitchen and that is when the genius happened.  I saw a big bowl of persimmons that my husband had picked up at a little road side stand in Saratoga.

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Whenever I see a persimmon I think of a trip to Italy one fall.  It was cold and bleak on our train rides through the country side except for the occasional bright spot of orange from a persimmon tree dotting the landscape.

Originally I was not very brave with this slightly unusual fruit.  I restricted them to my Mom’s Persimmon Cookies, a riff on spice cake.  Then, into my adult hood, I discovered how yummy they were in salads.

So why wouldn’t a sliced persimmon work on a B.L.T.?  I thought it couldn’t hurt to try and thus the “B.L.P.” was born.  A tad sweeter than the original, it is still quite delish.

Introducing the “B.L.P.”

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Well, technically the B.L.P. California Club

Persimmon season is short lived so I suggest you try it for yourself before they are gone.  Simply peel a firm persimmon and slice it like a tomato.  You may even want to take it to the California Club level by adding avocado and some of that left over Thanksgiving turkey.

You’re Welcome!

Lori Delisle

 

Gobble, Gobble!

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That glorious day is almost here!  That day when we can grub on turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and my favorite, Mom’s home made stuffing.  Oh I love that savory stuffing. Frankly, give me stuffing with some home made gravy, cranberry Jello salad and maybe a sweet persimmon spinach salad and I’m golden.  Oh. So. Golden.

Thanksgiving Decor. DIY Turkey Centerpiece.

Gobble, Gobble! Mr. Turkey resting on my heirloom coffee table (it was once my Great Grandparent’s kitchen table, cut down in height by my Grandfather) with some bright green succulents and vintage dessert plates turned coasters.

I love Thanksgiving, sitting around stuffing my face with yummy food while lazily enjoying games with my family.  I’m pretty good at it too.  Not being lazy that is, but eating yes, and playing games definitely!  I’m a bit notorious for winning.  A lot.  I can’t contest it.

I can get kind of crazy with decorating for holidays.  On Thanksgivings past my house has looked like all of the trees in my neighborhood dumped their colorful goodness on everything.  I mean, who doesn’t love those rich, warm colors?  I certainly do… BUT…

Did Fall throw up in my house?

Did fall throw up in my house?  This bright folliage got a makeover!

My decorating tastes have changed a great deal over the years(the brown leather sofas replaced with white and grey for example) and now those gorgeous fall colors of bright orange, red, army green and rust really don’t go with the already busy color palette in my home.  So I did something…. Nothing really earth shattering or new frankly, but if you are looking for some ideas for your table-scape next week, I may just have a thought for you, and it is potentially FREE!!  Whoot!

I took some of my existing fall décor and painted them.  I choose 2 neutrals I already had in my home, and of which I already had spray paint in.  I used them to tone down the colors.  A BRIGHT orange pumpkin vase is now white, as is a very multicolored turkey.  I also hit a variety of foliage and fillers with the white spray paint and hints of gold.  I let their original colors still show through here and there but now they are not quite so “in your face.”

Cinterella's pumpkin, no longer bright orange, sits at the center of my kitchen table atop a vintage tray, along with personalized coasters from PrintedConceptStudio

Cinderella’s pumpkin, no longer bright orange, sits at the center of my kitchen table atop a vintage tray, along with personalized coasters from PrintedConceptStudio

This process was super easy and I’m pretty sure I will be doing it for other holidays in the future.  What do you think?

Have fun gobbling up that turkey and stuffing next week!

“giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, “  Eph 5:20

Lori Delisle

Iconic.

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I Have a Game for You!  Match one of these Fashion Icons to some of her style signatures.

Icons of Fashion Match Game

How did you do?  Theoretically, if you follow fashion or pop culture at all you shouldn’t have had too much trouble.  Why is that?  Because all of these women were/are not only famous for their talent in their respective fields, but also created a signature style for themselves that became iconic.

 

I recently dressed as Iris Apfel, one of my fashion heros, for a Harvest Festival.  As I later browsed through other Iris costumes on Instagram, I noticed every single one had on oversized glasses and piles of jewelry.   That is a sure sign that her look is iconic!

You’ll probably never become the Queen of Pop and I’m never going to grow legs for days, but we can develop a signature style that can make us “iconic” in our own circles.

Having a signature style makes us memorable and gives us an air of confidence, reliability and trust.  A signature style includes “style signatures.”  They are little signs that you are uniquely and confidently you, signatures that you are classically seen wearing very often. You can have more than one style signature and they can be as simple as a moto jacket, signature scent, handbag, or lip color.  Pick your style signature(s) because you LOVE them, not because they are trendy.  The exact piece may not be in your wardrobe forever, but if you choose a classic look, as that classic morphs through the years you will always have some version of it to riff on.

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Some of my style signatures are black & white, a pop of color, and a stack of bracelets with my watch.

Don’t be disheartened if you don’t have one or don’t know where to begin.  It takes time to really understand yourself and what really expresses your personality.  Lucy had her red locks & batting lashes,  Liz her crazy figure 8 curves & diamonds, and Kim (sigh…), Kim has her contours & booty I guess.

What do you want to be recognized for?  Take you time and enjoy developing that “Iconic You” look and maybe one day, when you’re 92, you’ll be modeling like Iris too!

Lori Delisle

Flutter-by

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Are you excited?  ‘Tis is the season to head out to the California coast and visit the groves of wintering Monarch Butterflies!  They perch high in the trees holding out on the warm coast of central and southern California as winter blusters to the North East.    Meanwhile they provide a serene experience for those of us who love to admire God’s creation.

Monarch Butterflies, Butterfly Grove, Pismo Beach, CA. Photo by Lori Delisle

Monarch Butterflies, Butterfly Grove, Pismo Beach, CA. Photo by Lori Delisle

If you are looking for a relaxing escape this winter you just might want to spend an afternoon with these mysterious flutter-bys.  Here are my recommendations to make the experience extra special:

  • Confirm the population has arrived/or is still present at the grove you have chosen.
  • Schedule your visit for the warmest part of the day when the pretties are their most active.
  • Stay warm with a thermos of hot chocolate.
  • A hefty beach blanket will save your neck.  Lay it out on the ground or a bench and enjoy a relaxing repose with a friend.
  • Binoculars or a camera with a great zoom will give you a much better view of the activity.
  • Don’t Panic if you can’t seem to find any butterflies. …

 

Quick Entymology Lesson

Those clusters of dried leaves you think you are looking at might actually be butterflies.  Unlike moths, butterflies close their wings upright like a little sail boat when they are resting.  This pose causes much frustration for photographers because the brilliant colors on the top of a butterfly’s wing are usually very muted on the underside.  Our dear little Monarch is camouflaged as a brown leaf while clinging to the branches of the Eucalyptus tree.  So get out those binoculars and look a little closer.  And then hope for some sun to warm them up so they will start to flutter and show their orange brilliance.


  • Contemplate the beauty of new life, like the butterfly that emerges from a chrysalis, a caterpillar no more.
  • Finish off your visit with a plate of yummy seafood and a romantic sunset over the Pacific Ocean.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. “ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Newborn Monarch Butterfly and Chrysalis.

Photo Credit:  pedro lastra, Lasting Images.

 

Say Hello to the flutter-by’s for me!

Lori Delisle

It’s Soooo Cliché

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I keep putting off re-launching my Life & Style blog because I have not known where to begin.  I’ve written several blogs now, and well, blogs have been written about every subject under the sun and so no matter how I start, you’ve probably heard it already before.  So how do you begin a new blog?  “This is my first blog post.”  “Let me tell you a little about myself.”  “Here is why you will want to read my blog.”

Every option sounds so cliché. 

So I’m going to make it simple.

 

I like good food.

I like to travel.

I like adventure.

I like clothes… and shoes… and purses… and hats… and…

I like making things pretty.  I like to make pretty things.

I like admiring God’s creation.

I like inspiring stories.

I like to laugh… and sing… and dance… and …

I love Jesus.

I will write about those things.  Follow me if you like any of those things too.  And maybe share with your friends.
Lori Delisle