Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sneak Peak

Take a look behind the scenes of the HOL photo shoot this past Sunday! Local designers (Rae Francis and Strong Boalt), friends and family came out to create the look for our new blog. We can't wait to debut our favorite finds, delicious recipes and lots of other fun surprises! Stay tuned for more updates, and spread the word...the new blog is coming!

House of Lavande jewelry, Rae Francis Connor skirt- available here

House of Lavande jewelry, Strong Boalt swim trunks

Photography by Rush Zimmerman Photography. Hair by The David K Space. Makeup by Samantha Dubin.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ferragamo Hosts Paradise Casino

The day after thanksgiving always has a special buzz in the air, and this year was no different when Salvatore Ferragamo hosted the fourth Annual Paradise Casino at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Palm Beach and New York socialites donned their best attire for a night of gambling, champagne and sophistication. VIP's wore Ferragamo from head to toe, and topped off each look with House of Lavande jewelry.

Loy, Inger and Kent Anderson

Nick Fouquet and Amanda Boalt

Mary and Tara Tobin

Kristina Anderson McPherson and Bettina Anderson

Loy Anderson and Emily Mateer

 Rush Zimmerman

India Paul and Davina Woods

Monday, November 28, 2011

Basel, Miami

Art Basel is just two days away! We have collected just a few of the many, many things that we cannot wait to check out. Here is a tiny preview- or a guide, if you will, of some of the great things that are happening around Miami Beach this week. Make sure not to miss all of the excitement if you are lucky enough to be in South Florida this weekend!

Art Public: 
The Bass Museum of Art has transformed Collins Park into a space that will feature artwork and performances by both renowned and newly emerging artists.

Silver Factory Surfer:
A 1968 unreleased Andy Warhol film that will debut at the Standard Hotel on Thursday night

A Shaded View On Fashion Film:
Thursday night at the Delano will be home to dinner and screenings of Diane Pernet's films, featuring the likes of Drew Barrymore, Daphne Guinness, and Vivienne Westwood.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Lovely Lee

There are few people who have define impeccable style, much less do it for decades, well into their 70's. That is exactly where Lee Radziwill comes in. She is the sister of Jackie Kennedy, a former princess, a muse and an overall fabulous style icon that has inspired everyone from Andy Warhol to truman Capote. Now at age 72, she can still be found front row in Paris and New York, and frequents street style blogs while looking chic in animal prints with her signature coif and thin cigarette. Hats off to you Lee, we can only hope to stay half as fabulous as you for so many years!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas Goes Gaga

The 5th floor at Barney's has been taken over, and transformed into a fabulous treasure trove of all things Gaga and Christmas! Decked out in Chanel haute couture, Gaga cut the ribbon to officially open her workshop doors last night. The 5,500 square feet of workshop has something for everyone. Looking for a leather, studded jacket for an infant, $50 heart shaped sunglasses, or a $4,000 pair of heel-less Gaga boots? Look no further. You can also find plush toys, funky nail polish and christmas ornaments while satisfying your sweet tooth in the candy shop section! To top it all off, 25% of each sale in store and online will go to The Lady Gaga Born This Way Foundation which focuses on youth empowerment and anti-bullying. So shop away for a good cause while snagging some fantastic, unique gifts for friends and family!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Food For Life

Today we are going to take a slight detour on our Food For Life road and discuss the importance of the ever so wonderful Holiday libation. That's right, cocktails for everyone! One of the best parts of getting together with family and friends is sitting back, putting your feet up and enjoying a delicious adult beverage. Here are some ideas you can cheers to this Thursday.

Pear Essence Cosmopolitan 

What you will need:
2 anjou pear slices
Juice of 1/2 a lime
1 oz. of cranberry juice
1 to 2 oz. of citrus vodka
1/2 oz of triple sec
3 cranberries for garnish

To make:
In a mixing glass, muddle pear slices, lime juice and cranberry juice
Add in vodka and triple sec
Add ice to tin and shake well
Double strain into glass


What you will need:
1/2 cup of seltzer
1/4 cup of limoncello
2 tablespoons of unsweetened cranberry juice
lemon peel and cranberries for garnish

To Make:
Stir together the seltzer, limoncello and cranberry juice. Pour into a glass filled with ice, garnish. 

Apple Cidercar

What you will need:
5oz. of apple cider concentrate 
5oz. of water
3oz. of Brandy
3oz. of Cointreau or Triple sec
2oz. fresh lemon juice

To Make:
in a cocktail shaker, stir together the apple cider concentrate and water. Add the brandy, cointreau and lemon juice. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well. Pour into sugar-rimmed cocktail glasses, garnish with an apple slice. 

The Normandy

What you will need: 
9 fresh cranberries
2 thin slices of green apple
1 tsp of packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of simple syrup
1/4 cup of good quality Calvados

To make:
In a cocktail shaker, muddle 6 cranberries, 1 apple slice, the brown sugar and lemon juice.
Add in the simple syrup, Calvados and a few ice cubes. Cover and shake well
Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice

Drink recipes and photos courtesy of

Monday, November 21, 2011

AMA Red Carpet Style

Last night was another big night for the red carpet at the American Music Awards! Here are a few of or favorite looks from the evening

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad

Julie Bowen in Manish Arora 

Jenny McCarthy in Victoria Beckham

Katy Perry in Vivian Westwood

Taylor Swift in Reem Acra

Anne V in Emilio Pucci

Friday, November 18, 2011


House of Lavande's week long pop-up shop at Matthew Williamson was kicked off in style on Tuesday night with cocktails and jewels galore! Here are a few snaps from that night, and a you can also spy a little of the goodness that is available until next Tuesday. Be sure to stop in and get your hands on some HOL! 

Tracy Smith, Lindsey Stanford, Katherine Lande

Katherine Lande, Thomas Onorato, Kate Schelter, Tracy Smith 

Tracy Smith

Photography by: Alexander Porter/BFA

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Musical Favorites

Last week on's Most Wanted, some of our favorite designers shared their current music obsessions. Being totally obsessed with music ourselves, (we have had The naked and Famous on repeat lately) we felt it absolutely necessary to share.

Joseph Altuzarra:

Peter Pilotto:

Eddie Bargo:

Prabal Gurung:

David Neville of Rag & Bone:

House of Lavande:

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fall Fever

The fall months are in full swing, and although we may not know it here in Palm Beach, temperatures are dropping! It's time to cozy up with friends and family and fall hues, comfy sweaters and stylish fall toned accessories are the perfect addition to holiday gatherings these next few weeks. Check out the HOL jewels topped off with a few must have pieces from a few of our favorite designers!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Food For Life

Thanksgiving is only nine days away! It's hard to believe it's gotten here so fast! Sticking with clean, vegetarian/vegan eating around holidays like this can be very difficult, but with the proper planning and a few great recipe ideas, you can be sure that no one at your table will be upset that there is no turkey. Here are three ideas that we will be trying out next week, and you can visit for many more ideas for your holiday feast!

Sweet Potato Soup:

What you will need

2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
1 large celery stalk, sliced
handful of celery leaves
6 cups of peeled and diced sweet potatoes
2 bay leaves
2 tsp seasoning blend (Mrs. Dash)
1/2 tsp of dried thyme
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 cup of rice or coconut milk
salt and pepper

Add oil, onion, carrots and celery to a soup pot and sauté until onion is golden

Add the celery leaves and sweet potatoes and add enough water to cover all but about 1 inch of the vegetables. Bring to a simmer, then stir in the bay leaves and seasonings. Simmer gently, covered until the sweet potatoes and vegetables are tender (about 25 minutes). Remove the bay leaves.

With a slotted spoon, remove the solid ingredients and transfer to a food processor, with about 1/2 of a cup of the cooking liquid. Process until smooth, and return to the pot.

Add in the rice or coconut milk to give the soup a slightly thicker consistency and season with salt and pepper.

Mixed Greens with Apples, Carrots, and Pickled Beets:

What you will need

6 to 8 oz. of mixed baby greens
3 medium carrots, sliced
2 medium granny smith apples, thinly sliced
8oz jar of pickled beets, well drained
a handful of walnuts or almonds
extra virgin olive oil as desired
balsamic or red wine vinegar to taste

Combine everything into a large salad bowl, toss and dress with oil and vinegar.

Hearty Vegetable Pot Pie:

What you will need

8 medium potatoes
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, quartered and finely chopped
3 cups of diced veggies of your choice
2 tablespoons of white flour
1 cup of vegetable stock
1/4 cup of nutritional yeast
1 1/2 tbsp of all purpose seasoning
1 tsp dried thyme
1/4 cup of minced fresh parsley
salt and pepper
Two 9-inch pie crusts
1 cup of bread crumbs
paprika for topping

Cook potatoes in their skins until done. Peel and dice four of them and coarsely mash the other four. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat oil in a large skillet and sauté the onion until golden. Add in veggies, and a little bit of water and cook until just tender. Sprinkle the flour into the skillet and then pour in the vegetable stock. Add the yeast and cook for a minute or two, stirring constantly until the liquid thickens. Stir in the diced and smashed potatoes, and heat through gently. Stir in the seasoning bled, thyme and parsley, and season with slat and pepper.

Pour contents into pie crust and pat in. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over each pie and and top with paprika. bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until crust is golden.