Thursday, January 31, 2013

Spring Beauty Looks

Even though spring is still quite a ways off, you can wear some of the trends seen during the Spring 2013 fashion shows now for winter. New York, London, Milan, and Paris all showed us some makeup and hair that is great to start wearing now and through Spring. We saw smudged eyes, matte and bright lips and ponytails as long as that drop-waist dress that's hiding in your closet. We can't wait to try some of these trends and we're sure you can't either, so why wait?

The Smudged Eye
The heavy smudged eye seen in Paris like the one above at Guy Laroche is easy to wear now for winter as well as in Spring for those nights out. Make sure you use black or a dark grey to line all around your eyes and apply a little more mascara than you usually would to achieve this look.

Low Ponytails
Ponytails come in all different ways but spotted at Alexander Wang was the low, dropped down to the base of your neck. This look is easy to achieve whether you are running late or not because of its level of chicness.

Bold Brows + Bright Lips
Bold eyebrows and loud lips made a huge statement during New York Fashion week and have been trending for a while, which is great for transitioning from winter to spring. Jason Wu made Cara Delevingne's statement brows even more bold and added a bright red lip to polish off the look.

All photos courtesy of Beauty High

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Iconic Woman of Style: Iman

 Since she was discovered in 1975 by Peter Beard on the streets of Nairobi, Africa, Iman has been setting the bar for what a beautiful, powerful woman can achieve during as well as after a career in modeling. 

Her fist appearance in the modeling world was a spread in Vogue in 1976, and there was no stopping her from there. Throughout the 70's and 80's she was a muse for designers such as Donna Karan, Yves Saint Laurent, and Calvin Klein. 

An actress, an activist, author, and fashion and beauty mogul, Iman has truly made an impact on the world for generations to come. She has appeared in movies along side Meryl Streep and Kevin Costner, written two books I am Iman, and The Beauty of Color. Her cosmetics line, Iman Cosmetics has been hugely successful since 1994. Her philanthropy work in creating the "I Am African" with the Keep a Child Alive program is one of her greatest achievements, bringing in support from some of the biggest names in Hollywood. She was awarded with the CFDA's Fashion Icon award in 2010 for her profound and lasting influence. 

Also, check out her blog!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Food for Life: Pan-Fried Goat Cheese

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad 
with Pan-Fried Goat Cheese

This salad brings together a brilliant combination of sweet pomegranate seeds, warm and friend goat cheese, and Brussels sprouts that is perfect for Spring. Not only does it look delicious but it tastes just as good and is perfect for an appetizer or a light lunch or dinner. How can you say no to fried goat cheese? 

YIELD: 4 side servings
TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes


1 pound Brussels Sprouts, ends trimmed and outer leaves removed
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds (from 1/2 of a large pomegranate)
For Dressing:1 shallot, minced (about 1 tablespoon)1 teaspoons dijon mustard2 tablespoons red wine vinegar1 tablespoon honey1/4 cup olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
For Goat Cheese:1 (8 ounce) log goat cheese, cold1 large egg1/2 cup all-purpose flour1 cup panko bread crumbs2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, minced1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup olive oil, for frying


Slice the Brussels sprouts very thinly using a sharp knife or mandoline. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
To prepare the dressing, whisk together shallots, mustard, vinegar, and honey in a small bowl. Drizzle in olive oil, whisking vigorously until incorporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk the egg until frothy. Place the flour in a small, shallow dish. Mix together the panko, parsley, and salt in a another small, shallow dish.
Carefully slice the goat cheese into 8 even discs. Lightly coat each slice in flour, tapping to remove any excess. Dip in egg, followed by breadcrumb mixture, gently rolling until disc is evenly coated.
Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick pan set over medium-high heat. Gently place the goat cheese rounds in the pan and fry until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side.
Gently toss the shredded Brussels sprouts with the dressing. Transfer to a serving platter or individual serving plates. Arrange warm goat cheese rounds on top; sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.

Recipe adapted from Heather Christo.

Monday, January 28, 2013

SAG Style

Last night's 16th annual SAG awards brought out Hollywood's A-list once again, and they definitely didn't disappoint on the red carpet. The highlight for us was of course the lovely Alexis Bledel wearing a House of Lavande Vintage necklace! 
The color trend of the night, which we are also loving was navy; worn by Amanda Seyfried in Zac Posen, Jessica Lange in J. Mendel, Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior, and Nicole Kidman in Vivianne Westwood. 
The Oscars are just 26 days away, and we can't wait to see what Hollywood has in store for the big night! 

Amanda Seyfried in Zac Posen, Jessica Lange in J. Mendel, Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior,
Nicole Kidman in Vivienne Westwood
Amy Poehler in Zuahir Murad, Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen, Claire Danes in Givenchy
Julienne Morre in Chanel, Kerry Washington in Rodarte, Marian Cotillard in Dior Haute Couture

Friday, January 25, 2013

Who's Wearing What

Jessica Alba wore our House of Lavande Original Collection Sharks Tooth necklace while out and about in LA

Kerry Washington wore the House of Lavande Original Collection Everglades Sharks Tooth necklace to the Daily Beast Bi-Partisan Inaugural Brunch

Kerry Washington and Rosario Dawson together, both in House of Lavande, at the Daily Beast Bi-Partisan Inaugural Brunch!

Rosario Dawson in House of Lavande Vintage at the Daily Beast Bi-Partisan Inaugural Brunch

Rosario Dawson wore House of Lavande Vintage to the Hip Hop Inaugural Ball II in Washington, D.C. last night!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Spring 2013 Couture Wrap Up

The 2013 Spring Couture shows have officially come to a close, and they were nothing short of elegant and amazing. The craftsmanship, man hours, and raw talent that go into these collections continues to provide us with inspiration for the coming warmer months. Check out the full collections over at 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Get the Look: Lemon Zest

As one of Pantone's Spring 2013 colors and a color that was seen on many runways, yellow is a perfect sunshine tone that is optimistic and playful. Perfect to pair with chambray, this color will be sure to brighten up any outfit.

Get the Look:
Alexander McQueen yellow whipsnake clutch
Chloe leather ballet flats
butter LONDON Cheeky Chops nail polish
Stella McCartney Romilly Crepe top
Valentino double handle bag
Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume 


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Iconic Woman Of Style: Iris Apfel

Iris Apfel. One of the most recognized faces in the world of fashion today, she continues to inspire us with her self confidence and imagination. She brings a fun element of fantasy into a world where it is sometimes lacking. Born in Queens in the 1920's, Iris is a celebrated interior designer who over the years has worked at the White House for nine presidents: Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Reagan and Clinton. Over the past few years her success has reached new heights with jewelry, makeup, handbag and shoe lines. Eric Boman has captured the true essence of Iris in his book Rare Bird of Fashion; an in depth look into the fabric, designers, and elements of what truly sets Iris apart. We are continually inspired and look toward letting our own originality shine through just a little more, when we think of The lovely Mrs. Apfel. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Jewelry Trend: Blue Crush

Lately, we've started to notice a trend in the jewelry world. Everyone who comes to us seems to want one thing: blue jewelry. The many shades of this color make it so that there is something for everyone, whether you enjoy dark navy or light sky blues. These are some of our favorite pieces that are every shade of blue.

All items available for purchase

Friday, January 18, 2013

Who's Wearing What

Mary Elizabeth Winstead wore a House of Lavande Vintage locket to the W Magazine Golden Globes party, held at the Chateau Marmont.

Sally Field wearing House of Lavande Vintage bracelets during the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, where she won best supporting actress for her role in Lincoln!

Jena Malone wearing House of Lavande Vintage to the InStyle Golden Globes party last night.

Connie Britton wore HOL bracelets to the Audi Pre-Golden Globes party in LA

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Get the Look: Emerald City

As the Pantone 2013 Color of the Year, emerald has been described as " Lively. Radiant. Lush... A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and happiness." We've put together some of our favorite emerald items for this year that will sure be necessities in every woman's wardrobe.

Get the Look:

All jewelry at House of Lavande Vintage

Juicy Couture charm wristlet iPad zip case
Bouchra Jarrar A-line summer dress
Jil Sander leather tote
Asprey Regent python envelope clutch
NARS vintage shades nail polish in Zulu

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Style Trend: Boho Chic

The etherial, boho chic vibe is a classic look that is easily achievable. Pair a maxi dress with great vintage pieces, wavy locks and a comfortable pair of flats and you have a look that can't miss.  

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Food for Life: Croque Madame

Food for life: croque madame
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and sometimes it gets boring eating the same thing every morning.. yogurt, granola bar, toast, eggs. So why not switch it up with this delicious Croque Madame? If you don't think ham sounds good first thing in the morning, switch it up and use fresh sliced tomatoes instead.

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk (I use skim)
  • 1 pinch salt and black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • large eggs
  • slices of wheat bread
  • slices of ham
  • slices of Swiss cheese


  1. Place a small saucepan over medium-low heat and melt 2 tablespoons of butter.
  2. Whisk in the flour and cook for about 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and bring to a slow bubble, then drop heat to low.
  3. Season the sauce mixture with salt and pepper. Add the nutmeg and Dijon; stir. When the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, turn the heat off.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a medium skillet over medium-low heat. When melted, crack in the eggs, keeping the whites from touching. Cook until desired doneness.
  5. Butter the bread with the remaining butter. Spread the Dijon sauce on the inside and build your sandwich, using 2 slices of ham and Swiss cheese on each.
  6. Place sandwiches in the skillet, butter-sides down, and cook until golden brown. Transfer to plate.
  7. Top each sandwich with a cooked egg and more sauce, and garnish with a sprinkle of parsley.
  8. Chow down!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Red Carpet Recap: Golden Globes

The Golden Globe Awards are known for being the most fun, and most relaxed of the season's award shows, and last night was no exception. The red carpet was as entertaining as the show itself, with some major best-dressed moments. Here are a few of our favorites of the night. Not to mention some of the dapper men of the evening, as well! 
Anne Hathaway in Chanel // Lea Michele in Elie Saab // Isla Fisher in Reem Acra // 
Amanda Seyfried in Givenchy
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior haute couture // Naomi Watts in Zac Posen // 
Zooey Deschanel in Oscar de la Renta // Jennifer Garner in Vivienne Westwood

 Michelle Dockery in Alexander Vauthier // Megan Fox in Dolce & Gabbana // 
Amy Adams in Marchesa // Hayden Panettiere in Roberto Cavalli 

 Tin Fey in L'Wren Scott // Claire Danes in Atelier Versace //  Amy Poehler in Stella McCartney // Sally Field in Alberta Ferretti
Jodie Foster in Giorgio Armani // Taylor Swift in Donna Karen Atelier // Halle Berry in Versace // Jessica Chastain in Calvin Klein 
Hugh Jackan in Louis Vuitton // Leonardo DiCaprio in Tom Ford // Bradley Cooper in Tom Ford // Ben Affleck in Gucci

Friday, January 11, 2013

Norton Museum of Art Presents: Annie Leibovitz

Every so often something incredible hits our little speck of the world here in Palm Beach, and beginning on January 17th, just that is happening. The exhibition of 39 of Annie Leibovitz's photographs will be on display at the Norton Museum of Art, through June 9th. A special selection of photos will be on display, and in some ways these photos may be even more alluring, profound and captivating than some of the photographs we have all come to love over the years (John and Yoko, Demi, etc.). This is a body of work that sheds light on pieces that should definitely not be overlooked. 

Kicking off this spectacular event is the Annie Leibovitz Exhibition Gala on January 16th. 
Guests are invited to attend the cocktail premiere of  the exhibition from 6 to 8pm. Tickets are $250 and support the education and public programs of the Norton Museum. Directly following the cocktail reception, gala sponsors are invited to attend and exclusive dinner with Annie Leibovitz. 

Contact Rebecca Levine for ticketing information at 561.832.5196 x 1121

Cafe Boulud: Author Breakfast Series

Today kicks off the ninth annual Brazilian Court Author breakfast series in the Ballroom at Cafe Boulud. Guests have the opportunity to meet, and speak with award winning authors in an intimate setting, while enjoying breakfast at one of Palm Beach's most iconic hotels.

Today: Michael Connelly, author of The Lincoln Lawyer discusses his newest installment in the Harry Bosch crime fiction series, The Black Box.  After discovering a bullet from an unsolved crime in 1992, Bosch searches for the missing links that will bring his case to a close after nearly 20 years. 

January 25th: Alex Witchel, creator of the New York Times column "Feed Me", will speak about her new book, All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother's Dementia: With Refreshments. Witchel recounts her inability to fix her mother's diagnosis of dementia, and her unconventional way of coping. By retreating into the kitchen, and cooking her family recipe's from childhood, she found a way to reclaim her mother, and the loss she was facing. Described as a frank, bittersweet, and surprisingly funny book, this is sure to be a great book, as well as a wonderful breakfast series session. 

Breakfast begins at 8:45, and will conclude at 10:00am. Reservations are required, and tickets are $100 plus tax per guest. Cost includes breakfast, valet parking, and a copy of the featured book. 
For reservations and information please call Sandra Rodriguez at (561) 366-4301 or email

For more about the series please visit Events at the Brazilian Court

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Day to Night: Spring

Spring is right around the corner, and we are really feeling the pastel love right now. The House of Lavande Spring '13 Warrior necklace is the perfect accessory to take you from day to night. A strong, statement piece with muted gold and light stones, is a great balance to ladylike colors and cuts. 

Meredith Wendall belt 
Aldo loafers
House of Lavande Vintage ring
House of Lavande Channel Set Bracelet 
Ferragamo silk dress
Casadei Heels
Envelope clutch

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Designer Spotlight: Trifari

Trifari, created by Gustavo Trifari in 1918, has become a very popular name in the jewelry business. Known for it's exquisite designs and perfect stones, one of the special things about Trifari is that since 1937 they marked every single piece they made. They are the only major jeweler who did so as far as we know. 

Purchase the pieces above at