A Venetian Affair: A True Tale of Forbidden Love in the 18th Century
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
“Never say never” is Weinstock’s response when clients dare her to achieve the impossible: an array of miniature cakes shaped and decorated like Fabergé eggs; cakes that look like cars, cravats, and circus clowns; or a menagerie of fantastic creatures (bunnies, bugs, tigers, terriers, and even an armadillo), all concocted from butter, flour, and sugar.
In Sylvia Weinstock’s Sensational Cakes, America’s most famous cake designer gives you an insider’s tour of her world: the fabulous fêtes where her cakes set the scene and the artisanal workshop where she and her assistants bake and embellish the confectionary masterpieces that have made her signature—including her trademark eyeglass logo—so sought after. Best of all, she reveals some of her secrets: recipes for cakes, frostings, and fillings that will make your own guests stand up and applaud.
So....have you ever been at an event where there was a Sylvia Weinstock cake? I have!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Vintage French Interiors: Inspiration from the Antique Shops and Flea Markets of France
Monday, January 28, 2008
Chocolate On The Brain: Foolproof Recipes for Unrepentant Chocoholics (the book) is available through Amazon and the notecards at Fred Flare
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
I particularly love this interview with her from NY Magazine a couple of years ago. And she is spot on, you either have it or you don't. Clearly she has IT. Oh and her blog is here. Stop by and say hello. It's wonderland.
Not only can you shop with Claudia in person, you can shop with her online. Check out these fabulous notebooks or a pretty moire covered French notebook!
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I just started reading Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous after I heard the author on the Martha Stewart channel on Sirius. She works for Dr. Perricone, author of such titles as Dr. Perricone's 7 Secrets to Beauty, Health, and Longevity: The Miracle of Cellular Rejuvenation which I never really liked. I do like Esther Blum's approach and I like the book so far.
I can't remember where I heard about The Little Black Apron: A Single Girl's Guide to Cooking With Style and Grace but it got great reviews and I can always use some help in the kitchen!
The Pirate's Daughter (this has been in my cart forever & is at the top of my list)
The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris (now in paperback)
Celebutantes (the name says it all)
Deep Dish (for you Southern gals)
The Opposite of Love (this sounds really good)
The Last Single Woman in America (for the single gals)
FYI - Most of these titles are available in Abridged Audiobook format for you ladies on the go!
There are a ton of books being released in April that there are no photos or descriptions for yet including an untitled novel by Lauren Weisberger (The Devil Wears Prada).
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
From Publishers Weekly
With a quote from The Age of Innocence as an epigraph and an enthusiastic blurb from the creator of Gossip Girl on its back cover, this lavishly produced debut makes no secret of its twin influences. The story opens in 1899 with the funeral of Elizabeth Holland, a well-bred beauty said to have plunged to her death in the Hudson River. The narrative then travels back several weeks, tracing the relationships and events that have led to the somber assembly. This tangled web includes not one but two sets of star-crossed lovers; an upstairs/downstairs romance; a scheming social climber; a bitter servant girl; and oodles of money, all set in a Edith Wharton via Hollywood vision of Old New York. The dialogue has its clunky moments, and the plot twist that drives the tale is telegraphed from the very start, but readers caught up in the fancy dress intrigue are unlikely to mind much: it’s all part of the dishy fun. Needless to say, the ending paves the way for at least one sequel. Ages 14-up. (See, I am way over 14!)
A big, sumptuous tale of catty girls, dark secrets and windswept romance unfurls in this compulsively readable novel of late-19th-century New York City socialites. Godbersen weaves a tenuous web of deceit, backstabbing and pretense that follows four teens: Elizabeth Holland, a prim and proper lady of old-money society, is betrothed to one man, though furtively loves another; Henry Schoonmaker, a debauched playboy who must marry Elizabeth or be disinherited; Diana Holland, Elizabeth’s younger sister who is in love with her fiancé; and Penelope Hayes, a member of the nouveau riche who will stop at nothing to win Henry’s affections. As Elizabeth and Henry’s wedding approaches, the spectacle unfolds in a wondrously grandiose scene, making for a fun, though not entirely unexpected dénouement. A delicious new twist along the Gossip Girl vein, readers will clamor for this sharp, smart drama of friends, lovers, lies and betrayal.
via Fashion Week Daily
Thursday, January 3, 2008
A reader asked me about the Stanley Marcus book around Christmastime and I highly recommended it as a gift even though you know how I feel about Neiman Marcus! Today's NY Times Thursday Styles hits the highlights. Click here for the article. Addendum: The book can be purchased through Neiman Marcus here (photo above) or the University of Texas Press in conjunction with the exhibit mentioned in the article will publish. Not sure of what the difference will be but the price is significantly less on Amazon Reflection of a Man: The Photographs of Stanley Marcus to be released next month. I also came across the author's site which I will post later on.