Tuesday, November 30, 2010

si señor




Wow. Just returned (literally) from an amazing trip to Spain. Can't wait to share my Tripnotes and photos! Soon, soon, soon!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

classic cuts



It seems like more and more old-fashioned barber shops and salons are popping up all over NYC. I was particularly intrigued by this one called Ernest & Olivia. Love that checkerboard floor!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

spain on the brain

Escorial Monastery, Madrid, Spain pictures

Tomorrow, I'm off to Spain to celebrate Turkey day with tapas and red wine. I won't have reliable access to internet while traveling, but I'll be back next week with photographs, tall tales and a pair of jeans 2 sizes larger. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!!

photo found here.

good medicine




Beauty blog, Into The Gloss, explores what's inside some of the most famous medicine cabinets in the Fashion industry. I loved peeking into model of the moment Karlie Kloss' medicine cabinet. Check it out here.

Monday, November 22, 2010

i want candy




I collect candy wrappers from everywhere I travel. These little treats caught my eye on Saveur.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

What to Pack : Thanksgiving

Introducing a new feature on La Dulci Vida: What to Pack. With the holidays coming up and people traveling more and more, I thought it would be helpful and fun to suggest some things to pack! So without further ado, What to Pack - The Thanksgiving Edition!


1. Thanksgiving is all about comfort - Pack a comfy pair of jeans with extra stretch.
2. A good book to read while the turkey brines...
3. After all that turkey, you'll be tired. A good pair of PJ's should be on your packing list.
4. A good guest always brings a hostess gift; this candle would make a special present.
5. Cashmere dahling...You can never pack enough!!
6. I love the label on this wine - tastes yummy too!
8. This weekender is perfect for a short trip home.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

swiss miss




In anticipation of my upcoming February trip to Switzerland, I was so surprised to see the Cervo Hotel on Jetsetter. I can't wait to go back, and while I won't be staying at The Cervo, you can bet I'll be enjoying Après-ski at their cozy bar snacking on wild game tapas! Read my Switzerland Tripnotes here.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

lovely lanvin

I can't wait to get my mitts on this little beauty from the upcoming Lanvin for H&M line. Best of all? 30% off the proceeds are donated to UNICEF. Check it.

tiny rings


These tiny initial rings from Catbird (one of my favorite Brooklyn shops) are so sweet. I love little dainty jewelry pieces like this. via nymag.

Monday, November 15, 2010


Picture 2


Great packaging for an interesting perfume (apparently it smells like Japanese ink). Read the press release here.

pretty papers




How sweet are these wallpapers from Paul & Joe? The swans are my favorite. Available for download here.

Friday, November 12, 2010

good as goldie


I love this fun image of Goldie Hawn from the 60's. She's a hoot.

image found here.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

sarah's crib






Have you guys heard of interior designer Sarah Richardson? Her show, Sarah's House on HGTV is my new obsession. Check out these pics. Girl has got the touch!!

gimme some honey




I LOVE this simple and modern packaging for Sheffield Honey Company - an English brand. via The Dieline.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

back from the bay!




hello all! I'm back from an amazing and restful trip to San Francisco (and Sonoma). A special thanks to Alexis and Haydee for their amazing guest posts and welcome to my new followers! Here is a sneak peek of my trip - more to come soon :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Guest Post: Alexander Girard




The memory game, blocks and puzzles as told through the illustrations of Alexander Girard? Pinch me now. How great are these? Children learning through great design should be the standard. I'm not gonna lie though, I wouldn't mind a set of each for myself. Great gift for kids and adults alike:)

Source: House Industries

- Haydee from Happenstance

Friday, November 5, 2010

Guest Post: French General

Hello La Dulci Vida... I am Alexis from Fern & Feather. While Dulci is away I thought I would post a bit about my trip to France this summer with French General. Every year Kaari Meng from French General takes 14 women to the south of France to antique and craft. When I heard about this trip I knew that I would move mountains to be there and I am so glad I did, it was the most amazing trip of my life. Filled with amazingly dynamic woman, busting with creativity and overflowing with all things French.


The Chateau Dumas. We all stayed in the same beautiful Napoleonic Chateau. It is beautifully designed with a full staff and even a craft house.


The French market. One of the days we spent the morning wondering around the local market. It was filled with the most beautiful produce you have ever seen, there were even little baby pigs wondering around. It was magical.


Crafts. A few days we stayed at the Chateau and crafted. We made jewelry, fabric flowers and inspired eachother as every lady there was so full of creative energy.


The Brocantes. In the South of France there are several Brocantes {which is basically a flea market}. These fabulous places are over flowing with ‘French Junk’ I felt like a kid in a candy store every little trinket was calling my name. I remember walking out of one of the Brocantes and over heard a man who said “what did those ladies buy?” and the Brocante owner said “Just a bunch of trash." he he.


The end!

- Alexis of Fern & Feather

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

bay city rolling


This is where I'll be the next few days. But in my absence, I've lined up some great guest posts from Fern & Feather and Happenstance (two of my fave reads). Happy reading!

Tripnotes: Chez Panisse, Berkley, CA

I realized that I never posted about my amazing experience at the legendary California institution, Chez Panisse, in my San Francisco Trip Notes. So, in the spirit of my upcoming trip (on Thursday!!!) to the city by the bay, I thought I'd share.

Located just a short ride from San Francisco, Chez Panisse is tucked away on a leafy street in Berkley, CA. Chez Panisse opened in 1971 with Alice Waters, queen of the slow food movement, at it's helm. And CP has been making culinary magic ever since. (p.s. check out this book for a great read and the true inside scoop)

The meal started with freshly baked bread and salted farm fresh butter. I would eat just this for the rest of my life. For realzies.


Love the etched water carafe. Simple and lovely.

Next, was time for some ruffage. A simply dressed salad of greens with breaded and baked goat cheese. KILL ME!!! This was the most delicate and decadent salad ever created. I licked the plate.


Not fair how good this was.

Now, for the main event. Country fried rabbit with a pepper salad. ummmm....OK!


And Halibut with spring peas and herb butter. I mean. Seriously?


Next stop on this crazy train: An apricot crostata with some bomb freshly churned ice cream. Rustic and yet refined? DONE!


The meal of a lifetime people! It was simple, rustic and above all...delish! If you find yourself in the Bay Area, you must make the journey to culinary Nirvana. You will find yourself on the steps of this humble Chez, posing with the menu, like it's a celebrity.


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