Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Earlier this year, I met the guys behind DPMB, a Hollywood-based beauty showroom that represents many of my favorite skin care lines, including Rodin and Earth tu Face. This holiday season they are making their keen sensibility available for public consumption with The Drugstore, a pop-up on West Third Street. Alongside a smattering of lifestyle products (including Heather Taylor Home!) and some luscious Hollyflora
flower arrangements, the focus here is beauty and the shelves are filled with exquisitely-packaged bottles and packages. I have yet to start holiday shopping and I have a feeling this place will be a last minute lifesaver. That butter-colored Marianella soap might just be the chicest stocking stuffer around.
8366 West Third Street, Los Angeles
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
For your fashion girls: It's no secret that I'm a fan of my pal Clare Vivier's chic and simple bags, and I'm particularly loving her new star-speckled flat clutch ($165).
For the health nut:
I love the delicious almond milk from Almond Milk LA. I've always wanted to tackle this project at home this their DIY kit makes it easier than ever ($34).
For the ceramics junkie:
The new tome surveying Adam Silverman's career as a potter would be a happy addition to coffee tables everywhere ($60).
Imagine how good hot chocolate would taste if you drank it out of Heath Ceramics seasonal mugs in dusty gray and bright aqua ($140).
For the bibliophile:
This novel has kept me up countless nights over the last few weeks. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt ($30)
For your best friend:
The perfect plaid scarf to keep her warm through the winter ($29.95)
For the hostess:
I have only just discovered Le Feu De L'Eau candles and I think I'm in love. With their festive colors and heavenly scents, this is a perfect go-to gift ($60).
I discovered this brand in Paris and I am hooked on their Chai blend of loose tea. The Kusmi Green Christmas Tea (with notes of almond, orange, vanilla and spices) will be my holiday hostess gift this season ($16.95).
Cranberry Bourbon Preserve from Sqirl would be a welcome addition to some coffee cake on Christmas morning ($12).
Our new Turmeric Diamond Napkin Set, for setting all those holiday tables. ($80).
The prettiest emerald earrings from LA-based designer Grace Lee ($785).
What's cozier than a cashmere robe? Add a monogram and this is truly a gift that says you love 'em. Restoration Hardware - $369
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Last night I started to feel that cozy holiday feeling. It happened at Sur La Table as I was picking up last minute thanksgiving supplies and decided to buy mini doughnut molds. I felt inspired after seeing my friend Peggy's instagram pic of her pile of just-out-of-the-oven, cinnamon sugar dusted doughnuts. And they're baked, so it's healthy right? After getting home, I put on the radio and settled in for night of baking and brining. This picture was taken around midnight, just after I had dipped the last little donut in melted butter and cinnamon sugar. Wishing everyone a happy holiday weekend! xoHBT
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I’m always on the lookout for workday lunches that are healthy and easy yet totally delicious. When my friend Gaby told me about her new favorite lunch - chickpeas and kale cooked with garam masala - I knew it would be a winner. Hope you enjoy my latest webisode, inspired by the beautiful Gabrielle Calvocoressi.
Spiced Chickpeas and Kale
1 tbs of coconut oil
1 tsp of garam masala
1 can of chickpeas, rinsed, drained and patted dry
1 bunch of kale
extra virgin olive oil
½ lemon, juice
Heat coconut oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add garam masala and let it sizzle.
Add chickpeas to the pan, coat with the garam masala-saturated oil and sprinkle with salt. Sauté until lightly golden.
Meanwhile, wash the kale and remove the leaves from the tough stalks. Roughly chop and add to the pan. Combine the kale and chickpeas and add a swirl of olive oil, a bit more salt and pepper. Cook until the greens start to wilt and turn a more vivid shade of green. Finish with lemon juice and top with feta cheese.*
*if packing for lunch to-go, let the mixture cool before adding the feta or pack them separately
Friday, November 22, 2013
My new collection of table linens have arrived, just in time for the holiday season! These pieces are hand-embroidered in Chiapas, Mexico on 100% cotton and are currently available for purchase at the chic design shop, Nickey Kehoe. So excited to set my table next week!
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Earlier this month, I spent a week in New York to celebrate the opening of my friend Clare Vivier's first boutique in the city. Clare's shop is on Elizabeth Street and the space is gorgeous (designed by LA-based architect Barbara Bestor). Along with lots of CV celebrations, I hit up all my beloved NY haunts, starting with Layfayette House (above), my favorite hotel in the city. You can read all about my trip over at Conde Nast Traveler, a fantastic publication that I'm thrilled to be contributing to. In the meantime, here are a few highlights from the trip.
Simone Shubuck created a giant collage installation in the back of the shop. Loved watching her put it together.
Cute detail of the installation, featuring an pic of me and CV.
I was so excited to have my linens for sale in NYC that I hand-delivered them to the shop. Loved seeing them alongside Chateau Marmont candles for sale.
Clare V. officially open for business in Nolita.
My chic place setting at Raoul's, site of the dinner following the store opening.
Monday, November 18, 2013
After twelve days eating the most delicious and indulgent food in Paris and Florence, I got a hankering for something clean, specifically avocado and quinoa. The food in Europe is heavenly but I could feel my body reacting to all the rich foods. So for our first meal back home, I put together a big bowl of the nourishing foods I was craving - quinoa, sweet potato, tofu and avocado. Eating it felt so soothing, like big hug welcoming me back to LA.
1 cup dry quinoa
2 small sweet potatoes, sliced into rounds
1 package of extra firm tofu, sliced lengthwise
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 avocado, sliced into rounds
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Prepare the quinoa, as per the instruction on the box/bag.
Toss the sweet potato with a healthy splash of olive oil, salt and pepper and arrange them in a single layer in a square baking dish. Arrange the tofu in another square baking dish (also in a single layer if you can) and cover with equal parts soy sauce and mirin. Put both pans in the oven and cook for 30-40 minutes, flipping the sweet potatoes and tofu halfway through.
Saute the pine nuts in a dry pan for about 5-10 minutes until they turn golden. Make sure to keep a close eye so they don't burn. Add the warmed pine nuts to the quinoa and combine.
Arrange your bowl: start with the quinoa, add a few tofu slices, the sweet potato and avocado. Season with more soy sauce and some flakey sea salt on the avocado.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
I am spending the week in Paris! It's incredible to be here, staying in the Marais and eating my way through this epic city. Next week I head to Florence to visit my sister who has been studying yoga in Italy for the last several months. Looking forward to sharing some of the highlights from the trip. The best moment yet was biking along the Seine and around the Louvre on our first day. The city's bike share system, Velib, is an inspiration!
Monday, November 4, 2013
So happy to have finished my big weaving, 1.5 years in the making! I probably listened to one hundred Fresh Air interviews and drank as many chai tea lattes while working away on this wall hanging. Can't wait to see it installed!
Friday, November 1, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
INGREDIENT: Domenico's Marcona Almond Pesto
HOW I USE IT: fresh pumpkin pasta, tossed with pesto and topped with lemon juice and sea salt; polenta, covered with pesto and a fried egg; roasted salmon alongside a big spoonful of pesto on a bed of quinoa/rice/couscous.
NOTES: This is some of the best pesto I have ever tasted. The LA-based company uses really high quality ingredients, which explains both the $10 price tag and the deliciousness. I buy this stuff from my local farmer's market but you can order online. And for several weeks each fall, Domenico's also puts out the fresh pumpkin pasta. Combined with the pesto, it's near perfection.
Monday, October 28, 2013
On my last road-trip to Big Sur, I made a point to visit Esalen, the legendary cliffside retreat/healing center/spa and general dream zone. After soaking in sulfur baths and being massaged by a healer (also named Heather), Alex and I blissfully wandered around the property. And I stopped dead in my tracks as we approached the gorgeous, sun-soaked garden. Row after row of flowers (sunflowers, dahlias, cosmos) alongside thriving herbs and vegetables (used year-round in the Esalen kitchen), all set against the most breathtaking of backdrops: that ocean, those rocks, the towering redwoods. More on Big Sur soon, but these pictures will inspire me as we move into another work week.