Thursday, December 31, 2009


dearest j

lovely baubles and bubbles -
here are mine for you
from jean pelle on etsy.

sounds like you've had a fantastic holiday.
snow and scones, thrifting, and a library after my own heart
(never mind the fine company!)

ours has of course been crazy
and i'm happy to be drinking champagne in my pyjamas.

love to you
here's to 2010 and all the magic it will bring

Happy New Year's darling

darling s.

why go out tonight when you could wear this LV bib necklace and curl up by the fire as it pretty much has celebration written all over it.
isn't is gorgeous?

i hope there is some bubbles in your evening and my wee toast to you -
'here's looking at you kid and all the great things we have to look forward to in 2010.'

goodbye 2009. i won't miss you a bit.

o x
lady j

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

the community library


the best place in ketchum is the community library as you can tell by these fab chairs.
it is funded entirely by private donations and the local thrift store, the gold mine.
( i picked up some gloves and ski goggles there for $12.)

i didn't manage to nestle into one of these chairs by the fire and read the latest issues of nearly every magazine or borrow the fawlty towers dvd's but it's something to look forward to on my next visit.

it's the funny guy's birthday today and ayns is whipping up a batch of scones as i write this.

how are your holidays?
have you sorted your ny's frock?


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

i heart skiing


yesterday was day 2 of our private ski lessons given by the wonderful and very patient nadine.
ayns and nadine's daughter, iola, also helped out on the slopes but more importantly with the chair lift, which was the most terrifying part for the monk and me.
i must say, dollar mountain here in sun valley is pretty much the most perfect place to learn how to ski and look how pretty it is.

we finished yesterday with flushed faces, big smiles and a grand sense of achievement.

i heart skiing.
so fun + i can't wait to sport some vintage ski wear for my next trip up the slope.


Sunday, December 27, 2009

greetings from idaho


sending you love and snowflakes from idaho.
i hope your christmas was filled with smiles and some tangerines, shoes not fruit.
ours was spent in front of the fire as the power went out here for nearly 24 hours.
we did manage a fine christmas dinner of lamb, white bean gratin and
roasted vegetables. delicious and comforting.

me and the monk are just heading to the slope to try our luck at skiing
and already i am looking forward to the apres part of the day.

this lovely photo courtesy of the monkey on our drive in from boise.

peace buttercup.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

roger vivier's belle de nuit

suck it up my dear.
vacuums are hot -
the people want to know!

i say vacuum away, as long as you have a pair of these on your feet.
these images really don't do them justice,
but there is a patent tangerine pair at hr's that have me swooning.

and when shoes and vacuums are each an easy $600, how could you choose between the two???

just ask ines:
everyone should have one pair of shoes that is a little bit too expensive.
rules to live by.

happy christmas

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

ho ho ho over

darling ess,

your backdrop is breathtaking!
+ i would have loved to have seen the wee mouse king in action.
lots of fond memories of brian wildsmith books from
when the monk was little and something to work towards in 2010...
our own museum in japan.

just packing up for the holidays as i head to Sun Valley tomorrow
and a white excited!

will post from there
in the meantime, fingers crossed we don't receive vaccums for xmas.

snow bird

Sunday, December 20, 2009

nutcracker suite


love the panties,
and i do know how you like a good ruffle!

here is a really terrible image of the russian castle. in the end i went with a brian wildsmith kind of style (i love his twelve days of christmas...)
(did you know there is a museum dedicated to his work in japan? i guess thats how you know you've really made it!)

and your dinner sounded divine. we made a menu from platter of figs the other night - what a great book, what a great food writer.
braised lamb with gremolata, orecchiette with fennel sausage and broccoli raab, and a persimmon pudding that was perhaps the only low note (but soothing in a nursery sweets kind of way).


christmas wish list


because you know how i like the frilly panties.


Thursday, December 17, 2009



was treated to a lovely meal at tavern the other night.
yet another delicious restaurant by your favourite chef, suzanne goin.

the space is warm and comforting from the moment you enter
the warm blue hued bar area and beyond that lies the golden glow of the dining room.

the food was her signature style - perfectly seasoned and finished with just the right hit of something.
i had the braised chicken dish which was melt in your mouth amazing.

would like to go again and test out the burger which you can only have
at the bar from their bar menu.

oh and we had two star sitings while we were there ...

more soon.
o x

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

warmth on a chilly day


it's that time of year again!
you might want to have a look here for a gluhwein recipe
to warm you up during these chilly winter days.
also nice to take a peek into the xmas markets in Europe.

feeling the holiday spirit now?

i heard you have snow. i can't wait to be surrounded by some.

o x

Monday, December 14, 2009

bumper love


my sister's bumper sticker on the back of her truck.
i must say a few people do come to mind.

congrats on your all banquet love.
very exciting.

i went on a shopping tour through this huge japanese market
on saturday.
food , housewares, beauty products in amongst all the specialty items
for the upcoming new year.
sonoko, from the nabe workshop, translated many of the japanese items
into english for us and also explained how they are used.
and of course, i bought more of that delicious tofu.

can't wait to take you there one day.

how did the russian castle turn out?
picture please.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

the bear and the whale


love the japan love.

i have been absent, up to my eyeballs in prints and tee shirts and other things (excuse my blatant self promotion).
feeling overwhelmed by the love, so happy to see everything heading off to new homes.

soon i will have some time for christmas, but first i must paint a russian castle nestled in a forest, for the backdrop for cy's preschool production of the nutcracker suite. he is a mouse king (!).

love the belle heir/maira kalman/bkids synchronicity.

more love from japan


more love from japan for you here
found via bloesem while i was checking out bkids and your giveaway.

fabulous we were both featured there this month no?

it is a sunny crisp day here in venice beach and i have a serious
craving for a nice big bowl of ramen.

wish we could have one together.

o x
fatty pork

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

uguisu shoten


all the world's secrets can be found in the folded heart of a fortune cookie.
i'm just not sure which cookie held (holds) the truth.

in the meantime, more stationary love, this time from uguiso shoten.
lovely tape, and paper fish balloons, and japanese lifestyle magazines.

happy wednesday to you.

Monday, December 7, 2009

fortune cookie


this little fortune was encased in yesterday's cookie.


o x

Thursday, December 3, 2009

more mina perhonen



i am happy we are fluid enough with our appetites to go from nabe and gourmet to cheeseburgers and fries.

and while i do love chanel, i am completely inspired by this wall of mina perhonen, grabbed from flickr.

busy trying to update my etsy shop, and getting prints and tee shirts out -
will post them here soon!

cold and sunny

time now

for a commercial break.
3 guesses who sent me this.

o x

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

the tofu


flowers from the market yesterday with a hint of pine thrown in
to get me in the holiday mood.
can't believe xmas and new years are upon us.
where did this year go?

the artisinal tofu we used at the nabe workshop
which i am about to warm up and have a little for breakfast.

oh and found this poncho for you to make
all you need is fabric (maybe waterproof?), a frying pan
and a sewing machine.

o x
tuesdays child

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

for you


can't remember where i found this image but wanted to share.

finally went to go see the fantastic mr. fox last night.
it really is fantastic.

going to try my hand and rib cage at tennis today.
we'll see.

o x