Blog Posts by JustLuxe

  • Oprah's Favorite Things Delivered Nationwide from We Take the Cake


    Three years ago, I landed an interview for a project I really wanted. Determined to stamp a strong impression, I went to the fanciest cupcake shop in Washington D.C. and picked up a small box to bring with me. The crew that I interviewed with were impressed. "We love cupcakes!" they said. This quickly taught me the value of thoughtfulness. It also taught me the power of cupcakes. I earned the account.

    Years later, I have watched cupcake companies become extremely popular in every city I visit. And what's not to love? Individually wrapped sweets in smaller portions that look fun and can be eaten by hand. So I gave some thought to the cupcake craze and did a couple of searches online to see what caused this madness before getting quickly sidetracked by my only addiction bigger than sweets: CNN.


    The article that caught my eye: "10 People We Wouldn't Know Without Oprah." Number eight behind Gayle King and Nate Berkus was Lori Karmel, owner of "We Take the Cake." An omen? I hopped on

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  • AMA Fashion 2011 | Our Favorite Celebrity Red Carpet Jewelry

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    The 2011 American Music Awards were held just a couple days ago at L.A.'s Nokia Theatre. The biggest and brightest stars from the music world came out to support each other and to make their anticipated red carpet statements.

    We're sure you remember some of the fabulous gowns to flow around the event, but we decided to take a closer look at some of the blingest and boldest jewelry that our favorite celebrities rocked that night.

    Selena Gomez stepped out with her beau Justin Bieber wearing a pair of gorgeous earrings by Candy Ice . These chandelier sparklers are made of white gold, diamond and black onyx.


    Katherine Heigl looked sexy and sophisticated in a pair of dangly earrings from Sutra . This pair of fun, blue sapphire and black rough diamond tassel earrings will set you back about $35,250.

    Jennifer Hudson continues to show off her stunning new figure and accessorize it perfectly. This time she chose some funky bangles from M.C.L By Matthew Campbell Laurenza . The double coral

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  • JustLuxe The designer shoe legend himself, Christian Louboutin , graced Los Angeles with his presence last week to debut a stunning new book (blush pink leather-wrapped and bursting with gorgeous imagery to the tune of $150) at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills.

    Well-heeled beauties including Lucy Liu, Rachel Zoe, Lea Michele, Dita von Teese, Monet Mazur and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley turned out to toast the famed footwear genius and celebrate the luxury brand's 20th anniversary. As JustLuxe's senior fashion and beauty correspondent, I was amongst the crowd and nabbed a few minutes with the man of the hour for a quickie interview. Check out our cheeky chat below:

    How does it feel to be celebrating 20 years of red-soled success and the launch of a beautiful new book for your brand?
    Christian Louboutin: It feels good. If I had known life would be anything like this 20 years ago, maybe things would be different, but I had no idea. I would have never guessed I would be where I am now.

    Your brand

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  • La Tartine Gourmande by Beatrice Peltre | A New Kind of Cookbook

    La Tartine GourmandeIt's hard not to be envious of Beatrice Peltre and her food-centered life. Peltre has blogged for years on La Tartine Gourmande, gathering fans of her French rustic cooking style and her beautiful photography and gaining a career as a food stylist, recipe developer and food writer.

    Her book is rich in photos and stories, a culmination of years of cooking and eating. Fitting today's trend of the moment, the recipes are gluten-free and feature a wide variety of flours. She also gives instructions on using these new ingredients in concert to make baked goods that can stand toe-to-toe with wheat-based products.

    Peltre isn't reinventing the wheel here. She's a gentle artisan, taking what already exists and tweaking it a bit, making the old favorites newly delightful. Her French food is the food of the farmer and the worker. The recipes are basic, accessible and satisfying. You will find crepes and a savory twist on tarte tatin but also soups and many different types of tartine, the

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  • A.F. Vandevorst Paris Fashion Week Review

    Marching dead center in a uniformed procession, the tribesmen advanced towards the cameramen who in rhythmic unison took a shot with every step of the approaching clan member. Harmoniously, exotic tribal music followed their succession to unveil A. F. Vandevorst's Spring/Summer 2012 collection at Paris Fashion Week .

    As always, and in pure Vandevorst fashion, the house successfully created an impressive collection. My personal interview with this duo gave me more depth into their grand success, from this current show to what's next to come.

    Vandevorst is known for combining opposing details within their design. "Aside from the fact that a woman (An Vandevorst) and a man (Filip Arickx) design the collections probably encourages these contrasts, it is something that we have always focus on. Ever since our first collection in 1998, we combined ideas of soft, and delicate lingerie with hard leather harnesses, and woolen felt
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  • Interviews From Food & Wine All-Star Weekend | Chef Masa Takayama

    If he wasn't a chef, Masa Takayama might have been a poet. While English isn't his first language, the legendary Japanese sushi master whisks words and phrases together with the same quicksilver flair we imagine him using in the kitchen. His is a world of rarity, artistry and whimsy - and unlike his ultra-expensive table, thoughts from Masa are free to enjoy. We hope you will, as much as we did.

    JustLuxe: What's the furthest length to which you've ever gone, in order to get a special ingredient?

    Masa Takayama: Dried sea cucumber eggs are a famous ingredient, but very expensive, and hard to get good quantities of. They come from Japan of course - the Toyama prefecture. Only in the wintertime can the fishermen catch them, and then dry, hung up. It takes a couple months. That's what I use in my salted seaweed julienne.

    JL: Where do you find inspiration for the dishes on your menu?

    MT: I see a picture first, and that picture, I'm going to bring into the food. Four years ago I was in

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  • Winter Coats | Bundle Up with These Classic Looks

    As an uncharacteristically early snowstorm swept across the States over the weekend, many of us dug into the closet for a coat and found that the time to update the wardrobe for winter is now. Clearly, if you live in a place like New York City , you need a heavy coat, but even places like Los Angeles get chilly enough for some fashionable outerwear during the winter months. Since nothing says "I work in a meat freezer" like that nylon parka you refuse to donate to Goodwill, we put together this list of different weights of stylish coats that you will come back to for seasons to come.

    theory Wool Pea Coat

    The peacoat is a traditional go-to for cold weather for two reasons. They're usually made of wool, which means that coupled with their long length and snug fit, they can be plenty warm without being bulky. Secondly, the timeless favorite is offered in a panoply of styles. Designers this season have leaned toward the double-breasted look, and away from the military-inspired styles from

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  • Some chefs are better from afar: on television, or on the pages of a book, where no one can experience their artistic, socially awkward tendencies. And some, like Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, are the opposite.

    With 10 restaurants in New York and others in Asia and Europe, plus his thriving MGM Resorts partnership, the Alsace native is used to hosting the most discerning customers in the world in grand style. Yet during a recent kitchen tour at the Food + Wine All Star Weekend in Aria, Las Vegas, he proved to be the kind of host who's at his best in close quarters and under bright lights, with open flames three feet away from his elbow and numerous kitchen staff whizzing around in every direction.

    Having covered Jean-Georges' recent openings and restaurant news in other JustLuxe features recently, we used our Vegas time to talk to him about more universal topics - particularly those that might help home chefs in the upcoming holiday season.

    JustLuxe: What's your secret to constant

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  • A Traditional 11-Course Feast for All Senses

    Japan: where knife training occurs for many years before a budding chef is allowed near a fish and chopping block...where cooking rice is a careful and deliberate balance of vinegar, rice, water and a knowing hand.

    There was a short period in my life when I was blessed with a situational study of Japanese cuisine that lasted just long enough to shed light on a beloved Japanese culinary tradition: Kaiseki and Kaiseki Ryôri. The multi-course traditional meal is simply one of food's most extraordinary displays of culinary prowess.

    The story of Kaiseki, (meaning "stone in stomach,") comes from the 16th century when Buddhist priests placed hot stones (seki's) in the front pocket of their kimono sashes (kai) to keep their bellies warm and to stave hunger during morning prayer and fasting. A light meal was then served after the tea ceremony (chanoyu), the light meal: Kaiseki.

    Today, Kaiseki is a cult foodie's dream - fung shui on a plate. The methods in preparing this eleven (give or take)

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  • Fall Fashion | Nine Ways to Upgrade Your Wardrobe

    As the leaves change color, so should your wardrobe. Out with the airy fabrics and light colors and in with traditional earth tones bolstered with bright accents. Use this fall fashion guide to update your look with these timeless, seasonal items that you will undoubtedly come back to for autumns to come.

    Outerwear | DSquared2 Shearling Cotton Bomber Jacket
    Autumn brings two distinct memories; back to school, and colder temperatures. So what better way to start your fall wardrobe update than with a new jacket that features a collegiate vibe. This bomber also has a shearling-lined lapel, keeping it classy yet comfortable in a fabric that saw a lot of runway time in the fall shows. ($2,660)

    Sweater | Vince Rugby-Stripe
    Bold horizontal stripes come back every fall, so an addition like this will be sure to last you year after year. This piece from Vince has an alternating coastal blue and heather brown colorway that can easily fit into your fall color scheme. ($245)

    Cardigan | Jil

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