Archive | February, 2011

Thinking about Chocolate at the Pen – The Peninsula Hotel Chicago

28 Feb
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For you Chicagoans, the Peninsula’s all you can eat chocolate bar buffet, is to die for!

Why, I am here thinking about it?  I am planning to go to Chicago in a couple of weeks and it was the first thing I thought about!

I am not sure whether if you have something similar in your area…..but if not, take some pointers from here!

The Peninsula Chicago has rave reviews for their fine cuisine; but the showstopper is the Chocolate Buffet!  In my couple of experience, it;s not stuffy at all, no fussy elaborate desserts, just chocolate!

From 8 p.m.-midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, an all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet features between 10 and 15 high-end confections (when available), including cinnamon truffles, chocolate-dipped strawberries and chocolate pot de crème, plus beverages like lavender-scented white chocolate cocoa. There’s dark and white and chocolate cakes!

It’s chocolate..well… HEAVEN! They even have a children’s price.  And the entertainment is all that jazz!  Jazz music that is!

If spending the night at the hotel, in the morning for breakfast their chocolate croissants are to die for!  Sometimes, even if we live in an area; we never venture out to experience the offers the hotels provide visitors.

It’s a wonderful to try!  It would be great, to make a date.  Go downtown and have an enjoyable time!  Have I gotten you wanting some chocolate?   Sorry!  No, I am not! <giggle>

Letia 😉

The Peninsula Chicago Hotel

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27 Feb


Aviva Stanoff New York, Unique and Divine!

27 Feb

A few years back, I remember meeting this brilliant young lady at one of the Home Design shows I’d attended and was completely blown away by her creativity.

Her name is Aviva and is the owner of Aviva Stanoff New York!  From starting in 1999; to having her studio – based in Brooklyn, NY in the Dumbo section; her designs get better and better!

I always instantly recognize her designs and are undeniably sorted after by many decorators and designers to add that unique and divine touch to complete a project!

From custom glass vases ; wedding centerpieces and the extraordinary glamorous pillows.

Her Far East traditions and inspirational surroundings continue to be a beautiful catalyst in taking textiles to the next level each and every time.

Lovely creations by hand-dyeing, etching and often times painting into special pieces.  No two are the same!

The pieces are not only great conversation pieces; but are offered in a multi-array of color tones, patterns and density.

If you are looking for something beautiful and unique for a bridal shower, your wedding; there are really some nice items and custom work is also offered too.

Perhaps, if you want to give a unique gift;  there are many collections to choose from <many!>.  From Stationery, journals, table runners to lavender satchels; all hand-made to give the thought of special!

Letia 🙂

Photos by aviva stanoff new york (Luis Bruno), Ginkgo Vase collection, Ostrich on Twilight pillows in Kohl and Powder.

Steven Klein, Indeed More Than a Fashion Photographer!!!

24 Feb

Catching up on my reading <a pile of 25 magazines to get to>. I was looking at this particular article in a three-year old Fashion Rocks Fifth Anniversary magazine, fascinated by this photograph!

When reviewing magazines, I always look at detail.  The lighting was absolutely perfect.

Every item was clearly depicted in the photograph.  From the ring nose, the rings on the model’s fingers to the wood grain on the staircase banister!

It’s about being able see each article of clothing in the photograph, which was definitely achieved .  S o I am reading the ‘See information’; trying to know more about the photographer, nothing found really!

So, I surf the internet and find out more about him…Steven Klein!  Smiling to myself,  because I knew he really had to be someone BIG;  for the photograph told it all!  Reading about him he is a genius in his own right!  Found out that his photos have contributed to the success of  many celebrities!

From Brittney Spears, Madonna, Brad Pitt to Lady GaGA!   He has worked on many campaigns, high-profile campaigns to be exact,  Calvin Klein, D&G, the late Alexander McQueen;  to name just a few!    Owns his own production company <he directed Lady GaGa’s controversial video Alejandro> and is,  as I always say… on the move!

Yep!  I got all this from a photograph; you’re saying!  It did it’s job, to have the reader intrigued!   Here’s the picture, the clothes are portraying a Paul Wentz look and a few other photos! Fashion, decorating, videos  – all need a creative base to get YOU interested!  I may be late in knowing about him, but  Steven Klein you definitely rock!

Video will only play in YouTube, press YouTube logo at bottom right-hand side to be directed to play..its a great biography of Steven Klein.  

Letia 🙂

All photos by Steven Klein

Does Your Bathroom Have Personality?

23 Feb

Part 3 of “Does It Go Great Together” series.    Whether it’s the powder room or your bathroom, it always amazes me – how this is the one area that is sometimes forgotten.   It matters! Many people think, that it’s the least of their worries; in and out!

You ever visited someone’s home and it is really put together.   Then you ask where is the powder room or bathroom and there is always an explanation on the way; about the decor “We’ve really haven’t gotten around to renovating it”. 🙂

Remembering reading in a 2008 Domino Magazine article, it brought attention to just that! How these rooms need personality and it really doesn’t take too much effort to do so!

It doesn’t mean gutting out walls and floors.   A little work, not too much to include the bathroom or powder room; bringing cohesiveness with the rest of the home.  Here are some changes you can do?

  • Wallpaper  adds depth and character.
  • A Mirror is key,  replace with an oversize mirror, forgo the traditional medicine cabinet mirror.
  • Do a sink update with an affordable pedestal,with a clean lined basin.
  • If you have a window, you have light! To add more, try some sconces on the side of the mirror.
  • For the toilet seat, there are wood seats and a variety of colors too.
  • Flooring – can be expensive, so nice bath rugs can do the trick.
  • Some nice towels, bath accessories, soaps and candles.
  • Declutterize!

Lowes® and Home Depot® have some affordable selections and don’t be afraid to use wallpaper, they have some great patterns!

It’s all about change and even if you can’t do some of the things I’ve listed at this time.  A cosmetic change like  new bathroom towels or bath rugs can also do the trick too!

Letia 🙂

* Rita Konig Domino magazine editor,

Great Decorating at!

22 Feb

I am always asked where do I find most of my decorating items.   Looking for something; but don’t know where?

Or you maybe looking for a certain feel that you are trying to convey, like a time period.    Popular among young adults, Urban Outfitters is also a wonderful site for decorating, which you may be interested in!

From window treatments to wallpaper, their items are quite wonderful.  Great choices for apartment dwellers and great essentials for those living in a home.

Recently asked to help to find seating for a small area at a boutique, the owner’s color scheme was very precise.  Velvet, turquoise, purples and Victorian modern!

Since I’m working with a small area, I was looking for a settee, some may think it’s a chaise – but the difference is a settee has two arms, where a chaise only has one; which slightly higher.  Just a little decorating one on one! 🙂

UrbanOutfitters helped me a lot!  Velvet curtains in purple,  a tufted settee in turquoise, a multi-colored shag rug!

Now the shag rug only came in one size, about 3 ft x 2 ft.; tagged for the price about $28.00.

So to accommodate the area in front of the settee, 8 needed and will be sewn together!

To add charm, I also saw these door knobs as curtain tiebacks!

It’s really the basics with some color.  Yet utterly inviting and a personal taste of the owner, it works!

Given the OK, orders are being placed and looking for small table and accessories next (pillows, coat racks, etc)!

Urban Outfitters Home Sweet Home has some really nice items,  being creative is fun!  So take a look!

Letia 🙂

How About Some Fashion Arm Candy?

21 Feb

Everyone now and then enjoys candy!  It gives people pleasure, while sitting for an appointment, it helps you to wait patiently until called; it satisfies a craving and it’s the one thing that you can share with great ease.

Have you every wondered about the candy wrapper?  Yeah, the wrapper!  Well, it’s being put to great  use.

Sustainable living, as more and more efforts are put forth to recycle, to use organic foods and materials; fashion is right along with it!

Nahui Ollin designer Olga Abadi discovered the ancient Mayan technique of binding everyday materials into handbags at a cultural festival in Mexico; taking this technique and created fashionable handbags, made of what?  Candy wrappers!!!!

It takes about 4,000 defective candy wrappers  and about 4 days to make a handbag.  Before allowing the wrappers to end up at a landfill, they are rescued!

The company has broaden the materials to soda bottle wrappers, comics, newspapers and gum wrappers!  The items are quite durable.

So the goal is quite clear!  Rescue, recycle and recreate!

The prices range from affordable to high-end.

There are many varieties of  bags.  Great gift ideas for a young person, a friend who is eco-friendly conscious or just having a fun item; the Nahui Ollin handbags are a great choice!

Now gals who are looking for some arm candy; this is sure one way to get it!

Letia 🙂

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