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Archives: July 2012

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Currently Baking {Cherry-Amond Tart}

 
Miss Renaissance Cherry Almond Tart Miss Renaissance Cherry Almond

 

 

Yes, yes….I know you’ve been dying to continue the Sour Cherry Saga, haven’t you?? Me too…me too. Today I present one of my favorite flavor combos in the WORLD: Cherries (specifically, of the SOUR variety, of course) & Almonds! Yum. This combo always gives me the warm and fuzzy Summer feeling. It’s refreshing and sweet at the same time and this Tart is an excellent way to savior this dream combo. If you haven’t baked with Almond Paste before, don’t worry, it’s basically just a fancy mix of finely ground Almonds and Sugar. It’s deeeelish even on its own (if you love Almonds the way I do.) I have included the Tart filling recipe above, and the crust recipe is the same I used in my recent Strawberry Tart – HERE. I really hope you try this one for yourselves – it’s easy, delicious and an absolute crowd pleaser at parties and dinners!

xo

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Leather Perfection

 
Miss Renaissance Outfit Leather Skirt Miss Renaissance Shoes Miss Renaissance Alice & olivia Leather Skirt Miss Renaissance Celine Bag Miss Renaissance Miss Renaissance Leather and lace Miss Renaissance Cat Bird Rings Miss Renaissance

{Leather Skirt - Alice & Olivia, Lace Blouse – Stella McCartney (old), Shoes – Prada (old), Bag- Celine, Bracelets – J.Crew, Hermes (both old), Watch – Michael Kors, Rings – Initial & Heart Rings – CatBird.}

I literally have been on the hunt for the perfect leather skirt for MONTHS! And finally…..I found this baby! It’s the perfect length, not too sexy or too girly, the pleats are fun & versatile, and this skirt will take me from Summer right through Fall and Winter paired with some opaque tights. I had a fun rooftop party to attend last week, which was the perfect occasion to take my new treasure out for a test drive. I’m happy to report that the buttery leather didn’t wrinkle or warp while sitting, dancing & generally moving around throughout the night! This one is an investment pice worth every penny!!

xo

 
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In a Mood for….

 
Miss Renaissance Moodboard Color Navy & Camel

{Nailpolish: Essie Case Study & Mesmerize, Leather Jacket – Phillip Lim (currently about 60% off!!), Earrings – Bauble Bar, Camel Sunglasses – Oliver Peoples, Blue Sunglasses – Rebecca Minkoff, Striped Bag- Modcloth, Skirt – Topshop, Belt – Linea Pelle, Necklace – J.Crew, Watch – Michael Kors, Bracelet – Citrine by the Stones, Splurge Bag – Givenchy (currently sold out, but check out this gorgeous blue version!), Fun Platform Wedges – MIA, Fancy Suede Shoes – Bottega Veneta (currently on sale for about 50% off!!)}

Happy Friday, Lovelies! TGIF, right!? These beautiful Summer weekends make me reluctantly fear anticipate Fall. And when I think Fall, I think of a switch in color combinations. One of my absolute favorite “Autumnal” combos is Navy & Camel! It’s so classic and elegant, but also fresh and refined with the current saturated and bright navy pieces out there. This inspiration board started with these fun MIA platform shoes…I came across these babies a few weeks ago and was immediately drawn in. They recently arrived, and they’re not only unusual and on-trend, they’re also incredibly comfortable!! What’s your color take as the Summer Season slowly comes to its end?

xo

 
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Color Inspiration {Ombre Blues}

 
Miss Renaissance weekly Color Inspiration

{Lightest Blue – Essie Borrowed & Blue, Medium Blue – OPI No Room for the Blues, Darkest Blue – Essie Mesmerize.}

Ombre, Blue…two of my absolute favorite things – all in one manicure! As you can clearly tell, I’m in love with this week’s color inspiration. This mani would look really nice while laying out by a pool this weekend, right? (Now I just have to find a pool!)

xo

 
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Design Spotlight {Knit Art}

 

Miss Renaissance Nana Van Blaaderen

{The Artist at work.}

I recently came across these designs by Dutch textile artist Nanna van Blaaderen. How amazing  are these wearable sculptures!? She creates many of her designs by hand, using sustainable materials. Animal life and nature are essential sources of inspiration and are recurring themes in her designs. I can’t wait to see more of her installations and creations in the future!

xo