CELEBS: Is this for real or for PR?

If you are in Rome for your honeymoon, would you stop for an al fresco bite at McDonald’s? That’s what Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chen were photographed eating during their honeymoon. Do you think this is for real or a PR strategy to show that the billions Mark has made hasn’t gone to his head.

FASHION: Real vs Fake Guatamala bag….

Lets discuss the fact that the bag Cholula brought me back from Guatamala is being copied by Anthropologie? Not only is mine better cause it’s from Guatamala and was a gift from my dear friend but, the pattern is on both sides of the bag whereas the one from Anthropologie only has the pattern on one side. Suckers.

My bag, from Guatamala courtesy of Cholula
bag from Anthropologie

FASHION: What to wear to a Nymphs and Satyrs party?

Once a decade my friend’s family throws a Nymphs and Satyrs party on their farm. I’m very excited to be invited this year slash am stressing out over what to wear. My dilemma is this:
1. I hate to wear white.
2. I’m not comfortable in dresses.
3. I am not a fan of my arms.
4. I used spray sunscreen in Montecito and I didn’t rub it in so my arms have these weird splotches on them. I should have taken up Bronxville C on her offer to sit at her pool today. I really need to sort out this tragic arm tan (however, maybe if people look at the weird tan lines they won’t notice the lack of definition on my arms.
5. I hate white and dresses.

My feelings aside I need to embrace the attire and go with it. So today I went shopping and found the below dress at Zara. I know it’s more “Victorian” but can I put a flower crown on my head and call it a day as a Nymph?

CELEBS: I’ve had a Michael Fassbender weekend….

It started Thursday night when I caught “X-Men: First Class” on HBO… And then “Jane Eyre”, also on HBO, aired on Friday. Mr. Rochester is one of my favorite literary characters. He’s just as brooding as Mr. Darcy and Michael Fassbender did a fantastic job.

While I was on the Fassbender kick I decided I should watch “A Dangerous Method” on Saturday. It was quite good and worth buying OnDemand. The Fasbender weekend ended with me watching “Shame” at the gym today. I downloaded it three weeks ago, when I was in Florida but decided to wait on watching it cause I had just finished the “Fifty Shades” trilogy and felt a little pervy watching “Shame” right afterwards.

I know what you are thinking, “It’s not pervy to watch at the gym?”. It totally was. Especially since I was seated in-between two old people and all the elipticals behind me were taken. Had anyone looking at my iPad not seen “Shame” they probably thought I was watching porn.

Btw: while I was watching Michael Fassbender all weekend the actor was in Monaco, with his ginger beard, for the Formula 1 Race.

CELEBS: Kristen Stewart attends the “Cosmopolis” Cannes premiere with Tom Sturridge…

Kristen Stewart wore a red Reem Acra dress for the Cannes premiere of her boyfriend, Robert Pattinson’s film, “Cosmopolis”. Rather than attending with her bf, she went with his best friend and “On The Road” co-star, Tom Sturridge.

FOOD: Recipe – Jody Williams’ Brandade

I love the Brandade at Buvette and worship the fact chef, Jody Williams shared her recipe.

A mixture of salt cod and olive oil, this has its origins in France, Italy, and Spain.

Prep Time
15 minutes,
Total Time
45 minutes, plus 3 days soaking
Makes 4 1/2 cups brandade, Serves 8

1/2 pound salt cod, 1 cup whole milk, 2 cups heavy cream, 5 garlic cloves, 2 large russet potatoes, peeled and chopped, 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, Salt, Slices of toasted or grilled country bread.

Soak cod, skin removed, in water, covered and refrigerated, for 3 days (change water twice daily). Drain, and cut into small pieces. Simmer milk, cream, garlic, and potatoes until potatoes are fork-tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Add salt cod, and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes. Reserving 1 cup liquid, transfer mixture to a large bowl. Add olive oil in a slow, steady stream, stirring until mixture is almost smooth, and adding liquid if needed. Season with salt to taste, and drizzle with oil, if desired. Serve with warm bread.

from Martha Stewart Living