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Kristin Mengin
Editor of the CHOU POMME BLOG about living, design, and things.
Interests: Family, design, and everything beautiful.
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Healthy eating has never really been top of mind at our house. We usually eat, drink, and be merry indulging in delicate cream sauces, rib-eye roasts, mashed fingerling potatoes, sauteed green beans with creme fraiche, pasta carbonara, wine, cheese, italian subs (the real deal ones), lox and bialys, homemade mayonnaise,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at CHOU POMME
Summer project: organize the children's toys. We need a little family zen, clear spaces = clear minds kind of thing. There are toys in every room of the house. An empty pamper box full of baby Alec's toys. The kitchen, Isabelle's waiting for dinner toys. An excer-saucer that you have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at CHOU POMME
7 things for Isabelle's beach birthday party: 1. Invitation from the Paperless Post (online or paper cards) 2/3. Knot and Bow blue mix garland and neon red heart stickers 4. Mini pinatas via Anthropologie (these also can be done on your own like this) 5. DIY party hats via 100... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at CHOU POMME
It's time to deal with all that baby weight and there is only one solution: Do It Yourself. Discipline. Exercise. And hard ass work. Let's face it. It doesn't just happen to you. I'll be printing this out this pretty picture of Cindy and sticking it on the fridge. Heck,... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at CHOU POMME
Our picnic in the Jardin du Luxembourg deconstructed. First a shop at our most favorite and special grocery store - Le Grand Epicerie Paris 1. Fresh bread 2. Smoked salmon (Le saumon d’Écosse Kaspia) 3. Fines de claires oysters, you can read more about these types of oysters here 4.... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at CHOU POMME
I think when travelling with small children the right apartment rental can be the equivilant of staying at the Ritz. Me, husband, toddler, and new baby in a hotel room. HA HA HA let's be serious. Housekeeping may swing by every day to make the beds and take the breakfast... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2014 at CHOU POMME
We made a stop at the Liberty store while we were in London. You don't see a store that cool every day. I purchased a few meters of fabric for the grandmas. I bought Delilah Cavendish C Tana Lawn for my mom. She is going to give me my first... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at CHOU POMME
PARIS. GERMANY. LONDON. We are going to where bits and pieces of the old world still live for a little while. It will be long before I post again because I go back to work from maternity leave the day after we get back to the states (Ahh!). This will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at CHOU POMME
Good recipes are hard to find but every once in a while you find a gem. I've made this apple tart from Alexa Cooks several times and the crowd loves it. Easy to make, pretty to look at. Pefect for entertaining. My version uses 1/8 cup of sugar and 2... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at CHOU POMME
Messy hair five ways: simple braid, down and uncombed, high ponytaill, bun, and half up knot. I’ve joined the embrace messy hair movement. Putting a tremendous amount of time and effort into my hair and makeup never feels right. Towards the end of my pregnancy I started wearing a lot... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at CHOU POMME
10 things I bought to improve my post pregnancy style: 1. Natural white jersey top (1-6 via H&M) 2. Gray top in slub jersey 3. Dark gray fine-knit sweater 4. White/Blue striped top 5. Taupe draped top 6. Black v-neck blouse 7. Gap 1969 curvy skinny indigo jeans: I’m not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at CHOU POMME
4 things made of wood and delicate precious metals: Dorothea Prühl fish necklace made of cherry wood Fay Andrada suippo bracelets in brass, black copper, or silver Another Feather oxidized brass rod earrings All of Jennie Kwon's ring designs I'm in the market for some new accessories and these are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at CHOU POMME
Beauty is on my mind as Chicago prepares for another round of single digit temps, dry skin, and cabin fever. Being covered in baby spit up is really helping too:) These ladies make beauty seem effortless. Just how do they do it?! Don't answer that. I'm sure it has nothing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at CHOU POMME
1. ikea high gloss shelving unit 2. ikea branas basket 3. ikea kasset boxes 4. plum and bow medium vase from Urban Outfitters 5. ikea riffa basket 6. globe from internet google 7. hand painted window sill pots via anthropologie 8. Eisenhower mid century chair via houzz 9. one of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2014 at CHOU POMME
Places No. 1 San Francisco, California With the arrival of our friend the Polar Vortex here in Chicago, I've been seriously questioning my permanent place of residence on this Earth. There are a million things I love about Chicago, summers by the lake, architecture, and food but the bottom line... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at CHOU POMME
A Valentine's gift guide for him, For the fiscally responsible: Bellroy note sleeve wallet For the artist: Arrows linoleum block print via PerlaAnne Etsy shop For the world traveler: Herschel little america backpack from Mr. Simple For those guys weathering the polar vortex of Chicago: Norse Projects John Cotton Wool... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2014 at CHOU POMME
A Valentine's Day gift guide for kiddo: a card from Etsy shop Happy Cactus Designs, plush toys from Etsy shop Woodland Tale, and a date at your finest local bakery. Isabelle LOVES to go on what I call bakery dates to get fresh doughnuts. I'll take her in early morning... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at CHOU POMME
A Valentine's Day gift guide for her: bright pink peonies vs. roses (photograph by Kari Herer - she is amazing), the best chocolates in the world from La Maison du Chocolat, Orly Genger by Jacklyn Mayer necklace and Huit lingerie from one of my favorite online shops the Lille Boutique.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at CHOU POMME
brass (bra:s) n a. A yellowish alloy of copper and zinc, sometimes including small amounts of other metals, but usually 67 percent copper and 33 percent zinc. b. Ornaments, objects, or utensils made of this alloy. c. BEAUTIFUL when done well. This cool home in Brooklyn features brass in almost... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at CHOU POMME
Things to help get organized: mid century shop display from Fab, Me and Arrow key chain, Munn straw basket, And so it goes large mesh bag, brass number clip set from Spartan. Staying organized best practices: 1) one item in means one item out 2) no transferring of clutter from... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at CHOU POMME
Gabriel Alexander (going by Alec) January 12, 2014 1:26am 7lb 1oz It's a boy! Isabelle is thrilled to be a big sister and everyone is happy and healthy at home. We are learning how to take care of a newborn all over again while drinking lattes and sleep walking. I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at CHOU POMME
With baby on the way any minute now, I have things for newborns and big sisters on the mind. From top to bottom, right to left: Tane hat and socks, Gray Label hooded jumpsuit, ABC Home Collection honey stars storage bin, Jellycat vintage panda, Smiling Planet lion roar print sheet... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at CHOU POMME
A few things for her from top to bottom: Gabriela Artigas jewelry, BlackbirdAndTheOwl clutch, messy ombre hair, Coclico shoes, and Anthropologie trotter buckle booties. Tones: black, brown, and gold Textures: wood and leather Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at CHOU POMME
Happy New Year! Inspiration for the year from Pablo Picasso: drawing of Francoise Gilot, horse line drawing, dove of peace, dachshund line drawing, mother and child sketch. I'm always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso A few... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at CHOU POMME
loving the new shop!
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