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a secret forest
Los Angeles
Magical pastries made in Los Angeles
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Jan 31, 2011
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Jan 28, 2011
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I love Michelle Obama. How lucky are we to have such an elegant and classy First Lady? The days of Jackie O. are long gone, but I really think Michelle Obama is our generations Jackie. She exudes such grace to me. I love her style. I was reminded of her... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2011 at a secret forest
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Jan 13, 2011
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Jan 13, 2011
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Jan 13, 2011
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In my sugar addled, ballerina twirling mind, all of these images share a common thread. Quite often lately, I've been quietly visiting these images for various reasons. This post doesn't exactly make a lot of sense if I try and describe it, so I'm letting the pictures be the narrative.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2011 at a secret forest
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This weekend marked the beginning of a mysterious and exciting seven month exploration of sorts for me. I went in with an open mind, but was a little nervous - fear of the unknown and so on. On my drive to our opening session this song came on. I don't... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2011 at a secret forest
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There's something so over-the-top wonderful about gigantic cocktail rings. They remind me of playing dress up as a little girl and scavengering through my grandmother's jewelry box. Fancy ridiculous rings are like grown up candy, don't you think? Huge ostentatious rings are always a conversation starter. They are really the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at a secret forest
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I am a total sucker for great packaging old and new. These first few items are among my favorite examples of drool worthy package design. Gorgeous blue Lanvin boxes with black satin ribbons are the stuff of dreams to me. Buying something lovely and special is a thousand times more... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2011 at a secret forest
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Here's a fun little dancey clip from the 1942 movie "The Powers Girl" featuring Benny Goodman and his orchestra and a bevvy of rainy day dancers. I've been a little (very) obsessed with vintage umbrellas lately, and this clip is rainy day dancing perfection. Enjoy! To read a little bit... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2011 at a secret forest
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Can you believe that today is the last day of 2010? Where on earth did the time go? I'm quite glad this year is over and we can all begin anew. I hope you all have a wonderful, happy, safe, dance and sugar filled New Years tonight. You have to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2010 at a secret forest
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Oh celluloid, lesser stepsister of vintage glamour bakelite, I love you. I first fell in love with you a million years back at an Art Deco exhibit and sale when I stumbled upon a display of deco era swirly celluloid flower place holders. They were so pretty and tiny and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2010 at a secret forest
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I know that sometimes we are all just in the mood to watch beautiful vintage footage of bellydancing, and tonight was one of those nights. I went on Youtube and put in just that - "vintage belly dancing," and a bunch of really incredible clips came up of Egyptian bellydancer... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2010 at a secret forest
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Yesterday, we celebrated National Sacher Torte Day. Who knew? Don't you just love historic confections that have their very own day devoted to them? This chocolate and apricot cake was created in a moment of panic by a sixteen year old baking apprentice, Franz Sacher in 1832. The "coachman of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2010 at a secret forest
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Tonight we celebrate the first day of Hanukkah. Happy Hanukkah everyone! I think we can all agree that the world really needs lots of light right now. Eat latkes and chocolate gelt and twirl the dreidel. To read all about the festival of lights, click here. Enjoy! I couldn't do... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2010 at a secret forest
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I have a zillion files on my computer of dreamy internet finds. I'm also notorious for saving images and not crediting them, if you see a picture that is yours and would like me to credit it, just send me an email and I will gladly credit you. This is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2010 at a secret forest
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This morning while speaking to my fairy godmother, Raleigh, I was asked if I had lit a candle today and made a wish yet? I didn't know what the significance of this day held so I asked her. She had let me know that on the Wednesday of the fortieth... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2010 at a secret forest
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My uncle Billy is a bit of an eccentric. He is an avid antiques collector and has filled his tiny Hollywood apartment to the ceiling (literally) with highly covetable treasures. The words Baccarat, Louis XIV secretaire, Cartier, Elsa Peretti, Hermes, Nouveau Eqyptienne, etc. were part of the language of fancy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2010 at a secret forest
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The holidays are upon us and the mail seems to be overflowing with holiday catalogs. Admittedly, I don't really pay attention to any of this mail clutter, except for the Barney's New York catalogs. Yesterday, I received their "Have a Very Foodie Holiday" and was instantly smitten. Of course everything... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2010 at a secret forest
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Thank you for checking out my blog. Although I haven't had much time to update it, many more pastries and pretty things to come shortly. Thank you for sticking around! Our new website is underway! Lots of new flavors are baking too. Next week brings us a kitchen. With four... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2010 at a secret forest
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I've been known to use copious amounts of Swan's Down cake flour. I don't care if inside most professional kitchens cake flour is nowhere in sight and AP dominates the dry storage. Cake flour is soft and lovely and makes your baked treats light and fluffy. I especially love the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at a secret forest
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Enjoy this fantastic disco dream clip of Boney M's "Felicidad." How can you not dance to this song?? Boney M really does have killer dance moves and stellar outfits to match! You can read all about Boney M here. Hope everyone had a restful weekend! Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2010 at a secret forest
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Way back in the strobe light flicker days of Hollywood in the late 60's and 70's, existed a little clothing boutique known simply as "Fandango." Run by Minnesota transplants Marni and Billy Zats (my mother and uncle), with the help of seamstresses Oni, Yoshi, Alba, and Elizabeth, Marni and Billy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2010 at a secret forest