Thursday, March 7, 2013

Spring into Color

Spring into color with these bright and chic earrings!

With Spring just around the corner, make sure you are prepared with a great pair of spring colored earrings. We've put together some of our favorites which you can find here.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Moda Operandi Trunkshow

The House of Lavande Pre-Fall 2013 trunkshow on Moda Operandi has two days left so make sure you visit and pre-order you favorite pieces.

Shop them now before they are all gone!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Julia Child's Beef Bourguignon

With Paris Fashion Week well underway, we decided to switch things up a little bit and put up a recipe with a little French flair. Julia Child was a well known American chef in France, with both a book and a movie of her life. Here we celebrate French food and PFW with her recipe of beef bourguignon.


  • One 6-ounce piece of chunk bacon
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 pounds lean stewing beef, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups red wine, young and full-bodied (like Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhone or Burgundy)
  • 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups brown beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cloves mashed garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • A crumbled bay leaf
  • 18 to 24 white onions, small
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • Herb bouquet (4 parsley sprigs, one-half bay leaf, one-quarter teaspoon thyme, tied in cheesecloth)
  • 1 pound mushrooms, fresh and quartered

  • Cooking Directions

    • Remove bacon rind and cut into lardons (sticks 1/4-inch thick and 1 1/2 inches long). Simmer rind and lardons for 10 minutes in 1 1/2 quarts water. Drain and dry.
    • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
    • Sauté lardons in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a flameproof casserole over moderate heat for 2 to 3 minutes to brown lightly. Remove to a side dish with a slotted spoon.
    • Dry beef in paper towels; it will not brown if it is damp. Heat fat in casserole until almost smoking. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and sauté until nicely browned on all sides. Add it to the lardons.
    • In the same fat, brown the sliced vegetables. Pour out the excess fat.
    • Return the beef and bacon to the casserole and toss with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
    • Then sprinkle on the flour and toss again to coat the beef lightly. Set casserole uncovered in middle position of preheated oven for 4 minutes.
    • Toss the meat again and return to oven for 4 minutes (this browns the flour and coves the meat with a light crust).
    • Remove casserole and turn oven down to 325 degrees.
    • Stir in wine and 2 to 3 cups stock, just enough so that the meat is barely covered.
    • Add the tomato paste, garlic, herbs and bacon rind. Bring to a simmer on top of the stove.
    • Cover casserole and set in lower third of oven. Regulate heat so that liquid simmers very slowly for 3 to 4 hours. The meat is done when a fork pierces it easily.
    • While the beef is cooking, prepare the onions and mushrooms.
    • Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons butter with one and one-half tablespoons of the oil until bubbling in a skillet.
    • Add onions and sauté over moderate heat for about 10 minutes, rolling them so they will brown as evenly as possible. Be careful not to break their skins. You cannot expect them to brown uniformly.
    • Add 1/2 cup of the stock, salt and pepper to taste and the herb bouquet.
    • Cover and simmer slowly for 40 to 50 minutes until the onions are perfectly tender but hold their shape, and the liquid has evaporated. Remove herb bouquet and set onions aside.
    • Wipe out skillet and heat remaining oil and butter over high heat. As soon as you see butter has begun to subside, indicating it is hot enough, add mushrooms.
    • Toss and shake pan for 4 to 5 minutes. As soon as they have begun to brown lightly, remove from heat.
    • When the meat is tender, pour the contents of the casserole into a sieve set over a saucepan.
    • Wash out the casserole and return the beef and lardons to it. Distribute the cooked onions and mushrooms on top.
    • Skim fat off sauce in saucepan. Simmer sauce for a minute or 2, skimming off additional fat as it rises. You should have about 2 1/2 cups of sauce thick enough to coat a spoon lightly.
    • If too thin, boil it down rapidly. If too thick, mix in a few tablespoons stock. Taste carefully for seasoning.
    • Pour sauce over meat and vegetables. Cover and simmer 2 to 3 minutes, basting the meat and vegetables with the sauce several times.
    • Serve in casserole, or arrange stew on a platter surrounded with potatoes, noodles or rice, and decorated with parsley.

    Monday, March 4, 2013

    House of Lavande | Moda Operandi

    There are four more days to shop the pre-fall House of Lavande collection over at Moda Operandi

    The Les Années Follies collection is divided into two groups, the Zelda, and the Josephine. Inspired by two iconic women of the roaring twenties, Zelda Fitzgerald, and Josephine Baker, this collection embodies the decadence and excess that was the roaring twenties. 

    Pre-order your pieces today!

    Friday, March 1, 2013

    Trunk Show

    Don't forget, today is our trunk show at Neiman Marcus Palm Beach! 

    Come out until 4pm to shop our new Resort 2013 Collection

    Thursday, February 28, 2013

    Get the Look: Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba has been spotting in many of our pieces, sparking much interest in "where and how" to get it. Here we give you one of our favorite outfits from her, while wearing House of Lavande, and show you how you can recreate the look.

    1. Givenchy Quilted Large Lucrezia Duffel
    2. House of Lavande Vintage 1920s Unsigned Heart Necklace
    3. House of Lavande Resort 2013 Collection, Everglades Shark's Tooth Necklace
    4. Helmut, Helmut Lang Tucked Linen Pullover

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

    Paris Street Style

    Photographer Kuba Dabrowski takes it to the street, capturing the best fashion week looks from Paris. We can't get enough of all the different winter styles including hats!

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

    House of Lavande Resort Collection at Neiman Marcus

    Have you heard? The House of Lavande Resort 2013 trunk show is this Friday at Neiman Marcus! Stop in to check out the collection, and indulge in a sweet treat anytime on Friday.
    See you there!

    Monday, February 25, 2013

    Oscars 2013: Best Dressed

    Last night the A-ilst of Hollywood brought their A game to the red carpet for one of the biggest events of the year, the Academy Awards. It is almost impossible for us to pick a favorite look of the night, so here is a collection of a few of our favorites. For all of the red carpet coverage, and complete list of winners, check out

     Jessica Chastain in Custom Georgio Armani // Jennifer Lawrence in Dio Haute Couture // 
    Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture // Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta
    Kerry Washington in Miu Miu // Anne Hathaway in Prada // Jennifer Garner in Gucci // Amanda Seyfried in custom Alexander McQueen

    Friday, February 22, 2013

    Neiman Marcus Palm Beach

    Mark your calendar, ladies! One week from today we will be holding another trunk show with Neiman Marcus to showcase our Resort 2013 Collection.. this time in Palm Beach. We can't wait to see all of you there!

    Thursday, February 21, 2013

    Who's Wearing What

    Jamie King wearing a House of Lavande Vintage necklace to the Rebecca Minkoff Show at NYFW tonight

    Mary Elizabeth Winstead wearing a House of Lavande Vintage necklace to the Vanity Fair Vanities Calendar launch at Chateau Marmont last night

    Mary Elizabeth Winstead wore a turquoise House of Lavande Vintage ring to The Wrap Pre-Oscar Event Selena Gomez, this time wearing House of Lavande Vintage earrings and ring to the Madrid photocall for 'Spring Breakers' 

    Selena Gomez in House of Lavande Resort 2013 Collection Everglades shark's tooth necklace

    Selena Gomez in House of Lavande Resort 2013 Collection Everglades shark's tooth necklace

     Emmy Rossum in House of Lavande Vintage earrings & ring for her appearance on Live with Kelly & Michael

    Emmy Rossum wore HOL Vintage earrings to the Cinema Society screening of 'Beautiful Creatures' in NY

    Sandra Oh wearing a House of Lavande brooch on the shoulder of her dress at the NAACP Awards

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    LFW: Burberry A/W 2013

    Burberry is always one of the top shows presented during London Fashion Week but this year it was number one. With exquisite designs and inspirational beauty looks, Burberry was unlike any show we could have imagined in its specially constructed tent in Kensington Gardens.

    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

    Food For Life: Yoga Pot

    This recipe is from one of our favorite vegetarian websites, Green Kitchen Stories, it is a hearty, healthy and warm dish that is very much welcome with the cold temperatures that have been lingering around.

    1 tbsp coconut or olive oil
    1 yellow onion, chopped
    2 cloves of garlic, chopped
    1 tbsp of fresh ginger, chopped 
    1/2 tsp of dried chili
    1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper
    1 tsp of cinnamon
    1 head of broccoli cut into large pieces
    2 lare carrots cut into large pieces
    1/2 fennel, sliced
    1 small zucchini cut into large pieces
    2 cans of plum tomatoes
    1/2 cup of red lentils
    1 handful of fresh spices, coriander, (cilantro) and timian
    1 can of kidney beans or chickpeas

    Heat coconut oil in a pot, add onion, garlic, ginger and all of the spices. When those have softened, add in broccoli, carrots, fennel and zucchini and saute for around 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, lentils and the fresh spices and let boil for at least 45 minutes. Add beans and let boil for 5 more minutes. Eat as is, or serve over your favorite type of whole grain rice!

    Monday, February 18, 2013

    LFW 2013 Street Style

    New York Fashion Week may be over but it's only the beginning of London Fashion Week, which is showcasing Autumn Winter 2013 collections. While the runways are filled with inspiration and style previews, the streets are equally as filled with style. Here are some of our favorite street style snaps from day one, two and three.

    Friday, February 15, 2013

    Pre-Fall Style Trend: The Colorfully Coated

    The pre-fall trends are here, and they are fabulous! The first on our trend list, is the delightfully fun, colorful coat. Add a bit of pop to your fall wardrobe with any of these gorgeous frocks!

    Rochas // Erdem // Stella McCartney // Cedric Charlier // Derek Lam  // Jonathan Saunders
    *photos courtesy of

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

    Fall 2013 Collections

    The Fall Collections are well underway and we can't stop obsessing over the looks. With tons of burnt oranges, multiple looks in navy and cool creams you... you can't go wrong. Here we've put together some of our favorite Fall RTW looks thus far from four prestige designers: Jenny Packham, Elie Tahari, Victoria Beckham and DVF.

    Victoria, Victoria Beckham

    Diane von Furstenberg

    Elie Tahari

    Jenny Packham

    Photos via

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    Street Style: NYFW 2013

    One of our favorite things about Fashion week is of course the street style, and no one captures it better than Tommy Ton! Check out some of the gorgeous and not to mention very fun looks from this past week. (You can see them all over at as well). Also be sure to check out our Fashion Week recap! 

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    Neiman's Trunk Show

    If you're in the South Florida area, make sure to come by Neiman Marcus tomorrow in Boca for our trunk show! We will have our new Resort 2013 Collection (and delicious goodies)

    Valentine's Day Jewelry

    Valentines Day is right around the corner (well, on Thursday) and if you haven't gotten your valentine something special yet, why not jewelry? Here are our favorite Valentine's Day inspired vintage pieces that we think are perfect for the holiday!

    All pieces available at House of Lavande

    Monday, February 11, 2013

    2013 Grammy Awards

    At last night's Grammys, we were tuned in with high expectations of the red carpet arrivals, and performances from our favorite musicians. Rihanna looked stunning in Azzedine Alaia, and Florence Welch rocked Givenchy as only she can. Check out our highlights below, and hop on over to to watch any of the performances you may have missed!

    Rihanna in Azzedine Alaia //  Florence Welch in Givenchy // Katy Perry in Gucci // Jennifer Lopez in Anthony Vaccarello // Beyonce in Osman Yousefzada

    Adam Levine // Taylor Swift // Mumford and Sons // Alicia Keyes // Justin Timberlake and Jay Z // Elton John and Ed Sheeran

    Friday, February 8, 2013

    Who's Wearing What

    Alexis Bledel wearing House of Lavande Vintage to the 2013 SAG Awards

    Sarah Jessica Parker wearing a House of Lavande Vintage necklace for her appearance on Live! With Kelly & Michael last week.

    Sophia Bush looking casually chic at the farmer's market over the weekend. Love her House of Lavande shark's tooth necklace!

    Kerry Washington in House of Lavande Vintage earrings on Good Morning America

    Kerry Washington wore House of Lavande Vintage earrings for her appearance at ABC Studios this morning.

    Julie Bowen wearing House of Lavande Lavande Vintage stacked channel set bracelets