Week Forty-three: Fall Baking + New Books

There’s something about the first cool days of fall that makes me want to fire up the oven and bake a batch of cookies. As I’ve felt off my game since moving to the land of metric, I decided to take a French Pastry class over the weekend, in hopes that it would a) get me more comfortable with cooking in celsius and grams and b) motivate me to start using our London kitchen. Pictured above are the fruit tartlets I made (the class covered tartelets, financiers and choux puffs: a perfect mix). To keep the momentum going, I’m lucky to have two new baking books to refer to:

bertinet pastry

excerpt from “pastry”

Bertinet Pastry: Richard Bertinet’s book will serve not only as the “missing manual” for my weekend class but as a full-range pastry master class I can tackle at my leisure. From sausage rolls to savory tarts to chouqettes to tartes Normandes (pictured on the cover): it’s all here. The author’s acclaimed Bertinet Kitchen in Bath (west of London) offers a full range of classes for those ready to venture beyond the “101″ level, and there’s a Bertinet Bakery, too, in case all you want to do is tame your sweet tooth. While Bertinet Pastry was first published in the UK in 2012; the fall 2013 edition, from Chronicle Books, was revised to reflect US weights and measures.

butter baked goods

excerpt from “butter”

Butter Baked Goods: is there anything more tempting than a pastry shop, awash in frosting and pretty pastels? Not for me, and I’m a crazy fangirl for Vancouver’s Butter Baked Goods. It’s rare that I can leave Dean & Deluca without a package of their perfectly packaged, delicious marshmallows, and a stop at Butter was a must when my family visited Vancouver. As such, I’ve been eagerly anticipating owner Rosie Daykin’s just-published book: the recipes cover the range of Butter’s nostalgic menu, including muffins, cakes, cookies, and yes, the marshmallow recipe. The book is beautifully photographed, and serves not only as a lovely souvenir of my visit, but as a way to bring a little “Butter” to the UK.

image credits: tarts photo by jane potrykus; bertinet from chroniclebooks; butter baked goods from butterbakedgoods.com excerpts from both books photographed by jane potrykus

** advance copies of the books were provided at my request. no promise of editorial coverage was given.

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Week Forty-two: Laura Stoddart Prints + More!

magnolia man

As a long-time fan of Laura Stoddart‘s elegant yet quirky illustration style, I’m thrilled that she is now offering a range of limited-edition giclée prints in two sizes: the smaller print measures 14.5×19 cm, and the larger option is 19×28 cm. I’ve always thought her artwork was meant to be framed and dipslayed, yet could never bring myself to cut up one of her books to do so.

storm in a tea cup

keeping cool

Plus, happy news for Laura Stoddart fans in the States! Hester & Cook is about to launch a line of Laura Stoddart Kitchen Papers with a chair theme including notecards, gift wrap, place cards, and coasters (and more).  A sneak peek is pictured below, but keep checking the Hester & Cook website** as they’ll be available shortly.

notecards (l) and gift wrap (r)

images of prints courtesy of laura stoddart. hester & cook diptych images courtesy of hester & cook.

** hester & cook will ship internationally: if interested, please email sales(at)hesterandcook.com for a quote.

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Week Forty-one: Simple Pretty Picks / October 2013

A few October discoveries that became instant favorites:

  1. Ruler Diary: 2013 is still going strong, but Present & Correct got me to commit to a 2014 planner with this brilliant specimen. Love the utilitarian ruler cover, plus the inside is laid out perfectly for my daily note jotting + memory saving.
  2. Le Labo/Gaiac 10: Le Labo’s city exclusives are available worldwide until the 15th, and then the vault closes for a spell. Gaiac 10, Tokyo’s city scent, is a subtle woody musk that rounds out my Musc 25 and Rose 31 Le Labo arsenal. (Le Labo is all I wear, fragrance-wise.)
  3. Chanel Rouge Coco Shine/”Rebelle”: I am powerless when I come across a good red lipstick and Rebelle is a subtle, sheer, and natural red with plenty of shine. Sold.**
  4. Organic by John Patrick long-sleeve shirttail/”putty”: simply put, the best tees. Lightweight, but with great shape and perfect-for-Jane colors. I wear them to death + should buy in bulk. (I hope they add pink or slate blue for spring.)
  5. Rococo Chocolates/Organic Milk Chocolate Sea Salt Wafers: sure, the box is gorgeous, but the chocolate inside is even better. Sweet + salty goodness, and the wafer size makes it an (almost) guilt-free daily treat.

image credits: 1. presentandcorrect.com 2.sparklymatters.wordpress.com 3. chanel.com 4. millmercantile.com 5. jane potrykus // layout and type by jane potrykus

** i realize that this is the second month in a row i’ve recommended a sheer, red lipstick. trust me, this one is worth the repetition.

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Paris Spring 2014: Gauchère

look 11

New-to-me Paris line Gauchère showed a spring collection that is perfectly utilitarian luxe. Designer Marie-Christine Statz’s designs have considered texture and detail (see the weaved bodice in look 11), yet maintain an overall clean aesthetic. See the complete collection at WWD* (where I discovered it) or at Gauchère Paris. One to watch.

look 14

look 2

image credits: photos courtesy of gauchère for wwd.com

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Week Forty: Moontree Letterpress

moontree arboretum collection

Moontree Letterpress designer/printer Rebecca Kutys consistently turns out simple yet impeccable letterpress work from her studio in Bucks County, PA. The details in Rebecca’s designs shine thanks to all of the white space. As an avid follower of the Moontree Letterpress blog (and Twitter, and Instagram: I’ve gone “all in”), my personal favorite is the Arborteum Collection and its exploration of leaf shapes and patterns; even more so now that it’s fall. Hoarder me would (not so) secretly like a drawer full of leafy Moontree Lettepress gift tags to use on everything. Am keeping an eye on the Moontree Letterpress Etsy shop, just in case.

moontree typography collection / vintage subway

moontree typography collection / big day

arboretum collection / leafy tags

images by jane potrykus (thanks to rebecca kutys for providing samples for photography)

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