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Oh Paul, how Sweet it is!

sweet paul spring 2011 cover

Salt and pepper, soft boiled eggs and toast soldiers, mac n’ cheese, some things just go together. It’s apt then that the Spring issue of Sweet Paul magazine is here and it’s a kids special. Kids + Food = a license to play with your food. The whimsy that comes with being a child is often lost when we grow up. We go from eating mac n cheese for supper to dining at Fromagerie’s, wolfing down ice cream for pudding to indulging in ‘whole wheat sorbet‘, it all just get’s a little serious really.

Thanks to the ever sweet Paul Lowe this issue of Sweet Paul reminds us of what makes food fun – I hope that it inspires many to have a rollicking good time in the kitchen and to put stuffiness aside for a bit in 2011.

Some of my favourite articles in this edition:

eggs!

Eggs are one of my most favourite things in the world. Poached, baked, scrambled, fried, I have them any and every which was in any given week. Wonderfully shot by Colin Cooke, “Eggs, Which came first?” contains five recipes for the little and big kids in our lives. From what looks like the perfect egg sandwich to cuddled eggs – I plan on adding each of these to my menu in March.

paul loves coffee

A few years ago on a trip to Australia, I remember watching a five-year-old girl swig about 4 oz of an ice latte from her mama’s cup before anyone could stop her. Some would be alarmed, but for this coffee addict it was incredibly amusing and made me wonder if I was a coffee addicted child growing up. { it would certainly explain a lot }. I was very chuffed to read that as a child Paul himself had a similar addiction..except to Coffee Pots! I imagine a little rotund boy with rosy cheeks and a bow-tie playing in his Nana’s garden surrounded by an array of Scandinavian coffee pots. Adorable!

play with ur food

play with ur food

I was never one to play with my food. Coming from a big family and being the youngest, any delay in polishing off what was on your plate meant that your meal would become a victim of someone else’s fork! In the article Play with your Food Paul get’s creative in presenting morsels in such a way that no child would be able to resist a little bite!

kids choice!

Given the choice any kid will eat something somewhat healthy. Given the choice that is. Putting that theory to the test. In My Favourite Food five little cuties tell us what their favourite dish is, with recipe included. My favourite was young Leo’s: Potatoes with creamed spinach and fried eggs. Yum!

all images via sweet paul magazine

To have and BHLDN: Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet

And the final board is…a classic Shakespeare tragedy with a twist. Baz Luhrmann’s rendition of Romeo and Juliet has to be one of my favourite interpretations of the bard’s work as it was the most risky attempt at presenting 16th century literature in a modern setting and making it work.

There is a very strong theatre motif in this version of Romeo and Juliet, in large part due to Luhrmann’s history in the theatre { did you know that R&J is part of Luhrmann’s “Red Curtain Trilogy“? }, as such there is a distinct extravagance. However, this is nicely balanced against the almost fairytale youthful innocence of a young couple in love, despite family rivalry. With a setting of California, the scene is hot, colourful and a little gaudy.

baz luhrmanns romeo and juliet


The bridal elements

a. cascading goddess gown – $1600
b. feathered corsage bird veil – $300
c. pave marvel earrings – $188
d. clipped corolla heels – $200

The table setting

1. flights and fancy dinnerware – $12 – $16
2. high neck vase – $38
3. filigree spheres – $373-$973
4. helianthus goblet – $8
5. bronze age flatware – $36

see also: large frog bowl – $38, rippled champagne flute – $14 and dhalia tea towel– $24

Why it works

I picture this wedding in a massive tent, with walls of layers upon layers of flowy white fabric, much like the skirt of the cascading goddess gown. While this category could be deemed as an opportunity to be bold, the fact of the participants being a young, modern couple prevents the look from being excessive or gaudy. Instead elements of clashing metals – the filigree spheres all over the ceiling – and bright bronze slender flatware provide a ‘subtle gaudiness’ so to speak.

Bold colours in the plates, the glassware and the high neck vases make this a bright colourful yet youthful setting with a measure of 20th century elegance. The additional elements such as the frog bowl I imagine as an interesting supporting layer to a multi-tier wedding cake. The leaves on the bowl has a nice curvature that is a nod to Baroque style – a style that is reflected in the clipped corolla heels. This is a look that can be easily accented with plain white tableware to make it even more subdued or with bright colourful accents to be a little bit more audacious.

I hope you have enjoyed the To have and BHLDN series. Previous boards can be found here, here and here. I cannot wait til the BHLDN line launches it’s tablewares in May…you can be sure there will be a round up and commentary about it all here at craven maven!

all images via anthropologie, terrain and bhldn

To have and BHLDN: From India, with love

As a continuation to yesterdays punk inspired wedding borne from the launch of the new bridal one stop haven, BHLDN, today I give you part two of the series: From India, with love.

It is the love story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, married as teens in 1612, whose love surpassed the confines of death and whose story has evaded the obsolescence of time. After the death of Mumtaz, a forlorn and grieving Shah erected one of the world’s most wonderful works of architechture, the Taj Mahal, as a monument and mausoleum for his beloved wife. To this day it’s curvaceous lines and outstanding beauty continues to wow the world and has made it one of the most recognised buildings of all time.

From india with love


The bridal elements

a. greenbow lace gown – $600
b. baguette halo – $140
c. brocade d’orsay heels – $350

The table settings

1. zinnia thicket plates – $12
2. nifty napkins – $32 for six
3. opalescent tumbler { in green } -$12
4. whizbang bowl – $32
5. platinum petals coupe – $14
6. rediscovered flatware – $36

see also : glass bottle and basket – $238 and bell finial cloche – $28

Why it works

This beautiful crochet dress has a keyhole in the back, a most elegant ‘cooling system’ for a wedding in a hot location. The baguette halo as headpiece and brocade d’orsay heels add an element of exoticism and sun capturing glintz.

Translated to table setting this concept brings a mixture of brightly coloured elements and patterns that are gently restrained by the shapes and facets that give a somewhat colonial feel. The zinnia plates and whizbang bowls scream with their highly saturated hues and bold pattern. They made me think of the unabashed joviality of sari colours and patterns.

By way of contrast the rediscovered flatware, inspired by vintage flatware, coupled with the platinum petals coupe contributes a regal air that feels decidedly English and formal. The honorable mentions of the bottle and basket and finial cloche { via terrain } add an old world feel to the table and make it seem like the table scape is a collection of inherited items that have traveled from back home that have mashed-up with styles newly acquired in ones new more exotic home.

all images via anthropologie and bhldn

To have and BHLDN

As many of you by now know, the company that owns such brands as Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Free People went live with their bridal one stop shop, BHLDN yesterday. There were sighs and cries from girls who love all things flowy and eclectic from Brooklyn to Portlandia. Trust me. I was one of them. But while I was beguiled by the dresses and shoes { oh the shoes }, my mind wandered to the table settings – plates, forks, spoons, glasses oh my! Imagine a truly Anthro table setting.

The good news is that decorations, tableware, favors, etc will be available in May and you can be sure that I will be keeping my eyes peeled for what develops. In the meantime pulling from Anthro’s current inventory of tablewares and whatnot’s I’ve gone ahead and put together my own mood boards of Anthro table settings based on some of the greatest love stories of all time. Check back each day for a new board!

punch drunk love

The bridal elements

a. ribboned silk gown – $1600
b. unabashedly gloves – $60
c. jelly slingbacks – $190

The Table Setting

1. on a whim dinnerware – $10-$48
2. damara napkin – $8
3. fleur-de-lys juice glass – $6
4. salt and pepper cellar – $22
5. milky way votives { candle votives, but for schnapps drinking! } – $6
6. radiance flatware – $19.95 { on sale }

See also: beast feet platter – $128 and laguiole steak knives – $78 for six.

Why it works

Punk is a very visually strong genre and let’s face it under the guise of a wedding celebration it’s a look than can end up looking gaudy and tacky. Bright colours and clashing patterns are tempered by using subtle colours and ‘nod’s to the genre rather than blatant interpretation. I love the on-a-whim dinnerware – a plaid design in pastels is a nice nod to the beloved fabric of all things punk: tartan. These colours add a touch of femininity to it all.

The radiance flatware is a rich dark colour but not black which could be seen as too stark. This lighter shade adds a contrast and ‘disturbance’ to the table as it is not in sync with the rest of the ‘colour scheme’ but what is punk if it doesn’t cause somewhat of a ruckus?!

A less than perfect looking votive is a nice addition for drinking shot of booze while the pink fleur de lys glass adds yet another texture.

Honorable mentions, such as the beast feet platter add a slightly gothic yet definite masculine air to the table..no room on the mood board for that one, but surely not to be overlooked!!

all images via anthropologie, bhldn and terrain

Etsy T-T-T-Tuesday: I was lost but now i’m found(vintage)

It’s that time again, a little bit of etsy-ness to fire up your dreary Tues. This week I came across a lovely store called Found Vintage Style. All of their stuff looks in great condition and suitably vintage. These offerings were some of my favourite housewares Found Vintage had on offer:

found vintage style

1. Luthje Denmark Cheese Board with Lid and Knife– I have SUCH a thing for vintage mod-ish kitchenwares from Denmark..The craftsmanship and wood tone is spot on. This board is $50 and is a complete set with knife and glass cover.

2. Rosti Mepal Egg Holders Set of Four – I don’t come across egg cups in the USA so much. Don’t know why…soft boiled eggs and toy soilders were such a staple when I was a kid. And this set has a nice rim to hold a pinch of salt…ahh memories. Only $24 for four!

3. Waechtersbach Large Bowl, Creamer and Sugar Bowl Red with Hearts and Dots – WOW, the fire engine red is what caught my eye here. A lovely creamer and sugar bowl with a large bowl for treats is so cute and kitsch! From Germany no less and only $50.

4. Red Enamel Pot with Stand, 2 Small Bowls and Sauce Pot Japan – This totally appeals to my vintage fondue kit searchin’ self. The complete set would be a bonus! It’s from Japan – what an international store eh?! and is priced at $48.

5. Two Large Ceramic Shakers/ Gaytime/Lord Nelson Potteries – Made in England in the sixties these ceramic salt and pepper shakers are so colourful and peace n lovin’ sixties that it would brighten up any kitchen or table..J’adore! $25 for the set!

Be sure to check out the other items in Found Vintage Style’s store..such a treat of international vintage goods that in the very least will make you smile if not move you to buy!


all images via foundvintagestyle

Domo biscuits!

domo tko

When 7-11 did their promotional Domo cups a few years back, I found myself visiting there just for the coffee cups – sad I know, but there is something about these squatty little monsters that makes me grin.

Apparently I’m not the only one who finds these little beasts adorable – Diamonds for Dessert has put together a recipe for some delicious looking Domo Thomas Keller Oreo’s. So cute and yummy, I have to give them a try!


image via diamonds for dessert

Cars and food go together like…

vw ad by bbdo brazil

I hate adverts but I love advertising that makes you grin. Which was exactly what I did when I saw this old poster ad campaign for Volkswagen by BBDO Brazil.

vw ad by bddo brazil

vw ad by bddo brazil

vw ad by bddo brazil

How apt that the tagline for this campaign is: “For every kind off load.” A simple straightforward message in a well directed design that reminds us how our vehicles can be a daily necessity – much like the food we eat.


via fubiz