The Thanksgiving holiday is BIG in my family, both figuratively and literally. We host a large, long table of friends and family for dinner, and we spend days preparing the feast. This holiday is no exception, and the cooking has already begun. My thoughts are not solely on the kitchen, however. I am thinking also about how grateful I am this year. I'm appreciative of all of the good fortune we've had, as well as for the bumps in the road. Sometimes those bumps have felt more like Everest-high mountains, but alas, we are making our way along this great journey, and feeling lucky to be here. I hope that you have a lovely and cozy Thanksgiving holiday ahead of you, and that you relish the time with family and friends. I also hope that the food is delicious, and thoroughly enjoyed. On the chance that you are not the one in the kitchen this year, and feel like coming over, or if your idea of Black Friday shopping includes black diamonds, our Thanksgiving holiday hours will be as follows:
Wednesday, November 22nd 11am - 3pm
Thursday, November 23rd CLOSED
Friday, November 24th 12-5pm
Saturday, November 25th 12-5pm
Sunday, November 26th CLOSED
I'm really thrilled with our newest editions to the lingerie collection. The color-blocked silk crepe-de-chine Asteria robes are here, and are quite festive. Here's a preview of one of the color combinations we are offering this season.
Speaking of combinations, the new trade bead necklaces I've been making are reminding me of weaving, both in practice, and in how they've turned out. They are all one-of-a-kind, so they make an especially unique gift.
I was so excited that our son was coming home from college for the holiday, that I made this Pear and Almond cake to welcome him. It's such a delicious cake. I adapted it a bit from one of the Books for Cooks Recipe compendiums. It's great for brunch, for afternoon tea, or really anytime at all. It would even be delicious served for dessert after Thanksgiving dinner. It never lasts more than a day in our house, and is a beautiful, rustic looking cake.
Baked Pear and Almond Cake
100g all purpose flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
75g almond flour
1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
175g granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 organic eggs, beaten
6 ripe pears, sliced into thick wedges, lengthwise (do this right before you place them in the cake tin so that they don't turn brown)
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9.5 inch springform pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
Sift the flour and baking powder, and add the almonds. Beat the butter, sugar, and vanilla together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs a little at a time, sprinkling in a spoonful of flour about halfway through to prevent curdling. Fold in the flour mixture gently, yet thoroughly. Spread the mixture evenly over the bottom of the springform pan. The batter will be thick.
Slice the pears into quarters, removing the core and any brown spots. Arrange the slices next to each other in a fanned out circle in the center of the batter. Leave a border of around 3/4 of an inch between the pears and the sides of the tin. Bake until the pears are tender, and the cake has risen up around them, and turned a golden brown. This takes about 40 minutes.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool, and then run a knife around the edges before removing the sides of the springform pan. You can sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar over the top if you like, but I think it's pretty just as it is.
Ah, Fall. Finally. It felt like summer was going to reign eternal this year, with those infernal hundred degree days seeming to last forever. Then, all of a sudden and without warning, there was a chill in the air. Finally. I heard someone talking about Fall the other day, and how it really is the beginning of the year, instead of January. I have always felt that way too. Whether it is because of school starting, our wedding anniversary in September (21 years!), or the change in weather that is supposed to happen, the season does feel like the start of something, rather than the end. There is also the fact that I opened the LFrank boutique in the fall of 2007, which this year marks its tenth anniversary!
I am filled with gratitude, just thinking about the last ten years. I have met some truly wonderful people, and have made incredible friends through the work that I do. I love it when a client becomes a dear friend, and when a dear friend becomes a client. There is so much meaning in all of this for me. Jewelry and lingerie are intimate purchases, and oftentimes they are a cherished part of the larger stories of our lives. I consider myself blessed beyond measure to be able to do what I love so much, each and every day. Sometimes it is really really really difficult, and other times it feels like magic is happening before my very eyes.
Nothing in this life is ever easy, or ever accomplished without support, therefore the gratitude and love that I feel is truly and deeply heartfelt. So I thank you, all of you reading this, and everyone who has contributed to the continued success of LFrank. It means the world to me, doing what I do, and I look forward to expanding and creating more and more beauty for you to enjoy. There is so much more to come. Stay tuned for updates on some of the projects that I've been working on. I am especially excited to share them with you soon, but not just yet. I promise to keep you posted!
Speaking of beauty, we have a lovely selection of new earrings in the shop. Please swing by to have a look, and try them on if you're in the neighborhood. There are lots of pretty options, from studs, to dangles...diamonds to colored stones. It's not really too early to start making a holiday wishlist.
We also are starting to receive some of our new lingerie pieces, and I am happy to give you a sneak peek. These are just a few of the robes that are coming our way before the holidays. Many of them will feature Liberty Print trim, on 100% silk crepe de chine. Several will be one-of-a-kind, so don't wait too long to come shop.
A few of the styles are borrowed from our Men's Sleepwear Collection, but scaled down and made especially for women in an assortment of silks and fine cottons. I think you'll love them.
After all of the hot weather, I finally felt like making something autumnal in the kitchen. We haven't had a Halloween night without a version of this butternut squash soup for nearly twenty years, and this year was no exception.
We began hosting the families of our children's friends for Halloween from the first year of preschool, and I would make sure that the children all had some of this soup in their bellies before diving into their cherished bags of candy. It made me less anxious about the impact of all of that sugar!
The difference this year was the addition of honey-nut squash, which I've been getting from the Weiser Farms stand at the Farmer's Market. They are famous for their potatoes, and I predict they will also be famous for this hybrid squash. It's delicious without adding a single thing to it, and including it in this soup makes it even better.
Autumnal Squash Soup
One large yellow onion, diced
Four large carrots, diced
Four large celery ribs, diced
Three garlic cloves, minced
One medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
One medium butternut squash, halved and roasted
Two - Three small Honey - Nut squash, halved and roasted
One liter of water
Olive oil and butter for sautéing the vegetables
Salt and pepper to taste
Crumbled goat's cheese, sprouted pumpkin seeds, cilantro, and urfa biber pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, and place squash cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet that has a light coating of olive oil. While it is roasting (for about 30 minutes), sauté the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and sweet potato in a few tablespoons of olive oil and a small bit of butter, taking care not to let them brown.
When the squash is finished roasting, scoop out the flesh and add it to the vegetables with the liter of water, and let it simmer for another 20 - 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it cool for a few minute before you purée it with an immersion blender, or by transferring the soup in batches to a blender. Add salt and pepper to taste.
I'll then garnish the bowls of soup with crumbled goat's cheese, sprouted pumpkin seeds, torn sprigs of cilantro, and a generous pinch of urfa biber pepper. It's equally good with chives and red chili flakes, or really with nothing at all.
Here we are, already heading into the last few delicious weeks of summer. I hope you are enjoying yours, and finding time to relax and recharge. I'm finding it ever more important to try to disconnect these days. I am actually taking the rest of the month of August to do just that on the beaches of Spain and Portugal. I am so looking forward to spending long, lazy days with friends. I always love traveling abroad, but this year I also got to explore a bit of the United States as well. Earlier in the summer we had the delightful pleasure to travel to Maine at the end of June, for the spectacularly gorgeous and perfect wedding of Nathalie Love and Daniel Pappas.
I had the even greater honor of designing Nathalie's engagement and wedding rings. As I've always felt that designing these incredibly meaningful pieces is the highlight of what I do, I usually have not had the pleasure of knowing the couple well. This particular commission was different however, as I first met Nathalie when she was a little girl, and Dan and Nathalie had been together for a little over a decade before they married. Designing a ring for them was great fun. Dan is a total gentleman, and ideal client, with clear ideas of what he did not want, and of what would be perfect for Nathalie. He also had the diamonds from his Mother's engagement ring, along with the diamonds from a ring that Nathalie's father Nick gave to her mother Lisa when Nathalie was born.
I was able to take those stones, along with additional diamonds for the band, and create something unique and lovely, that perfectly captured Nathalie's magical spirit. There is great sentiment in any engagement ring, and with this one I feel even more so. There is a tremendous amount of love surrounding Nathalie and Dan as a couple, and that was abundantly evident on the small island where their wedding took place. Islesboro, Maine is one of the most lovely places in the country, and being there was a dream. You can read more about the wedding, and see the beautiful photos (taken by the bride's godmother, Pamela Hanson) here.
Summer weddings also are perfect for our bridal lingerie collection. If there is ever a time to invest in lingerie, it is definitely for your wedding and honeymoon. Feeling beautiful when you are spending the day preparing to walk down the aisle is so important, as is waking up feeling beautiful as a newlywed. Every bride should swan around in something special. We especially love the Maia silk dressing gown with the Laetitia slip underneath. The chantilly lace on the bodice of the slip makes it especially feminine.
The farmer's market at the end of summer is always glorious here in Southern California. The heirloom tomatoes are just as delicious as they are beautiful, and there is an abundance of just about everything that I love. The green beans have been really outstanding lately, so I've been making lots of them. This side dish has proven to be quite popular with everyone in my family, and is very easy to make, which is perfect for summer cooking.
one pound green beans, trimmed and washed
one pint cherry tomatoes
one half red onion, sliced thinly
one half cup pitted kalamata olives
extra virgin olive oil
red wine vinegar
salt + pepper
Toss the green beans, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and olives in enough olive oil to lightly coat. Roast on a sheet pan at 375 degrees for approximately 25 minutes, until beans are tender, the onions have wilted, and the tomatoes are starting to burst open and release their juices. Then add a spoonful or two of red wine vinegar to the pan, along with the chopped parsley, and toss. Season with salt + pepper.
Summer of the Gentleman
It's well into June now, with Father's Day this Sunday, June 18th. Have you sorted out how to celebrate the Fathers in your life? Unfortunately, my father is no longer with us, so I can't quite celebrate him the way that I can with my mother, on Mother's Day. I do think of him however, and about how grateful I am to have had him as my father. I am also profoundly grateful that my children have Peter. He is everything one would want in a father, and though they tease him mercilessly at times, everyone knows how completely devoted they are, and with good reason. Parenting is never remotely easy, even in the best of circumstances, but he is patient, loving, and steadfast in a way that seems effortless. He's also hilarious, and keeps them (and me!) laughing in the best way possible. He is the inspiration for the pieces in our men's sleepwear collection, and tested the fit so we know they're comfortable.
We do have a nice selection of men's sleepwear in our GENTLEMAN'S section. We have robes in several gorgeous fabrics, both solid and stripes, and all with contrast piping, and the exquisite attention to detail we pay to our women's lingerie collection. We also are thrilled to introduce the pajama pants and shirts. We sell them separately, to allow for a mixed set of fabrics, but feel free to order them to match. I especially like the plaids with the stripes.
Our beaded necklaces are not only just for women. They also look great on men, and men of different styles. It can go the way of sexy surfer style, or look far more polished while being a touch bohemian. Our inventory is always shifting, depending on the bead collection of the moment, and what seems to suit the season. Call or come by, and let us help you find something perfect.
To celebrate Father's Day this year, I'm planning to make a lobster salad. It seems festive and perfect for lunch outdoors. I'll get the lobster from Santa Monica Seafood, and then toss the meat with bibb lettuce, tons of fresh herbs, slices of pink grapefruit, fennel, and avocado. I will make a chili-lime vinaigrette, with diced red chili pepper, freshly squeezed lime juice, extra-virgin olive oil and a pinch of pink salt and freshly ground black pepper. I always season the salad with fresh ground black pepper and pink salt after tossing. I can't remember who taught me to do this, but it really helps the flavors come together and makes everything taste a bit brighter.
May happens to be one of my favorite months. Not just because of Mother's Day, and the fact that my first born arrived early, and in May, making me a brand new Mama just a few days beforehand. No, I love May for many reasons. I love the ecstatic purple of the blooming Jacaranda trees in my neighborhood. I love that some of my very best friends in the world were born in May. Stone fruit appears at the farmer's market in May, heralding the upcoming summer, and making us swoon with delight at the season's first crop of dark red cherries. The weather in May can be nothing short of perfect, with the longer evening light making it perfect for an after-dinner stroll.
Another reason to love May is that Emeralds are the birthstone of the month, and we have several gorgeous pieces that celebrate the stone. I especially like the stacking ring with the emerald and the pavé amethyst band. It's just like those beloved Jacaranda trees of mine.
The Spring/Summer season always has me pulling out my collection of beads. I've been making these necklaces for so many years, yet I never ever tire of them. They are pieces to collect, to gift, and to wear in multiple combinations, or simply and elegantly alone. You can wear them as chokers, as they're adjustable, or hanging low, almost like a pendant. We have a delightful variety of texture, shape, and color. I'm sure you'll find one to adore. There are so many to choose from, and you can click here to shop.
I'm also delighted to give you a preview of our men's sleepwear collection. The robes have been in the store for awhile, and have garnered a fair share of attention from our female clients as well. Now we have pajama tops and bottoms to complement the robes. They are perfect for gifting on Father's Day, which is fast upon us next month. We are using the finest Italian cotton men's shirting fabrics, with contrasting piping details, along with an excellent cut to ensure that the men in your life look sharp, even during slumber.
I decided to make banana bread last weekend, inspired by the overripe bananas in our fruit bowl, and the need for something sweet and delicious for breakfast on Sunday. I started with the basics, bananas, eggs, butter...and added greek yogurt, a couple of chopped dark chocolate bars, and swapped some of the flour with almond meal. It really was delicious, and of course didn't last until Monday. I hope you will love it too.
Mother's Day on the Horizon
I feel like I have literally raced through April. I can't believe that we are nearing the end of the month, heading straight for May and the most important day of that month: Mother's Day. There are many ways to honor your mother, the mother of your children, or yourself for that matter. Please don't forget yourself! We have so many beautiful ways for you to treat you. Earrings are always a popular gift, as are our 100% silk crepe de chine Liberty Print robes. There are also quite a few prints in 100% cotton that are really special as well. There is only one of this particular Liberty print, and I love it so much that I really want it to go to a good home. It's a print with the energy and design of a William Morris/Art Nouveau textile. The colors are just beautiful, as is the lovely French lace detail along the side seams.
Another fabulous gift idea for Mothers of all kinds; meaning new, seasoned, in-law, or otherwise, would be one of our luxurious sleep masks. Made by hand, with exquisite detailing, this is one gift that everyone would be thrilled to receive. I basically cannot sleep without one, and we have several beautiful options in stock to choose from.
I would also bet that this necklace would go over exceptionally well as a Mother's Day gift. It's the right amount of elegance, charm, and grace, which is what most of us aspire to in our Mothering, isn't it?
I'm also a big fan of earrings for Mother's Day. I just visited my mother, and she was wearing the earrings that I gave her last year. Perhaps a fringed pair like these?
The warm weather this week is perfect for poolside lunches. There is nothing better on a Sunday than a trip to the farmer's market, followed by a lazy lunch with friends and family. Springtime at a California farmer's market is literally heaven to me, and I am lucky to be close to some of the best. The last few weeks have been amazing, and the smell of the sweet pea blossoms alone is enough to swoon over.
Usually, the menu consists of something eggy, a delicious assortment of saucisson from the butcher, vegetables with the delicious tzatziki from the Greek guys, and a salad of some sort. There has been amazing celery root at the market lately, from Weiser Farms. I love a riff on a classic celeri remoulade. This is mine...
One large celery root (or two small), sliced into matchsticks on the mandoline
One handful of chopped herbs (I like a combination of parsley, chives, tarragon, dill)
Juice of 2 lemons, 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt, 1 tbs. red wine vinegar, 2 tbs. dijon mustard, 1/2 cup of olive oil, salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar, and shake to emulsify.
I like to serve this chilled, with slices of radishes on top for a garnish.
Perhaps it is because of all of the rain we've had, or even the persistent chill in the air at night, but for some reason, I've never before felt so excited for Spring. There are so many beautiful little birds around, and the wisteria at our house is more vibrant and fragrant than I can ever remember. I hope that you are out there enjoying a little taste of the season as well. As I write this, I know that there is snow in New York City, and thunderstorms across the middle of the country, but here in Venice, it feels like winter is behind us.
In the spirit of the season, I find it inspiring to wear brightly colored stones and shake off the grey foggy weather we have had near the beach. We have beautiful new pieces in bright and bold colors to eliminate any lingering dreariness we may be feeling from being socked in on the coast. The dramatic new earrings are beautiful in both the color and the composition, and feel like exactly what we all need right now....BEAUTY.
Another hint of brightness and certainly of beauty is our Athena slip in Rubellite pink with red lace. I have always loved pink and red, or pink and orange together. We have a few bright pieces in the store right now that feel especially right for Spring. Dresses and skirts are now catching my eye, and I've got my eye on a few next door at Pamela Barish. I wear my half-slips nearly every day under dresses and skirts. They're perfect under sheer pieces, and also feel lovely on the skin. We have them in two lengths, in silk and in cotton, and in several colors. They can even be worn out, as a skirt on their own, as some of our clients are doing. We can make custom color combinations for you, so please inquire if you have a special request.
I've recently gotten into the habit of making chicken soup on Sundays. It just seems like the perfect thing to do after a trip to the farmer's market, and the result is so delicious. I also feel that collectively, it's what we most need at the moment. A big pot of nourishing, healing, soothing soup can cure a multitude of things. It won't exactly solve everything, but I promise it will improve your outlook. I mostly improvise what I throw into the pot, but it usually looks like this....
Sunday Chicken Soup
One whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
1.5 large onions, cut into quarters
one leek, cleaned and cut in half lengthwise
3-4 large carrots, cut into thirds
3-4 celery stalks, cut into thirds
one fennel bulb, cut in half
one head of garlic, cut in half
one-half bunch dill
one-half bunch parsley
one handful of black peppercorns
one handful of cherry tomatoes
2 bay leaves
juice of one lemon
one rind from a piece of aged parmesan cheese
2 tsp. pink salt
I literally just throw everything into a large pot, cover with water and then bring to a boil. After it boils, I skim the top and lower to a simmer for around 3-4 hours. At this point, I remove the chicken, all of the vegetables and the parmesan rind (these get tossed), and then strain the liquid stock through a fine meshed sieve. I keep it warm while I make the rest of the soup. I shred the cooked chicken and put aside while I sauté chopped leeks, garlic, and onions in olive oil. When they are soft and translucent, I add the warm stock. Then I add thinly sliced carrots, and cook until these are soft as well. When it's all ready, I add the shredded chicken. I like to serve this with handfuls of torn herbs, and a dollop of pesto, which is another thing that I make every Sunday with the fresh basil from the farmer's market. Depending on the season, and what is available, I will add other vegetables, such as zucchini, sugarsnap peas, or swiss chard to the broth when the carrots seem nearly done. I improvise, and make it so many different ways that it feels like more of an art-based creative process, rather than a cooking one. It isn't really ever exactly the same, but it is always delicious, and will soothe the soul.
If you know me, you know that I love to celebrate Valentine's Day. Being a designer of both jewelry and lingerie, I suppose you could have made that assumption on your own. Alas, both categories are full of wonderful options to gift your sweetheart.
One of my favorite new pieces is a delightful tribute to romance. This charming ring is heart-shaped, and composed of heart-shaped cut tourmaline stones, in varying shades of green. It's a double hit of LOVE, and is certain to make someone extremely happy this Valentine's Day.
This year we are thrilled to celebrate both LOVE, and our love of the arts. On Saturday February 11th we are hosting a grantLOVE x Alisa Ratner event benefitting X-TRA Contemporary Art Journal, the longest running art journal in Los Angeles. This feels especially meaningful this year, and the collaboration between Alexandra and Alisa has produced an incredibly beautiful body of work.
I hope you can join us between 4-7pm to say hello, and purchase a print! Each purchase is accompanied by an edition of X-TRA, and LFrank will gift a print with each jewelry purchase. We have a limited edition of prints, as well as seventeen special edition one-of-a-kind pieces, and have already pre-sold quite a few, so come early!
Another sure-fire hit this Valentine's Day would be one of our Juno silk charmeuse slips. I love the version with a French lace hem, and am especially fond of it in rose gold. It is the softest shade of blush, and is flattering on truly everyone.
You or your love would also be quite thrilled to receive one of the Liberty print Asteria silk crepe de chine robes. They are so well-loved, and one of our most popular lingerie pieces. You really can't go wrong with one of these, and we have lots of prints to choose from in both silk and cotton.
Do swing by, as this year we are also lucky to have a few limited edition Pamela Hanson x Private Room books available. I couldn't think of a better book to give your Valentine. That, along with a selection of Milla Chocolates, plus one of our essential oil scented 100% beeswax candles, and you will be in perfect shape for celebrating Saint Valentine. Some may scoff, feeling like it is such a forced holiday, but I don't think it's ever a bad idea to treat the one that you love, or yourself for that matter!
This year, I've decided to make chocolate truffles for Valentine's Day. I haven't made them in awhile, and there's something about the labor that goes into them, and their sheer decadence that makes them feel special. I love the recipe for Black-on-Black Truffles from Pierre Hermé. I promise you will be greatly adored by whomever you chose to make these for.
9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I use Valrhona)
1 cup heavy cream
3.5 tbs. unsalted butter at room temperature, cut into 4 pieces
Dutch-processed cocoa powder
Put the chocolate into a heatproof bowl. Bring the cream to a full boil in a saucepan, and then pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Stir gently to make a smooth ganache. Allow to cool a bit before adding the butter, 2 pieces at a time, and stir to blend. When all the butter is incorporated, pour the ganache into a bowl and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight. With a bowl of cocoa powder ready, line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper. Form small balls (they do not have to be perfectly round, in fact I think they're more delicious if they are more organically shaped) and dip into the cocoa powder. You can roll them around in a fine mesh sieve to remove the excess, then place them on the baking sheet.
Enjoy, and Happy Valentine's Day to all...
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Hello to 2017
I always embrace the ushering in of a new year. It just sometimes takes me a minute to catch up with the calendar. This year feels as though it's moving in double time, and I am caught still thinking about all of the possibilities that 2017 may hold. Most of all, I'm looking forward to really honing in on what I love, with whom I want to spend my time, and on what endeavors are most important to me. I am determined to be open and optimistic with regards to this new year, and for what it may have in store.
January gets its name from Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and transitions. I named our first Men's robe collection after Janus, and to be honest, I think the style looks really great on women as well. I am most excited about the new pieces coming in later this month. I've become completely smitten with the Italian cotton fine wale corduroy, and the blue plaid flannel, which is the softest imaginable fabric. They both have contrast piping and cozy deep pockets, which are perfect for warming chilly hands during the rainy, cold weather we're having.
Have you tried the Olwen camisole in 100% silk charmeuse? It's nothing short of heaven, and I'm finding that it is impossible for me to get dressed without one. The weight of the silk is like a whisper, and yet it feels like a sort of armor between your skin and the rest of the world. I have been wearing the sapphire version, which is a chic, inky, dark blue with a hint of green. We developed this rich color as our alternative to black. It is the perfect dark neutral to wear all year long.
One of my favorite family traditions is a beautiful and somewhat lazy Sunday lunch after our weekly visit to the local farmer's market. There is something wonderful about all being together, without work or school drawing our attention, that feels better than any other day of the week. Sometimes this calls for something special, so this month I plan to make scrambled eggs with sea urchin. It's completely decadent, and perfect for Sundays. We are lucky that some of the best sea urchin comes from the coast just North of us in Santa Barbara. We try to get to the market early for the best selection. It is a big hit in my house, and I hope it will be in yours as well. It's a riff on a recipe for sea urchin pasta from Eric Ripert.
In a small saucepan, I melt 2-3 tablespoons of butter over a low flame until completely liquid. Then, I stir in the sea urchin roe from one of the little wooden boxes, a tiny pinch of cayenne and chili flakes, and whisk until emulsified. There will be pieces of roe, but I like that for texture. In a different pan, I melt a bit of butter for the eggs, which I lightly scramble with a handful of parmesan cheese. When the eggs are nearly set, I combine the butter/sea urchin mixture with the eggs, and sprinkle with a handful of chopped chives and freshly ground black pepper. I serve this with crispy thin potatoes that I sprinkle with a bit of parmesan cheese, and a handful of wild arugula.
Love to All
With so much love + gratitude, we wish you all the happiest of holidays, and the very best for the brand new year ahead!
*Please note that we will be closed December 25th through January 4th, 2017
Gift Guide - Lingerie Edition
We are delighted to have so many wonderful options to offer for gifting this holiday season. In addition to the jewelry, we have luxurious sleepwear for men as well as for women. The men's pieces are exquisitely made, with contrast piping and elegant details throughout. The cotton fabrics are the finest Italian men's shirting cottons, available in very handsome stripes and plaids. We have robes and pajama bottoms, both of which are quite chic on women as well!
For Women, we have a gorgeous assortment of Asteria robes in Liberty of London prints. We have the 100% silk crepe de chine, as well as the 100% cotton with French lace trim. Another great gift, or treat for yourself would be the Hera Briefs in 100% stretch silk charmeuse. We have an assortment of gorgeous colors, and also have a sneak preview of the 100% stretch Italian cotton jersey version for Spring 2017. We worked on the fit for ages, and it shows. These briefs sit perfectly on the hips and do not move, or show through clothes. Swing by to try on a pair, if you're in the neighborhood.
Another piece that I would like to suggest is the Laetitia slip. I have been living in mine. I wear it under big sweaters with boots and tights in this chilly weather. I also recommend it to sleep in as well, as it is incredibly comfortable. Women have been buying it to wear out to parties, under a velvet jacket or a cashmere cardigan. It is 100% stretch silk charmeuse, and cut for a form fitting, but not tight fit. It suggests what is underneath, without flaunting it, so it's both flattering and also seductive in a rather subtle way. It is also perfect to wear under a lace or sheer dress. We have it in black, sapphire, aubergine, and a very festive red!
With velvet everything in the spotlight right now, our popular Charis bed jacket deserves a bit of attention. It's been a longtime favorite shape of mine, and the silk velvet is truly special. It would make a perfect holiday gift.
For both men and women on your list, a great gift idea would be the Hypnos Sleep Mask. As featured on Vogue.com and in the Town & Country Gift Guide, we have this available in solid 100% silk charmeuse, and also in selection of Liberty of London prints. They are exquisitely sewn, completely luxurious, and feel like heaven on the skin. It makes quite an elegant gift, or you can try one yourself for a more restful night's sleep!
All of the lingerie comes with a lovely sateen pouch, and wrapped in a signature LFrank gift box. We would love to help with any gifting suggestions, so please give us a call or swing by the shop! One shopping week left before Christmas and Hanukkah!
Lots of Love,
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - JEWELRY EDITION
We officially have ten (!!!) shopping days left before both Hanukkah and Christmas Day are upon us. With that reality in mind, I would like to offer my best suggestions for holiday gift giving.
I love a new pair of earrings, and I know that I'm certainly not alone on that front. We have lovely options available, including these new beauties.
Diamond Flower Cluster Drops
Floating Loops with Emeralds
We also have a few new rings in the shop that would be perfect for someone on your list, or for you to gift to YOU!
Ruby Line Ring
Mosaic Disc Ring
Spinel Cluster Ring
Double Flower Wrap Ring
Necklaces are such a popular gift category. Without having to worry about sizing, it might just be the best surefire idea. Here are a few of my favorites.
Leaf Charm Necklace
Recycled Glass Bead + Diamond Bead Necklace
Another perfect gift would be this timeless 18K gold bangle. This piece is strong enough to look great on its own, and also works well as an addition to a collection.
Quad Hinged Bangle
One of my favorite ideas this Christmas is to give one of our Elephant pieces. They are not just completely charming, but also a gift that gives back. We have partnered with Knot on My Planet to donate to their campaign to support the Elephant Crisis Fund. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each of the Lucky Elephant Ring and Pendant, as well as the Grand Elephant Ring will go to this incredibly worthy cause. You can learn more about Knot on My Planet HERE.
We are now open every day until the 25th, so please do swing by or give us a call at the shop. We have plenty more gift ideas for you, and would love to help. We also have Milla Chocolates to perk up weary shoppers, and are happy to make you an espresso, or a cup of Earl Grey!
The Countdown Begins
December really has a habit of sneaking up on a person. I have a dear friend who describes the period of time post-Halloween as a "freight train to New Year's Eve" and I must say that this year has felt like that more than any other. It is time to turn our attention to the holidays, and to come up with a plan for making those whom we love and appreciate feel truly and deeply special.
We are having a shopping event on Saturday, December 10th from 3-7pm, which will be festive and fun. Next door at Pamela Barish, there will be an incredible singer to lead us in caroling, and the three of us, which includes Mona Moore, will all be donating 10% of proceeds to Every Mother Counts. If you aren't familiar, EMC is devoted to ensuring healthy pregnancy and childbirth for women around the globe. You can learn more HERE.
We have lots of wonderful gift options this year. You can absolutely find something for everyone on your list. I would like to suggest a pair of studs, a timeless bracelet, or a ring for yourself (we can always drop a hint for you!) or for someone special on your list. I am especially fond of these studs, which feel both modern and Victorian at the same time. I also love this delicate ring, and the Quad Hinged Bangle for a gift idea. Of course, this stunning blue sapphire ring would make an exceptional gift, as would this delicate leaf necklace. In addition, this African batik bead necklace with gold beads on an adjustable leather strap is the perfect option for a chic friend.
In the lingerie category, we have incredible new limited edition Liberty prints, both in 100% silk crepe de chine, as well as in 100% cotton. We have already sold out of some of the prints, so I encourage you to make your selections early.
In addition to the jewels and the lingerie, we will have delicious selections from Milla Chocolates, sets of hand printed cotton napkins from GP Surround, copies of Pamela Hanson's limited edition book, Private Room, as well as our lovely beeswax candles. We will also have a few of the men's sleepwear pieces for you to preview, and order in time for Christmas.
I'm looking forward to seeing you this month, whether you can swing by on Saturday, December 10th to join our event or plan to come in another time. We'd love to help you make holiday shopping easier.
With Love + Gratitude
Welcome! If you're reading this, then you are hopefully enjoying a visit to our newly redesigned website. It has been quite a bit of labor for our team, and I am immensely grateful for the dedication, attention to detail, and team spirit that went into making this happen. Please let us know what you think. The driving principle was to create an immersive LFrank experience for those who can't make it to the boutique in Venice, and to ensure that the online shopping experience is both a delight and a breeze. Enjoy having a look!
Recently, we co-hosted a party with Lisa Love for Pamela Hanson, who was in town signing her gorgeous new book, Private Room. We are thrilled to have a few copies left, and have made the book available here online in our Essentials category. This chic, sexy, charming, and romantic book contains portraits of eight women taken by Pamela at Lafayette House in NYC over the course of a couple of years, and styled by Susan Winget. The result is a truly special publication, in a limited release by art-book publisher Damiani of 1000 copies.
Another project (and complete labor of love) that I have been immersed in is the development of our gentlemen's sleepwear collection. We don't want the men in our lives to feel left out of the personal luxury conversation, so we are delighted to offer robes and pajama pants with the same exquisite attention to detail that the women's collection has. The fabrics are the finest Italian men's shirting cottons, and feature french seams, contrast piping, mother of pearl buttons, and expert tailoring. For the holidays we will have the softest cotton flannel, as well as a super fine wale corduroy. Both are excellent gift options for the men on your holiday list.
Pairing two of my loves together in a necklace was such a natural thing to do. Lace and jewels are quite complementary, as seen here with our diamond slice pendant on a length of Solstiss Chantilly lace. We have additional pendants that can be worn this way as well. Swing by or give us a call if you would like to see what is in stock, or available to order.
With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, I am now turning my attention to Thursday, and to sharing the day with family and friends. We take Thanksgiving quite seriously in our house, cooking up a storm, and this year is no exception. If anything, I feel that the volume is turned up a bit higher. Our son is home from college, and is so excited for the home cooking that he has been missing this first semester away from home. Of course we will be making all of his favorites, including Persimmon Pudding. I shared that recipe a couple of years ago on the site, and I'm sharing it again here because yes, it's really that good.
Enjoy the holiday, with extra Love + Gratitude for all...
Well, so much for the Autumn Solstice. With this 90+ degree weather, it literally feels like August in Tuscany this week. If only it was. Last week, September 22nd marked the official end of the summer season, but it certainly doesn’t feel like it. I have never quite appreciated our Main Street location and it’s delicious air conditioning as much as I have this week. The hot weather brings new meaning to the term “Indian Summer” in my book. Alas, September 22nd is also significant as it is our wedding anniversary. This year Peter and I toasted our twentieth anniversary, as well as it being a month since taking our son to college. Quite a lot to celebrate, I must say. As for anniversary gifts, the traditional 20th anniversary gift is china. One can interpret this many ways, and one of them would be with our beautiful ancient Chinese glass bead necklaces. I’ve collected beads for ages, but a dear friend of mine really upped my game by introducing me to some particularly notable and ancient finds.
Until not too long ago, there was a belief that all the glass beads found in China were actually traded, and not manufactured there. This is incorrect, with many incredible examples of ancient Chinese glass beads coming from the Yunnan province and elsewhere in Southwestern China.
This necklace features ancient Chinese glass beads and gourd shaped pendants with 18k yellow gold beads strung on a leather cord. The gourds are an auspicious symbol in Chinese culture, warding off evil spirits and disease, and thought to bring luck.
Sometimes for a twentieth or other significant anniversary, a couple may wish to purchase new wedding bands, or update an engagement ring. It also happens that a husband loses a ring somewhere along the way (surfing is the most common reason!), so an updated ring for him might be the perfect anniversary gift. We have a lovely selection in 18k yellow, white, and rose gold. I gave my husband a rose gold ring for our anniversary five years ago, and I love the patina that the finish has developed over time.
I would also love to highlight one of my favorite new pieces from the lingerie collection for Fall. I’m especially excited for the new Peacock color. The new short Venus slip is beautiful with the diamond slice colored lace trim. The short length is also perfect for this extended summer weather. I usually go for the long, ankle-length Juno slip, but this year I’m going to go short. Speaking of slips, everyone needs one. I know that some of you still prefer sleeping in an old cozy t-shirt, but please do yourself a favor and try one of our silk charmeuse slips. They feel like heaven, and are incredibly flattering. We spent ages working on the fit, and it shows.
The Peacock color is an incredibly rich blue with a bit of green. The new pieces in this color will be in store, as well as available at Barneys New York on Madison Avenue, Beverly Hills, and online soon.
If you’ve been to the store at all over the last nine years, you know of my deep affection for chocolate. If you’ve visited us recently, you’ve hopefully experienced our new collaboration with Milla Chocolates. If you haven’t, then please drop by if you’re in the neighborhood. It is award-winning, locally made, beautifully packaged and completely delicious.
Not only do we a have delicious assortment on hand for sampling, we are also selling our favorite treats from Milla at the store. My favorites are the Hazelnut Praline Bar, and the jars of Candied Valencia Orange Peel. Those jars are going quickly, I should point out! I will be taking a few jars of the Chocolate Dragées with us to family weekend, when we visit our son at school. A little fine chocolate is something we’ve always really appreciated as a family, hunting down the best chocolate wherever we travel, and these jars are perfect for sharing.
Since it does feel like Tuscany in August, I’ve decided to cook like it too. For lunch this week I’m making a raw zucchini salad, with a dressing that is a riff on my pumpkin seed pesto, with tons of lime juice and a bit of extra virgin olive oil. I add an assortment of chopped fresh herbs; chives, parsley, mint and a couple of handfuls of arugula to spiralized zucchini strands, along with a handful of pumpkin seeds and lots of shaved parmesan, and toss. It’s the perfect, crisp, refreshing salad on these days where everything and everyone feels a bit wilted. I hope that you enjoy it!
This weather may not be quite in sync with the season, but we are completely ready for Fall on Main Street, and looking forward to seeing you!
Lots of Love,
Happy Father's Day!
For Our Mothers
- Ortiz tuna packed in a jar of olive oil
- Pitted Kalamata Olives
- Chopped scallions, white and green parts
- Cherry tomatoes
- Haricot Vert, blanched and plunged into an ice bath
- Steamed or roasted baby red potatoes (or fingerlings)
- Hard boiled eggs (slightly underdone to keep the yolks bright orange)
- Mixed Spring lettuces or Bibb lettuce
- Lemon Vinaigrette: Juice of two lemons, splash of balsamic vinegar, freshly ground black pepper, pink salt + extra virgin olive oil
Full Swing Spring
The Luck of the Irish
Sweets for the Sweet
For Valentine’s Day this year, I’m hoping for this romantic and chic ensemble from our Lingerie Collection. The long version of the Maia dressing gown is new for the season in Rose Gold, which literally seems to glow in the gorgeous way that only 100% silk charmeuse can. Underneath it, I plan to wear the Juno long slip in Garnet, a rich color that is somehow delightfully happy under the pale, blush of pink. They are both so lovely individually, and together are truly sublime.
We also have many Valentine-worthy options for your sweetheart, from the palest platinum color, to the vibrant shocking pink of our Rubellite color. Perhaps this set…the Olwen Camisole and Sita Knicker, would be a perfect treat for your Love? Or the Gaia Bralette paired with the Hera Brief, both available online here, in our Main Street shop, or at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills, Madison Avenue, or barneys.com We have new colors available, such as emerald green, white gold, deep amethyst, platinum, and rubellite. Stop by for a look!
If jewels are more to the point for your Valentine this year, then may I suggest a few options for you? We just created a few pair of these delightful earrings, some featuring heart shaped Rubies, or Tourmaline, while others sparkle with either grey or white diamonds. All would make a perfectly sweet Valentine’s Day gift.
While flowers and chocolates are always a pleasure to receive, I don’t think that there could be a better idea for Valentine’s Day than a ring. Stacking rings are always on a jewelry-lover’s wish list, and we have so many wonderful options in this category. I personally would love to receive a little heart shaped Ruby, or a charming little diamond butterfly ring to add to my collection. Please stop by, or give us a call this week to see what other delightful options we have for Valentine's day gift giving. Celebrating Valentine’s Day I have to admit, that I’m a sucker for Valentine’s Day. I always have been. I can remember spending it with Peter either out to dinner, in the early 1990’s at the West Beach Cafe in Venice, at Il Cantinori in NYC, or in for dinner a deux. We would enjoy a decadent assortment of french cheeses, wine, and my version of David Waltuck’s flourless chocolate cake for dessert. Years ago, we decided to include our own little sweethearts in the celebration, making it a group celebration, with friends and families joining us for a dinner in honor of love. I am normally not considered a trite or overly sentimental person, but when it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day, I go all in. Somewhere along the road, the theme for the dinner became RED. The menu is beef tenderloin, radicchio salad, roasted beets, red potatoes, and of course, a decadent chocolate cake with raspberries and strawberries. With slight deviations over the years, like the time my friend Patrik Milani showed me how to make the most amazing chocolate peanut butter truffles you could possible imagine, I’ve moved on to a version of Ottolenghi’s chocolate fudge cake. If you haven’t tried it, you must. As I mentioned last month, I’m still working on perfecting a brownie recipe, which I’ll share with you here. Let me know if you try it, and what you think. I'm planning to wrap them up to send home with our dinner guests... Happy Valentine’s Day to All!
2016! I am definitely looking forward to the brand new year. It has me thinking about resolutions, big and small, and one in particular that I actually made back in early December. It isn’t about reconnecting with my meditation practice (though I do need to do that immediately!). No, the one I am thinking about mostly is this one: I have decided to embrace big earrings for day. Big, and fancy. Why not!? I feel like the things that we reserve for special occasions are actually meant to be enjoyed in the most quotidian of ways. There isn’t any good reason not to. Honestly, I cannot think of one reason to “save” one’s beautiful treasures for only certain occasions. Enjoy them! Wear them to lunch with a friend, or to anyplace at all. I promise it will elevate the experience of every single thing. Madrid Earrings; Emerald, Pearl + Diamonds Double Pear Pear Earrings, Seven Seas Pearl + Diamond Ring
Spanish Armada Earrings; Black Diamonds + Pink SapphiresJosephine Earrings; Rose Cut Blue Sapphire + Grey DiamondsAnother thing I am contemplating for the new year is which of these delicious new limited edition Liberty of London Art Silk prints I would like for a new Asteria dressing gown. Hmmmm….
They are all so beautiful that I have struggled with making a decision. I think I’ll go with Poppyseed Dream, which I love as much for the exotic print as I do for the name.Of course, there are more pressing things to contemplate for the new year ahead. To face the future with my best foot forward, I am resolving to embrace a few principles:Be more spontaneous, for one.Take more advantage of the galleries and museums of our fair city.Spend more time with friends and family.And finally, to perfect the perfect brownie recipe that I’ve been tinkering with for a few months. I’ll share it when it’s ready…stay tuned!
Happy New Year!
Liseanne's Holiday Gift Guide
Holiday Gift Guide
Hot Summer Nights
This weather! Thankfully our new space on Main Street is deliciously air-conditioned. The nights however, call for cool, crisp, cotton lingerie (if one can bear to wear anything at all!) featuring exceptionally soft Swiss Cotton. The LFrank collection combines the classic shapes and flattering lines of the silk pieces with the highest quality cotton available in the world. My favorites for this heat wave have been the Swiss Cotton Voile Freya slip and the Aurora short kimono style dressing gown in Plumetis. Both are as light as a feather, and the soft creamy pearl color is flattering on every skin tone.
I also love the Maia knee-length dressing gown for it’s crisp pique that is both lightweight and a bit more structured. It has the most beautiful French lace applique as well as 18k double-plated gold plated buttons that I designed at the waist and the cuff. It is perfect for mornings outside in the garden before the heat of the day sets in.
Custom Engagement Rings
The summer is always a popular time for weddings and engagements, and this year was no different. Here are a few of the custom rings we created for our very special clients. The experience is one that I truly adore, and the process of creating an expression of commitment and love for a couple is something that I consider myself incredibly fortunate to be able to participate in.
To cool down, we’ve been drinking pitchers of this refreshing combination of black iced tea, lemonade, and elderflower cordial. It is the perfect pick-me-up when feeling wilted by the hot weather. We’ve offered it to everyone who has come in during the last few weeks, and it has definitely been a hit.
I combine 1 quart cold black tea with 1 1/2 cups organic lemonade and a 1/4 cup of elderflower cordial to sweeten and refresh. Fresh mint and lime are amazing here, if you would like to garnish.
Enjoy the last stretch of summer!
LOVE + HONOR + RESPECT
LOVE + HONOR + RESPECT
We love LOVE. We also love taking part in in the selection of the perfect expression of that love. Most often that love-token is a ring. Many people are choosing a more non-traditional keepsake to express the love, honor and respect that is the foundation of a successful union. New rings are online + in-store now.
Lovely to Be Here
We are happily ensconced in our new space on Main Street in Venice. Half a mile is not much, but we feel a world of difference in our new location. More light, soaring ceiling height, and an incredibly warm welcome have made our transition a great one. I hope you will come and visit us.
One of my favorite things in the new space has got to be the antique games table that I had been long coveting. Backgammon, anyone? Simon, one of our new neighbors, stops by weekly to see if anyone has time for a match.
I am excited about the incredible Dracaena Arborea tree in the front window. It has long been one of my favorite trees, as it has a certain exotic and almost Dr. Seuss-like feeling. It is so happy in its sunny spot, that it sprouted a new frond within the first few weeks of living here!
We have a cheeky monkey, if you can spot him!
We are so happy that we bought these beautiful 19th century antique French carriage house sconces from our friend Ray before he moved into his amazing new building in Culver City. We could not have hoped for a better provenance, as the spirit of Obsolete is here with us every day.
In addition, we have had so much fun collaborating with our friends ZenBunni and our neighbors, Pamela Barish and Mona Moore, on delicious private label chocolates. Our flavor is the exotic Kathmandu, a heavenly Nepali Chai treat. Zen and Bunni take so much care with their confections. They are organic and biodynamic, and simply amazing. Come have a taste! Boxes of the three flavors are available for sale in store.
As an accompaniment to the beautiful silk and French lace lingerie collection, we are proud to introduce the Swiss cotton and LFrank bridal collection of lingerie, Love Honor + Respect. This collection is perfect for everyone who prefers the lighter weight of cotton for these hot summer months. Trimmed with French lace, these pieces are every bit as luxurious and gorgeous as their silk counterparts.
Come have a look and enjoy!
We are moving!
a rendering of our new front window
Finding True North is essential for accurate navigation…
So with that in mind, we are delighted to announce that we will be moving less than a mile due North at the end of this month.
Our new address will be:LFrank 226 Main Street Venice CA 90291 (between Rose Avenue and Navy Street) 310.452.0771
We will be occupying the former home of Ray Azoulay’s Obsolete, along with our friends and current Abbot Kinney neighbors Pamela Barish (224 Main Street) and Mona Moore (222 Main Street).
Our beautiful new space boasts soaring arched ceilings and incredible natural light. All of the signature LFrank elements will be coming along: the steel circle gate, the perforated metal wall, and the ancestor portrait. We will also be incorporating a few exciting new features, such as a lovely lingerie dressing area, custom concrete planters from Buddy Rhodes Studio, and an inherited work of art by renowned artist Ethan Murrow.
There will be plenty of parking in the neighborhood, and of course Kendra will be there to welcome you as always. We are very excited about this new chapter for LFrank, and hope to see you in our new space very soon!
our vitrines will look amazing through our new custom storefront window!
our new space in process… and last but not least, a sneak peek at the LFrank Lingerie collection that will be available in our new location.
LFrank Lingerie, photo by Dan Monick
LFrank Lingerie, photo by Dan Monick
Goodbye Abbot Kinney, our home for over 7 years!
LFrank Holiday Gift Guide
A Favorite Holiday Recipe
Baking as a holiday tradition is something that my family really looks forward to. Years ago, I was introduced to this Persimmon Pudding recipe from Emily Luchetti, and it very quickly became a holiday staple. I don’t think we’ve ever since had a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner without it. In fact, a dear friend hosts a persimmon party every year in her garden, beneath her extraordinary persimmon tree. She makes it a competition, and the first year I won with this recipe. The prize was a kumquat tree, which to this day grows in my garden and bears the most delicious kumquats. Persimmon Pudding Serves 8 Ingredients: About 5 ripe Hachiya persimmons 3 large eggs 1 cup granulated sugar 4 ounces (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to warm 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 2 cups of half and half (or 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of heavy cream) Instructions: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan. Remove the stems from the persimmons and cut the flesh into pieces. Purée the persimmon flesh in a food processor until smooth. Strain the purée through a medium-mesh sieve to eliminate any bits of skin and seed. You should have 2 cups purée. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until blended. Whisk in the melted butter. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves onto a piece of parchment paper or into a bowl. Add the salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the egg mixture. Slowly pour in the milk and cream, stirring until combined. Stir in the persimmon purée. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool for about 10 minutes before serving. The pudding will sink as it cools. Serve the pudding warm, scooped into bowls with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. It can be reheated it in a 325°F oven for about 15 minutes.
LFrank Glass Bead Necklaces
Welcome to LFrank
Venice: Home of LFrank
“I went to New York City in the fall of 2007 to show my collection to buyers and editors during fashion week. The biggest revelation to me over the course of those long days, was that I needed to open a store. I wanted a space where my pieces could be presented in full – in an environment that I designed – as opposed to being seen in the selections made by buyers in retail stores. My collection is so personal, so my goal in finding the right space was to be able to create an extension of my house.
I chose the location of the shop as it was my favorite spot on my favorite street. It’s my neighborhood, so I’m particularly attached to Abbot Kinney. I remember when it was known as West Washington Blvd, and the only places to eat were Hal’s, A Votre Sante, and a little Mexican place called Saboroso.
I love the artistic and eclectic nature of Venice. John McCracken once used the space I am in as his studio. The sculptor Fred Eversley still works out of his studio two doors down, and I still see my artist friends wandering around the neighborhood. As Abbot Kinney continues to evolve, my space still feels as good to me as it did when I first moved in.”