Julie Anne Rhodes for Hello Magazine
I may love healthy comfort food, but I adore sumptuous comfort clothes even more, so I jumped at the invitation to attend a private showing of the new Stefanel collection last week. BTW, my ever so chic girlfriend In New York Paris Tomorrow was with me, but as usual, feigned having her photo taken, preferring to remain incognito.

Sushi
Champagne, sushi, and amusing conversation flowed with a lovely, sunny view of the city from the rooftop penthouse suite of the Luxe Hotel – prominently situated on Rodeo Drive, the world renown shopping mecca.

Jewels let loose in her idea of a candy store


Perhaps it was my imagination or just coincidence, but I thought the color coordinated food was a stroke of genius. This Ahi tuna color dress was one of my absolute favorites!

Color coordinated sushi
I was in my element. It was like being a child turned loose in a candy store sifting through the spring and fall collections. Delicate, feminine dresses, flowing skirts with blouses, and fine knitwear.

Gorgeous fellow food blogger, Henrietta Tiefenhaler
Just a sneak peek, it was a little frustrating to see these stunning pieces, and not be able to buy anything, although infinitely safer for my wallet.

Dumplings

Bruschetta

Each were fashion statement pieces you wear, rather than fashion that wears you.

Henrietta’s beautiful friend
I had a rather difficult time narrowing down my favorite pieces, so I probably would have bought lot.


Longtime friend, model and partner in crime, Louise Ashby

 

The line is well within a reasonable price range for the quality, but sometimes I forget my budget is not what it used to be. Being on a clothing diet is even more boring than the food kind!

Jewels still playing dress up

But one is never too old to play dress up and pretend! Just as I like comfort food – these were comfort clothes I’d like to curl up in for years to come! Wouldn’t you? Be honest, isn’t there still a little girl lurking inside you that still loves to play dress-up?

 

 

Julie Anne Rhodes & Connie Fillippello

Reunited with my longtime friend, Connie Fillippello (who I hadn’t seen since I moved back to America 14 years ago) was icing on the cake. Just to give you an idea of how fabulous she is – another guest commented in the elevator as we left, “Darling, I left Adriana Lima in the midst of a Victoria’s Secret shoot to come say hello Connie.”
Bruschetta

Bruschetta is one of my favorite hors d’oeuvres to make when I throw a party. Everyone loves them, keeps my vegetarian friends happy, and they can be made ahead and easily assembled when needed.

Servings: 10

Ingredients:

1 baguette (long thin French bread)
6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3 cloves garlic, divided
6 ripe plum tomatoes, seeded and small dice
1 tablespoon good balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (save some for garnish)
salt and pepper to taste
Directions:

To make the crostini (little toast rounds)
1). Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice the baguette on the diagonal into 1/4 inch thick slices.
2). In a small bowl, crush one clove of garlic into 4 tablespoons of the olive oil. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds. Brush each slice of bread lightly with the garlic olive oil, and place in an even layer on a sheet pan, working in batches if necessary. Bake until beginning to brown and crisp in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes. Keep an eye on them as they can go from golden to burnt very quickly. Remove and cool completely before storing, carefully in Ziploc baggie. These can be made up to a week in advance.
To make the tomato mixture:
3). Place the diced tomatoes (small delicate dice so they hold together better when placed on the crostini) in a large mixing bowl. Add the remaining garlic and olive oil as well as the balsamic vinegar, and give it all a good toss. Reserving some chopped basil for garnish, add the rest, season to taste with salt and pepper, before giving it one more good toss to distribute the ingredients well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to two days in advance.

Serving Suggestions: Remove the tomato and basil mixture from the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving to allow it to come to room temperature. Decorate the serving tray in a beautiful array of crostini. When ready to serve, scoop one spoonful onto each crostini, and garnish with Parmesan, chopped basil, or both.

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  • April 9, 2011
    5:10 pm

    I want the pinky red one!!Josie Elder- Chow

  • April 9, 2011
    5:11 pm

    How lovely! Lucky you getting to play with it all.Audrey Grant

  • April 9, 2011
    5:11 pm

    The line is not available in the US yet – I think it would do so well here, don't you? Especially in California.

  • April 9, 2011
    5:14 pm

    That white shirt would look smashing with leather pants! Love them both!Kathi Di

  • April 9, 2011
    5:15 pm

    I agree – smashing! There were two huge rooms filled with clothes – I thought I'd died and gone to heaven.

  • April 9, 2011
    5:18 pm

    I bet I need to clean out my closet lolJosie Elder- Chow

  • April 9, 2011
    5:19 pm

    Funny you should mention that – I've bribed Tatjana into helping me clean out mine.

  • April 9, 2011
    5:20 pm

    ooh a closet cleanout from a stylish lady… ;)Audrey Grant

  • April 9, 2011
    5:21 pm

    Yep, all I had to do was mention shopping spree.

  • April 9, 2011
    5:43 pm

    Sounds just like how my daughter used to be until she had her first baby I miss our shopping spreesDebs Everill

  • April 9, 2011
    6:08 pm

    I have one friend who literally insists we go to the grocery store so i can make her my bruscetta. Most times i use tri colour tomatos; yellow, black and different types of red. I will definitely be trying it with a splash of balsamic next time to see how it goes over. Thanks Jewels for the fab food and fab photos of "comfort fashion". ;-) As always an inspiration!

  • April 9, 2011
    6:58 pm

    Sushi , friends and shopping what a fantabulous way to spend a day. Your site is amazing love the colors and content very warholian. Love that fuzzy green jacket would totally rock it. Two of my favorite divas in the blogsphere in one post pretty sweet ! xo

  • April 9, 2011
    10:56 pm

    I love the cream one – has Tatjana been to Bicester Village shopping in Oxfordshire?Rachel Day

  • April 9, 2011
    10:58 pm

    Ooooh! Sport for Choice!Rhonda Davis Crombie

  • April 9, 2011
    10:58 pm

    I love the white one!Giuliana Iannotta

  • April 9, 2011
    10:58 pm

    so much fun …Madeleine Gallay

  • April 9, 2011
    10:59 pm

    Oh…the pink one is so pretty. What a fun day.Karen Gilbert

  • April 9, 2011
    10:59 pm

    so we can't get the pinky red one here?? BOOOO It would do well here in California!Josie Elder- Chow

  • April 10, 2011
    4:30 am

    Love seeing the fashions! Found a couple of dresses packed away when I moved and have washed them up so they look new. Still, would rather have the sushi coloured frock, but my clothing budget is pretty sad for the time being. Going to make the bruschetta as an affordable comfort food dinner one night this week! :)

  • April 10, 2011
    11:28 am

    What gorgeous items of clothing. Love the coral dress and that grey item your wearing Jewels looks so comfortable and warm.Love bruschetta. It's easy, delicious and quite filling.Aussie Mum

  • April 10, 2011
    9:31 pm

    You look fab in that pic!Enjoy your Sunday!!XXXMariFer Cruz Ortega

  • April 10, 2011
    9:31 pm

    as having sooooo much fun!

  • April 10, 2011
    9:31 pm

    Ohhhhh yes! I adore dressing up. My shopping budget is blown lately (I'm in staffing, my husband in real estate, could it be much worse, haha) but my creativity sees me through. My theory is that if you have good taste, you can pull an outfit together from just about anywhere. :)Kim Phillips Cuccia

  • April 10, 2011
    9:32 pm

    You look amazing!! And to answer your question: YES! to playing dress up. :)Kimberly Flynn

  • April 10, 2011
    9:32 pm

    Yes love playing dress up Oh and I cleaned out my closet yesterday TWO big black trash bags for the goodwill !!Josie Elder- Chow

  • April 10, 2011
    9:32 pm

    Playing dress up is fun. :) Love that sweater coat! You look great in it!Patricia Aliaga

  • April 10, 2011
    9:33 pm

    Great look! Glad you had great fun.Seb Zar

  • April 10, 2011
    9:33 pm

    You bet! Xxx xEmily Cash

  • April 10, 2011
    9:34 pm

    Everyday!Carly Guerrero

  • April 11, 2011
    1:38 am

    There sure is!!!!!Heather Harmon Beck

  • April 11, 2011
    4:16 pm

    love what your wearing.xDenise Clark

  • April 11, 2011
    5:49 pm

    A wonderful combination!!!!!MariFer Cruz Ortega

  • April 11, 2011
    5:50 pm

    My favorite kind of afternoon!

  • April 11, 2011
    5:50 pm

    I guess you have also tasted toasted bread with some garlic and olive oil…yummy! I could eat only bruschetta :-)Cinzia Bluebell Appio

  • April 11, 2011
    5:53 pm

    Love the salmon colored one but the white shirt is more my style along with those cute gold Roman sandals in the back.

  • April 11, 2011
    6:50 pm

    We are loving this blog! Such a happy find..:))Cheeky Cosmetics – Make Up

  • April 11, 2011
    11:01 pm

    This is all so lovely! Great blog!xoxo,colormenana.blogspot.com

  • April 12, 2011
    2:41 am

    Now I want sushi!

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