Thursday, October 2, 2014

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Happy new month of October hunnies!  While I’m gearing up to complete a few #JKID projects including this artist’s loft in Downtown Pomona, a custom home perched high atop Hacienda Heights, this Pasadena boutique hotel 75-guestroom renovation, my website redesign, not to mention a few changes here on Haute Khuuture as well, it’s going to be a mad dash towards the end of year due date! Yikes!!!  Sometimes I can’t believe the things I pile on my plate, but where there’s work to be done, there’s inspiration to be sought!

 ...and if you haven't done so already, please hop over to Apartment Therapy to vote for my GLAM BOUDOIR in the #roomforcolor contest!  Voting ends tomorrow dolls!!!

Peep out my dailies on Instagram so you don't miss a beat!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Trendspotting: Glam Neutrals

Oh my favorite time of the year!  Finally the air is crisper, the coats have come out of hibernation, and inspiration is aplenty as I’m looking to neutrals in butterscotch and caramel for a fresh take on fall. 

 It’s the return to glamour this season as I’m piling on the bling for festive celebrations from here on out! 

A little glitz, a lotta glam, and a helluva good time’s to be had y’all!

 Can’t ya just feel the excitement seeping outta my pores!  Needless to say, I am NOT a summer gal by any means, lol.  


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Hope this new season's inspiring you for a superFAB fall!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Food Porn Friday- Fig and Olive Part II

As a member of Yelp Elite 3 years running now, I make it a priority to find the latest and greatest in haute cuisine from OC to LA and errwhere in-between.  I’m the foodie who would much rather dine somewhere new each and every meal than to repeat experiences especially when there’s so much good stuff out there!  It takes a LOT to become a rotating fave, usually with craveable dishes that I can remember savoring sight unseen or when they’ve become such staples in my diet (yes, sushi!) that I can’t go a few weeks without.  

With Food Porn Friday posts and yelp reviews, I commit myself to not only remembering every dish ordered and eaten, but every thought and immediate response so that you, my dear readers, are right there along for the epicurean ride.  It seems local restaurants have taken notice and often send invitations to dine with the emphasis to review and critique their cuisine.

This particular visit to Fig and Olive in Newport Beach was sponsored by the establishment themselves, an invitation back to score higher points than my average rated review of 3 stars (out of 5) having dined there before for brunch.  I made a conscious effort to order dishes they should be known for, in particular anything highlighting their usage of coastal European olive oils, infused as the core ingredient of their most popular dishes.  Let’s take a look at what’s on the menu today my loves:

Half dozen flight of oysters Malpeque, Kumamoto, Fanny Bay served with a trio of mignonette.  Just eh.  When you’ve had the seafood tower at Mastro’s, I don’t think anything compares in Orange County.

Crudo tasting with a trio of salmon, tuna, and beef tartar:  One of my biggest gripes is when crudo comes out warmer than room temperature.  This one’s debatable as I’m sure there are some who prefer their raw meats and fish a little on the warmer side, but for me I like it slightly chilled, if not at room temp.  It felt like this dish had been sitting there waiting to be run to the table or worse yet, sitting there waiting to be sliced and served.  Either way, completely lackluster even though soaked in heavy-handed claim-to-fame olive oil.

Crab and Heirloom Tomato with jumbo lump crab, heirloom cherry tomato, garlic cilantro, shallot, harissa, avocado basil tapenade, Picholine Olive Oil.  As you can see, they are not stingy with their crabmeat.  I love how refreshing this dish tastes; the cold stringy crab with a creamy dollop of avocado was just the thing to beat the afternoon heat.  One of my favorite appetizers and I’m not a fan of crab by any means.

White Sea bass marinated with lemon thyme, carrot, asparagus, celery root puree, heirloom potato, charmoula, mascarpone harissa olive oil emulsion.  The ingredients work nicely together as the celery root puree gives the fish a hearty base and the pan seared coating provides a much needed crunch for texture.  The biggest MISS here?  The fish was wayyyyy overcooked.  The meat was completely opaque from center to skin, an indication that they left this piece of fish on the skillet probably 45 seconds longer than it should have been.  I’m no expert at cooking, but even a novice like me knows when something is dun-dizzo.  Flavors are there, but execution failed.

Skinny fries with truffle olive oil and parmesan.  If you don’t come to dine, at least come for these heavenly fries and a cocktail!  You can smell this baby from a mile away and tastes as savory as it looks!  We left no fry untouched as this was the easy highlight of our meal.

Cocktails: (Left) Old-fashioned for him (Right) Sweet Red Pepper with tequila, aperol, freshly muddled strawberries, lime juice, passion fruit syrup, sweet red pepper, bitters pour moi.  You must tell the bartender to remove the syrup altogether to save the tequila from complete catastrophe.  I want to taste the liquor, not the liqueur.

151 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 877-3005

Have y’all been to Fig and Olive?  What did you think?

Happy Friday lovers!  
Hope you’re enjoying the first week of fall!

Bon appétit mes amis!

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bachelor Pad Remix- Get the Look!

Thank you for all the amazing feedback on this Bachelor Pad Remix design below y’all!  Due to all the inquiries I’ve received on Facebook and Instagram, you can now get this JKID look complete with shopping links for some incredible options!  

If you haven't done so already, take a moment to sign up at with these 3 easy steps:
1.  Sign up at
2. Like Instagram photos with links
3. Get an email sent directly to you with ready-to-shop products details

Easy peasy and you only have to do it ONCE!

Happy Shopping lovies!
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Monday, September 22, 2014

JKID Project: Bachelor Pad- The Remix

My personal design motto is to ALWAYS and ONLY buy what you loveloveLOVE!  That way, in case you move, as expected in any course of life, your favorite belongings will make that transition with you and grow in the space as much as you have.  No more throwing out cheap furniture that can’t make the cut.  No more attempting to make pieces work that you clearly don’t have a connection with.  It’s ALL about making thoughtful choices when you’re shopping to reflect not only where you are, but where you envision yourself going.

Case in point:  My former bachelor client (now en-fianced woohooooo!) moved out of his one-bedroom loft to a 2-bedroom apartment with the soon to be missus.  What we needed was a newly refreshed space that not only showcased his prized possessions from the previous loft but improved to now incorporate the Mrs.’ style as well.

Do you remember his original Bachelor Pad design (above) featured in Orange Coast Magazine earlier this year? 

Well, here is the new space, upcycled with original pieces and remixed to incorporate a more sophisticated and elegant direction, courtesy of life’s many curveballs.

The mood:  Urban modern meets laid-back luxe
The materials: Mixed woods, iron, glass, and velvet

What I love most about the new space is how light and airy it feels with previous dark and moody elements.  We were able to achieve that with light gray walls, sheer drapery, and pops of color layered over natural textures of rich leathers and a variety of wood finishes.  

What was once a complete man-cave now becomes a modern blend of masculine objects with a feminine touch, the yin-yang environment every couple hopes to achieve with the combination of mixed and matched décor.

What do you think of the space?  

It's the LAST day of summer lovies!
Hope y'all go out with a colorful bang!

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