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Modern Etiquette with Chloe Malle

Let’s face it, times are a’changing, and it’s getting harder and harder to sit through a dinner without feeling the urge to glance at your phone. But where should we draw the line? Luckily, the incredibly chic Chloe Malle took a break from writing some of our favorite Vogue stories to share her tips for modern day etiquette. Take a peek at this funny and helpful how-to in the video below!










Lavender Inspired French Countryside Luncheon

I do believe if I had the privilege of sitting down at this gorgeous lavender-infused luncheon planned by Modern Dame, I would never want to get up. Between the breathtaking florals from Holly Flora, the delicious nibbles from Haute Chef LA and that picture perfect cake from Sweet and Saucy - I would have more than enough to keep me blissfully happy. Well, thanks to Steve Steinhardt‘s gorgeous images I can take my virtual seat at the table here.

From Modern DameWhen I think spring, I think lavender. More specifically, the lavender fields in the South of France. Can you imagine spending a day in the countryside? Just you, a big, bright blue sky, and rows and rows of fragrant, natural beauty. I for one can’t picture a better way to spend a sunny afternoon which is why, as I sat down to plan a pre-Easter luncheon I wanted to host for all of the lovely ladies in my life (including my wonderfully stylish mother, aunt, and cousin), I knew lavender would be the primary source of inspiration.

Sometimes Los Angeles can’t possibly feel any farther away from the tranquil, picture-perfect French countryside, but, last Saturday, I think we came pretty close to recreating it in my very own backyard. Instead of rows and rows of lavender, though, a single, rustic table dotted with mismatched chairs chosen to create a shabby, yet still chic, look, sat beneath a big, shady tree. Arrangements of garden roses, lilacs, ranunculus, sweet peas, and lavender served as the centerpieces and, along with the dried french lavender placed on each setting, filled the air with a rich, intoxicating scent. Silver trays gleamed in the bright, California sun, and a sprinkling of dried french lavender buds provided the perfect bed for the luncheon’s signature cocktail – St. Germain French 77 with bubbling, effervescent champagne.

On the table, the most gorgeous vintage crystal goblets and coupes worked in perfect harmony with the white china and silver flatware to create an intimately beautiful countryside fête right here in LA. Lavender washed menu cards were tucked lovingly into lace-trimmed napkins and outlined the day’s fare: beautifully crafted tea sandwiches, fresh spring salads, lemon cakes adorned with – you guessed it – more lavender, the creamiest deviled eggs, and fresh fig topped with mascarpone, honey, and pistachios served in their own mini glass jars, which were enthusiastically devoured by all.

For dessert, more masterfully composed on-theme delights filled the table, including a rustic red velvet cake, divine lavender macarons, and some seriously adorable egg-shaped Rice Krispie treats. After lunch, lavender-infused Earl Grey tea was sipped from white-washed tea cups, just as, I like to imagine, we would have done sat out beneath the great big sun, amongst rows and rows of sweet lavender in the South of France. Hope my French country Lavender luncheon will be an inspiration for your event!

Cake: Sweet and Saucy | Caterer: Haute Chef LA | Floral Design: Holly Flora | Host & Party Planner: Modern Dame | Photography: Steve Steinhardt | Rentals: Town And Country | Stationery: Meet The Foley Event + Design | Tableware Rentals: Dish Wish Events

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Easy Cream Cake

Cream cakes are deceivingly easy to make. Shhhh…I even cheat! The mascarpone cream is so lush and sweet, no one even notices that I use a cake mix. Sometimes, I even ask the bakery at our local grocery store for 2 nine inch cake layers that I can take home and freeze. I can make a cream cake from start to finish in just 10 minutes! xoxo Julie Blanner

This cake is perfect for any occasion. In fact, the cake in itself is an occasion!

Easy Naked Cream Cake
prep time
20 Minute/s
cook time
total time
20 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 2 - 9 inch cake layers of your choice
  • 2 c heavy cream 8 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 1 c powdered sugar berries of your choice
  1. Lightly freeze your cake layers for easy slicing.
  2. Beat heavy cream until soft peaks form.
  3. Blend in mascarpone cream. Gradually incorporate powdered sugar. Beat until stiff.
  4. Slice your cake layers in half and place your bottom layer on a platter or cake pedestal.
  5. Add a large scoop of cream to the center of your cake and spread using a spatula.
  6. Alternate cream and cake layers.
  7. Top with berries, allow to come to room temperature and serve.

Photography: Julie Blanner | Recipe And Styling: Julie Blanner

Julie Blanner

Lifestyle & Recipes
Our Can’t Live Without Rugs + Shop the Look

There’s nothing like wiggling your toes on a gorgeous new rug. Nothing. Striped and layered, jute and hides, overdyed and all natural – we’ve scoured our archives for some of the prettiest area rugs to grace this little blog and we did a little shopping in the process. Cozy up your floors with some of these beauties and shop the looks from these 25 rug moments too!

All About That Rug
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All About That Rug
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Now you’re probably in the mood for a little rug shopping. Am I right? Check out our go-to sources for magic carpet shopping…

Lulu & Georgia

Rugs USA

West Elm



Amber Interiors Shoppe

Pottery Barn

Dash & Albert

Serena & Lily

The Prettiest Naked Cake Inspiration for Your Next Party

Thinking about letting your cake go naked to your next party, but still in need of some inspiration? We did the research first, so you don’t have to search in Google later (trust us, it’s definitely NSFW!). Intrigued? Take a look at this stunning roundup of rustically beautiful options that take the cake without any extra fluff, and get ready to go naked!

20 Of Our Favorite Naked Cakes
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20 Of Our Favorite Naked Cakes
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