Monday, October 20, 2014

I Have Moved!

For those of you that have followed Heart of Gold over the past few years, I hope that you will follow my journey at Rose & Ivy, a new quarterly online journal that will have a daily blog. Thank you for your support. xx Alison

*Photography by Alison 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Introducing ROSE & IVY - A New Quarterly Lifestyle Journal

Today is an exciting day! After nearly six months of work - dreaming, conceptualizing, researching, writing, photographing, creating and baking a new venture has been born and I cannot wait to share it with you all.  Today it is with utter excitement that I introduce you to Rose & Ivy, a new quarterly lifestyle journal that has been my 'secret' project for far too long.  Please visit the site here and read the journal here! Today I am over on Victoria's blog talking about the journal, please click here to find out more.  

I want to thank everyone that has been reading Heart of Gold for almost four years, I have grown so much on this site. I recently looked back at my first post, gasp it was awful!  Regardless I am very lucky to have called this little nook of the internet my own during a time when I was trying to find my creative voice.  It is with mixed emotions that I am saying goodbye to this site and hello to a new one.  I would love it if you would follow along on the new adventure at the Rose & Ivy blog which will be updated daily in addition to quarterly journals that will be launching every four months on-line.  

Thank you again for all of your support, it means the world.  xx Alison

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Be Right Back

And with that I am signing off for the week.  I will be back here Tuesday after the long holiday weekend with something very exciting to share with you that has been in the works for months.  I hope that everyone has a great week and weekend ahead.   

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Brand to Know:: Pedro del Hierro Madrid

I love discovering new brands and during fashion month I discovered a whole new crop of them.  One of my favorites that I discovered was Pedro del Hierro Madrid a Spanish brand that is giving stores like Mango a run for their money. Here are some of my favorite looks from the Spring 2015 collection that was inspired by Slim Aarons photographs from the 70's.  

Monday, October 6, 2014

I Love This Look:: Burgundy from Head to Toe

 I hope that everyone had a great weekend!  Burgundy, maroon, oxblood, whatever you want to call this saturated hue it is one of my favorites for fall.  When I spotted this head to toe look on Olivia Palermo in Paris, it was a look that I definitely want to try.  Here are some of my favorite pieces to achieve this look.  I hope that everyone has a great week!

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Friday, October 3, 2014

That Seventies Feeling

The Seventies are back and better than ever - the feathered hair, beige lips and high collars are a key trend for Fall and have even carried over for Spring 2015 (did you see the Louis Vuitton show?). This editorial featuring Lily Donaldson in the October issue of Harper's Bazaar Korea sums up a more modern version of this era.  

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Spring 2015: Paris Runway Recap

And just like that Spring 2015 is a wrap.  Paris brought forth a plethora of key trends, many of which were carried over from New York, London and Milan.  There were new interpretations of femininity from eyelets to denim and a sportier point of view where swimwear served as tops paired with pants and skirts.  Décolleté was on full display where many designers sent looks down the runway with low cut tops and dresses.  Here are some of my favorite looks and trends from Paris.  

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

At the Market:: Concord Grapes & Concord Grape Pie

As you might have noticed I took a little baking break, which was partially due what I mentioned in  yesterday's post. Sometimes I am just too tired.  But I am back today with my series At the Market where I am giddy with excitement because table grapes, in particularly concord grapes have arrived.  They actually came to the farmer's market that I frequent in the end of August, earlier than I expected so every Saturday since I have been buying them by the pound wondering just what to bake with them.  I settled on a Concord Grape Pie, a lip smackingly good pie that captures the essence of fall in just one bite.