Hot Moon Collection

A destination for the things we love . . .

Improving on the Old

Taking a pair of vintage chairs, upholstered in a so soft antique Indian blockprint textile, makes an impression.

Loving the soft colors and the smooth finish of this antique textile combined with the naturally aged chair finish.

Available at  Hot Moon Collection 1501 Main Street, Venice California.

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Mywalit Postman Handbag

 

This is why we love the adventure of travel and the bold hunt for treasures. Discovering Mywalit in Lucca, Italy was one of those inspiring quests for the perfect find. The inspiration is simple and fundamental, based on innovative design, inspired color combining and the finest soft nappa leathers. Explore Hot Moon Collection’s array of contemporary bags and wallets by Mywalit.

play around

This season does not feel flashy, the mood, at best, casual & smart.

Let your wardrobe multitask for you, with a new way to dress things

up or down, from day to night, while making the most out of a few good choices.

Custodian of a Bee Colony

In the mountains of Los Angeles we are having a perfect summer, less valley heat than normal, enough sunshine throughout the day, winds silent and the buzz of bees.

My friend Leslie had a swarm of honeybees in her garage attic, so Mr. Beeman captured the swarm in a box, and now I find myself an apiarist.

I am gathering thoughts on flower choices for my pollen loving bees, and to encourage our beautiful queen to lay her progeny.  Considering flowering times so the bees will have a continuous supply of nectar and pollen throughout the season is yummy to my prowess as a gardener.

The sweet golden honey is what attracts me to keeping my bees happy while also helping to bring back this important pollinator that has been in decline.  My honey harvest will promise friends and neighbors a jar or two of sweet ambrosia from one of nature’s wonders.

Bees are fascinating amid their industrious intricate community, and I like that they do their own thing and require of me only occasional tending.  For that we shall enjoy the fruits of my bee’s labor.My favorite gardening shirt at Hot Moon Collection

a favorite list

Know yourself.

Always follow through on commitments.

Respect everyone.

Hold strong convictions that cannot be altered by your circumstances.

Don’t make an enemy of yourself.

Live without regrets.

Be certain to make a good first impression.

Don’t cling to the past.

Never break a promise

Don’t depend on other people.

Don’t speak ill of others.

Don’t be afraid of anything.

Respect the opinions of others.

Have compassion and understanding for everyone.

Don’t be impetuous.

Even little things must be attended to.

Never forget to be appreciative.

Make a desperate effort.

Have a plan for your life.

Never lose your “Beginner’s Spirit”.

Elm Design Team

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An Easter Breakfast

Easter is about family, the beginning of spring, and a sense of rebirth, which we traditionally celebrate with eggs. I love this time of year and  I like to wake up to this indulgent Easter breakfast with dear friends to celebrate the change of season with this easy to whip up dish.

Eggs Benedict

Yield: makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cooking Time: 11 mins

Ingredients:

  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 tbsp distilled white vinegar
  • 4 English muffins
  • butter, for spreading
  • 1 cup warm Hollandaise Sauce

Directions:

1. Fill a large frying pan with water to a depth of  2 inches. Add the vinegar and bring to a simmer over medium heat. When tiny bubbles appear at the bottom of the pan, carefully crack 4 eggs, one by one, into each pan.

2. Cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and let stand for exactly 6 minutes. Remove the eggs, using a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels.

3. Meanwhile, split each muffin in half and toast.

4. Butter each muffin half and place 2 on each serving plate. Top each half with a poached egg and spoon the hollandaise over the top.

Thanks to Victoria Blashford-Snell
Brigitte Hafner for this delicious recipe

Hollandaise Sauce

1/2 lb. unsalted butter
6 egg yolks
4–6 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground white pepper

1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until it begins to foam, 15–20 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, put egg yolks, lemon juice, salt, and pepper into the jar of an electric blender. Cover, and blend on high speed for 2 seconds; then, with the motor still running, gradually add melted butter in a slow, steady stream through hole in blender lid, leaving milky solids behind. Adjust seasonings.

Thanks Saveur

Stir Crazy

by Domenique Stewart

The cold blowy winter days are upon me!  This is the time of year when I begin to feel a little bit stir crazy.  Okay, a lot stir crazy.  Ho hum, ho hum.  Oh summertime offers so many activity choices and taking advantage of the outdoor weather is certainly something I enjoy, while wintertime for me is a time to hibernate and bake cookies.  Now, add that up and you have an extra five pounds by spring!

Some may say there are winter activities, and there are if you don’t mind strapping on some skis or snowshoes or whatever it is your favorite winter sport requires.  I don’t have a favorite winter sport.  I do sometimes take a walk in the woods or in the neighborhood on a lovely winter day.   Lazy I am not, and snow falling gently is such a pretty sight, but something about this time of year really slows me down.  Some may live where snow is not so much of an adventure or an obstacle, either way, when it comes down to it, my physiology seems to just want to hibernate.

So recently I have decided that I think I can sing.  Yes sing, and I love to dance, just a fun version of carefree movements.  I spend time searching through my shelf of eclectic music, choosing what inspires me emotionally.  I then dance about my living room and sing along when the key suits me, and yes I think I can sing and dance.  The point here is, “I think I can”.  My dancing is an assortment of 80’s dance floor, jazzercise, my own version of ‘Broadway’ and a yoga pose here and there.  Oh yes, it is quite a sight.  I have a large mirror on the wall, which provides me with a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the show.  And that is enough for an hour of fun and entertainment to lift my spirits and amuse my cats.

Can you remember your favorite dance tune and how you could not resist being lifted off your feet or breaking into song.  So I step into this musical place and move my feet to the beat.  I leave the outside world behind and offer myself this period of pure and simple joy.  Today I am wearing my pearls with my favorite white robe, seems so fitting for the occasion.  I think we all deserve some fun in our life.  So lets all have a dance, shall we?  It is good for the heart, it lifts the soul, and beautifies the body.  Then I can bake cookies.

POP! 2010

The first year of another decade to ponder, so ‘what was that about and where are we going from here.’

I believe we are hungry for new ideas with a new point of view. Always in search for that which reflects our personality and defines the activities of our lives, we yearn for a new opportunity for adornment. Design & style will relate to sustainable natural materials that reflect comfort and inspire a new journey with fresh possibilities, yet anchored in the simple and elegant.

Considering all that we have accomplished and experienced, which defines our distinctive style, let us indulge ourselves with positive thoughts and a bright ‘look’ for our creative choices in the future.  With a vivid sense of adventure, let’s explore what makes us feel gorgeously exclusive and unique.

We transform ourselves and style into an expression of all that is important to us. We take into account our choices and make decisions that are practical, responsible and beautiful. The Romans called these principles of living; “commodity, firmness and delight.”

Times have changed and we need to adapt and honor this shift in time. Sometimes through the unexpected we discover a beautiful moment that will change our perspective and possibly make us happier in life.

Embrace with me what I hope will be a very Happy New Year.

From all of us at Hot Moon Collection

The Allure of Stones and The Grace of Gold

opal&gold
Since ancient times jewelry has been worn not only to adorn, but to protect, heal, attract energy and enhance moods.

“Born from a great appreciation of ancient art and cultures and a fascination with the magical properties of the stones, my pieces are guided by inspiration and spontaneity from my personal journey. The creative metamorphosing into modern jewelry that has it’s own personality and sensibility respective of social responsibility.

I hand-select high carat gold for its qualities of warmth and softness, it’s honey luster. I choose my precious or semi-precious stones for their shape, energy, and power.

My work is designed to be strong, natural, one-of-a-kind pieces that can enhance the spirit as well as the wearer.” Gabriela of  Ilia & Gabriela

Each piece reflects the power and beauty of the stones and the warm luster and texture of the gold, creating a truly precious treasure to cherish.

available at Hot Moon Collection

chalcedony & 22k

labradorite & 22k