A mid-week source of pick-me-ups and beautiful things coming straight to you from Mel in Chanel HQ. From delicious new treats that I've cooked up in the kitchen, to people that inspire me or places to travel, consider this my personal musing board. Welcome to the inside of my head. Here's what's buzzing...


Homemade Carrot & Hazelnut Pesto with orecchiette

My mom found this recipe in one of her wanderings through several food magazines, and we hate that we don't know exactly which one to credit this recipe to. Not being a huge carrot lover, I was hesitant about the carrot and hazelnut combo but was blown away at the deliciousness of this dish. A magnificent depth of flavor and earthiness that simply must be tried. Definitely a perfect summer dish in-lieu of spaghetti, and what I think is a perfect fall color for a sometime-around-Thanksgiving treat.

6 small carrots (8 oz), peeled and coarsely chopped

1/2 cup toasted whole hazelnuts, plus 2 tablespoons, chopped for serving

1 small garlic clove

1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano (2 oz)

Coarse salt

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1 pound orecchiette pasta

1. Combine carrots, whole hazelnuts, garlic and cheese in food processor; season with salt. Pulse until coarsely pureed. With motor running, slowly add oil until mixture is processed into a paste. 2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt. Cook orecchiette pasta until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain; transfer pasta to serving bowl. Add pesto and toss to coat evenly. Drizzle with oil, top with chopped hazelnuts and shredded cheese and serve immediately. 

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Anthropologie's home furnishings and interior accents are some of the most unique and statement-making in the market. As I am currently under the renovation and refurbishing of my bedroom, I find myself drooling over their expanse of  attention-worthy pieces and creative elements that you can't just find anywhere else. My favorite, by far, is this velvet ottoman (look at that gorgeous color - what a beauty!). With slender gold legs that vamp up it's simple square shape, I can imagine it perfectly nestled in between my couch and TV stand decorated with a mirrored TV tray, the latest issue of Vogue and fresh flowers. I hope to photograph my room after it's done... let's see if it will look anything like my Pinterest board... 


@KRISTINA_BAZAN, fashion blogger, Kristina Bazan of Kayture

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With Paris Haute Couture happening this week, top blogger Kristina Bazaan of Kayture is my favorite all-inclusive pass into all of the top fashion houses and after parties. With perfectly executed outfits and impeccable taste, Kristina is my favorite blogger to follow and a fashion inspiration to all of us.


DIOR: Top fashion house Dior showcased their Haute Couture collection on the Musée Rodin grounds in Paris on Monday inside an encapsulated window structure covered in a rainbow of pointillist work. It served as an artful backdrop for a collection featuring accentuations in A-line, colorful embellishments, delicate chain mail atop ethereal fabrics, and robe-like over-sized cape-coats. Sleeves were either optional or dramatically emphasized; a bell sleeve swallowed the right arm while the left arm hung bare. We were transported to a dream-like bohemian fairy wonderland, all thanks to the brilliance of Raf Simons.



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CHANEL: Although a somewhat traditional presentation with the appearance of matching suit sets, Chanel's Fall Couture brought a new, broad-shouldered 80's-like appeal to the fashion house. This collection rid Chanel suits of their usual 1920's column silhouette with a new look of accentuated shoulders, epaulets, and squared-off jackets. For the models that donned the iconic fashion house dresses, Karl Lagerfeld filled each model's frame with feathery textures, layers of sheer fabrics and princess-worthy beading. Kendall Jenner closed the show in a white pantsuit set, with a white camellia almost hidden on the lapel,  and an expanse of tulle tugging from her epaulets. 

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