Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I love having drinks when I'm out, but every once in awhile it's nice to be able to mix up a classy cocktail at home too. This drink only has three components, so it is really simple to make. The ingredients are:
Kahlua (coffee flavored liqueur) 1 oz.
Chambord (raspberry flavored liqueur) 1 oz.
Half and Half Cream
Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass. Last night, the bartender garnished it with chocolate shavings, which gave it a chocolate taste and was very pretty. I would also add one or two raspberries on top!!! So pretty...
If you like sweet drinks or are looking for a go to, "in place of that piece of cake" drink- try making this cocktail! Fabulous.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
What purse is this you ask? The huge Longchamp that everyone has, yes. In pink of course, but the very same. I realize that these bags are really commonplace nowadays, which I don't necesarily like, but I just cannot help loving all of my Longchamp bags. They're just so classy looking! You really can't underestimate how handy these bags are; the big one can literally fit all of these things, and prevent me from looking like a dork wearing a backpack in the city for six hours on Sunday. Thank you Longchamp!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The above dresses are both by Sassi Holford, a British designer, and are called Grace (hmm..) and Annabelle from top to bottom. I think that the overall effect of "Grace" is very Kelly. The bodice, the cap sleeves, and the enormous, airy ballgown. The shape is absolutely classic. Annabelle on the other hand has different elements which lend it that 1956 movie star appeal. It is made completely of exquisite lace and satin, and I am crazy about those bell sleeves and simple deep V neckline!
Both of these dresses (David Fielden above, Kensington by Christos below) just have small touches that echo the famous Helen Rose and MGM dress. The Fielden has just enough bulk at the neckline to give it that sense of having a lot of lace and substance without, really, having that much lace at all! It gives the dress a "covered up" feel, great for a conservative bride or a church ceremony. The same goes for the Christos dress, which only has lace in the charming little jacket which accompanies the dress. This jacket comes off to reveal a plain strapless dress underneath for the reception or dancing. (although I would never take it off, it's beautiful!)
This is what "Say Yes to the Dress" has done to me, I swear.
I made two necklaces, one is a ribbon necklace similar to the one described on marthastewart.com, the other is just a simple, one strand necklace that I made to go with a top that I just bought. Don't you just love it when things match a little? Not too much of course...The necklace on the left is made with fresh water pearls, pink crystals, and a flat, smoothed chartreuse stone (it was unlabeled with a type). I used regular old jewelry wire, a plain clasp, and crimp beads to complete the project. If you have never made jewelry before, all you need to start is some wire, crimp beads, clasps, and crimping pliers, all of which are inexpensive and available at any craft store or superstore. Doesn't it look nice with that fabulous chartreuse in the top? The ribbon necklace was very easy to make, although I think I deviated from the Martha directions a bit- I just strung my beads (fresh water pearls and dark pink, plastic rose beads) and then put each end of wire through a needle, pushed through and back through the half point of each piece of ribbon, and then crimped it on the side with beads, running the excess wire back through the beads. I knotted the ribbon near the beads for aesthetic purposes and also to make the ribbon a little sturdier. All of the materials cost $17 at Joann Fabrics, excluding the inexpensive basics I already had (wire, crimp beads, pliers). If you're feeling crafty, check out the slide show that inspired my afternoon of jewelry making:
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
I did a taste test the other day using the Vinturi and the Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon, a very "cost conscious" wine. The wine before aerating was sharper, slightly more alcoholic tasting, and just generally had that "cheaper" wine taste. I then aerated that wine and VOILA! Softer and lighter, and much tastier. I don't know if I would have disliked the Mondavi on its own, but when compared to the after, you can't help but acknowledge how much better it is when aerated.
It's important to note that if I was drinking a really nice wine, I probably wouldn't aerate it, just decant it a bit. This gadget is genius for those of us with a wine budget who want to make wine with a delicious price taste delicious too! The Vinturi ranges from about $40 to $50, depending on where you buy it. It definitely is an investment, but if you drink a lot of inexpensive red wine and are interested in making that wine taste better, you should try it!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
For the last couple of weeks I’ve been thinking about perfume… I’ve never been much of a perfume-y person though. I love the idea of wearing perfume but every time I’ve bought something in the past I either stop wearing it after awhile out of sheer forgetfulness or the scent, while lovely, starts giving me a migraine after half an hour. Since I’m home for the summer and trips to the mall (and the mothership, Sephora) are plentiful, I’ve been sampling many different fragrances. I’m determined to find a signature perfume! I think if done correctly it’s very elegant to have a “scent.” I have this dream of having a silver, mirrored tray to display all of my beautiful bottles… if only it was that easy!
First I tried Vera Wang and Vera Wang Bouquet. The floral notes immediately appealed to me, and both of these perfumes smelled much less chemical in the store compared to others. (after smelling dozens of perfume that day) While I really did enjoy both scents, they dried down very quickly to a dry, powdery floral which was a little too mature for me. After trying Miss Dior Cherie, Clean, Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere, Daisy, Lola, blah, blah, and blah (lots of perfume) I finally rediscovered the BURBERRY line!
I owned Burberry Brit and Brit Sheer in high school, which I had long forgotten about before my little self exploration exercise. After testing Burberry Classic for Women, I was hooked. It’s fruity, with notes of peaches and oranges, but it’s also sweet and spicy with vanilla and lots of oriental spice. Yum!!! In a grown up way of course. And the best part? None of the Burberry Perfumes give me a headache!
I’ve since started using Brit Sheer again. It reminds me of fruity soap with a floral, lily of the valley heart. Aah Summer…
These combined with Chanel Chance make up my rudimentary perfume collection for now. I hope that it's enough that Chanel would grant me a future! Not worthy of a chic mirrored tray yet, but time will tell...