Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day Cocktailing

I hope y’all have a lovely, long, peaceful weekend with friends and family (and lots of great drinks to enjoy, like this Watermelon Champagne Cocktail from A Fabulous Fete). Cheers.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Vinyl Collecting

Vinyl Collecting

 When I was growing up my dad had an amazing vinyl collection and I always remember him coming home from work on Friday evenings, cracking open a beer and playing records, which started a lifelong and very deep appreciation of music for me. I’ve wanted to start my own collection for a long time but for one reason or another I just never got around to it until now, after purchasing a new record player a few weeks ago.  Most of my father’s records have been locked up in storage, but he recently promised to let me look through them this coming weekend and take a few albums that I cherished listening to with him when I was a child.  Meanwhile, I’ve been purchasing a few albums of my own. The pleasure of playing them in the evenings after the kids go to bed, mixed with sweet memories and a touch of nostalgia make my inexpensive little record player one of the best purchases I’ve procured in a long time.  One day, I’ll make a much more expensive upgrade, so I can appreciate some of his classic vinyl the way it was truly meant to be heard, with an amplifier and quality speakers, but for now (and for those who are interested) there are some great little record players on the market with built in speakers that are attractive and functional at a great price. The speakers on these are not built to rattle your windows, but they are perfect for easy listening and the new collector. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Isabel Marant Skin Style

New York Fashion week is almost upon us, which got me thinking about the makeup used in last year’s shows; to be honest, I enjoy that even more than the fashion. I loved the natural glowing look on the models in Isabel Marant’s Fall Ready to Wear show and has the scoop on the products used to create the look of fresh, flawless skin.  Skin was first prepped with Shu Uemura Depsea Hydrability Intense Moisturizing Concentrate followed by Bobbi Brown full-coverage foundation. For additional details on products/tools used and photos, click here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Essentials for a Beautiful Dining Space

Domaine Home has a short list of essentials to create a well-designed dining space that is both pretty and purposeful. Lighting, artwork and a variety of seating styles are key parts. To see the rest of their tips and the best places to shop for each piece, click here

Friday, August 22, 2014

Honeydew Basil Spritzer

Happy Friday – naturally, thinking about the weekend has me thinking about cocktails. I have a ton of fresh melon at home right now and I’ve been thinking of ways to incorporate them into a drink…aside from Agua Fresca for the kids.  This recipe from A House in the Hills uses fresh melon, basil and sauvignon blanc for a light and refreshing cocktail. Have a great weekend. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bone Inlay Beauties

Bone Inlay Beauties

These pretty home pieces are nothing short of an artful masterpiece, considering the craftsmanship involved in making them…and there are a lot of great items to choose from in this sale at One King’s Lane, happening now.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Morning Entertaining: The Bagel Bar

We often have bagels when we host morning meetings at my place of business, but we don’t dress them up much aside from the typical dollop of some cream cheese. They really are a simple, delicious and filling way to host a breakfast gathering and with a few extra accompaniments you can turn a staple breakfast item into something fun and original, by hosting a bagel bar such as the one written about here.  I know a few folks who are having baby and wedding showers soon and this would make for excellent snacking. 


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