Sunday, February 19, 2017

Icon Inspirations - Audrey Hepburn

Hello dear readers. I've had this idea for a regular series that I wanted to kick off today. I'm calling it Icon Inspirations and here's the run down of how it will work. Each post will feature someone that is an inspiration, not just for their personal style, but for their grace, charm, charisma and overall bravado. I will then adapt their style into the home decor genre, a "Love their style, live their style" of sorts. First up of course is my number one inspiration, Audrey Hepburn. Audrey's style is very feminine and classic. Her style is still relevant and on point today which is not an easy feat by any means...and yet...Audrey made it seem easy. Take this picture below for example, it was taken 49 years ago and yet, I want this entire look. The super chic sunglasses, that gorgeous coat with brass buttons and that awesome haircut. I do not look like this when I fly! How do I look like this when I fly?!?!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Style Corner - Shoe of the Month, February 2017

Happy February dear readers!  Tomorrow is Groundhog Day here in the US and we all wait with baited breath to see if Spring will grant us an early arrival or if we shiver through six more weeks of Winter.  For me however, as soon as February hits, I start dreaming of Spring, long runs outside, daffodils, iced coffee, wearing dresses with no tights and lounging by an infinity pool at an Italian villa with a bottomless champagne know...the simple pleasures of life.  Some people may think that I am rushing things a bit, but to this I must can I not when the Fashion Houses are pumping my Instagram feed full of Spring/Summer 2017 fashion and the home decor catalogs are flooding my home with their Spring 2017 editions?!?!  Speaking of fashion, my favorite fashion house, Chloe, inspired this month's shoe of the month with this amazing top and skirt combo.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Style Corner - Shoe of the Month, January 2017

Happy New Year dear readers!  I hope you all thoroughly enjoyed the holidays and spent much quality time with your family and friends.  My holidays were a good blend of eventful and relaxing.  I love the holiday season so much and all the opportunities it provides for creating, baking, cooking, entertaining and mingling.  In fact I love it so much that I usually find myself in a bit of a funk come January.  However, just because the holidays are over and we still have a long stretch of Winter ahead doesn't mean we have to hibernate at home in sweats drowning our sorrows in red, red wine while binge watching HGTV.  OH NO...I will not let that happen to myself this matter how much I love HGTV!  In fact I am making a conscience effort to appreciate the beauty in Winter and to get out there and enjoy it more.

Appreciating the beauty that Winter has to offer on a nature walk.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Cocktail Time - Blackberry Bourbon Sour

Blackberry Bourbon Sour

One of the many Christmas traditions in my family is the holiday cocktail.  My sister always makes one on Christmas Eve, my Uncle Jim would always bring one on Christmas Day and now that Dave and I host Christmas Day at our house, we are carrying on the tradition.  Last weekend Dave's sister Amy, Dave and I were at Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut and we had dinner at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse.  I saw a cocktail on their menu called a Blackberry Sour and instantly knew I had to try it.  It was absolutely delicious and so I decided on the spot that I would let it inspire me to come up with a recipe for this year's Christmas Day cocktail.  It was an extremely difficult task (ha!), but Dave and I experimented to come up with a Blackberry Bourbon Sour all our own.   I'm sure a prepackaged sour mix would work just fine in this cocktail but decided fresh squeezed lemon juice was the way to go, as it would produce a fresher tastier cocktail.  I'm sharing the recipe we came up with below and I sincerely hope you try it and enjoy! 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Handmade Gift Series - Gift #3 - Ruffle Bottom T-Shirt

The ruffle bottom t-shirt and some serious wind blown hair!

Here we are, just one week until Christmas.  If you are like me, then there are a couple people on your gift list that you always struggle with what to get.  And since time moves at lightening speed at holiday time, suddenly there is only one week until Christmas and you are scrambling to get them a gift.  Gift #3 in my handmade gift series, the ruffle bottom t-shirt is a quick and great option.  One can never have enough I right?  Plus, I'm willing to bet that this difficult to shop for person on your list would love a gift that is handmade by you.  Enough of my rambling, you've got a gift to make so let's get to it!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Handmade Gift Series - Gift #2 Sleep Mask with Do Not Disturb Pillow

Anyone that knows me well, knows how much I love Audrey Hepburn and all her movies.  Roman Holiday is my absolute favorite but I love her style in Breakfast at Tiffany's.  Oh what I would give for that iconic black dress and pearls she wears in the movie...the outfit that everybody thinks of when they think of Breakfast at Tiffany's.  In fact, what I would give to rock Audrey Hepburn's wardrobe daily.  I read a magazine article about her granddaughter a few years back and remember her saying that she still has and wears some of her grandmother's cashmere sweaters.  That's because Audrey's style was so classy and timeless.  She exuded femininity and yet so many of her styles had a tomboyish vibe...a mystical phenomenon that only Audrey herself could pull off!  Oh geez!  I am rambling...but what I'm trying to say is that Breakfast at Tiffany's inspired the second gift in my handmade gift series for the holidays.  If you've seen the movie then you will recall one of the early scenes in the movie when Audrey is sleeping with a glam and adorable satin eye mask with gold trim and cute sleepy eye appliques.  I thought that this would make an adorable gift and then thought that a cute little "Do not disturb" pillow that could be hung over a door knob would make a nice accompaniment.  I set right out to experimenting and created the attached pattern so that you, dear readers, can make the sleep mask too.  I think it would make a most charming gift for any hard working, stressed out woman you know.  It's a little reminder to take some time out every once in awhile to relax, wind down and enjoy some me time.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Handmade Gift Series - Gift #1 The Skinny Scarf

Tis the season dear readers!  There are so many wonderful traditions at Christmastime and one of my favorites is the tradition of gift giving.  When a gift is made by hand by a loved one it is especially wonderful and heartwarming.  That is why I've been working hard on a handmade series of gifts that you can make and give your loved ones.  First up, a quick to make but oh so stylish skinny scarf!

Modeling my finished skinny scarf.