Lots of people are travelling this week for the holiday. If you are visiting friends or family – make sure you bring a little hostess gift to show your appreciation.
I stopped by to the C Wonder boutique in Soho yesterday and loved just about everything in there. They have bright bold home accessories (and clothing, bags, shoes etc) at a very good price point. I think these monogrammed decorative plates make a great hostess gift!
I also love their selection of stationery, which comes wrapped in a pretty bow with a little charm.
A pen and paper set makes a good gift because it really isn’t something you would think to buy for youself… I really do love just about anything from Iomoi.
Jonathan Adler is another great place to start. I am lucky enough to have easy access to his boutique, but they have a great selection online… these coasters are one of my favorites – they are even cuter in person!
The easiest and most fail proof gift is anything edible. My favorite is this gourmet chocolate covered popcorn by funky chunky – it is delish and comes in a pretty glass jar that is perfect for giving.
What is the best hostess gift you have ever received? What is your favorite gift to give?
I always hate when the Fourth of July falls in the middle of the week….especially on a Wednesday. I plan to start celebrating our country’s independence this weekend and I can’t wait to break out my stars and stripes!
Happy Friday and Happy Fourth of July!
Victoria Bechham Denim Red Striped Sweatshirt // Fendi Striped Mules // Red White & Blue Striped Weekender // Hey, Sailor! Mac Lipstick // Gorjana Star Studs // Stars Long Sleeve Pullover // Yves Saint Laurent Star Printed Tribtoo Pump // Current/Elliot The Stiletto White Star Jeans // Classic Stars Cashmere & Silk Scarf
What are your Independence Day plans?
While reading The Glossy Life this morning, I came across this lovely recipe for homemade blueberry lemonade and now I can’t wait to concoct this treat for my Memorial Day festivities this weekend.
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 cups lemon juice (at least 12 fresh lemons)
zest of one lemon
one cup fresh blueberries
Combine the water and sugar in a pan over high heat. Bring the mixture to a strong boil, stirring on occasion. Once the sugar has dissolved, continue to boil for an additional two minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in lemon juice and lemon zest. This is the syrup that will serve as the base of your lemonade. Let sit for at least a half hour.
While the syrup is cooling, you’re going to want to reduce your blueberries down on the stove. Place a cup of blueberries in a pan with one cup of water, one cup of sugar and the juice of half a lemon. Bring the mixture to a boil, reducing the heat once the sugar has melted and allow it to simmer for 15 minutes.
Once the mixture has reduced down and is a deep shade of purple, pour it through a fine mesh strainer and into a bowl. The end result is a sweet fruity syrup that you’ll use to flavor your lemonade base.
The proportions for mixing up the lemonade remain the same whether you’re making a single glass or a bottle (like I did). Fill your bottle (or again, your glass) a third of the way with the lemon syrup. Add water and ice until full. Stir in several spoonfuls of the blueberry syrup–the more you add, the deeper the color and stronger the flavor. Serve cold with a lemon slice at a BBQ this weekend–the perfect welcome to the long-awaited summer days!
Recipe and images are courtesy of The Glossy Life.
If you’re not celebrating the Kentucky Derby today, then you are most definitely celebrating Cinco de Mayo!
The Perfect Margarita
1.5 oz Tequila
2 tsp 100% Pure Agave Nectar
1 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice (approx 1/2 lime)
Lime to garnish
Is everyone else just as excited as I am about the Kentucky Derby this weekend? When I was young, I used to go to the Derby with my family and I was always completely enamored by the beautiful red roses overflowing everywhere and all of the sophisticated ladies in their elaborate hats. Though I haven’t been to the actual Derby in years, I still enjoy a toast to the most exciting two minutes of sports complete with mint juleps and my finest headwear.
For those of you hosting a Derby party at home. Please try my absolute favorite Mint Julep recipe!
1 scant ounce of minted simple syrup (see below for details)
2 cups of crushed ice
2 ounces of Kentucky bourbon
Fresh mint for garnish
Minted Simple Syrup
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
1 bunch of mint
In heavy medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together water and sugar until sugar dissolves. Increase heat slightly, then simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take pan off heat, add mint leaves, and steep 15 minutes. Strain, then refrigerate syrup until cold, about 3 hours. (Can be prepared 1 week ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated.)
Add the minted simple syrup to a silver mint julep cup, then add 1 cup of crushed ice, bourbon and a splash of water. Add enough of the remaining ice to almost fill the cup. Stir well and garnish with mint sprigs. Recipe courtesy of Epicurious.
Make sure to serve your mint juleps in lovely silver cups!
Typically, I wouldn’t dream of hitting up McDonald’s. I personally do not like the taste of fast food, nor do I like the idea of eating food from a fast food restaurant. However, once a year, I feel an overwhelming urge to swing by McD’s for one of their Shamrock Shakes. I am a milk shake fanatic and when you add mint to the mix, it’s sometimes just too hard to resist. This year, I fought the urge, but also found a great compromise. This do it yourself Shamrock Shake recipe is 10 x better than anything purchased at the drive-thru and its so much more fun to make at home. Plus, you can enjoy this shake all year round!
Emerald mint milkshake recipe ♣ Makes 3 servings
♣ 1 pint (2 cups) vanilla ice cream or yogurt (I prefer Batch ice-cream because of its simple ingredients!)
♣ 1 cup milk
♣ 1/2 teaspoon Pure Peppermint Extract
♣ 1/4 teaspoon Green Food Color
♣ Whipped cream, mint leaves and green sprinkles (optional)
1.) Place ice cream, milk, peppermint extract and green food color in blender; cover. Blend on high speed until smooth.
2.)Pour into glasses. Top with whipped cream, mint leaves and sprinkles, if desired. Serve immediately.
Source: She Knows
Happy Valentine’s Day! It really snuck up on me this year… Although some believe this holiday is silly, I love all the romance of it. I’m looking forward to not only my first day of work today, but also a nice romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at home with my husband tonight.
1 Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia // 2 Red Valentino Wool Mohair Camel Bow Coat // 3 Pink Louis Vuitton Monogram Scarf //4 Lanvin Cascade Blouse // 5 Valentino Silver Peony Wool Skirt // 6 Valentino Bow-embllished patent leather shoes // 7 Kate Spade ‘all wrapped up’ glass pearl bow earrings // 8 Essie Pink Nail Polish // 9 Agent Provocateur Lucienne tulle and lace bra and underwear // 10 Charbonnel et Walker Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles
This year, I am lucky enough to host my entire family on Christmas morning right here in Boston. Due to my lack of culinary skills, I will require a little help from an undisclosed outside source….However, if I was kitchen-saavy, I would prepare a breakfast that looked a little something like this:
The perfect Christmas breakfast starts with Overnight French Toast. I was literally salivating over this recipe when I spotted it on Quick Dish.
This colorful fruit cup is almost too pretty to eat!
Breakfast isn’t complete without eggs. I love this twist on Eggs Benedict from the Curvy Carrot.
I am a carb-aholic and this croissant recipe just looks too easy.
And for beverages….I would love to try this gorgeous mimosa bar.
Fortunately, I feel more confident in my decorating skills than my cooking skills. I will definitely fill my home with lots of flowers and Christmas decor.
All images courtesy of Pinterest.
The men in our lives can be really hard to shop for. Here are some ideas to hopefully make your holiday shopping a little bit easier.
A power-tie is a great, safe, standard gift…try mixing it up by gifting a “lucky tie” like this one from hermes with an embroidered shamrock.
I love, love, love this baby cashmere sweater by Loro Piana
and this gorgeous zip front cardigan jacket from Hermes
Every guy loves barbour jackets and this one is durable enough to last about 100 years. It is guaranteed to become a staple in his wardrobe for years to come.
These Van Cleef cufflinks are the only cufflinks any guy will ever need to own. You can purchase several different interchangeable posts to switch up his look.
New footwear with cozy cashmere socks
You could give your friend/boyfriend/fiance/husband a nice new dopp kit filled with his favorite TSA approved travel-sized products.
Lastly, I will never understand how anyone could actually enjoy the taste of whiskey, but guys seem to love it.
To make the gift of alcohol a little more thoughtful, you could include a set of whiskey rocks and novelty glasses.