Favorite Color: Purple
Ultimate Girls’ Day/Night:
“My ultimate girls’ day? Ooo, how about boutique shopping followed by a bistro lunch? Then a night on a rooftop patio with some wine and, preferably, an extra large slice of key lime pie.”
With Oscar night quickly approaching, let's play homage to these locations have that have made their way into some Hollywood classics...check out the history of these and many more here
Oak Alley Plantation...Interview with the Vampire
Gramercy Park Hotel...Almost Famous
I love all things historical, and historical romance is even more intriguing especially during this love fest called Valentine's Day. In Swoon: Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them, Betsy Prioleau goes back in time and studies the how, what, and why behind attraction. Bite-size tidbits from the legends of ancient Greece bump into fantasy story lines from contemporary American romance novels prove that it isn't Mr.Perfect who wows us, but a guy who is gently flawed....super sweet!
In Baja California, just 45 miles north of Cabo San Lucas is a sleepy surfing town with a penchant for art...Todos Santos. Looking for authentic Mexican culture, well look no further and fall in love with this quaint town as other celebs have, including R.E.M guitarist Peter Buck. Peter was so enamoured that he bought a house and founded the Todos Santos Music Festival in 2012.
The festival is held three weekends in January (so hurry and book now, or make plans for next year) to experience artists like the Posies, the Venus 3, as well bands from Mexico City. Need more motivation...All proceeds go to the Palapa Society, which funds scholarships to local kids.
Right now my leading lady is Bauble Bar & Essie...This amazing collaboration between the jewelry and nail polish masters let's you create your own gift set. Choose your favorite enamel (Six choices, I chose leading lady a haute purple hue), and then select matching bangles. New Year's Eve manicure and accessories...Check!
This holiday season...go for baroque with one of the hottest trends. These rich fabrics and ornate accessories can be seen throughout history, and now on the runway. The holidays are the perfect time to embrace this majestic look. Take a look at my inspiration a couple of my favorite everyday pieces.
So I will admit it..I am kind of a preppy girl...cardigans, structured dresses, etc. Based on my style, Milly is typically one of my go-to designers. The brand just moved up another notch (if that was even possible) in my book. Milly designer, Michelle Smith shares this cherished Bread Pudding with peaches and carmel recipe from her great-great grandmother...six generations of sweet treats!
Bread Pudding with peaches and carmel recipe
2 cups fresh peaches, peeled, pitted, and halved
1 can sweetened condensed milk
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1¼ cups hot water ¼ cup butter, melted
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 cups French bread, torn into small pieces
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup butter
2 Tbsp. light corn syrup 1 Tbsp. rum
Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Chop peaches and lightly mash them in a mixing bowl. Combine sweetened condensed milk and eggs; add them to peaches and mix well. Stir in hot water, melted butter, cinnamon, and vanilla. Stir French bread into custard mixture until bread is completely moistened. Turn pudding into prepared baking dish. Bake until a knife inserted into center of pudding comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes.
While pudding is baking, combine brown sugar, ½ cup butter, corn syrup, and rum in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, or until just slightly thickened. Let cool. Serve warm with caramel sauce drizzled on top.
This glam DIY black + pearl pumpkins is an easy (less than an hour) way to add some Halloween decor around your house. Now if I could only find that fairy godmother!
-Black spray paint
-Pearl embellished straight pins
1. Go to your local grocery store and buy a bag or a couple of pumpkins.
2. Wrap the stems in painters tape before spraying the pumpkins.
3. Spray paint them black.
4. Use pearl straight pins to embellish them.
Make sure to wear gloves when spraying the pumpkins...don't want to spend hours scrubbing paint off your hands!
Are you an avid reader of The New York Times popular "36 Hours" column? Either way, Taschen's The New York Times, 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA & Canada is a must have as it captures 150 U.S. and Canadian locations, with so many small towns steeped in history and quaint charm...yay! I think my weekend bag will get a lot of use this year.
I am looking for vintage and that means aesthetically pleasing to the eye...not just circa 1945. "Daily Memorandum" was created based on the owners’ weakness for Pennsylvania-made objects...think vintage chairs, apothecary bottles. Quality is important, but looks are first priority. If you are in the Philadelphia area, swing by...soon they will be located in a rehabbed shirt factory!
Polka dots are a hit for fall...I adore Jcrew's line of sweaters, pants and shoes...take your pick, they will all look great...I wore the polka dot blouse below on an architectural boat cruise and I am not sure what was getting more attention...the skyline or Me!!
The last playlist I made for my friends included the following songs. It’s a great little list to play while traveling, eating, drinking wine or just hanging together.
1. New Slang by The Shins
2. Fences by Phoenix
3. Kids by MGMT
4. Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People
5. West Coast by Coconut Records
6. White Sky by Vampire Weekend
7. Under Cover of Darkness by The Strokes
8. Dashboard by Modest Mouse
Image Source: http://www.avintageposter.com/products
Can you say DIY preciousness!?! Doily dotted tote bags. You and your girlfriends need these in your lives immediately.
Full Tutorial: http://ashleyannphotography.com/