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.