Wedding Wednesday | 1.14.15

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Wedding Before
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Wedding After

 

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Vintage Living in a Modern Age

I love being creative with everything from food to decorating my surroundings. I love patterns and color and texture. Using different mediums while decorating any space can give it a big boost. One thing I love using is color in a room to give an accent. A muted color with maybe an accent color on one wall or bold wallpaper is one way to incorporate color in a room.

When looking for furniture, I prefer to find unique things that fit my personality and overall style to go in a room or the house. Resale shops and consignment shops are great places to start. You are sure to find some gems there. Estate sales are also great resource for great finds. There’s also a great online option for vintage finds, Chairish. They have a wide variety of vintage furniture and decor accessories that are sure to add character to any space in your home, and can be easily styled.

Vintage George Nelson Walnut Spike Wall Clock
Chairish Vintage George Nelson Walnut Spike Wall Clock

This vintage George Nelson Spike Wall clock is a key example of a popular 50’s decor item that still goes perfectly with any modern decor.

Chairish Golden Velour Three Seat Sofa
Chairish Golden Velour Three Seat Sofa

This golden three seat sofa is just the pop of color to add to any family or living room. Has a vintage comfort and modern flair to it. I love the shape of this piece. It’s stylish without really having to try too hard.

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Benjamin Moore – Veil

This Benjamin Moore Veil shade would be a great base color in any room of the house. You should have a base color that you use throughout the house to build color off of. It helps to ground and connect the house design.

Art Deco Unique Burled Walnut Tall Dresser
Chairish Art Deco Unique Burled Walnut Tall Dresser

In any room you need a statement piece. Something that truly grounds the room’s design. This Art Deco dresser from Chairish definitely makes a bold statement. It’s classic and the shape is easy to incorporate in to any size room also. The scale of furniture is important. Can’t have a piece that won’t fit, no matter how great the piece is.

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Benjamin Moore – Cinder

Gray is a great color for a bedroom or living room. Maybe even a kitchen. Benjamin Moore Cinder is a great shade to add to one wall or all four. I love this shade because it’s warm and goes with pretty much any color.

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Ballard Designs Fretwork Trellis Wallpaper

Now I love a good pattern, and this Fretwork Trellis Wallpaper from Ballard Designs is a good example of a bold and chic pattern that can add to the design of a room. I think adding this paper to one wall as an accent would be enough to make a statement in a room.

1940s Chartreuse Slipper Chair
Chairish 1940s Chartreuse Slipper Chair

This vintage chartreuse chair would definitely be a great pairing with the fretwork trellis wallpaper. I love the contrast of a bold dark wall color with a bold piece of furniture.

I love adding vintage pieces to a room because it gives new character and style to the space. You don’t have to add a lot of things, just make sure that what you add means a lot to the space and you. Shop Chairish for more vintage finds for your home.

Classic Timepieces

There are some accessories that are just for show, but others can serve functional purposes while also being fashionable. Finding the right watch is like finding the final piece of a difficult puzzle. When looking for the right watch, you have to step outside of the box and find something that will be a bit more personal. In men’s fashion, the watch is very essential to pulling a look together completely. Invaluable.com, an online auction house that has more than 30-million  bidders annually, has hundreds of  unique timepieces that are stylish and sometimes vintage.

Men's Rolex Watch
Men’s Rolex Watch

Sometimes there are moments when you feel you don’t have anything to wear, but you know you have your staple accessories that will pull together any outfit. For men, this is no different. In modern times, men have been known to take in consideration more what they wear and how they look when getting ready. And what better way to pull together a look than to find a great outfit to go with your statement piece: a rose faced steel Rolex watch.

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The Ludlow tweed suit from J. Crew is one way to add to the rose faced Rolex watch. The gray tones help the face stand out and shine.

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Even adding a leather jacket from Banana Republic, the watch still will hold its class and style. There is a timelessness to leather and steel.

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Whether it is casual or formal, the watch will still make this Banana Republic navy chino and Army green combo seem fashionable. Who doesn’t love a man in chinos.

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Of course, the everyday working man needs a timepiece that will help him arrive in a timely fashion. Nothing says style and power like a Rolex. This Ludlow gray Italian flannel power suit from J. Crew will definitely show your style and class.

Using an auction site like Invaluable.com to find unique men’s watches is one way to ensure that your guy won’t walk into the boardroom or local pub to find someone wearing the same watch. He will definitely stand out and show his sense of style with the choice of watches on the Invaluable.com site. There are many options in any price range. With the holidays fast approaching, you are sure to find something for that dashing gentleman on your list.

Crafted Infusion

9.18.14

People are always trying to find ways to update things to give them new life. Food and drink included. There are timeless recipes, but there are so many varieties of a recipe that can speak to someone’s unique palette. Whether it is adding herbs, spices, or deconstructing a dish, making any recipe your own is always encouraged.

I’ve been cooking since I was about 9 years old simply because I was a picky eater, and I was not a fan of boxed foods. So my single mother basically told me to do it myself. So, I looked at a package and found a basic recipe on the corn meal and did just that. I have been creating and altering recipes ever since. Even while in culinary school, I was always thinking of ways to change the standard recipes we were working with in class.

As I have gotten older, the same creative mind has worked in the world of cocktails. I came across a restaurant that was already in the lead for their unique take on Parisienne café fare, and their bartenders kept up with that creativity with the cocktails. Behind the bar I saw antique apothecary bottles with herbs and spices in them. I asked the bartender what it was and it was the first time I had heard of infusing spirits with herbs. I had come across some rare infused vodkas (not flavored, there is a huge difference) at a coworker’s dinner party once, and that was already mind blowing.

 

Now you can buy infused vodkas, although not common. You can buy infused liqueurs, which are more common. But sometimes, you can’t find the flavors you want when trying to create a unique craft cocktail.

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Infusing vodka (or other spirits) is pretty simple. The process is fast and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. Most time, creating the cocktail takes more effort than the infusing. I’ve talked about infusing before, but here are a couple of recipes for infusing herbs and fruits for creating something more creative cocktails.

Infused Vodka

  • 4 cups vodka
  • Funnel
  • Mesh strainer
  • Coffee filter
  • Quart jar with lid
  • 4 cup capacity glass bottle with lid or cork

Now, you can choose any of these ingredients:

  • 2 oranges or lemons
  • 1-2 large sprigs of basil, or another favorite herb (rosemary, mint, etc.)
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cup clean berries
  • 1 cup fruit, cleaned and cut into chunks (pineapple, apple, melon, mango, etc.)

Now here’s the simple part. Take the herb, fruit, or vanilla bean and place in a jar. Pour the vodka in the jar, then put the top/cork on. Place in a dark place at room temperature for a few days. Fruits are stronger, so they will take less time (maybe 2 days). Herbs are a little more subtle and will take longer, maybe 3 days. Do NOT store them in the refrigerator. Pour the vodka through coffee filters set in a mesh strainer, and it’s ready to use.

Basil and herbs – roughly chop and add to jar.

Orange, lemons, melons, berries, fruits – Use citrus peels, no white pith. Cut fruits up roughly. Smash berries slightly leaving them in tact. Grapefruit and blood oranges can be added in pieces, rind and fruit.

Vanilla bean – Cut in half and remove the seeds. Add both the pod and seeds to the jar.

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Vanilla Rose

  • 2 ounces rosemary-infused vodka
  • 3/4 ounce dry vermouth
  • Lavender simple syrup
  • Dash of fresh lemon juice
  • Half of a vanilla bean
  • Lemon twist or wedge for garnish

Chop a half of a vanilla bean in small pieces width-wise and place it in a mixing glass. Add the lavender syrup and muddle, crushing the vanilla bean. Fill the glass with ice, add vodka and vermouth. Shake vigorously. Fine strain and serve either up in a cocktail glass or on the rocks in an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or wedge.

Antioxidant Apple Martini - VeeV Cocktail

Mary Rose Cocktail

  • 2 parts rosemary vodka
  • 1/2 part creme de cassis
  • 1/2 part cranberry juice
  • Splash of club soda

In a shaker, combine vodka, cranberry juice and cassis. Add ice and shake. Pour a splash of club soda into a chilled cocktail glass. Strain the contents of the shaker into the glass, over the soda.

You can play around with flavors and combinations of flavors. Put them in decorative glass jars and give them as gifts. It’s funny how something handmade will make a hostess feel when you hand them a pretty and hand labeled jar.

Enjoy!

Renewal Sunday | Extracting Flavor

7.13.14

I have shared my recipe for making vanilla extract before, but many don’t know there are many things that can be used to make extracts. There are so many flavors that can be used and extracted, but I found this recipe for one using lavender.

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Lavender is a very hearty plant, and can grow in most regions. The properties of lavender are calming and soothing. That’s why it works well in teas and herbs. Lavender is something many see in open fields or bouquets and centerpieces. But lavender actually has some great uses in the kitchen. Many teas and rubs include lavender as a spice. There are other unique ways to use lavender, such as sugar and pepper. There are a few different types of lavender, but the most common is English and French lavender, but you may not know there are only a few varieties that you can cook with. The most common culinary versions are munstead, white ice, and hidcote. Whatever you prefer, however adventurous you are, this recipe may help you take your food venturing a little further.

lavendar extracts

Making extracts are simple. It’s a basic equal parts sugar and water, with a little of whatever flavors you want to add towards the end. This recipe is for lavender, and any other essences you want to try. Be adventurous with your options, but be conservative with the flavors until you know the exact results.

Makes one 1/2 liter bottle

  • 3vanilla pods or 3 handfuls of dried lavender
  • 2cups vodka
  1. Add the vanilla or dried lavender to a clean 1/2 liter bottle or jar, then add the vodka.
  2. Mix the bottle by inverting it a couple of times.
  3. Seal the bottle or jar and keep in a cool place for 1 to 2 months.
  4. Use your homemade extracts in all of your baking endeavors.

I would say to find some smaller jars from a home goods store to store your extracts. It makes things easy to store and just makes things pretty.

Adding lavender to any recipe will enhance the flavor. Be adventurous and enjoy the flavors of nature.

 

Throwback Thursday | 80’s TV Sitcoms

5.22.14

Ok, so I’m a sucker for the 80’s. It was a part of my childhood that I still reminisce about often, and I truly do miss that period. What I miss the most is the television lineups that we had then. Not to slight the television shows now, but the shows in that decade were meaningful, inspirational, and entertaining still. We had humor, drama, legal, and situational sitcoms that stayed on the air during the school year, and went on hiatus for the summer. The primetime lineup was diverse and very appealing to all age groups.

Jem

 

Misfits

Ok, so I know this wasn’t a primetime show, but I just have to express my fondness for Jem and the Holograms. I watched this show in the afternoons and still occasionally get the theme song in my head from time to time. The Misfits were wild and sneaky, but made good cartoon bad girls. Ok, now moving on…

the love boat

 

One of my favorite shows in primetime was The Love Boat. I would watch this show and drape a sheet around me to simulate the moment the belle of the Captain’s Dinner came down the ship’s sprawling staircase. Hey, what did most 8 year olds want to be besides the belle.

small_wonder

Now Small Wonder was one of those shows that didn’t last very long, but along with shows like Charles in Charge and Perfect Stranger, Small Wonder was a quirky and funny show about a robot girl who was discovering family.

Family Ties

A great family drama was. This show embodied a unique dynamic of characters who were well matched and showed the diversity of a family.

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And the infamous Cosby Show...there are so many moments that still have meaning in today’s life and culture. This family (and show) truly represented the average American family makeup, and sent very powerful messages about growing up and learning through the process. Man, I loved Thursday nights at 8pm!

Exploring and creating shows with a variety of family situations was a common theme throughout the 80’s. There were also shows, mostly comedies, that showed a different kind of family situation. Charles in Charge, Who’s the Boss and The Facts of Life were shows that created a variety of situations that may not be typical, but we could still relate to their experiences. Plus, being hilarious helped.

Now, there were plenty of drama on television then. I think it was some of the best ever, but I’m biased.

There were a mix of cop and legal dramas, such as Miami Vice, as well as pure drama (ie. Dallas, Dynasty). These shows sometimes had a form of comedy to them, but they were all so cool and truly entertaining.

WKRP

Now there were also some slap happy comedies, as I call them, that were mostly funny but had the occasional lesson you can learn from their mishaps. One I still love today is WKRP in Cincinnati. The characters were hilarious, but their jobs were very meaningful for the times. There were a lot of story lines that I didn’t get as a kid, but it still made me laugh. Watching it today as an adult, I see how impactful some of the stories were, but it’s probably more funny now.  

So if this was how you changed the channel and found your viewing pleasure for the evening, let us remember the wonderful variety of our primetime lineup.

Happy #tbt

Tasty Tuesday | Twisted Fish (Sort of)

5.20.14

I love fish, but sometimes it can be a bit bland just baking it. So I decided to kick up the meal a bit by making a menu of Parmesan Tilapia, Sauteéd Green Beans, and Roasted Golden Potatoes.

Don’t get me wrong, baked fish is good, but pan fried Italian tilapia just has so much more flavor to a light fish.

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I decided since I was adding a flavorful fish, why not make the sides just as flavorful. So I decided to use my culinary degree skills and add some sautéed fresh green beans and oven roasted golden potatoes.

Since I’m not really big on following recipes to the letter as law, I’ll simply say this about the individual menu items:

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Italian Tilapia

2 fillets
Season with salt and pepper, or preferred seasonings
Plate of Italian breadcrumbs
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 cup grated parmesan
1/4 cup of vegetable oil

Mix the breadcrumbs, cornstarch, and parmesan on a large platter, mix with fork. Place the seasoned fish fillets in the breadcrumb mixture, cover and pat both sides. Place gently into a pan of hot oil. I used my cast iron skillet to fry these in. Let the fish cook fully on both sides, generally about 5 minutes on each side depending on the thickness of the fillets.

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Sautéed Green Beans

2 cups of fresh green beans
1 half of white onion, sliced
2 tbsp butter
Salt and pepper to taste

Heat a stainless steel pan and melt the butter. Add the onions and cook until translucent. Add the beans and turn heat down to medium. Sauté beans until soft, but not mushy. You can add a tablespoon of water if your beans start to stick or your pan gets too hot. This will help to soften the beans.

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Roasted Golden Potatoes

3 medium size golden potatoes
Herbs de Provènce
Vegetable oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven at 400°F. Cut the potatoes into small cubes. Season to your preference and coat with oil. A trick I learned in culinary school when cooking potatoes in the oven. Take the pan you will be using, coat with oil and put in the oven while its preheating. While you prepare the potatoes to cook, heating the pan will heat the oil, and when you add the potatoes to the pan it will sizzle. What that does is essentially quick fry the outside of the potatoes, and will give the potatoes a nice crisp on the outside. Cook for about 15 minutes. Remove and sprinkle a little kosher salt on top. Potatoes need a lot of seasoning.

Well, here was the final product:

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Fabulous Friday | Craft Cocktail

5.16.14

Today is the beginning of the weekend, and for me it’s been a long week. A very emotional and stressful, at times, week full of roller coaster ups and downs. So, I thought it would be a generous act to share a few craft cocktails with you on this #FabulousFriday.

scrappys bitters

 

Scrappy’s Bitters first hit the bitters scene around 2008 when crafting wasn’t very widespread. Today, crafting while making cocktails has exploded the mixology industry and the sale of and demand for bitters has grown exponentially.  Part of their success can be attributed to their commitment to organic ingredients and no artificial flavors or colors. Scrappy’s “craft” bitters are perfect representations of the ingredients they contain along with a balance of carefully selected herbs and spices. Here is a recipe using the crafted bitters that is sure to pique the interest of a cocktail voyeur.  

Martinez Cocktail
Martinez Cocktail

Martinez

1 oz Old Tom Gin

2 oz sweet vermouth

2 dashes Scrappy’s Orange Bitters

1/8 oz Maraschino

 Add all ingredients to cocktail mixing glass filled with ice. Stir for 30-45 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

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Devil in Disguise

Devil in Disguise

2 oz Arco Blanco

1 oz. Cointreau

1 oz Cranberry Juice

.75 oz Hibiscus Syrup

Muddles Raspberries

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Amaro dolce

2 oz house-made Amaro

3 dashes Scrappy’s Chocolate Bitters

¼ oz Calvados

Whatever your preferences are in match ups, enjoy and have a safe weekend. Happy #FabulousFriday.

Wedding Wednesday | Weather Mishaps

5.14.15

Outdoor weddings are always beautiful and exciting. If the elements cooperate, the possibilities are endless to what you can do outdoors for a wedding.

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But if mother nature doesn’t cooperate, there are ways to avoid a wash out…no pun intended.

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Mother nature can ruin or bless your special day. And with the many types of weather disasters that are possible, rain is probably the least of your worries. There are rising storms, such as dust and tornado storms, that are really taking over the weather patterns lately. So when planning your special day, there are some tips you can follow to avoid total disaster.

  1. Secure backup plans – make sure that the location where you are having your outdoor wedding has a backup location choice in case the weather does not cooperate. Check the weather patterns prior to make sure you can make a sound judgement.
  2. Ensure that your guests are comfortable – the heat can be brutal on your guests and make them uncomfortable, sick even. Make sure that there is ample water and cooling stations for guests to retreat to. Maybe your venue has a place for guests to come inside and get cool.
  3. Purchase wedding insurance – Wedding insurance has become more common with all the weather tragedies and random accidents that are becoming more prevalent. Accidents can be prevented, but when they can’t it’s always good to have a backup plan to protect you and your spouse-to-be.

So while you’re planning that outdoor wedding, be sure to take into consideration that the reality of uncontrollable weather patterns.

 

Wedding Day Dust Storm
Wedding Day Dust Storm

But, if you get caught with your umbrella blowing backwards, make the most of it…like these people:

Enjoy your day, have the breeze blowing through your veil, but be smart about it and make sure to protect yourself.

Tasty Tuesday | Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

5.6.14

Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Though it would be great to take your mom out to eat, but to avoid all the fuss and crowds try some of these tasty recipes for a brunch with mom.


MEYER LEMON CREPE CAKE

Meyer Lemon Crepe  Cake

 

Citrus Salad With Tarragon

Citrus Salad with Tarragon

 

Frittata-kale and artichoke

Kale and Artichoke Frittata

 

mini bacon and egg tarts

Mini Bacon and Egg Tarts

 

baked french toast

Baked French Toast

 

strawberry_kiwi_parfait

Strawberry, Kiwi, and Basil Parfaits

 

strawberry mango yogurt smoothie

Strawberry Mango Yogurt Smoothie

 

strawberry and asparagus salad

 

Warm Strawberry Spring Salad

 

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Parmesan Herb Baked Eggs

 

Don’t fight the crowds, spend time with your mom in and enjoy each other’s company. Happy Mother’s Day!

Renewal Sunday | H2O

5.4.14

It’s Sunday and time for you to get ready for the week ahead. One thing I struggle with is drinking enough water. I hate water, but I know it’s necessary. Our bodies need water to survive and function. I always had to be told to drink more water by my doctors and mother. Ugh, I hate water.

water glass

We’re supposed to drink so much water per day, but most of us don’t really drink what we’re supposed to. Whether it’s because we’re too busy or we just don’t do what we’re supposed to, it’s a necessity to our well being.

underwater

Water is a powerful source of the earth. It’s one of the elements and is very important to our destiny and our past. It’s calming, has cleansing properties, and is truly powerful.

bad water

Today, think of water and its truly renewing properties. The cleansing ones, the ones that can help you move forward healthy and renewed.

water fun

To have a moment of peace, try and relax with a glass of refreshing water and do something good for your body. Take care of yourself this week, enjoy your time alone, and stay healthy.

peaceful water creek

Have a wonderful week.

Stylish Saturday | Kentucky Derby 2014

5.3.14

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Today was the 140th Kentucky Derby at the Churchill Downs. I love horses and as allergic as I am to them, I enjoyed riding them as a child. Horses are majestic beasts, but let’s be serious here. The real spectacle at the Kentucky Derby is the fashion, especially the hat.

kentucky derby hat

The importance of the hat at the Derby has been a factor since the beginning of the derby itself. Women have a chance to show their inner Southern Belle and gentlemen are able to  stand out fashionably as much as (or more than) the ladies.

Kentuky Derby Couple

Don’t hesitate to be different, but classy, at the Derby. Stay focused on the hat as a centerpiece. Be fashionable and chic. Be unique and stand out. Whatever you do, be you.

Here are some of my favorite fashions from the Kentucky Derby and Longines events:

The Derby has been dubbed the fastest greatest two minutes in sports, and mainly because of the hat. If you’re looking for a statement piece, Philip Treacy is definitely the designer to help you stand out and shine at a Derby event.

The turn out of the race was a bit unexpected, but the winner is…..

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California Chrome with jockey Victor Espinoza

I think I’ll add to my bucket list going to the Kentucky Derby with fabulous hat gear, and enjoy all the fun and social events. Happy Derby Day!!

Wedding Wednesday | His Big Day

4.30.14

We had so much fun working with Bonobos on this post that we wanted to share it with you again.

Spring is finally here and with the temperatures changing, wedding attire is going to be lighter and colorful. Guys are usually assumed to not be interested in all the flair and fuss over what to wear, but Bonobos is making sure that all changes.

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Here is some general information about the company:

Bonobos is a clothing brand focused on delivering great fit, high energy, and superb customer experience. Launched in 2007 on the Internet with its signature line of better-fitting men’s pants, Bonobos is now the largest apparel brand ever built on the web in the United States. In 2011 Bonobos extended offline, launching Bonobos Guideshops, e-commerce showrooms that deliver personalized, one-to-one service to those wanting to experience the brand in-person. In 2012, Bonobos expanded its distribution partnering with Nordstrom, bringing Bonobos apparel into select doors nationwide and to Nordstrom.com. Across channels, Bonobos is focused on delivering a well-targeted brand promise: world-class fit, an innovative shopping experience and an energetic brand spirit. Bonobos was named “One of America’s Hottest Brands” by Advertising Age, “Best Men’s Pants” by New York Magazine, one of Inc. Magazine’s “20 Awesome Facebook Pages” and was awarded Crain’s “Best Places to Work in New York City”. 

Bonobos has a variety of menswear and accessories to ensure that the men will be just as fashionable as the ladies. Bold patterns and bright colors are perfect for that spring/summer wedding you were invited to, and they also work for grooms and groomsmen. Sure to brighten any wedding photo.

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For the refined gentleman who insists on a formal touch, the bow tie is the way to go. Even with a formal touch, you can still have some fun with these prints and patterns.

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The Bonobos Guideshops offer Groomservice  to brides and grooms with making a choice for their wedding day attire. No matter what your needs are, they have a wardrobe solution for any wedding party.

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Just going as a guest? Well Bonobos has the perfect suit for you too. Classic suits like the seersucker and cotton suits are good for the warm weather and light enough so you can enjoy the wedding festivities.

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Grey Seersucker
Cotton Suit
Cotton Suit

Need something formal? There are a variety of tuxedos to choose from as well. There truly is something for every wardrobe need.

Capstone Tuxedo
Capstone Tuxedo
Double Breasted Suit
Double Breasted Suit

Seersucker is widely known for it’s light-weight fabric perfect for outdoor weddings while still having a classic look. Well seersucker can be versatile as well.

Navy Seersucker
Navy Seersucker

If you are stumped as to what to get your groomsmen for a gift, try a suit! The inner lining of the Navy Flagship jacket can be customized.

Navy Flagship custom liner

Be bold, be different, and stay true to your style when choosing a wedding wardrobe. Bonobos can help you choose the perfect wardrobe for your special day.

Foundation Suit

Mad Monday | Spring Break Recap

4.28.14

So today begins a new week. We’re getting back into the swing of things after the week long spring break. The break was much needed from the running around, after school activities, catching up on work, late dinners, and homework. But I’m also glad to be back to somewhat normalcy.

Dew on Leaf

 

We did a collaboration post last week with a wonderful men’s apparel company, Bonobos. It was fun working with such a positive and innovative company. We have some new things we’re working on to share with you in the coming months. We hope that you enjoyed your spring break (whenever it may have been) and got some rest. Now it’s back to the regular schedule.

Here are some images from the past week.

Stay tuned for some new and exciting news and updates. We can’t wait to share the fun with you. Have a wonderful week, try not to stress too much, take a break when you can, and enjoy the madness!

Fabulous Friday | Glitter + Bubbles

4.25.14

Today is Fabulous Friday!! It’s been a while since I have written a post on this, but I figured the new season changing is a perfect time to start back to talking about things that make you feel awesome and fabulous.

It doesn’t have to be the holiday to celebrate a special occasion or a new year for champagne or glitter. Sometimes you just want to see something sparkly and bright.

Glitter + Champagne
Glitter + Champagne

This DIY project from Handspire will add some sparkle to your champagne bottles for any event. Whether it’s a birthday party or a special announcement event, you want a little shine to your tables.

Try adding glitter to champagne flutes. It’s really simple and uncomplicated, and it only requires a few steps and tools.

Glitter Flutes
Glitter Flutes

 

These instructions from Sheknows take only one minute! Seriously, one minute!

You can use the same technique on wine glasses, Mason jars or your favorite style of glass. We grabbed a pack of eight basic Champagne flutes from Wal-Mart for just $24. You can check your local dollar store for glasses, too, or use what’s already in your cupboard.

Using Scotch blue painter’s tape, tape around the stem of the glass where you want the glitter to end — in this case, about a finger’s width below the bottom of the glass. Next, apply standard Mod Podge with a foam brush, being sure to cover all of the stem and base of the glass — especially the edges. Then sprinkle basic gold craft glitter all over the stem. Twist, and sprinkle some more! Set the glasses on wax paper to dry and voila! A super glam look for about $3 a glass, if not less.

 And of course you have to have something to wear. Maybe not for an everyday outfit, but adding some sparkle for a special occasion try this site for affordable dresses for any event.

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For everyday uses, glitter can be added to something small like your manicure. I love OPI and China Glaze polishes.  Glitter manicures are just cool to look at and really can make you feel happy any time you look at your hands.

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Whatever you choose to make you feel fabulous, make it your own. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy being fabulous!