Friday, April 27, 2012

Vanilla, Pear, & Vodka Cocktail ::

Vanilla, Pear, and Vodka Cocktail

12 oz (1.5 cups) pear juice
6 oz vodka
1/2 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
vanilla sugar, for rim
1 cup ice, plus more to serve over

Mix pear juice and vodka in a pitcher or shaker. Split open the vanilla bean, and scrape the
 seeds into the juice and vodka. Add 1 cup ice, then give it a good shake. Pour into cocktail 
glasses over more ice and serve with sugared rim. Makes 4 drinks.

Cheers to the weekend!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sunnies ::

In honor of spring and summer being just around the corner, I thought I'd post some stylish images of beautiful sunglasses.  I'm a huge fan of tortoise shell and would LOVE to get my hands on those cat eye style tortoise shell sunnies that Olivia Palermo is wearing.  Anyone know who makes them?

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Paris ::

I spent the summer of 2009 in Paris, and since then I've been dreaming of going back. That city is so incredible. The architecture, the art, the food, the cafes, the style, the charming cobblestone streets, the beautiful facades, the flowers, the shopping, the parisian lifestyle... it's beautiful, romantic, and charming. I can't wait to go back someday.

images 1, 2, 3-9, 10

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Fuchsia Bridal Shower ::

I'm helping plan a bridal shower for one of my sister's best friends and I created this inspiration board to work off of. Think: fuchsia, stripes, mercury glass, un-iced layered cake (vanilla pound cake, layered with lemon curd), champagne with raspberries, yellow accents, and bright pink blooms. I can't wait to see how it all turns out!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Rustic Barn Inspiration ::

I'm a big fan of an outdoor, barn setting for a wedding reception. It's a bit more casual than a ballroom, which I think will help guests relax and have a good time. And, just because it's a barn does not mean it can't be incredibly chic and elegant... it'll just typically have a more rustic feel. There are so many different design opportunities because most barns are a blank slate. These photos are some of my favorite barn inspirations...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Craft Day ::

I'm helping plan (and throw) a bridal shower for my sister's friend, and spent today making invitations. I finalized the layout, took it to get printed, and lined and addressed envelopes. While lining envelopes might not be the quickest task, I think it adds such a cute touch... makes the work well worth it. I can't wait to share the (entire) final product!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Blooming Champagne Cocktail with Wild Hibiscus

I had this champagne cocktail at a wedding a couple months ago and it was not only delicious, but one of the prettiest cocktails I've seen. It is so easy to make - buy hibiscus flowers in syrup, and add champagne!

recipe can be found here

Herb Planter ::

This herb planter is a backyard/patio must have. It's so nice to always have herbs on hand when cooking. This one shown is from Home Depot (only $20!), but making one could be a very fun and simple DIY project.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Patio Seating ::

I love these iron chairs with thick, fluffy cushions. What great seating for a patio - I could sit here all day with a good book, magazines, or some friends and a bottle of wine...

Cheery Kitchen ::

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Olive Leaves ::

I love olive leaves for a rustic event because, while it adds a rustic feel, it is still very classic. It makes me think of an Italian affair... textured linens, lavender, olive oils, wooden tables and chairs... the list goes on.

images: 1, 2&3, 4