Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

In the details.


Midnight blue monolian fur coat and matching Balenciaga.
midnight blue

Oversized snake clutch.
Snake

Clingy maxi skirt with sky high heels
Maxi Skirt
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Monday, December 20, 2010

Simple Pleasures

I expected this weekend to be crazy, with my Goddaughter's 3rd birthday party, finishing up my shopping, and the wrapping of gifts I've been buying since October. To my surprise it was the opposite. I dedicated an entire afternoon to wrapping endless gifts, and making a handmade card for the birthday girl, all with time to spare to enjoy the party.


Hope yours was equally enjoyable and wishing you all a great Monday!

presents
{a day full of wrapping}

card-1
{hand drawn birthday card}

card 2
{sealed with a heart}

birthday cake
{heavenly chocolate birthday cake}

Friday, December 17, 2010

In love with..



Sequin Flats


Sequin ballet flats
$69


have a sparkly weekend!!!


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Chocolate Almond Cranberry Bark

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Chocolate bark is one of those treats that usually turn up at Holiday parties, and I'm always reminded of how much I love it. Whether it's filled with assorted nuts, dried fruit or chopped pretzels, the result is always festive and fun to eat. The cranberries in these add a pretty touch of color and the almonds offset the sweetness of the chocolate perfectly. They turned out so delicious, I decided to bag them up to accompany Christmas gifts for my family.

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A fabulous and easy recipe for any holiday get together!



Recipe:
12 oz dark chocolate
5 oz chopped almonds
5 oz chopped dried cranberries
1/2 cup heavy cream

Melt chocolate over double boiler, stirring constantly (5 minutes)
Add heavy cream as you stir.
Mix in chopped almonds and cranberries.
Pour into foil lined container and refrigerate overnight.
Remove from foil, chop and serve.
Yields approx 15 pieces.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Shopping {Part Three}

I've just about finished up my holiday shopping for loved ones, and I'm really happy and excited to present my family and friends with my finds.
Along the way, I managed to find a few small gifts for myself, including #8, 9 & 15 on this list.


Happy Shopping loves!

SHOPPING-GUIDE-part 3



1. House of Harlow Abalone Starburst Ring, $70
4. Box of gourmet petit fours, $20
8. Emergency Chocolate, $5
9. Anthropologie Silver leaf glass votive, $6 each {I have a set of these, and they are exquisite when lit}
14. Sephora brush set and glitter pouch, $15
15. Minnetonka back zip bootie, $50 {Most comfortable and easy-to-wear boot that I own!}



Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Loving Leopard.

I realized I had given into the leopard craze when I left Bloomingdales yesterday with a leopard robe and matching pajama set, as well as an oversized printed scarf...oops.
Here are a few ways I'd like to do leopard this winter, without going abundantly overboard.


How do you feel about it?

loving-leopard

1. Topshop Crop Faux Leopard Fur Coat $170
2. Tory Burch Leopard Reva flat, $225
3. Tarnish Animal Print Felt Fedora {Nordstrom} $50
4. Calvin Klein Collete Pump, $139
5. Topshop Leopard Vintage Faux Fur Coat, $200
6. Steve Madden Faux leather box clutch, $88
7. F21 Foldover Print Clutch, $18
8. JC Penney Leopard Print Scarf, $17


Monday, December 13, 2010

Haaaaappy Monday!

kisses



I hope you all had a lovely weekend! We had a friend in town and so we managed to squeeze in about 5 meals a day, including yummy Cuban food (our fav) and several scrumptious brunches.
Have a wonderful day!
kisses



Thursday, December 9, 2010

Holiday Shopping Guide {For the Boys}

This list is a tad biased towards my husbands taste (he is the proud owner of a drawer full of Happy Socks), but organizing it gave me ideas for my Dad and brother as well. If there is one thing I've learned about my husband it is this; if his gift is from Godiva, Apple or Varvatos, he will be a a happy happy man :)

for-the-boys


1. Samsung Blu Ray Player, $150-$300
3. Woolrich John Rich & Bros Wool Gloves, $125
4. Ugg Australia slippers, $120
6. Ralph Lauren Flannel Pajama set, $73
10. Godiva Chocolate Covered Pretzel Canister, $22
11. Sheep Dip Premium Scotch, $60

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

four cheese lasagna.

Lately, this is my meal of choice when going out for italian, and making it at home is easier than I thought. I made this dish for my family's visit last weekend and it went so fast, I hardly got to snap any pics! I would definitely recommend trying the unusual combo of cheeses and substituting with turkey sausage. It's a really fun and delicious take on my favorite italian staple.

{Pre-oven pic}
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fashion is in the Air ...

In need of a little fashion inspiration? I know I always am. I love these looks, especially the wispy maxi dresses and chunky scarves.
Have a beautiful day!

xx
leopard dress
white maxi dress
maxi skirt
white scarf

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

My Holiday Wishlist

With my birthday and Christmas rapidly approaching, I can't help but dream of a few items I'd like to get myself. Some, I've been eyeing for a while (sapphire ring), and some I've only just discovered but already begged my husband to get me (Jonathan Adler pill box.)

What is on your wish list this year?
WISHLIST

1. Sapphire ring.
2. House of Harlow black starburst necklace, $70
3. Extra long white woven scarf
4. Sabon Lemon Mint Body Scrub, $30
5. Crate and Barrel Edge Wine Glasses, $11 each
6. Tory Burch Reva ballet flat in orange or green, $195
7. Jonathan Adler Nixon throw in Orange, $295
8. Soft bow belt, Anthropologie, $28
9. Clinique Colour Surge Eyeshadow in Double Date, $17
10. Perpetual Blooms towels (Anthropologie), $8-36
11. Dara Ettinger Chelsea ring, $88
12. Dark denim trouser jeans, $150
13. Jonathan Adler DOLLS pillbox, $28
14. Nordstrom Crystal Collection Bezel Bracelets, $38-50






Friday, November 26, 2010

Holiday Shopping Guide {Part Three}

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and have a lovely weekend!
In honor of Black Friday, I've comprised another holiday shopping guide that has me so excited, I might buy a few of these items for myself.

See previous Shopping guides here and here!
SHOPPING-GUIDE-pART-3

1. F21 Beaded Clutch, $20




Tuesday, November 23, 2010

House of Harlow

I've fallen completely in love with the House of Harlow jewelry collection this year. I always admired the signature starburst design, but was down right giddy when I saw it in white leather this year. Here are my favorite pieces, which would also make wonderful gifts for family and friends.
Which is your favorite?

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1. Enamel Tribal Ring, $95
2. Black and White Tribal Enamel Cuff, $220
3. Tribal Knuckle Ring, $65
4. Starburst Station Necklace with black leather, $80
5. Starburst Ring in Abalone, $70
6. Cabochon Bangle in black and gold, $150
7. Gold Tribal Earrings, $60
8. Starburst black leather button earrings, $30
9. Gold Starburst necklace with white leather, $79
10. Art Deco Bangle with moonstone, $80
11. Aztec Bangle with red leather, $72
12. Gold Medallion Locket, $75

Monday, November 22, 2010

Holiday Tinctures

I definitely don't need another excuse to love the holidays, but these fun cocktails give me just that. Whether you are spicing up your hot chocolate or adding peppermint and crushed candy ice to your martini, these holiday libations are sure to make you feel festive!

Holiday Tinctures

1. Cuppa Good Cheer
Ingredients
1.5 oz.SKYY® Infusions Cherry
0.5 oz.white creme de cacao
4 oz.Hot Cocoa
1 oz.Half 'n Half
Whipped Cream
Maraschino Cherry
Directions
Combine all ingredients into a holiday mug and top with whipped cream, red sprinkles and a Maraschino Cherry.


2. Hard Rocker Cider
Ingredients
1 cupCabo Wabo Reposado Tequila
4 cupsApple Cider
1 cupCranberry juice
¼ cupOrange Liqueur
1 teaspoonNutmeg
cinnamon stick
Directions
In a pot or crockpot, heat and stir cider, cranberry juice cocktail, and nutmeg on low just until hot for 2 hours. Do not boil. When ready to serve, turn on high for 10 minutes and stir in tequila and liqueur. Garnish with a cinnamon stick. Servings: 6

3. Candy Cane Swirl
Ingredients
1 oz.SKYY® Infusions Raspberry
3 oz. RedCranberry juice
0.5 oz.Grenadine
0.5 oz.Grenadine
Lemon Lime soda
Directions
Rim martini glass with crushed candy cane. Combine SKYY Vodka, Peppermint Schnapps, Cranberry Juice and Grenadine into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into martini glass. Top with Lemon Lime Soda and garnish with small peppermint candy cane.


4. Midnight Kick
Ingredients
2 oz.Cabo Wabo AƱejo Tequila
Orange Slice
Cinnamon
Directions
Wet the rim of a chilled shot glass with the orange slice. Then rim the shot glass with powdered cinnamon on a plate. Be careful not to turn the glass right side up until it has been rimmed. The orange liquid will drip otherwise. Shake the Cabo Tequila with ice in a shaker and strain into the chilled shot glass. Slam the shot and then bite into the orange slice to finish.

5. The Ninth Night
Ingredients
2 oz.SKYY® Infusions Citrus
1 oz.Triple Sec
1 oz.Cranberry juice
Lemon Lime soda
Lime Juice
Directions
Combine SKYY Infusions Citrus, Triple Sec and Cranberry Juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into tall rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with soda and lots of fresh lime juice. Garnish with blue ribbon or pipe cleaner around the glass.

6. Red Hot Chocolate
Ingredients
1 oz.Campari
2 oz.Brandy
3 oz.Milk
0.5 oz. (optional)Heavy Cream
2 tablespoonsChocolate Chip
Directions
Put milk, cream & chocolate in a milk frothing cup used for espresso. Froth milk as you would for cappuccino. When milk is hot remove frothing wand and whisk or stir vigorously until chocolate is completely melted. Add Campari and Brandy. Pour into heat-resistant cup. Can be garnished with 1 large hand-cut marshmallow or a red peppermint stick.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Made for Walking

Just as I do each season, I've managed to find an item that I need, but cannot find in my size/color. Last year it was this. This year, it's an over the knee slim fit cognac/tan/brown leather boot. My favorite choices are listed below, and my favorite (the Cyrill boot) is sold out. I'm thinking of going with the Intyre boot instead, any feedback?

Boots

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Holiday Shopping Guide {Bottle Edition}

I consider myself an experienced shopper, but when it comes to shopping for my uncles, I know I can't go wrong with a bottle. Whether you are bringing one to holiday party, or giving as a gift, these bottles are some of our personal favorites and will not disappoint. The Sheep Dip in particular has been praised by every man in my family as their favorite Scotch, making it the easiest gift I've ever had to shop for... in bulk.
Check out my other Holiday Shopping Guide here.

HOLIDAY-BOTTLES

1. Sheep Dip Premium Malt Whiskey (1990), $60
2. Highland Park Single Malt Whiskey, $50
3. Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Merlot, $55
4. Shingleback Granache, $20
5. Bulletin Place Chardonnay, $15
6. Pink Prosecco, $20
7. Veuve Clicquot, $50
8. L'Artisan Parfumeur Fou d'Absinthe, $150
9. Raspberry Chambord, $40

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Holiday Shopping Guide {Part One}

If you are anything like me, your closest friends and family members have birthdays that book-end the holidays. Luckily, I thrive on holiday shopping and have the time to plan early. I started my shopping this weekend and to my surprise, found gifts for almost half the people on my list, leaving only my husband, girlfriends, and the women in my family to shop for. I've been comprising a shopping list for over a month now, but here are some items that are sure to be purchased (some already have) and wrapped before December 1st. Let the shopping begin....

Shopping Guide

1. C.O. Bigelow Mentha lip gloss, $8
2. Henri Bendel Chocolate Gift Box, $20
3. Christie Martin 14k gold plated initial pendant, $58
4. Crystal Skull Vodka, $50
5. Silk Pashmina $50
6. GAP pom pom slippers, $25
7. Anthropologie Peacock Crest Jewelry box $28
8. Essie "Smokin' Hot", $8
9. Sabon "Fig Coco" Body Scrub $30
10. Anthropologie glass perfume bottle, $38
11. Tory Burch printed pajama set, $125
12. Karl Donoghue Toscana Fur and Suede ear muffs, $145

Monday, November 15, 2010

Happy Monday

fall fashion 1
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fall fashion 2

Have a wonderful day!

xx

Friday, November 12, 2010

Carrot Pineapple Cake.

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For my dinner party Tuesday night, mentioned here, I wanted to make a birthday cake for my friend that was sure to be unexpected.
You all know my love for cream cheese frosting, so if the recipe includes it, I'm making it. I decided on this two layer Carrot Pineapple cake, that did not disappointment. My only regret was feeding my guests so much for dinner that we could barely fit dessert!

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Happy Birthday to Monique and I hope you ALL have a great weekend!!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Recent Purchases.

This time last year I was planning my wedding, so shopping was basically off limits. It was tough, especially since Autumn is my favorite season and fall fashion purchases usually get me through till spring.
I feel that this year, I have made up for all that I missed. Here are a few of my recent purchases that I know will get me through to the rest of the year.


CHUNKY CRYSTAL NECKLACE
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LEATHER DRIVING GLOVES
DRIVING GLOVES



NUDE SUNGLASSES
Nude shades



RACHEL LEIGH "BLUSH DROPS"
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THE NEELY BAG

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Haaaappy Friday! I'm so excited the weekend is here! Hope you all have a fabulous one xx

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Crystal Skull Vodka

I'm not particularly into skulls, or vodka for that matter; but when I saw this Crystal Skull Vodka in my local liquor shop's window yesterday, I was sold.
I convinced my husband we needed it, (for our guests who drink vodka) and we could always re-use the bottle later on. The power of packaging design has a pretty strong hold on me :)

Crystal-Skull-Vodka

About the Vodka: A quadrupled distilled vodka, filtered three times through charcoal followed by triple filtration over Herkimer crystals. Skull bottle designed by John Alexander and manufactured by master artisans in Milano's Bruni Glass Company.


With Love, Nikki