Style to Steal - Daria Daria

December 16, 2013

I have a major obsession with international fashion blogs.

Rarely, even with Google Translate, do I understand what they're talking about. But the style, oh...the style.

I recently fell in love with Daria Daria. Equal parts awesome layering and neutrals, with a bold lip, I think she's just perfect.

I think you'll love her too.


What To Get Girls This Year

December 11, 2013

It should go without saying I would take one of anything on this list - so if you're reading, dear fiancé, I'm making it easy for you this year.

Whether you're shopping for your mom, sister, or best friend, I always say a good rule of thumb is to get them something that's either a little nicer than things they would buy for themselves. Spring for the cashmere instead of itchy wool, the luxe lip pencil or nail polish over a drugstore buy, or a showstopper necklace that makes any outfit special.

Oasap Plaid Coat  |  Rebecca Minkoff Hudson Bag |  Nordstrom Cashmere Infinity Scarf  |  NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cythere |  NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Train Bleu  |  Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush  |  Sam Edelman Petty Boots  |  Deborah Lippmann Mini Neutrals Set |  Loren Hope Carina Necklace  |  Ray-Ban Thick Cat Eye Wayfarer Sunglasses  |  Drybar 100 Proof Treatment Oil  |  J.Crew Fair Isle Trouser Socks  |  Everlane Slouchy Cashmere Cardigan in Burgundy


Cocktails For A Crowd - Eggnog by Serving Seconds

December 10, 2013

When it comes to batch cocktails, nothing beats a giant batch of traditional holiday eggnog.

But I have a confession - I've only had store bought eggnog in my life, and I claimed to be an eggnog hater.

That is, until my friend Melissa over at Serving Seconds brought over a batch of her homemade eggnog. Spiked with a touch of bourbon and topped with fresh whipped cream and shaved nutmeg, it is creamy and decadent but not too sweet.

Consider me a convert. Head over to Melissa's blog today for the recipe!


December 9, 2013

I may not be a parent yet - but I abide by the golden rule when giving gifts to kids - for the sake of parents sanity everywhere, nothing that makes noise, requires batteries, or takes hours to put together.

I also like to encourage creativity, so I love toys that encourage kids to come up with their own stories and adventures. Fun playhouses, art sets, or books that teach them about cool cities they might want to travel to someday.

Twig Creative Mint & White Toy Camera  |  Hopscotch Kids Non-Toxic Nail Polish  |  Crewcuts The Dude Tee  |  Crewcuts Sequin Heart Tee  |  MacAlister Camo Boots  |  MacAlister Shearling Gold Boots  |  Land of Nod Campfire Smores Set  |  Land of Nod Black & White Stripe Teepee |  This is San Francisco Book



December 4, 2013

If you're having guests over, it's just the worst when you're stuck playing bartender. I'm always on the hunt for a great batch cocktail that you can make ahead of time, and simply pour in a glass once your guests arrive.

Having some houseguests recently, I got to play around with a few recipes, and this one was a clear winner. This serves about 10 generous pours, so double or triple based on your guest count - I can promise they'll want more than one glass.


6 cups fresh apple cider (no added sugar)
1/2 cup of rosemary simple syrup
Juice of 1 lemon
1 bottle of sparkling wine - a sweet prosecco works well

Combine the first three ingredients in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Save the prosecco until right before your guests arrive - you want it to be bubbly, not flat. If you plan to serve throughout the evening, just top off each glass with a generous pour of the prosecco.

For extra credit - I froze a few pomegranate arils in ice cubes. They add a nice holiday color to the glass.


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