December 4, 2013
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.
APPLE ROSEMARY PUNCH
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.
December 3, 2013
Men. They are HARD to shop for, am I right? I start hassling the men in my life for gift ideas starting in October since I know it will take them that long to come up with even one little idea. For my husband-to-be, I've just given up on asking him. Instead, I wait for those little casual hints, come up with something fun for us to do - the experience gift, or I just buy a nicer version of something than he might buy himself.
I think that's a good route to take - the nicer than they might pick for themselves. We gals think nothing of dropping $25 dollars on quality hair care products, but for men? No sir. But a funny thing happens when you either just place it in their medicine cabinet or gift it to them.
"I like this new stuff you got. I mean, it's a little better than the old stuff I guess."
(It's always "stuff.")
And then they're converted, much like we are.
Original Chippewa Plain Toe Boots | Saturdays Surf NYC Kurt Cardigan | Everlane Crew Tee in Antique & V Tee in Pine | Imogene + Willie Leather Football | Abingdon Waxed Canvas & Leather Laptop Bag | Warby Parker Beckett in Evergreen | Michael Kors Scout Chronograph Watch | Crosley Portable USB Turntable | The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave Oil | B. The Product Waxd Styling Paste
December 2, 2013
It seems like just yesterday fall started, and now here we are on a lightning fast race towards Christmas.
It's been a bit quiet around here, but since I absolutely adore the holidays - they're my favorite! - I've got lots of things planned for you this month.
If you're trimming your tree, here are some festive tunes to get you started.
Tomorrow starts the holiday gift guides - I just couldn't bring myself to post them before Thanksgiving! Last year's guides were a big hit - I hope you'll like this year's selections just as much!
Confused about what to wear to that office party? I'll have some ideas for you later this week.
Entertaining a crowd? Get ready for big batch cocktails you can pre-mix ahead of time so you spend the night mingling instead of bartending.
And, I have to know, what's on your wishlist this year?
IMAGE | REAL SIMPLE
October 7, 2013
Have you heard of The American Edit yet?
My good friend Rita is the genius behind this killer new site, featuring stylish, modern goods made right here in America. Frustrated by the lack of options for her home and her own wardrobe, she wanted to create a place to celebrate the designers and stores that manufacture here.
Even better, she left her corporate gig to pursue her dream - providing resources to companies that want to source in the U.S., but don't know where to start.
I love her mission and her beautiful site, I think you will too. I'm honored she asked me to pick my five favorite Made In America products for her regular series, The Edit. Head on over to see what I selected, and check out favorites from bloggers like With A CH, Anne Sage, Meg Biram, and Rebecca Atwood.
October 4, 2013
Pausing for a collective squeal here because....
DOMINO is back!
And unlike the previous return, it's new content, not a rerun of old content. If you're like me, you have all of your old back issues. Or at the very least, you've got tear sheets from the magazine's glory days.
The best shelter magazine to ever exist is now back in a big way, with new features and a pretty sweet website to help you save, pin, and shop the features.
One of the very first features is Rita Hazan's New York City apartment, designed by Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent.
It. is. major.
Y'all know I love Nate Berkus. A master of mixing materials, decades, and patterns. I just love him.
What do you think of the new website? Are you excited it's back?
MASTER THE NATE BERKUS LOOK
ALL IMAGES | INTERIOR DESIGN BY NATE BERKUS AND JEREMIAH BRENT VIA DOMINO