Friday, April 24, 2015

cocktail hour

The Seven Classic Cocktails Every Sophisticated Woman Should Know
The spring always puts me in a better mood and makes me think of sundresses and early evening cocktails on the patio. Everyone seems lighter, happier and more energized. Social engagements tend to be loads of fun with sunset cocktails continuing long after the moon rises, with twinkling lights and fire flies adding sparkle to the balmy air. While I can hardly tolerate the summer heat, I love those summer nights.
I don't drink even a fraction as much as I did in college - definitely a good thing in many regards - but I find, as such, that my cocktail list is far from sophisticated. My cocktails of choice include - and are limited to - white wine or a classic beer. When selecting wine, I often choose chardonnay (thanks to this wine personality quiz) and when I have a beer, I either choose Fat Tire or just a Bud Light. Fat Tire is my go-to when I am around craft brew drinkers.
When I saw this cocktail list on Veranda, it was just the perfect drink-spiration and I wanted to share with all of you. Maybe this will help you jazz up your summer cocktail order, whether or not you clink glasses weekly or just on those special nights out on the town!
Enjoy your weekend, toodles!

For those who always order: vodka sodas
What it's made with: vodka, ginger beer, lime juice
These drinks are what put vodka on the map here in the United States. Their bright taste - and the fact they're easy to drink - make the favorite for many, especially when they're served in their (correct) copper cup.

For those who always order: gin & tonics
What it's made with: gin, lime juice
Actually created for sailors as a way to prevent scurvy, the drink was later seen as an old person's cocktail - until its revitalization right about now. The drink is one part sweetened lime juice to four parts gin, so it's sweet but packs a punch. And if you're asking for limes in your G&T, consider this your new go-to. 

For those who always order: rum & cokes
What it's made with: rum, simple syrup, lime juice
Contrary to popular belief, a true daiquiri isn't anything that comes out of a frozen slushy machine. A shaken cocktail made with rum, lime juice and simple syrup, the drink was often served in a frosted glass or over crushed ice. The more modern take is to serve it straight up in a cocktail glass. 

For those who always order: champagne
What it's made with: gin, sparkling wine/champagne, sugar/simple sugar, lemon (or other citrus)
This drink was made in 1915 in New York (happy 100th birthday!) and we really don't know what to say, other than look at the ingredients. Gin and champagne?! Be still our hearts. 

For those who always order: margaritas
What it's made with: tequila, grapefruit, club soda
Refreshing, tequila-based, and easy to make - this is the best alternative to ordering a margarita. Just don't ask if it comes in frozen. 

For those who always order: gin and sodas
What it's made with: gin, lemon juice, sugar, soda
A Tom Collins is a reminiscent of spiking lemonade with gin - not that that is a bad thing. It's honestly the easiest way to add some interest to your gin & soda order...and all bartenders should learn how to make them; otherwise run far, far away. 

For those who always order: whiskey gingers
What it's made with: cognac, orange liqueur (triple sec), lemon juice
The sidecar came to prominence in the 1950s, and while whiskeys and cognacs are completely different spirits, they both fermet in a barrel and both tend to be a bit smoky in flavor. That, mixed with the sweetness of the triple sec and lemon, makes for a good strong drink. 

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Monday, April 20, 2015

The Rare Bird - An Iris

"You're not pretty, you'll never be pretty, but you have something much have style." - Mrs. Loehmann to Iris Apfel. 

Debatably one of the most stylish women on the circuit today, Iris Apfel joins the ranks of Julia Child and Grandma Moses both of whom just kept getting better (and more popular) with age. She is a 93 year old style maven with a documentary, IRIS, that will be in select theaters April 29. The icon, with 75 years of influence of fashion and interiors, is a true artist. As quoted by the production company, "the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even at Iris' age, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire." She radiates an incomparable energy and, even just watching the trailer, you can truly feel a pulse of her excitement about living. "IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life's sustenance and reminds us that dressing - and indeed life - is nothing but an experiment."

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Friday, April 17, 2015

It's A Lilly Party - And You're Invited!

There have been a number of times in my life where I truly think attending Lilly Pulitzer parties was my calling - or at least I should have been born in a generation where it could have been. 
I mean face-it, how many people would turn down invitations to twirl in colorful shift dresses with dashing gents; sip champagne from jewel tone flutes served by cheerful monkeys; join giraffes lounging poolside; clink sweet dessert dishes amongst flamingo decor; host delightful tea parties with the french doors open wide...
The spot by Target is just for the fact they could have found a different male celeb than Christopher Noth... Anyways, after swaying along to "keep it coming love"enjoy a few snapshots of the authentic 'Lilly bash.'

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Lulie Wallace

Lulie Wallace, a whimsical artist based in Charleston, is my inspiration for the day. Her beautiful paintings focus on blooming florals, expansive landscapes, bold and brilliant colors, and delightful interiors. I could find a place for at least one painting in every category for my dream home, but I particularly love her table setting pieces. What a darling addition to a breakfast room? In addition to her original pieces, prints, wallpaper, stationery, totes, pillows and more are available for purchase on her website
 P.S. - Lulie's Instagram account is tons of fun too :)

Enjoy some of the paintings from Lulie that stood out to me...and here is a brief statement from the artist:
"I really do think my paintings very much reflect who I am and what I'm attracted to in my everyday life. I am attracted to joyful, thoughtful people. I love bright, vibrant colors and often find inspiration in everyday items like a vintage Kilim rug, an unusual print on a blouse, or an envelope liner that contains a letter from a friend. I have a strong appreciation for the strange and quirky and I love a good exclamation mark (or two)!! I just get excited. I feel incredibly thankful to work in a job that I love and am passionate about. My hope is that my paintings simply bring a piece of joy to the homes they inhabit."

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Dress Like You're A Millionaire

Harper's Bazaar shared a couple dozen style suggestions of how to dress like you are a millionaire.  While my bank account may be a far-cry from the seven digit status, it's actually much easier to have a millionaire inspired wardrobe than I would have thought!
Here are a few of my favorite tips from the list. 

Uniform dressing - you can buy nondescript LBDs, cream-colored knits and dark wash jeans from anywhere. Having a handful of classic pieces in your closet allows for an array of looks that is crème de la crème

Polished looks pricey - messy will never equal 'wealthy' at first glance, so keep things sophisticated with clean lines, polished accessories and neat hair and makeup 

The basics - if nothing else, invest in your shoes and bag. If you can't afford to, carry a minimalist leather tote and wear simple ballet flats or loafers

Logo is a no-go - avoid putting brands on display

Sweater weather - drape your cardigan over your shoulders

Tip-top shape - if you're going to wear something, make sure it's still in good condition

When it comes to sunglasses, listen to Jackie O - wear tortoiseshell eyewear a la Jackie Kennedy

Simply cinched - cinching an oversized coat or classic button-down adds instant polish to any outfit

Nail it - keep eccentric nails to a minimum, just say no to neon polish and anything acrylic

Dark denim - the darker the wash, the more sleek your denim looks

Like a lady - ladylike dresses make you feel like you just stepped out of a WASP-y family portrait. Giving off an old money, new clothes feel.

Your scent can be just as wealthy as your look

Draped in jewels - don't be afraid to put your jewelry front and center. From simple diamond studs to borderline-gaudy statement necklace, this kind of jewelry ups the ante

Own a navy blazer. Own a turtleneck. Wear them together.

Make sure it fits - clothing is instantly downgraded when it doesn't fit correctly

Camel coat

Wear your pearls girls - when in doubt, a classic strand of pearls adds elegance to your style

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

First Aid Kit

The Swedish folk duo is one of my new favorite sounds for spring. When I was visiting my friend Maddie a few weeks ago in Connecticut, she played some of their music and I totally loved their echoey ballads. I had heard "Silver Linings" on the radio before - they're not 'mainstream' yet, so I think it must have been the Spectrum on Sirius that played their tunes - and I recall really digging it.
A couple of their more popular songs (aka the ones with music videos on YouTube) are below for you to enjoy!
My other latest music obsession is One Direction (I know random. Since they went from five to four,  the other week, I have become totally into the guys & their music), that admitted, I think First Aid fits the bill better for Twirling Clare inspirations!
Who know, maybe some day down the line I'll throw in a few boy band lyrics & my hair doppleganger Harry Styles :) In the meantime, enjoy the songs - and have a great day, toodles!

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Real Parisian Style

In the midst of the glam & glitz of fashion week, it's helpful to take a look at the women have their style down pat, straying from the trendy looks synonymous with the industry. 
The best place to find these style gems is Paris Fashion Week and these women truly define the real Parisian style. 

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