Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Weekly Wants

Holiday party attire

coat // necklace // clutch // polish // lipstick // skirt // heels

It's the second week of November and I'm already freaking out about what to wear for holiday parties and NYE. I'm typically a procrastinator, but with vacation, work, and travel I don't have the time to search for things like I used to. I love a good party skirt and know I would have it for a long time. Also these shoes just scream festive and I think I have to have them. Top it all off with some pretty baubles, a punchy lip, and I'm good to go!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Holiday Kickoff

Bourbon Punch

Thrilled to be starting holiday posts early this year, but I think since the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is being installed today that I am fully within my right to do so. With a slew of holiday events to attend and host coming up, I love having a game plan in mind. Now I don't know how many people can relate, but I happen to love punch and always have. When I was a kid after our Christmas pageant, there was always a reception with some sort of gingerale punch that I thought was to die for. As I've gotten older my beverage choices have changed, but my love for a pretty punch bowl served with a festive libation has not. I came across this bourbon punch recently and knew it would be a crowd pleaser. Not too sweet thanks to the citrus, but with enough of a kick to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

Bourbon Punch

1/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
15 fresh mint springs, divided
4 cups strained fresh pink grapefruit juice
2 ½ cups bourbon
12 dashes of aromatic bitters
1 cup club soda
grapefruit and lime to garnish


Add water and sugar to a small saucepan and stir over low heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil. Add 5 mint sprigs. Remove saucepan from heat; cool syrup completely. Strain syrup into a punch bowl. Add juice, bourbon, and bitters; mix in soda and remaining sprigs of mint. Add ice to bowl. Garnish with thin slices of grapefruit and lime. 

Recipe from Caroline Z. Hurley for Domino 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

11 Questions

In honor of Throwback Thursday, I thought I would answer blogger chain mail (remember those things that flooded your email as a kid?). Here goes nothing!

1. If you could raid any celebrity's closet, who would it be and why?
Reese Witherspoon no doubt about it. I love her classic style. 

2. If you were a shoe, what would you look like?
I'd like to think I would be something like this. Elegant, timeless, and not too uncomfortable.

3. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Rude people.

4. Favorite song of all-time?
"Old Blue Chair" by Kenny Chesney. I don't know why, but I have always loved that song.

5. Are you a dog person or a cat person? And why?
Dog person for sure, I detest cats. I think dogs actually love people while cats merely put up with them. Oh and I'm allergic to them.

6. You're queen for a day. How do you spend your royal 24 hours?
I would spend the first half of the day at a plush spa in Charleston with my friends. Then I'd spend the afternoon having lunch al fresco, shopping on King Street, followed by happy hour at a rooftop bar. The night would conclude with an oyster roast at Bowen's Island and bonfire on Folly Beach. 

7. What's the most delicious thing you've ever eaten?
Shrimp and grits at 82 Queen... life changing.

8. What scares you the most?
Zombies. Easy. I have a very irrational fear of them because I'm not convinced they couldn't exist in some sort of capacity (maybe not how they are on tv but something strange and medically incorrect). I know it's dumb, but nonetheless terrifying. 

9. Which celebrity do you wish would drift off into obscurity?
Miley Cyrus. I'm over her and her tongue!

10. You're 16 years old again. What advice would you give your younger self?
To treat yourself better, and try to be comfortable in your own skin. It's ok to be a late bloomer so stop comparing yourself to everyone else. Oh and you and "the love of your life" (at 16) aren't meant to be, so maybe branch out some more in terms of dating.

11. What's your Starbucks order?
It changes all the time. If I'm too hot then I get an iced coffee, if it's cold a cappucino.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

28 is Pretty Great

Hello readers! I am so so sorry for my lack of posts this week. Things have been so crazy at work and home that I have barely had time to check my email. Today is my 28th birthday, and I was blessed with some fantastic weather here in DC for it. So between a birthday lunch, work, after work meeting, and a late-night birthday dinner I am absolutely swamped. Tomorrow I will have some new content for you, but for now I just have to do a tiny bit of bragging on my lovely boyfriend Danny for picking out this gorgeous necklace. I'm obsessed with it!

Friday, November 1, 2013

weekly wants

Birthday Wishlist

cookbook // coffee table book // sweater // scarf // makeup palette // 
studs // thank you notes // pumps // brush set // lounge pants // loafers //
 wallet // pillow // candle

Happy Friday! This week felt so long, I'm THRILLED it's almost the weekend. Next week is my 28th birthday and until today I literally had not thought about gifts. I am impossible to shop for so my family is always asking me what I want. Not everything on there is practical or realistic, but a girl can dream, right? Enjoy the weekend! xx

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