Cocktail Hour–Moscow Mule

The Moscow mule has been making a resurgence lately along with many other classic cocktails.  Born in the 1940’s, and popularized in the vodka crazy 1950’s, it is classically service in a copper mug.  However, with the price of copper this days, a Tom Collins or highball glass will do just fine. moscowmule

The Moscow Mule is light and refreshing with a zing from the ginger beer.  It will be the perfect compliment to your pre-summer barbeques this weekend.  To look stylish drinking your mule, I’ve got some great patriotic outfits in the my latest post at The Styleshack.

Moscow Mule

  • 1/2 oz Lime juice
  • 2 oz vodka 
  • 4 –6 oz ginger beer

Squeeze lime juice into a Collins glass (or Moscow Mule mug) then drop the lime in the glass. Add 2 or 3 ice cubes, then pour in the vodka and fill with cold ginger beer (not ginger ale, although what the hell). Serve with a stirring rod.

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Crave Piece of the Week–Manolo’s Borlak Pump


Manolo-Blahnik-Borlak-Satin-PumpsWe’re always craving a fantastic pair of shoes, aren’t we?  This is a fantastic pair.  This shoe to me is made of pure Cinderella, glass slipper stuff.

Regal, elegant, and fantasy all rolled into  one.

What do you think?  Did they make your crave list too?

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Crave Piece of the Week–ML Monique Lhuillier Party Dress


model-pinkdress_galPinned this one a while back, but it’s still relevant.  With wedding season getting into full swing, you may want to consider something similar to this dress.  The cross-over bodice creates a nice nipped in waist, and the full skirt will be comfortable, and won’t have you worrying about how many slices of wedding cake you’ve eaten.

I love it because it’s a nice mix of retro feel, but still feels modern.




Yay or nay?

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Crave Piece of the Week–Links of London Stardust Necklace


5020.2635-stardustrosegoldtubenecklace_360x360$I came across pieces from this company as I was perusing the April issue of InStyle poolside, and I was instantly intrigued. 

I really like that their pieces have some visual weight to them but are not overpowering.  Interesting but understated design.

What are some of your favorite jewelry pieces?  Shoot me a note, or post in the comments below.

                                                                                      Star Dust Rose Gold Tube Necklace

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Cocktail Hour–The Mint Julep

In honor of the Kentucky Derby this weekend, I thought we’d feature the classic mint julep. download

The mint julep has been associated with the Kentucky Derby since the late 1930’s.  Traditionally made with bourbon and in a silver or pewter cup.  However, more common version is made with whisky and in a highball or Collins glass.

While sipping your mint julep, you need to have a fabulous chapeau.  In light of the celebratory nature of the event, and time of year, I think bright, lively colors are in order.  But, the silhouette needs to be streamlined to keep an air of sophistication.



Cocktail Hour - Kentucky Derby


Mint Julep

  • 3 oz Kentucky bourbon
  • 10–12 fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • Crushed ice
  • Mint sprigs

Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

In a chilled short glass, or the traditional silver or stainless steel julep cup, gently muddle half the bourbon, sugar and mint leaves. Add the crushed ice. Pour the remaining bourbon on top, and top with fresh mint sprigs. Serve with short straws, so that you smell the mint sprigs when consuming it. Sip the Mint Julep slowly, so that the oils of the mint infuse with the bourbon.

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Project Design 2014 – Piece #4

April seems to have gone by in a flash with vacation, birthdays, Easter,  etc. I was also busy working on this project.   While this isn’t a garment for myself,  it is a very special garment for someone’s very special day coming up.

Unfortunately,  I can’t give you a full reveal.  I don’t want to spoil the bride’s big moment and I can’t let the groom see either!

So,  you’ll have be satisfied with this sneak peek until the end of May, and stay tuned for May’s project.

What projects are you working on this year?  Send me a note or post in the comments.

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Event Series – Mother of the Groom – Rehearsal Dinner

Next in the event series is the rehearsal dinner. This dress from Lands End is a great option for sort an occasion. It’s more casual and definitely comfortable, so you can move around easily to review final details of the big event.

Bringing along a cardigan is good idea if it gets cooler later in the evening. I really like pairing yellow accessories with this dress, because it’s lively and evokes the celebratory nature of the event.

Have any other mother of the groom dilemmas? Send me an email, or post your question in the comments.

Event Series - Mother of the Groom - Rehearsal Dinner


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