Cocktail Hour – The Shirley Temple

IMG_0990I was watching a Sex in the City marathon (I don’t know about you, but this is one show that I never tire of) last weekend, and in one episode, Carrie orders a Shirley Temple while she waits for her friends to show up for her birthday party.  It felt a little coincidental since my birthday is tomorrow, and that the Shirley Temple brings back fond memories of my childhood. Our neighbors, “Mr. & Mrs. B” had a bar in their basement.  And, when my family would visit them, my brothers and I would get to sit at “Mr. B’s” bar .  He would make us Shirley Temples and we’d play “slots” on the machines he had on the bar.  Really wholesome stuff. ;)


Since we are all adults here, I found a more adult version of the Shirley Temple


The Dirty Shirley
1 1/2 oz Vodka
1 0z grenadine
4 oz ginger beer (or ginger ale)
Maraschino cherries


In a chilled glass mix together vodka & grenadine. Top with ginger beer & some ice. Garnish with maraschino cherries, you can float some in the glass too.


To go along with this cheery, fun pinky-red cocktail, is a flirty, girly pink and floral outfit.
Shirley Temple
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Project Design Continued

Many of  you may have been wondering what I’ve been up to for the last six months since I feel off the blogging bandwagon.  You may remember this post from this time last year about getting back into sewing and designing.  And, also this post from September, where I stocked up on fabric for my projects. That pile of fabric sat for a while.  I decided to take a break from blogging so I could focus  solely on finding inspiration, sketching, and re-learning patterning drafting.

With the invigoration of spring, I shook of the winter doldrums, and got back to sharing with you my musings on fashion.   Now, I want to start sharing with you how I’ve been using up my fabric stash.

I started with a beautiful navy and gray stripped chenille shot through with a gold thread.  There were a few ideas; initially using it in a dress, then perhaps a top framed by leather.


Finally, deciding on a skirt.  The initial thought was a midi-length skirt with a self-fabric waistband.


It was an interesting process, putting this skirt together,  since I drafted my own patterned.  I hadn’t initially thought about matching the strips, but it was necessary since it’s a dominate pattern. Because of this, it turned out I didn’t have enough fabric.  Yikes!  I decided to sleep on this problem to figure what to do (always a good lesson to learn).   I woke up the next morning with the idea to use 3″ elastic for the waistband (instead of fabric).  It would give the skirt a more modern, casual look.  And, the skirt would just have to be shorter.  In the end, they were both the right decision.



What do you think?  Stay tuned for more designs!


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Vintage Baggage

No, this isn’t a post about some deep-seated drama that I can’t let go of, don’t worry.  But it is about a deep-seated love of vintage luggage.  You know, those hard sided Samsonites and American Touristors in a rainbow of colors.  You can just imagine, well-suited ladies in their hats and gloves boarding their flight with their hard-sided train cases.

10348187_888261737855307_1178911583449843644_nI am in between two spring trips, and all the packing has brought up a regretful twinge that I am unable to use this super fun piece of luggage that I found last summer.  I stumbled upon this pristine piece from the Tiara series by American Touristor in an antique store during a summer road trip.  I couldn’t pass it up, and it was a steal (I think I paid less than $30 for it).

The cheery red color, and the unconventional (for this day and age) shape makes it so very chic and sophisticated.  It makes me think of my Malibu Barbie carrying it as she boards a Pan Am flight across the Atlantic to be transformed into Parisian Barbie.  10429466_888260987855382_2133377387920278258_n




To make it even more legit, Carrie Bradshaw carried a similar piece in the second Sex in the City movie.







Alas, its size is not conducive to overhead storage.  I could check it, but lately, I’ve become a very efficient traveler and checking luggage is not ideal.  So, it may end up being relegated to car and road trips, just how I found it.

Stay tuned to see what adventures await it!

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Cocktail Hour – The Whiskey Sour

fa-Whiskey-Sour I’m not a big whiskey drinker in general, but I enjoy a good sour drink every once in a while.  The whiskey sour always brings back memories of my parents entertaining back in the day.  Their good friends drank whiskey sours, so whenever I’d see a pitcher mixed up in the frig, I knew we’d be relegated to the family room, while the “grown-ups” enjoyed their yellowy-orange elixir.

In honor of this classic party drink, I’m styling up a fun, but casual party dress that you can sport to your next gathering.

Cocktail Hour - The Whiskey Sour

My mom’s whiskey sour recipe was made with Tang (yes, Tang! It was the 70’s).  This recipe is the classic version, and relies on more natural ingredients (hey, if you’re going to drink booze, you might try to be a little healthy).


Whiskey Sour
75 oz Fresh lemon juice
.75 oz Simple syrup (one part water, one part sugar)
1.5 oz Bourbon
garnish: Cherry and/or lemon wedge (optional)Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a cherry and/or lemon wedge if desired.
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Just a Minor Obsession

IMG_0914_thumb.jpgYou may remember my post a few weeks ago about this recent acquisition.

I must admit, this has started a bit of obsession with a number of other bags.  Now, I will say, I’ve always been a bit of a bag “whore”.   I’ve always had an excessive amount of purses in my closet, and tended to switch them out frequently.  My tastes in bags have changed a lot over the last 20 years.  I used to go for the very quirky and weird bags (funky shapes, patterns, colors), but noticed over the years that they started to not work for my life, as my career progressed.  I also went through a “large” bag phase, as well.  But, the pain in my neck and shoulder told me I needed to cn8992637pare it down a little.

It seemed for a while, though, that I was uninspired by the handbag choices available.  I would go out to find a new addition, but nothing was piquing my fancy.  I had a collection of bags that I was happy with, so I got into a little style rut.

Until I found the black L.K. Bennett bag, and then I was flooded with several beautiful and irresistible choices.  After the black bag, I found this great crossbody bag from Banana Republic.  I was in need a new crossbody to take on an upcoming trip.

I also found a great satchel by Olivia & Joy at T.J. Maxx, which had plenty of room to stash stuff and had a shoulder strap to make it easy to carry.

Then, I found these two lovely bags from Zara.

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I did restrain myself on the Zara bags, because I’ve been making some other spring purchases.  But, if they are still in stock in a month or so, they may be added to my collection.

*P.S. If you haven’t noticed, I have a “thing” for animal skin.

A note about my collection of bags, I did decide to let go of my entire collection with the exception of a few pieces.  They all went to a few good homes, where I know they will enjoy another life. I feel like I’ve simplified my choices, and have only held on to ones that I really love.

So, are you a bag collector?  Any inspiring pieces caught your attention this spring?

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Cocktail Hour – The Gin Fizz

Gin-FizzWith daylight savings and the thaw this past week, I think the perfect cocktail to toast the coming spring is the gin fizz. It’s light, it’s airy, it’s crisp and lemony, just like the burgeoning buds of spring.

While you’re sipping your cocktail, I’ve been inspired by brightly colored printed pants, or flowy printed skirt. They exude the lightness and femininity of the season. Cheer!



Spring Cocktail Hour


The Gin Fizz

1 oz Club soda
2 oz Gin
1 oz Lemon juice
.75 oz Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
1 Egg white (about .5 oz)

Add the club soda to a Collins glass and set aside. Add the remaining ingredients to a shaker and shake without ice for about 10 seconds. Add 3 or 4 ice cubes and shake very well. Double-strain into the prepared glass.

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Fall Fashion Week part 2

As a follow up to my post this morning, just got a glimpse of Banana Republic’s fall collection.  All I can say is, they’ll be getting a lot of my money come September. 

They are completely on par with the highlights I covered this morning, and dare I say,  much more accessible to all of us “real” girls. ;)   Check out a few samples below….

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Flat shoes, cropped pants, loose, boxy shapes.  And….I’m dying over the tasseled pumps! 

Yay or nay?

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