Friday, November 25, 2011

Sip and Listen

Hi friends! It has certainly been a while since my last post. Between keeping up with my very hectic full time job and the wedding, I have had minimal time to get much else done. Posts might be sporadic until January 14th (holy 50 days to go), but I am going to do my best to jump in when I can.

What better way to get back into the groove, than with a Sip and Listen. My mother and I made this delicious cocktail yesterday while cooking up our Thanksgiving feast. I hate the name, Euphoria, but it tastes great!


1 oz Vodka
1 oz St. Germain
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
Sage Leaf, for garnish

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and then strain into a martini glass, or a coupe (my favorite drinkware). Garnish with a sage leaf.

Enjoy with the song below by Lana Del Rey.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkin Fever

Oh Fall, how I love thee. I was driving through Highland Park this weekend and was inspired by all of the beautiful fall entryways and decorations. Granted, the residents of HP have quite a bit more disposable income than I, so I will be sticking to a traditional pumpkin or two for now. Here are a few entryways to get you inspired and a fun DIY!


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I found this super cute DIY on Luella and June last week, and can not wait to attempt myself. Make your very own sparkle pumpkins, by going to the this link.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sip and Listen

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First, make the rosemary simple syrup. Combine 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water and add two sprigs of rosemary. Bring to a boil, and take off the heat and allow it to steep for about 10 minutes. Next, juice your lemon, and add the juice as well as the syrup over the berries. With a spoon, smash a few berries. Allow it to sit for at least an hour in the fridge to macerate. Add 8 ounces of gin, 8 ounces of club soda, and a cup of ice. Taste and adjust. If you are feeling feisty, add more gin!

There is always an exciting new band discovery at ACL, and this year was no different. Thanks to my friends, the Totahs, I was introduced to The Head and the Heart. An indie band out of Seattle, their sound is a bit folky and in the perfectly coined words on Danny Totah, “americana”. The vocals alone will make you listen to the album over and over, such talent! Oh, and this video is obscenely beautiful.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

Okay, well not really Christmas, but with the release of the highly anticipated Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, it certainly does seem to be around the corner. Every year, the marketing masterminds of the influential retailer compile the top gifts of the season. However, few presents are as enthralling, as the fantasy list. Neimans’ out does themselves every year, and it never ceases to amaze me.

Without further ado, a few favorites from the Fantasy List

The Ferrari FF – seats four adults and comes with a matching custom luggage set for $395,000.


The Neiman Marcus-Edition Hacker-Craft Speedboat – Your new boats name will be painted in 23-karat gold leafing and you can cruise around while smoking a cigar from your monogrammed humidor. $250,000


Johnnie Walker Private Scotch Tasting – Accompanied by 20 of your closest friends, you will sample five premium whiskeys whilst being serenaded by a Scottish bagpiper. $5,000

Johnnie Walker

Assouline Custom-Built Library --The celebrated publisher will construct a one of a kind catalog in a room of your choice. $125,000

Assouline Library

Every year, there is one gift that sits far above the rest. Sometimes for price point, and other times for its pure outlandishness. This year is no different, with the Dancing Fountains from Wet. For a cool $1,000,000, you can have your very own Bellagio-esque fountains constructed in your home. Seriously? Pretty sure I would rather have 100,000 pairs of Brian Atwoods, but no one asked me.

Dancing Fountains

Images via: Neiman Marcus

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Coveteur takes on a Mah-jor Space

Get ready, we are about to step into the chicest office space of all … do you have your Louboutins on? Stylist and style icon, Rachel Zoe has opened her doors to the ladies behind Coveteur for a drool worthy feature that is sure to leave you inspired. We have all seen the space on The Zoe Project, but this intimate portrait series gives us a deeper glimpse into the glamour. From the rows of shoes, to the racks of vintage goodies, you won’t be left disappointed.

New decorating tip – throw some statement necklaces and bracelets on a side table for an instant glam touch.



Adore the clever placement of cocktail rings



Has a Mac keyboard ever looked so stylish?



A glimpse into her vintage collection, which she states “is the greatest source of inspiration when designing new looks. Reference the past to see what does and doesn’t work.”



As a personal reminder to one of her most remarkable challenges, the parking pass from the Academy Awards when she dressed Anne Hathaway in a record 8 outfits, sits upon a shelf.


Source: The Coveteur

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sip and Listen

How delicious does this look? I am ready to say goodbye to summer, and hello to Fall themed cocktails! A batch of these will surely put you in the mood for the cozy months ahead.

Vanilla Pear Martini


Mix pear juice and vodka in a pitcher or shaker. Split open the vanilla bean, and scrape the seeds into the juice and vodka. Add 1 cup ice, then give it a shake. Pour into martini glasses and serve with sugared rim. Serves 4.

Oh man, the song this weekend is pure greatness. I am always apprehensive when promising new artists release their sophomore albums. It will go one of two ways, the disappointing Matchbox 20 / Wallflowers path (understand, now?) or they will release an album, that much to your surprise, is even better than their first. If this single, says anything about the rest of the new Florence + the Machine album, we all have a lot to look forward to.