Friday, September 28, 2012

How Country Feels

This weeks song is by Randy Houser and will get you excited for the weekend!  "How Country Feels" is a great story-telling country song of a perfect Southern weekend!  Happy Weekend Y'all!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Charlestown or Charleston

Mama Jill enjoying refreshments at the Mill House
Well oh course we had to have brunch here, for the name alone!
A stop at Kate Spade, where my aunt found a fabulous red hat for this little miss
Delightful Peach Tea, really does it get any better?!?!
The softest, fluffiest biscuit I've had in quite a while at Poogan's Porch
Charleston-a majestic, Southern gem of a delight in South Carolina.  Full of deep history, down-home cooking, shopping and friendly faces-what more could you want?!?!  A weekend full of Aunties (three to be precise) two cousins and one mama Jill.  Here are a few highlights......

-We Stayed at the Francis Marion Hotel
-We lunched at Poogan's Porch, Husk and brunch at Magnolias
-Dinner: High Cotton and Mercato
-King Street shopping, especially the Lily Charleston store (hello antique parisian earrings-beauts!!!)
-The battery (yes, we imagined living in the houses and picked our faves)
-Visited Magnolia Plantation (how fitting dahling!)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Face

My nana taught my mother to cover her face in the sun and mama Jill has taught me the same, which is why when I lay out (fully slathered in SPF of course!!!) I have a glamorously large hat shielding my face.  The importance of skin care is something I fully invest in.  I have tried MANY products (one could say I'm a bit obsessed with products, but my absolute fave is Kate Somerville.  Her entire line is sold at Neiman Marcus (tip-Neiman Marcus has a spa that offers free facials, great way to try the products) and is actually affordable.  Below are some of my faves!!

-Kate Somerville Purify Clarifying Cleanser
-Kate Somerville Oil-Free Moisturizer (very light)
-Kate Somerville CytoCell Dark Circle Corrective Eye Cream
-Clarisonic Mia (a great way to acheive that youthful glow)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Hey Delish-Krispy Kreme Creme Brulee

-6 Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts
-1 pint half-and-half
-1 quart heavy cream
-12 egg yolks
-1½ cups sugar
-8 packets Sugar in the Raw 

How To:
Puree the doughnuts and half-and-half in a blender until smooth. Combine the heavy cream with the half-and-half/doughnut puree, and heat until scalding (just before boiling).

Meanwhile whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl to combine and dissolve the sugar.

Once the sugar is dissolved, temper the yolk mixture by whisking in a small amount of the hot cream mixture. Once the yolks are tempered, whisk them into the remaining cream mixture. Strain the brûlée base through a fine mesh strainer.

Divide the mixture into eight ramekins. Fill until nearly full, and bake in a water bath at 325 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until the custards are set when gently shaken. (Tip: For the water bath, we used a large metal roasting pan and filled it with enough water to meet the halfway-point of the ramekins.) Once set, remove the ramekins from the water bath to cool.  After cooling, dust the top of each with Sugar in the Raw, and caramelize evenly with a kitchen torch or under the broiler until the sugar darkens and bubbles. Set aside to cool (2 to 5 minutes) before serving. This will allow the sugar to harden on top.
Thank you Garden and Gun!!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

A Friday Song

I discovered Alex Clare by browsing itunes months ago-I can tell you his whole CD is ahmazing!  Here is "Too Close" a fabulous addicting song that never gets old!  Happy Weekend Y'all!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tainted Love

So Tom Ford is a genius-as if we didn't already know this-the glamour, the colors, I could go on!  His newest fabulousness comes in one tube and is a lip and cheek stain in Tainted Love.  The name alone sold me-but the fact that I can have this in my bag for a touch up makes me do a little happy dance!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Pink Marg!

I am hosting a pink party on Thursday for our sorority alumnae kick off.  So naturally I have been searching Pinterest for a fabulous pink cocktail to serve-I have decided on Cherry Beer Margaritas.  While fall is slowly making its presence known-summer is still in the air, so why not have a fabulously pink margarita?!?! See below on how to make-hello delicious!!!

Cherry Beer Margaritas
-Tequila (pick your fave)
-12 ounce frozen limeade
-12 ounce cherry flavored soda
-Beer (I'm using Corona Light)

Empty Frozen limeade in pitcher-use empty can as measuring cup for soda and tequila.  Add the beer in last.  Your choice-use kosher salt around the rim and garnish with a slice of lime and a cherry (I personally will throw in more than one cherry-loves!!!)

Monday, September 17, 2012

A ladylike skirt

I love a classic silhouette, very ladylike and always on trend.  This Milly Katrina skirt is to die for!  The details and fabulous fit are perfect for any shape.  Definitely needing this in my closet, can you imagine how fabulous it would look around the holiday season?!?!?

Friday, September 14, 2012

Happy Friday Darlings!

Thanks to my friend Ginny-I am now a HUGE fan of Haim!  Fab girl band from the west coast!  Here is "Forever" by Haim-perfect for a fun, Southern fall weekend!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Black Polka Dots....swoon worthy!

New York fashion week continues and everyone is rocking out their polka dots-especially my fave blogger pink peonies.  I almost swooned when I saw these Kate Spade Polka Dot Patent Leather and mesh pumps. These are classic, on-trend and you can wear them with everything! 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Fab Eyes!

Origins has a fab new mascara that makes eyelashes extra long while curling them at the same time!  I discovered this new find through my Lucky mag and finally had the chance to try it this weekend.  I strongly encourage you to check out this  knock 'em out mascara called GinZing!  Go curl those eyelashes ladies!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Hey Goldie

Completely love anything and everything Tory Burch-but this Reva clutch is on the top of my wish list.  Look at that perfection, it's gold-hello statement piece, it's roomy i.e. can hold my phone, massive amount of lip-glosses and everything else I need and did I say it was gold and glamorous?!?!?!?  Basically this clutch would compliment every outfit and is really becoming a necessity in my life!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday Song!

The weekend has arrived and I am sharing one of my fave songs 'I will Wait' the live version, by Mumford and Sons!  Their new cd hits on September 24th-right around the corner!!!  Happy Listening y'all!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Jet Setter-Chicago

It's almost the weekend Sweet Magnolia's!  I love anything glamorous and am feeling very inspired by the above pictures.  This has inspired me to plan my "Look" to Chicago around this glamorous look!  Because who doesn't plan a "Look" around a vacation?!?!?  Now I'm singing "Come Fly with Me" by Frank Sinatra....hope y'all are all planning glamorous trips soon, I'm headed to Chicago this weekend!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A braided belt...

I am sailing away this fall with all things nautical!  I have fallen in love with everything from Kiel James Patrick's brand.  My new obsession is the braided belt or Hortock's Compass Rose, I will be wearing this with jeans or belting cardigans with this preppy belt all year long!  Hit the high seas y'all with some nautical touches!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Inslee....a fashionable touch!

I am currently exploring different ways to put the final touches on my new condo-these things do take time, you can't rush decorating!  I find Inslee prints to be a fabulously chic way to add a touch of fashion to any space.  Her sketches and prints are classy and fashionable-I can't wait to add them to my condo!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Oh Arty!

The Arty Ring is simply fabulous!  Yves Saint Laurent makes this statement ring pop in an array of colored stones, every girl needs a statement ring for a fabulous night out!  I find the turquoise color to be absolutely divine!