Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Culture: Do YOU know how to use a Rabbit?

A Rabbit corkscrew that is (wine bottle opener)...

The Rabbit is perhaps the simplest way to open a bottle of wine. It looks fancy and will have you looking like a pro in front of your company--when in fact it only requires some basic instruction. I'll tell you a personal story. My parents had a Rabbit corkscrew when I went home to visit a couple years ago and I decided to take a stab even though they weren't around to help me. Well....I ended up pushing the cork all the way INTO the bottle of wine. Oops!

Luckily a close friend of mine got us one as a gift and after learning how to do it right--it is so easy that I actually want to be the one to open the wine now (before I didn't feel like manually screwing the opener into the cork... yadda yadda yadda). I found a video to show you how to on You Tube (by TheWineEnthusiast)...

Rabbit corkscrews retail for as little as about $19 bucks, but you get what you pay for, so you may want to invest in a good quality, so it will last you a long time. If you want to learn more about wine check out the blog I did about it here. Be sure to SHARE with friends...


Monday, November 15, 2010

Fashion Fridays (but on Monday!): Things I Love

Harry Potter.

I actually went to Harry Potter world in Orlando--it was amazing!
Now how does fashion tie into that? Since the new movie is out this Friday--Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, I thought you'd enjoy the newest spread in British Vogue & Marie Claire on Emma Watson (plays Hermione Granger in the movie).
She graces the cover of both December 2010 issues. What do you think of her new haircut?! Whoa!!

First a few from Marie Claire (love it!):

and a few from British Vogue:

I loved both of these spreads and I hope you did too! Very Twiggy-esque...



Thursday, November 11, 2010

Fashion Fridays: Things I Love- Pairing Soft with Hard

Pairing soft with hard...(feminine with edge)

This holiday season is all about the LUXE look. Sequins, lace, velvet and femininity with edge! Think old Hollywood glamour with a modern twist...here are some of my favorite pairings of the season...

1. Blush Tones with Black - I've been loving blush tones since the spring--they look great on every skin tone. Soft yet sexy. I'm sure you could tell with my last blog that I LOVE the new Bloomingdale's Holiday Style Guide that includes a perfect visual. Check it out:

2. Lace with Leather-but think girly non-traditional lace hues--like rose, or mauve with black leather. On top with a cropped leather jacket, or on the bottom with leather patch leggings like these available at asos.com for 105.16 (I don't like the shoes though!)-->

Dagmar Molly Black With Imitation Leather Patch Legging asos.com 105.16

3. Sequins with Smoky Eyes-old school sequins with new school styling. You can rock a vintage seqin mini dress from the thrift store, or splurge and get the one from my last blog -->here. For styling go with simple--a chic chignon, a clutch and a bangle...(see top photo, not this one for styling)

Speechless Dress, Sleeveless Jewel Neck Sequin Mini 59.99 macys.com

Enjoy a little treat this weekend (if not buying a new piece, at least go window shop!)



Thursday, November 4, 2010

Fashion Fridays: My Favorite Holiday Pieces

TWO Fashion Fridays in one day! I really have three--but I'll keep you in suspense...

I love to do online shopping, so I'll share what I have been crushing on lately for this holiday season...if you like--then I will do this more often...(let me know)

Aiko Tie-Dye Velour Sweatshirt Dress 185.00 Bloomingdales.com

Dreama Little Gleam Dress 69.99 modcloth.com

Just My Luxe Jacket 97.99 modcloth.com

Milly Minidress 395.00 Bloomingdales.com

Time of My Life Dress 149.99 modcloth.com

Smoky Eyes Dress 64.99 modcloth.com

twelvebytwelve Fur Coat 39.00 Forever21.com

Aidan Mattox Silk Long-Sleeved Sequined Dress 300.00 Bloomingdales.com

Dusk Flurries Coat 124.99 modcloth.com

Fashion Fridays: Things I Love

The scarf...

Scarves are an essential to the simple chic woman’s closet—they add a pop of color or a fun print to your fit and can be used in every season. You can wear them with jeans and a tee, leggings and a tunic, or with a blazer and some skinnys. You can even spice up your dressier evening looks. As statement necklaces can be pretty pricey these days—scarves are a fun alternative!

I think every woman should own at least three-- nice neutral like a camel or a black, one in your favorite color and one fun print. They are a timeless trend, and always classy.

I was going to try to do my first how to video on my favorite ways to tie my scarves, but I found a few at http://www.tiemyscarf.com/, so why re-invent the wheel? Check out my faves and be sure to SHARE with your best buds!

The Ascot Knot:

The Figure 8 Knot:

The Infinity Wrap 3 ways:

The European Knot:

Bundle up--it is getting cold!



Monday, November 1, 2010

Fabulous Fall Festivities

There is no doubt that it's fall--and how fabulous fall is! I lived in Southern California for the last five years, so the fact that I now live in a place where there actually are seasons, (and fall is one of the seasons that truly blossoms) I am amazed at how beautifully charming a season it is.

I was invited to a dinner party a few weeks ago, and the couple that invited my husband and I were true "New Englanders" and promptly told us that we had to experience fall in the traditional New England style. We had no idea what that meant, but were instructed to meet them at 2pm at an unidentified address. We showed up to discover that we were meeting them at an apple orchard (Scott's Yankee Farmer)! We had never been to one, but boy what an experience we were in for (plus it was a perfect 74 degrees and a gorgeous clear blue sky)!

We met up with the kind couple that shared with us that we were to help pick apples (for the apple crisp that would be our dessert). Now I don't know about you, but I have never had an apple freshly picked, and when I say it was the crunchiest, sweetest, most beautifully colored apple I have ever had--I am not exaggerating! Empire apples were my favorite--but there were about 6 other kinds of apples that were dripping from every branch of every tree for as far as the eye could see. The insanely sweet smell in the air filled your nostrals and was like a light perfume that kept luring you back to the tree for more! I don't have to tell you that our basket was full of apples in a matter of minutes--they were all so gorgeous that you didn't want to pass any up!

After we finished, we were instructed to stay along for the tractor ride, the cornfield maze and a trip to the pumpkin patch to pick a fresh pumpkin. Now I am a city girl, and our pumpkins have always come from the grocery store or farmer's market--so actually seeing a pumpkin patch like in Cinderella was so amusing that I felt like a little girl again!

Here are some of the pictures from our day...

One other fall highlight that I have enjoyed this year is the Roger Williams Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular in Warwick, Rhode Island. I'm talking pumpkins carved like you have never seen--somewhere around 5,000 to be exact! This event attracts over 80,000 visitors annually over the course of the month of October, and we had the privelige of witnessing it first hand! Check out our favorites--yes all of these are carved, 100% REAL pumpkins!

and for the full effect watch the video...

Be sure to look into whats happening in your neck of the woods and discover some of the festivals and celebrations that make this season something that we are all so thankful for...hurry--before the season is over!!

Also stay tuned for my favorite ways to wear a scarf for Fashion Fridays!!


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