Derby Delicacies

I can’t believe I let the Kentucky Derby pass us by without writing a word!  Well that changes now.

For those of you unfamiliar with the customs surrounding the Derby, you should know that the millinery is almost as important as the horse racing.  So much so that there is as much time dedicated to people watching as there is to following the race!

Here are some of my favorite looks from this year’s event:

Photo: Churchill Downs, via KentuckyDerby.com

Photo: Weasie Gaines, via KentuckyDerby.com

Photo: Sam English, via KentuckyDerby.com

Another grand Derby tradition is Kentucky’s own cocktail, the Mint Julep.  Served in a silver cup, this beverage gets its kick from the state’s number one export: Bourbon (okay, I don’t really know if it’s the number 1 export- it just sounded better that way!).

The Cup:

Set of 4 Mint Julep Cups ($94), LaylaGrayce.com

The Cocktail:

Ingredients (makes 2)

  • 10-12 mint leaves (plus sprigs for garnish)
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 4 oz of Kentucky Bourbon
  • Crushed Ice
  • Soda water

Directions-

  1. Add mint, sugar bourbon and ice to a shaker.  Shake vigorously.
  2. Split contents between two julep glasses.
  3. Top with soda water and garnish.
  4. Enjoy.

Oh!  And if you rather your cocktail be a dessert, check out this delicious recipe for Mint Julep Ice Cream!

 

 

To Mom With Love

Alright, I know.  You come here looking for fashion and I throw Mother’s Day in your face, but what can I say? I love my mommy.  I do!  So instead of a Met Gala recap, you are going to get a few great gift ideas for mom.  After all, finding the right gift can be a challenge (trust me- I’ve been there).  Hopefully though, I can ease some of your stress by sharing these 5 very different options….

(P.S. Mom, if you are reading this, don’t go thinking you are all clever and that you’ve figured out your gift.  It isn’t here!!!!!! HA!)

My mother helping me into my wedding dress.

Amazon Kindle: This thing is kind of amazing.  My mom has one and is so obsessed she bought one for my husband for Christmas this year and frankly, I am jealous.  It is super easy on the eyes (no backlighting means you can read it in the sun!), you have access to a gazillion books (all of which you can test drive before purchasing) and it is affordable (it starts at $114).  Everyone I know who’s bought one can’t stop raving!

An Immersion Blender: I’ve talked about my obsession with immersion blenders before (here) and I am bringing it back today!   This is not just some glorified blender!! Au Contraire! This thing has completely changed my experience of chopping/ blending/ pureeing or anything else I used to do in a blender.  It is quieter, easier to clean and about a million times more portable.  No more siphoning off soup from the pot to the blender- this does it all in the pot.  Simply amazing.

A Clean House: Whether you hire someone to clean, or do it yourself- this gift can do wonders for an overstressed mom.  However, make sure you kick her out of the house for the actual cleaning, because otherwise she is liable to want to oversee the whole project herself- and where is the relaxation in that?!

Jewelry: This may seem obvious to some, but finding a piece of jewelry that is equal parts sentimental and stylish can be quite a task.  BUT if you can strike that magical balance then you will have given your mother something that she’ll want to wear all the time.  One suggestion would be to purchase a necklace with simple rings on it- with each ring representing one of her children.

Plan A Family Event: Sometimes moms just want to spend time with their families- especially if their family is spread far apart.  If you can all get together come up with some family activity.  Go on getaway (camping, day-trip, whatever!), or have photos taken of you as a family.  These sort of things build memories that will last forever.

 

Hope that helps!  What are you planning to give your mom for mother’s day?

 

Under The Stars

With the temperatures warming up, (slowly in some places!) my mind starts to drift to the great outdoors.  And while I love the sunshine of the day, what I am really longing for are those evenings where no jacket is necessary.  You know, when there are lightning bugs flitting through the air and it is almost difficult to tell where they end and the stars begin.  Obviously with the smog overlay I am not talking about LA!   Admittedly, I am an urbanite, but the notion of living life under the stars is a wildly romantic one.

So when I came across this photo, my jaw dropped:

Photo via miss-design.com

The idea of screening a movie outside is so perfectly simple– emphasis on the “perfect.”

As dreamy and fantastical as this photo is, recreating the vibe is completely obtainable.

All you need is:

  • Blankets, Futon Cushions and a few outdoor pillows.
  • A combination of string lights and candles.
  • Treats (like popcorn and wine).
  • And of course, the perfect classic film.

The only potentially challenging pieces are the projector and screen.  However, chances are you can borrow them from a friend.  And if that isn’t an option: rent them!  (Seriously, I just googled “rent a projector” and several viable options came up!)

Ahhhh… now if only I had a yard…..

A Short Story

This past weekend was Coachella a.k.a. the music festival swooned over by the fashion industry at large.  And rightfully so!  After all, beyond attending for the fantastic music acts it is completely a see and be seen event, complete with an array of street style photographers.  Alas, I was stuck in LA.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t sift through the mountains of photos and pretend I was there!!!!

Photo by Mr. Newton via mrnewton.net

photo via fabsugar.com

Photo by Mr. Newton, via Harper's Bazaar

Some of my favorite looks featured short-shorts (as seen above!).  They are easy, sexy and versatile.  I can’t wait to wear a pair!  Of course I desperately need a tan right now (I think I would best be described as “sallow”) so maybe it was better for everyone that I didn’t make it to the desert.

But if you are well tanned and have been rocking your toning shoes all winter then it is time to grab a pair.  Whether you go for the flat front, the denim or the rolled style, you can’t go wrong.  Pair the shorts with a blouse and sandals and you’re out the door.  There is something so youthful and fun about this look that it translates easily from the desert to the urban jungle.

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Elizabeth Taylor: Hollywood’s Golden Age

This week we lost screen legend Elizabeth Taylor.  She was one of the last major film stars and will surely be missed.  Looking back at her illustrious career I can’t help but think of Cleopatra- unquestionably one of the most glamorous films of all time.  I remember watching it as a little girl with my great-grandmother and being in awe of all the costumes and wigs and such (the storyline went right over my head).  Specifically, I was obsessed with the gold jewelry.  I was so obsessed with it I remember going into my mom’s closet and piling on the gold jewelry and wearing everything gold lamé (don’t judge her!  It was the 80s and she is Arab-American: she couldn’t help but love the lamé!).  So much so, that I still love gold- especially in accessories.  And Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra is still the inspiration!

Check out some of my favorites below!

(Images via fanpop.com, ezinemark.com and emersonfashionsociety.com)

Fancy Golden Leaf Headband ($15), via Etsy seller BrooklynStunner

With a headband like this a girl is sure to woo her very own Marc Anthony.  The leaf element has that Romanesque feel to it, sure to make a statement.

 

Alexis Bittar "Crystal Encrusted Gold Medium Moonstone Pave Hinge Bracelet" ($595), AlexisBittar.com

This bracelet is undoubtedly a statement piece fit for a queen.  I can completely see Ms. Taylor wearing a bracelet with this level of bling!

 

Theodora & Callum "Leaf Fringe Necklace" ($150), Shopbop.com

Could this necklace scream Cleopatra any louder?!  I love the dramatics of the fringe.  Wearing this on a night out is sure to turn heads.

 

Ban.do "Metallic Lace Head Wrap" ($50), shopbando.com

Not just your ordinary headband, this piece is sweet, but regal.  I can imagine it for both day and night.

 

Amrita Singh "Beaded Bangle Set" ($40), Cusp.com

I love this set of bangels- very “jewels of the Nile” and what not.  Perfect for dressing up any look- plus who doesn’t love the coral beads?