Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Color Palette - Barely There Pink

Do you remember in the early 90's when powder pink and powder blue were popular? Well, despite the fact that we are out of that decade I still love the softness of a barely there pink. It is ultra-flattering and just pretty whether it is painted on walls or is the final touch on a  dessert, like these eclairs. Do you like this shade as much as me?

Image from here, here, here

Monday, July 30, 2012

I Love This Look: Chambray & Denim

A chambray shirt is a staple in my wardrobe just because it is so easy to dress-up or dress-down.  I love this look because it is so effortless, especially the way that she off-set a top and bottom in the same tone with a brightly colored tote.  Is chambray an essential piece in your closet?

Image from here

Friday, July 27, 2012

Marchesa Resort 2013

The Marchesa Resort show was nothing short of glamorous.  I know that the Resort shows have come and gone but I have been wanting to share these images for quite some time.  The flower like details are just stunning, not to mention the amazing bead work.  I already have my count down going for the Spring 2013 show.

This weekend we are headed up to Boston with our dog in tow to visit my sister and her husband. I just love the New England area, it is so pretty. Have a nice weekend! I will be back here Monday.

All images from here

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Floral Idea

I am always looking for ideas on how to display flowers in unconventional ways.  I found this idea here and think it is genius - displaying single stems in test tubes. I especially love the chandelier arrangement and the way when a few are combined creates a beautiful table setting.  

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Iced Green Tea Infused with Fresh Mint and Ginger

I am quite the coffee addict - iced or hot, this is my caffeine of choice. However, sometimes on a hot summer day, I crave something besides an iced coffee like a refreshing glass of iced tea.  Growing up we made quite a bit of sun tea during the and throughout college in the South, sweet tea was always on the menu.  When I do drink iced tea I prefer it to be barely sweetened and bursting with freshness, courtesy of either fresh herbs or fruit.  Here I made iced green tea infused with ginger and mint - the perfect drink for a hot summer day. Which do you prefer, coffee or tea?
A Few Things: Instead of mint tea bags, I used green tea for an extra antioxidant punch and a dose of caffeine. 

*All photographs by Alison

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Color Palette - Peach & Raspberry

I am quite fond of pairing colors together that are only slightly different in hue.  One of my favorite combinations is peach combined with any shade of pink - here a vibrant raspberry shade reminiscent of summer.  

Image from here here / here / here

Monday, July 23, 2012

I Love This Look: Leather Shorts

It might be too hot to wear full-on leather pants, which is why the thought of leather shorts works perfectly.  In this look, I love how she combined black leather shorts with a white top and blazer and added amazing detailed boots. I hope that everyone had a nice weekend, the weather here in New York was absolutely perfect - sunny with a refreshing breeze.  Happy Monday!

Shorts /  Blazer /  Top / Bag /  Boots

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Inspiring Interiors: Pretty Patterns

Yesterday was just what I needed - the sea, sand, relaxation and spending time with my boyfriend.  Every once in a while you need to completely unplug to stay inspired, you know?  Today I thought that I would share the gorgeous rooms full of beautiful colors and pretty patterns. Happy Sunday!

All images from here

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Off to the Beach

I'm taking today off, heading to the beach in Long Island for some much needed relaxation. I'll see you back here tomorrow. Enjoy your Saturday!

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Garden Party

 I can't think of any better way to usher in the weekend then with ethereal fashion spread unfolding inside of a lush garden, can you?  Happy Friday everyone!

All images from here

Antiqued Silver

 For as much as I love gold, I also love antiqued silver. I have inherited a few beautiful silver trays from my late-grandmother and any excuse that I can use them I usually do. I love these settings that serve bite-size appetizers on gorgeous silver trays.  Which do you prefer, silver or gold?

All images from here

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Vanilla Pound Cake with Berries

I love pound cake, if only for it's buttery and fluffy goodness, but when piled high with fresh whipped cream and sweet summer berries, it changes everything.  I recently made this vanilla pound cake recipe for a 4th of July barbecue, it was absolutely delicious.  What makes this recipe so fluffy is largely due to the fact that you beat it with a mixer for eight minutes, sure it is a lot of time, but the pay-off is huge.  I definitely recommend making it for your next summer picnic!

*All photographs by Alison