Saturday, December 29, 2012

Citrus Pomegranate Spritzer

I am popping in to share with you a recipe for a citrus pomegranate spritzer, the perfect way to begin your New Year. I love that citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits and clementines are in season and provide a burst of freshness and sunshine to a cold day.  This drink is incredibly healthy and light, if you would like to incorporate it into New Years Eve, add a dash of vodka to spice it up.  I hope that everyone is having a great week, I will be back in full force next week. Until then, enjoy!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Spanish Flare

 This editorial of Kate Moss shot through the lens of Mario Testino appearing in Spanish Vogue are just exquisite, framable.  The blurred lens and the matador-esque fashions are just breath-taking. I have also had my eye on her new book, Kate: The Kate Moss Book since it arrived stateside. Have you checked it out? It is amazing.  

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Little Bits of Happiness:: Christmas Celebrations

 (Radio City, such an iconic New York landmark, especially when dressed for the holidays)

I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas! I really tried to slow down and revel in the past few days, spending time with my boyfriend and his family, since I couldn't make it back to visit my own family.  Here are some little bits of happiness that are making me happy during one of my favorite times of year.  Enjoy!
 (The Rockefeller Christmas tree, up close and personal)
 (Our beautiful Christmas dinner table created by my boyfriend's sister)

Friday, December 21, 2012

Lounge Here, Wear That:: A Rustic Ski Lodge

Today is the first day of winter, can you believe it? It is in the next few weeks that I really wish for snow.  Something is so peaceful and magical about spending this time of year with your loved ones while a blanket of snow begins to cover the landscape.  Another big benefit to snow is skiing, a winter sport that I finally convinced myself to try last winter. I had a blast!  Being from the east coast, I usually head up to Vermont to escape the city, breath in the fresh mountain air and see snow-capped mountains, but I have always wanted to venture out west and how lovely does this resort look?  The Rustic Inn in Jackson Hole boasts quaint log cabins and a cascading view of the mountains. I am ready to pack my skis and go! I hope that everyone has a great weekend.   

* Image from the Rustic Inn, Jackson Hole

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Guest Post:: Cream Wafers

There has been so many good things happening around here lately. I feel like I am really getting immersed and welcomed into the wonderfully supportive blogging community.  I was very flattered when I was ask to share some of my go-to holiday recipes on some of my favorite blogs during the month of December.  Yesterday, I posted on the talented Alyssa's blog, Glossy Musings, where I shared another holiday favorite - cream wafers.  I like to call this cookie the equivalent to a French macaron. Sorry to overload you guys with sweets the past few weeks! January will be about healthy eating and detoxing - hello, Vitamix!
*Photographs by Alison 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide:: For the Culinary Gifted

You know and love them - the culinary gifted. This person can spend all day in the kitchen and they are at their happiest when they are mixing, beating or blending confections for others to eat.  They are constantly tuned into the Food Network or Cooking Channel and they save every issue of Bon Appétit.  Why not spoil them with something like a tortilla press or pasta dryer?  Here are some of my picks for the cook in your life.  

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

Oftentimes it is when you combine very few ingredients that are high quality that is when true magic unfolds.  This is definitely the case for the chocolate truffle, which combines the best quality chocolate with heavy whipping cream to form a rich ball of cocoa goodness.  Continue for recipe...

Monday, December 17, 2012

Crafting the Holidays:: Handmade Wrapping Paper

Before I begin my post today, I just want to take a minute to send my deepest prayers to the parents, brothers, sisters, wives, husbands and friends to those affected by one of the most tragic stories that I have ever heard. The shooting in Connecticut brought me to tears Friday, it is unthinkable and incomprehensible.   

It breaks my to change the subject, but today I wanted to share with you a creative way to treat the people on your list this year by making your own wrapping paper.  It is incredibly easy, not to mention fun and the options are limitless. Here, I created a Greek key in homage to our trip to Greece in May. Continue for directions...

Friday, December 14, 2012

Guest Post:: Dark Chocolate Mousse Tart with Peppermint Crème

Hi Everyone! Today I am guest posting on Meg Biram's blog and sharing an amazing recipe for a Dark Chocolate Mousse Tart with Peppermint Crème.  One of my favorite winter pairings is chocolate and peppermint - so rich, yet refreshing at the same time.  Hop on over!  Happy Friday and I hope that everyone has a great weekend. I will be doing some heavy holiday shopping and baking this weekend. Do you have anything exciting planned? Continue for recipe....   

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Dressed to Impress

It is officially holiday party season! From now until New Years Eve, the social calender can get pretty hectic, which is why it is important to have that special dress that can be used in rotation from your office holiday party to your friend's annual holiday soiree.  This editorial features all of the elements that a party dress should have - a dash of sparkle, a bit of glamour and of course a golden touch.    Do you have your dresses all lined up?

Holiday Gift Guide:: The Eternal Hostess

You know her, the eternal hostess who is always ready to throw a soirée.  She has a knack for sending out beautiful invitations, creating an inviting ambiance through heavenly scented candles and knows how to create the perfect cheese plate, not to mention an amazing cocktail. This holiday spoil the hostess in your life with one of these ideas!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Guest Post & Gingerbread Men

I am very excited to be guest posting on Courtney's blog, Girl Avant Garde today, where I am sharing a fabulous recipe for one of my favorite seasonal cookies, Gingerbread Men with Royal Icing.    Hop on over to see!

*Photograph by Alison 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Valentino: Master of Couture

If you are venturing over the pond, make sure that you check out the Valentino: Master of Couture exhibit at the Somerset House in England. There you will find a collection of the couturier's finest pieces that have been worn by the likes of Grace Kelly and Penelope Cruz.  I can't seem to take my eyes off of that first dress, it is just stunning.  

Friday, December 7, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide:: For the Crafty

You know her, she always has a glue stick in hand and glitter trailing somewhere behind.  You might refer to her as the next Martha Stewart since she is as clever as her in coming up with brilliant crafts that make you say, 'You Did That?' Make the crafter in your life happy this holiday season with stamps, DIY paper flowers, colored pencils and glitter.  Happy Friday!

Bakers Twine Gold & Black and Natural & Gold

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A Luxurious Life: Lily Maddocks

The Hampton's home of swimwear designer Lily Maddocks is really up my design aesthetic alley.  She infuses just the right amount of color and texture. I particularly love her dining area - I mean wouldn't you love to eat in such a brightly colored room?   I also love the subdued tones in her bedroom that mimic the same shades found by the sea.  

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


The highlight of my year was definitely our trip to Greece (you can see the photographs here, here and here). I love taking trips that make you feel like a completely different person -  trips that expose you to new walks of life, history and amazing food.  While we were on the island of Paros, we drove up winding mountainous roads to Lefkes, a charming white-washed village with pockets of Byzantine influence.  It was there that we had the most amazing baklava on our trip. We were wandering the narrow roads when we came across a little shop run by an elderly Greek woman.  She sliced us both two large pieces of baklva that we decided to eat once we got back to our hotel - it was divine.  The flaky phyllo dough layers melted in your mouth while the sweetness of honey and aromatic cinnamon made you close your eyes to relish the moment.  It was since that very moment in May that I have wanted to make this pastry, so I finally did and it just so turns out that baklava is very appropriate to the season, as it infuses honey, cinnamon and cloves.  I used this recipe and was blown away by the results.  The only thing that was missing was a caffè freddo (a Greek specialty) and a view of the Aegean Sea.  

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Styling the Home:: Deck the Halls

Garland, tinsel and twinkling white lights - these are just some of the elements that make me happy this time of year.  Up until last year, I couldn't wait until we had a place of our own so that we could decorate for the holidays.  This is our second year in our apartment and the thrill is still there.  I love incorporating festive elements that make you want to sip hot chocolate, sing Christmas songs and sit around your tree until the wee hours of the night.  This is the time of the year that you want to relish, don't you?

Pepperberry & Birch Wreath / Stocking / Berry Garland

Monday, December 3, 2012

Lounge Here, Where That:: Resort 2012

I can't believe that we are already into December! This time of the year always seems to creep up on me and then goes by in the blink of an eye.  We haven't started winter yet, but boy is it cold here in New York and this year they say we are in for a real winter. After last year, I was starting to not mind the months of February and March as both greeted us with much warmer temperatures than in years past. Even though we are decking the halls and have shopping lists that long, it is nice to drift off into resort land, as most of the collections are hitting stores now.  Wouldn't you love to escape to the Maldives?  This five-star resort located on a tiny private island is brimming with all of the alluring details that make me want to close my eyes and just appear there.  If that were to happen, I would like to be wearing these pieces below from the latest resort collections.  Happy Monday!

Reversible Swim Suit Top & Bottom / Yellow Flats / Floral Platforms