Friday, January 28, 2011

J'adore Dior

Here are some stunning gowns from the Dior Spring 2011 runway.
The collection seems to have a 1950's inspiration with the red lips, 
long gloves, hair styles, and the silhouettes of the dresses. I'm in 
love with all of them. We could see some version of the 
second or third one on the red carpet at the Academy Awards. 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Classic Cocktails

Who doesn't love a classic cocktail from time to time? Thanks to 
Mad Men many of these drinks have become popular
again. Order one at your next happy hour or try one
of the recipes below to make your own!


Serves 4:
3/4 cup vodka or gin
2 teaspoons dry vermouth
cocktail olives
(less vermouth = drier martini)
In a cocktail shaker half full of ice cubes, combine gin or vodka and vermouth. Shake well, 
and strain into martini glasses. Garnish with olives.


2 ounces rye whiskey or bourbon
1 ounce sweet red vermouth
2 dashes bitters
1 cup ice
maraschino cherry to garnish
Combine rye whiskey or bourbon, vermouth, bitters, and ice in a cocktail 
shaker; shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the cherry.


6 tablespoons sugar, plus more for glasses
juice of 4 limes, plus more for garnish
6 tablespoons boiling water
1/2 cup brandy
3 tablespoons Cointreau
ice cubes
Place sugar in a saucer. Moisten the rim of a martini glass using a lime
wedge. Dip rim in sugar. In a cocktail shaker, stir together sugar and water
until sugar is dissolved. Stir in brandy, Cointreau, and lime juice. Fill with
ice cubes, and shake well. Strain into prepared glasses, and serve 
with a lime twist. 

Kir Royale

Serves 6:
3 ounces creme de cassis
1 bottle Champagne or sparkling white wine
6 strips tangerine or orange zest for garnish
Just before serving, pour 1 tablespoon creme de cassis into each glass. Fill
with Champagne, and garnish with zest. 

Dreamy Pink

Christian Louboutin

Armani Prive

St. Pucchi
Christian Louboutin

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


Bookshelves are so classic, especially built-ins, and I love them
when they are full of great books. I dream of a huge library with 
wall-to-wall and floor to ceiling bookshelves. But for now, 
these pictures will have to do!

 Architectural Digest

 Architectural Digest

 Better Homes & Gardens

 Better Homes & Gardens

 Better Homes & Gardens

 Better Homes & Gardens


Elle Decor

Elle Decor

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Pool and Deck

I love this pool area, I believe it is from the movie 
Something's Gotta Give. I found it on Architectural Digest's website.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Beautiful Kitchens

This kitchen reminds me of my parent's new one, with the
cream colored cabinets and a dark island. I love the 
unique lighting and the big window.

Here is our favorite room in my parent's new house. 
And yes there is a cat on the barstool.

We love the butcher block top to the island, and the size gives us
all plenty of space to work. The barstools are from Restoration
Hardware and are so comfortable. 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Black & White

I love the combination of black with white, especially in stripes and patterns, 
so here  is an homage to the loveliness! 


Laura Ashley

Giorgio Armani

Elle Decor
Katherine Hepburn


Jean Harlow

Country Living

Alexander McQueen

via Design Sponge
Barovier and Toso Taif Chandelier (Same below)



Audrey Hepburn
Christian Louboutin

Marilyn Monroe
Bella Casa Designs