The Southern Gentleman

Posted on July 2, 2011 and tagged Personal with comments

I had the most delicious and beautiful cocktail of my life the other night at a little place called Grace down the street. The food was amazing too, but this cocktail was so charming I can't stop thinking about it!

It's called The Southern Gentleman and while I don't think this is the official recipe, this is what I imagine it's made of:

  • muddled strawberries
  • muddled raspberries
  • club soda
  • magic!?!
  • bourbon
  • nectarine for garnish

It was served in a simple old fashioned lowball glass, resting in a pretty vintage dish. Behold!

Here's how you can get this look at home.

  1. Vintage Dish from Etsy
  2. Old Fashioned Tumbler from Bed Bath & Beyond

NYC 2011!

Posted on June 25, 2011 and tagged Art & Photography, Personal with comments

I have many excuses for not blogging very much lately, but you don't want to hear that... you want to see my vacation pictures!! Right? Of course you do! Who doesn't love to see strangers' vacation photos?

A few weeks ago my husband and I took a quick 5 day trip to New York. We both have trouble with the concept of a "relaxing" vacation where you just lay on the beach or BBQ at the cottage. I mean, what else do you do? Is there wifi? We have issues clearly, so we both prefer a city vacation. We stayed with a colleague of my hubby's and his wife in their crazy beautiful apartment in NoHo. He had a couple meetings, I did a lot of shopping and we both did a ton of eating! It was a complete success!

We flew Porter Airlines for the first time too! It was great because the airport is literally a 10 minute drive form our apartment which made the whole process a breeze. And can I tell you, the nicest people work at Porter! You actually feel like a human being moving through the airport instead of part of a herd of cattle. Not to mention their adorable raccoon mascot!

Loving the bold artwork in this cafe. I would have bought this painting in heart beat if it hadn't been way too huge to fit in our luggage...and way out of my price range. Maybe I'll try to make something like it myself. Simple image, bold colors, lots of gloss. Probably sounds easier than it is. Might make a fun weekend project though! We had a great lunch at ilili and admired the cool design. Lots of mirrors!

I couldn't leave New York without seeing another Broadway show! This time it was Wicked. Did I mention I'm crazy for musicals? I had actually already seen Wicked when it came to Toronto last year but it was so awesome it called for another viewing. And I thought my husband might like it too. He's not normally into that sort of thing, but he actually really enjoyed Wicked! If you have any interest in The Wizard of Oz, then you'll appreciate the story. Oh and did I mention it's funny? SO funny! The photo on the left is when we first got to the theatre and I apparently turned into a ghost. I wish I was photogenic. I swear I'm not half mist in person!

Brooch Bouquets

Posted on May 28, 2011 and tagged Stuff I Like with comments

I need a brooch bouquet. Like I need one so bad I'm considering having a second wedding just so I can walk down the isle with one of these beauties! I swear, cool stuff like this did not exist when I got married! The best part is, they last forever. I held onto my wedding bouquet for much longer than was probably acceptable. I've seen people hang theirs upside down and they look great, but let me tell you mine did not look like that. It was crusty and brown and every time you even looked at it, another leaf would fall off. I eventually dismantled it, kept all the beads and feathers and threw away the rest. Think of how special it would be to have a couple of your mother's or grandmother's brooches in there too. Yep, that's it. I'm having a second wedding.

So pretty and colorful!! By Fantasy Floral.

This Blue Petyl gorgeousness looks like a million bucks!

I think this The Ritzy Rose bouquet might be one of my favourites.

And lastly, a crazy elegant vintage crystal bouquet by Noaki.

Obsession: Ombre

Posted on May 23, 2011 with comments

My newest obsession is definitely ombre or dip-dyed. Whatever you call it, I'm in love! This trend is popping up everywhere from clothing to food! It gives everything a beautiful, bright summer vibe and is an interesting way to use a bold, saturated color without going all the way.

I need these curtains from Anthropologie.

This Marc by Marc Jacobs watch is great way to get a sophisticated pop of bright color.

I am crazy in love with this Maggie Austin cake. I've seen it on a few of the wedding blogs already, but it is just so eye-catching and beautiful I can't get enough of it!

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