Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I think my daughter is following in my footsteps.
Here we are at her school's Fall Festival, having lots of fun with her school buddies and getting lots of treats!

My daughter loves this werewolf costume so much, she has been sleeping in it!
Unfortunately it sheds.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Breakfast at Tiffany's Print

For any lesson on style, I just look to Audrey Hepburn.  She has an enduring quality that is as relevant today as it ever was.

The Patron Saint of the Little Black Dress
"She raised the little black dress to an art form.  She taught us how to wear it once and for all, not with fussy fuchsia print scarves, but with simple pearls, a black hat, and - did we dare - a long, black cigarette holder."   - Ellen Melinkoff (about Audrey Hepburn), What We Wore

My new Breakfast at Tiffany's print available here.

"The Legendary qualities of the little black dress have been distilled over the years into one enduring image, that of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's.  The film opens with the actress strolling down Fifth Avenue at dawn.  Her column of black silk skims the impossibly litterless New York sidewalk; above-the-elbow gloves are worn with heaps of pearls and large black sunglasses.  Cut to Hepburn's apartment, where, roused from her bed wearing a rumpled man's tuxedo shirt, she emerges three minutes later in a Givenchy-designed sleeveless shift with a self-tie sash, a flounce of feathers skimming her knees.  Worn in almost every scene, the dress takes Hepburn from cocktails to Sing Sing to dinner at '21', with merely a change of accessories.  The dress, and Hepburn, manage to look different in every frame - yet these images, and this little black dress, have synthesized into the ultimate symbol of inestimable style and chic."
The Little Black Dress - Amy Holman Edelman

One year, after a dinner out for my boyfriend's birthday, we invited friends back to my place for dessert.  I didn't think that everyone would come.  21 people squeezed into my one bedroom apartment, and although I wasn't wearing pearls and a little black  dress,  I did feel like Holly Golightly in the party scene from Breakfast at Tiffany's. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Retro Pencil Dresses

I love the look of the retro pencil or wiggle dresses they have on
Mad Men.

Here are a couple of wiggle dresses that can be made to order to your specification in a number of different fabrics from a wonderful Etsy shop, heartmycloset.

I think these dresses can transition well from office to party very well, depending on accessories.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Black Devil Martini and Other Spooky Cocktails

Is this not the coolest drink for a "grown-up" Halloween party?

Black Devil Martini Recipe

Dark rum and a black olive garnish give this martini its midnight hue. Rim the glass with coarse orange sugar to dress it up for a Halloween party.

2 oz. dark rum 
1/2 oz. dry vermouth 
black olive
orange sugar 
Stir and strain into chilled martini glass that has been rimmed with orange sugar, then garnish with black olives.

Zombie Cocktail Recipe

Like the walking dead, this cocktail packs a powerful punch thanks to apricot brandy and three types of rum: light, dark and high-proof Bacardi 151. Grenadine and orange juice give the drink its lovely pumpkin hue

1 oz. apricot brandy 
1 oz. light rum 
1 oz. dark or Jamaican rum 
1 oz. lime juice 
2 dashes grenadine 
orange juice 
1 oz. Bacardi 151 rum
Mix light and dark rum and brandy in a cocktail shaker, add lime juice and grenadine. Shake well and strain into a highball glass filled with cracked ice.
Fill glass with orange juice, but leave enough room to float the Bacardi 151 rum on top. Garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.

Liquefied Ghost Cocktail Recipe

This ghostly white drink tastes like a grown-up version of a milkshake — with a kick. Mix vanilla simple syrup, cream, vodka and soda together, then serve in a martini glass.
2 oz. vodka 
1 oz. vanilla simple syrup 
1 oz. cream 
2 oz. soda
Mix vanilla simple syrup, cream, vodka and soda together in a cocktail shaker, then serve in a chilled martini glass.
All of these cocktails and more are found here.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

New Item - Coco Chanel Flat Notecard Set

I'm pleased to announce that I have added a new item to my Etsy shop.  A set of 10 (3 1/2 in. x 5 in.) postcards from my original watercolor artwork.  Paired with 10 "Pink Lemonade" A1 envelopes 
(3 5/8 in. x 5 1/8 in.).  The back side of the card is blank for writing.

Each set is tied with a light pink organza ribbon.  Perfect for gift giving.
You can send these as an all occasion note.  They are also great for party invitations or thank you cards!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Rose Gold Watches

Rose Gold Watches

After repeatedly putting new batteries in my old silver Guess watch, I finally have to admit that it died.  And although it was an inexpensive watch, I really loved it.

It's hard for me to find watches that fit my wrist.  I really like the large face watches but can not wear them because my wrist is too small.  In fact, I can wear my 6 year old daughter's Minnie Mouse watch.  Pretty sad, I know.

Most of us don't even need to wear watches anymore.  We all check the time with our mobile phones.  I wear a watch more like a bracelet, a fashion statement.  So right now, without a one, I feel underdressed.

For so many years I have worn silver and white gold, but these new rose gold watches have really captured my attention.  Here are a couple that I have my eye on.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Halloween Paper Lantern

I'm getting very excited about Fall and Halloween.  Although I love summer, I am definitely ready for cooler weather.  And Halloween is really one of my favorite holidays!

I found this cute Halloween paper lantern diy tutorial on the hwtm daily blog.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Marie Antoinette Print

I did this watercolor of Marie Antoinette a while ago.  I was originally going to use her as the banner of my Etsy shop, but I went a different route.  So I have kept her on the back burner until I decided to add a scroll border and the infamous "Let them eat cake" saying.  Now the 8 1/2 inch x 11 inch print is available here.