Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tuesday Table-Scape {Be My Valentine}

What better way to spend Valentine's Day than a dinner party surrounded by pink glitter and cupcakes?! I die for this tablescape designed by the uber talented Megan of Forget Me Knot Weddings and Tori and Myka of Sitting in a Tree Events



This tablescape can also be a wonderful inspiration for a bridal shower, baby shower, or little girl's birthday. Pass the pink champagne!

What are your Valentine's Day Plans?

{photos via Grey Likes Weddings}

Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday Style


I am so in on the leather trend. When I saw this pleated skirt on Kristin Cavallari- I was head over heels in love! Don't you just love her style?!


 Alice and Olivia Box Pleated Skirt {Buy it!}

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! Any fabulous stories to report?

{photo via Star Style}

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Quote of the Day


"In the end, you're measured not by how much you undertake but by what you finally accomplish."


Friday, January 27, 2012

Blush Crush






*Ahhh, how I love Blush*

Where did this week go?! The last thing I remember, I was sitting on the couch - with extreme heart burn- watching the Giants game. I am also currently in a "desperate measures" work out and diet situation as I prepare for Cabo next week- So, the combination of protein shakes and an overload at the gym- I have lost sense of time. I should probably explain that I gained 10 lbs this holiday season, and knowing that I had this vacation coming up, I probably should of laid low on the red wine. However, now it's crunch time and I am panicking! Does anyone have any advice on how to lose weight in a VERY short period of time?




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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Are you Smarter Than a College Graduate?



* fairly wordy post alert*

High School is a joke. Speaking from my own personal experience of course. I do not remember one thing that I learned in High School that has really assisted me in my professional life. I guess there were basics, but nothing that I remember that had any substance, and quite frankly I a lot of a waste of time. 

I used to believe that everything I learned I learned in college, however, I am not so sure about that either. I thought that taking courses like African Art History and The Science of Computer Metrics were going to propel me into being a scholarly intellectual; but once again, mostly a large waste of time in the scheme of things.



So, I ask; What really matters? Do companies really care that you took African Art History, or rather, will you even have a chance to tell them that you did? What qualifies you for a job over another candidate, your GPA or your job experience? I would argue, your experience



Shouldn't it be absolutely required to have internship experience starting at the High School level? Also, taking courses that you actually use in real life, like personal accounting? I know this is off my usual realm of topics, but it has been bothering me. I feel like I could have used my educational time so much more wisely if I was guided better by the people that make up the curriculums and guide you through school. For the most part I look back at the courses and classes I took in the past and think, what was the point? Like I said before, I used to think that everything I learned I learned in college, but I would disagree. Everything I learned, I learned from life.

What are your thoughts? Do you feel that your education was what propelled you to where you are today professionally, or was it your real-life stepping stones?


{Image 1 via Candidly Cassie; Image 2 via My Exquisite Life; Image 3 via Scotch and Stones}

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Quote of the Day

Hi dolls! I don't have a post for you today. I went into NYC yesterday to get a dress for a wedding and I literally tried on every single dress in Bloomingdales (three full floors)!  I ended up buying three, because I just couldn't make up my mind! The funny part it is- I already went through this process the week before, where I went to every single store in Short Hills Mall- finally found a dress- but they had to order it in my size. A week later I found out that my order was cancelled, because they ran out of the dress! Ugh. What a process... 

What is your experience dress shopping? Do you find a dress right a way? Or is it a major process??

Ps. That is why Rent the Runway would never work for me!


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tuesday Table-Scape


Light pink roses + Grey feathers + little tiny spotted eggs = a shabby chic table-scape! Do you love it!?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Look of the Week

1. Joseph Bonham knitted rabbit sweater/ 2. Karl Donoghue Shearling gilet/ 3. All Saints Leather Jacket/ 4. J BRAND Black Velour Skinny Pants/ 5.Balenciaga bag








Thursday, January 19, 2012

Guest Post: Ali & Ariana from The Elegant Abode


Hello there, Lilac & Grey readers!  This is Ali & Ariana stopping over from Elegant Abode to talk a bit about accessorizing your home with all things GOLD.  As interior designers, we’ve watched as everything from side tables to mirrors to hardware has shifted from silver to gold and we’ve loved every moment of it.  While we still appreciate and use silver in many designs, some rooms call for a little more punch and glam… and that’s where the gold comes in. 

Instead of being subdued and washed out, this grey console gets a punch of color from the gorgeous gold starburst mirror and floral hardware.

The dining chairs below could have been paired with a simple cream or beige linen, but instead are kicked up a notch with this shiny gold leather giving the whole dining room a sleek, sophisticated appeal.

We are known for our love of neutrals, whites and pastels and this bedroom is right up our alley.  But when you go for such a simple color scheme, you have to be careful you don’t end up with an end result of “blah”.  This is where texture and warmth are needed.  Just by including this beautiful gold night stand, the room is given just enough glitz to take it from boring to absolutely lovely.

Interiors need jewelry just as much as we do.  This room is the perfect example.  Besides the few pieces of furniture, there’s not much going on in here.  But dangle a little gold from the ceiling with a glitzy chandelier and add a couple more layers of jewelry with the side table and lamps and you’ve got yourself one sexy little boudoir!  

We hope you enjoyed our gilded guest post and are inspired to incorporate a little gold into your favorite spaces!  And thank you to Cara for including us on her beautiful blog!

- Ali & Ariana


Thank you Ali & Ariana! You can check out the guset post that I wrote at Elegant Abode Here!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Case Expression

iphone cases
Hi Friends! I need your help- I was recently told (ahem, Kevin) that I did "not have enough apps on my iphone. I have the typical ones like instagram, and facebook, twitter and cam card (scans business cards and enters info into your contacts) but I need more suggestions! What apps can you not live without?!?
All cases available at Society6

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Real Estate Spotlight


I was recently searching for a client, and came across this historic victorian home, built in 1890. It is located in an adorably quaint beach town, and just a short walk to the beach.

The house has impeccable architectural details. I don't know about the colors they chose for paint, however, it is pretty whimsical, and it does work for a vacation home.
How adorable is this kitchen!? It has been updated, along with the bathrooms.
LOVE the stained glass windows in this bedroom!



This lovely home is located in the charming beach town of Ocean Grove, New Jersey and it is offered at...
$479,000 

If you would like to know more information about this home, please contact me.

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{all photos via Monmouth/Ocean MLS}

Friday, January 13, 2012

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Styling the Golden Globes

It's award season and as you may know, I am stying the stars! Well, not exactly- I search through the runway shows to choose gowns that I would offer the stars to wear if I were a stylist to the stars...If you remember last year's Oscar Challenge , I chose the lilac Ellie Saab for Nicole Kidman. Nicole ended up wearing something else, but that same lilac dress was worn by Mila Kunis! I was so proud. 



Anyway, this year I am using my styling skills for the Golden Globes, but it will just be general dress selections for any attendee. I will save the specifics for the Oscar nomines. Of course this challenge is open for all of you bloggers who want to be a "stylist for the day." Just link to this post {and let me know that you did.} I would love to see all of your dress selections!

Now here we go!



I am predicting that we will see lots of feathers, sequins, and embelishments on this years gowns. I adore the flower petal detail on this Badgley Mischka Spring 2012 gown.



Monique Lhuillier must be having a "blue" moment, because for the past few collections she has turned out, it has been dominated by blue. I love this dress from her Spring 2012 collection- it is form fitted and sleek.

Tangerine and bright yellow are also a hige color this year. I honestly wanted to pick every single dress from the Naeem Khan Spring 2012 collection, but this one stole my heart with it's racer- back.


This dress is fit for a princess- or any hollywood leading lady for that matter...Reem Acra Resort 2012.


This oozes glam and sophistication- I can see Laura Linney or Kate Winslet in this Oscar de la Renta dress- Pre-Fall 2012


WOW! Christian Siriano totally surprised me with his Spring 2012 collection. This yellow beauty is waiting to make an apprence on the red carpet!


Anything Ellie Saab designs is going to turn heads. This stunner is from his  Fall 2011 Couture Collection and is a total dream *sigh* Michele Williams, this one is for you.



And there you have it! My picks for the Golden Globes. I am looking forward to Sunday night to see if any of these make it on the body of a celeb.

{photos via style.com}


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Best Kept Secret...

Have you ever held onto a little secret simply because you {selfishly} don't want anyone else to know about it? Well, I have a confession-I have been holding off on telling you all my favorite online antique boutique called Antiquaria. They offer the most amazing collection of highly edited antique and vintage items for the home and for all of your entertaining needs...


This royal blue and ivory "Nantucket" fine china place setting is screaming for a tete a tete or  a glamourous Valentine's  Day dinner for two. Can I re-register for this? {check out all of the other stunning one-of-a-kind fine china place settings they have available here}

I kind of have a "thing" for vintage ice-buckets- I recently took one home from m grandmother's house over the holidays. This wood and gold one is perfect for the bar cart!

These vintage glasses are super stylish and would add some glamour to any cocktail party!

Going to a party and bringing desert? Why not put it on this beautiful serving tray?! You can leave it for the hostess as a gift!

Now do you know why I kept this a secret for so long? Most of these items are one of the kind and unique- so once they are gone, then they are gone...If you love what you see here and need to see more, check out this store here!

{all images via Antiquaria}

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tuesday Table-Scape


Marchesa is one of my all time favorite designers, and I was thrilled to find out that they came out with a line of china. This gorgeous table-scape was designed by Marchesa's designer, Georgina Chapman and featured in House Beautiful.

One of eight different designs in Marchesa's Lenox collection. Available at Bloomingdales.


{photos via House Beautiful}

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Quote of the Day

Photo from Oscar de la Renta PR Girl Tumblr




“Your journey has molded you for your greater good, and it was exactly what it need to be. Don't think that you've lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. and now is right on time.”
― 
Asha Tyson

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Weekend Recipe: Spicy Whisky BBQ Sliders


It's Game Day tomorrow! We are rooting for the NY Giants here in our home...Kevin is reaaaaly into this game (me not so much, sorry Kev) so I am going to spend some time cooking something amazing like these Spicy Whisky BBQ Sliders!

Recipe and Photo via The Pioneer Women

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Ground Meat (beef, Bison, Turkey)
  • Salt And Pepper
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 whole Large Onion, Diced
  • 1/2 cup Whiskey
  • 1 cup Barbecue Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Jarred Jalapeno Slices (more To Taste)
  • 12 whole Slider Buns Or Dinner Rolls, Split

Preparation Instructions

Form the meat into 12 (or so) miniature patties and salt and pepper them on both sides. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook the patties until just about done in the middle, approximately 3-4 minutes per side. Remove the patties from the skillet and set aside. Drain off all but 2 tablespoons of grease, then return the skillet to the stove.
Throw the diced onions in the skillet and stir to cook, about 3 minutes. Pour in whiskey (be careful if you're cooking over an open flame; turn it off momentarily to be extra careful) and stir. Allow the whiskey to reduce by half, about 2 to 3 minutes, then stir in jalapenos and the barbecue sauce.
Reduce the heat to low and place the patties in the barbecue sauce, turning to coat. Allow the patties to simmer in the sauce until everything's hot and bubbly.
Place the patties on individual buns and be sure to spoon extra sauce (with the jalapenos!) over the top of each one before topping with the other half of the bun.


For a step-by-step photo guide for this recipe, check it out HERE

Friday, January 6, 2012

Baby it's Cold Outside...







Old man winter has finally shown his face here on the east coast. Up until about a week ago I was running outside with just a light sweatshirt on. Those days are over, as I am now forced to succumb to the madness which is a New Jersey gym (insert Jersey Shore cast look-a-likes). I am sooo not a winter weather girl- however, I wouldn't mind throwing on a furry vest- starting up a fire, lighting some candles, and wishing for some snow...

Are you ready for some winter weather?

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