Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Garden Party

Garden Party



Monday, February 27, 2012

Quote of the Day


"A lot of people are afraid to tell the truth, to say no. That's where toughness comes into play. Toughness is not being a bully. It's having backbone."

Robert Kiyosaki

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Friday, February 24, 2012

What I Would Wear to the Oscars...

Let's just say I was going to the Academy Awards...What would I wear? I would probably wear one of these gorgies..


Elie Saab


Christian Dior

Zac Posen


Monique Lhuillier

In reality, I will probably be watching from my couch wearing my favorite juicy couture sweats (glass of wine in tow) which I am completely comfortable with *wink*.  Happy Oscar weekend!

What is your pick? 




{photos via style.com}






Thursday, February 23, 2012

Love List

black and blue

1. Opening Ceremony / 2. Black Baies Candle / 3. Tsumori Chisato / 4. 3.1 Phillip Lim Hour Bag/ 5. Guerlain Vol de Nuit Powder Spray/ 6. Stila Cosmetics/ 7.  R13 Cut Off Shorts/ 8. Monica Vinader Fiji Gem Bracelet/ 9. Repetto Lio Mary Jane Flats/ 10. Missoni ikat print pillow/ 11. Denim Jacket


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bedroom Art




Our custom tufted headboard finally came in, and now I can start designing our bedroom around it. The headboard is a cream tweed fabric with gold threads. When I saw this piece of art I thought it would be perfect! What do you think?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tuesday Table-Scape


Everything in this table setting is just beautiful... brushed gold, rich navy, sunny yellow, white, and a little chevron combined = Perfection! 

PS. Happy Birthday Laur!
PPS. Follow me on twitter!

{photo via Design Sponge}

Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday Style


Isn't this dress like a little piece of heaven?! I love wearing white, and the sheer chiffon sleeves are super girly. This dress would be perfect to pack for a vacation, wear to a bridal shower, or throw a black blazer over it, and wear it now to girls night out. BUY IT HERE

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Quote of the Day


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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Weekend Recipe: Coconut Cloud Cake


Did I just die and go to heaven?

Ingredients {Recipe via Martha Stewart}

  • For The Cake

    • 1 cup sifted cake flour
    • 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar
    • 14 large egg whites (1 3/4 cups), room temperature
    • 1 tablespoon warm water
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • For The Seven-Minute Frosting

    • 3 large egg whites
    • 1 1/4 cups sugar
    • 5 tablespoons cold water
    • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For The Topping

    • 3 to 4 cups flaked coconut

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. With a fine sieve, sift together flour and 3/4 cups sugar four times.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed, beat together egg whites and water until foamy. Add salt, cream of tartar, and vanilla; beat until soft peaks form. Increase speed to medium-high and sprinkle in remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time. Beat until stiff but not dry.
  3. Transfer to a large bowl. In six additions, sift dry ingredients over meringue, folding in quickly but gently.
  4. Pour batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan with removable bottom. Smooth top with an offset spatula. Run a knife through batter to release air bubbles. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until golden brown and springy to touch.
  5. Invert pan on its legs or over the neck of a glass bottle, and let cool completely, about 1 hour.
  6. Make the frosting: In the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer set over a saucepan of simmering water, combine egg whites, sugar, water, and cream of tartar. Cook over medium heat, whisking frequently, until sugar is dissolved and mixture is foamy, about 5 minutes.
  7. Attach the bowl to a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat the mixture on high speed until glossy and voluminous, about 7 minutes. Beat in the vanilla.
  8. Carefully run a long offset spatula or knife around the inner and outer perimeter of the cake pan to release cake.
  9. Place on a plate, bottom side up. Using a long serrated knife, carefully slice off 1 1/2 inches from the top of the cake, being sure not to break the layer. Set aside. Cut out a 1-inch-wide, 1-inch-deep channel halfway between the center and edge of cake. Spread icing into channel and over entire layer. Sprinkle with coconut.
  10. Gently place reserved layer on top and ice with remaining frosting. Sprinkle with coconut and serve immediately.



Friday, February 17, 2012

Have a LOVE{LY} Weekend!


Ahh..what a busy week of trying to catch up with work, unpacking, laundry, more work and through a holiday in the mix, and I had one busy bee week! The weekend is not going to be much slower, in fact, I am working and traveling to see my girlfriends and family up north. So excited to see my two besties and their baby bumps! Ekk! And it will be fun to catch up with the {un- preg} besties over a glass of wine. <3
 What is on everyone's weekend To-Do?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cabo

As promised, here are some (actually lots of ) photos from our Vacation in Cabo San Lucas...


Ahh... Where to begin. We stayed at the beautifully luxurious Capella Pedregal Resort, which you can only get to from a privately owned tunnel equipped with torches and iron chandeliers. We were greeted by a friendly staff,  margarita's, and a bottle of tequila in our room upon arrival (we took the bottle home). Every day at 4:00 p.m., fresh guacamole, chips and Corona's was brought to our room. 






Our suite was stunning and beautifully decorated. It was complete with a huge rain shower, soaking tub, gas fireplace, and infinity pool. Each night we arrived back to our room with candles light, and a little sweet treat bedside (my fave were the macaroons!)


 Tunic and Fedora, J Crew (similar), Flip Flops Havaianas


For breakfast, we had the choice of room service, or going to the breakfast buffet (we chose buffet) where they had buckets of organic berries and fresh sliced fruit, a smoked salmon station, a large selection of fresh breads and pastries, champagne with fresh peach, orange, or strawberry juice mixers, and omelet station where the chef cooked the most amazing Huevos Rancheros, (you get the idea)...


T-Bags Dress


Turkey Club Sandwich with truffle fries; poolside :)


Sweater C&C California, Skirt, Helmet Lang (similar), Sandals, J. Crew

On our way to cocktails at a restaurant on a cliff (hence the flip flop sandals)...


This was the view from El Farallon, the restaurant on the cliff (part of our resort)...


I am not one for deserts, however this chocolate and fresh sorbet was heaven!


Top, Donna Karan Collection, Jeans, Joe's Jeans


Such beautiful Architecture. The details were TDF! Read about the designers and developers HERE.


We drank plenty of Margaritas! And not just on the rocks with salt; We tried plum and coconut margaritas, mango margaritas with chili salt, guava, and blue margaritas...all AMAZING!






Phew, so that is our vacation in a nutshell. Would I go back? In a second! I have never met such a polished, and attentive hotel staff then the one at Capella Pedregal. They were all so sweet that I wanted to take them all home with me! Boy do I miss that "turn-down" service! After writing this post, I may need another vacation *wink*

{All photos via Lilac and Grey}

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I'm Back! And Happy Valentine's Day!






We are back from our wonderful vacation (pictures to come!) As I transition back into reality, I wanted to pop in and say Happy Valentine's Day! I will be spending a low key night at home with my little Valentine's Kevin and Boomer. Whether you are going big or nothing at all, I hope you enjoy your day!

What does Valentine's Day mean to you?







Friday, February 10, 2012

Currently Obsessed...


I am totally obsessed with this 3.1 Phillip Lim Abichi Satchel. I love the color combination of the white and black patent leather, plus that blue dyed haircalf panel, makes this it bag supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Look of the Week


Frankly, I have never seen Olivia Palermo miss when it comes to fashion. This white tuxedo jacket is no exception! She pulls it off with a beautiful flowy skirt and chunky heels. A+!

What do you think?

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

hi, everyone! this is ashley of fashion and lifestyle blog, ashley nicole catherine. i am so excited cara asked me to guest post for her today. cara's blog was one of the first i started reading when i entered the blogosphere three years ago and it's still one of my favorites!

with cara on vacation and my wedding and honeymoon just over three months away, i've had resort wear on the brain. i'd love to wear these easy, beachy pieces on our honeymoon, complete with lots of good reading material!

is there anything i should add to the list?

honeymooning
















From Profile Photos

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tuesday Table-Scape {Be My Valentine}

In keeping with the Valentine's Day theme this month...


Wouldn't it be nice to spend a low key day eating fabulously yummy pastries and sipping gourmet coffee? Just a thought...

How will you spend Valentine's Day this year?

{photo via this is glamourous}

Monday, February 6, 2012

Hey all you L&G followers! It's Amanda from {re}cycled consign and design!
I am uber excited to be kickin it in your hood today!
So let's get this party started.



February is the month of love right?
Some may argue that it was created for card company's to sell more shiz...but lets be honest.
We don't care, we just want a gift...yes?
So check it...a list of my FAVORITE little goodies.



1/2/3/4/5

Psss...I hand picked these only because I have used them or tasted and can be sure you will be happy with the quality of each xoxo!

Really this has been such a blast visiting and sharing.
Cara has some pretty stellar readers...hope you all stop by and say HI to me sometime!
Xoxo.




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