Friday, December 30, 2011

Anne Read's NYE Outfit



Theory Leather Dress $628.65 (Was $1047.75)
DVF Clutch $450
Giuseppe Zanotti Booties $595 (Was $850)
Kelly Wearstler Ring $125
Kelly Wearstler Necklace $368 (Was $525)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

NYE: Leah Shea

Is everyone scouring their closets for the perfect NYE outfit to ring in 2012? I decided to go long this year for my dress selection......




Dress - $1840.00 [Roksanda Ilincic]
Clutch - $1650.00 [Bottega Veneta]
Shoes - $850.00 [Giuseppe Zanotti]
Bracelet - $1095.00 [Yves Saint Laurent]

Monday, December 26, 2011

Kate's New Years Outfit


I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas.  We're looking forward to celebrating the new year.  This week we are bringing you new year's eve outfits on an unlimited budget!  I'm up first, enjoy!

DVF bag $365

Friday, December 23, 2011

Anne Read's Christmas Recipe: Sausage English Muffins

Let me preface this by saying that I do not condone eating Cheese Whiz on a regular basis, for it will undoubtedly give you junk in the trunk. But well...it's Christmas. And these are delicious.

My family has enjoyed Sausage English Muffins every Christmas morning for as long as I can remember. What's funny is that we love them so much but never make them any other time of the year. Isn't that weird? Anyway, they are super easy to throw together and perfect to make ahead of time. Enjoy!


Note: This image is of a slightly different recipe that calls for shredded cheese. Stick to the recipe below :)

Ingredients
1 lb mild sausage
16 oz Cheese Whiz
English muffins


Directions
Separate English muffins in half and lay them on a baking sheet.
Brown sausage in skillet and drain.
Pour cheese whiz over sausage and mix together.
Top each half of English muffin with sausage/cheese mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.


Image courtesy of the Kitchen Witch. Recipe courtesy of Paula Clarke.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Leah's Christmas Recipe - Savory Breakfast Casserole

Who doesn't love a good casserole; especially a cheesy, savory one. This my Christmas tradition recipe every single year. It's reliable, as it never fails me. I inherited the recipe from one of my friend's moms. I change one thing the pictures do not show (hit on that later). You will need the following ingredients.

2 pkg crescent rolls

1 lb spicy (Jimmy Dean) sausage, browned and drained

7 eggs, beaten

A splash of milk

1 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded colby jack cheese

1 cup shredded monzarella cheese

Preheat your oven to 350. Take a 9×13 pan and spray it with Pam. Roll out crescent rolls in the bottom of the pan and bake in the oven until lightly brown....not all the way cooked.

Next, brown the sausage, drain and set to the side. In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, all cheeses, and for moisture a SPLASH - only a splash of milk. Add in the sausage and mix. Pour the mixture on top of the already "lightly browned" crescent rolls. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 25-30mins.

Now, this is where I add a little something extra. Pull the casserole out after 25-30 mins of cooking and place the 2nd package of crescent rolls on top of the casserole. Put back in the oven for about 15 mins to cook. Remove once the rolls are cooked on top. And, most importantly enjoy!!!!


images via kevinandamanda.com


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Charlotte's Christmas Recipe: New York Style Coffee Cake





New York Style Coffee Cake






For the crumb topping:



  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) melted butter

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

For the Cake:


  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 12 tablespoons butter (1 1/2 sticks)

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 1/4 cups sour cream

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter the sides and bottom of a glass 9x13 pan. You can use a metal pan, but the edges may get crispy.

  2. To make the crumb topping, mix both sugars, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter and whisk until combined. Fold in the flour until it is absorbed. Spread out a large sheet of parchment paper on the counter and spread this mixture out on the parchment paper to dry while you make the cake mixture.

  3. To make the cake, sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and slat together in a medium bowl and set aside.

  4. Cream the butter until it is smooth and ribbonlike in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle. Scrape down the bowl and add the sugar. Beat until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until incorporated. Scrape the bowl and mix again for 30 seconds. Add the sour cream and vanilla and beat just until incorporated. Add the dry ingredients in three parts, scraping down the bowl before each addition, beating only until it is just incorporated.

  5. To assemble the cake, pour the batter in the prepared pan. Use your hands to scoop up a handful of the topping and make a fist. The topping should hold together. Break off in chunks and drop them over the cake. Repeat to use all of the topping. Remember, the topping layer will look very thick.

  6. Bake the cake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Rotate the pan two times during the baking process. Cool the entire pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes before serving.

  7. The cake will last for three days, tightly covered, at room temperature.
recipe and images via bunsinmyoven.com

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lindsay's Christmas Recipe: Cinnamon Rolls

While I realize it is really easy to buy the Pillsbury kind and throw them in the oven, nothing beats homemade cinnamon rolls. If you have never had them, you must give the homemade version a try! We make these on Christmas morning and are proud to say we got the recipe from every Southern lady's favorite cook, Paula Deen. They are truly delicious!


(Makes 12-15 rolls; prep time 1 hr 20 min)
Ingredients
Dough:
1/4 ounce package yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup scalded milk
1/3 cup butter or shortening
1 tsp. salt
1 egg
3 1/2 - 4 cups all purpose flour

Filling:
1/2 cup melted butter, plus more for the pan
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3/4 cup raisins, walnuts, or pecans (optional)

Glaze: 4 tablespoons butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3-6 tablespoons of hot water
A couple of dollops of cream cheese (I added this to the recipe)

Directions
1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside.
2. In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and eggs.
3. Add two cups of flour and mix until smooth.
4. Add yeast mixture and mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle.
5. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5-10 minutes.
6. Place in well-greased bowl and let rise until doubled, usually 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
7. When doubled, punch down dough. Roll out on flour surface into a 15x9 inch rectangle.
8. Spread melted butter all over dough.
9. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough.
10. Sprinkle with walnuts, pecans, or raisins if desired.
11. Beginning at 15 inch side role up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12-15 slices.
12. Coat bottom of baking pan with butter and sprinkle with sugar.
13. Place cinnamon roll slices close together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 45 minutes.
14. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes or until nicely browned.

15. Meanwhile, mix butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Add hot water 1 tablespoon at a time until the glaze reaches desired consistency. Spread over slightly cooled rolls.



Recipe and image from www.pauladeen.com.



Monday, December 19, 2011

Kate's Christmas Recipe: Banana Nut French Toast

It's hard to believe Christmas is less than a week away! If you are like me, you are still running around trying to get your last minute shopping done and gifts wrapped. The holidays seem extra busy this year, don't you think?

We hope you get a chance to slow down this Christmas and enjoy some time in the kitchen. This week, we're each sharing our favorite breakfast recipe for Christmas morning. I'm up first. Enjoy!

Banana Nut French Toast:


Ingredients:



  • 1 1/2 cups walnut halves
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, half-and-half, or milk
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 6 ripe but firm bananas, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1 1/2 cups packed dark-brown sugar
  • 12 slices of bread, (1/2 inch thick), such as brioche or challah, preferably day old
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Pure maple syrup, for serving (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place walnut halves on a rimmed baking sheet, and toast until lightly browned and fragrant, about 10 minutes. Set aside. When cool, chop walnuts coarsely.
  2. Whisk together eggs, cream, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a medium bowl, and set aside. Combine bananas, dark-brown sugar, and toasted walnuts in another bowl. Lay out 6 slices of bread on work surface. Top each slice with 1/3 cup of the banana mixture. Top with remaining bread slices; press gently to seal the sandwiches.
  3. Place sandwiches in a shallow baking dish (or two dishes) large enough to hold them in a single layer. Pour egg mixture over bread, and soak 10 minutes. Carefully turn sandwiches over, and soak until bread is soaked through, about 10 minutes more.
  4. Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet; set aside. Heat remaining banana mixture in a small skillet over medium-low heat until sugar is melted and bananas are soft and slightly translucent, about 3 minutes. Add 4 tablespoons butter, and stir to combine; keep warm.
  5. Heat 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry half of the sandwiches until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to wire rack, and place in oven while cooking remaining sandwiches. Wipe out skillet, and repeat with remaining butter, oil, and bread. Keep in oven until ready to serve. Cut into triangles, and serve with warm banana mixture and maple syrup, if desired.
source: Martha Stewart.com


Friday, December 16, 2011

Build Your Own Blazer

Have you ever found the perfect blazer, but wanted to change just one or two things? I have. Earlier this week, I was introduced to The Tailor Shop by Alex & Eli through The Zoe Report. The Tailor shop has four different blazer options that you can customize. I think this is such a great concept! First, you will choose your style and color, next your inside liner, then your buttons (which I think can make a jacket), and lastly your size. For an extra touch, you can have your initials or anything else you like embroidered on the inside. From there, your blazer is sent to their expert tailors who make it just for you. The Weekender is my favorite!



THE WEEKENDER





THE VIXEN





THE EXECUTIVE







Anne Read's Christmas Wishlist



1. Weekender bag. I've been needing a new bag for weekend trips. This one is currently sold out. It's a good thing my mom Christmas shops in October :)

2. Leopard loafers. These were on my wishlist for fall, but I never got around to buying them.

3. Robert Abbey lamps. I love the shape of these lamps. A pair will look perfect on either side of my sofa.

4. Charisma sheet set. William and I need a new set for our bedroom. Charisma makes really soft sheets.

5. Zara black pants. Like most people, I tend to wear black skinny pants/jeans all winter long. I'm looking to add these skinnies to my collection.

6. Garden and Gun subscription. I can't believe I don't already get this. It's about time.

7. JCrew slippers. Don't these look comfy?

8. Tory Burch studs. I'm usually not a big "logo" person, but these gold studs are so classic. They're perfect for work.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Give a Little

'Tis the season of giving, right? Whether giving a little extra to those in need is something you do around the holidays or this sparks an idea of what to give someone who has everything in their honor, here are some great ideas for how to give a little this holiday season. I found these great ideas in my December issue of Glamour. Check them out!


1. Send a teddy bear to a child of a deployed Marine: For $25, http://www.jonathancollins.org gives a plush toy with a voice message recorded by the parent when you press the paw.



2. Pick up the grocery tab for a senior: $8 to http://www.drivetoendhunger.org/ feeds a senior citizen healthy meals for a day.


3. Pay a student's bus fare: $40 to http://www.artistsforpeaceandjustice.org/ gets a child in Haiti from their impoverished neighborhood to a new school for two whole months.





4. Help women in war-torn countries start a business: $25 buys one woman a sewing kit so she can earn money as a tailor. Donate at http://www.womenforwomen.org/.


5. Send a kid to school: $25 to http://www.pencilsofpromise.org/ sends a child to school in a developing country for 78 days. $118 covers a whole year of school.



6. Preserve our oceans: Save half a mile of overfishing and pollution with a $38 gift to http://www.conservation.org/.


7. Care for a chimp orphaned or harmed by hunters or pet sellers: Just $10 to http://www.janegoodall.org/ buys 22 pounds of food at the renowned primatologist's clinic in the Republic of Congo.


8. Prevent blindness: Think the new Tom's sunglasses (same people as the shoes) are super cool? Purchase a pair and give someone in Asia sight-saving treatment.


9. Save a pet: Just $50 to http://www.animaladvocatesalliance.org/ bails a dog or cat out of a high-kill shelter and provides vet care and medicine to get it ready for adoption.



10. Provide clean water: Donate $30 to http://www.wellsbringhope.org/ to give one villager in West Africa access to safe water and good sanitation for more than 30 years. This will drastically reduce child moralities in these under-developed areas.



I hope these ideas inspire you to do something for someone less fortunate than you this Christmas!





Charities, images and resources via Glamour Magazine/December 2011 issue

Leah's Christmas Wishlist


1. Gosh- I love this dress. It's from ever so fabulous Zara.
2. Who doesn't love a delicate wine glass? And, with color? Even better. Anthropologie provides these.
3. I am a sucker for a good cook book. Check it out at Amazon.
4. Tory Burch always gets it right and how classic is this wallet. LOVE!
5. Coffee table book is a must; I get one every year! AMAZON of course!
6. Ashley Terrell artwork! I am in love with her beautiful pieces and inspired by her creativity and color palette.
7. Ray Ban cat 5000
8. Zara, again. LOVE these boots!
9. I can't explain to you how in LOVE I am with Lululemon's crop pants. If you don't have any, just buy one pair I promise you will be obsessed. PROMISE!
10 & 11. I love kitchen things - gadgets, knives or organizational products. Anthropologie it is!
12. And, lastly a little happy from Etsy. I was blog reading and ran across these guys. Many colors are available!



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Polish

If you haven't checked out Polish boutique yet, here's your chance.  They have adorable things at great prices.....hurry up before Christmas!






Charlotte's Christmas Wishlist


1. Monogram Pendant Necklace
2. Madewell Leather Transport Tote
3. J. Crew Pajamas
4. Anthropologie Riviera IPad Case
5. Nicole Miller Bamboo Flatware
6. Marc by Marc Jacobs Henry in Black Watch
7. Celerie Kemble, Black and White
8. Steve Madden Cathi Wedges
9. Tory Burch Brigitte Cosmetic Bag
10. Kelly Wearstler Pyrite Cubes Bangle

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

SCAD Museum of Art



This October, SCAD unveiled the newly-expanded SCAD Museum of Art. The 82,000 sq ft complex houses some pretty amazing talent. And this week, I finally have some spare time to pay it a visit.







A walk through the museum is well worth the $10 ticket price. Information about art and exhibitions can be found here.



I am most excited about visiting the Andre Leon Talley gallery. Yes, Vogue's contributing editor has curated a selection of iconic dresses for display. I hear it is really impressive. Here's a sneak peek.


Isabel Toledo


Zac Posen


Zac Posen


Prada


Oscar de la Renta


Tom Ford


Isabel Toledo, Zac Posen, Tom Ford


Marc Jacobs


Chanel

Images courtesy of SCAD, Vogue, and misstomei.blogspot.com.

Lindsay's Christmas Wishlist






1. Voluspa Suede Blanc Candle: My favorite, favorite candle of all time!

2. Tom's Gilded Herringbone Women's Classic: I have been wanting some Toms for a while and thought these were so cute!
3. J Crew resin colorblock necklace: You know I can't leave J Crew off my wishlist! What a statement necklace (and this color is on sale)!
4. Lola by Marc Jacobs Rollerball: Don't you hate leaving your perfume at home because you can't bring it in your carry on? This is my current favorite fragrance and I would love this easy travel version.

5. Course Tote: Let's face it, you hit an age where Vera Bradley is not cool...and that was about 6 years ago for me. I desperately need this bag- so equestrian chic!
6. Brookstone Automatic Wine Opener: genius!
7. J Crew Blythe blouse in neon azalea: How many times have I mentioned I love this blouse? I have decided on this pretty pink color.
8. Tory Burch Patent Robinson Zip Continental Wallet in Dark Sahara/Raspberry: Classic and chic.