Friday, March 30, 2012

Charles Philip

How perfect is Charles Philip's new line of loafers? I love the different colors and prints, and at $135-150 a pair, they're definitely an affordable buy. Which are your favorite?

Image 1: via Habitually Chic. All other images courtesy of Bloomingdales.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pink Grapefruit Margarita

With summer around the corner and spring already here, I can't help but think about tasty, refreshing recipes - food or drink. Check out this keeper I found one on pinterest. I am extremely eager to try this toddy on Saturday! Doesn't it look fresh & cold? Yummmm...Just what I need as the days are starting to become hotter by the minute. Is it 5:00, yet?
Ingredients:1/2 lime cut in wedges
Kosher salt
1 cup ruby red grapefruit juice
1/4 cup triple sec
3 freshly squeezed lime juice
2 cups ice1/2 cup white tequila
Makes 4 drinks
Method:Rub the lime around the edge of each glass and then dip the rim lightly in a plate of kosher salt. Set aside let to dry.Combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, triple sec, and ice in a blender. Puree until smooth. Pour into a large pitcher and stir in the tequila.Serve ice cold.
images via: pinterest

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Make it with a Pallet

I keep seeing pictures on pinterest of cool things made with pallets. I am not much of a do it yourselfer (I have zero patience), but these images really intrigue me. I would like to have a few of the planters below and I love the looks of the herringbone floor. What do you think awesome DIY or cheap and tacky? I guess it all depends on how well it's done!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

It's a Brad Brad Book Soiree!

Do you all love Brad Goreski as much as I do? I never found it in my heart to dislike him for parting ways with Team Zoe to do his own thing. He is just so darn cute! Not to mention, his commentary on his new show, It's a Brad Brad World, is hysterical and adorable. After wrapping Season 1 (here's hoping for a Season 2!!), he released his new book, Born to Be Brad: My Life and Style, So Far. Who better to throw you a book release party than the creative geniuses over at Kate Spade? I couldn't imagine a better pairing than the classic coolness that is Kate Spade and uber-preppy Brad! From the cute glasses for party guests, to the bow tie place cards, to the primary color scheme- the details were flawless. Check out these great party pics of all the smart details from the party, as well as the celeb support for Team Brad:

Why hello Mandy Moore and Minka Kelly!

(love the place card and the spade vase!)

(not too shabby on the clientele list, B!)

Kate Spade president and creative director, Deborah Lloyd was the hostess with the mostess for the night! You know you've made it when...

Don't you just want to be his friend? I do.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring Kick-off

A few weeks ago, Jenny made a comment about how sometimes she just stares at her Pinterest boards and thinks, "Damn, I'm good." Well, I'm kind of feeling like that myself today.

Spring is here, and parties are filling up my calendar. How about you? Baby showers, birthdays, wedding parties, Easter egg hunts...the list goes on and on. Today, I'm sharing a little inspiration for your Spring soiree.

And I couldn't go today without mentioning the big event.

Happy Hunger Games!

All images via Pinterest.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

7-day Body Cleanse

Wanna look like this? I do and with swimsuit season around the corner the faster the better. That is why I am testing out this cleanse. I mean really what is better than cleansing your body and feeling lighter. It's day 4 for me and what a difference I feel. Thanks to for this great 7-day detox! Below are the instructions.....

This plan can be used as often as you like without any fear of complications. It is designed to flush your system of impurities and give you a feeling of well being. After seven days you will begin to feel lighter because you will be lighter by at least 10 lbs. You will have an abundance of energy and an improved disposition.

During the first seven days you must abstain from all alcohol
You must drink 10 glasses of water each day

Day One All fruits except bananas. Your first day will consist of all the fruits you want. It is strongly suggested that you consume lots of melons the first day. Especially watermelon and a loupe. If you limit your fruit consumption to melons, your chances of losing three lbs. on first day are very good.

Day Two All vegetables. You are encouraged to eat until you are stuffed with all the raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. There is no limit on the amount or type. For your complex carbohydrate, you will start day two with a large baked potato for breakfast. You may top the potato with one pat of butter.

Day Three A mixture of fruits and vegetables of your choice. Any amount, any quantity. No bananas yet. No potatoes today.

Day Four Bananas and milk. Today you will eat as many as eight bananas and drink three glasses of milk. This will be combined with the special soup which may be eaten in limited quantities.

Day Five Today is feast day. You will eat beef and tomatoes. Eat two 10 oz. portions of lean beef. Hamburger is OK. Combine this with six whole tomatoes. On day five you must increase your water intake by one quart. This is to cleanse your system of the uric acid you will be producing.

Day Six Beef and vegetables. Today you may eat an unlimited amount of beef and vegetables. Eat to your hearts content.

Day Seven Today your food intake will consist of brown rice, fruit juices and all the vegetables you care to consume.

Tomorrow morning you will be 10-17 lbs. lighter than one week ago. If you desire further weight loss, repeat the program again. You may repeat this program as often as you like, however, it is suggested that you are allowed two glasses of white wine in addition to the instructions on the program. You may substitute champagne for white wine. Under no circumstances are you to drink any other alcoholic beverages with the exception of beer which is allowed. Any liquor (bourbon,vodka, rum) is forbidden. Cream drinks are especially forbidden. You may have an occasional cordial such as creme de menthe or schnapps, but you must always limit yourself to two drinks. If you wine, drink only wine that day. If you have beer, drink only beer that day, etc. Alcohol adds empty calories to your diet. However, after the first week it will help your digestion and settle your stomach.

G.M.’S Wonder Soup

The following soup is intended as a supplement to your diet. It can be eaten any time of the day in virtually unlimited quantities. You are encouraged to consume large quantities of this soup.

28 oz, Water, 6 Large Onions, 2 Green Peppers, Whole Tomatoes (fresh or canned), 1 Head Cabbage, 1 Bunch Celery, 4 Envelopes Lipton Onion Soup Mix, Herbs and Flavouring as desired.

Additional Comments

Vegetables as may be taken in the form of a salad if desired. No dressing except malt, white or wine vinegar, squeezed lemon, garlic, herbs. No more than one tea spoon of oil.

You have been given a recipe for the WONDER SOUP which can be eaten in unlimited quantities. This soup is a supplement while you are on the program and it should be a pleasure to eat. Not everyone likes cabbage, green peppers, calory etc. This recipe is not inflexible. You may substitute vegetables according to your taste. You may add any vegetables you like: asparagus, peas, corn, turnips, green beans, cauliflower, etc. Try to stay away from beans (lima, pinto, kidney, etc.), however, because they tend to be high in calories even though they are very good for you.

Beverages you may consume while on the program :

1. Water (flavoured with lemon/lime if desired).
2. Club Soda is OK.
3. Black Coffee. No cream or cream substitute. No sugar or sweetness.
4. Black Tea = Herb or Leaf.
5. Absolutely nothing else except the fruit juices which are part of day seven. No fruit juices before day seven.

images via pinterest

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Affordable Rug Finds

I've been shopping around for a new rug for our living room. While doing so, I've noticed that there really are many good sources for affordable rugs. I really love this black and white one from Ikea for just $199. It looks just like Madeline Weinrib's more pricey version. I just wish I had somewhere to put it. As for our living room, I will probably end up with something neutral from West Elm, the black and white just won't do. Below are several rugs that I came across while shopping. I think they're great looking as well as very affordable.