Happy New Year

2015

Happy New Year! After taking a long break to refresh and gain a new perspective on this whole blogging hobby, I am finally back. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and an even better New Years. New blogs to come, stay tuned…

xxxooo

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

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{1.Izola Cocktail Shaker, 2. Lacoste Polo Shirt, 3. Izola Toilette Dopp Kit, 4. Montblanc Legend Cologne, 5. Ribbed Tie Bar, 6. Marshall Stanmore Speakers, 7. J.Crew Board Shorts, 8.  Tom Dixon London Scented Candle, 9. Goode Co. BBQ Spice Gift Box, 10. Apple TV}

I don’t know if it’s the same in other families, but in mine we tend to celebrate my mom more so than my dad. We do more for her birthday, presents are always so much easier to pick, and I think she appreciates it a lot more than my dad would. Not to mean he wouldn’t like any of that per say, but he tends to not really care about parties or celebrations or presents for that matter. So when father’s day comes around I have a hard time finding good gifts for him. Which explains some of my gift ideas above. Hope y’all have a great weekend!

xxxooo

Oscar Red Carpet

20140304-092125.jpg{a Cinderella moment in Prada – love everything about this look including the headband}

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{Alexander McQueen brings old hollywood glam to an achievable level}

20140304-092146.jpg{I’m always a fan of anything she wears, but in this Atelier Versace she’s stunning}

20140304-092155.jpg{the color, the sleeve train, and the overall structure of this Gabriela Cadena dress is understatedly beautiful}

20140304-092204.jpg{Dior Haute Couture takes a lbd to a whole new level here}

20140304-092209.jpg{only the combination of Kerry + Jason Wu could make being this pregnant look glamorous}

In lieu of Must have Mondays, I pulled my favorite red carpet looks from Sunday. I was a bit disappointed this year, nothing amazed me. And between playing bartender to our guests and answering the door I only caught the last 45 minutes. The trend on the carpet seemed to be simplicity. Simple structures with a deep v in the front. Jewelry, although always gorgeous and only seen in my dreams, there were no statement pieces or anything over the top. Hair and makeup were pretty standard, smokey eyes or bold lips and achievable hair styles, nothing overly done.

Oscar Party

Oscar Themed Cocktail{Oscar themed cocktails – described below}

Black Tie Marshmellows{Black Tie Marshmallows like the ones shown here}

Oscar Cookies{Oscar Statue Cookies – only ours will be standing on Reese’s and dusted in edible gold}

Red Carpet Donuts{Red Carpet Donuts – with a simple glaze shown here}

 

Popcorn Bar Seasonings{among other savory treats, a Popcorn Bar is always a hit – with various unique seasoning options}

 

 

Ballots & BINGO{Ballots and Red Carpet BINGO ready and waiting}

In my family the Academy Awards are treated as any other holiday, meaning themed desserts, cocktails, and savory bites. We’ve been throwing an Oscar party ever since I can remember. With tradition being each of our guests filling out a ballot before the show begins and whomever gets the most correct wins a mini replica Oscar! Its been known to get a bit competitive and a lot of research is done before their ballots are turned in. Two years ago I added Red Carpet BINGO to our mix and everybody loved it, along with a really themed menu. Sunday we are offering four cocktails choices: A Captain Phillips – captain morgan + coke, A WOW Sparkler (Wolf of Wall Street) – champagne + sugar rim, A Gravity – vodka + soda water + lime, and in memory A Shirley Temple – grenadine + sprite + cherries. Hope this gives you some ideas on throwing your own Academy Awards party! Enjoy the show. xxxooo