Let’s get casual with a nightcap.
I’m talking espresso with vanilla cream topped off by a recycled jersey lounge dress.
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/4 cups espresso
1 cup amaretto liqueur
Combine the milk, heavy cream, espresso and amaretto liqueur in a medium saucepan. Place over low heat, stirring constantly until hot but not boiling, about 3 to 5 minutes.
Vanilla Whipped Cream:
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream until thick. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Continue to beat until cream holds soft peaks.
To serve: Pour the Espresso Nightcap into 4 (8-ounce) mugs. Dollop with the Vanilla Whipped Cream and serve immediately. Cheers my dears!
Frock // Fizz
What inspires your style? Both of my jobs allow for boundless new experiences. It was a pleasure and a dream come true to merge friends I’ve made through blogging with folks I know from nearly a decade in the movie industry. Part of my day job requires extraordinary execution of beyond-words-different ideas. The latest (and a big reason why my blogging took a hiatus last week) is a collaboration with designer Chris Benz and the upcoming feature film, EPIC. I knew Chris would immediately relate to the textures and nature-themes of the animated movie. That hunch turned into an EPIC-inspired dress, revealed during a special event for New York City’s top style bloggers. I’ll spare the peripheral details and jump right to the goods: the original sketch of the dress and the real deal. By the way, since we are on the topic of collaboration…the model wearing the dress is my childhood friend. Another reason why I love what I do – making connections is what it’s all about.
Image Credits: 1.Chris Benz 2.Jenny Graham
Gosh, how many times have I written about making time for the things you love? I know, a lot. A few months ago, I took my own advice and committed to being back in the dance studio. I am training with a new partner. The chemistry is right on and I can’t wait for our first competition. Dance is my church. Where’s your sacred spot? Go there, now.
Image Credits: Will Caldwell Art
Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart, one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.
Do what you love. Style yourself and the life you live with the color of your heart and mind. It is imperative that you follow these directions because life is short. Yes, the saying rings true. The moment is now.
Toast yourself for the bravery you possess. Yes, that’s right. Toast yourself. Wherever you are, no matter who you are with or without. The moment is now.
Frock: buy it here // Fizz: find the recipe here
I spotted this fabric while flipping through magazines on a train ride. Immediately, I created a-note-to-self to remember to share it with you. Calico Corners and designer Nate Berkus teamed up to produce this line of affordable fabrics. It is just the right pick me up for furniture in need of a face lift.
A brand new week with a bit of link love…
It’s hard not to be aware of The Great Gatsby. The book, of course, and now the upcoming film starring Carey Mulligan. Check out the simply beautiful June 2013 UK issue of Harper’s Bazaar.
My brother’s girlfriend gifted me Cally Blackman’s 100 Years of Fashion. The book is a perfect piece of coffee table decor, yet I can’t seem to put it down.
Oh, and speaking of Gatsby. Lady Gatsby needs to be on your radar. The exclusive bath and body boutique based in Los Angeles offers handmade all-natural soaps, scrubs, creams and more. Martha, the Lady behind Gatsby, is as lovely as her creations.
It is finally feeling like Spring in the city. What do you think of this Red Valentino frock? For a similar and less expensive version, check out an ASOS floral print frock.
Whenever I’ve celebrated Cinco de Mayo, it has always been from California. Of course, I find myself in New York City this weekend, with my first friend in life coming to town for a visit. What better reason to try a tequila or two? Here’s to celebrating over thirty years of best friendship and the cinco-of-it-all, too!
Original recipe and image first published here.
Each time I visit my cousin, I cannot get enough of her Cal Bungalow. Built in the early 1940s, this Belmont Heights beauty is complete with a rooftop deck and lap pool. The recently revamped Long Beach abode credits the interior decor to designer Sasha Witte. A true home away from home, I couldn’t resist sharing some images of where I go to turn off the world and cozy into what matters most in life.
P.S. Later this summer, I’ll share photos of the soon-to-be Tuscan style outdoor dining experience which is currently underway at this lovely location.
Photos courtesy of Christine Carley
The in-between weather on the East Coast has me wearing a casual mix of dots and spots in malleable textures. The combination makes for a stylish first impression without compromising comfort.
Shirt: Bella Dahl / Pants: Free People / Shoes: Zara (old) but similar here
Image Credits: Joey Graham