Lemon-Thyme Soda

Friday, October 21, 2016

A tart sipper for a warm fall afternoon.

Lemon-Thyme Soda

1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups water
1 oz fresh thyme
freshly squeezed lemon juice
soda water

Combine sugar and water in a pan and bring to a boil. Add thyme and steep until cool, then pass through a fine strainer. Combine 1 1/2 oz thyme syrup with 1/2 oz lemon juice in a shaker; shake for 10 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Add soda water to taste and garnish with a sprig of thyme.

Notes: This fall-infused lemonade is perfect on its own, but if your Friday afternoon is calling for something a bit stiffer, a splash of vodka wouldn't hurt it one bit. Cheers!
Image via ABC Kitchen.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The perfect invitation for a rustic fall fête.

Every Leaf

Monday, October 17, 2016

Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
Fluttering from the autumn tree...

-Emily Brontë

Image by A Bryan Photo.

Autumn Daiquiri

Friday, October 7, 2016

October has arrived; I say we toast with a daiquiri all dressed up for fall!

Autumn Daiquiri
2 oz aged rum
¾ oz spiced demerara syrup
¾ oz freshly squeezed lime juice
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice; shake for 10-15 seconds. Double strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a lime wheel.

Notes: To make the spiced demerara syrup, grind 2 grams star anise, 8 grams dried ginger, 6 grams vanilla bean, 6 grams black pepper, 6 grams cinnamon, 3 grams nutmeg, and 5 grams dried orange peel in a spice grinder until powdery (You could also substitute a pumpkin pie spice, though the cocktail will have a little less kick). Add 1 oz. of the spice mixture to 2 cups of water and 2 cups of demerara sugar and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. Strain and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks, where it will make a great addition to not only this cocktail but your morning coffee, afternoon tea, or on pumpkin pancakes.


Image by Sal Rodriguez for Imbibe.

Picking the Perfect Ring

Monday, October 3, 2016

Wedding season may just be wrapping up, but the holidays are fast approaching—which means 'tis the season for engagements! With that in mind, I teamed up with some friends at Noe's Jewelry to bring you expert tips and tricks to pick the perfect engagement ring!

Consider Shape

Before jumping headfirst into the 4 Cs—cut, color, clarity, and carat weight—get a sense of what shape of stone your partner-to-be prefers. Shape indicates the geometry of a gem (like round, square, or oval), as opposed to its cut, which is associated with the angles of the facets in a stone.

Choose the Right Setting

The right combination of shape and setting will enhance the look of your ring, so think carefully about the setting, or metal mounting of your gem. A classic round stone looks modern in a bezel setting, while an oval diamond will look most traditional in a four-pronged setting. While some couples shop together, if your plan is to surprise your partner, consider their lifestyle (Do they wear gloves at work, for example, or need to wash their hands often?) as well as the type of jewelry they already wear when picking a setting. Pay attention to whether your spouse-to-be wears sliver or platinum, or prefers yellow or rose gold. Does their taste tend toward vintage finds or modern styles? Call a bestie or see if you can find a Pinterest page with dream gems if you need more inspiration.

Make a Metal Selection

When it comes to the band itself, engagement ring jewelers offer rings in several different metals. One of the most popular choices is platinum, a highly durable metal that hypoallergenic and easy on sensitive skin. Gold's also had something of a revival recently, and you can find yellow, rose, white, and even green gold bands (though you should chat with your jeweler about upkeep of these metals, since they are softer and more sensitive than platinum). Another option is palladium, which is grayer in tone than platinum and quite rare.

Budget Wisely

A diamond may be forever, but that doesn't mean you should put yourself in debt to buy one. Choose a ring that matches your budget, and don't be afraid to make your money work for you. Purchasing a stone just shy of the next carat size can reap you a savings of about 20%, and selecting a gem with a slightly bigger table, or surface, can stretch your budget if your fiancée is looking for a bigger stone.

Inspect your Gem

When you first choose a ring, you may be looking at loose stones as opposed to mounted diamonds. Because the gem accounts for much of the ring's cost, make sure you inspect it thoroughly and keep an eye out for visible marks, chips, or flaws. Don't forget to do it again once the stone is set.

Many thanks to our friends at Noe's Jewelers for their advice, which I hope will help guide you through the purchasing process. And don't forget to have some fun while you're doing it!

Watermelon Frosé

Friday, September 2, 2016

Labor Day weekend means a last chance to grill by the pool, eat rainbow sprinkle-covered ice cream cones, rock all-white outfits, and drink fabulous frozen summer cocktails before the school year starts. And I've got just what you need to make it a perfect holiday weekend–Watermelon Frosé!

Watermelon Frosé

2 cups chilled rosé
1 1/2 cups chopped watermelon
1/2 cup simple syrup
 3 1/2 cups ice

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until desired consistency is reached, approximately one minute.

Notes: Pretty easy, right? To kick things up a notch and achieve a super-slushy texture, freeze the watermelon chunks in advance. And if you need to drown your sorrows about the end of summer, throw in a splash of vodka–I won't tell. Cheers!

Image by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper.

A Single Glass

Friday, August 19, 2016

"A single glass of Champagne imparts a feeling of exhilaration. The nerves are braced, the imagination is stirred, the wits become more nimble."

Winston Churchill 

Image by Stephen Jerkins.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Celebrating a big birthday tonight in Seattle with my hard-working husband, and so looking forward to popping a bottle of bubbly before the fall semester starts! 

P.S. If you're in the Pacific Northwest, please join us at a recital of Die schöne Müllerin this weekend
(it's the real reason we're in town).

Image by Nadine Greeff.

A Modern Classic

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Loving an elegant black & white palette this week, and the supper-club feel of this save the date is feeling just my speed.

Power Play

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Because sometimes all a girl wants is a perfect pair of black pumps.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Hope you had a fabulous weekend, and an equally wonderful start to the week. It's a big one for us with a trip to Seattle, a recital, and a milestone birthday, and I couldn't be more excited for what's to come!

Image by 509 Photo.

Frozen Negroni

Friday, August 12, 2016

 Let's keep it simple and slushy this weekend, shall we?

Frozen Negroni 

1 oz Campari
1 oz gin
1 oz sweet vermouth
3/4 oz syrup
juice of one orange

Add all ingredients to a blender with roughly six ounces of ice. Blend until smooth, adding ice to achieve the desired texture. Pour into chilled glass and garnish with an orange wheel. 

Notes: You're throwing simple syrup, oj and ice into this classic cocktail, so there's no need to pull out your best gin (or sweet vermouth). Go easy on the ice as you figure out the perfect consistency of your frozen negroni, and simply increase the recipe for bigger batches perfect for porch sitting–cheers!

Image by @chloefrechette for PUNCH.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

A warm summer celebration deserves a colorful invitation, and I am head over heels with this orange watercolor suite. Would you design your wedding in citrusy shades?


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

These punchy orange sandals are just the burst of color I need today–hope they brought you a bit of joy, too!

Image by Esenam Photography, "Avril" sandal by Monique Lhuillier.

A Summer Wedding

Monday, August 8, 2016

We got home yesterday from the most joyful and intentional celebration of two dear friends, and I am still over the moon. Over the course of four days, we must have drunk a combined dozen cases of rosé, eaten ten pounds of cherries (in the couple's vanilla-buttercream cake, served on handmade cake plates we took home), and all sweat through our clothes on the dance floor. I can't imagine a better weekend.

Other Omaha highlights? Coffee at BeanSmith, brunch at Kitchen Table, curries from Mother India, drinks at Mister Toad's, breakfast at The Diner, and a whole weekend full of favorite people old and new. But tell me, what have you been up to?

Image by Tec Petaja, gown by Oscar de la Renta.

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