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.


Friday, August 5, 2016

We're off to Omaha for Indian food, California wines, and to celebrate the marriage of our dear friends. Join me in raising a glass to the soon-to-be-weds, and cheers for a fabulous weekend!

Crème Brûlée

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Love this chic combination of blush and lilac, to say nothing of a rose gold border. Think I can send invites to Sunday brunches or for sharing a bottle of bubbly?

Champagne Truffles

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

On this Tuesday, vanilla sponge cake soaked in bubbly, filled with strawberry jam, and covered in Marc de Champagne truffles sounds just my speed. Care to join me in a slice?

Raspberry and Rose

Monday, August 1, 2016

 We've got a big week ahead—John and I are headed to Omaha to celebrate the marriage of two of our dearest friends—but before we leave there's gin to be made and music to be studied (so much music to be studied!). In the meantime, I'll be dreaming of romantic rose bouquets studded with raspberries and boys in black tie.

Bouquet by Third Bloom, image by Silvana di Franco.

Sparkling Lemonade

Friday, July 29, 2016

John and I may be thinking about nothing but fall flavors, but we're drinking summery cocktails, including this lemonade, punched up with tarragon and gin!

Sparkling Lemonade

10 sprigs tarragon
2 thinly-sliced lemons
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup gin
3/4 cup elderflower liqueur
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
club soda

Gently muddle tarragon, lemon slices and sugar in a large pitcher. Add gin, elderflower and lemon juice; stir to combine. Add ice and club soda, then serve.

Notes: We can hardly keep St George's Botanivoire gin in stock at our house, and it's the spirit I'd use in this botanical cocktail. That said, your favorite unaged gin will be delightful in this pitcher cocktail that serves six. So invite a few friends over, and cheers!

Image by Danny Kim for Bon Appétit.

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