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On the Twelfth Day of Christmas (not precisely, dear reader)…

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So much to tell of this last 6 months, but in the meantime, I want to blow the stardust off those awfully unwieldy gift guides by giving you 12 days of fabulously practical (yet glittery) ideas, tips and tricks to prettify your home, self and friends/family.

Holiday parties?  Hostess gifts?  Vessels for libations?  I have you covered with three of my favorites.  The beauty of all of these selections is that all of these cocktail glasses can hold a wine, mixed drink, eggnog, sparking water or other hard or soft beverage with equal aplomb!

From BHLDN (a F4 favorite!):  combining my love of rose gold and the look of vintage coupe stems, this is the Rosy-Cheeked Coupe.  So Gatsby.  Image

Next up, a sure-to-be new classic with a twist from perennial fave Serena & Lily.  We present the more affordable, chunky, hefty and gold-bottomed “Coro” tumblers, in a set of 4.  Fabby! Image

And, finally, these more budget-friendly but oh-so-lovely all-purpose glasses from Crate & Barrel.  Stock up while you can on the “Cora” wine glasses in 2 sizes.  Also great for that souffle, mousse or ice cream dessert.  Beautiful. Image


Happy, healthy 2012 to you all! We are back with stylish vengeance.

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So, who got a shiny new bauble over the holidays?  Keep admiring it and give us a “ring” if you are so inclined.  ♠

We still have to catch up on those promised posts from before the holiday, but it seemed our party schedule kept us away.  We vow that it won’t happen again.  We have a great year in store for all of you planning weddings, parties, dinners and drinks.  Hang with us here or on our other media and we have a new year of deliciousness, gorgeousness, humor, practicality and sparkles planned for you.

So far, we’ve got consultations for 3 D.C. area weddings, 2 Hamptons, 2 Connecticut and one Caribbean destination, so we are busy and happy planners.  We cannot wait to meet all of these stylish girls and their betrotheds.

Before our first post, though, we wanted to let you know that Gilt Groupe is having a sale RIGHT NOW of Thread Social – our favorite bridesmaids’, engagement party and special event dresses.  Please accept our invitation to enjoy this fantastic sale – GO!  Click here:

See you in a few – and on Wedding Wednesday, we’ll review the best and worst of 2011 celebrity wedding details – cannot wait.


Wednesday Winesday – Mulled Wine is not for movies.

We usually think of mulled wine as some tired, dusty libation like sherry or Port (um, neither of which is, by the way).  So, we gave a mulled wine recipe a try (am drinking it now, instead of TheraFlu – much tastier!) in order to get all of you home entertainers in the mood for the holidays with something warm to welcome or, bid fair adieu to your guests.

Editors’ note:  You can do this in a slow cooker for two hours.  Or, just do this thing.

2 bottles dry red wine – I used 2 giant bottles of Cavit red.  Dry, dry, dry.

4 ounces port, brandy or Armagnac

10 whole cloves

cinnamon sticks

1 large orange, zested and quartered

1 nutmeg – for zesting/garnish

Combine ingredients in a large pot – like a stainless steel stockpot or a Dutch oven and bring to a simmer. Do not allow mixture to boil. Heat for 20 minutes and serve in a large, heat resistant punch bowl.  Ladle into mugs (Irish coffee or beer mugs work very well) and garnish with a slice of orange, cinnamon stick, zested nutmeg – whatever you choose.  But not whipped cream.  This is wine, people.


Mulled wine with cinnamon stick stirrer. As if you need to stir.

Monday Funday – Candy Cane Martini

So, we were trying to come up with a “candy cane” themed-drink for the December holidays that didn’t taste like mouthwash – too minty, with alcohol, sort of “sharp”.   And here is what the mixologists came up with.  The best part is bashing the candy canes (mini) into a salty/sugary sort of grainy dust beforehand.  It’s very cathartic and refreshing in a way.  Drink up!

Candy Cane Martini

Candy Cane Martini


1 oz. Vanilla vodka

1/2 oz. Peppermint Schnapps (so vile on its own, but here – a star!)

1/2 oz. simple syrup

Shot grenadine for color
4 candy canes

4 miniature candy canes (crushed in a Ziploc bag or between tea towels into fine sugar-like grains – nothing sharp!)
4 Maraschino cherries


Bash the mini candy canes – once you’ve done this, dip the rims of the martini glasses in a little lemon juice or lime juice and coat with crushed candy canes.

1. Pour all of the liquid ingredients into a shaker 1/2 full of clean and square ice cubes, cracked if you have ’em.
2. Shakety shakety shake shake!
3. Strain and pour into chilled martini glasses.

Garnish with  a candy cane and a maraschino cherry with stem on.

Cyber Monday readers – start your engines!

In addition to pretty much every site having great flash sales – Rue La La, One Kings Lane, Gilt Group, StyleMint, JewelMint, ShoeMint, BeautyMint, Zulily, etc., we found this for our brides, bridesmaids and partygoers!

There’s another special Cyber Monday sale going on at BHLDN–an additional 30% off all sale items! Just enter THANKS at checkout until Wednesday at 12 AM EST! We can’t wait to check it out!

Love Love BHLDN.  Good luck.

P.S. – did I also mention that we shop at The Foundary, Refinery 29, PureWow, OpenSky and The Row?  Try them all for great deals and beautifully edited collections.

Tuesday Shoesday, Part Two – Barbara Bui, old school obsession.

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Growing up, my beloved mom used to wear togs from Barbara Bui, who had a fabulous shop on the Upper East Side.  It was like a more couture-ish Chico’s vibe.  In the 80s, I stole some tunics and a great pair of boots.  Love.  Well, imagine my surprise when I attended a Halloween party and one of the guests was rocking the most gorgeous pair of shoes.  I asked who had designed them and almost spit out my “blood punch” (cranberry and vodka, folks, with lychee fruit eyeballs – we should have posted it!) when she said, “Barbara Bui”!  Which sounds like Baba Booey when you say it fast, right?

In big love with these beige python platforms with 5 inch heel.  But do go here for a look at some of the others – everyone should have a ShopStyle account – great fun to play with the app on your iPhone or iPad, organize your wishlists and get alerts when something goes on major sale, or do a Google image search of Barbara Bui shoes.  Enjoy.

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Lovely Linkage

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One of my favorite Tumblrs to look at.  Eye candy.

Mrs. Lilien makes everything stylish.  Especially sleep.

Thank you, Kitchn, for the perfect grilled cheese tips.

Don’t make these party fouls.  Ever.

Just another day in the life of Ms. Goop, who I adore.

Fun, fun.  BHLDN’s adorable video creampuff.

A gorgeous Santa Ana winery wedding on Style Me Pretty via Kelly Oshiro Events.  Drool.


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