Happy Hour: Pepper Basil Caipirinha

Pepper Basil Caipirinha

- 2 oz Cachaca muddled
- 1 oz lime
- 1 bar spoon sugar
- 10 basil leaves
- 1 bar spoon white pepper corns
Garnish: Basil leave

Muddle 1 bar spoon of white pepper corns and add sugar, 1 lime quarters and basil leaves. Adde cachaca and 1 oz lime juice. Shake the mixture and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with sprig of basil. (Cocktail created by Michael Waterhouse, Devin Tavern, 363 Greenwich St, New York NY 10013)
{Source: Cocktail Times}

Bridal Style: Angel Sanchez Spring 2010

Spring 2010 bridal collection from Angel Sanchez, images from marthastewart.com and brides.com
{Images from Junebug Weddings}

Real Wedding Inspiration: Stacie + Geoff

Photography: Sloan Photography



Reinaldo Alverez
No matter how simple or paired down a gown can get, some women just can’t get into wearing a dress even on their wedding day. For this reason, pantsuits are becoming a stylish alternative. Pant legs can vary from slim cigarette widths to wide culotte cuts.

Jacket styles are key to characterizing your suit. Do you want the more open and romantic look of a 3/4 length coat or do you feel more comfortable in a man-tailored jacket? Below are some of your options.

Tailored Jacket-The classic. Either single or double-breasted, the tailored jacket ends just below the derriere and can have a notched or shawl lapel or no lapel at all.

Dressmaker Jacket-Shorter than the tailored jacket, this cut ends at the hip line and can be single or double-breasted. Like the tailored jacket, it has the same collar treatments. Tailoring usually has softer lines.
Nehru, Mandarin or Cossack Jacket—All are ethnic inspired. All have high turtleneck style collar. Typically tunic-length, each has its own ethnicity distinguished by trim or the fabric used to create it. For instance, Mandarin jackets are usually made out of brocade. The Cossack is made out of any type wool and has a row of trim around the collar, extending down the side front of the jacket.
Three-Quarter Length Jacket-Longer than the tailored jacket, this cut is usually worn over a straight or A-line style skirt. We're seeing more lately though paired with pants.
Eisenhower-Popularized by the General during WWII, this jacket crops at the waist and is typically double breasted. Eisenhower jackets had a revival period during the mid-70s and have continued to be a fashionable alternative. Usually wore with high waisted stove-pipe pants.
Bolero-A shorter jacket that crops above the waistline. Has curved front corners and no buttons

Christina Creations

Christina Creations


Accessorizing your pantsuit with a bridal touch is one of the ways you can customize it for a wedding. Everyday buttons on a jacket for instance can be replaced with fabric covered or jeweled ones. Your jacket can also have couture techniques such as hand-bound buttonholes. Shorter veils like cages or poufs of netting go great with pantsuits. If you’re not the veil type, consider a hat or headpiece that compliments. Hats and suits go together, especially a hat with some kind of veiling over the eyes. It takes the place of a blusher and offers a certain sophistication to being veiled rather than that symbolic ‘being given away’ business.

Penelope Cruz - Gorgeous leaving hotel in Venice, Italy - April 25-09

It was most certainly an affair to remember, and Penelope Cruz was excited to see her gal pal Salma Hayek's Venetian wedding to French billionaire Francios-Henri Pinault over the weekend. The “Vanilla Sky” cutie was joined by her partner Javier Bardem and iconic rock star Bono and his wife Alison Hewson as she headed to the swanky reception at the Teatro La Fenice Opera House. Miss Cruz sported a $exy one-shoulder draped blue dress teamed with a pair of silver high heels as she made her way inside, trying very hard to avoid the paparazzi. And according to a report, the reception was a mosaic of musical stylings, with everyone from Bono to Damien Rice to Woody Harrelson to Charlize Theron taking the stage to sing throughout the night.

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Time Out In Bangkok!

Oops, despite the recent unrest and the swine flu saga...I am still embarking on a long weekend break to my favourite short stay destination, Bangkok. It's so near and almost effortless to enjoy the city. I am staying at the new Le Meridien Bangkok...it's stunning. Very design and modern decor and layouts. From sights to sounds...it all came together to create an urban oasis for the stylish traveller. Thanks to a friend who works in the hotel..I got a very good rate:-)

Will take pics and report more soon.

Happy Labour Day!

Source: Le Meridien Bangkok

Bath and Beyond

Driving through the green English countryside on a perfectly sunny day is absolutely dreamy. Walking through the historic city of Bath, where Jane Austen lived for 5 years and found inspiration for such loved characters as Mark Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett, is even dreamier. I am still reminiscing about the quaint cobblestone streets, ancient Roman Baths, magnificent residential homes of Georgian architecture, and an overpriced tourist trap known as the Jane Austen Centre which greets visitors with a photo of actor Colin Firth (you should already know who that is).

Agnes Lopez Tablescape Photoshoot

Photography: Agnes Lopez
Via: Southern Weddings

Southern Weddings Snippet: What happens when a floral designer is given a bridesmaid dress and told to come up with a tablescape design to match the dress? The following gorgeous display of floral design and creativity from some amazing floral designers. The gorgeous images were taken by the very talented Agnes Lopez. Each floral designer was given a bridesmaid dress to use as inspiration for a tablescape design. These designs are truly stunning and proving once and for all that inspiration really can come from anything...even a dress!

Shoot Location: The Players Club Sawgrass

Makeup: Kimtasha Armstrong

Model: Chelsea with M.T.M Agency

Wardrobe: Bella Bridesmaid Jacksonville, Florida

Floral Designers: Rose of Sharon European Florist, Blooming Branches, Glenn Certain Studio, Liz Stewart Floral Design, Wilson's Limited

credits: All images {Agnes Lopez}, Row 1 {Rose of Sharon}, Row 2 {Blooming Branches}, Row 3 {Glenn Certain Studio}, Row 4 {Liz Stewart Floral Design}, Row 5 {Wilson's Limited}

Theme: A Kentucky Derby Party

Loving this party theme from the Hostess Blog! We're moving to Kentucky a week after the Kentucky Derby. :o( Perhaps next year I'll throw a KD party!


The Kentucky Derby is coming up soon - Saturday, May 2nd – and even if you can’t make it to Churchill Downs yourself, this is SUCH a fun excuse to get together and throw a party at home!

You can go all out with a specific theme like Hats n’ Heels, Racing/Silks, Infield, etc - or keep it casual with simple cocktails, appetizers, and a good view of the flat screen! KentuckyDerbyParty.com has tons of great ideas for celebrating at home - from Derby-appropriate recipes by chef Bobby Flay to themed party ideas to Derby party invitations. (A few favorites from the invitation designs are pictured below.)


And if you’re REALLY looking for an excuse to party - here’s a good one: KentuckyDerbyParty.com is currently hosting the “Bring the Derby Home! Sweepstakes” where you can win a Derby party for you and 20 of your closest friends! The party is valued at over $3500 and includes a 32″ Toshiba Flat Screen! Just register on KentuckyDerbyParty.com by noon tomorrow (Friday, April 24th) to enter the sweepstakes - it only takes a minute!


(Learn more about the history & traditions of the KD here.)