Monthly Archives: June 2014

Friday Favorites: Southern Fox

Featured on Instagram by The Southern Prep Blogger

Featured on Instagram by The Southern Prep Blogger

“The South is a place of refuge, where time is a little slower, tea a little sweeter, and smiles a little brighter. The southern lifestyle is made of many occasions, from formal affairs to casual afternoons. Whenever the dress is casual, Southern Fox will have a shirt for you. Made from the softest cotton and printed with our fox logo, each shirt carries a bit of Southern Charm that gentlemen and belles of the South are raised on.” ~from southern-fox.com

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Serving Endless Possibilities

on the Amstel in Amsterdam

on the Amstel in Amsterdam

[something I wrote one morning, sitting by the Amstel River in Amsterdam]

Whenever I travel, I always feel like the possibilities come without end. I can do things and be people I had never thought of at home. Why is that?

It’s life at home, I suppose. The routine, the expectations, the ceilings… the sky is just bigger here.

The best hosts make you feel special and make you feel welcome. They’ve always inspired me to be more hospitable in return. The Netherlands, and our hosts through Airbnb, have been that for me. I hope to bring back a little of their big sky.

Friday Favorites: French Pharmacies

The beauty chemists of France... Pharmacies.

The beauty chemists of France… Pharmacies.

They are practically on every corner. The glow of their neon green lights lure you in. They whisper in your ears magical promises of bright skin, cellulite-free thighs, and luxurious long lashes. I can spot the beguiling burning cross clear across the lengths of the boulevards in Paris and without a doubt, I’m going in. After our third one today, Matt said, “I’m just going to wait out here.” Continue reading

Friday Favorite: Airbnb

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My “Friday Favorite” is the travel app and website “Airbnb.” It’s a way for “hosts” to rent their homes, apartments, flats, etc. to traveling guests and it’s fantastic. We are using it for our European trip and are LOVING having a flat in Notting Hill all to ourselves.

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A Father’s Day Gift Idea with a Cocktail for You. Cheers!

"The Southern" Bourbon Bubbly Cocktail ~ soak your peaches overnight in bourbon and cover with chilled champagne.

“The Southern” Bourbon Bubbly Cocktail ~ soak your peaches overnight in bourbon and cover with chilled champagne.

 

Father’s Day is Sunday~ you have just enough time to make him Bacon-Infused Bourbon. I’ve written before about one of Matt’s favorite drinks, “The Bacon Old Fashioned,” and I thought Father’s Day would be a great time to make another batch of bacon-infused bourbon for Matt’s dad (surprise, David!).   Continue reading

Friday Favorites: bangles and (sun)bathing

Friday Favorites- stackable bangles from Shop Electric and Turkish towels from Longest Thread

Friday Favorites- stackable bangles from Shop Electric and Turkish towels from Longest Thread

The first thing I love this Friday is summer break! June 6th is a great day for teachers.

The other two things I love are Turkish towels and stackable bangles from ShopElectric.

Turkish towels are made with a flat weave and were originally used in Turkish baths. They are handwoven and their tight weave makes them fast drying and sand repellant. They are GREAT for the beach. Be careful, because they can get EXPENSIVE. The best ones I found are at the Longest Thread . They are a great quality, handmade in Turkey, and begin selling at $22!

I LOVE bangles and Shop Electric Designs offers awesome combinations of 3 high-quality bangles for reasonable prices. I ordered 2 “black and white leopard” and one “crystal”— all 3 on tarnish-free gold wiring. They are great!

Happy Friday!

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Shop Electric Bangles

Great bangles – a similar look and quality as Bourbon&Boweties, but at a MUCH better price. Visit www.shopelectricdesigns.etsy.com for your set.

Hall of Mirrors

 

Using four large, gold mirrors, we opened up the room and created something interesting on an otherwise large blank wall.

Using four large, gold mirrors, we opened up the room and created something interesting on an otherwise large blank wall.

In the 1600’s mirrors were very expensive, one of the most expensive things to own. That made Louis XVI’s Hall of Mirrors in Versailles even MORE of an impressive statement. It is 239.5 feet long and boasts over 357 mirrors. Using mirrors in decorating, in my opinion, is an absolute MUST. They reflect light, open up the space, and can add an elegant touch to every room.  Continue reading