Monthly Archives: July 2014

Friday Favorites: magazines

My favorite magazines

My favorite magazines

I love magazines.

I think a magazine subscription is one of the best gifts to get and give! (Just remember to actually pay for the subscription. One of my best friend’s ex-boyfriends “gave” her mom a  subscription to O Magazine— except he never actually paid for it! Every month her mom said to him, “I guess this month’s issue got lost again, huh?”) Continue reading

H&S in the Hamptons

House Beautiful

Guest blogger, Amanda Swearingen, covers the East Hampton Antique Show for HOST and SERVE. Amanda has a degree in Interior Design and is currently creating custom dresses for little girls in her spare time, with plans to expand her brand in 2015. 

After seeing a write up about it in House Beautiful I started off my morning at the 8th annual East Hamptons Antiques Show benefitting the East Hampton Historical Society. The show’s location was worth the visit alone. Continue reading

Friday Favorite: Sweet Kale Vegetable Salad Kit

Pick up a great salad kit to make your dinner party preparations easier!

Pick up a great salad kit to make your dinner party preparations easier!

Hosting a dinner party is fun, but it’s also a lot of work for the hostess.  Remember, it’s your soiree, and you should HAVE FUN, too; so when possible, take a few shortcuts. This time-saver is easy, quick, and allows you to spend your energies creating a signature drink or whipping up homemade whipped cream.  Continue reading

Friday Favorites: “Lou’s Brew” ~a chilled coffee cocktail

Lou's Brew- 2 parts chilled, French Pressed Coffee, one part Coffee Rum

Lou’s Brew- 2 parts chilled, French Pressed Coffee, one part Coffee Rum


I didn’t think I liked “iced coffee.” I always thought that no one REALLY liked it, but everyone just ordered it because it was the “cool” thing to do. (I have a similar theory about the Dave Matthews Band, but I will save that post for another day). I had refused to be brainwashed by Starbucks. I had principles! Drinking real coffee in the middle of the day, in the middle of July in Florida, could be the closest thing to eating fire. But the “Starbucks stereotype” couldn’t die away [how would everyone show the world they were cool during the summer if they couldn’t stage their selfies with the Starbucks logo showing?]  so…  ICE COFFEE IT IS for EVERYONE! Continue reading

Wait for Me! – SERVES as an entertaining read

The cover of  WAIT FOR ME by Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire

The cover of WAIT FOR ME by Deborah Mitford, photograph be Cecil Beaton

“My father… was famous for having read only one book, White Fang, which he enjoyed so much he vowed never to read another. When they were first married, my mother was shocked to realize that my father had read only one book. She persuaded him to listen to her reading aloud some classics, starting with Thomas Hardy. She chose Tess of the d’Ubervilles with its descriptions of farm and heath land, which she thought he would enjoy. When she got to the sad part, my father started crying. ‘Oh, darling, don’t cry, it’s only a story.’ ‘What,’ said my father, his sorrow turning to rage, ‘do you mean to say the damn feller made it up?’ I was born after the days of White Fang and never saw my father open a book.” -Deborah Mitford Cavendish, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, Wait For Me

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The Peony Does NOT Have to be Your Favorite Flower

in the rose garden at Hampton Court Palace, England

In the rose garden at Hampton Court Palace, England

For some reason, it seems like EVERY blogger, stylist, and wedding planner is OBSESSED with peonies. Are they getting paid by a secret society of peony pushers? Have they brainwashed all of us into thinking that only the peony is “pretty?”

I admit; I fell for it for a moment this year. I voraciously googled how to grow peonies in Florida and even thought, “Maybe I could grow them in my refrigerator…”

It took traveling to England to remind me of my first flower love, and in my opinion the queen of the flower kingdom, the English Garden Rose.

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