Friday, July 30, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
One of the things that has bothered me since we moved into this house almost 4 years ago was the big red brick fireplace. It is the focal point of our great room so the minute you walk into the house it is one of the first things you see. The red brick and gray slate mantle always seemed out of place, but it was a project that got pushed down on the list. Until we got the new hardwood floors, then it moved straight to the top. We are so lucky that my father in law is the most amazing carpenter and based on a photo we gave him he was able to build us our dream mantle. Simple, clean modern lines, it is absolutely perfect!
Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
2006 Boho Vineyards Central Coast Chardonnay
Next Week we are heading down for our annual week on the Outerbanks of North Carolina. It is my favorite week of the year. Long runs on the beach, crashing waves, time to read a book, nap in the sun, and happy hours as the sun sets over the dunes. I was reading an article recently that raved about Boho Vineyards wine in a box, which at first made me cringe, thinking about wine coming out of anything but a bottle just seemed cheap. I looked up Boho Vineyards online and review after review said this is one to try and perfect for the beach! Their motivation for the switch from bottle to box was to help consumers reduce their carbon footprint without sacrificing the wine quality they expect from premium Central Coast wines. Which makes this wine in a box even more appealing. The 3-liter box is the equivalent of 4 regular bottles, with a price under $24 a box it is a real bargain.
What the Experts are saying...
This well- made chardonnay is the equivalent of four bottles of wine priced at $6 each. It's not an ultra-complex beverage, but it's clean and fresh, with good acidity and fruit-to-oak balance.- Baltimore Sun So how's the wine? Actually, quite pleasant, representing with clarity and balance more the tropical-fruit side of chardonnay than the citric, melon and apple. It isn't a barrel-chested example of California chardonnay. It's more demure, intended to be taken at the table with light spring cuisine. It isn't an oaky, alcoholic monster meant for cocktail-hour sipping, pondering and discussing. It put me in mind of a carafe of the house wine that would be put on the table of a bistro in Burgundy, a small place in a cellar, so casual the dogs wouldn't be leashed. -The Sacramento Bee
I've tried the 2006 Boho Chardonnay, and it's just what I'd expect from a Central Coast chardonnay selling for $10-$12 a bottle. It has a bright, fruity aroma with hints of lemon and pear, full flavors, good structure and a dry finish. No doubt about it: The wine is dry. -The Star-Ledger
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
2009 Clifford Bay Awatere Valley
With temperatures well into the 90's for the past what seems like months, even if it only has been a couple weeks, I have officially made the switch to white wines. Which is why I was super excited that Food & Wine this month featured a section on Secret White-Wine Superstars. I will definitely be featuring a few of these in the next couple of weeks as I sample through them for my Friday Wine Tastings. Today I suggest you try this fabulous Sauvignon Blanc from New Zeland, 2009 Clifford Bay Awatere Valley. For $10 this is a must try and perfect bottle to bring along for summer happy hours on the deck!! Happy Friday!
This wine shows blackcurrant, guava and citrus notes. The palate exhibits the same fine fruit flavours with an under lying flinty note typical of Awatere Valley fruit. The finish is long, crisp and dry.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Um WOW!!! I am totally in love with these widly fun, exotic, kind of glamorous, super fabulous clutches!! I discovered them while doing my morning read of Oh Happy Day, and immediately thought how great it would be to custom design my very own animal, a zebra for sure! Definitely a conversation piece, one of a kind accessory, and the perfect accent to any outfit for a night out. I LOVE it.
From the Designer on Etsy:
Would you love to get an Orwell Clutch but you don't see your favorite animal or color listed? Then this is the listing for you! It's like a choose your own adventure story, where you totally get to cheat!
This listing is for 1 purse only.
First, choose an animal from one of the shown animals (cocker spaniel, sheep, scottish terrier, pig, clown fish, cat, elephant, dachshund, or long haired chihuahua), then select a color (light blue, red, pink, gunmetal, copper, gold, silver, or navy), and purchase. In the message to seller just call out your picks and voila - 10 to 14 days later I'll ship out your brand new purse!
All purses are made in metallic leather. The interior has a small pocket - large enough to hold ID or a credit card. The purse is lightly padded, and lined in a polyester satin. Lining color/pattern may vary from the shown photos but will be a colorful print.
The purse itself holds enough for a night on the town: cell phone, lip gloss, money and any phone numbers you might pick up while people use your new purse as snazzy conversation starter. A zipper closure keeps all your goodies inside.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
I recently had the opportunity to work with Josh Friedman of Elan Artists in planning the most spectacular 13th birthday party in Greenwich. Kids were treated to a night of entertainment from the minute they arrived. Greeted by a rock wall, and bungee jump, jousting, boxing, craft stations (where they could design their own football jersey or flip flops) basketball hoops, and the most incredible surprise "stomp" style performance that set the tone for a night of dancing. Eric Visa was a master behind the table spinning the hottest music, mixed in with the lead singer of the Hudson Project, and electric violins from three of the most talented ladies I know. Music rocked well into the night! It was a celebration I am sure they will never forget.
Peter Callahan and his incredible team were amazing, the way the food is presented is always a wow! They are true masters in the art of food. I especially loved the mini fish tacos and tiny patron margarita shooters that were passed to the adults. Brilliant!
Floral and Design: True Event
Entertainment and Coordination: Josh Friedman, Elan Artists
Photography: Allan Zepeda, Elan Artists
Catering: Callahan Catering
Furniture: Rentals Unlimited
Rentals: Party Rental Ltd.
Lighting: Levy Lighting
Friday, July 9, 2010
When Abby and I decided to team up to do this I was so excited at the opportunity to share with readers the process of designing a wedding from inspiration to reality for a real bride. The design process is one that I think is essential in making a wedding unique to the couple but also memorable for guests. I am always asked the question after everything is set in place, "was that your idea or the brides?," "who came up with the colors, was that you?" For me it is always a combination of details, I love taking a client's vision and helping to refine it. We often start at one place and in the end the finished result is even more spectacular than I could have ever imagined, and that was the case with this Nashville wedding.
Working with Libby and Patrick, was truly amazing! They completely trusted us, and gave us total freedom to create the wedding of their dreams, never once doubted or questioned whether or not it would be exactly what they wanted. That is the relationship between a client and a designer that truly is the recipe for complete success. And for me a dream! Tapping into what was important to them, listening to them talk about their favorite things, and really getting a sense of their personalities set the tone for all that was to come.
With all of the gorgeousness that appears on Style Me Pretty on a daily basis I really wanted this event to be special and in partnering with the extremely talented Abby Larson, there was no doubt it would be. The team of vendors that I had the opportunity to work with in this incredible adventure was the opportunity of a lifetime. I was blown away by the energy, talent, and passion that surrounded me from the minute we all got together in the board room at the hotel surrounded by buckets and buckets of flowers, and the laughter never stopped. It is why I love what I do so much! And why I am so blessed to be living my dream!
Style Me Pretty did such an absolutely incredible job of documenting the behind the scenes, the design, details, raw emotion, and photos from this incredible project so I won't try to recreate what has already been done and seen on the blog, but I do want to highlight some of my favorite moments. Thank you Abby for letting me be a part of this incredible project, it is a memory I will always cherish and can't wait until our next collaboration!
(an extra special thank you to the girls on my team, Adrienne for sweating along side me for two days as we built this dream wedding, and Kate for the DIY behind the scenes work, the yo-yos came out absolutely beautiful!)
A few Favorite Nashville Moments that you didn't see on SMP:
A birthday dinner to remember, lots of dancing and karaoke! Nashville I heart you!
A Behind the Scenes Look at the building of this dream wedding!
Totally humbled by the response! Kind words from readers of SMP...
Sarah True of True Event, who I respect and adore on an entirely new level after this wedding. She is the most level headed, totally design savvy, can-do anything designer I’ve ever met…literally climbing on tables to hang votives and bussing tables during the reception. Not to mention her insanely gorgeous styling. Yep, she’s officially THE BEST… (Abby Larson- Style Me Pretty)
Everything about this makes me happy. Those chairs are amazing, the tables are perfection, the peonies are out of this world pretty ....I just love how everything ties together so perfectly! I love today on SMP!!
i can honestly say i have never seen an event so lovely. and how...how?! did Sarah manage to squeeze in all of that gorgeous bubble gum without it feeling over-the-top or girly? truly amazing.
My favorite SMP wedding to date! I am literally in tears! This is how I've been envisioning my future wedding! Perfection.
This is absolutely AMAZING!! The designs are so inspirational and full of creativity. I think the details are my favorite to date! (and I'm usually a lurker and don't comment on here!)
I simply love the contemporary look and how all the DIY elements are so creative/original yet 'accessible' and do-able at the same time. Everything is just oozing with style. Even without knowing the background story, based on the photos alone, this is truly, truly one of my favorites!
This makes me feel so happy! Thank you SMP!! :)**Here is a Link to all of the goodness on SMP from our Inspiration to Wedding Feature.**
Event Design: Sarah True of True Events / Photography: Justin and Mary Marantz / Cinema: Julie Hill of Elysium / Floral Design: Chase Rivers of Flair / Invitations and Save the Dates: Laura Hooper / Rentals, Furniture, Linens: Classic Party Rentals / Chair covers: Wildflower Linens /Wedding Planning: Jacki Wickersham and Angela Proffitt of Elegant Weddings by Angela / Catering and Noodle Bar: Zumi Sushi / Cake Flower: Estilo Weddings / Mercury Glass: Borrowed from Yumiko at Hana Floral Design / Welcome Bags: Melangerie NYC / Wedding Photography (to be seen tomorrow): Arlund Imagery / Venue: Pinnacle, Nashville
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
This weekend you must check out the calendar for the local wineries, there are so many spectacular things going on, from music series, to farmer's markets to having a picnic and sipping wine on their beautiful grounds. Thanks to Alica I have discovered a new winery that I must check out on the CT Wine trail. Their Rose was a real treat!
In addition to Rose, Zinfandel is a great wine to pair with food off of the grill. And one of my favorite cheapies is Gnarly Head, Old Vine Zinfandel, $9.99.
Lastly while searching the web for what the experts were saying about Fourth of July wines, I discovered a really interesting suggestion. That will be on my list for the weekend. Happy Fourth Everyone!
I’m going to take a pragmatic view here. Let’s say you are going to start getting ready in the afternoon, for whatever you do, meaning cracking a bottle of wine open and drinking it throughout the day. It’s probably going to be pretty warm out and there is a good chance that you might throw back a few drinks. This lead me to think, low alcohol, after all, heat stroke and dehydration are not very good ways to spend a paid day off.
Quick and dirty, Vino Verde, which means ‘green wine,’ is made in northern Portugal near the Spanish border. There are different styles including a red version but the region is known for its slightly frizzante wine that has 10 – 11% alcohol. It is usually made from one or a combination of Alvarinho, Loureiro and Trajadura. You want to get a wine from a recent vintage, preferably 2007, as it should be super fresh. My pick is Muralhas de Moncao Vinho Verde, 2007 ($13). It’s super clean and refreshing, with lime and a slightly salty minerality. Get two bottles as it goes down way to easy." - Pamela Busch, Owner & Wine Director at CAV Wine Bar & Kitchen, San Francisco