Wednesday, September 30

currently loving


Trying to get back into blogging is hard, much harder than I thought it would be. I'm finding that it's not the sort of thing I can just ease back into. This is going to require a full running jump. I'm working on it. What better way to start than by sharing some things I'm currently loving, on a Wednesday no less. Just like old times. 

We're starting to get into that perfect fall weather I love so much, cool mornings and evenings, warm afternoons. With temps changing so much over the course of the day I've been trying to balance my outfits so I'm not too warm or cold at any point. My favorite combination is a cozy sweater paired with a skirt or shorts. I love everything about this skirt, blush with burgundy appliqués, it could take you straight through spring. I'd pair it with a simple navy sweater and get a little matchy-matchy with my accessories. Burgundy boots, a navy handbag with contrasting piping, pale pink sunglasses, delicate earrings, and muted nail polish.

What are you feeling this fall? And if you have any tips on how to get back into blogging, please share!

Friday, September 25

rosemary pomegranate gin fizz

rosemary pomegranate gin fizz | #proseccointhepark
Keeping in the theme of pretty pink cocktails, this week's is brought to you by the need to use up the plants growing on my windowsill before they are done for the season. So, I plucked a healthy sprig of rosemary and surveyed the contents of my fridge. I settled on pomegranate juice, my most recent guilty pleasure split with soda water, and thought gin might go best with both. A fizz it is, and a very simple one at that. Being as the pomegranate juice is so sweet, I decided to skip on simple syrup and muddle the rosemary to get the flavor. The drink ended up perfectly balanced and tasted a tiny bit like Christmas, which I am aware it is too soon for.
rosemary pomegranate gin fizz | #proseccointhepark
rosemary pomegranate gin fizz | #proseccointhepark
rosemary pomegranate gin fizz | #proseccointhepark
rosemary pomegranate gin fizz | #proseccointhepark
rosemary pomegranate gin fizz | #proseccointhepark
rosemary pomegranate gin fizz | #proseccointhepark
ROSEMARY POMEGRANATE GIN FIZZ
2 ounces gin
2 ounces pomegranate juice
3/4 ounce lemon juice
rosemary
soda water

In a large glass or shaker combine gin, pomegranate juice, lemon juice, and rosemary. Muddle. Strain over ice. Top with soda water, garnish with a spring of rosemary, and enjoy!
rosemary pomegranate gin fizz | #proseccointhepark

Friday, September 18

champagne carlton

champagne carlton | #proseccointhepark
i can't remember if the day or the meal was anything special but i get this feeling every time i think about elephant and castle. i can see it, everything, as it was. it's cold and gray outside, the wind whipping through the empty lot surrounded by a chain link fence lined with tiles, a memorial. we stood outside to wait red nosed, tapping our feet to keep warm. once inside we order a soup bowl of hot chocolate and these, champagne carltons. delicious raspberry infused champagne dreams. i am in love. until i have to think about the walk home, inching closer to an icy hudson.

we've been back many times since that day and though i reserve the hot chocolate for the colder months, the champagne carlton has remained one of my favorite brunch drinks in the city. so, after all this time, i have finally decided to recreate a version of it for myself and for you lovely readers and anyone who delights in champagne cocktails.
champagne carlton | #proseccointhepark
champagne carlton | #proseccointhepark
champagne carlton | #proseccointhepark

the champagne carlton
5 oz champagne
1/2 oz chambord
1/2 tsp raspberry preserves

add a drop of raspberry preserves to a champagne coupe, add chambord, and top with champagne or prosecco if you so choose. stir once and enjoy!
champagne carlton | #proseccointhepark

Wednesday, September 9

back in the swing

Many people consider Labor Day the official end of summer, but here in the "Big Apple" for example, we're still baking. And will be up until November. As the remaining days of summer trickle to a close I've found myself eyeing loose swingy dresses, reminiscent of earlier times. I really do admire the fun retro silhouettes of the 1960s and '70s that have been creeping back onto the racks, but this style for one, has never been a friend to my figure. Unless of course I want to make myself look bigger. 
one  / two / three

Sézane's Fall - Winter collection has captured my attention and sold out almost immediately. I swear, I clicked refresh for an hour waiting impatiently for a blouse to become available in my size. These three dresses are what I'm aiming for this Fall. A sweet and simple '60s silhouette with clean white trim. A swingy wear anywhere little black dress. And ladylike '70s inspired non separates. I could easily see Olivia Wilde donning any of these in The Longest Week with side swept bangs and the perfect cat eye. (See here for reference.) Can you guess what haircut I'm craving for the new season?

So what do you think? How are you feeling about this trend?