Thirsty Thursday: Autumn Apple Cider & Champagne Sangria

Please just look at this photo and tell me you didn’t run and light your fireplace (imaginary or not), light a pumpkin spice candle, and grab  throw blanket. Because I can then call you a liar. Come. on. This easy peasy recipe calls for sweet red wine, apples, figs, cider and a few other readily available fall ingredients, plus all the cinnamon, clove and nutmeg your spice loving heart could desire. And it’s topped off with champagne. So yes, this is what I’m drinking tonight while I watch Olivia Pope handle the isn out of every and any booty call that Read More →

Apple Watch Vs…

Whenever I’m thinking about buying something new (or, honestly  even when I’m thinking about Pinning something new to my wish list board) I love to read comparison reviews. I blame a healthy addiction to Consumer Reports as a child and a minor obsession with spreadsheets and graphics. But seriously – I want to know whether the Fitbit or Up is right for me. Whether the Totally MM is that much smaller than the GM (this was, of course, before Louis Vuitton BROKE MY HEART and discontinued the Totally GM.) I definitely want to know which organic CC cream has the most coverage. Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Whipped Apple Cider Martini

Whee! It’s officially officially Fall! And it looks like it here! Sorry Florida, but don’t worry you can rub it in when it’s -40 here and you’re pool side at The Beach Club. It’s also the official start of apple season, which entails buying ALL OF THE APPLES, baking in my house, pretending to bake at my friends’ house, and going on Instagram photoshoots apple picking with your girlfrands in riding boots and ponchos. It is great. And about that aforementioned baking, there are only so many fritters, pies, cakes, pancakes, cupcakes and accompanying compotes and frostings you can make Read More →

Color Study: Malachite

Is there any stone more enchanting than malachite? It’s having a bold, big come back in interior design, thanks to lots of Art Deco and Hollywood Regency influences merging to please the more is more school. And in jewelry, malachite is a stunning vintage touch. It’s hard to find pieces that aren’t prohibitively expensive at auction, and luckily many fashion and accessory designers are reinterpreting the earthy green shades, waves and swirls of malachite. It’s the ideal way to incorporate some jewel tones that aren’t in the red family to your autumnal wardrobe, thanks to malachites layered and moody feel. Read More →

Just Right Spessartite

Spessartite garnets are some of the most vibrant, beautiful gems, and catch your attention like no other. They’re relatively uncommonly seen in jewelry – most garnets are the better known shade of deep red – so when you do see them, it’s a treat. They’re much brighter than other orange gems like citrine or even the exceedingly rare orange diamond. They’re closer to the color of fire opals, but obviously a totally different gem family (they’re a variant of garnet, like tsavorite.) Spessartite garnets have been growing in popularity, and Tiffany & Co. incorporated the gem into a few kew Read More →