April 15, 2014

Cooking Up Lime Green

(source: ebocube.com)

I'm about to remodel my kitchen. It's one of the most important rooms in my home because so much of life and love happens there. It'll be the second kitchen re-do I've undertaken in a ridiculously short period of time. The first was a test of wills with contractors and my patience (of which I have little) but I take full responsibility for my overzealous design ideas and almost impossible requests for structural changes in our condo in Philadelphia which by the way, had been recently renovated very nicely by the previous owner. But I've learned my lesson. The kitchen in our summer home near the New Jersey shore will be as uncomplicated as possible. Yes, it will be a complete gut job but what will replace the 60's style colonial kitchen will be sleek, contemporary and most importantly, simple to build out.

(source: Daphne Graphics)

Slate gray will be the dominant color but to punch it up a notch, I've decided to accessorize with small blasts of luscious Lime Green. It's been fun shopping for kitchen accessories that will add the desired "pop" on a modern neutral. I don't know how long I'll stick with this neon hue but the great thing about adding color to a room with interchangeable items is that you can mix things up whenever the mood strikes you without having to hammer a nail. Check out the fun cookware, gadgets, glassware and other tools I've collected below and stay tuned for renovation updates!

April 8, 2014

In the Color Lab: Pinks & Gold

Images: Pinterest. Gemmy Jewels

I marvel at the unexpectedness of Pinks and Gold. When you mix them, pair them or mash them together, the combination is fun, feminine and fresh. To be honest, I thought I'd stopped loving pale pinks, cherry-blossom fuchsias, dusty roses and cotton-candy pinks when I stopped wearing pigtails but add shimmering, glittering Golds and you have a surprisingly elegant palette. 

We collected a few fab beauty buys and accessories on our Style Board below including our Gemmy Jewels enamel bangle bracelets, so perfect for Spring!

Images: Polyvore

April 1, 2014

These Three Things: See, Eat, Read


It's April! Time to get out of the house after an overdose of Winter and see (1) the artistry of a gifted photographer in New York City. I'm also excited to start trying the great new restaurants that have opened in our Philly neighborhood (2) like this progressive American my man and I sampled on a recent date night. And I'm always eager to curl up with (3) a good book at the end of a hectic day and this fun read combines my love of good food with intriguing family drama.

March 18, 2014

Color Craze: Pantone's Spring Fling

Top Row: ModCloth DressDorothy Perkins Dress, Victoria Victoria Beckham Dress
Middle Row: Victoria Beckham DressDiane Von Furstenberg Dress, Maison Rabih Kayrouz Dress
Bottom Row: Herve Leger Dress, Joseph Dress, Lela Rose Dress, Alberta Ferretti Dress

To say I'm a fan of the colors Pantone, the global authority on color has selected to highlight for Spring 2014 is an understatement. The balanced mix of brights and pastels is modern and refreshing. Alone, each color can stand on its own, but the possible color combos are what's really exciting. Since my schedule this Spring and Summer will involve a lot of personal appearance, I've decided to add a few special pieces to my wardrobe. While shopping, I started to see how some of my favorite designers have incorporated this color forecast into some pretty spectacular dresses. I've already added the DVF Kaley Dress in a very Sand-like color to my wardrobe. 

I'm using this glorious color palette in my my jewelry too. Add a pair of drop earrings in Celonia Orange to a Dazzling Blue dress. Or a pave crystal bracelet in the soft gray, Paloma with a top in icy green Hemlock. These colors can revive your wardrobe with strong vibrancy or add versatility with the more tranquil hues. Mix it up and have fun with these colors!

All jewelry from our JulRe Designs Classics and Gemmy Jewels Collections

March 14, 2014

It's a Mad, Mad March

Images: ncaa.com, printyourbrackets.com, sportsblogs.star-telegram.com
This month is one of my favorites. The madness that is March in college basketball begins and as the sports fanatic that I am, I can't get enough of the spirit of competition and whole championship drama. The speculation as to which teams will be selected for tournament, what seed they will be given, the coaches perched on their soapboxes touting why their team deserves consideration, the drama of the committee that chooses which teams are worthy (thank goodness the playoff system goes into effect next season), filling out your own brackets to test your skills at guessing which teams will win and possibly becoming super rich if you're right. It's all a more than real reality show and it all begins in 2 days with Selection Sunday for the Men's tourney. I'll be glued to the TV to watch it all unfold (GO SYRACUSE MEN and UCONN WOMEN!) and then the madness truly begins as the Road to the Final Four brings college basketball games to watch almost every day of the week until we have the teams that will vie for the National Championship. 

It's been a long standing tradition to gather my equally sports obsessed friends together for March Madness viewing parties and it wouldn't be one of my gatherings without my famous game day buffets. Here are 4 of my current favorite recipes for you and your sports-loving friends to enjoy too: 

Fried Pickles with Spicy Mayo  (top left) and Old School Garlic Bread (top right) from Bon Appetit

Four-Cheese Mushroom Lasagna (bottom right) from Ladies Home Journal

The Snakebite (bottom left) from Saveur

Enjoy the games! 


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