FashionInsta-Cute! Keiko Lynn

 

The beautiful Keiko Lynn in bright florals.

ContestsName the Dress Contest #80!

The contest has ended. Be sure to enter again next week!

Winning Dress Name: Thanks a Cotillion

Winner: Neen


FashionInsta-cute! Amanda Norgaard for NY Times Style

Amanda Norgaard by Sanchez & Mongiello, New York Times Style Winter 2010

GeneralFestive Holiday Drinks

Whether you’re playing hostess, or just arriving with a gift in hand, these yummy drink recipes will impress and delight. Mulled wine can be made days or weeks ahead of time and heated up at your friend’s party. As for the cocoa, I like to make it just before I leave the house and pour it into a pre-warmed Thermos. That way you can offer up your concoction without having to raid your friend’s kitchen!
 
  
Mulled Wine (per bottle)
3/4 C. Sugar
1/2 C. Water
1 Bottle Red Wine (Cabernet or Merlot work fine)
12 Whole Cloves
1 Large Cinnamon Stick
1/8 tsp. Freshly Grated Nutmeg
2 Lemons (cut into wedges)
1 Orange (cut into wedges)
1/2 C. Orange Juice
 
Directions: Boil the sugar and water until sugar is dissolved. Add remaining ingredients squeezing each lemon and orange wedge a bit to release the juice and oils. Simmer over very low heat, stirring occasionally, until the wine is warm and flavorful and you just start to see steam. (Be sure not to boil!) Add sugar to taste if you desire.
 
Strain and serve, or cool and pour back into the bottles and refrigerate. You can reheat any quantity you like, and your mulled wine will keep in the refrigerator for weeks!
 
 
Hot Chocolate with Irish Cream (Makes 2 Cups)
 
2 C. Milk (any kind)
4 Tbs.  Trader Joe’s Sipping Chocolate
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/4 C. Irish Cream
Freshly Grated Cinnamon

Directions: Place milk in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk in chocolate powder. Heat until scalded. Whisk in vanilla and pour into two mugs. Stir in the Irish Cream and finish with freshly grated cinnamon.
 
*Feeling elaborate? Serve with homemade peppermint marshmallows!
 
 
Poinsettia (The Easy Method)
 
Champagne or White Wine (Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay work well)
Cranberry Juice
 
Directions: Add a splash of cranberry juice to your champagne or wine. Simple and delicious!
 

Do you have any special drink recipes for holiday times?

FashionBlogger Spotlight: Jenny of Neon Blush

 
It’s almost Christmas! This year I am giving you the gift of Neon Blush! What’s that you say? Only one of my favorite blogs! Jenny, of Neon Blush, has the effortless and cool style that I aim to achieve pretty much everyday. Great separates, perfect denim, and just the right amount of edge. Take a look and see for yourself!
 
For me, adding a button down shirt is pretty much de rigueur. It toughens any outfit and adds an instant amount of cool – at least in my opinion. I love pairing menswear style button-downs with girlie skirts and heels. It is a flawless combo!

Love the tough jacket and boots with the contrast of a sheer, feminine blouse!
 
What an amazing photo! I am such a fan of hi-lo hems and this black pleated version is just awesome!
 
Casual cute with a sweater, printed blouse, and boots!
 
I love these Mink Pink Runaway slashed denim shorts! They would even work paired with tights in the winter!
 
Jenny making basics her own with edgy shoes and a structured bag!
 
I love the attention to detail with these amazing paper-bag-waist shorts and loads of perfect gold jewelry.
 
More edgy, menswear details with epaulette shoulders and tweed shorts. This is a perfect combo of sweet and feminine with a fun edge to it!
 
Make sure to check out Jenny’s blog, Neon Blush!! Tons of inspirations and beautiful images!