Not Just Southern Girls Love Double Pearls

Southern girls have long been known for their pearls, so I could not be more excited about the double pearl earring trend that is popping up everywhere. First seen from The House of Dior, the double pearl earring is actually a refined, chic twist on tribal jewelry. Fortunately, other brands have taken note and are offering more affordable versions of the haute couture trend. How do you double up on your pearls?

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Top: Christian Dior / 1. Regina Pierallini Double Pearl Stud Earrings in Pink / 2. Christian Dior “Tribale” / 3. Etsy / 4. Banana Republic / 5. Regina Pierallini Double Pearl Stud Earrings in Gray Silver

Color Crush on Blush

I have a crush…on blush! I can’t seem to stop buying the frosty, flirty, feminine hue. I’ve been obsessed with Doutzen Kroes’ “Barely Pink” Color Riche lipstick for L’Oréal since the Victoria’s Secret fashion show aired. From my new favorite sweater, a beautiful beaded neckline sweater by Ted Baker, to my twinkling toes in Kate Spade’s “Trick” glitter flats, the surprisingly neutral color has become my new version of winter white. With blush on the brain, I also picked out the perfect not too sheer nail shade by China Glaze called “Diva Bride” to top off my my look. How have you fallen in love with blush?


Mermaid Mica iPhone 5/5s case / Kate Spade Trick Glitter Flat / Ted Baker Embellished Neckline Sweater in Nude Pink / China Glaze in Diva BrideL’Oréal Collection Privee by Doutzen

Pretty Pink Weekend Brunch Tablescape

It’s no secret that pink is my favorite color, so it is no surprise that when we were lucky enough to host my family for brunch I rolled out the pink carpet…okay, so really more like the pink napkin rings and roses. Hosting brunch is a fun way to entertain friends and family without leaving you with a sink full of dishes the next morning! I chose fairly neutral basics for our dining room so that it is easy to change the look of the tablescape with different china, linens, and fresh flowers. For brunch I chose to mix a few pieces of my fine china, Femme Fatale by Monqiue Lhuillier, with basic white everyday pieces to keep the pops of pink from becoming overwhelmingly feminine. Ted even treated us to some of his delicious homemade biscuits!


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Kate Spade Larabee Dot Rose Bowl / Monique Lhuillier Femme Fatale China / Gold Flatware (similar)

Pass the Marsala…I’m still wearing Oxblood

There is something about a chill in the air and a lack of leaves on the trees that makes us put away the pretty pastels and beach brights in favor of more somber shades. In the past I’ve opted for eggplant as a reprieve from the blacks, greys, and beiges that often dominate a winter wardrobe, but this year I’m still obsessed with oxblood. A bit deeper plum-brown than burgundy, oxblood is eye-catching yet surprisingly versatile. I first dabbled in the color by sporting an oxblood pout and nails against my sparkling emerald green cocktail dress for the annual firm Christmas party (I used Christian Dior lip liner in Sweet Plum topped with Bobbi Brown lip color in Crimson and L’oreal Infallible gloss in Mirror Underneath and China Glaze in Prey Tell), and have now been looking for more ways to incorporate the shade into my wardrobe. Are you embracing Marsala as the color of the year or bucking the trend for a richer hue?

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Award Show Season Worthy Snacks

I am so excited that award show season is finally upon us! The Sunday nights snuggled up by the fire getting lost in the glitz and glam of the red carpet help me get through the gloomy grey bitter cold days of winter. I like to make an afternoon of getting ready from pampering myself to preparing festive snacks. In honor of the Golden Globe Awards this evening, I pulled together a few favorite recipes to prepare and enjoy while watching the show.

martha stewart rosemary caramel popcorn

Popcorn has long been a favorite snack of mine, and lately, I’ve gotten into gourmet ways to doctor up a bowl of popcorn from savory styles like truffle parmesan to sweet indulgences featuring chocolate and peanut butter. Today, I’m choosing a blend of sweet and savory with Martha Stewart’s Rosemary-Caramel Popcorn (click link for recipe).

williams sonoma rosemary spiced nuts

Since I already had rosemary on hand, I was reminded of some delicious spiced nuts that we received from a friend for Christmas and found a recipe by Williams-Sonoma for Spiced Rosemary Nuts that turned out to be very similar and equally delicious.

ice cream bonbon pops

After selecting a couple of savory snacks, my sweet tooth wanted to be invited to the party as well. For a twist on classic truffles, I turned to a Food & Wine recipe that combined popcorn with one of my favorite simple pleasures – ice cream! You can use pretty much any of your favorite candies from Reese’s Pieces to chocolate sprinkles to adorn the outside of these bite sized desserts. The lollipop sticks even offer the added bonus of mess free enjoyment, which is a perk, especially if you happen to be snacking in a favorite party dress!la marca prosecco

To me, a glass of sparking wine is always the perfect complement to a spread of sweet and savory snacks. Perhaps this harkens back to the time I spent in Italy enjoying cicchetti after a long day of studying or shopping at the bàcari scattered around Venice. The La Marca bottle is not only beautiful, but offers persistent bubbles with hints of honey and white floral notes.

What snacks or watch party traditions will you be enjoying this awards season?