Inspiration By Blair

12 Aug



Breakfast in Bed

11 Aug


Waking up morning after morning to the same old routine can often get, well, tiring! Who says you can’t make waking up a lovely and enjoyable experience?

Breakfast in bed is one of my favorite ways to treat myself. Personally, the fear of dirtying the bed is silly… sheets and comforters can always be washed! It’s the feeling of relaxing in bed while eating a delicious and energizing meal that cannot be beat.

The steps are simple and easy:

1) Find a fun and functional tray. One with legs or without is just fine!

2) Make a pot of tea or coffee. That way, you can have a few cups without having to get out of bed. Pair it with cream and sugar in serving glasses.

3) A glass of orange juice or milk is not only tasty but adds color to the breakfast display!

4) Pick your main meal. Whether is it oatmeal with berries, toast with peanut butter or yogurt with nuts, make it high in protein!

5) Accompany it with real silverware/plating and a pretty napkin. Remember, this is a treat… doing the dishes is worth it.

6) Fresh cut flowers from the garden… optional, but almost a necessity!

Now, you have something to look forward to when you wake up in the morning. Give yourself a good 30 minutes to enjoy your meal, slowly wake up and get your mind ready for the day.

Once finished, it’s time to get dressed and go do some wonderful things!

Inspiration By Eleanor

27 Jul


Chic Chain Bracelets

26 Jul


Ladies love jewelry. That is that.

No matter one’s taste, every lady has a moment of, “oh my goodness, that is gorgeous, I must have it” when it comes to a particular piece. But often, that beautiful piece of jewelry does not justify purchasing, as other daily lady duties must be fulfilled (paying rent, student loans, saving for a little black dress…). In that case, a lady must resort to resourcefulness and creativity.

I have always loved the simple chain bracelets that go with any outfit, but did not want to spend some of the silly prices it costs to have them! Therefore, this independent lady decided to make her own.

All the materials can be found at local craft and hardware stores.IMG_1730

You will need:

1) About 1-2 feet of chain. There are many types of chain and choosing the right design for you is the fun part!

2)  Jump rings, which are circular metal pieces used to attach your chain to it’s clasps.

3) Clasps! This is another way personalize your bracelet as clasps come in all different shapes, sizes and designs.

4) Ribbon (Optional)IMG_1731

The proper tools are also important as to not scratch or damage your chain. You will need scissors and jewelry pliers/cutters. These can be bought in packs at your local craft shop!IMG_1732

Next, measure the chain around your wrist and mark where the chain is to be cut. Remember, you will be adding two jump rings and a clasp, therefore, include their length before cutting the chain too short or too long. IMG_1733

Cut the chain and add the jump rings to each end.IMG_1734

Then attach your clasp!IMG_1736

For a little extra fun, attach a ribbon through one of the jump rings and tie it into a bow. I have saved my Tiffany box ribbons and wanted to do something special with them, and what’s more special than to wear them beautifully?!


Here is an example of how a different style chain and clasp can give a varied look!

And look how darn cute they look together…



Inspiration By Lady Violet

11 Jul


Lane’s Afternoon Tea Party

10 Jul

ImageA couple of months ago, I posted an entry on how to create a proper afternoon tea. Unfortunately, the post was created in the middle of April and the weather was not conducive to the fabulous afternoon tea party I wanted to throw for four of my best girlfriends.

ImageJune proved to be the perfect month, as not only were the peonies in the garden in full bloom and the weather was lovely but also, all four of my girlfriends were home! Therefore, I took some of my own lady advice, set a date and invited my girls over for a fabulous afternoon full of sundresses and hats.

I followed the traditional standards for an afternoon tea, but of course, I had to put my own spin on things!

I began with making a few pots of tea depending on the preference of each lady. Having a few tea pots around the table has such a fun and whimsical vibe and gives some variety… it is a TEA party after all! Additionally, I mixed up what my family calls “Witches Brew” or half lemonade and half iced tea to be served as a refreshing drink.

ImageFor starters, I made a small array of finger sandwiches:

Cucumber with cream cheese, Tomato with Boursin spread and Turkey with cheddar cheese and Dijon mustard.

Each sandwich deviated a bit from the traditional servings (Cucumber, Egg mayonnaise with cress, Smoked salmon with cream cheese, Coronation chicken, Ham and mustard) but were just as delicious!

ImageScones with clotted cream and strawberry preserves were next. My favorite chef, Ina Garten also known as the Barefoot Contessa, always provides fool-proof recipes and I knew her scone recipe would be no different. I used Ina’s Cranberry-Orange Scone recipe, minus the cranberries. I wanted the scones to be unique but not overwhelming and the hint of orange flavor was perfect.

ImageClotted cream is very difficult to find in the States, therefore I decided to make my own. Using a mixer, I poured in heavy cream, sugar and a little vanilla. Yes, this is not typically how clotted cream is made (simmering cream in a saucepan) but, for a summer day the result was light, fluffy and yummy.

Store bought strawberry preserves put in a pretty bowl is the final step, simple and easy.

ImageThe next “course” typically features an arrangement of pastries, tarts, cakes and chocolates. I opted for easy, chocolate covered strawberries with champagne for a lighter, more summery feel. I simply melted chocolate chips in a double boiler, dipped the strawberries and put them in the refrigerator to chill. The champagne needed no help on my end to be delicious!

ImageFinally, as a little surprise to celebrate all of our birthday’s throughout the year, I whipped up a chocolate cake with pink frosting, finished off with pink candles.

ImageThe day was all I had hoped for it to be and more. Nothing warms the heart more than a hot pot of tea, scrumptious treats and fabulous friends.

Inspiration By Coco

8 Jul


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