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How To Get A Salon Blow Dry @ Home

The Holiday’s are still in full swing around here – I found this video and wanted to share with my peeps!  Boy, I wish I had a hairdresser on call……..  I sometimes hate doing my hair…. hence the ever present pal o’mine the Ponytail.   I am going to get mine “blownout” before an employee party we are hosting this Sunday – stay tuned for some Pic’s!  Getting a Gel Mani-pedi as well – along with another RTR Dress!  Yeah!  Can you say fun weekend??????

Enjoy the video and let me know what you think –



Merry Christmas Everyone,
Just a quick update…..

just returned from 2 fun, food filled hectic days in NYC!
  The weather was FREEZING but as it should be @
Christmas time right?
  The Window’s at
Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Ave. & Bergdorf’s did not disappoint.

We also went to #EATALY for the first
  It’s like its own little city.  The food and shopping there were so Great!  You must put it on your list next time your
in “the city”.
  Needless to say I found
so much inspiration there, both for blogging, decorating and fashion.

Like most bloggers, I find
a lot of great idea’s online, 
Pinterest and
my RSS reader, but I find that getting out and seeing people, places & things
in person so much more inspiring!  Finding new designers at local boutiques,
checking out a modern home tours, or visiting iconic showrooms or my favorite… stumbling into that little “hole in the wall”  and finding magic.   

Whatever you do this Holiday Season Enjoy yourself!


TIS’ THE SEASON @ Home Bar – Big or Small

Whether you are having large party or small get together building your @ home bar is key. Be prepared for some initial expenses but you really don’t have go overboard.  Your bar “pantry” will develop over time.  Keep in mind if you are hosting the Holiday Soiree people will bring gifts – most times flowers a red or white wine, great bottle of Scotch and the like – feel free open for your party or better yet save. These have a long shelf life – and you will soon have a lot to choose from – I’m sure.

Below are a few things to start our with your “Basics “
You will need the following a few choices of beer – Craft beers are easy to find and labels look really cool on your bar –  good Vodka, Gin, Scotch, and Bourbon (dry vermouth if your doing martinis) and who is not doing MARTINI’S these days?  BTW – mini’s are cute super cute and very festive for parties – think speciality drinks – Jack Frost Martini made ahead with no ice in a pitcher.
Have Fresh sweet & sour mix ( 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup lime juice, 1 cup sugar…Heat until sugar is dissolved…Cool…..This fresh mix makes a world of difference).  Use good brand name mixers like real Coke, Canada Dry GA, A good club soda and tonic water…. Not the time to skimp my friends.
A MUST is to have a Bar Book on hand – I went by Relish Decor Frederick, MD to grab my copy of Ultimate bar book and a few other items….  “thanks tons Hallie”
Set it up and have fun – you can bring any table, cart etc. to use.  Be creative think outside the box …. frame some cool photo’s – use chalk boards- slate – ribbons – anything just make it festive!  Have little umbrella’s/stirr’s for your drinks – cocktail napkins – you can buy a rubber stamp & personalize them!  #Homegoods and #Marshalls are great for inexpensive supplies.  Remember it’s a Party Have Fun…. You can go all out $$$ but you don’t have to.  So set up the IPOD – Get Your Grove On and DONT FORGET THE ICE!!!!!!

***Be sure to ‘SHARE THE LOVE” with your designated drivers and non-drinkers – have sparking punch, funky waters – beautiful & cool glassware (remember they won’t be “tipsy” & drop them – LOL) – infused ice cubes etc.  Everyone wants to feel a “part of the party”! 

Jack Frost Martini
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup (4 ounces) light rum
1/2 cup (4 ounces) blue curacao
1/2 cup (4 ounces) cream of coconut (not coconut milk)
10 to 12 ice cubes
Shredded coconut, for garnish
Mix together the juice, liquors, cream of coconut and ice; strain into martini glasses. Rim glasses with the shredded coconut. 

The Best Beauty Advice

For beautiful eyes, look for the good 
in others;
For lips, speak only words of
kindess & love; 
and for poise; walk with the knowledge that you are 
never alone………

Audrey Hepburn

Thanks for stopping by,

Cant Stop Working On Vignette’s

Love my camera – learning so many new things – composition, depth of field………. styling a shot….. What have you been working on – Target & Homegoods Rock for these – this is making me look at things from a whole new perspective.

Thanks for stopping by,

Orange You Glad To See Me

I Hope everyone is well in this festive yet sometimes hectic season…..
I wanted to share a quick – almost free – face mask…..

To enjoy the perks of a facial without the cost, try this spa-inspired mask:  Leave 2tsp of orange zest out on the counter to dry overnight.  In the a.m. combine the zest with 1/2 sup steel cut oatmeal and 3 Tbs of plain yogurt in a food processor and pulse until smooth.  spread the mixture onto your face; leave on for 15 minutes or so, then rinse with warm water.  The citric acid in the orange peel will soothe inflammation and combat acne while the oatmeal and yogurt exfoliate and moisturize to leave “party” ready skin.  Bonus :  The scent of citrus calms stress and lifts your mood.  It is also a quick easy hostess gift – just jazz it up in a cute jar-tie with ribbon- add glitter name tag and Viola unique super cute gift!

Also check this great little finds I came across

The invitations are from Paper Source /perfume bottle-Marshall’s/Agate coasters – Target/candles from my local Safeway…. I am in love with the invitations will be using them for my fist ladies luncheon in our new house!


I just want to say thank you to my friends, family and readers for all your love and support.  I am very blessed to have such great people in my life.  I hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving!  I am counting my blessings……. Cheers!


Preparing For Company

It can be a such a hectic time of year but it does not have to be with a little preparing and a good dose of humor.  Remember this season is really about being Thankful, Grateful, Helping Others and taking the time to stop and say…. “I Love You!” Below are some great things to get your home and yourself holiday/party/guest ready!  The little things do mean a lot!  Stop by Juice Plate on Market St. Frederick, MD to keep you energy up and get your “Healthy On”

Also if you haven’t heard I am IN LOVE WITH Rent The Runway .  Use it for parties, work events, weddings, you name it!  I am getting a cute little number for next weeks WGC Luncheon. I have used them several times now and not been disappointed once.  What a cleaver idea…. wish I thought of it.  Cheers!

Preparing for company

Monogrammed hand towel / Navy blue bedding / Black and white duvet set / Monogrammed bath towel / Linea cotton bath towel, $3.65 / Vagabond House pewter serveware / Kitchenaid standing mixer / Artland set of 4 wine glasses / LSA International cake pedestal, $70 / Hot Chocolate Pot / Blueberry Stripe 6-Cup Teapot, $32 / Rosendahl coffee cups and saucer / NDI blooming plant / Berry wreath, $285 / Alexandra Ferguson embroidered throw pillow / Christmas holiday decoration / FREDS at Barneys New York Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, 24-Piece… / Jonathan Adler contemporary round dining table / 9 drawer dresser, $1,295 / Silver Plated Gift Box Candle Holder | StoreName, $16 / Lafco Guest House/Marseilles Fig Glass Diffuser

This week starting my LOCAL GIFT GUIDE…..STAY TUNED! Gifts from Silk & Burlap – Relish Decor & just to name a few……

To all my freinds and family out there – Thank you for your support advice and unconditional love.  I hope we can catch up and I’d love to hear from you but please make sure during this time of year to stop and take care of yourself too.  Your worth it! ( espiceally to me) I Love you bunches! 

Thanks for stopping by,

Here’s To You Fella’s


Normally I focus more on my wish lists or female driven gifts for the Holiday’s – however this year I find myself here at home with 3 out of the 4 men in my life.  ( I miss you Vinny)  And my only daughter away at first year college.  Needless to say I am out numbered but enjoying it most of the time…… (please don’t just drop your things everywhere as you come home and can anyone else ever put the seat down in the bathroom?)  That being said – I have had the opportunity to “style” my men and they all look damn good if I do say so myself…. Here are a few things I love and have gotten them – or something similar – BTW – the 212 Sexy Men cologne is so great – a must if you can find it.  So before I start on my local + online finds I wanted to take care of the “boys” first.  Love you guys!   xoxoxoxo

Here's To You Fella!


Hey There,
Boy things here sure are busy!  We just arrived home from a quick trip to Puerto Rico for some much needed R&R.  We stayed at the lovely Dorado Beach Resort by Ritz Carlton.  You can view my photos on FB and Instagram.  Was just what the Doctor ordered and a great way to celebrate my 44th B-Day!

However came home to chilly DC weather – and lots of projects.  We are in process of building a new home with Wormald Homes – Yeah !!!!!!

just met with at the home site to go over wireless stuff ( thanks Jennifer) + remodeling one of our restaurants The Tasting Room – Frederick, MD & opening our 3rd location for our Black Hog BBQ restaurant.

See Busy Busy….. I am design consultant for the projects.  This will be my 6th & 7th project with my husband –  I learn more and more each day.  So much timing comes into play – tons of fabulous choices. We have a wonderful architect and love our contractors.   Right now we are just ordering fixtures, tables, chairs, flooring, bar equipment etc… for TR renovation.

Considering my ADD things are going smoothly so far…….LOL.  I do walk in circles several times a day and forget why I walked in a room but Oh well…..I will be posting pictures along the way – so stay tuned!

Yesterday I went to my first Pure Barre class in Fairfax, VA to check it out.  I  heard great things about these work outs & they did not disappoint.  Sore in all the right places….. progress photo’s to follow….. Running out the door to BOD Event Mtg   I am tired already and its not quite 9:30!  LOL


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