Spring Pastels… {A post, by me, from Today’s Woman Now! “Pastel Pretty: A sophisticated Easter look”}

Today’s Woman Now: Pastel Pretty: A sophisticated Easter look.

 

Easter Pastels by Alissa Hicks


Although pastels are a major trend this spring, Easter is the one holiday where you can always take advantage of wearing them. However, there are rules to wearing pastels and making them look pretty. Here’s how Easter pastels can be worn (properly) this year.

First rule of thumb: Your goal is not to look like an Easter egg. Don’t overdo it. This is a fine line, though; you can wear one solid pastel color from head to toe and you can even mix and match, but know where the line is drawn from fashionable to tacky.

Just like other colors, some pastels match or compliment each other, and some just don’t. Just because a blouse is pink doesn’t mean it’s truly pastel. Know what pastels are and how to match them. They should compliment each other. Pinks and yellows of the same pastel family pair well together, for example.

Although you like the look, maybe too much pastel is too much for your personality. We totally understand. Try mixing a pop of pastel with your neutrals. If you love black, a fitted black pencil skirt or cigarette ankle-length pant paired with a soft, flowy pastel (think baby blues, mint or lavender) top always works. Even better, add a fun pastel shoe to tie the look together.

Pastels also look very pretty with white. White denim or even a white dress with pastel accents is a way to play the look safe yet stay pretty and on trend this Easter and all season long.

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Pop. Fizz. Clink! Fun Champagne Recipes {A post by me from Today’s Woman Now}

Today’s Woman Now.

So it may be past new year’s eve but really- do you need an excuse or holiday to drink champagne? I didn’t think so.

Citrus Champagne Cocktail
Ingredients:
1/2 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice, strained
1/2 cup fresh orange juice, strained
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, strained
1/4 cup sugar
1 750ml bottle champagne or sparkling wine, chilled

Preparation:
1. Mix all juices and sugar in a pitcher and stir until sugar dissolves. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
2. Divide juice among flutes and top with champagne. Serve immediately.
{From http://www.myrecipes.com}
Chambord Sparkling Champagne Cocktail
Ingredients:
1.5 oz Death’s Door Gin
3-4 oz Mumm Sparkling Wine Cuvee
1/2 oz Chambord liquor
Fresh raspberries for garnishing

Preparation:
Pour all ingredients into a champagne flute, garnish with raspberries and serve.
{From ideas.evite.com}

Semifreddo Bellini {Because a Bellini will fix any girl’s problems…}
Ingredients:
1 cup peeled, chopped peaches, frozen until hardened
1/4 cup peach schnapps
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chilled Champagne or sparkling white wine
2 tablespoons superfine sugar
1 cup small ice cubes
Peach slices, for garnish

Preparation:
1. Blend peaches, peach schnapps, 2 tablespoons Champagne, the sugar, and ice in a blender until smooth.
2. Divide mixture between 2 glasses; top off each glass with 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Champagne, and serve.
{From: http://www.marthastewart.com}

New Year’s Goes Gatsby {A post, by me, from Today’s Woman Now}

NYE Goes Gatsby

 

This year, New Year’s Eve is all about partying like Gatsby. Style-wise, that is. Ring in the new year in full swing, roaring twenties style. A little glitter never hurt anyone, right?

Like anything, I always say go big or go home. Go all out – it’s a holiday, so you can get away with it! Think full-on sparkle and flapper-style dresses and skirts.

Your go-tos this year should be golds and nudes, creams, silvers, and pearl-accented colors. You want lots of sparkle, glitter, fringe and even faux fur. Try a drop waist glitter accent dress like the one above.

Adding accessories, such as a faux fur collar scarf ala Daisy Bucanon above, is sure to be a hit. Layer on the pearls! It’s a signature twenties style that can do nothing but add to a festive outfit. A glitter watch (perfect for a countdown) or a sparkly retro clutch is a great way to dress up an outfit as well. Feeling really bold? Try a pearl or glitter headpiece like this ASOS Flapper Jewel Headband above.

Glitter accent dress: polyvore.com/beige_maree_embellished_flapper_dress
Glitter watch: polyvore.com/kate_spade_new_york_gold
Sparkly clutch: polyvore.com/monsoon_samir_glitter_box_clutch
Pearl necklace: polyvore.com/faux_pearl_cluster_necklace
All glitter dress: polyvore.com/montique_handbeaded_sequin_cocktail_dress
Jewel headband: polyvore.com/asos_flapper_jewel_headband

Peppermint Puppy Chow

Ingredients:
5 cups rice chex cereal
1 bag Andes mints (the red and white peppermint kind) melted
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Festive sprinkles

Directions
Measure out rice chex cereal in large bowl.
Melt Andes mint candies until smooth and creamy.
Pour over cereal and mix to coat well.
In a large bag, add powdered sugar and sprinkles.
Add coated cereal in bag and shake to mix/ coat well.
Pour back into large bowl and enjoy!

Happy Holidays :)

xx SSG

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A post (by me!) from Today’s Woman Now: What To Wear To Thanksgiving This Year

Today’s Woman Now: What To Wear To Thanksgiving This Year.

Whether you’re getting dressed up, going casual, caring more about comfort, or simply staying in and owning the sweatpants look, there are so many ways you can go when it comes to holiday dressing. This Thanksgiving, try one of these inspired looks and you’ll be sure to impress whatever family you haven’t seen in a year or simply look super chic without looking like you tried too hard.

First, if you’re going to get dressed up, say with a dress or skirt, be sure to complete the look with a well-tailored and stylish coat. Like the Marc Jacobs one above, it is always safe to go with one that has a belt or that has some length, which gives it a more sophisticated and sleek look. With layering, you can tend to get bulky if you’re not careful. A good coat also makes a great first impression when reuniting with everyone for the holidays.

Next, if you’re going casual but still want to impress, try jeans and a sweater – a fall look you can never go wrong with if worn properly. Try a statement sweater with jeans and a pair of leather boots. Or, go with a simple sweater but add a statement vest, like this J. Crew one in a classic holiday red or even a trendy fur vest.

knit sweater dress mixes both dressy and casual if you’re not sure which way to go. A simple cream-colored one as seen above is a pretty neutral that gives you the opportunity to dress it up with fun accessories or stay casual with leggings and a plaid scarf.