Friday, December 19, 2014

CHIC THIS WEEK: Best Dressed for December 13-19, 2014

Who is your choice for best dressed this week?
Don't forget to scroll down and vote!


REESE WITHERSPOON
(bag by Saint Laurent)
Out and about in Beverly Hills, California



EMMA STONE
In Michael Kors
(heels by Christian Louboutin)
At a 'Late Show with David Letterman' appearance in NYC, New York



TAYLOR SWIFT
In Oscar de la Renta
(pumps by Christian Louboutin)
At the 2014 Billboard Women in Music Luncheon in NYC, New York



ANNA KENDRICK
In Temperley London
('Pigalle' heels by Christian Louboutin)
At a 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' appearance in NYC, New York



OLIVIA PALERMO
In Tibi
('Toni' knee-high boots and clutch by Jimmy Choo, belt by Zara, jewellery by Monica Vinader)
At the Monica Vinader flagship store opening in London, England



IVANKA TRUMP
At a 'Good Morning America' appearance in NYC, New York



AMY ADAMS
In Max Mara
(jewellery by Tiffany & Co., heels by Jimmy Choo)
At the 'Big Eyes' premiere in NYC, New York





Barneys Warehouse


Thursday, December 18, 2014

THE TEN: The Best Holiday Punches

If you're thinking about what to serve cocktail wise during the holidays, nothing will make a bigger impact than a welcoming bowl of holiday punch nestled on your table!
Colourfully festive, our ten favourite punches are easier to mix than individual cocktails, especially for a larger crowd and allow your guests to self-serve while you greet arriving guests, tend to the meal or casually hang out by the mistletoe waiting for your sweetheart to walk by! 

German Mulled Wine



Horse and Carriage Punch



Sugar Plum Punch



Coconut Water-Champagne Fruit Punch



Lemon Drop Champagne Punch



Blood Orange Sangria



Sugarplum Rouge



Pomegranate Punch



Cranberry Moscato Punch



Mrs. Holiday Punch



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Monday, December 15, 2014

HOW TO BEHAVE HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE: Don't Wear Pyjamas in Public

A suit isn't necessary but pants are required!

To the man walking his dog this morning in pyjamas.
The harsh truth my friend is that pyjamas are not pants, never have been. Pyjamas are for sleeping, lounging on the couch or whatever it is that you choose to do behind closed doors.
You shouldn't leave your house wearing them, plain and simple.
I know it's early, you're still sleepy and your dog has been whimpering for over 30 minutes for you to take him outside but stop for a minute and slip on a pair of pants, maybe even a pair of underwear since I could see from the tear in the backside of your pj's that you weren't wearing any!
Pants in public = good
Ripped pyjamas and no underwear in public = bad


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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

AT THE TABLE: Persimmon-Apple Cake

A slightly different take from all the usual suspects we might find around the Thanksgiving holiday table, this moist cake combines one of the autumn season's delicious reliables with the sweet, delicate flavour of the exotic persimmon.
Hot out of the oven, this sweet treat has been described as heavenly!


Persimmon-Apple Cake

1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups peeled, grated apple
1 cup persimmon pulp
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ginger
2 teaspoons grated orange zest

Preheat oven to 350*F.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together and slowly add eggs, vanilla and apple.
In a separate bowl, combine persimmon pulp, lemon juice and baking soda together, then add that to the cream mixture.
In a third bowl, combine flour, salt, spices and orange zest. When mixed well, blend this into the persimmon mixture. Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan and bake for 1 hour.
Cool for 10 minutes, invert onto a cake plate and dust with confectioner's sugar. 

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