Friday, July 23, 2010

New Cook Books

When it comes to cooking, my loyalty is pretty much split two ways between Ina Garten and the British cookbook author Delia Smith. Imagine my delight in finding out that they each have a new cookbook.

First lets talk about Happy Christmas which I have already bought because I am a firm believer that it's never too early to start thinking about Christmas menus!

Delia's Happy Christmas

I have her original Christmas book from the early 1990's, because I'm so old, and have used it faithfully for many, many years.

This updated version includes all the old favorites, plus many new recipes that I can't wait to try.

One of the best is for a Chocolate Truffle Torte that uses liquid glucose. When the last book was released so many of us Brits watched her show, bought the book and made that dessert that England sold out of Liquid Glucose!

Ina's new book will be released in October and I'm sure will be as much loved as her others.

Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?: Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips

Both books are available on amazon.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sunshine Award

I was so touched to receive the Sunshine award from Falling off a High-Heeled Life.

If you haven't discovered her blog then I urge you to do so, her story is inspiring.

The rule of receiving this award states that the receiver is to pass it along to 12 other blogs whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blog world.

I read so many blogs and felt that there were many that met this criteria but these are the 12 that I chose...

Hopefully you will enjoy the musings of these fun ladies.

A Treat from Hermès

I treated myself to this little baby last weekend...

It went so well with my outfit for the party ... how could I say no?

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Fun in New York

Oh what a fun weekend.

It was the first time that we have taken one of the children with us to New York, so it was different to our usual trips.

We stayed at the Ritz in Battery Park because we thought our son would enjoy seeing the Statue of Liberty and all of the boats. What a beautiful hotel and we had so much space in our suite. There was a large bedroom and bathroom, and also a separate sitting room with its own closet and bathroom, and a sofa bed.

Needless to say he loved the telescope. We actually had a corner room so had two walls of windows, but of course I didn't take any pictures!

On Friday, my DH and DS had lunch at the diner made famous by the movie When Harry met Sally and then went to the zoo.

I went to Lilly Pulitzer on Madison and bought this....

I love the anchor print - its perfect for the lake, and best of all they gave me a free pair of shoes.

Do any of you watch the Real Housewives of New York City? I have to admit it is a guilty pleasure of mine, and I was so jealous of the scene where LuAnn purchased two fake necklaces from a street vendor ... lets just say I need be jealous no more ... wink ... wink! Plus I paid a lot less than she did. I don't wear fakes myself, but my daughter is going to be very happy.

That night we went to see the Blue Man Group - we laughed so hard.

Then off for dinner at Les Halles, and my 10 year old tried snails for the first time.

We spent Saturday at the Natural History Museum, and then enjoyed our party that night. For me the highlight of the cruise was waving at our son in the hotel window as we passed by. We were so close to shore that I could actually see him. The party was fun, but I guess I'm a Mum at heart.

We came home on Sunday and saw Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo in the Delta Sky Lounge, and then when we were on the plane, a lady came to sit down next to me and I realized that her husband was sitting behind, so offered him my seat so that they could be together. Guess who he was? Martin Luther King Jr's son!

I had a great weekend in town, but am looking forward to spending the next weekend in the country.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

New York

As you may remember my last trip to New York was cancelled because I did not fancy wearing an evening dress in 19" of snow!

We have been invited to a party on Saturday night, and I think I can trust the weather, so hopefully we will make it this time.

The event is a nighttime cruise around Manhattan and the attire is black or white.

I am planning on wearing a new Lilly dress, with Vintage Alhambra necklace and earrings, platinum nail polish on my fingers and toes and some sparkly sandals with a silver snakeskin bag.

Casual, summery but hopefully sophisticated enough for the event.

Our daughter is at summer camp for two weeks with her friends, but our 10 year old son is very excited about the trip. We are staying in a room that overlooks the Statue of Liberty and it has a telescope, and we plan on visiting the Natural History Museum and the Planetarium. Lots of fun!

Of course I will be visiting Lilly on Madison!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

70% sale at Charles Tyrwhitt

There is nothing like a Jermyn Street shirt, and one of my husband's favorite London stores is Charles Tyrwhitt.

And even better ... they have a US website which makes shopping from America tres easy!

UK stores do not have constant sales like they do over here in the US, but it's sale time right now, so its a fantastic time to stock up.

Here are some of their pieces ....

White Twill Non-iron Spread Collar Slim Fit Dress Shirt (FA002WHT)

Sky and Pink Stripe Non-iron Slim Fit Dress Shirt (FN057SPK)

Blue Self Spread Collar Non-iron Slim Fit Dress Shirt (FA006BLU)

Sky Hairline Stripe Non-iron Spread Collar Slim Fit Dress Shirt (FA003SKY)

White Linen Long Sleeve Shirt (CL038WHT)

Navy Stripe English Suit Jacket (EN068NAV)

Black and White Check Black Label Suit Jacket (BS016BLW)
Navy & White Fleur De Lys Oval Enamel Cufflinks (LE219NWT)

Mother of Pearl & Onyx Sterling Silver Cufflinks (LP070MOP)

Mother of Pearl & Onyx Sterling Silver Stud Set  (LP072MOP)

Cedar Brown Calf Leather Oxford semi-brogue Shoes (MCACDB)

Black Regent Tassel Loafer Shoes (ML119BLK)
Green Suede Trent Driving Loafer Shoes (MF040GRN)

Happy Shopping, and don't get mad at me for introducing you to such a wonderful website, because once the man in your life discovers it, there is just no going back...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Cutest puppy in the world...

Milly is now 6 months old, and is such a sweet tempered puppy.

She is a little timid but very sweet and eager to please.

So far the only things she has destroyed are her chew toys.

For anyone out in blog land who is looking for a dog then I can highly recommend getting a Cavapoo. They are very loving, don't shed and are tres cute!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Great finds at TJ Maxx

I am always on the lookout for cute flat shoes and just found two adorable pairs at TJ Maxx.

The first pair is the metalic Camellia by Kelsi Dagger

and the second pair were I felt very Sex and the City inspired. They are also by Kelsi Dagger and the style is Monaco.

Both pairs are so comfortable and I am really enjoying them.

I was in Nordstrom yesterday and they have them there, but you'll save 50% if you go to TJ Maxx!!!!