You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday …

Christmas is all about the glitz and sparkle. There is nothing better this time of year when sitting back and taking in the beauty of your holiday decorations than a “glass of sparkle.” But don’t think that you have to drink it as is, there are so many options for enjoying your favorite Champagne, Prosecco or Cava. Here’s one with a name that is fitting for the season ~

Christmas in a Glass

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Ingredients

  • 1 bottle Prosecco, or other sparkling dry white wine, well chilled
  • 1 bottle gingerbread flavored syrup (or cranberry flavored syrup)

Directions. Pour the Prosecco into glasses. Add a capful of the syrup to each glass of the Prosecco, to taste.

As an extra special treat on Champagne Sunday, our very own clean eating expert, Nicole Nichelson, is sharing with us her annual Nik’s 12 Days of Cocktails. We are a couple days behind, so we will use today to catch up. But for the next 10 days, you can enjoy a festive holiday cocktail with your family or to select one of her swanky libations to serve at your holiday soiree. Click the links to peep the mixology.

Nik’s 12 Days of Cocktails ~ Day 1

Pomegranate Pear Holiday Punch

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Nik’s 12 Days of Cocktails ~ Day 2

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Nik’s 12 Days of Cocktails ~ Day 3

 Mulled Wine

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Leave a comment and let us know which recipes you tried, and which is your favorite. Chin Chin!

PS ~ It’s not too late to enter the Pretty Domestic Stella & Dot Holiday Jewelry Give-Away. The winner will be announced on Wednesday! Bon Chance!

Until Then,

~ L.

The Pretty Domestic

Stella & Dot Holiday Give~Away!!!

I’m so excited today, because I am partnering with Stella & Dot Stylist, Kristin Biggs, to bring to you a 2013 Pretty Domestic Holiday Give~Away!

I met Kristin in Lilly Pulitzer, who was working the swankiest Stella & Dot in-store pop-up shop. So swanky in fact, that I left sans Lilly, but with a couple of jewelry pieces from the line; which really does have some of the most fabulously flirty baubles, and statement pieces.

Now it’s your turn to enjoy Stella & Dot as much as I.  So, just in time for the holidays, I am offering one lucky Doll the chance to win this Serenity Stone Cuff and Stone Drops Earrings in gold or silver (your choice)!

Peep the entry “deets” below.

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To Enter:

  1. “Like” Kristin’s Stella & Dot FaceBook Page;
  2. “Like” the Pretty Domestic FaceBook Page;
  3. Follow Pretty Domestic on Twitter; and
  4. Leave a comment below, sharing how you would wear the Stella & Dot Serenity Stone Cuff and Stone Drops Earrings!

For bonus points, subscribe to receive your weekly dose of Pretty Domestic via email!

The lucky Doll will be chosen at random on Friday, December 13th!

PS ~ You’ll also receive your gift in the cutest packaging!

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Bon Chance!

~ The Pretty Domestic and Stella & Dot

Straight HAUTE!

It’s the holidays, and if you know like I, it’s hard to get an appointment with your stylist; unless you have a “standing.” What’s a Doll to do when the invitations to holiday soirees are coming fast and furious, and the need to look fabulous is at a 10? Heck, I have four between now and Sunday! The answer, Haute Blow Dry Bar!

Haute Blow Dry Bar is the beauty brainchild of owner, Abi Frederick, and is exactly what it says, a blow dry bar.

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Haute opened in my neighborhood mid July. I drove by many times, and was intrigued by the name and the clean, minimalist aesthetic I observed through the window. Chairs at the “bar” were full, and Dolls were leaving, “bouncin’ and behavin.” Well, last week I could no longer resist.

I booked the appointment on my iPad, selecting from a drop down menu of services. Within minutes a confirmation email arrived in my inbox. Love it!

I arrived last Saturday at 9:00 a.m. The greeting from “bar” manager, Mimi, was uber friendly and my stylist was ready. Side bar: Mimi is an absolute ringer for the strikingly beautiful Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. Almost eerily so. Moment of silence, she was one of my style icons.

Anyhoo, I digress. There was no wait time. They offered a Mimosa, consulted with me on how I want my hair styled, and 45 minutes later it was perfectly smooth, with just the right amount of curl. No pulling from the dryer and not too much heat from the flat iron.  I knew I’d be back.

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As I settled my bill, Mimi invited me back on Tuesday for an event they were hosting with Chanel and Lancôme. I made another appointment for three days later. This would be my test … Would I still love HBDB? Would I be as pleased the second time around?

Again, a warm greeting from Mimi, straight back to the shampoo bowl, “Would you like a glass of champagne, red or white wine, how about a slice of pizza?” Another consult, side or middle part … loose curls? The Chanel and Lancôme artists were giving makeup tips, a little Beyoncé in the background and 45 minutes later, again, I was completely satisfied.

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Following my blow dry and flat iron, Patrice from Chanel gave me a fab sultry holiday smokey eye and prior to leaving I was gifted with a little bag of treats from Chanel and Lancôme.

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As you can see Dolls, I am sold, but must manage your expectations so that I won’t nasty grams from you. Haute Blow Dry Bar is just that, a blow dry bar. You are not going there for treatments, trims and color. But, you will be perfectly coiffed and “out the door” in no time! It’s definitely my new “go-to” for a “HAUTE,” smooth and sleek or flirty and easy-breezy style.  BTW, the “bar” has purse hooks. No need to worry about where to put you tote! I love a purse hook!

For Dolls without a Haute Blow Dry Bar in your city, try Dry Bar, with locations in Arizona, California, D.C., Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, and Texas.

Until Then,

~ L.

The Pretty Domestic

Countdown to Cyber Monday … The Beauty & Style Edition.

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Alice + Olivia. 25% off the entire site.

Ann Taylor. Take 50% off of all purchases. To receive the offer online, code SHOP50 must be entered during checkout.

Anthropologie. Cyber Monday customers will receive 50% off of all red-lined sale items from 6:00 a.m. ~ 11:00 a.m.

AthletaTake 20% off select items in-store and online.

Banana Republic.  40% off of all merchandise. To receive offer online, use code CYBER. Offer ends 12/2.

BaubleBar. BaubleBar invites you to play Cyber Savings Smash. Using the mallet to bop crazy shoppers out of the way, customers can score one of four amazing deals: 20 and 30 perfect off sitewide, $25 off (orders of $50+), or a $100 gift card.

Bliss20% off Elemis and Remede skincare products. (Two of my favs!)

BlueflyFrom December 1 to December 3, take 80% off of original retail prices.

Bobbi BrownGet a duo of deluxe-sized samples, a specially-sized lip gloss, free shipping with every purchase, plus your choice of five samples.

The Body Shop. 50% off site-wide and free shipping with any purchase of $30 or more.

butter LONDONYou know I love this polishes! “Butta” will be gifting customers with 20% off site-wide (excluding product marked at “last-call”) and 50% off “last-call” items. Use the code CYBER13 for online purchases.

Effie’s Paper. 15% off personalized stationery. Use promotional code THX2013.

Gilt. The name itself speaks exuberance and luxury. Cyber Monday started at 9:00 p.m. tonight with free shipping on everything. “Marquee Monday” brings sales, sales, and more sales (including designer shoes) and a sweepstakes with high-end luxury prizes for 12 winners.

GO SMiLE. GO SMiLE Smile Whitening Light System will be $69 (from $129) and comes with a free Jet Set Kit

HunterThe tall original gloss boot in Lagoon for $78, only on December 2.

Intermix20% off sitewide plus free shipping.

Intimacy. Buy two items, get one sale item for free. Deals on lingerie, swim, nightwear and accessories are up to 70%. In stores only.

Miss Jessie’sTake 40% off sitewide through December 31.

Moroccanoil. Ok, I am not one for putting oil in my hair, wet or dry. It weighs it down too much. “Howeva,” I visited Haute Blow Dry Bar on Saturday morning, and the stylist added a drop or two in my hair before styling, and let’s just say, I am sold. So much so, it had to make the Cyber Monday “must have moment” list. Shoppers will receive a complimentary full-sized products with the purchase of e-Gift Cards. Plus, free shipping on all purchases $55 and up.

Shopbop and East Dane. Spend $250, save 15%, spend $500, save 20% and spend $1000, save 25%.

StarbucksGet $25 off purchases of $60 or more. Online only.

Tracy Reese. Use code CYBER30 to take 30% off your entire online purchase.

Trina Turk. Use the code CYBER13 for tiered savings: spend $200, get 20% off, spend $400, get 25% off and spend $600, get 30% off. 

You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sundays …

Hey Dolls! I hope that you had a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday; and, for those of you observing Hanukkah, I wish you a joyous celebration.

Today’s Champagne Sundays recipe comes from the one and only Mrs. Lilien, my all time favorite blogger. Mrs. Kelley Lilien is the self-described, “Arbiter of the elusive ladylike pleasures. Chief ambassador of the elevated lifestyle. Bon vivant of the internet.” I couldn’t agree more!

Each of this Mrs.’ blog posts are written as short poetic verses, with tons on whimsical flair. If you aren’t familiar with Mrs. Lilien, you need to journey over to her page ASAP. You will forever be a fan.
Anywho, last week, Mrs. Lilien partnered with Sugar Paper LA and hosted The Ultimate Hostess Giveaway. There was no way I could resist sharing why I feel I am the Head Hostess in Charge.
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Channeling my best Mrs. Lilien, I submitted the following:

The Head Hostess in Charge,
Yep, I’m that Doll.
Throwing swanky soirees,
That are appealing to all.

Place cards, linen napkins, with an appropriately stocked bar,
Each guest that arrives is truly the star.

No Paperless Posts or Evites,
Its paper invitations, with calligraphy to boot.
Mr. and Mrs.’ mix and mingle,
Leaving with cute gift bags, with a little bounty and loot.

Part of successful hostessing, is what will this Mrs. wear?
Pre-soirée details catch me prepping and primping, creating a sleek chignon for my hair.

Being the Head Hostess in Charge is not for the faint of heart you see,
But with tips from Mrs. Lilien, it’s effortlessly easy as un, deux, ummm … Three!

Corny you may say, but guess what? I was a contest runner-up! In my mind, even a few props from Mrs. Lilien were well worth it to me.

I received an email from Mrs. Social Media, one of Mrs. Lillien’s colleagues, confirming my home address, and a few days later, VOILA! My goodies arrived, compliments of Mrs. Lilien.

A complimentary Mrs. Lilien Cocktail Swatchbook ~ Classic Cocktails with a Twist, Flamingo Swizzles Sticks, and a Swirly “Mrs.” Straw! Yep, I am in heaven.

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So fittingly, today’s champagne cocktail recipe is the French 75 from the Cocktail Swatchbook.

French 75 ~ A Coquettish Champagne Dazzler

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Ingredients

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • 1 Lemon
  • Sugar Cubes
  • 2 Ounces Gin
  • 1 Tea Spoon Simple Sugar
  • Champagne
  • Champagne Flute
  • Sparkling Swizzle Sticks

Mixology. Place a sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add 2 ounces of Gin, the juice from a fresh lemon, and 1 teaspoon of simple sugar. Cover and shake for 20 seconds. Strain into the flute and top with champagne. Garnish with a sparking swizzle stick, a cherry and a lemon. Enjoy!

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Until Then,
~ L.
The Pretty Domestic