You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Hi Dolls! I’ve been away for a minute. The hubby and I went on a mini-vacay to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where we stayed at La Posada Resort and Spa. If you are ever planning a trip to the Southwest, La Posada is really a wonderful resort property. And Dolls, the spa is to die for! I selected the Osmosis Medi Facial, which didn’t disappoint.

But I digress. We’re back and are full swing in Memorial Day weekend activities and cookouts. But a memorable cookout is incomplete without a great lemonade, with a “pretty domestic” twist. Here is an “adult” lemonade cocktail that your friends will be sure love.

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Champagne Lemonade

Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1 bottle Champagne or sparkling wine
  • Thin lemon slices, for garnish
Directions

Put the sugar and 1 cup water into a small saucepan and bring it to a boil. Cook for 1 minute until the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat, and allow the sugar syrup to cool.

In a pitcher combine the cooled sugar syrup with the lemon juice and remaining 2 cups water and mix well. Fill a Champagne flute halfway with the lemonade and top with Champagne. Garnish with a lemon slice. Yields 8 cocktails. Chin Chin!

Happy Memorial Day!

Until Then,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

 

 

 

The Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is Sunday! Peep The Pretty Domestic’s gift guide for the special Doll, I mean Mom, in your life.

THE BATHER. Sun bather, that is. Like the rest of us, Mom is so over the awful winter that was and can’t wait to hit beach. She also wants to hide in plain sight while sun bathing. Pick her up a pair of these super swanky Prada “Baroque” Sunglasses.

_6524793THE BAUBLE LOVER.  I don’t know a Mom that doesn’t welcome a pretty bauble. Let her know that this modern Choker with Pearls from Zara can be styled high or low.

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THE BEAUTY. Treat your Mom to a day at her favorite spa. Both Bliss and Ritz Carlton offer the ultimate pampering services for a day of R & R. Make it the total experience and include a facial, mani/pedi and full body massage. Oh, and make sure the spa serves a little bubbly.

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Does your Mom want to stay home and pamper herself? Gift her a basket full of her “go-to” beauty products. Don’t forget to throw in a luxurious robe and wonderfully scented candle.

THE BIBLIOPHILE. Maybe your Mom’s favorite pastime is curling up in her favorite chair under a cozy wrap with a good page turner, sipping a cup of tea, coffee or glass of vino. How about giving her a Kindle Fire?

et_160401-0610f_k01mNot a techie, pick her up a novel or two on the New York Times Best Seller List.

THE BAKER. Is Mom your family’s Martha Stewart, whipping up the most sumptuous goodies without breaking a sweat. How about this fabulous vintage looking Kitchen Aid Mixer from William-Sonoma?! No “I Love Lucy” incidents in her kitchen.

img81oTHE BRIDGE PLAYER. Does Mom enjoy an afternoon with her Dolls playing Bridge? Gift her a Caspari Bridge Setinspired by such museum collections as the Musée de l’Impression sur Etoffes, The National Gallery, Williamsburg and The Royal Horticultural Society.

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There’s you have it; the 2014 Mother’s Day Gift Guide. And remember, there’s nothing wrong with gifting yourself on Sunday.

Until Then,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

50 Shades of Red … Vol. VI

When we last applied our lipstick, I was transitioning to ZuZu Luxe Vino de Amor Lipstick. There’s nothing about Vino de Amor Lipstick I don’t like. The color – check; long wearing and moist – check, check; the ability to wear it without lip liner (something I rarely do) check, check, check! On a scale of 1 to 5, I give this 4 red lips. red lips isolated in whitered lips isolated in whitered lips isolated in whitered lips isolated in white VinoDeAmor What’s next? Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss. Yep, the one and only.

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The color? Kiss of Life! I immediately heard Sade singing “Kiss of Life” in my head, and couldn’t leave this pretty red tube in Ulta! Lasting-Finish-Matte-Lipstick-by-Kate-111-Kiss-of-Life-0 I’ll let you know how many red red lips isolated in white‘s Kiss of Life earns next month. And as a special treat!

Until Then,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Today’s Champagne Sunday recipe is not your traditional champagne cocktail. It’s the drink I was having when my husband proposed to me. I’ve only seen it on the menu at one lounge, Pazo’s; but, I order it every time we go there for cocktails. It’s called La Vie En Rose, and I guess for sentimental reasons, it’s really is my favorite drink, but I’m renaming it, “The Proposal.” Peep the mixology below.

The Proposal

La Vie En Rose

 Ingredients.

  • Moscato d’Asti
  • Soho Lychee Liqueur
  • Rose Water
  • Fresh Rose Petal

Chin, Chin!

Until Then,

L.

The Pretty Domestic