You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday! 

Hey Dolls! Happy Sunday! The summer months are all about fresh fruit to me. So, why not combine it with our favorite libation – Champagne! Two weeks ago we did Champagne Popsicles. Today, I bring you Champagne + Strawberry Ice Cubes! Peep the mixology below.

Champagne + Strawberry Ice Cubes

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The Ingredients.

  • Ripe Fresh Strawberries, Slices or Diced
  • Champagne or Your Choice of Sparking Wine – Cava, Prosecco, or Brut
  • Ice Cube Molds or Trays – Regular Molds or Heart Shapes

The Mixology. Fill the ice cube trays with the diced or sliced strawberries. Carefully pour the champagne/sparkling wine over the fruit into the trays. Freeze for about 4-6 hours or until solid enough to remove (exact time will vary based on the temperature of your freezer). The champagne ice cubes will not freeze 100% the way water would, but will be solid enough to remove and use in drinks. Serve and enjoy!

Chin, chin!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

 

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You are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday …

Hi Dolls! Happy Sunday! I know I am getting this post to you late; but honestly it’s been that type of week. Today’s Champagne Sunday cocktail is one that we will try together. I am a fan of old Hollywood movies – black and whites, fabulous frocks with a snatched waist and shoulder pads, the perfect slap across face for a ill-behaved cad; I love it all. So when I came across a Champagne cocktail named the Ingrid Bergman, I immediately put it on the list. 


Note: For the younger set not familiar with Ms. Bergman, please Google her and spend a rainy afternoon watching one of her movies – start with Casablanca.

Anywho, peep the mixology below for the Ingrid Bergman. I will update the post once I try the recipe. 

The Ingrid Bergman


The Ingredients 

1 Dash Grapefruit Bitters

1 Dash Absinthe 

1/2 Ounce Lemon Syrup

1/2 Ounce Cedrat

1/2 Ounce Beer Distillate 

Top with Champagne 

The Mixology. Stir ingredients with ice. Strain into a flute. Top with Champagne. Garnish with grapefruit zest. Serve and enjoy!

Leave a comment and let me know if you tried the Ingrid Bergman. 

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

What’s Making Me Swoon!

Hey Dolls! The summer heat is “doing the most” and the fragrances I wear during cooler months are simply too heavy for this time of year. Enter, the search. I mentioned in an earlier post that I’m attracted to packaging. Clean and minimal normally grabs me. I was in Sephora on several occasions, the last to pick up the a travel size fragrance; but wasn’t sure what I wanted. As I browsed, I spied the Maison Margiela ‘REPLICA’ fragrance collection. Of course the packaging drew me in – simple bottle, clean, minimal, black and white labeling. I’d been meaning to try several of the ‘REPLICA’ scents; but hadn’t made time. 

What to choose? Beach Walk, Jazz Club, Lazy Sunday Morning, By the Fireplace? Don’t you love all of the names? I opted to try Lazy Sunday Morning and Beach Walk.

Lazy Sunday Morning is a floral fragrance combining notes of Aldehydes, Pear, Lily of the Valley, Iris, Rose Absolue, Orange Flower, White Musk, Indian Patchouli Oil, Ambrette Seeds Absolute. While a beautiful scent, as the label suggests, it reminded of the linen spray I use on freshly laundered sheets. 

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Up next, Beach Walk. Combining notes of Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Coconut Milk, Heliotrope, Musk, Cedarwood, Benzoin, the scent is truly a mid-afternoon stroll along the beach. Jackpot! I should have known this Miami-born Doll would be in love the any fragrance named Beach Walk.

I purchased both a travel/purse, as well as full-size bottle. 

Why ‘REPLICA?”

Each fragrance is said “tell a story with every spritz,” evoking a memory of a special place and time, allowing you to “relive the magic.”

A little about the bottle …

“The silhouette of each ‘REPLICA’ bottle is inspired by classic apothecary jars, allowing the collection to be instantly identifiable. Each bottle carries a 100 percent cotton label, which is printed using black ink text and resembles the tags used on the clothing and accessories for the ‘REPLICA’ couture collection. The unique pumps are wrapped with a rope to symbolize the authentic reproduction of the original ‘REPLICA’ couture line.”

What’s me swoon? ‘REPLICA’ Beach Walk by Maison Margiela.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

Smoothie Monday!

Happy Monday Dolls! After Champagne Sunday, Smoothie Monday is a must! Today’s Smoothie Monday recipe is the Flat Belly Smoothie! If the name doesn’t motivate you, I don’t what will. I tried it yesterday and it was so yummy. Sweet, but with ingredients that are super healthy for you, the Flat Belly Smoothie fights belly fat and bloating. Make it your Monday morning smoothie choice. Peep the mixology below.

Flat Belly Smoothie

Yep, I am putting my Nutri Ninja to good use.

The Ingredients 

3 ounces vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt

  • Promotes digestive health
  • Work to lower high blood pressure
  • Helps with weight management
  • Good for bone health
  • Lower in lactose

1 tablespoon almond butter

  • Source of Calcium & Copper – good for brain cell communication; nervous system and muscle functions; supports a strong skeletal system
  • Source of Vitamin E & Magnesium – promotes bone health; helps produce energy; supports health communication between cells
  • Healthy fats and fiber contributing to cardiovascular health
  • Improves blood cholesterol levels

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

  • Maintains healthy bones
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Help manage diabetes
  • Wards of heart disease
  • May works to prevent cancer
  • Improve mental health
  • Support healthy digestion
  • Promotes weight loss and satiety
  • Fights wrinkles!!!

1/2 cup frozen pineapple

  • Immune system support
  • Promotes bone strength
  • Promotes eye health
  • Support digestion
  • Anti-inflammatory benefits
  • Blood clot reduction
  • Reduces the symptoms of the common cold and sinus inflammation

1 cup kale

  • Low in calories, high in fiber, zero fat
  • High in iron
  • High in Vitamins K, C, Calcium
  • Filled with powerful antioxidants 
  • Great anti-inflammatory food
  • Great for cardiovascular support
  • Great detox food

3/4 cup water

The Mixology. Place all the ingredients in a blender, and mix until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

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Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday …

Good morning Dolls! Yesterday, one of my most fabulous girlfriend’s, Michele J., hosted Dolls for an afternoon luncheon at her beautiful home. Not that we needed a reason to get together, but we had much to celebrate – two new jobs, a wedding, a daughter’s wedding, election into an organization’s office. From her home, the meal, and gift bags, everything was perfectly appointed. 

Once we finished our meal, Doll Michele shared that she had a treat for us. And did she! Champagne Popsicles! When I say they were everything! Words cannot describe! When I arrived home last night, I immediately texted to asked her for the recipe and could I share for Champagne Sunday! Of course she said yes. Peep the mixology below for Champagne Popsicles!

Doll Michele’s Champagne Popsicles

I so enjoyed my popsicle, I forgot to take a picture of how pretty they were outside of the mold. Pretty and absolutely tasty!

The Ingredients 

  • Your favorite Champagne 
  • Simple Syrup
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Silicone Form

The Mixology. Make a simple syrup (1 part water and 1 part sugar) in a sauce pan. Add 2-3 drops of peppermint oil to mixture and bring to a simmer. Pour into popsicle form, fill 1/3 with simple syrup and 2/3 champagne. Place in freezer for 3 hours then place sticks into the center and return to freezer for another 3 hours. Best if made in a silicone form. 

Enjoy and serve.

Peep the pic below for an idea on how you can serve Doll Michele’s fabulous Champagne Popsicles at you next soiree!


Image | Pinterest 

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

The Season’s Hottest Sandals, Slides and Mules 

Hey Dolls! We’ve rolled into August, but it’s not too late to pick a few more summer pieces. I mean we have to get through Labor Day and those remaining “indian summer” evenings. Right about now, I am obsessing over slides. Back in the day we called them shower shoes or “man flops,” basically reserved for poolside or athletes. Nike and Under Armor  had a few styles. If lucky, you could pick up a pink pair; but that’s as stylish as it got. Enter Chanel’s Chain Flat Sandal and the Gucci Blooms Supreme Slide, and the slide/man flop was changed forever. 

Of course, Chanel’s twist on the slide included the iconic tweed, but with chain detail for edginess. 

Gucci went super feminine. Available in bouquets of pink or blue and green, these slides are just pretty. 

Simultaneously, Gucci re-fashioned the leather slipper; styled true to their aesthetic with Double G’s and a horse bit. 

Gucci White Slipper

Now, slides, mules – with or without a heels – and “slippers” are all the rage. From plain to uber ornate, there’s something for every Doll at every price point. 

Peep my selections for the seasons hottest slides, mules and slippers.

Sticking with Gucci, I am dying to pick up these leather high heel mules with double G antique gold toned hardware, set on a blue and red ribbon. Gucci calls it a “Web.” The stacked heel has a row of pearls and studs that are everything. 

Valentino continued the rockstud theme and introduced the PVC Slide Sandal. I am loving the chicness of the black with gunmetal pyramid studs.

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Another favorite is the Tory Burch Vail Jeweled Flat Slide, available in navy and white. Embellished with bezel-set rhinestones and pearlescent studs, these will take you from poolside to a evening cookout. Clearly, I have a thing for pearls. 

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Celebrities also jumped on the slides trend. First up, the Queen B with the Ivy Park Neoprene Lined Logo Slide Sandal. Definitely more casual and perfect for the beach. 

Not to be out-done, RiRi collaborated with Puma on the Fenty Bow Women’s Slides. Not my style, but apparently they are a hit with the younger set.

In an earlier post, I shared with you the cuteness of Zara’s Navy Slide with Floral Beads. These scream summer fun!

Zara also did an homage to Chanel, with a stylish and dressier tweed and pearl slide. 

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For a true investment, a must-have is the Hermes Oran Sandal, brought to us 23 different ways. Available in Nappa and patent leather, cotton canvas, calfskin and more, Hermes dropped these on us over a year ago, and they remain the most stylish slide/sandal. 

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Dolls, if you are like me, I am not quite ready to turn my attention to turtlenecks and over the knee boots. I going to do a little more slide shopping and continue to embrace every last moment of summer and sun.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

10 Pieces from Zara You Need this Summer

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Hey Dolls! I need to do a little summer shopping, just to pick up a few pieces for an August vacation. And like most Dolls, I love Neiman Marcus, forever known as  “Needless Markup,” Saks and Nordstrom; but Zara recently opened near me, so I decided to see what I can find. Surprisingly, I was not disappointed. Check out these 10 pieces to add to your summer must-have list.

White Blouse with Back Bows

Crisp and clean, this white poplin shirt with cuffs, collars and back bows can take you from day to evening. 


Fuchsia Blouse with Flared Sleeves

Need a pop of color, this A-line, three-quarter length sleeve blouse with gather in the back is perfect. 

Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress

I love dresses in the summer. This easy off-the-shoulder number is perfect for a summer night out. And while not everyone’s style, I love the pairing with silver booties.

Black Long Dress with Ruffled Hem

Doesn’t this dress scream cool and comfortable. I am loving the asymmetric ruffle along the hem and pockets.

Side Printed Flared Trousers

I already know the side-eye I am going to get on this pick. Surely a Doll has lost her mind, but these trousers will look hot with a white blouse or body suit, pointy kitten heels and the perfect clutch. Just sayin’! 

White Loose Jacket

Evenings get cool at the beach during the summer. You can throw on this jacket to keep warm on an evening stroll. But while you are at it, peep the whole look. Ca-ute!


Flounce Summer Sweater

So two things about this look – one, stripes scream summer to me; and two, I love an extra-long sleeve. Pair this summer sweater with white linen pants. Perfect for an evening party or boating, where you know there will be air conditioning or a cool breeze coming off the ocean. 


Asymmetric Ruffled Top

This top is too cute paired with shorts, jeans, pants or a skirt; it’s sure to keep you cool in the summer heat.

Floral Slides

Now I am a Jack Rogers Doll at heart, but slides are all the rage. These are perfect for a flirty poolside look.

Shimmery Stripped Wrap

Restaurants are always super cold in the summer; so a Doll always keeps a wrap in her bag. This also comes in a pretty salmon color.

What are your summer vacay go-to looks?

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD