This Weekend

I’m heading to the lake with girlfriends for a weekend of thrills and chills. Hope yours is epic or rejuvenating, whichever you prefer….

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Shall we dine?

 

Mealtimes are my favorite times. It’s not just about eating – it’s mostly about conversation and wine and the art of a beautiful table – but it is also about eating… One of the things I aspire to create for my home is a welcoming/chic eating area.

via Lonny Pinterest

Getting Chills

Ice Tray (I really need one and cannot find one anywhere!)

There was finally a slight chill in the air this morning when I left for work! So, I’m getting chills thinking about the delights of Autumn while trying to ignore the inevitable disappointments like earlier sunsets, frigid cold and…Winter. Plus, Shop-o-matic (by NYMag) has released a 100 Reasons to Get Excited for Fall edition.  Of course I have some favorites. Find all of them here.

I can always use another wine stopper…

Decanter and sipping glasses for cold nights by the fire

I <3 Cheese

As I said here, I’m digging skinny cargo trend, the above are from Old Navy

The must-have accessory for dance parties: iPhone speakers

Lovely little dress from H&M

$72 cut-out dress from Fred Flare. I. Want. It.

Suede Stillettos. Mmmmm.

Gargoyle rings!

Chambray shirt. I have a vintage work shirt that I can’t wait to bust out.

Dish drainer. For those that don’t have a dishwasher, like me.

Biker leggings. Umm. I must say I dig on these. This version is by Tory Burch and is above my current price point for pants I will only occasionally wear…but I will be looking for knock-offs…oh yes, I will.

Sauce pot. Getting hungry now. “Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah” is for some reason playing in my head…

Tall boot by Cole Haan, again out of my price point but I am equally excited to wear my less expensive, less chic tall boots.

I’m dying over this fuschia sofa from Ikea. Sooo delicious! And only $200 more than the Cole Haan boots!

Leopard scarf. I’m in.

Detachable Ruffle Collar. Actually detachable collars in general. I will be in search.

As previously stated here, I’m a bootie-hound!

Shearling jacket. Or in my case faux-shearling jacket.

Wine is the key to my heart

This morning I was greeted by the dailycandy weekend guide, they were hocking wine labels that you can adhere to bottles when you give them as gifts – called toast-its. That reminded me that I’ve been wanting to document my favorite wines for future reference.

Lately my BF and I have been digging on Malbecs. They’ve recently been gaining in popularity and are very reasonably priced for a good bottle.

“Malbec is typically a medium to full-bodied red wine. Ripe fruit flavors of plums and blackberry give it a jammy characteristic. The tannins are typically a bit tight and the earthy, wood-like appeal makes for a fairly rustic, yet versatile wine.”

Faves I’ve tried:

I’ve heard recently that Champagne is more popular than ever…I never realized it went out. I am a HUGE fan of champagne, sparkling wine, prosecco…the list goes on. You really can buy a reasonable bottle of the bubblier stuff for less than you’d spend on a regular white wine. And it always feels like you’re celebrating! One of my besties said she heard on NPR that Champagne is especially good to drink with fatty, fried foods. The bubbles help you digest! That’s enough for me to start guzzling.

Some faves:

I truely die over a good Chardonnay. I recently tried one that was so honey-buttery and I fell head over heels with the entire varietal again! Drinking Chardonnay makes me feel like a grown-up. It also transitions me to my friend’s parents house. This house is the epitome of the “perfect party house”. You always feel welcome, there’s always music, friends, food, drinks. I love going over there, and it was there that I first learned about wine. Shay-Shay (my friend’s mum and my second one) loves drinking and sharing wine. I do believe that her fave is the classic Chard.

More to follow! Enjoy!