After my Rosemary Gin Fizz turned out so well, I began scouring the internet for more cocktails inspired by our herb garden. That is when I stumbled across this figgin’ beautiful cocktail and became a woman obsessed. With thyme to spare, all I needed was a handful of ripe figs. Much to my frustration, figs are apparently one of the few things that you can’t get out of season no matter where you look. I must have called Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods every other weekend until I finally heard the beautiful news- “yes crazy lady, we have fresh figs.”
After all the anticipation I had built up around this cocktail (ask anyone, I talked about this drink way too much) when the moment to take that first sip finally came, I was nervous. I was afraid it was going to be as disappointing as the time I made the Charleston Pink Lady, or that it would lack that wow factor I had built up in my mind, but I couldn’t have been more pleased; About Figgin’ Thyme was everything I had hopped it would be and more!
From our first house tour, I knew I wanted a gallery wall in the foyer of our new home. It took me over a year to finally get everything selected, framed and hung and I am absolutely loving the sense of accomplishment I feel every time I walk through our front door.
The process of composing a gallery wall that compliments your taste, the space and contains meaningful pieces is a daunting one. While you want a gallery wall to feel unedited and authentic, a few simple tricks and guidelines can help make sure that it still has a cohesive flow. Continue reading
One of the biggest pieces of advice I would give to new homeowners (especially other enthusiastic and budget conscious newlyweds), is to hold off on purchasing new furniture. Try to give yourself time to actually live, entertain and relax in your new home before you make assumptions about how you will use each space or commit to furniture purchases. Continue reading
For the majority of the year, my go-to beverage is a tall glass of red wine (preferably Spanish with a side of cheese and charcuterie), but around this time every year the rising temperatures inspire a shift in my palate that demands the coldest, most refreshing beverage there is. With this projecting to be the first solid week with temperatures in the 90’s every day, it’s time to dust off the copper mugs and grab a huge bag of fresh limes- it’s Moscow Mule Season. Continue reading
Diane and I have spent a weekend in NYC almost every summer since our paths crossed during a semester in England eight years ago. One of the things that we credit for keeping our long distance friendship alive is our mutual love for Gossip Girl. The scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite inevitably influence our summer trips and this weekend was no exception. Continue reading
As a guest in someone’s home, there are few things I appreciate more than a well-articulated cheeseboard. After years of practice, research and feedback, I finally feel confident while putting one together. Here are a few simple pointers I have gathered to help you wow your guests with a cheeseboard you are proud of.
“The Run for the Roses,” more commonly known as the Kentucky Derby, has been on the first weekend in May since 1875 and is one of my favorite longstanding, all-American traditions. I love every step of the event—from the women arriving in their big hats, to the blanket of roses draped over the winner at the end. So whether you are one of the lucky ones going to the race, or one of the at-home spectators (or even if you don’t watch at all!), this just wouldn’t be Derby weekend without a refreshing and oh-so-southern mint julep in your hand. Continue reading