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August 26, 2015

A Luscious Lillet to End A Summer Day

On summer evenings we've been serving Lillet to friends who stop by our outdoor living room and "stoop it" -- South Philly jargon for hanging out on the stoop, sharing a drink and some laughs.  So simple, so elegant, with notes of honey and candied oranges balanced by a bit of dryness and a long luscious after taste.  Best served chilled, on the rocks as the sun sets and the cares of the day slip away on a soft breeze.

What's your favorite summer aperitif?

Photo by Doreen Creede

August 24, 2015

The Outdoor Living Room

Amazing what a palapa umbrella, a pair of plastic pink flamingos and a few chartreuse throw pillows can do to brighten your day.  This setup on the side of our townhouse carport serves as an outdoor living room May through October.  Mornings, we sip coffee, read the paper and catch up on emails.  Come Thursday and Friday evenings we "stoop" it, a South Philly term for hanging out on your stoop and sharing drinks with neighbors.  For minimal money (the umbrella came from a grocery store, the flamingos from Home Depot and the furniture from IKEA) we gained an outdoor room and best of all a delicious feeling of tropical escape just by walking out the door.

Photo by Doreen Creede

August 19, 2015

Sunset Skies & Time Flying By

And suddenly, it's August.  Where has the summer gone, where has the year gone?  Is it me or is time just flying by?  Please forgive the blogging break.  No, I wasn't whisked away by mermaids, but this summer has  brought about some big changes, which I'll share with you soon.  First, though, let's catch up:  how have you been spending your summer?

Venice Beach, Florida sunset photo by Doreen Creede

June 22, 2015

Magic, Mermaids & Hot Summer Days

" ... to slip beneath the surface and soar along the silent bottom of the sea agile and shining in water honeycombed with light." -- Ellen Meloy 
Ah, here at last, summer's sweet nights and sultry days, dips in cool water and tastes of cherry ices, hours immersed in tales of mermaids and magic as waves lap at your feet. Enjoy every moment.

June 17, 2015

Congratulations to our "Dear Carolina" GIVEAWAY Winner!

Congratulations to Entry #13, Elizabeth on winning our Dear Carolina book giveaway! A fitting win, given Elizabeth's connection to North Carolina, where the novel is set.  As Elizabeth wrote in her entry,

"Being a Carolina girl myself and reading anything about southern families that I can find, makes this another pleasure that I will enjoy. I am sure it will have characters that remind me of someone from my past .... "

Enjoy meeting the characters who make this story of love and family so memorable, Elizabeth.  Author Kristy Woodson Harvey will inscribe your copy and send to you directly. 

Thank you to everyone who participated and promoted this giveaway.  If you'd like to add Dear Carolina to your summer reading bag, you can find it in the Style Maniac Amazon Boutique and at bookstores nationwide. 

May 19, 2015

Dress Like You're Going To Jimi Hendrix's Funeral

Who would have imagined Harry Winston and Jimi Hendrix inspiring the same fashion advice?  
When I spied this quote on one of my favorite blogs, Honey & Fizz, I thought: how sly, how subversive, how brilliant. Because you for sure wouldn't go in anything boring, basic or black.  The outfit would have to have flair,  flamboyance, energy.  And why save that for a mythic occasion? Why not strut with peacock feathers and spangles and shaggy neon fur coats and sunglasses too big and sleeves too long and heels too chunky and colors nearly clashing and whatever it is that you feel and want and desire.  After all, what are you waiting for? 
Life is short.  Add something colorful and unexpected to your every day.

Image courtesy Honey & Fizz  Thank you for sharing your photo, Simone.