Apr 9, 2014

You're Invited: Spring Open House at NINObrand

You're Invited!
Join me at a special Open House at the NINObrand Atelier.
See what I looks I love for spring ... and find out what treats I decided on -- thanks for all the suggestions!

Come enjoy bubbly, sweets and new spring styles.
Saturday, April 12th, 2014
noon to 3pm
333 South 20th Street
Philadelphia PA 19103

NINObrand, the women's clothing line I work with, is designed by Bela Shehu, handmade in the USA and sold by private appointment at our Atelier in Philadelphia. Find out more about our collection of future classics and how I fell in love with our designer's unique vision here.

Photos by Marcus Branch

Apr 2, 2014

Candy Carts & Candy Bars

via The Candy Buffet Company

For an upcoming event (which you are all invited to) I've promised sweet treats, bubbly and fresh spring fashion.  Problem is I don't have a sweet tooth (I'm more of a french fry girl).  So I asked friends on Facebook and received a dozen delicious suggestions (chocolate fig brownies, strawberry shortcake, cake pops, cookies, peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate, cheesecake, Talenti gelato, grasshopper squares, chocolate covered strawberries, grilled chocolate sandwiches, meyer lemon macarons, salted pumpkin caramels).

A quick search on Pinterest unveiled a delicious array of display ideas.  Such as:  Candy Buffet (above) ...

via Mod Wedding

Candy Bar ...
via Koyal Wholesale on Pinterest

Candy Cart ...

Photo by Mason & Meg Photography via Style Me Pretty.

and Candy Breakfront with cookies in the drawer.

All of which brought to mind the Chanel 2011/12 Paris/Bombay fashion show, which has to be the most decadent dessert buffet ever assembled, complete with toy train serving cocktails and mountains of macarons beneath glittering chandeliers:

My own display will be far simpler, but still chic and sweet.

How about you, dear readers? What's your favorite dessert selection and presentation for a party? Please share your scrumptious suggestions here.  Merci!

Thank you for the yummy ideas Cassidy, Barbara, Martine, Mackenzie, Anne G and Anne J, Susie, Stacey, Jackie and Lee.  Chanel video first spied on NINObrand / Facebook.

Mar 4, 2014

Think Spring

Snow on the ground, vernal equinox officially weeks away, cabin fever raging.  To the rescue: a simple vase of pink tulips on my desk.  Making me smile as I type posts and prepare taxes. (Okay, maybe that last one  not so much).

Instructions on these "Longlife Tulips" by Bloomaker say they can be stored over the summer and replanted in the fall.  Photo by Doreen Creede.

Feb 28, 2014

Feb 14, 2014

Cozy Valentine

It is not crimson roses, dark chocolates, sparkly diamonds (although all are nice).
It is when he brews you tea every morning.
Thinks you are pretty wrapped in polar fleece and thermal socks.
Shovels drifts of snow to offer you a path to the door.
Loves you every day, not just when the calendar says so.
That is love.
Wishing you all a cozy Valentine, today and every day.
{And especially to mine.}

Teabag heart photo via Kayleen Nymeyer / Pinterest. 


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