Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Asymetrical Valentine's Day Looks

Asymetrical Valentine's Day Looks

This is my first Polyvore Board!

With Valentine's fast approaching here are 4 asymetrical dresses for whatever your date may be!

Feminine styles that incorporate the holiday but don't overwhelm it!

1. Silk Crepe One Shoulder Organza Drape by Notte by Marc with Banana Louboutins
2.Halston Heritage Sleeveless Twisted Asymetric Dress with Badgley Mischka Xavier
3. Sparkle& Fade by Urban Outfitters with Gaby Ankleboots at
4. Jenni One Shoulder Chiffon Dress at with Lanvin open toe flats

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Baltimore & Bethesda Chevy Chase Restaurant Week

Wew hew it's restaurant week in Baltimore as well as in Bethesda  Chevy Chase for the next week.

Enjoy 2 course lunches for $12-$15 and atleast 3 course dinners for around $30-$35.

(Ps. alot of tapas bars are all you care to eat )

I went to American Tap Room Yesterday with my lovely friend Stephanie and it was so delicious! We were seated at a table next to the fireplace in big leather chairs and the menus light up. I ordered the tomato bisque soup and the glazed salmon which was flavorful and less than 500 calories for the salmon.

I'm going to check out Baltimore restaurants this week too!

Heres the links for the participating restaurants;

Bethesda Chevy Chase Restaurant Week

Baltimore Restaurant Week

Bees and Appletrees (BLOG): MACARONSbeautiful stardust flying everywhere.The "Live Anywhere" Boat - Trip South - Maine to VirginiaD E B U T A N T E S.

Images via We Heart It

Monday, January 24, 2011

These boots are made for walking

Cuzzie and I are in love with our Steve Madden INTYCE boots. They have  a leather upper and a 1 inch wedge. I love them because you can dress them up and down and I like that my black ones have an equestrian feel to them.  I think I might snatch up the grey too! Available at

Celebrity Sighting of Intyce

 Ashley Tisdale

  Amanda Bynes

  Miley Cyrus

Cuzzie, Mudda & Me @ Boordy Vineyard

"I think that playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends."
~Kate Spade

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Blossom and Basket Boutique

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   This weekend we get a wonderful review of an amazing florist, Blossom and Basket
Boutique located in Mt. Airy, Maryland.
   Not only was Rene a dream to work with at my own August wedding, the Boutique
is also a 2009 & 2010 Wedding Wire’s Choice Winner as well as The Knot 2010 &
2011 DC Area Best of Weddings and The Knot 2011 Best of Baltimore Weddings.
    Rene Bonde of Blossom and Basket  got involved in floral design by taking a floral 
design class in high school. She also worked in local floral shops and entered many
floral design competitions through 4-H  where she snagged the prestigious award of
“Grand Award Winner” of the competition. These experiences fueled her passion she 
hasn’t looked back.

Katie-Where do you find inspiration for your floral arrangements?

Rene-The flowers themselves, fabrics, paintings, magazines, etc.

K-What kind of “homework” should a bride do before meeting with a florist?
R-  *Bring swatches and photos of fashion for bride and bridesmaids as     
       well as have color schemes picked.
  • Bring a general list where you want to have flowers – i.e. bridesmaids, mothers, fathers, alter, centerpieces, church, etc.
K-What flowers would you recommend for a winter bride?R-Roses, lilies, tulips, branches and winter greens.

K-Do you have any favorite winter color schemes for weddings?
R-I just did a black, white and silver theme with pops of dark burgundy with lots of sparkle and gems – absolutely awesome!

K-How can a bride incorporate the holidays into her wedding flowers?
      *Ornaments as favors hanging on a tree in the reception room
  • Have guests sign ornaments instead of a guest book – ready made decorations for the 1st Christmas together.
  • Embrace the colors of the season – if your church will be decorated with red poinsettias for your day, don’t pick orange and yellow for your scheme. You will have to do too much to hide what is already there.
K-How can clients get in contact with you?
R-Phone and email are the best!

Blossom and Basket Boutique
3 N. Main Street
Mount Airy MD 21771

My Bridal Bouquet! We incorporated flowers and crystals.  We also included feathers in various centerpieces and in my husband’s boutonniere as a surprise :) .
I think it’s time my husband put a call in for birthday and Valentine’s day flowers.


Friday, January 21, 2011

We Heart It

I heart we heart it!   This website has tons and tons of beautiful images with various tags. I will def be perusing this site when I need design inspiration, decorating ideas and blog pics.
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Peanut Butter Fudge

 I made fudge for the first time yesterday. It is so easy and delicious to make!

1.5 c peanut butter
1 stick of butter
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp vanilla extract
1 lb confectioner's sugar ( one box)

Put wax paper/ aluminum foil down in an 8 x 8 pan.

Microwave first 3 ingredients until smooth. Add in vanilla and sugar and mix until blended. Put mixture in pan and pat down. Place in fridge so it can settle and get cold. Ready in about 1 hour.

You could easily add chocolate chips to the mix.


Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo

I have fine curly hair and everytime I go for a blow out , you best believe I'm going to stretch it out as much as I can.
So to maintain my straight hair I use Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo on my roots. It absorbs the oilies and has a clean lemon scent. Be careful not to dump too much on your roots but if you do, use a blow dryer on a cool setting to blend it in.

* Shampooing your hair everyday can lead to dry ends and oily scalp*

Pronto Dry Shampoo To GoAlso sulfate and paraben free!
Available at Sephora.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Turf Valley Bridal Show - Jan 21,2010

Over 60 vendors featured at this resort in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Besides vendors there will also be ”cocktail and hors d’oeuvres displays,
a  three-course seated dinner and a fully
choreographed fashion show highlighting today’s hottest wedding trends.”
 For tickets and more information go to

J.Crew Wedding Dress Sale

3 days only up to 60% off select dresses happy shopping
Silk dupioni rosette gown
Silk-cotton estate gown

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Best UV Girls Recipes!

After stumbling upon a wonderful recipe book ,compiled my lovely friend and sorority sister Meg, while cleaning out my e-mail I was thrilled to find some of my favorite recipes from my friends in college. Here they are :)

Broccoli Cornbread
Original Chef: Anne Whitaker

( this stuff is soo good we refered to it as crack and we would make it for friend's birthday's complete with birthday candles )

1 c. stuffed with cooked and well-drained chopped broccoli
3 large eggs
1 stick (¼ lb.) butter, melted
1 cup Breakstone’s 2% cottage cheese
1 teaspoon salt
3 - 4 tablespoons onion, chopped
1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Cook broccoli according to package directions.  Pour into strainer and drain well.  Mash with a fork to remove even more liquid.
3. In a medium-sized bowl, beat eggs with a medium large whisk.  Add broccoli, onion, salt, butter, and cottage cheese.
4. Mix well with whisk.  
5. Add Jiffy mix and whisk in.  Do not over mix.  
6. Spray an 8" x 13" Pyrex dish with PAM.  Pour in cornbread mixture and spread evenly.  
Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned.  

Additional Information
Makes about 15 pieces when cut.
Store leftovers in tightly covered container in the refrigerator  
Microwave to reheat

Chicken Artichoke Dip
Original Chef: Dannielle Allen

1 cup mayonnaise (Hellmans is best)
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 can artichoke hearts (quartered or whole)
2 cups shredded chicken (2-3 chicken breasts)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  
2. Boil chicken breast until cooked through; remove from pot and allow to cool.
3. Combine mayo, parmesan and garlic in a bowl.  Chop artichoke hearts to taste and add them to mixture.  
4. Pull apart chicken into bite size pieces, do not chop, it messes with the texture.  Combine with mixture.  
5. Butter a dish and add the dip.  Bake for 40-45 min, until top is golden brown.

Additional Information
You’ll probably want to double the recipe.
Serve with tortilla chips

Spinach Lasagna

It is always hard getting my red meat loving husband to eat vegetarian dishes,  or even vegetables at that.  However this recipe for spinach lasagna always does the trick! Thanks Mom!

Spinach Lasagna

1 lb. Carton ricotta
1 egg
1 pkg.  Mozzarella +  keep ½ cup for top
1 tsp. Oregano
Dash pepper
Garlic powder
1 pkg spinach (frozen, thaw & drain) I prefer fresh bag
1 large jar Marinara
1 package lasagna (I use oven ready)

Combine first 7 ingredients.  Pour some sauce in bottom and spread on bottom of the pan.  Layer noodles, ½ cheese/spinach mixture, spread evenly across, spread sauce, add another layer of noodles, rest of mixture, sauce, another layer of noodles, sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan on top,  Pour less than 1 cup of water around the sides, seal with foil, Bake @350 1-1/2 hours, let it rest 15 minutes before cutting

Awesome Fresh Salsa Recipe!

This homemade salsa recipe makes me miss summer even more! The Fresher the ingredients the better. My Momma's recipe :)

1 - 16 oz. can tomatoes (or fresh) pulse
                                              1 Tbs. oil
                                              1 large clove garlic, minced (or jar garlic)
                                              1 small onion chopped
                                              2 T chopped fresh cilantro
                                              1 Tbs. vinegar (apple cider)
                                              1/4 lime squeezed (or juice from a bottle)
                                              1/2 tsp. cumin
                                              1/2 tsp. coriander
                                               1/3 tsp cayenne pepper
                                               1 small can minced or chopped peppers -  Mix and chill

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Almay Make Up Remover Pads

Lots of product reviews lately, probably due to all the Christmas goodies being put to use. :)

Almay Make Up Remover Pads are the best eye make removers ever! Gentle, hypoallergenic, fragrance and oil free and won Allure's editor's choice award.

Portable so they fit wonderfully in your gym/travel bag.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol III

In love with this eyeshadow palette by Urban Decay. Complete with 2 eye liners, primer and 16 eyeshadows that are amazing!!
Pop up art with a lit mirror inspired by NYC.

Available at online at  or   at Ulta

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Affordable rural elegance at Circle D Farm

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Being a District Bride is a very fabulous thing.   We have a lively city and a great proximity to beautiful countryside in Maryland and Virginia.  If the big city prices or venue don’t appeal to you, you should look into hosting your wedding at Circle D Farm.

Circle D Farm is located in Woodbine, Maryland. It is  family owned and operated and you will be in great hands with Kate, the lead event coordinator.

Here are some more stats about Circle D Farm:

*Indoor/outdoor ceremony location. Your options are a large ballroom with an expansive balcony, a lounge with a great redskins themed bar, picnic grounds and greens complete with a gazebo that is perfect for a horse drawn carriage entrance.
*Receptions to accommodate 275
*Vaulted ceilings
*Cozy fireplace
*Large balcony to enjoy the beautiful landscape
*Complementary decorating time
*Flexible menu and bar options ~ sample ~ Herb chicken, Sliced roast beef, Baked ziti, red roasted potatoes, green beans almondine, garden salad, and, rolls. Happy to prepare family recipes or customize the menu for allergies or dietary restrictions.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Lorac Double Feature

I have a fav new beauty product. It's the Lorac Double Feature which is part highlighter part concealer. It's light weight portable and has a roller ball which is great for blending under eyes.

Also oil, paraben and fragrance free!

Double Feature

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Little Havana Baltimore

Little Havana located in Fed Hill Baltimore is a fab restaurant for many reasons. Good cuban food, lively libations,dog friendly on the patio, great view of the harbor ( and  fireworks on 4th of July or New Year's Eve, was at Havana's for  both events ) and home of many fun events.

However I wanted to touch on their brunch, which may have saved my life on New Year's day.  $14.95  includes a brunch entree ( Avocado Quesadila for me yum) and all you care to drink pitchers of mimosas / bloody marys.

I have a love/hate relationship with bloody mary's but ordered one anyways and it was delicioso!! Old bay rimmed glass and the right combination of spicy and patron curing abilities.

I can't wait to go there for brunch when it warms up and enjoy some mimosas on their patio overlooking the harbor.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Belle Must Have- Clarisonic!

I got this handy little gadget for Christmas and it is amazing! Deep cleansing = clearer smoother skin and better application / absorption of products.

According to the website :

Clarisonic developed the sonic technology proven to gently yet effectively loosen dirt and oil to clear your pores. The Sonic Skin Cleansing System uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean, soften and smooth your skin. In just 60 seconds a day, the micro-massage action cleans more than twice as effectively as manual cleansing.

Clarisonic Sonic Cleansing Benefits

  • Removes 6x more makeup than manual cleansing
  • Leaves skin feeling and looking smoother
  • Cleanses so well that products absorb better
  • Gentle enough for twice daily use
  • Helps reduce oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes
  • Helps reduce the appearance of visible pores

I love love love mine and have already noticed a difference! Go out and buy one!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Talara Baltimore

Went to a fab & yummy restaurant in Baltimore ( a la Harbor East) for my dear friend Becci's birthday.

Talara Located at - 615 President Street - Baltimore, MD  or .

We started with Happy Hour $5 mojitos and tapas ( Try the key lime mojito and tropical fruit ceviche, delicioso! )

Then Morgie and I split a seviche bar of ahi tuna done fire and ice style and it was spectacular!

FIRE AND ICEOur traditional seviche recipe prepared in a
spicier version with habanero peppers and
topped with a cool homemade prickly pear

The combination of spicy and cool of the granita in seviche form is definitely addicting.

 I can't wait to go back for a monday night free salsa dancing lessons and treats.

I love a good restaurant and especially a good happy hour drink ;)baltimore happy hour

Newsworthy Nails

How fun is this . . . I saw this on comment on cupcakes and cashmeres fan page.

You will need:

a small glass of rubbing alcohol or vodka
10 strips of newspaper (bigger than your nails)
LIGHT nailpolish. white, clear, light pink, etc. anything LIGHT
Okay now do this:

After painting your nails

Dip your nails in the alcohol for a while so the whole nail is wet
press a strip of the newspaper on your nail and hold firmly for 30 seconds. do NOT move the strip, keep it firm.
You're done! Now go over with a clear coat so it’ll last

I did mine over pink polish and use whipped vodka ( all i had) it worked well. Make sure to do it individually to the nails and press hard for darker print.

Hopefully I can figure out how to send pics from my phone.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and new year!
I'm still recovering from Christmas vacation and all the parties but no fret lots of fun posts to come!!