all that is gold

All that is gold does glitter! I am about to nerd out on y'all in a major way... the original phrase, 'all that is gold does not glitter,' is the title of a poem written by J.R.R. Tolkien for The Lord of the Rings. All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be … [Continue reading]

prima ballerina

Pierina Legnani (below left) was the first ballerina ever to be titled as Prima ballerina assoluta — with the Prima ballerina Olga Preobrajenskaya (right). They are costumed for the roles of Medora and Gulnare in the scene Le jardin animé from Marius Petipa's final revival of Le Corsaire for the Imperial Ballet. - St. Petersburg, 1899. I knew my husband (then boyfriend) was a keeper when while he was visiting me in Moscow, went willingly to the ballet with me at … [Continue reading]

shamrocks

1/2 oz vodka 1 oz green crème de menthe 1 scoop vanilla ice cream 1 shamrock Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for 20 seconds. Pour into a chilled margarita or collins glass. Garnish with a shamrock. Shamrocks are the national symbol of Ireland, as I'm sure we're all aware of after one too many St. Patrick's Day outings. But where else are shamrocks featured? Quebec's city flag, Canada's coat of arms, the passport stamp of … [Continue reading]

orange crush

Crush sodas go all the back to 1916- who knew?! Orange crush was the first flavor, but others soon followed. Clayton J Howell used the term 'Crush' for the soft drink's name to to refer to the process of extracting the flavors from oranges. Any crush fans out there? For sustainable bubbles (of the non-carbonated, soapy kind), look no further than Hand in Hand.  For every bar you buy, Hand in Hand donates one to help prevent water born illnesses in children. They've … [Continue reading]

let them eat cake

"Qu’ils mangent de la brioche", or, let them eat cake, was actually never uttered by Marie Antoinette. It was first seen in a German children's book in 1931, and historians and politicians stealthy snuck it into their pro-revolutionary works. Truth be known, the attribution is doubly erroneous in English because the word 'cake' is a mistranslation. In the original French the phrase literally translates to, "Let them eat rich, expensive, funny-shaped, yellow, eggy … [Continue reading]

up

Please tell me I'm not the only one who cried like a hungry baby during the first 15 minutes of Up.  The movie goes a little something like this: by tying thousands of balloon to his home, 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Right after lifting off, however, he learns he isn't alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the … [Continue reading]

blackberries and brie

Blue Cheeses ♥ dessert wines, Zinfandels, and Cabernets Brie ♥s Champagnes and sparkling wines Cambozola ♥s Merlots Goat Cheeses ♥ Sancerre and Sauvignon Blancs Montrachet ♥s Bordeauxs and Cabernet Sauvignons Monterey Jack ♥s Cabernet Sauvignons Muenster ♥s Gewürztraminers Parmigiano-Reggiano ♥s Chiantis Pecorino ♥s Amarones, Barolos, and Barbarescos Roquefort ♥s Rhône Valley reds and Sauternes Stilton ♥s Port What's your perfect pairing? *** This oh so … [Continue reading]

refined sugar

The tradition of wearing a white wedding dress began in 1840 when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert. Prior to that, royals wore richly brocaded gowns, with red being among the most popular color. The transAtlantic account of Queen Victoria's wedding caused American elites to follow suit, and because of limited laundering techniques (imagine getting kidney pie out of your whites without the use of bleach or OxiClean!), wearing white showed that the bride's family … [Continue reading]

date my brother

Tall (6'3 to be exact), handsome, twenty-something, Air Force pilot. Likes gourmet cooking, fine wines, poker nights, traveling, and kittens. Treats his mother right. Remembers birthdays. Seeking single, fun, female who enjoys the outdoors, cozy movie nights by the fire, ski trips to Vail, upscale dining, winters in Minot, and summers in Guam. Has plane. Will fly. photo credits: cookies, modern airplanes, wedding sign, bride and groom, bouquet, cake, reception … [Continue reading]

club monaco

I am sure a lot of us are familiar with the international store - Club Monaco, and know what lovely things they always have! I checked out their inspiration blog the other day called Culture Club and fell in head over heels with their artsy photography. Such an easy, breezy, euro-chic plus a bit of sand in the shoes kind of style. J'adore! photo credits: lights, shoreside shot, Monaco hotel white wedding, yacht garage, bouquet, chapel . … [Continue reading]

two for tea, please

Afternoon tea, known as 'low tea' involves things like manners, lace, and dainty foods. 'High tea' was traditionally a working class meal served at the end of the work day, shortly after 5pm. It was a heavy meal with lots of meats and baked goods (think: steak and kidney pie). Legend has it that afternoon tea was started in the mid-1800s by the Duchess of Bedford who found herself with a "sinking feeling" during the long wait between meals. She invited some friends … [Continue reading]

freshly minted

Mint (n) a vast sum of money or a king's ransom. Mentha (n) is a genus of flowering plants in the mint family that are aromatic, perennial herbs. Mint (adj) brand new, pristine, immaculate. Of a pale green color. Minted (v) to produce coins by stamping metal. (adj) flavored or seasoned with mint. Freshly minted (phrase) create, invent, dream up. photo credits: reception area, cake, edible mint buttons, drinks, bride and groom, necklace and stoneware, groomsmen, … [Continue reading]

elizabeth bennet

"You are too generous to trifle with me. If your feelings are still what they were last April, tell me so at once. My affections and wishes are unchanged, but one word from you will silence me on this subject forever." - Mr. Darcy to Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice, Chapter 58 photo credits: tea cups, manor, boots, umbrella, sign, cottage, car, yorkshire, favor boxes, dresses, cake. … [Continue reading]

vitameatavegamin girl

Hello friends. I'm your Vitameatavegamin girl. Are you tired, run-down, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular? The answer to all your questions is in this little bottle. Vitameatavegamin. Yes, Vitameatavegamin contains vitamins, meats, vegetables, and minerals. With Vitameatavegamin, you can spoon your way to health. All you do is take a great big tablespoon after every meal. Mmmmmmm... it's so tasty too! Tastes just like candy! So why don't you … [Continue reading]

coca-cola classic

Coca-Cola was first sold in 1886, has been a registered company in the United States since 1944, and today this carbonated soft drink is sold in over 200 countries. It was originally sold as a patent medicine for 5 cents (a patent medicine is one of questionable effectiveness) due to the belief at the time that carbonated water was good for your health. Coca-Cola claimed to cure everything from morphine addiction to impotence. photo credits: red shoes, balloons, … [Continue reading]

sunny side up

Sunny side up may refer to a fried egg, a 1928 movie musical, a childrens' morning show on PBS Kids Sprout, an old-timey record album by West End Jazz Band, or a rag doll character from Lalaloopsy.  fried egg + a little salt n'pepper +  2 slices of toast + whipped cream cheese + sliced tomato + prosciutto = best sandwich ever. photo credits: flower cone, chuppah, lemonade, crepe paper flowers, yellow napkin bow, patio, bridal party, bouquet, window box, deviled … [Continue reading]