Meet AnnaBelle, of LaRoque

Ladies Who Lunch Tote in Confetti

Meet AnnaBelle LaRoque, the absolutely darling designer and creative director of LaRoque.  I recently got to hang out with AnnaBelle while attending The Southern C conference in St. Simons Island, Georgia.  A delightful southern girl, you can spot her across the room with her glowing eyes and happy smile. Annabelle has created a line of tops, dresses and children’s dresses that are as darling as she is. Her signature ruffled sleeve, and unexpected hem lines, […]

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Old Fashioned Cocktail History

Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe

I love a cocktail almost as much as I love dressing for cocktails!  The term “Cocktail” dates back to 1806, where in The Balance, and Columbian Repository, it stated that a cocktail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water and bitters.  I’ve always found the Old Fashioned to be a gorgeous drink with it’s mahogany color set in a rocks style glass.  I prefer to style mine with a cherry […]

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A Romance With Life

Cocktail Clutch with red bow

It might surprise (or not surprise) you to know that prior to launching Dress For Cocktails and my line of bow adorned clutches and handbags, I was a career romance coach. In that role, I wrote The Long Distance Romance Guide and Love Letters Now. Interviewed by hundreds of magazines, newspapers and televisions shows, I studied romance and what it means to have a romantic spirit. When Byant Gumble told me during one morning interview […]

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Southern Summit Prep

Planning for The Southern C

I’m super excited to be heading to The Southern C summit next week.  In case you haven’t heard of The Southern C, it’s a virtual front porch for Southern Creatives and entrepreneurs.  It’s an opportunity to meet up and collaborate with other creatives, makers and doers while learning from some of the South’s best and brightest business, branding and marketing leaders.  So you can image my enthusiasm about being with 300 other belles eager to […]

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Pink Lattice Walls

Clairebella Wallpaper

It’s no secret that I love bright cheery colors. Our cottage compound here at Marsh Rabbit Run is filled with the happiest shades of pink – hot and soft subdued shades, green – crisp apple and spring, blues – vivid aquas and lovely periwinkles, and yellows – pale and peachy. I don’t think I’ve ever loved a home more than our bungalow style cottage. Without question, it’s all because of the decor. I say this […]

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Holiday Tops with Festive Flare

Green Stripe top with Red Bow Clutch

The holidays open the door for festive attire more than any other time of the year.  Sparkles and sequins, red and green stripes, fascinators with Santa, the sky is the limit.  I’ve seen so many festive outfits and holiday looks that I just adore!  In showcasing my line of Leslie Dasch Cocktail Clutches, it’s been fun to pair each clutch with a bright holiday look.  And there’s one top that gets so much attention – […]

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Holiday Hoopla Champagne Negroni

Champagne Negroni with a Pretty Cocktail Clutch

All this holiday shopping, decorating and parties surely makes a girl thirsty! So I’m sipping one of my favorite cocktails today with some extra fizz.  I’ve always loved a Classic Negroni.  It’s an easy drink to make with equal parts Gin, Campari and Sweet Vermouth.  It is typically garnished with an orange slice. To jazz things up a smidge, I’m adding a little bubbly on top.  You can serve this pretty pink cocktail up, or […]

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Dressing Up the Holiday Table

Nothing says the holidays like a festive table dressed for your favorite guests.  Even better is when it’s set al fresco.  That was our plan for Thanksgiving, however Mother Nature had other plans.  I knew from the weather report that it was going to rain on turkey day, but I wanted to play table-dress-up anyway.  So the day before Thanksgiving, my daughter-in-law, Stephanie, and I staged our table – as we had dreamed.   It […]

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Pomegranate Punch Cocktail

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

After a fun weekend in New York for my birthday, it’s nice to be home in sunny Florida.  I love an adventure, but in my heart I’m a homebody.  I love the space we’ve created here at Marsh Rabbit Run.   Mr. Dasch-ing and I often scrap our plans for heading out, and choose instead to sit lakeside in the Adirondack chairs, or have cocktails and snacks right at at our kitchen counter.   Upon […]

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Changing Leaves in Martha’s Vineyard

Porch Rocker

The lore of changing leaves and cooler temps beckoned us north.  Mr. Dasch-ing and I set off in search of fall weather, and we surely found it on our trip to Boston and Martha’s Vineyard.  While we’ve been to Boston many times, neither of us had ever been to Martha’s Vineyard.  So after a couple of nights in Beantown, we drove south to hop on the ferry to MV.   Staying at the most delightful […]

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