Hurricane Cocktails to Calm our Nerves

I have to confess, I’ve been glued to the Weather Channel all day! Watching the slow churn of Hurricane Irma and the varying spaghetti strings is stressful. Seeing the devastation in her path is heartbreaking. With the cone covering the entire state, it’s difficult to figure out what to do and where to go. We will heed the guidance of the Officials. Fortunately, we have our getaway on the Gulf Coast, so we may head […]

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How to Dress the Bedside Table

Cottage life is charming, and challenging. Since 2014, Mr. Dasch-ing and I have made our home in Winter Park Florida. Having moved here from our now get-away home on the Gulf side of Florida, we are happily at home in our cluster of cottages on the Chain of Lakes that we call Marsh Rabbit Run. Making this our primary residence, meant decorating in a more purposeful fashion. Our cottage has turned out to be my […]

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Five Things I Love about “The Art of Southern Charm”

Five Things I Love about "The Art of Southern Charm"

I’ve just finished the last pages of The Art of Southern Charm, by Patricia Altschul. An enchanting summer read, it’s filled with snippets of her glamorous life mixed with tidbits of etiquette and advice. There are many things I found delightful about Patricia. Below I’m sharing my favorite takeaways, but be sure to grab a copy as there are so many gems to devour. 1. She encourages hosting cocktail parties… If you haven’t guessed, I […]

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Here’s to you Buffie

Buffie

In 2011, I paired a pretty green dress I made from a Vogue pattern with a lime margarita. When I showed it to my brother, Jeff, an idea was born. Immediately we knew that “every dress deserves a cocktail, and every cocktail deserves a dress.” So over the next few months, I worked away sewing dozens of dresses in various styles and matching them with cocktails. Our plan was to mix fashion, celebration with travel […]

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Earth Friendly = Earth Pretty

Earth Friendly = Earth Pretty

If you’re reading this, you’re like me in that we like to surround ourselves with prettiness. In our homes, our gardens, in what we wear, and what we create. So I’ve decided to re-commit to keeping our earth pretty too! I’ve always been a recycler, and yet there’s more to maintaining a healthy planet than just separating out out the Champagne bottles. So I’m sharing with you the ways that I strive to keep our […]

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How to Make Flower Blossom Cocktails

Flower Blossom Cocktails

Garden-inspired cocktails are the perfect way to celebrate summer. By creating flower blossom ice cubes, your drinks will be the delight of the gathering. With a little planning, these pretty blossoms will create the most festive cocktails. Whether your pouring sparkling water, clear liquor or white wine spritzers, any clear beverage will look extra special with these pretty blossoms shining though. Helpful tips for making your Flower Blossom Ice Cubes: Silicone ice cube trays are […]

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7 Tips for Keeping Your Feet Happy in Any Shoe

Let’s admit it, we’re all obsessed with shoes! Pretty shoes, shoes with bows, shoes that make our legs look long, shoes we buy and never wear, the list goes on and on. Just yesterday Mr. Dasch-ing commented on the bag of shoes I was carrying in. He winked when he said, “Oh, my dear, and what do we have here? Another pair of shoes?” I quickly responded, with a touch of defense, and said, “but […]

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Clutch My Heart

Clutch My Heart

As you know I’m over the moon with excitement about revealing my Cocktail Clutch creations to you! I’ve been working tirelessly for months now, and I’ve loved every minute of it! Designing the perfectly sized clutch purse, choosing the prettiest fabrics and selecting the most delightful color combinations were the beginning of an exciting journey. And now we are just days away from opening our online shop. In anticipation of the launch on June 1st, […]

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Staying Cocktail-Clutch Creative

Design Cocktail-Clutch

I’ve always been a make-it-happen kind of girl. So, when I began designing my Cocktail Clutch, no one was surprised to know that I wanted a prototype along with my first production run completed by the next day!! I even thought about creating the factory! Oh my goodness! And had I set my mind to it, I like to think I may have gotten pretty darned close to finishing them! As a creative, multi-faceted person, […]

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Tea with Mom

Tea with mom

I have to confess that I was terribly bashful growing up. Some of my earliest memories are doing whatever it took to stay home with my mom and avoid my dreaded pre-school or Kindergarten class. Whatever little Leslie did often worked, and Mom would acquiesce. Then, off we would go to the Valley View Tea Room of Hutzler’s Department Store.   The grand and stately room, where Mom and I would sip tea, overlooked Maryland’s […]

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