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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Derby Drinks

Leslie serves a mint julip

With a hat collection only rivaled by the ladies of Downton Abbey, I love the festiveness of the Kentucky Derby. They have the brilliant colors that I adore and an assortment of whimsical hats of nearly every shape and style. So, what accessory goes best with a derby hat and outfit? Well, other than my cocktail clutch, it’s a refreshing mint julep!  I’ve gathered a few tasty mint julep recipes from three of my favorite […]

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Margaritas & Maracas

Cinco de Mayo is a day of celebration filled with Mexican festivities!  So bring serve up the margaritas and shake the maracas!!  Historically, this day commemorates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in  However, these days it seems to be all about margaritas and maracas.   So I’m sharing a few easy margarita recipes to shake up tonight.  First up is the classic margarita.  An easy way to remember this recipes is […]

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Five Things I’m Loving Lately: May 2, 2017

Brynn Hudson Jewelry

Happy May!  I’m starting this month off surrounded by things I love…and sharing them with you!  From baubles to bulbs, I know you’ll be inspired to share your favorite things with me.  Leave me a comment with what you’re loving lately too.  I’m excited to hear from you.   1. Brynn Hudson Jewelry I recently purchased a couple of pieces from Brynn Hudson Jewelry’s Gumball Collection and discovered my latest jewelry crush! Her elegant, eye-catching, and […]

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The Amelia Earhart: #ThirstyThursday #CocktailCrush

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Today’s cocktail crush comes from our friends from Marco Island, Florida’s The Oyster Society: the beautiful and enchanting Amelia Earhart Cocktail. Since they only provided the ingredients (“Lavender-rosemary vodka, lemon juice, lavender rose syrup, St. Germain, Egg white and creme de violette”), I took the liberty to try to mix something up for my Dress for Cocktail-ers: The Amelia Earhart INGREDIENTS 1 oz. lavender-rosemary vodka 1 oz. lemon juice 1/2 oz. lavender rose syrup 1/2 […]

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Company’s Coming: Six Tips for Hosting Out-of-Town Guests

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Living in sunny Florida means we often have company coming in for a warm visit. We truly love to host family and friends at both of our FL homes–The FishHouse in Yankeetown and Marsh Rabbit Run in Winter Park. No matter the guest, I like to ensure that each home is inviting and “show-ready.” Located in a small fishing village on the Gulf Coast, our beloved FishHouse sits directly on the Withlacoochee River. Capable of […]

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Bar Cart Dress Up

Bar Car Dress Up 1

I’ve recently noticed the hashtag #barcartbeautiful trending on Instagram and have found myself looking to make my bar cart, well…beautiful! The bar cart has always been one of my favorite home accessories, likely due to my love of celebrations and entertaining. Plus, they give us at-home decorators another spot to fancy up.       And the bar car trend extends beyond Instagram, in areas like home decor and restoration. Trendsetter Lilly Pulitzer recently offered a […]

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Three Cheerful Spring Cocktails

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As the weather warms up, the flowers are blooming and bringing bursts of beautiful colors. And with the change in seasons comes a change in cocktails! Here are three of my favorite pastel beverages to welcome in Spring:     1. Clos Dew Drop from Elle Decor & Clos du Bois   (Bonus: You get to use some cute tea cups!)   INGREDIENTS   4 oz Clos du Bois Chardonnay 2 oz Gin 2 oz Fresh […]

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Dressing Your Table

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I still refer to revered “authority on etiquette” Amy Vanderbilt when setting tables, even though I’ve probably set thousands of them in my lifetime. Not wanting the desert spoon in the wrong direction or some other etiquette faux pas, I like to double check my handiwork. So, I thought it would be an excellent refresher to show you–step-by-step–how to create a pretty, yet proper, table setting:       1. First, select linens, flatware, and dinnerware […]

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