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

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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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Grapefruit Secco Bellini, #ThirstyThursday #CocktailCrush

Grapefruit Secco Bellini

The first bellini was poured in 1948 by the founder of Harry’s Bar in Venezia, Italy. Giuseppe Cipriani drew from the regions fragrant white peaches to create a delicious cocktail made of sweet peach puree and Prosecco.  The original recipe calls for one part peach puree and two parts Prosecco. Unfortunately, we don’t all have time to purée peaches when we’re on the go.      As a fan of the semi-homemade trend, I’m always delighted to […]

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Hopping into Springtime at Marsh Rabbit Run

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As Easter approaches, bunny-themed decor highlight the season. But here at Winter Park’s Marsh Rabbit Run, we enjoy the company of live and decorative bunnies all year round. Ever since I was a little girl reading author Beatrix Potter’s whimsical animal stories like “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”, I’ve loved bunnies.  And when we first moved into our cottages on the lake, we were delighted by the abundance of rabbits running across the lawn.  We […]

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Three Delightful Irish Coffee Recipes, #ThirstyThursday #CocktailCrush

When Daylight Savings Time coincides with St. Patrick’s Day, it’s the perfect time for some Irish coffee! Plus, it’s a nice way to stay warm beneath the winter chill. So, put on some green, gather some clovers, and pour an Irish coffee mug full of this delightful treat. Here are three of my favorites:     Bailey’s Irish Coffee from INGREDIENTS 1 cup hot premium coffee 1 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream Whipped cream DIRECTIONS […]

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Irish Honey Cream, #ThirstyThursday #CocktailCrush

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With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, I wanted to share a sweet Irish treat to bring you some luck: The Irish Honey Cream.   INGREDIENTS 1 oz. Irish cream 1/2 oz. scotch 1 tsp. honey Mint leaves (for garnish)     DIRECTIONS Combine Irish cream, scotch, and honey in a shaker. Shake and pour into a glass of crushed ice. Garnish with mint leaves. Enjoy! Now, what to wear on March 17…?

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The Royal Clutch Bag

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If you’re anything like me, you’re curious to see what celebrities tote in their high-end clutches. There’s something fun about checking out what brands keep your favorite starlet camera ready and seeing what they can’t live without. A biographer once told ABC News about the essentials that Queen Elizabeth carries in her signature, color-coordinated Launer purses.      I was delighted to learn that I had much in common with the Queen. We both keep […]

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