Thursday, April 30, 2009
I like to consider this house my surrogate chapter since I live in Dallas and have a number of connections to the chapter. The SMU KKG house is SO pretty both inside and out. I would happily move in tomorrow even though I have been done with college for two years!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Or, if you do not have time to make a dessert order (and overnight) your Derby cake today!
If you do not have time place an order hit up your local paper goods store and stock up on Lilly or Caspari and you will be as good as gold!
Of course NO derby party is complete without some betting. Print off spreadsheets with all the jockey and horses names (if you are super organized color code the names with the appropriate colors!) and have guests bet on their resulthe outcome. Collects all the sheets and betsa few minutes for race and then after award the winner with crown, prize or additional mint julep plus their cash! Oh, and if you do not want children to get in on the betting print off some derby hat and silks for them to color HERE!
Finally, if you want to make a day out of your derby fete consider playing either of these fun games from Kentucky Derby Party (more games can be found on the site too!):
Derby Pool: Place the number 1 - 20 on individual pieces of paper to represent each Derby contender. Fold each piece and place slips in a hat. Have each guest pull a number out that they will root for during the race. If you have more than 20 guests, just repeat the numbers. You can give each winner a prize or let them cut to the front of drink line!
Frozen Jockey: Use small jockeys on horses, like the size that would be on cupcakes and freeze them to the tops of ice cubes in the freezer. At the start of the race all participants can wager on a horse. Using a flat surface in your house (glass from storm door ) tilt it at a slight angle on a table. Line the ice cube jockeys up, keeping them in place with a yard stick and then let them loose all at once for a fun and crazy race. The ice jockeys melt, turn, spin and slide at the whimsy of the weather and heat. Some zoom by and knock others out of the way. It truly is a game of chance and all can have fun. To repeat simply refreeze the jockeys on new ice cubes and freeze until the down time between the next races.
Well, the menu is now being made, the tables are being set, the betting sheets printed off and the fun and fellowship waiting for all to partke. Now let's put our derby best, head to the races and have a FABULOUS and FUN 135th!!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The Storm Rain Jackets are now on sale for $69.99.
This is just what I need to fight off the Dallas thunderstorms this week!
Oh, aren't the pink and green just darling??
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
I know many people despise tankinis, but I always think it is nice to have a more conservative swimsuit in your closet. You just never know where you might be and what type of suit you are going to need. I decided to buy the Cota Tankini because of this. Plus, the older I get the more coverage I am going to need so better to buy something I like now and have it for years to come. The Cota is wonderful because unlike many tankinis it actually looks like a one piece! It is so very flattering, I love it and so does mother (she bought hers at the new and improved Melly!)!
We also got the Paltrow bikini at Lilly and I am quickly falling in love (I do not think I have ever mentioned that I used to be OBSESSED with Gwyneth in high school. I ordered every single one of her DVDs sophomore year and just loved her. She had the look, she had the man and now she has the Lilly suit!). I used to wear nothing but halter bikinis and have tried hard to switch it up and that is why I did not buy this suit right away. However, if I can bring myself to clean out my swimsuit basket this weekend I might just reward myself with this darling, Colorful Cause suit too.
I do not need to buy another suit for years to come now!!
Finally, what trip to the beach or pool is complete without a towel? As soon as I saw the Sun Goddess Beach Towels I knew I needed one. They are simply too cute to pass up! Stock up now ladies, because like the Vera towels these are sure to fly of the shelves before you know it!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I almost flew out of my chair! I got my first shift cookie cutter as a gift from Melly and then my second in a swap this past December (I know, I know I am lucky and a little selfish to have two...). However, you no longer need to search eBay or scour the internet because you can buy your own shift, copper, cookie cutter for $12.95 HERE. Trust me, this cookie cutter is worth every penny! I suggest buying soon rather than later because who knows how many are left... While you are on the site be sure to check out the other cutters as well as cookie decorations (they have wonderful shades of pink and green sugars!). Here are a few of my favorites:
These dress would be cute for a bridal luncheon or a daughter's birthday.
Are you going to a summer BBQ? You need to make flamingo cookies!You all know I LOVE my elephants!Since a bulldog was not available on this particular site I settled for a chic poodle.
PS- I also heard a TERRIBLE rumor at work this weekend. The Kate Spade Quinn might be discontinued!! I sure hope this is not the case. I mean the Quinn is TEN this year and the bag is a classic piece.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I am SUPER excited! I cannot wait to see mother and father and the pups. Mother is already busy planning our travels around the country and our visits to the top leather workers (Catherine bags and shoes will fill my suitcase on the way home!). I hope she is also researching elephant rides. You are going to think I am super odd, but I have ALWAYS wanted to ride an elephant and Jackie's marvelous photo makes me really yearn to do so. There is no better place for an elephant ride than India! I will not be in my Oleg, but I will most definitely will be sporting a Lilly shift! Gosh, this would make the perfect Christmas card, wouldn't it? I am beyond thrilled to travel to India for the very first time and cannot wait to take you all along. More information to come soon!!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Makes about 2 dozen
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons brandy, or milk (I use milk)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Royal Icing for Sugar Cookies, optional
Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar; add dry ingredients, and mix until incorporated. With mixer running, add egg, brandy (or milk), and vanilla; mix until incorporated.
Transfer dough to a work surface. Shape into 2 discs, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with nonstick baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.
On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes, and transfer to prepared baking sheets, leaving an inch in between. Leftover dough can be rolled and cut once more. Bake until lightly golden, about 10 minutes; do not allow to brown. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
This top is my ABSOLUTE favorite Lilly top to date. I fell in love with it the first time I saw it. The pink and green and the lovely beading are just fabulous and the cut is like the top of a shift. I looked for this top online a few weeks ago because I could not find my camera, but had no luck. Last Sunday when I was working I looked in the book and found it was an 'additional offering' so I guess that means it is exclusive to certain stores. Exclusive is so fun! Obviously you can call and order it, but it is more unique than other pieces I supposse. It too looks AMAZING with white jeans and this just might be my summer staple outfit (next to my shifts of course)!
Here is the back. Isn't it fun??