Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
10:39 AM CDT on Saturday, August 29, 2009
Showing up at someone's house empty-handed is out of the question for Dallasite Helen.
"If they're going to the trouble of making dinner or having you over, a little gesture is the least you can do to let them know you're excited to be there," she says. The style blogger has a few go-to items she loves to share with hostesses and keeps a gift closet stocked.
And making sure the package looks good is just as important as the gift itself, she says. So in addition to keeping gifts on hand, the Monograms and Manicures blogger has a hearty supply of ribbons and wrapping. She says that in most cases, she doesn't spend more than $15 on a gift to show a hostess her appreciation.
If you invite Helen over, don't be surprised to receive any of the following:
Paper napkins. You can find napkins that will work for any hostess, she says. She looks for prints or patterns that match a hostess's home or personality. Her favorite brand is Caspari.
A pretty box of matches. A patterned box adds personality to a practical gift. Helen is a huge fan of the matchboxes from Lilly Pulitzer. She often pairs this with a basic candle before tying the hostess gift up with a bow.
Trinket dishes. Small silver pieces can work in any room, she says. Don't be surprised to see a hostess later using it to serve nuts, holding knickknacks on a desk or placed on a bedside table.
Measuring cups. Look for kitchen gadgets with a fun twist or theme.
Jamie Knodel Where to shop
So where does style blogger Helen shop for hostess gifts?
•St. Michael's Women's Exchange, 5 Highland Park Village
•Ivy House, 6925 Snider Plaza
•Anthropologie, Highland Park Village and NorthPark Center
•Dougherty's Pharmacy, 515 Preston Royal Village
•Madison, 45A Highland Park Village
And where does she stock up on ribbons and wrapping?
•Paper Affair, 5710 W. Lovers Lane
•Paper Source, NorthPark Center
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
This is one of my current favorite songs; in fact I am listening to it on repeat right now.
Listen to the lyrics, they are so powerful. One of the reasons I love this song is that it can appeal to so many people. It is not a song that is only played on Christian radio stations, but on pop too. God works in mysterious ways, but He is calling each and every one of us!
Come down to the river
Come and let yourself in
Make good on a promise
To never hurt again
If you're lost and lonely
You're Broken down
Bring all of your troubles come lay 'em down
All you sinners
And the weak at heart
All you helpless
On the boulevards
Wherever you are now
Whatever evil you've found
Bring all of your troubles
And come lay 'em down
We're all tied to the same old failings
Finding shelter in things we know
We're all dirty like corrupted small towns
We'll bring our troubles
We'll bring our troubles lay 'em down
All you rich men
And the high above
All those with And without love
All you burdened Broken down
Bring all of your troubles
Come lay 'em down
Finally, much like the Rover the Volvo wagon is also great for the busy WASP. The extra two back seats are great for WASP carpool from the country day school to the country club, but they can be folded down for Yale/Harvard tailgates. Again, the wagons last for ages upon ages so of course the WASP wife cannot leave the lot without one!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
I made my first call to NM during a retreat break yesterday and it was far from successful. However, I was not about to give up the search for my pink Manolos so I called the downtown store and talked to the most wonderful clerk. Not only did she find my shoes, but she found the last pair in my size and they were on sale!! I am not talking a small sale, but think more than half off plus an extra Last Call discount! I could hardly believe my luck, wow! It looks like I am all set and ready for Fall now! I cannot wait to wear all of my new items in the coming months!
Friday, August 21, 2009
What true beauties these are! I wish these has been available when I bought my black pair, but alas that was not the case. I will just to covet these and continue the debate of giving in later this Fall. They match just about everything I own so it would be a win for my feet, my closet, NM and the economy!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Another pink item I cannot live without is my Emile Henry pie dish. I actually got this as a graduation gift from the cook of the family, but fell in love with it long before I owned it. Now, while I do not bake pies, this dish is still used frequently in my apartment. It is perfect for my onion souffle, but also works for cooking vegetables and rosemary potatoes. The best part about this must-have item is that you can pick it up for just $22 through Saturday!!! The wonderful One Kings Lane has it one sale for next to nothing. Even if you have one of your own buy your new neighbor one and welcome them to the neighborhood in style! If you are not already a member of One Kings Lane I would be happy to invite you to join in on the home warehouse sale fun, just email me at email@example.com.
Then of course we had all the Jubilee partnerships: Monopoly, Steinway, Jeep and or course Florida's Natural (which still has yet to make its' debut in Dallas). Well, just because Lilly's 50th will draw to an end in a few short months does not mean the major partnerships have to fall by the wayside. As you many of you know Lilly has partnered with Lesportsac to kick off the 'Lilly Loves Green' campaign!
Though the actual campaign will likely launch in November the bags will not be available until February, March and April. Not only are the bags green in that they are reusable (I am for sure picking up the below bag for grocery trips), but they also feature endangered species (you know how I love the exotic animal prints)!
Just when you think you have enough Lilly comes out with something new! It is going to be hard to resist going green with a little bit of pink!!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
I start by missing the frosting in with a wooden spoon and then finally resort to using my hands. Mix/stir/knead until the frosting and the cake crumbs become one. Now, form balls out of your batter (this was a bit messy so I forgot to photograph). It works well to use your hands or a sorbet scoop. I use the scoop to measure the amount and get the base shape and then perfect my balls from there. Be your own judge of size, but be warned that these are rich treats that you want to be able to bite in to! Once you have used all your batter up put the balls in the fridge for an hour or two to let them cool.
Once your balls have chilled melt your chocolate. I have found that while chocolate almond bark coats well, white chocolate almond bark is a bit of a bust and ends up being somewhat transparent and too thin. I suggest using white chocolate chips instead of the white almond bark. Dip your balls into your chocolate of choice and then transfer them to a wax paper covered baking sheet.
Now comes the fun part: decorating! While I adore sprinkles, I have found I prefer stripes on my cakeballs. Place your left over chocolate or almond bark in a pastry bag (or a Ziploc with a small hole cut on one corner) and quickly go to town! If your heart desires add some food coloring or colored melting chips to your white chocolate for bursts of color! Once you are done decorating place the cakeballs in the fridge overnight.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Or throw your trash in a grosgrain bin?
(Not sure why this photo is sideways- whoops!)
I wish there had been a quality beauty product line like Not Soap Radio when I was a Kappa! I would have ordered loads and loads of items, but I will just have to leave that up to you college girls now!
Not Soap Radio has so many fabulous products! They just added their new holiday collection (I want the Merry Christmas body suds for December!) to the site and I hear they are also hoping to launch a pink and green line in the very near future. Load up your card with swap items and gifts today!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
2 cups Parmesan Cheese
1/2 Cup Mayonnaise (WASPs tend to find MANY uses for mayo!)
1 Package Frozen Chopped Onions
Lay onions out on paper towels and press to remove all access water. Immediately after mix all ingredients in a bowl until they are well combined. Transfer them to a pie or casserole dish (passed down from mother or grandmother!) and transfer to the over. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes- make sure the souffle is heated all the way through before removing it. Serve hot with Ritz crackers and enjoy!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Sadly, Floris is now gone and Hopsy is in need of a new shower cap. I have searched high and low for my beloved bow shower caps on the internet and even tried making my own (this did NOT work). Well, I kept hitting a road block until recently. I FINALLY found the website of the company that makes these bath treats: Creative Associates. Guess where they are based? DALLAS! They have SO many options on their site, but the sad thing is they do not sell them online. However, a contact email is listed as is a phone number. Several bloggers had luck calling them and placing orders after my last shower cap post so you should have lots of luck too! Creative Associates has so many fun options to choose from. Of course I always tend to lean towards the pink and green, but they have floral ribbons, solids, black and whites and even a novelty section. You MUST check them out, I mean everyone needs to add a little flair to their shower so these are clearly the way to go!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
(For the WASPy Kappa!)
Stubbs and Wooten has boutiques in all the WASPy locales, so even if you are not in the city often try the Palm Beach or Southhampton store. Who knows, you might even be as lucky as I was last November and hit them up on a day when the entire store is 50% off!!
This pair would not only match WASPy mother's closet, but the India condo as well!
Isn't this bow pair just DARLING?
Both Belgian Shoes and Stubbs and Wootton are wonderful house shoes, but they work well for travel too. They are most definetly a must addition for any WASP closet!
The best thing about the WASP lifestyle is that it never goes out of style. WASP shoes are classics that will last for ages and they will always be 'in'. You can buy a pair today and still wear it in 2080!