Holy sh*t! Are you in utter disbelief about it being the Fourth of July next week? My first thought: New Year’s Eve feels like yesterday… My second thought: What am I going to wear? Years back, I had an amazing opportunity to live outside the country, but as they say: distance makes the heart grow fonder. While I longed for familiarities of the States, being away also taught me about my homeland, allowing me to recognize, appreciate and …
I’m as much of a Scrooge as anyone when I see Christmas decorations going up before Halloween. Bah, humbug! But here’s a holiday trend that melts my heart: People are not going as hog-wild about decorating their homes for Christmas as they used to. It seems everyone I talk to is planning to simplify and de-clutter for the holidays (and I thought it was just me). My friends and clients tell me they are going to select fewer pieces with greater meaning for them and their family, and leave the rest of it in the attic or the basement. They want more time for family and friends, and I agree. When … Read more
It’s the holidays. Who doesn’t love a pumpkin pie with a little bit of Cognac? Make this easy recipe for the holidays and impress everyone with your boozy dessert skills. Pie filling: 1 15oz can pure solid-packed pumpkin 2 large eggs at room temperature 1 large egg yolk at room temperature 1 cup heavy cream, keep cold 1 Tbsp. Cognac or brandy 3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar 1 tsp. orange zest 1 tsp. freshly ground cinnamon stick or 1 1/2 tsp. pre-ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. salt a pinch Freshly grated nutmeg a pinch of black pepper a pinch of ground cloves Chocolate whipped cream: 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, keep cold 1/3 cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa Pie crust: Use store bought deep dish crust Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake crust … Read more
From scraped knees to broken hearts, she has been there to bandage them all. And though we tell her we love her often, Mother’s Day is the day to show it. A gift is nice, but really, your older, wiser BFF wants time to spend with her beautiful, and busy, daughter. To celebrate the queen mum in your life, here are four thoughtful ways to make the day as Cheeky as she is! Eating, Drinking, Da Vinci’ing! – Bottles and Bottega Mother’s Day BYOB Brunch Party I’m talking three hours of brunch and brushstrokes! Take your pick of painting sessions: 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm …just be careful not to rinse paint off in your wine glass … Read more
She is fun, fabulous and fierce. She is chic, intelligent and in-the-know. But most of all, the Cheeky chick is the kind of woman who embraces, admires, respects, smiles at and opens her heart to other fabulous chicks. Now THAT'S Cheeky, darling!