Friday, June 28, 2013

Old No. 3...

If you want to win the wife of the year award, try mixing up an Old No. 3 for your husband. It is too easy! Trust me, your hubby will be one happy gent (which equals more shoes)!  

- 1 shot (1.5 fl oz.) of Bulleit Bourbon (for a stronger version try a double shot)
- 1/2 bottle (6 fl oz.) of Blenheim's Old # 3 Ginger Ale (This is essential. Do not use ANY other ginger ale)
- Lemon Wedge
- Ice

- Pour Bulleit Bourbon and Blenheim over ice
- Squeeze Lemon Wedge
- Enjoy

Happy Friday!

Thursday, June 27, 2013


Top: JCrew old (Currently Craving this)Leggings: Target
Flats: JCrew FactoryBag: Vintage CoachSunglasses: Jordan's Cole Haan SunniesBracelets: JCrew and JCrewWatch: Kate Spade old (Currently Craving this)Earrings: Tiffany & Co.

You already know I have a love of sparkles.  So, when I found this top I knew it needed to come home with me.  When I saw this top, I immediately thought of Beatniks and Audrey Hepburn's classic look in Funny Face (see picture below).  I love getting inspiration from different eras (especially the 60's) and style icons.
Where do you get fashion inspiration?
Happy Thursday!

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Splurge or Steal...

1. Gold Pumps: JCrew Splurge or RSVP Steal
2. Black Tote: Prada Splurge or ily Couture
3. Vertical Stripe Pants: 7 For All Mankind Splurge or F21 Steal
4. Gold Link Bracelet: JCrew Splurge or ily Couture Steal
5. Black Bow Studs: Kate Spade Splurge or F21
Happy Wednesday!


Top: JCrewSkirt: JCrew old (Similar here)Heels: JCrewHat: JCrewNecklace:Gift from JordanEarrings: Kate Spade

Believe it or not, my husband actually picked and ordered this skirt for me as a surprise last fall.  This little colorblock skirt is the perfect transition piece.  I have literally been able to wear it in the fall, winter, spring and now the summer.  The light weight fabric on this skirt can be paired beautifully with tights on those chilly days or without when the days get warmer.
Do you have a transition piece you love?
Happy Tuesday!

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Monday, June 24, 2013


Top: TargetBlazer: JCrewSkirt: JCrewHeels: JCrewNecklace: JCrew│Bag: Vintage Coach│ Bracelets:JCrew Watch: Kate Spade old (currently craving this)Earrings: Tiffany & Co.

I love summer because linen is in season!  It has such a wonderfully clean and crisp look.  Not to mention, it will keep you cool on those extra hot summer days.  Embrace the inevitable wrinkles (wear the with pride) and bring out the linen!
Happy Monday!

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Friday, June 21, 2013


Top: Forever21 (similar here)│Pants: JCrew│Wedges:Nine West (similar here)│Bag: Michael Kors│Necklace: ily Couture│Bracelets: JCrew and JCrew│Earrings: Kate Spade (currently craving these)

If you are shaped anything like me, bold prints on pants/bottoms can be a bit tricky to pull off.  I have to be very selective with the prints and patterns I choose, because I have a big booty and hips.  I never want to make them appear larger than they already are; however, when worn properly, a bold print or pattern can lead to a beautifully chic outfit.
Happy Friday!

I would like to thank Christina at Simple Easy Style for featuring this look of mine on her Friday Link-up.   I was so excited to see my Lauren from Style of One's Own.  Check her out! She is the sweetest!!

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Chicken Soup...

I would like to introduce you to a life long friend of mine, Michal.  She is a multitalented woman who has an eye for all things beautiful.  On top of having wonderful taste, she is a fantastic cook.  One of my favorite meals she prepares is her chicken soup (I literally crave this stuff).  Over here at the Brandied Pair, we don’t cook so much.  So, the majority of our recipes will be coming from this lovely lady.  With that being said, Lets Cook!

For some, cooking a whole chicken may be a scary feat. Don’t worry! It is honestly a lot easier than you think. This is hands-down my favorite recipe. I make this on a regular basis. What I have for you here is just the basics. Depending on the mood you’re in, you can add a few extra ingredients to change the style of the soup. For instance, you can add some diced tomatoes if you want more of an Italian taste or add some cubed potatoes to make it heartier, maybe play around with the spices like adding curry to give it an Indian flair… The options are limitless.


4-5 lb. Whole Chicken *only 2/3rd of the cooked chicken will be used in soup*
2 Carrot Stalks (approximately 1.5 cups)
3 Celery Sticks
1 Medium Onion
1 cup Mushrooms
 ½ Bag of Orzo Pasta
1 qt. Chicken Stock
1 tsp. Minced Garlic
1 tbls. All Seasoning
1 ½ tbls. Salt
1 tsp. Pepper
2 tbls Chicken Bouillon
*Optional: Hand-Held Colander, Pair of (disposable) Gloves

Place chicken in a large pot and fill with water until chicken is fully covered. Bring to a boil. Turn heat down to medium-low, cover with lid and cook for 1.5 hours. Carefully place cooked chicken in an empty container/bowl. While chicken is cooling, prepare your vegetables and place in the left over water  and turn heat on medium. You may have some foam and fat left over in the soup. Use a hand-held colander to skim it out. Once chicken is at a tolerable temperature, pull chicken off the bone. (I wear gloves when doing this to help with the heat and keeping my hands clean.) Place 2/3rd of the chicken into the soup. (I personally try to keep all the dark meat with the portion that goes into the soup. For those of you unsure, the breast of the chicken is white meat while the thigh and leg are dark. The thigh and leg are literally a shade or two darker than the rest of the chicken.) Add garlic, All Seasoning, salt, pepper and pasta in soup. Serve when pasta is cooked and vegetables are cooked to your liking.
*Store the rest of your chicken for Chicken and Pepper Pasta, recipe to come soon!*