Saturday, February 28, 2015

Pixie Lily Spring 2015 Line

If you live in Charleston you are probably familiar with the baby/toddler line called Pixie Lily.  If not I can't wait to introduce you to one of my favorite kids lines.  I just adore this line that is designed locally by Leda Jackson.  Sterling wore Pixie Lily all the time (sadly he has out grown it ) but now it is my favorite for Frances.  I love that Leda's designs are timeless and have a vintage to feel to them.  The Spring 2015 line is my favorite yet.  I had to get a few pieces for Frances Moon!!
 Pixie Lily has graciously offered a 10% percent discount and free shipping thru Sunday!  Use code NATXOX.

This Shooting Star Romper is beyond precious.
It is trimmed in pink and has pink stars embroidered on it.
It is hard for me to get Frances to sit still and take a picture these days!


Probably one of my favorite dresses this season is the yellow embroidered dress.
I love the vintage feel and the flowers.



Also love the purple tunic set.  It has tiny embroidered flowers on it as well.





The Boy Stuff is equally adorable.

pixie lily boy

pixie lily girl


There is also a layette line for the tiny babies.  My two lived in these pjs when they were younger, so soft!

pixie


You can shop the whole Pixie Lily Site HERE.  And don't forget thru this weekend you can use code NATXOX to get 10% off and free shipping.




Friday, February 27, 2015

Happy Hour | Cocktails + Glassware


Ah Happy Hour, my favorite time of the day.  Who doesn't love unwinding after a long day?  Since we have a new glass cabinet in our kitchen it got me thinking about glassware and the glassware made me think of cocktails!  So I decided in honor of the weekend I would share some cocktail recipes paired with some cute glasses!
Just click on the name of the drink to take you to the recipe!

** Update all glassware links should be properly working now!**

I mean come on, how amazing does this rita look??  Although I might make my mini a double:)

I would serve these in
 Mingle Tumblers
How adorable are these small margarita glasses?  I just love the different colors.

and if you like a more traditional glass, I am always a huge fan of Juliska!  Their glassware is lightweight and not heavy which I really like.


I love a good Bloody Mary, especially with brunch.  this one looks insane!!  Adding bacon to anything is a good idea.


3 cups tomato juice
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons sweet and sour mix
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 teaspoon Tobasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tapatio, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon or more freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon horse radish (prepared)
1 teaspoon green olive brine
Celery salt (to sprinkle on top)
Coarse salt (for rim of glass)
Your favorite vodka
(makes 1qt. of mix) - See more at: http://lipstickandleopardprint.com/2012/03/02/the-best-bloody-mary/#sthash.sV8IuJ9R.dpuf
Wade’s Bloody Mary Recipe

3 cups tomato juice
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons sweet and sour mix
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 teaspoon Tobasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tapatio, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon or more freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon horse radish (prepared)
1 teaspoon green olive brine
Celery salt (to sprinkle on top)
Coarse salt (for rim of glass)
Your favorite vodka
(makes 1qt. of mix) - See more at: http://lipstickandleopardprint.com/2012/03/02/the-best-bloody-mary/#sthash.Q7N98BTp.dpuf
 I love the idea of serving the Bloody Marys in these Tortoise glasses and they are on sale!  I am contemplating these for our new glass cabinet, I think the pop of tortoise would be cool.

Wade’s Bloody Mary Recipe

3 cups tomato juice
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons sweet and sour mix
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 teaspoon Tobasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tapatio, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon or more freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon horse radish (prepared)
1 teaspoon green olive brine
Celery salt (to sprinkle on top)
Coarse salt (for rim of glass)
Your favorite vodka
(makes 1qt. of mix)
Combine all of the ingredients, except the vodka and celery salt, by blending or stirring vigorously. Refrigerate until chilled. When you are ready to enjoy, use 1-2 ounces of vodka followed by the chilled bloody mary mix. Add bacon, pickled asparagus and a dash of celery salt for the best Bloody Mary you have ever tasted! Cheers!
- See more at: http://lipstickandleopardprint.com/2012/03/02/the-best-bloody-mary/#sthash.Q7N98BTp.dpuf
Wade’s Bloody Mary Recipe

3 cups tomato juice
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons sweet and sour mix
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 teaspoon Tobasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tapatio, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon or more freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon horse radish (prepared)
1 teaspoon green olive brine
Celery salt (to sprinkle on top)
Coarse salt (for rim of glass)
Your favorite vodka
(makes 1qt. of mix)
Combine all of the ingredients, except the vodka and celery salt, by blending or stirring vigorously. Refrigerate until chilled. When you are ready to enjoy, use 1-2 ounces of vodka followed by the chilled bloody mary mix. Add bacon, pickled asparagus and a dash of celery salt for the best Bloody Mary you have ever tasted! Cheers!
- See more at: http://lipstickandleopardprint.com/2012/03/02/the-best-bloody-mary/#sthash.Q7N98BTp.dpuf






the best bloody mary

I am a huge fan of anything involving tomatoes! Sun dried or oven roasted, cooked or raw, red sauce, ketchup, anything tomato… you name it. So, I am particularly fond of a good Bloody Mary. I have found that I really love when it involves a lot of goodies. A delicious beverage and a snack all in one! If you are looking for a new twist on an old cocktail, here you go!

Wade’s Bloody Mary Recipe

3 cups tomato juice
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons sweet and sour mix
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 teaspoon Tobasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tapatio, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon or more freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon horse radish (prepared)
1 teaspoon green olive brine
Celery salt (to sprinkle on top)
Coarse salt (for rim of glass)
Your favorite vodka
(makes 1qt. of mix)
- See more at: http://lipstickandleopardprint.com/2012/03/02/the-best-bloody-mary/#sthash.Q7N98BTp.dpuf

Wade’s Bloody Mary Recipe

3 cups tomato juice
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons sweet and sour mix
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 teaspoon Tobasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tapatio, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon or more freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon horse radish (prepared)
1 teaspoon green olive brine
Celery salt (to sprinkle on top)
Coarse salt (for rim of glass)
Your favorite vodka
(makes 1qt. of mix)
Combine all of the ingredients, except the vodka and celery salt, by blending or stirring vigorously. Refrigerate until chilled. When you are ready to enjoy, use 1-2 ounces of vodka followed by the chilled bloody mary mix. Add bacon, pickled asparagus and a dash of celery salt for the best Bloody Mary you have ever tasted! Cheers!
- See more at: http://lipstickandleopardprint.com/2012/03/02/the-best-bloody-mary/#sthash.Q7N98BTp.dpuf
Wade’s Bloody Mary Recipe

3 cups tomato juice
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons sweet and sour mix
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 teaspoon Tobasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tapatio, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon or more freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon horse radish (prepared)
1 teaspoon green olive brine
Celery salt (to sprinkle on top)
Coarse salt (for rim of glass)
Your favorite vodka
(makes 1qt. of mix)
Combine all of the ingredients, except the vodka and celery salt, by blending or stirring vigorously. Refrigerate until chilled. When you are ready to enjoy, use 1-2 ounces of vodka followed by the chilled bloody mary mix. Add bacon, pickled asparagus and a dash of celery salt for the best Bloody Mary you have ever tasted! Cheers!
- See more at: http://lipstickandleopardprint.com/2012/03/02/the-best-bloody-mary/#sthash.Q7N98BTp.dpuf
I love this fun spin a bellini, plus the pale pink color is gorgeous.  These would be fun at a baby shower or engagement party.


What is not to love about these stemless flutes??  They are stunning with the gold detail!


These monogrammed stemless flutes are fun and would make a great wedding gift as well.


If you like stems I really like this set, a little different but so pretty and a killer price!

How refreshing does this cocktail look???
 I love mint in any cocktail!

I have a set of glasses similar to these jungle ones that I just love.  They are so pretty for entertaining and perfect for this vodka lemonade:)
 also LOVE these zebra ones.

I love a spicy margarita, probably my favorite kind of margarita!


I just adore these glasses from West Elm, I actually just ordered the pink set since they are on sale!
These Rocco Glasses are also gorgeous, love the detail and on sale (only $24 for 6!)

I love a mint julep, they are festive and so fun.  Plus I love the fact that you can use your mint julep glasses as small flower vases= double duty.




I have the silver version above but I just love the idea of the copper ones!

SEVEN \\ MOSCOW MULE
My brother introduced me to this cocktail, it is one of his favorites and so easy to make.  Only three ingredients Ginger Beer, Lime, and Vodka. 


The cups are the just the cutest things ever made of copper.
Hammered copper version if you prefer.


This is hands down one of my favorite drinks and I have to say my Dad makes the best one around.  The key is not too much vermouth- we actually do no vermouth, just olive juice and he hand stuffs the olives with quality blue cheese.

Of course I love these pink martini glasses!

I have actually never tried Lilet Rose before but I have heard it is so delicious.  I would sub vodka for the gin in this recipe because I don't like gin (too many gin and tonics in college and now I can't even smell it).  These would be perfect to serve at an Easter Brunch.


I love the idea of these old fashioned coups.  The gold dots add a fun spin to the glasses.








the best bloody mary

I am a huge fan of anything involving tomatoes! Sun dried or oven roasted, cooked or raw, red sauce, ketchup, anything tomato… you name it. So, I am particularly fond of a good Bloody Mary. I have found that I really love when it involves a lot of goodies. A delicious beverage and a snack all in one! If you are looking for a new twist on an old cocktail, here you go!

Wade’s Bloody Mary Recipe

3 cups tomato juice
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons sweet and sour mix
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
3/4 teaspoon Tobasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon Tapatio, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon or more freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon horse radish (prepared)
1 teaspoon green olive brine
Celery salt (to sprinkle on top)
Coarse salt (for rim of glass)
Your favorite vodka
(makes 1qt. of mix)
- See more at: http://lipstickandleopardprint.com/2012/03/02/the-best-bloody-mary/#sthash.Q7N98BTp.dpuf

I love a cucumber drink in the summer it is so refreshing.  Once again I would sub vodka for the gin- they make a great cucumber vodka called Effen you could use for this drink.


 These glasses are great because they are double duty, wine or cocktails.  Love the sleek look and gold detail.

These glasses are on the pricey side but man they are gorgeous. Love the colors.


Of course you need some cute napkins to go with your glasses:)  I am a sucker for a cute cocktail napkin!




HAPPY FRIDAY









Thursday, February 26, 2015

Charleston | Shop + Stay + Play



Happy Thursday Friends.  I have been meaning to do this post for awhile since I last did my favorite Charleston Eats Post.   I feel so lucky to call Charleston home.  It is such a fabulous city filled with so much historic charm, southern hospitality and fabulous food!  If you get the chance I highly recommend you visit Charleston.
I get a few emails a week from people wanting to know where to stay and what to do here while visiting.  Keep in mind there are so many things to do here, so many great shops and great places to stay,  these are just a few of my favorites.

|| S H O P ||

314 King Street
One of my favorite clothing shops in town, it is hard to leave here empty handed.  Stacy Smallwood, the owner does such a great job bringing cutting edge fashions to Charleston.


233 King Street
also located in Mt Pleasant ( 712 S Shelmore Blvd)
My favorite shop for the kids.  Filled with adorable clothes, toys, and gifts.


303 King Street
This shop is filled with all my favorite brands like Joie, Mara Hoffman, Tory Burch. You might remember my post about their Brown Box Club.  You must stop in if you are strolling King Street.


1630 Meeting Street
This off the beaten path and not walking distance from the main strip of downtown but worth a stop in.  They are a fabulous entertaining store.  I always pick up serving platters from here.

NOVEL
1630 Meeting Street
If you stop in Open Door Shop you must pop in Novel too, they are in the same building upstairs.  It is filled with The Library Collection By Lauren Lail,  Art by Way Way Allen and stationary by Liza Cleveland.


106 Church Street
If you love meat, cheese and good wine (like me) then you will be heaven in this shop. I have become addicted to it and stop in often for weekend appetizers.  They also make killer sandwiches at lunch if you luck up on one, but they sell out fast!

225 King Street
This adorable girls/women's store just opened here in December and I am already obsessed with it.  They have the cutest stuff ever, I am always buying Frances dresses here.  There are only two other locations in the US so stop in if you are in Charleston!


74 1/2 Cannon Street
If you love paper products like I do you will want to stop in this charming store.  It is filled with adorable cards, notepads, wrapping paper and ribbons.


875 Coleman Blvd
This home interiors store is in Mt Pleasant but if you are over that way you must stop in.  It is filled with the cutest home accents, art and decor.

1015 Johnnie Dodds Blvd
Another great home store in Mt Pleasant.  Filled with great furniture and accesories for the home.

335 King Street
If you love shoes, this is your store.  Right now they are running their buy one get one free sale.

322 King Street
I just stopped in this store this week and lets just say I am officially obsessed.  The most gorgeous Boho cover-ups, kids clothing, accessories (think gorgeous beaded necklaces and purses), and bedding!



|| S T A Y ||

19 Vendue Range
This was one of my favorite places to stay before we moved here.  The hotel was just recently redone and looks amazing.  Don't miss the rooftop bar and restaurant, The Library.


0 George Street

I have yet to stay at this boutique hotel but I am dying to!  I have heard nothing but rave reviews about the hotel and the service.  They have a restaurant on the property and offer cooking classes too!


225 East Bay

This hotel is worth it just for the rooftop pool and bar!   It is within walking distance to some great restaurants too.



205 Meeting Street

This hotel is right in the heart of downtown Charleston and walking distance to most shops and restaurants. 


PLANTERS INN
112 N Market Street
This hotel is located in the heart of Downtown too and home to the famous Peninsula Grill (they make the insane 12 layer coconut cake)!



P L A Y

The AQUARIUM
If you are traveling with kids, the aquarium here is awesome!


CARRIAGE RIDES
If you want to see more of Historic Charleston the Carriage Rides are such a fun way to see downtown.



THE ARTHUR RAVENEL JR BRIDGE
This is the bridge that connects downtown to Mt Pleasant.  If you want to see the city from a different view and get some exercise the bridge is great way to do that.  People walk and run this bridge everyday.   On a sunny day the views are pretty incredible.

 
USS YORKTOWN
If you have kids this is another fun activity to check out the USS Yorktown.

This is bit of a drive about 25-30 minutes from downtown but such a fun activity.  We did this last year for my birthday and had so much fun.  You get to tour where they make the Firefly Vodkas and do a tasting.  There is also a vineyard (Irvin House Vineyard) beside it where you can do wine tastings as well.  After our tour we bought a bottle of wine and sat on the property (its gorgeous) and drank it and listened to the live band.