We just got back from a fantastic week in Los Angeles. L.A. is truly one of my favorite places to visit. For years my mother, sister and brother lived there so I always feel at home when visiting. L.A. is also the last place I saw my brother before he passed unexpectedly so being there always makes me feel close to him. It’s amazing how certain places hold very powerful and charged memories.
I am not a huge drinker. I like an occasional glass of wine ( white, usually Sauvignon Blanc) with dinner, but as a rule I try not to drink except on weekends, and never at home. I will admit though, I have a weakness for margaritas. This is probably not a surprise with my love of Mexican cuisine. However, I don’t just like any margarita. I like mine completely free of added sugar, and preferably very spicy! When I am at a restaurant instead of ordering a margarita I usually ask for a tequila gimlet on the rocks, or lime juice and tequila on the rocks. I find that much easier than saying, “I’ll have a margarita, no triple sec, no simple syrup.” If there is some sliced jalepeno, habenero, or serrano peppers that can be add to my drink that is even better! I then add 2-3 drops of the liquid stevia I always keep in my purse, and instantly my drink is the perfect balance of spicy, tart and sweet. Perfection.
One of my favorite ways to start off a summer party is with a cool, refreshing, summer soup. Chilled soups are a hostess’ friend as they can be prepared ahead of time, chilled and served when your guests sit down to eat. That way you can spend time socializing with your guests instead of stressing over the first course! For a cocktail party mini chilled soup shots are a great idea. Filling shots glasses with a chilled soup leaves your guests with a free hand for whatever delicious beverage you are serving.
This week is a strange one. This morning NYC feels eerily quiet, with most people having vacated on Friday for an extra, extra long holiday week. With July 4th falling in the middle of the week, It is hard to tell which weekend is the holiday (both?). I am home in NYC briefly (before heading to LA tomorrow) after a wonderful weekend on the CT shore. On Saturday night, Doug and I hosted a beachside clambake for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, an organization I am very passionate about. Unlike the rain we were faced with last year, this year’s event was perfect. I am looking forward to sharing the details of it soon!
Summer is officially here and the increasingly hot weather calls for an easy, breezy, glowy, summer look!
This latest Get The Look video is the first in an exciting collaboration between myself, Rebecca Casciano, and Spirit Beauty Lounge. Spirit Beauty Lounge is my go to for all of my green beauty needs, stocking all the greenest and most glam products available. Each and every item has been carefully selected by Spirit Demerson herself. You can be confident that anything you buy will make you look gorgeous, feel great, and be good for you. No toxic nasties here!
Next weekend I am attending the first in a string of summer weddings. For this particular wedding we are headed to LA for the week, and I am very exited. Any trip to California instantly reminds me of my own “mini moon.” Since our wedding was in a tropical location, Doug and I did not feel the urge to take a long honeymoon right away. Instead, we delayed our honeymoon for several months and took a California road trip “mini moon.” We started in LA where I had a few work obligations, and then headed north to Big Sur, Carmel and San Francisco. By the time we took our real honeymoon to the Maldives six months later we were both really ready for a long vacation, one that we may not have appreciated immediately after our wedding.
I love taking requests from friends. Nothing makes me happier than getting an email or text asking me to SJMify (a real term amongst my friends) a favorite dish. Often times creating a recipe for a friend takes me out of the realm of what I usually eat and allows me to get truly creative!
Spending last week in Mexico, at the resort where Doug and I were married got me thinking a lot about my own wedding day. I got to stay in a room just like the one I got ready in, walk past the places where Doug and I took photos together, stand on the spot where we exchanged vows, and visit ( and dance at!) the site of our reception. It was very magical and brought back a flood of happy memories.