Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Frown in Ruffles

Have a lot of photos to post today from last night so going to keep the writing short! 
This was my outfit this afternoon going to a friend's house for a BBQ!
 Got this lace ruffle shrug from a clearance rack of Charlotte Russe last year for $5!
Added the chain belt! I think this was my mom's as well.

The shoes make the outfit of course. At least I think so!

This purse is total luxury. But the padlock is just ridiculously heavy so I took it out a while back. I think it still looks very cool and weighs a lot less...

This is where I am asking my son why he is screaming all of a sudden!

I don't know why I am frowning in all the photos. I am wearing sunglasses and all!
Jumper - Guess
Ruffle Shrug - Charlotte Russe
Belt - not sure
Shoes - Aldo
Purse - Chloe

We had friends over this morning for a nice swim playdate in the pool and lunch. After naps went to another friend's house for a BBQ. Kids enjoyed spending time with friends and so did we.

Here are the photos from the Mary Kay Party I hosted last night...

I got my appetizer ideas from this book:

The photo in the book:

The sun dried tomato and the mozzarella skewers worked out great. 

But for some reason creating Mellon balls were not as easy as I thought they would be. It was my first time using the tool. I actually bought it at the grocery store. As you can see my balls are more large spirals!
 Did you also know that prosciutto is like saran wrap? The minute it bunches up it is ruined and unworkable!

So the end result is not as glamorous as the book...But tasted good.

The presentation was good though at least I think so!

This one had a recipe to make tapenade from scratch...

But, then I found this jar at Costco and it was perfect and simpler. And probably cheaper!

Baked the baguette slices brushed with olive oil...

And Voila!

This wonderful and very involved drink did not have a name but I cut it out from a magazine very long time ago and never made it before. 
 I always think having a well stocked bar at a party is not enough. A lot of people are not drinkers and they don't know what to drink. But if you have a well made cocktail, the answer is always 'yes'. And so much more fun and interesting than wine. Don't get me wrong we love wine for a nice dinner party but for other parties or happy hour I prefer cocktails.
I made two pitchers knowing it would be popular but that even was not enough!
Each pitcher took two sliced lemons and 2 sliced cucumbers and a cup of mint. Plus sugar, vodka and fresh lemon juice.  I used granulated splenda instead of sugar cause I find it not only makes the drink diet but also dissolves perfectly in cold liquids without leaving any residue. A friend who hates splenda couldn't even tell the difference till I told her after 2 glasses!

Used my juicer to get the lemon juice. You would be amazed how many lemons it takes to get 4 cups of lemon juice. Had to send out my husband out to the store to get more in the middle of this process!

You add soda water to the pitcher right before serving. And you serve so only the liquid pours out but in the glass you garnish with freshly cut orange and lemon slices and mint. And lots of ice of course.

My drink glasses were more bar motif so I used my dinner party goblets instead. 

Saw this photo on top of the drink page but the recipe for the dip was not cut out.

So served steamed green beans with Greek tazhiki sauce for a healthy treat.

I also made brownies and chocolate chip cookies and stacked them like blocks in these square plates. 
And fresh grapes.
So here is the final table.
 Obviously took the photo a bit later after we started eating!

Here is my beautiful little sister looking super cool and dressed in a blog worthy outfit!
 I love how she paired 3 layered spiked necklace with the tartan plaid bustier dress. Plus the strappy shoes were perfect!

And here we are with the woman who gave us life and love of fashion: The original Fashion Diva!

And finally the Mary Kay party started! The Mary Kay lady is a close friend of my Mother who we love.

She set up the table so she could lead all of us through a night time facial and then a 'dash out the door' look which is perfect for me!

Here is the group!

And after our looks!

Trying to give a bloggy pose without laughing but not all of us can hold it in!


  1. wow so lovely dresses .. i love the top of your dress... and yummmi dishes ....

  2. Harika olmusun yine ;))) Ayakkabilar gercekten kombine bambaska bir hava katmis :DDD Burdan saygiyla selamliyorum o guzel cicileri ;))) Optum xxx

  3. With that amazing shrug and those cute shoes, you leap to the head of the fashion line!

  4. İ love your shrug and those shoes look so cool babe.Last night was a huge success you had amazing order's and delicious cocktail. Thanks for the compliments and all of us girls of the party look fabulous after Mary Kay care and make up especially! Her name is Debbie Miller order from her online with Mary Kay to look as fabulous as us!!Mention Daphne's name to get a special gift.

  5. Great post! Your outfit looks great- I love the shoes and the shrug! And your party looked so fun- it's okay to cheat with cooking once in a while- Costco is so awesome for that! Thanks for the post!

  6. so beautiful
    and your diner see delicius


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