• dark 'n stormy popsicles

    Recipe: Dark ‘n Stormy Popsicles

    We've almost reached the unofficial start to summer, which means that we're finally entering dark 'n stormy season! With the evenings at last warming up, it's time to break out the grill and start making cocktails. While I love a classic dark 'n stormy, these popsicles are a fun twist on a classic cocktail. I started making these about four years ago and try to make some every summer. They are extremely enjoyable and refreshing on a hot summer's day! The recipe below makes six popsicles.

  • Memorial Day Southside
    Food,  Interiors,  Life

    Week in Review, Vol. 15

    Happy Memorial Day Weekend! It’s the unofficial start to summer, at last, and the weather here on the North Shore looks great. I have a very dear friend (and my son’s godmother) in town visiting, and I can’t wait to show her around. Stay tuned for a new series featuring my favorite North Shore places! I loved Grace’s post this week on how to make the perfect Negroni. The Negroni is one of my favorite cocktails and I always had the ingredients on my bar cart in DC! As someone who lives in Gatsby-land, I’m not in agreement with this new theory that West Egg was actually based on Westport!…

  • Juice of a Few Flowers

    Recipe: Juice of a Few Flowers

    The "juice of a few flowers" is a cocktail created by Gerald Murphy (I wrote about Sara and Gerald Murphy here). He would mix various freshly-squeezed fruit juices together with gin. When asked by his guests what the cocktail was called, he would simply reply, "just the juice of a few flowers." Ina Garten records this recipe in her book, Barefoot Contessa's Back to Basics; though she uses vodka in her recipe, I prefer the original gin. 

  • Parent Trap London House Exterior

    Interior Inspiration: 7 Pembroke Lane from The Parent Trap

    I can’t be the only one out there who is still semi-obsessed with the 1998 remake of The Parent Trap. From the cast to the filming locations to the soundtrack to the outfits, everything about the film was perfect, and it’s still one I’ll rewatch to this day. I used to dream about living in Elizabeth James’ London townhouse–I still do, actually! It’s absolutely gorgeous and perfectly decorated. While the film gives its location as 7 Pembroke Lane, the house is actually 23 Egerton Terrace in Kensington. If you’re not familiar with the house, or if you want to drool over familiar scenes, take a look at the pictures below!  …