May 14, 2022

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day -YAY!

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

Today is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day.

YAY!

The chocolate chip cookie is something to celebrate. I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t love a chocolate chip cookie. And, if your chocolate chip cookie happens to be hot out of the oven and homemade -all the better.

Most of us have our “go to”  chocolate chip cookie recipe BUT let’s face it, we’re always on the lookout for the absolute BEST  version.

Years ago, I came across a recipe in my local newspaper  ( The St. Louis Post Dispatch) posted in the FOOD section and provided by a reader in the area.  Pre Google and Pinterest, I clipped this little ditty out of the paper and have kept it in my recipe box ever since. (Yes, I STILL have a recipe box. No judging). Tee he.  I’m here to tell you that this little baby is THE ABSOLUTE BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE EVER! There-I said it! I’m posting it on this National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day– so you too can give it and go and let me know, if you feel the same after baking a batch or two or ten. I’ve given this recipe to many a friend and they all stand by it today. I hope you enjoy and have a fabulous National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. If it’s to late to bake today…remember there’s always tomorrow- because every day  is a good day, to bake and eat a  homemade chocolate chip cookie.

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup salted butter, slightly melted
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (don’t ask why-just put it in-promise this is a winner)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • Coarse sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the flour, baking soda and the salt: Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl beat together the butter, sugars, vanilla extract and the vinegar until smooth. Beat in the egg just until combined.
  4. Mix the flour mixture into the wet mixture just until combined. Stir in the chips.
  5. Using a large cookie scoop (about 2 rounded tablespoons) drop about 3 inches apart onto cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, they will look light brown around the edges and will look underdone in the center. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle each cookie with a little sea salt. Allow to sit on the sheet for 10 minutes before moving to a rack to cool.

 

Repost Go To Glamour Girl August 4, 2020 with updating
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May 10, 2022

The Return of Wonderful Wallpaper!

Posted By: Terri
Category: Uncategorized

Image Courtesy of Wallpaper direct Facebook Page

Image courtesy of Domino.com

Did you get the MEMO???

Wallpaper is staging a BIG comeback ! Who knew?? As of now- we both do.

Wallpaper sales are booming as of late and there seems to be no slowdown in site.  This is not your Grandparents wallpaper of long ago. Instead of  the subtle shades and minimal prints of yesteryear, todays wallpaper options run the gamut from subtle to bold and can be found in a wide variety of colors, prints and adhesive options with the self adhesive wallpaper variety being the newest and most favored by consumers.

Should you need a little inspiration for an upcoming wallpaper project, I’ve provided a  few suggestions with links for purchase.  Go forth and decorate!

Scalamandre Zebras Wallpaper Available @ Lynn Chalk.com

Schumacher Queen of Spain Wallpaper

Van Gogh Almond Blossom Wall Mural by Wallmur.com

Gallery Walls Illustrated Wallpaper/Wallpaper by Barbie@ Wallshoppe.com

Leftover wallpaper makes a lovely lining for your drawers.

Wallpaper to back closet wall shelving. Resource unavailable but you can use any pattern and it will bring impact.

*Original Post 4/15/2021
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May 9, 2022

Monday Mantra & Haute Hats

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion Monday Mantra

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and if you’re blessed with children-may I wish you a belated Happy Mother’s Day.

It’s a brand new week and to start things off on a STYLE note- I thought you might enjoy a sampling of  Haute Hats that were worn this past weekend at the Kentucky Derby. I have been lucky enough to attend in years past and I am here to confirm that the women who dress for the Derby are NOT messing around. The hat is the main attraction but the rest of the ensemble is reallllly  thought out! Enjoy!

Haute Hats 

                           A swirl of color!                
                          Marvelous Mellow Yellow                           Pink Perfection  

                                       Bold in Blue & Pink

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May 2, 2022

Monday Mantra & Mother’s Day Gift Options

Posted By: Terri
Category: Monday Mantra

A Beautiful Way to walk through the world…

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and  time is tick, tick, ticking away for you to find the perfect gift. It goes without saying that I am a BIG FAN of buying something for your Mother that will make her feel special and avoid giving her anything even remotely resembling a household item/appliance or worse yet… something for the home.

If you’re at a loss what to give Mom (because you’ve exhausted the usual suspects of a beautiful scarf, a bottle of her favorite perfume & bath lotions or flowers ordered from some 1-800 flower number which ALWAYS look better in the ad than they do on her table)…might I offer a few suggestions:

 A gift certificate for a Beauty/Spa Treatment.

Purchase Mom a gift certificate for a Personal Styling Session or Closet Organization.

Take Mom out for brunch and be sure to add a  sweet treat.

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Apr 29, 2022

House Tour…Carmel by the Sea

Posted By: Terri
Category: Glamorous Decor

Happy Friday. 

*Today’s post is an homage to the late great Betty White who passed in November  2021 ( just weeks before her 100th birthday). I think we can all agree, that Betty lived an amazing life.  Not one to ever boost of all her accomplishments, she left behind a legacy that I believe will go on the history books as on of the most admired and loved actresses of our time.

One of the many homes that Betty White shared with husband Allen Ludden  was located in Carmel California. A few days ago,  the home was put on the market for sale. I was so dazzled by how lovely this entire home was that I couldn’t help but share it with all of you my lovely readers. Enjoy!

Carmel by the Sea

 

 

*Just in…The home has been Sold for 3 Million over asking price.

Images courtesy of www.sfgate.com

 

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Apr 21, 2022

Bridgerton ” Inspired” Beauties

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion

Are you obsessed with the Netflix show  Bridgerton? Do I hear a resounding YES?!!! And, if per chance you are fixated on the show, I have a feeling that you may be coveting the fabulous fashion  as well. One might even be wondering where you could find such delicate and delectable items that are reimagined so that you could purchase them pronto and wear them today. Seems that the peeps at Bloomingdale’s have pondered that question and have provided a POP UP shop to quell your Bridgerton cravings. The Bridgerton Pop Up shop offers a wide assortment of stylish items that even Lady Whistledown would swoon over.

*All items ae available online (link provided below) and in  various Bloomingdale’s  stores nationwide. 

Direct links have been attached to each item below.

To view the entire collection just clickity -click this link: https://www.bloomingdales.com/shop/fashion-lookbooks-videos-style-guide/bridgerton-dresses-outfits?id=1148359

Hope for Flowers by Tracey Reese (Marie A Frock Dress $499.00 @ Bloomingdale’s.com)

Hope for Flowers Tracey Reese Dress ($408.00 Bloomingdale’s exclusive)

Selkie Fairytale Heritage Rose Print high low Gown (Exclusive $499.00)

Malone Souliers ($995.00) Bloomingdale’s.com

 

Malone Souliers Pump Bloomingdale’s $797.00

Bardot Kiah Corset Top ($109.00 Sale $81.75

 

ASTR the label Amber Top ($98.00 Sale $73.80)

 

Wedgewood x Sheila Bridges Collection @ Bloomingdale’s.com

All images courtesy of Bloomingdale’s .com
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Apr 15, 2022

Time for Quiche…. Capiche

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashionable Food/Recipes

Happy Good Friday/ Passover and TGIF!  Whichever day you’re celebrating today I thought you might enjoy a weekend dish that is not only easy to make but absolutely delish.

*I originally posted this dish in 2020  and it proved to be a fan favorite so if per chance you’re looking for the perfect dish to serve… here it is again. 

Spinach, Sweet Potato, Onion and Feta Quiche

If you’re looking for a really easy weekend brunch or breakfast dish that is Delish and super easy to put together, I just may have the perfect recipe. This is one I literally threw together a few weeks ago and it was inspired by a morning scramble I made for a friend of mine a few months before this whole quarantine business began. On any given weekend I usually abandon  my usual weekday morning protein drink and opt for food that I can actually chew.

Bearing in mind I still want to eat healthy I have found the following ingredients to be an absolute win win when it comes to flavor and delish-ability:

Quiche Recipe

Pre heat over to 350 degrees

In a large non stick pan saute:

  • 1-2 T Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1/2 sweet onion chopped
  • 1 medium size shallot chopped

Stir gently over low to medium heat, stirring often and keeping covered to allow the moisture  from the onions to release.

  • When onions are soft add in 4-5 cups cleaned organic spinach
  • When spinach is completely wilted stir together to incorporate onions and spinach.
  • Turn off heat. Keep covered and let  rest for about 5 minutes

In  separate bowl whisk together:

  • 4 Eggs ( I use organic and cage free)-I promise they taste 10 times better
  • 1 can Carnation Evaporated milk (for quiche)
  •          You can use Carnation Evaporated Milk “Lactose Free” if needed   
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/2 to 1 cup cooked sweet potato
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 Deep Dish pie crust

Pour spinach and onion mixture into the bottom of a prepared pie crust (see notes on pie crust prep)

Pour egg mixture over spinach and onion.

Put pie crust on cookie sheet and bake  for  another 30 to 45 minutes until  Quiche is firm/translation-liquid is set)

Take out of oven and let sit for 5-10 minutes.

Serve warm with remaining sweet potato .

Pie Crust

(You can use ready made or if you wish -make your own)

Pre bake pie crust  for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

In Pre baking your crust take a sheet of  wax paper to cover the bottom and sides.

Fill well of pie crust with beans  and put into oven to cook for 15 to 20 minutes.

This ensures that your crust won’t be soggy on the bottom after the Quiche is fully cooked.

 Sweet Potato (s)

Peel and dice sweet potato (I use about 4 -5 sweet potatoes-you can use any leftover potato as a side dish and serve it with the quiche or mix with the scrambled eggs at another time).  Slice into small bite size pieces.

  • Spray a large  cookie sheet with Cooking spray or use olive oil to lightly coat potato.
  • Salt and pepper to taste .
  • Cook at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes  or until soft and slightly golden brown

The Perfect Scramble 

Use all the ingredients above  omitting the crust and carnation evaporated milk.

Originally posted 5/5/2020 on Gotoglamourgirl.com

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Apr 7, 2022

It’s “Curtains” for Easter

Posted By: Terri
Category: Sew Happy

Just in time for Easter, I finished whipping up a dress that has an interesting story behind it…

The Scarlett Story

My Mother was an avid sewer and made  all of our outfits as children. At the time, I had no idea how beautiful the outfits she made were.

Outfits made by my Mother *She made my coat in deep blue with a white collar & button accents.

All I knew was that every year before school started, my girlfriends on the block were taken to Sears & JC Penny’s to get new school clothes. While we (my sisters and I) had all out clothes made by our Mother. You remember being a child and wanting to fit in like everyone else?! I longed for outfits from the department stores. In hindsight, I realize and appreciate now, how beautiful and fashion forward my Mother dressed us. Her creations fit beautifully and were so much more stylish than any outfit from any department store.  Ohhh, what we don’t realize as children. Today I have come to appreciate my Mother for instilling a love of fashion, fit and sewing.

In 2020 one week before the start of the Pandemic, I  flew home to clean out and stage my parents home for sale.  My Mother passed in 2019 and my Father in 2018. As I sorted through the years of their belongings, I came across many of my Mother’s patterns and leftover fabric. I couldn’t bring myself to donate either so I boxed every pattern and fabric piece up and flew them back to LA.

Fast forward to a week ago when I was longing for a new Easter dress. to wear. I will admit to having a closet full of clothes but needed ? something new to wear??! Never mind that I we haven’t been able to dress up for Easter for 2 solid years due to the Pandemic and my dresses have been collecting dust in the closet…STILL I wanted something new.  Does this sound remotely familiar?

So, I looked into my fabric inventory and took out this pretty pastel floral print that was from Mom’s fabric stash.  What did Mom use this fabric for-I wondered? Then it came to me. This was the fabric that Mom made the kitchen  window valances for over the sink. So basically this is a dress made from fabric selected for  drapes/curtains-and that is how this dress became my Scarlett dress. It is homage to my Mother and to her love of sewing and also to Scarlett who in the movie Gone with the Wind- had a dress made from drapes.

 

 

Dress is fully lined/ added side pockets and rick rack around the neckline. Zipper sewn in by hand.

Anddddd I already had a handbag that matched.

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Apr 5, 2022

Sale Sleuthing for the Perfect Easter Table Setting

Posted By: Terri
Category: Uncategorized

Early this morning I received an emergency text from a dear  friend who needed Easter table settings for purchase ASAP.  She was hopeful that I could help solve the decorating tabletop conundrum and not  one to disappoint a good friend in need of some stylish table settings… I hopped to it!

Low and behold the table setting task was a breeeeze! In under an hour I discovered a bevy of beautiful dishes, napkins, aprons and serving platers on SALE.  Yes you are reading that right-our favorite four letter word…S.A.L.E. Each item is available at Williams and Sonoma.com (Links are attached). I told her to order today and miracle of miracles-She would receive her order between April 8-11. Plenty of time to set her table and add the finishing touches.

If per chance you’re looking to add a few festive pieces to your table for Easter, take a peak-at the findings below:

*All  items Available at Williams & Sonoma.com/ or Check  your local WS retailer for stock selections.

Items & Images  below-Courtesy of Williams & Sonoma.com

Famillle Rose Mixed Salad Plates Set of 4 @ $59.95

Peter Rabbit Kids Melamine Dinner Set $39.95 Sale $29.99 Final Sale

 

Bestseller Floral Meadow Mixed Salad Plates $59.95 on Sale $39.99

Floral Meadow Rectangular Serving Platter $49.95 Final Sale $34.99

Famille Rose Bowls Blue Set of 4 $67.95

Damask Bunny Plater $69.95  Final Sale: $48.99

Damask Bunny Hard Placemat $15.95 Final Sale $11.99 each

Damask Bunny Cloth Napkins Set of 4 $49.95 Sale $24.99 Final Sale

Embroidered Bunny Kitchen Towels Set of 2 for $34.95

Rabbit Kids Apron $34.95 Final Sale $24.99

If you want to keep things simple but still want to  make your Easter table special :

  • All you need are some basic white dishes/a bouquet of beautiful flowers and some springtime colored ribbon. Whah-lah…Easter table setting done and done.

 

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Mar 31, 2022

Spring Suiting 2022

Posted By: Terri
Category: Fashion tips

Spring Suiting???? Yes, you heard me, I think it’s high time we set aside wearing our jeans/sweatpants and leggings and put something proper on.  Are you with me? Good!

Easter is fast approaching and if per chance you’re entertaining the notion of dressing up -might I suggest considering a Spring Suit.

I knowwww…..it’s  been an eon since we’ve thought about wearing anything dressy. But things are getting back to a “new normal” and I want to suggest you take your style selections up a notch or 2.

Spring Suiting 2022

Wearing a matching suit in all one color  is very on trend for Spring 2022 and is also known as a Style Rule for making anyone look sleek and chic .

Style Rule 

When you dress monochromatically- it makes you appear taller and thinner! 

Below you will find some fashionable inspiration and as an extra bonus -I’ve sourced 3 very affordable suiting options from Bloomingdale’s.com (They’re friends & family  sale is going on now and you can take an extra 25% off at checkout. Go & Do!

Flared Jacket with Slits Viclan.com ($249.00)

Image Courtesy of Pamela Roland

Blake Lively wearing Michael Kors

Original Image Unknown source *click on image for similar options

Image Courtesy of Little Vixen Boutique

*Affordable options from Bloomingdales (Friends & Family Sale)

BCBG Max Azria Peak Lapel Blazer Bloomingdales $298.00 (25% off during Friends and Family)

Vince Camuto Notch Collar Blazer $129.00 (25% off during Bloomingdales Friends and family

1. State One Button Blazer $129.00 Bloomingdales friends & Family sale save 25% Color: Evening Sand

 

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