as if the visuals alone weren't enough to make us dizzy, according to the brooklyn museum (see full text above), this charles james butterfly gown is constructed from twenty-five yards of tulle and weighs eighteen pounds.
28 July 2010
27 July 2010
26 July 2010
24 July 2010
23 July 2010
the tomatoes in the garden this year are multiplying exponentially and getting redder by the minute. since I could get high on that leafy green smell alone, summer evenings in the backyard are kind of like heaven around here.
(when we're not in the midst of ripening tomato season, I get by quite happily with this.)
20 July 2010
16 July 2010
15 July 2010
I hopped on the ice cream makin' train and finally bought one of these to go with my kitchenaid. the only mystery that remains is why it took us until now to start making our own ice cream at home. it's pretty darn amazing.
on this afternoon's ladies lunch menu: mexican dark chocolate with toasted almonds:
(adapted from bruce weinstein's the ultimate ice cream book)
1 c sugar
3 large eggs
1 c good cocoa powder
1 1/2 c whole milk
1 c heavy cream
1 tb vanilla extract
1/4 t cinnamon
1/2 c toasted sliced almonds
bring the milk to a slow boil over low heat in a medium saucepan. remove from heat and add the sugar, cocoa and eggs, whisking until smooth (I used an immersion blender, which worked wonders). return the pot to the stove over low heat and stir with a whisk or wooden spoon until the custard thickens slightly.
remove from stove and pour through a fine mesh strainer into a clean bowl. allow to cool slightly, then stir in heavy cream, cinnamon and vanilla. cover and refrigerate overnight or until very cold.
freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. about five minutes before the ice cream is done, slowly add the toasted almonds and allow the machine to mix them in. ice cream will be soft, but ready to eat. if a harder consistency is preferred, cover and freeze for another two hours. y-u-m.
14 July 2010
13 July 2010
and last but hardly least, this photo....dozens of sparklers at once. in mw's words: "not the best idea you've ever had."
(aaaannnnd...the winner of thursday's shabby apple giveaway is innessfree! please be in touch with your info so we can get your new dress to you asap!)
09 July 2010
08 July 2010
when I am not sure what to wear, I always reach for a dress...which is why it's so fitting that our first giveaway at 13bees is a for a spectacular one from the lovely ladies at shabby apple.
this crisp and easy vintage 1940s hollywood inspired frock is just the thing for the dog days of summer (like this week...). a sweet and not-too-short silhouette that's alluring yet still totally demure.
visit shabby apple and have a look around (enter 13bees10off for a 10% discount) and be sure to leave a comment below. the winner will be chosen randomly this
07 July 2010
06 July 2010
02 July 2010
just like me, this sweet 1940s dress I found this morning at an estate prefers to spend the day lazing in the shady grass (though I've got a cool glass of lemonade in hand).
and thus, the long weekend begins. have an amazing one!