You are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Hey, Dolls! Happy Sunday! I’m so excited to bring you a little Champagne Sunday lifestyle hack. We’ve all been there, particularly during the quarantine. The bar cart is insufficiently stocked, what’s available is somewhat random and you can’t seem to figure out how the randomness will make for the perfect late afternoon/evening cocktail. Enter, Make Me a Cocktail. Peep the details below.

Make Me a Cocktail is an online platform that allows you to enter the ingredients you have on hand (spirits, liqueurs, wines and champagnes, beers and ciders, mixers, etc.), select the ingredients you want to see and then have a cocktail recipe recommended to you. 

Of course, I put it to the test. To my online bar cart I added Brandy, Cognac, Bourbon, Whiskey, Vodka, Creme de Violette, Chambord, Cava, Champagne, Prosecco, Rose, Chardonnay, and Bitters. I then selected “Make Me a Cocktail” and voila – seven cocktails from which to select – Champagne + Chambord, The Royal, Cognac Pick Me Up, Threesome, Kickin’ Chicken, Brandy Pick Me Up, and the Late Night. Oh, the choices!

But of course, it’s Champagne Sunday, so I opted for the The Royal. Peep the oh so simple ingredients and mixology below.

Serve, sip + enjoy!

When the Mr. comes from the golf course, I’ll have him try the Brandy Pick Me Up.

The Ingredients |

  • One shot of your favorite brandy
  • Your favorite champagne

The Mixology | Shake brandy and crushed ice together (3-4 ice cubes crushed) then pour into tumbler and top up with champagne.

Another online platform that my bestie KMG share with me is Drizly. So, your bar cart isn’t stocked enough to even use Make Me a Cocktail or you just don’t have time, head over to Drizly and your libations are on your doorstep in under an hour.

What are some of your favorite lifestyle tips and hacks? Leave a comment below.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

Travel Essentials for Your Staycation

Hey, Dolls! I don’t know about you and your family, but we canceled our annual vacation. We just weren’t willing to risk the yearly August sojourn to Martha’s Vineyard. Sadly, we would have arrived this week. Feeling a little maudlin about not going anywhere, RS and I decided to do a local staycation and book some time at the Four Seasons in our city. It doesn’t hurt that this is our anniversary week. I don’t need to pack much, but plan on bringing a little luxury with me. Peep my “must-have” travel essentials for a much-needed staycation.

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Voluspa Bourbon Vanille Petite Tin Candle. I am obsessed with candles, and whenever possible like to bring one with me when I travel. The Voluspa travel size candles are perfect for adding to the corner of your tote and  bringing a yummy scent to your hotel sanctuary. 

Sleeper Feather Loungewear. The drama of loungewear from the old Hollywood speaks to my soul – think Dorothy Dandridge … Elizabeth Taylor … Betty Davis. I mean what’s more screen siren than feathers. This set from Sleeper really amps up the glam.

Introval Wireless Changing Station. My motto – ABC – Always be Charging! How cute and practical – charging all of your Apple products at one time. Go to bed, wake up and everything is ready to go.

Free People Starry Eyed Sleep Mask. I like a dark room while I sleep and then to let the light in at my own pace in the morning. (The irony, I sleep with the TV on. I know, I know.) That said, the Free People leather sleep mask is super luxe, comfy and guaranteed to block out the light.

Birdies “The Songbird” Slipper. I mean if your loungewear has feathers, you certainly need an equally appropriate glam slipper. Enter Birdies “The Songbird” jeweled slipper. They may be a little heavy for year-around, but my feet are always cold. And, what’s a staycation without a pair of sandals in your tote if you need to change. But, aren’t they fabulous!

Diptyque 34 Boulevard St. Gertmain Solid Perfume. We all have our favorite perfumes, but sometimes they’re just too bulky with which to travel, even on a local staycation. Diptyque’s solid perfume is the perfect answer. So petite and easy to throw in your tote. The smell is heavenly with notes of Amber/Patchouli Accord, Rose. Cinnamon and Blackcurrant Buds.

Frette Spa Slippers. Your hotel will provide a pair of spa slipper/sandals, so these are a nice to have, but surely not a necessity. But if you like to have your own, ensuring a nice fit, these are your go-to. 

Louis Vuitton Keepall 55 or 60. It’s a staycation, you’re not going far, so no need to overpack – says the person who always overpacks. Everyone’s favorite go-to, the Louis Vuitton Keepall. Easy to carry, just enough space for an overnight or two and forever stylish.

What are your favorite travel essentials? Drop a comment below and don’t forget to subscribe to The Pretty Domestic.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

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You are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Hey, Dolls! Happy Sunday! Today I’m bringing a whimsical Sunday cocktail, totally reminiscent of childhood days eating slushies, but with an adult twist – The Vodka Lemonade Slushie. Perfect for these sweltering end of summer days and so much fun! Peep the mixology below.

Vodka Lemonade Slushies

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The Ingredients | 

  • 5 lemons, halved
  • 1/3 c. vodka ( I used Tito’s)
  • 1 c. lemonade (For a little more whimsy, use pink lemonade. Pro tip. Use a little red food coloring to bring out the color if you use pink lemonade.)
  • 2 c. ice
  • 1 bunch mint

The Mixology | Using a spoon, scoop out the fruit of the lemon, leaving the peel intact. In a blender, combine vodka, lemonade and ice. Blend util smooth.

Use a small ice cream scoop to scoop vodka mixture into the lemons. (Pro tip. Place each lemon in the freezer on a platter while you continue constructing the others. That way they won’t melt before you finish.) Garnish with a sprig of mint. Serve + enjoy!

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For an added touch of sophistication, I decided to serve mine in martini glasses.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Hey Dolls! Happy Sunday! Life has been hectic; but in the best of ways. And because it has, today is all about the relax + recharge. What’s better to do so than sipping on the perfect champagne cocktail. Peep the mixology for the Lazy Sunday Mimosa.

Lazy Sunday Mimosa

The Ingredients |          

1/2 cup pink sanding sugar; 1 (750 ml); 4 tablespoons pineapple juice; 4 tablespoon blood orange juice; + 2 tablespoons orange liqueur (Grand Marnier)

The Mixology | Dip the champagne flutes in water, then dip in sanding sugar. Divide champagne between two glasses. Add half of both juices to each glasses and top with Grand Mariner. Serve, sip + enjoy!

Drop a comment below sharing how you relax + recharge.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

TPD

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Dollentine’s Day Gift Ideas!

Hi Dolls! Valentine’s Day is this week; and while it’s always fun to spend time with that special someone, I say spend the day showering yourself with love! Peep my ideas for your own “Dollentine’s Day” splurge!

Whether around your neck, over your shoulder, under your chin à la the fabulous Jackie O, or tied on the handle of your favorite tote, a stylish scarf always adds a little something extra as you head out for the day. (Hermès Fouets er Badines Tatoo Scarf 140)

Dolls, whether you are stepping out or staying in, channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and don these stunning red satin Blahnik’s. Red + sparkle screams sexy! (Manolo Blahnik Hangisi 115mm Satin Crystal-Toe Pump)

What’s Dollentine’s Day without a good red pout? Dolls know my go-to is Chanel Pirate; but I recently stumbled on Revlon’s Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor Moisturizing Lipstick. “Romance” will definitely be in my clutch on Thursday. The coverage is great – matte, which I love – yet, moisturizing. Don’t sleep in a good drug store brand! (Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor Moisturizing Lipstick in Romance)

Brooches continue to be on trend; and this whimsical number by Mademoiselle Chanel is perfect for your Dollentine’s Day ensemble. (Chanel Heart Metal & Resin Brooch)

I admit to loving pretty packaging. Many a purchase has been made a result of a sleek, modern box or unique font. “MMM” was no different. The bottle caught my eye during the Christmas holiday and thankfully, the smell is as pretty as the packing. With noted of vanilla, Neroli, Sandalwood and Jasmine Sambac, a spray or two will take you a long way.

Did you really think I was going to leave you without some beautiful underpinnings? Of course not! I love this high-waisted pretty little lace up number. Leaves a little to the imagination, don’t you think? (Lace-Up Harness Detail Lingerie Set)

Set the mood over dinner or a hot bath with a sensual Diptyque Tuberose Candle or any candle of your choice. Voluspa and Votivo are also my favs. (Diptyque Tuberose Red Scented Candle)

Any nail lacquer named “Good Kisser” is perfect for a Dollentine’s Day mani and pedi! Enough said! (Mischo Beauty Nail Lacquer)

Happy Dollentine’s Day!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

Top 10 Beauty Products from 2018

Hi Dolls! The stroke of midnight always brings thoughts of what we will let go of and embrace in the new year. Bad habits, toxic people – be gone! Clean eating, less spending, weekly exercise come on in! These types of resolutions are great, but on a personal level, I believe everyday is an opportunity to reset. So, since this is a beauty and lifestyle blog, I thought I would skip the resolution-sharing and instead share my top 10 beauty beauty products from 2018, that I’m bringing in to 2019. (And the one that didn’t make the cut.)

So grab your favorite glass of bubbly – it is Champagne Sunday after all – and peep the deets below.

In my never ending quest to remove every drop of makeup before going to bed, last year I began trying cleansing oils. My go-to’s were Dermalogica Precleanse and Shiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil. Both work fine, but yet I still had traces of makeup and mascara. In a pinch I would repurchase one or both.

Enter a trip to Nordstrom during the Christmas holidays and a sample of Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil. This elixir is everything! Not too thick, easily removes every trace of makeup and mascara, and the smell is heavenly – reminiscent of a spa.

Kiehl’s Migdnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil | $32

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I suffer from super dry skin year around, and while Vaseline Intensive Care does the trick, I continue to look for something more luxe to moisturize. Laura Mercier’s Soufflé Body Creme has been around “foreva,” but I can’t remember the last time I’d tried or purchased any. I was gifted a jar of the Crème Brulee Soufflé Body Crème during the holidays and suddenly remembered what there was to love! Super luxe, moisturizing, with a sweet, but not overwhelming scent – Madame Mercier is now a 2019 must-have for me. I even grabbed one of the Soufflé Body Crèmes in chic mini sizes to keep in my tote, car and on my desk.

Laura Mercier’s Soufflé Body Crème | $65

I was introduced to Geo F Trumper Deodorant by my Step-Mom, Laurabelle, last year. There was nothing wrong  with my relibale Secret, but always open to trying a new product, started using the roll-on she gave me. One year later, I’m not going back. Extremely reliable without the smell of powder or spring flowers, Trumper has a spa-like scent with a blend of lemon, bergamot, orange and juniper

GEO F Trumper Deodorant | $11

img_1835I love eyeshadow, but prefer matte finishes, with the exception of a NARS Pasiphae, which I use daily as a shadow liner. Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette gives neutral, warm and cool tones that will take you from a daytime office look, to an evening smokey eye. The palette also contains a contour and highlighter. A bonus – it packs really well, sliding right into the pocket of my toiletry bag or my LV Toiletry Pouch 26 if I need to drop it in my tote during the day. Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette | $48

While we are on eyeshadows, the Urban Decay Nakeds2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette will also be a 2019 repurchase. True to self, Nakes2 is designed to create a matte eye. I’m embarrassed to say that I only purchase it for two colors. My current palette looks completely unused, with the exception of “Stark” and “Frisk.” Like the Kay Von D palette, the shadows are highly pigmented, buildable and long-wearing.

Urban Decay Nakeds2 Basic Eyeshadow Palette | $29

Dolls who know me, and have been following Pretty Domestic since the beginning, know my obsession with red lipstick. My must-haves – Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Pirate or No. 99 and MAC Ruby Woo.


Neither shade is new to Dolls, but what makes them work is that they are true reds – or blue reds – and work with almost any skin tone. The difference in the two is that Chanel Pirate is moisturizing, while MAC Ruby Woo is matte. A good red lip automatically makes me feel unstoppable!

There’s nothing more unsightly than dry, chapped lips. I first learned of Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask from a beauty box subscription. Named to Glamour’s 208 Beauty Awards, this little pot of goodness truly works to moisturize your lips, without making them feel like they are sliding off of your face. Within days your lips will feel soft and kissable.

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Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask | $20

I admit, I was a masking fool in 2018 – I mean truly obsessed. I tried peels, sheets, clays, you name it. I realize that we all have our skin burdens to bear – mine are dullness, dryness and hyperpigmentation – so your choice of mask will certainly differ. Peep some of my go-to’s that deliver results.

Sephora Pearl Perfecting + Brightening Sheet Mask is mild as far a masks go, with a signature ingredient of pearl extract of natural origin, that works to fight dullness in the skin. With consistent usage my skin began to glow.

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Sephora Pearl Face Mask | $6

I’m sure you’ve picked up the dry skin theme. My face hasn’t been spared. I supplement water drinking water with frequent use of hydrating masks. GLAMGLOW offers a mask for every skin ailment. I use their THIRSTY MUD Hydrating Treatment to give my skin a much need shot of moisture.

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GLAMGLOW THIRSTY MUD Hydrating Treatment | $59

Another beauty box subscription introduced me to Deco Miami’s Lavender Cuticle Oil, which works wonders to put the final touches on a fresh mani or just in daily use. It’s a constant in my tote.

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Deco Miami Lavender Cuticle Oil | $8

True confession. I am obsessed with YouTube beauty videos. One of my favorite YouTubbers is Lydia Elise Millen. A particular video featured these fabulously-handled foundation brushes. I was immediately intrigued, searched her description box and found Orchard Miles’ Artis Brushes. The Elite Oval Mirrored is perfect for applying foundation and setting powder all over your face. As a Doll who until then used her finger tips to apply my foundation, the handled brush kept my hands and mani clean while I finished my makeup. The application is flawless.

Real Techniques Blend + Blur Foundation Brush gives you the same look at more than half the price.

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Orchard Miles Artis Brushes | $56

Dolls of a certain age know that skin loses it’s elasticity with time. The culprit, a reduction in collagen leading to the appearance of more wrinkles, as well as sagging and dull skin. There are all types of dermatological procedures that help with the appearance of fuller, vibrant skin. I am fan of a good procedure; but if you want something less invasive, try Hum Collagen Love Skin Firming Supplements.

Collagen Love contains a blend of vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and types I, II, and III of collagen to support skin elasticity.

 

Hum Collagen Love | $40

The One that Didn’t Make the Cut …

This Miami-born Doll loves anything that remotely reminds me of the beach. For years I’ve been going into Sephora and looking at the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. Something about the packaging and the smell screamed summer, so I purchased a jar. I even grabbed the Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist.

Yes, it reminded me of summer and the beach. You know that coconut, sea breeze smell we crave, particularly during the long, cold days of winter. And yes, I liked the creamy consistency. But unfortunately, within an hour my skin was craving moisture. I may layer it with something else until it’s gone. But I won’t be repurchasing in 2019. Have you ever used this product? What was your experience?

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What products will you bring into 2019? Leave me a comment.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

You are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Hey Dolls! Sometimes you don’t need a mixed cocktail; just a most-fabulous glass of bubbly – undisturbed. Town & Country recently published its list of Champagne Bottles to Try; with UK blog, Country & Townhouse, sharing its list of the 10 Best-Selling Champagne Brands in the World. Does your favorite make the list? In my quest for the perfect grape, I also stumbled upon a great article on how best to choose a champagne. Peep the deets here.

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But in keeping with tradition, I am still bringing you the option of a champagne cocktail. This week’s recipe is compliments of Food + Wine. I admit to not yet having tried it, but was intrigued by the ingredients and the rimmed glass. I invite you to trying it with me and leave a comment with your thoughts. I will update my post with a my thoughts when I make it this week. Peep the mixology below.

The Ingredients |

  • 3 maraschino cherries, plus 3/4 ounce syrup from the jar
  • superfine sugar
  • 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 2 brown sugar cubes
  • 1/2 ounce Cherry Heering or cherry liqueur
  • 4 ounces chilled champagne

The Mixology | Moisten the outer rim of the flute with 1/2 ounce maraschino cherry syrup and coat with superfine sugar. Sprinkle the bitters over the sugar cubes. Add the Cherry Heering, maraschino cherries and the remaining 1/4 ounce of maraschino cherry syrup to the flute. Top with champagne and add the sugar cubes. Serve, sip + enjoy!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Hi Dolls! Happy New Year! Yes; I know, I know … I’ve been gone for quite a while, but I’m back. Please don’t think that I’d suddenly become lazy or didn’t care about my Dolls. Nothing could be further from the truth. I actually spent the last several months completing my MBA; while at same time interviewing for a new role as executive director of a non-profit – I began last week! In the end, I really missed my Dolls. I have some great posts and new features in store for you, so grab your favorite flute of bubbly and let’s chat.

Today’s champagne cocktail is perfect for the snowy weather we are experiencing on the East Coast – the Winter Champagne Cocktail. Peep the mixology.

Winter Champagne Cocktail

The Ingredients |

  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed clementine juice
  • 1 fat peel clementine
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • 4 ounces sparking wine, champagne or Prosecco, chilled

The Mixology | In a champagne flute add your citrus juice. Squeeze your citrus peel to express the oils around the rim of the glass. Drop the peel into the glass. Add the bitters and the rosemary sprig and pour in the chiller bubbly. Serve, sip + enjoy!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty!

L.

The Pretty Domestic

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Here’s to the End of Summer!

Hey Dolls! Happy Labor Day! I hope that you are doing something fabulously fun. And really, whether it’s beaching, brunching or barbecuing, the day calls for a great cocktail. It’s still hot here on the East Coast, so I’m opting for a refreshing libation – the Le Grand Fizz with Vodka. Peep the mixology below.

Le Grand Fizz with Vodka

The Ingredients | 

  • 1.5 oz of your favorite Vodka
  • 1 oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • ½ oz freshly squeezed lime (approx. half a lime)
  • 3 lime wedges + 2 parts chilled soda water

The Mixology |Build in an oversized cabernet wine glass with lots of ice. Add Vodka and St-Germain. Then squeeze fresh lime and discard. Top with chilled soda water. Stir and garnish with fresh lime wedges and a stirrer. Serve, sip + enjoy!

Happy Labor Day! Here’s to the end of summer!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

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Last of the Summer Soirées

Hey Dolls! I seriously can’t believe that September is five days away. The next few weeks will bring the last of the outdoor summer soirées. Cookouts, picnics and beach parties aren’t what they used to be. The stylish selection of outdoor accoutrements really excite a Doll. So, whether you are headed to the beach, cookout, picnic, “porching,” or enjoying the backyard with your honey, here are my recommendations for the last days of summer outdoor soiree must-haves.

Paper napkins be damned! Salt + Sundry’s Cotton Cocktail Napkins Rolls instantly take your outdoor soiree to the next level. The texture is awesome and they are completely durable. In addition to white and grey, they come in green, navy, and coral.

Likewise, no one wants to schlep a stale old blanket to the beach, park, family or friend’s. Keep it stylish with a cotton woven striped beach blanket below from Jack Wills

img_9622A Doll has been known to bring glass champagne flutes to the beach, park or friend’s cookout. And if the location warrants, I will continue to do so. But some locations are just not conducive to glassware. Enter Crate and Barrel’s Govino Shatterproof Stemless Champagne Flutes. Cast you worries aside about a simple spill meaning the end to one of your favorite stems. Pour and enjoy.

An additional outdoor soiree must-have is a fabulous beverage tub for all things sparkling and bubbly.

No one wants an uninvited guest; but what’s worse are the pesky little one flying around your soiree. Citronella candles are helpful for keeping these flying friends away; but they tend to be so unsightly. Anthropologie nails clean packaging, coupling it with citronella oil that works to mask odors that attract those little pests. You can also grab an accompanying incense. I’m also a fan of the Willams Sonoma Meyer Lemon Citronella Multi-Wick Candle.

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What’s a soiree without sounds. Pick your favorite playlist and get the party started with the SACKit WOOFit Go speaker. Don’t let the petite size fool you. This little number gives great sound quality, volume and is easy to pack and go.

Canned and boxed wines get a bad name; and some rightly so; but every once and a while you stumble on to something that changes your mind. A recently trip to the Edgartown Meat and Fish Market brought me face-to-face with Babe Rosé with Bubbles. Yes, a canned sparkling rosé. I grabbed a few and headed off to the beach to share with some Dolls who definitely have discerning palettes. We sipped and fell in love. Don’t judge. Try it for your end of summer soiree. Plus the packaging is so much fun. Oh, and you can’t go wrong with something that is on the Big O’s (Oprah’s) list as a party must haves!

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Don’t forget fresh flowers. If you don’t have a ready made cutting garden, pay a quick visit to your Whole Foods. They have a beauty selection of florals. The petite bouquets are perfect for your outdoor tables or powder room. These are from a recent soirée on our deck. 

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Will you be entertaining this Labor Day Weekend, headed to the beach, friends or family. Leave a comment let me know your summer soiree favs!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic