Monthly Archives: September 2016

Hosting with Coton Colors

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Bowls, Platter, Pitcher (all c/o Coton Colors)

You know how fashionistas always talk about having classics (like a LBD, striped shirt, navy blazer, nude pumps, etc.) to create a well rounded wardrobe? Well as a hostess I believe the same should be done when entertaining. You should have a few recipes in your arsenal that can be thrown together with the contents found in your fridge or one that may require a trip to the grocery store but can be cooking on its own in the crockpot for hours.

Another thing a good hostess should always have on hand? A set of serve ware that not only is decoratively pleasing but can be tossed in the dishwasher for easy clean up and the microwave for heating up leftovers. Function and beauty, you see!

I  rely on my Coton Colors leopard serve ware. These trio of bowls are seriously huge, you can fit so much food into them and I love how they coordinate but aren’t identical. They certainly make a fun statement on the table. Inside you’ll find my favorite homemade pasta sauce and my refreshing cucumber salad. Both are super easy and delicious, here’s how to make them:

Pasta Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1 carrot
  • 1 rib celery
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 1 can (29 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 2 onions
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound ground meat (I use ground turkey or chicken for a healthier spin but you can use beef too)
  • 1 tsp Italian herbs

Cooking Directions:

  1. Brown meat.
  2. Chop mushrooms, celery, carrot, onions and garlic in food processor or blender. Sauté on low with olive oil.
  3. Put meat, vegetables, Italian herds, tomato sauce and paste into crock pot.
  4. Cook on high for 4 hours.
  5. Add salt, pepper and red pepper to taste.

Cucumber salad

Ingredients:

  • Cucumber
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbs shredded mozzarella cheese

Cooking Directions:

  1. Chop cucumber slices up into small pieces (4 quarters) and place in bowl.
  2. Add in chicken peas and cheese.
  3. Squeeze half a lemon over contents and add olive oil.
  4. Toss to mix ingredients.
  5. Season with salt to taste.

Mark Your Calendars

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Lydia Marie Elizabeth Calendar (c/o)

I’m super old school in the fact that I refuse to use my iPhone calendar and nothing irks me more than when someone sends a Google Calendar event for a meeting. I prefer to keep my dates straight with a traditional desk calendar and agenda book. Each year I look forward to new calendar designs and picking out which one will be lucky enough to be perched on my desk.

For 2017 I’m so happy I stumbled upon Lydia Marie Elizabeth via Instagram. Not only is she also based in Philly but her illustrations are gorgeous. I love that she focuses on interiors and her explanation for why she does this. She says, “I paint interiors because it is an unexpected portrait of the persons who live in the space.  There is a character and emotion behind all my portraits.  The spaces we surround ourselves with mold and shape who we are and how we respond to other people and events in our lives.” I couldn’t agree more and think the same way about #patriciaspalace.

Today her 2017 calendars launch. So go scoop up one of your own and let me know which month in it is your favorite. September is mine!

New Season, New Hair

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Shirt, Jeans, Sneakers, Earrings, Sunglasses, Ring c/o of RocksBox (use code pmaristchxoxo for your first box free!)

I’ve kept my hair the same just about my whole life. Occasionally I’ll cut it shoulder length or get some highlights but it has never drastically changed. I figure if it works, why mess with it? Each season though I like a little refresh. You know, lighter for summer and darker for fall. To get my fall color on I stopped into Andre Richard Salon. It was my first time to the salon and it didn’t disappoint.

I’ll be honest, I avoid center city like the plague. The traffic getting into the city stresses me out and then parking? I literally can’t even (no, I really can’t parallel park). However. there’s a parking garage right down the street from the salon and Andre Richard Salon will validate your parking for a discounted rate. Amazing.

The salon itself is hip and cool with an exposed brick wall and lots of black and metal accents. It’s bustling with energy! I was scheduled with Ryan, a senior stylist who is also a Redken Educator. I told Ryan about my concerns of not wanting anything too drastic, instead something closer to my root color as my ends had lightened up with the summer sun. He suggested we go with a rich brown that has an ever so subtle hint of red. The perfect color for fall. Now if only the fall weather would come! Hear that fall? I’m ready for ya!

Mini Bathroom Makeover

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Print (c/o), Towels, Vases (old One Kings Lane)

 The easiest and generally cheapest way to redo a room is with accessories. It requires no messy paint, no dirty construction zones and no knocked down walls but you still feel like it’s a new space when all is said and done.

I wanted a little update to master bathroom to match my mini bedroom makeover from the other month. I switched things up by swapping out my old pink monogramed towels for new pagoda ones. I added some more interest (as if it needed it!) to my stenciled bamboo lattice wall with a canvas from Hello Dobson. The blue background pulls in the color from my attached master bedroom and I just love this whimsy take on the Staffordshire dog. Next on my wish list are these lucite bathroom accessories and this mirror.

What do you think?

Labor Day Look

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Dress (c/o), Earrings, Bag

Can you believe summer 2016 is coming to an end? Is it just me or did it fly by! I always love Labor Day as it’s the last hurrah before the temperatures start to shift. After Labor Day I start transitioning my wardrobe over to fall. I use the holiday as my last chance to get in my summer looks, those white jeans, nautical shifts and light tees with shorts.

This Duffield Lane dress has been a staple for the summer months. It’s super flattering with an A-line cut to show off the waist. The gold buttons and navy accents are classic details that make this dress chic and effortless. A little dress like this is perfect for a weekend at the beach, a summer BBQ or even a dinner date at your favorite restaurant!

What’s your Labor Day outfit?