It may be the end of September, but summer has finally arrived in Cali, even though it's officially autumn.. This light, infectious song transports me to the beach and all the way back to high school.
I just discovered this band Summer Camp, which claims Heathers and John Cusack as inspirations. This video, "Ghost Train" samples scenes from the 1969 film Last Summer. Yes, that's a young Barbara Hershey in the vid!
Some people may think neutral colors are bland and boring. Negative.
Greige is the hottest color trend for fall. It's a combination of beige and grey. But you really can’t go wrong with neutrals in general. From nails and clothes to interior design, it's classic and chic. One of my favorite trends is pairing cream colored nails and heels, so cute!
I saw this photo and a lightbulb went off. I want a True Blood Halloween.
Don't these sweet silver spray-painted pumpkins in this flowery garden scream Sookie? I love the idea of a faerie-inspired entry. All flowers and silver and happiness and then you get to the front door.
The red awning and cheap neon sign. The fun part.
Once you enter the house, endless red candles.
Red flowers, but no cobwebs. Accent the arrangements with plum and black flowers like cosmos.
True Blood is a must, but I'd also serve Merlot and Pinot Noir, as they resemble blood in the most delicious way. Beer for the sexy Jason Stackhouses, Sam Merlottes and werewolves. Can you imagine all the vamps, waitresses, sexy Pams, Lafayette?! I can't stand it.
I'm dying for these cocktails from HBO's web site:
The Fangbanger - Tru Blood + Vodka Death on the Beach - Tru Blood + Peach Schnapps + Pineapple Juice + VodkaPlasmapolitan - Tru Blood + Citron + Cointreau + Fresh Lime Juice
Ina Garten's Perfect Roast Chicken is one of my favorite recipes. It's really easy and I love waiting for it to cook. It smells heavenly and makes my home feel so cozy. I don't follow the recipe precisely, so I'll give you my version.
1 (5 to 6 pound) roasting chicken
Freshly ground black pepper
1 large bunch rosemary, thyme, sage or a combo of all
1 lemon, halved
1 head garlic, cut in half crosswise
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, melted
1 large yellow onion, sliced thickly
4 carrots cut into 2-inch chunks
8 new potatoes (I love the combo bags of red, yellow and purple from Trader Joe's)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Remove the chicken giblets. Rinse the chicken inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pin feathers and pat the outside dry. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the chicken.
Stuff the cavity with the bunch of herbs (saving about 20 sprigs for later), both halves of lemon, and all the garlic. Brush the outside of the chicken with the butter and sprinkle again with salt and pepper.
Tie the legs together with kitchen string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the chicken.
Chop the onion, carrots and potatoes into thick chunks. (Refer to photo.) Place the onions, carrots, and potatoes in a roasting pan. Toss with salt, pepper, 20 sprigs of the herbs, and just enough olive oil that the ingredients are covered so they don't burn. Spread around the bottom of the roasting pan and place the chicken on top.
Roast the chicken for 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between a leg and thigh. Remove the chicken and vegetables to a platter and cover with aluminum foil for about 20 minutes. Slice the chicken onto a platter and serve it with the vegetables.
Fake eyelashes are so much fun and can make a big impact on your look! I love wearing them when I get dressed up and I promise they are not hard to put on! :] They have big dramatic lashes and simple ones you can wear everyday. Suzanne introduced me to them and now I’m a big fan! Love them!!! ~Paige
In the 1940’s Christian Dior introduced the pencil skirt. I think every girl should have one in their closet! There are so many different uses. You can dress them up or down. I love wearing a pencil skirt to my performances and out with my girlfriends. It's one of my favorite pieces of clothing.