Thursday, April 5, 2012

A Little This, A Little That...


How gorgeous is this silk Dior 'Afternoon Dress' with matching jacket from spring/summer 1953? Such a beautiful floral print...I'm sure the quality and tailoring are both impeccable, too.

Here's a peek at my spring/summer dresses...the majority of them are from last year or the year before that. I recently switched them out with my fall/winter dresses, and have been enjoying what feels like a whole new wardrobe. I love that! :)



Speaking of dresses...remember the Merona® Womens Printed Faux Wrap Dresses from Target that I purchased back in January and blogged about in this post and this post? Well...I have continued to wear them on a weekly basis and they are still going strong! They have now both been laundered many times, and still look the same as the day they arrived at my door. Very cute and comfortable to wear, not to mention very affordable and durable. :)


Don't forget that the Ralph Lauren 'Giving In Style' event ends tomorrow. Shoppers can show their support in the fight against cancer and receive 25% off their purchase with code RLGIVE2012 at checkout. Such a fantastic promotion! You can see my picks in this post, or click here to shop, save, and show your support. :)

The Ralph Lauren Polka-dot Shirtdress (my review here) actually did show back up in a couple of sizes at the start of the 'Giving In Style' event, so congratulations to those of you who got it with the extra % off...now that is REALLY a fabulous deal! I just wore mine this past Sunday for my youngest son's 5th birthday celebration and received numerous compliments on the dress. Plus it was extremely comfortable to wear...gotta love that!


I do have a question from one of my readers about cleaning the dress, for any of you who also own it...have any of you laundered it in a machine yet? The website description says machine washable, but the care tag says Dry Clean. Now, it is said that Dry Clean items can be laundered in the machine on gentle cycle or hand washed, and then hung to dry (whereas Dry Clean ONLY items must go to the dry cleaner)...so, one would assume that is the reason for the website stating it is machine washable. What she and I would like to know is if anyone has successfully hand-washed or machine laundered it on gentle cycle yet? If so, did it wrinkle horribly, or are the wrinkles manageable? Has anyone tried using one of the home dry cleaning kits (such as Dryel) for it? 






I love these photos of Jacqueline Kennedy with her children. I know that I talk about her quite frequently, especially in this weekly feature, but I honestly find her very inspiring. Not only do I love her sense of style and fashion, ( she is my personal style icon, if you didn't already know) but I truly admire the devotion she showed to her husband and children, as well.  She once said, "I'll be a wife and mother first, then first lady." You can also see in the photos how much she loved and cared for her children...always wanting to do her best for them. "If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much." -Jacqueline Kennedy

I think that Jackie also showed us that not only is it possible, but that it is OK to take care of yourself and devote some of your extra time to things that are important to you as a woman and human being, while still taking care of your family.

As the biography on the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum website says:
"Jacqueline Kennedy captivated the nation and the rest of the world with her intelligence, beauty, and grace. With a deep sense of devotion to her family and country, she dedicated herself to raising her children and to making the world a better place through art, literature, and a respect for history and public service."


From The Kitchen...


Birds' Nests


I came across this recipe on Pinterest and thought it would be so cute to make this spring or even for the Easter Holiday weekend...let me know if any of you have tried it out before. :)

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of unsalted butter, for greasing the muffin pan

6 ounces (1/2 bag) of semi-sweet chocolate chips

6 ounces (1/2 bag) of butterscotch chips

1 cup creamy peanut butter

6 ounces (1/2 of a large bag) of chow mein noodles

36 mini Cadbury eggs


Directions:

1. Generously grease the wells of a muffin pan with the butter (this will help later when you are taking out the chilled nests).

2. In a large microwave-proof bowl, heat the chocolate and butterscotch chips in 30 second intervals until thoroughly melted, stirring after each increment.**It only took me two 30-second intervals.

3. Once melted, add the peanut butter to the chocolate/butterscotch mixture, mixing well until smooth and completely combined.

4. Carefully add the chow mein noodles, stirring with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, until completely coated.

5. Using a large spoon, mold the mixture into the wells of your muffin tin, indenting the tops slightly with the back of the spoon.

6. Chill the nests until hardened, about 1 hour or so.

7. Once chilled, gently remove the nests from the muffin tin.

8. Place three eggs on the tops of each nest.


So what have you been up to this week? Do you have any special plans for this Easter Holiday weekend? Please do share...I always love to hear from you! :)

xoxo,

15 comments:

  1. Wow, what an interesting recipe.
    I love all of your dresses there, so pretty. I'll be doing the changeover shortly, it was really warm last week but now it's freezing again.

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    1. Thanks Tabitha! It has been very warm here for quite awhile now. Yesterday and today are up at 90 degrees already. I can only imagine how incredibly hot and miserable this summer is going to be. I hope your weather takes another turn towards warmth again and stays there this time. I'm sure you must be getting tired of all the cold weather at this point.

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  2. Your dresses do look pretty. I have my spring/summer in my regular cupboard even though it is too cold for it. It cheers me up to look at it.
    I love that quote by Jackie Kennedy, it's so true.
    Lovely recipe for Easter! I've bought the chocolates for the egg hunt. :)

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    1. Thank you Dani! I completely understand about the spring/summer wardrobe cheering you up to look at it, especially with cold days still lingering. I hope it warms up for you soon, so that you get to wear your spring/summer pieces and not just look at them. :)

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  3. wow,you have a beautiful collection of dresses.i wish we had florida weather too:)
    happy easter to you and your family!

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    1. Thanks Ina! As you can tell, I do absolutely love dresses! The weather here is nice now, but in another month or so it will be pretty much unbearable to be outside, unless you are in the water. I am glad though not to still be wearing jackets at this point.

      Happy Easter to you and your family, as well! :)

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  4. Beautiful dresses, I can't wait for summer. It was warm and sunny a few days ago and now we are covered in snow once again. How nice that the Merona dresses have held up well. I love it when I find a great deal like that.

    It's so true that raising your family is the most important thing. No one looks back on their life and thinks, "I should have spent more time at the office."

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    1. xoxo: Thank you! The Merona dresses really have turned out to be a great deal, especially since I got them during a promo and paid around $20 each. They are perfect for the days I am at home cooking and caring for my family and household.

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  5. I am also very inspired by Jackie O, both as a fashion icon and a woman. I love her classic elegant style. She never veered from it. She found her fashion identity early in life and stuck with it. I wish I had!

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    1. Desert Flower: That is so true about Jackie and her fashion identity! I also wish that I would have found mine much earlier in life...it would have saved me many years of trial and error. :)

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  6. Speaking of Menora Dresses..... I popped into Target today and this dress was calling my name. http://www.target.com/p/Merona-Womens-V-Neck-Crossover-Value-Dress-Assorted-Stripes/-/A-13935156

    So at $20 I said the blue one could come and live at my house. I immediately thought of you.

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    1. Hi Dorothy! I did see that dress online and was wondering how it looked IRL...so glad to know that it is another cute one! I'm going to see if my local Target has it in. Thanks! :)

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  7. Great post. I always love seeing Jackie Kennedy. Class act :)

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    1. Thank you Gigi! I always love seeing photos of her too, and absolutely agree that she was always a class act. :)

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  8. Great news about the RL polka dot dress. I'm the reader with the question about its care and, seeing no responses here, I decided to just machine wash it. I have a front-loading washer and wash most of my clothes on gentle because it extends their life. I washed the dress on cold, gentle cycle and hung it to dry. It barely needed ironing. Just a really quick ironing and it looks great! Looking forward to more reviews from you FFM. -Amy

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