Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Little This, A Little That...


Love This...

And this...

This one, too...

So what did you think of the Mad Men Season 5 premiere?

Did you like Megan's song? How about her dress? According to Mad Men Costume Designer Janie Bryant, it is a vintage piece they found, but both of the sleeves were completely destroyed. She had the sleeves remade and pleated to restore the piece for the show.

Jane Sterling's dress is a vintage piece, as well...a burnt orange and white swirly print silk long dress. Loved the conversation between the two of them after Megan's performance. Roger: "Why don't you sing like that?" Jane: "Why don't you look like him?"

What was your favorite outfit in episode 1? Did you see anything you would consider wearing in present day? Do you have a favorite character? 

I'm really looking forward to episode 2 this coming Sunday...hope Betty is in some scenes this time! :)

Speaking of 1960's fashion...Jaqueline Kennedy wore this
Sleeveless day dress in denim-blue linen with buttons down the center back and a pleated waist at the front, for a visit to the Parthenon in Athens Greece on June 11, 1961.


The dress was made in the USA by American designer Norman Norell in 1960.

Just a reminder that the Bloomingdale's Friends & Family Event is taking place now through April 1st. You can save 20% off almost all regular and sale-price purchases for women, men, kids, and home with code FRIENDS at checkout. Click HERE to shop and take advantage of the savings. :)

A few of my picks...

*Jack Rogers 'Palm Beach' Classic Sandal. You know that I love my Jack Rogers and own several pairs...highly recommend! :)

*Jack Rogers 'Hamptons' Thong Sandal in Platinum

*Lauren by Ralph Lauren Wrap Bodice with Full Skirt Dress. This is the same dress that I blogged about in my 'Yes Please!!!' post here last Friday. Bloomingdale's actually has the dress in a size 0, too. (This is very rare, since size 2 is usually the smallest size offered in the Lauren by Ralph Lauren line.)

*Kate Spade New York Anchors Away Necklace

*kate spade new york Delphina Striped Skirt

*Tory Burch Mini Straw Tote

Today is my youngest son's 5th birthday...Happy Birthday G! It seems like yesterday that we brought him home from the hospital, and he was so small...

When I first had children, other moms would tell me that I should enjoy the time with them while they are little, because before I knew it, they would be all grown up. You know what? Those moms were right...time really DOES pass by so quickly! It may not seem that way when you are sleep deprived and overwhelmed caring for a new little person, kissing the scraped knee of one just learning to walk, keeping little hands out of everything they aren't supposed to be touching, and even dealing with temper tantrums at times, but trust me...those days will be gone before you know it. Please try your best to enjoy every will not regret it! :)

From the Kitchen...
Homemade (Yellow) Birthday Cake

I found this recipe online here a couple months ago and decided to give it a try...very delicious. :)

Basic Yellow Cake


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (do not sift the flour)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk
Vegetable oil
1 stick butter (not margarine), softened
1-tablespoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs


Preheat oven to 350°

Grease the bottom of (2) 9 x 1 1/2-inch round pans.

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, mixing well.

Measure the 1-1/4 cups of milk in a 2 cup measuring cup…then add enough vegetable oil to bring the liquid up to 1-1/3 cups.

Add the milk/vegetable oil mixture, butter and vanilla to the flour mixture and beat with an electric mixer on medium to medium-high speed for 2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl as needed.

Add the eggs and continue beating an additional 2 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near center of cake comes out clean, or until cake springs back when touched lightly in the center.

Cool cakes on wire racks for 15 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely.

Frost as desired (I will be making Homemade Buttercream Frosting - recipe below).

Homemade Buttercream Frosting


3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream or milk


In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.

Add vanilla and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed for spreading consistency.

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

Have a lovely day!



  1. FFM, Touching post. Wish your little one a Happy Birthday. I agree that they do grow too fast and wish I could just freeze time sometimes.

  2. Happy birthday to your little one! They do grow way to fast, when my daughter is sleeping I find myself staring at her, taking in how much she has grown.

  3. My daughter will turn five too in a month and a half and I am just starting to realize that it is true that they grow fast. Happy birthday to your little one.

    I did watch the season premiere of Mad Men and I think it was very enjoyable and they did a great job in shifting the set to a 60s mod mood. I loved that black dress, I thought it was Balanciaga but Milly actually had a very similar style last year. Loved tgat line too and also the conversation between Roger and the TV ad guy (don't remember his name) about him "volunteering" to switching offices.

  4. Happy Birthday to your little boy! I hope his day was magical!

    I was delighted to see the Mad Men character of Megan fully realized. At the end of last season Megan's introduction promised to bring all kinds of great watching fun, so I was happy to see her cause all kinds of reactions. My husband laughed at her song, until I explained that she is French and the French chanteuse girl singer (or ye'-ye's) were very popular in the 60's and early 70's. Sylvie Vartan and Francoise Hardy (two of the most popular girl singers) were not only singers but fashion icons (and sex symbols). Mad Men's creator is brilliant to have written in this complex character for Don's new love interest. Megan's dress was right on....the French girl singers often were dresses in little black dresses. Mad Men is a delightfully disturbing look at our good and bad human history. I wish the series could go on forever.

  5. Happy birthday to your little boy! My oldest turned five a few weeks ago. I agree. Time flies by too quickly. Enjoy!

  6. Happy Birthday to your little one! Five already! Your cake sounds like an old-fashioned treat :)

  7. Happy Birthday to your son!

    I have had Zou Bisou Bisou playing in my head ever since Sunday, I think that scene will live forever in Mad Men Infamy! lol Quite entertaining. I agree with Straycat's comment about Megan - they are definitely exploring many sides of her this season and I think she's a good match for Don.

    Love Roger's quips! All the characters are so well written, it's hard to pick a favorite. I miss the characters like Rachel Menken (I think Don's best match ever), Midge, Paul, Sal, the Putnum Powell & Lowe guys, Mr. Hooker, Mona, Grandpa Gene, Alison, Peggy's family etc who made appearances throughout the series - they were all fantastic!

  8. I would love that dress that Jackie O wore right now. That's the sign of great design, it stands the test of time.

    Happy birthday to your youngest. You are so right, they are little for such a short time and it flies by!

  9. Thank you ladies all for stopping by, and for the Happy Birthday wishes for my son! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! :)