Show Me How To Rickey! A Cointreau Cocktail Recipe

cointreau strawberry basil rickey 02 Show Me How To Rickey!  A Cointreau Cocktail Recipe
During fashion week, I had the pleasure of playing mixologist and indulging in “The Strawberry Basil Rickey.”  It’s a take on the original Cointreau Rickey but packs a fabulous twist! This cocktail is crisp, fresh and absolutely yummy! I couldn’t resist so I got all event fashionista with it and whipped it up for family and friends!

As expected, it was a hit!!!  Read More

Grilled Cheese Heaven!

Grilled Cheese Grilled Cheese Heaven!

By now you should have definitely realized that I am an aspiring foodie. I’ve always enjoyed eating and certainly entertaining those around me!  So, as a self-proclaimed food aficionada I love to recreate dishes. Those of which I’ve had the pleasure of indulging in! Whether it’s been at a restaurant, in people’s homes, or simply pretending Giada’s meal miraculously came through the TV, it is certainly something I do.

So as always, while at a friend’s cocktail party I had these heavenly grilled cheese bites made of Honey Ham & Gruyere Cheese. My palate did the happy dance! Is it me or is there something about turning comfort food into fashionable gourmet treats that keeps everyone going gaga?!

Grilled Cheese 1 Grilled Cheese Heaven!

I’ve been making these yummy treats for years and have tried various renditions, but I finally added what I think is the best complimentary item—a few slices of Granny Smith apple. Yup!  Honey ham, Gruyere cheese, and apple. The crispness of the apple along with the gooey cheese and sweet ham is ridiculously amazing!! A definite must try!

Grilled Cheese 2 Grilled Cheese Heaven!

Here’s what you’ll need:

1. A few slivers of honey ham

2. A few slivers of Gruyere cheese—you want to ensure it melts to perfection so thin slices are the way to go!

3. A couple of slices of Granny Smith apple

4. 2 slices of bread—Make sure the bread is not cut too thick. The trick is that you want all of the ingredients to be relatively thin so that they all cook evenly.

5. 2 tablespoons of Butter


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1. Assemble your sandwich. Layer in the ham, cheese and apples.

2. Spread ½ a tablespoon of butter on the bread. Note—I’m referring to the outside once your sandwich is fully assembled.

3. Over medium heat, add one table spoon of butter to your skillet.

4. Allow butter to melt and then place sandwich buttered side down.

5. While one side browns, spread ½ a tablespoon of butter on the other side of the sammie

6. Then flip and wait for the other side to brown to perfection

7. Enjoy!

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Happy Entertaining my lovelies!

Meet The Oh, So Fashionable Melissa Ruta!

EF Mel 1 Meet The Oh, So Fashionable Melissa Ruta!

Upon arriving at her home we were greeted with pure warmth and excitement. Not to mention she was ready to rock and roll looking fashionable and fabulous as always. Having known Melissa for many years (we won’t say how many so we don’t date each other) she has always been the ultimate hostess! So, naturally when I was trying to identify my pick her name shot right to the top of the list!

Oh and did we mention, she just became a mom! Yes! She’s so that woman I aspire to look like if I ever have children. You know, the kind that get ready while feeding their baby and still manage to not have a hair out of place. Jelly!

We sat down with Mel to chit chat about her hostess’ secrets and boy did she have some yummy ones to share. See the juicy deets down below!  Read More

Cookies + Ice cream = Heaven!

Ice Cream 0 Cookies + Ice cream = Heaven!

If you know me you know very well that baking is not my forte. There is something about exact measurements that make me cringe. I live to be wild and carefree in the kitchen. Cooking to taste by adding a little of this and a little of that. So, what’s the fun in baking if you’re always half a teaspoon away from a disaster?  Right?!

Well in an attempt to give baking a fair chance, I’ve vowed that in 2015 I will attempt to really learn!

Until then, I’ll stick to the likes of the famous yet, ridiculously simple ice cream sandwich.  Not only is it a crowd pleaser but also so easy to do! Dessert in minutes!

Here’s what I did:  Read More

Breakfast in Bed!

Breakfast In Bed 1 Breakfast in Bed!

There’s something about a Saturday morning that makes me feel so at ease, so relaxed. And there is nothing better than starting it off with breakfast in bed!

So, here’s to a YUMMY Saturday morning in more ways than one. Read More

Welcome to the Event Fashionista Series!

Event Fashionista 1 Welcome to the Event Fashionista Series!

For as long as I can remember, I wanted to create a space where I could feature women just like you and me. Women who celebrate life—those who entertain, design, and are oh, so fashionable.  So, I did it and I couldn’t be more excited!

Each feature will provide insight into our event fashionista’s world—from fashion to design to entertaining. It’s all about inspiring each and every one of us to live an Endlessly Elated life!

So, what better way to start than with little ol’ me! Read More

My Husband’s Pineapple Guacamole Recipe!

Guac 1 My Husbands Pineapple Guacamole Recipe!

Yes, he got his Event “Fashionisto” On!

For those of you who know my husband you know that he is definitely a guy’s guy. However, once in a while he breaks into his, “I am host” role and there’s no stopping him. He will enthusiastically describe every recipe he wants to whip up and he usually includes everything AND the kitchen sink. Although one might think I try to get involved or stop him, the truth is that I really enjoy watching him.

I mean, could I be so lucky?! My husband loves to entertain! Read More

Fashionably Styling Your Blooms!

Styling Blooms 2 Fashionably Styling Your Blooms!

I’m obsessed with flowers. The way I’m obsessed with all things celebratory. Perhaps it’s my love for soirees that keeps me always yearning for more. Simply put, they add beauty to a room! So, since my obsessions usually get the best of me I’ve researched a million and one ways on how to style my floral arrangements. I’ve tried it all. Tall vases, short vases, round vases, square vases.  White hydrangeas, pink peonies, red roses, and the list goes on and on. But ultimately I realized this, no matter what is tickling my fancy using the following steps will always get me some stylish looking blooms. Read More