Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sitting In Bars With Cake

A couple weeks ago I picked up a copy of Sitting in Bars with Cake by Audrey Shulman; which happens to be her first book, and a deliciously entertaining read. Before I even began to discuss this book there are a few words of advice I must give: If you plan on reading this book have a piece of cake, cupcake, cookie, just something sugary close by – the delicious cake recipes throughout the book will activate your sugar tooth.

It is probably safe to say that at some point in time we have all concocted a plan to get a guy to ask us out. I was not as creative as Shulman – back in college my patience wore thin with one guy I was kind of interested in and he was obviously interested in my so I ended up asking him out…lesson from that experience, never go out with someone who does not have the confidence to ask you out. Audrey Shulman’s strategy is actually quite genius, but you would have to have just the right personality to pull it off. Over the course of one year she took 50 cakes to bars {never visiting the same one twice} around LA and tried to bait a boyfriend with her baking abilities. Which, if you think about it actually has some logic to it – what kind of guy would turn down homemade cake and would you really want to date someone who doesn’t like cake?

In case you are wondering… Yes, Audrey Shulman is a real person and yes, these cake baking, barhopping adventures she’s written about happened in real life. She is writing from her own personal experience, which just happens to make for a really good read.

After living as a single woman in LA for a few years Audrey was getting tired of spending her Saturday nights in and decided to take a proactive approach on the dating front. Audrey turned to her baking, but instead of eating the cake herself or at a birthday party, she went to different bars around the LA area bearing a cake in had, which would be her ice breaker when talking to a guy she might be interested in. 

Sittingin Bars with Cake recounts Audrey’s year spent baking her way to a boyfriend, or at least the hope of finding one. Each story in the book is paired with a cake recipe fitting to the situation. It’s filled with stories that the reader can relate to on some level. Plus, I love how she sectioned her book off: sweet, salty, bitter, fruity, and savory – each one of these sections containing stories about guys that have one of these 5 traits or the interaction she had with them fell under one of these 5 categories.

Sittingin Bars with Cake is a book I definitely recommend – it not only has entertaining stories, but delicious recipes as well. This is not a spoiler to the book by any means; I had to do a little research to find this information out…the ending of the book never stated if she did in fact bake her way to a boyfriend, so… Incase you are wondering what the end results of Shulman’s cake baking, barhopping experiment was: she grew as a person, meet interesting people along the way, broke out of her comfort zone, and got a book deal, which in my opinion is better than a boyfriend. After her cake baking adventures ended she was set up on a blind date with someone she really hit it off with and who happens to enjoy cake!  

Monday, April 20, 2015

Vineyard Vines Kentucky Derby Collection

Every year Vineyard Vines comes out with a fabulous collection just for the Kentucky Derby, which, I can never resist sharing. For those of you who are from the South you fully understand that horse racing is part of the culture in the springtime.

The Kentucky Derby will be here before you turn around – the first Saturday in many is only a few weeks away… Every year there is one piece out of the Vineyard Vines Kentucky Derby Collection that I just cannot help but fall in love with and this year it is the Racing Horses Sash Dress – seriously, how perfect is the bow, it make the whole dress! Here are a few of my favorite pieces out of this years collection.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday Night Thought


Keep Calm Lilly Is At Target

Keep Clam, Shop On, Lilly Is Finally At Target! On Saturday night did anyone else experience that magical, exciting feeling that you used to feel about Santa Clause coming down the chimney on Christmas Eve over the Lilly Pulitzer for Target finally being released Sunday? I own up to the fact that I was pretty excited Sunday night before I went to bed – can’t wait to shop the Lilly at Target in person!

Today is not the day to stop at Starbucks for your usual morning beverage! Venti drink or a Lilly shift for $38…hummm...well Alex, I think I’ll take Lilly Shift Dress for $38 – what do you have to say about that Trebek! If you have not already devised a shopping strategy here are a few tip courtesy of InStyle {click here to view}.

In the image above are my top 10 Lilly for Target Picks!
1.               ShiftDress – Fan Dance
2.             ShiftDress – Upstream
3.             ShiftDress – See Ya Later
4.             ChallisPompom Shorts Upstream
5.             GoldSandals – Pineapple
6.             GoldPlated Wine Topper With Corkscrew
7.              GardenStool
8.             PorcelainDessert Plates
9.             Espadrilles– Upstream
10.           CeramicMugs with Gold Caddy

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Weekend Sales

I always experience a slight sense of excitement on Fridays when I receive emails informing me of weekend sales. There are quite a few this weekend, but I thought I would share my two favorite sales that are currently going on.

First up, J. Crew. It is no secret that J. Crew always has some amazing sale items – honestly, there really isn’t a need to buy something in there full price, unless it is one of those items that sales like hot cakes. Get ready to get excited, because this weekend J. Crew is having a sale on sale! By using the code “THEBEST” you can get anywhere from 25% - 75% off an item that is already on sale!
Next up on the list is the Kate Spade Friends and Family sale – which means 25% off your ENTIRE purchase now through Sunday, April 19 with code "DEAREST"! How exciting is this news? I’m not sure which is better a Kate Spade Surprise Sale or The friends and family sale!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Happy Hour Time

Welcome, Welcome Friday! Boy am I glad to see you! For the most part, everyone I have talked to this week has made a remark about how slowly the week has gone by. Luckily Friday is finally here! So here’s to a great weekend to relax, celebrate, and be merry! Cheers!

“You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people and you will need to be that other person to someone else, a living breathing, screaming invitation to believe better things.”
~ Jamie Tworkowski

Drink Special!
Ounce1 ½ ounces vodka
1 ½ ounces gin
dash of dry vermouth
Ice Cubes
Lemon twist for garnish
Stir the liquid ingredients with ice in a mixing glass and strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with lemon twist.

Around Town!
Nashville, TN: 13th Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, Friday, April 17, 6:00pm
Charlotte, NC: Soul of the South Uptown Food Tour at Uptown Center City, Friday, April 17, 4:00pm
Charleston, SC: Bob Dylan in Concert at North Charleston Performing Arts Center, Friday, April 17, 8:00pm
Seaside, FL: Coastal Dune Lakes Film at the Amphitheater, Saturday, April 18, 7:30pm
Lexington, KY: Bleu Plate Walking Food Tours at Downtown Lexington, Saturday, April 18, 10:00am