by martha, cocktails

whiskey blues

whiskey blues

this past weekend we were at a party where the theme was whiskey and ribs and so with football in the air and a long weekend coming up i wanted to share my friend’s recipe for whiskey sours

a word of caution…just one

1/2 gallon of bourbon
3 cans of frozen lemonade
6 oz lemon juice

Make at least one day ahead. Pour over lots of ice! Makes about 3/4 gallon of whiskey sours.

enjoy the weekend and here’s to your team’s win


by caroline, handbags, things we love

am i blue . . .

am i blue, am i blue
ain’t these tears in my eyes telling you
am i blue, you’d be too
if each plan with your man done fell through . . .

- On With the Show, 1929

i am so obsessed with this blue suede roger vivier bag . . . can you imagine how gorgeous it would look with my camel coat this fall????  ME . . . TOO!!!!   gosh . . . what to do with long distance longing?  channel into positive energy?  where will i find an “inspired by” option???  so many questions . . . so little answers . . . stay tuned. . .



brand news, by caroline, fall 2014, Fall Fashion, things we love . . . to wear

brand news . . . emerson fry

increasingly, one of my most favorite brands is one by emerson fry that bears her own name.  i first posted here about her activewear line a couple of months ago.  last week, she posted her 2014 fall collection and i am blown away!  yes, please!  i’ll take one of everything!

emerson fry really incapsulates the “less is more” aesthetic that i have grown into.  so, the lines are modern and hip, for sure, but the quality and pricing are what really have a stranglehold on me.  the pricepoint is squarely “affordable luxury” and the quality is on a whole. other. level.  below, i have hooked you up with my absolute faves of the season, but be sure to check the full collection out on-line.  i’m guessing you will love it as much as i do.



drop shoulder coat in jet, $475; d’orsay heal, $345. this coat had me at hello-perf lines and length for layering. so modern. and the shoe-omg-srsly, it kills me how gorgeous it is!


tailored coat in fawn, $475. how to look stunning while you aren’t even trying? this is it.


big cable turleneck sweater in argento, $378. this is THE year of the sweater. don’t believe me? pick up any magazine anywhere and start counting. big. huge. and this one, THIS ONE, is awesome!


cuff sleeve dress in jet, $248. this is the perfect everything for fall. great for everyday ins and outs paired with pants or jeans, boots or booties and for dressier occasions pair it with heels (or cage sandals?) and a chic coat.  this one is a no brainer.



drop sleeve wild silk wool shirt, $228. so, not only is this a wool-silk blend which is so durable but it looks phenominal. . . .what would i not wear this with? still thinking.


frenchie pant in iron, $228; cobra embossed emerson slides, $228. let’s talk about these shoes. they totally rock. copy, that.


stud belt in jet, $118. i will confess, this is the very first thing that i ordered, because i knew it would be back-ordered.  everyone needs this belt in their closet. because you just do.


variegated tweed overcoat, $548; big knit scarf in iron, $198. seriously, this is THE look for fall. while i am not sure that i can roll with the scarf, ask me again in february. we all heard the news about the farmers almanac.  but this tweed coat is the word.

by martha, fall 2014, industry news

it’s here…

vogue september issue

vogue september issue

what you say? the september issue, the magazine i’ll be reading for the next three months, the treatise that my husband claims causes a back strain when he pulls it out of the mail box, and…it is just in time for a long weekend.

vogue; enjoy!

ps if you haven’t seen the independent film, the september issue, go download it now from netflix. i loved seeing anna wintour and grace coddington hammer out the issues and the tensions between the two.

by caroline, fall 2014, Fall Fashion

the steal . . .

zara just posted another great catch this week . . . a cream colored wool-blend, light-weight jacket with wide panels.  the lines are thoroughly modern and, at $99, it is a complete steal.  because the color is light, it seems easier to throw this on when the evenings get cooler without feeling like we have completely swapped out our wardrobe.  a perfect transition.  at this price, you better make up your mind quickly . . . it won’t be available for long!


in the market for a light-weight fall coat but this one doesn’t ring your bell?  check our post from last week with three other great options from zara.

by caroline, red carpet

emmys red carpet report . . . orange is the new black . . .

not talking about the ladies of the netflix prison hit here, though they all showed up in their finest.  no, while there were a few notable stand-outs that did NOT wear a shade of orange, most everyone got the memo.  and while I think the biggest story last night was maybe the misses, in the vein of “if you can’t say something nice,” here are my picks for best dressed, in no particular order.  enjoy!



julia in elie saab, my vote for best dressed. girl is on a roll . . .


kerry washington smoking hot in prada. when did she have her baby?


carrie matheson keeping her cray at bay in givenchy


sarah hyland in christian siriano. perf!


camila alves absolutely kills it in zuhair murad


louise roe in monique lhuillier. gorge!


lisa rinna, in christian siriano, has never looked better . . .


january jones in prabal gurung. not a fan of the shoes, but the dress is phenom!


minnie driver looking amazing. could not find a dress credit. do you know? hit me back with a comment!


heidi in zac. i put the hair in the category of “trying too hard” but the dress and other styling are spot on!

accessory, by martha, fall 2014, fashion trends, hat

le chapeau

imageso to continue my theme on transition pieces. let’s talk about the hat. in the summertime it is all about the straw fedora but in the fall and winter we move to the wool. but when it is hotter than you know what, a fall hat is another way to transition into a new season without sweating your bootie off.

last week, i had to travel to atlanta for work so swung into one of my favorite stores, swank atlanta, and found this fabulous hat.

janessa leone is a Los Angeles designer whose goal is for her hats to be passed onto to the next generation, hence the picture of my daughter rocking it out. plus she suggests that her hats get better with each use as the more you wear them the better they fit.

right now i plan on throwing it on with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. when cooler weather arrives, i plan on throwing the same pair of jeans with my new coat (see caroline’s post) and this janessa leone. it is all about multitasking.