Friday, December 30, 2011

A Dandy New Year


Looking for something bold to wear this New Year's Eve?! Take a look at Cotton Treats and choose how you want to ring in the new year!

My favorites so far of Founder, Diana Pham's collection include...

The Dominic

and...
The Nathaniel

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Were you naughty…

and forgot to get something for your friends and neighbors this Christmas?



No worries, check out these adorable personalized “Happy Holidays” popcorn sets at Oriental Trading! I ordered several of these for myself to give to friends and neighbors and it was a big hit.

pop
When it arrives, simply remove the personalized label and adhere it to the included popcorn bag…

pop2
and give out as an alternative to holiday cards, as a great stocking stuffer, or as a party favor!

Too late for the holidays? They are also great for 

Personalized Halloween Microwave Popcorn
Halloween…

12 Personalized Black & White Microwave Popcorn
parties…

12 Personalized Sweet Treat Microwave Popcorn
or family events!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Cakes

I enjoy baking and decorating a cake each year for our Christmas Dessert Party. Some of my past cakes include…



gift

This year, in honor of our recent trip to Paris, I decided to try my hand at making a traditional Buche de Noel.

After finding a simple recipe on cooking.com, I collected my ingredients and began making my “Magic Forest Yule Log Cake.”

While the mixing and baking part was simple, I was a little nervous about rolling my completed cake. I had 30 people coming to our house that night, what if it crumbled to pieces?! Just in case, I had Brian at the ready to make an emergency cake run to the store.

cake6
Thankfully, just as the recipe said, it rolled beautifully and I was ready to begin decorating.

cake5
To begin, I sliced the cupcakes (made with the same batter) at an angle to use as cut-off branches. I then iced my cake with the homemade chocolate icing and placed the cupcakes on the “log.”

cake4
cake2
Once, the limbs were in place, I began scoring the icing with a fork to create a bark effect.

photo 3
cake1
After finishing the cake, I turned my attention to making some decorative mushrooms. To create my mushrooms, I used white chocolate malted milk balls and mini marshmallows.

photo 4
Cutting the milk balls in half, I “glued” the mini marshmallows onto the “mushroom cap” and then placed them around my cake.

To complete the look, I decorated the cake with fresh holly and greenery from around the garden.

photo 5
cake7
When ready to serve, sift some confectionery sugar on the top of the Buche de Noel to create a soft snow effect.

cake8
The results are a delicious and beautiful cake to warmly greet your guests. 

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Center of Attention…

After I finished decorating our living room for Christmas… with lots of glitter and gold…it was time for the Dandy to give our dining room a little holiday cheer. 

Image3
Everything is so shiny!!
I desired a fun…and of course golden…centerpiece for the dining room table, so off I went to take an inventory of the house to collect items that I thought might make an interesting centerpiece.

Out of the various odds and ends I discovered around the house, I chose a pair of silver candlesticks, a large silver tray, two glamorous reindeer and a rich golden table runner.

Using the runner as my base, I placed the silver tray in the center, set the two reindeer on top and scattered faux snow among their hooves. I then placed the silver candlesticks on either side and…instead of using traditional white candlesticks…added black tapered candles for a glamorous edge.

Once I hung wreaths on our French doors, and gave Diana, the Huntress, a little evergreen crown, the dining room was ready to greet our guests!

centerpiece

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas at Your Fingertips…2.0

Last week, I posted about my Dandy idea of putting all of our indoor Christmas lights on remote controlled outlets.

Reading the article, you may have asked yourself, “Where does the Dandy keep all of those remotes?” After all, one doesn’t want to clutter up their coffee table…where ever would one set their drink?!

image8
ugh...clutter
Thankfully, I found this faux book box that neatly holds all of our remotes.

remote2
ahhh....a place for everything...
Now, they are discreetly out of the way, but always close at hand.

remote book
and everything in it's place

Find your faux book boxes here!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas at Your Fingertips

This past summer, as my readers may remember, I purchased two remote controlled outlets for our water fountains. This ingenious device enabled us to turn our fountains on and off without having to climb into the bushes to unplug them. 

In true Dandy fashion, as we were winterizing our fountains, I realized that the remote controlled outlets would be perfect for our indoor Christmas lights.

Before, on a cold winter evening...when I wanted a little Christmas warmth, I would have to walk over to the tree and turn on those lights, then walk over to the mantel and turn those lights on. Finally, I would then turn each of our individual lamps on around the room. It was a hassle…. But never fear, the Dandy is here! Now with a simple click of a button, all my Christmas lights come on in a glorious instant.
Image1
Before...
Image5
After!
Image6
Before...
Image7
After! It's very exciting!
Now thanks to this Dandy idea, there’s more time for Christmas cheer!!

cheers
Purchase your set of remote controlled outlets here!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Christmas Fluffer…

What any good Christmas tree needs is a good fluffing.

This past weekend, my husband and I put up our Christmas tree. Brian was anxious to put together all the layers of our faux tree and begin decorating. However, as I patiently explained to him, each branch needs to be fluffed in order to create a beautiful tree…and the time to do this is before you place each layer on top of the other. That way you can get to the back branches with less difficulty.

Now, you may not think the back branches are that important as no one will see them up against the wall. However, when properly fluffed these branches help to make your tree look more dense and full. 

unfluff
Unfluffed :(

branch3
Fluffed and ready to go!

Fluffed properly each branch will stand up and make your tree look thick and full!

383642_2503391418975_1078667591_32693227_573062115_n
When putting up your own faux tree, don’t forget that fluffing is the most important job of all!

Friday, December 2, 2011

FRM...The December Issue

The December issue of Front Row Monthly is out! Check out the Domestic Dandy's article and while you're there read up on Holiday must-haves, Crazy Hot Clothes and Men's Fashion.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

It’s that time of year…

I love decorating for the holidays. The greenery, the sparkling decorations and the lush accessories make a wonderful glowing home for the holidays.

This past Sunday, I began decorating our home. Unfortunately, after 3 hours I didn’t get much further than my mantel...but isn’t that why we begin decorating so early for the holidays… so we can get everything just so!

This year I really wanted a lush look for our mantel, complete with greenery cascading down the sides of our fireplace. Unfortunately, none of our garlands were long enough to create the desired effect. I didn’t want to purchase new greenery, so after a consultation with the husband, we decided to snip one of our pre-existing garlands in half with wire cutters and attach each of those ends to our smaller garland to create a long luxurious look.

mantel5
Once, the greenery was in place, I began adding golden apples and ornaments to the garland to add some glitter and gold. I loved the look, but it needed something to give it texture and depth. To achieve this, I added pheasant feathers and pinecones.

mantle2
The brilliant golden browns of the feathers work really well with the shine of the gold ornaments and the gleam of the golden apples and adds a warm and natural touch.

mantel4
When I was satisfied with the garland, I added golden glass candlesticks and orbs to catch the light and captivate the eye.

Note: To give myself enough room to place items on the mantel, I wired the garland to the front of the mantel using small nails and floral wire. This gives you a nice wide flat surface to work with.

urn
To complete the look, I added classic urns filled with pheasant feathers at the base of each side of the hanging garland and hung strings of golden beads under the mantel.

mantle3
mantle
Now that the mantel is complete, I’ll sip some wine in front of the fire and think about my plans for the rest of our home!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Not by the hair on my…

I love these knitted hats by LauraDesign!

Gift your little one a burly beard and they won’t be chilly this winter!

Kids ULTIMATE BB Warm Brown 2-Stripe
This adorable knitted hat and “beard” chin strap is sure to keep your baby warm and toasty while surprising the in-laws with how quickly junior has grown up!

Purchase your bearded beanie at burlybeard.com.

ULTIMATE BB Dark Sage Mix
While you’re at it, get one for Dad as well!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Dandy in Paris

Loved the Chanel windows at Printemps. Karl Lagerfeld marionettes take over Paris!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Thinking of my friends and family back home in the States. Happy Thanksgiving! A' Bientot!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Dandy Travel Necessities

photo
As we all head off to various parts of the country and the world for the holidays, I thought I would share my top travel necessities.

1. A Good Travel Bag or Carry-On
The number one item, I always carry with me is a traveling or carry-on bag. This contains all of the essentials I need at my fingertips to make my travels, if not easier, then at least a little more enjoyable!

My favorite bag for traveling is my Eagle Creek guide bag. It has seen me through many adventures and has never let me down. It's compact size and various pockets are ideal for carrying anything you might need.

2. An E-Reader
Kindle e-reader: device frontal view

My second essential is my kindle. I love my kindle! Filled with books to read and word games to play, it keeps me occupied on my way to my destination. And now that the new Kindle Fire is out, I’m hoping Santa will upgrade me this Christmas Winking smile.

3. A Good Facial Cloth
Biore Cleansing Cloths My third necessity is a small package of Biore Cleansing Cloths. This is a wonderful item to take with you on a long flight or road trip. Just before arrival, simply pull out a sheet and freshen up. Not only does it feel wonderful, but because of your fresh faced glow your hosts will never know you've just spent 5 hours in the car!

4. Oral B’s Brush-Ups

My fourth top travel necessity are packets of Oral B’s Brush-Ups. These perfectly sized teeth wipes are great for quickly brushing your teeth before saying “Hello” to your hosts. Just tear open the package, place on your pointer finger and brush your teeth clean. Wallah….no more Doritos and coffee breath…come on you know you’re guilty of it too… 

5. A Travel Journal

Next on my list is my travel journal. Used mostly on longer trips, I love not only writing about my new travels, but also reading my past vacation entries on my way to my destination. For an idea on how to create your travel journal see my post here.

6. A Warm and Cozy Scarf
193851_1791496302084_1079927195_1929727_7219386_o
The final essential, I take with me on my chillier travels, is a scarf. This is an essential in a car or on a plane where space is at a premium. Feeling a bit chilly? Don’t lug your bulky jacket around with you. Simply pull out your scarf and drape around your neck. Getting to warm? Simply pack it away, until needed once more. And there are several ways one can wear one’s scarf. To see which style is right for you see my post on winter warmth with style!

Well, that does it. My top travel necessities. Make sure to take them on your trip, and see how they enhance your life.

Safe Travels Everyone!
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...