“Maps” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Kate Winslet
It’s been said that Kate Winslet, nominated for her role as a concentration camp guard in The Reader, doesn’t really drink, but she has been seen holding a glass of Champagne from time to time. For a cocktail that looks as aristocratic as Winslet does, start with a mixture of London dry gin and red-currant jelly and top it off with dry sparkling wine. Bejewel each glass with a garnish of fresh red currants.
2 Tbsp red-currant jelly
2 oz water (1/4 cup)
4 oz (1/2 cup) London dry gin
1 (750-ml) bottle well-chilled brut Champagne or Prosecco
GARNISH: fresh red currants
• Heat jelly and water in a small saucepan, whisking, until jelly has dissolved. Stir in gin and chill until cold. Divide gin mixture among 6 Champagne flutes, then top with Champagne.
Amrita Singh Earrings
If you have already seen the film Slum Dog Millionaire, you were undoubtedly captivated by the spellbindingly striking elements of Indian culture. Perhaps it was the inspiring romance, perseverance or passion of the characters as depicted in the film that only perpetuated my intrigue. The lavish hues, opulent gold embellishments and airily draped silhouettes mesmerized, jumping off the silver screen. When shopping at Pinkmascara.com I encountered Indian designer Amrita Singh. These contrasting red and gold earrings will add an opulent charm to your ensemble, accessorizing you look with the allure discovered in this epic story and for a mere moment you too can feel like an exotic Indian beauty.
Rebecca Taylor Peasant Dress
After lines are presented at fashion week, depending on the designer, the designs are either taken back to design or are taken straight to product, where they begin to mull over the logistics to make these garments available to the mass market. Therefore, some designers sell a line that is inspired by their runway pieces or, as in the case of Rebecca Taylor, the items you fell in love with at fashion week can be the newest lust-worthy additions to your wardrobe within mere months.
I loved the bohemian feel of Rebecca Taylor’s collection. These hippie inspired pieces captured the laid back chic of summer. Casually airy peasant dresses captured my heart and I knew this particular dress had to be mine. Paired with a studded pair of deep mahogany gladiators and a braided head-wrap you will have the perfectly relaxed look for spring.
Eskell Boutique, Bucktown.
While my loyalty will always lie with New York and 7th Avenue, there is definitely something to be said for combining the excitement of an urban Mecca and grounding it in good ole’ Midwestern charm. After loosing the battle with the economic turbulence of 2009, I devastatingly lost the boutique where I first fell in love with fashion. With this disappointment, it would be an understatement to say that I needed some cheering up. My solution came as a delightful weekend getaway. Instead of opting for an Oceanside daiquiri
while relaxing and soaking in the salty breeze, I preferred a weekend filled with sample sales, boutique scouring, and absorbing the trends sported by the fashionistas of the windy city. This trip should garner the knowledge to allow me to parlay the best of Michigan Ave. to all of my favorite readers.
Please check out these websites for two of my favorite boutiques, so you too can have a little taste of Chicago. Please stay tuned for a glimpse of some of this city’s up and coming stores.