toast your team, belles…another giftin’ idea

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These whiskey glasses are a great gift idea for any college fan…young or old…male or female. The drinks will just taste better!

We picked our children’s colleges to take pics of…best to keep the peace between the belles…just sayin’. 


Tuscaloosa


Oxford


Clemson

Via Bourbon and Boots

And…a belle bonus!  Our friends get 15% off with this link.  You’re welcome!

Hotty Toddy, Roll Tide & Go Tigers, y’all!

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a few of our favorite things…the belle gift guide

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We thought we would share some of our go-to items…just in case you are stumped on your gift hunt.  You’re welcome!

Our fave cashmere cardigan…

From Equipment (for the fashiona-belle)
Our fave mirror (and it travels like a pro!)….


…from Simple Human (for the one who is always looking for her reading glasses)

Our fave travel boot…

Pretty much anything by Aquatalia…available at Nordstrom (for the fashiona-belle traveler)


The best slow cooker…All Clad from Amazon (for the busy cook)

The socks we can’t do without…


From Feetures (perfect stocking-stuffer for the runner…or the one who lives in her Lululemon)

Our go-to workout-wear…

Our Lululemon uniform (for yourself…or the daughter who MUST have the cutest workout-wear)
The pant that does it all…


We could LIVE in this “ponte pant” from Theory!  Crisp, comfy, chic. (Well…this might not technically be a gift…except for yourself😉

BuDhaGirl bangles…


Duh…we have said this over and over and over!  Buy these now.  

Loving this monochromatic Longchamp


For any belle who goes anywhere…just sayin’.

More to come, belles!

a&a

a gift worth its salt…from the belle gift guide

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We’ve told you belles about this before, but thought we would do a little mention again.  The salts from Beautiful Briny Sea Salt will really ring some holiday belles for the cooks on your list.  Petite belle first learned of these beautiful briny concoctions from her (forever older) sister (sorry, Wendi) and quickly became a fan.   

Here are some of our favorite purchases…



We are thinkin’ all of our friends need a “Hot Steve”…just sayin’

You might expect one or two of these from us this year, so get ya salty selves ready!

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what’s ringin’ our belle…round 83

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The latest belle-ringers…


Even the best belles have bad habits…we just don’t choose to admit it. Here are some we plan on breaking once and for all

Bring on the Brussells sprouts !!! 

Via Revolve

Before you belles freak out…let us tell you that we wear this with a black or white camisole under it…and it makes for a really great look! It is one of our go-to uniforms.  Available Here


The perfect holiday spirit via Halfbakedharvest


This was just voted best cheese in the world ! Let’s try it !

Well, ring my belle!

a&a

PJ perk for belles of all ages!!

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One teen belle just had her 20th birthday. She’s a Thanksgiving baby and we will always be grateful and thankful for this lovely young lady. She kindly and thoughtfully produced a birthday gift list which is ever-so-helpful.  After perusing it, we noticed a pajama line that we have purchased for ourselves and our moms. With Christmas around the corner, how wonderful to find a gift that will please all belles. 

Soft, silky, comfortable and washer friendly. A worthy belle gift!!! 


Swing top.                                                                           Robe

Lounge pants.                                                     Lounge shorts


Tank top

Nightgown

Fair warning…don’t accidentally throw in your P.J.Harlow pajamas into the wash with the towels one might have been bleaching. Ours now look tie dyed but we are still sporting them as they haven’t lost their comfort factor! 

Happy shopping!

a&a 

add some sparkle to that holiday decor, belles…

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Lights aren’t only for the tree and the yard (which can be disastrous…hello, Clark Griswald)

We have found the perfect bit of sparkle for our wreaths this year – inside and out – and they are battery-operated, making them super easy (no pesky cords…score!)

For example…

On the door


In the kitchen

These little copper string lights are the-sparklin’-bomb!!

Get your Christmas lights here

Twinklin’ all the way

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a chili to take off the chill…

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Well, belles, it’s finally cooling off outside and we can hardly wait to get back in the kitchen and get some comfort food happening.  Here in our neck of the woods, we have been doled out a very extended summer, so we are actually looking forward to some sweater weather!! Of course, that being said, neither of us actually likes the cold, so the whining and complaining is sure to commence promptly. We do love to stave off the cold with foods that will warm your belly and your heart.


This White Chicken Chili will def do the trick. 

It’s easy, delicious and even more scrumptious the next day ! 

Thank you The cookie rookie for this tremendously tasty concoction! 
White chicken chili

Gather your ingredients 

2 med. onions , chopped

1 T minced garlic

2T fresh lime juice

1Tolive oil

2lbs shredded rotisserie chicken 

32 ounces low sodium chicken broth

4 cans ( 15.5oz) great northern beans , drained and rinsed

3 cans ( 4oz) diced green chiles

2t salt

1t pepper

2t ground cumin

2t dried oregano

1/2t cayenne

1t chili powder

1/2c freshly chopped cilantro 

8 oz low fat cream cheese

1cup heavy cream 
Gather the goods…


Do a wee bit of chopping….

Now…sauté the onions and garlic in olive oil until translucent. Add lime juice and throw it all together!  (Except cream cheese and cream).  Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 2-4 hours. Gotta love a fix it and forget it!!! 


But believe you us…once you taste it, you won’t forget it. 
Once done, add cubed cream cheese and stir until incorporated. Stir in heavy cream until heated through. 

Top with choice of condiments.  We like cilantro, green onions, cheese, sour cream, jalapeño, avocado, lime juice, tortilla chips. 

We halved the recipe as we did not have a large crowd dining. This also freezes beautifully. 
Find the full recipe here
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drinkin’ on the job…a Stellar experience

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Our most recent cocktailin’ experience for TALKGreenville magazine…


Twinkling lights really tickle our fancy…and there is no shortage of twinklin’ at this month’s cocktailin’ locale.  Stellar Restaurant and Wine Bar is a shining star perched in an oh-so-perfect spot overlooking Main Street in Greenville.  From the sparkling lights in the trees below to the fiber-optic constellations on the bar (you MUST check this out), this place really sets the mood for a festive yet laid-back evening.

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Farm to table…

The menu at Stellar is an ever-changing mix of fresh, farm-to-table finds with something to satisfy even the most discriminating diner.  From seafood to select meat cuts, fondue to fritters, there is something for everyone!  Just be prepared to switch it up a bit with each visit…no two experiences are the same!

  

photo by Cindy Hosea

Underneath the Stars  

This moody, magical elixir is a delightful combination of Van Gogh blueberry vodka, PAMA liqueur, pomegranate and pineapple juices and a float of sour mix to balance the sweet.  This frosty and fresh libation may be cool and crisp on the tongue but will warm you right up.  Shoot for the stars with this beauty.

 

photo by Cindy Hosea

Your Customized Wine Flavor profile… 

With over sixty bottles of wine on the “by the glass” list, it is understandable that one might have a bit of trouble choosing just one…or two.  Why not sit back and let the pros guide you?  Stellar is always happy to offer a taste of any wine that sparks your interest, but your best bet might be to have a conversation about your fave characteristics in a wine and let them design a “flight” suited to your tastes.  Talk about customer service!

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Wine and dine…

While one might walk in off the street and challenge the staff to a quick tutorial on a few select wines, Stellar offers monthly wine dinners for a more in-depth experience. With a guest speaker, an occasional guest chef, and plenty of good food and wine to discuss (and sample), you will leave with a noggin full of knowledge. Don’t miss out…add yourself to their email list (check their Facebook page) and you will be notified of upcoming dinners.

Make new friends but keep the old…

The Stellar staff prides itself on its friendly atmosphere and loves to welcome newcomers into the fold.  They live by the motto “good service, good product, good time”…and they do not disappoint!  And while the vibe is friendly and casual, you might want to spiff up a bit…especially this time of year.  “Tis the season, after all!

Stellar Restaurant & Wine Bar . 20 N Main Street . Greenville, SC . 864.438.4954

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