a sweet-smellin’ purchase to perk up that Monday…

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We’ve tried lots of dry shampoos, texturizing sprays, and other “tools” to keep ourselves coifed…but we just HAD to share the best-smelling one yet…

Works like a charm…and keeps ya smellin’ like a rose.  

Fluff-n-go, belles!

a&a

A zesty citrus vinaigrette that will put some pep in your step!

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We found this vinaigrette in our archives.  It is easy, full of flavor, and adds real zip to a simple salad.  Butter lettuce, arugula, or baby spinach work beautifully with it.  Top with toasted pine nuts, pomegranate seeds (or dried cranberries) and add a touch of goat cheese or parmesan & you’re all done…


Zesty Citrus Vinaigrette

3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice 

Zest from lemons 

3 Tablespoons thawed frozen juice concentrate 

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt 

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Whisk all ingredients together. Can be made one day ahead.  Chill and bring to room temperature before using.
We love to use citrus zest, and we couldn’t live without our favorite zester. Treat yourselves to one…


You can get it lickety split at Amazon

Thank us later

a&a

belles love a BuDha-sale…

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Sale alert, belles!  Our friends at BuDhaGirl just give and give…this time in the form of a super sale!  It’s their “Lotus in the Mud” sale (now until 9/30) with cuffs, chains and envelope clutches and more up to 90% off!!  Check out some of our faves…


Don’t wait, belles!  Times-a-wastin’!

a&a

what’s ringin’ our belle…round 72 

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The latest belle-ringers…


Boozy Sweet Tea Popsicles from The Snug

Spicy Brussels Sprouts from PureWow


lesson on Tennessee whiskey…cause belles like to be “in the know”

This fall nail color (and others according to Elle)


Showing toes with these belle-ringin’ booties available here


And finally…some closet inspiration from Houzz…(rug from Stark, paint is Benjamin Moore birds egg)

Well, ring my belle!

a&a

a cool culinary purchase…perk up that Monday, belles

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Belles love pretty things and the kitchen deserves the same attention to detail.

We love this cutting board.  The perfect kitchen accessory!

  
Via Food52

The perfect gift for yourself or a belle friend. Available Here

You need it and you know it!

a&a

cilantro-lime slaw…belleicious!

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From foodnetwork.com this Lime & Cilantro Coleslaw – courtesy of Tyler Florence is one recipe we will have on repeat for a while!!  


Lime & Cilantro Slaw

1 head cabbage, shaved

4 scallions, thinly sliced on the bias

1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped

1/2 c sour cream

1/2 c mayo

2 limes

Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper 

Toss cabbage, scallions and cilantro in a large bowl. Make dressing using sour cream, mayo, lime zest and lime juice. Toss into cabbage mixture and toss o coat. Season with salt & pepper. 

Enjoy!


Served as a side or as a topper for pork, beef, fish or shrimp tacos or sandwiches, you can’t go wrong, belles!

a&a

de-lovely bobs for de-lovely ears…

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We shared our recent obsession with Rebecca de Ravenel earrings a few weeks ago (remember?).  Well…there is a new reason to be ALL about these belle-ringin’ bobs!

For the remainder of September (JUST THIS MONTH), we can all customize our own set, belles!!!  Do you know what this means??  Whatever color combination might tickle your fancy can be yours with just a few little clicks!!

We did some playin’ around…

We need help, please!  Such a tough decision to make!!  Input welcome and appreciated. (And let us know if you design your own)

Panicking

a&a

what’s ringin’ our belle…round 71

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Ringin’ our belle this week…


A belle-ringin’ shoe that combines two fall fashion musts…VELVET and MULE!  Available here


Tropical Kiwi shots…cheers!


How to make ice cream sandwiches for a crowd


How about this pearl choker?


Via Pinterest 

We love a dark, cozy room…here are the best black paints to choose from, belles 


Some wine terms you need to know