As we are bathing belles, we couldn’t resist this PSA
A cousin of ours has started a new website! Yum!!!! Check it out Here
We like Champagne in all its forms
How to fix those pesky problems in your wardrobe…
Omg. You can buy Girl Scout cookies on Amazon!!
Via Amazon! Dangerous!
Ringin’ belles this week…
This kale and quinoa salad…had it a couple of weeks ago…making again soon!
Nailing this birth order quiz (kinda…one of us who is supposed to be a “middle” is awfully close to being an “oldest”!)
Preparing for the Thanksgiving table…with a little help from House Beautiful
Feelin’ feathery with some help from Jocelyn at Intermix
Over New Years, belle friend of ours opened her champagne with her…get ready belles…CHAMPAGNE PLIERS !! Yes, it’s a thing – and a good thing at that! This delightful instrument helps unscrew the cork and keeps it from shooting someone’s eye out at the same time. Not to mention that it makes a beautiful bar accessory.
The perfect gift for the host, bride and groom, or most importantly, oneself.
We just love picking up new tips-n-tricks from our belle friends. The way we see it…how can one possibly enjoy something without sharing that joy?! Here are a few of the latest…
Bouillon du jour… Our very good belle friend Marcia who happens to be excellent in zee kitchen says this is the only bouillon to purchase…and we heartily agree!
We had the pleasure of supping with some dear friends the other night . The master of the house , who also knows his way around a kitchen and even more so around a grill, waxed poetic over this Knife sharpener. It is compact , easy to use and fits easily in your drawer. If the master of wings gives it a thumbs up then it should be a staple in every household. By the way it will work on your Cutco knives so you don’t have to send them back and forth for sharpening! Thank you, Michael …you are def man enough to be a belle contributor!
Champagne is always on our list and over the holidays, Marcia shared a new label to us that her local wine merchant had suggested. The taste test was a bubbly taste thrill, and we have already purchased for our own larders .
Find it at your local wine store or from K&LWines.
Now that you’ve cooked, sharpened and toasted, we think it’s high time for a little laid back time. While we are sure you have already buzzed through The Making of a Murderer (addicting, and we’d love to hear your thoughts by the by) you probably need a new obsession. Our savvy friend gave us the perfect solution :
Chime away, belles!
A few tidbits you probs didn’t know about champagne
This is really what happens when you pop that cork!
Here’s how not to make a mistake with that champagne.
The health benefits of champagne
Should you perchance have any leftover champagne, here are a few ways to use it up.
Or maybe try it in these tasty recipes…
Most importantly…enjoy and have a very bubble Valentine’s Day!
We’ve spoken before about our love of bubbles…and we don’t mean the kind little children blow in the yard! We’re talkin’ champagne, prosecco, cava, sparkling wine…the delightful creations that tickle our noses and create a party-in-a-glass. Oh, what fun!!!
Well…speaking of glasses, there are some beauties out there that make the sipping even more fun…and über-stylish.
Here are some options…just in case you need to update your wares (or perhaps need an after-the-fact gift idea) before the countdown begins…
Loving this toasting set…
From Z Gallerie, these are just a click away (and are under $40…a steal!)
Going a bit retro…
These gold-rimmed, vintage beauties are available at One Kings Lane. Groovy!
And check out these “chic and sensible” flutes…
From Olive and Cocoa, they double as super-stylish bud vases in the off-season. Brilliant!!
One last thing…because we like our bubbles chilled…
Why not chill in style?? Available from Croghan’s Jewel Box (full disclosure…this is a shameless plug for a dear super-belle friend who does the most amazing job in the most amazing store in Charleston…and, yes, we might be a bit biased), this cooler will become a part of celebrations for years to come!
Now that the holidays are upon us, we thought it was time to share one of our favorite ways to celebrate any occasion…especially occasions with dear family and friends.
Belles are thankful for bubbles..and there are no better bubbles than champagne. We love the classics (orange label anyone?), but we don’t always want to spend our bankroll on it. We have found two wonderful champagnes that won’t break the bank. What better reason to pop a cork than that?! With these two brands, everyday can be a day to celebrate.
The first new fave is actually a sparkling wine. One of our best belle friends and fellow bubbly fan found this delightful bottle. La Marca is a fresh, slightly fruity bubbly. If you prefer a drier finish, wait for the next one up. But for a light, crisp glass at a great price ($12.99) and a beautiful bottle to boot, this one is belle-worthy. We can find this at our local grocery stores and Total Wine. We can’t thank Lisa enough for sharing her find, so we toast her with a southern sigh of gratitude!
Our second find was actually found on a trip to the wine country when a small bevy of belles toured the Schramsberg Vineyard. Mirabelle (I mean really…we couldn’t possibly resist!!) is a wonderful dry champagne that comes in both brut and rose. We love it…a lot! It’s widely available, and at $21.99 we are guilt-free when sipping.
Bubbly makes belles creative, so we thought going as champagne for our next costume fete might not be a bad idea. In fact, it might be an excuse to throw a costume party!!
So, dear belles, we are raising a glass to you all…be a belle and grab some to share!
Every occasion is an occasion to have a little champagne…but why not take it up a notch or two for the 4th???
Chandon has come out with a limited edition design to celebrate all things American. Darling, right? So pick up a bottle…or a few…we don’t judge…much. At Chandon.com, shopuncorked…or you can pick it at your local liquor store of choice.
It would be a fantastic hostess gift if you’re heading out on Independence Day as well…just sayin’.