Chicest Carry-On Case

I have the chicest carry-on case…ever!  My husband gave me the Corroon rolling pullman carry-on case for my birthday and I have used it several times.  I love all things blue and this bag is not only the most beautiful color blue, but it is the chicest piece of luggage I own. I can’t tell you how happy the logo fabric lining makes me when I open the bag! The pictures are deceiving because it looks like a large bag but, in actuality, it is a true carry-on and fits in the overhead compartment.  The size is perfect for a weekend or overnight depending on how you like to pack. I actually used it as my rolling office and filled it with two laptops, notebooks, cords and all my camera gear (I have a lot of equipment!).  You may have seen me feature it on my Instagram and, if you missed it, check out the feature I did on the dopp kit,…which reminds me, it would be a really nice Valentine’s Day present for the man in your life!

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to buy: Corroon

 

 

 

 

What do I Bring to a Super Bowl Party?

Every year I think, what do I bring to a Super Bowl party?  I am usually in the city working for Fashion Week and can’t make something, so I end up buying something on the fly.  This year, I am buying everything from Mouth, a really cool website dedicated to food made by people, not companies, in small batches. They call it Indie Food – Indie food is not only delicious, but must be created from start to finish with a high level of personal attention, craft and passion. This is my kind of food!

 

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And don’t miss their Valentine’s Selections , the Indie Oscars or their partnership with Feed.  There is a whole section called Snackology 101 aka carepackages.. now that is a brilliant idea!

For all those times you are at a loss of what to send or bring, Mouth will have just the batch you are looking for  and wait until you see their packaging.. you know I am a sucker for packaging!!!

 

FEED + MOUTH Big Heart | Mouth.com
Shop Mouth.com, the ultimate destination for Sunday Night Football snacks! Use code SCORE15 for 15% off your order!

 

Fondue for New Years Eve

We have enjoyed many New Years Eve’s going out to a restaurant but, some of our most memorable celebrations have been at our, or our friends’, home eating fondue – we start with cheese and then have chocolate for dessert. There is something fun about dipping our long forks into the cheese with big chunks of bread and apple slices. I take huge rolls of craft paper, lay them over the table, and scatter cups of crayons for anyone who wants to leave a resolution or make a doodle.  The rest of the table is filled with the fondue pots and dishes of items to dip into the cheese and then chocolate.   I am sharing our favorite cheese fondue recipe that is a hit with all ages.  We separate out a portion, both the cheese and chocolate, for our son with Celiac Disease so that he can have his own Gluten Free pots.  He has his own sides and can enjoy it as much as everyone else without worrying about cross contamination.  It is such an easy meal and so much fun to eat… what do you serve for New Years Eve??

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Cheddar Cheese Fondue
makes about 4 cups, serves 6


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~ Ingredients ~

  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp dry mustard (I use Coleman’s)
  • 1 garlic cloves, halved
  • 1 1/2 lbs. shredded milk or sharp cheddar cheese (about 6 c.)
  • Salt
  • Crusty French Bread, Broccoli florets, boiled small potatoes, cubed ham, apples, etc.
 
~ Directions ~
  1. In fondue pot or saucepan over low heat, heat half and half, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and garlic, stirring, until hot but not boiling. Discard garlic.
  2. Gradually stir in the shredded cheese, until smooth
  3. Add salt to taste
  4. Either put fondue pot over low sterno flame if prepared in saucepan, pour cheese mixture from saucepan into fondue pot and set over low sterno flame.
  5. Serve with pieces of french bread, potatoes, ham, apples, broccoli, etc..

 

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photographs by Ridgely

What I want to be wearing..

This weekend I was scrounging around my wardrobe for something “Festive” to wear to a Holiday party and I really wanted a pair of sparkly, patterned or plaid pants to wear with a white silk blouse and my new L.K. Bennett flats (below) or a red suede pump for a pop of color.   I saw the pants all over the place last year and did not buy them. Now when I want them I can’t find them!  Ugh! So I went on the hunt and found a few (on sale!) on The Outnet.  Now if I could get them for this coming weekend…

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Gift Guide: Books Galore!

As a lover of books and reading, I have rounded up all kinds of books for you to give and get this season. From cookbooks, to entertaining, and style there are so many fabulous books to choose from that I could not edit my choices.  I have included good reads, inspirational and new releases that are on my list. I even put in a few of my all time favorites… see if you can spot them. And I could not help myself, everyone needs a Kindle! Happy Shopping!

Gift Guide: Books Galore! (1) | Ridgely's Radar

top row: Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook  //  Camille Styles Entertaining: Inspired Gatherings and Effortless Style  /  Middle row: Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook with 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes  // Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime  //  bottom row:The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor  //   Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook: More than 1,000 of the world’s best recipes for today’s kitchen

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Gift Guide: Books Galore! (3) | Ridgely's Radar

top row: Amazing Places Cost Nothing: The New Golden Age of Authentic Travel  //  William Helburn: Seventh and Madison: Mid-Century Fashion and Advertising Photography  //  middle row:  Flea Market Fabulous: Designing Gorgeous Rooms with Vintage Treasures //  Linens: For Every Room and Occasion  //  bottom row: Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life  //  An Invitation to the Garden: Seasonal Entertaining Outdoors

Gift Guide: Books Galore! (4) | Ridgely's Radar

top row: Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace  //  Lydia’s Party: A Novel  // The Light Between Oceans: A Novel  //  middle row: Having A Heart For God Devotional: 365 Days of the One Minute Bible Study  //  And the Dark Sacred Night: A Novel  //  You Should Have Known  /  bottom row: Outlander  //  The Woman I Wanted to Be  //  Kindle e-reader

Gift Guide: $100 and Under

Today I am bringing you sixteen gift ideas priced $100 and under. To make it super easy, I matched the gift numbers to the recipient….

Jet-setter  #1, 4, 5, 12 & 15
Homebody #2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 14 & 16
Mover and Shaker #1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, & 13
Glam Gal #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, & 12
BFF #1, 2, 3, 4, 6, & 10
How easy is that?!?! Happy Shopping!

 

Gift Guide: $100 and Under | Ridgely's Radar