Wednesday, December 25, 2013

let your heart be light

Hope you all are enjoying a Merry Little Christmas!













Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Peppermint Oreo Cheesecake Balls

So, while peppermint may be the pumpkin spice of winter, we love it all the same. It's the feature of one of our new favorite holiday treats! A tried and true crowd pleaser, these decadent beauties are super easy to make and look festive to boot. We suggest making them for your next jolly get together.



The Recipe:
  • 1/3 cup chopped candy canes/ peppermints
  • 8 oz of cream cheese softened
  • 36 Oreos finely crushed
  • 16 ounces Baker's Chocolate, melted

Reserve 1 Tbsp of chopped peppermint. Mix remaining candy with cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended. Shape into 48 (1 inch ) balls. Freeze for 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate; place on waxed paper covered rimmed baking sheet. Sprinkle with reserved candy. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Enjoy!




Wednesday, November 20, 2013

your holiday sweater strategy

And so we ask, do you have one? It's that time of year again. The time for ugly holiday sweater fabulousness. We've recently been asked to help source and style such ugliness, and thought we'd share our strategies for finding suitable wears to your next festive fete.

First, these beauties fall into three jolly categories.

We break it down.

  1. The "this was made specifically so holiday could barf all over you - and yes, we know it's uggle."

     
  2. The " careful, did your mother - in - law wear something similar last year?" As in, seriously wear? Cardinals on denim, matching turtleneck sets, and the occasional vest falls into this category.  Take note.  If you go this route, be sure to jazz it up with extra uggle so that folks can distinguish you and your taste from the aforementioned mother - in- law.
  3. The "someone actually wore this and thought they were quite styling once- upon- a-time." Are these so ugly, that they're fashionable? Ah the vintage beauties ( really well-made and probably a bit pricey in their day). Timeout. Is that a pig or a pink deer on that christmas tree down there? 

     

The trick my lovelies is to scrounge until you can find one falling into category 3 - where true holiday magic, humor and ugliness resides. The joy of such discovery is almost as fun as donning this wonderful gay apparel. But tread lightly, straying into category 2 threatens at every turn.

On to the sources

  1. Your mother's closet ( or your father's for that matter, depending on the decade) could prove fruitful
  2. Your aunt - craft a cover for the true mission at hand so as not to unintentionally offend
  3. Good Will, vintage or thrift -  go early, well nourished and be prepared to fend off ladies on similar quests
Making your own, or ordering off "the ugly sweater store" is always an option, but is that cheating? We feel it's not truly in keeping with the mystique and spirit of that which is the sacred and ever celebrated "ugly holiday sweater."

Good luck!




Monday, November 4, 2013

red + stripes = all sorts of nice

When did Halloween suddenly become the day before Christmas? Starbucks red cups arrived in full holiday force Nov 1 ( as if signaling holiday + dingle berry merriment must now commence). And, Hallmark is already running their " 'insert romantic wish-come-true' for christmas" specials ( yes, we watched a few). We're a bit dizzy from all this holiday flip flop ( as "fall harvest" goes on clearance and pilgrims + mr. turkey are relegated to the 70% off bins). Wait. We haven't even tasted a piece of pumpkin pie... much less dressing, cranberries... etc. And, yet... somehow we find ourselves inspired by the bright and jolly red crimson hue.

It's no secret that our go-to includes a blazer, stripes and skinnies. All classics, that can be dressed up, down or with a twist. We suggest investing in the same... even if red isn't your thang.

And, heels just makes the world feel better. Wouldn't you agree?  A few snaps of our striped ensemble to inspire your classics ( whether you want to get all holiday-esque just yet is up to you).










Tuesday, October 29, 2013

are you in on the secret?

of Madison's first, one-and-only, fully sustainable boutique? Now you are. Complete with a little bubbly, vino ( and of course fashionable ladies), UpShift arrived in style and to much fanfare over near Le Lingerie and Good Style Shop on East Johnson in Madison last Saturday.

A shopping experience like to no other - you're basically borrowing from your best friend's closet. No really.



Wait. What?

We spell it out for you:

Step 1: Bring in whatever you no longer need/wear/etc. anymore - shoes, accessories, the works

Step 2: Pay $20 to cover all your shopping

Step 3: And fill your empty bags with amazing trends to take home

It's that simple. No consigning or selling. It's like trading up to a whole new wardrobe without spending buco bucks!  Worried you won't find anything? We've never left empty handed, and inventory turns over DAILY.

So what have we scored? Gucci loafers, argyle sweaters, bangles, jcrew jeans, flannels... and so much more.

Go. Take inventory of your closet. Empty, fill, and repeat. Now.

UpShift
836 East Johnson
Madison, WI









Tuesday, October 8, 2013

antler decor

Instead of getting all pumpkin spice up on our centerpiece decor, we let our love of mercury glass, wood and natural elements ( ok, and plastic... ) take their course on our table this fall season. Our favorite thing to experiment with of late?  Antlers! A donation from a farmer ( and hunter) friend of ours, these are the real ( adequately sanitized) deal.  We think it will be the perfect warm setting to welcome guests in a week or two for a little fashionable fete.






What do you think?



Friday, September 20, 2013

pushing past convention - Iristocracy

It's alive. A carefully curated brand and eCommerce experience (we helped shape), has finally arrived just in time for fall and all its lavish style glory. With surprise and delight at every turn (or click?) Iristocracy pairs substance with style, uniquely paying homage to the ultimate functional fashion accessory - elevating the status of eyewear above and beyond that of the expected and covetable bauble. Their Virtual Look try-on experience is second to none.

What's more, these "purveyors of uncommon eyewear and accessories," are in tune with just how functional this accessory piece really is. While they may be the experts in all things stylish and fabulous, they don't claim to be experts on your eyes. Let's raise a toast to that, and the fact that they'll give us $50 towards filling our prescription from the optometry professionals. Um, hell - o! Seriously, nice.

Without further ado... on to the goods! A smattering of their gorgeous wears from designers across the globe....












Oh, and for our stylish readers, we'll let you in on the discount good for the next month: 25% off with   code FRF25 at checkout!










Monday, September 9, 2013

flash forward to fall - a wedding


Whew! Summer flew by (although if the weather has anything to say, we're still in the heat of it)! We were lucky enough to ring in fall and all it's gloriousness with a fabulous wedding! Fashion, food, flowers, looove... okay, we had a pumpkin spice latte and plowed through our stack of September glossies too, but we're getting off topic. 

The point, is that the beauty of this simply elegant and purely delicious nuptial, set against a rustic barn and held beneath the shade of one giant oak, was too perfect not to share (and more than pinterest worthy)!

We think you'll agree.


























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