Dairly Drinks: Venetian Peach Bellinis
One of my favorite drinks when I studied abroad in Venice was the city’s signature peach Bellini. Venice is known for its prosecco (one class field trip took us to the nearby Prosecco District). Therefore Bellini, which is a mix of fruit juice and prosecco, was inexpensive, readily available, and delicious. When I came back home to the U.S., I looked for the pink bottle at all the local grocery stores to no avail. Recently though, I found this Bellini recipe on Anthropologie’s blog, and thanks to my mother’s flourishing white peach tree in the backyard, we made some one night last week and enjoyed a taste of Venice in our own backyard.
- 2 ripe, chilled white peaches
- 1 chilled bottle of dry prosecco (we used Cupcake's prosecco)
- 1/2 cup of simple sugar syrup, to sweeten to taste (we opted out, but in retrospect it may have been a good idea)
Puree the peaches with a 1/3 cup of water or the sugar syrup mixture. Pour some prosecco in a glass. Pour the peach puree in with the prosecco in a 1:3 ratio (we really just eyeballed it). Stir the mixture a little as the peach puree will tend to separate. Enjoy!
The second the clock turned midnight on August 1, it seemed like all anyone could talk about has been the impending autumn season. Among the deluge of back-to-school sales, fall collections, and promos for pumpkin-scented body care is a noticeable plug for the denim-on-denim trend. I have never considered mixing the same colors and textures together in an outfit (and certainly not denim), but when styled by Anthropologie (left) and Madewell (right) it seems like just the perfect amount of effortless chic for a ‘Casual Friday’ at the office or a weekend brunch date. The key to the look, I suppose, is to mix and match the coloring and accessories to avoid a monochrome suit of blue denim.
What are your thoughts on the denim-on-denim trend? What are your favorite styling tips for it?
When I worked for J. Crew, my favorite part was seeing new shipment boxes being wheeled in the back room, spitting out the bright colors of the new season. Usually within three days, the contents are styled, fitted, and pinned to the mannequins and filed into the catalog, reflecting the brand’s favorite color inspirations of the season. Because of the company’s love affair with colorful lifestyles, we were always encouraged as sales assistants to experiment and be creative with color combinations in our outfits. To this day, I am always on the lookout for inspirational color combinations—from paintings, floral arrangements, fashion, other bloggers, and even weather— and Pinterest has been a great tool. My current favorites include the royal purple accents in a recent Anthropologie catalog, the soft juxtaposition of pastels and darks in an image unearthed through Pinterest, the fluorescent and rich pinks and oranges in a painting by Isca Greenfield-Sanders (h/t to Tory Burch), a seafoam green beading on a cloudy gray from a blogger’s outfit (via Glitter Guide).
Anthropologie January 2012: Having worked in retail since high school, I’ve seen companies trip up during the January-March slump, both style-wise and fiscally…but not for Anthropologie, whose spring preview is perfect. Anxiously awaiting my birthday 15% to snag some coveted pieces.
There are your black-tie, red-carpet dresses which, although unique and often beautiful, sometimes appear as if one misstep will collapse the entire glass-like structure. Then there is a dress like a meteor shower that stuns you with its simplistic beauty. And because it is composed of such unassumingly elegant details, the impression it makes depends solely on the wearer herself.