Toasting the Hot Toddy

TSG_toddyrecipe_1 For those who appreciate a warming beverage, the arrival of January 11 is cause for a glass-raising celebration. Designated National Hot Toddy Day by the powers in control of such things, this Sunday we’ll be toasting the delicious and adaptable drink with a version created by The Nickel restaurant, which is located in the Hotel Teatro, a boutique hotel in downtown Denver. Using gin, St. Germain, and pear brandy, The Nickel puts an innovative twist on the Hot Toddy—a drink widely believed to have originated in Scotland in the 1700s for ladies who didn’t have a taste for Scotch—that we’re sure will appeal to both fans of the traditional Toddy and anyone who enjoys a toasty, sophisticated cocktail on a cold January day.

The Nickel’s Pearfection Hot Toddy

1 ounce Gin
1 ounce Pear Brandy
1 ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1/2 ounce Lemon Juice
1/2 ounce Simple Syrup

Combine all of the ingredients into a glass, give it little a stir, and then top off with hot water. Garnish with a lemon twist or slice of pear

TSG_toddyrecipe2 Keeping in the long tradition of constantly reinterpreting the Hot Toddy, we made ours (shown at top and partially concocted above) with apple and pear brandy, and garnished with a pear twist. Whether you follow The Nickel’s instructions to a tee, elect to put your own spin on the recipe, or are lucky enough to live in Denver and are able to stop by Hotel Teatro on Sunday, we hope you salute the drink’s national day of recognition in style.

The Nickel // Denver, Colorado // 720.889.2128

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Scouted: Shark Tooth and Jade Earrings

SCOUTED-SharkToothAndJadeEarrings-CrestaBledsoe Merging modern shapes with natural elements, these stunning shark tooth and jade earrings by Cresta Bledsoe are utterly luxurious and ready to elevate any ensemble. We absolutely love how this talented maker celebrates organic objects, marrying her oceanic finds with gold and precious gemstones to form exquisite designs sure to make the wearer look and feel effortlessly elegant.

Cresta Bledsoe Fine Jewelry // Jacksonville, FL // inquiries@crestabledsoe.com

Jan
6
2015

January Loves

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“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

For better or worse, the new year is forever linked to the concept of resolutions, which means that December’s decadence immediately gives way to a dose of self-help. And while starting a new regimen is a bit daunting, there’s something reassuring about the fact that doing so at the beginning of January means you are hardly alone in your attempts at improvement. As we begin to work toward newly set goals, this shared sense of optimism helps to carry us through, along with all of the promise that a new year brings. Here’s to a year filled with hope, joy, fulfillment, and fresh starts!

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1. Fur accents. Real or faux, incorporated in decor or as part of your winter wardrobe, we gravitate toward fur pieces—like this faux fur vest available from Denver’s Melrose and Madison—this month.
2. Grey and blush. This color combination is just gorgeous and feels so fresh, making it seem particularly appropriate for January. In addition to fashion, it works very well in rugs; see the Instagram feed of Birmingham-based 18th Street Orientals for some beautiful examples.
3. Citrus-infused sweets. With citrus in season we crave it in any form, but citrus-infused desserts in particular take the cake. Wilmington, North Carolina’s One Belle Bakery’s “Be My Clementine” cake would be our indulgence of choice.
4. Modern elements. After months of traditional holiday decor, we’re ready for clean lines and a contemporary vibe. Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Smart Furniture has a a great selection of sleek options we’re ready to take home.
5. Expressing gratitude. From sending thank you notes to keeping a journal in which we record that for which we are grateful, January is time to take stock and give thanks. The Dandelion Patch in Northern Virginia has all the stationery one needs to get set up for a year of living gratefully.
6. Exotic earrings. This time of year we’re willing to take some risks with our accessories. Exotic earrings, like this Katey Brunini pair available at Aspen’s Meridian Jewelers, are perfect for making a stylish statement.
7. Light lips. It’s time to embrace a fresher face! Jacksonville-based Kimtasha, Northeast Florida’s only authorized retailer of Kevyn Aucoin Beauty products, has everything you need to lighten up.

Jan
5
2015

Scouted: Hand-Painted Pillow

SCOUTED-Hand-Painted-Ibu-Pillow We like to begin a new year by adding new and meaningful touches to our homes, and this Pichvai pillow depicting a midnight meeting of two lovers more than fits the bill. The hand-painted canvas appears on the front of the 12″ x 33″ bolster pillow, which is backed with a vintage silk sari and comes with a custom insert. Call or order this beautiful item online before we do!

Ibu // Charleston, S.C.  //  843.327.8304

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2
2015

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