Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Champagne Cocktail

Oh my goodness, I'm so excited to share one of my favorite go-to cocktails on the blog today: the champagne cocktail! I've been waiting for the perfect New Year's Eve timing, where champagne is already in the spotlight. That said, this is a perfect sipping cocktail year round. The spicy notes of bitters and citrus-y orange fragrance just lend themselves especially well to winter months.
This fancy-pants drink is a super fun and easy vintage cocktail that will make you feel like a movie star of old. It's great for crowds, because you can line up a bunch of glasses and make one after the other. It's fun to look at too, because the bubbles rising from the sugar cube look like a little science experiment. Sounds a little silly, but trust me, it wows people!

For one drink you'll need:

4-6 oz champagne
1 oz brandy
Angostura bitters
a sugar cube
orange twist for garnish

Place sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute. Thoroughly soak the sugar cube with bitters, about 5-6 dashes, then add brandy. Carefully top with champagne until the glass is full. The bubbles will help mix the drink, so there's no need to stir. Garnish with an orange twist and serve immediately.

Now you'll be sipping in style while the ball drops with something a little fun and different this year! Not just boring old champagne ;)

Cheers! Here's to a wonderful 2016!


Monday, December 28, 2015

Wear it Two Ways: Formal Black and Gold for New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is an especially fun holiday when you can bust out things you wouldn't normally wear. Gobs of glitter and sequins? Sure! Fun party dress? Yup! Sleek formal gown? A-OK! This year, we're really loving sleek black looks where all the pizazz is in the collar. This gives some holiday glitz and means you don't need to go necklace shopping!


It's no secret that I'm a sucker for retro-looking Peter Pan collars, and when I spotted this dress, I knew it was coming home with me. A fancy-pants dress with beaded snazzy collar? Not even a question. Then, add in this killer low back and contrasting dainty sleeves, and I'm more than sold.

The empire waist cut and sleeves give a nod to the 20s, while the collar is closer to mid-century. Classic black ties together this mash-up of decades in a fun and unexpected way, while still looking put-together.  

I played up the retro vibe with a baby beehive updo, winged eyeliner, and a classic red lip. Starburst deco earrings help add that vintage flair, too.

Gold t-strap heels and a gold clutch are fun accessories, without drawing too much attention away from the dress. Clutches are inexpensive ways to take your look up a notch, especially if you look like you got them just for the ensemble!

Molly's Outfit Details: Dress: Urban Outfitters, Shoes, Zara, Earrings: Modcloth, Clutch: Target (similar)


I really adore old Hollywood glamour and this dress really embodies that. From the sleek black cut to the subtle train in the back, it's perfect for dressing up and feeling like royalty. 

The neckline on this dress was what initially drew me in. It's classic and sleek with just enough pizazz to keep it from being too plain. Plus, it's super easy to accessorize when you don't have to find a necklace to go with it. Just throw on dainty earrings and a ring and you're set. 

As I said, old Hollywood glamour is my M.O. and nothing says starlet like a train on a dress and a red lip. I wish all of my dresses could have a train. I bet people would get real sick of stepping on it after a while though. Perhaps I could hire a footman to carry it for me? Too much? 

This sparkly black clutch is perfect for just about anything. I've worn it with casual outfits and dressy outfits. Plus, it's perfect for NYE, when a little extra sparkle is the theme of the night. We hope that whatever you get up to while welcoming in the New Year, you'll have a little extra glitz and glamour as part of your night. It's a great way to start off 2016! 

Jodi's Outfit Details: Dress: JS Boutique, Heels: BCBG, Clutch: T.J. Maxx


Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas! We hope you're having a wonderful and relaxing holiday.

-Molly and Jodi

Card Design: Molly Heise Design

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Modern Take on a Classic Hymn

Today, we've got a little early Christmas gift for you: a downloadable original version of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, the haunting classic hymn. As we've mentioned before, Jodi and I both of have a variety of hobbies from dance to theatre, and one of mine is singing. I don't perform anywhere, it's just mostly for fun (so don't judge too harshly!). My husband, who got a degree in commercial music, is the real talent here. He recorded and played all of the instruments, and mixed this little Christmas song. We tried to create a fresh, modern take on a traditional tune, and we hope you enjoy it!

If you click the link to our Soundcloud account, you can download the song and add it to your music library, if you feel so inclined. Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 21, 2015

Little Plaid Riding Hood

As you are all very aware, I love plaid. Always have, always will. So, when I saw this plaid hooded cape, I simply had to have it. It also helps me fulfill my lifelong fantasy of pretending to be Little Red Riding Hood, or Little Plaid Riding Hood in this case. 

The temperature around the Midwest has been all over the place, which is quite odd for December. Depending on the day, a winter coat might be too much for the mild weather. This cape is perfect for throwing on when you're travelling over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house for Christmas dinner. 

"My, what big braids you have!" I've been experimenting with different hairstyles as my hair gets longer.  This braided crown is actually really simple and looks polished while keeping your hair out of your face while you open presents and make merry on Christmas day. 

I like to keep things comfy and casual for Christmas Day. This look accomplishes all of that and is pretty much as festive as you can possibly be without sitting on top of your Christmas tree. Cheers to a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Outfit details: Cape: Ross Dress for Less, Jeans: Kohl's, Shoes: ASOS, Purse: BCBG 


Friday, December 18, 2015

Golden Girl

The perfect thing about a little gold dress (LGD?) is that it works equally well for Christmas and winter parties or for a New Year's Eve look! I snagged this little gold number with cutouts from Forever 21 for less than $30. For that price, it's good to just have on hand for whatever event might pop up and call for some sparkle. ;)

Gold is everywhere now from home accessories to fashion that it's practically a neutral. This look is more understated than sequins or gold beads, but still packs a visual punch. Between the metallic look of the fabric, and the geometric side cutouts, I feel kind of space-age chic.

I added black accessories for an evening look with a heavy-duty statement necklace and vintage clutch. Pops of red give the ensemble a playful and festive look. I mean, look at these ridiculous shoes. You have to bust these out at some point during the holiday season. Pairing them with a solid dress and conservative accessories is a nice balance that lets them shine without making the look too busy.

Green nails are a fun and unexpected nod to Christmas colors if you're styling that route. Last but not least, even with the unseasonably warm weather this winter, you still need a coat this time of year. I love this forest green peacoat with a peter pan collar to finish off a sophisticated look.
Do you have a LGD in your wardrobe? At what occasions would you wear a gold dress?
Outfit Details: Dress: Forever 21, Necklace: Modcloth, Shoes: Shoe Dept., Coat: Target, Clutch: Vintage

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

St. Charles Christmas Traditions

I love traditions, especially around Christmas time. My mom, aunt and I started a tradition of our own a few years ago. The first weekend of December, we make a pilgrimage to St. Charles, Missouri to experience the Christmas Traditions festival. 

They explain the festival best on their website: Take in the scent of roasting chestnuts. Capture in your mind a time in America when life was simpler and Christmas was elegant and magical. Welcome to a place where Christmas past and present becomes one.  A place where storybook characters come to life before your very eyes.  A place where the typical hustle and bustle of the holiday season melts away, and allows you to enjoy the yuletide sights, sounds, and magic of yesteryear.

This year we drove down on Friday evening, ate dinner at an amazing barbecue restaurant called Hendricks BBQ and then turned in for the night to rest up. The next morning we got up and ate breakfast at the hotel before starting to make our way down historic Main Street. 

Throughout the day you'll find all sorts of characters walking the streets. There are several Santas, Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, Victorian carolers, Jack Frost, Santa Lucia and so many more. They even have trading cards for each character that you can collect every year! On Saturdays and Sundays, all of the characters walk and perform in the Santa parade. There are a ton of events throughout the month and weeks, all of which are listed here. Everything is very kid friendly and it's the perfect place to spend the weekend with your family. 

In between parading and caroling, you can pop into the shops and restaurants all along Main Street. We try a different place each year, but we definitely have some favorites, like The Bike Stop Cafe. They have indoor and outdoor seating and yummy healthy sandwiches, salads and soups. 

There are so many shops, I can't name them all here, but let's just say they are all worthy of a visit. There are clothing boutiques, antique shops, pet shops, jewelry shops and various specialty stores. Main Street is the perfect place to score presents for your favorite people (and yourself). 

A couple of my absolute favorites are Moss Boutique and Joys by Austin Warren Design. They always have the coolest clothes and accessories, plus they'll be nice to your wallet. 

The Christmas Traditions festival always fills me with Christmas spirit that lasts throughout the rest of the month. If you're in the area, you should definitely check it out this year and experience all of the Christmas goodness for yourself! I'm so glad I get to share this tradition with my mom and aunt. I hope we can continue it for many years to come! 

Outfit details: Sweater: J.Crew Factory, Plaid shirt: Old Navy, Jeans: Kohl's, Bag: BCBG

Monday, December 14, 2015

Alternative Holiday Party Style

As we mentioned, this month is all about holiday party inspiration. I showed you a cocktail look here, so today I am going in a slightly different direction and showing you an alternative party look. 

This sleek romper is a good way to toughen up your typical party outfit while still looking chic. Rompers come in all shapes and sizes, but it's important to find one that suits your body type. I think structured rompers that nip in at the waist are good for me, but you might prefer a different style and that's okay! 

Since a black romper and black tights is more suitable for Halloween, I added a red blazer to make this outfit more suitable for the holiday season. I also added sparkly accessories to up the festive factor. Add a red lip and you are ready to be the envy of everyone at the party! 

Outfit details: Romper: ASOS, Blazer: The Limited, Tights: Modcloth, Clutch: T.J. Maxx, Shoes: Modcloth

Friday, December 11, 2015

A Very 90s Holiday

Our month of holiday party inspiration continues! Last week, I styled for a classic upscale cocktail party with black, white and green, accented with gold. (Check out Jodi's cocktail style earlier this week here!) This week, I went in kind of the opposite direction. Black, white and maroon look accented with silver created a totally 90s-riffic look.
This look is more trendy and casual, fit for a fun night out or a get-together with friends. As I say again and again, I love to play up a good theme. This empire waist dress could be styled any number of  ways, but a choker, chunky shoes, dark lips, and a high half bun really play up the 90s vibe.
I'm also loving styling holiday looks that are more understated and use fun accents to give them a festive flair. This gorgeous black velvet bow closure in the back gives a nod to the season, but green nails and a sparkly necklace take this from a year-round ensemble to a perfectly wintery look.
What makes an ensemble festive in your book? Do you like to go-all out Christmas-tree-look-alike or more understated?
Outfit Details: Dress: Urban Outfitters, Booties: Target, Necklace: Vintage, Earrings: Kohl's (similar)


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Holiday Entertaining Must-Haves

Next up on our month of holiday party inspiration is a roundup of items that are great to have on hand for entertaining this season. We've found some of our favorites and provided the links below, so you can snag them for yourself before your guests show up! These range from serveware to d├ęcor and everything in between to make your home party-ready. Many of these items would also make great hostess gifts if you're an attendee ;)

1. Kraft Star Banner: Target, 2. Deer Figurine: Target, 3. Beaded Garland: Pier One Imports, 4. Tree Decorations: CB2, 5. Teapot: TJ Maxx, 6. Paper Straws: Target,  7. Appetizer Plate: Target, 8. Cheese Board: Target, 9. Oven Mitt: Target10. Gold Glitter Spray: Target, 11. Tea Towels: Target, 12. Decanter: TJ Maxx, 13. Antler Bottle Opener: Target, 14. Place Card Holders: Target
What are your holiday entertaining must-haves to make your home extra festive?
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