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Happy Chic New Years Eve

You guys are real pals, you know that?

Thanks to your infinite wisdom Pete and I have settled on the FABulous Palm Springs.

Why, you ask? Let me show you.
What is this magical place, you ask?

It is The Parker in Palm Springs…

Which a few of your darling people recommended.

And I think you can see why…

Although this isn’t even the half of it.

It originally was owned by Merv Griffin or something ridiculous like that.

But was redesigned by Jonathan Adler a few years ago.

And I mean, yowza. So if you are looking for me on New Years, I will be playing croquet with a vodka lemonade in my hand, because oh yeah they pass those out like high-fives there.

Snaps for me.

And snaps for Jonathan Adler. Let’s continue to admire his work, shall we?

I feel happier already, don’t you?

The Hills Have Eyes…

Sometimes I think Net-A-Porter can read my mind.

I was just thinking to myself, “Self, you know what would make you look even more fetching in a bather? If it looked like your crotch had fangs!”Rawr.

Talk to me, people…

Pete’s and my New Years plans have changed a bit and we are trying to think of a few fun destination to escape from Chicago and thaw out a bit. We don’t have a lot of time so we can’t go far, I am thinking US for sure, and I would like to go somewhere warm with big straight-chillin’ potential but also an activity or adventure potential.

So far we are thinking either Santa Barbara or Palm Springs.

The Viceroy-Palm Springs

We have never been to either and have heard great things about both. Canary Hotel- Santa Barbara

So I ask of you…do you have any ideas? Either in SB or PS or elsewhere?

Where would you go/stay/do? Your *good* advice will forever endear you to my heart, and what else could you possibly want or require in life than to be in my good graces??

Thanksgiving Y’all

Now I can’t talk for long because Cinderelly right here has to get back to mopping the floors and prepping the food for the big day tomorrow, but I wanted to give you a little sneak peak of our table which I am having SO MUCH FUN putting together with all of our newly acquired wedding gifts, and to share with you a thought on stuffing.

First up, thoughts on stuffing. I have a lot of them. Dreamy lustful thoughts. For my money, it is the best junk going down on that holiday table and I want to see all of you succeed. The means thinking outside of the packaged box, but not stressing out because bread should never be stressful. Just happy.

For the absolute basic version you will need: 1 large back of unseasoned crutons/dried italian bread bits, unsalted butter (about 6 tbsns), 4 stalks of celery sliced thin-ish, 2 medium onions chopped, 1/2 cup dry white wine, 3 cups of chicken broth, 2 large eggs beaten, and a 9×13 baking dish. And btw I stole this recipe awhile ago from some magazine, so if you recognize it I’m not trying to front and say it’s all me.(This is what the bread situation we use looks like)

1. Oven is at 375, butter yo baking dish. Put the bread bits into a large mixing bowl. Melt the rest of the buttah in a skillet on medium and add onions, celery, a dash of salt/pepper and cook until tender and just beginning to brown. About 10 minutes. Then you add that wine to the mix and cook another 3 minutes or so.

2. Add cooled onion/celery mixture to the mixing bowl with the bread. Toss. Add eggs, tsp of salt, and slowly add the broth and mix until just combined. Covered with greased foil and make for 20 minutes. Remove foil, add a dash of parm to the top and bake for another 20-30 minutes.

3. Eat with a spoon from the baking dish while the rest of the guests look on, horrified.

If you want to fancy it up a bit you can add italian sausage and sage. Basically just brown up the sausage in a skillet, and add it into the bread mixture when you add the cooked onion celery. Sprinkle in some chopped sage and you are good to go.

Now for some pretty, please observe a sample place setting from our table:Just look at all that pewtah!We are using a table cloth and not placemates, but you get the idea. And don’t even get me started on my little cherry stem placecard holders. At what age do you have a total labotomy and all this stuff gets you genuinely excited? Because I am there, Mister Sister.

If you lived here, you’d be home now.

Firstly’s: I am guest posting on the lovely Paloma of La Dolce Vita and High Gloss Magazine’s blog today, giving my list of the 10 Things I Can’t Live Without, and knowing what’s on that list should probably be on your list of what you can’t live without, so check it.

When Pete and I were looking for homes here in Chicago we must have looked at nearly 100 different listings before settling upon Clifford, The Big Red House. We saw some pretty fly digs, but all of them were decorated so stuffy mcgee. Not once did I see a place and think, I want to have a beverage with these people, they seem pretty cool. Which is saying a lot, because I like to have a beverage with a lot of people.

But then PeteyBoy sent me this listing:

Now the REASON he sent me this listing, is because it is in this building on Armitage, mere blocks from our abode.

As Pete frequently reminds me, the coach house where I am currently preparing to office is only on loan from him until he claims his position as rightful owner of The Man Room (vom) and so I am constantly on the lookout for more permanent digs. I am obsessed with that building and just think I could do amazingly creative things in that little half circle space. Summer Thornton has one, afterall- …And she does cool things.

I had convinced myself that SURELY the landlord would rent me one of their sad little apartments that I would make beauteous with my sparkle dust in exchange for a break on rent, kind of like Grant Gibson.

Little did I know it was secretly so fabulous. I guess QuinBStudios will have to take up permanent residence elsewhere.