Monthly Archives: February 2012

17 days until St. Paddy’s Day!

It’s the first of March and there are only 17 days until St. Paddy’s day… so now is a good time to get your corned beef going!

Check out my how-to corned beef post from last year. All you have to do is make a quick brine from salt and herbs and leave your beef brisket in it for a couple of weeks… so get it in now! And also here are som fun ideas for the rest of the menu, sweets and pots of gold favors.

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Shanghai: Roaring Twenties Style.

The reason we headed to Shanghai with a bunch of expat friends from Hong Kong and Singapore was to celebrate our good friend Kim’s birthday.

Inspired by all of Shanghai’s amazing twenties-style architecture, on Saturday night everyone dressed up flapper-style.

Invites were of course by Minted. I took the Hearty Halloween invites by jody wody and re-purposed them to be more roaring twenties than pumpkin!

The evening’s festivities were held at the Shanghai Kee Club, which couldn’t be a more awesome space.

It’s located in twin 1920s building styled like personal residences.

The rooms are chalk-full of historic and contemporary art, antiques–many from the adjoining Alfred Dunhill Home–and beautiful textiles.

We were lucky enough to all get seated at one, big long table… I love long tables! Above the mantle is a quarter of a real car–talk about man cave inspiration.

I was especially excited about the night’s theme having become completely obsessed with Downton Abbey and it honestly felt like Shanghai was the most appropriate place in the world to dress like this!

The birthday girl making final adjustments.

Now, that’s a bar, am I right?

I highly recommend the theme for your next fête! Fascinators, long necklaces, headbands worn on your forehead, top hats… what could be better?

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Tablecloths and plant misters.

While we were in Shanghai last weekend, we had a late lunch at the Ritz… and then of course we gabbed so much that we ran into their shift change. Now, the Ritz has a LOT of tablecloths that need to be perfectly ironed.

So I was very interested in their technique… although I press my tablecloths, they are of course wrinkled from being folded for months before use. Same at the Ritz (although more like days between use). As it turns out, they simply spray down the tablecloths with a very fine plant mister.

If necessary, you can slightly warm the water. Then you simply run your hand over the cloth to smooth out the folds. Isn’t that brilliant? It beats my current method which is plugging the iron in and then running it over the table, plugging it in again, running it back…

Terrain’s plant mister (above) looks like it would do the trick perfectly–it retails for $20.

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Birthday patchwork knitted blanket.

I’ve never tried my hand at quilting, but I got to experience a little of the fun and challenges of patchworking from helping put together a blanket for a dear friend who recently moved back to the States.

Similar to how we all knit a stripe for our friend Mitra’s baby, we wanted to all knit a few squares for our friend Lauren’s 30th birthday.

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Shanghai: Walking the city.

Last weekend, 16 of us headed to Shanghai to celebrate our friend Kim’s (far left) birthday. I absolutely fell in love with the city!!

While the boys slept in and ate dumplings and drank beer… us girls got in some shopping, walking and lunching. It was so much prettier and less polluted than I had expected.

The city is so full of contrasts… old and new… Chinese and Western.

I think this is anice shot of the old on the Shanghai side, and the new on the Pudong side across the Huangpu river. The building with the hole in it is the Shanghai Financial Center–at 93 floors, with the Park Hyatt at the top, it was until very recently the highest hotel in the world.

Aren’t these brushes beautiful? I was tempted to think of how one might decorate with them…

I got such a kick out of these GIANT xiao long bao — you suck the pork soup out with a straw they’re so big!

I also got quite a kick out of this woman getting her hair dyed in the middle of a bustling marketplace — I think it was a free demo. You couldn’t pay me to get my hair dyed in front of thousands by a complete stranger!

And there’s the famous Pudong skyline right on the Bund.

It’s such a pretty place to walk along… I loved all the historic, European buildings along the water’s edge. All proudly flying their red flags.

Shanghai is home to 23 million people and has been the commercial center of China since the 1930s, thanks to its great port and special status as the Shanghai International Settlement, which established it as a British settlement after the first opium war ended in 1842. Land deals with the Americans and French followed soon after… and the French concession is still intact and one of the prettiest parts of the city. The lands were returned to the Chinese in 1943.

I was so surprised that it has one of the world’s largest number of Art Deco buildings as a result of the construction boom during the roaring 1920s.

A Sex in the City – esque shot!

Being a group of six girls, we did a lot of hotel lobby hopping and as such enjoyed fabric napkins at every pit stop! Don’t miss a walk through the stunning lobby of the recently refurbished Waldorf Astoria on the Bund.

What an amazing hotel!! Image from CNTraveler.com

And here’s a view from the top of the Ritz from Pudong back to the other side… which seems to stretch on forever. I still can’t get over how old but yet futuristic the tv tower looks!

And of course what would be on top of a bridal Bentley pulling into a wedding at one of the nicest hotels in Shanghai? Why a Hello Kitty couple of course. Naturally.


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