Feliz Primero de Mayo!

May 1st, 2015
Watermelon Agua Fresca

Watermelon Agua Fresca

It’s Friday, the first of May and you know what that means?  You’ll either be celebrating the Kentucky Derby or an early Cinco de Mayo over the weekend.  While we love the glamour surrounding the “Run for the Roses”, we’re more likely to choose margaritas over mint juleps.  And with a regatta-free weekend about to start and our birthdays to celebrate, we think a little fiesta is in order.  We’ll begin our evening with mouthwatering watermelon agua fresca paired with a savory/sweet salsa…

Smoky Mango Avocado Salsa

Smoky Mango Avocado Salsa

and move on to a make-your-own taco spread.  How about a roasted cauliflower and chick peas filling as a vegetarian option?  Grilled shrimp would be a delicious addition!

Roasted Cauliflower and Chick Pea Tacos

Roasted Cauliflower and Chick Pea Tacos

Dessert is non-negotiable our age so we’ll indulge in margarita cupcakes while cheering on a favorite horse – our money is on a local 2 year Ridgling named Upstart, who was bred at Sunnyfield Farm in Bedford, NY.

Margarita Cupcakes

Margarita Cupcakes

Festive Flowers

Festive Flowers

Finally, a hat is a must on Derby Day so we’re replacing the traditional sombrero with a crown of paper flowers!

Paper Flower Crown

Paper Flower Crown

Happy fiesta Friday and let us know what you’re celebrating this weekend.

Photo: drink, salsa, taco, cupcake, flowers and crown

Giveaway: Gardens at First Light

April 29th, 2015
Gardens at First Light

Gardens at First Light

One of our favorite parts of the day is early morning when the sun is rising over the ridge, the peepers are still peeping in the pond across the street and all is calm.  On warmer days, you will find us outside on our terrace or porch with our cups of coffee enjoying the glow that is cast on our gardens at first light.  That is one of the reasons why we were so thrilled to be contacted by the lovely and celebrated photographer, Stacy Bass, to profile her new book, Gardens at First Light, on our blog and to offer it as a giveaway to one lucky reader!  We are such huge fans of Stacy’s (read about her in a post here) and her work is truly inspiring.

Orb

Orb

The second reason we were so excited is that the enchanting photographs are accompanied by text from well-known home and garden journalist Judy Ostrow, who not only is one of our neighbors but shares a birthday with us (we could be triplets!)  Stacy’s second book is filled with over 200 images that offer a rare and privileged glimpse into dozens of private gardens in the Northeast.  The only way you would be able to see these gardens at dawn is as guest of the homeowner!

Pool

Pool

Astilbe and Hydrangea

Astilbe and Hydrangea

Best of all, Gardens at First Light also contains an illustrated reference guide for the featured gardens should you wish to put your green thumbs to work.  Given our talent for killing live plants, we’ll settle with admiring the beauty of blooming rolling hills and the serene symmetry of box hedges instead.

Breakfast

Breakfast

Garden Table

Garden Table

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Stacy will be signing books in Westport, CT next week on Thursday, May 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at White Birch Studio and will personalize a book for you or for your mom!  All you need to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment below or email us at thebuzz.giveaway@gmail.com with “Gardens at First Light” in the subject line.  You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday, May 4th.

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Monday Mood

April 27th, 2015

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Amy Morris in Atlanta

Amy Morris in Atlanta

Fortunate

Pronunciation: /ˈfôrCH(ə)nət/

Auspicious or favorable…  We had a weekend filled with good juju – how about you?

Photo: study

 

Fashion Friday (on a Thursday): April Showers Bring…

April 23rd, 2015
Look #1

Look #1

May flowers and Luisa Beccaria knows how to pick them!  Her Spring 2015 collection is filled with intricate botanical embroideries, appliqués and flowery prints.  Sweet but not precious, her dresses capture a youthful, bohemian spirit that is so perfect for spring.  While Luisa says she wanted to reference “the atmosphere of a boudoir, the sensuality of exquisite antique lingerie, yet in a modern and sophisticated way”, we think her clothes should be worn at garden parties for all to see.  Then again, we don’t have a boudoir in our homes…  If God is in the details, then we’re in heaven with this collection!

Look #2

Look #2

Look #3

Look #3

Look #4

Look #4

Look #5

Look #5

Look #6

Look #6

We’re off to the races in Saratoga (crew, that is) this weekend and wish you all a winning one!

P.S.  Yes, regatta season is in full swing and we’ve been traveling a bit so please forgive the lack of posts.  We’ll be back and blogging next week!

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Insta Find: Her Majesty’s Pleasure

April 17th, 2015
Divine Decor

Divine Decor

What do you get when you cross a curated beauty salon, cafe, boutique and cocktail bar?  The best girls’ day or night out ever!  Sadly, you’ll have to travel to Toronto to indulge your whims at Her Majesty’s Pleasure but it would be worth the trip.

Nail Salon

Nail Salon

Bar

Bar

Nestled in the hip neighborhood of King West Village, this one-of-a-kind destination will have your senses humming and best of all, you leave relax and pampered.  We can’t think of anything more fun than mixing a glass of bubbly with a blowout or a plate of macarons with a manicure.

Girls' Night Out

Girls’ Night Out

Wow!

Wow!

And let’s not forget the fresh, open space decorated with a French touch…  We can’t think of a better way to spend time with friends so we may be booking a trip soon!  Would you join us?

Wall of Polish

Wall of Polish

Happy Friday and wishing everyone a weekend full of little pleasures.

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What We’re Wearing to Coachella…

April 15th, 2015
Mara Hoffman - Chiffon Kaftan

Mara Hoffman

if we were going!  We had you fooled, didn’t we.  Doubtful anyone our age attends this music and arts festival in the Colorado Desert (unless they’re Hollywood or rock stars) but if they did, they’d need to fit in.  Kaftkan…  Check!

Dolce & Gabbana -

Dolce & Gabbana

Boho chic necklace…  Check!

Musa - Crystal Sandals

Musa

Sandals with sparkle… Check!

Charlotte Olympia - Perspex Clutch

Charlotte Olympia

Something with a fringe… Check!

Markus Lupfer -

Markus Lupfer

Psychedelic sunnies… Check!

Sensi Studio

Sensi Studio

And a big, broad hat… Check!

Do you think we could pull off this look?  What would you wear to capture your inner hippie flower child?

Photos: kaftan / necklace / sandals / clutch / sunglasses / hat

Monday Mood

April 13th, 2015

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Divine Dining

Divine Dining

Dynamic

Pronunciation: \dī-ˈna-mik\

Energetic and full of life…  Designing duo Jayme Armour and her boyfriend, Daniel, have created a beautiful home in Atlanta for their six pets filled with unique touches and warm colors.  See more here

Photo: dining room

 

In the Garden with Sally Green

April 9th, 2015
Allium

Allium

We spent the day Tuesday with our very talented friend, Sally Green, shooting our flowers and bouquets for our new website and we had such fun.  Sally showed up with her custom vinyl backdrops that look like wood floors or tables in a range of finishes, two camera bags filled with equipment and one small footstool to give her height when she wanted to shoot from above.  Though by day Sally works as a corporate and real estate lawyer, her true passion is photography… and gardening… and raising the most glamorous chickens (along with her two cool kids.)

Springtime Planter

Springtime Planter

Cleome

Cleome

As you can see by these pictures, Sally’s no stranger to flowers and her garden (which we blogged about here and here) is breathtaking.  She can also arrange the blooms she picks into pretty posies.  As soon as the beds and planters around her French-style farmhouse are filled with blossoms, we’ll be coming over so that she can take our portraits and we’ll finally have a picture of mother and daughters to add to the About Us section of our website.

Summer Posy

Summer Posy

Peony

Peony

More to come…

Spring Posy

Spring Posy

P.S.  To see more of Sally’s sensational shots, visit her website here!

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Monday Mood

April 6th, 2015

It’s Monday – what mood are you in?

Mi Casa es Su Casa

Mi Casa es Su Casa

Diplomatic

Pronunciation: /ˌdipləˈmadik/

Polite and tactful…  Diplomatic duo James Costos and Michael Smith feel completely at home in the American Embassy in Madrid, Spain.  See more of their lovely home in Vanity Fair Espana!

Photo: living room

Fleeting Moments…

April 1st, 2015
Butterfly Clip

Butterfly Clip

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.”
~ Rabindranath Tagore

Unlike the butterfly, we don’t have time enough to spend with our boys on spring break and write for this little blog…  So we’re enjoying the moments this week and will be back next Monday!

P.S.  For more natural beauty from Van Cleef & Arpels, click here for a delightful video and Happy Easter to all.