July 15, 2020
Well hey there beautiful Wednesday! I have a feeling it is going to be a perfect day, kind of like the perfect centerpieces, right? More on this momentarily. I always get a little giddy when I am getting my hair and makeup done, as well as having a meeting with my financial advisor. Yup, you read right. Okay, there is always a little weariness when talking about money, especially when, right now, you are (barely) making ends meet and rolling any extra income back into your business.Being prepared, facing it head on, and talking about that long-term, financial goals do have a level of excitement for me. It is a motivator to keep doing what I am doing - sans credit card debt and not getting a paycheck. Things are going to change, and I just know it!
Less financial musings and more centerpiece talk! YES. I am so down with that. Today, I am sharing with you 2 centerpieces that have nothing to do with one another but BOTH take center stage. Actually, one could be worn while serving the other. Ha!
The Perfect Centerpieces!
There is something about a centerpiece that just becomes a showstopper. While I am a sucker for a beautiful flower arrangement, I think a gorgeous, and robust, food presentation can make for one hell of a conversation starter. Plus, food is social and brings people together, around the table, conversing, laughing, and celebrating life!
I have shared in previous posts - take a peek HERE and HERE, my love for making a cheese & charcuterie board. Frankly, it is kind of expected at family gatherings now, and I even get asked to assist in building one for parties too. Speaking of which, I, recently, was asked to put one together for a friends's family birthday celebration. Ooh I get excited for these kinds of requests! I love being creative, and who doesn't love a really GOOD cheese and charcuterie board?
Since it is Summer, and the board was for a birthday party, I wanted to keep it "light" and colorful, with all the freshness of the season. Fruits would be the main focus (and add a pop of color), along with 3 different cheeses & meats. Selfishly, I wanted to try out "cantaloupe wrapped in prosciutto" too. It was so damn good. Note to self: Prep these the night before or morning of and refrigerate for 6-8 hours. The sweet and salty combo really pop when they have had the chance to spoon together. LOL.
Another reason why I made fruit a main component is because the host wanted to keep things easy and toyed with having a fruit salad. I thought this was the perfect way to still have it, yet let it take centerstage with the board. One less dish! Additionally, raw nuts, jams, and honey would contribute to the yumminess!
When asked to do something of this nature, the host gets all necessary accoutrements, and I am responsible for selecting the meats and cheeses. My go-to is an establishment called The Wine Source in Hampden, Baltimore. I like to keep the score even - same amount of cheese to meat but customize based on the crowd.
Since this crew are heavy cheese & charcuterie consumers, I went with ~ 3 oz. of cheese and meat per person. With a total of 10 guests, this equaled about 2 lbs., TOTAL, of various cheeses, and then, approximately, the same amount for meat too!
General rule of thumb for me - soft, semi-soft, and hard cheese, accompanied by a salami, cured selection, and prosciutto for cheese. Again, customize based on the guests. Also, while I have my favorites, I do let the experts guide me on what is new & exciting.
And, while the board is optional, it really does make a fabulous statement! Oh, another note to self...keeping the stems, leaves, and rinds on the fruit give additional color and texture. I used to remove because I thought it seemed more uniformed BUT, after reading this in a food magazine, I quickly changed my ways and it makes such a difference! Additionally, adding greenery and/or flowers is such a fabulous touch too!
Now, for the REAL CENTERPIECE! THIS DRESS by CeliaB!
There is something about this beauty that is downright flirty, fun, colorful, out-of-the-box, and don't you think it would look really good in the islands, or with a mariachi band? Or maybe I need to trade in my purse for some maracas. Yes, all of the above seem like a perfect fit!
I was introduced to this designer by Sassanova, and I when I saw they started carrying the line a few weeks ago, and showcased this dress, I knew it was meant for me. Well, not exactly - although I would love to think they purchase with me in mind - but I knew I had to have it in my closet.
This Harbour Dress has so many fabulous components to it, like shoulder pads! I know, go figure, but it gives the dress that much more character! While I am not a shoulder pad gal, nor are we living in the late 1980's, early 90's, the "oomph" of the shoulders compliments the puffy sleeves, right down to the flared cuffs with a fabulous trim. So girly and I LOVE IT.
The full, pleated mini skirt - yes, it is short - is adorned with bands of bold and bright patterns, as well as fabric to tie at the waist. Speaking of which, while I chose to showcase the tie in the front, you can shimmy it around to the back for a completely different look!
A little bit about the designer (adapted and courtesy of the super cute round tag that was attached to the dress)...
"The items designed by CeliaB are made with materials, fabrics, and inspiration sourced from her travels around the world. The brand emphasizes their 'slow fashion garment' model by making sure each item is made with passion, fun and love, and respecting the time to handcraft such a unique piece which is meant to last a long time in your wardrobe."
This was the first time I heard the concept of a "slow fashion garment." There are not many companies out there whose business models reflect this approach, and I could not be even more excited to support them! Attention to detail and quality are of the utmost importance, and wearing/representing a designer who fits that bill will always be exceptional in my book!
And with a price point of $288 (for this dress in particular), I look at it as an investment in my wardrobe, and one that I will wear for years to come! Heels, sandals, maracas, or a cute clutch, the versatility is endless, and the fashion is forever!
In the words of CeliaB - "we hope you enjoy it and that it makes your feel amazing, making you shine inside-out."
Here's to perfect centerpieces, and ones that bring together family, friends, conversation, and maybe a hostess and/or date night outfit too!
Seasons of Love
2 Health Nuts
'Tis The Season
Cheese & Charcuterie