December 31, 2010

Happy New Year 2011: {Follower Appreciation} Give-A-Way

I am excited beyond words and humbled that Chic Coastal Living has 60 followers! Wow!  My mom and hubby have been off the hook in reading my posts, as of lately, and it's sweet to have met so many wonderful chic people out there! Some of you know who you are......we comment on eachother's post on a daily basis! :0) 

I want to show my deepest appreciation for all of your blog love by giving away a $50 Gift Card from Target!  Seems like everyone loves Tar'je and what better way to start off the new year than with a small shopping spree!

If you are a currrent follower, you do not need to do anything because you are automatically entered in this Give-A-Way!  Just make sure I have your email address, so that I can contact you if you are the winner!

*If you are not a follower, but would like to be eligible to win, just follow Chic Coastal Living and leave a comment to this post letting me know you are a new follower.  Make sure you give me your email address to contact you if you win. 

Winner will be drawn at random and announced on Thursday, January 6, 2011.

Happy New Year 2011 from Desiree at Chic Coastal Living!!

December 30, 2010

do it Delicious: New Year's Eve Cocktails

I love quick and simple recipes that offer great taste and a whole lotta fun!  Are you in need of a few easy and delicious cocktail concoctions for your New Year's Eve bash?  Well, Jessica Seinfeld, author and chic-stylish, mommy of three, whipped up a few special drinks that you can use with or without alcohol.  All I can say is....YUH-ME!!  Visit her blog over at do it Delicious!

Cranberry Ginger Cooler: Mix 2 parts ginger ale, 2 parts cranberry juice, 1 part bourbon, and orange slices. Serve over ice.

Pineapple Mint Punch: Mix 2 parts pineapple juice, 1 part club soda, ¼ part lime juice, 1 part rum, and fresh mint leaves. Serve over ice.

Apricot Nectar of the Gods: Mix 1 part apricot nectar, 1 part sparkling lemonade, 1 part sparkling wine, and ½ part brandy (optional). Serve over ice.

Blueberry Buzz: Mix 2 parts grapefruit juice, 2 parts club soda, 1 part gin, ½ part triple sec, and fresh blueberries. Serve over ice.

What are your plans for New Year's Eve?

December 29, 2010

NYE DIY: Glam Cocktail Napkins in 2 Steps

Found this great DIY for glam cocktail napkins at The DemoiselleCourtney Dial of Pizzazzerie created this ultra fab way of glamorizing your plain cocktail napkins in 2 quick and easy steps. 

Coastal Chic: Tim Clark

I've posted about Tim Clark's gorgeous coastal design projects before and here's a few photos from his portfolio to help you think about a fresh new look for the new year! Cheers to 2011!

December 28, 2010

Refreshen Your Home for the New Year

Today I visited one of my favorite places for design inspiration online, Williams Sonoma Home.  In their Design Series Center, Monelle Totah, shares new ideas to refreshen your home for the new year.  I absolutely loved everything she shared about simple touches that make a big difference in the months of January and February, and I'm looking forward to following her advice.  Get inspired!

Read her full Bio at Williams Sonoma Home.

December 27, 2010

Lovely Christmas Night at Aunt Terry's

My family and I had such a lovely Christmas this year. There is so much for me to be grateful for.  As I promised in my Merry Mantels post, I said that I would post pictures of Aunt Terry's beautifully decorated mantels.  My Aunt Terry has such exquisite taste, so I went around her house on Christmas night {in between breaks at the buffet table} and took tons of photos.  Have a look and tell me what you think!

Her home is so Christmasy and we love all the details that she puts into making her home festive and fun.  Love you Aunt Terry! Thanks for letting me share your gorgeous home with my blog friends!

December 25, 2010

December 24, 2010

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

May the peace of Jesus be with you and your family this Christmas. 

Nativy Story:

December 22, 2010

Jessica Seinfeld's Recipe for Cool-Mom Chic

How does Jessica Seinfeld look cool-mom chic on a daily basis?  Well, Redbook asked and I'm here to share it with you! I love hearing from other mothers what their style secrets are! Don't you?

As quoted in Redbook:

Make online shopping work for you. "I shop for clothes when I have time —early in the morning or late at night. (I like To avoid buying stuff I won't wear, I leave things in my basket for a few days. If I keep thinking about them, I buy them."

Stock up on essentials. "Madewell tanks are just that: made and priced so well. I own lots of colorful ones and wear them constantly."

Go for stuff that's practical and cute. "My Nike Free sneakers add a splash of color and slide on fast, perfect for when I'm rushing to catch the school bus. And my favorite cargos are skinny but stretchy, so I can go up or down a few pounds and they still fit!"

Design Inspiration from Williams Sonoma Home

In the coming new year I would love to make a few updates here in there around my home and I went to Williams Sonoma Home for inspiration.  They have a Designer Series section that was put together to help us get fresh new ideas for design from some of the top stylish people in the industry. 

Looking forward to getting similar lighting for my kitchen.

December 21, 2010

Holiday Cookies

Okay, am I only one who has eaten about five hundred cookies in the last few days? Thank the Lord I'm training for a marathon!  Even though, I have been packing on the calories lately, I am excited about my holiday baking tomorrow.  I love Martha Stewart's recipes and will use them for my cookie inspiration to help me along the way.  Here's also a few coastal holiday cookies that caught my eye!

Merry Christmas!

New Year's Eve Party Ideas

Create an oversized tinsel 2011 banner above a mantel or any visible area in your house.

December 20, 2010

New Year's Eve 2011: Sparkly Dinner Party

New Year's Eve has always been a special evening for me.  We celebrate it every year with good food, family and friends.  A few months ago, I came across this fantastic blog called, Hostess with the Mostess.  I love their design tips for all types of celebrations.  This post of HWTM in particular was the perfect New Year's Eve photo shoot with lots of fun inspiration for a stylish and festive dinner party.  It was styled by Courtney from Pizzazzerie and she shares all the following details below. 

What I'm Loving Now

Coastal Living's Holiday Mojito

December 18, 2010

Christmas Package

I had the best time today wrapping up gifts for my Dad, lovely step-mother, and sister!  I just wanted to share what I did inside the package.

Cozy Shoes

Gweneth Paltrow's Newsletter GOOP focused on cozy shoes this week and I loved so many of the styles, especially the adorable Celtic Sheepskin Company boot in the picture below! 

I was happy to find three pairs of cozy winter boots today when I was out shopping.  The left and middle boots are from Target and were on clearance for $9.48 and the one on the right was on sale for $15 at Old Navy! Wow! I really got a bargain!  Do you have any favorite cozy shoes that you would like to share with us?

My friend Courtney over at A Thoughtful Place also found a great pair boots today! Stop by her post to check them out!

December 16, 2010

Coastal Connecticut Cottage

About the House

Style: Late 18th-century shingle style cottage with wide-plank floors, plaster walls, and exposed beams

Space: 3,800 square feet spread over three floors with four bedrooms and four full baths

Setting: The main drag of Rowayton, Connecticut, a quaint harbor town with a population of 4,000 that’s home to many sea-seeking artists and writers

View: From the front porch, Five Mile River, which flows into the Long Island Sound, plus neighbors casually strolling to and from town.

The front of the house.

December 15, 2010

More Merry Mantels

I found a few more beautifully decorated mantels for Christmas at Country Living.  There's nothing better than visiting a home that has a great mantel.  Every Christmas, my Aunt Terry, does an amazing job decorating her mantels....yes, I said mantels with an "s".  She has a doubled sided fireplace and each side looks like it belongs in a magazine.  I will make sure to take lots of pictures when we go to her house for a dinner party on Christmas day.  Check back Christmas night for those pictures!  In the meantime, enjoy these elegant mantels.

Hope you are having a wonderful Christmas season so far.....the best is yet to come! Only 10 more days!

December 14, 2010

Our Christmas Tree

Welcome! I finally got around to decorating my tree and decided that I needed a Christmas tree make-over.  So I hopped in my car and headed over to Crate and Barrel for ornaments and Pottery Barn for a new treeskirt.  Yes, I spent a good penny and I still need more ornaments to fill up the tree, but I'm happy with the update.  Decorators usually like to change things frequently and I'm one of them.  It drives my hubby crazy, but after so many years of marriage bliss, he knows what to expect.  Thanks hunny!  With that said, I took a few pictures here and there of my home to share with you.  Hope you enjoy your visit!

December 13, 2010

Wintery Wreaths

Here's a few festive wintery wreaths that I found over at Country Living.  There's one for everyone's liking. Cheers!

Merry Mantels

     I'm looking forward to building a fireplace in my home one day soon and these beautiful mantels decorated for Christmas are such an inspiration to me.  I think the first mantel from Southern Accents is the merriest.  Which one is your favorite?

Southern Accents

December 12, 2010

Gweneth Paltrow: Mexican Dinner, Family Style

In my house we have a Mexican family style dinner all the time and the kids enjoy it very much. They get to make their own taco or tortilla wraps and everyone's happy! We've even had friends and family over for my husband's fajita dinner and it always seems to be a hit!

I found this great video over at Gweneth Paltrow's online newsletter GOOP. She cooks up a yummy Mexican dinner using shrimp. It's fun to watch other people, especially celebrities, make a great family dinner. Way to go Gweneth! You seem to be a great cook!

December 11, 2010

Tory Burch: Beauty Tips

A Natural Glow

Why we love it: A sun-kissed complexion looks right any time of year.

Beauty tip: Powder bronzers are more natural looking and easy to apply. Choose a matte or slight shimmering powder. Using a large flat bronzer brush, dust color onto the apples of your cheeks, nose, chin and neck.

High Gloss Hair

Why we love it: High-gloss hair is the ultimate accessory, and it looks good on everyone.

Beauty tip: Get weightless, healthy shine by using a quality hairbrush with natural bristles. (Our favorite brush is the beauty industry standard: Mason Pearson.) If you still want more shine, work a pea-sized dab of shine serum into the mid-lengths and ends of hair.

Visit Tory Burch's Chic Blog.

December 09, 2010

Outdoor Christmas Trees

Coastal Living Magazine has lovely ideas for decorating an outdoor tree.  I think it's wonderful change, especially if you are hosting a Christmas gathering.  What better way to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful Christmas tree lights while enjoying the company of your friends and family.  Have any of you ever had a tree outside?

December 08, 2010

Beach-Inspired Christmas

If you love the beach like I do, you may want to display your beach finds this holiday season.  I use most of my shells and found objects in my decor all year round, especially Christmas.  Here are a few inspirational photos that I found at Better Home and Gardens to help you get started. 

If you have starfish already, all you need is ribbon to create this look with candles.

December 07, 2010

Holiday Place Settings using Basic White China

I was so happy to have found this inspiration for using my white china for the holidays.  House Beautiful sent Pottery Barn PB White place settings to 15 designers and told them, "make it your own".  Here are just a few inspirations that I found lovely.

December 06, 2010

Martha Stewart Christmas Craft Ideas

Martha Stewart always has festive easy crafts ideas for Christmas. These are adorable and I thought I would share them with you.

Gum Drop Pops: How To

December 03, 2010

Fun Friday Links

Fun Friday Links is back and I am excited to share with you these great blogs that have such beautiful ideas to help us decorate for Christmas. Have a wonderful Friday and safe weekend!

Honey We're Home: Christmas Vignette

Nestled in the Mountains

As much as I love living near the coast....I love being nestled in the mountains.  Some of our favorite summer destinations have included staying in beautiful cabins and enjoying the fresh air high up in the mountains.  I found this photo at Architectural Digest.  The home is located in Telluride, Colorado and it looks picture perfect!

You can view before and after photos of the building process of this home at Architectural Digest.

Check back here today for Fun Friday Links!

December 02, 2010

Tory Burch Resort 2011

I've posted a preview of Tory Burch's new Resort Line for 2011 recently, but here's more I came across today.  Don't you just love the colors? Wish I had a ski trip planned! Anyway....there are other items in her line that that I can wear this winter even if I'm not going on a ski the puffer coat and the black ski pants.  What's your favorite?

Red and Green Christmas

House Beautiful has, well ....beautiful ideas online to use red and green for your Christmas decorations.  I love the festive twist they used in making different areas of the Greenwich home they decorated bright and very Christmasy.  Are you using red and green this Christmas?  I am!

Would you decorate with feathers? I'm not sure I would, but I do think this mantel looks interesting.

More photos at House Beautiful.

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