Friday, December 30, 2011

Friday Foodday: New Year's Eve

Happy last Friday of 2011! I wish you a safe and happy weekend. Today is a special Friday Foodday with specialty cocktails!

Champagne Punch
c/o Food Network
  • 1 can (20-ounce) crushed pineapple in heavy syrup
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) chilled inexpensive brut Champagne
In a large punch bowl or pitcher, stir pineapple, lemon juice, cherry juice, rum, and brandy to blend. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Add Champagne just before serving. 

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail
  •     1-ounce cranberry juice (sweetened)
  •     1 wedge lime
  •     Champagne or sparkling wine
  •     Cranberries (fresh or frozen)
In a chilled Champagne flute add cranberry juice and a squeeze of lime. Top off the glass with Champagne. Garnish with 3 or 4 cranberries.

Pear Champagne Cocktail
c/o Goodbooze
Chilled champagne
Pear Brandy
Fresh pear, chopped (remove the skin first, if you like, but we don’t)
Turbinado (raw) sugar

Drop a few pieces of pear into the bottom of a champagne flute and sprinkle some sugar over the top. Let sit for a few minutes while the sugar softens, then pour 1 ounce of pear brandy over the pear. Allow to macerate for 15 minutes, then top with chilled champagne. 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

NYE Accents

Hey lovebugs! Are you ready for 2012? Today I thought we would look at some fabulous accents to add to your LBD for New Year's Eve.

If you aren't usually brave with your headbands during the year; NYE is the best excuse to go big or go home.

I absolutely love this belt, it's flashy and fabulous in all the right ways.

I love color around the face and these beauties are perfect for a big night.

Stella and Dot, Soiree Trio Ring, $49
Hello glamorous.

What are your NYE plans? Dressing up or down? Even if you're in pjs, wear some bling for fun!

Be fabulous today!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Capital Ken: Travel Accessories

Hello! I’m happy to be back doing another guest post for Kelsey. This week, I have concentrated on pieces for your man who is “on the go.” The first items are briefcases. I like this first one as I believe it is a classic look – not too casual but not too stuffy.

Kenneth Cole, A Brief History, $70

With this next one, you can be right in style, but still stand out from the crowd. These are showing up in a lot of ads, probably due to the popularity of the television show, “Mad Men.” Instead of the typical black, why not consider aluminum? 

Aluminum Notebook Laptop Computer Travel Briefcase Executive Attache, $39

I wanted to include this next one because these “loose” handles are very popular right now. This one is a simple design for nearly any professional. 

Mercury Luggage Signature Portfolio with Shoulder Straps, $43

Finally, for a little color and for those of you who might be looking for a bag with less structure, this is a terrific option with several color options. I like the saddle color, as I feel it goes with almost everything. 

As an added feature, I wanted to add a few travel accessories. If your man is on the go a lot, as I am, there are a few items that might make his life on the road a bit easier. The first is a travel tray. It might not sound like a necessity, but it certainly helps in a strange hotel room to keep change, keys, wallet, etc., in ONE place. This one unsnaps at the corners to lie flat for packing.

And finally, this is a great piece to pack just in case the loafers are expected to trudge through any climates with bad weather. Road salt can ruin even the finest leather. And, this mini kit won’t take up too much room.   

Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday Foodday

Happy Christmas Eve Eve lovebugs! I hope you don't mind but The Capital Barbie will be taking a vacation until Wednesday. So see you next week. I hope you have a safe and happy holiday this weekend.

Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallows
c/o Table for Two
Large marshmallows
Chocolate chips
Peppermint candy canes

  1. In a small pot, fill halfway with water and bring to gentle boil. Put a glass bowl on top and melt your chocolate chips, make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
  2. In a plastic bag, put your candy canes in and take a rolling pin or the back of a wooden spoon and crush the candy canes into pieces.
  3. Poke the lollipop sticks through the middle of each marshmallow.
  4. Take the marshmallow and dip it in the melted chocolate then sprinkle the candy cane pieces on top of the chocolate. Set aside to cool completely.
Roasted Onion, Garlic, Peppered Almonds
c/o Kitchen Bellicious
3 TBSP oil
1 TBSP parsley
1 TBSP onion salt
1 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
1 tsp black poppy seeds
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
3 cups of unsalted almonds

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat and carefully add all ingredients except the almonds. Cook stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes add the almonds and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels until cooled completely. Spoon nut mixture into a plastic bag until ready to serve. Makes approx 3 cups.
Sugar Donut Muffings
c/o Annie Bakes
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup milk (low fat is fine)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar, for topping

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a muffin tin with cooking spray (I used a mini-muffin tin).  In a large bowl, beat together the sugar and egg until light in color.  In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.  Pour into egg mixture and stir to combine.  Pour in vegetable oil, milk and vanilla extract.  Divide batter evenly into the muffin cups (I used a small ice cream scoop), filling each about 3/4 full.  Bake for 12-14 minutes (15-18 minutes if using large muffin tins).  When muffins are done, lightly brush the tops with the melted butter and dip into a bowl of sugar.  Cool on a wire rack.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holiday Jammies

I'm feeling cozy and warm today because I'm thinking about what I wear on Christmas morning.  Pjs, pajamas, jammies, the ultimate outfit. How do you style Christmas morning? Here are some of my picks.

Gotta love a comfy flannel pj set. Target does this one just right.

Nordstrom, Ugg Rylan Knit Slipper, $99
I believe in investing in good slippers. Otherwise you have 85 pairs of cheap poor quality ones.

These are so cute, the lining is unexpected and playful.

Aerie, Striped robe, $39
This is so adorable and perfect for a Saturday morning coffee and bagel.

What do you wear for Christmas morning? Sweats, pjs, real clothing? Whatever it is I hope it's comfy!

Be fabulous today!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Crystal and Baubles

Hey there lovebugs,
Today I'm feeling glamorous but on a budget which means costume jewelry! What is your favorite spot to shop for baubles and jewels? Here are some of my favorite pieces.

These are perfect for jeans or an LBD, they also come in a darker color.

Flashy and fun, perfect for all year-round!

This is so funky and glamorous at the same time. 

This is so timeless and classic. I love it.

So where do you hunt for deals for shiny things? Etsy? Vintage?

Be fabulous today!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Seasonal Nail Polish

Hey lovebugs! It's holiday time and that means fun nail polish options are upon us! Glitter, holiday reds, and greens! Here are some of my favorites, including one I"m wearing right now!

So this may or may not be from the Burlesque series from OPI, but I'm not ashamed. This is my favorite nail polish ever.

Essie, Scarlet O'Hara, $8
This is the perfect deep cranberry color for Christmas.

Mac, Studded (matte), $15
I love the matte effect of this polish! So chic.

OPI, Gone Gonzo! $3
This is fabulous for New Years!

What are you sporting on your nails for the holidays? Anything flashy and fun?

Be fabulous today!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Guest Post: Last Minute Gifts!

Hello Capital Barbie readers!  We are Kelli & Lisa from Bud & Leo and we’re thrilled to be swapping posts with Kelsey today!  As a fellow DC girl (Lisa) I have loved Kelsey’s blog since the day I found it!  So, now onto our last minute gift ideas… hopefully you have finished shopping but if you forgot anyone (eek!) we have a few ideas for you and broke them into his/her options!

For Him

Thanks again for having us Kelsey and please come see us sometime at Bud & Leo .  Have a very Merry Christmas everyone and enjoy your time with family and friends!  

Xo Kelli & Lisa

Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday Foodday

Happy Friday everyone! One week until Christmas! I hope you have a great weekend!

Spicy Thai Noodles
c/o Stephanie Cooks
1 box fettucini or linguine
1-2 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup oil (vegetable or half vegetable half sesame)
6 tbsp honey
6 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 cup green onions
2 carrots, peeled and shredded
1/2 cup cilantro
3/4 cup crushed peanuts
1- Cook pasta according to package, set aside.
2- Meanwhile, heat the oil with the red pepper flakes for about 5 minutes. Strain pepper flakes, reserving the oil.
3- Whisk the honey and soy sauce into the oil.
4- Toss in the pasta and coat well. 
5- At this point you can decide if you want this served hot or cold. If you want it cold, refrigerate until ready to serve, then toss in the remaining ingredients prior to serving. If hot, add in the carrots, onions, cilanto, and peanuts, stirring well. 

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup
3 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. flour
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 cups milk (I used 2%)
1 can (10 oz) of enchilada sauce
1 can (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14.5 oz) Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies
1 package (10 oz) frozen corn
1 medium onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
8 chicken tenderloins or 2 whole chicken breasts

  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium low heat and stir in the flour until smooth and bubbly.
  2. Remove from heat and add in the chicken broth and 1/2 cup of milk, stirring to make sure there are no lumps.
  3. Return to heat and bring to a gentle boil, stirring until it thickens. Then in a large bowl, whisk in the enchilada sauce and the chicken broth mixture.
  4. Continue to whisk the mixture as you add the rest of the milk.
  5. In a crockpot, combine the beans, tomatoes, frozen corn, onions, and green peppers.
  6. Place the chicken tenderloins or breasts on top of this mixture.
  7. Pour the sauce you just made over the chicken & veggie ingredients in the crockpot.
  8. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  9. Right before serving, take out the chicken and shred it. Then add it back into the pot and mix to combine well.
  10. You can top this with whatever cheese you like and whatever toppings (olives, guacamole, sour cream, etc.)
Sugar Cookie Bars
c/o Annie Bakes
2 sticks butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups flour
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a large jelly pan.  In a mixer, cream the butter and sugar together. Then add eggs 1 at a time until incorporated, but don't over mix.  Add vanilla.  Then slowly add the flour, salt and baking soda.  Pour into the pan and spread it out using your hands.  Bake for 12-15 minutes or until slightly golden.  Let cool.


4 cups of powdered sugar and add milk to it by the tablespoonful until creamy.  Add food coloring if you so desire.


It List!

The IT list is signing off for 2011... But we'll be back in 2012!
Enjoy these links in the meantime!
  • good clean fun whips up a batch of apple banana pancakes - these have Christmas Break breakfast written all over them! Yum! (find good clean fun on twitter!)
  • the posh blog whips up what looks to be the easiest and tastiest cocktail ever - perfect for Christmas brunch or New Years Eve.  (find the posh blog on twitter!)
  • the capital barbie has a round up of Christmas gifts that you can give that give back.  I love this idea, check out her picks! (find the capital barbie on twitter!)
  • life told by leslie is sporting an adorable leopard print cardigan. I've got to get one of these - see how she styled it! 
  • free to be stacia lee is looking adorable in this casual chic outfit - check out her cute boots! (find free to be stacia lee on twitter!)
  • suze wears clothes has fallen in love... with her scarf. I don't blame her!  Check it out. (find suze wears clothes on twitter!)
  • gs lillian is looking rainy-day-chic, which isn't easy to do!  Check out her adorable outfit and red (!!!) shoes. (find gs lillian on twitter!)
  • a spot of whimsy is our resident ballet-enthusiast (love it!)... she's headed to the Nutcracker performance but left some eye candy for us. Swoon!  (find a spot of whimsy on twitter!)
  • second street east has a really easy and fun Christmas ornament diy. I love this idea and that you can personalize it to suit your decor and taste! (find second street east on twitter!)
  • the daily be is going "western" in this adorable outfit... check it out and you've got to see her sweet boots! (find the daily be on twitter!)
  • the tiemann girls have a really fun way to give the gift of cash this holiday season.  See how they do it!
  • so much to smile about is your go-to source for holiday beauty.  Check out her tips and tricks! (find so much to smile about on twitter!)
  • sweetie pie style rounds up her favorite Christmas decor inspiration and includes this really fun idea for a tasty appetizer that I totally want to try! (find sweetie pie style on twitter!)
  • rachael, really is looking absolutely gorgeous in winter white and red for the holidays. Go check out her outfit and steal it for Christmas - I might! (find rachael, really on twitter!)
the IT list is produced weekly by Jill of good life, for information on how you can be involved, click here!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cold Ears

Lovebugs, is it getting colder where you are? Is the walk to work or from the car to the office a little more freezing than last week? It's time to bundle up, and to do so I always need a pair of great earmuffs. Hats do not lead to a good hair day.

Kate Spade, Baby its cold earmuffs, $65
Gotta love Kate. Such a simple yet versatile piece!

Ok well this is brilliant. Plug in and turn on the Nsync Christmas music.

I love the pink and black, so simple.

Gotta have my tweed. And Rugby does tweed better than anyone.

So are you a hat person in the winter, or maybe a hood? Earmuffs also make great stocking stuffers!

Be fabulous today!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Colored Cords

I love corduroys for the cold weather. They're cozy, they go with everything and you can always find a fit just for you. But today let's talk colored cords.

Ralph Lauren, Tanya Stretch Classic Corduroy, $75
Oh I love these red ones! Perfect for the holidays!

These mustard yellow cords are just fabulous, I'd wear them with everything!

Forever 21, classic corduroy pants, $19
Well you certainly can't beat the price on these. and the fit is so sassy.

Les Halles, Corduroy Bell Pants, $70
These designer pants are just beautiful, the cut and the color are lovely. The rich navy are perfect for winter.

Do you love cords in the cold weather? I find them a great piece to mix in with the jean rotation.

Be fabulous today!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Shabby Apple Giveaway Winner!

The winner of the Shabby Apple giveaway is.................

Ashley J! I will be emailing you shortly!

Giving for Good

Hey lovebugs,
Today we're talking about gift giving for the holiday but something a little different, giving that helps those in need.  These gifts in particular benefit various charities in Africa, a place close to my heart because both my sister and my little have spent some time there helping others.

Krochet Kids International, Love Africa V Tee, $22
This tee is so cute and it helps fund a group that educates women in Uganda.

Mudlove, Courage, $5
This bracelet comes in different styles like 'believe', 'love'. Every $5 spent gives a child clean water for a year.

Invisible Children, Willow Knot, $44
This beautiful necklace was made in Uganda. Just a great piece.

Lubuto Library Project, Scarves, $60
These fun scarves come in various colors and your purchase benefits the Lubuto children in sub-Saharan Africa.

So when you're doing your holiday shopping, you can also do a little good!
Be fabulous today!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Don't Forget!

Don't forget to enter the Shabby Apple giveaway!
You can win this fabulous necklace "Mad Hatter's Time Keeper"

Click here for the original post to enter! Contest closes tomorrow!

Capital Ken: Men's Scarves

Scarves can keep your man warm when you’re not around. Consider this versatile collection for holiday gift-giving.

Silk scarves aren’t just for the theatre or the opera. They not only add an element of je ne sais quoi, but they’re surprisingly warm. Treat your man to one!

Banana Republic, Two-tone rib-knit Scarf, $49.50
This is a great scarf for almost all occasions. It comes in two colors, and both go with everything!

L.L.Bean, Irish Cashmere Scarf, Tartan, $59.50
Every man needs a casual plaid scarf. The small tartan plaid isn’t overpowering, plus it’s cashmere!