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November 2011

How To: Arrange Your Own Bouquet Perfect for a Fall Centerpiece!

Travel Inside and Out All About Ireland and Williamsburg

In our November issue you will find fantastic features, reviews, recipes, and DIY pieces. November is the month when it truly begins to feel like fall and we highlight that feeling in this issue with our fall inspired recipes—perfect for breakfast all year round, but especially during fall—and our fall themed DIY bouquet. The month of November is also the perfect time to transition into the holiday season—when preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas it’s best to get an early start—and we hope to help you prepare with all of our reviews (great for potential gifts) and our glamorous trend page (fabulous for any holiday get-together). As always, we seek to provide you with advice and inspiration for your home, style, and self. Enjoy the November issue! —Erika


This issue of The Nest is filled with fun treats from all over the globe to let your mind wander. Fall is always a wonderful season and we had a ton of fun with ideas to really enjoy the weather and the atmosphere. From taking a chance to explore, be it in your own backyard or off to a foreign country (we hear Ireland is great this time of year!), or maybe getting in some ―fall cleaning‖ and redesign a room in your home (don’t miss our profile of whimsical designer Emily Henderson for some fabulous ideas) we have all the right things to soak up the most of the season. Perhaps even take a break from your busy schedule and catch a flick or jam to some tunes. We have the perfect suggestions for both. And most importantly, have fun! Autumn is an amazing time, when the weather can be cool and nature is at its most beautiful and vibrant. Enjoy it! —Leah









Our Idiot Brother Rating: R Rank: Ned (Paul Rudd) is an organic farmer who, with an idealistic attitude, seeks out the best in others and has a habit of speaking with the utmost honesty. After his lack of common sense lands him in jail, his girlfriend kicks him out of their home and he is forced to seek out the help of his family. Ned’s three sisters, Liz (Emily Mortimer), Miranda (Elizabeth Banks), and Natalie (Zooey Deschanel), take turns offering their homes as a temporary harbor. Though Ned’s unusual tendencies and idiosyncrasies disrupt his family’s day-to-day lives and create several difficult situations, his family learns that Ned’s optimism may not be the most idiotic thing after all. In ―Our Idiot Brother‖ Paul Rudd brings a new kind of comedy to the screen. The movie is certainly laugh-out-loud funny, but for reasons other than immature comments and adults acting like children. ―Our Idiot Brother‖ plays on comical aspects of human nature and family interaction. 50/50 Rating: R Rank: Adam Lerner (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a 25-year-old working at a radio station, leads an average life. He has a girlfriend, Rachel (Bryce Dallas Howard), and a best friend, Kyle (Seth Rogan), who each add an interesting dynamic to his life. However, Adam’s life is turned upside-down when he decides to visit a doctor and is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. At first, Adam is shocked that this could happen to him, as he always taken the safe route—never getting his driving license to avoid accidents and waiting to cross the street until it is designated. Adam comes to terms with his situation, presents the news to his family, and begins to undergo treatment. Along the way, Adam’s relationship with his girlfriend hits the rocks and he meets Katie (Anna Kendrick), a doctoral student who helps him cope with his treatment process. The process of fighting for his life shows Adam what is truly important and allows him to appreciate what he previously took for granted. 50/50 is a film falling into the category of a ―Dramedy.‖ Watching this film will bring a tear to your eye and a chuckle to your heart. Joseph Gordon Levitt does a fantastic job depicting a young cancer patient, battling both the illness and his inability to come to terms with what is happening. Seth Rogan adds his comedic touch to the film, creating relief in otherwise tense moments.


500 Days of Summer Rating: PG-13 Rating: An unlikely adventure, which we are constantly reminded is ―not a love story,‖ 500 Days of Summer follows the path of Tom Hansen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) as he embarks on a, you guessed it, 500-day journey of meeting, falling in love with, and having his heart crushed by Summer Finn (Zooey Deschanel), an intriguing girl who suddenly enters his life. Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel’s chemistry is undeniable and their performances solidify their images as darlings of the Indie film industry. As the film progresses, Tom slowly builds up the pedestal on which he places Summer, first longing after her, and then obsessing over their time together. While their relationship is deteriorating around them, he exists in his own fantasy world, completely looking past obvious cues of what is to come. A blindsided Tom’s heart is eventually crushed to pieces by Summer, in a turn that would seem a heartbreaking end to this non-love story, but the subtle hilarity that ensues throughout the movie leaves the viewer feeling content. Tom’s unconventional support group, a foul-mouthed, straight-talking tweenage sister, and two friends whose clueless advice serves only to frustrate and confuse him, provide comic relief to the film (not to mention Summer’s blunt, tell-it-like-it-is demeanor). The film is entertaining. Unlike most rom-coms currently being churned out by Hollywood, with plots that are decipherable after viewing the trailer, 500 Days of Summer leaves you guessing. Tom and Summer’s story is unique, and even more original is the way it is told. The film draws the viewer in and, something rarely found in film these days, leaves you genuinely wanting more. LevittGordon and Deschanel are true stars in this film, giving life to words and script in their own unique way.


Artist: The Avett Brothers Album: I and Love and You Rating: With a combination of rock and the twang of folk, The Avett Brothers create an easy listening experience with their album I and Love and You. The Avett Brothers, comprised of Scott and Seth, bassist Bob Crawford, and cellist Joe Kwon, have recently grown from the Indie scene to the mainstream spotlight. With their album I and Love and You, The Avett Brothers portray the common musical theme of love in an interesting and beautiful way. More than just skimming the surface of a theme such as love, the way many pop artists do today, The Avett Brothers explore the depth and romance of the subject. The harmonious lyrics and fluid instrumentals envelop the listener in a soothing experience.

Artist: Kings of Leon Album: Only by the Night Rating: While critics and fans alike may have split feelings on the fourth album to be put out by the Kings of Leon, everyone can agree that the tracks put out on Only by the Night pack a powerful punch in a short period of time. This alternative rock band uses heartfelt melodies and thoughtfully composed lyrics to relate to listeners, and does so successfully at that. The band strikes a chord with an unusual sound quality that perks up the ears. Singles like ―Use Somebody‖ and ―Sex on Fire‖ are fan favorites that showcase lead singer Caleb’s unusual voice. While this quartet of all-in-the-family musicians may be taking a break from the music world, they have proven that they are a band to watch, and their music a fanloving favorite that will keep anyone wanting more.


Artist: Mumford & Sons Album: Sigh No More Rating: On a technical level, Mumford & Sons’ debut album Sigh No More, may have not lived up to critics ratings, containing repetitive melodies and track structures, but for the listener, the album delivers ear-pleasing tracks that are both dramatic and fun. The lyrics in this freshman album pack a delightful punch, delivering a passion that isn’t often felt. And while the lyrics may not seem to make complete sense (―Little Lion Man?‖), they intrigue the listener, and surely leave one longing for more. Songs like ―Liar‖ and ―Awake My Soul‖ deliver powerful buildups of melody and beat that feel dramatic and fulfilling. Whether looking for inspiration or comfort in song, or perhaps just some fun for your ears, Mumford and Sons ―Sigh No More‖ is catchy and exciting—we recommend a listen.


Restaurant: Season 52 Location: 160 N Gulf Road Suit 101 King of Prussia, PA 19406 Food: Seasonal Price: $$$ Rating:

Season 52 brings fresh ingredients and award winning recipes together to create a fusion of flavors that reflects the current season. Best of all, everything on the menu is under 475 calories. Portion sizes are moderate and the flavors pack a powerful punch that makes this restaurant a can’t miss. A combination of their inspiration from the four seasons and the fifty-two weeks in a year, Season 52 is a delicious chain that can be found nationwide. The restaurant offers rich, succulent dishes ranging from salmon or shrimp to chicken or lamb, always complemented with a fresh selection of vegetables and greens. The menu’s constant evolution makes dining a unique experience with every visit and the unusual way of serving dessert, a concept called ―mini-indulgences,‖ offers a choice in miniature portions of classic treats like Key Lime Pie or Strawberry Shortcake. Season 52 turns run of the mill dining into an experience to please the senses: well worth a trip for your next night out.


Restaurant: Cara Mia Location: 645 9th Avenue New York City, New York 10036 Food: Italian Price: $$ Rating:

Cara Mia creates a fantastically homey environment with delectable dishes and an accommodating wait staff. Upon being seated the waiter asks if you are attending a show that evening – the restaurant is conveniently located just a few blocks away from Broadway—and they are quite accommodating to your schedule. A tremendous list of specials is announced and you are given just the right amount of time to review the menu. After placing your order, a plate of bruschetta, a piece for each member of your party, as well as a variety of freshly baked breads, with olive oil for dipping, is presented to your table. Appetizers and entrées are served in a timely manner – a homemade pasta dish is recommended for your entrée. If you manage to save room, do not pass up the opportunity to try Cara Mia’s homemade desserts. The tiramisu, a classic Italian dessert, is light and not overly saturated with liqueur. And, of course, you can never go wrong with a trio of gelatos to end your meal. While taking in the experience at Cara Mia be prepared to sit very close to your fellow diners—while this may sound like a negative aspect, it is not uncomfortable; instead, it feels as though you are sitting around the dinner table with family during the holidays. Cara Mia is a classic Italian restaurant from the food to the décor—ciao down!


Book: Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights Author: Jessica Kerwin Jenkins Rating: In Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights author Jessica Kerwin Jenkins makes the activity of reading an encyclopedia a surprisingly enjoyable experience. Covering a variety of topics from A to Z, Jenkins draws attention to subjects that bring a smile to her face; she highlights topics that she has come across in her years that give her a sense of joy. In each entry she details the history and evolution of a different topic in a unique style that provides readers with newfound insight into topics ranging from art, beauty, and fashion, to quirky household objects and food. Readers will learn how things such as the hot air balloon, gelato, and the Japanese folding fan came into existence. You will never want to put this encyclopedia down!

Book: One Hundred Years of Solitude Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez Rating: A telling story of the Buendia Family, a clan that spans multiple generations. Set in the fictional village of Macondo, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a magical realism novel that demonstrates the effects of time and consequences of failure to acknowledge your mistakes. While the story deals with love and adventure, beginning with Jose Arcadio and Ursula Buendia’s relationship that later blossoms into the Buendia family, it is primarily a chronicle of characters’ lives. Marquez bends time the novel, including characters that live extraordinarily long lives and are capable of cheating death. Outrageous happenings take place in Macondo, but the characters are strangely unaffected. While the novel incorporates different themes, it emphasizes the effect of the past on the characters, and their inability to learn from it. One Hundred Years of Solitude is beautifully written and is the perfect wintertime read.


Add wooden embellishments with a white finish and antique feel. Or, create sharp contrast with a polished structured bed frame. Differences in decorative material can create a unique finished product and getting creative with your dĂŠcor allows you to add a personal touch.

Crisp white decorating is an easy trick to expand the look of your room. Keeping a clean palette can be a fun way to change up your chosen room with out creating a crazy design scheme. Crème colors with subtle textures are on trend this season as warm temperatures give way to a cooler season. Using different patterned and textured elements in the design of your room can add depth easily. The key is using neutral materials, such as a tan throw over your bed or embossed fabrics to upholster a couch.


Piccolo Clutch Available at Anthropologie $68.00 Faux Fur Cossack Hat Available at ASOS $26.00

Polished Platinum Dress Available at Anthropologie - $388.00


Love the glamour of the 1920s? Want to get all gussied-up for the holidays this season? Then these pieces are a great place to start! Glamorous looks are designed for the holiday season when every woman wants to sparkle and shine. So, start your search early for your ideal glamorous party dress and you will be sure to be the best dressed gal in the room!

Spangled Moderne Shift Dress Available at Anthropologie $258.00

Treasure Beach Necklace Available at ModCloth $17.99

Gussied Up Heel Available at ModCloth -$42.99



When stepping through the doors of Anthropologie you are consumed by the atmosphere of an ―unimagined experience.‖ With seemingly endless amounts of space, Anthropologie entertains its customers and envelops them in a comfortable shopping experience. The store utilizes its vast amount of retail space to create a magical take on a French flea market. Established in 1992, in Wayne, Pennsylvania, Anthropologie is a chain of stores known for its attention to detail and handcrafted artistry. The in-store visuals and window displays are the star of the show at every Anthropologie location. The window displays are crafted entirely of handmade, natural, and recycled materials, and are assembled during store hours so that shoppers can watch as the masterpieces are assembled. Anthropologie was designed for women 28 to 45 years old who are drawn to feminine, whimsical, and eclectic styles. The retailer aims to make women feel beautiful, hopeful, and connected through a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Anthropologie shoppers visit the store to escape; they visit the store for inspiration and delight. The store features merchandise in the categories of apparel, accessories, shoes, beauty, home furnishings, found objects, gifts, and décor. The unique category of ―found objects‖ features one-of-a-kind objects collected from around the world, used for decorating in the store, that are available for purchase. A new service provided by Anthropologie is that of personal shopping. The personal shoppers at Anthropologie provide the complimentary service of presenting fashion, home, décor, and gift consultations to customers. Customers have the option of booking an in-store appointment with these knowledgeable employees or simply seeking them out while shopping in the store. Another distinguishing feature of Anthropologie stores is their ―Anthro‖ card. This card, unlike other retailer’s store cards, does not serve the same purpose as a credit card. The ―Anthro‖ card is designed to keep track of customers’ receipts and make the return and exchange processes easier and more accurate.

In keeping up with today’s technology, Anthropologie has a developed an app for the iPad. The Anthropologie app allows users to interact with clothing, accessories, and home décor. Users have the ability to utilize shopping tools, exclusive videos, and category images. To attract industry professionals, Anthropologie offers the ―House & Home Trade Program.‖ This program is available to qualified architects, interior designers, and decorating professionals. Those who are qualified are able to enjoy preferred access to a variety of merchandise at an exclusive price. With no minimum purchase required, members of the ―House & Home Trade Program‖ receive a 15% discount for all purchased products. With so many unique features – including merchandise assortment, visual aesthetic, services, and features – Anthropologie truly lives up to its mission of providing its shoppers with an ―unimagined experience.‖



Water Gel Beads Scissors (kitchen strength) Wide Vase Ribbon (complementary color to flowers) Flowers (five kinds)

Line Flowers – These are flowers with a tall, narrow appearance. They are used to determine the arrangement’s height and width. Possible choices for line flowers include gladioli, delphiniums, freesias.

Focal Flowers – These flowers are true to their name; they are the largest flowers in the arrangement and serve as the focal point. Examples of focal flowers include roses, lilies, and hydrangeas.


Textured Flowers – These are flowers that are used to add visual interest. They are smaller than the focal flowers and generally have several flowers per stem. For textured flowers you could use carnations.

Filler Flowers – These flowers are used to fill in the gaps in the arrangement and add fullness. Filler flowers typically have small blossoms and grow in clusters. Flowers used for this purpose include baby’s breath, feverfew, and pompon.

Greens – These stems are also used to fill in blank space in your arrangement, but greens mostly serve the purpose of creating a background for the arrangement.


Prepare your vase by filling it with the water gems. Use your chosen line flowers to determine the height and width of your arrangement. Place the stem used to determine the height in the middle of the arrangement. Next, use two more stems to determine the width and place them on either side of the arrangement. The stems used to create the width should be shorter than the stem used to create the height. This will create a triangle shape.


Next, position your selected focal flowers around the center of the arrangement, as well as slightly lower than the center. This will give weight to your arrangement and provide balance.


The third step is to use your textured flowers to surround the focal flowers. This adds dimension to your arrangement.


Now, use the filler flowers to fill the empty spaces in the arrangement. The filler flowers can be placed anywhere; place them around the front, sides, and middle.

The last step in assembling your arrangement is to place the greens around the back side. This creates an attractive backdrop for the arrangement.


For the finishing touch, wrap a strand of ribbon around the vase and tie it in a bow. And, voila! You now have a beautiful, homemade, flower arrangement. Display it on your kitchen table, in your living room, or anywhere in your home to add a warm touch!



Materials:  Light, opaque nail polish (white or beige work best)  Clear Topcoat  Rubbing Alcohol  Cotton Rounds  Newspaper Steps: 1. Prepare your nails. Remove any existing nail polish, etc. 2. Rip off ten small pieces of newspaper (large enough to cover each nail) heavily covered in print. 3. Paint two coats of nail polish; let dry. 4. Saturate a cotton round with rubbing alcohol. Place the tear of newspaper on the cotton round and directly onto your nail. Apply pressure for thirty seconds. 5. Peel back the cotton round and piece of newspaper. 6. Immediately paint a clear topcoat over your newsprint nail. 7. Repeat for each nail. (Each cotton round can be used several times.)

Materials:  Light colored nail polish (white, beige, lavender, clear, etc.)  Black nail polish  Clear Topcoat Steps: 1. Prepare your nails. Remove any existing nail polish, etc. 2. Paint two coats of your chosen color of nail polish. Let dry. 3. Using the black nail polish, paint a diagonal stroke from the outside edge up toward the center. Repeat on the opposite side of the nail. 4. Repeat for remaining nails and finish with a clear topcoat.


Materials:  Clear nail polish (Clear Topcoat will work)  Colored sparkle nail polish Steps: 1. Prepare your nails. Remove any existing nail polish, etc. 2. Paint your nails with a coat of the clear nails polish. 3. Focus on the top half of your nails, and paint that area with a coat of the sparkle nail polish. You may paint two coats of sparkle in order to enhance the effect. 4. Repeat for each nail. 5. Finish your nails with a clear topcoat.

Essie - Room With A View $8.00

Essie - Au Natural $8.00


Essie - Blanc $8.00

Essie - Jazz $8.00

Essie - Licorice $8.00

Kate Middleton, a media darling who has demonstrated everything to do right in the public eye, has a classic haircut and style to match her timeless image. Even better, she’s a modern day woman how knows how to style her own hair.

Modern Pollyanna Half up, half down: done right. The look is simple and easy, requiring little effort. The finished product is clean and charming. What you need: Medium barrel curling iron, pins, hair elastic, and hairspray How to do it: Work around the head entirely, curling 1-2 inch section of hair at a time. Spray lightly as you go. Secure all of the hair in the back with elastic, forming a low base pony-tail. Use pins to prevent straying hairs. Minimally coat with hairspray to hold.

Wedding Romance A take on the Pollyanna style, this ―do‖ combines and pinning the hair up and large, fairy tale curls. What you need: Large barrel curling iron, pins, and hairspray. How to do it: Start with unwashed hair, brushed through and untangled. After lightly coating the entire head with a layer of hairspray, curl 3-inch sections of hair, working around the entire head. Only work on the ends of the hair, to create fuller curls. Pin back pieces from the front, securing with 3-4 pins. Coat with an additional layer of spray to ensure longevity.

Relaxed Waves While a polished look, this hairstyle flows free and with soft waves that frame the face. What you need: Large barrel curling iron, fine tooth comb, mousse, and hairspray. How to do it: After combing through the hair to rid tangles, apply a dollop of mousse to encourage volume. Curl the ends of the hair only, using the iron, and carefully comb through the ends to encourage relaxation. Spray generously with hairspray to hold.




Ireland, a country rich in culture and history, has been drawing visitors from around the world for years. An island located to the west of Europe, Ireland has been transformed by centuries worth of history into destinations and traditions that have shaped the country’s culture. From Dublin to Tipperary, and the Blarney Stone to the Giant’s Causeway, Ireland offers up a vast collection of experiences waiting to be had by both global nomads and the curious average Jane alike. Ireland is known for its attractions. The country’s centuries of history makes it a vacation destination worth visiting to immerse into another culture. History is tucked into every corner, waiting to be discovered. Forget about tropical beaches, Ireland offers up breathtaking views of nature, and the chance to stand among castles and artifacts that date back to centuries long past. Never mind being housed in an entrapping, standardized hotel, Ireland’s best inns welcome tourists with open arms. Friendly locals encourage unique getaways by housing tourist in family run Bed and Breakfasts that allow an immersive experience straight into the country’s culture. A trip to Ireland promises memories and experiences that cannot be had anywhere else. Don’t Miss: The Blarney Stone: A beloved tourist attraction that has been kissed by millions, The Blarney Stone, in Cork, Ireland, is a slab of bluestone said to hold magic powers. Upon kissing the stone, one will be blessed with the gift of gab, or eloquence when communicating. While laying your lips on the mineral requires bending over backwards and we wouldn’t necessarily advise puckering up (a kiss has been bestowed by millions after all), we recommend you don’t miss this. The stone dates back to 1446 and is built into Blarney Castle and surrounded by beautiful gardens. Giant’s Causeway: Travel up to the north to visit a natural phenomenon created by a volcanic eruption 50 million years ago. The site is a unique formation of minerals that have formed over time prisms and columns that sit by the sea. Giant’s Causeway is steeped in Irish legend and offers beautiful views of nature, especially at sunset.

Wicklow Mountains: Also known as the Dublin Mountains, this chain of granite hills is home to diverse Irish wildlife and unimaginable views. The area is vast, and activities like hiking, rock climbing, and fishing are available for the public.


Where to Eat: Ireland is world-renowned for its pubs. Often run by locals and offering up the country’s famous brews, to help wash down tasty treats, these pubs have been a part of Irish culture for years. Individual towns throughout the country can lay claim to their region’s own pubs and traditions. Fortunately, these hotspots can be found all over and are places you don’t want to miss on your trip to Ireland. Fully immerse yourself in culture and chat with the locals (and perhaps some other tourists, depending on what season you go in) and relax while you chow down. The Long Stone, Dublin: This centuries old, family-run pub welcomes travelers and townspeople alike to enjoy a hearty meal. Of course, the drinks are endless, offering up wine, spirits, and most important, beer, and lighthearted laughs are to be had by all. Hayden’s Hotel, Galway: This family-friendly pub and restaurant offers up the best of Irish cuisine and entertainment on a nightly basis. Enjoy a true Irish welcome and kick back with other patrons of this bar.

Maloney’s Inn, Kildare: Homemade food and an extensive beverage offering are the order of the day at Maloney’s Inn, where Ireland is represented at its finest. Don’t miss a chance to stop with the whole entire family to dine on the best Ireland has to offer.

Local Eats: These delicious morsels reflect Ireland’s warm and hearty culture. Irish staples, these dishes can be found at almost any pub or restaurant. Jump into Irish culture and be sure not to miss these! Irish Stew: A hearty favorite composed of lamb, potatoes, carrots, and other local ingredients, this dish is one that cannot truly be copied stateside. Find this in most restaurants and pubs; the ingredients and taste may differ from place to place but this is a belly-warming dish that shouldn’t be missed. Champ: An Irish potato dish that offers a twist on plain mashed potatoes. Adding scallions and butter to this traditional dish creates a rich taste, homey taste. The Irish are famous for their potatoes and this dish demonstrates why. Soda Bread: A staple of Irish cuisine, soda bread is made from soft wheat and buttermilk. Unlike most breads, the dough is not kneaded, and while different cultures all over the world eat soda bread, every country’s techniques and ingredients are different.


Where to Snooze: Ireland is famous for the Bed and Breakfasts it offers. Locals frequently run these cozy places to stay, offering an at-home experience abroad. Of course, a delicious Irish breakfast is offered every morning, and staying at a B & B is a great way to get in with the locals and get a true Irish experience. Killarney House: Located in Cork, Ireland, this Bed and Breakfast is housed on an acre of gardens and is nestled near Blarney Castle. Killarney house is family run and offers six spacious rooms filled with pure Irish hospitality. Rockfield House: Nested in the Irish countryside, Rockfield House provides yummy eats and opportunities to explore lush gardens. Rest and relaxation is guaranteed at this welcoming place to stay. Breagagh View: Enjoy a hearty welcome to Ireland at this Bed and Breakfast, where a spacious facility houses eight rooms but maintains a homey feel. Natural landscape is framed with shrubbery and flora that creates a breathtaking view. Visiting Ireland: A trip to Ireland can transform itself depending on when you choose to go. A fall vacation will mean long daylight hours and extended sight seeing. A spring break abroad to the land of the Irish will provide gorgeous flora and perfect temperatures to welcome you while you stay. The only question now is, when do you want to go? Winter: While temperatures don’t dip into artic conditions in Ireland be prepared for chilly winds and rainy days. However, enjoy sparing some cash as flights and lodging dip during this time of year. While some attractions and events operate on a limited basis during this season, nothing is better than warming your soul with a bowl of hearty Irish stew. Spring: Enjoy an abundance of nature’s beautiful decorations as trees and flowers are in full bloom during spring in Ireland. While prices may begin to creep up during this time, warm temperatures and welcoming locals will make every penny worth spending. Weather may be rainy during spring, providing the perfect time to snuggle up in your Bed and Breakfast to wait out the passing showers and venture out later to enjoy a few rainbows. Summer: Visit during the peak of Ireland’s season to enjoy bustling environments and an extensive array of attractions to visit. As the most popular time to visit, airfare and lodging may be expensive but the atmosphere enjoyed and weather experienced will be well worth the money. Local town attractions will be open and easy to visit, promising a perfect trip abroad. Fall: A perfect time to visit, when the season has calmed down and Irish townspeople are present and ready to mingle. The weather is calm and the tourist population is lower. Even better, travel costs go down during this time.


Irish Slang: While most Irish speak English, barriers and differences exist. Be sure to brush up on some local lingo before your trip to immerse yourself in the country’s culture. “Banjanxed” — broken or tired, overdone “Fluthered”— drunk, intoxicated “Holliers”— holiday or vacation “Jacks”— restroom, or toliet “Holy show”—spectacle, something that draws attention




Nestled in Virginia, this goldmine of United States history has been attracting visitors for years. Colonial Williamsburg offers an immersive way to learn about centuries past and relax and enjoy entertainment the way early Americans did. A ―living history‖ attraction, Williamsburg is interactive. In proximity to historic Jamestown and the College of William and Mary, centuries old buildings still stand today to form a town that transports its visitors to the past. Even better, most attractions are free. While visitors need to pay to enter historic buildings, walking through the town and soaking up the atmosphere is free of charge. From local, historic eats to old world charms waiting to be discovered around every corner, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, is a hidden gem right inside the border. A trip to Colonial Williamsburg is a great adventure for you, you and some friends, or even the whole family. The area feels magical and the atmosphere is welcoming and invites you on a stroll back in time, where walking through the town is entertainment enough. The town can be explored in a matter of days, but events are always changing and sightseeing always adds differentiations that make the experience enjoyable again and again. Don’t Miss: The Capitol: Originally built in 1705, the now reconstructed capital building stands as the heart of Colonial Williamsburg, and plays host to a plethora of events and attractions within the town. It captures an old world feel: exposed brick lines the walls and authentic wooden furniture from centuries past offers a seat to rest on.

Governor’s Palace: A vast building, home to leaders of Williamsburg during their time, and now a museum decorated to reflect the building’s royal atmosphere from years past, the Governor’s palace is an anchor of the town today. Although a reconstruction, after the original building was destroyed in a fire years ago, the palace maintains an authentic old-world feel. Lush gardens sit behind the home and provide a perfect complement to the regal decoration throughout. Tours are available for those who wish to step inside the life of the affluent of Williamsburg. The Market: This open-air attraction offers vast selections of trinkets inspired by colonial times. Townspeople dressed in colonial garb sell items ranging from playing cards to stockings, all with a Williamsburg twist. You can even enjoy an auction and watch a cast member sell different colonial goodies to fellow visitors. A feel good mood hangs around the market and when the weather is comfortable, it is a perfect place to enjoy the atmosphere.


Where to Eat: Williamsburg is famous for its homemade style fare that can be found in taverns all over town. While many different taverns exist and the take on colonial cuisines differ from place to place, the atmosphere is always welcoming and exciting. Chowning’s Tavern: An inexpensive place to fuel up on yummy food and enjoy a lively atmosphere. Refresh yourself with a biting ale root beer and a barbeque chicken sandwich while colonial townsfolk provide live entertainment around you. An array of Williamsburg favorites can be found in this lively tavern. King’s Arms Tavern: Play games and enjoy the company of cast members, dressed in colonial garb as you sit down for a meal at this old world restaurant. The fare consists of traditional eats enjoyed by the country’s early settlers and the atmosphere is one that transports you back in time. Shield’s Tavern: A family owned, centuries old tavern in the heart of colonial Williamsburg where the menu is delicious and extensive. Whether you stop in for a quick meal or a sit down dinner, Shield’s offers foods to satisfy your every craving. Local Eats: Turkey Legs: These oven-roasted morsels with turkey meat melting off of them are succulent and rich in flavor. These treats are a popular find at most markets and are an easy way to fill up and enjoy some colonial culture. A great way to transport oneself back in time and warm the tummy. Shepherd’s Pie: This deep dish pie is the perfect combination of savory meats and vegetables encased in a buttery, flaking crust. A popular treat during any season, shepherd’s pie is a colonial favorites during every season that has withstood the test of time. Pound Cake: A dessert fit for a queen, Williamsburg’s traditional pound cake can be found in authentic old world kitchens all around the town. These little treats are a common snack readily available to enjoy and shouldn’t be missed. Where to Stay: The Williamsburg Lodge: Regal living at its finest. Housed in the heart of the colonial town, the lodge offers modern living arrangements with an old world twist. The lodge has charm and whimsy, providing checkerboards for its guests to play during down time, a fun way to relax after a long day. The lodge is just a walk away from the colonial town and is the perfect place to lay your head after the day’s adventures. The Williamsburg Inn: Get treated like a royal at the Williamsburg Inn, where décor matches the elegant treatment you receive. A perfect place to relax and maintain the colonial atmosphere while you unwind after a long, eventful day.


When to Go: Located in Williamsburg, Virginia, on America’s east coast, the town experiences all four seasons. Your trip becomes unique depending on when you go, ranging from less expensive travel to a popular tourist season, but the overall experiences enjoyed will remain the same. Winter: Temperatures may be chilly and shorter daylight hours will mean less time to spend in the historic buildings, but a trip to the colonial town during this time can be unexpectedly delightful. Cold weather will inspire you to snuggle up by the fire and wind down. Locals are enjoying the holiday season and enjoying down time before the temperature rises for spring. Travel and lodging costs will also be down during this time. Warm up with hearty colonial foods and spend quality time relaxing with the family and enjoying company in an old world setting. Spring: A perfect time to take a journey to the past, as the weather becomes warmer and the historic sites offer fresh experiences for a new season. While prices of travel and lodging begin to creep up, the atmosphere is buzzing and inviting. Seasonal treats are available as warmer weather approaches too give your stay an unforgettable touch. Summer: Warm weather creates an inviting environment with days filled with adventure and discovery from morning to night. Strolling through the colonial town can be an enjoyable event all its own. Don’t miss out on the events offered through the summer months, such as extended tours and visits. While travel costs may peak during this season, the experience offered is priceless. Fall: As travel costs begin to dip during this time, visit to enjoy a colonial atmosphere as the town prepares for the holiday season. From Halloween haunts in the beginning of the season to delicious Thanksgiving and holiday treats, visiting in fall can provide the most unique and unusual experience of all.

Additional Ideas: Don’t miss Busch Gardens Europe, just a few minutes drive from Colonial Williamsburg. Spend a day traveling from country to country in one of America’s most beautiful theme parks. The park offers six quality, high thrill rollercoasters ranging from a racing ride that drops at a 90° drop to a suspended car coaster that swings around turns with a whip. Food is delicious and abundant, inspired by different locations and cultures all over the world. Not the type for thrills? Busch Gardens offers shows, entertainment, activities and even an animal sanctuary and aviary. Boat rides along the man-made river running through the park and lush gardens make this destination one of the most beautiful in the country. Be sure to stop by during some down time from the colonial world and enjoy some unforgettable, worldly entertainment.


Colonial Slang Brush up on some lingo from of early America before your visit. While the colonial cast members are fluent in modern English, expect some old world words from them as they communicate in character. “Cop”—capture, entrap “Campus”—field, open grassy area “Bigwig”—government official “Quiz”—odd person, someone made fun of “Betwixt”—between, in the middle “DoG”— Duke of Gloucester Street, a main road in Colonial Williamsburg “CW”—Colonial Williamsburg



As technology expands in today’s society, people have taken to the Internet to share their ideas with whomever is willing to take the time to read them. Blogs have become one of the most likely places for people to share about their individual topics of interest. Bloggers, those who write the posts for blogs, use the forum of the Internet to dispense their style secrets, recipes, home furnishing advice, and more. These websites allow viewers to see inside the life of another person; how they do things, what they enjoy, and their advice are only some of the topics covered by bloggers on their sites. As blogs become more popular in today’s computer driven world, more and more sites are created, and more topics are covered. In the past few years, blogs have become a fantastic resource when searching for inspiration. Keeping in line with The Nest, the following blogs, Cupcakes and Cashmere and Apartment 34, are lifestyle blogs highlighting a range of topics with great advice and inspiration.

TN: What do you do for a living? Emily: I work full-time on my blog, which includes several partnerships, design collaborations and web consulting. Right now I’m in the process of writing my first book, which comes out in August 2012.

Cupcakes and Cashmere, maintained by Emily Schuman, is a blog covering everything from fashion, to home décor, to recipes. The twentysomething, Los Angeles, California resident, has an inspiring design aesthetic and shares her views with her followers in a creative, fun, and personal manner. Her daily posts offer fun tidbits of information and advice.

TN: What advice do you have for someone aspiring to work in the fashion industry? Emily: How should I go about pursuing a career in fashion? Get as much experience as you can; whether it involves working in retail, landing an internship at a magazine or even writing (and maintaining) your own blog. Work hard, research things incessantly, be persistent, and find out answers on your own. Knowing that you want to work in fashion is a start, but try to narrow your focus so that you have a better idea of which jobs to pursue and why you’re the perfect candidate. The more knowledge and experience you bring to the table, the more likely you are to get hired.

TN: How did you get your start? Emily: I knew that I wanted to work in fashion my senior year in college and interviewed at Condé Nast several times throughout the year. I eventually landed a job at Teen Vogue and Domino magazines the day after I graduated and have been hooked ever since! I started my blog as a way to document the things I loved and over time was able to turn it into my career. TN: Where did you go to college and what did you study? Emily: I went to Scripps College and studied sociology and media studies.


Apartment 34, a blog maintained by Erin Hiemstra from Seattle, Washington, is a sophisticated site that serves as a treasure chest filled with pieces of inspiration. Created four years ago, in the midst of searching for her own sources of inspiration, Apartment 34 has grown to encompass more issue than just home décor.

TN: What is your job? Erin: I am a corporate PR professional by day, and I share my love for style, fashion, and design by night. TN: What inspired you to create a blog? Erin: I began blogging almost by accident. After buying my first home I headed online to find interior design inspiration and voila – Apartment 34 was born! If you go back to some of my earliest posts you’ll see my pepto-pink living room… Eeek. Then, all of a sudden, I met my future husband and moved out of my home, but the blog just morphed to keep up with my current passions. TN: How has Apartment 34 evolved over the years? Erin: Life likes to keep you guessing. So when everything I planned changed, so did Apartment 34, growing into the treasure trove of daily style inspiration it is today. TN: What is the image of your blog all about? Erin: Apartment 34 celebrates curating a styled life featuring all things fabulous in fashion, decor, weddings, interiors, food, photography and whatever else happens to capture my eye.


TN: What is the focus of your blog? Erin: On Apartment 34 I hope to provide a daily dose of the details you need to cultivate a styled life – from fashion to décor to styling. TN: How would you describe your personal style? Erin: I would describe my style as classic with an urban twist. Think Katherine Hepburn with a dash of Olivia Palermo. As much as I love to blog about the latest trends I don’t tend to wear them myself. I love clean silhouettes – the spring Jil Sander collection is my current favorite example, and I tend to be influenced by menswear; I love crisp white shirts, blazers, a great trouser, and I’ve never met a stripe I didn’t like. You just need to throw in one strong feminine statement to keep things interesting – be it a bold necklace, skyhigh heels or a structured tote. The key is not to overdo it. TN: How have you expanded your blog and your career? Erin: After receiving regular requests from readers for style and design advice I began offering creative styling services for businesses, wedding planning and personal style. From Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere: images of her newly redesigned LA home.

With decades of influential and fashionable experience behind her, Jennie Ashby is leading a whimsical life. From her wardrobe, to her hobbies, to her home décor, Jennie finds the unique in everything she does, looking beyond the simply ordinary.

What is your favorite book? ―I Married Adventure by Osa Johnson. It has a cloth cover that is black and crème zebra stripes—so cool.‖

What is your most prized fashion piece? ―My most prized fashion piece is my Louis Vuitton handbag. It is at least 15 years old and has doubled in price. I ordered it from Nieman Marcus, and at the time, I was the first of my peers to have one. I have kept it in its bag and taken good care of it. I still use it, and smile knowingly because mine is genuine—not a knock-off.‖

What are your favorite leisure time activities? ―Going to the beach, reading, gardening, shopping, antiquing, redecorating, going to different restaurants, watching movies‖

Who are your favorite designers? ―Ralph Lauren, Lily Pulitzer, and Tibi‖

Where is your favorite vacation destination? ―The beach, St. Bart's‖

What is your favorite store/retailer? ―So many little boutiques in Rehoboth, DE, but I am really enjoying Home Goods, Anthropologie, and J.Crew, SmartBargains, 6pm, Gilt, Blue fly, Polo.‖ How would you describe your style? ―I’m preppy, boho, a little vintage, a little beachy—I teach on two college campuses and would rather look like the students than the stodgy educators.‖ Do you value comfort over fashion? Or fashion over comfort? ―Fashion over comfort. But my fashion is comfortable—ballet shoes, not stilettos, natural fabrics, cashmere, and boots.‖

Counterclockwise: Celerie Kemble, Katherine Hepburn, Jackie Onassis, India Hicks

How does your home decor/decorating style reflect your style? ―Preppy, boho, a little vintage, antique, beachy. I like to change out artifacts for the different seasons. Lots of flowers, pillows, throws.‖ Who are your style icons? ―Jackie Onassis, Katherine Hepburn, Celerie Kemble, India Hicks‖







Recipe adapted from Sprinkled with Flour Blog. Yields 12 muffins. Muffins: 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg 1 cup milk 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons low fat plain yogurt 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 3-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon baking soda 1-1/2 cups shredded or diced apple (peeled and cored) Streusel: 1/4 cup brown sugar 3 tbsp all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 2-3 tbsp unsalted butter 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 425F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners. For the Streusel: In a small bowl combine the 1/4 brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Using a fork cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the chopped nuts, set aside. In a medium bowl combine the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the milk, sugars, yogurt, oil, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Fold in flour, stirring just until incorporated. Gently fold in the apples. Divide the batter between 12 muffin tins, making sure each one is filled to the top. Sprinkle the streusel topping over each muffin. Bake for 5 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 375F and continue baking for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.


Recipe from Smitten Kitchen Blog Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 4 large eggs, separated 2 cups well-shaken buttermilk 1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin 3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted Vegetable oil for brushing waffle iron or cooking spray

Brush waffle iron lightly with oil and spoon batter (about 2 cups for four 4-inch Belgian waffles) into waffle iron, spreading quickly. Cook according to manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer waffles to rack in oven to keep warm and crisp. Make more waffles in same manner.

Recipe from Smitten Kitchen Blog Preheat oven to 250°F and preheat waffle iron. Sift together flour, brown sugar, baking powder and soda, salt, and spices. Whisk egg yolks in a large bowl with buttermilk, pumpkin, and butter until smooth. Whisk in dry ingredients just until combined. In a mixing bowl with a whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites until they hold soft peaks Fold them gently into the waffle batter, until just combined.


Makes 18 doughnuts + 18 doughnut holes (suggested yield for a 3-inch cutter; my larger one yielded fewer) 1 cup apple cider 3 1/2 cups flour, plus additional for the work surface 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick or 2 ounces) butter, at room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1/2 cup buttermilk Vegetable oil or shortening (see my explanation in the post) for frying Toppings (optional): Glaze (1 cup confectioners’ sugar + 2 tablespoons apple cider) Cinnamon sugar (1 cup granulated sugar + 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon) Make the doughnuts: In a saucepan over medium or medium-low heat, gently reduce the apple cider to about 1/4 cup, 20 to 30 minutes. Set aside to cool. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. Set aside. Using an electric mixer on medium speed (with the paddle attachment, if using a standing mixer) beat the butter and granulated sugar until the mixture is smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, and continue to beat until the eggs are completely incorporated. Use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the reduced apple cider and the buttermilk, mixing just until combined. Add the flour mixture and continue to mix just until the dough comes together. Line two baking sheets with parchment or wax paper and sprinkle them generously with flour. Turn the dough onto one of the sheets and sprinkle the top with flour. Flatten the dough with your hands until it is about 1/2 inch thick. Use more flour if the dough is still wet. Transfer the dough to the freezer until it is slightly hardened, about 20 minutes. Pull the dough out of the freezer. Using a 3-inch or 3 1/2-inch doughnut cutter—or a 3 1/2-inch round cutter for the outer shape and a 1-inch round cutter for the hole from a set like this, as I did—cut out doughnut shapes. Place the cut doughnuts and doughnut holes onto the second sheet pan.

Refrigerate the doughnuts for 20 to 30 minutes. (You may re-roll the scraps of dough, refrigerate them briefly and cut additional doughnuts from the dough.) Add enough oil or shortening to a deep-sided pan to measure a depth of about 3 inches. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pan and heat over medium heat until the oil reaches 350F. Have ready a plate lined with several thicknesses of paper towels. Make your toppings (if using): While the cut doughnut shapes are in the refrigerator, make the glaze by whisking together the confectioners’ sugar and the cider until the mixture is smooth; make the cinnamon sugar by mixing the two together. Set aside. Fry and top the doughnuts: Carefully add a few doughnuts to the oil, being careful not to crowd the pan, and fry until golden brown, about 60 seconds. Turn the doughnuts over and fry until the other side is golden, 30 to 60 seconds. Drain on paper towels for a minute after the doughnuts are fried. Dip the top of the warm doughnuts into the glaze or cinnamon sugar mixture (if using) and serve immediately.


Coffee table books are said to have been created by David R. Brower, the founder of the Sierra Club Foundation as well as other environmental organizations. The coffee table book as we know it today is typically a large, hardcover book placed on a coffee table, or other focal point in a room, where guests congregate to be entertained. Coffee table books are filled mostly with images and convey the atmosphere of gallery – without ever having to leave your couch. These books are fantastic to have in your home for guests to flip through when sitting in your living room, for conversation pieces at parties, or simply because you enjoy the book’s subject matter. The coffee table books that you can find to display on your table fall into several categories and are further classified by specific interests. These interests can range anywhere from magazine covers, to tattoos, celebrity icons, specific artists, historic time periods, and even more. Because of their specialized nature, coffee table books are a great way to express your interests and they also make for excellent gifts. Bring one to a party as a hostess gift or wrap it up for under the tree at Christmastime. Coffee table books are a unique way to display your interests, be inspired, and create conversation. The following titles are some coffee table books that we recommend, based on your unique interests. Take some time to flip through their pages and be inspired by the fantastic images! For the fashion follower: Everyone knows someone, be it themselves or a friend, that loves to follow fashion magazines, runway shows, and the latest trends. Allow these books to inspire a new sense of style!

From Left to Right: Vogue: The Covers by Hamish Bowles, The Eye Has to Travel by Diana Vreeland, and Harper’s Bazaar: Greatest Hits by Glenda Bailey, Stephen Gan, and Elizabeth Hummer


For the home decorator: There are certain people for whom a room is never finished. This selection of books will provide these home décor aficionados with wonderful ideas for their next interior project! From Left to Right: Charlotte Moss Decorates: The Art of Creating Elegant and Inspired Rooms by Charlotte Moss and A Passion for Interiors: A Private Tour by Carolyne Roehm

For the art lovers: While some may consider spending an afternoon in an art museum a dull experience, these coffee table books are fabulous for those who enjoy every moment of strolling through an art museum Whether it’s Picasso or ancient Greek sculptures, art lovers will swoon over these books. From Left to Right: Portrait Painting Atelier: Old Master Techniques and Contemporary Applications by Suzanne Brooker and Domenic Cretara and Art: Over 2,500 Works from Cave to Contemporary by Andrew Graham-Dixon

For the history buff: For those who are always reading books about American history and studying up on their Trivial Pursuit facts, these books are ideal. Browsing through images of the Civil War is just the right thing to keep the history buff in your life entertained for hours! From Left to Right: World War II: The Definitive Visual History by DK Publishing and America’s Medicis: The Rockefellers and Their Astonishing Cultural Legacy by Suzanne Loebl


For the world traveler: These coffee table books are perfect for the people who are constantly on the move, wanting to explore new and interesting places; the people who are always seeking adventure and cannot wait for their next opportunity to circle the globe; and the people who truly appreciate the beauty of the world. From Left to Right: The Travel Book by Lonely Planet, National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs by Annie Griffiths, and Versailles: A Private Invitation by Francis Hammond and Guillaume Picon

For the celebrity junkie: Obsessed with the glamorous lives of Hollywood celebrities? These books will satisfy that hunger for celebrity knowledge. Whether it’s chronicling the life of a celebrity that has passed, or detailing the fabulous life of ―the next big thing,‖ celebrity junkies will truly enjoy these books. From Left to Right: MM—Personal: From the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe by Lois Banner and Mark Anderson and Audrey 100 by Ellen Fontanna


Painting your own pottery can be as fun as enjoying the finished product. While most people prefer to pick up pieces for the home that were commercially made and manufactured, painting your own pottery can allow you to furnish your home with personalized pieces. Towns all over the country have specialized studios allowing you to create pieces that represent you.

large collection of paints and stains to choose from, and even offer techniques to create different textures and appearances on your piece. Small decorative add-ons are also commonly available to give your piece extra detail. Don’t miss out on holiday pieces offered by your local studio, too. Pieces like pumpkin candy trays and large ceramic holiday tree frames could be great additions to your seasonal décor collection. Painting your own pottery can also be great for children’s parties, gatherings, and weddings. Custom frames, plates, and dishes can all be personalized to represent the artist and become a treasured keepsake for years to come. Painting can be a relaxing, social experience. Go with a friend or two and share some laughs and memories while you work on your pottery. Studios encourage groups of visitors to come and enjoy each other’s company while they create their own masterpieces, so don’t be shy! Take advantage of this unique opportunity and enjoy your work for years to come.

A simple way to create unique touches throughout your home, painting your own pottery allows you to tailor decorative pieces to your exact design aesthetic. While most studios provide premade ceramic pieces available to paint, some places also allow you to craft your pottery before you paint it. Regardless, painting your own pottery is a rewarding experience that is not only enjoyable while you do it, but will last for years as a beautiful piece in your home. Companies provide the paint, brushes, and ideas for additional decorations to your pieces. Choose from an extensive array of trinkets, like piggy banks, jewelry dishes, and small figurines (great for children!), or lend your artistic skills to larger projects like a plate or food dish. Studios have a




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