To Host Is To Live

Okay, yes, that's a tad dramatic but not by much for me. By now I'm sure that you know I love to host gatherings. A lot. But I also love to make things easy. For New Years MK and I had a party! Here are some delicious and quick go to recipes I used but would be perfect for anything you might be hosting this winter season.

First, the delicious winter Sangria. Completely ideal for Brunch or a random Sunday:

  • One bottle of red wine
  • 2 oz Brandy
  • 8 oz Sprite
  • Two tablespoons sugar
  • One orange muddled  

If you are expecting more people double it


Next, appetizers are my favorite. To me, the best parties are ones where there are apps everywhere with lots of variety. This one is simple and elegant. Here is what you do:

  • Get some toothpicks, cut cherry tomatoes in half (so that they stand right), add fresh mozzerella and spinach. Then just sprinkle some balsamic dressing and you're done.  


Have an absolutely splendid 2016!

-The Kilgores



Pucker Up!

Happy National Lipstick Day! 

Not only is today a day for celebrating lipstick and all its wonders, today also marks eight years that my sweet Husband and I have been together. Seems like yesterday I was so excited to be on a date at the zoo when MK asked me to be his girlfriend. Eight years sure has flown by.

Back to lipstick. By now you know me, I'm all about red lips. In honor of this fabulous holiday I'm sharing my go-to lip color. It's Rouge Coco by Chanel 440 Arthur. I am completely in love with this shade as it's my bright red. It lasts long too which is an extra bonus.

Let's talk tips and tricks shall we?

  • Before applying, use a toothbrush to gently exfoliate lips to remove any dead skin
  • When I put my foundation on I include my lips in the application too. It will keep the lip color from feathering. 
  • Line all of your lips with liner before putting it on. This is the most important tip.
  • Always make sure you won't get lipstick on your teeth. Wrap your lips around your pointer finger and pull it out. 
  • Translucent powder can be your best friend. Once you are done applying, hold a Kleenex over your lips and dust some of that powder and it will make your lipstick stay so much longer. 
  • So let's say it's the end of the day and you dash into your house and basically rip off your shirt accidentally getting bright red lipstick on your favorite shirt. Have no fear, as long as it's not dry clean only, spray some hairspray on the stain, let it sit, and then toss it in the washer. Simple as that.

Even though it's only the middle of the week I say we all have some champagne in honor of the beloved "Lipstick Day"!


If you’re sad, add lipstick and attack.
— Coco Chanel