Friday Favorite 5: Summer Cocktails & Signature Drinks

Cocktails Sign
by Margaret Williams

Let’s discuss a very important matter…summer cocktails! Summer is a great time of year to relax on your patio or rooftop with friends and family and what better way to enhance the experience but with signature drinks!

Or maybe you’re hosting something a little more extravagant this summer, such as an engagement party, bridal shower or wedding. Caterers are more than happy to incorporate 1-2 signature drinks into your bar selection.

We’ve listed a few of our favorites, filled with flavor and gorgeous colors.

The Something Blue Signature Drink

To keep up with tradition, it’s always good luck to have something blue on your wedding day. “The Something Blue” with blueberry vodka.


 

Lavender Lemonade Signature Drink

Lavender Lemonade (spiked or not) is always refreshing. The sprig of lavender adds an extra touch not to mention, a beautifully fragrant aroma.


 

Mango Mojitos Signature Drink

Mango Mojitos pair nicely with a DIY taco bar for your guests. Invite us!


 

Raspberry Sparkler Signature DrinkThe shimmer and pop from a champagne flute is always one of our faves. Mix it up a little by adding some fresh raspberries and pair with a cheese plate. The Raspberry Sparkler.


 

Sparkling Pear Signature Drink

Enjoy a Sparkling Pear with fresh pear garnish.

Follow our Pinterest Friday Favorite 5 board for drink recipes.

 

 

Event Report: On the Verge at CUSP

by Kikanza Harris

Combine one DJ, a pink carpet with picture-snapping paparazzi, cocktails and snacks; a beauty bar with make-up artists serving up smokey eye perfection and refreshing bold red lips to attendees; add in the latest fashions from designers like Diane Von Furstenberg, Theory, Derek Lam and Rebecca Minkoff and you’ve got On The Verge.

On the Verge CUSP Event

Gold Fringe was in attendance at the On The Verge shopping event in Neiman Marcus’ CUSP boutique hosted by Refinery 29 and Chicago blogger Liz Schneider of Sequins and Stripes. CUSP is the answer to a boutique experience—a hip space, leading designers, an expertly curated collection, but with all the conveniences of a department store. And though the CUSP experience is expanding beyond its fashion forward approach of online and select free-standing boutiques, to soon be included in all Neiman Marcus stores, Chicago is lucky enough to be home to one of its current choice locations.


Check out some CUSP items we’re coveting…

Thin, buttery soft, and the top half of a LWD, is the perfect way to do leather in the summertime.

Summer Leather Fashion


 

It’s all in the details and we’re loving the grommets and piping on these dresses.

Grommets and Piping at CUSP


 

Grey and white, so simple but so chic.

Grey and White Maxi CUSP


 

Pretty reminders of what we’re always striving to achieve.

Necklaces at CUSP


 

A little bit of humor in your fashion never hurts.

Leather Hat Parental Advisory Sweatshirt CUSP

Friday Favorite 5: Chicago Rooftops

Experience Chicago’s best rooftops this summer!

by Kikanza Harris

We’re probably beginning to sound a little bit like a broken record talking about the seasonal shift into summer, but we just can’t help ourselves. After surviving “Chiberia” we keep finding reasons to celebrate summer over and over again. This week’s Friday Favorites are inspired by one of our favorite summer activities–eating, drinking and socializing on the rooftop.


 

Little Goat Chicago Rooftop

Little Goat Diner – We’ve been following the rise of owner, Stephanie Izard since she became the first woman to win Bravo’s Season 4 of Top Chef. And we’re so happy to have her most recent edition Little Goat Diner, the fun little sister to the grown-up The Girl and The Goat, added to Randolph’s “Restaurant Row” corridor.

The Little Goat Diner hosts dining experiences (next up, an actual pig roast), cooking classes and specially selected days of good old fashion fun that’s open to the public in their private dining and rooftop space.

Stylemint Grey Jumpsuit

 


 

Suitsupply Co. Rooftop Chicago

Suitsupply Co. – Ever thought about mixing men’s fashion with your rooftop soiree? Well this Amsterdam-based men’s retailer did when they created a store with a rooftop terrace that doubles as a private event space.

Aquilano Rimondi

 


 

The Terrace at the Conrad Chicago

The Terrace at the Conrad – We highly recommend ordering one of their delicious mojitos to sip on as you lounge on the comfy couches to enjoy their “Sunday Night Movies” series with your honey.

Black and White Striped Dress

 


 

III Forks Rooftop Chicago

III Forks – Looking for a good “Girls Night Out” space? Then we say “yes” to enjoy good cocktails and an equally appetizing menu on this contemporary rooftop serving up amazing steak and seafood.

Black Dress with Cutout Back

 


 

Drumbar Rooftop at the Raffaello Hotel Chicago

Drumbar – You’ve hit the jackpot if you’re looking for visual variety, this space is like three in one. Upon entering into the dark and very masculine bar (dubbed on GQ.com as one of 10 Best Whiskey Bars in America) you may feel as though you should be sitting down on one of their traditional leather sofas to light-up a cigar with Mad Men’s Don Draper. But turn the corner and you’ve entered into a semi-private hallway sitting area with bright white subway tiled walls and a modern décor. And the modernism continues onto the rooftop patio, perfect for enjoying the summer breeze and lit by the city skyline.

Boyfriend Jeans with Sweetheart Bustier

 

Friday Favorite 5: Summer Grilling

This week’s picks include cool grilling tools and yummy recipes for a fun-filled BBQ!

by Margaret Williams

Summertime makes us think of BBQs – one of the best things about summer!  Check out some great grilling tools to add to your arsenal along with some tasty recipes for sliders, grilled dessert and a refreshing cocktail for your next BBQ party.

Williams-Sonoma Himalayan Pink Salt Grilling Block

The beautiful Himalayan pink salt plate offered by Williams-Sonoma adds amazing flavor to meats and seafood.  It can also be chilled and used as a serving platter for fruit, vegetables and more.


 

Sur La Table Squid Bottle Baster

I have to admit that I hate mess while I’m cooking.  The adorable Squid Bottle Baster from Sur La Table helps eliminate sauce drippings when dressing up your grill delectables.


 

Food Network's Hibiscus Tequila Cooler

A summertime party is not complete without a refreshing cocktail.  Try a Hibiscus Tequila Cooler courtesy of Food Network’s Ted Allen.  YUM!


 

Bobby Flay's Sliders with Chipotle Mayonnaise

Bobby Flay’s Sliders with Chipotle Mayonnaise.  Enough said.  I would actually recommend trying these on Hawaiian bread rolls for a touch of sweetness.


 

Food Network's Grilled Summer Fruit

You can always go with the expected grilled dessert: S’mores.  Why not switch it up some and try Warm Plums with Gelato?  This quick and easy recipe along with many other grilled summer fruits are available at FoodNetwork.com.

So…who’s hosting the next BBQ???

Friday Favorite 5: Sweat in Style

Warm weather = outdoor Chicago workout sessions…in style

by Margaret Williams

I don’t know about you but I’m tired of working out with Shaun T (no offense Shaun T – it’s more about staring at the TV)!  With the arrival of warmer temperatures and the bright sun, it’s time to move our workouts outside.

Millennium Park Summer 2014 Workouts

Beginning tomorrow, June 7th, through September 6th, Millennium Park will host morning workout sessions including Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba.  Not only can you improve your health while enjoying the summer weather, you have the beautiful Chicago skyline as your backdrop.


 

Draya's Fine Ass Girls Workout Gear

Let go of your old workout gear and replace it with items which also make you feel a little sexy while you sweat.


 

Neon Green Nike Lunarglide +5

Add a pop of color to your ensemble by the way of your fun and functional footwear.


 

Linda Farrow Gold Sunglasses

There’s nothing wrong with a little glam for your walk to and from Millennium Park.  These gold shades add the perfect accent.


 

Camelbak Insulated Water Bottle

One of the most important things to remember when working out…hydrate!  This chic insulated water bottle will keep your water cool.

As always, make sure to check out our Pinterest Friday Favorite 5 board for additional photos.

Get out there, enjoy the weather, the beautiful city and sweat!

Event Report: Ultimate Bride Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show

Magnolia Atelier attends Ultimate Bride Chicago’s 2014 Spring/Summer Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show

Monique Lhuillier
by Kikanza Harris

After viewing the 2014 Spring/Summer Monique Lhuillier Trunk Show at Ultimate Bride Chicago, we came to realize the saying “necessity is the mother of invention” couldn’t be a more true statement. Monique Lhuillier 2014 Spring/Summer Lhuillier whose gorgeous wedding gowns give a nod to couture fashion, created her first collection in 1996 after searching for her own wedding dress and being dissatisfied with the options. Monique Lhuillier 2014 Spring/Summer Since then Lhuillier has dressed celebrities on the red carpet like Gwyneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon and First Lady Michelle Obama. And her collection has expanded to include fashion, fine jewelry, lifestyle and of course all things bridal, from wedding gowns to bridesmaids dresses. Monique Lhuillier 2014 Spring/Summer Our favorite thing about this collection is Lhuillier understands that we women love choices (speaking in terms of fashion of course, grooms no need to worry) and Monique delivers with several dresses that have removable skirts! Monique Lhuillier 2014 Spring/Summer Also following the fashion trend of ballet inspired silhouettes and barely there watercolor pastels, this season’s Monique Lhuillier Bridal Collection runs the full gamut of pretty. Whether your version of pretty is a strapless gown with beading and a trumpet tulle bottom, a sleek and modern mix of satin and tulle in ball gown form, or a romantic sheath with full-on textured sleeves, Lhuillier’s skill for combining lace, embroidery, tulle and beaded embellishment is put together in the prettiest way.

Friday Favorite 5: Dreaming of Anguilla

Today’s Friday Favorite 5 for dreaming of a summer vacation in majestic Anguilla

by Margaret Williams

Summer is finally making its way to Chicago so we can’t help but daydream of a relaxing vacation in beautiful Anguilla.  Let’s set the scene: the Viceroy Anguilla, a luxury resort with interiors designed by one of our favorite interior designers, Kelly Wearstler.

Viceroy Anguilla


 

Gold and White Striped Swimsuit

A seemingly low key swimsuit with a touch of gold…we just can’t help ourselves.


 

Maaji Georgette Kimono Coverup

Love the drama with the asymmetrical hem line but especially vibin’ to the mix of patterns when added with our gold and white swimsuit.


 

van cleef & arpels alhambra bracelet and cartier love bracelet

Adorn your arm with this delicious arm candy.  Two bracelets we’ve been consistently obsessed with from Van Cleef & Arpels and the iconic Cartier.


 

Tom Ford Sunglasses

Tom Ford.  ‘Nuff said.


 

Louis Vuitton Cabas GM Tote

We’re always about the bag.  A great bag can do wonders.  This lightweight cotton Louis Vuitton tote will easily store your iPad and other poolside essentials.

So who’s ready to jet?  Check out our Friday Favorite 5 Pinterest board to see every Friday’s photos for pinning!

Friday Favorite 5: Spring’s Arrival

 

Today’s Friday Favorite 5 for the long-awaited spring arrival

by Kikanza Harris

We’re really starting to feel as if spring is in the air…

Cranberry lemon basil cocktail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add lemons and fresh basil to take your cranberry cocktail into a new season.


Color curated candy bar

We love a color curated candy bar.


Ilava: It Can Be Done tribal necklaces

Tribal necklaces are a great way to accessorize.


Colorful bedding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give your bedding a bright makeover.


Summer photography tour vacation in leon, nicaragua

A summer photography tour vacation in Leon, Nicaragua, www.travelphotoretreat.com …yes please!

Check out our Friday Favorite 5 Pinterest board to see every Friday’s photos for pinning!

Event Report: Chez Open House

Magnolia Atelier Attends the Chez Grand Opening Event

Entrance to Chez Chicago at the Open House event

by Margaret Williams

Chez, located in the heart of downtown Chicago at 247 East Ontario is a modern spin on a historic venue. From 1932-1960, this space was home to the popular nightclub, Chez Paree. Guests of the Chez Paree enjoyed the musical talents of Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Nat King Cole, Tito Puente and Sarah Vaughan to name a few. The club also hosted famous comedians such as Sid Ceasar, Buddy Hackett and Mae West. This month, the space was unveiled to the event industry as a new venue of choice for weddings, cocktail receptions, corporate events and beyond.

At the grand opening event, the red carpet was rolled out for event planners and vendors to experience all that Chez has to offer! Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a couple adorned in traditional 1920s evening attire. The now modern, loft-like event space was drenched in beautiful magenta, violet and cerulean lighting. The glowing magenta bars flanked the large event space, with a specialty bar offering delectable cocktails from the all-women mixologists of Femme du Coupe. Moulin Rouge inspired arrangements flanked the bars with glistening crystal chandeliers towering high above from The Revel Group. Sumptuous hors d’oeuvres circulated around the room from some of our favorite caterers in the city including Limelight, Food for Thought, Entertaining Company and Wolfgang Puck. The pièce de résistance of the evening: the incredible cancan dancers who entertained in their all-black, feather embellished costumes, all upon the circular, multi-tiered stage in the middle of the room.

Chez Chicago Open House Event

We are always excited to see a new venue enter the scene and our heads filled with ideas on how to transform Chez for any event. We look forward to the creative events this space will inspire along with hosting an event there in the future!

Event Report: A Charitable Confection

by Kikanza Harris

We’re suckers for a good dessert so you can imagine our excitement about heading to the Chicago Urban Art Society to attend A Charitable Confection, a dessert cocktail party created by Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes.

Jocelyn, a fabulous baker in her own right rounded up some of the city’s best sweets and pastry makers to create an evening that included cake pops as passed hors d’oeuvres, tastings of gourmet taffy apples, limoncello spiked pudding, organic fruit preserves and other sweet samples from around Chicago.

If an elevated twist on tradition is more your speed, then how about strawberry and crème cake push-up pops or salted caramel, and Tabasco cotton candy.

A Charitable Confection

Even the beverages were beyond the ordinary with unique combinations from orange-jasmine-nutmeg and lime-hibiscus-clove, from Joia All Natural Sodas. The taste was big on flavor but not overly sweet, which we’re thinking will make a great addition to some new summer cocktail recipes.

And speaking of cocktails, Head Over Heels (Sweet Riesling), We’re Movin’ On Up (Cabernet Sauvignon) and Good Times Good Friends (Pinot Grigio) provided by Love Corkscrew and CH Distillery’s vodka and limoncello, took the event from sweet nostalgia to officially grown-up.

A Charitable Confection

We were like kids in a candy store, and we mean that literally, as we scooped up to-go goodie bags at the candy bar.

But the sweetest part of the evening was that proceeds from A Charitable Confection went to support the youth operated anti-violence organization, Project Orange Tree, a subsidiary of the Lupe Fiasco Foundation.