How do you Do? Well thanks for asking, I do nicely in Leather!

Introducing My New Leather Jacket!



rickowens Purchased at a local store here in Brooklyn (lovely but way too expensive to normally walk in). Yes, it wasn't cheap, but not crazy either, like the 1,200 Pound version from Rick Owns on net-a-porter (see photo and link to left).

It took me a bit to make out the name... the tag says line. (with the period). But eventually I figured it out, and found it on the Bloomingdales site. It is Line, style "ellen". Found it also on Piperlime.

But mine's in black. I bet you could tell that from the pictures. Sure, I would love to afford the Rick Owens version. And I've rocked my Target version for some time. But I thought I deserved something in-between. I have been very good this year!

remember... shhhhh!


A Conversation with a my Favorite Fashionista

Florence is 9. She has been incorporating her mother's wardrobe with pieces her father brings home from work, and pared them up with her own bits and pieces, creating a look that is special to her self.

Last weekend when I tromped over to my dear friend Victoria's birthday party, I encountered the most stylish of us all. Florence. Decked out in her Top hat, Stella McCartney for gap jacket, and a pair of her moms high heels. Jealousy coursed through my body, wishing I myself had a cool jacket like that, and could walk in heels as graciously as she.

For shame.

I came to my senses, and realized, here, the little tomboy who used to run about with popsicle goo on her face, growing up along side my two wild boys, slinging mud and catching frogs at the beach, has matured into a lovely little Fashionista. I was impressed, to say the least. So as I teetered home late that night, I knew she must be my first interview, or conversation, that I would have with many of the future fashion divas to come.

So I sat down with Florence at the Brooklyn Hideaway, in the lovely patio, and we talked about individual style, and where she gets her ideas from...

Me: When did you start becoming interested in fashion?

flo: When I started this game called Style Savvy. It's a DS game, where you have your own boutique and you have to make people happy, with... um clothes you pick out by seeing what brand they like. Like girly pink, and wearing black with bow ties, and stuff like that.

Oh. Do you get to mix and match things on your own?


And do you save it?

Well... You don't exactly save it... You put together an outfit that you think they might like. You press ok, then take a look. If they don't like it, you go back and find another outfit. You get 3 chances, but then if they don't like it on the 3rd chance, they just don't buy and leave. But if they do, they buy it and take their bag with them. Or they dress up. Like yesterday, I was playing on it, and this girl who really loves my shop, came and asked for a nice outfit to match her shoes, and she loved it and she wore it home. And it had a little tag hanging right here. (laughter)

You would really love this app called Closet for the iPhone...

Oh my mom has that!

Yeah? Well that would be good for you too. You could go and take pictures of your favorite pieces, not everything, that would be too time consuming... You could create outfits from those items. Some people don't need that, but some people need reminders of what works better with certain items.

So who is your favorite fashion influence?

My dad....(much clearing of throat from background) and mommy. (laughter)

But your daddy does brings home a lot of fun things for you.

yah, sometimes.

Where does he get them?


What does he do?

He's a journalist... he writes about fashion, pea coats... for boys and girls.

But mainly men right?

Well, yeah.

He works at a mens magazine right? (more laughter from mommy and Flo)

Yeah, sort of.

Esquire, right?

yea esquire.

The other night I saw you at your mommies birthday, all dressed up. Will you describe you outfit you wore to her birthday?

A crewcuts little dress with tight skinny legging-thing jeans. A jacket.. gap kids... (whispering) Stella McCartney gap... an old fashioned jacket with heavy laces, and fancy buttons...

What did it remind you of?

Michael Jackson

Exactly... But you had that on...

and a top hat and glasses

Yeah top hat and little mirrored sunglasses

The top hat was dad's idea.

But what did you have on your feet???

High heels.. (giggles)

Do you know who they were.. they must have been something fancy since they came from your mommy...

no, they weren't a designer.

No.. oh but you looked really fashionable!

So... you are very young and you have the world ahead of you... but does fashion influence your world a lot? Might it be in your future?

Maybe... I don't know.

Well there is plenty of time.

It was so great talking with you!! Maybe next time, we'll do a video interview!!!

Thank you florence for doing this interview with me!!!

This is a photo of Flo with my Son Jackson, over the holidays with their new McCartney jackets

Below, the live audio of our conversation:


Coco de Romp!

The Romping, frolicking ladies of Book Club, attended a savvy and swinging party last Thursday night at Coco de Mer.
And a bit of romping frolicking fun we did have! We even encountered the white rabbit! And plenty of tea cups. Alice was in for a party, and we were her guests!

Oh look, Alice is wearing such a pretty "little" dress! "My little bunny, what big ears you have!".

Even the Queen has joined the fun!

Two of the Ladies enjoy the party!

A bit of everything to be seen and had. I swear that's a candle! Dreadfully realistic isn't it?

And now for a quick walk-through:


Drawn to perfection.

Go check out Humor Chic by Alexsandro Palombo. Witty posts & Illustrations referencing our dearest fashion icons. Perfect for the picking.

Anna Wintour Humor Chic cover by aleXsandro Palombo

Humor Chic - Anna Wintour, Terry Richardson, Carine Roitfeld, amour à trois



Realism or Surrealism?


No, not even realistic. I kind of want to take this and make it a puzzle, then I can, re-arrange it and put Gwyneth on Kates, and Kates on Naomi. I could keep going. Waaaaa.

Vogue Paris May 2010, Vogue Paris Takes Surprisingly Commercial Turn with May 2010 Covers
Photo: Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

The Lady Sullivan Celebrates

Lady Sullivan

Celebrations of celebrations! Have to say, Lady Tor knows how to throw a bash! She should go into event planning!

The invite:
Tor aBitDark

The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts,
All on a summer day:
The Knave of Hearts, he stole those tarts,
And took them quite away!



Entertaining Eva mixed the cocktails under the warm glow of decorations and laughter. The music was expertly and entertainingly DJ'd by Eli Jenney. The food was abundant and deserts a plenty. What more could one say? Yummy, and delicious. Fun and Hilarious. The Headaches were the reminder the next day.





Tarting Around the Kitchen, Again


I am stubborn. Also, my kids wanted to try the tart I made yesterday, so why not do it again. And this time, get it right. Although, there were no complaints last night!

(and all of this, using a hand mixer and dough blender)

Please don't label me "martha stewart", just because I started baking. I mean.. really, I only do it once a week.. if that. Maybe, Martha on crack. Ok. I'll settle for that. I'm just really enjoying this hobby. Something to zone out to.  I get caught up in the process, and then of course the happy ending.  There is so much stress these days, this is a great way for me to just blow off steam and relax.

(getting it right: Less jam, better distribution.)

My mom has been really helpful in this whole new world I've discovered. I call her up right in the middle of one of my projects... "hey, um Mom, is it normal to have dark specks in my Corn Meal?" or "ok, which one of these gadets that goes with this Kitchen Aide (she gave me) can I use to "fold" in the flour?"   She really is helpful.

(right out of the oven)

I was at my favorite cooking store yesterday in Brooklyn, The Cooks Companion, buying some needed gadgets, including one of those thingies for my mixer. She asked me if I had the Kitchen Aide where the head went back, or the one with the lever. I said the lever. She said I had the wrong gadget. The one I had there was for the one with the head that goes back. "Oh." She went and got the other one, and showed it to me. It was bigger. The one with the head that goes back is smaller. I said, "That's so funny, cause I just told my mom, that I remembered our old Kitchen Aide being a lot bigger than the one I have now." She argued that it wasn't. I insisted. I guess, in perspective, to a seven year old, it did look big bigger.

Ahhh. Perfection


now for the critics...

Outcome? "This tart is amazing", said jackson with his mouth full. Dean (in photo) didn't say a word, his mouth was full. Thumbs up!

Coming up this week on Mommy Drinks Style:
Monday: Viva Victoria -  photos from the Event!
Tuesday: Night in the City - The Coco De Mer Romp
Wednesday: Shake it and Bake it Girl
Thursday: Fashionable Florence, interview with a 9 year old fashion rookie.



A Tart for Tor

or, Black Cherry Jam Tart, or Baking in Brooklyn.


I'm so into baking, and trying things out, then hopefully adding my own special, inexperienced touch. But sometimes that touch doesn't go so well.

I absolutely love Smitten Kitchen, a lovely blog by Deb, who humors me with her wit and artfully made and presented bites. As I was trying to figure out what to make for my friend's birthday tonight, I started digging around for something that would be simple, and nice. Something where I wouldn't need a Mixer (kitchenaide, as mine is in the country) or a large quisenart. Can anyone say, old fashioned, wooden spoon? oh, maybe a little bit of the hand mixer. That's ok. So that's when I discovered her post on her "easy jam tart" (you can get the recipe there).



So things started out pretty well. But in afterthought, when I started applying my little dials of dow to the top, maybe I should have given a bigger ration of dow to the top, and pressed the bottom out more? And after it came out of the oven, I'm thinking, maybe I should have used less jam like she did? I have a feeling it's going to be way to jammy. Jammy?



Do you like the "V" in the center? That's V for Victoria, a.k.a. Tor.


Light and Flirty

It's been a long week.. oh what with taxes, kids, parties, taxes, and playing with this new iPhone app called Closet! So I haven't been quite "on-it" with the postings. What can I say? This girl is busy. I spent a good about of time trying to take pictures of each item in my closet.. and well, barely got past 1/8 of the stuff. I mean really? Talk about the perfect torture device. Going forward I'll take them as I get them... LOL. And maybe this app is stupid on an everyday level, but it's a great idea for trips.

Some posts coming up

So yes, I was too busy to do proper postings. But I have a slew of photos, and ideas. 1. Of course I have to share with you some of the items I photographed from my closet. 2. I've been just taking pictures of random things, I thought were interesting... so they might show themselves. 3. My plantings and garden stuff.. although, I might just put that on my other blog, I've been trying to work on... Go Girl! Garden! 4. And most exciting... I have to share the photos from last nights event! I went to this great private party at Coco de Mer, with my book club girls. It was our girls night out. And I came home with a special gift bag from Simon, one of the partners.

What a week!

And now I'm thinking of re-organizing this blog. Same thing really, but my categories are kind of random. I have some ideas that might help me be more productive. Something like this:

Interviews & Reviews
Baking it & Making it
Mommy got style
Home and Garden... (or this will just be on my garden blog...)
Fashion and Music
New Things Found and Old Things Discovered...

Something like that. Don't expect this to happen over night. I have a couple of "paying" jobs to work on, and more "projects". But I just wanted to share the ideas I've got cooking.

Kiss kiss!

"Mommydrinks, eating lunch during a particularly excellent blog posting moment"


A Doxie Gem

Discovered at spoon up on 21st between 6th and 5th. I would love this!


She's Got Doggie Style!

Gorgeous, funny, smart, a mother of lovely 8 year old daughter, and an amazing dog trainer too!

Check out my friend Rikke Brogaard's Dog Training Videos from the Dr. Dunbar's Dog Star Daily web channel. [The series is America's Dog Trainer and She's the second trainer to be featured so far.]
Rikke's one of the first mommy friends I made when I moved to Brooklyn. She rocks!
Pass it on!!!


Errrr... my aching back!

Oh but what joy gardening brings!

First I want to take a moment to thank all my followers for following, and welcome some of my more new recent followers! Hello! I am not always that great about blogging. Some weeks, I get one in every day. And other.. well, not so much. This week I'm back in Brooklyn, back to the school-freelance-life shuffle. I enjoyed my Easter week away, staying in the country. And I even did some planting. See below for some shots of before and after... and come back in a while, hmmm few weeks to see the progress... if any. The bunnies might get them.

Started by weeding out the nasty weeds for the eventual Herb Garden. Also planted some climbing roses along the back of the wall.



Then, packed up more soil, and some tomato plants, and headed to the enclosed orchard, to start a little vegi-garden. Some back breaking soil, I tell you! Rocks and spiders!!! Ugh. But in the end the results were good. Nothing a few tabs Alieve won't mend.




So, check back, and I'll take some updates, when I'm there next.


Creative Tea bagging

Had this great tin of tea from South Africa, my world traveling husband brought back, and didn't have the right "tea accessories" to make it with... so I got creative.

1. Cheese cloth
2. Egg wire from decoration egg kit.

Results: ***** aka 5 Stars!!!


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