Fabulous Table Settings Made Simple.

51eXCEal73L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_One of my favorite books is Simply Divine by the always gorgeous and chic Lisa Vanderpump. Between Lisa’s restaurants Sur and Villa Blanca, she undoubtedly is the hostess with the mostess. I wanted to share one of my favorite part of her book on table settings with you. Her simple yet effective tips have helped me a so much when entertaining and I know you will love them too!

 

Lisa says, “You don’t have to go to culinary school to master the art of arranging food on the plate so it’s a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth.”

Here are her top tips:

Use Large Plates. Larger plates are better for serving beautiful food. You don’t want your food to look crowded, the negative space around each item gives the entire place balance and energy.

Use White Dishes. This allows the food to stand out and make a statement. A neutral base also gives you the opportunity to pull a complementary color from your food into your table setting.

Use Color Groupings. Keep same-colored foods together.

Use Complimentary Colors As Garnishes. Try and contrast the color of your food with differently colored garnishes. If the food on your plate is mostly green, don’t add green parsley to the side. Instead find a red or hello, such as a teardrop tomato cut in half.

Use The Middle Of The Plate. Start in the middle of the plate to set out your meal rather than spreading everything all over the place.

Use Height. Try and raise the food in the middle of the plate. The starch is usually good for this. For example, scoop the rice into a tall mount with an ice cream scooper. Pile up the mashed potatoes and then lean your main meat against the mound to raise it up a bit.

Use Hot or Cold Dishes. Hot food stays longer on a warm plate. You can warm dishes in the oven or microwave provided they are safe for uses. Cold dishes can be stored in the fridge or freezer for a short time.

Use Edible Garnishes. Parsley and mint are perfect garnishes and should be kept on hand at all times. Sliced citrus fruit is also a great accompaniment for almost anything. Small cherry, grape or teardrop tomatoes are delightful. A bough of pine might look lovely on a table in December. Remember not to put anything on your guests plate that you don’t want them to eat.

Use Odd Numbers. For some odd reason, our eyes appreciate looking at items that aren’t counted evenly.

Use Sauces Sparingly. Rather than pooling sauce on a plate or covering your wonderful food with it, use just a hint on the plate and allow guests to help themselves to more in sauce bowls on the table. A single stripe of sauce on an empty part of the plate dripped off the end of a spoon is the safest bet. You can also get a plastic squeeze bottle to fill with sauce for more delicate lines, swirls or dots. Green pesto sauce is a lovely garnish on anything savory and chocolate sauce is amazing to keep on hand for anything sweet.

Use Deep Breathing. You needn’t stress yourself out about building the perfect plate. A simple, neat, organized plate with a single long sprig of cilantro or chive set across the top of everything is really all you need.

Easy Quick Fix For Your Panty Hose Nightmares!

WOlford Dandy TightsPanty Hose and Tights are a girls best friend. You and I both know how frustrating it is when you are in a hurry to get our the door, you go to each for your favorite panty hose and when you finally sift through your entire drawer and pull them out they have a run in them. Then you end up at work like Juila Roberts in the Pretty Woman elevator scene. “Oh look I’ve got a run in my panty hose, wait I’m not wearing panty hose.” If this sounds like any of your mornings I’ve got a super simple tip for you!

 

 

 

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To store and organize your panty hose and tights just use your empty paper towel holders. This will heel them from getting runs while in your sock drawer. Just cut the paper towel rolls in half, gently place your hose inside of them and you can even write the description and color of the hose on the outside of the holder!

How 2 Store Your Bobby Pins and Tweezers.

photo 1I love using bobby pins for almost everything hair related whether it’s setting my curls hot off the iron or for making a quick up-do, I use them like crazy. When you buy them they come neatly packaged on a piece of cardboard, but if your like me after you use them they become a total disaster because I won’t take the time to clip all 50 of them back on their neat little cardboard. To avoid the mess and hassle here is a fantastic, easy and inexpensive way to keep your bobby pins nice and organized.

Buy a self adhesive magnetic strip, I bought a roll 30 inches long at Home Depot for $2. Cut it to the length of the inside of your vanity cabinet, remove the paper on the back of the strip and stick it on there. Now you have a great and convenient place to stick all of your bobby pins and tweezers without the headache of the clean up every time you do your hair.

My Top 3 How2Girl Summer Facials!

Screen Shot 2014-08-11 at 12.33.58 PMSummer’s here and it’s time to get your skin glowing with my favorite How2Girl facials you can do at home without breaking the bank. Watch them here!

Ditch The Expensive Facial Serums & Brighten Up With Fruit!

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 11.49.50 AMI used to be hooked on a Vitamin C serum that did wonders and brightened my skin. I would slather it on everyday to get all of the amazing benefits Vitamin C has to offer your skin like correcting pigmentation, toning, brightening as well as making it glow. Everytime I ran out I was always distraught because not only was it only available at the spa but it was very pricey as well!

After drying my tears one day it occurred to me, why not just go straight to the source? So I ran to my kitchen as fast as I could, rummaged through my fruit bowl and without further a due. Drumroll please! Here is the quickest, easiest and most cost effective How2Girl trick in the book.

To get radiant skin just take an Orange slice and rub it all over your face letting all of that fresh and potent Vitamin C seep into your skin. Leave it on for 30 minutes. Rinse off and enjoy your instantly radiant gorgeous glow without the hefty price tag or even leaving the house!