I have to admit, I used to be a sugary cocktail kinda girl. That was until I met my boyfriend, PET. He seems to have been a bartender in a past life (if you believe in that sort of thing… past lives I mean… I’m assuming you all believe in bartenders). PET got me hooked on quality, classic cocktails…. and I’ve gotten him hooked on food with healthy, quality ingredients. My new favorite cocktail is a Classic Cointreau Sidecar. And while my favorite place to order on is Still & Stir in Worcester, my favorite version are the one’s made by my personal bartender. (more…)
Over the holidays Dita Von Teese did a video with Cointreau showing some easy and delicious party cocktails (you can see it here). In the video show wore some gorgeous cocktail glass earrings (no doubt a tribute to her martini glass burlesque act). I searched everywhere for these earrings but to no avail… so I decided to make my own. Nothing like a little DIY project to get Starlet style on a budget.
Sometimes a Starlet just needs a cocktail. So I decided to create a cocktail kit for travel. This was inspired by a few collaborations that Dita Von Teese did with Cointreau for cocktail gift sets. These gift sets were so stylish but they were very expensive and not really attainable for a Starlet on a budget. So I decided to create an affordable version for the glamorous Starlet on the go…
As a little Starlet, I loved taco nights. Because tacos are so messy to eat, my mother would set up a folding card table that affectionately became known as the “taco table.” It was because of the messiness that taco nights were rare and because of that, so much more special. Now, as a full grown Starlet, I enjoy taco salads frequently, but I still have the occasional taco night… now with Margaritas. Taco nights are such a great dinner for a group because they lend themselves to a buffet and everyone can make their own. Since I don’t eat red meat, and my boyfriend is allergic to poultry, I used lean ground pork seasoned with a homemade taco seasoning recipe. Personally I love corn tortillas, but you can use flour tortillas, and really any vegetables (my favorites are lettuce and tomato) and cheese (I used a Mexican blend). (more…)
My boyfriend and I have bonded over a mutual love of Mad Men. So for the mid-season finale I decided to make his favorite salad, the Iceberg Wedge Salad. I adapted this one from Giada De Laurentiis. I basically followed her recipe, but I used light sour cream… and since Giada uses buttermilk, this dressing is naturally lower in fat than most.
What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo then with a classic Margarita or a Glamorous Margadita. Here is the Glamour Goddess herself, Dita Von Teese, with instructions on how to make this Starlet cocktail favorite…
No talk of a Starlet’s life would be complete without mentioning some lovely libations. I will say, although some Starlets of the past have had drinking problems, a true Starlet does not get drunk and sloppy. That would interfere with her glamour.
Champagne Now it’s no secret that Starlet’s love champagne. There is no occasion too small to break out the bubbly. The price of the bottle is irrelevant. Most true Starlet’s are uninterested in status and more interested in pleasure. So whatever champagne you enjoy the taste of is the best one. A great way to find your favorite is to host a champagne tasting party and try several brands at once to compare your favorites with friends.
Wine Starlets are not wine snobs… in fact Starlets are not any kind of snob…. but they know what they like and are always on a quest to seek pleasure. A tasting is a great way to sample different types of wine to find your favorites. You may be surprised to discover that your favorites are not the most expensive. My personal favorite wines are a mid-priced buttery Chardonnay (especially on a warm summer day) and an inexpensive Australian Shiraz (when it’s chilly and you just need the red).
On the occasion that a Starlet is in a dive bar, or any environment where she questions their cocktail making ability, she sticks to simple 2 ingredient drinks like Vodka and cranberry juice (Lana Turner’s drink of choice) or a traditional gin and tonic.
A Starlet thinks of mixed drinks like her wardrobe: she loves the classics…