This week finds us half way through the best fortnight in tennis- Wimbledon! Every year I usually throw a Wimbledon party, we eat scones and strawberries and cream, I make a huge Victoria Sponge, we play Wii tennis and we drink jugs and jugs of Pimms.
Pimm's was first produced in 1823, by James Pimm. Pimm offered the tonic, (a gin-based drink containing quinine and a secret mixture of herbs) as an aid to digestion, serving it in a small tankard known as a "No. 1 Cup", hence its subsequent name. (For more history see it's Wikipedia page!)
Pimms is the perfect, quintessential English summer time drink. It's thirst quenching and surprisingly strong. One of those tastes so good, it will get you drunk quick so watch out!
You will need:
1 Jug/Pitcher & glasses 1 bottle of Pimms Lemonade (carbonated - in the US I have found Sprite or Squirt works best, you can also use Ginger ale) 3 cups Strawberries 1-2 Apples 1-2 Oranges 1 Lemon 1 Cucumber Several sprigs of Mint
Chop the apples, oranges and lemon into quarters, the strawberries and cucumber into cubes and throw it all in the jug.
Pour into the jug two cups of Pimms, now I usually eye ball it but supposedly it's supposed to be two cups....I usually cover at least the fruit.
Then add four cups of your English lemonade, or Sprite type alternative. Or if you're eyeballing then just dilute your Pimms!
Gather your Mint sprigs and smack the leaves between your palms, this release the smell and flavour without crushing up the mint and leaving it all bitty in your drink.
A new collection from Stylesmith! And something completely different!
Straw fedoras! These vintage fedoras have had an upgrade! I used petersham grosgrain and managed to strain my shoulder working the soft curve (seriously pushing, pulling, pressing, these fedoras were hard work!) and each fedora has their own special trimming...vintage, straw, feathers.... all one of a kind.
Depending on how popular these are I make bring more in as time goes on, despite the strain it was quite freeing to make one of kinds, and not worry about the pressure to be able to reproduce them!
They are modeled by my lovely intern Brittan ( a gem who's been helping me with Dedicated and my organisation skills)
The full collection can be seen below and purchased in the Stylesmith etsy store!
Rock, Gems & Butterflies is my newest collection, currently in progress, and hitting the store by the middle of July.
The name says it all, shiny, sparkly and beautiful in a magical array of colours, I've been excited about this one for awhile! It will include jewelry, hair combs and these lovely little jeweled fascinators.
In an effort to move my old stock and forgotten designs (and making room for the new collections!) Stylesmith is having a huge sample sale, various feather headbands, fascinators and some jewelry under $15.