Monday, November 30, 2015

back in the swing of things

 after a beautiful and rather chilly weekend up north for thanksgiving
i am happy to be home and getting ready for the christmas season!
we had such a lovely time with family and friends. 
my friend laurie helped to set the table and grandkids made sweet place cards. 
we had quite the feast, many laughs and some good conversation by the fire. 
i am indeed blessed. 
and now its time to get in the spirit, decorate and shop! 

dont miss our holiday open house this friday
for small bites, mimosas, and our favorite local jewelry artists! 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

giving thanks

{image via here}

heading up north to give thanks with friends and family. 
wishing you the best on this busy holiday weekend. 
may you be blessed with good company, many laughs and the most delectable eats. 

note our hours this week:
wednesday 10-2
thursday closed
friday 12-5:30
saturday 10-4

twenty percent off
all apparel
all bedding & dishware
{including special orders}
and all christmas ornaments

be merry and stay warm!!

Monday, November 23, 2015

mark your calendars

Friday December 4th!!!
***Our Holiday Open House***
Join us for mimosas, and small bites. 
Our fave local artists, Jewel Ya, Dos Fannies, Dayna Hall and Ripe Goods will be there!
Remember to also fill out your wish list to help the men shop for you
at our Men's Night Out which begins that eve at 5:00

Friday, November 20, 2015

set the table

bringing family and friends together for the grand feast of thanksgiving can be one of the loveliest
days of the year to remember and treasure. i do love any chance i get to set a stunning table;
this is indeed the perfect occasion. 
bringing the outdoors in is always a win: 
pinecones, fresh pine leaves, eucalyptus, pumpkins, pomegranetes....endless possibilities!
we love the contrast with clean white dishes, and touches of silver and gold.

if you are in need of table ideas please stop by and let us help! 
we also love these tabletops for inspiration:

this mediterranean feast is simply beautiful in design and composition
many pretty ideas here for thanksgiving settings and christmas
a great use of color on apartment 34
this outdoor setting looks incredibly cozy
a pretty mix of copper and olive on 100 layer cake

we hope you have been inspired and wish you the 
best in thanksgiving planning! 
we'll be back soon with a sample menu. 
have a great weekend!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

white shirt exhibit

do you love white shirts, and love some good fashion? 
i recently checked out the fabulous white shirt exhibit at the phoenix art museum
it is the stunning work of italian designer gianfranco ferre. 
in addition to the main exhibit there are some gorgeous gowns and 
plenty of sketches 
to inspire. 
grab a friend and check it out! 
and dont forget today is t-shirt tuesday in the shop....
20% off all basic tees and tanks!!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

happy weekend

doing some early christmas shopping, or perhaps looking for a new good book 
to snuggle up with on these chilly mornings? 
come by and see us this weekend! 

out and about? 
hit up the roosevelt home tour in downtown phoenix...
grab coffee and pastries or a fabulous tortilla espanole at lola coffee bar
or stroll over to the new desoto building for brunch and cocktails with a dj on the patio 
afterwards enjoy some of the darling boutiques or vintage shopping. 
hope your weekend is off to a great start. 
look forward to some great thanksgiving menu ideas and decorating tips next week!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

gone bananas

if you love cake and happen to be looking for an alternative to the banana bread
 you usually make, then give this happy stunner a go. hey maybe even throw 
a cake in your thanksgiving rotation to spice things up a bit. 

banana cake & cinnamon vanilla buttercream

1 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. (1 stick) soft butter
2 eggs, separated
2-3 small bananas, mashed to smithereens
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 c. buttermilk
2 1/4 c. flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

preheat oven to 350. mix butter and sugar in stand mixer on medium until light and creamy. add yolks and mashed bananas. mix well. dissolve baking soda in buttermilk. sift flour, baking powder and salt. alternating, add flour mixture and buttermilk, and lastly the vanilla. do not over mix. 
beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. fold into batter. bake in greased 9in. round cake pan or two smaller ones for layers, for about 30-40 minutes until done.  let cool before frosting.

4 egg whites
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 sticks salted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or extract if that is all you have on hand)
1 teaspoon cinnamon

in small sauce pan begin boiling a few inches of water. in bowl of stand mixer that will fit nicely over the hot water, combine egg whites and sugar. whisk well. set over boiling water and whisk furiously until mixture reaches 160 or feels hot to the touch, or your arm is about to fall off. attach hot bowl to mixer and beat on high for several minutes until it fluffs up nicely. let cool. 
turn on that mixer on med/high speed again and slowly add blobs of butter. once frosting begins to whip up like buttery whip cream you are good. add vanilla and cinnamon. woo hoo youre done!

now frost the cake and share a piece with your neighbor over a glass of champagne! cheers.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

brr its cold outside!

looking for a new cozy sweater or pair of jeans?
we've got it! 
come in and check out our apparel. we'd love to help you find a new look!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

around the shop

some eye candy for your weekend viewing pleasure. 
come by and get a jump start on holiday shopping! 
our white sale goes on through the weekend. 
xoxo, the willowettes


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