This rain has kind of been throwing us for a loop. It’s Memorial Day Weekend- it’s supposed to be the big summer kickoff, right? Even though we had visions of beach barbecues and bonfires dancing in our heads, we actually think a mellow, rainy, weekend in might just be what the doctor ordered. A self-imposed, weather-supported staycation, if you will. We’re planning on wrapping up in cashmere (obvi), making ourselves an old fashioned (fave recipe below), putting on this playlist (maybe on repeat), and toasting what will (hopefully) be the last chilly weekend for a while.
Bill Heck’s Old Fashioned Recipe
2 sugar cubes
4 dashes of Angostura bitters
1 lemon wheel
1 lime wheel
1 orange wheel
1 maraschino cherry
1/2 teaspoon grenadine
1/4 cup bourbon or rye whiskey
Drop sugar cubes in a rocks glass; sprinkle with bitters and add citrus wheels, cherry, and grenadine. Using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, mash just to release fruit juices and oils. Add bourbon. Fill glass with ice cubes; stir to combine. Top with equal parts club soda and ginger ale.
We often think that behaving in a ladylike fashion is a little overrated. Is it considered ladylike to dance on tables? To go skinny dipping? To eat french fries for breakfast? We thought not. And, thus sometimes believe you just have to show your wild side… But we do so love indulging in ladylike trappings- pale pink silks and lovely little bows, delicate laces and fresh flowers, and of course handwritten notes on pretty paper.
Sigh. How to reconcile our inner lady with our inner wildcat? It’s about attitude…and the perfect hint of oh-so-subtle animal print.
Fleur of England Wild at Heart
A pop of zebra makes it borderline impossible not to tie these cherry stems in knots in our mouths.
The Lake & Stars Classics
Refined leopard piping on a classic shape is like writing a steamy letter and sending it by post.
Mimi Holliday Sugar Squeeze
Pale cheetah spends the day in the New York Public Library’s amazing reading room, with Jane Austen acting as a cover for “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”. Chantelle Palais Royal
Subtle leopard is what we’d wear to an elegant ladies luncheon, where we just might start a tell-all game of “never have I ever”. Passionata Casual Sexy
Graphic snake-in-the-grass is the best camouflage for an impromptu wrap dress-unwrap.
Meet Allison Kim our accounting manager slash in-house pastry chef. We sat down with her this month to discuss her beauty picks, where she’s off to next and, of course, her lingerie wishlist. Enjoy.
Someone once told us “fake it ’til you make it”, but we think we’d really rather shake it ’til we make it. Shake it like a tambourine, shake it like a polaroid picture, shake our moneymakers and so on. Could explain our penchant for on-the-spot dance parties.
For a little extra shimmy for our shake, we’re obsessed with these fabulous fringed, feathered, and flounced pieces. Equal parts flapper fierce and showgirl stunning, we dare you to wear one and not shake a tail feather.
Minuit Douze Gracie
There’s no denying that a good Girls Night Out hits the spot, but sometimes what we really need is a Girls Night In. Especially after a long week of work (yeaahh, even we get tired), there’s nothing quite as right as a night of your best jammies, girly gossip, dance parties + rom-coms with your ladies. We’re Journelle though, so we’re not going to be wearing any ol’ nighties and we’re not just going to eat simple popcorn + ice cream. No, this is going to be the most glamorous slumber party ever. Ladies, get ready for your Friday night GNI-Journelle style.
Olivia von Halle sets, of course.
The Coco Cream set, The Tansy set, The Lila Sussy set
Make this red + yellow pepper pizza from Smitten Kitchen. It’s easy + is going to taste WAY better than take out- we promise. And also, how many delivery pizzas are that pretty? That’s what we thought.
Since you were so good and cooked dinner yourself, why not take it easy and go pint-to-mouth with the ice cream from from the dairy owned by the top men behind Manolo Blahnik? You read that right. The tubs of creamy goodness used to only be available from the dairy itself, but now you can find them (and us) at Dean & Deluca.
We’re liking the girly-ness of a Cosmo, but when do we ever not involve bubbly? On that note, we give you a Champagne Cosmopolitan.
Activities (because who doesn’t like activities?)
Paint your nails with these colors that will look ahh-mazing with your luxe Olivia von Halle PJ’s. And because we know there’s going to be a night out in your near future, here’s a DIY lip scrub to get you ready for some smooching. Pucker up!
You’ve heard us Journelle ladies wax poetic about the perfect lingerie wardrobe before. We’ll admit that our list of “essentials” might be a little, um, above average (yes, we tend to think of ultra-sheer thigh-high stockings and stunning silk pajamas as basic essentials…sorry we’re not sorry?). One thing we can all agree on, though, as absolutely positively necessary, is the demi-bra. Truly flattering on pretty much every shape and totally wearable under t-shirts and trenchcoats alike, it’s easy to understand why the demi is one of our favorite silhouettes ever. Whether we’re feeling daring or dainty, girly or glam, a classic demi is pretty much always just right. How often does that happen? Here, are our favorite ways to wear it right now.
Mimi Holliday Bisou Bisou L’Amour
A traditional half-cup shape in this so-hot-right-now palette just goes to show Silk+Lace+Coral+Cream makes for one stunning demi.Lighter than Air
Featherlight mesh and sweetly simple lace conspire for a super-natural, supremely airy shape that’s the next best thing to naked.Longline Beauty
Elle MacPherson Exotic Garden
Ingenious inset side-corsetry gives a va-voom boost to this lovely long-line demi’s dangerous plunging curves.Italian Luxe
La Perla Donna Agata
Slender straps and swooping reverse-sweetheart band amaze while the Carrara marble lace and gilt brocade of this luscious bra read neutral under clothing. Classic sprezzatura.
Stella McCartney Lara Stripping
The lightly molded cappuccino half cups make this demi wear like a t-shirt bra, while the subtly gorgeous lacy details give it some Friday-night sass.
Pop of Color
This classic French take on the demi (peek-a-boo spacer+petit long line oh la la!) goes haute couleur with a bit of saturated sunshine.
White Hot Floral Lace
Mimi Holliday Baby Cakes
Summer floral botanical lace in way-hotter-than-winter-white with all the right details? We’ve been waiting all year for a piece like this.
“And I like large parties. They’re so intimate.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Really, we’re a fan of all parties; large or small, but when our Gatsby-esque fete captured Fitzgerald’s sentiments down to the last champagne coupe, we were pretty jazzed. Celebrating the much awaited – seriously, much awaited – premiere of the newest silver screen rendition of The Great Gatsby, we gathered at Journelle’s Upper East Egg (see what we did there?) shop for some good ol’ fun.
Decked in pearls + dresses worthy of Gatsby’s greatest garden party, we got the champagne fountain flowing and began an evening of spectacle + fantasy. Guests were able to try their luck + spin the wheel of prizes that was filled with goodies like deco jewels courtesy of BaubleBar, lessons at the Vanderbilt Tennis Club, a gift pail from Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit, sets of classic 1920’s lawn games from Yoyo.com and of course, pairs of tickets to see the Gatsby film.
When silk + lace being fawned over, party attendees were posing for pics courtesy of our instant cam (we couldn’t use Instagram- this was the roaring ‘20’s after all). Flaunting the cutest photobooth props since the Prohibition days themselves, guests + Journelles mingled, clinked coupes + modeled.
Turns out we’re big fans of flowers around here. I mean, they ARE a perfect complement to lingerie. On top of basically working magic with stems and turning out the kind of arrangements that just get you, Denise is one of the coolest gals we know. Read all about the brains and beauty behind Flower Girl NYC in Behind Closed Drawers.