Cocktail Dresses and drinks with Heart of Haute

The party invitation says "cocktail attire." What makes  a dress a cocktail dress? It is a dress typically worn for evening events, whether it is a work party or a night out on the town. They tend to be bolder and a bit more attention getting -  think metallic accents, and unique shapes or prints.  It can be comparable to semi-formal attire, but a little sexier and brighter - more fun. Semi formal for women typically means skirts at or below the knee (but not long gowns). Cocktail dresses tend to be knee length or shorter. Formal attire calls for a floor length gown (and tuxedos on men) - not very common for most women today outside of military balls. Heart of Haute has a great selection of cocktail dresses. Our vintage inspired styles will help you stand out from the crowd while staying classy. Cocktail parties have a strong association with the 1950s and 1960s - a dress inspired by these eras will fit right in. Our cocktail dresses can be styled to look retro or modern - look for shoes and jewelry that make a bold statement. With our many shapes, there is one to flatter you - A line, full skirts, or fitted (pencil or wiggle) shapes, sleeves or bare. For patterns, try some of our gold accented metallic Mystique prints, or the striking Peacock Royale. Our popular Beverly and Monique styles come in evening fabrics, and our Milan and Vanessa Dresses are made from a smooth, refined sateen fabric. For a business event, try our dramatic yet full coverage Heart of Haute Monte Carlo dress. Mai Kai Drink Menu from 1959 Looking for some drink inspiration? Check out the Mad Men Cocktail Guide. A couple of my favorites  are the French 75 (gin, champagne and lemon), and the Sazerac (rye whiskey and bitters). Don't let anyone give you a hard time about being a woman who likes whiskey! Planning a cocktail party at home? Try some retro appetizer recipes. Going out for drinks? A few of my favorite places for a wonderful mixed drink experience are Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco, Arnaud's in New Orleans, Violet Hour and Sable in Chicago, Bryant's and Foundation in Milwaukee, the Molokai Bar at the Mai Kai in Ft. Lauderdale, and the House Without a Key in Honolulu. A real martini is made with gin, AllisonV    
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Cheers to a New Year!!

The New Year is abound Heart of Haute Fans, which means the holiday festivities are still in full swing!   Whether you are hosting or attending parties this year, Heart of Haute is here to help you channel your inner domestic diva.  From the perfect dress to the perfect dessert, read on for more!           

  As the year comes to an end, the holidays are our last excuse to indulge in that extra slice of cake.  We love our sweets here at Heart of Haute, especially chocolate—after all, who doesn’t love chocolate?!  In light of this holiday treat, I give you the ultimate chocolate ganache cake from one of our favorite baking websites, Bakerella. The chocolate cake layers are rich and moist, frosted in chocolate chip loaded buttercream for extra bite and topped with a smooth, creamy chocolate ganache.  It’s decadently delicious and just the thing to whip up for your post holiday or New Year’s shin dig.  For the full recipe, visit: Bakerella's Just a Cake Recipe                       

Since you never need an excuse to be stylish, you can bake up a storm with one of our lovely Diner Dresses.  We offer this item in olive, black, red and polka dot and with all fabrics in stock, you’ll be ready to heat things up in the kitchen in no time!           

 And what’s a New Year’s Eve Party without cocktails?  Try something different and unexpected from the traditional champagne this year with fruit and Prosecco cocktails from cookieandkate.com.  They are fruity, fresh, and make a fabulously colorful presentation.  For instructions to whip up these cocktails, visit: Fruit and Prosecco Cocktails Recipes.                  

Want to get creative?  Deck out your cocktail table with clocks and twinkling lights!  You can find more tips like this from Reader’s Digest.  Visit: Plan an Easy New Year's Eve Cocktail Party   Let’s not forget the most important necessity for New Year’s Eve—the dress!  If an intimate gathering at home is your plan, try Heart of Haute’s very own Super Spy Dress.   It’s classic design and comfortably flattering fit has made it one of our top selling items every year.  Whether you go sassy in Burgundy, sleek in Navy, fresh in Slate Blue, or classic in Black, with the right accessories, you’ll find there’s nothing this versatile dress can’t do!

If fancy is more your flair, try something from our Teresa Marie Collection.  The lace and satin Juliet and Antoinette Dresses will surely be showstoppers.  Whatever your party plans are Heart of Haute fan, may you welcome 2013 in fabulous Heart of Haute Fashion!