A cocktail party with friends or an intimate dinner for two suggests an elegant suit ensemble as the perfect choice. Barbie chooses a one-of-a-kind, fur-trimmed suit of rich burgundy and black moire silk with matching handbag from Hunter-Goldblatt Designs. The floral-trimmed, black headband from Ashton Drake's "Little Black Dress" set is fashioned into a chic pillbox.
We've all been there. You are invited to a Holiday soiree and the hostess asks if you could bring a dessert. You'll be the hit of the party with my mom's recipe for "Quick Caramel Oat Bars".
Here's what you will need:
1-1/2 Cups rolled oats
3/4 Cup firmly packed light brown sugar
5 T unsalted melted butter
1/2 tsp baking powder
15 minutes before baking, place rack in center of oven and preheat to 400 degrees. Grease a 9" x 13" pan (To reduce fat use a non-stick pan or vegetable cooking spray). In a large bowl mix the oats, sugar, butter, and baking powder until all the oats are moistened with butter and there are no lumps of sugar. Press into the pan in a thin, even layer. Bake 10 - 12 minutes until golden (7 - 10 minutes if using a non-stick pan). Cool at least 10 minutes and cut into 2" squares. Carefully transfer the squares to a cooling rack and cool completely.
Yield: 24 - 2" squares
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 10-12 minutes (7-10 minutes using a non-stick pan)
Press above mixture into pan in a thin, even layer. Sprinkle with 1 small package of semisweet chocolate chips. Bake as directed above.
Remove from oven, immediately sprinkle with finely, chopped nuts. Let cool thoroughly before cutting into squares.
Cocoa Rose Gene Marshall is from Ashton Drake.
Apron borrowed from Mattel's Holiday Hostess Barbie.
Dress from The Couture Touch.
Brooch from Integrity.
Who wouldn't love a gift of an elegant strand of genuine cultured pearls. However faux pearls have long been popular as an affordable alternative. One of the premier manufacturers of faux pearls during the early part of the Twentieth Century was Richelieu.
From the October 1942 issue of Harper's Bazaar, this Richelieu ad shows three chic choker styles referred to as a duchess collar. And by the way....LOVE the hats!
Film star Gene Marshall endorses the look with a twist on the stylish duchess collar. Two separate pearl necklaces are combined to create her 4-strand choker perfect for the jewel neckline of the top from A Lady Knows, all from Ashton Drake. Hat, gloves, cabochon pearl earrings, and fur muff are from The Couture Touch. White Orchid Gene Marshall is from JamieShow.
Despite wartime shortages and rationing, the inventive women of the 1940's made do with what they had. Not only did this creativity boost morale but became a banner of individuality. Ashton Drake's "Little Black Dress" set, designed by Tim Kennedy exclusively for the Gene Marshall Collection, brilliantly addressed this intriguing period in our history.
Miss Marshall refreshes her "Little Black Dress" by narrowing the skirt slightly which gives a slimmer silhouette. The original butterfly decoration from the vest is replaced with a delightful bow pin recycled from a dangle earring. A beret from another outfit is updated with vintage veiling and assortment of trims. Hats during this era were often decorated with unrationed fabric flowers, bows, ribbon, and braiding. Handbag and embroidered gloves are from Ashton Drake.
Madra Lord does her part to make do in style. A silk tweed vest and suede color-blocked gauntlet gloves gives the "Little Black Dress" a smartly sophisticated look. The hat from Ashton Drake's "Doing Her Part" takes a dramatic turn achieved with simple re-shaping and a touch of marabou. Vest, gloves, and necklace are from The Couture Touch. Handbag from an unknown designer.
It's good fashion sense and smart dollars and cents to s-t-r-e-t-c-h your wardrobe with a versatile collection of accessories. After all...."Variety is the Spice of Life"
Cocoa Crisp Gene Marshall is from Integrity.
Azure Elegance Madra Lord, enhanced with an Integrity articulated body, is from Ashton Drake.
Whether it's crossing the continent by train or a transatlantic crossing aboard a luxury ocean liner, the stars from Monolithic Studios will be dressed to impress.
The jacket from Sparkling Sepia is dressed up with a fur collar recycled from a 1.6 scale jacket. The original collar now becomes detachable cuffs. A delightful restyled hat from PD Root tops the smart new look. Suit from Integrity. Gloves and earrings are from Ashton Drake. Brooch from Mattel. Train case from Robert Tonner. White Orchid Gene Marshall is from JamieShow.
A change of accessories updates the sheath and matching stadium coat from Miss Lord's Cat Walk costume. You can't beat the power of red and black to impress the fans. Hat and belt are from The Couture Touch. Handbag, gloves, and necklace are from Ashton Drake. Willow Madra Lord is from Integrity. Cat Walk was designed exclusively for Ashton Drake's Madra Lord premiere collection by Jose Ferrand.
The ultimate travel ensemble....Fit for a Queen. Hat and scarf are from The Couture Touch. Brooch from Mattel. Suit, cape, and train case are from Ashton Drake's Fit for a Queen costume set designed by Lynne Day. The Star Wardrobe Collection's embroidered gloves and Love, Paris Gene Marshall are also from Ashton Drake.