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Paired Bracelets to Double the Glam!

Tired of your usual jewelry lineup and looking for something fresh to try? We here at Heirloom Finds have a look that’s fun to experiment with and easy to achieve. We give you: paired bracelets! Simply find two identical bracelets, slip one onto each wrist and voilà! You’ve crafted a statement look that will glam up nearly any ensemble. Need a little more inspiration? We’ve got you covered.

For formal attire, all you need are two sparkling rhinestone bracelets with an attractively ornate design. We’re definitely in love with how this blush pink dress plays perfectly with these Art Deco-inspired bands. The look is on-point for wedding couture, soirée ensembles and every outfit in need of some exquisite double shimmer.

Don’t be afraid to try styling multiple pairs of matching bracelets. We’ve combined clear crystal and white simulated pearl stretch bracelets together and found the look to be nothing short of fabulous. Their coordinating antiqued goldtone finish lends a timeless feel that’s ideal for evening wear.

Crystal Bracelets

Colorful crystals add amazing pop to your casual cute.

If you prefer something a little more casual, try styling colorful crystal bracelets in a double arm party. The arrangement makes a wonderful addition to your go-to jeans and blouse combo! This look lets you rock favorite colors that fantastically fit your mood. We’re a little bit obsessed with this pink and black stretch bracelet mélange.

Gold Bracelets

Want to try something really daring? Style some statement cuffs over long sleeves!

Something a little more daring but definitely striking is wearing bold cuffs over long sleeves. Such an eye-catching look makes an incredible statement your fashionable friends will envy. These polished goldtone cuffs create a vibe that’s perfect for fall when they’re combined with a chic marsala sweater.

This incredible style breathes new life into wardrobes, but it’s actually a rather old look. Wearing matching wide repoussé cuffs or wrap bracelets on both wrists was a major fashion fad during the Victorian era. The style also appears in the artwork of ancient Greek and Egyptian civilizations, among others. When you’re ready to rock your own take on this time-tested trend, rest assured that we have the bracelets you need to craft a matching double arm party that’s uniquely you!

by Sarah Clark

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Marsala: Discover the Wine Behind the Color

When Pantone announced that the plummy-brown shade of Marsala would be their 2015 Color of the Year, everyone pounced. It’s made its mark on runways and the red carpet, from Beyoncé to Tilda Swinton, and we here at Heirloom Finds fell under its spell, too.

Marsala is way more than just a color. This robust and storied Sicilian wine has a history centuries old, and is making a comeback in restaurants and forward-thinking wine shops across America and beyond. Bloomberg Business reported early this year that “higher-grade vintages are displacing cooking-quality wine in stores and on shelves. Cocktail maestros such as Death & Co’s David Kaplan are experimenting with it as a new ingredient to add to their menus, and it’s slowly surfacing on high-end wine lists.”

Such fortified, often sweet sipping wines have fallen out of favor in recent decades, and they’ve never truly taken hold in America (they’re all but an institution in the U.K.), but they’re slowly making a comeback, and for good reason. They’re a wonderful final act for a multi-course dinner, either at home or at a restaurant. A small, chilled glass of the dryer styles also makes a wonderful aperitif and awakens the palate when served with nibbles like nuts or hard cheeses.

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This fabulous wine inspired 2015′s color of the year!

Marsalas are classified according to their color and sweetness; unlike its Pantone namesake, marsala the wine varies in palate from gold to amber to ruby. Just stay away from the stuff sold with the cooking wines at the grocery store. And even if you don’t have access to a wide selection of marsalas, you can get a fairly decent bottle for all of seven to ten dollars.

Since marsala is a fortified wine, it keeps fairly well at room temperature once it’s opened. You can store it in your liquor cabinet (or, as I do, refrigerator, just so I remember it’s there) for three to four months with only a little flavor deterioration. That’s quite a few aperitifs and batches of zabaglione and chicken marsala.

But there are other ways to polish off a bottle. This splendid pound cake, made with olive oil and an entire cup of marsala, offers a complexity of flavor that easily trumps its buttery cousin, and only gets better as it ages a day or two.

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Celebrate Marsala by baking an especially delicious pound cake.

Olive Oil and Marsala Pound Cake
Adapted from Alice Medrich’s Pure Dessert

Makes one standard tube pan or Bundt, or two 8 x 4-inch loaves.

I used marsala instead of medium-sweet sherry in baking doyenne Alice Medrich’s ingenious recipe (rush out and buy any one of her many excellent cookbooks – you can’t go wrong). Don’t balk at the olive oil, which adds a fruity element to this dense, fine-grained pound cake. You’ll need an electric mixer to make it. It freezes well, and keeps at room temperature for about four days. I like it with a dab of creme fraiche and a little fresh fruit.

Ingredients:
3 cups (13.5 ounces) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon table salt
1-¾ cups granulated sugar
1 cup fruity, good-quality extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
5 large eggs, cold
1 cup marsala (we used Taylor, which is medium-sweet)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and position a rack in the center. Grease and flour one tube or Bundt pan, or two 8 x 4-inch loaf (4 cup) pans.

2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the sugar, olive oil, and orange zest until blended. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula and continue to beat at high speed for 3-5 minutes, until the mixture is thick and pale. Stop the mixer and add a third of the flour mixture; mix on low speed until incorporated. Scrape down the bowl, add half of the marsala, and mix just until blended. Repeat with another third of the flour, followed by the remaining marsala, and then the remaining flour, stopping to scrape the bowl down each time.

4. Scrape the batter into the pan(s). Bake until a wooden skewer or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Set the cake(s) in their pans on wire racks to cool for 15 minutes, then unmold and set upright to cool completely. Well wrapped, the cake will keep for four days, or frozen for up to three months.

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Delicious pound cake and tasty wine: what more could you ask for?

Enjoy!

by Sara Bir

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Marsala: 2015′s Color of the Year

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The official color for 2015 is absolutely stunning!

If you’re a fan of rich and versatile neutral colors, this is your year. The Pantone Color Institute, the prominent leader in color insights and trend forecasting, has declared that Marsala is the color of the year for 2015. A warm and soulful shade of earthy terracotta, Marsala has exciting potential for adding an attractive pop to makeup, apparel and jewelry. According to Pantone, it effortlessly flatters a range of skin tones and welcomes trendsetters to experiment with their own creativity in flashing this fabulous shade. The color’s burnished blend of red and brown evokes a notable organic feel, but can also imply extraordinary luxury and sophistication when it’s combined with a desirable sheen. From home decor to manicured nails, this subtly sultry color is ready to make a resounding splash in 2015’s design scene.

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Such a complex and beautiful shade!

But what is the meaning behind the name? For most of us, it probably brings to mind the Italian American dish chicken marsala, which is a delicious combination of chicken, mushrooms and a sauce made from a reduction of Marsala wine. It is from this wine that this year’s number one fashion color takes its inspiration. Marsala takes its name from the Italian city near where it was first produced in Sicily. It was originally crafted in the late 1700’s when English merchant John Woodhouse combined a locally produced wine with grape brandy to fortify the beverage for long ocean voyages. Marsala enjoyed a lengthy period of popularity with the British navy before eventually becoming more widely accepted as a cooking wine. However, it has regained favor with oenophiles in recent years. The color it has inspired is, as we know, nothing short of spectacular.

History lesson aside, how do you plan to rock this luxe hue? It pairs incredibly well with pink and lavender tones, giving you a chance to sport some feminine flair with a chic Marsala dress or covetable coat. Statement rings, dazzling dangle earrings, flirty bracelets and striking necklaces in these soft, pretty shades are surefire options for amping up the glam of your next cutting-edge Marsala ensemble.

Pink Ring

This pale purple dyed agate ring will add dynamic flash to your Marsala ensemble

Don’t forget the sparkle! These pink aurora borealis drop earrings pair perfectly well with the wine-colored hue.

Add a feminine touch to your cutting-edge look with this glistening pink crystal bracelet.

Going for something a little more unique? Try out this glam beaded pink scarf necklace.

Granted, not every lady is in love with the color pink. Never fear! If you prefer combining colors that are artfully vibrant without becoming too clashing, cobalt blue hues are the way to go for creating a truly memorable and modern look. Your jewelry collection will thank you for adding such attractive blue baubles to your Marsala style lineup.

Marsala and Cobalt

One thing that makes Marsala so spectacular is that way it makes accessories gorgeously pop.

Sport fantastic glam with these incredible cobalt blue crystal burst earrings.

This cobalt blue stretch ring will add dazzling pop to any Marsala outfit.

This bracelet’s unbelievable blue hue will pair wonderfully well with Marsala’s warm earthy tones.

Based on Pantone’s top color pick for 2015, we think it’s safe to say that this year should be nothing short of outstanding on the fashion front. Who could have guessed that a wine historically valued by sailors and chefs could inspire such a gorgeous hue? However you decide to sport Marsala and whatever glamorous jewelry you choose to wear with it, we hope you enjoy this stunning color of the year as much as we do!

by Sarah Clark

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