Style Savvy Weekend Rewind: Ate, Saw, Sipped and Tried

This weekend was mostly about rejuvenation and family time—both were much needed.


On Sunday afternoon I drove T down to the shore for his spring break vacation with the grandparents, and we headed to Brew River for dinner with my mom. I successfully blew out my weekly desired calorie limit and healthy diet with yummy crab stuffed mushroom caps and coconut shrimp. The restaurant also brings out a bread basket full of soft, warm muffins and raisin bread drizzled in melted icing—absolutely divine! (And I generally don’t get very into breads, so if I’m endorsing, it must be good.) If you’re headed to the beach (Ocean City) this summer and have time to spare, take a quick detour off Route 50 into Salisbury and check out this restaurant on the river. What it lacks in indoor atmosphere, it makes up for on the plate--and with the outdoor seating overlooking the water.

Brew River Restaurant and Bar
502 W Main St
Salisbury, MD 21801
Seafood/American/Sports Bar


On Friday night, I saw The Hunger Games for the second time—this time with my young man. Watching it the second time around, I was able to pay attention to more of the little details and I have to say, Effie Trinket is by far my second favorite character in the movie (Cinna rates first, because, well…Lenny Kravitz. Nuff said). I love that Elizabeth Banks was able to really bring Effie’s personality to life; and that the movie’s costume designer was able to so beautifully put together the color and design of her outfits, hair and makeup so flawlessly. And she is wearing a mean pair of stiletto booties in the reaping scene!

I wasn't feeling my best during the day on Saturday, so I mostly curled up on the couch in my PJs while my wonderful young man brought me tea in my favorite mug. During my couch time I checked out two movies ON DEMAND: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Help.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was very dark, and a little confusing. The book has now moved from my ‘to read eventually’ list to my ‘to read immediately’ list because I need to know more. Despite whatever details I may have been missing to fill in the blanks, Mara Rooney acted her tail off, and I can definitely see why she was nominated for an Academy Award.

Having read The Help previously and finishing with mixed emotions, I’d been in no hurry to watch the movie. It met my meager expectations, but again—I think the actresses all did well with the roles they played and were also well deserving of the acclaim they received in nods and nominations this past awards season.


One of my favorite red wines is Fiore High Heel Slipper semi-sweet red. If you’re thinking I picked it up because of the fuzzy red slipper on the front—you’re absolutely correct! But it’s also a favorite because it’s a Maryland wine, and because I prefer a sweeter red to a dry one and this one hits the spot. It’s sweet without being overly sugary. 

High Heel Slipper
Wine Description & Tasting Notes:
A seductive red wine with lush cherry and caramel flavors that are fresh and lively while lingering on the tongue. The perfect wine for an evening of Romance and imagination....750 ml, 12 bottle case, Alcohol 12% by volume.

Food Pairings:
Fresh Strawberries, chocolate or even better chocolate covered cherries

I tried cleansing with Philosophy’s Purity one step facial cleanser, one of the items I received in the swag bag from the Towson Town Center Happy Hour Tour I attended a few weeks ago. It worked well as a cleanser, but beyond that it made my skin feel deeply moisturized—more than some of the other cleansers I’ve used. It almost felt like I’d already applied moisturizer after cleansing. To that end, it lives up to its description:

It’s definitely something I’d be willing to purchase as I think it would be great for my eczema.

All in all, it was a really good weekend. Hope yours was as well! Feel free to share some of your favorite moments with me in the comments!

Photos: 1, 2, 3 (my own), 4

What it is formulated to do:
Philosophy Purity Made Simple is a ph-balanced formula that rapidly dissolves dirt and makeup while deep cleaning pores. The best-selling cleanser contains infusions of sage, chamomile, and carrot.

What else you need to know:
Purity Made Simple is part of a collection of Philosophy products designed to soothe even the most dry and sensitive skin.